Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dream Valley Challenge #2: New Beginnings

Our friends just had their first baby so it only seemed appropriate that I make them a card for this weeks challenge around the theme of New Beginnings over at Dream Valley Challenges. Here's what I did to congratulate their brand new baby girl:

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."

Isn't that the perfect quote for this weeks challenge?! I used all scraps I had laying around. The flowers are pulled from a silk hydrangea bush. I try to be frugal in everything I do so I buy pretty hydrangea flowers and pull the pedals off. It costs me a fraction of what Prima flowers would. I've had the little heart brads forever so I thought they would be cute little additions to their centers. The hemp string was purchased at the dollar store and the pink fiber border was leftover from a new sweater I got years ago. You know how blouses come with buttons - well this one came with buttons and fiber just in case I ever needed it. Thanks cute pink sweater maker! I did need it! :) The pink cardstock was inked up all around the edges with the same ink pad I used for the stamp for extra added oomph. And the vellum sticker I've had for as long as I've had the brads for. I found this cute stamp at the thrift store this week for 49 cents! (WHAT?! Yeah! I know!!! What a steal!):

So I made my own printed paper by stamping the image on a piece of soft pink cardstock scrap. And just for extra added flavor I carried the theme to the inside of the card too:

Sorry, my camera wasn't doing the card justice tonight so the colors are a little muted.

Feel up for the challenge? Visit Dream Valley Challenges and enter in your craft for a possibility to win some pretty awesome goodies.

Thanks for popping in!



Mags said...

There are so many brilliant things about this card, I don't know where to begin! The flowers look lovely, your colours are so soft and pretty, and the fibre gives texture and a little bit of extra wow! The stamp you used is great, too, I like how you used it on the inside, too.

luv, Mags x

Jack said...

This is a beautiful card. Love the sentiment and what a bargain you got with that stamp! xx

Fiona said...

wow this is so be treasured forever!!


Melly said...

Its simple stunning!
I love that amzing wee stamp you picked up for the lovely background!
The flowers are fab, I do that too hee!
Gorjuss honey!
Hugs Melly xxx

Carrie's Corner said...

Wonderful card! I love how you made your own patterened paper. Great find with on the stamp!


Lin said...

What an unsual idea for a new baby card but it works so well. I love it.

Lin xx

melsanford said...

Beautiful! The flowers are so pretty! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Carole of Brum said...

This is really great, Mary, I like everything about it. Such a nice quote, and I love that you used the stamp you found to make your backing pattern and on the inside too. Lovely work!

There is a little something for you on my blog, the post underneath the DT one. CoB