Saturday, August 13, 2011

Birthday Smiles

Sure I love bikes but my first love is pandas. So when Hero Arts came out with Brilliant!, it was a given that I would get it, even if it was just for that teeny tiny panda on top of the pencil. I was smiling the whole time I stamped and fussy cut all the pandas. I mean, how could I not! :D I knew this card would make my son smile, just like these pandas, so it was going to make a great birthday card for him. It's also perfect for the Hero Arts August Contest.

If I had a camera built into my eyes, I could've captured the bright-eyed bushy-tailed smile my son had on his face when he first laid eyes on this card. Of course, he totally squealed, pointed at the pandas in the bus and said, "Three pandas and one driver!" Then he pointed at the pandas on the left and said, "Three more pandas jump up and down!" all the while squealing some more. Then he remarked, "How all pandas fit on bus?" I don't know if I can take so much cuteness. LOL

First, I die cut the grass and adhered it to the back of the road strip. Then I adhered both to the sky. I fussy cut all the pandas, cut the windows out of the bus and adhered the pandas to the inside of the bus. Finally, I popped everything on to the background with foam tape, stamped the sentiment from Sending Smiles Message and adhered the entire front to the card base. On the inside, I stamped 'Happy Birthday' from the same set. The bus and grass papers are from Basic Grey's Out of Print collection, the sky background is from Basic Grey's Oxford collection, the road is from Cosmo Cricket's Joy Ride collection and red paper for the stop sign is from Echo Park's Metropolitan collection. I love playing around with patterned paper these days! Does it show?

Hero Arts, if you're reading this, please make this teeny tiny panda into a full-size wood stamp. I'd also love to see a full clear set of pandas being busy. ;)

Sources: Gina K Designs 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Basic Grey Out of Print & Oxford paper pads; Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride mini deck; Echo Park Metropolitan paper pad; Hero Arts Brilliant! & Sending Smiles Message; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; SU Riding Hood Red ink; My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass die; QuicKutz Epic Six; Stampin' Dimensionals

37 comments:

Wendy ten Hove said...

Oh, wauw! You spotted the panda on that pencil and then created this card!!!! Emily, you are amazing!! This card is so much fun and no wonder your son went all crazy about it! It's so cute!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

SUPER, SUPER SWEET!

Karen B. said...

I love reading stories about your son, please keep sharing them! I would jump up and down too, if it didn't look so funny, viewing this card. It is just too cute!

lynn said...

the panda faces peeking out of the bus is darling, emily! enyoy your weekend!

Jen said...

Adorable and I love how your son wanted to know how they'd all fit on the bus. Too cute!

Angela Fehr said...

This is so cute and fun - I love all the details and the little story that goes with it!

Tejal said...

The whole set for that one panda!! yup, when it comes to things we love, we sure are crazy!! I love this..I wish you could have done a video of the little guy jumping up and down..would be so cute!!

Using more pattern papers!! Wow you surely are doing what I asked for in your give-away post!! :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH!!!!!!! Clever x23!! LOVE that there are lots of pandas in the bus! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE what your son said! SO ADORABLE:) Perfectly done!

Lindsey said...

This is one seriously adorable card, Em! I was sure you'd made the background with inks, but it's an awesome patterned paper, as are all the ones you used! And the pandas are unbelievably cute, especially the one with his ear sticking out the back window. And it's always good when you can get such a reaction out of someone who, after all, gets to see ALL your cards. :D

Brenda said...

I think this is just fabulous Emily! I adore those little panda bears peeping out of the windows!

Jay Gee said...

Amazing how you can make one little stamp into such an amazing card - so cute Emily :)

Lisa said...

Your comment about buying this set for the little panda really cracked me up :) There are so many sets that I see one tiny thing, but the rest is not so appealing. What a fun card- love the pandas peeking out of the bus windows! What fun to have your little boy so excited for it as well :) I loved that age...*sigh*

Jenny said...

Such a sweet card and I love how the Pandas are peeking from the bus windows. Your lad is too cute and sure knows his maths...howindeed will they all fit on the bus???
Jenny x

Vicky Hayes said...

This is what card-making is all about - the gratification of knowing that something made with love is happily received! I love your son's reaction to your absolutely brilliantly crafted card!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Emily, I bet he loved this it's amazing and has pandas, yippee, clever you, hugs Gay xxx

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

Oh my CUTENESS!!! Adore that sweet little panda. TOOOOOO cute!

lisa a.

Tenia Nelson said...

Super cuteness!!!!

lotte chew said...

this is too cute !!

Heather said...

So cute, love those little pandas' faces popping out of the bus :)

Vera Rhuhay said...

this is super cute,E,ily! Love this so much!!

Julie Hoffman said...

This card is total cuteness! Love those adorable little pandas! Who doesn't love pandas? Love that the road looks like the lined paper we used to practice writing letters on in school too. Your Son has a great eye for details. What a total cutie pie!

Angela said...

OK, the mojo has definitely returned, no? You've been a busy bee!
Love the happy little pandas (and D's reaction to them), love the bus idea, love all that paper!!

Kelly Massman said...

I'm in love with pandas--this is darling!! :-)

*Alison* said...

Oh this is adorable.. I love how the little pandas are waiting for the bus.. so cute! :) So creative..
HUGS

Oh.. I made the "be unique" out of the paper smooches stamp set alphadots set on my own... :) hugs

Sunghee said...

Soooo cute! And your son is so cute, too!

Jen W. said...

Pandalicious!! I love it and I'm not surprised that your little guy did too. :) This card has Hero Arts winner written all over it!!

Amy said...

Just too cute Emily!! That little panda ia just adorable!!! Love the story about your son!

Karin said...

Way, way cute! Love all the little pandas and the little street that you made! You have the cutest kid ever too!

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

OMG this is SOOOO cute! My DD loves Pandas- they're her favorite- I can't wait to show her this!

BabyBokChoy said...

I need Hero Arts to hear this and come out with giant pandas that are adorable, I need that!! Too too cute!

Jocelyn Olson said...

OMG this is too cute!!! The little pandas jumping up and down are almost as cute as Damian's reaction. Love to see you using patterned paper (cool road!).

My Atom subscription didn't update this card--it seems to be updating some but not others?? Ugh!

Lorraine said...

Emily, this is too dang cute!!! Love the pandas and how you put them peeking out in the bus. I can see why your son squealed with delight. Perfect birthday card!

Kary said...

Hi Emily! This card is perfection!! Love the little pandas and the school bus. How cute & even this BIG girl here squealed seeing the card!! Love it!!

Meg said...

Ack! I love it! Definitely an awesome kid's scene! I love them peeking out of the bus. I bet that smile was priceless!

kasia c. said...

Emily, this is AMAZING!! I love where you go with things! :)
The pandas peeking out the windows is just adorable.

onecraftymama said...

So, so cool! I too love the pandas peeking out the windows. I never, ever would have thought to go in this direction with the pencil topper - heck, looking at the set in the link it took me a minute to FIND the panda! lol

Pia said...

So cute Emily. And so much fun that we were on the same wavelength ;)) looking for something to put inside the bus! Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Pia