Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ahoy, Birthday Boy

My best friend's son is turning four tomorrow and he loves pirate-anything so I thought it would be fun to cut up a lot of Echo Park's Little Boy Collection and make this card for him. This is a lot of layers, much more than my usual style, but I had so much fun with it.

It's always nice to work outside of clean and simple once in a while. The design may not be perfect but sometimes it's nice to let go and not worry about that. All the stamps and dies used on this card are by Papertrey Ink and the Lemondrop baker's twine is from The Twinery. I used a quadruple knot and double string.

Surprise! I even decorated the inside. I thought the 'brave' sentiment would go really well with the pirate theme and the '4' looks like a ship, doesn't it? The waves are hand-cut and I left a lot of white space because I tend to write novels inside my cards. :)

I hope you're enjoying a lovely fall weekend!

Sources: SU Night of Navy cardstock; Gina K Designs pure luxury white cardstock; Echo Park Little Boy Collection; Papertrey Ink Tiny Treats: Birthday & Big Birthday Wishes; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; SU Night of Navy & Tempting Turquoise inks; Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 1, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" circle & By the Numbers dies; The Twinery's baker's twine in Lemondrop; foam tape

35 comments:

Shauna K said...

this is so fabulous!!! i love all the layers on the front- they work together perfectly, and the twine lends a very nautical feel... the waves inside are great and i love the "ship" 4 :D

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Fabulous, such the perfect boy card.

Lana said...

Fantastic card for a pirate lover and the paper is just so super Emily. You have done a wonderful job xoxo

Lynn said...

Ahh...I thought you had two cards and then I kept reading to see that you had decorated the inside. You rock coloring, CAS and paper...you stink! Just kidding...I'm jealous :) You are so talented Emily!

lostinpaper said...

I totally love this card! Such wonderful bright colours and the sentiment is adorable!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Eeek! So cute!!! Love the boats paper and those shippers knots there are the perfect finishing touch!! love this card!
Hugs, Wendy

Emily Keaton said...

Emily, this is a beautifully made pirate card! Just right for a newly minted 4-year-old. I love the papers and your hand-cut waves inside. :)

Annette said...

wow what a sweet card... he is going to love it...

Susan said...

Fabulous Emily. Not Clean & Simple but still totally amazing! Love it!
Susan xxox

Karen said...

Perfect little boy card. Love the way you finished the inside.

Lindsey said...

Wow, if someone didn't read carefully, they might think you'd made two cards! The inside could definitely stand on its own as a CAS card. What a great sentiment, too. The outside is awesome, and I love the sailboat paper!

Julie E said...

All good! Those knots are the perfect touch!

Karen B. said...

This is super super cute, right down to the inside!

Creations by Shirl said...

Emily this is totally pretty..
Love how you knotted that twine, those papers are too adorable, cute cute sentiment... I just love it.... Wow! Awesome card my friend...

Meg said...

Shiver me timbers, this here be a mighty ship-shape card! You should try "not CAS" more often because I'm loving how you mixed all the patterns and colors!

Polly want a cracker!

(I had to get all of my pirate-speak out before moving on the next blog!)

Brenda said...

Stunningly cute card Emily! You chose the perfect papers and I love how you decorated the inside!

Jen W. said...

Perfect card for that paper and I love the 4 sailing along on the waves!

Ujjwal said...

This is just so perfect for a little boy! love those Echo Park Papers and how the 4 is floating on the waves like a boat :)

Cornelie said...

I'm in love!!!with this paper, wow!
You're card is stunning,l so cute with the little pirate! Great!
Bye Cornelie

walchowDesign said...

Great boyish card and I love how you decorated the innner card, Emily!

Vicky Hayes said...

Gorgeous - and the inside of your card would make a wonderful card in its own right Emily!

Angela said...

I was totally gonna go all pirate-speak on you, but Meg beat me to it!

Love all the patterns and colors, and the 4 as a ship is the perfect finishing touch! How fun for the kiddo, too.

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

Oh gosh is this CUTE! ILOVE the sailboat papers you found and how you die cut the panel and stamped the cute little pirate! The inside is genius w/ the waves and big number 4. I so need to do something like this for my son's next bday- he will be TEN and STILL loves Pirates!

Monika Wright said...

Wow, you are just so talented!

Karin said...

Super cute paper and the inside is as darling as the front! You rock :)

Jingle said...

This is adorable!

lynn said...

simply darling, emily:) love the knotted twine-so clever!

onecraftymama said...

I love it! How cute is that little pirate face?? And I love the sentiment you've used on the inside. Fabulous boy card :)

Tiffany said...

Eeks!! So darling, I LOVE everything you did with this card, so cute!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SUPER duper cute! Your friend's son will LOOOOOVE this! AND I love that you did the inside! FAB!!!

Katt aka LaLa said...

What a fabulous card! I just love everything about it. TFS!

Tejal said...

super fabulous!! I love this line of paper!! still in its pack!! :) can't help it ..I'm a hoarder!!
p.s. even I tend to write novels in my cards!!

Jen Carter said...

So cute! I love the pirate and the twine at the end of the frame! The waves are adorable as well!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Oh my goodness...that is the CUTEST card ever! I love the layers...not too many, but it really shows off the patterned paper and mix of colors. The inside is brilliant--love the sentiment with the card!!

Kary said...

What a cute little card for a boy!! Love the design and colours. It's a wonderful card!