Sunday, 4 April 2010

"Bunny Friends"

That's the title of the Penny Black stamp I used to create these cards and I have to say that it ranks among my top 10 favourite PB cuties ... after the hedgies of course!
It is quite a large wooden stamp featuring 5 cute bunnies in flowerpots so, after stamping on linen effect card and colouring with Promarkers, I decided to chop it up to see if it was feasible to make 2 cards from 1 image.
The Papermania Spring Time pad was still sitting on the desk from earlier, so I matched cardstock to the colours of the paper I'd chosen and punched 2 scalloped circles. 
Then I doodled with green fineliner on one and pierced holes around the other for some detail before cutting out 2 of the bunnies and paper-piecing the flowerpots from a scrap of textured card.  This fits in quite nicely with One Stop Craft Challenge 74 which is Paper Piecing.
The Happy Easter sentiment was the freebie from Quick Cards Made Easy, (also still lying on the desk), and it was inked up with Brilliance Dew Drop Pearl Olive before matting it onto offcuts of card and adding some tiny flower gems.
For the 2nd card, I cut a square of lilac gingham card slightly smaller than the  purple cardstock and then cropped the corners before matting them together and adding some faux stitching with a white gel pen.

From the remaining purple card and some pretty pastel green spotty paper, I used the rotary trimmer to cut 2 strips of varying widths from each, with a deckled edge blade.
After overlapping them horizontally and vertically on the gingham card I added another 2 bunnies cut from the original stamped image and finished decorating with a few buttons and a lilac satin bow.
I must say I'm quite taken with the colouring on the textured card with the Promarkers - normally I stick to smooth cardstock - but the linen effect gives an interesting result and is something I will definitely try again.

For the first time in a long time I am able to join in with this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  Their theme "Check It Out" requires the use of checked paper or ribbons along with a PB image, so both cards are suitable as entries.

Our Creative Corner are looking for us to Break Out The Buttons, so my 2nd card qualifies for this challenge and Stampin' For The Weekend are asking for Ribbons and Bows so my tiny lilac bow sneaks me in there.
Finally, The Pink Elephant Challenge 60 is Pastels so I reckon either of these cards would work.
For the benefit of those who haven't seen the Penny Black Bunny Friends stamp in it's entirety - here you go!  
Definitely worth keeping a look out for if you don't already have it - if only for the cuteness factor.


Dana Grothaus said...

What sweet cards! I especially love the way you placed your buttons on the second card. Thanks for "breaking out the buttons" for this weeks OCC challenge!!!

Ann said...

Totally gorgeous Max - I need this stamp. There was a stand at the NEC where the DT had very cleverly used part of the stamp like you but then (and this was the bit that really struck me as super coool) they had a sentiment block with a bunny peeping over the top. Oh it looked so cute.
Have a lovely day.

Ann xxx

kath said...

sweet cards max and I love your check paper.....thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC..hugs kath xxx

Irene said...

Morning Max

Oh these cards are just darling and adorable, they are so cute and fabulous. Not long until Saturday !!!!


Doreen said...

Two gorgeous cards Max

Lisa Jane said...

cute little bunnies. Loev the paperpiecing

Lori Rider said...

What cute cards! I love those adorable bunnies. Your use of soft spring colors and embellishments - including the buttons - is great. Thanks so much for playing along with the OCC!

Queenie said...

Happy Easter Max to you and yours!!!
Hope you all have had a lovely day.
Enjoyed seeing you yesterday and thank you soooo much for the yummy eggs we have been consuming here,lol and my special pressie....thank you from the heart!!!
Gorgeous cards Max oh so cute image!!!
Big hugs
pssssst i didn`t get the email eeekkkkkkk where has it went,lol?

gina g said...

Beautiful cards hun and fab images. Thanks for joining the OSCC this week. luv gina xx

Loretta said...

Wow! That image is darling, and I love how you broke it up to create several different cards!!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to play with us on the OCC this week!

Chrissie said...

Great cards Max, I just love those images... and great paper piecing! Thanks for joining in with the challenge at OSCC this time!

Suzi said...

They are all so Cute, love the images and your paper piecing. Thank you for joining us at OSCC this week.
Hugs Suzi x

~Christina~ said...

These are so lovely :)

Gunn (Merete) said...

These are so cute. Love these bunnies.
Thanks for joining us at SFTW.