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13 June 2011

An Inside Joke = Baby Card

Well, I guess it won't be "inside" any more if I'm blogging it!

Let's back up.  When I was in Atlanta a couple months ago, I got to spend some quality time with a pair of old friends (you can see them in this post). It happens that they are expecting their first baby next month, which is, of course, very exciting. With a new baby comes all kinds of STUFF -- all that equipment, the toys, the clothes...but here's the thing: these friends of mine kind of hate STUFF. In fact, they pride themselves on consuming very little, making use of what they have, buying locally and/or upcycling, etc. STUFF is not part of who they are.

I asked them how they felt about the influx of STUFF that was about to enter their lives with this baby boy, and the response was: "What? What stuff? We're just gonna dress him in some old burlap and call it a day."  Kidding, of course. I hope.

So Friday was the baby shower. Here's the card:


Ah yes, it may look like a straightforward congrats card, but let's take a closer look:


Yeah, burlap stars! She got the joke right away. I also added some burlap-y texture to the navy frame, plus I upcycled some denim into the focal star (and I have a new pair of cutoffs for the summer: bonus!). I surprised myself by really, really loving this card. It isn't too "baby," but it also has a bit of a country vibe, which isn't usually my first instinct -- yet I think it works here.

As it turns out, Paper Crafts is running their Gallery Idol competition right now -- the theme? Congratulations cards. Love it when a plan comes together. Especially when it isn't a plan, but a happy coincidence! You can see the full gallery here. Lucky for me, I have a couple more people in my life who need congratulating, so I'll have a couple more entries soon!

Have a delightful day -- the weather looks great here!

Other supplies: PTI: sentiment, neutral cardstock, small star dies; SU: color cardstock, large star die, brad, ink; Spellbinders: labels 1 dies; Stamper's Anonymous: texture stamp.

7 comments:

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Angela, what a brilliant insight into your friends lives, great principles to live by:0) Your card is not only good looking but sensitive too, well done, I love it and wish your friends a happy arrival, hugs Gay xx

Meg said...

Fantastic card, Ang! Isn't it great when you can subtly personalize a card for the recipient? I love all the fun textures you used on here and fun way you used the nestie cut-outs.

Good luck in the competition!

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Yes, finally some nice weather and it really lifts my spirits! Love that the card isn't your typical pastel, cutesy baby card, not that I have anything against those if that's your thing. The burlap inside joke is too much fun!

Tina Johnson said...

Such a creative way to welcome their new baby! Super cute idea.

Lindsey said...

I really love this card, too, and I don't usually like country-style either. But this just works, perfectly.

Emily Leiphart said...

Ang, this is killer!!! I hope you make it into the Top 20 with this one. I love the window, the border and all the textures (burlap, denim). It's amazing! Love, love.

kasia c. said...

Angela, thats awesome! I love the cutout and burlap stars....super cute.