Friday, October 5, 2012


Greetings, and welcome again.
Thanks for being patient while I continue to deal with unruly computers.

I needed a card for a young man who is developing into a real bookworm, and I could not access my digital images at the time, so this is what I came up with.

The card started with the end (read scrap) of a piece of watercolour paper which I had misted with water, coloured with distress daubers, then misted again.  That piece then dictated the orange card base.

I pulled out a scrap piece of card stock and saw this old greeting stamp used on it, so fossicked around, found it, and gold embossed it, then coloured the balloons with metallic pens.

The background paper is a scrap from an old dictionary page (my friend found it in a garage sale and bought it for me).  I tore and sponged the edges.

The book I drew freehand, and mounted over foam dots to give dimension.  The bookworm is a piece of cord that I cut to measure, whipped the end of, and in the whipping added a couple of beads.  It looks really cute IRL!

The final detail was a bookmark to go with it - I used the same card and paper and simply stamped his name on it with some plain alpha letters and covered it with clear sticky plastic.  The cord is threaded through an eyelet.

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Thanks so much for visiting - may your day be blessed.
Thank you too for your comments - they are a real encouragement.  

Cardstock : Orange
Papers - water colour and dictionary page
Inks - clear embossing, Bronze, gold and silver metallic pens
Stamps: Sentiment by Kiwistamping, letters - cheap, clear set from chainstore
Accessories: distress Daubers Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Spiced Marmalade,
                  Cord, thread, beads.


Lovely Linda said...

Wow Maxine - it is lovely to see you creating - and this is fabulous! Love that Bookworm and your hand drawn book - so creative my friend! I am sure this card will be treasured by the recipient! Thanks for the inspiration! {{{hugs}}}

jimlynn said...

SO CREATIVE!!!! Love this Maxine! Great way to create a card and love the little worm! I know he loved it!

Dawn T said...

what a great card Maxine. Love that book worm. Very very clever!!!! And your book is beautifully done.

Corrinne said...

Fantastically unique - Wonderful idea and execution :) Thank you for sharing this creation at Clear It Out Challenges!

I invite you to join me at the ANYTHING GOES challenge here:


Haven_mom4 said...

Great gift thanks for sharing with us at use it Tuesday

Sandy Trefger said...

Wow! Love how you free handed the book and used the page from the dictionary! Thanks for joining us for the Clear It Out Challenge!
visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

Darlene said...

What a cute, clever idea! LOVE IT! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘BIRTHDAY’ challenge and please come back again soon!
one of the 'Sistahs'

JD/ Jill said...

This is so cute and creative!

Unknown said...

Hi Maxine, thank you for stopping by and visiting with me.
Your card is adorable and your bookworm is cuute!!

Have a great day!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Maxine, this is darling! What a fun bookworm!!!

Kerry said...

Great card. Thanks for joining at Inky Impressions.

Unknown said...

Such a clever card. We have tried Baby rice, carrots and banana. Banana seems to be the fave at the moment. Thanks for reminding me to treasure time with my Mum. You are right on that.
Alicia xx

Marjolaine said...

I love that you made a matching bookmark! Thanks for joining us at UIT!

Darlene said...

This is just fantastic! It's amazing to me what you "whipped up" out of various items found in your stash! Very creative. Love the bookworm and the free-hand book you drew. Very nice indeed!

Jill said...

gorgeous creation thanks for joining us for PTW 5th Birthday hugs Jill xx

TannyP said...

Great job! This sentiment reminds me of Harry Potter :) Thanks for playing along with The Sisterhood Of Crafters for our Happy Birthday Challenge.

Caz said...

This is lovely..Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments. And good luck.

Caz x CSD DT

Cathy A said...

Fabulous love that worm, so nice to hear that youngsters still love to read!

pinky said...

I just love this. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.

Deena said...

what a great project, I am sure your bookworm will love it!! Thanks for joining in the Green Challenge at Shopping our Stash this week!

Unknown said...

Hi Maxine, such an unusual card - love the little book.

I'm sure your bookworm really appreciated it.

Thanks for joining in with us this time at Divas by Design.


Rina said...

I have one word for you not being able to access your digital images and you coming up with this: BRILLIANT!

Thanks for joining the Diva's this week...

DT ~~Rina

stamp-color-and create said...

What a cute card! Thanks for joining us at the Clear It Out Challenge Blog. Good luck!

Deanne Saunders said...

Ohhhhhh cute!!! Thanks for participating in the {PIN}spirational Challenge! Hope to see you again!!

Shannah said...

Wow Maxine this is fabulous! So frustrating that you can't get to your images, but wonderful that you came up with something so creative and fun! I Love this card... AND that there is another developing book-lover out there! ;) So glad you joined our Whimsy Inspiration Challenge! Hugs, Shannah xox and have a beautiful day, Maxine!

Shelly Schmidt said...

What a cool collection of treasures and I love how they all came together to make such a perfect card for Danny- LOVE the book and the worm and the dictionary page...and the background too...! Awesome!

Karen Letchworth said...

Just darling!!! Great idea for a craft fair or to give to teachers. Adorable!

Melisa Waldorf said...

Maxine the book you drew is awesome!! and the book worm is so cute. Thanks for sharing the background technique with us. Have a blessed week!