Monday, February 15, 2010

Baby Days

It's hard to believe, but it's just a matter of days now before our little baby girl makes her grand appearance into this world. I think I'm as ready as I can be for this big change in our daily lives--of course when there are babies there are always surprises; Will she be a good sleeper?; Will feedings go well?; How will my little guy adjust to becoming a big brother? I will have the answers to all of these questions soon enough.

Since I've had baby on the brain I really had an urge to get out my Papertrey Ink Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set and create some adorable baby cards. I've also been hording a few paper collections that I thought would work well with the set. As it turns out, Betsy Veldman has put a challenge up on her blog Paper, Scissors and Superheroes featuring one of my favorite techniques; paper piecing. I knew that this particular stamp set would work well for the challenge.

Babies are Heaven Sent Handmade Card

Betsy's cards are amazing, and she is definitely one of the designers that I turn to for inspiration time and time again. The things I love best about her work are the way she combines many different layers of patterns and textures into each work, her eye for detail and her amazing color combos. When you have a chance you need to pop over to her blog to see her beautiful work for yourself.

I really like the way this little guy turned out, looks just like a stuffed patchwork bunny perfect for a little girl to love. I just recently picked up an adorable stuffed bunny made by Bunnies By the Bay. She's soft and pink and her name is Petal and she'll make a perfect gift for my little guy to give to his baby sister. He's so pleased with it and he told me he can't wait to give it to the baby. He's getting a brand new Geo Trax train set from his new sister-- boy is he going to love her for that!

For Baby Handmade Card

Just because I'm about to have a baby girl doesn't mean I've forgotten how precious our little baby boys are too. I love the color combination used in this Stampin' Up paper, these are the exact colors I used when I was decorating for my little guys room three years ago. I believe this particular collection was featured in Stampin' Up's 2009 Sale-A-Bration catalog.

Happy New Baby Handmade Card

This card was made using papers from Basic Grey's Porcelain collection. I love the shabby chic feel it lends to the design and how the old fashioned Baby pram enhances that timeless feel.

Sweet Little Baby Boy Handmade Card

This card was made with my son in mind. Back then when I was a first time mother I had not yet discovered my love for paper crafting, but it's never too late to turn to the past for inspiration. When my son was a wee dumpling I used to love watching him crawl around in nothing but a onesie. His legs were so chubby and delicious! It's hard to believe he is now three and such a big boy. Oh, how I love a baby in a onesie--but we'll be back to those days soon enough.
I hope you enjoy,


Melisa Hunter said...

What great cards! I love all the different DP and embellishments you've chosen. This is a great set for paper piecing!

colleenk said...

I love all of these. That baby carriage is adorable and that bunny..soo sweet!

Betsy V said...

Your cards are so perfect! Thank you for playing along with my paper piecing challenge and thank you for all of your kind words on my work. :-) Congrats on your impending arrival...I hope you have a smooth delivery and all of those eating and sleeping questions have happy answers. Ahh...those first few weeks with a new baby -- how precious!

Betsy Veldman
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

Daniela F. said...

Wow, Tina, beautiful baby cards!! You really have a talent for mixing the PP to please the eye. Congrats on your soon to be delivered baby girl! :)