Sunday, February 23, 2014

Card Design: A Doodle Pantry Card using a From The Heart Stamps Sketch for a Special Little Boy

Phew!  That was a mouthful now wasn't it?!  Given the lack of time I always seem to have, I always enjoy when I can combine challenges or ideas in the same creation and post.  While I've been able to do 2-in-1 posts in the past, I believe that this is my first 3-in-1 post!  

Here's the scoop:  
  1. It serves as my monthly card for the Doodle Pantry Challenge.
  2. It is my very first entry into a From the Heart Stamps Sketch Challenge.
  3. It is going to be sent to a VERY special little boy.
Read on for more details!

First up is Doodle Pantry...

I had the absolutely perfect set from Doodle Pantry to create a birthday card for a young boy who you will learn about momentarily.  Remember, Doodle Pantry challenges are unique.  If you use a Doodle Pantry image (not just a sentiment) then not only will your name be entered for a final prize coupon BUT you will also get the featured product for free.  That is pretty darn incredible!!!  Now of course, you are welcome to submit cards following the rules and theme using an image from any digital company but you will only be entered into the draw for the final prize coupon.

Check out the adorable featured product up for grabs in this month's challenge, for those who do enter using a Doodle Pantry image...

Aren't the images so sweet?!  Perfect for any Easter card that you'll need to work on in the next few weeks.  That little sheep or even the bunny would also be great on a 'thinking of you' card and there are the perfect sentiments in the set to accompany it.  Now I don't know about you, but for me that it is darn good incentive to create a card and enter the challenge.  Everyone is a winner AND unlike progressive challenges where if you miss a challenge you lose the opportunity to play in future ones, the challenge at Doodle Pantry is set so that ANYONE can enter at ANY time, and still have the opportunity to earn the freebie package (following the rules of course).  

Here are the great kits I worked with for this month.  They are both sets that I have had for awhile.  Check them out...
The image I used on the front of the card is a precoloured image available in the Tiny Triceratops set.  The background paper on the front along with the patterned paper that I used for two of the smaller strips on the front are also from the set.  The versatility doesn't stop there though as I also used one of the sentiments available in this set for the inside of my card.  Click HERE or also on the watermark to head to where it is available in the store.  You get two papers, two images and two sentiments all for only $2.50.
I also took advantage of using a sentiment from another set called Celebrations SentimentsTo find this set in the store, you can click HERE or also on the watermark.  You get 12 beautiful sentiments for only $2.00.    

Next up is From the Heart Stamps Sketch Challenge...

I don't know about you, but I just LOVE the sketches available from over at From the Heart Stamps (FTHS).  I've been wanting to enter into one of their sketch challenges for ages but since they are weekly, I am somehow always too late to be able to pull it off.  Not this time however!  I checked on Friday and saw that there was roughly 48 hours to go.  Knowing I was going to spend Friday night designing my card digitally and then assembling it on Saturday, I was determined to get it all done in time. 

Now what I didn't know, is that if you enter the challenge, you receive a $1 gift certificate for You are allowed to use it as a discount on a purchase, or save them up to earn a free stamp.  Guess I am going to have to work out a way to make the FTHS Sketch Challenge a weekly stop.  Oh dear, I better calm down.  All those visions of earned sets from the store is making my heart go a flutter!  

My dear friend Calypso, is responsible for creating this week's sketch.  She did a wonderful job, right?!

For the purposes of this particular card, I decided to flip the sketch 90 degrees.  You can click HERE or on the watermark to head over to the FTHS Sketch 054 Challenge.  Now while this challenge is closed in just a few short hours, a new one will begin tomorrow.

Finally, that brings us to the recipient of this card, a VERY special little boy named Colin... 

So while visiting two dear friends this week, Vicky from Crafting-Vicky and Naomi from Creative Bug on the Loose, I learned about a rather special young man named Colin, who is about to turn 11 years old on March 9th.  Vicky came across the story on Facebook.  Here is what Colin's mom had to say:
I am Colin's mom, I created this page for my amazing, wonderful, challenging son who is about to turn 11 on March 9th. Because of Colin's disabilities, social skills are not easy for him, and he often acts out in school, and the other kids don't like him. So when I asked him if he wanted a party for his birthday, he said there wasn't a point because he has no friends. He eats lunch alone in the office everyday because no one will let him sit with them, and rather than force someone to be unhappy with his presence, he sits alone in the office. So I thought, if I could create a page where people could send him positive thoughts and encouraging words, that would be better than any birthday party. Please join me in making my very original son feel special on his day.
Over two million people have liked the page and close to a million on Facebook are talking about it.  That is simply incredible!  Colin is receiving birthday wishes from all over this great big world.  It is unfortunate that individuals with special needs have to deal with being ostracized.  It isn't bad enough that they have to deal with the limitations and effects that their particular condition sets, they then have to deal with all the social crap from many of the people around them.  I worked for over 12 years with individuals with disabilities of one nature or another.  First with children and then with adults in the later half of my career.  I have had more rewarding experiences than I can add up.  There needs to be more effort to teach kids from a young age that being different isn't a bad thing and that you don't ostracize someone with disabilities for ANY reason.  I truly believe that if more people were educated on the subject, the self esteem of individuals facing disabilities would be so much higher.  

After reading this story I decided that I wanted to join the many others out there that are sending Colin a birthday card.  Since his birthday is on the 9th, there is still lots of time to do so.  If you would like to join in on the millions sending him birthday wishes you can do so over at FB or better yet by sending Colin a card.  You can find his address on the FB page (click HERE).  Naomi helped me locate it.  If you click on the area that says community right at the top underneath his picture, it will open up an 'About' page that contains his address.  I really hope that my card, along with the many others he will receive, will help to send Colin smiles, laughter and the assurance that just because he is different, doesn't mean he is unworthy of friendship and love.

Here are my card and details, hopefully I haven't forgotten anything...

Digital Image, Sentiment and Papers: 
  • As mentioned earlier, the image, sentiment and digital papers are all from Doodle Pantry.  You can find out the specific details above. 
Digital Embellishments:
  • I created the frame around the sentiment using a shape from Shelby Kate Schmitz of  It was adapted using a felt layer style from The Scrappin' Cop.
  • The matting used in behind the image along with the solid patterned strips on the front are just shapes I created using the colours found within the paper and then added a bit of texture to them so they wouldn't look so flat.
  • The buttons are elements I created using a template from Marisa Lerin, a designer with Pixel Scrapper.
  • The curling ribbon is an element I created using a template from Brooke Gazarek, also a designer with Pixel Scrapper. 


Digital Sentiment: 
  • Info on this Doodle Pantry sentiment can be found above. 
Digital Embellishments:
  • The matting in behind the sentiment, the curling ribbons and the buttons have all been repeated on the inside.  You can find the details for each of these in the 'digital embellishments' section above. 

Paper Products: 
  • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Card Kit, white, lg.
Other Notes: 
  • Once again, I have relied on digital creation for putting this card together.  Precoloured images just lend themselves so well to this kind of creating.  This card is 100% digital and then printed off as a one layer card.
  • Once again, since all the depth is achieved digitally, it is a bonus as it doesn't create any extra bulk or weight, keeping the mailing cost down!
Challenges I am entering:
Well guys, that is it for this post and would you look at that, it only took me three hours to create!!!  *Ü*  Now I need to go see the hubs so we can put some laundry in, then it is right back upstairs to work on tomorrow's Digi Darla post.  I also have to get a reminder post done and a winner post completed.  Plus I still have to watch Canada go for gold with the men's hockey game.  I'm just praying that we came out on top AND that I don't find out what the score is until after I've watched the game!  It is going to be another long day.  See you later!!!   

Until next time,


Michelle said...

Great job on the sketch! Really glad you could join us. This is such a bright and wonderful card. And I am sure he will enjoy it very much. Thanks for joining us at From The Heart Stamps i {heart} sketches challenge.

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW you sound just as busy as me always ha ha ha, but guess, we couldn´t even breathe, if it was any different ha ha ha.
Your card is so beautiful and I´m very sure, that Colin will just absolutely LOVE it, when he recieve it. I totally agree to every single word you said about him. We also have a granddaughter, who was always kept out, because she wasn´t like all the rest, and when she sat and cryed her eyes out, I always used to tell her, that it´s far better to be an original, ( which young kids here often calls someone, who´s dufferent)than to be an averidge, and if it was a diamond, everybody would want the original, as being an original means to be a one of a kind, and that´s the best anybody can be.

Nazeema Calypso Thompson said...

Hello my friend!!! I LOVE...LOVE your card!!! I love that stunning image!!! So glad you were able to play along with us last week. Hope you can join us again this week. Thanks for sharing your card with us at FTH.

Karon said...

Stunning card and the fact it is one layer! WOW!

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow wow wow, this is just so bright, colourful and fun. Colin is going to treasure it.
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L.Wilson said...

Oh your digital card is AMAZING! What a wonderful reason for a card too, that little boy is sure to be happy on his birthday. Thanks for entering Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge 43!

Edwina said...

Awww,too cute! I Love that little dino. Perfect sentiment. I love the inside decoration. Thanks for making me smile. Edwina Brown

Carol Ric said...

Super cute card. Thanks for joining us at the Fairy's Challenge.

Carol Ric said...

Super cute card. Thank you for joining us at 613 Ave Create challenge.

Crafting Vicky said...

wow that was such a great card for Colin!!! I'm sure that he totally loved it! That was so awesome for this little guy!