Sunday, January 2, 2011

MPS DT Challenge--A Tribute to Dick and Helen

Robyn, who really needs no introduction, is having a challenge this week on her blog, My Pink Stamper.  She has two design team openings right now, and the challenge is to help her decide on the new members. Who wouldn't LOVE to be a designer on Robyn's design team, right?

For the challenge, the instructions were to create a project using your favorite cartridge and Robyn's three favorite colors, pink (my fave too), green, and brown (my favorite combined with pink).  Sweet!

I decided to make a card for a very special couple in my life.  My grandfather's brother, Richard (Dick) has been courting his sweetheart (Helen), for 32 years!  On New Year's Eve, they finally married!!!!  Yay!! Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

When I was a kid, I lived with my grandparents, and nearly every weekend was spend with Dick and Helen, playing guitars and banjoes, and singing till the wee hours of the morning.  We also spent much time fishing for sturgeon on the Columbia River.  Many fond memories of my childhood center on these two.  They now live in the mountains of Washington state, and they have many little animal "friends" who visit them every day.

This card is my tribute and gift to them.

Front of card
Top Flap Opened

Both Flaps Opened

This card took a while to make, but I am so happy with the result!  I had been contemplating their card for quite some time, and I was stuck on a design idea--knew I wanted to use Create a Critter, though, because it is the current favorite in my house!  Robyn's color scheme worked perfectly.


2 pieces plain white cardstock, cut 7"x 10" (folded then front half of piece two adhered to back half of piece one)
Sentiment printed on my Kodak Easyshare Printer from Mac font BEFORE adhering pieces together.

Stampin' Pastels (SU)--used sponge to color grass and sky on all surfaces of the card.

Deer (all layers) cut at 3" from DCWV Neutrals Textured White Core  (Create a Critter)

Butterfly (all layers) cut at 1 1/4" from Coredinations Cardstock (Create a Critter)

Flowers (both layers) cut at 1 1/4" from DCWV Textured White Core and SU patterned paper (Create a Critter)

Squirrel, Rabbit, Hedgehog, Owl, Turtle, grass, and Fox all cut at 1 1/2" frome DCWV Textured White Core and Various SU and DCWV patterned papers.  Fox was cut using the Flip feature on Expression. (Create a Critter)

Tree (all layers) cut at 5 1/2" from DCWV White Core.  Trunk was sanded using SU sanding block. (Create a Critter)

Bride and Groom bodies cut at 4 1/2" from DCWV White Core, using Blackout feature. (Paper Doll Dress Up)

Groom's Tux, Shoes,  and Hat cut at 4 1/2" from DCWV Textured Brown CS; Hair cut from Grey Coredinations, Shirt from Plain White CS.  Tux accented with white gelly roll pen.  Shirt accented with Chocolate Chip SU marker.  (All cuts from Paper Doll Dress Up)

Bride's Dress cut at 4 1/2" from Paper Studio Pink Toile Patterned Paper, accented with Pink Passion SU marker.  Bouquet cut from pink shimmer paper purchased at Wal Mart, accented with Pink Passion SU marker.  Veil cut from plain white CS and accented with Pink Passion marker.  Hair cut from grey Core'dinations--trimmed to resemble "bun" behind veil.  Shoes cut from grey Core'dinations.  Hair and Shoes accented with Black G2 gel pen.

I drew the faces with SU pink passion and tan markers, white gelly roll, and black G2 gel pen.  

**Thank you for looking!  I know this post is forever long, but I wanted to give the complete recipe and process for the card!**



  1. O my josh Jen! Love the card. Too sweet and all the details! You rock girlie girl.

  2. Love the card! Its so thoughtful, and I hope the person you give it to loves it as much :D good luck girl!

  3. just beautiful! Create a critter is my fav. as well! Good luck!

  4. Love your cards! I hope you make it cut with the challenge! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am now a follower!

  5. Very Cute! TFS! Come on over to my I have 2 Cricut Cartridge giveaways going on until Friday! Leave comments for 2 chances to win! Bug Hugs!

  6. So cute!!! Good luck!!! :-)
    -Sam :-)

    p.s. I'm a new follower :-)

  7. Good Luck! I hope you check out mine at

    I am enjoying all the variety and creativity! Great way to start the year! so pretty! wonderful tribute! TFS!

    We are doing a blog hop today for the three Kings day and there will be some yummy blog candy along the way! I hope you can stop by

  8. All the details are amazing. I am sure your relatives just loved this card! Good luck.


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