Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Books fall open... fall in. I love it when a book just takes me away and I can't put it down.

It's Color Throwdown day, did you know? ;-) And I'm the host this week. I picked these colors, inspired by Basic Grey's Origins paper.

I saw a cute idea for a book mark the other day and immediately thought of MFT's I {Heart} Books set. So, I decided to make a book mark gifty and a card to go along with it; I know exactly who's going to get this as a birthday present :) And, since that worm is begging to be colored green, it fit perfectly with this week's colors. I'm using Sweet Sunday Sketch for my card layout. Ribbon is from MFT's Polka Dot Perfection collection. I Googled and found a ton of tutorials for "corner book marks" so I won't reinvent the wheel, but suffice it to say I cut a piece of white card stock 2" x 4", scored and folded it into a triangle shape, and went from there.

I stamped the images on Perfect Paper Panels with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers and paper pieced. I think the layout is pretty simple to follow, and I thought a layered flower from my trusty old book pages would be the perfect embellishment for a "book" themed card.

The inside of the card:

I cut the worm out and attached him to the book mark since there really wasn't room to stamp him. Not much else (except the sentiment) on the book mark--it needs to stay relatively flat since it will be inside the book like this:

Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD86 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there! And be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week!

Broni Holcombe--Splashes of Watercolor
Danielle Kennedy--Wild Dragonfly Designs
LeAnne Pugliese--Wee Inklings
Tammy Hershberger--Stamp Happy
Kristin Beuter--Mindless Creativity--will be sitting this week out
Pam Speidel from Stamping with {Serendipity} - March Guest Designer

This is Pam's last week as a guest designer so be sure to leave her some love. Thanks for helping us out, Pam--it was a huge pleasure and we'll miss you!

Thanks for dropping by today!

I Love Books (MFT)

Whisper White, Soft Suede, Garden Green (SU!); Perfect Paper Panels (MFT); Origins 6 x 6 pad (Basic Grey)

Memento Tuxedo Black; Vintage Touch (PTI)

Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Long Rectangle Nesabilities (Spellbinders); 3M foam squares (craft store); Copic markers; sewing machine
; border punch (Martha Stewart); ribbon (MFT); Vintage buttons and Rustic Twine (PTI)


  1. Oh my gosh, these are great! I especially love that corner bookmark. I've never made a bookmark like that but I REALLY want to!! So adorable, Barb!

  2. So cute! What a fun card and great bookmark!!! Love this little image and that saying is great too.

  3. Beautiful, Barbara!!! I just love Origins and love the color combo you picked!!!

  4. Gorgeous card, Bar!! I'd forgotten all about those corner bookmarks, lol. Your set looks amazing.

  5. Omg...aren't you clever?! Love the idea of a corner bookmark and how you subtly complemented the book theme with your 3D flower. Your palette choice this week is awesome! You showed it off beautifully with your set.

  6. Is there any chance that you live near the Dallas/FW area? :) Maybe you could teach me a bit of your genius! You are crazy talented and I SO look forward to your blog updates.

  7. Gorgeous pairing! :) I love the card and the book mark. SO pretty!

  8. ♥ this so! Gorgeous details include the flower, button, ribbon and all that shading!

  9. Wow, Barbara... I'm loving this color combo! Super cute card & bookmark! I love it!!!

  10. Oh Barbara, this is splendid! Love this image and the way you've paired it up with the bookmark!
    Thank you *so* much for your sweet comments about me being the March Guest Designer. It has been my pleasure and JOY to create alongside all of YOU! Smiles, Pam :)

  11. Totally FABO gifty set!!! The bookmark is awesome!!! You rocked the colors GF!!! Hugs ~S~

  12. What a great project, Barbara!! Love the book mark with the wormie and the card with the paper-pieced clothing and old book flower is perfect!!

  13. the card is adorable...but that bookmark is fabulous!!Gotta make one of those for my dad!

  14. I love to read and my daughter really struggles! But I bet if I made her this so would read for sure!!! Or so I hope! Love it Barbara.

  15. This is all so awesome, Bar! LOVE that you did with the bookmark, and the card is fabulous! That yellow dotted ribbon goes perfectly with the Origins paper!


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