Friday, September 2, 2011

Inspired by a Children's Book


When my girls were small, we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  They especially loved putting their tiny fingers through the holes on each page, where the insect had "chewed" through.


While considering a birthday card for my sister, and trying to tie it in to a challenge, I decided to "CASE" Mr. Carle's illustration.


I love the way it looks!  It's so fresh and clean.  I added subtle detail with my Martha Stewart Score Board:


It was fun to color in these berries.  They are just the juiciest, sweetest berries - can't you tell??  ;-)

I am playing in a challenge new to me (but my friend Bonnie plays there all the time) - Less Is More.  This week's challenge is called "Recipe - Take 3 Challenges."

I chose these three previous challenges for my recipe:
9 - Touch of Red / 26 - Feeling Fruity / 28 One Layer - Use Ink
Another challenge that I haven't played in before:  CAS-ual Fridays, owned by my teammates Julie Ranae and Michele Gross.  They've been around for several months now, but because of my family issues, I didn't have time to play there - until now!  The challenge this week is about being inspired by a favorite book.

This was fun!  Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

Colleen

Stamps:  Strawberries - Flourishes; Timeless Tags - Craft's Meow
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko
Paper:  white - PTI
Punch:  corner rounder - Stampin' Up!
Other:  Martha Stewart Score Board; Copic markers

31 comments:

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh! I LOVE Eric Carle! I wrote to him once, and he sent me all kinds of stuff, including an autographed postcard of this exact book. And your card is just perfect! You oughtta link up for CAS-ual Fridays.

Mandi said...

WElcome Colleen
Great to see you at "Less is More"
Your card is fabulous
Perfect for us!
Those berries look good enough to eat. Great inspo
Maybe you would like to visit a few of the other entries, some are sure to visit you too.
Thank you very much
Mandi Diva LIM
"Less is More"

Marlena M. said...

Colleen, this is so sweet. Those strawberries look yum. ;)

Emily Keaton said...

Oh, this is so SWEET!! I love this, Colleen. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" has always been a favorite of mine--I bought a Scholastic Books paperback version when I was in kindergarten and still have it. It was such fun to share with my own kids!! And Eric Carle is genius. What a great source of inspiration! Awesome card--I know your sister will love it. :)

Chrissie said...

This is brilliant... thanks so much for joining us with this super submission!
What fabulous colouring and a great reference to the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Thank you and we hope to see you again next week.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Kathyk said...

Delicious card!!!

Kathyk

Linda Callahan said...

Sweet card - great inspiration :)

Anonymous said...

Looks good enough to eat! I am looking for just the wording you are sweet or something similar for another card but I really don't need this strawberry set. Anyone seen this in another set or just by itself? Anyway, love your sweet card! Great coloring and yes I like the scoring on it!

Chris R. from Iowa

Janny said...

Fabulous card I like hem.
Janny

Linda B said...

Amazing... what's better than a sweet strawberry... four in a row. Love this card!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHH! SO cute--love those scored lines and I love love love that you were inspired by Eric Carle's book! SOOOOOO fun! Beautifully done!!!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

This is so cute Colleen. I loved that book as a kid and this is perfect for the challenges! I'm sure your sister will love It!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

All of my kids loved this book, I'm loving your inspiration and the cute strawberry card

Joanne Leddy said...

I love what you did here! It's simple and oh so sweet! Fabulous bright/strong color ... this is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Fabulously sweet CAS card.

Lins said...

Lovely juicy card, I just love this CAS-design.

Enjoy the weekend,

Lins

~Tammy~ said...

This is fantabulous my friend!!!! Your takes are always spot on and this is no exception!!! You execute so well what you set your mind to!

Anonymous said...

I love it! My favorite childrens book author!

Dawn

Marisa said...

Loved reading that story to my kids and you have used the insp. page fabulously for your card! You're making me want to eat some strawberries LOL! Great touch with the scoring and fabulously coloured too!

Ann Schach said...

One of my favorite books, Colleen! What an adorable clean and simple card! Your coloring is perfect!

Bonnie said...

Beautifully CAS! Those strawberries look so fresh and yummy!

Amber said...

LOVE THIS!!!! I knew I loved the card...and then I saw the inspiration which sent me right over the top! Great job!

Benzi said...

I do love this card, Colleen...so white with pops or red and the scoring just finished it off.

Andrea Ewen said...

Awesome card, Col...and so perfectly matched with those challenges! I love it!

Stella said...

This post brought back some sweet memories when my sons were younger (and now they are living on their own; time realy flies!!)
This book really was one of their faves and I read it so many times with them.

I love your take on both challenges and the way you got inspired. The strawberries look divine ( you make me hungry:)..)


CAS but the design is breathing a touch of class...so elegant. Wow!
X

Lisa said...

Cute,cute,cute!!! I was just talking about this book with my daughter-in-law today. Her 1st graders just read this book in class this past week :)

E.T. said...

Oh Colleen you did such an amazing job at CAS!!! I love love love the colouring and the scoring just adds that extra touch. Love how fresh and clean it looks. Brilliant!

Virginia L. said...

Hello, Colleen!! This is so SWEET And CUTE! I love how you were inspired by this fun book (I used to read it with my kids when they were little)! Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous work with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Yummy! Those strawberries look good enough to eat - your take on the challenge is super fun and clever. the Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar was one of my kids' fave books, too! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Laura Davis said...

Sooooooo CUTE!!!
Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!
Laura

Shirley said...

Love your sweet card!!!

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