Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Love of Learning...

I love to read. In my house we have a whole wall from ceiling to floor filled with IKEA bookshelves. I've been a big reader my whole life and so have many people in my family including my dad, grandma and uncle. It is so fun to constantly be learning something new and there is nothing better than a good book.

When Papertrey Ink released the All Booked Up stamp set, I was thrilled. To combine my two big loves: reading and crafting seemed like a dream come true.


I made this notecard set as a gift for my uncle. He is so generous and always surprising others with thoughtful books, so I thought he could slip these notecards into the books. I started with this card and then decided to make a series for him.

I am entering these cards into Caardvarks final challenge to make a monochromatic card. So sad to hear that they will no longer be around. I really like their challenges!


I stamped the images with PTI's gorgeous All Booked Up set. The little flourish image and the lines are from the PTI Faux Ribbon stamp set. There are several flourishes in that set that are perfect for corners! I stamped the flourishes first in the corner and then masked off the lines and stamped them between.


Each of the notecards is 4-1/4" x 4". I also inked around the edges with Tea Dye Duo to give it an aged vintage book feel.


And here is the whole series. I'm also planning to make matching bookmarks and bookplates to go with this too!
(ETA: The rest of the book lover's set is in this post: HERE.)


Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful and sunshine-filled day!

ETA: Thanks so much to Caardvarks for choosing this notecard set as a winner for their final challenge!


All supplies are Papertrey Ink unless otherwise listed.
Stamps: All Booked Up, Faux Ribbon
Ink: Graphite Black (Brilliance), Tea Dye Duo
Paper: Kraft

22 comments:

Diane Jaquay said...

These are so beautiful! I love the simplicity of the black stamped on Kraft, it really allows the images to shine. And the tea dye ink really does give them a lovely vintage feel! Marvelous work!

Kara said...

I love these! They are perfect for a man to give. Very old library feel to these...just perfect!!

Jen Carter said...

This is just such a thoughtful gift!! These are wonderful CAS cards! I love how you created the frames for each of the cards too! Your uncle will LOVE them (I bet he'll even ask you to make him more later on)!!

Melissa said...

Wow, these are so beautiful, Monica! I wasn't sure how to use some of those longer sentiments...this is perfect!

Stephanie said...

Very pretty yet masculine for your uncle. I think he will absolutely love them. I think everything is better on kraft! ;-)

Becky said...

These are lovely, and just perfect, I think, for a man to give! I'm sure than matching bookplates and bookmarks are going to send this gift over-the-top! :)

Karen C. said...

The card set has such as vintage feel - the simplicity of colour choices really highlights the images and sentiments. The border and corner treatment is just perfect.

Sue Ann said...

OH BOY these sure are BEAUTIFUL! Fantastic job Monica!!!

BethieJ said...

Monica these are FABULOUS!! Your uncle is going to love them.. what a thoughtful gift!
Have a GREAT day!

Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

These are really gorgeous!! What a great idea to use a monochromatic scheme (and faux ribbon to get the boxed in look - may have to try myself). I just love how these cards look - perfect gift for a man or woman. This is the best thing I've seen done with the All Booked Up set!

Gayatri said...

Gorgeous, Monica! I love the simplicity of this set and perfectly balanced. Well done! Can't wait to see the bookmarks and the bookplates :)

Cathy Weber said...

I love the monochromatic scheme of these cards. The little flourish looks great in the corners. Might just be me, but they have a vintagy-feel to them.

Linda said...

These are so-o-o beautiful in their simplicity. I'm saving this one in my inspiration file! Thanks for sharing.

Nadine said...

What a fabulous, fabulous idea! I've decided to make gifts for my local library and I think these would be absolutely perfect. Thank you for the inspiration!

Sue Plote said...

Monica, these cards are amazing! I love the beautiful simplicity. Thanks for sharing them. Truly wonderful!

Lee Anne said...

These are perfect for the monochromatic challenge! Love the simple layout and the meaning behind the cards. Lovely.

Belinda said...

Fabulous! Lovely!

Sue from Oregon said...

oh I must get this set...such great cards!

Nicki (CSS) said...

I adore stamping on Kraft - your card series is just adorable! Congrats :)

Rae said...

Congratulations on your win at Cardvarks. I too am a life long lover of reading. Thanks for the inspiration!...

Jenyfur said...

Congrats on your Caardvarks win - please email me at jenyfur1234@yahoo.com

Ann said...

These are lovely to give with a book - love the clean and simple style suitable for all. I'm going to try them in other colours too as well as my beloved kraft! Thank you for the inspiration Monica.

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