Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Guest designing for Top Dog Dies

I was so excited be asked to guest design for Top Dog Dies today!
I am being featured on Top Dog Dies blog & wanted to share my projects here, too.

I was sent the adorable Onesie Vest Die Set to play with.
Now, while this super cute set coordinates perfectly with the Onesie Die to make
adorable baby cards, I thought it would be fun to use the Onesie Vest Die Set
to create masculine cards for "older" boys. ;)

For my first card, I diecut the vest from a fun piece of My Mind's Eye patterned paper.

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies Leigh Penner #cards #topdogdies

I flipped the patterned paper over to diecut the bowties and buttons -- 
I love it when the back of the patterned paper coordinates like that!
I stitched on the buttons with some black thread and stamped the sentiment 
(from Papertrey Ink's Think Big Favourites #5 stamp set) along the side.
This card would work for a wedding, engagement, graduation or promotion -- I love it!

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies Leigh Penner #cards #topdogdies

Next, I used some patterned paper (again, from My Mind's Eye) to create a fun Father's Day Card.

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Once again, there was a fabulous coordinating pattern on the back, so I diecut the bowtie from that.
I diecut the buttons and pocket (so cute!) from some Papertrey Ink Fine Linen cardstock
and matted my card on that as well.
My sentiment was computer generated.

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies Leigh Penner #cards #topdogdies

I sewed the buttons on with some rustic cream button twine from Papertrey Ink.

And lastly, I had some fun with the bowtie and buttons from the set...

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If you know me, you know that I love Doctor Who.
And when I see a bowtie, I can't help but think of the 11th Doctor and 
his habit of saying: "Bowties are cool."
So, I created this card, using some white linen cardstock as my background.
I added a couple of strips of Echo Park patterned paper for my suspenders and diecut 
the bowtie from some Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel cardstock.
The buttons were also diecut from the white linen cardstock.

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies Leigh Penner #cards #topdogdies

The sentiment was stamped on the soft stone cardstock background 
using Reverse Confetti's Let's Chill stamp set.
This card is going to be given to my son, Jonah, who leaves tonight for his jazz choir trip
to Banff -- I'm so proud of him for all the hard work he's done to go on the trip!
And, he is pretty darn cool, too. ;)

Thanks for looking!


Sue said...

Wow, these men's cards are really cool! Great job, Leigh!

Jennifer K said...

Great cards and congrats on your guest design team spot!

I Card Everyone said...

Just fantastic, Leigh!!! LOve the linen shirt!
=] Michele

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

These are very fun! I love the detail on the little pocket!

Alanna said...

Such fun cards. It looks like this was a fun die to play with.

Congrats on the guest DT spot.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh these are so fabulous, love them.

Joni Andaya said...

Awesome cards Leigh <3 love each one :)

Bobby said...

I love all of these, Leigh. I'm sure my grandson would love a card with a bowtie on it.

Sand Lee said...

These are quite handsome looking cards!!! You did a great job! xx Sandi Lee

Shelly said...

Congrats on guesting! And what fun and fabulous cards!

Miriam Prantner said...

I love these, so fun, great guy cards!

~amy~ said...

These are awesome!

Lisa Elton said...

Oh gosh these are cute, I'm smitten with the polka dot vest!! Congrats on guesting Leigh!!

Joyce said...

Congrats on your guest design gig. Your projects are so very cute. I could actually see your son in the first vest.

Nathalie said...

Congrats on your Guest Designer feature! I like them all but the last one is my favorite ;)

Rachel Izakowicz said...

Love these! So great.

Lisa Lara said...

Oh my gosh these are awesome Leigh.

Celeste Goff said...

Love, love, love these cards!

Kelly Latevola said...

These are all adorable but the suspenders just steal my heart. I love how each bow tie coordinates with it's vest! Too cute!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Oh, I love the vests! Such a neat die! The bow ties are fantastic. :)

Audrey Pettit said...

OMGosh, Girl! You are genius! I would never think to use a onesie die like you have, and my little mind is blown! Each and every one of these is SO creative! And yes, bow ties ARE cool! :)

cm said...

A set of dashing, dapper cards, Leigh! I think we'll be seeing you move from GD to DT in no time! They're so lucky to have you!