witticisms by Jess Witty

May 13, 2013

Pedal Pusher



Hey, there, folks!
It's about that time...
Papertrey Ink's May release :)
{As with every PTI release, all of the brand new products will be available at Papertrey Ink on the 15th!}

Today the design team is featuring one of May's brand new sets... Pedal Pusher...
 



I gotta tell ya... this one got me.

Over the years, I've kind of gotten away from cards with lots of details... keeping things a bit more simple has made me happy.

And then Pedal Pusher came along...

 

And I just loved putting all the pieces together! 

Surprisingly for me (it's been well documented here what a slow poke of epic proportions I am when it comes to card making) this card came together very quickly.

I started by putting the fence together using the previously released Picket Fence die and Woodgrain background stamps.  Then I decided that it would be sweet if the bike was riding in the grass along the fence so I added the grass image from Hanging Out both behind and over the fence. 


The bike is actually 4 die cuts put together... the bike itself, the 2 wheels (attached with eyelets), and the flower/leaves image (adhered behind the basket).  I love that the bike die cut already has holes where the wheels attach... everything went together so easily. 

The flowers here are smart, too... two separate stamps for the flowers and leaves so that you can add 2 colors.  I also added some detail to the flower centers with a white gel pen... it breaks up the pink and adds a bit of depth.


I love how the sentiment (can I just add here... aren't the sentiments in this set beautiful?) snuggles right in behind the handlebars... that might be my favorite part!  A few clouds at the top fill out the white space and give the card a finished look. 

This one just tickles me! 


Because I went more detailed on my first Pedal Pusher card, I decided not to push my luck with the details again and keep the next project on the simple side...
 

My original intent for this card was the same layout on a white card base... a gray bike image with the same colorful butterflies.  But the more I considered it, the more I wondered if it might have more punch if I reversed it and went with a darker card base and lighter bike.


You guys would have been proud of me... I was debating but I just decided to decide, darn it, and get moving :)  And I'm happy with my choice!

I'm digging that the gray gives the traditional bike a bit of a modern twist.


And the butterflies coming out of the basket... well... good grief...

 
 
they make me happy :)
 
I love that you can do something different with the bike and basket image every time you use it... I've already got a few more ideas lined up for what might be sitting in (or coming out of!) the basket next time. 
 
And speaking of ideas... I can't wait to check out what the rest of the team has up their sleeves!
 
Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

You're welcome to let me know what you think and even leave some ideas for what we can add to the Pedal Pusher basket, too!



{Best Routes} card
Supplies not available now but available 5/15: 
Stamps - Pedal Pusher
Die - Pedal Pusher
Supplies available now:
Stamps - Hanging Out
CS - White, Kraft
Ink - Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, Fresh Snow
Die - Picket Fence
Other -white gel pen, brown eyelets

{Beautiful Ride} card
Supplies not available now but available 5/15: 
Stamps - Pedal Pusher
Supplies available now:
CS - Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse
Ink - Fresh Snow, True Black
Other - Triple Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart)

32 comments:

coco said...

I always look forward to your brilliant ideas and smile-making posts-- so fun!

Kari D said...

Oh my freaking goodnesses! I LOVE these cards. Yep, just love them! And as much as I love all of the details of the first card (woo hoo! for you CAS woman!) I have to say the brilliant colors of the butterflies coming out of the bicycle basket were just amazing! THANKS for your continuous inspiration!

June K said...

I totally love your detailed card and CAS card. There is so much detail on your first card and great color selections, too. Your second CAS card is stunning. Love the Fresh Snow ink on the Smokey Shadow and the pretty butterflies.

Tanja said...

These cards are stunning! I LOVE the second one with the flying butterflies, it is so pretty.

Kathy Humphrey said...

Totally love these cards, Jess!!! Love the fence and grass in your first card and that smokey shadow base with those butterflies...gorgeous!

Suzanne Russell said...

You win!!! I usually find your projects to be imaginative and smile-producing, but these are DE-lightful! Who wouldn't smile at butterflies coming out of a bicycle basket? Love both of these.

Nancy said...

Absolutely brilliant use of the dies and stamps, I love 'em! You never cease to inspire!

Rhonda said...

Love them Jess! Especially the modern feel on the grey.

Sharon said...

Great cards! Love the detail on the first - like the clouds - just perfect! And love the simplicity of the second with the butterflies!

Ruza Rebel said...

Gorgeous cards! Love how different your cards are ... from all the layers to having a beautiful CAS card!

TLady said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THIS!!!!!!!!! WHAT AN AMAZING SET!!!!!!!!!!! I am SOOO ENJOYING THIS HOP TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT AMAZING POSSIBILITIES!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)WONDERFUL CARDS JESSICA!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Cristina said...

Craaaaaaaazy good.

Gina said...

I love, love that 2nd card!!!! (love the first one, too...but the 2nd one is ah-may-zing!!!)

Susan Gosman said...

Your little fence is a genius adornment to the card. And the butterflies just add lovely movement.

BeverlyBL said...

Love your cards. You did such an excellent job. Thanks so much. Love the white bike on the gray with the colorful butterflies. Perfect.

nancy jane said...

Congratulations on quickly creating with this set. I adore the scene you created on the first card and the second card looks like a frame taken from an art film, black and white with a pop of color. I agree with you on the sentiments, too; they are beautiful.

jintyoo7 said...

Both are simply marvellous, Jessica :)

Katie Ann Brooks said...

fabulous, fabulous cards!

15pawsmom said...

OMG -- that second card is just so awesome! Love the bike, the butterflies, just everything about it!! The first card is pretty darn cute, too. I love the sentiment.

Holly Saveur said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOVE your cards!!

Kathy McDonald said...

OH HOW I LOVE THESE TWO CARDS! I am often amazed by how clever you are, but these just spoke to me! I LOVE the first one with all the details, and because you say it went together easily, I will definitely give it a try. And the dark gray card with the white bike and beautiful butterflies is absolute genious! You rock!

Crestajune said...

Both cards are completely awesome! Your amazing creativity is just inspiring, and your blog is just plain fun to read! Have a fantastic day, Jess!

jan said...

Really liking your second card, so unique! So beautiful!

Beth said...

I love that last card! So cute!

Julie Ebersole said...

The white bike. On grey. Colorful butterflies. *SWOONAGE* .....................shut.up.girlfriend!!!

see mary stamp said...

Just gorgeous. Both of these cards made me smile.

Gabby said...

Terrific Pedal Pusher cards! Great designs and colors. :)

Danielle said...

These are perfect in every way possible!
Dani

Ann said...

Two beauties - but just love those butterflies!

ThePretty Party said...

Love your cards! So simply and beautiful ;)


www.theprettyparty.co.uk

Mountain gal said...

Where do you purchase the pedal pusher stamp and die?
Marjie

I Card Everyone said...

Hi Jessica! I wanted to tell you that your Pedal Pusher card blew my mind today ... I recreated it today ... just wanted to say thank you for the inspiration!!
=] Michele