Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Purple Shaker Card

"Don't think I can't see you back there!"

"The cat Bastet sat perched on the rim of the tub, watching me through slitted golden eyes.  She was fascinated by baths.  I suppose total immersion in water must have seemed to her a peculiar method of cleansing oneself." 
                                                                           ------------Elizabeth Peters

Hi, Friends....

I am here with one of two shaker cards I made recently.  These were the first ones I ever tried.....and they work!!  :)  Well, mostly.  Is it normal for some of the sequins to sometimes hang up a bit on the upper areas?

I stenciled the background with my favorite of the selections from an Artistcellar set I won called Tam's Whimsy series.  (THANKS, Artistcellar!!!)  LOVE these dangling hearts and stars!!!  I dabbed on Versamark and heat embossed in silver on the DCWV purple cardstock.

I had wanted to make a shaker for a long time, but didn't think I had a way to make those circle cuts.  Then I realized I could use my Sizzix Circles, Scallop set of dies!!  Hooray!!  I chose and cut the size of window I wanted from the set of circle dies.  Then I chose the next size larger die to cut the outside of the ring.....and the next size smaller die for the inner part of the ring.  So the ring is actually cut from dies that are two sizes apartThat way the intermediate diameter of my acetate would easily fit behind the ring for the window, without sticking out.  I made the ring in one pass with my Big Shot by lining up the two dies at the same time.  

Then I heat-embossed my DCWV cardstock ring with the same stencil, again using silver, and lined it up with my background to know where to place it.  I should have planned this a little better, but I didn't.  Ha!!  The placement of the window in this was by chance, but I LOVE where it landed.  I would suggest using a bit more planning if a certain place is near and dear to your it actually landing ON your card and not hanging off, so the sequins fall out!  :)  Thing is that I hadn't originally planned on lining up the ring design with the background.  But when I was placing it, I discovered how nice it looked to have that, voila!

I used a combination of sequins from my stash, including some pale pink stars along with the other black, deep pink, and silver ones.  I put the sequins on the card in a pile in the center of the shaker area.  I used Beacon 3-in-1 to glue my window to the ring.  Then I put 3-D foam all around the ring, peeled off the backing, and carefully pressed it into the correct spot to line up the design.  It worked!!  I shaked and shaked and shaked it with delight!  This is an important part of the process!!!  Ha.  :)  All of it went onto a premade DCWV glitter card base.

I am loving this card for several reasons:  I LOVE the whimsical and almost fantasy look that Tam's lovely stencil brings.  I now have a way to use some of the stack of 300 zillion acetate sheets my MIL had for nearly 2 decades and gave me a few years ago.  (Be watching for lots of shakers!!  Ha!)  And, finally, I love this way of using bunches of sequins from my stash without getting glue all over my fingers!!!  Ha!  Hey, shaker cards win in tons of ways!!! 

Hope you enjoyed my card, today!  Have a lovely rest of the weekend and beginning of the new one.


Thank You for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Sizzix Challenge - Inspiration photo
2.  Craft for the Craic - September Challenge #8 - Something with Circles
3.  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils &/or Stamps
4.  DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5.  Wow Embossing Powder September Challenge - My Favourite

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Masculine #5 - Navy - Miss You

Beluga whale mother giving her baby a piggy-back ride.

"It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming."
                                                                                        -------------Adlai Stevenson

Hi, Friends.....

Here is my last installment for the MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge - Masculine card with Navy Blue.  I stamped and heat embossed this sailboat image from the MFP Silly Shells stamp set.  (THANKS, MFP!!)  For some reason, it seems like a very sad and lonely image to me, so I made this into an ultra-simple Miss You card that I probably will send to my hubby some time when he is on a work trip.

As you might know, my hubby works out of "town" (I use the word loosely in a rural Idaho sort of way.....Ha!) and is often away.  I miss him terribly when he is gone, which is one reason I got started blogging.  If I had a stamp that said "Desolate without You", I would have used it.  All the white space on this card in stark contrast to the navy blue just seems to communicate that mood to me.  (Wow....I am really going to have to post a bunch of happy cards after this one!!)

Other supplies I used for this card include:  SSS Soft Navy Ink, SSS Soft Navy Cardstock, white cardstock from my stash, clear embossing powder, adhesive blue pearls.

That's all for now.  Hope you have enjoyed my series of Masculine cards using Navy Blue!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #230 - Masculine - Navy
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils &/or Stamps
4. DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Wow Embossing Powder September Challenge - My Favourite

Masculine #4 Navy behind Autumn Leaf

They don't care!
Cats sleep
                                                                              ----------Eleanor Farjeon

Hi, Friends.....

I am here with #4 of my 5 cards for the MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge - Masculine card with Navy Blue.  As I mentioned, I am departing slightly from the 3 very simple cards I already made.  This one is more colorful because of the Autumn theme, but still simple enough to be suitable for a man.

For this card, I pulled out my favorite of my autumn leaves I cut from some gorgeous K&Co. paper.  This oak leaf is traced from a stencil I made of one of my own free-hand leaf drawings, of which I am inordinately proud.  Ha!!  (Those of you who are skilled and naturally-talented at drawing have no idea what it is like for those of us who are totally pencil-challenged!!)  I ran the leaf through my Big Shot with the Checkered pattern Darice embossing folder to give a hint of texture.  

My background is a piece of SSS Soft Navy cardstock (a very nice heavy-weight paper!) with the same checkered pattern dry embossed into it.  Then I applied my Versamark pad not too evenly all over that piece and heat embossed with gold.  Love the variations in coverage! 

I thought brads seemed manly-looking, so I used them to attach my leaf to the background.  (Besides, they were still out on my craft table from the 1-2-3-4 Challenge....Ha!!)  I like how they allow the edges of the leaf to lift away from the card a bit for some dimension.  My NATURE stamp is from the MFP Nature's Brushstroke stamp set I won.  (THANKS, MFP!!!)  I used the same gold embossing powder for it and I love how it subtly blends in to the background.  I mounted it all on a deep blue card base.

How do you like it?  Is it masculine enough?  I was afraid to ask my hubby!  Ha.  Hope you are having a wonderful week.  Thank you for all your lovely comments!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges: 
1. MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #230 - Masculine - Navy
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils &/or Stamps
4. Pile it On Challenge #38 - Shiny
5. Wow Embossing Powder September Challenge - My Favourite
6. Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #9 - Autumn

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Masculine #3 - Navy - Congratulations

Going to the market........probably on someone's back porch.

"To some blind souls, all cats are much alike. To a cat lover, every cat from the beginning of time has been utterly and amazingly unique."                                                                            ---------------Jenny de Vries

Hi, Friends......

I'm back with yet another card for the MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge - Masculine card with Navy Blue.  As I mentioned, I got super-inspired by this combination and had a lot of fun making this series of relatively unadorned cards!!!    

This time I used a new "Congratulations" embossing folder from my Darice - Phrases 3 Pack with that fabulous Core'dinations Heavy Weight cardstock I talked about here.   LOVE!!!!  I really noticed the difference in weights when I used my diagonal stripes embossing folder for the navy blue background.  It nearly cut through the blue cardstock.......and in fact a small corner tore off which I had to repair.  I didn't have any hint of that problem happening on my previous card using the heavy weight white.

To add a bit of shimmer, I had to use some of my favorite metallic color - GOLD!!  I placed a narrow strip from the DCWV Foiled Cardstock, which I got for 50% off at JoAnn's recently because it was dinged up a bit on the edges.  (Hey, it was already 40% off and so I told them I would buy this slightly damaged one if they would come down to 50% off.  They did!  Yay!!) Jennifer McGuire recommended this foiled cardstock on her site recently, saying a little goes a long way.  So instead of cutting a huge chunk to completely surround my greeting, I used one little slice.  Thanks, Jennifer!  I love the more restrained look for this masculine card.  

That's all for now.  I will switch gears a little bit for my next card as I help usher in Autumn.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #230 - Masculine - Navy
2.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
3.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #151 - Anything Goes with an Encouraging Sentiment
4.  Pile it On Challenge #38 - Shiny 

5.  City Crafter Challenge Week #230 - Focus on Sentiment

Masculine #2 - Monochromatic Snowy Scene with Fox

Amazing that penguins keep their young all together like this!!!

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
                                                                  -------------George Orwell

Hi, Friends......

I am back with another card for the MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge of making a Masculine card with Navy Blue.  I used the same winter scene image from the MFP What a Fox stamp set, stamped and heat embossed on watercolor paper.  (Be sure to see the fox!)  This time I went monochromatic and capitalized on the winter look by dry embossing a white background.  I just got this Diagonal Stripe Darice embossing folder and I love it!  It works like a dream on my favorite heavy-weight cardstock.  (More about that later.....)

In keeping with a simpler and less-adorned style for the masculine theme, I relied on a few lengths of thrift store ribbon laid along the lines of embossing for dressing up this card a bit.  Simple, but I like the look.

Terrific Product AlertCore'dinations Heavy Weight white cardstock.  I can't remember exactly why I bought this a while back.....maybe it actually was for dry embossing....not sure.  But it is FANTASTIC for precisely that.  Sometimes my embossing folders nearly cut through lighter-weight cardstock.  This product is a very robust 110 lb weight and bright white.  But here's the weird thing: my usual white cardstock says it is 110 lb. weight, too.  So why is this Core'dinations product so much thicker??????  I have no idea, but it certainly is!!  They might be the same weight, but this is THE ONE for dry embossing!  I am so glad I snagged a package when it was half-price at JoAnn's.  It is now on my list of card-making basics.  (Did I mention it is 40% off at right now?  Not as good as half-price, but very decent.)  

Hope you liked my card and my review for the cardstock.  I'd love to hear what cardstock you find is perfect for your card techniques.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #230 - Masculine - Navy
2.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
3.  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils &/or Stamps
4.  We Do Doobadoo Challenge #15 - Something Masculine

5.  Wow Embossing Powder September Challenge - My Favourite

Masculine #1 - Navy with Red

"When you come upon your cat, deep in meditation, staring thoughtfully at something that you can't see, just remember that your cat is, in fact, running the universe."
                                                                             ------------ Bonnie Elizabeth Hall

Hi, Friends......

I have been busy making cards and finally have some time to post some of them.  I was super-inspired by the MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge of making a Masculine card with Navy Blue.  So I have made a number of them to enter.  This one uses the big wintertime stamp from the MFP What a Fox stamp set I won from them.  (THANKS, MFP!)  Do you see the fox on the hunt in the image?

I rarely make strictly masculine cards, but these were really fun because I got to focus on using a big stamp and trying out textures with the color twist.  For this one, I pulled out some thrift store red twine and matted my focal panel with red over the navy card base.  The simple design helps keep the beautiful scenery stamp at center stage.  I rounded the lower corners to add just a hint of interest.  

Ding.....ding....ding!!!  New Follower Introduction Time!!!
Actually, today I am reintroducing Brandie Partello.  I had mentioned her recently as a new follower, but my Grandma-brain (poor old thing!) had failed to make the connection with her and her blog:  Just a Piece of Me.  Top on her blog right now are some gorgeous autumn cards.  One of them looks for all the world like leather!  Beautiful work.  Thanks, Brandie, for your support and encouragement by becoming a follower.  Here's another ginormous smile for you!!

That's all I have for you on this post. But I will be posting my other Masculine cards soon!!!! Thanks, always, for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comments!

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #230 - Masculine - Navy  
2.  Simon Says Stamp Wedesday Challenge #8 - Anything Goes  
3.  Double Click Connections - Challenge #5 - Anything Goes 
4.  DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes 
5.  Creative Card Crew Challenge #71 - Twine
6.  We Do Doobadoo Challenge #15 - Something Masculine

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Primary Color Challenge

Love these mommy and baby shots.  So sweet!!!
"Nothing can exceed the affection of a cat to those who treat it kindly." 
                                                             ----------William Rhind

Hi, Friends......

I am here with a glittery card for the MFP Color Challenge - Red, Yellow, Blue.  I am not one to use the primary colors together very often, so this was a bit of a stretch for me. (After all, there's no pink on here anywhere!  Ha.)  Instead, I had to use some gold with the primaries.  :)  

I used my new MFP Heavenly Harmony stamp set (THANKS, MFP!!!) for the sun/moon image and embossed it in gold on DCWV Stardust paper.  It doesn't show up as well as I hoped against the blue......(sigh).  I snipped the corners with some decorative corner scissors and went around the edges with a gold marker. 

I layered some gold-edged ribbon between the layers and mounted it on a red glittery card base.  A little metal star helped continue the celestial theme and finished it off.  Simple, but I am surprised at how much I actually like this combo of deep, slightly subdued, primary colors......the gold helps!  :)

New Follower Introduction Time!!!!  This time it is #61!!!
Jacki Daniels of Crafting in My Kitchen is my newest follower.  Folks, you MUST go look at Jacki's blog.  Her creations are out-of-this-world gorgeous.  She makes her own intricate and glittery embellishments and combines them with such artistry that they are indeed a wonder to behold!  I am afraid to ask her how long something like this takes her to make because it would take me years to complete even one of them and she probably does it in a few hours or maybe a couple of days!   Amazing crafter!!!  Did I mention she has a couple of kitties on her sidebar?  :)  Thank you so much, Jacki, for becoming a follower.  This ginormous smile is for you!!!!

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by today.  Hope your week is going well!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges: 


Monday, September 15, 2014

1-2-3-4 Challenge Card

Love this photo so much I had to give you the extra-large format size!!  :)

"The love of dress is very marked in this attractive animal.  He is proud of his coat, and cannot endure that a hair of it shall lie in the wrong way."
                                                                     ---------Jules Chamfleury

Hi, Friends....

I am here today with a card for the MFP Simple Salutations 1-2-3-4 Challenge (1 image, 2 flowers, 3 papers, 4 brads).  This card was surprisingly difficult for me to put together, even though I have tons of designer paper (my hubby might say this is literally true!) and flowers galore in my stash.....not sure why I had so much trouble getting a concept for it.  

I am also entering this in the Viva La Verve Challenge using their lovely September color palette:

Darnell gets this third and final entry from me in her NBUS #2 Challenge, also, since I am using more of my brand-new MFP stamps.  The lovely floral image is from the MFP Works of Art set.  (THANKS, MFP!!!)

I stamped my dogwood image with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and used my waterbrush and Gelatos to paint it. 

 I couldn't resist mounting it on this pretty DCWV foiled kraft paper.  You know me and gold!  LOVE.  I put a bit of sparkle in the centers of the blossoms with a sparkly gel pen.  The brads have been in my stash for a loooong time.  I'm not sure if I've ever used them before or not.....maybe. 

The scrap of pink shimmery paper I used was too wide and not long enough for my card.  So I cut it lengthwise and glued it together, hiding the seam beneath the upper panels.  That can be our secret, huh?  I finished the card off with a couple of velvety Prima flowers.  I love the soft look and the texture they bring. 

So, I got the whole card finished and sat back looking at it admiringly.  Oh, no!!!!  EEEEEK!!!  This is supposed to be a Simple Salutations challenge.  I got so engrossed in the 1-2-3-4 aspect that I forgot completely about the greeting and I hadn't left room for a banner with some salutation on it.  Oh, woe!  :(

Well, there was only one thing to do.....I would have to stamp directly onto the finished card.  ARGHH!!  This was one of those times where it had to be perfect the first time.  The pressure was building....  I chose the Happy Birthday from my new MFP Silly Shells set.  I carefully selected where I wanted the greeting and inked it up.  I held my breath as I gingerly placed it and stamped.  Did I dare lift it up yet?  Had enough of the ink transferred?  Or would I be left with a completely ruined card to be remade and salvaged at a later date?   With dread in the pit of my stomach, I lifted it up.  Ahhhh-mazing!  As close to perfect as I can ever hope to expect.  And I love the look of it stamped directly, instead of using a banner that I can do and redo as many times as necessary!!  Whew!!!  (Now tell you think I stress out too much about my cards?  Ha!!)

Ding-ding-ding-ding!!!  New Follower Introduction Time!!!!  Welcome to followers #59 and #60!!

Brandie Partello - I sorry that I can't share any info on you, Brandie, although I think you have commented and I replied.  I wish I could find it!  I would love to introduce you better.  If you have a blog you would like for me to share, please send me a link using the sidebar thingy.  At any rate, I am so glad to have you as a new follower.  This ginormous smile is all for you!!!!

craftyamiga - Another new member and I don't have any blog info to share for others to know where to visit.  If you would like to send me a link to your gallery or blog, I would be delighted to post that update to your introduction.  In the meantime, this ginormous new-follower smile is yours!!!  Thanks so much for becoming a follower!!!!

Thank you all for your enormously generous and kind comments on my projects.  I have said to my family that the average rating for comments on a craft blog seems to be 5 stars out of 5 stars....."Never is heard a discouraging word".....but I think you, dear readers, rate an average of 6!!  THANKS soooooo much!!!!  You make my day!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy TV Simple Salutations Challenge #113 - 1-2-3-4
2.  Viva La Verve Sketches September Color Challenge
3.  djkardkreations - NBUS Challenge #2 - Anything Goes with Never Before Used Schtuff
4.  Pinkfresh Studio - Gold Challenge  

5.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #149 - Anything Goes with an Encouraging Greeting

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dino-Mite News!!!

"Oh, cat: I'd say, or pray:  bee-ooootiful cat!  
Delicious cat!  Exquisite cat! Satiny cat!  
Cat like a soft owl, cat with paws like moths; jeweled cat, miraculous cat!  
Cat, cat, cat, cat."

                                                                       ---------Doris Lessing

Hi, Friends.....

I am here today with a fun card I made with my first Mark's Finest Paper stamps!!!  Yay!!!  They finally arrived!  This is for a young man who has a new baby sister....hence the Dino-mite News!  It fits well with the FOSTV - Card for a Child Challenge.  I used the MFP - Dino News set for this.  (THANKS, MFP!!!)

Since these super-cute stamps are brand-new.....unused....this card qualifies for Darnell's NBUS challenge, too.  Your NBUS doesn't have to be old....and you still have plenty of time to enter along with the rest of us!!  Did I mention a ton of great prizes???  :)

My T-Rex is stamped and heat-embossed on some patterned cardstock from the DCWV Kidosaurus stack.  The background is still more of what I salvaged from my failed attempt at the Distress Inks on cling wrap technique.  Ha. You are going to see this pop up here and there until I use it all up!!!  :)  I liked the mix of blues and greens  that I ended up with on this piece......after repeated spritzings with water and laying it on watercolor paper to transfer the excess ink off!!!  Eeek!   I used black Staz-On to stamp my greeting onto the glossy background.  The scalloped border is from GCD Studios and the ribbon was a thrift store find.  :)

I am trying to keep this post short, so I will do my new-follower introductions on my next post, when I can do it properly. 

Hope you like my card!  Have a dino-roaringly wonderful week!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP - FOSTV Challenge #140 - Card for a Child
2.  DJKardKreations NBUS Challenge #2 - Anything Goes with Never-Before-Used-Schtuff 
3.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #149 - Anything Goes with Inspirational or Positive Greeting 
4.  DL.Art September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes 
5.  DRS Designs Challenge #139 - I'm All in Knots -- Use Ribbon, other than in a bow. 


I haven't written a cat update for a long time......been too busy with Little Peach and other matters, I guess.  When my daughter's family ended up moving in with us, they brought 2 adult cats and 3 kittens......these are in addition to the 20 we already had!!  The babies are so sweet and are growing fast!!  The inside old-lady kitties, Shy-Cat (she's the one on my header) and Aliyah, have done remarkably well adjusting to the little aliens.  Even Othello hasn't freaked out and is becoming buddies with Caspian. 
Top to bottom (sort of):  Brian, Caspian, and Judith.  Caspian has the "best spot" in between his warm littermates!

I snapped this picture yesterday of the three kittens all nestled together on my bed with a quilt and fuzzy robe.  That lavender fuzzy robe has comforted untold numbers of kitties over the many years I have had it!  So precious!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Very Special Card for a Challenge

Awww.....This is sweet!  
"Perhaps a child, like a cat, is so much inside of himself that he does not see himself in the mirror."
                                                                             ----------------Anais Nin

Hi, Friends.....

I am here today with a special card for someone who is ailing and could use some encouragement.  Her name is Edith and I found out about her through Donna Ellis' wonderful blog:  Creative Smiles.  You can learn more about Edith's struggle with cancer HERE.  Perhaps, you would also like to send her a card.

I already had in my stash this lovely butterfly image I had heat embossed in white on vellum.  I do try to stamp a few extras when I have my sets out.  It is nice to have them on hand and often is just what I need to inspire an entire card! 

I put the vellum over the aqua polka-dot paper (yes, it really is aqua, not sky blue....darn camera!!), added a scrap of doily beneath, and mounted it on kraft.
I serendipitously made sort of a wood-grain looking background with some lined DCWV paper.  I used my HA Pattern Stripes background stamp inked with SSS Khaki.  I'm positive this paper wasn't supposed to be wood, but I think it kind of looks that way with my subtle stamping.  LOVE when something like that happens!!  :)

I clustered some Prima and Petaloo flowers together and glued on beads for the center of one.  

Then I got this wild idea of gluing beads on the stems of the side panel.  I probably should have quit before my brain got this far....

Actually, I really like this effect, but it is hard to keep the glue where you want it.  I laid down a line of Alene's Jewel-It and set on the beads.  It looks hard and tedious, but what I use is the tip of an unfolded paper clip that has a bit of sticky on it from the glue.  I touch it to the bead, which picks up easily, and then set it in place, oriented in all the same direction (in theory).  After they are all lined up to my satisfaction, I lay a line of glue over the top of them for additional security.  The glue dries clear, so you can't tell it's there.....except where I got some smears of glue on the paper.  Please don't look too closely!!  The process is actually quite easy......otherwise you wouldn't be seeing it on my blog!  Ha.

I once again used some of Joanna's lovely color palette from HERE.  There's only a day or two left on this color challenge and I will be so sorry to put those papers away.  It has been such an awesome combination to work with!!

Also, I got totally brave and decided to participate in the Taylored Expressions - Sketch, Selfie, Share Challenge.  Did you notice that there is a $250 TE Gift Voucher Random Draw Prize up for grabs????  Wowza!!!  I am soooooooooo in!!!

Here's the sketch she provided: 
One of the requirements of this challenge is to post a selfie of you and your card!  EEEEEEK!!!!!

I couldn't get one of my cats to pose with the card (the ingrates, after all I do for them!), the risk of being the sole cause of the entire world wide web crashing, here is my selfie with my card: 

Arrrrrrrrghhhh.....I can never get a decent selfie!!  (cringe)

Edith, if you are feeling up to reading this, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!!  Peace, strength, and comfort be yours.  

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by.  Hope your weekend is lovely!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Taylored Expressions - Sketch, Selfie, Share Challenge
2. Inspired by Stamping - IBSIC #85 - Color Challenge
3. DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
4. Stamp and Create - September Challenge - Circles or Dots
5. Butterfly Spot Challenge - Ugly Bug Ball - Use any Winged Insect

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Flower Pot Lady with Crown

Maybe this is how a little fox holds his mommy's hand.

"I must have a cat whom I find homeless, wandering about the court, and to whom, therefore, I am under no obligation.  I have already selected a dirty little drunken wretch of a kitten to be the successor to my poor old cat."
                                                                            ----------Samuel Butler

Hi, Friends.....

I was racking my brain (such as it is!) to think what I could make for the MFP Inspiration Challenge - Flower Pot People.  

Then......I spied my whimsical masked lady with wings by Teesha Moore.  (Teesha is the artist who also designed the "Old and Curious" stamp I used in my very strange and eerie doctor book page project.) So I hit on actually putting her IN a flower pot!!.....the stamped image, that is, not Teesha! :o

Since this gal with the crown has been sedately biding her time unused in my stash for months, she also qualifies as a NBUS item..."Never Before Used Schtuff"....for Darnell's challenge.

Here's a closer look at her sitting in her Stamping Up Flower Pot.

I heat embossed the flower pot numerous times with gold embossing powder to get a thick smooth coat.  Then I stamped her image and heat embossed again.  To make her stand out a bit from the background, I sponged with Distress Ink - Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain around the outside of the image, keeping her face lighter.  Then I inked and heat embossed around the edge of her panel with gold.

I chose some delicious K & Co. papers in wonderful autumn colors for this project and really love the blue foil accents in the background paper.  So I pulled (and pulled...and pulled) out this string of metallic blue faux pearls.  After trying to figure out how to use them on here, I finally just draped them all over the background and laid the image panel on top.  LOVE the look!!  Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue came to the rescue for securely adhering this viperine strand!!!  Yay!! (See, I told you that failed "rainbow" project had a good takeaway!!)  It also was just the thing for putting my image panel down on top of the beads.

Some amazing Prima Flowers, a few blue accents for the crown,  and gold sequins here and there finished off the card.  

(More about those flowers in a moment....)

Here is an angled shot so you can see the lovely metallic sheen.  Yum!!!

I have to tell you about the amazing deal I got on a bunch of Prima flowers!!!  If you LOVE Prima flowers and you are always hunting for the right color, shape, and size for your projects, you MUST look into this product:  Prima Wildflower MixThe product description on the JoAnn's page says it is 72 count.  It is NOT.  It is more like 372 count!!!  

I got the item (reg price $15.99) when it was half-price thinking it was still pretty expensive for 72 flowers, but I do love my Prima......  However, when I took this out of the JoAnn shipping box, I nearly lost my teeth!!  This is a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig tube of flowers.  The description says 7-3/4" x 3", which is correct.  But the flowers are really stuffed in there and the net weight of 1.20 oz doesn't nearly communicate just how many flowers you are getting!!!!  They are of all shapes and sizes and colors and include some leaves, too.  I get the idea that these are the collected leftovers or end runs from their factory.  Yay!!!  I love having the huge selection!!  Some I recognize from other Primas I already own, but most are new ones to me.  So, if you love flowers as much as I do, put this on your JoAnn wishlist and wait for a great sale....then snag it! 

Hope you enjoyed my card today.  I had a lot of fun with it!  Also, let me know if you like my product alert mini-reviews (like I did with Beacon 3-in-1 with my rainbow card and today with the Prima flowers).  If so, I will try to do more of those, too.

Have a lovely week!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1 MFP Speedy TV Inspirational Challenge #78 - Flower Pot People 
2.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #7 - Anything Goes 
3.  House of Cards Challenge - September Photo/Color Inspiration 
4.  Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #164 - Think Fall 
5.  DJKardKreations NBUS Challenge #2 - Anything Goes with Never Before Used Schtuff