THD Challenge #3

You know what never gets old? Gold.

You know what else doesn’t get old? Playing along with The Heart Desires Challenge!

I mean how could it?  We’re only 3 months into it and waiting for you to participate!!

So we have a bit of gold, woodgrain, and juicy succulents to get you inspired.  Trendy succulents haven’t lost their appeal, either– especially in my house.  I have the offspring of a 15 year old plant, fondly referred to as “hair plant”, purchased a few months after my move to Seattle (who sadly succumbed to root rot and fungal disease despite massive measures a few years after our 2012 move to the beach). I was often mad at my cat Leo, who loved to sit in the plant, chew on it and basically be naughty with it from the time he was a kitten to it’s untimely demise.  But the good news is that because of his naughtiness, that hair plant lives!!  He broke off a large arm of it right before it got sick, which I rooted and re-potted, thus it never got the fungal disease!  A lucky break (no pun intended)!

Here’s a picture:

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And here’s our inspiration photo for this month’s challenge!

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I worked in all three elements–metallic, woodgrain and plants!

 

I used the We R Memory Keepers Next Level Bouquet floral embossing folder— these folders are so amazing.  The depth and texture and possibilities are phenomenal.  I am also featuring the Tear Drops and Clear Dots which are such a cool embellishment.  Both are available in the Heart Desires Store! The embossed layer has been splattered with Coral Color Shine by Heidi Swapp, which is also slightly metallic in the light.

Gold and woodgrain figure prominently!  Hey Tonya, recognize the wood tags?  They were gifted in my huge box of goodies!  Love these tags so much!

I customed colored glossy cardstock with alcohol inks to get my perfect pinks and ombre shading. It is my favorite way to use the inks.  The flowers and woodgrain leaf are from Wild Garden by Julie Ebersole.  If you follow my work, then you know I can’t get enough of this set!

The rest of the papers are digital prints from The Lilypad– a wonderful collection from Forever Joy.  The inside is finished with some ombre metallic washi!

 

That’s it for me– until tomorrow when I will have some more inspiration for you based on our challenge photo and mixing it up with Concord & 9th!

Until then, check out the rest of the team and play along with us this month.  You have until Wednesday 8.31!

Challenge Rules:

  1. Challenges will run from the first Wednesday to the last Wednesday of each month.
  2. Use one, two or three of the identified elements.
  3. If you choose to use colors, you need only use 2 or 3 of them.  Use your choice of neutrals (white, kraft, black, gray).
  4. Identify the elements you chose to use if not readily evident.
  5. Enter up to 3 times and combine with no more than 5 challenges, including ours.
  6. Include the inspiration pic as well as a link to the challenge in your post.
  7. The challenge winner will be invited to be a future guest designer.
  8. Most importantly, have fun!!!!

 

Happy Accidents

I was just rereading a post from last year because it was recently viewed by a visitor, and in it I discussed the creative process, taking chances (or not!) with art, and happy accidents.  While I cringed a bit at the card featured in the post, I enjoyed reconnecting with my ideas and considering where I am almost one year later.  And it was a timely read since I will be sharing with you today two cards that were happy accidents!

Happy Accident #1

In the midst of making Christmas cards I had negatives of die cuts and scraps of paper gathered about, and in one of my clean sweeps, I collected some of my specialty papers–gold foil and gilded vellums– and just filed them in a plastic sleeve.  I wasn’t paying attention at the time, but about a week later I happened to glance over at the plastic sleeve and noticed the negative die cut of my deer head in the gold foil sitting behind a gold star vellum.  I don’t waste a bit of my gold foil cardstock, so I had just kept what remained for smaller die cuts without even thinking about using the negative!  It was a happy surprise indeed, and this is the card that manifested!

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As you can see in the photo below, the die leaves a squared outline when it cuts into thick paper, which does not make for a great negative, unless you were to frame around the deer head and hide the outline.  In this case, the cover of vellum did just the trick.  I love the shadow of his head beneath the stars!

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One of my favorite and most used dies of the season was my “Sparkle and Shine” set from WPlus9.  I love the font and the size.  I cut it from mint Paper Source CS and used a bit of ice Stickles to embellish.

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And here is the inside where I changed it up a bit from the front, featuring a gold sentiment and mint & gold washi.

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UPDATE: ENVELOPES!

I almost forgot that this little card has a matching envelope I made with my Martha Stewart Scoreboard!  I made a few custom-size envelopes for holiday cards, as I found some great deals on 12×12 paper at Michaels and Joann.  Since I made oddly sized cards, I need custom envelopes, and they add to the whole card!  I will do a post soon on making envelopes and labels!

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Happy Accident #2

Another inspiration came as well from the leftover of a die cut.  I had cut one of my large Avery Elle flags and a Mama Elephant tag from some grey cardstock, and the paper that remained was a triangular piece with a bit of a long rectangular edge.  When I looked at it, I saw a roof and a chimney!  Considering the amazing We R Memory Keepers “Love Notes” collection (I have now purchased two 12×12 pads, two 6×6 pads, and extra 12×12 sheets of the prints I love. Yes, I am hording–the texture and designs were just too awesome to resist!) and the specific print, French Doors, I knew I had a little holiday house card in the making!

Here is what resulted!

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Now you can see the “roof” and “chimney” that sparked my creation!  In order to create the house, I used the flip side of the French Doors paper, measured and cut it in a similar way so it would fit on the grey background.

The grey chimney looked a bit too flat, though, so I embossed with my Tim Holtz brick folder another piece of grey paper, cut to fit, and adhered to the chimney.

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Once I decided what door to use, I fussy cut that and then set to embellishing the rest of the house with a wreath, gingerbread icing scallops from the Avery Elle set, my Poppystamps snowman, and that adorable Mama Elephant bow.  The left corner looked a bit empty upon finishing, so I decided to add the snowflake.

I considered cutting the card base so it was a triangle, but since that was my only sheet of MFT’s Pink Lemonade, which was the perfect color for the base, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  It felt like too big of a risk– which echoes my sentiments in that post from a year ago.  If I only have one piece of a cardstock or patterned paper, or embellishment, I am far less likely to take a chance.  Silly, perhaps, but these papers and goods are expensive, so the fear of waste and ruin keeps me on the conservative side!  Do you experience the same feeling in your creative process?

Since this is going to a friend who just moved into a new house, I figured it would be the perfect card and sentiment!

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I hope you found some inspiration in these happy accident cards!  Give pause when you toss aside a scrap; it may just hold the key to a beautiful creation!

May your week be full of happy!

Selected Supplies–Click image to purchase:

We R Memory Keepers - Love Notes Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - French Doors

Destination: Graduation

“Life is a highway, I want to ride it all night long/ If you’re goin’ my way, I want to drive it all night long…”

Good Evening!

How was your week and weekend?  Did you make it to any special destinations?

For those of us in Seattle living along the Sound, this past week was full of wooly mornings marked by the bellow of fog horns, distant ghost ships, and crystalline webs hanging heavy with dew, strung from every tree or window–and just when you felt like fall was wrapping around, the fog would open to a searing blue sky, and roll away to reveal 70 degree days and some balmy nights!

It was a slow moving week with some unexpected turns, but I am happy to say that I completed one long overdue card and played around with some ideas for upcoming card designs.

So let me pick up the speed here, as it’s nearly bedtime in my corner of the world!

This card has been in the works since July!  The necessary items were purchased, idea sketched out, and some layout completed, but it finally came together this weekend.  As I said in my “Getting to Know Me” post, my cards are often designed with the recipient in mind and that is true of this card.  Overall, I am pretty happy with the finished product, particularly how my inlaid street sign and road paper panel turned out.

The card features nearly all Crate Paper Road Trip papers and embellishments.

I will apologize ahead of time for the quality of some of the photos; I made some changes to the card and had to retake in different light, so they are a bit washed out!

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My original idea, when I saw that blue highway paper in the pack, was to inlay the Neat and Tangled “On the Corner” sign post.  I wanted the post to be 3-D and act as a closure for the card; as you can see it tucks into the Prima Car Parts steering wheel.

I cut the sign out of some grungy gray paper, and then used Copics to enhance the outlined areas.

Instead of using the corresponding Neat and Tangled stamps, I opted for my graduation themed stamps from MFT.

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I did have to focus on measurements for this card as there were numerous panels and layers to fit together!
It measures 5.5″ x 5.5″.

I do like how it looks when it sits open to reveal of view of the inside.

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I used MFT Wide Banners for the flags inside; the sentiment is from Kaisercraft.  It’s not the highest quality photopolymer stamp, and even after seasoning the stamp and stamping it multiple times, the ink still balls up a bit, so you get a mottled look, which I actually really like for the feel of this car.

Kind of like oil drops on the ground, tire treads, or highway gravel!

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I love these tiny Tim Holtz screws I used to adhere the main panel, along with some glue dots.

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The Mustang stamp is from Deep Red Stamps; it was stamped on some grungy red paper from the Shine collection from We R Memory Keepers and heat embossed. I then fussy cut it.

I used a grunge stamp from Impression Obsession for the mustard yellow wall splatter.  What I really wished I had for this panel were graffiti font stamps and a checkered flag.  I feel like something is missing on this panel– yet nothing embellishment or stamp-wise really worked.

And I didn’t want it too cluttered or competing with the sign post. So it is what it is!

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And speaking of something missing– here is the before picture of the card– before I added my Savvy banner.

I just kept looking at the card and the right panel didn’t feel right.  I wanted to keep it masculine, and Savvy is definitely not terribly masculine, but the little flags seem to work okay.  They, too, are cut from Road Trip paper.

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And here we are at the end of the road– a little Prima license plate and fun washi.

The base paper is MFT Fuse Green, which worked really well with the colors of the card.

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So this is headed out to a student who has started an automotive program this fall.

Now it’s time for me to park it here and head down the highway of sleep!  Remember to live your dream and keep moving toward your destination!  (That kind of felt like I was channeling a bit of Casey Kasem!)