Finally Finished

Well I thought yesterday afternoon I would be able to finish my card in 30 minutes. Let’s just say 3 hours later it was finally done. I had this idea from a card someone received that was store bought. I wanted to take the idea and modify it.

I took this sketch from Julee’s Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge and began the card.

I began with the black wire. I coiled it around a skewer with no problem. Then I had to do the wings of the dragonfly. I thought I was just going to glue the coiled body to the stamped image of the dragonfly. Well I got the bright idea to use some sheer fabric from my daughter’s wedding as it would be the perfect color for a dragonfly. So I used the wire to make the wings. Now the fun begins! I decided to use crystal effects to glue the fabric to the wire. After 1 hour the fabric still wasn’t adhered to the wire. Next I got the bright idea to use sticky tape. After cutting and piecing the tape to the wire it finally worked and I had a completed dragonfly minus the head.

I coulnd’t leave well enough alone. I thought it would look really neat to use a bead for the head. I went looking in my jewelry making beads and found one as well as some clear ones that I thought would make great antennae. I put the wire through the black bead and wove the wire through the body then back through the black bead to secure it in place. I put a dot of crystal effects on the bead and made sure it was attached to the body. After letting it dry I put the 2 clear beads on the end of the wire to look like antennae (took some playing with it but I finally got it) and put some crystal effects on them to hold them in place. When it was done drying I was able to finish the card. Here is what I created.

Stamps: none Paper: Soft Sky, Soft Sky DS Accessories: Black velvet ribbon (LSS before it closed), black wire, sheer blue-green material, black and clear beads, jewelry wire, photo corner punch, Zots, sticky tape
Despite all the issues I really like this card and since I have all the details worked out I would make it again. Have a great weekend and thanks for looking!

Thursday’s Design by Candice

I tried this new technique called frosted filter not so sure why it is called that but anyway my background is that technique. I think this background with the colors I used made a great camouflage design (but not what I was going for). You might not be able to tell in this photo but I stamped this image twice once in Always Artichoke and again in Certainly Celery to give it a shadow look.

Stamp Set: Essence of Love (occasions mini catalog) Paper: Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, and Vanilla Ink: Always Artichoke and Certainly Celery Accessories: Coffee Filter, Always Artichoke re-inker, Chocolate Chip re-inker, Certainly Celery re-inker, Heat Gun and Cutter Kit. 😉

Wednesday’s Design by Robbie – NOT

Have you ever had one of those weeks? Well I am this week. I have my idea that I am working on but I have not had time to finish it. I thought I would post the cards we made at my workshop last week. I will try and get the other card finished by Friday and post it. I am really excited about it as I really tried some different materials to use on the card. Check back on Friday to see what I came up with. I did not include the details. If you want then let me know and I can send them to you.

Thanks for looking! Have a great afternoon!

Color Challenge Monday

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend mine was pretty busy, I am glad today is Monday, can you believe I just said that… My colors for today are Blush Blossom and Cameo Coral and of course I had to add in that third color. Robbie’s colors are Apricot Appeal and Not Quite Navy. I love this new Hardware Kit in the Occasions Mini I may have to get myself a couple of these. I hope you enjoy what I came up with. 😉

Candice’s Color Challenge
Stamps: A Good Egg Paper: Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, and White Ink: Basic Black and Cameo Coral Accessories: Label Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, Slit Punch, Dimensionals, Coluzzle Cutting System, Pure Color Pencils, White Gel Pen, Buttons, Hodgepodge Hardware, and Grosgrain Ribbon.

Robbie’s Color Challenge

Stamps: Hearthfelt Thanks, Small Script (retired) Paper: Apricot Appeal, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi Ink: Apricot Appeal, Not Quite Navy, Wild Wasabi Accessories: Large and small oval punch, ribbon, Not Quite Navy marker, Sakura Stardust gel pen, scoring tool, sticky tape.

Sketch Saturday

I needed a card to send to my son-in-law who is in Korea. He works on the electronics in helicopters so I went in search of one. When I finally found one I wanted to use, my favorite sketch blog PoeticArtistry was having another challenge. If you do a card and upload it Julee will pick a lucky winner to receive a free stamp set. I have used the set I won last time to create a post for our blog. I am anxious to use the set again as I really like it. They have a new release that has a gorgeous set that I will have to buy if I don’t win. I just love the flowers in it. Julee posts a new sketch every Monday. Check out her blog if you find you need some inspiration for a layout. Her sketches are lots of fun and easy to do.

For this card I wanted to create a background that mimics marine fatigues as much as possible. Their fatigues are all shades of light brown. I like the geometric background stamp but need to work on my sponging a little more. What do you think?

Here is the sketch for this week along with my card.

Stamps: By Air (retired), Geometric (retired), Scenery (retired), Great Greetings (retired) Paper: Very Vanilla, Handsome Hunter, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, River Rock Scrap Pads (Provo Craft) Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Handsome Hunter, Going Gray, Tea Dye (Jim Holtz Ranger Inks) Accessories: helicopter brads, dimensionals, sponges

Sorry all my stamps are retired but when you have an idea you really need to go with it. Let me know what you think. Have a great weekend. Thanks for looking!