Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Live the Life You've Imagined...Happy

Happy Hump Day!

I've recently discovered a great new website called Memories Always-Forever. It's full of fun challenges (you know I can't pass that up!), a place to upload your projects and peruse those of other majorly talented contributors, and connect with other crafty people.

They just had a card sketch challenge using this sketch:

Aaaaaaand, here's where I took it:

I had so much fun making this. It's seriously much more impressive IRL. I hate how the camera flattens an image. You know, I've been holding on to that Basic Grey Obscure 6x6 pad forever but just recently discovered how so "me" it is. I L-O-V-E it!

For the two framed areas on the sketch I scribbled/scratched frame outlines. Then I went over them with an embossing pen and then covered them with UTEE a couple of times so there are clear, bubbley, melty, raised frames. The sentiment is stamped on a transparency and then I plopped it on top of the UTEE while it was still hot to "glue" the transparency down. (Here's a little tip...molten UTEE is H-O-T! Use tweezers if you're going to set something down into it. Don't learn the hard way like I did. Trust me, you won't do it twice.) I also "glued" down in the UTEE a couple of transistors. I've been holding on to those babies for ages, too. It's fun discovering the treasures you have organized away over the years. I have some really cool stuff.

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For the scalloped area I created a frame with some old Heidi Swapp printed tape - this one is some sort of measuring device. Unfortunately, I have no idea where I got the camera eyelet but I'm glad I discovered those in my stash, too.

The tickets, sentiment, and the umbrella man (notice he's shadow stamped, too?) are all Tim Holtz stamps. That man is wicked talented, eh?

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Details: Basic Grey paper; Tim Holtz stamps; JudiKins transparency; StazOn & VersaMark ink; Zig Millenium pen & Emboss Writer; Ranger UTEE; Heidi Swapp tape; unknown transistors & eyelet.

This month's Guest Design Team challenge for Unity Stamp Co. was to use a stamp from either the May or June Kit of the Month and this sketch:

I felt like stepping out of the box, so to speak, so I went round instead with a paper mache round hanger:

I thought I'd like to do something really playful so I grabbed my current go-to fun papers from the American Craft Teen collection. It's hard to see in the pic but some of the hearts are glazed and a little bit sparkly. I used a checkerboard pattern for the wide horizontal band on the sketch and cut out a squiggle for the smaller band bisecting it.

The Unity stamp I used was the June KOTM "happy" banner.
I told you you'd be seeing the fan fold flowers again soon! These are also made with the AC Teen papers and are topped off with some Around the Block brads. I backed them with some turquoise floss to make them seem just that much more festive.

And now, of course, I must address the pink elephant in the room - the fuschia feather trim. Oh. My. Gawd. It was like some exotic bird exploded when I cut that trim! There were fuschia feathers floating in the air for hours! I attached it to the hanger with Sticky Strips.

Details - American Craft paper; Unity Stamp Co. stamp; Ink - StazOn, Stampin' Up!; Brads - Around the Block, Stampin' Up!; Stickles; DMC floss; MSI paper mache hanger; Target boa trim; Offray ribbon; Sticky Strips tape.

Hope you enjoyed my creations for the day.

Stay tuned tomorrow for some possibly exciting news.

Have a good evening!



Mika said...

LOVE your lo, so colourfull. Hope to see you around girl. Mika (

Kit said...

this is great love the colours

Diana Fisher said...

AWESOME to all of it! Great card and LOVE the pink fur!

ally serrato said...

oh my gosh ~ i love it!!! i have a little blog love award for you,,,,

Linda said...

How cool and just neat looking hotwheels