Nov 20, 2012

Mystery Image Swap Revealed!

We have a fun group on Split Coast that run a Mystery Image Swap.  Every other month the hostess (we take turns hosting) sends us images and we make 4 cards, send them to the hostess and receive back 3 creations from others.  It's loads of fun to see how differently we all create with the same starting point.

I am two days late in posting this (April, I hope that my tardiness makes you feel better! LOL)  On the 18th we were supposed to post our creations, however, my Dad's 81st Birthday was the 17th and my previous post was his card.  I wanted to give Mom & Dad a chance to see the post easily without having to search for it.  Anyway, enough of that.  On to this card.
A close up to show the pretty
embossed snowflakes.
It's navy card stock on a white base, the corners trimmed with deckle scissors.  The circle of snowflakes is a unique eBay find from many years ago.  It's embossed with a snowflake, glitter EP that is also a find from a stamp show many years back.  The circle is hand cut with an Exacto knife, so, it's less than perfect, ha ha.
Here is a close up of the inside panel with the adorable image chosen by our Hostess, Terry.  Isn't he darling?  He is colored with Spectrum Noir markers and accented with Snow flocking by Recollections.  His eyes and buttons are these tiny gems from Can You Digi It.  They are so small that they can be a challenge to work with but they also have Embellie Gellie to pick them up with and place them on your work.  A big help!

Below is a photo of everything used to make this card, including a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig since the circle on the rubber stamp is not mounted straight on the wood block.  Using this is the only way to get it lined up correctly.

Lesson learned: next time I'll add the snow flocking first and then glue on the gems.  I had a hard time keeping the glue off of the gems.

Thanks for stoping by and for any comments you may care to leave!  Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Supplies used for this card.

Nov 15, 2012

Dueling Darlings: Planes, Trains & Automobiles!

Remember that movie?  The antics as two men struggle to get home in time for their holiday with their families.  This month our hostesses, Carol and Debbie selected this for our theme.  The Dazzler's hostess, Debbie, was very generous, and sent us two kits!! How great is that?!

Well, another post will show off a card from the other kit, but for the duel this month, when I saw the 57 Chevy was all over.  No way could I not pick this kit for the duel.
Here's the card:
I know, I know, the coloring may not be technically accurate, but here's what I was going for:
In the very early '60's my Dad and Uncle taught my Grandmother (my Dad's Mom) to drive.  Ugh.  I remember everyone being about as happy during this process as we were when he taught my own Mom to drive! (My Mom eventually just went to a driving school).  Ha ha!
Anyway, eventually Grandma passed and got her driver's license.  My Dad and uncles bought her a black Chevy or Ford with HUGE PINK FINS!  It was the most amazing car I had ever seen.  Here's the kicker:  she NEVER drove it.  In fact, I don't think she ever drove once she had her license!

The wheels and headlights are perked up with some Crystal Effects, and "Are we there yet?" is cut out of the adorable DP that Debbie sent, mounted on a little Balsa wood oval that was colored with my markers.  Then it was also glazed with Crystal Effects and popped up with dimensional dots. (Creating the big shadow on my image in this picture)
My father's 81st birthday is this week so this card along with another card is on it's way to him on the West Coast.

As part of this challenge we were asked to share any memory of traveling during the holidays.  Well, one year in particular stands out.  My family lives in western Washington state, and I went to college on the eastern part of the state, near Idaho.  If you aren't familiar with the area, the Cascade Mountain range, and Mt. Rainier are right between the two regions.

One year in the mid-70's all the college kids got stuck on the mountain pass due to avalanche control.  Hundreds of kids set off to return to school after the holiday, expecting a 5-7 hour commute, depending on the weather and pass conditions.  What we got was a 24 hr or more commute!  It was a mess.  Cold, hungry, people running out of gas, etc.  But you know college kids - everything is an adventure and suddenly all of these complete strangers are all best friends.

Well, I've occupied enough of your time!  Get on over to all of the other Divas & Dazzlers blogs and see what they have made for this duel.  Links are on my side bar and thanks for stopping by!