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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Hi and good morning.

I have writer's block.  

I'm sitting here trying to think of something clever or witty or interesting to say, and nothing is coming to mind.  Good grief, I've only had this blog since September 23, just 16 days, and I'm already out of things to say?

HA!  I think not!  I'm just drawing a blank at the moment.  A temporary setback.  I'm never far from lengthy conversation, even if it's with only myself.  As my teachers used to tell me in school as I was growing up, "Nice girl, talks too much."  Oh WELL.  People get nervous when I'm too quiet.  Past bosses, family members, friends...

But today, the chatter is on hold.  So I'll tell you about my card and leave it at that.  But just you wait, tomorrow will be a whole 'nother story.

So without further ado, here 'tis.  I made it for a couple of challenges over at SCS plus a couple on other sites (all challenges will be listed below).

One of the challenges was to use Midnight Muse, More Mustard and Rich Razzleberry, a rather difficult combination in my opinion.  It was DH's idea to combine the purple and gold in a sort of sunset appearance, so I brayered the two together on the background and put that on the dark blue layer.  After that, things came a little easier, especially since another challenge was to use humor and stitching.  I love humor.  I wasn't elected Class Clown in my senior year of high school for nothing.  (Part of the reason why people think something's wrong when I'm quiet, more than likely.)   Don't tell anyone, but I accidentally put the brayered layer on 90 degrees the wrong way.  Instead of the two colors being side to side, they were supposed to be top to bottom.  *sigh*  At least it was easy to fix.  I just flipped the sketch.  So that was Lesson #1 - pay attention at all times

I embossed the slipper in Ultra Thick Embossing Powder so as to imitate the appearance of glass.  I love that stuff - it always give me a charge to emboss, and the UTEE is just double, or even triple, the fun.  And I learned Lesson #2 - do NOT emboss before using a die punch.  Glass slippers break, even on paper.  (I had to redo it.)  

Since my craft room is too small to make cards and set up my sewing machine at the same time, I had to put faux stitching around the outside edge by hand using a Micron pen.  I also "stitched" around the image panel.  You guessed it, Lesson #3 - do hand stitching AFTER applying the panel.  Sheesh.

To finish things off, I popped up the image panel after adhering a knotted piece of seam binding between the layers, then I added three glittered Candis as the final touch.  I love these things, especially the "blanks" as pictured here.  You can color them, glitter them, shine them up, embellish them any number of ways which allows you to customize the look instead of buying them in every color of the rainbow.  And then trying to find storage for them all.  I colored mine with More Mustard marker and then applied glitter, using Aleene's Paper Glaze as the adhering agent.

And that is my card.  I sure hope I have more to say tomorrow.  Until then...

Happy Crafting!!

Challenges entered:

SCS - Color Challenge
SCS - Hope You Can Cling To
Charisma Cardz Challenge #39 - Badda Bing!
Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #169


Kimie said...

Oh sweetie, you are a hoot this morning! I love everything about this card. You did a great job with your brayering (DH was right), and I really love that shiny, "puffy" glass slipper and your glittered brads (that's what they look like). I just might have to get some of those Candis. MWAH!

Mum of 4 said...

You are too much, Shea! haha Your card is just beautiful. The glass slipper, the brayering, the Candis (that look like glitter brads to me too), just super!!!
I need to find me some of those Candis too! TFS!!!

Jan Hennings said...

This is absolutely gorgeous and LOVE the colors!

Heather North said...

I think I need this stamp, and a new pair of shoes. :)

Happy Little Crafter said...

Thanks for sharing the info. about Candis! Love them and also what you did with them!