In July, I took the classes Julie Ebersole taught at The Paper Garden. We did the the base of this card (uhm, the coral, the blue rectangle and shells) for a cute stationery set. For the set, we made 4 identical cards and a few other items that all fit nicely in a stationery box - honestly I had no idea what the class was....I just signed up for ALL of Julie's classes (after stamping for nearly 18 years, only once in a while do I ever learn some NEW nifty cool trick in any class but mostly I think of Julie's classes as dinner & a floor show....entertainment well worth the price!!).
And as I so often do - I digress.......when I got home with all of my loverly cards from class - I promptly started cutting things up from the stationery set (darling as it was, I knew I wouldn't use it or would I give it away.....so basically I had some really expensive "scraps") and then started messing around with the cards as well....and this is the result.
I'm soooooooo disappointed that I can't enter the Sublime Stitching Combo Contest thingy. Because of pixels.....PIXELS.......friggin' pixels I tell you...........who gives a rats ass about the flippin' amount of PIXELS????? I don't care - I don't even know what PIXELS are all I know is that apparently I have tooooooo many of them..............so IIIIIII can't enter this stooooopid contest (gosh, do I sound a tad bit bitter????).
So, after SLAVING away on this "project", I had to put it somewhere (besides Creepella's room - it's going to be made into a pillow - and she wants it..........probably just for the skull-factor). So instead of blogging a card today - you've stumbled upon my "Rat Dream" nightmare!! Does anyone get the whole "Rat Dream" reference?? Any "Willow" fans out there???
Heavy sigh...................such is my lot in life..................
So the contest was to use 3 different pattern sets from Sublime Stitching's line of transfer patterns (I used the rat from "Gothic", the cat from "Cat-A-Rama" and the meat selections from "Meaty Treats"). Chef Bo-B0 Head and Creepella helped out with the design portion (yes, we are a sick leeetle family) and then I found The Purrfect ORANGE skull material to stitch on and and Ta-Dahhhhhhh!!!
This card is deceptively SIMPLE in design but it took me literally HOURS to create. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I'm not able to do any stamping Monday through Thursday (and through August my non-stamping extends to Friday evenings too). Thankfully my family picks up most of the slack on the weekend so that I can get in some concentrated stamping time. Which would be cool if I had any friggin' ideas..........yes folks I've been part of a weird scientific experiment. All these years I've spouted off to new stampers "The more you stamp, the more the ideas you'll get!" Over the last couple of months, I've proven my hypothesis.....yes indeedy, my Theory is a fact!!
The less I stamp the fewer ideas I have popping into my brain. Quite depressing really.........
Hence the hours it took to create this card........geez, hope it sells!!
This card idea came from a magazine......and I'm too far away from my stamp room (and too lazy) to go and try to track it down. Anyhow, when I browse through stamp magazines (sadly I have NO current subscriptions), I usually have some Post-It notes or tab markers to make notes regarding card designs that catch my fancy. I almost never COPY a card in its entirety but I love taking bits & bobs from here & there and creating something excitingly new.
Cardbase - Memory Box Stamps - PTI B&T Basic Grey Punch - Martha Stewart (Quilt??) QuicKutz large candle die cut A Muse Sheer Ribbon Stickles Gemstones - Hero Arts