I made another card for a couple challenges. The themes for each of them, respectively, were “Music” and your “All-Star stamp”. I’m making the card for a couple of my boy’s friends (siblings) who are performing in “The King and I” in a couple weeks. He’s going to their dress rehearsal tomorrow, so I thought it would be nice for him to bring a little card for them. It was also the perfect occasion to use my new film strip punch by “ek”. I’ve never gotten one before because they’re so expensive, but I needed something to do with my last 40% off coupon at Michael’s (it would have been a crime to just waste it, right?) I love it because it has a guide that you can line up the already punched portion to keep the pattern going in as long a line as you want.
Here are the challenges I’m entering:
http://addictedtocas.blogspot.com/2013/08/atcas-challenge-21.html – This one is one of my favorite new challenges. I’ve struggled with the “Clean and Simple” style but it forces me to be really mindful. I especially liked this week’s theme, “Music”, and it was perfect for the purpose of the card. I used one of the Design Team’s ideas of putting sheet music behind a die cut shape. I can’t find the link to her post about the inspiration card, but here’s her blog: http://florenceandfreddiepart2.wordpress.com/. I really love her style. My first iteration of this card included a couple stickers on the front with a movie theme. I love the stickers, but the style didn’t really match and it took away from the CAS style (see, I’m learning). Luckily, I was able to peel them off and put them on the inside, instead. Without the stickers, I was left with a blank space next to the writing, so I cut out a little star out of a piece of the music and pasted it on.
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/challenge-stamping-all-stars/ – Another favorite challenge, and their design team usually goes in the totally opposite direction from CAS. But I love them!! They’re all about the layers and the dimension and they’re not all cards. One of the submissions is a bunch of multi-colored tea bags stapled to the back side of a wooden frame with chipping aged wood behind it. On the side of the frame, she stamped one of my favorite quotes from Marianne Williamson “We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.” Here’s the link to her piece: http://snappingmonsters.blogspot.com/2013/09/my-other-creations-artsy-tea.html I think it’s absolutely amazing. It didn’t inspire this card, but it definitely inspired me (and I Pinned it for later.)
The theme for this challenge is “My Stamping All-Star”. That would totally be my typewriter letter stamps from “Recollections”. I use them all the time, and I’ve gotten better at them. I’ve learned how to use a ruler to line them up if I want a straight line and I’ve learned that if I want the edges not to show I have to either wipe off the extra ink with a damp towel or stamp really carefully on a really hard surface. I didn’t do either of those things this time, but I like the way it turned out. I used a Craftsmart’s Brick Red ink pad for a little dash of color.
Here are the materials I used (my new paper punch and my “all-star” stamp (collection):
And my boy’s sweet message on the inside: