My husband and I are in the exciting (and a bit stressful) process of buying a new home. That also means we're in the process of selling our home. Our realtor has *suggested* that I turn my studio back into a dining room ... which means at this point, about half of my art supplies are packed-up in the garage for moving.
This also means that my creativity is going to have to get a bit more *creative* over the next few months as I find ways to craft with the supplies I still have at hand.
I wanted to join in the very first Poppy Sketches Challenge ... my first thought was to use a border punch (all packed away) or maybe some decorative scissors (packed away) ... so instead I just used a single flower, with a cool metallic brad that I've hoarded for way too long.
I love these colors together ... they are all over my studio (now my dining room). I decided to feature a combination of Cosmo Cricket word stickers that I found inspiring (and that were on my dining room table) ... doesn't everyone have stickers on their dining room table?
I don't usually scrapbook, but I do always check out that section of the craft store to see what I might be able to repurpose for cardmaking. One of my favorites are cards made for using with Project Life-type scrapbooking. They are perfectly sized to be the focal point on a card.
The March Gallery Challenge at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine is Mint and Melon. Mint is a tricky color for me ... I've never found a true Mint ink, so I had to do a little searching on how to create Mint using the colors of ink I do have (I followed frosting color instructions and combined grass green, a little yellow and a touch of blue). Thankfully I did have a few sheets of mint cardstock in my stash.
The folder has both a positive and negative swirl, as well as a wavy dividing line that produces such unique texture. I embossed it on Core'dinations Kilt Green Vintage Textured Cardstock and then started sanding and inking (with green & white inks) until I got the shading and contrast I wanted.
My embossed panel is sprayed with New Sprout Fireworks Spray ... it's so hard to capture the fantastic golden glimmer this spray gives as you move the paper in the light ... here's the exact same panel I used on my card photographed from another angle ... don't you love it!
My final step was to add some lime green bling ... this card feels so Springy to me.
I stamped my Hip little Hippo (I'm guessing his name is Huey) on light gray textured card stock and cut him out. He was then attached to a darker gray cardstock panel before stamping his hip glasses (I needed to attach first, since they go a little off his face).
Then I paper-pieced his classy fedora from darker grey cardstock and attached it with foam tape for a bit of a tilt. I used this week's CAS(E) this Sketch added some square gray gems & a sticker sentiment from Cosmo Cricket.