Thursday, April 8, 2010

Desperate Housewife II - The Saga Continues

If you read the previous post you know that I am away from my usual crafting room and with limited supplies. For me very limited, I packed a messenger bag with a little bit of this and that but forgot lots of important stuff, like a mounting block for the few acrylic stamps I did take.
So tonight when I decided I wanted to make a card using the MFT sketch for Wednesday Stamp Club I immediately sought out my camera to use as the mounting block. Well, tonight my stamping was not as successful as last night. I had to stamp poor little PI several times and never did get a good clean image but fortunately for me I have a pretty steady hand and I drew in the lines that didn't come out.
I love to paper piece and it always fun to piece PI's dress. This dp is from the basic Grey Green at Heart pack. Since I had several stamped images on white cs I decided to color her pockets and collar on one of them, and of course they have to match her pink tights. The coloring was done with Prismacolor pencils, no mineral spirits, never tried them but just may have to yet. I added some Martha Stewart pink micro beads to the heart on the mail box. OH MY GOD! Have you ever used those suckers? Well, let me tell you this, those bad boys have a life of their own. This stuff makes glitter look neat. NEVER, EVER, I repeat NEVER, EVER use them outside a confined space like an embossing box or a box lid. I thought I got all the little run aways up - nah, every time I moved something there were more hiding.
The image and the mat (Best Occasions cs) were cut out with the Creative Memories cutting system (I just couldn't deal with dragging my Big Shot along for the ride - but I do have the travel bag for it). Then the edge of the white cs was sponged with Ranger Tattered Rose and somewhere along the line a couple drops of ink appeared on the white cs, and they did not look like they belonged there at all, to me they looked like blobs the size of Rhode Island. After all the work already put into it this baby was not going to get ditched. Scrappers say there are no mistakes, just reasons to embellish so it was time for the thinking cap. Ordinarily I would punch it out and put ribbon through the slot but I don't have that kind of punch with me (if there's ever a next time I'm gonna let a monkey pack for me, it couldn't do a worse job than I did). I had planned on putting just one of those pearl hearts on the lower right side, which I did but I had the idea to put one over the blob. It worked but you can't use two, can you? And since I was already having so much fun with the micro beads I decided to fill the centers of the hearts with them and I really like the way they turned out.
For the cross element the Close to My Heart pink twill ribbon which has been sitting around forever seemed like a good choice. If you want to stamp or write on your ribbon twill is a good choice and I wanted to put my sentiment on it. So back to the mounting block problemo. To get it on the twill I would need to be able to see it. So desperate again, (during the bead round up I was more frantic than desperate) I needed to come up with something clear. The ribbon came in a clear tube and that's what I ended up using, it worked out. I don't recommend it but if you're in a pinch it works.
The inside has a strip of the dp and under that there's another piece of pink cs with the hydrangea punching.
So that's pretty much the details of the card and the saga. Can't wait to try making another card tomorrow, there's bound to be a part III. If nothing whacky happens I'll try to entertain you with some other silliness.
The deets:
Stamp - My Favorite Things "Happy Mail"
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tattered Rose
Paper - Basic Grey "Green at Heart" dp, Best Occasion cs
Miscellaneous - Martha Stewart Micro beads (the embellishment from hell), Martha Stewart Hydrangea border punch, pearl hearts from a button package from The Cat's Pajamas, Prismacolor pencils, Close To My Heart twill ribbon, brads
The challenges:
Color Throw Down # 87 - pink, gray and soft olive
Crafty Creations - Paper Piecing
Stamp Something - Pink Somethings
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  1. crack me up!! I love the little pearl hearts!! Great job, especially considering the primitive conditions you're working in!! ;-)

  2. LOL GREAT job despite your limited supplies, Chris!!! The little hearts are too cute and I love the flower punched border!!! :)

  3. this is adorable Chris!!!! Love those hearts too

  4. Very cute card! Love the embellies - too cute! I'm sure you will be happy to get back to all your supplies but like a true girl scout/crafter you are making the best of it with limited supplies!!!

  5. got me..YOU CRACK ME UP! LOVE LOVE LOVE these 2 cards!!

  6. cute cute cute!! love those pearl hearts! Thanks for sharing with us at Stamp Something!

  7. i love it & how you've rocked the limited supplies!

  8. That is too cute. Way to use your noggen, I alway use a glass or cup when I forget my mounting block, never thought of a camera. You go girl! Thanks for playin with CCC this week.


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