Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mmmmm ... Baklava ...

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Okay, that title is the result of a steam of consciousness, and in my world, that's gonna be weird. For the current Jingle Belles challenge to up-cycle or recycle something (see, another Earth Day challenge!), I knew what I wanted to do, but I just needed to get off my butt and DO it.

Since moving to Ohio, I've been introduced to The Spicy Olive, a specialty store that sells infused oils and vinegars. They have really nice packaging, which includes two colors of tissue paper: burgundy/plum (it's tough to tell) and olive. I knew the burgundy/plum would go with my Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses papers, so I got to work on my plan.

I cut eight pieces of the tissue paper about 5x7, applied multi-medium to a scrap of card stock, and began layering the tissue, adding more multi-medium between each layer. It was during this process I decided it was much like putting butter between sheets of phyllo dough to make a crust, or even Baklava. Mmmm, Baklava.

See how that works?

About an hour later, I looked to see if the glue was dry, and it was, mostly, but I am impatient, so I die-cut it anyway. Here's my card:

AGAIN with the disappearing sentiment. I tried two things: (1) die-cut a piece of the tissue paper to act as a shadow under the blue die-cut, and (2) traced around the edge of the blue with a white gelly glaze pen. Sigh.

But I was quite happy with the reindeer:

The tissue paper got all wrinkly, and I think it looks like leather, which is deer skin in real life.  I was going to add a black eyeball, but ... where to put it? So I didn't.

I like the reindeer, but not much else about this card. I did use a never-used die, and I disappeared some of that paper, so there's that.

In other news, it's a glorious Spring day here, so I think I'll go finish cutting the grass! :)

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Products used (Inlinkz is not happy with the SSS site make-over, so no links today.): Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses 6x6 pad, Lil' Inker JOY die, Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight die, misc tissue paper, multi-medium, SU 2-way glue pen, white Gelly glaze pen, Craft pick, Neenah Solar White card stock, ATG, Fiskars paper trimmer, Teflon bone folder, MS mini score board.

It's My Blogiversary!

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I think a lot of my original bloggy pals started their blogs around the same time I did. There certainly have been a lot of blogiversaries happening in my Feedly feed the past week or so. One of my pals, Libby, celebrated SEVEN YEARS of blogging on the 18th, and I realized she was just five days before me. Can you believe I've been blathering for SEVEN YEARS?!

So I plan to copy Libby and re-post my first card. It's actually from my second post, since my first post was "um ... hello? ... tap tap ... this thing on?"

There were two cards in my post. Here's the first one:

(I was clueless in the beginning about sizing photos, so I can't really embiggen it for you and still have it in focus and viewable. But if YOU click on it, you can actually see it.)  I was already a bit twisted back then, as I used punch-outs from the SU Spiral punch (I think that's the name) for the frog's dumb-bells.

Then I went off on a tangent - a sign of things to come - and posted this one:

It's the rubber molecule (roughly) made out of the rest of the punch-outs. I can no longer find the page, but the background of the card was a copy of a school's Web site about rubber and it contained the diagram I tried to mimic. And mine is crooked. You'll notice the chemical thingies don't line up with the straight printed text. Le sigh.

Coincidentally, Libby has a chemistry background, so this is kindof perfect. :)

Many thanks for sticking with me all these years!  I'll be back soon with something NEW!

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SOS #148: Happy Earth Day!

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new Shopping Our Stash challenge. Today is Earth Day, so this week we'd like you to up-cycle or recycle something and use it on a project.

For my card I used a piece of tissue paper I've been staring at for weeks. It came wrapped around some stamps I bought, and it was so pretty I couldn't just throw it away! Here's what I did with it:

Isn't it purty? (The tissue paper, not necessarily my card.) I first cut the paper into three pieces, then applied some matte medium to a piece of white card stock and stuck down one of the pieces. I smoothed it out, mostly, but there were some wrinkles and I'm perfectly fine with that! I did the other two pieces and set them aside, then started the thinking process. I so rarely think too far into a card before I get started. I like stamping without a net. :)

I decided the light blue stars coordinated pretty well with the Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue card stock. For some reason I chose to limit myself to one piece of the stuff, which became a challenge. This is actually the third of three cards I made, and the larger oval behind the sentiment is really two pieces of an oval that have been pieced behind the white oval to look like I meant to do that. I call it creative recovery. I was NOT going to cut another piece of virgin card stock for one small oval. Pffth.

The blue in the sentiment is Hero Arts Cornflower. I tried several blue inks, but none was dark enough (navy was too dark). Cornflower was okay, but I wanted to darken it, so I went over it with my Versamarker to darken it a shade. I need a royal blue ink, and I'm apparently missing that in my collection. Time to go shopping!

Oh, and the pearls were white and colored with a Copic marker to mostly match the green stars, or at least not look too far off.

Here is one of the other two cards I made:

Same idea. This one got a full oval backing for the white oval and three green gems from the Hero Arts Pool Mixed Accents. I have only a few left!

My third card:

This piece was a bit narrower than the last one, so I trimmed back the front of the card and put a piece of washi tape on the inside edge:

I think I chose poorly, as it's pretty busy, but the color is right!

That's it - one small piece of tissue paper just became three cards! So what do you have in YOUR stash that could be reused or up-cycled onto a card or other crafty project? I think you need to join us in our quest to reduce the landfill, if only a teeny tiny bit. :)

Please stop by the SOS blog to see what my fellow team members have made, and be sure to leave them some blog comment love.

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Products used: piece of tissue paper, SU pearls, misc washi tape, and the following:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Late To The Party

I had every intention of playing along with Virginia's second challenge to use stencils on our projects, but the collection closed on Friday. I missed it by thiiiiiiis much. I do like my card, however, so I'll show it to you anyway.

I mixed some Distress Spun Sugar paint into a bit of Pearlescent embossing paste, then spread it through the Simon Says Stamp Diagonal Stencil onto a piece of white card stock. It dried not-white and very shimmery. I ended up slicing off just a piece of it to use on my card, behind the die-cut flowers.

I cut three of the flowers, stuck them together for some heft, and colored them with Copics.

At first I thought this would be a sympathy card, but I changed my mind and made it a happy card instead. :)

Here's a look at the shimmer:

Even outside the glare of the light, you can see it shimmers. I really like how it turned out.

I think I need to put up the calendar I bought for my craft room and keep better track of the end dates for these challenges. Not that I need more pressure in my life, but it might be nice to be able to link up once in a while, ya know?

In other news, Bobra likes Spring. There are so many windows in this house at his eye level he wears himself out monitoring the back yard and alerting me to the neighborhood rabbits and robins. Poor dear is sleeping it off now, resting up for the evening shift. What a life.

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