Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Owl Be Graduating...Again

Thanks so much for the kind comments on my rather sad first attempts at this card, but I like this one SO much better. Hopefully you will too. My parents were here visiting us this past week and my mom was my sounding board and helped me get it right. (She also proved to be quite the enabler, as she brought me some fun embellies, and we also got to go shopping a few times this past week too.) ;D

The colors are basically the same as on the first card, although I found some orange patterned paper (it's a softer orange color, and I actually like it -lol) when "the girls" went shopping at my LSS on Saturday (our first excursion -lol)...which reminds me of something I just have to share because I'm guessing some of you can totally relate to this....

While we were shopping on Saturday, "the boys" had gone out to do some shopping of their own. The following day, Mother's Day, my sweet husband presented me with a gift certificate to my LSS (guess he didn't like my idea of ordering the new Megabilities online -lol). The funny part is that the gift certificate was dated May 10 (Saturday!). It turns out they went to the LSS and my dad noticed my car in the parking lot. Always up for a challenge, my hubby, hoping to be invisible, went in anyway. He immediately spotted my mom and ducked while making his way to the cash register. (Can you just imagine? lol) He whispered to the clerk that he wanted to get a gift certificate, and she made him repeat it (she must've thought he was weird or something -lol). When he repeated it for her, she whispered back, "Is your wife here?" to which he replied, "Yes." Apparently then they both had a good {quiet} chuckle over it as he quickly took care of business. My dad said he was back to the car in about two minutes, and totally undetected by us! Too cute! All I can say is that it's a good thing my 8-YO DD didn't see him (I tell ya she doesn't miss much, so it's a wonder he made it), and the clerk must be fairly used to this kind of thing happening. lol here's the card (I'm using my photo light tent for the first time here too -- my dad put the tri-pods and lights together for me! -- I think it makes a difference): So what do you think? I'm MUCH happier with this version, and it went postal today so there's no turning back. ;D

I took Jeanne's suggestion and went with a much shorter card (thanks, Jeanne!). It was something I'd agonized over the first time around but obviously chose incorrectly, so her confirmation was a relief. I ended up with a 4x6 this time, giving me much less dead space. I also used a sketch this time, which helped a LOT. It was one of Mary Jo Price-Williams' Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenges from last month, but I turned it on its side.

The card has a White Daisy base and the Outdoor Denim cardstock layer is sanded. I stamped the Lined Paper Backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms on the right side of the cardstock using White Daisy pigment ink (fun stamp -- I can see a lot of potential for this one!), and stitched around the orange block. I changed the branch from blue to brown by stamping it on White Daisy in Timber Brown Staz-On and then sponging it with Cocoa ink. I managed to peel the owl off of the first card so I wouldn't have to re-do him again, and I added some black Waxy Flax to 'tie' the diploma.

The sentiment piece was cut using the classic circle Nestabilities. The bottom layer was cut once with the orange paper and another time with some White Daisy. I cut off the right portion of the White Daisy circle and then inked the edge with some Timber Brown Staz-On ink. Next it was adhered to the orange circle, and on top of the orange and white circle is a smaller circle of the Boxer patterned paper by BasicGrey. The sentiment itself was stamped on a transparency (cut to the same size as the larger circle) using White Cotton Opaque Staz-On. The transparency was adhered to the Boxer circle using mini glue dots hidden behind the orange brad heads (I cut off the 'arms') and ribbon piece. This whole thing was adhered to the card using dimensionals. The '2008' was written using a white gel pen.

So I'm FINALLY done with it. I can't believe such a cute little critter caused me such anxiety -lol! If any of you do something using this darling U R A Hoot set, please let me know; I'd love to see it.

Oh, and before I sign off, I have to show you the beautiful card my mom made me for Mother's Day and the graduation card she made for my son. She does such beautiful work!
The Mother's Day card uses CTMH's Ocean, Breeze, and White Daisy cardstocks and grosgrain ribbon, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, computer-generated sentiment, oval scallop and rectangle Nestabilities dies, patterned paper and embellishments were from Marcella by K (sold at Target). And she stitched around the rectangle and the {small} oval (I can't believe anyone can stitch on a small oval, but if anyone can, it's her!)

The graduation card uses Black and White Daisy cardstock from CTMH; she computer-generated the background; and the ribbon, snaps, die-cut cap (and diploma -- on the inside of the card), and rub-ons were things from her stash.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Outdoor Denim, Black (CTMH), watercolor paper (Strathmore); Patterned Paper: Villa Swirls (Chatterbox), Boxer collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: U R A Hoot, Lined Paper Backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms); Inks: Timber Brown Staz-On, White Cotton Opaque Staz-On, VersaMark (Tsukineko), Brown Bag, Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush, White Daisy pigment (CTMH); Other: classic circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponge, waterbrush, black Waxy Flax, (ret.) gold cording (CTMH), ribbon (May Arts), brads (Making Memories), white Signo Uni-Ball gel pen (SU!), foam mounting tape, transparency, pop dots, sandpaper, sewing machine, thread


Jeanne said...

Oh my! How very funny that GC story is! What a sweetie though.

And the card you PERFECT! LOVE it!!! Thanks for mentioning me, but you didn't have to. I'm so happy it got worked out to your satisfaction despite the agonizing over it. He's gonna love it.

The cards your mom made are stunning! I can see where you get YOUR talent from!


Barb W said...

Hi Christy,
I love the card do-over! The colors this time are so right, nice combo. It really IS perfect! Makes me want that stamp set, too, I tell ya! And then to be treated with some eye candy from your mom...she is amazing, too! Does she blog? I want to visit it and see what other goodies she has created! That Mother's Day card is beautiful! And the graduation card...think I'm going to have to CASE that one! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing! Be Blessed!~Barb

Courtney Fowler said...

Wow! I see where you got your talent from!

Carolyn King said...

LOVE your cards---love the do over (and i really liked the first one too!)
Great job!

Silvergirl said...

I love these graduation cards! Great ideas! And I really liked the first card too.

Thanks for sharing your talent!