Friday, October 24, 2008

This New Old House

Some friends of ours recently moved into a new (to them) house. It sits on a large parcel of land with grass and trees galore -- every kid's dream...until they have to rake the leaves and mow the lawns. lol

This is the first time I've used my Boards & Beams stamp set, and I found it more of a challenge than I'd anticipated (although I think it's just me). I love the house images in this set, but since my coloring skills aren't where I'd like them to be (and it never occurs to me to practice...until something like this comes up -lol), so by the time I got done with it, it didn't much look like what I'd envisioned. One thing I realized after the fact is that I colored in what I assumed was the front door's kickplate (and most of the time they're a shiny gold tone, KWIM?), when I think it's actually supposed to be part of the front porch. Oh, well. It didn't come with instructions! lol I'd have given the coloring another shot, but I was running short on time (the story of my life).

Coloring aside, this house actually reminds me of a house I lived in back in the mid-80s...charming house built in 1917 (I think), but, boy, was it a lot of work (remember that, Mom?)! Seems like a lifetime ago. Anyway, I used Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge 61 as the starting point:
Because the house image is rather large, I had a little bit of trouble getting everything to fit, but I think it worked out okay (heaven forbid I actually make a 5x7 card! lol). I used the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder on the larger circle on the lower right, and I sponged some ink onto the smaller circle behind the house image (with that deep purple cardstock as the background, it kinda resembles a big moon, don't ya think?). For me, I think the Picket Fence border punch really pulled this card together. I was still in the thought-process stage of making this card when I found this punch on sale at Michael's, and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into the card's design somehow. I'm really glad I was able to use it here. ;)

BTW, the sentiment reads "Congratulations...," not "ongratulations..." as it appears in the photo. lol

Hope you enjoy your weekend! I plan to. ;D

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

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: White Daisy, Pansy Purple, Garden Green (CTMH); Stamps: Boards & Beams (PTI); Ink: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Chocolate, Goldrush, Olive, White Daisy pigment (CTMH); Other: classic circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Tiny Bubbles embossing folder (Provo Craft), picket fence border punch (Martha Stewart), Prismacolored pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew Cornell), sponge (CTMH), ribbon (from my stash), foam mounting tape, sewing machine, thread


Susan (rainy) said...

This card is so beautiful and so cool!! The stitching is wonderful and that fence is so cute. Great coloring on the house. (Looks like a kickplate to me:)). LOVE what you did with Beate's sketch.

Pat said...

You are too much of a critic of your work -- this is fantastic! and not a thing to criticize whatsoever. Love the cobblestone work, the coloring, the layout, and that picket fence sets it off perfectly. Great job! I'm sure your friends loved it.

Jeanne said...

Christi, your attention to detail on your cards is fantastic! I agree with Pat's are much too hard on yourself! I love all the little details you've added.

I saw that punch at Michaels, but didn't know how I would use it...Of course my Michaels didn't reset the punches until AFTER the sale was I have to pick and choose what to get with coupons! LOL

Love your work,'s very inspiring! Hugs!

Clearly Inspired said...

Great card! I love how you used the cuttlebug embossing folder. Love it!

Priscilla Heistad said...

K, you crack me up! Your house looks lovely and no one would ever think to look that closely to the coloring. Isn't this the artistic quality of a handmade card? I love the finished card and I am sure your friends will love it too!

Carolyn King said...

what a great card. i love the textured walkway..ingenius!

Courtney said...

This is adorable! I love the "ongratulations" LOL!


Jeanette - said...

Christi - I agree with the others that you are definitely too hard on yourself. I love this card. Your coloring is fabulous, I love the 'light' in the windows. The picket fence is perfect too! It's beautiful!

Barb W said...

Hey Christi!
I echo the sentiments of the comments before mine. You are much to hard on yourself. This card is fabulous! So much detail! I loved that stamp set when it first came out and you have done a great job showcasing it here. I love all the dimension and that 'cobblestone' walk way? LOVE it! I could live in this house, no prob! TFS, friend.

Christi said...

Wow!! This is absolutely fantastic!!!!!