Saturday, August 22, 2009

Endings {& Beginnings}

So how's your weekend going?

I'm hanging out at home getting ready to ease back into school this week. Not as fun as stamping, but necessary...and it's had the added bonus of allowing me a chance to post a bit. Three posts in two days --I'm pretty sure that's a record for me! ;) I feel bad that I've lost a few subscribers lately, so I can't tell if it's my non-posting or if it's my being too wordy (ya think? lol). Oh, well. I guess not everyone is gonna like it here...bummer though. ;(

LauraB --if you're still coming by-- I haven't forgotten that you asked for the zucchini bread recipe --I'll get that to you soon! Thanks for your patience.

Thanks, Jeanne and June, for your suggestions on the piercing templates. I think I should clarify a little though. Here's a pic of the template I was using: And here's another one I'm hoping to conquer: I can imagine piercing some cardstock and THEN cutting out the desired area, maybe using the Nestabilities dies. My issue is placing that huge, relatively solid template over my pre-cut panels. I have no idea where I'm placing it with respect to where I want to pierce. (The Pierceabilities are MUCH smaller --about a 1-inch width-- and shouldn't be a problem seeing where you're wanting to pierce.) With all the beautiful samples I've seen using these, I know my freak-out factor has got to be a user error rather than a univeral issue with these templates...which is good, because it means there's hope for me yet. lol I just want to know how to do it the right way. ;)

I made this card last week for a young lady who headed off for college this week, using the then-current Weekend Sketch Challenge by Beate. After pondering this occasion for quite some time, I was so happy to have finally figured out what stamps I was going to use, but then found myself struggling (we're talking hours here) when it came time to putting this card together...until I tried adding the little touch of blue ribbon. Bingo! That totally made the card for me. I mean, I love the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird papers (is that stuff HARD to get or what?!?), and I thought since the recipient was getting there by car, the cute little traveling image together with the sentiment would be perfect --you know, leaving home and starting her college years..."Endings & Beginnings"...get it?-- but something was missing and I just couldn't bring myself to wrap it up.

I think my hubby thought I was nuts, trying this and that and then asking him what he thought, only to start the process all over again regardless of his reply. Poor guy. lol I'm so thankful I have a fairly decent amount of stash on hand that I can go to. Sure makes life easier when you're in a pinch.

Here's a close-up of the glittery detail (just cuz I can -lol), although it looked much more sparkly in real life and also in the pic before I loaded it to this post (so maybe I still have a bit of learning to do), so you may want to click on it to get the ginormous size: I did the inside up all perty too --layering, border punch, stitching galore, even some piercing on the patterned paper (but only because the sewing machine created a hole that wasn't meant to be -lol)-- but the pic came out too blurry to share ;( so you'll just have to take my word for it.

Something else I just love: the Unity KOMs! As if you couldn't tell. ;) At first I didn't know if I'd like having so many random images and sentiments, but now that I've, several, it seems as if there couldn't possibly be an occasion I wouldn't be able to find something that would work. Okay, hold on. Back up. I didn't really mean that...cuz then I'd never be able to justify buying another stamp! Not good. But you know what I'm trying to say, right? Those kits are awesome.

Oh, and if you like that sort of thing, did you see that Lizzie Anne Designs has just come out with their own version, called Monthly Mix? Oh, goodness, am I ever in trouble! Theirs are about idential in size and price as Unity's, and they're equally cute too --though, from what I can tell so far, I'd say they're perhaps a bit less random and a tad more seasonal. And I've always loved how LAD stamps are deeply etched and come pre-cut and already mounted on cling foam (pretty much like Unity's, except that LAD doesn't send their stamps to you still on the rubber sheet)...AND they come with their own CD case for storage too! What's not to love?! Not good.

And in case you were wondering, no, I'm not getting any kind of compensation from either of those companies (darn!). In fact, if I hadn't run into this post while going through my overloaded inbox a couple weeks ago, I'd have said neither of them had ever even heard of me (although they are somewhat familiar with my charge card number -lol). That was kinda cool...scrolling through the post, admiring artwork, and then doing a double-take and thinking, "Hey, that's MY card!" lol Totally new to me! And, yes, I know my name was misspelled, so maybe the Unity peeps still don't really know who I am...and that's okay --I'm just happy that someone must've liked my card. ;)

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

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

Cardstock: Colonial White, Cranberry (CTMH), Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)

Patterned Paper: Early Bird "Sunrise" and "Apron Strings" (Cosmo Cricket)

Stamps: Endings & Beginnings -February 09 KOM, enjoy Your Story...laugh -November 08 KOM (Unity)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other: Prismacolor Pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), VersaMark (Tsukineko), clear embossing powder, heat tool, grosgrain ribbon (CTMH), Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), Blossom Nestibilities die, Standard Circle Small die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), crochet trim (Wright's), Cloud craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), sewing machine, thread


Sarah said...

WOWser..those templates look totally overwhelming...NOW I see what you mean. I bet the holes are too small for pencil marks or anything.
The card is beautiful...the blue bow is perfect!
Cracking UP about the camera....I have had mine for 5 plus years and only just now realized it had a 'burst' an SLR...How fun is THAT.
WOW on your card being on that Unity post!

Marie with a :-) said...

I just spent wayyyy too much time on your blog...but somehow I've missed your last couple of posts so had to catch up. Your endings/beginnings card is stunning. I started to check out some of your links and then said "uh oh - I better stay away from these places!"
Happy back to schooling to you :o)

June Houck said...

Those are serious templates! Now I see your dilemma.

I love your endings-beginnings card! It makes me happy just looking at it. I love the stitching, ribbon, and lace. Love the papers too. Just a happy happy happy card :)

Jeanne said...

Whoa Nelly, Christi! That card is just gorgeous. I'm sorry you had to go through so much to complete it, but I'd say the effort was WELL worth it! Wow!

I have the second of the two templates you showed and while I haven't used it too much, I think you might be able to hold them up against your card toward a light somehow to see where the holes would end up. Maybe use some repositional adhesive to tack it down (and you can rub off the adhesive when you are done). I'll look through some of my books where these templates are used and see what they say and get back to you, okay? I KNOW you can get the hang of them and then add another pretty element to your already gorgeous cards.

Congrats on the card being shared. It's another winner.

Thanks for your kind words about my recent know I won't be joining any KOM clubs, but I sure have fun seeing what you do with them!!

LauraB said...

yes, my friend, I am still waiting for the recipe :D)
and still checking out your fab blog-love your work, as always!