Wednesday, October 13, 2010

you're a {star}

Well, hello, and happy Wednesday!   I hope you're having a wonderful week...but if you're not, just think, it's only two sleeps away until Friday!  ;D

I had to make a masculine birthday card yesterday, so I zeroed in on a fun sketch --this time it was The Sweet Stop's Sketch 77, by Korin Sutherland {owner of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps...Did I ever tell ya that I knew her before she was rich and famous?  Yep, it's true.  ;)  She's just as sweet as she is talented...and you all know how talented she is!}.  I've been eyeing her fantastic sketches since the beginning, but I'm pretty sure this is the first one I've actually used.  And it won't be the last.

In addition to using the sketch, I challenged myself to use some "Eerie" paper I've had sitting around for about a year now.  I love the colors and most of the designs, but I didn't realize there would be skulls incorporated into soooo many of the papers {guess that's what I get for shopping online so much of the time...hard to tell exactly what you're getting in these paper packs, although, my thinking is, with BasicGrey it's kinda hard to go wrong}.  Anyway, since I'm not a 'skull' fan, it's taken me quite a while to warm up to this particular pack.  In mulling over my paper choices for this card, I thought this would be the perfect time to try to use it --only I had to strategically cut/use it so that I wouldn't include any of the skulls {or bats}. ;) 

Here's what I came up with:
I used Spica glitter pens all over the border of the star, the "frame," and the purple streamers, but you can't see any of it from the picture.  ;(   I used some Stickles on all the star's little dots too.   I thought it added a lot to the real life anyway.  The Dew Drops are actually a deep purple color, but they don't look it here. ;(  Oh, well.   I also used a white pen for the faux stitching.  I think real stitching would've looked better, but since I'd already attached the panels before deciding it needed 'something,' it was too late to pull out the sewing machine.

And here's the inside:

Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.  ;)

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:  White Daisy, Black (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Eerie 6x6 collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  You're a Star (Unity)

Ink:  Onyx Black VersaFine (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Stars 5 dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), small star punch (SU!), black Saddle Stitch ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Uni-ball white pigment pen (Signo), Black Diamond Stickles (Ranger), Lavender, Orange, Melon Spica glitter pens (Too Marker Products, Inc.), Paris Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), foam mounting tape


Stacy said...

Very Creative, not a skull anywhere! LOL you are so funny! But honestly I love this card! The inside could be a card by itself! So pretty, uh I mean masculine! Sorry I have been MIA, I am going to take a look at all of your cards that I have missed :(

Pat said...

Hi Sweetie ... I really like what you did with this card and I'm so glad that you're getting to make cards and get them posted weekly (or even more often than that)! Way to go! Love you, DD ...... Mom

June Houck said...

Ditto on that BG paper! I don't think I have used a single sheet from my 6x6 pad from last year. You know I love BG and I loved these papers, but I'm not so much into the skulls, though I know they are hot.

Funny you mentioned "sewing machine" too. I have not sewn in ~30 years...since junior high when I made a couple of tops and a skirt. I won blue ribbons at the county fair, but I didn't enjoy it because I could never figure out the directions. Too frustrating for me. I LOVE to see all the cards in blogland with sewing machine stitching on their cards and LOs, and on Monday I decided I wanted to entertain the idea of purchasing a machine for ~$40. Not sure why I zeroed in on that #. Anyway, I did some internet "research" reading customer reviews, and thought maybe I needed to go with a small Brother. I drove to Hancock Fabrics (just 2 miles away) and the manager helped me. She advised me not to buy more machine than I needed and that I should purchase a Singer Pixie designed for scrapbookers! She said it is $79.99 but on sale that day for $39.99!!!! It is still in the box, but I hope to play with it today after I put my girls on the school bus and before I go to volunteer. Wish me luck, sweet friend!

Sorry for the novel...perhaps this should have been my blogpost for the day!


June Houck said...

ACK! I never mentioned that I ADORE your card and I would love to CASE inspiring, as usual!!!

Jeanne said...

See how you inspire others? What a sweet story from June! I'm impressed that you carefully cut out the skulls and bats. You can't even tell there should have been any!

Your card is fabulous. I love your faux stitching, coloring and your dew drops. It's a great masculine card.

I am also thrilled to see that you are able to create a little more regularly now! You deserve playtime, too!

Beth said...

Wow! This is stunning! I would never have guessed these were halloween papers - they look gorgeous! Love all the stars too!
Thanks for joining in with the Sweet Stop Sketch challenge!

Love Beth xx

Stephanie said...

This is wonderful, love it! Thanks for playing with us at the sweet stop!

dstandard said...

Wonderful card!Thanks for playing at The Sweet Stop!