Thursday, July 31, 2014

Put a map on it-Ways to use it challenge at SCS

The part that took the longest was trying to remember the name of the item I wanted to model my card after! When I was little, my dad had this gorgeous mantelpiece made of dark cherry wood which housed 3 gauges. One was a barometer, temperature and a latitude/longitude. I remember all the gauges as having map faces and being housed in the gorgeous, shining gold. It was one of my favorite pieces in the house. When I saw the challenge was to put a map on it, this was the first thing that popped in my head! By the way...this would be called a 'weather station' or 'Magellan Mantelpiece'. After that search, the rest was a piece of cake. I punched the gold, texture dp with my 2.5 inch punch and the maps with the 2-1/4 one. I colored the SU! spinners and brad with gold mixative alcohol ink and put a thin strip of the gold DP a the top and bottom. Some mounting tape under the circles and-oh-I also sponged the cherry wood with Vintage Photo. I didn't put anything on the front because I never know if I'll use it as a birthday or other type of card, but I probably won't put anything on the front anyway! I like the way it looks.

I'm glad everything came together with this because
I didn't sit down to start on it until almost 5pm. I'd spent the last 4 hours cleaning out my teenage son's room. While he's on some 'Leadership Retreat' with his Jr. ROTC group, his MOTHER is sweeping out food and candy contraband, strangling on the combined dust and general teenage boy smell and tossing papers and progress reports that didn't seem to make it from school and into my hands, as was the intended sequence.

I hauled out cords to electronics I didn't know existed, underwear that fit him 3 years ago that were stuffed under the bed and shirts that STILL HAD TAGS ON THEM.

Needless to say, I'm exhausted. Not to mention just a little, tiny bit perturbed. Only a little, though. Despite all that, I'm still glad he's gone on the trip because, no matter what....

...he's got to come home, eventually. (evil grin)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Batik Resist Trees

First of all, thanks Dini, for the tutorial! I'd done batik resist, but never tried layering the images. I started out putting water and Sage Green on the paper and dried it. Then, I stamped 2 trees on either side and clear embossed. More water and Shabby Shutters. I stamped 2 more trees and a few of the 'background trees' and clear embossed. More water, peeled paint. A few more tops of trees and clear embossing. Last color was the Pine needles. As soon as I dried it, I ironed off the powder, stuck a Tim Holtz mirrored star and a label with the sentiment. I tried adding a ribbon and some other stuff...even an extra mat...and it didn't work. So, for once, I left well enough alone. And yes...this very well could be one of those 'end of the world' signs, because we know I am NEVER one to keep it simple! HAH! ;)

Another Teapotter Challenge....SUMMER CAMP!

Let me begin by giving props to some people...first, my tent design came from here and the suitcase outer sleeve came from fellow splitcoast stamper Lorrie and the 'fire' idea (which is the COOLEST EVER!!!) came from THIS incredible woman here (can you believe the fire is made from the stampin up BIRD punch??? That's right, the ACTUAL BIRD!) and the rest of this is...well...I have no one to blame but myself.

You see, I have BIG ideas. This approach leads to great stress issues for me. Because, 9 out of 10 times, I become a cautionary tale for 'grand ideas'. Not that there's anything wrong with big ideas! It's just that I can't quite get the things in my head to appear in real life. At the end of the day, I've had to accept the realities of life, such as there IS such a thing as too much scor-tape, there ARE things that Un-Du solvent simply CAN'T 'undu', and women who attempt manslaughter on their husbands always get caught.

Wait...scratch that last one. It belonged in another diatribe.

But at the end of this project, I can tell you that I learned the most important lesson that ANYONE can learn, when it comes to art and 'big ideas'.

And that is, at some point, you WILL finish that sucker. heh heh

Okay...on to the recipe. I used flower soft and the memory box tree leaf die to create the flower patches. The butterflies are from memory box and the rabbit is from Impression Obsession. The campfire was made using 3 birds from the bird punch from SU! and 2 word window punches, also from SU! The tent is covered in sticky canvas and inked with Brushed Corduroy and brown thread stands in for the lines. I made a small flap for the campfire and rabbit to aid in them being able to fold flat.


I found and fell in love with this site from Robert Sabuda He is the MAN when it comes to the pop-up...even Martha Stewart uses his designs!

I'm hoping that you're looking at this thinking 'Dang! That Carmen girl is talented, cuz this has to be HARD!"

That being said, it's so easy my 10-year-old could do it. If he wasn't being held hostage by his Playstation.

It's cut, color and paste. That's it. But the effect it amazing! This was my first endeavor. The site has all sorts of images. Just print on cardstock and you're on your way!


I was delighted with Sabrina's Try A New Technique challenge today! It's all about the pinwheels. This die and I weren't on speaking terms for the past year. The last time I used it, I remember launching it across the room after tearing through the holes on one of the wheels just one too many times. I can't provide a transcript of what was said...I'm pretty sure SCS would allow itself to implode before printing any of that mess. Suffice it to say, it wasn't a good time in my life.

Today, however, went a bit better. Will the pinwheels spin? Yep. Will they spin while attached to the card? Nope. I didn't put a banner on it because I'm not sure if I want to use it as a birthday card or something else. But I like the challenge and am pleased I finished one before midnight, for a change.

Featured Stamper Challenge

 Congrats to Heidi, our Featured Stamper!!

My intent was to have this finished a loooong time ago, but I made the mistake of sorting my dp and deciding to bundle it and sell off the extra. "To get ready for DTGD," I told myself. Next thing I knew, I'd listed about 20 stamp sets, paper, dies and Lord knows HOW many other stamp related items on Ebay and here at SCS. Next thing I know, it's 11pm here on the East Coast and I'm NOT going to bed until I finish this challenge!

I know you're thinking that I must be some Type A personality who can't quit until she finishes whatever it is she started. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA That's hilarious! Actually, I'm so good at saying "Yeah..I'm done...outta here." that I spend my LIFE trying to figure out how to maneuver around all the half-a***d things I've left lying around.

Trust me...I'd quit raising my kids if it weren't illegal.

But back to the 'why I HAD to finish the card'. The truth is, I saw this card in Heidi's gallery;ppuser=172325 and I KNEW that if I didn't make a poinsettia and satiate my craving for glitter, the wine rack would pay. And I hate to involve innocent wine in things that can easily be resolved with lots of sparkly stuff.

Side note: Last Christmas, during the great 'glitter war' (read my blog posts from last Dec.), my husband came stomping down the stairs yelling, "Do you see this??? DO YOU SEE WHAT YOU'VE DONE???" I had no idea what he was talking about, until he just happened to cross a shaft of light from a nearby window. It was pretty much a religious experience, people. For me, at least. My DH lit up with the most celestial, heavenly sparkle I've ever seen. I STILL get misty talking about it!

Unfortunately, my DH did NOT think it 'holy' or 'stunningly beautiful'. He thought it would reflect negatively on his masculinity and maturity.

This from a man who secretly uses moisturizer under his eyes and plays "Name the body function sounds" with our sons.

Since then, as evidenced by my gallery, the glitter usage has been at a bare minimum. Until now. THANK you Heidi!! Not only for having a fantastic gallery, but for giving me a reason to bask in that shimmer and sparkle I crave!

I'm off to shower off the evidence of the contraband. Have a good evening and, until tomorrow, I remain...

Sparkly Yours,

Summer Tag for Splitcoast Mix-Ability Challenge

 I'm starting to believe that there is logic in the actual 'planning' of a card, BEFORE you spend 7 hours messing around and trying to figure out how to fill the holes or panic over placement. The only thing I had figured out at the beginning was the paper piecing and the doll. I used a Bo Bunny pack called the "Prairie Chic Collection" and the doll, dress and tag was finished in less than an hour. The next 6 hours were spent trying and discarding flower arrangements, pouring over pinterest and google, and praying to the Lord to give me patience...because if He gave me strength, He was going to have to come up with bail money, too.

Alright. That's actually another stamp sentiment from Rubbernecker that came yesterday. I'm so tired I'm ripping off material.

As promised, here's the Recipe: Julia Nutting 'Megan', Dress was handcut, shaped and I cut and highlighted 'pleats'. Pink tulle was glued underneath to give the skirt some volume. I hot glued lace down the side, and the background of the tag is torn and paper pieced together. The purse was created using Stampin Up! Cupcake Punch (for the bottom) and the 3/4 circle punch (then cut in half) for the top of the purse. I found a small chain and glued to the purse and back of the doll's arm. I punched a doily shape from another SU! punch and placed a Prima wood button over it and tied with thread. The sentiment is from Rubbernecker Stamps.