A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!
I have been rolling ideas around in my head the last few days, intrigued by the challenge this week at Less Is More.
The fantabulous hostesses Chrissie and Jen want us to make a one-layer card with the theme: "Need for Speed!" Well, that brings to mind cars and buses and trains and jets and motorcycles and race cars and action figures.
Most of which would line up perfectly with this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge where there is always a great prize and the theme is "transport."
In the car this morning I was listening to my usual CD which you know is in my player all year long every day. It is Anne Murray's Christmas album. I'm singing out " ... hoping I might, see one little reindeer fly through the sky ..." Wait. What?
On Christmas Eve who has a greater "need for speed" than Rudolf? And what better "transport" is there in the world than the sleigh that carries Santa and his endless bags of gifts? Oh, yay, baby.
So that became the launching pad for my design idea and here is my card:
I used yellow because I wanted Santa and Rudolph to be backlit by the yellow moon. The never-before-used-schtuff (NBUS) on today's card is the candy-cane stripe and sediment from the "Jingle All The Way" Technique Tuesday set by Ali Edwards; and (look closely) a Sizzix "Small Dots" impression plate.
The candy-cane stripe is only about an inch and a half long and perfect evidence of why you should have a stampamajig in your tools. As per my usual dum-dum process, I did the stripe after the other images, so it was terrific to line it up all the way down the card on the first try. Of all the things I'm grateful for, deodorant is high on the list. And stampamajigs. Phew.
I used PTI soft stone gray cardstock, so if the card looks a little gray on your monitor, that's because it is.
It wasn't until I was writing my post that I realized I could also enter my card in this week's CASology challenge where the cue card word is "Yellow!" The awesome sponsor is Uniko Studio.
I was also going to enter it in a fifth challenge because the "black, white, plus one" challenge is still going on at CAS on Sunday, but I went to double-check the rules of each challenge to make curtain what the limit was for how many other challenges you can enter and I immediately discovered that CAS on Sunday only lets you enter one card per challenge, so scratch that one.
Still. Four challenges is a thrill!
But Christmas in June? Yellow, no less? I agree it looks sort of silly to have a summery color on a Santa Baby card, but it's sorta growing on me. I have a feeling the trend of using non-traditional colors for Christmas cards is still going to be happening for the upcoming Christmas card season. Well, I'm starting that rumor anyway. You with me?
I am delighted to introduce you today to our newest friend, Nancy! Nancy's website is Scrapper @ Heart. She has been a scrapper since forever and a card artist since 2009. There is a ton of inspiration waiting for you when you visit her site, including space inspiration on her "My Creative Space" tab! Thank you for joining us, Nancy, and welcome!!
Okay, Mister and I are going off to look at landscape rocks. He's a geologist so I may have to go wait in the car. It's only fair when I think of all the hours he has spent waiting in the car while I was in a stamping store!
Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy. LITS*!
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*Life Is Too Short!
Paper: PTI soft stone
Stamps: Technique Tuesday "Jingle All The Way";
unmarked Santa; SU! circle
Ink: Ancient Page coal black, Su! daffodil delight;