While I'm waiting for today's Ways to Use It challenge to be posted, I'll share yesterday's sketch challenge card and some news with you.
First of all, I didn't post this yesterday, because I was at a job interview, and guess what - I got it!!! I will be starting work in the next 10 days (have to wait for a drug test and background check to go through first). That's good news for me, but maybe not-so-good news for my blog... I'm not sure how often I will be able to complete the challenges and post them once I start working.
On a happier note for the blog, lindass was the first to guess correctly that my technique will feature gift card holders as the project. Linda - please send me your address via email (email@example.com), so I can mail your prize. No one has guessed the actual technique yet, so there's STILL time for that. Next week, I will post a hint, and I'm *sure* you'll get it with just one hint.
One last announcement... starting December 8th and continuing on for 12 days, I will be featuring a special gift-giving project that can be made at my house for just $5. This, of course, is my 12 Days of Christmas. If you're on my mailing list (sign up to the right), you'll receive the email listing them all this weekend. I will offer the kits, as well. If you do not live in the Chicago area, I will mail them to you via priority mail for $4.60 or $7.95, whichever box your project(s) need.
On to the card....First the recipe, then the story...
Stamp Set: Time Well Spent
Ink: Pink Passion & Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Gray, Pink Passion, Whisper White, Winter Bright SSK DSP
Accessories: Zig Painty pen, Metal buttons, Crystal Stickers Pearls
Now the story...
This card took me COMPLETELY outside my comfort zone. I was cleaning up the crafting room and came across these metal buttons (not really sure what else to call them - little help??) - they're like bottle caps without the rough edges and mounted on self-adhesive foam. I have NO IDEA who even makes them. I know I got them at a Scrapbook Expo in California, but that's all the info I have on them. If anyone else can shed some light on this guys, I'm all ears... I would love to get some more. Anyway, back to inspiration... I found these and wanted to use them. Lucky for me, Roxie's sketch challenge fit them perfectly. The buttons (I'm calling them that until someone tells me what they really are!) are Basic Gray, Pink Passion, and White. That's right - Basic Gray!!! My new favorite color! I started with a Basic Gray card base, added the Pink Passion (had to look up the name of this color because I had NEVER used it before) strip. The large block, I knew was going to be Whisper White with some sort of pattern on it. The striped button led me to the Winter Bright SSK DSP (again, a favorite). It wasn't exactly the same colors, but I think it works, so that was my final strip. I had to use my new Time Well Spent set, so I stamped the little flower in Pink Passion and Basic Gray on the Whisper White. I was going to use the large flower from that set, as well, but I remember my Pretties Kit large flower and went with that instead. At convention, we learned to color the Pretties Kit flowers with markers, so I used the Pink Passion marker to draw stripes along the center ridge of the petals. The buttons came on a strip of 4, so I used the last one for the center of the flower. After stamping the sentiment on the striped strip in Basic Gray (of course), I thought it needed a little something extra to fit with the flashiness of this card. In a recent trip into Archivers, I happened to see Mark Richards' Crystal Stickers Pearls. I resisted. But then, I had ordered a Stardust pen. When I went to pick it up, there on the counter were the Pearls. I had to have them at that point! So, they got stuck on the little flowers in the sentiment after I colored them with the Zig painty pen. Anyway, that's the story of this card! Enjoy!