Wednesday, January 21, 2015

National Squirrel Appreciation Day

Did you know that today is National Squirrel Appreciation Day? How we have survived without knowing about this holiday is beyond me ha ha! I thought it would be fun to make my Dad a card for the occasion. He and the neighborhood squirrels have had a looooong running battle. When we had nut trees in the yard they would make the HUGEST mess and of course eat most of the nuts. One day, years ago, my Mom and I got home from running errands and found my Dad engaged in cutting down the walnut tree in a defensive move. Take that squirrels! Now they attack the apricot trees when the fruit is getting ripe. The battle continues…

Elizabeth Craft Designs, Karen Burniston Lucy Label card for Squirrel Appreciation Day
I think my Dad liked the card even though I got a big eye roll when I gave it to him LOL!

Elizabeth Craft Designs, Karen Burniston Lucy Label card for Squirrel Appreciation Day
I love the Karen Burniston pop up dies. They make to so easy to animate cards.
Closeups:

Elizabeth Craft Designs, Karen Burniston Lucy Label card for Squirrel Appreciation Day
The squirrels are fussy cut from an old fall-themed pad of K&Co paper I have.
Elizabeth Craft Designs, Karen Burniston Lucy Label card for Squirrel Appreciation Day
I carefully positioned the dictionary page when I diecut the arrows.
I am entering this card into the Craft Hoarders Anonymous January "Choose Your Challenge". You have to choose at least one thing from each category in the chart and incorporate that into your project.


I managed to get quite few:
Coloring Medium: Ink (everywhere!), Spray Mist, Paint
Fiber: fabric scalloped border, stitched buttonhole twist thread
Technique: lots of stamping; die cut branches, arrows and card mechanism, front sentiment; folding in card and pop up part
Texture: sanded to distress, cut branches out of chipboard
Embellish: bling using Stickles on front, ephemera - page torn out of old dictionary

Most of the supplies I used for this card can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10. ;-)




Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #19 – Frayed Fabric

It's time for another Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge! This time the technique is Frayed Fabric as shown on page 66 of A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3 by Tim Holtz. You can play along too at the Studio L3 blog and see all the inspiring projects the Curiosity Crew made. Thanks also to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge and offering a $50 prize to spend at the store! My project is also going to be a Valentine for my hubby. (Might as well get ahead on things! ;-)  ) I altered my last hoarded packaging piece from an old AOL mailer. You can see the other ones I did HERE and HERE.


Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #19 – Frayed Fabric Valentine
Front with the Frayed Fabric



When you open it up there is a little surprise:


Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #19 – Frayed Fabric Valentine

And a close up:


Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #19 – Frayed Fabric Valentine

I wanted lots of color and texture in the inside. I started out using Texture Paste and the Hearts stencil to lay down the first layer. After it was dry, I spritzed it with Spray Distress Stain and let that dry. I then applied Prima's Art Extravagance Clear Crackle Texture Paste in places over the top of the first layer. It did react a bit with the underlying stain because it is water based but I liked the look. When that was dry I added more color with Distress Paint, misting it well so it would blend and run into the nooks and crannies. It's fun to get messy!

I am also entering this in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge "New to You". I tried a new technique (the Frayed Fabric), used a new die set I got for Christmas (Thinlits Labels), and the Art Extravagance Texture Paste is new to me (more experimentation forthcoming!) Be sure to check out their challenges – they are always lots of fun!

Most of the supplies I used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10. ;-)