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Saturday, September 13, 2008


oh my goodness, it's been so long since I posted I almost forgot my blogger password!! LOL I kind of lost my stamping mojo for a while there. But I'm back and feeling like playing with ink and stamps!

In a nutshell, here's what I've been up to since last post: I made sample cards for the upcoming Technique Junkie newsletter in October, I made a Pineapple Upside Down cake, I cleaned the garage, I planted an herb garden by my back step (photos coming!), I got stung on the top of my foot by a bee, I had the chance to rescue a baby cardinal with a bad wing and take it to the Wildlife Rehab Center, I played with the neighbor's cat as usual and got a nasty cut on my eyelid and two more on my cheek, I completely emptied and restocked our antique booth, I rearranged some stone borders around the yard to get ready for planting more in the back yard, and did a lot of just regular old make the house payment work.

Okay, on to a card I just finished!

(click on photos for more detail - sorry the black bkgd washed it out a bit, figured it was better to photograph rather then scan this card because of the 3D nature

....and here's the card below that I picked up at a used stamp sale and dismantled so I colud make my own, only to Google and find there is a perfectly good template for it on SplitCoastStampers!! LOL Here's the link for you in case you want to play.

No designer paper was harmed in the making of my card ;o) although using it versus hand-stamped cardstock would probably make it easier to fold and better for mailing.

I had also picked up this green, brown and white ribbon when I bought the sample card and felt like playing with those colors, so the inks on my card are Stampin' Up! Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, and Colorbox White ink.

I started by stamping various flowers from SU's Spring Solitude set in the brown and green inks on caramel cardstock. Then I used the corresponding wheel to add flowers in white. I used my Scor-Pal to make the score lines, then folded as shown. I used a sponge and Caramel ink to highlight all the edges. The flower applied to the dress is from a punch. I put the flower in my palm and pushed a rounded pen cap into it to make it concave, then added a green flat backed gemstone.

I thought about putting the dress on white, but then thought why not a color? So I stamped the words Diva (unmounted and unmarked) then filled in the open area with a white gel pen, and Mood Du Jour with phrase (Inkadinkado, Mood Du Jour set by Dawn Houser) in the Kiwi ink on pale blue cs, using a stamp positioner. I stamped the faces, also from the Mood set, in Kiwi on white scraps, punched them out, and edged them with Caramel ink and a sponge. I had a scrap from the dress background so I used that behind my main image face, which is pop-dotted.

Not sure where I got the hanger, Savvy maybe?, but I'm sure they are around at the stamp and craft stores. I used Glue Dots to tack it down behind the dress straps.

I just stamped the stemmed plant on a background linen-textured white cs, using the Cocoa ink, and layered all as shown, adding a row of more green gemstones to the bottom corner.

Careful if you try this dress - it's so much fun I just wanted to make more, but work calls!! I want to go tweak the shop and add a few bulky items while I have some extra space to work with LOL!


Beth said...

Oh wow I get to be the first to leave you a comment on your wonderful card love it Nancy and oh when are you serving that pineapple upside down cake because I don't want to miss out on it ;-)

Shelly Hickox said...

These are adorable Nancy!!

christina d said...

You have been really busy. The card is beautiful. I really like how you did it.

Terri said...

Glad to see you got your mojo back. Sounds like you used your extra time well though. Love the dress. Thanks for sharing the link to the template too.

Manna said...

Love your cards, Nancy! They are gorgeous! Thanks for the link to the template also. Love the pattern on the purple dress :)

I Brake For Stamps said...

Wow!! Those are so cool!!!

Shirley said...

YOu have been busy. I love both of your cards. The second one is to me the very rich and sophistocated one.

Kathryn the Teawife said...

You are such a talented lady! Amazing dresses . . . thanks for the link. Hugs, Kathryn the teawife

Ret said...

Hiya Nancy, holy cow you have really been busy and sure got alot accomplished! I can be busy all day and not get anything done. lol
ouch, a bee sting! You certainly could of gone without that, huh?! I didn't know you had an antique booth, that's cool. Do you have it in a store? or at the flea markets? nosey, aren't I? hehe
Love your cards, Nanc, you do such nice work. Love the folded dresses, they are awesome!!
Glad your mojo is back :)

Beth norman said...

Wow, I love those dresses. You do such wonderful work.