Sunday, July 18, 2010

DTGD Day One

Yesterday started the Dare to Get Dirty challenges on Splitcoast, which are only open to Fan Club members. Last year I decided to buy a 6-month subscription to the Fan Club for the summer so I could have instant uploads for the challenges. I played DTGD (and loved it!), completed all the challenges, and won a year's subscription to the Fan Club. Then this past spring, I entered a Unity challenge and won a 6-month subscription. So I think I've gotten my money's worth out of that first 6-month subscription I bought! I've completed four of the challenges already with these two cards.
I ended up working on this card for most of the afternoon yesterday, nothing was cooperating with me! I think it took 5 tries to stamp the hummingbird, 4 tries for the sentiment, 3 watercolored images, and 3 attempts at the "ribbon." And by "ribbon" I mean cherry cobbler cardstock, border punched, then crumpled until I could peel it apart. I ran it through the cuttlebug with just an embossing mat and shims to flatten it out, then put down a row of scor-tape and started pleating, then sewed it down. And check it out, those are faux brads on the ends! (ETA: I used regular ol' Elmer's to glue them. )

Other supplies: SU Elements of Style; Old Olive, Ruby Red, and Baja Breeze markers/inks for watercoloring; Soft Suede (I know! Like a good romantic comedy, my initial dislike has turned to love), Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, and Gina K Ivory cardstock; Soft Suede and Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink.

First of all, please excuse the cigarette and smoking reference. I am staunchly anti-cigarette and yes, I do judge you (sidenote: I've also started judging people who don't use reusable grocery bags or water bottles), but it's part of the whole Mad Men scene, so I had to keep it in there. Anyway, Mad Men is starting again next Sunday, so I decided to do a birthday card based on the opening credits and my favorite SNL skit (which I've already linked before). I copied the image of the opening credits and pasted it into a word document, then resized it to 5.5 inches, printed it, taped it to a piece of black cardstock, and cut out the silhouette. I cut the shirt collar, cuff, and cigarette from white paper and glue them on, then glued the whole thing to a PTI Soft Stone base, printed with Moderne font. The inside is pretty much a transcript of the SNL skit:
which, if you watch Mad Men, you'll know is completely spot-on.

Chuy's update: We went there for a late lunch yesterday (and we were told the wait for dinner the night before was 3 hours! That's insane.) and, ok, so none of the other frames were decorated as much as mine, but my frame would definitely fit in with the whole decor. And someone did not think I was a dork when he was eating up some yummy free queso. ;)

12 comments:

Crafty Creations said...

Well, for all your hard work - the card is just gorgeous!!! It's frustrating sometimes when a card just won't come together! Glad you've gotten such a deal w/ your 6-month subscription!!
I don't watch mad men but it does look like a great show! Love what you did with that card too!!
Have a great Sunday!!
Maria

Angela said...

Dude, Meg, we are SO meant for each other! TV-wise, anyway :) First FNL and now Mad Men? Good taste, my dear. And the card really rocks. (SNL sketch-wise, I'm still particular to Jon Hamm's John Ham, but that's another story). I have to go check out the DTGD challenges for myself.

Crafty Math Chick said...

These look AWESOME Meg! Four challenges n two cards? you are rocking this DTGD already! Most impressive Young Skywalker!

Sherrie Reusch said...

Wow, this is awesome. I have to add your blog to my favorites!

Joan said...

Your blog is fantastic and this card is the best. My good friend sent me your link because I am a card maker that loves me some Don Draper.
Your cards are great and your blog is an entertaining read as well.

Karen H. said...

Love your cards. I just ordered Elements of Style (because of you, yeah, we'll go with that).

Ooooh, did you see - your Draper card made SCS Facebook!

Kris said...

I love your blog! (and your Corgi! my sister is on her 3rd Pembroke) and I am Joan's friend, who sent her here....

I have a question for you: what adhesive you you use for the faux brads?

Emily Leiphart said...

Meg, your challenge card is awesome! I LOVE the way you made that paper ribbon!! I've never watched Mad Men but hear it's very good and I know enough to say your card is fantastic! I also judge people who smoke, use/buy plastic shopping bags and drink from plastic water bottles. Kindred spirits, we are. ;)

Emily Keaton said...

Love. It. (OK, these). I know where you're coming from on the first card with your lack of cooperation from all supporting cast members!! In the end your card turned out Awesome!! Great job on nailing four challenges with these two terrific cards :)

Charlene said...

You are too much, Meg. Here I've been a Fan Clubl member for years and didn't know they gave stuff away...can we say "duh"?? Great cards! That second one is just awesome!

SmilynStef said...
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SmilynStef said...

I loved this card so much, I had to pull it up again this morning & read it to my husband ... fantastic!