Saturday, July 24, 2010

DTGD: Phase Four

I did have good intentions of posting my Dare to Get Dirty challenge cards every day this week, but then someone took the camera to work and left it there until yesterday.  So now I have a back log of cards to post, but I'll try spreading them out over the next couple days.  This one is my most recent favorite of the bunch:
These are two stamps from Eat Cake Graphics, that can be used either separately or together to form a big tree in the middle.  I first made a house template in Word and cut it out of Soft Suede (I told you I'm addicted to that color now--and I only have 2 sheets left!  Eek!)  The fold is on the left side of the house; the roof is a separate piece. The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye Christmas pack from last year--it's a little bit glittery, but not over the top (have you ever noticed that every paper pack at Michael's now has massive amounts of glitter?).  I then had the "great" idea of using another paper from the same pack at the "wallpaper" for the background of the card.  Which meant stamping and cutting out:
1) The wallpaper layer
2) The tree, pet, and person layer (after coloring with prismacolor pencils & baby oil)
3) An acetate square (hard to see but looks so cute in real life!)
4) The window frame & snow
all times two windows. I'm definitely buying one of those pencil-grip thingies for my craft knife ASAP.  I also cut out the chimney from Cherry Cobbler, adding some score marks 1/4 inch apart for bricks.  On the windows, I colored everything snowy with a white pencil first (I forgot on the roof & chimney), then added some snow using a "Snow Writer" from Hobby Lobby (which I would soooo not recommend), and finally some Frosted Lace Stickles. Extreme close-up!

To keep with the cooler weather mode, I also made this card for Thanksgiving.
 These leaves and sentiment are from the Inkadinkado 5-set package that was sold at Costco about 2 years ago.  Such an awesome deal; it had something like 150 stamps for $20, plus an acrylic block. I picked up all three packages (flowers, holidays, and occasions) and they come in handy all the time, in fact, I should probably start using them more-I just tried some SU classic ink with them today and they stamped wonderfully.  Anyway, I stamped the leaves onto a paper lunch bag to get a nice "leafy" look, then cut out and glued to a one-inch cream square, matted with a 1 1/4 inch Really Rust square. The sentiment is stamped with Really Rust, then I drew the double-line border using the Really Rust marker.

So what is your Best Stamping Deal Ever?

5 comments:

Beedubya said...

Oh. Em. Gee. So darn cah-YUTE!!! Consider me a fan, my friend.

Hugs,
Brandi

Emily Keaton said...

*Shame* on Addison for being so forgetful and leaving the camera at work. Oh, it wasn't your sweet corgi who was so inconsiderate? Hmm . . . then who possibly could have done such a deed . . . I just LOVE your holiday house card, Meg!! SO much work went into it, I know. But it is absolutely adorable and someone is going to be super lucky to receive it. And your Thanksgiving card is so elegant. Love the lunch bag leaves! Better put a bike lock on that camera so it doesn't wander off again :)

Crafty Creations said...

Wow - awesome cards of the kids/house! I love how you are so creative!!! I have a snow writer too and don't really reach for it much - takes so long to dry - but once in a while it does come in handy!
Love the Thanksgiving card too! Great idea about stamping on a lunch sack! WOW!!! I love the outlines around the card too! I haven't attempted that yet - just score lines!!
Have a great Sunday :)
Maria

Charlene said...

You never cease to amaze, Meg..love both cards but that first one is totally awesome!! So much detail..you math types have a definite advantage.

Emily Leiphart said...

Yikes, Meg! Is that a card or a work of art?! I decided on the latter. I'd be framing that. It's so darn cute and fabulous! I LOVE the kids, animals (incl the cardinal) and all that glittery snow!

I love your CAS Thanksgiving card, too! Wow, is that ever a good deal. I don't think I've ever gotten any deals on stamps. Boo for me. :( ;)