Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Inspired By Skivvies??

Staying true to form with my somewhat "bad" habit of looking at something, mentally dissecting it and telling myself I can do that because it will save money (although this was a blessing when it came to sewing...could make little girl dresses that would have cost terrible amounts, and eventually nice prom dresses that otherwise would have been oh my $$$$$). Oops, got off track...I was standing in line at the grocery store the other day and picked up a copy of BH&G magazine (my subscription expired). I was flipping through the pages and boi-oi-oing up popped this double page ad with butterflies on spirals. Cool! It was an ad for Fruit of the Loom and on looking closer I realized...those aren't butterflies...they're undie-flies! See, here's a close-up.

I bought the magazine, and not just for that ad...there are great articles, recipes, etc., and besides, I don't wear Fruit of the Loom. : ) I basically built the card from the outside in, because I thought of snowflakes. For the main image piece I used masking, lightly inked with the inkpad and stamped part of SU! French Flair to give the whole snow blowing effect. Then stamped Inkadinkado lamp post and used Twinkling H2O's on the bow and leaves, and also to give a candlelight glow. It really shows up in the picture because of the flash, but IRL the glow is much more subtle. Trimmed with deckle edged scissors, inked it a bit and put it on another piece of white CS. I don't have any snowflake stamps (gasp!) so I used a piece of 1/16" sticky back craft foam with my Cuttlebug snowflake die, stuck them to tiny acrylic blocks and voila` snowflake stamps! Stamped those lightly all over the front, deckled that layer and put it on a blue mat, attached all that to a white card base. The sentiment is a silver outline sticker, and it really got blasted out with the flash, but looks great IRL.

For the inside, again I stamped a bunch of snowflakes, this time adding CB's new big snowflake after making it into a stamp with the craft foam. I cut the two curlycew "springs" out of acetate I saved from product packaging, glued them down on opposite sides and put them together in the center. They actually come apart so the whole thing can lay flat. I used the CB snowflakes again to cut out 12 sets of snowflakes from silver metallic CS that I had run through my Xyron so they would be premade stickers. I sandwiched the spring between each snowflake set. I'm waiting for a sentiment stamp that I will stamp in the center of the snowflakes, but I wanted to go ahead and get this posted and move on...
I did save the original ad, because I think it would be cute to case for a double page spread in a scrapbook.
Stamps: Inkadinkado lamp, SU! French Flair, homemade Cuttlebug flakes.
Paper: The Paper Studio CS, Making Memories silver CS.
Ink: Colorbox.
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Twinkling H2O's, acetate, outline sticker, craft foam, deckle scissors.

16 comments:

Joan Fricker said...

Nancy, how clever you are! This is just beautiful and fun! Great job!

Sure wish you could pop in to visit my little shop! Wouldn't that be fun.

Joan

Julie Koerber said...

Ingenious! Love it. You had me chuckling reading about your transformation!! ;-)

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

WOW! This is fabulous...what a wonderful surprise for the recipient! Very cool and so fun!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

THis is just beautiful!

JenMarie said...

Oh wow!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Beautiful card! Very clever! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I see we have teens in common. If you need help with a music playlist..would be glad to help. chris

Mel M. M. M. said...

How stunning! I love the flurry of snow popping up inside. WOW! Gorgeous. :O)

Jamie Martin said...

Wonderful card!

Lisa said...

Hi Nancy,
thank you so much for visitng my blog today and for your kind comments, very much appreciated. What can I say about your blog and creations WOW!!!I wouldn't know where to begin with such a clever concept as your latest entry.
Its truly wonderful!!! and I love the I love Kitty tooo.

Cindy Haffner said...

So cool, what fun, TFS.

mudmaven said...

You are a genius! What a wonderful interpretation.

Janine said...

Very cool card!!!

Carolyn King said...

Wow..so clever and beautiful!

Rach said...

what a fabulous card and so very ingenious of you to make your own snowflake stamp...way to go!
hugs Rachxx

Aija said...

Wow, very stunning work :)

Frogs-n-Butterflies said...

See! I knew it could be done! Fabulous card and I love that you used recycled acetate! Thanks for visiting my blog and I look forward to coming back and seeing what else you come up with!