I'm not really sure what the translation of that Japanese word is (the title of this post), but my ex (who is multi-lingual) used it in instances where I'd be likely to say "sheesh" or "gee willikers" or something along those lines, so I'm going with that thought...
Is everyone else's summer going at lightning speed? Un-stinkin'-believable, that's what it is! And I feel like I haven't done very many "summery" things, to boot! That includes what I'm posting about today...Christmas cards, anyone?
Yeah - still working on some challenges. I've opted out of "catching up" - I'm just doing the ones that I: a) have time for, b) have an idea for, c) that coincide with an experiment of a crafty nature that I want to try or, d) just really, really speak to me. With that thought in mind, then, here are three cards made recently:
This one is for the Jingle Belles challenge that ends today. We were instructed to use red OR green, but not both! Okay, fine then, I'll just throw in a bit o' brown to make it interesting. This is also for the CAS challenge on Splitcoast Stampers this week. It was a sketch challenge inspired by a card made by Darsie Bruno. I also really, really liked the way she used the negative space of a die, so I copied her there, too. The papers are all from Stampin'Up!'s Holiday Treasures designer papers, and the sentiment is computer-generated (Amazone BT font).
The other two are variations on a theme, and happened while I was playing around with embossing powders and a new Distress Stain. One of the Weekly Christmas Card challenges that I'm (supposedly) participating in was to use black as the main color of the card, and another was to do embossing, so I combined the two. First I made this one:
Well, technically speaking, I just made the embossed-snowflakes-covered-in-distress-stain piece of paper first. I sort of considered it a "fail" and set it aside while I made this one:
The embossing powder used here is holographic, so the colors change when you view it from different angles. I mostly saw blue, so that's why I used Stampn'Up!'s Brocade Blue for the card base and the tag. Both cards use the snowflake from SU!'s Winter Post set, as well as a snowflake that came from WalMart (no other identifiers). The sentiment on the tag is from SU!'s Fancy Flexible Phrases, and the "let it snow" around the border of the first one was hand-written by me in all its wonky glory!
After I'd finished the black-and-blue card, I looked again at the "fail" and decided that if I chopped it up and used one of the larger snowflakes as a focal point instead of a border, that it might work better. I'm thinkin' it did...
And that's my "Christmas in July" (cliche) offering for now! I have LOTS of new rubbah and some new papers and some new dies and ZERO time, but I'm gonna carve out some, anyway! There have been a couple of really good sales lately that I've taken advantage of, so I need to justify my purchases by actually USING them! (Weird concept, I know - who does that?!)
K - gotta run! Catch ya on the flip-flop (whatever that means - Greg says it every now and again), and thanks for stopping by!