Sunday, August 23, 2015

MUSE Card Challenge #129

Happy Sunday!! Two more days until I go back to work, three days before Char starts school. As the time nears, the more stressed I get and the more time I have actually been spending in my craft room. I did not realize how much crafting actually calms me down...that and shopping. Sometimes the two actually go hand in hand.

Speaking of shopping. I have a problem. I think I need a 12 Step Program for ink pads. Hi, my  name is Nora and I am an ink-o-haulic. These pads have all been purchased this summer (minus three that I am presently waiting on from Simon Says Stamp.) Oh wait, I forgot to add in the four distress pads I bought with the new colors. Okay, now I KNOW I have an issue.

Some are opened and some are not. None have been used at all. The horrible thing about this is that I have a cart full of the new Umbrella Inks at that I want. I really don't "need" them though.

Anyway, here is why I am really posting today. I had a chance to stamp a card for the MUSE card challenge (#129) this week. It was to use the card below as inspiration.

This card was made by Anita Bowden. If you haven't visited her blog, run over there and look. Her cards are fabulous!!

Here is my take on her card:

I originally wanted to make this only with a white background, no blue matting. HOWEVER, (surprise, surprise) I messed up on die cutting the panel and the stenciling was all done. I decided to just go with it.

I started off by using a stencil from Memory Box and blending Peacock and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink on a piece of white card stock. I then die cut the panel and mounted it on a Hawaiian Shores A2 top folding card base.

I really wanted to add some gold on the front like the inspiration piece but was not sure how. I knew I really did not want to use sequins. I then remembered I had gold thread and so adhered that to the card.

Next I used a Paper Trey Ink die and die cut four sentiments from black card stock and adhered them together to give the word a bit of dimension. I then adhered the die cut over the thread.

My last step was to stamp the sentiment strip using a Mama Elephant stamp and adhere that to the front. Once I had the idea, this card came together so fast. I think I will be using it again.

That is all for today. I thank you for looking!!

Stencil-Memory Box