Sunday, 27 September 2015

FM227 - Another "Boo!" (Friday Mashup Winner!)

*WooHoo!  I Rocked the Mashup with this card!*

When the Friday Mashup called for a project using pumpkins, I immediately thought of the fun retired Fall Fest bundle.  What could be more fun than pumpkins combined with Hallowe'en?

The challenge reads:
Create a project with Pumpkins
Create a project using Die Cuts to create a Frame
or Mash it Up! and create a project with Pumpkins and a Die cut Frame

Of course I decided to mashup the challenge and used pumpkins as well as a die-cut frame.  The frame is a lovely deep, matte black because I've cut it from a piece of Chalkboard paper.  

My Mum always cautioned me: waste not, want not.  So I took that spider's web which was left over from last week\s challenge (I replaced it with a white web for the inlay) and built my card around that.  I also had a piece of embossed brick wall left over from a card for which I had carefully ripped off half the wall.  Combined with a piece of Pacific Point which happened to be laying on my table, I had enough to create a scenic layer.  Sponging some Basic Grey around the perimeter of the Pacific Point helped create a better night sky.

I stamped one pumpkin using Tangelo Twist and the other using Pumpkin Pie.  The stem on each is Mossy Meadow.  Then I stamped three leaves using Mossy Meadow.  I cut all the images out using the matching framelits dies and then looked around for a scrap of vellum.  I wanted my ghost to be wraith-like.  In order to get the ghost image without inking the whole stamp, I took my Basic Black Stampin' Marker and just went around the  perimeter plus around the eyes and mouth.  Stamped on the vellum, it left only the outline.  Once that had dried, I cut it out using the matching framelit die.

Assembling the card was lots of fun.  I used several adhesives:  the Dimensionals, Tombow Liquid Glue, the Fine-Tip Glue pen and the Fast Fuse.   

Don't you just love the way you can see through the ghostly shape?  I think the retired googly eyes were the perfect finishing touch.

For more cards using the challenge theme, check out this week's Friday Mashup.

Monday, 21 September 2015

FM226 - Boo! (Friday Mashup Runner-Up)

*WooHoo!  I was a Rashup Glamette with this card*

Oh my!  I can't believe I'm writing a new post.  And it's about a card I've created.  Will wonders never cease?  It's been a busy year.  So much travelling and other family stuff.  It's time to get back to what I love:  creating cards and other projects.

This one is all about inlaid die-cuts.  I love the effect that one gets with this technique but it's fussy work.  Especially since I decided to use my spider web die and had to ensure that none of the seeminly thousands of pieces became lost.  Still, even though I cursed the card several times, the finished spider web inlay is so effective that I've made peace with it.

I've used a retired piece of Designer Paper into which to inlay my spider web.  That skull and faintly printed paper is so creepy and yet such a piece of art.  I love it and have been hanging onto it, waiting for just the right project.  The Friday Mashup challenge turned out to be that project.

Challenge FM226
*Create a project with the Sketch
*Create a project with Inlaid Die Cutting
*or Mash it Up! and create a project with the Sketch and inlaid die cutting

I chose to mash it up.  You'll see that my card combines the sketch with the inlaid die-cutting.  My colours are Basic Black, Tangelo Twist, Basic White and Wild Wasabi.  You can see from the close-up photo that I've inlaid the die-cut spider's web as well as the Wild Wasabi banner.  If you look closely, you'll see that I've also inlaid each of the die-cut letters into the banners.  The Tangelo Twist banner is mounted on dimensionals, the Basic Black banner is added with adhesive and the Wild Wasabi banner is inlaid just for a variation in texture.

For fun I also die-cut several spiders from a scrap of Chalkboard black paper.  I wanted the extreme black of that paper to make those spiders "pop" against the card.  A couple are mounted on glue dots while the others are mounted on dimensionals.

I hope you'll check out the other cards at the Friday Mashap this week.  I've also put my name in for the Design Team.  Wish me luck.