Assembly line style card making…..

Sometimes….I get an idea.  That idea doesn’t get properly thought out.  Bringing that idea into reality…..turns into…..”What The Heck Was I Thinking?!

I looked through the Operation Write Home card sketches.  My search was to find a sketch that has many elements, therefore, I would be using up more scrap papers.  Brilliant!

I chose card sketch #10 from Operation Write Home.

Operation Write Home card sketch #10

Operation Write Home card sketch #10.

The stamp set I chose to use for some birthday cards is an old Stampin’ Up! Hostess Set titled “Birthday Bakery”.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Bakery stamp set.

Stampin’ Up! Birthday Bakery stamp set.

I have a tag punch I bought from Stampin’ Up! in about 2009.  This is the old style punch.  I’m pretty sure they don’t sell this style any longer.  The tag measures a tiny bit over one inch wide and is 1-1/4 inches long.

Old style tag punch from Stampin' Up!

Old style tag punch from Stampin’ Up!.

I’m busting out my Copic markers that were a gift to me from my friend, Maureen C. Mathis, several years ago.  I’ve not really used these markers to color many images.  It is time that I face me fear of coloring and just get with the program.

Copic markers.

Copic markers.

I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of using these markers.  I was even pleased with my results.  The images look like illustrations that would be in a children’s book.  Okay, maybe that is just a bit of an exaggeration of my coloring skills.

Copic marker colored images

Copic marker colored images

This is where I thought I had “Done gone and lost my mind”.  I did something that I absolutely, positively, beyond a shadow of a doubt, HATE to do.  I fussy cut around every stinkin’ one of those images.

Fussy cut around each image.

Fussy cut around each image.

The results of this crazy bit of business has turned out pretty good.  I like the result.  And I do believe that I may have earned a new title.  “The Queen of Crooked”!  Oh well.  Let’s just call it “Whimsical”.

Finished birthday card front.

Finished birthday card front.

Over the next couple days I will be putting together a tutorial on how I made this card front.  I’ve taken step by step photos of the process and will be using those photos to create a video.

At this rate….I think it might be the year 2025 when I use up all of my scrap papers.  :/

Leslie

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Scrap Rehab – “Might As Well Dance”

Digging into my stash of card base pieces I chose a color that was hot,  hot, hot pink.  Such a bright color.

Hampton Arts - Vintage Women

Hampton Arts – Vintage Women

I used Operation Write Home Card Sketch #2 for this card.  For this one I let the card base act as the background for the front.  The turquoise and yellow matted feature piece were the only things adhered to the front of the card.

I had to get a little help in picking colors for this hot, hot, hot pink.  I found the help I needed by using a color wheel.  This is not one of my favorite tools in my craft room.  Although, I do have to admit that it has helped me on a couple of my cards.

A little help from the color wheel

A little help from the color wheel

The bright turquoise piece is a scrap from Club Scrap.  The yellow mat is from Stampin’ Up! (I think).  I’m not sure where the yellow is from but I suspect it is Summer Sun from Stampin’ Up!  The focal image is stamped on Whisper White from Stampin’ Up!.

Dancing woman

Dancing woman

This image has some of the hot pink reflecting back, so please forgive the wonky photo.  I’ve used Copic Markers to color the woman.  For her body I’ve used E33 and E00.  For her feathered (at least that is what I think they are) skirt I used BG05 and B02.

Tim Holtz "Flourish" embossing folder

Tim Holtz “Flourish” embossing folder

The background, or card base front, was run through my Big Shot using a Tim Holtz embossing folder titled “Flourish”.  I had to insert the bottom of the card front into the embossing folder to enable the beautiful flourish to be embedded on the right hand side of the card front.  Using it normally the flourish would have been placed against the fold of the card.

A bit of gold elastic cord was used as the ribbon element indicated on the card sketch.

Why, you may be asking yourself, is the front of the card depicting a woman dancing?  The inside sentiment is what inspired this card.  The inside sentiment is from a Stampin’ Up! set titled “Edgy Eloquence”.

Inside of dancing woman card

Inside of dancing woman card

Hope this gives you a bit of inspiration in your card creation.

Next up in the Scrap Rehab series will be a “Miss You” card.

Leslie

Post 2 of 2. Coloring Contest

Starting today – February 5, 2012 and going through February 29, 2012 enter the Coloring Contest.  This contest is open to children 6 years of age and older and adults.  There will be two categories in this post along with the rules and prizes.  Winners to be announced on March 1, 2012.

CHILDREN – 6 years and older:

Get out your coloring books and choose an image you would like to enter into this contest.  Color it all in.  Any color book image you wish to use.  This contest is open to both BOYS AND GIRLS.

Coloring book image of your choice

Coloring book image of your choice

Princess

Princess

Fairies

Fairies

BOYS you can use images from Cars or any other coloring book you wish.

RULES:

  1. All coloring must be done by the child.
  2. Photos of the completed project must be submitted by email, along with the child’s FIRST NAME and AGE to leslieb@messageinafold.com with “Coloring Contests” in the subject line.
  3. All entries must be submitted by February 29, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time in the US.
  4. Most important Rule – Have Fun!

PRIZES:

Each entrant will receive a package of Twistable Crayons.  A $5.00 value.  Click on “Twistable Crayons” to go see what it is.  No more peeling the Crayon paper to continue coloring.  Twist the tube to continue coloring fun.  No more broken Crayons either since they are protected by a plastic tube.

GRAND PRIZE:

The winning contestant will receive Crayola Color Fillz Mosaic kit.  A $10 value.  Click on the “Crayola Color Fillz Mosaic kit” to see what it is.

Only ONE (1) Grand Prize will be awarded.

Each contestant will be contacted by me through email for a mailing address for the Twistable Crayons.  The contest winner will be contacted by me through email for a mailing address for the Crayola Color Fillz Mosaic kit.

ADULTS:

You can use any stamped or digital image you wish to use to color.  You can use Copic Markers or any other kind of marker.  The image does not need to be attached to a card or mounted to anything.  Only the colored image is all that is to be submitted.

RULES:

  1. Submit the colored image only.
  2. Leave a comment in the section of THIS POST with a link to your blog with a photo of your contest entry.
  3. If you don’t have a blog you may submit your entry by email to Message In A Fold at leslieb@messageinafold.com with “Coloring Contest” in the subject line.
  4. All entries must be submitted by February 29, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time in the US.
  5. Most important Rule – Have Fun!

PRIZES:

Each entrant will receive a Color Box Pigment Stamp Pad – Treasure. A $10 value.  A stamp pad with three metallic pigment inks to add pizazz to your projects.

Each entrant will be contacted by through email for a mailing address to receive the Pigment Stamp Pad.

GRAND PRIZE:

There will only be one (1) Grand Prize awarded.

Spellbinders Grommet Tags AND Spellbinders Lacy Rectangles.  A $45 value.

Both contests begin today, February 5, 2012 and run to the last day of the month – February 29, 2012.  Get started on your entry and get it submitted before the deadline.