My mission: to make Paula happy
I went to my friend Mary’s house yesterday for a little get together she was having for scrapbooking. I didn’t take anything to do, just sat and visited and shopped in one of those other company’s catalogs. I have a class tonight (though if nobody signs up for it, as it looks like will happen, I will have to save all this stuff for the next class) so I had to come back here and do 3 more projects. Usually, my class is the last Monday, but Memorial Day is falling on that day, so I’m totally messed up by that.
While there my friend Paula said, "When are you going to post to your blog again! You haven’t posted in THREE DAYS!!!" Wow…now there is someone with a serious addiction problem. Unfortunately, I have no advice on how to cure this and frankly, no wish to see Paula cured. I’m evil…I want as many as possible hooked on my blog! I’m spreading the cult and hooking more people on the crack of stamping and scrapbooking! Bwahahahahah!!!!
Okay, got that out of my system. It could be the persistent headache I’ve had for a few days due to my neck, which my chiropractor seems not to have gotten quite back in alignment as I hoped today. Could be that nobody is signing up for tonight’s class. It could be a lot of things. But I’m a big girl, I’ll get over it…I’m just CRANKY, okay?
When I got up this morning and saw no replies to my email class invitation, I thought, "Maybe I should just not bother to make the other two cards I needed for tonight." But hope springs eternal in the human breast and if I didn’t make two more cards I’d have to clean and who wants to do THAT?!?!?
Especially when stamps and inks are calling me very loudly…mops and buckets have very soft voices, have you ever noticed? What, you haven’t? Oh, *I* see, you haven’t noticed that mops and buckets talk at all…well, that’s because their voices are so soft, see…got nothing to do with the idea that only CRAZY people hear things talking to them.
ANYWAY…I imagine you’d like to see just what it was that all these people who aren’t coming were supposed to make tonight, wouldn’t you?
I aim to please! This class is called "Fancy Folds", which is a theme I’ve done before, so I had to search for some totally new folds for this class. I kind of stretched the envelope with the first one, which is not strictly a "fancy fold" card. But first, I must warn you…SERIOUS STINKIN’ CUTENESS FOLLOWS! If you have health problems that a racing heart might exacerbate, take a pill FIRST, then look, ‘kay?
First, the front of the card…doens’t look all that wonderful does it?
I mean it’s cute and all, but to really "get" this card, you have to open it up:
This is a cylinder card, which I learned about on the Stamp Oh! Mania site a long time ago. I’d printed off the instructions and threw it in my idea file and decided it was finally time to use it.
It was not easy to make…in fact, I messed up about 5 different versions of this until I got it just the way I wanted it. I will make a template and post it, because the directions on the Stamp Oh! Mania site are kind of general. That will make you very happy, because I’ve already done all the horrible hair-tearing work, but then, I’m SO nice! But it will take a while. Be patient!
Ingredients: Stamps: Pretty Princess, Print Pattern, Dry Brush Jumbo Wheel (grass), Speckle Jumbo Wheel, Sweet Shapes (castle texture); Ink: Pixie Pink, Basic Black, Going Gray, Brocade Blue, Green Galore; Cardstock: Whisper White, Pixie Pink, Yoyo Yellow, Bashful Blue; Other: Periwinkle Organdy ribbon, ticket corner punch, 1/4" square punch, Cloud template (SU! retired), foam brayer, sponge wedge, Stampin’ Write Markers: Yoyo Yellow, Pixie Pink, Brocade Blue, Green Galore, Gable Green, More Mustard, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black.
Now isn’t this just PURE STAMPIN’ GENIUS?!?!?! Do you love me now? I sure do!
Now, for the rest…they are still stinkin’ cute…just not approaching the PURE STAMPIN’ GENIUS of the Pretty Princess cylinder card. That will stand alone in the anals of BRILLIANT STAMPIN’ GENIUS. (yes, I love myself!)
First a trifold triangle card, which are the rage since Beate John’s excellent tutorial appeared on SCS:
And this is it open:
Ingredients: Stamps: Office Accoutrements, Just So Sayings; Ink: Pretty in Pink, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip; Cardstock: Au Chocolat Designer paper, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip; Other: Spring Bouquet Punch, Round Tab Punch, chocolate grosgrain, gold brad.
I think I’m kind of stuck on this color combination for Mr. Crabby. Probably because I sent the first two cards out that I made with this set, both with a variation of this color combination:
This was inspired by another card I received in the last ControlFreaks swap from Wendy Weixler…here it is open:
Ingredients: Stamps: Crab & Company, Sandy Shells wheel; Ink: Basic Black, Cool Caribbean; Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Cool Caribbean, Ruby Red, Whisper White; Other: black gingham, watercolor pencils, blender pens.
And the last card:
This is a fold and tuck card; 1 inch of the right side of the card front is folded back, a circle is centered over the fold and is punched out. Then you hold the card closed by placing a punched circle on a dimensional inside the card and tucking the punched circle underneath.
The color combination was inspired by some paper I saw in the catalog I was looking at on Sunday. Technique is marker over gel.
Ingredients: Stamps: Doodle This, Circle of Friendship, Canvas; Ink: Basic Black, Brocade Blue; Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White; Other: Brocade Blue, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Markers, 1 1/8" (EK Success), 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1/2" circle punches, dimensionals, moss grosgrain, notch corner punch, small corner rounder, white gel pen.
And now, dear readers, I’m hoping that your love for me is overflowing, that I’ve made Paula happy, and that now I can go take a nap, since obviously the emptiness of my email in-box and the lack of eager students calling me up to ask if they can please, please take my class means that, at least, I don’t have to clean up my stamp room. There’s a silver lining to every cloud.