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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday—Week 8


Hello, Everyone! Welcome to week 8 of Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday.  It’s the final week of this month’s theme, Mr. Wizards Gears and Cogs.  I was all set to use my cogs punch on the final week, but it jammed and I couldn’t do anything with it. As usual, the amazing SU Demonstrator Support is on the job and rushing me a replacement for it, but It didn’t arrive in time for me to finish my card, so, I’m back to vehicles that contain gears! LOL!


This one is pretty simple, but I used some tools I haven’t used before, so it was fun.  I really like the On the Grow stamp set, and I’m looking forward to working with it more!

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette.

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede.

Stamp Set:  On the Grow

Embellishments: Basic Pearls, Hemp Twine, 5/8” Grosgrain Early Espresso Ribbon.

Tools: Color Spritzer, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, and of course, my Paper Cutter.

I think it’s pretty self-explanatory, but as usual, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!  Hope you’re all having a wonderful week, and I’m praying that you’re all staying safe during the crazy weird weather we’re having across the country.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday #7

Hi, everyone!

For week # 3 of Mr. Wizard’s Cogs and Gears theme, I chose to feature the Loads of Love set.  After all, there are definitely some gears in there somewhere, right? 

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So I used Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla cardstock.

I ran the Very Vanilla piece through the Big Shot with the Elegant Lines Textured Impressions folder and used a Sponge Dauber to highlight embossed parts with Bashful Blue ink. I used a Blender Pen and Pacific Point, Basic Black, Bashful Blue and Cherry Cobbler inks to color in the truck and the trailer (I thought the card needed an extra load of love!) 

I used the Rough Type set (retired) and Early Espresso ink for the greeting on the front, and I crumpled the cardstock and sponged it with more Early Espresso ink before adhering it to the card.  Then I added two small Eyelets with my Cropadile and tied a piece of Hemp Twine (one strand separated) through the holes.  It’s hard to tell in the picture, but I popped the truck and trailer on Dimensionals.

Inside, I added a layer of Very Vanilla and edged the sides with the Eyelet Border punch. The stamp is from Loads of Love and is stamped with Early Espresso ink.

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s challenge.  Be sure to check out the UDI Blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

UDI-Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday Week #6


Hi, everyone! It’s Week 6 of Utah Divas International’s Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday, which uses as its themes elements from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the musical, Wicked.  Themes last for an entire month, giving us opportunity to fully explore the possibilities.  This is the 2nd week of the Mr. Wizard’s Cogs and Gears theme, and I mixed two sets: A Sense of Time, and Plane and Simple.

Here’s what I used:

Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Ink: Basic Black, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, More Mustard

Embellishments: Antique Brass Eyelets, Linen Thread

Adhesives: Snail, Dimensionals

Tools:  Cropadile, Sponge Dauber

I  crinkled the crumb cake layers and used a sponge dauber to sponge early espresso ink around the edges and across the folds. I stamped the clock hands in basic black and popped them up with dimensionals, and the plane is early espresso ink on crumb cake, but now I’m thinking I should have stamped it in basic black to match the clock hands and the greeting. I used dimensionals on the greeting and the plane, too, and I lightly sponged early espresso around the edges and across the ivory piece everywhere except the clock face. I think it makes an interesting blend of past and present to go with the greeting.

I hope this has inspired you to make your own wonderfully wicked creations! Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday, Week #5

Hi, all!  It's time for Week #5 of  UDI's Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday Challenge.  This week begins a new theme:  Mr. Wizard's Gears and Cogs.  This is one of the photos we had for inspiration:

and here's what I came up with:

It's a variation on some of the "swivel" cards I've posted in the past where the front swivels up instead of swinging open. In deference to our theme for April, this one, has a few more moving parts...

So here is the list of supplies I used. This was pretty simple to make using the Big Shot.

Ink: Wild Wasabi
Cardstock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
DSP: Elegant Soiree
Big Shot Dies: Scallop Circle, Clear Circle, 3.5" Circle, 3" Circle
Punches: 2-1/2" Circle, Large Scallop Circle, 1-3/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle
Stamp Sets: Word Play, With All My Heart, Bring on the Cake
Embellishments: Filigree Brads, Metallic Brads
Adhesives: Snail, Dimensionals

So, as I said, this was really pretty simple to make. The trick is to punch the holes while it's closed so that you make sure you're covering up the parts you don't want to show. For instance, the Happy Birthday is actually upside down when everything is closed up, and you don't want the greeting to show under the top circle. Also, mechanically, the 2nd circles from the ends of the string are necessary in order to make sure that the greetings on the end circles remain right-side-up whether the card is open or closed.  I'm really not sure how to explain the rest, so I'll post photos to show you step-by-step how the card opens up, and you can see how everything is layered.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

So there you have it! I had a lot of fun with the theme this week, and I really enjoyed playing with this card.

As you can see by the background, I spent the week gardening because I just couldn't wait any longer, and the flowers and fruit trees are blooming like crazy all around me. So I put out some flowers in the bed outside the kitchen window, and I put a mini vegetable garden in the ground just off the back porch. This morning my mother's hairdresser informed me it's supposed to snow tomorrow... So these photos may be the swan song for my lovely geraniums, not to mention the zucchini and tomato plants, but a girl can hope for spring, right?

Have a great week!