Zucchini Greeting Card

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Zucchini Greeting CardI’m not exactly sure what circumstance this card would be appropriate for, but maybe that’s part of why it’s inappropriate. I overheard someone say, “Zucchini. I don’t understand that stuff. I’d just as soon eat dirt.” The image is borrowed from zucchini raccolti oggi by nociveglia, on Flickr.

The papers are from Well Worn Designer Series Paper. The grosgrain ribbon and bow are in Cajun Craze. The text is in the 28 pt. Garamond font, in Night of Navy with a -100% opacity drop shadow in River Rock. I placed an extra rectangle punch of River Rock at 40% opacity behind the text to make the lettering show up better. It was harder to read where it overlapped the darker colors in the designer series paper.

Riveting Thank You Card

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I’ve been looking at Library of Congress images recently for inspiration, and tonight’s slightly silly card came directly from a 1942 photo from an Navy airplane manufacturing plant. The Library of Congress explains the image shown:

Mrs. Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repair department of the Naval air base, supervises Chas. Potter, a NYA trainee from Michigan, Corpus Christi, Texas. After eight weeks of training he will go into civil service. Should he be inducted or enlist in the armed service, he will be valuable to mechanized units of the Army or Navy

The photo is the basis for this thank you card, which uses paper from the Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper:

Riveting Thank You Card

Here are the details on the card:

  • Background: Big Top Birthday—Pattern 4
  • Library of Congress Photo mounted on Postage Stamp Punch in Gumball Green
  • Square Punch, stretched to rectangles across the bottom, in Background: Big Top Birthday—Pattern 2 and 11, both with default drop shadow
  • Get It Done—Punch 1 in Daffodil Delight, with 3 pt mat in Gumball Green, with default drop shadow
  • Text: Arial, 24 Pt in Gumball Green
  • Star Punches in Real Red, with default drop shadow
  • Embellishments: Pewter Brads, with default drop shadow—to simulate the idea of rivets :)


Goth Valentine’s Day Card (SQSC21)

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My card for this week’s Stampin’ Queens Sketch Challenge (SQSC21) came about because of the focal shape on the card. When I look at these sketches, I try to imagine what the layout reminds me of. That’s how I ended up with the mime trapped in the boxes for SQSC13, and the circle image on SQSC15 made me think of an embroidery hoop, which inspired a vintage look for the card.

Here’s this week’s original sketch:

SQSC21 Design

At first when I looked at it, I couldn’t think of anything, so I printed it out and laid it on my desk so that I could glance at it during the week. I jotted down that it reminded me of an ironing board, and I imagined a summer card where it was a diving board and the buttons were seashells (but I didn’t have the resources to make that). When I turned the image over, I thought about a hanging military ribbon or the felt tab that Girl Scout insignia are often attached to. In a week moment after watching the Maroon Five video for “Moves Like Jagger,” I imagined it as a tongue (and certainly not a card I wanted to make).

None of that really worked for me. I could make such cards, but none of them really grabbed me, and then I glanced at it one more time on Friday and suddenly realized that I had a tombstone and the perfect inspiration for a Halloween sort of card. Admittedly though, I was hardly in the Halloween mood and then my vicious brain whispered, “Make a dark Valentine’s Day card.” So that’s the story behind my twisted version of the card:

Goth Valentine's Day Card

Here are the details on what went into the card:

  • Background Layer: Basic Black
  • Curved Bottom Layer: Square Punch on top of Rounded Corner Square Punch, both in Basic Gray
  • Top Background Layer: Square Punch in Going Gray with Nite Owl—Pattern 6 (the criss-cross) across the bottom
  • Tombstone: Tag Punch in Perfectly Plum, with default drop shadow, with these decorations:
    • From the Crypt—Batty (twice) in Basic Black (top left and right)
    • From the Crypt—Web bat (top center)
    • Lace Ribbon Border Punch in Basic Black (bottom)
    • From the Crypt—Spidy (five times) above the Lace Ribbon
    • Grosgrain Ribbon and Bow in Basic Black, with default drop shadow
  • Skulls (where the buttons are on the original):
    • From the Crypt—Skull in Basic Black
    • Wide Oval Punch in default grayish color (RGB: 225, 225, 224) behind each Skull
    • Extreme Elements—Splatter in Basic Black on either side of each skull to add more shadows
  • Sentiment: Typed in Baskerville Old Face, 30 pt, in Basic Black, with default drop shadow


Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Ugly Christmas SweaterThe twenty-third card in my 25 Holiday Cards Challenge is my slightly inappropriate version of the traditional Ugly Christmas sweater. Here are the details on how I made it in My Digital Studio:

  • Row 1: Wild Wasabi background with Frosty Day II—circle and flakes in Cherry Cobbler
  • Row 2: Bashful Blue background with Jolly Bingo Bits snowman and penguin, colored in with Whisper White
  • Row 3: Christmas Cheer—zigzag border 1
  • Row 4: Riding Hood Red background with Jolly Bingo Bits in Early Espresso with Pearls and Real Red Glitter Brad
  • Row 5: Christmas Cheer—zigzag border 1
  • Row 6: Bashful Blue background with Frosty Day II—flower and Jolly Bingo Bits—flower, both in Cherry Cobbler
  • Row 7: Frosty Day II—border 2 in Always Artichoke
  • Row 8: Wild Wasabi background with Frosty Day II—border 3 in Cherry Cobbler
  • Row 9: Cherry Cobbler background with Season of Cheer—Merry Christmas in Bashful Blue
  • Row 10: Wild Wasabi background with Frosty Day II—flake in Whisper White

Feeling Trapped? Let Me Help You Out! (SQSC13)

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This week’s Stampin’ Queens Sketch Challenge (SQSC13) puts the emphasis on a series of rectangles. Because it’s such a simple design, I decided that the inner-most rectangle was going to have to be a special image to make this card work. Here’s the original sketch:

SQSC12 Design

I looked at all the example cards for inspiration, but nothing struck me. I started thinking about the design itself, asking myself, “What goes in boxes? What can you do with the notion of boxes?” At first the answers weren’t all that helpful: the dog (we call his cage/crate, his box), presents, food (e.g., cake mix), and crayons. Nothing was quite right, and then I thought of a mime! A mime trapped in a box! Here’s my version of the card:

Possibly Inappropriate Thinking of You Card

The inside sentiment is “Let me help you out!” I’m thinking of it as a sort of “Thinking of You” card for someone who has been stuck at home for one reason or another—sick family member, bad weather, tending to children, and so forth. Inside the card, I’d tuck tickets to a movie or a local event and a voucher for free babysitting. Perfect!

My sisters and brother were all in the high school mime troupe, so I am well-schooled in the ways of mimes. They followed the practice of mimes like Marcel Marceau who wore black and white clothes (sometimes with gray) and with a touch of red. So that was the inspiration for my colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla (Whisper White looked too stark), and Sahara Sand with a Real Red ribbon.

I didn’t have a photo of a family member that worked, so I found my photo on Flickr. It’s cropped a bit to make it fit the card. The photo credit goes to trapped in a box! by Cryptonaut, on Flickr.