Wednesday, July 2, 2014


What day is it?  LOL!   I am on my summer schedule so I lose track.  Not really, but I could!   For some reason this summer I have had a lot of appointments and places to be so I do not feel like I have had just a day of "nothingness" yet where forgetting which day it is could actually happen.  It has only been two weeks, though.  I should give it time.  

Anyway, today is the closest I have come to a "nothingness"  kind of day.  I have stuff scheduled the rest of the week, but today is a crafty day.  Yay!  (Of course, by "nothingness" and "crafty day" I mean laundry, craft, prepare lunch, craft, clean bathrooms, craft..etc. you get the picture).   The first thing I did was head to my craft room and make this card!    

I am playing along with a few challenges today.  This card is for Papertrey's Make It Monday Challenge.  We are to use dies with coordinating stamps as masks.  I am also playing along with this week's Just Us Girls Photo Challenge as well as Simon Monday Challenge - W is for White.

Masking?  Really?  When I first saw this challenge posted I must admit I had some reservations.   I literally just thought about it for a couple of days.  I finally just decided to go for it.  It really helped to use the JUGS photo inspiration.  Gave me a jumping off point for my design and what to mask.  I started with the Front and Center Cover Plate and the Ruby Rose dies cut with just white printer paper to create a mask.  I needed wide lines so I had to adhere two chevrons side by side to create the look from photo.  I used my Ruby Rose dies and created a flower arrangement.  Just so you know this was my third attempt.  The other masks I had the flowers first then the chevrons which makes more sense for masking, but I could not visualize what the arrangment looked like with all those chevrons on top so I did it this way.  Worked for me.  I used some retired Stampin Up going gray ink.  I have several gray inks, but this one looked the most like light gray.

When I removed the mask which was plain paper with some old and not too sticky adhesive, I had to erase the adhesive residue.   In some cases this worked and in others it did not come off which accounts for some blotchy spots in the stamping since ink does not stick to adhesive.  I decided I liked it and kept going.  I also was okay with little imperfections in the gray masked background where seams did not meet and gray ink seeped through.   I did add two die cut flowers and leaves to the center of the arrangement to give the mask some definition.  Other than that  the whole card is masked.   I finished the card with the Think Big Favorites #24.  I thought the big sentiment looked like the black chandelier.  I finished with some clear sequins.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful colors and I like the big chevrons! I see a future stencil I need to make =)

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  2. This is fabulous, Betty! Love those, big, bold chevrons and way to incorporate the flowers! Thanks for joining us at Just us Girls too :)

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  3. I love anything with chevrons lately, and this is no exception! Your card turned out beautiful...a real work of art! :0)

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  4. Awesome card Betty! Love the unique colors and the flowers are among my favorites.

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  5. I love this Betty! Wonderful graphic V stripes and the flowers in those colours. Perfect for these challenges!

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  6. Betty, I agree with Marisa your card is fabulous!! Really lovin' the big chevrons.

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  7. Wow! The colours are wonderfully dramatic and I love your design! I must get my Ruby Rose out again... I didn't know it could be so beautiful!

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  8. WOW, beautiful, Betty!!! I love the big chevrons as a bg for the lovely flowers!! Stunning card!!

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  9. wow, what an awesome card Betty. Beautiful colors.

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  10. Betty, this is beautiful and I love that you show us how you created your stunning card.

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  11. This is really amazing and your explanation and photo is so appreciated! Very beautiful card Betty! So glad you joined us this week at Just Us Girls...you do beautiful work!

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  12. OMGoodness, this is gorgeous! I've been thinking of using aqua and navy together myself. Now I see I must get to it. YOur card is simply stunning!

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  13. Gorgeous card Betty! Love all the blossoms! Hope you have a Happy 4th!

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  14. Saw this over at the PTI facebook site - had to come by to tell you how absolutely awesome your card is! Simply amazing!

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  15. So pretty! Love this card! The flowers are stunning! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  16. This is gorgeous! This set is in my wishlist at PTI. Waiting to place an order. :)

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