Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Moxie Fab combo!

Here's another double challenge! This one for Sunday's Featured Stamper (FS105 - I picked {this} card of k dunbrook's to CASE), using the Moxie Fab Yellow and Gray color challenge for my color combo. That said, knowing the layout, color combo, and even which *stamps* I was planning to use, I *seriously* struggled with this one, and I DON'T KNOW WHY! Ah well, back to the growing pains, I guess...

I started with an 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" rectangle of Basic Gray textured CS, folded to make a 4 1/4" square base. I stamped the wheat/grass image from January's KOTM onto Whisper White, then used my Stamp-a-Majig to stamp directly over it for a darker image, and then to stamp off to the side for a faux-embossed/drop shadow look. Then I die cut and embossed the image with my Nesties, adhered it to a black paper from SEI's Charlemagne paper pack, and trimmed around to get a frame around the image. Next, I cut and embossed some DP from the same pack pack, adhered is to some Basic Black CS, and trimmed again. Then, I cut some 'Straw' DP from the Urban Prairie line of BasicGrey, adhered it to Basic Gray CS, and trimmed again. The final layers are a 3 3/4" square of Going Gray CS and a 3 7/8" square of 'Straw' DP. I added black brads to the corner of the Going Gray square, and then began layering, adding black ribbon around the card, and foam tape under the SEI DP panel and the image panel.

I stamped the sentiment onto Whisper White, cut it down to size, ticket-punched the corners, and then mounted it to a piece of Basic Black CS with the corners also punched. I added some Heidi Swapp Jet Bling to the sentiment, and was *finally* done. I like it now that it's done, but I felt like I was banging my head against Lori's brick wall all day yesterday!!

Hope you find something to inspire you on a creative journey today! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray, and Whisper White CS (SU!); herringbone and black DP (SEI 'Charlemagne'); 'Straw' DP (BasicGrey 'Urban Prairie')
Ink: Stazon Jet Black (Tsukineko); Going Gray (SU!)
Stamps: January 2009 KOTM 'Love Etc.' and September 2008 KOTM 'friendship. LOVE. miracles.' (Unity Stamp Co.)
Other: Foam tape (3M); Labels 2 Nestabilites (SpellBinders); Jet Bling (Heidi Swapp); black grosgrain (unknown)


lori vliegen said...

ahhh, yes. the brick wall! it seems to be making the rounds in blogland lately! if you're like me and you bang your head against it enough, eventually you'll make a hole in it and you can climb through! hee hee

i love your card, michelle! that grey and yellow combo is fabulous! :)

Shannon said...

Michelle, you are such a genius! I have to be honest, those colors are not my favorite and the wheat/grass stamp is not my favorite....but, I love this card! I think you put everything together so beautifully. I can see why this was such a challenge for you, but it really paid off. I think this card is absolutely lovely. Good job, and good for you for all of the stretching. Are you arms and legs getting longer? {hugs}

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

I love what you came up with and the colors are great.

Nikki Schmaltz said...

I love this card. It makes me feel calm and happy at the same time. I think it is just amazing and the the wheat almost feels like it is blowing in the wind. Great job!