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Monday, February 3, 2014

Unstampabelles Challenge #32 - Dare to Get Dirty!

The second challenge for 2014 at UNSTAMPABELLES  is themed


Before I go there, welcome to my new followers and thank you to all followers who have stayed the course. I know you are there - I have been watching the numbers slowly climb and it gives me a thrill every time to see that there has been a change!

Now, this has been a busy week for me but a good one - 30 years ago my hubby and I got married, and so we celebrated our Pearl (Diamond) Wedding Anniversary on Tuesday.  We went out to lunch at a beautiful local restaurant despite the heat being 37 degrees with a nasty hot wind blowing from the north! It was a lovely day and the weather did not affect anything!

This is the card I made for my husband for our Anniversary - unfortunately he didn't get it until Saturday, as I was still making it! But the thought was there and he really likes it! I will show you how I made it now and why my fingers and hands were dirty, but first the sponsor!

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The TWIST this month is for you to document (hopefully with photo's) your journey!

What does this mean? Well, you can make a background using ink or paint or both; you can make an embellishment ink or painty or both! You can use dies and embossing folders with paint and/or ink - either before, during and after; you can use texture paste and glitter and glue and crayons and inkpads........just remember to take lots of pictures and tell us about your journey!

Now, I have lots of photo's, so grab a coffee/tea/water/drink and sit back:

SU shiny white paper, masked off with post-it notes

Lots of TH Distress inks - sponges - Shabby Shutters, Peeled Pint, Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn - worked towards the center, darkest first applied

Balzer Designs TCW stencil and more TH Distress ink - Tattered Rose, Ripe Persimmon, Pickled Raspberry, Tattered Rose and just built up the layers of colour - again using sponges.

Looks like this now

MFT stencil and TH Black Soot ink - why arrows? Hubby is always telling me you get less years for murder, so thought I would use some prison arrows!

Then I used another MFT stencil with Hearts, and Imagination Crafts sparkle Medium - Gold Shine paste - let that dry

Before I washed the stencils I laid them onto another sheet of paper and overlaid two to use up the ink and perhaps create a different background to use later.......

Once dry and polished I put it into the pizza box and arranged sheets to cover the rest of the work space, and sprayed it with Tattered Roses shiny spray to add a bit more red.

The top RHS hearts got a red sparkle to them!

Some TYPO balsa wood letters, and some distress ink and some paste.....

....and some dirty fingers!

Made this card: the 30 is made from stickers and the heart is also balsa (precoloured) and I added a small pearl to it for the Pearl Wedding Anniversary - photo taken in sunshine.... shade..... partial shade!

 Now, what can you do? This was fun to make and the fingers washed clean! Why not get down and get a crafty way of course!

I will enter this in the following:
Challenges4Everyone: Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: no designer Paper - no, only my design paper!
Electic Ellapu: Texture! Yep, there is that
The Ribbon Girl Challenge: Hearts - yep, there are several!


Granmargaret said...

This is a lovely card Susan. Thanks for showing how.

JanR said...

Great card, Susan! Loved seeing all the photos of your process.

Desire Fourie said...

Susan, this is just stunning with awesome stamping techniques. Thanks for sharing the how too.
I am also now your latest keen Follower xxx
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Reusing with Quilling said...

Lovely Bg !!

happyglitzygirl said...

Good one Susan, and congratulations on your momentous Wedding Anniversary, blessings Hilde

CG said...

Wow, this is so beautiful! Happy anniversary! Your stenciling and inking is just amazing. Best, CG

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is gorgeous and beautiful doene Susan.

gr karin

mags said...

This is gorgeous Susan. Great to see the process of creating it too.

Ribbon Girl said...

Congratulations on celebrating your pearl wedding anniversary - may you have many more happy years together - nice card - thanks for joining in with The Ribbon Girl Card Challenge, Mary x

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 30th Anniversary and finding time to celebrate. Hubby and I were 20 years last Thursday and did nothing.
Great card and techniques. TFS.

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

love it - thank you for joining in with our challenge this week over at Eclectic Ellapu.
Elaine aka Ellapu

Laurian said...

Beautiful project with lots of texture!

Thanks for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work!