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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hey There, Sunshine!

Well, I couldn't stand it anymore. I had to turn on our air conditioner just now. It's 90 degrees outside and it had gotten up to 85 degrees in the house! That's almost as hot as we could stand it when our air went out last year and we had to go to Hotel California! I know, I know, it's Earth Day and all, and today of all days I should be thinking about the planet, saving energy and not caring so much about my body-mass-temperature-index. Well, I'm sorry, but I don't DO SWEAT. Besides, I look at it as a trade-off and I'll tell ya'll why: I don't DO YARDWORK either. However, today of all days, I decided it was high time to clean out the flowerbed that runs alongside the driveway before those dead morning glories' vines attacked my girls' ankles one more time. I pulled them all up, raked the leaves out of there, trimmed our only bush in front of the house (long story) and sprayed some weed killer on some clover (not earth friendly, I know, but the weeds weren't doing me any favors either). Oh and I recycled a milk jug and a water bottle. I even broke a sweat for the sake of the yard and I think my scalp is sunburned. Fair trade in my book any day. Anyway, while it was still cool in the house last night, I made this card for last Friday's Viva La Verve Challenge (VLVAPR04). The challenge was of course this sketch, but the twist (there's always a twist) was to create your own patterned paper. So I got out my new Wishful Elegance stamp set and made some diagonal rows of daisies and colored them in with my Copics (wait a minute, did I just save a tree?). It was a little time consuming coloring my new "patterned paper" and cutting the flowers out (see how I do that below), but after that, the sketch came together pretty easily. I fudged just a little on the sentiment placement, but I ran out of space and had no choice! I was saving paper by not redoing the whole thing, right? Just me going green again. So tomorrow, I'll probably be out in the front yard again, hoping that weed killer worked, pulling up clover and making sure the ants I poisoned are good and gone. Tomorrow's trade-off? Maybe I'll save some water and not shower. Dirt's a natural deodorant right?

SUSIE Q-TIP: I think I've mentioned how I cut stars out before, but have never shown any pictures. I cut out flowers just about the same way, so I thought I'd take a few pics and give ya'll a visual. I start by cutting to the tip and along one side of each petal. Do this around the whole flower (or star).The next step is to cut in from the tip again, but just on the other side right up to where your first cut ended towards the center of the flower (or star). If it hangs a little, just make tiny snips until it's free. If you have to pull the unwanted piece out, pull it towards the underside of your cardstock, so that any little torn part goes under the flower. The last step is just a personal preference. I like to snip the very tip of the petals or points of a star off. To me, this just gives it a cleaner look and the tips are less likely to get bent looking. Cutting your flowers or stars out this way leaves them nice and flat with no uneven cuts or creases.

Stamps: Wishful Elegance, Sunshine (Verve)
Paper: Summer Sun (SU!), Pure Poppy, New Leaf, White (PTI)
Ink: Palette Noir (Superior), Wild Wasabi (SU!)
Accessories: Scallop Rectangle and Circle Nestabilities, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug, Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Copic Markers, Cutter Bees, New Leaf Grosgrain Ribbon (PTI), Dimensionals

4 comments:

  1. Very striking, Susan! Love the bright colors!

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  2. I'm real bad and have the ac on upstairs (where it gets horribly hot!), and the window downstairs open so I can hear the kiddos (we're in Frisco). So I'm there with you - it's HOT...and I love your share in saving the earth - made me laugh this am! Great card as always - love the bright papers and of cours, your tip on cutting out stars/flowers is just what I need!

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  3. WOW!! Great tutorial on cutting (one of the "dreaded jobs". This is how I did it, but it certainly is nice to have a "professional" tell us that IT IS RIGHT AND EASY!!
    Love your card!
    Mommy

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