Thursday, October 04, 2007

{Blogger's Challenge-Week 15 - Black and Orange}


Hello and welcome to week 15 of the weekly Blogger's Challenge. This week our challenge was to create a card using Black and Orange. I figured that since it is October, and many of the blogger posse (see complete list, with links to their fabulous blogs, in sidebar of my blog) would go for the more traditional Orange and Black cards most commonly created in October; Halloween cards. But being the renegade that I am, I went a totally different direction. As you can see, this card isn't remotely Halloween. I woke up one morning with this layout in my head....does that ever happen to you?...ideas spring up either as you are falling asleep or just waking up? I have a theory that these are the times that we are most relaxed and creativity is a full throttle when we are relaxed. I can't say with any certainty that this design is my original idea because I see so many samples in magazines and on-line, not to mention that I rarely create anything truly original, that there is a possibility that I have seen this design somewhere before, and just don't remember. I wouldn't want to take credit for something, if it REALLY wasn't my idea.

This card is really More Mustard (which is sort of orange...kinda) although against this red Asian patterned paper looks not as 'mustard' as it is in reality. The focal images were stamped with black craft ink, then heat embossed with black embossing powder. While the images were still hot, I dipped them again into the embossing powder for a second coat. The first thing I do when I get a new container of embossing powder is to immediately dump it into a resealable container...like cheap Tupperware, if you will. This allows me to hold a project over the container while I'm applying the powder, without having to use a powder pal. I dump the powder onto my project and the remainder just falls back into the container and not all over my craft table or floor.

Now I must be a little embossing challenged, because even though I used my embossing buddy, like a good little embosser should, I always get some 'over-spray'. I even take a little paint brush and swipe away excess specks, but no matter how meticulous I am, I still experience the same problem. If you only look at this card in this 'blog view' you won't see much of my boo-boos, but be forewarned that if you look at the close up view, you will see what I'm really talkin' about!

I took a bamboo skewer and snipped off the pointy end with my wire cutter, which by the way, cuts more than wire! Using my Word Window punch I created the pockets for my skewer. I attached the punches to the basic black card stock using black brads and then just slid the skewer into the pockets.

I used my notched corner punch to give me something for my black embroidery floss something to hold onto; creating a frame for the card. I had the Asian coin in my stash, and I used a tassel that came attached to the cap from a bottle of perfume. (I love it when I can use things from everyday packaging to dress up a card!) So, there you have it...my black and orange entry for this weeks challenge. I hope you can take a moment and check out what the other ladies have done with the challenge this week. It's always interesting to see how everyone interprets a challenge!

Have a great day, and an even better weekend! What are YOU doing on World Card Making Day? That's tomorrow, ya know. All of our local scrapbook and stamp stores have make and takes going on all day, so I may have to just cruise from store to store and see what fun activities they are hosting!

16 comments:

Connie said...

Love this card, Lynn...and I thought I was being original by going with a non-Halloween card! lol! I wake up in the morning with a head full of ideas, too. Sometimes I need to get up and write them down in the middle of the night before they let me sleep!

Pat Huntoon said...

Your card is stunning! Very elegant.

Lisa said...

Great card Lynn! Love all the extra details you added, the bamboo works wonderfully with your layout.

Summerthyme Studio said...

What a rich and beautiful card!

Vicki

Lauren (mytime) said...

WOW! That is totally amazing! All the details and embellishments are just jaw dropping! You did am awesome job with this.

MJ said...

What a great card! I am glad you told me that it was more mustard cuz I was about to adjust my monitor to see what orange it was, lol. I love Asian theme cards, I hardly ever make them. Your card is perfect for this theme, I love it. Super job.

My Paper World said...

Wow! Love the colours, this looks really stunning!

Basement Stamper said...

Wow! That is a fantastic card Lynn!!! I love that it is so different.

Ida said...

Lynn, Nicely done. What a great layout. I bet this would have look equally fabulous in Only Orange but the Mustard is a nice touch. - Looks like several of us wanted to also try out a non-Halloween themed card. You even went for something besides Fall with your Asian theme. Great way to think outside the box. Ida

Lori said...

This is beautiful. I love the layout and all the details you added.

astampingteddy said...

Very elegant!

Karen said...

how unique - great card Lynn!!

Stefanie said...

Great card Lynn! The bamboo skewer really adds to the Asian theme.

Lisa Bohler said...

Glad that you went in your own direction~ Super card!

Connie said...

I love this, Lynn. Nice use of the skewer! The colors are perfect.

maggie fellow said...

really beautiful halloween card! lol