Tuesday, September 25, 2012

You Can't Catch Me!

As a child, I had an extremely overactive imagination.  When I was about 10, my dad finished a beautiful bedroom for me downstairs, so I wouldn't have to share with my brother.  But... it was downstairs, and no one else slept down there, and every night I could hear footsteps walking right up to my bedroom door and stopping!  I was so freaked out, I had to give the bedroom to my brother and reclaim my old room.  I never stopped to think I might have hurt my dad's feelings, after he had worked so hard to build it for me, I just knew that one night, whatever it was that was making those footsteps, was going to open that door and come in!  And I didn't want to be there!!

So when I heard the story of the Gingerbread Man when I was little, it was one of those stories that got my imagination revved and I could feel every bite that fox took out of the poor little guy! I've always felt ambivalent toward gingerbread men ever since, as cute as they are.

Nevertheless, as I started to create my MOJO Monday #260 card, I realized that a gingerbread man was what was needed as the main image.  It's round/square week, and although I didn't quite make a circle, I'm getting closer, by making a round/square card:


I used the largest Window Frames framelit to create the outline shape of the card.  I folded my card stock in half and positioned the framelit just so the top edge was slightly over the edge where the fold was and cut out the two layers at once.  This is not recommended by Stampin' Up and might void the warranty on your framelits, but I have never had a problem with two layers before. 
Here's the Mojo sketch:
The base is Crumb Cake and then I cut out the next smaller framelit in Always Artichoke and adhered some Fan Fair DSP to it.  Then I cut out the strip of Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations card stock and embossed it with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder and sanded it lightly to reveal the lighter red underneath.  I stamped some of the 7/8" cotton ribbon with a design from the Border Banter stamp set in Always Artichoke and used it as an extra layer.  The little gingerbread man is from the Scentsational Season stamp set and I stamped him in Chocolate Chip in on a circle punched from Very Vanilla.  I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake and mounted it on a Crumb Cake square, which I pierced around the edges using the Stampin' Up Piercing Tool.  I used a slightly larger square of Cherry Cobbler to back this and fancied up the edges using the Finishing Touches Edgelit.
 
 
I popped this panel up on Dimensionals, after adding the Merry Christmas greeting from the Mixed Medley stamp set.  The piece de resistance is the Brushed Bronze Designer Button, threaded with some Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, the first time I've used it!  I should have used it sooner, because you can do so many things with it!
 
Isn't he cute?  I can just hear him saying," Run, run as fast as you can!  You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"  But then, I always did have an extra-active imagination!
 
Stamps: Scentsational Season (w121026; c121190); Mixed Medley (a hostess only set) (w128054;c128057); Border Banter (w128927; c128930)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Always Artichoke (105119), Cherry Cobbler (119685) and Very Vanilla (101650) card stock; Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations card stock (127846)
Ink: Classic Stampin' Pads in Chocolate Chip (126979), Crumb Cake (126975) and Early Espresso (126974)
Accessories:  Burnished Bronze Designer Button (127833); 31/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler (127841)
Tools:  Window Frames Framelits (129021); Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder (127819); Stampin' Sanding Block (129367); Paper-Piercing Tool (126189); Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199); Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack (126187)

 
 

2 comments :

Abbey Trimboli said...

Hi Heather :) What a cute little man! I just love those Christmas colours and such a gorgeous card.

Abbey

Heather Cooper said...

Thanks, Abbey! I just love Christmas, period! So much fun, designing Christmas cards!