Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Never-Ending Story!

Do you remember this movie? The NeverEnding Story!  My kids loved it.  My oldest daughter dressed as the Childlike Empress for Halloween once!  In a costume I had to sew for her. There are rumours that there will be a remake released in 2014, with some involvement by Leonardo DiCaprio.  Time will tell if the story will truly be "NeverEnding"

I have my own NeverEnding Story, right in my craft room.  It is the unending quest to keep it tidy and organized.  I spent Sunday cleaning it up because I wanted organization to work on my swap cards during the last week before Convention.  Then came the creation of a couple of cards for challenges, and a huge order delivery, which needs to be sorted and delivered, and by Monday night, we're right back where we started Sunday morning!  But, at least I have some results to show you.  The two challenges I entered with this one are MOJO Monday Challenge #301 and Dynamic Duos Challenge #60:

The MOJO Challenge was a lovely layout sketch.  I really love the balance of it and it's central focal point.  

The Dynamics Duo Challenge was a little more ..."challenging"!  Bright yellow and green has got to be my least favourite colour combo!
I wasn't sure I wanted to even do a card for this challenge, until I looked at the Design Teams samples and saw the way they made it work.  Summer Starfruit is a really nice yellow/green and not the usual primary yellow, so it allows the alliance to win.

  • I used the teapot flower vase stamp from Tea Party Stamp Set with VersaMark ink with White Embossing Powder to create the central image on Basic Black cardstock.  
  • The sentiment is from Express Yourself, again embossed in white.
  • The DSP you see behind the teapot is from the Soho Subway collection, and the one on the Summer Starfruit panel is from the Epic Day collection.
  • The Fancy Fan Embossing Folder creates some texture on the Gumball Green flag.
  • I decided to use Basic Black as my neutral colour, matting all the panels and forming the focal point as well.
  • The Boho Blossoms Punch and Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack created the little flowers you see above.
So the clock is ticking and I'm hoping I get my orders sorted and product shares ready quickly tomorrow, so I can clean up and get back to doing my swaps.  But likely, some other circumstance will require the room to be recleaned soon!  A Stampers work is never done!

Stamps:  Tea Party (w129135; c129138); Express Yourself (w130336; c130339)
Paper:  Epic Day DSP (130814); Soho Subway DSP (130140); Summer Starfruit (126839), Gumball Green (126840) and Basic Black (121045) cardstock
Ink:  Versamark Ink (102283)
Accessories:  White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
Tools:  Boho Blossoms Punch (119858); Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309); Ovals Collection Framelits (129381), Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (127751); Heat Tool (129053)                                        
Tea Party Stamp Set                                                              
Express Yourself Stamp Set

Boho Blossoms Punch

Epic Day DSP
Soho Subway DSP

Fancy Fan Embossing Folder

Heat Tool

Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

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