Monday, January 27, 2014

Umbrella Duo

This week the Dynamic Duos Challenge #87 is a Black Tie Challenge:  Basic Black and Melon Mambo with a Dessert Option of Umbrellas.
I haven't had an umbrella stamp since last year at this time, but I didn't let that stop me.  I figured out how to use my punches to create not one but two umbrellas:

As I started to put it together, thinking of the shelter umbrellas provide against storms, and the umbrella duo, You & Me, I remembered a hit song by the Hollies, back when I was a teen.  I have it on my IPod still.  It's called Bus Stop, a song about how a boy and girl sharing an umbrella fell in love. As I was looking for it on YouTube, I came across so many good tunes done by the Hollies, and I realized their songs were a big part of my teen and young adult life.  Isn't it amazing how a single chord can bring back the entire lyrics of a song to your mind even if you haven't thought of it in years?

Anyway, to create the umbrellas I punched out a circle with the 2 1/2" Circle Punch from each of the Basic Black and Melon Mambo cardstock pieces.  I cut both in half with my Stampin' Trimmer, then used the 1/2" Circle Punch to create the little "bites" along the bottom edge of each.  So far, so good.  Then I needed a handle.  I knew that a hooked handle wasn't going to happen, so I looked for something that would just make a good straight one.  I found the perfect thing - the wand from the Dress Up Stamp set!

The punch art umbrella would cover up the star on the wand, except for a little nubbin of the top point, which created the knob on the top of the umbrella.
I used the sentiment from the Perfect Pennants stamp set and the card seemed to be saying, "You & Me together weathering the storms of life!"  I needed some raindrops and again had no punch that would do the trick so I punched some Silver Glimmer Paper with the Word Window punch for two rounded ends, then hand-snipped the top of the raindrops, one from each end of the Word Window.

The card was still a bit "Meh!", but when I got out the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set and added some grunge to the card, it livened it right up.  Can you believe that the Melon Mambo splotches are stamped off once or twice? Wow!  That's an intense colour!

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Julie Gearinger said...

Oh, this is so cute and creative! Love your use of the colors along with your innovative umbrella handle and punch art!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Dynamic Duos :-)

JoAnn said...

Oh Heather, this is adorable. Very creative way to make your cute umbrellas and umbrella handles. Thanks for joining us at the Dynamic Duos.

Heather Cooper said...

Thanks, JoAnn! I had a lot of fun making this card!

Heather Cooper said...

Thanks, Julie! I have to tell you how much I love your artwork. Each card you make is like a work of art!

Heather Cooper said...

I wanted to tell you that your DT sample was one of my favourites this week! I love that flower with the great black and white DSP behind it.

Unknown said...

I love your card - one of my faves for the dynamic duos challenge!

Heather Cooper said...

Thanks so much, Jodi! Loved your card as well. I haven't played with that set in a while. You've inspired me to get it out again

hollybeary creations said...

Wow now that's thinking outside the box.. It's so pretty! I love your little raindrops. Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos.