Wednesday, April 2, 2008

My Shooting Star! (and a mini tutorial)

Hey all!!!

If you are reading this....you have scrolled down past my camp information...thanks! That doesn't mean I don't want you to read that information....I just want you to read this too. :):):)

A little bit about this card.....

I have a customer that is relatively new to stamping and we were talking the other night about her daughter being in a play. She said she wanted to make her a card....something with her star punch....(little did she know I had an idea of a shooting star in my mind since I bought this punch when it first came out and never put it out......by chance, I don't thin so! :) )

On another note...I really wanted to do the online color challenge from yesterday: creamy caramel, mellow moss, apricot appeal, and cameo coral. When I read those colors...I thought "How feminine...but still keeping a shade of brown...(you all know I love chocolate chip!!!!)." I really wanted to do it....I just ran out of time yesterday. I woke up before my little one....so I jumped out of bed and ran into my studio with hopes of pulling this together before she woke up! Guess what????? I did it! If you read my blog daily, you would have read a while back that I get into "insomnia modes" and have stamped through the night or gotten up with my husband at unGodly times in the morning when he went to work to stamp......let me tell you.....lately isn't those times!!! I could sleep the clock through, I think! That is another story! lol!!!

A third thing about this card.....When she (customer) was telling me about going to her daughter's play every night...it really warmed my heart! ***To all of you with children out there - your kids want you at all of their functions if they tell you that or not!!!! OK.....enough of my preachy-ness!!!!! sorry..... So anyway.....I was thinking..."If my little one were in high school and participating in a school event, such as a play or concert of some kind, what would I want a card to say to her????" (Can you believe I went here with my thoughts???? My little one is only 2!!!) My mind kept going to the sentiment in the set Live Your Dream from the Occasions Mini Catalog...... "Go CONFIDENTLY in the direction of your DREAMS." by Henry David Thoreau. What an awesome quote for your children!!!! A great quote for anyone, indeed. Anyone who has a dream of something.....if that dream is something earth changing or as small as a personal goal.

Boy I am getting deep this morning, huh???? HEY!!!! I meant deep in meaning, not deep in *#it! hehehe!!


Without further adieu.......



Can you see the dazzling diamond "Shooting star trail?"

Card base is creamy caramel....4 1/4 inch square (cut card stock to 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 and fold in half). My main panel is whisper white with score marks 1/4 inch in from the ends. Do this with your bone folder along a ruler or in the groove of your paper trimmer. I matted that onto cameo coral. My sentiment from Live Your Dream is stamped in cameo coral.


I lined up the brads using my mat pack and piercer. Punched large star punch three times....mellow moss, apricot appeal and cameo coral...arranged them like they were shooting off of the card. I used my 2 way glue pen to adhere dazzling diamonds to the star trail. The stars are adhered with stampin' dimensionals.


Oh yeah!!!! Did you see those brads??? Did you notice???? I did promise you a mini tutorial, didn't I??????


here is another look:



Well.....Anyone that attends any of my classes, and now those of you that don't, know I am a miser when it comes to wasting card stock. Don't get me wrong...I use tons of layers....I'm not a miser like that. I hate to throw it into the garbage can, I don't hate to use it! So when ever I have small scraps, I create my own prima flower jar. I take the scraps and punch flowers from my Three for You Punch Box and my Boho Blossom punch. I keep all of those flowers in a little jar. Not only am I not wasting card stock, but I have something pretty to look at in my room! When I need a flower...I pull out my jar and it is already for me!


Well....I took that "miser-y" one more step. I haven't started a jar for this...but I can see one coming on! If you have a scrap that is bigger that 1/4 inch...you can do this!!!!


First: punch a hole with your 1/8 th inch hand held punch. (any old scrap will do......)

next: turn over your 1/4 inch circle punch and center it over the 1/8th inch hole and center it.

see?


and punch it out.


There you have it.....A BRAD WASHER!!!!!!! Now Washers aren't just for the hardware store (or the laundry room....hehehe!) anymore!

Slip that washer over your brad prongs and place it through your card.

What do you think about that?????? hehehe!!!!

WOW!!!!!! I was a regular chatter box this morning, huh?????

If I get time to stamp some more, I'll be back!


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just love your brad washer! I will definitely be using that tip!! Thanks for sharing. And that is a gorgeous card!!
Kellie

mudmaven said...

Great idea - thanks for sharing it with us! ~chris

StampinGranny said...

Love, love, love this card. Thanks for the tutorial. My grand daughter will be graduating in May, she is also a dancer. This card is perfect for her.