Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Groovy White Sands




Super quick post today, with a sort-of quick card. I started with this week's SCS color challenge, Groovy Guava, Sahara Sand, and Whisper White, and paired it with Julee's Mojo Monday Sketch #48 and some new Amy Smyth stamps by Inkadinkado. Coloring is with Copics, I masked the flowers and sponged Sahara Sand around the branches. The black speckling was done with my air art tool (when was the last time you used that thing?!) and a black Stampin' Up marker. I stamped a second branch, trimmed out the flowers and popped them up for some extra dimension. Frosted Lace Stickles are in the flower centers.

[Gerri K asked about the colored flower on the inside of the card, specifically whether I colored it with a Copic marker, and if so, did it bleed through. Yes, I used a Copic marker and no it didn't bleed through. The card base is Stampin' Up's Whisper White, which I have found very difficult to saturate -- a good thing when you don't want it to bleed through to the back, not so good when you're trying to color and blend. (I suspect it's because of the coating, which is what makes it so smooth for stamping.) Papertrey's Stamper's Select White would work well, too, because it's thick enough that you can do a light coloring without it bleeding through. The Papertrey card stock is my preferred card stock when I want a white card base, because it's thick, heavy, and will hold up to weighty layering and embellishing on the front. The only other white I have is the Georgia Pacific that you can get in reams at Wal-Mart for about $5. The bleed-through is really bad on that, plus the card stock itself is too flimsy for a card base. But it's great for coloring things that will be layered! The Copic color goes on nice and smooth with almost immediate saturation - and no streaking. (I know I said the other day I refuse to shop at Wal-Mart ... this card stock is one of a handful of products I will buy there, but only because I can't find them elsewhere).]

Funny story ... Monday afternoon, I took my daughter and niece a couple of hours down the road so they could spend the week with my parents. Yesterday morning, I headed back home earlyish, since dh was at home with my two boys waiting to go into work. Next thing I know, I'm getting pulled over for a speeding ticket (73 in a 55, yikes). I tried to make light of it with the officer telling him I must have gotten carried away with the freedom of not having three needy children as passengers and being able to blast my own music rather than I'm a Little Teapot, Froggy Went A-Courtin' and such. I think he *may* have chuckled ... right before he said, "Now just sign here, ma'am." (And I thought gas was expensive! Prepay on the ticket is more than $200!)

23 comments:

leenda said...

Lovely card! Bless your heart on that ticket....ouch!

BALLARD DESIGNS said...

You'd think he would let you off. I know how nice it is to have the car to yourself and what sweet silence it is ha ha!!
Love your stuff Amy! I look every day!!
Thanks--Paula

Cindy Haffner said...

Ouch that's alot of stamps Amy. Love your card so pretty.

Karen Giron said...

This card is gorgeous! I've had the mojo sketch on my computer since Monday trying to get to it - you've inspired me to finish! So sorry about the ticket; I agree, that's a lot of stamps and bling!

Tiffany said...

Great job with the challenge. This is so pretty!

Enjoy your day!

Gerri K said...

Amy, I have a question. I noticed you stamped a flower inside this card and colored it. If you used copic markers, didn't they bleed through the back of the card? I love the look of a colored image inside the card but I'm a little hesitant to try it.

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is just GORGEOUS Amy!!! Sorry about your ticket...I have successfully talked my way out of several..but you kinda have to cry...LOL!!

Kelley Holland said...

Good thing a lot of your stamps are free!!heehee! Cute card, leadfoot!!

Julee from Verve said...

Gorgeous card, Amy! Yikes on the ticket! Guess we'll have to call you Speedracer from now on. LOL!

Bonnie said...

I love that cute little birds Amy! Yee-ouch!!! on the ticket! Do you know how much stamping stuff you could buy with that money....blah, blah, blah.....? as if you didn't know......

JAR said...

What a fabulous design!! I love the colored flowers! Great tips on paper too. So sorry about the ticket. Been there -- $185 -- and it was published in the small town paper where I taught school (many years ago) -- heard all about it from my students the next day!

peanutbee said...

Sorry about the ticket. Your funny story made me laugh though...I can so relate to the times when I don't have to listen to Mickey Mouse in the car.

Looooove the sponging around the flowers and stems. Beautiful!

Gerri K said...

Amy, thanks for the quick response! This is a beautiful card!! I will definitely try coloring images inside the card. Thanks!

Jennifer Meyer said...

OMG Amy... 73? WOW, you better slow down a little. You get any more tickets like that, DH won't let you get any more stamps!

LOVE your card for the color and Mojo sketch challenge, its beautiful!

Jennifer :)

Michelle said...

Sheesh ~~ haven't the cops by you ever heard of warnings? LOL! Thanks for putting a smile on my face when I really needed it!!

Dawn Easton said...

LOL...glad you can laugh about it Amy...haha! We just got our license plate registration and in it was a reminder for Brian to pay a photo radar ticket...wonderful...lol

Oh your card is GORGEOUS by the way...haha! I'm loving the white base!

Yosha said...

Ouch! I can't believe you didn't get away after such a cute story!

Maybe you should have shown him the card?! Just beautiful!

mochamama said...

Love the card Amy! Wow, I'm surprised he didn't let you off with a warning........unless......cough cough, it wasn't your first speeding ticket?????!!!!!!!

reeree62 said...

Aww, jeez, Amy! That stinks! I thought it was a great story!
Love this card!!!

Conniecrafter said...

So pretty, love these colors and that flowery vine....the speckles are a neat touch too! Bummer about that ticket :(

Stephanie said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous Amy! I am sorry to hear about the ticket though! That stinks so much! We have a cop here in town that we call "Ticket Tom". He will give you a ticket for just about anything! My husband was dropping me off for work (he didn't even put the car in park) and partially stopped in a handicapped spot and "Ticket Tom" pulled up into the parking lot, blocked him in, and then tried giving him a ticket for illegally parking. Nick was so mad! Now...I really appreciate the police and what they do but this guy was just on a power trip and he was only a volunteer. Needless to say, because of his power trip, he is now getting sued and was fired! :D I don't know what the point of my story is, I just thought I would share it with you! Haha! Either way, your card is fabulous!

((hugs))

Jerri Kay said...

Awesome, awesome card, I'm sitting her with my jaw on the floor!

Michelle Y. said...

I'm catching up on my "favorite" blog and just started laughing when I read about you getting a speeding ticket. My DH (Mark) got a speeding ticket the same day after his softball game. Going 57 in a 45. The officer put 54 in a 45 so his ticket was $117. Mark hasn't had a ticket in years. (He must have felt sorry for him… Ha!) So I thought I'd share!

Your cards are awesome girl! Love all the inspiration!! Michelle :)

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