Friday, July 23, 2010

Ladies Choice

Hey Peoples!!  Happy Friday! As you read this, I am probably on my way to Flagstaff, AZ., to take a continuing education course.  My family is treating this as a mini vacation, but I have informed the Toad that sitting in a classroom from 8 am - 5 pm for two days is NOT a vacation for me!!

AnyHoos!  Friday means another Just for Fun Friday Color Challenge!  I've noticed that we're getting more players each week, which is very cool!!  I try to look at each participant's project, as I find lots of inspiration in what other's create!!  Remember~~there is a $50 gift certificate from Just For Fun® Stamps that is given away each week!! Aaaannnddd!! You don't have to use Just For Fun® Stamps to participate!! There is no excuse and lots of incentive to play along with us! Just link your creation on the Just For Fun® Blog.

This week we are to use the following colors: 

I'm still trying to play along with the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on SCS.  In looking over the different challenges and the stuff still on my desk from the last one, I was inspired to create this:

Let's just clear the air about my inability to cut metal straight!! Yes, my metal frame was cut slightly off kilter and so the entire panel looks off.  BUT! I was NOT going to redo the entire thing for a "charming, homemade, artistic " accent that occurred at the end of this endeavor!!

Moving on to the more relevant details on the makings of this!!  The base is a A9 sized card (meaning 8 1/2" x 5 1/2") made of textured grey card stock (I believe it is guarantees).  The design paper is from my old stash and again, I believe this is a blast from the past SU. 

The dress form image is from Just for Fun®. This is a large image, approximately 5 1/8" tall, so I thought it would work great for some more metal fun! It was stamped on a scrap piece of typing paper and then traced onto the backside of some Brrrrr Blue Metal from TenSecond Studios that was still out on my desk from the last project.  I then embossed the wire lines and stand, while debossing the blank areas.  *I would strongly suggest following the link to the actual image as it would seem my beginner metal working skills have taken out the fine detailed swirls at the waist and has changed the lines slightly!!  I then sanded the embossed lines, giving the image a more realistic "wired" look in real life.  I took a small wire bristle tool and brushed the color away from the main image.  I used a small wheel to emboss the frame for the image (yes, slightly crooked) and sanded it to show the texture more.  The image was then matted using Humungo Tape to the gray panel that was scalloped using SU's scallop punch.  The itty, bitty, teensy little pearls on the dress form were taken off a strip of self adhesive and adhered using a drop of glossy accents.  Half back pears in two different sizes were placed along the edge of the scallops.  The horizontal panel was embossed using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. 

The wonderfully tied dark navy bow was a RAK (random act of kindness) from the Queen of Bows herself, Anne Ryan.  Thank you Anne!

Make sure you check out what the other team members have for inspiration!! 

Thanks for dropping by again today!!  It is sooo appreciated!!  I probably won't be be back until the end of next week as we won't be home from our trip until late Tuesday and I have work the next three days.  I'm guessing I'll get some blog cruising done in the evenings, so show me what ya got!!  Till then......




You may be a beginner in metal works, however, this is beautiful!

Broni said...

Wow! This is so cool, Starla! You have talents we're just now beginning to see! What fun this project is! I love it!

Sherry Cheever said...

this is really cool! someday I am going to learn how to work with metal like this . . . uh huh YES i am!

Margarita Ybarra said...

Wow Starla You put alot of work into your metal piece, it's awesome!

Terre said...

Starla, very stunning, love the metal work.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Another amazingly creative project Starla! I love your metal work on this - so effective, and looks wonderful with the colour challenge. Your work is always so enjoyable to see x

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

you come up with the best designs ever!!! and i'd print out - in poster size - step by step instructions for the boys to do their laundry!!!!

have fun in AZ

hugs :)

Sylvia said...

Starla, You definitely have found your niche with the metal. You did a great job! Who cares if the metal is not quite right, I could not tell, so I would not tell! As for the set you want, get it because you will find it is great for so many different reasons. I think we are just beginning to scratch the surface with ways to use this stamp! Love your card. Is it heavy?