Last Thursday the Ways to Use It challenge on Splitcoast was "Triple Play" - use as many "threes" as you want to/can on your card. I ended up making three cards for the challenge - do I get virtual bonus points for that? Here's the dealie-o: I'm still in the process of stamping all of the index cards for my stamp storage system, and I spent Thursday morning doing the animal stamps. As I was stamping, I began to notice how many "threes" I had, and the ideas started rolling around in Odd Brain... That's always dangerous, and it was one o' clock in the morning by the time I was done with the last one (because, you know, dinner and stuff...)! I started with The Three Amigos:
- Three colors: Stampin'Up! Yo Yo Yellow, A Muse Studio Burano, unknown green
- Three penguins: The Cat's Pajamas Hola, Tequila! playing three instruments
- Three techniques: Die cuts (Spellbinders Labels Ten), embossing (Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy) and doodling (with a Micron pen)
The mariachi boys were colored with Bic MarkIt markers. Next up, Three Nice Mice:
- Three colors: Stampin'Up! Poppy Parade, Island Indigo and Daffodil Delight
- Three patterned papers: all from Basic Grey Cupcake
- Three mice: Penny Black Micey Day
- Three flowers with pearl centers: $1 bin punch and Stampin'Up! pearls
These party animals were colored with Prismacolor pencils and baby oil, the panel that they're on was cut with dies from The Cat's Pajamas Framed Up set, and the banner is a LaLaLand Crafts die. Rounding out the trifecta are Lambert, Baarbra and Baab:
- Three patterned papers: all from My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy
- Three sheep: Taylored Expressions Hello, Spring
- Three punches for the tag: Stampin'Up! small tag, EK Success 1" circle and 1 1/4" scalloped circle
I colored the lambs' faces and legs with Bic and Prismacolor markers before I cut them out, and paper pieced the little vignette. I wanted a more interesting shape than "square", so I used a die from The Cat's Pajamas Framed Up set, then used a couple of circle dies from Lifestyle Crafts to help me get accurate cuts for a mat to put behind it. The enamel dots in the corners (which are punched with the Stampin'Up! ticket corner punch) are from Stampin'Up! and I don't remember where I got the ribbon...
You may (or may not) have noticed that I'm using more patterned papers in my cards of late. One of the recent threads I've been following on Splitcoast is about that very topic, and some great ideas have been shared there. I've also been paying attention to layouts of cards that I admire and how the artist creating them has used patterned papers. I'm trying to be more aware of my stash and how I use/don't use all of it so I can determine what gets to stay or has to go. Useful information, that!
I suppose that's enough chatter for me today... Greg is working for a few hours this morning, but we'll find something to do this afternoon, I'm sure - Sunday is "our" day, so we make it a point to spend it together. I hope that you're enjoying your weekend, too! As always, thanks for stopping by!