Tuesday, 8 September 2009

A challenge, a win and an escape

I'd hoped to be sharing my 7th September page for Learn Something New but unfortunately I've used up the photo paper samples that came with my printer and the batch I ordered didn't arrive today after all! :-( I can't even make up the page and leave a gap for the photo, 'cos I want to make a border by overlapping stickers - that will become clearer when I've made it and you can see what I mean...

But all was not lost, because today a new challenge went up over at Peachy Keen Stamps. I don't actually own any of their stamps (yet!) but according to their rules that's OK - all I needed to do to join in was to make a card based on the sketch given. One of the things I learnt today was how to make a card based on a sketch! I knew _how_ to do it, obviously, but today was the first time I actually _did_ it!

I straight away decided that I wanted to use a little owl stamp that deserved its first outing, three buttons for the circular accents, and an orange and green colour scheme. (I don't know why, OK?! Sometimes the components of a card or LO just land in my head, sometimes I sweat over them for hours...) I toyed with flipping or rotating the sketch, but after cutting the panels and arranging them a few different ways I figured the original orientation worked best. Here's my card:
I stamped the owl onto my favourite white linen textured card and coloured with pencil crayons. The colours are brighter irl! I drew round a jar lid to 'frame' the owl and cut out the resulting circle. I punched three small circles from the same white card. The sentiment was stamped with Studio g alpha stamps (inside the card I stamped 'I dooo!') I knotted orange embroidery thread through the buttons (which are green, I promise, whatever they look like in that photo) and stuck the whole lot onto a white base card. Thanks Peachy Keen for giving me a craft project today, to distract me from my LSNED page and my inability to print the photo for it!

I had some good news this morning :-) I won some blog candy!! Many, many thanks to Rebecca and the rest of the 'Operation Nice' blog hop hosts for so generously offering up their projects and prizes :-)

And in other news, our hamster escaped last night... He managed to chew the plastic tabs away from the inside of his exercise ball so that the lid fell off! This was the crime scene:
Here's the evidence:
The hideout (behind the washing machine):
And the culprit (back behind bars, you'll be pleased to see!)
 Can't wait to scrap this 'Jail Break' LO - when I can print those photos!!

8 comments:

Viv said...

Love the description of the escaped jailbird! LOL
(Or should that be jailhamster)!
He's too cute to be a crim!
Viv xx

Viv said...

Ha Ha! I was so taken with the hamster, I forgot why I was here!
I love your take on the challenge Humel. You would never guess it's the first sketch you'd ever followed! It's just perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at Peachy Keen. It's lovely to 'see' you.
Viv xx

PJ said...

Oh how sad... no photo paper to print on...i think i would get crazy if that happenend to me! Hope it'll arrive very soon!

Ann freeman said...

Glad your escapee is back safe and sound!!

hanbunny said...

Love your card and crime scene photos! I've been learning about trusting God again too. Guess we have to keep learning it cos we forget so quickly! Hope your paper arrives soon.

Hannah x www.twolittlepearls.blogspot.com

KathyJ Peachy Keen Stamps said...

Hi Mel! Well your post is certainly entertaining! Your card is very sweet and perfectly done! One of my fav color combos too!! Your crim hamster is simply adorable - a face ANYONE could love. I hope your paper arrives soon. I know how maddening it is to WAIT for packages to arrive. Thanks so much for playing along with our challenge. Your post was a joy! :)

Lorie said...

Your card is very cute! Nice job on this challenge! I also enjoyed your account of the exercise ball break! Glad your little guy is back where he belongs, and I hope your paper arrives soon! Thanks for sharing!!

Lorie

Calendula said...

Love the photo of the 'culprit behind bars'! lol!