As I promised yesterday, today's Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek was created with a very special stamping friend in mind. I don't know about you, but when I first entered the world of online paper crafting, I thought it was tiny bit crazy and even a little embarrassing to have 'online friends.' That was about seven years or so ago, and now, thanks to various Splitcoast events and biannual Craft & Hobby Association shows, I've met many of my online friends in person, and those relationships have been 'legitimized' into what the uninitiated would consider actual, genuine friendships. I'm still the only person I know among my family and those friends I see on a regular basis who has the kind of online community I've found in the stamping and papercrafting world. But thanks to the wellspring of support and camaraderie I've found via my internet connection and a shared crafty passion, it no longer gives me embarrassment goosebumps to admit that I have real friends whom I've never met in person.
Of all my yet-to-meet-in-person friends, the person I'm DYING to get together with most is the fabulous LIBBY HICKSON. We share so much in common in addition to stamping: sons named Carter, far too much knowledge about Thomas the Tank Engine, identical political perspectives, similar tastes in literature, and warped senses of humor. We both love bright colors and funky images, to boot. But I think the thing that elevates our relationship from merely friends to switched-at-birth material is our teenaged devotion to and lifelong nostalgia for... DURAN DURAN! And specifically, bass player John Taylor.
Libby has created and sent me two of my most favorite cards that I've ever received in my life, and they are on prominent and permanent display in my craft room. Here they are (images stolen from Libby's blog):
So, that's the backstory on my relationship with Libby. Fast forward to a couple of months ago when, for some reason, I got into an ebay trading card buying binge (I know, I know - I'm weird; as I age I'm less defensive about that fact. I yam what I yam). I bought several sets of Charlie's Angels trading cards and got a great deal on 1,000 Duran Duran trading cards/stickers - I was sure I could figure out a way to craft with them, plus I like surrounding myself with goofy/kitschy things from my youth.
Little did I know at the time, but only 33 DD trading were ever created (in 1985 - circa the 'Arena' live album, Duranies will note similarity in the cards' and album's graphics) (<--- perhaps the geekiest thing I've ever typed), which means I have roughly 30 sets of NOT new-in-package Duran Duran trading cards taking up space in my craft room. *sigh*
(I know this is long, but bear with me now - I'm getting to the new stuff...)
Lo and behold, out comes Taylored Expressions with the new OH SNAP! stamp set, OH SNAP CAMERA DIES, and INSTANT PHOTO FRAME DIES! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them when I got them in my nail-bitten, always-cold hands.
Libby, this one's for you...
You can see from the above photo that I fussy cut the stamped image on Choice Snow White cardstock then glued it on a kraft die cut made with the corresponding Oh Snap Camera die. I then stamped the flash, lens, and photo-slot-thingy at the bottom, colored them with Copics, and mounted them with foam mounting tape for depth. Stardust Stickles highlights the flash and viewfinder, and the sentiment is glued to look like a picture being spit out from the camera. See:
This will soon be on its way to Libby, along with 10 or so sets of Duran Duran cards. Let's see what she can make with them, shall we?
(By the way, this also qualifies for the Moxie Fab World Camera Craze Challenge - you know I love a twofer! :) )
Speaking of what other talented stampers are making, be sure to visit my Baker's Dozen teammates and our fabulous Guest Designer to see what they're sneaky peeking for your inspiration today. I've seen a bunch of their projects already, and believe me when I tell you they are BREATHTAKING (even if they don't feature John Taylor)!
See you tomorrow, when I'll be back with something equally snappy for TE Release Day!