Oh, friends. It is with a fried brain and a weary soul I greet you this Monday. I was in an accident just prior to writing this. No, not THAT kind of accident. It was... *sigh*... a papercrafting accident. In fact, it was a rookie mistake. I was walking upstairs from my basement lair with my completed Mojo Monday/MFT Color Challenge sample in one hand, and a beverage in the other. And, I tripped. I didn't fall, but you know what happened, right? MY CARD GOT WET!!!
I finished my journey upstairs, and immediately got mucho sympathy from the husband and Carter. In fact, Sean grabbed the card and started spouting all sorts of ways it could be salvaged (he knew I'd been working on it for a couple of hours). I ended up only having to re-do the tiny sentiment panel, and Sean took it outside to his grilling area to blow it dry with some fancy Big Green Egg-related tool. Thus, I bring to you this battle-worn-but-hangin'-in-there card:
It's a little lumpy-bumpy from being wet, and you can see a few dings (the ribbon is no longer perfectly straight, there's one jellybean that is a darker purple than the others, and there's a bit of staining on the right side of the Green Room scalloped-edge accent layer), but considering the fact that it was dripping in Margarita just a few momentos before this photo was taken, I feel okay about it. Things could always be worse: I could have been drinking RED wine!
As I said before, I created this card as a sample for Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge # 388 and as my entry for MFT Color Challenge #16. The parameters of each challenge are like so:
In early February, I was lucky enough to take a long weekend and go visit my dear, wonderful friends Kim (aka The MFT Lady) van der Sanden and Jody (Eagle Eye) Morrow in Florida. We had such an awesome weekend of catching up and making new memories, including an incredible night communing with the giraffes, zebras, et al at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, followed by a day trotting the globe at Epcot. I'd tell you more, but then I'd be breaking the Girlfriend Code, and Kim & Jody would have to kill me. I still have a young child at home, so I kinda have to take that into consideration. One day, I'll write a crafty tell-all and silence all those haters who think those of us who like to make stuff with our hands are dowdy and boring. Little do they know!
Anyway, where was? While in warm and wonderful FLA, I had a chance to take one of Jody's monthly card classes at the My Favorite Things bricks and mortar store, and then go shopping afterward. I shopped to my heart's content, and later informed my husband that Valentine's Day was more than covered! In other words, I. Loaded. Up. Almost everything (including the adhesive) I used on today's card was purchased at that little piece of heaven on earth. I'll start a list:
- Die-namics Candy Jar
- Candy Jar Companions
- Swiss Dots Background Stamp
- Die-namics Blueprint 20
- Die-namics Blueprint 22
- Brown Paper Bag Card Stock
- Lemon Chiffon Card Stock
- Lavender Fields Card Stock
- Green Room Card Stock
- Primitive White Card Stock
- Lavender Fields Premium Dye Ink
- Lemon Chiffon Premium Dye Ink
- Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
All that leaves is a little bit of twine, some acetate, a couple of brads, and Jody Boosters.
As far as the how-to's, the most difficult thing was creating the candy jar full of jelly beans. I die-cut a couple of layers of acetate, and on one of those layers, I started adhering jelly beans in random-ish order. I topped that layer with the second layer of acetate, then adhered the Brown Paper Bag bottom and lid. The rest is pretty self-explanatory.
Head on over to the Mojo Monday Blog for more information about how you can play in this week's sketch challenge, and also visit these lovely ladies for their (hopefully less traumatic) interpretation of Sketch # 388: