Hi, friends! Sorry for not posting in a while. I'm about to remedy that a bit. I'll fill you in on the scoop in a different post, as well as letting you know what I've been doing the past several months. If you're interested. Which, you may not be. Your choice. The blogosphere is most definitely a democracy, and even if I wanted to force you to read my blog (which, have no doubt, I definitely do. Despite my lefty ways, one of my very favorite cartoon characters is Plankton. Read into that what you will), I can't. It's your choice. As it should be. I guess. Notice those three short sentences in a row; guess who hasn't had her coffee yet this morning? But I digress.
Now maybe I'll start making at least a wee bit of sense. One can hope!
Okie dokie, folkies. Here's the good stuff: it's JiFFy Time! The one time of month I get together with a few of my madly talented stampy girlfriends for a challenge. One of us selects an image and keeps it on the QT until another sends out her selection of patterned paper. Sometimes paper and image blend beautifully, sometimes it's what we euphemistically call "a challenge," but it's always JiFFy: JUST FOR FUN!
This month, I selected the image, and Michele sent out the paper. No more suspense -- here's what I came up with:
The image is the adorable "Surfer Girl" by Elzybells. Isn't she cute? She's so fun & summery, I couldn't resist her. Even if she has one of those bodies wasted on the young; when I think what I as a 40 year old woman could do with a body like that... (insert picture of Plankton with soundtrack of his evil laugh). Michele picked the scrumptious and oh-so-versatile "Shabby Flower" from the Paper Girl line by The Girls' Paperie. I think it goes together well, don't you? Office-y type paper is the new neutral, and that hibiscus print is right up Surfer Girl's alley.
I wanted to stick with the pink and Cool Carribean of the patterned paper, but I felt it needed a pop of color, so I added a border and a ribbon stripe of Crushed Curry. The sketch is Jen's SFYTT from last Saturday. The Beatlesque sentiment is from MFT's Jolinne - In My Garden. Surfer Girl was colored with Copics on Neenah Classic White before cut out and glued onto the other layers. I tried to create some waves behind her on the circle layer using a Fiskars border punch, but you can't see them very well. My stamping room is in a state of complete and utter chaos (what's new?), so when I couldn't find my white pen to give her a few highlights, I just used a white Prismacolor pencil. Here's a detail shot so you can appreciate my subtle artistry. Repeat after me: "Oooh... Aaaah..."
So you've seen what the likes of me can do with this image and paper, but I'm just the opening act. I'm merely the Demi Lovato to my JiFFy Girlfriends' Jonas Brothers, the Jason Derulo to their Lady Gagas. Please, for my sake, picture them all in beekeeper's hats, pants-less, and wearing Alexander Mcqueen lobster claw shoes as you visit their blogs:
and our special June guest, Michelle "Shake Your Kitty" Woerner! (Sorry, Michelle. I couldn't resist. The Sh sound in "Michelle" and the Sh sound of "Shake"... Not to mention the imagery. I've never actually heard that Gaga song, but the title is intriguing, no?)
Poor Julie "Just Dance" Campbell has had a time of it lately with the flu, but fortunately she's on the mend. She's going to try to catch up with us Monsters (that's what Lady Gaga calls her fans, FYI. I've learned more about Lady Gaga in the last five minutes than you probably care to know) later in the week, but I'm sure she'd appreciate a little love from you in the mean time.
I know you're waiting with bated breath for the info I promised earlier. I'll be back soon to fill you in. For now, I've got to practice walking in these: