Happy Thursday! Thursday is the Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers, and this week we were to find ways to use eyelets. I have to tell you just finding my stash of eyelets was like taking a walk down memory lane...man oh man do I have alot of eyelets! I have flower eyelets, butterfly eyelets, balloon eyelets, snowflake eyelets, funky circle eyelets and even special Christmas and Halloween eyelets, and a whole lot more! I managed to use three today, so at this pace, I think you could say I have a lifetime supply on hand!
As I started this card, I really had no idea in mind. I knew I wanted to give Spotlighting with Wheels another shot, and I chose the Basic's Wheel, which had flowers, so I was pretty sure I work it with today's challenge. Beyond that...nothing. I'm pretty happy the way it turned out, but bringing it all together was a bit of a challenge in itself.
I started by wheeling my images twice in Ancient Page Coal Black on Whisper White, just as in the tutorial, then, I punched out three circles from one and coloured them in with my markers and aqua painter. Once coloured I mounted them on circles of Always Artichoke. I selected flower shaped eyelets, and used two sizes to work with the different sized flowers. Then I decided that a rhinestone brad would really set them off, so I put them in through the eyelets, and I liked the effect, so I mounted it on Rose Red card stock, and then on So Saffron. I scalloped the edge of the So Saffron with my corner rounder, then I pierced each scallop.
The sentiment is from Verve Visual's "Happy Thoughts" set. I really like this set; it has two different fonts for "Happy", and then you pick the rest of the sentiment. I mounted the cursive "Happy" and "Birthday" on the acrylic block at the same time, which really helps making sure it's lined up nicely on the card. I stamped it in Versamark centering it across the card, then embossed it in white.
The card still needed something, so I coloured one of the large flowers on my scrap, and cut it out. I added a flower eyelet and brad, then popped it up on dimensionals beside the sentiment. I still felt it wasn't finished, so I did a short row of piercing after the sentiment. It didn't have the impact I wanted so I filled in the holes with my white gel pen. Then I tried to do the same where I pierced the scallops, but the holes didn't "fill", but I'm OK with that. I looked at the card a bit longer, and decided it would be one I was happy to send, so I called it done!
One day closer. I am looking forward to the weekend. I hope to make it to Calgary to spend some time with my Mom. I hope you have some plans to look forward to this weekend...even if it's just making some time to stamp! Thanks for dropping by! I always love it when you do.