Sunday, May 16, 2010

Out of the box, err I mean Oval



That title caught your attention I bet. It has been a week since I have really been able to work on a card/challenge. Being out of town at a conference was part of my obstacle, but I have also strained a muscle in my lower back. Staying in one position for any length of time is painful. Today’s card is made for two purposes. It follows the sketch at 365 Cards and it will be my swap card for the animal theme on Thursday night at Stamp & Deliver. Let me show you the entire card:

100_2114 To explain the title of this post, take a look at my stamped image. I used my Large Scalloped Oval nesties, but didn’t want the bird’s wings cut off. I used the Out of the Box technique. Start by stamping your image. Lay the nestie on top and see what part of your image lays outside the edge. Trace the inside of the nestie close to the image. Using scissors, cut the image out that lays outside the nestie. When you place your die-cut back down on the image, flip the cut image on top of the metal die so it is not cut out. If this sounds confusing, please go to SCS, there is a tutorial on there. After cutting out the nestie, I colored the mouse with a base color and then mixed Toffee and Sand Flower soft to obtain the color I wanted. I also glued plain Sand down around his feet. I finished coloring the image with copic markers. I added some dashed lines around the oval to help it stand out. The card base is SU Almost Amethyst and the pp is SU Tea Party. I popped the oval up on foam tape and glued a few Robin’s Nest dew drops in the corners. Now to just make 3 more!

Lately I have seen bloggers showing pictures of their work space to see if they are “clean” crafters or “messy” crafters. You decide!


For you eye spy fans, can you find two entirely different types of candy? Leave me a comment with the correct candy names and I will send out some blog candy. I will take comments all week and announce the winner this weekend:)


  1. What a cute card, I love it! Your desk looks neat to me, I am a very messy crafter. I spy lemonheads and chocolate.

  2. you think that is messy?? come to S&D. I am working on a wedding album and yikes, everything is everywhere. Claire

  3. This card si sooo cute -- have to pray I will get one at the swap!! And your desk is neat - everything within reach but not cluttered.!!
    Hope your back is better

  4. hope your back is feeling your take on the sketch! Your desk is totally neat...I spy lemonheads and I think nuggets?

  5. Beautiful card and love your desk! Wish mine looked like that!!! Great explanation of the techinque with the nestie! Need to try that one out! Thanks!


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