WooHoo it's that fun time of the month where we tickle a teapotter. It was a great little story this week that sees us bringing hay, grain and other goodies for the animals at Old MacStampers farm. In order to protect all the produce Sydney the scarecrow has moved into to Old Macs farm for a week or two.
You will see in the picture that Sydney is surrounded by magnificent sunflowers and corn stalks....hmmm I will be putting a call through to the Craft Police after I upload this....when I got up this morning it looked like Curt and his cousins and a few NZ sheep had trampled through the corn fields.
I jest, it is nothing that sinister. Quite simply put, the the height of the flowers and stalks were too high for the height of the "step" they are attached to. The card is a stair step, with steps on either side (2" wide"). To give strength to the corn stalks I coloured them outside the line in a grey copic and then fussy cut - in hindsight that didn't help at all.
To fix the card I removed all the flowers and corn, adhered them to acetate (I call acetate "mothers little helper"). You might notice the little butterfly on the right hand side, it looks like it is flying but it is actually right on the edge of the acetate.
All of the images are from a digi set by Scrappin Doodles. I haven't improved with copics yet so I paper pieced young Sydney. The flowers were done using one layer Tim Holtz distress ink, followed by one yellow copic, followed by 42,000 coats of every ink I own to get the desired effect LOL.
I added a liquid pearls to the hay bails and a piece of raffia to Syds hat, oh and some liquid pearls as buttons.
Regarding mothers little helper (aka acetate). I have several acetate squares cut out in card sizes and step card panel sizes. When selecting dp, I lay the acetate over the top of the paper to make the most out of the pattern with out having to guess. I also use it as a background sheet for inking and painting, windows, strengthening small fussy cut pieces, etc.
Thanks for looking ladies and have a wonderful week.
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 GMT Views: 1330
Registered: December 4, 2009 Location: Beautuful Sonoma County, Ca. Posts: 18510
Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 5:30 PM
Absolutely adorable!! Susie, you continue to come up with wonderful creations, week after week! The fact that this one goes to another Teapotter is pure joy!! Sydney is simply outstanding in his field of sunflowers!
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Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 6:00 PM
Susie - I would so love a day inside your head -- wow wow wow -- I wish this one was coming to me as well. This is amazing. You must spend hours on your cards. This is so amazing. I wish I had remember my Scarecrow stamp. WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW --- I love everything you make.
Registered: October 21, 2010 Location: in the okanagan in b.c. canada Posts: 11001
Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 6:02 PM
What a wonderful fall country card...so much work....I must try that step card sometime...your coloring and colors are wonderful.....love the idea of bringing him to help keep things under control....you know curt....kinda gets into trouble at times...and my guys too lookin a little mischievous today too...I think he will be busy...:0). TY too for the tip with acetate, dont think I ever used it and might have to pick some up...it sure worked well to make that butterfly look as if it is flying....wonderful tickler...TFS..:0)
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Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 6:24 PM
So super adorably cute! I'll keep watch to make sure the farm critters don't eat your beautifully colored sunflowers. Extra cookies for you! Maybe they can nibble a little on the lil' bales of hay?
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Registered: March 15, 2012 Location: Alabama Posts: 11086
Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 7:48 PM
Whaaat are you talking about?!!! Your coloring is AWESOME! Susie, this is another FABULOUS card! You are so clever to use the acetate! I would have never guessed! Your butterfly looks like it is suspended in air! Your scarecrow "Sydney" LOL is adorable! The raffia is genius! Your sunflowers are gorgeous!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way you colored them! Everything is awesome! Super Duper CUTE!!! I am always so impressed with your cards Susie! So glad you share them on here!!!
Registered: February 24, 2008 Location: MN Posts: 11468
Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 9:49 PM
WOW!! Your coloring is amazing!! I always said I wish I had better tools to color with, but I know that wouldn't help either...This is colored just gorgeous! Love your sunflowers and darling scarecrow.. And all thats on it,and taboot making a step card out of it too.
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 72860
Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 11:20 PM
Another wonderful step card, Susie! Like Elizabeth, I hope that one day I'll be lucky enough to be tickled by you :D.
I agree on acetate, though I don't think I use it nearly as well or as efficiently as you. Your little scarecrow and sunflowers make such a sweet, happy scene. And using the Liquid Pearls to bind the hay bale was an inspired idea.