Monday, January 28, 2008

Wall Art and a Sketch Card

My friend apologized when she handed out these crafts at her daughter's birthday party. She SAID that there was NO WAY the kids would be able to do this by themselves.....

Well, my son proved her wrong. While I was mopping the floor, Ben tore open the package and went to work (assembling this cactus cowboy I guess just by looking at the picture on the insert)....and when he was finished.....he ran to the other room and said, "Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mo000000m......come see my project."

I dropped my mop, took a deep breath (cause ya never know what is waiting at the other end of that statement!) and went to look at the area of the wall he was pointing at...

"Wow...Great job, Ben. But how did you get him to stick on the wall?" I asked. (Please tell me you grew another two feet and got the tape from the cabinet....)

"Oh I just glued him," Ben proudly said. (duh, mom!)

Well, I thought he did a fantastic job on the project so I left it on the wall until my husband got home and could see it. After a good laugh, I went to pull it down and .....ugh....stuck solid. Those little craft glue sticks really work. After pulling pretty hard, I manged to take it off (along with a hunk of the paint, which is actually much nicer in real life)!




Gotta love kids!


Onto the card---I created this for the My Favorite Things weekly sketch challenge posted in the MFT forum on Splitcoaststampers. I used the set "Say Charge" and paper pieced the outfits and bags to match the designer paper I was using.

To paper piece an image, simply stamp the image one time on the background cardstock and then stamp it on the decorative paper (or stamp a few times on different decorative paper if you want to use different patterns). Cut out the pieces you wish to put on top of the bottom image and adhere. Very easy!

Tip: if you want to color any parts of the image, make sure you add the color to it before you add the top layers. For example, I colored the skin tones and the middle black dress, three bags and the shoes with markers and THEN I added the pieces from the designer paper that I wanted to use. This way you avoid having any gaps in the color.

Tip: to cut out very detailed images, use manacuring scissors. These little scissors make cutting out even the most detailed images a cinch. They are pretty cheap too. So next time you are at CVS, pick up a pair for your Craft bin!


The sketch was a tricky one and I had to keep looking at the original to make sure I was doing it correctly. I am sure I am a bit off (but that is just typical for me!)

The neat aspect of this sketch was that it specified that there had to be three flowers on the bottom left corner. After paper piecing the image, I really wanted some vibrant red flowers but did not have any red primas that would fit that spot. So, I used my red Copic marker and colored some ivory primas for this card. (You CAN'T even tell they were colored with a marker--gotta love those things!)



Materials used: Say Charge (My Favorite Things); cardstock-red, white, designer paper by Dutch Girl (Cosmo Cricket); ink-brillance black, red; Copics; black brads (spare parts); sheer black ribbon; primas; dimensionals (SU!).

Thanks for stopping by!

20 comments:

Rae said...

GORGEOUS card Carolyn ~ I absolutely love it! I'm really drawn to all of the red here, and that stamp set is too, too cute. Your little guy sure keeps you on your toes, doesn't he?! Gotta love glue sticks... my kids once glued artwork to their bedroom doors :(

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

Love this....it's the cutest!!! You are so Amazing with what you Create!!!!

Amy said...

{laughing out loud}, oh my gosh, what a life you lead. It's one hysterical thing after another, isn't it? I can't believe the funny things that actually happen to you in your house--you could write a book!

hugs,
Amy

Dawn Easton said...

GREAT card Carolyn! Love the paper piecing! I only did this for the first time last week...lol...I'm a little slow ;)

your son's project is fantastic! What a little cutie he must be...haha!

stampinsilvia said...

hahaha that is oo funny! Who woulda thought that a *gluestick* would actually glue somehting!

YOur card is Gorgeous as always and thank you soo much for the tip!!!

Shannan said...

What a fantastic card! And I think the cactus looks amazing on the wall!! lol

Jennifer Buck said...

Still laughing!...sorry...these are the things that we look back on one day and smile! It's amazing the things the little ones will do. I haven't had the pleasure of having anything glued to the wall but I can still relate! Thanks so much for sharing such a cute card! I really love this! It's beautiful! Have a great night! :)

Michelle said...

Gotta love Ben...the crafty little dickins! LOL!

GREAT card! You have such a real talent for using red without it being overpowering!

Am I gonna have to break down and buy the Copics? Really?

Sara (deipara) said...

Carolyn,

That card is gorgeous! Love the red, black and white together - such a powerful color combo. :)

Carol said...

I love the red, black and white colors on this card. You did a great job with the paper piecing and thx for all the great tips! I'm also amazed at how well the copic markers colored those flowers!
I've never had any luck keeping paper stuck on my cards when using glue sticks, so perhaps I should use wall paper paste on my cards and save the glue sticks for hanging artwork? brilliant! Tx for the great tip! ROFL!! Love that little cactus cowboy - too darned cute:)

Judi said...

Yikes... about the wall. Great card. I never would of known you colored the primas, great idea.

Katie said...

Great card! Love all the layers and the colors you used. Your son did a great job in his cactus man. Too bad about the paint! LOL! Katie

Kelly's Artistic Journaling said...

You sure have a funny little character in Ben. Keeps you on your toes doesn't he? LOL I think he did a great job on his cowboy! hee-hee.
I love this card it is beautiful. I went searching on the Favorite Things site just to see it.
Thanks for sharing Carolyn.
Have a great day

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Another gorgeous card Carolyn!! i laughed so hard..because I KNEW what was coming from Ben!!Gotta love kids...

Julie Masse said...

Pretty card Cammie!! Love the red! and what a funny story - it would have taken a layer of plaster off of my walls! lol!

Kim said...

OOOHHHHH CAmmie! It's beautimus!

Amy said...

Oh this is darling! What a sweetie! I like your card. Red and black is always such a striking color combo!

dpkennedy said...

Love that cactus! Your card is nice too, but that cactus, boy o boy! I think I need that glue stick by the way...

Karen said...

Okay, your son's art project is just too cute. Sorry your paint had to be sacrified!

JAR said...

THANK YOU for all those tips on piecing! I was just asking Shelly about it today so I could try it - mainly b/c of this card!! Awesome job ~