February 24, 2012

I've Gone Over the Edge!

Of my card, that is!  I had a lot of fun putting this card together for our weekly challenge at Our Creative Corner!  This week is again hosted by Tui Nathan of Stampin-Time and her theme is "Over the Edge" - create a card, or paper craft item with a design element that is not restricted to the boundaries of the card edges, and continues to flow off the edge of the card, for instance this could be a die cut element, a sentiment banner, a fussy cut image, ribbon etc. Push your design to the edge .... and have fun!

Here is my design team card for some inspiration.
My inspiration for this card came at a very timely moment this week.  I go up to the Finger Lakes each Summer to spend several days at my dear friend Laura's lake house with a group we call ourselves, the Girls of Summer.  We are a group of chefs, some actively working and now some retired, who met over ten years ago. Too bad it doesn't look like we have a of a lot of fun, huh??!!

With all my plans squared away for my trip, I wanted to tell the epic story with my card.  It all centers around my sentiment, Make Every Moment Count, a stamp from the Hero Arts Special Time set.  For the background, I first placed several stickers on yellow cardstock then ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot Pro using a Cuttlebug fleur de lis embossing folder. I love the look it gives you!  I stitched the bg onto a piece of black cardstock.  I used Cavallini decorative labels that were French in theme, because my friend Laura is a Francophile and has been to France at least three times.  She must have been French in another life!
After watching a Jennifer McGuire video the other day, showing how to extend the length of the chevron from the Hero Arts Rectangle Frame Cuts die set, I used her technique on three different papers. Very cool idea!  This chevron reminds me of the road I drive to get to the lake house - ups and downs around Seneca Lake.
I placed that design element on top of the die-cut sentiment and then under the stamped camera image. The stamp is from the Hero Arts Vintage set. I wet embossed it with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder in Weathered Wood.  Laura is a camera nut, snapping gorgeous pics wherever she goes.  I have gone on virtual  vacations holidays with her viewing her photos.

I then tucked in an acetate clock with an embellie from Tim Holtz.  This reminds me of all the time we look forward to going to the lake - even from the minute we have to leave it!  The countdown usually starts around January!
An out of date map came in handy for my final element, the rose.  I used MFT Large Rose die-namics and a Mini Rose in the center of that.  Laura has the greenest thumb I know! That and the AWESOME climate on the lake, yields not only grapes, but flowers like I've never seen before.  Pure heaven!

Back to reality, please drop by Our Creative Corner and join in on our challenge.  Also, check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team - they are amazing!
Linda Coughlin- The Funkie Junkie
Vicki Burdick- It's a Stamp Thing
Sue Butler- Scrumplescrunch
Ann Marie Hile- Stampin' Anne
Wendy Janson-  It's All About Stamping
Marcy Kaminski - En Papillote Arts (you are here!)
Holly Kean- Kean On Paper
Irena Kowalczyk (aka Rudlis) - Love, Life and Crafts
Meihsia Liu- Simply Paper Crafts
Tui Nathan- Stampin Time
Lori Rider- The Diva Stamper
Kristin Tierney- Lilly Beth Boutique
Sharon Wheet- Designs by Sharon
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  Up here in New England, we are experiencing a freaky mild Winter!  

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