Friday, June 24, 2011

Grungy Monday #12

Hello my friends.  It's another Grungy Monday card.  I was starting to think I might not get this one done, but a persevered and made it.  I can't say that I love this card, because I don't.  I think it's way too busy - too many things competing with one another.  I also prefer to use black as an accent rather than so much a part of the design.  However, I really struggled with the technique - this is my second attempt - and I didn't want to go a third time.  This one did what it was supposed to do; I just don't like it.  It's just as well that much of it is covered by the pocket and the tag.  (I haven't thrown out the first attempt, but it will probably get cut up and end up as part of a serendipity technique on some future project.  That's a great way to utilize the art attempts that don't find a place on your current project.)

Anyway, moving on...  Grungy Monday is a weekly challenge celebrating the techniques and products of Tim Holtz, and is presented each Monday on Linda Ledbetter's blog, Studio L3.  This week's challenge details can be found HERE on Tim's blog

The background stamp I used is Lattice from Cornish Heritage Farms.  The paper in the background is the same as the front of the pocket.  I'm still amazed how much you can change a printed paper with stamps and ink. 

I stapled the pocket on with my NEW tiny attacher.  I thought that was a good way to use a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby on Tuesday.  We don't have a HL by us, but my daughter had to take her kitty to Kenosha for the day for some surgery (drop off at 8:00 in the morning and pick up at 5:00).  Since it's a 50 mile drive one way, she didn't want to make the trip twice, so I agreed to spend the day with her.  We spent two hours wandering the aisles at Hobby Lobby.  I also got a new corner chomper with a 2nd coupon that my daughter used.  We spent most of the afternoon shopping for clothes for her - she shopped while I sat and read a book.  We were both pleased with our purchases. 

I used my hardware findings die for the brace on the pocket.  It was too long, so I just spliced it and glued it down. 

I'm pretty sure that I have a label maker somewhere, but it's probably been 30 years since I've seen it, so I just repeatedly stamped 'dream' (Collage Stuff) on a strip of card stock and then sponged vintage photo ink on the edges. 

I wanted to use the birdcage die for my tag (had to do this one twice - argh! - the first one sorta blended into the background.)  I trimmed off the outermost parts of the birdcage to make it narrower and then glued some kraft card stock to the back and trimmed around it.  I used some hemp to attach some rolled paper beads and the wonder tag, which is made by punching three circles from cereal box, gluing them together, stamping the word & punching a hole with my cropadile and then embossing with three layers of clear UTEE.  It's so much lighter than metal and the word choices are endless. 

The bird is die cut from cereal box with a piece of card stock glued on and then embossed with gridlock embossing folder.  I sponged crushed olive and vintage photo on it and cut off the legs, so it could rest on the hardware brace. 

I appreciate you stopping by and your comments are always welcome.  Have a wonderful weekend. 


Marjie Kemper said...

I love the repeated 'dream' strips and your embossed bird sitting on the grunge. I know what you mean about not loving them all... I ditched my first two attempts at this one, too. Have a great day!

Debbie said...

This is beautiful! Love the colours! Awesome design and technique! This was not an easy challenge for me either! Great job! Gotta get me that bird die!

sasa said...

great that you pushed on...still loving your colours and that birdy!

Alison said...

Brilliant piece Melody, great design! x

Crafty Chick Designs said...

It is amazing what paint & ink can do to paper! The pocket & tag are such fun additions to this piece, as well as the bird perched on the hinge! Glad you persisted.

Debbie C

The Craft Cupboard Under the Stairs said...

Melody. Brilliant- the paper and stamp are wonderful together. I wondered where that bird cage came from - wonderful altering on that and the hardware. Fabulous use of recycling. Amazing all in all

Ashley said...

Wow... there are so many things going on on this card, but it all managed to work together so well in the end. You managed to make all of the colors and patterns complement one another. Great job!