Saturday, February 9, 2013

WIndow Shopping for NAC #32 / My Challenge #59

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Hey y'all. Happy Saturday. Just a quick post for you tonight. It's my first day post-op with no nap and I think it's gonna be an early evening for me. Have you joined the fabulous team over at Nacho Average Challenge yet? They are my absolute favorite challenge and I am so happy to be able to say I have played with them every week. There's still a little time to play, and if not today hopefully you'll play along with us soon. :)

Here's my card for this week-

Here's this week's challenge colors-

I can't remember ever using Rose Red, however I must have since there was ink in the lid. What a shame, since it's a really pretty color. I just got the new Dress Up Framelets two days ago, and I thought this would be a great chance to use such pretty colors. I used the floral vine from Elements of Style (the first time this has been inked up) and stamped it in Rose Red all over a scrap of Very Vanilla c/s. Then I was able to move my "sleeve-less" dress framelet all over it until I found an area that I liked for the dress. 

Here's a laugh at Shan moment for you- actually two of them 1- I decided to be a little different from everyone else. I know you're having a hard time believing that one, huh? LOL! 2- I didn't let my OCD rule me on this project.

I decided to be a dress designer for this card. Many of you don't know this, but when my daughter was younger and skated competitively, I made some of her competition dresses. I didn't have a dress form which may account for my problem today. (explanation to come) Here's a close-up of my focal-point-

This actually started out as a sleeve-less dress. I changed it to a sweet-heart neck-line and I did it free-hand, no measurements, nothing. *happy-dance* Then, I changed it up even more and although it's hard to see in the picture I made it a one-shoulder dress and printed a small 1/4 inch strip of c/s and wrapped it from one side to the other. 

*TIP* Dress Forms  are meant to design on. If you decide to design your own little dresses with these forms make sure to use the form as part of your design. My dress didn't fit on it at first, so I had to undo the strap, attach the dress to the form and then re-attach the strap. Live, Learn and Share, Right? 

I punched the little flowers from a scrap of Raspberry Ripple with my Bitty Punch Pack and rolled them with the end of my punch (my pokey one). They are adhered with Mini-Glue Dots. The dress form is cut from Basic Grey c/s and I then sponged it randomly with Basic Grey to give it dimension and age it a little. 

To be honest, after I had this part of the design done I didn't know where I wanted to go with the card. Because there was so much going on with the dress, I wanted the rest to be fairly simple, I just didn't know "what to do". Then I remembered a card by Connie Stewart and another by my dear friend Michelle Suit where they created an awning. So, I decided to try and make the card look like a store window. I tried to create it from memory and unfortunately I don't think I got the measurements quite right. :( I'm gonna have to try it again.

You know, I keep it real with you here. Some of the cards I have created here for NAC have been some of my All-Time favorites, others not so much. Unfortunately, this is one of the latter. It's not that I dislike it, I think it's more that I was just getting frustrated because it wasn't coming together for me like I wanted it to. I think if I can get the awning right I can make another card with this combination and make it happen. Will try again. :)

Well, that's all I have for you today. Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to stop by my little corner of the world. You are very appreciated! Till Next Time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe,
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  1. This card is so sweet. Thanks for the tips and keeping at it! Thanks for your continued support for the Nachos!

  2. What a great card! Love the awning!!!! I don't have the dress framelits, but I might just have to order it!

  3. what a great card! thank you for playing along with us @ NAC. hope to see more of your work, soon

  4. Love this!!! Thanks for playing along with us this week!!!!


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