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I’ve had this design in my head for about 6 months now . . . When I saw the woodgrain stamp at Michael’s, it had to come home with me–I was gonna burst otherwise.

"Clustering" visual elements like this is not something I’m particularly good at–I wanted to practice.  Man, does it feel good to create something just for the halibut!  LOL!

Anyway, I’ve been dying to try this woodgrain stamp on acetate–I see those beautiful pre-printed transparencies, and I get so tempted to buy ‘em, but, well, then I’d hafta cut into ‘em.  And, laaawd knows, Hades would prolly freeze over before I could ever bring m’self to do that.  Mercy!

But, I can do this, and all is right with the world.  Call me a freak, but, there ya’ have it.  *chuckle*

I didn’t make this with anybody in mind–well, except for ME, of course.  But, I think it turned out to be a cute friendship card–friendship cards are my favorite to make.

Now, what do the results of this play time yield? The desire to possess ALL Staz-On pads in opaque colors, of course–this is just the white one. That’s all I have.  Obviously, with results like this, I should have them all, don’t you think?  I mean, how can I not?  See?  Totally justified acquisition looming ahead.

Mmmm, I also used a clear acetate report cover.  Bought it over at the copy desk at Office Max.  They are niiiiiice–thick, sturdy, not flimsy at all.  Definitely, for an acetate card base, worth the extra expense.  Of course, I can’t remember what I paid exactly, 3 years or so ago (yes, hording disease struck, imagine that . . . *insert rolling eyeballs*)–I think they were just shy of a $1 each?  But, you can get two cards from each sheet, so in my book, it’s a reasonable price!


Had to trim it down smaller than an A-2, to make it fit the whole image, but, next time, I might leave it alone and try allowing the 1/2" clearance all around and see if I like that, too.

Threaded the button with thin strips of card stock before securing to the flowers with glue dots; I have "issues" with nekked buttons.  Yeah, I know, I know . . . what can I say?  Nekked buttons annoy me.

Do you see the pale blue lines on the frame piece the owl, etc. is mounted to?  I wanted a ruled notebook paper effect,  so  I tore out a sheet from a school notebook I had laying around and photocopied it onto vanilla card stock, and it worked perfectly!

I actually finished 10 Halloween designs yesterday, and thoroughly enjoyed myself–it’s rare when I have a creative groove where the ideas just flow in a steady stream like that, non-stop.  I was so happy that I cooked dinner–I haven’t cooked dinner in months!  Penn Cove Mussels in a Pesto Cream Sauce over linguine . . . YUM!  Everybody was happy! Say whaaaat???  Julie was so happy she COOKED?  Land sakes, it’s a miracle!!! 

Only have time for a little bounce–I promised to spend the evening shelling crab Dave caught and cooked, so I best don an apron, serve m’self a well-deserved appletini,   and get crackin’!


P.S. Someone asked about Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb.; you can get 80 lb at Paper Zone, but, they don’t carry the 110 lb.

Supplies & Materials

Stamps:  Woodgrain background (All Night Media), Owl and "You’re a hoot" from Nature set by A Muse Artstamps; Frame from Bracket Set by A Muse Artstamps

Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk in Dark Brown, Tangerine, Warm Red by Clearsnap; Staz-On Opaque Cotton White by Tsukineko

Felt & Paper Flowers, Button from Blossoms & Buttons Series by Making Memories
Ribbon:  American Crafts

Other:  Ruled Paper (made it m’self!); Popsicle Pink Note card, trimmed to fit (A Muse Artstamps), Clear Report Cover (Office Max)

  1. OH. MY. GOSH! JULIE – this is my new favorite card of yours!! Holy smoke, it’s sooooo stinkin’ cute!! LOVE the woodgrain! LOVE the orange owl! LOVE the bright, BRIGHT colors! LOVE pink and orange together anytime! LOVE the artisan label (that you PHOTOCOPIED blue lines onto — you’re a genius!). Seriously……maybe I should just list the things I don’t love about this card……..it’d be faster……..since there’s NOTHING I don’t love about this card! Hahaha!!

    Have a great night, Girly!

  2. Love what you did with the wood grain… Funny how ideas stick like that when you see a stamp — this one evolved wonderfully!

  3. Can I just say you ROCK!!! I love this owl! And that wood stamp is “da Bomb”. I love the design, I’m glad you got to translate it for all of us to enjoy. Anyhoot, I gave you a shout out on my blog! I wish I could take a class from you in person! I’m going to check out your on-line stuffs now. Keep up the wonderful and amazing work! Hugs and Aloha, Jenn

  4. You can still make me laugh! I love this card and the technique…I love white Stazon! I do own the Hambly transparency but only for a keepsake…I will not cut $4 paper..so I guess I can make my own!

  5. LOL while your card is great and the design is cute your literary skills kept me reading the ENTIRE WAY THROUGH!!! LOL So much fun!!!

  6. Whoa…like GET OUT! That is so neato! Totally diggin’ the copying of the notebook paper onto cardstock. Now why didn’t *I* think of that?

    Oh and PS–I was reading further down on your blog about the Sacramento store and OMG I KNOW that place…amazing people. Every week, I alternate between going there and to Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley. :D

  7. awesome! I think I’m going to have to bust out my acetate (I bought some expensive stuff at Archivers the other day… yuckie… I hate using expensive stuff!)
    thanks for the inspiration!

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