Sunday, January 11, 2015

Old and New and Snow and Blue

First and foremost I feel the need to shout to the rooftops my amazement and gratitude. THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUU! Ummmm I can't believe how many kind and wonderful comments you left on my last blog entry. Darnell really has some awesome friends, and so do I! Usually I try to call out each newbie by name, but as I now have over 30 new followers you're going to have to forgive me for not doing so. You'd be here all day! I have been diligently trying to work my way around and do the follow and comment backsies. If I haven't gotten to you yet, I promise I will!

Ok. Now for sloppy seconds: A card! Actually two of them. I've been crafting away here in the Frozen Tundra. 

My first card is all about the glitter and glam. I saw this AMAZEBALLS new technique over at Jessi Fogan's blog, OneCraftyMomma called a Faux Faux Patina. She wrote an awesome tutorial, so I'm not going to duplicate the entire step-by-step over here. Go check it out!

I started by inking a snowflake embossing folder with Weathered Wood Distress Inks and embossing a white piece of cardstock.



Then I followed step 2 of Jessi's tutorial using Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean. 



Ooooo! So blue and wintry!

I did a variation of the next phase of Jessi's tutorial, and used perfect pearls mixed with water. I spritzed in Perfect Pewter, Perfect Pearl, and Forever Blue


When it all dried this background was shimmery, shiny, and all things that are right with the world. I absolutely LOVE how great this technique turned out (which, if I haven't mentioned by now, Jessi's blog has a great tutorial) (yes you should visit).

I also wanted to make up some extra special embellishments, so I die cut two pieces of vellum in the shape of snowflakes and painted the heck out of them with perfect pearls. 


 Just an FYI, these pictures are FALSE! They were taken after the snowflakes dried. What really happened was that as soon as water touched the vellum they curled into eeensy weensy little balls and my fingers got all full of shimmery paint as I attempted to make those buggers lie straight. Just to teach them a good lesson, I made them sit under some heavy books overnight. That'll show them.

If this card had any more glitter it would be a disco ball!



I made this card and combined some of the great challenges that are going on now:





Now, I did tell you that I made two cards, It's my dad's 50th birthday this month! I love my poppa and he's as zany as I am (probably more so, if you can imagine that!) 



This is him and I at a New Year's Eve Party four years ago. I was making fun of him because he couldn't even keep his eyes open for a photo! Old Man! So he spread those peepers as wide as he could and so did I! And now this photo is framed in my house. It's my favorite! 


I was thinking about what card to make him. I love distressed cards and I love inky cards made with Distress Ink techniques, but I'm a real sucker for a good pun. He's kind of losing his hair... shhhh!  I had a *lightbulb* moment while I was cleaning my kitchen yesterday and just had to run right away to my craft room before I forgot (at least that's why I told myself I couldn't finish the dishes). 


Out popped this card:



*snicker* Shakespeare reference and and a bald joke, all on one card? I'm in love!

After I finished it I thought, hmmmm.... Should I take this even farther and make an accompanying card with a Depends that says "To pee or not To pee?" Nah - I gotta save something for his 60th!

I'm sending this over to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - New. Brand New die cut, referencing my old man. I'd say that works. And to Virginia's View Challenge - Clean Slate. This is definitely one of the cleanest cards I've ever created! And to Seize the Birthday. It doesn't have the "Party" toppings, but it's definitely a b-day card.

Ok. Whew. We made it through. I promise to keep more succinct next time! Thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment or follow my blog and I'll be sure to return the favor.

62 comments:

  1. wow the first card is gorgeous, with that metallic blue colors!! and the one for your dad is cool, I am sure he will lovee it!

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  2. Fun card Becca for your dad,,,,,, and that amazing background on your first card. I'm off to check out the technique.

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  3. WOW.... the first card is just amazing!!!! And your second had me in stitches. Thank YOU for brightening up my Monday.
    hugs, Asha

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  4. There are some seriously awesome blues going on in your first card Becca, I love those combos!! Your second card is so funny too, your Dad will love it! :) xx

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  5. This looks a fab technique Becca, may have to investigate further.
    Love the card for your Dad also, such fun. It reminds me of the 'rug' my husbands U Walter wore when he came over from the States many years ago! x

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  6. A very quick visit Becca, we've had no internet the last few days and sounds like it's going to be off again for server maintenance but just wanted to check on your latest makes and say hello.

    B x

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  7. Love your take on the technique Becca, it's a fabulous background and card...you did make me laugh with the vellum though! Fab card for your Dad too. Carol x

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  8. gorgeous snowflake card Becca - love the vellum snowflake - will have to give that a try.

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  9. GLITTTER-LICIOUS!!! LOOOVE the depth you've got with your too card....& blues are my fave colour;) as for your Dads ---- if men giggled, I bet he'd give a good one!!! VEEEERY clever. And CAS! I AM impressed!!!!!

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  10. LOVE that beautiful snowflake card--thanks for sharing how you made it! The toupee card is hilarious! ;) Thanks for joining us at House of Cards! Hope to see you again soon! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

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  11. Love, love, love the new technique! It's so rich. I could name quite a few of my friends and family who would be appropriate to receive the toupee card. It's hilarious!

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  12. Girl, you crack me up! I want to bottle up your energy and enthusiasm! Your technique driven card is amazing....yes to disco ball! Okay, the card for your Dad? HEE-larious.

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  13. Hi Becca
    The colours said Christmas to me too. Love how you did the background
    Thanks for joining in at House of Cards.
    Your Dad's card is great fun too.
    Best wishes.
    Ang.

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  14. Love your snowflake card with all the rich colors in the background! I am heading over to Jessi's blog to reat the tut. Your dad's card is so funny and I can just see him reading it!! Don't worry...I am sure he will come back with a pun just for you! I got him some pokey and gumbys!

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  15. Love your shimmery card but the one for your dad baldly stole my heart, I think it is great you are so close and enjoy a giggle together, some people may find your joke slightly hair raising but personally I think you are more than a hairs breadth on the right side of punny!!!! Keep up the awesome work x

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  16. Gorgeous shimmering background, Becca! Love it. And, the card for your dad made me giggle - glad he has a good sense of humor!

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  17. oh ♥WOW♥ that is such a gorrrrrrrrgeous card! love the rich blue patina, and YES, it's always a great idea to read jessi's blog and try the techniques she recommends b/c she is SO CLEVER... and so are you!!! LOVE this!!! ♥

    ps: love that beautiful photo, too, tho i'm trying to not to get a little depressed about your "old dad" being 6months younger than me... heigh-ho... :) :) :)

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  18. What great cards! I chuckled at the one for your Dad - that's priceless! Love it! And the first card is awesome! I think I will now have to try that technique! Love how this turned out! Congrats on all the new followers - well deserved, Becca! You're one of my favourite bloggers!

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  19. Your first card is really stunning! Love the snowflakes! Your second card is a hoot!! Such a fun post!! :)

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  20. I love our card, your technique and YOUR Style! Now I'm off to Jessi's blog to check out that fantastic faux finish (TFS!!!) and I guess I'm going to be yet ANOTHER new follower!!! (PS: I LOVE Darnell toooooo! Grin)

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  21. Both of your cards are awesome!! I love the pretty background and snowflake on the first one!! And LOL the second one - how fun!! Adorable picture with your Dad, too!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  22. Fabulous cards, Becca!! And look at you---still making cards for the winter season!! I have to admit, anything related to Christmas/holidays--packed away until next year!! :) LOL!! Love that shimmery blue background!! Isn't Jessi fun?! I learned the 'northern lights' technique from her last year :)
    Love the picture of you and your Dad!! And he's turning 50 this year!! That's a momentous occasion for us 'older' folks...although I'm still a good 4 years away from that milestone!! LOL!! :) He's going to love his card!!
    XOXO-Shari

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  23. Gorgeous cards Becca, love the pun and the patina!

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  24. Great cards, and another super fun post! Jo x

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  25. All right! I'm on the floor laughing with tears in my eyes and having to hold some of that pee myself. Both cards are really terrific. Lovin' the shimmeriness (is that a word?) of your first card. I'll definitely check out Jessi's blog. You should be grateful your snowflakes didn't melt. But that second card...where in the world did you get that die and sentiment...SO HILARIOUS!

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    1. A) any word can become real if you really want it to (except yolo - that will always be unreal) B) The die is from the Cricut Explore Image Library and is called "Old Man's combover" The sentiment is my brainchild and I typed it up on the computer. Hooray for modern technology.

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  26. Ah yes, vellum + water = arrrggggggggg!!! I remember that now. Maybe it would be wise to colour and then cut?? I want to give this a go. The colours look yummy and the vellum flakes are so delicate. Hugz

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  27. Hi Becca! Great job combining challenges on your first card. It turned out beautifully! Cool Technique! Loving the second card too! Quite funny! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards!

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  28. Great card! I love the blues and the whole look with the shimmer and glitter-right up my alley. I will check out that technique. I had something go into a little ball and I tried to unwrap it which then tore all to hell. I became galzilla and started tearing the whole thing up in some crazy PMS moment before I poured myself a drink. Glad you had more patience. Love the second card-he will have a "hair-raising" experience when he opens this card. Great man card!

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  29. The shine and sparkle on that first card are shining all the way down here to Texas! Just beautiful!!!
    Love that second card too!!!! LOL! So creative and cute and your dad is going to love it!
    Lynn

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  30. Congrats on all of your new followers Becca!! Your snowflake card is pretty and the toupee card is a HOOT!!!

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  31. Your post is such fun Becca, are you sure you are not related to Darnell in some way?! That is meant as a compliment!

    Your first card is stunning, I love those blues, they are fabulous. Your Dad's card made me giggle - a lot. It is so clever, I bet he will just love it! Thanks so much for your visit too. Anne xx

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  32. Cute cards, esp. like the snowflake card and enjoyed your tutorial, so glad you joined the House of Cards challenge!

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  33. ohhh love all the gorgeous work on the snowflake card!!! amazign and love the fun card for dad!!!!

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  34. Hi Becca, welcome to STAMPlorations!!! I always admired your card when you played in our challenges! Glad you were one of the chosen ones!

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  35. Your snowflake card is GORGEOUS! Funny is the toupee card. I should make one of these for my husband. Ha. I love your blog name.

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  36. Loved your beautiful snowflake card! Thanks for showing your technique and I see you got the vellum snowflakes to cooperate! Your dad's card was a hoot! Thanks for joining us at the House of Cards Challenge blog!

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  37. Nicely done with the faux faux patina! Mine have always ended up in the circular file. :D First card gorgeous; second card fun! And a fine excuse to skip the dishes.

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  38. Gorgeous background--I saw Jessi's tutorial long ago, so maybe now I'll try it! Bet your dad gets a big laugh out of your clever card!

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  39. Your card is so colorful, Becca! Love the inky goodness and embossed details. Congrats on making the STAMPlorations Challenge DT! WTG!! Your card for your Dad is darling! Love the photo of you two! HUGS!

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  40. Congratulations to you, dear Becca, for the Design Team position at Stamplorations! I know how much you wanted to do that and am so happy for you!! WooHoo! They are so lucky to have you! I love Stamplorations and just know you will have a blast with this. xxxx

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  41. That is one inky background - love it! Also love the great card for your dad, great pun and great toupee!

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  42. This is hilarious! I love your snowflake card too! Congrats on all of your fabulous news too! You are doing some great things Becca! Keep it up!! Love when you join us at Seize the Birthday!

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  43. What a wonderful card duo you've created! They're a real tribute to your ability to change up your aesthetic. The first one could not be more glamorous and sophisticated (love all that delicate sparkle and shine) and the second one was just a hoot and I adore your toupee! I think it's great that you showed us two completely different styles, each one with its own vibe. They are both stunning and I'm so glad you shared them with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  44. Two fab cards! Your first card is gorgeous..love all the sparkle and your second one is total fun! Love them! Hugs Carole Z X

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  45. Great cards, they are both fab, love 'em! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards.
    Lorry :o) xx

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  46. What a fun birthday card for your dad. I bet he loved it. I like your snowflake card too. Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

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  47. Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Penny Black and More this month and we hope you will join us again soon.

    Shirley

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  48. Tuopea' fun! Dad's are the best:)

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  49. Both awesome cards, beautifully artsy and hilariously funny! Thank you for sharing with us at RetroSketches this week!

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  50. Hi, Becca, how great that you had such a wonderful response on your previous post!!! ...always so nice to make new friends here in Blogland, hey!!!!
    Your first card is so beautiful, Becca!!!! I love the great look of that snowflake bg!!
    ...and the card for your dad ...super fun and very cute!!!!!

    Have a great day!!!!

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  51. Gorgeous makes I do love your snowflake background, thanks for joining us at the Craft Stampers challenge and good luck Elizabeth x

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  52. Both are great cards! Love your sense of humor. Thanks for joining us at the CS Take It Make It Challenge. Wishing you the best.

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  53. Wonderful techniques, how have I not tried perfect pearls yet?! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards.

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  54. Wow - you are rocking in the comments [lucky you!] -- Fabulous use of INK - love that background! Thanks for joining in at STAMPlorations!

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  55. the second card is cool
    and your dad must be proud of you sweety
    the first card woooowww that technique is so great
    you are rocking the comment too lucky Becca agree with Vicki..
    you are more than a lovely woman lovely comentator and great making card lady too
    I wish i can meet you in personal sweety
    hugs, Monika

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  56. A) omg, did you like the tutorial? LOL! You rock, girly! Thanks so much for all the peeps you sent my way :)
    B) it turned out awesome! even with the vellum not cooperating, stinkers. Grrr.
    C) books are my weight of choice also!
    D) your dad's card made me actually guffaw, and it's not even 5 AM yet so kudos!

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  57. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous snowflake card with us at HOC. I love your colour choice and that background is amazing.

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  58. Very cool Becca, that a way fab die cut and love the sentiment

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  59. OMG-I am going to have to check out that tutorial because that technique looks like a whole lotta fun AND I have all the materials to make it. Can you say HOARDER!! (aren't all crafters, though or is that just me?) The painted vellum looks fantastic. I am glad that you explained that it curled up when you painted it because I was going to ask that question. Vellum and me have a love hate relationship. And last but not least, that card you made for your father is HILARIOUS and down right fabulous. So out of the box!! Great job on both these cards!!

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  60. Both beautiful, great pic too ...thank you for joining in at the Take it, Make it Challenge xxx

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  61. Absolutely beautifully colorful card. Love all of your layers and especially your vellum snowflake flowers! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards! Barbara xo

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