Monday, 21 January 2013

Fenced in Souls

Today as I was riding Ruffles through the freshly fallen snow, on my way to the village to pick up some supplies for the crafting chamber, I started to notice a curious trend. Every so often along the fences bordering properties adjacent to the road, there were various pictures painted. Most looked like simple graffiti, done by mischievous children, but some were more elaborate. As I rode on, the pictures started to get more detailed, some resembling some villagers I was familiar with . I examined one more closely and noticed the paint was still wet. The culprit must have just been here, perhaps moving in the same direction I was. I remounted Ruffles and entered the forest, riding parallel to the snow covered road, to try and approach the rogue artist unseen, catching him or her in the act.

I started this card by selecting a background paper that I thought would go with the popsicle sticks. I ended up using a leftover piece from the snow scene sheet I used on this card. I then arranged the popsicle sticks and glued them down on the paper, making sure the image would fit when stamped. I then cast a spell of sure stamping to ensure success, as I only had one shot to get this right, or I will have wasted not only the background paper, but nine popsicle sticks. Taking a deep breath, I stamped Stampotique’s “Snowy Fran” (which I just got for Christmas!) on the popsicle sticks. YAY! It worked. 
I then took one of the birds from the Dylusions, “Birds on a Wire” set and stamped him so he was sitting on Snowy Fran’s arm. Unfortunately, my spell must have worn off, as I stamped him a little too high and it looks like he’s hovering above her arm. ARG! Anger ensued. But I just powered through, because I wasn’t going to waste all the other work and preparation (this is why I like when cling stamps have the picture on the back so you can see where it’s going to go!) I used one of the two punches I own to make the top part and stamped the sentiment from a cheap Recollections set.

On the inside I used that same punch and stamped a sentiment from the My Pink Stamper “Biggie Christmas Sentiments” set and a snowman from another Recollections set.

I stamped the same snowman on the envelope and some other design that was part of the same set. I earned +140 scoring exp points for creating the envelope on my scoring board. (I really need to buy some A2 sized envelopes so I don’t have to waste paper making them).

This fenced in card will be posted ←{haha fence post} in the following challenges:
Stampotique Designer’s Challenge #82: Die Cuts and Punches
CHNC January Challenge Extra
Fairy Tale Challenge #59: My New Stamp (Snowy Fran is brand new!)
Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round January Challenge: Anything Goes Christmas
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #24: Snowmen
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #143: Use Twine
Chocolate Coffee & Cards Challenge #30: For the Birds
Crafts and Me Challenge #116: Something New (Snowy Fran is new!)
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #85: Suits Me To a T (trees and twine)
Spark Your Creativity Now! Challenge #5: Anything Goes

After riding concealed within the forest, I managed to spot the painter at work on another section of fence. I watched in amazement as he muttered a spell and blue sparks started crackling at his fingertips. Suddenly a nearby snowman disappeared and its likeness was instantly painted on the fence. I sucked in a sharp breath, realization hitting me: all the paintings of people were most likely real people he has trapped within the fence using his dark magic! As I would require the backup of my Guildys to solve this quest, I rode Ruffles hard back to the Guild Hall to start forming a plan.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~


Hazel said...

What a novel idea to use the sticks - works well - another super card for my CHNC challenge extra for January - hope to see more of your cards soon x

Samantha Read said...

Wow! what a brilliant idea, so cool!
Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week.

Bianca said...

What a lovely creation! I love it! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

Joanne said...

How clever to put your image on popsicle sticks! I've never seen that before, very cool! Love the card, and you papers go great with the sticks! Thanx for playing along with us at CC&CC. Aloha, Joanne.

CraftyGirl said...

What a cute idea to use those small Popsicle sticks. Thank you for playing along this week at “Pin and Tack”. I sure hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge.


Pin and Tack / Spark Your Creativity Now DT

lauren bergold said...

so clever and sooooo very unique! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us this week! ♥

Pat Garvin said...

Very cute idea. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

Winnie and Patty said...

Great card using the popsicle sticks. Very creative. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge!

Jenny said...

Das ist ja ein tolles Werk. Was für eine tolle Idee so etwas zu machen. Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Fairy tale Challenge. LG Jenny

Crafteezee said...

Such a cool idea. Love it. Thanks for joining us at Live and Love Crafts.
Hugs Tracy x

susie said...

Wow - what a wonderful original creation. Snowy Fran is a lovely stamp. Thanks for joining us over at Sparkles Christmas xxx

* Shaz * said...

Fabulous creation!

Thank you for joining in the fun at Sparkles Christmas for our * Snowmen * challenge

Hope you will join us again & good luck in the draw
Hugs Shaz x

ARTFULwings said...

Fantastic idea with the lolly sticks - very original. Thank you for joining in with us over at Stampotique. Polly x

Sandra H said...

Oh so beautiful is your card and thank you for joining in our challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Snowmen challenge good luck and hope to see you again DT Member Sandra H xx

Valerie H. Wilson said...

Wow! Kewl idea to stamp on popsicle sticks! This turned out great! Thank you for sharing it with us for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!
Val :)

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