CR84FN41--Life...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hello, and Happy Mole Day!

Are you scratching your head yet, wondering why moles have their own day? I was, too. So let me clear that up for you (as best I can, anyway), by giving you Wikipedia's explanationMole Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated among chemists on October 23, between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM, making the date 6:02 10/23 in the American style of writing dates. The time and date are derived from Avogadro's number, which is approximately 6.02×1023, defining the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in one mole of substance, one of the seven base SI units.


Okay, now that that's clear, if you're a chemist, Whoo Hoo!, continue the celebration! For the rest of us, let's talk cards. :D  It's time for a new CR84FN color challenge!


Steel Blue, Gray, and Yellow--isn't this a beautiful color combo! I don't know about you, but lately, almost everything I've made has been in rich, warm, fall or Christmas colors. Not that I don't like those colors, mind you, but this cooler palette is a nice change. I love the inspiration photos, too--flowers, pottery, and soft textiles. Or maybe you'll be inspired by the lovely quote. [Hmmm. Maybe I should celebrate Mole Day, after all. ;) ] Anyway, you've got two weeks to enter the challenge. I hope you'll play along with us!

I used the Viva la Verve October 2011 Week 1 sketch for this card, but I flipped it upside down. I suppose it would have worked just as well the other way, but the dress form and cameo both face right and I wanted them looking into the card, rather than out of it. I know, picky, picky. ;)




The dress form was stamped with Distress Ink, then I embossed the "experience" sentiment with white embossing powder. I dyed the lace awhile back with reinkers. I didn't like it much back then and thought I'd never use it, but it was perfect here.

Originally, the tape measure ribbon was a bright yellow. I was just going to stain it a little with Tea Dye Distress Ink, but didn't realize that there was a drop of red ink in the plastic bag I was using, so I had to dye the entire thing to get the red out (maybe I should have just tried Visine :D --I crack myself up sometimes!). Since it turned out a golden color, it worked fine. I also used my heat gun to melt it just a little bit in a few places to give it a wrinkled texture.

I love this stamp of an old thread spool label. I guess plastic spools have their place, but I kind of miss the old wooden spools. I stamped the label, then distressed it with Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress Inks. I put a little Walnut Stain around the edge, then popped it up with foam dots.
Doesn't this Verve sentiment, from the Words of Wisdom set, speak the truth! That sentiment, including "life" from the front of the card, is actually one stamp. I inked up only the parts I wanted to stamp so I could split it up. And, the zig zag is from the same stamp set as the spool label, dress form, and "experience" sentiment (a Tim Holtz set).


Okay! Now, you'll want to check out the rest of the Design Team's inspiring creations, and then head over to the CR84FN41 Color Challenge for details on the challenge and play along with us! 
Lisa  
Thanks for stopping by, and whatever you do today, I hope it's filled with joy and happiness.

~Hugs,
 
Stamps: Seamless Experience (Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous); Words of Wisdom (Verve)
Paper: This & That (Lilybee Design); Stella & Rose (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Memento; Colorbox; Sharpie
Dies: Labels One (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Embossing Powder (Ranger); 1-1/2" Circle Punch (Fiskars); Gridlock embossing folder (Sizzix); lace (dyed with reinker); measuring tape ribbon (dyed with reinker); cameo button (Dress It Up); pearls; sewing thread; flowers (Recollections); foam dots
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
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22 comments :

TesaB said...

Yay! Sucha a fabbie card. Love everything about it. GREAT sentiment stamp!!!! :)

Sue Lelli said...

Cheryl, your card has OODLES of FAB details starting with the dress form and cameo plus the stamped spool and lace and tape measure! LOVE then sentiments inside and out! LOVELY card!

Debgem said...

Cheryl - you have made my chemistry nerd heart so happy - I have to say I didn't know that there was such a thing as Mole day - but as soon as I saw it written down, US style, it was obvious and brilliant - thank you!!!

Now - your card is just stunning. So many fabulous destails with the cameo, dyed lace, pretty label and flowers, stitching - just wonderful!

Pauline said...

This is absolutely fantastic! Love the little details and the wooden spool top, I thought it was real! Gorgeous card!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Such a gorgeous card Cheryl! Love the Vintage vibe and sewing theme! I love that spool stamp and elegant dress form!

Suzanne C said...

Love it! All those details and distressing and inking are fabulous! The embossing on the dress form for your sentiment is fantastic.

Stephanie Kraft said...

Beautiful, Cheryl! Love the mix of textures and distressing and love the spool stamp and dress form!

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful vintage sewing themed card! Love all your texture and the added dyed crochet trim! Glad you were able to join us this month as out Guest at CR84FN!

Gerry said...

So many wonderful elements make this a perfect vintage card. I especially like the dyed lace.

igła i nitka said...

I fell in love with this card! I like so much deatils relating to sewing. And this lace has so beautiful colours!

Suzanne Russell said...

I love all of the "sewing" detail on this delightful card! thanks for the cool-er color scheme and your inspiration!

Theresa said...

Hi Cheryl, this is amazing!! What a lovely creation. I love all the elements. You are one fabulous crafter. How do you come up with these brilliant ideas?

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Geez Louise! Every time I look at your card I see another great detail! So pretty!!
Mackie

Louise Brown said...

Adorable card...love the vintage and all the layers you've done. TFS
~Louise

Heather Jensen said...

Sooo pretty! I love the look of the tie dyed lace. Such pretty papers and vintage feel. :)
Hugs~

Maria said...

Wow...super fabulous!!! Love the lace, dress form, tape measure ribbon, and sentiment! A gorgeous vintage card...love it...great job!!!

Ellen said...

Wow! What a beautiful card! I love all of the elements, details and colors.

Jinny Newlin said...

What a beautiful take on the color story, Cheryl! LOVE all those fabulous, artsy elements!

Shannon White said...

Wowzers Miss Cheryl! This is so Gorgeous! Loving the Fabulous Vintage feel of your Beautiful creation! The dress form, cameo and Lovely lace are just Wonderful! Gorgeous card Lady!

Hugs
Shannon 8-)

Cyndie said...

As a matter of fact, I AM a chemist, but I have never heard of Mole Day even though I used the concept of moles every day at work! Anyway, this is a stunning card--I love all the special touches you added to it. So much texture and pattern! Just lovely.

Shirley said...

I was hoping the challenge bug would catch me because of lovely cards like this one. I really think your detail is so wonderfully vintage and what you did with your lace, the corners of your die cut, and just the whole card is awesome, Cheryl!

Lisa said...

Beautiful vintage card Cheryl! Love the crocheted lace and it's fun coloring, marvelous layers and all of the pretty things to drink in!