Afternoon all, I said I'd be back and here I am! For my earlier House Mouse post today please follow this link.
Before I start rambling, I must say A BIG HELLO to my new followers - six of you have signed up in the last week (welcome aboard guys) and today Tilly has made it that magic 500. Could you email me please Tilly (address in sidebar), I may have a little surprise for you ..... ! Ooh, and don't forget, my Sugar Nellie Candy still has five days to run if you are interested.
So, what do I have for you this time - well, a bit of a sorry tale really. This week LESS IS MORE have a themed challenge of Things That Move. After a bit of furtling about in the stamps hoping for inspiration - let's face it, most of my stamps are cute critters in one shape or another so they would all qualify - I picked out my new Gorjuss Girl "Ruby" on her swing. She moves, the swing moves and, unless it's like Vince, the cat moves, eventually. And as most cats are Cute & Cuddly I will enter this for TOTALLY GORJUSS too.
So I set too with the old Distress Inks and got painting. So far so good. Then I had the idea of making her "out of the box", and that's when the trouble started. I really should have checked my hands first - as I was working my way around her legs with the craft knife I suddenly became aware of two dirty great bright orange finger prints right where I did't want them! Aaaargh! Being completely wiped out after another horrendous work week (nearly nine months of this madness now) but being too stubborn to give up, which is what I should have done, I trimmed the image a bit neater on the sides, losing one smudge, but the other one, despite numerous attempts to lift the colour off with a clean damp brush absolutely refused to move. So, you have a card complete with forensic evidence in case you should ever catch me commiting a crime. Sigh.
Anyway, here's the card:
I used the cloud inking technique with hand cut templates for the card base and then when the image was glued on, I carried the clouds over into the image background. Couldn't find a make-up sponge so had to make do with a little bit of yellow sponge - bit too clumsy for a decent effect but it's passable. Hero Arts sentiment to finish.
The phrase "quit while you're ahead" comes to mind but since when have I ever listened to sensible advice, lol!