Sunday, March 3, 2013

WEDDING TRUCK

I'd like to announce that when I returned home from work yesterday, I was excited to discover that I had surpassed the 75 Followers I was looking for to award the I Need A Home card to in celebration of reaching my goal. In fact, I am now at 77 Followers! Woo hoo!


I have notified the winner of this card via email. Congratulations, Diana!

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I was so thrilled when, a few weeks ago, a man I work with commissioned a wedding card from me. When I asked him for a few particulars in designing this card, he jokingly said that they were farmers 
-- maybe a tractor? Could I make it a funny card? I mentioned to him the retired Loads of Love stamp set which features, maybe not a tractor, but a pickup truck?? That I could fill with a mound of hearts?? He wholeheartedly approved this idea. 

At my first chance, I sat down, all ready to create. I didn't want to just stamp the truck and hearts. I wanted to make this a very special card, so set out to do what I like to do so much. Paper piecing!


Not at all sure what color combination I should run with, I decided that, since I was using a red tone for the heart, I would combine the red with turquoise, a color combo that is very popular right now. 



I stamped the truck on a light turquoise Designer Series Paper and cut it out. I stamped the tires and the bumpers on a brown DSP and cut them out. Hmmm. How can I make the hubcaps look like chrome? Or at least, metal? I searched through my available papers, trying to find something that would work well. Aha! I found a small photographed sheet of silver Christmas ornaments. They showed enough reflections, and well, silver, that I thought they would work well for my simplified hubcaps. Enough said. That's what I used. And was happy with the results. Although it doesn't show up all that well in my photo of the card. :>(



I then stamped the load of hearts on another DSP. Since I wanted to mount all this atop a red 
with pink polka dot heart, I needed the hearts to have enough of a contrast that they would show up well against the heart. The DSP I chose was a pink with red zigzag lines. Perfect. 

After loading the hearts in the back of the truck, they looked cute, but . . . not enough. Just a pile of hearts?? I wanted a little more frivolity. So, I stamped the pile of hearts once more on the same DSP, and cut out just the hearts among the pile that were whole. Strewing them from the whole pile made it just frivolous enough.

OK. But then I realized that a ghost-driven truck wasn't all that great. So I decided to add the people from the accompanying stamp set. I stamped them on a soft DSP. However, when I cut the little couple out and placed them inside the truck, they looked like they were nude. Gulp. Couldn't have that. So I drew some little nondescript clothes on them. There! They were all set!

Wanting to bring more of the soft turquoise into the composition, I took a piece of the same DSP from which I cut the truck, ran it through my Big Shot inside the Square Lattice Folder and adhered that to a Whisper White card base. There! That added some needed dimension besides.

Adding a Congratulations from the Itty Bitty Banners set, cut out with the Bitty Banners Framelits, made the card into a wedding card rather than a cute Valentine. I stamped a beautiful wedding sentiment inside the card, and was pleased with my creation! Now, hopefully Eric would be also.

When I presented it to him, he smiled and told me it was perfect.

Smiles.




40 comments:

  1. I love all of your card ideas here (and your lovely photo layout too). They are so lovely. You have quite a talent

    Thanks for linking up :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  2. Congrats on all the followers! I love your card. I have those stamps and you gave me some great ideas. That really is a cute one.

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    1. Thanks, Christina! I'm so glad that I am giving you ideas: you know, planting those creative paper seedlings! Just doing my "job"! :>)

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  3. Congrats and cute card! I just love SU and I'm in Wisco, too.
    I found you today at I Should Be Mopping the Floor Linky Party, where I'm #405. I hope you stop by my blog and leave a comment, too.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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    1. Thanks, Megin! Where do you live in Wisconsin? :>)

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  4. You did a wonderful job on this card! It is such fun and really personal! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.
    xo,
    Lisa

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I love your creations on the Enchanted Oven! :>)

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  5. Love it! So pretty! Makes me want to bust out my paper crafts right now! Thanks for sharing and linkin up!

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    1. Hey, thanks, Kristine! Any time you wanna bust out your paper crafts, let me know! I'd love to help! :>)

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  6. How adorable. I have so much paper sitting around, I'd love to do something special with it. You have such great ideas.
    Thanks for linking up with us at "In and Out of the Kitchen"
    Dawn
    http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Dawn! Anytime you'd like to do something with you paper, let me know! I'd love to help! :>)

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  7. What a sweet card! I have this little truck set but haven't used it in awhile. I'll have to pull it out and use it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. Glad to provide you with inspiration! :>)

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  8. I love that wedding truck! So clever and cute! I would love for you to come by and link this or another project at my brand new link party, starting this morning!! Hope to see you! http://domesticsuperhero.com/2013/03/07/domestic-superhero-sharing-thursday-1

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for the invite -- I did link up! :>)

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  9. sooo cute!!! Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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  10. He was right, it is pretty darn nice! I'm visiting today from the No Rules Weekend Blog Party.

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad both of you liked it! :>)

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  11. What beautiful cards!! There's hope for those who are "craft challenged" (like me!) yet!!

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    1. Thanks, Missy! I would LOVE to help out a "craft challenged" girl like you! Let me know! :>)

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  12. Hello, I'm visiting from the blog hop. Your card is beautiful. Tooooo cute. I am now your newest follower. Hope you will visit my blog and want to follow back. Friends are always welcomed and appreciated. Again, awesome blog.
    Best
    Angel

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    1. Thanks, Angel! Following you back! :>)

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  13. Hi Linda. Love your card with the heart and blue background. The colors look great together. I found you from the pin me party. Thanks for sharing.
    Leslie
    www.thememorynest.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Leslie. I'm so glad you like my little truck creation! :>)

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  14. How cute! Thanks for sharing your talent on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Our next party goes live Sunday morning at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-creative-homeacre-hop-6.html

    If you have a blog hop, please check out The Linky Love Party...a place to share your parties with other bloggers! Grab the button for an easy way to search for parties every week!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/lets-party.html

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    1. Thanks, Lisa Lynn! And thanks for having me! :>)

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  15. Linda, that's the cutest wedding card ever!! I love the truck, always have, and to be able to fill it full of hearts is perfect for a wedding. The hubcaps turned out so cute!! You really put a lot of effort and thought in to that cutie. I'm happy that you clothed the happy couple, and I'm sure that the couple will always keep that one as a beautiful reminder of a splendid day!
    Blessings,
    Doni

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  16. So adorable!! Thanks for linking up at Romance n a dime.

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    1. Thank you, Betsy! And thanks for letting me link up! :>)

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  17. This card is gorgeous! I found you via Not Baaad Sunday link party. New follower
    Handmade at Warratahstree

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  18. Just stumbled onto your site! As a long time Stampin' Up crafter, this is my FAVORITE set...I LOVE this creation, glad the couple did too! So many wonderful cards here...thanks for sharing

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! Keep on enjoying Stampin' Up! :>)

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