Monday, May 19, 2014

My Gallery Idol Entry with SSS & ME!! =)



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HELLO!!
I hope your weekend was AMAZING!!?? Mine was BUSY!! Almost a BLUR it went by SO FAST!! With my Baby Sister's Wedding this Saturday and Graduations in full swing along with the Baseball and Softball Season off an running we have been SUPER BUSY!! =) Infact, Beckett has his first T-Ball Game tonight and his last day of 1st Grade is TOMORROW!! Then we'll have ALL SUMMER to have FUN!! =) I don't know where the year has gone so FAST!!??

Anyway, I'm here to share a card I made for the Gallery Idol Contest over on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Blog!! I'll be HONEST, I wasn't even going to enter anything!! Mostly because I have been just too BUSY and didn't want to stress myself out trying to make something that would be GOOD ENOUGH to enter!! Also, I pretty much KNOW that my Style of card making isn't what they tend to be interested in so my chances of being one of the TOP 20 just isn't realistic!!
Then if you factor in ALL of the TALENTED Ladies that they seem to PUBLISH 24/7  entering the Contest it doesn't take a Brain Scientist to know that the ODDS are TOTALLY STACKED against me!! =) Now I'm not trying to be SNOTTY or RUDE either!! I'm just a REALIST and I KNOW and UNDERSTAND just how much talent there is out there!! I'm TOTALLY HAPPY with that!! =) I could try to CHANGE who I am as a Designer to fit that "CERTAIN MOLD" they are looking for, but that DOESN'T make me HAPPY!! I CREATE because it makes me HAPPY and I LOVE the Network that is Created amongst this World of Card Making/Stamping!! So I continue to do what I LOVE and hope that I can INSPIRE a FEW People with what I have to share!! =) Isn't that why we ALL Create/Blog!!?? =)  I LOVE IT!!

When we got Home last night I wasn't planning on making a Card, but I came across the Crate Paper Decorative Tape: Stylboard!!
                                   
 An idea came into my head and I just had to give it a go!! =)
So I covered a card Front Panel with the Decorative Tape creating a really AWESOME Kraft and Metallic Gold Diagonal Striped Pattern!! I then covered another piece Lining it all up exactly the same way so they were identical!! After planning out my Design I stamped and Die Cut ALL of the Stamped and Colored Flowers using the New SSS & Mama Elephant Garden Flower Stamp and Die Set!!

Simon Says Stamp Flower Garden Stamp and Die Set with Mama Elephant!!

Now I'll admit this was TOTALLY time consuming!! =) So worth the look though!! =) Beings the Tape has a Metallic Finish when it is Stamped on it acts as a Resist!! Which Resulted in a REALLY AWESOME Half Stamped Stripped Image!! I LOVE the way it looks!! I colored the Images using my Colored Pencils and some Gamsol to Blend the colors!! I wanted a Soft Color and I really LOVE the Contrast against the BOLD Gold Metallic Strips!! I then used an Avery Elle on the Angle Die and created the Angled Panel!! I Lined up all of my Flower Images and Layered them using Foam Tape on some of the Flowers for an added Stair Stepped Dimensional Design!! I used some Silhouette Black Gems in 16m& 20m sizes to mimic the Stamps Originally designed Centers!! I really like the look!! My sentiment was stamped from the same Stamp Set and I think it finishes it off Perfectly!!
 
 
 
So what do you think!!?? Isn't this Tape AWESOME!!?? I LOVE it!! I can't wait to play with it some more!! Well that is my Entry!! I'm in LOVE with it Win or Lose!! I think it will be SO FUN watching the Gallery Idol again this year!! I entered a couple cards last year for the First time and I ENJOYED watching and voting for all of the Different Stages of the Contest!! This will be my Second Year Watching and Playing along!! I can't wait to be INSPIRED!! It ALMOST makes me GIDDY just thinking about all of the different Projects that are going to be created during the Contest!! =)
If you haven't checked out the Gallery Idol Flicker Gallery yet it's SO worth the Visit!! AMAZING~AMAZING~AMAZING is all I have to say!!
I'm also linking this up for the
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
The Theme this week is Die Crazy which this card defiantly is!! =) If you'd like to play along you have until Wednesday May 21st at 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to Link Up your Creations for a chance to win and $50.00 Gift Certificate!! YIPPEE!! =)

THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by today and I hope you have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA  =)

6 comments:

Lisa said...

Don't underestimate yourself Larissa, this is an amazing card (WOW!!!) and you my sweet SWEET friend are an amazing card maker!!! BEST of luck ;)

~amy~ said...

Larissa, this is STUNNING. YOU are AWESOME.

Vicki Dutcher said...

What a fabulous card! That touch of gold is amazing and so on trend! I would say you have an excellent chance at winning! Good Luck~

Jinny Newlin said...

So, stinkin' cool! LOVE this look, and the gold choice is so trendy! Great job, and good luck, hun!

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, those tape lines are amazing, Larissa! I love that the flowers line up to the background. The illusion is amazing. Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Die Crazy!

ablogcalledwanda.com said...

OH.MY.GOD. This is soooooo super crazy creative!!! I love it! What an amazing idea. I pick YOU!! Good luck my sweet bloggy friend! XO

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