Friday, September 21, 2012

Inspiration Journal Monthly Challenge

This month, the Inspiration Journal challenge is ABC 123 School Time Fun. It took me awhile to come up with something...I don't know if it's because my kids are grown now or what, but I just could not think of a thing. Those 'no mojo' moments are when I reach for one of the Technique Junkie CDs. I always find something to spark my creativity! This is the Fancy Gatefold card. Want to see why?

Whoa! How do you like my little School 4 Witches? If I'm good at anything, it's turning any theme Halloweeny. It's a gift I tell ya. ;-) The house is resting on Karen Burniston's Pop 'n Cuts Circle die. I love that it all folds down flat and then turns into this 3D coolness.


Here is a better view of the dimension - so fun! I cut the PNC platform from acetate so it wouldn't hide any of this gorgeous new idea-ology Seasonal Kraft Resist. The house was first painted with Frayed Burlap Distress Crackle paint. It didn't show up enough, so I covered it with Sunset Orange Dabber paint and a light layer of the new Rock Candy Dry Glitter. Pretty! And spooky! To cover the windows, I used Tim's new Mirrored that was given a light dabbing of Slate alcohol ink and stamped with images from his Mini Halloween 2 set.

I just got the new Sizzix Halloween Shadows die and couldn't wait to use it! It was just the touch I needed for this card. I cut it from very light chipboard (yes, the strip die will cut very thin chipboard) and painted it with a Pitch Black Dabber. In the back corner, I added a tree cut from kraft cardstock that I painted with an Espresso Dabber - I really wish it showed up more! I had to keep it back a bit so it didn't interfere with the house. Lots of mechanics going on here!


The whole idea for this started with wanting to make a little chalkboard with Claudine Hellmuth's black gesso. I'd heard of the idea, but had never tried it. I love how it turned out, but my handwriting is hopeless, so I used the Sizzix Typeset die to create the words for my sign. The metal part was create by covering chipboard with the new Ranger Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Under the sign, I added the tree, owl, and cat from the Halloween strip die. That cat totally looks like it's spraying that tree, lol!! Bad kitty!

The supplies I used are available from Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Be sure and use my coupon code - stamptramp - to score 10% off your order!

If you'd like to purchase the 3D & Fun Folds CD, you can do so through the link near the top of my sidebar. For more information and a list of techniques, click here.



We would LOVE for you to play along with this month's Inspiration Journal challenge. As of this minute there are only three submissions!! Everyone who enters has a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Inspiration Emporium's online store. Think of all the goodies you could get with that sweet moolah!

24 comments:

  1. oooh, I love the school for witches...what a great idea and well done!!!
    Greetings,
    Henny

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  2. Ooo very spooky shelly! love this x

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  3. Oh Shelly that is too cute, so clever !!

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  4. WoW! What a great idea!
    I love the little witches and their school looks sooo sweet.
    It's a wonderful, fantastic and creative ARTwork.

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  5. Well, that is just TOO cool! I love it!!

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  6. I wanna go to witches school! Such a cool card Shelly! You are so right, you have a gift for turning things halloweeny, and I'm lovin' it, I tell ya! Hee, Hee

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  7. One word today Shelly - Genius! A x

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  8. Wow..wow..wow.. amazing work!!
    Gosj..love it ♥♥♥
    Thanks for inspiration.
    Happy weekend :o))
    Anne

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  9. Wowwwwwwwwww this is a great piece of art Shelly
    Love the idea and evry thing you used on it.
    Beautifull

    Greetings Janny

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  10. Very cute, Shelly. You are really going crazy with the cute card ideas. This is really cool and a great way to use some of Tim's old and new stuff. <3 Candy

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  11. Please Miss, can I go to school there??
    Mikki B
    inkyfairysmusings.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. Oh my goodness, your haunted school house is AMAZING! You have such a gift for turning all these dies into a cohesive piece, and I love how you make every theme halloween-y! =) P.S. That "bad kitty" is hilarious. I never would have thought he was up to no good if you hadn't said anything! =P

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  13. What a fabulous mix of stamped images in 3D!!! Amazing design...so stinking fun!!!

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  14. Another piece I just love Shelly. I can't wait for this strip die to arrive in my mailbox!

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  15. Fabulous project Shelly! What a great idea to add the pop-up inside a gate folded card, I got to try that sometime. Love all the details, the stamping behind the windows, the tree, the awesome sign. TFS!

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  16. This is sooo awesome Shelly!!!! Love it!

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  17. Normally I am not into Halloween cards as much as the other holidays but WOW!!! Girl, you knocked this one outta the park! Your work is SPOOKTACULAR!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are truly an nspiration. Keep up your spectacular works of art :)

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  18. How did you attached the PNC to the card back? Wonderful project!

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  19. How did you attached the PNC to the back of the card? So creative!!

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    1. Thanks! I used a Scotch Tape Runner for the adhesive. It holds really well and just about disappears when it's adhered.

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  20. I know I'm way late to the party, but I just found this. It is the cutest card! Just adorable.

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