Tuesday, April 08, 2008

And now for something totally different....

This card is so different than the last few I posted. I got this Gruffies stamp and another in a PIF (pay it forward). I have been involved in these PIF threads on SCS since before Christmas. It is a great way to move out some of the stamps and stuff you aren't using and get some new stuff. It is kind of like trading, but you usually aren't sending to the same person you are receiving from. Right now there are 3 PIF threads going and a PIF image thread. They each have their own rules, but the basics are the same. There will be a current list in red. If you see something on the list that you want, you snag it and post your list of items that you are willing to give up. Three items is good for a start, and at least one of them has to be greater or equal to the item you snagged. You have to add items to your list if it hasn't been snagged from in so many hours (check the rules for each thread) and you don't have to add at night. Here are some links for the current PIF threads.
  • PIF $17.95 and up stamps - Only allows sets or groupings of stamps/wheels valued at $17.95 or up, original retail price.
  • PIF Supplies and more - You can PIF stamps, paper, ribbons, scrapbooking stuff. Minimum value is $10. So if you have ribbon that is $5 you would group it with something else to make the item worth $10, or you can list a bunch of lesser valued items and people can pick and choose their own combos.
  • PIF Everything Goes $15 - Similar to the supplies and more, but you are required to have at least one stamp on your list and the minimum value is $15.
  • PIF Stamped Images - This one is just for stamped images.

Now more about the card. The gal I got the stamp from just opened an online stamping/scrapbooking store and she carries all kinds of stamps - Gruffies, House Mouse, Fluffles, Changito, Stampendous Bees, Gel-a-Tins, and many more. I asked her to look into carrying these Rachelle Ann Miller stamps I saw a banner ad on SCS for. She signed up with them so hopefully she can start selling these cuties soon. Make sure you check out all her nifty stuff!

The card uses Gruffies Bit of Honey stamp in black pallette hybrid on SU watercolor paper. I used my SU markers, an aquapainter, and some ink in the lid of my inkpads to watercolor the image. I don't have a lot of practice with detailed images like this, but I think it turned out pretty good. I stuck to the colors on the image on the wood block of the stamp itself. They are Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom, More Mustard, and Certainly Celery. The cardstock is Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, and More Mustard. I used my Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain. I kind of threw together the card in one of my most used layouts because I spent so much time watercoloring and it was getting late. I was supposed to be cutting paper for the stamp camp coming up on Friday, but I didn't get to that. Oops!


Crystal said...

It is beautiful! Thanks for thinking of me! I needed some happy mail today.

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

AAAGHHH!! I love this card Lorien!! I must have missed this PIF!! Darn!!!

The Stampin' Soldier said...

Aw! I love this fuzzy little guy. He reminds me of Lilly Belle (my puppy).