Saturday, June 11, 2011

JUGS 88, Monkey 60


It’s Saturday!  Yay!  It is finally a little cooler here in PA and my day is going to be spent spackling my bathroom!  Fun!  But first, stamping…..I have a card that I am sort of on the fence about.  Love the technique and the sketch, just not liking how my blender pen bled my image….anyway, the JUGS  challenge is to make a woodgrain background.  This was a really fun technique and there is a link to a tutorial on their blog, with which, of course, I had to do my own thing.  And the sketch, from A La Card Monkey, is so sweet:

Monkey60 Any Theme   Sketch-001

So without any more blathering, here it is:


The images are from my all-time favorite set, Garden Pleasures.  I know, I don’t use it enough.  I just like to look at those pretty images, LOL!  I stamped them in Early Espresso and used a blender pen to color them…yes, I know, I have never seen a red bee skep, but I used artistic license, just like I did by substituting a rectangle for the circles on the sketch! :D  Maybe the bee skep didn’t like being colored red and that’s why it bled! 



Anyway, this card is for a man from our church who is going through some rough cancer treaments; he’s a real country guy so I am hoping he’ll overlook the bleeding bee skep!  I also wanted this to be from me and my DH, so I eliminated the word “I’m” from the Occasional Quotes sentiment and just inked up the remaining words. 


Just in case you were wondering, this is my “recipe” for my barn boards:

  1. Swipe Very Vanilla craft ink on Sahara Sand cardstock; I then dried it with my heat tool.
  2. Swipe Ruby Red over the Very Vanilla ink; dry again.
  3. Then I decided to score the cardstock to make boards; I scored them at 1” intervals.
  4. I then swiped Crumb Cake over all of that---not dark enough, so I swiped the Mahogany Tea Stain from the Distressing Kit over it all….finally dark enough! 

It was still a little tacky after heating it with the heat tool, so I stole a little baby powder from Cassidy’s stash and wiped it on the “boards”.  Now it smells good too!    Added my images, some brads and retired Soft Suede ribbon and it’s good to go.  And if you’ve made it this far through this long post, here’s a little treat for you:




Be sure to come back tomorrow for the weekly Paper Players challenge!


Laura Gardiner said...

What a great card! Thanks for sharing the barnboard technique...I'll have to try it.

Stampin' Pam said...

This is just out of this world LeAnn - I LOVE the reds, pinks, blacks all blended together and pink Bee hives are perfect - we'll allow the creative license for sure. Thanks for playing along with JUGS again - it's great to see you here supporting and playing along. Have a great weekend.

Christy Q said...

Oh, LeAnne, this is fabulous. I love the rustic treatment on the boards. You rocked this technique. Thanks for sharing the baby powder technique. I'll have to remember that. So glad the cooler weather finally made its way south and you are enjoying it as well!

Terry and Shirley SU said...

I love that you used rectangles instead of circles on the sketch for our Monkey Challenge 60. Your card looks good!

A La Card Monkey

Carole'Anne AKA Stampin Stressaway said...

whow your wood grain turned out fabulous - really great colours you chose as well

Janine said...

fun colour wood and why should the bees be red - perhaps they have been eating strawberries!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Love the wood background, I know there is a wood that is red and pink like that I just can't think of the name of it. I love how you used the sketch too. Thanks for having fun with us at A La Card Monkey!!


Anne said...

Fun Card! I love the colors that you used to create your woodgrain!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the red woodgrain background, Lee Ann! Also LOVE how you cut the I'm off of the sentiment. I experienced a DUH! moment when I read that because I'm not as smart as you! FAB card!

Elise said...

Peeeeek-a-BOO, baby! A card that looks terrific and SMELLS good, too! Wow! Positively SCRUMPTIOUS on many, many levels - me lovey! I hope this card is received with the beauty that created it, spiritually AND physically! YOU ARE A DOLL - though and through! xo!

Annie said...

Everything is so cute here, especially the little wee-babe! :)