Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)

For those of you who have been following my blog, THANK YOU, I'm still here and as FRUGAL as ever. I'm just expanding my blog title to further reflect my "altered" muse. I'm still the same (sometimes goofy) FRUGAL SCRAPPER that I've always been and will continue to focus on FRUGAL papercrafting projects:)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sometimes a little rain is a GOOD thing!

I've learned to LOVE rainy days...since moving to SUNNY southern California, that is...even though when I left Philadelphia 5 1/2 years ago, I packed my scrappin' stuff for the trip (even before my clothes, lol)...I found that these SUNNY DAYS can put a "damper" on my crafting...

You see, in Philadelphia, if it's the weekend AND the weather is PERFECT (sunny and 70's) DO NOT spend your day INDOORS!  These days can be few and far between and you need to take advantage of the gorgeous weekend weather when you can get it...

Fast forward to 5+ years in SUNNY southern California...where that ole Pennsy mindset is still in my head...with a twist, of course...since ALMOST EVERY weekend in SUNNY southern California is sunny and 70's (well at least on the coast where I live).

THIS weekend, however, we have been graced by rain...lots of rain...(well lots in SUNNY southern California fashion, lol)...soooooo, what's a crafter to do?...Relish in the fact that paper craftin' is on the agenda for the day...whoo hoo!

My first project of the day, you ask?  Well, of course it's my Compendium of Curiosities #22 project, hosted by none other that the amazing Linda over at Studio L3.  We have been instructed to turn to page 52 in t!ms CCC book to make our project of the week.  I just have to say...I LOVE alcohol inks AND I LOVE this technique...Thanks, Linda for posting this awesome challenge!  Your project is AMAZING!

Here's my take on it:
 Since this IS a RAINY weekend, I thought this stamp from one of t!m's sets from Stamper's Anonymous was the perfect quote.  I also used my "rainy" mood when choosing colors for the technique.  I used the following colors on the background:
  • Eggplant
  • Sailboat Blue
  • Lettuce
  • Terra Cotta
  • Peach Bellini
After I used another one of t!m's stamps, I added some Icicles Stickles to give the illusion of rain.  It's usually hard to get a good photo of the glitter of stickles, but I think the pic below does a good job...It realy does look like raindrops:)

I decided to use some lighter colors on the background for the quote (partially because I wanted the quote to stand out, partially because I wanted to give the illusion that the skys were getting brighter.

The colors I used here were:
  • Peach Bellini
  • Shell Pink
  • Willow
  • Cloudy Blue
I had a BLAST creating this card, and just had to add a little lace I bought yesterday, and a few pearls to balance out the "grungy" side of things...The lace makes me think it's a window dressing and that you are looking outside at the rain.


Lori, FSE:)


Gloria Stengel said...

Wow, Lori. This is fantastic! I have not done this challenge yet...because you know I have a hate/hate relationship with alcohol iks...

I is great when it rains here...because after almost 6 years here I still feel like I'm on vacation half the time and should not "waste" the sunny days! LOL Yesterday was a blast and we did not get very wet at any rate!

Judy Cantrell said...

Beautifully done on your challenge piece!

wearestampers said...

What a gorgeous card! I'm lovin the lace you used!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Lori, WOW! This is one gorgeous hunk of alcohol inked wonder! I love how you worked those colors-- the splatter looks amazing and is so perfect with the stamps you used. The sentiment is one of my all-time favorites, too.

You're right-- this does look like we're looking out the window at the rain (or, in my case, snow!). It's a stunning card and a real joy to behold.

Thanks for your kind words-- you warmed my heart!

Wanda H said...

A gorgeous card!!!

Jana said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I love this card. I had to laugh at your description of San Diego and sunny days. I grew up there and 20 years later am still having to adjust my attitude about not going out if it is below 70 degrees. LOL.