Monday, June 29, 2015

OHC 32 - Home-made (with SOG)

Today was a very long, very busy and very stressful day. It was one of those days where I'm just playing catch-up, and even though I'm getting a ton done, it feels like there's an infinity more to do. Eventually, though, the day ends and I take a few minutes to rest and relax (instead of just falling asleep out of sheer exhaustion).

Tonight, I put on some quiet music and grabbed my knitting needles. Now, I an not a knitter by any means. About all I can manage is a simple European knit, long enough to make a wonky scarf. But that clinking of needles and repetitive motion calms me down and lets my brain recharge. And, as always, that led to that creative burst of inspiration where I just had to make a card. I pulled one of the themes from my One Hundred Cards challenge box and came up with "home-made". That just fit so perfectly with what I was doing!

I wanted to do something knitting-related, and Sweater Kaylee was the right stamp. Not only does it feature Kaylee sporting a rockin' sweater, but it has wonderfully punny sentiments that even non-knitters would appreciate.

After stamping Kaylee out in brown hybrid ink, I colored her in with Copics. I went for a combination of teal, purple, brown and golden yellow. I think this colorful combination is fresh and summer-like - even if sweaters aren't particularly summer-y. After I was done coloring, I carefully cut her out, leaving a small white border.

I found a fun crochet patterned paper from Simple Stories Homespun collection. It featured lovely neutral colors and fit perfectly with my theme. I matted the paper onto a cream-colored card base. Then I adhered Kaylee with foam squares.

I stamped the sentiment onto a thin strip of cream cardstock and matted it with a yellow gingham from the paper pad. I cut one edge at an angle and adhered it to the card base. as a last touch, I added 3 enamel dots near the sentiment, using the colors from Kaylee's outfit and the patterned paper.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Oh Elle! I hope you managed to relax! Sounds like you had one of those days. How perfectly synchronistic that you found a stamp which tied in with what you were doing. She's beautiful and so is the completed card!

    1. I'm slowly getting there in terms of relaxing. Hopefully once things are a bit slower with work, I'll get a chance to rest up again. :)