this week's theme at city crafter challenge blog (#66), set by my lovely and amazing friend cheryl nelson, is beach-related and rather wonderfully called it's a shore thing!
simultaneously, at sketchy thursdays, this week's (7-21) scheme is particularly awesome, and easily adapted to any number of cool ideas:
meanwhile, over at shopping our stash, week #9 is technique turn back. now, you know that despite the fine tutelage & generous efforts of my amazing friend marisol, i'm still pretty much of a technique-free zone... but for this challenge i've dusted off a couple of things i haven't done in a while: i threaded shells beads & pearls onto wire; i digitally embellished & "creatively cropped" (in slices--to fit heidi's sketch!) a photo; and i printed the photo in question on a transparency and mounted it onto a subtly text-printed patterned paper. are any of those "techniques"??! i dunno. but i had fun making this card, which is the main thing, right?! :)
(photo of the shoreline at la jolla beach, ca, taken by me in april 2011; software: photoshop; digital swirly frame: scrap-n-fonts; patterned paper: glitz design, pink paislee, fancy pants;cherish rub-on: basic grey; flowers, pearls, silver wire, purple beads: michaels; inks: ranger; other: 3m inkjet transparency, plastic netting, shells from a rummage sale necklace & vintage seam binding; adhesives: xyron, tombow, sewing machine, low temp hot glue gun)
lately i've been trying to devote saturday afternoons to some different challenges, just so i can keep fresh and get a little play time. it is fun to just kind of be free form without a real plan (except to try to fill the challenge!) and i am willing to potentially "waste" the time trying out fanciful ideas. if they don't work i'm happy to walk away empty handed, but generally it's been paying off. gotta love that, right?!
i hope you have time for some crafty experiments this week and that they are either fun, or successful... or maybe even BOTH, darlings! ♥♥♥