Tuesday, September 15, 2015

outta this world

another stunningly fab title and assignment from shopping our stash this week. the challenge? make a project that is "outta this world" by which we mean, it has an alien on it! what qualifies as an alien? well, anything driving a rocket or spacecraft, i suppose; any characters from scifi telly or movies; most types of monsta ...and david bowie, obviously. not into the idea? ok, then, howsabout something more celestial: sun, moon, stars, planets... ok c'mon there has to be *something* in this paragraph that sounds good to you! i s'pose it goes without saying i went with a space/monsta/alien type dude.

alien based on this pattern by cathy blackstone; texty stars and grungy circle stamps: dina wakley/ranger; star stencil: carabella designs; yellow ink: ranger archival; blue ink: ken oliver's colorburst (in a few colors) + ranger distress inks; pleather, foam (both recolored) and fabric thickers: american crafts; patterned paper: basic grey + a scrap of vintage ledger; long lost googley eyes + tiny yellow gems: michaels; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, gluedots, sewing machine; watercolor paper: strathmore

does it surprise you that despite having loads of awesome pre-made monstas, including carved stamps by my friend gina and digistamps by my friend jess, i paper-pieced a completely new guy based on something i saw on pinterest?! yeah, me too! it was partially because --after a prolonged and increasingly aggravated search-- i found my container of googley eyes, some of which are quite large. also, i had an idea for a background that was pretty inky and detailed, so i needed a plain-but-substantial alien to inhabit it. and finally, i confess that i pretty much built the whole idea around the sentiment, which i pictured in several different styles of thickers; so again... it needed to be a pretty big card. it's a pretty busy card, too, but i really like it!

there's more outta this world goodness over at SOS... well, there always is, but it's slightly more literal this week, lol! off you go, darlings! ♥


  1. OMGosh, I haven't seen "pleather" in probably 20 years! A friend used to talk about his former pleather couch.

    I loooooove your monstah. And yeah, it stinks when the stuff we have doesn't quite fit/work with the card as it morphs into what it wants to be. Too big, too small, but this one is juuuust right!

  2. Love your background and that super cute alien is perfect for it. Fabulous card!!!

  3. Everything you make is outta this world - with beauty and artistic talent! This is a prime example too! SOOOO cute and fun and no, not busy at all. Love the little alien! He's a cutie with those googly eyes and that fun paper. Great way to do the sentiment too!

  4. I really really like this card too! He is a totally cute alien and the different sized goggly eyes a must. How you always rock the varied Thickers awes me. I almost spit out my morning cosmic cranberry kombucha over your David Bowie comment…

  5. So much inspiration on this card!! First time visit to your blog, too. Awesome!

  6. Love your paper pieced alien, and that background looks amazing. Oh, and holy crow! Pleather!!!


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