spoiler alert: next week's challenge at shopping our stash
... challenging. at least, it was to me. which is probably why i was fixated enough upon it to have somehow decided it was this week's challenge
, and to "get started early" on my card. the "early" part turned out to be crucial, because it meant that when i realized i'd made the wrong card, i still had time to make the one i was meant to be making in the first place. the good news? this week's challenge, "forest friends
" is entirely straightforward, you just need to make a card or project with a deer, fox, bear, bird, fish, skunk, beaver, chipmunk or any other woodland creature on it. easy, peasy!
|vintage bits from my stash; patterned paper: basic grey, little yellow bicycle; leaf dies: cuttlebug/provocraft; leaf brad: eyelet outlet; ink: prima; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine|
ok, so, any time we need to make something quickly, i suspect we all snap immediately into our comfort zone, right? which for me is vintage paper collage. especially if i need a specific type of image, because i know in my collage stash i have loads of illustrations from falling-apart old books i've rescued at various library sales. in this case, i chose the (torn and creased)
cover of a little book about mammals, because it had not only the beautiful deer, but also the sweet bunny and that gorgeous stand of pine trees. if you're wondering how i choose the *other* elements for this (or any other)
collage, i'm not sure i can explain it in any way that makes sense. there's always a little file (and sometimes also a little pile)
of partial pages of text paper and other bits that i considered for past collages but didn't use, and i often start there; in this case the piece with the numbers and the torn graph paper came from that. the diecut leaves were in a baggie of leftovers from a class last autumn. the (ancient) bits of patterned paper were chosen by color. and everything else just sort of happened. i was lucky enough to find the current paper play sketch:
so the shapes in the sketch (especially the strong intersecting vertical and horizonal pieces)
helped me choose the paint chip and computer punch card. you can see that i flipped the sketch horizontally in order that the very handsome deer could be staring into the center of the card instead of right off the edge.