Monday, October 19, 2009

Retro Boy and JUGS!


Ain't he the CUTEST!?! I was overcome with image envy when I saw my adorable friend, Kelley, show off this irresistible stamp, recently. I love how she made him "hers" in her distinctive crisp and elegant minimalist style! Just a few weeks back, I stumbled upon the stamp, locally and I was SO excited to make the lil' guy and his faithful companion play nice WITH ME, TOO!

Further inspiration called to me, when I saw the groovy, retro color scheme for this week's JUGS challenge! Hey, speaking of inspiration, DANA, who is one of the JUGS girls and is my REAL LIFE BFF!, came up with THIS swatch, and is the Hostess, if you will, for this week's challenge!

Here's the card in it's entirety! I know I say, often, that "I had a blast making this card".... but HONESTLY! I did! There's something about being able to put your hands on the right materials for the "job!" Especially, right when you need them! I was SO excited to give this 7 Gypsies tape
the perfect job to do and story to tell! {That's why we hoard, right!?!?!} I'm so RELIEVED that I have (at least several! Ha Ha!) spools of this stuff!

The stamp, from Sassafras, has a drop shadow that didn't "work" for me for my purposes, so ASTONISHINGLY{!} I chose to paper piece him and slap down the simply fabulous cloud background to provide a fun "1st grade Reader" kind of environment... {Just try to pry that one from my inky fingers! DOH! ~ I'm in LOVE!}

Oh, gosh, he strikes such a vintage cord in my foggy, ol' memory! Dick and Jane, perhaps? Anyone recall those cuties and their dog, SPOT!?!

Anyway, lovies! It was an unexpected chaotic day! I hope you stayed warm and dry, wherever you are... I haven't had much chance for visiting, but hopefully tomorrow I can make the rounds of blogland and see what YOU'VE been up to! I'm so delighted you stopped by!

Take care!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Sassafrass & Hero Arts
"Hey!" Die cut letters - Sizzix/Stampin' Up!
"It's your birthday" sticker letters - Making Memories
Printed tape - 7Gypsies
Stitched Ribbon - Stampin' Up!
Ribbon Slide - Stampin' Up!
Scallop Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts


~amy~ said...

OMGoodness...this is cuter than cute!!!! Love your take on the fabbie color challenge...that retro boy is SWEET!

Courtney Baker said...

Oh my girl! I love this! You did an amazing job! Dana did awesome with the colors!

Rosemary said...

Hey.... ITS A STINKIN' CUTE CARD!!! You never cease to amaze and confound me, dearie, with your talent!! Lovely, lovely card! Ms. Dana did produce a mighty fine color challenge, yes she did!! said...

I thought of Dick and Spot right away!!!! Totally adorable card - you have got some GREAT talents girl!!


diane said...

Miss E, where DO you find the time? I did put together a lay-out of our Bodega Bay trip yesterday! (It's not so easy to jump into scrappin after making cards) This stamp is so sweet, you have a way of making your images come to life...I love this card

Dana Gustafson said...

Hey! It's {almost my} birthday! hee hee just sayin...

This retro boy and his faithful pup are the CUTEST! I was with you in envy when Kelley posted it to her blog. I might just have to borrow yours now :) This is TOO cute and I love those lil letters all lined up and matted. Oh and cloud papr, and 7 gypsies tape and a RIBBON CHARM?! oh my! Fine piece of work my friend!

Mona Pendleton said...

What an adorable card! There is so much fun detail - I love the vintage boy & dog stamps! Yes, I do recall learning how to read with those books. "See Spot run!" Oh dear, we must be getting old! Your scalloped edge is lovely & the ribbon with the buckle on it is divine! Thank you for playing with the girls at the Just Us Girls challenge site! That is so cool to hear that you are Dana's "REAL" life friend! :)

Kelley Eubanks said...

Oh Elise... this is just adorable!! I love everything about it! Don't you just love that stamp set!?!?! Thanks for giving me a shout out! :) I love how you paper pieced his clothes... gonna have to give that a try myself! Just too cute!

Lynnette said...

Totally cute and adorable! I think you did an awesome job making him "yours!" Congrats on being selected as a Card patterns Super 6 AGAIN!

LeAnne said...

WAAAAAHHHH! I want this stamp! I want this card! I want that tape! I want these colors everywhere! This is so stinkin' cute, and yes, Kelley has used that stamp set and I wanted it when I saw her use it too!!!! Perfect with the JUGS challenge---you rocked this one, girlie! It's a winner in my book, 100%! And how lucky to have Dana as a friend--and Dick & Spot, too!!! :D

Anonymous said...

This LOOKS like you had tons of fun! :-) Thanks for your super-sweet comments today my friend. You get the commenting-QUEEN award! You always make my day. :-) *tight hugs!*

Vanessa said...

So cute! Love every bit of it! Your paper piecing is amazing! Love the retro style!


MirjamC said...

wow, this is such a cute card!!!love the colors and stamps!
thanks for your so kind comment on my blog:)

Dotty Jo said...

Hi Babe, you totally rocked that challenge! Great retro look to your card and a fabby use of the colours. That little guy and his dog are tickling my memory too, but I can't quite bring the image to mind either. Anyhoo, hopefully I might get a little card making time in tomorrow -it's been a difficult week and I feel the need for a little crafting to lift my spirits! Jo x

Kristin Eberline said...

Elise, this is fabulous! I always love the unique eye you lend to all of your projects! This card is no different :) What a cute image and I really love the text panel and how you displayed the longer sentiment! Great job on our color challenge!!

Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls! Hope you can join us on Saturday for a fun 3-D challenge hosted by our sweet Mona!

Stephanie said...

Just adorable, Elise! I am missing my blog lately & my bloggy buds! Been crazy 'round these parts! Hope you are well!