Saturday, March 6, 2021

Calgon, Take Me Away!

 Hello again! Hope you are all well. I'm down to the wire entering the card I'm sharing today in the challenge I made it for, so please bear with me. I'll be adding to and finishing this post as soon as I get the card entered! Update: Done!

First, let me say, this probably was over my pay grade to attempt as unfocussed and scatter-brained as I am right now. But I like playing in The Library Challenge (I worked in libraries in high school and college), and this was the first opportunity I had, with only a day to go. Anyway, I got her done and had some fun. The challenge is Big Red Bath and I was inspired by the book cover:
The card is for my sister-in-law's birthday coming up. It wasn't easy thinking of an adult theme using this cover, lol.

My card design began with this Split Coast Stampers sketch SC453, even though it might not be evident. I saw the bathtub where the two smaller circles are and the window with it's rounded top in place of the larger circle. And that's where I got the idea to put the "zoo" on the outside looking in, the sentiments saying let them wait and take time for yourself. Only problem was, the bathtub digi was the wrong way for the sketch, so I flipped it horizontally before printing it. (And I'll confess, I first thought to flip the sketch but then I was like, no you idiot, just flip the digi.)

I used a variety of 6x6 patterned paper collections: Polkadoodles Peeling Paint, Prima Almanac and Prima Moulin Rouge, as well as a DCWV card stock base and SU card stock for matting. The bath gal popped up on dimensionals is "Bubble Bath Piper" from Some Odd Girl digi stamps (at Whimsy Stamps), the pretty picture window is a Spellbinders die "Daydreaming" which was gifted me by a fabulous friend, and the peepers outside looking in are all Gerda Steiner's -- hand stamped, colored and die cut on sticker paper. I added a couple of Quickutz cloud diecuts to the sky. I used Promarkers and metallic gel pens to color everything. The sentiments are my own, computer generated. I added 3 water droplets gems from my stash to the upper right corner of the card.

Here's a pic of what the animals in the window looked like before I added the top paper layers and the window frame die. You can see the faint pencil outline of the window, which I drew first by lining up my papers after die cutting the window on my top paper. This enabled me to color the sky and arrange/adhere the animals and clouds to my liking. At that point, I really wanted to make a shaker out of it but no time. After the top paper layers are added, the window frame die cut goes inside the window aperture, so it covers up the pencil marks, yay! 

On the inside of the card I hand-stamped Papertrey Ink and Avery Elle sentiments on Prima paper mats. The bathtub is a digi by The Stamping Boutique (NLIB) and I colored with Promarkers and gel pens. The Keep Calm sentiment was computer generated by me.

The back has a sheet of the Prima with leftover scraps and a white-heat embossed stamped Papertrey siggie.

And a final view. This card cracks me up and I know my sis-in-law will get a good chuckle, too. Thanks for visiting and I hope you are all having a nice weekend with good weather and sunshine! Until next time, stay crafty! XOX

3.   Gerda Steiner SYD Challenge March 2021: AG with GSD stamps -- I used stamps and dies from Party Animals and Go Wild
7.   AAA Birthday Game #23: Patterned Paper -- Polkadoodles, Prima Almanac and Prima Moulin patterned papers  
8.   Pearly Sparkles #60: Must Use a Digi Stamp -- I used a Some Odd Girl digi (Bubble Bath Piper)
10. NBUS Challenge #24: AG with Never Before Used Schtuff -- First time to use the Spellbinders "Daydreaming" window die  


aussie aNNie said...

Stunning project, BRILLIANT design.. Thank you so much for entering your gorgeous project into our "ANYTHING GOES " challenge atThe sisterhood of crafters this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Cheers, aNNie DT Member{My Blog}

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

This is so cool to have the animals look through the window. Very intriguing and unique my friend. You put so much on your card front in such a cohesive way. It's like a story is being told. So you used to work at a library. I have a big love for libraries and took my daughter their regularly as a young child, throughout her childhood. She has passed that along to her daughter. When I need a place to hang out before work, that's just where I would go. Would is a key word here. Libraries do curbside pickup, but have been closed since last March due to COVID restrictions.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I agree with Annie, this is absolutely BRILLIANT, love the images and the sentiment cracks me up, love how you mixed the images and the window and EVERYTHING, genius card Aimeslee.
Faith x

Darlene said...

LOL ... OMG this is so cute and so much fun! Hope that guys binoculars aren't working too good LOL (he's going to get a real eye full) Great job on the sketch ... very creative! Love it! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Please stop in for a visit!

ahlers5 said...

I just love this card! All the elements tie together so well. It cracks me up to see the animals peering in the window. I'm sure your sister-in-law will love it! I have still never had a Calgon bath. Baths in general are pretty much out now. If I sit down in the tub chances are I'm not going to be able to get out with this spinal injury. How I miss the bathtub! Maybe, I could talk my husband into one of the tubs that have a door and a seat! Most likely not.

Marina said...

Hahha! How clever! How funny! How perfect! Thanks for joining The Library.

Joyce said...

This is such a fun card. Light hearted and funny, and I'm sure the recipient will love it. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

Chana Malkah said...

I think you absolutely nailed the challenge! Your card is delightful and beautifully composed!

We are missing you at 613 Avenue Create. Have I just missed seeing any entries from you? Hope to see a few entries this month.


Monica C. said...

Oh my goodness, Aimeslee, this card is brilliant! I got such a good laugh from it and how you turned the challenge image into your card is just brilliant.
Hugs Monica

Jane said...

What a fun card! Love the idea of the animals peeping into watch human behaviour. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

crafty-stamper said...

This card is absolutely brilliant Aimeslee and fabulous fun-love all the animals outside whilst laid in the bath wine in hand lol what I would give for a bubble bath we have a wet room due to hubbys ill health!
Carol x

Gerda said...

bahaha, fun. What a great combination of stamps for such a unique scene. Thank you so much for playing along in our gsd-stamps challenge. Gerda

Gerrina said...

Not such an easy card to make and that is only about the shape, but then colour it that beautiful; you made a great card! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

pearshapedcrafting said...

This cracked me up too - you do have such great ideas! Big hugs, Chrisx

Marina said...

This has been featured as a ‘Librarian’s Choice’. Thank you for sharing it at The Library. A new challenge goes live today and I do hope you’ll take part.

Dotty Jo said...

Great card - really made me smile! Jo x

Sanjuscreations said...

Adorable card! Totally got me smiling. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday! I hope to see you again next month.

Tina said...

This is such a darling card! Love the animals peeking through while she's just taking her time at the spa! Thanks so much for joining us at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join again! Tina