Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Many Mustaches: Dilemma Resolved & Evolution of a Swap Card

Thank you for all of your help with yesterday's dilemma! You guys had so many great ideas, things that never would have occurred to me, so thank you!! Without further ado, here is the dilemma resolved:

It was a tough choice, but I cut it apart and attached it to EZ Mount so I could use it on my clear blocks. Michelle gave me a great idea to cut it apart straight, so I could easily line it up again. It didn't exactly work straight since the images are curvy and I like the rubber trimmed super close; BUT she made me realize I could leave a little bit on the sides straight for easy line up and reattachment! Genius! It also dawned on me that this set is only $9.95, so I could sell some plasma and order another one if I really decided I wanted them all together again. hee! hee!

Below shows how they looked on the block after seeing some action. The first time I pressed too hard and got some extra black marks (not pressing too hard is always a challenge for me, ugh!). But I readjusted the pressure and it never happened again. I stamped about 15 times and stopped to clean off some of the black on the edges about half-way through. This shows after all the stamping was done:

Now, for some actual cards! I wanted to make some swaps for my bff and downline Lori to take to the SU convention (I'm not going, boo hoo!). We were supposed to work on some together, but I had to bail on her, so this helped assuage my guilt. Ha! I had about 2 hours this morning to mount/prepare this set, come up with a sample and make 12 cards. Pressure! Here's what I started with, but during the process (yes, all parts cut, stamped, and ready to assemble!), I decided it was too plain:

So I tried to add some brads to give it up some, umph or something:

Wasn't crazy about that either, sigh. So, I texted Lori to see if I could have 30 more minutes before meeting her and frantically trimmed the Kraft piece down, adhered it to a new Island Indigo piece, then restamped the "happy birthday dad" on a longer Lucky Limeade piece and added a brad! Schwooo! I made it! Are you feeling as stressed as I felt after all that?! ha! Here's the final:

If you're still with me after reading all this, pat yourself on the back! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Many Mustaches, Family Reunion, Woodgrain background.
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake, Whisper White.
Ink: Black, Crumb Cake.
Accessories: Pewter Brad.


DoxieGirl said...

love the blue and green here - how similar are those two colors to taken with teal and kiwi kiss?

Donna said...

Cute idea! I love the teal and green combo. Two of my fave colors.

Lisa Petrella said...

LOVE the final result! That's one AWESOME masculine card!!! I have to say, though, it's kinda funny that after all of the debate about whether or not to cut apart the mustache stamp you ended up creating a card using all four of them lined up in a row anyhow...heehee :)

Jeanette said...

Yes, I'm feeling your stress! lol I do like both of the cards that have brads. They are great in their own little way.

~amy~ said...

yahooooo! Love them!

Michelle said...

I like both versions of the card with brads, but that limeade just pops and it looks great with the teal edge.

Cindy Major said...

Hey, your readers gave you some really good ideas! I love how you cut the mustaches apart but kept extra r ubber to realign properly - genius idea!

I think your swap card turned out really, really cute, especially knowing you were working on a tight time schedule like that! This is something I would be pleased to receive in a swap. I especially like how you did the sentiment with different fonts like that - it looks cool!

I can't wait to see what you create with this mustache stamp, as I think it is super cute but have no idea what I'd do with it if I was to buy it!

Juanita said...

Great way to solve your stamp problem.
Thanks for sharing the evolution of a swap, It is nice to know that other stampers go through this sort of puzzling, cutting and piecing before getting to a final product.

kathleenh said...

Fun card! There were some ladies walking around convention wearing the mustaches. I love how crazy the ladies get at convention!

Deanna said...

So fun girl!

Julie said...

Honestly, whenever there is a stamp that I think, "what was SU thinking when they designed this one?" I look to you to do something so amazing with it that I have to have it! Such a great card...both my dad and husband have 'taches so I be gettin' this one now, for sure!