Thursday, July 1, 2010

Stretching Myself

Summer has really hit Shanghai - hot and humid. They're not kidding when they call it one of the "seven furnaces" of China! Surprisingly, we haven't been running our air conditioner all that much, but I'm sure that will change as the summer progresses. Funny story: when Seth went to pay the electric bill the other day, the girl in the office told him (with more than a touch of surprise) that our bill was "like a Chinese person's" - meaning that usually we foreigners have crazy high electric bills in comparison to the general population, due to our constant running of the air conditioner, tv, computer, etc., etc. I told him to just wait till next month, when it's really hot!

I finally got a little crafting time in yesterday. I decided to go for a more eclectic look this time. I'm always drooling over cards that are more "scrappy" in nature - bits and bobs put together to form a look that is multi-dimensional, textural, and colorful, but still with an overall feel of minimalism. So I thought I'd give it a try. Since I don't have any pre-made labels, dimensional stickers, or the like in my stash (crazy, I know), I had to come up with my own embellishments. Thank goodness for my trusty Cuttlebug! The result is still pretty conservative, but for a first try I'm pretty pleased. Definitely a style I want to try again.

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Studio G; Ink: SEI Carcoal, Ranger Antique Linen distress ink; Paper: My Mind's Eye (lime polka dots), Amy Butler (gray/lime floral); Accessories: Cuttlebug, Provocraft circle frame die, Provocraft butterfly die, small corner rounder punch, tag, rhinestones, brad, foam dimensionals


  1. Lisa, super cute!!! Love this approach! Love reading your stories too. I love your craftiness but I do love visiting without as long as there's a good story :P

  2. There is a reason I live in Washington State...I totally melt in hot/humid climates...makes me want to nap all day....

    love your card...the blue base is fabbie and love the pops of yellow!

  3. This is super cool! LOVE IT!

  4. I totally know what you mean about the electric bill. We got a couple that literally made we weep so we just stopped using EVERYTHING. It was a complete shock to see how wasteful our friends and family were in the States... but we knew we were just like that before!

    If you ever need to escape the heat come to visit us in Denmark! It is so cool here that we just started wearing short sleeves!

    Oh, and of course I love your scrappy card! It's adorable!!