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Friday, May 16, 2008

There's always a catch...

I was just sitting on the train platform with my loved ones doing what I imagine most people do on the platform, which is waiting for the train...when along came a trio of cute little children. Wide-eyed, fidgety, runny-nosed but endearing, nonetheless, they were accompanied by their harried mother, who would throw apologetic glances at us whenever one of them made their presence felt. Of course, one can't help but engage with them with an intermittent smile, funny face or gentle touch on a baby hand or foot. How sweet a way to pass the time!

A few days later, I found out what the catch was ... a cold! Yes, I caught more than just the train that day - I caught a cold and have now incubated that little something passed from the kiddies to me. Here's a card I made in honour of the experience:
Stampin' Supplies
Ink:
Purely Pomegranate
Stamps:
Boho Backgrounds set
So Many Sayings set
Paper:
Prints DSP Sampler
Very Vanilla CS
Accessories:
Mat Pack
Scallop Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals
Very Vanilla Grosgrain

This is a surprisingly tricky card to make, due to the precision required in cutting the rectangles of patterned paper such that the continuity of the swirls is preserved. Reaching for a tissue every 20 seconds increases the difficulty rating by a notch. A really good guillotine is a must. If all fails, embellish the joins!

For those of you interested in trying the Prints DSP Sampler, we are already mid-way through May...so please remember to put your orders in before the promotion ends.

UPDATE: 19 May 2008

Check out Marcia's lovely palette 'o prints interpretation. I love the layered middle which reminds me of the waistband on a Japanese kimono.

18 comments:

Marcia said...

This is awesome Lin - how you got it all together when sick and down for the count. I love how you have kept the pattern constant. You've inspired me - I'll see what I can do with the same papers. Give me a couple of days. Thanks for sharing!

Lin Mei said...

Hey Marcia! Thanks for visiting -it is a good thing that you can visit without catching anything in cyberspace :) I will certainly keep an eye out for your card on your blog. Oooh! And congrats on winning the home page conpetition with a painstakingly put together entry!

Kari said...

Wow, Lin Mei! This is gorgeous and very precise! I'm glad you can see the funny side of the cold through the germs! Feel better soon! K :)

Dani Fender said...

You are so patient. Looks Beautiful :)

Lin Mei said...

Thanks so much for the visit, Kari! The cold has progressed to my chest so it has turned my voice from its normal annoying high-pitched girly whine to a more low-pitched kinda sexy voice ... I really like it but it also means that I am probably on the mend :)

Lin Mei said...

Thanks so muchly, Dani! I'm really glad to see your blog taking off.

rachelcapps said...

Gorgeous card, Lin Mei! I love the way the DSP swirls together.

Lin Mei said...

Thank you, Rachel. My card pales in comparison to your recent work of art.

Joanna Wassens said...

Another beautiful card Lin Mei. Your precision cutting is to be commended.

I do hope you are over your cold very very soon.

Take care
Jo

Lin Mei said...

Thanks so much for the well wishes, Jo. Did you mind me wearing my trench-coat and dark glasses during my last visit to your site to admire your bleach technique ATCs?

Kylie S said...

OMG! Lin Mei, that is amazing. Well done you!
K-xxx

Lin Mei said...

Thank you muchly Kylie. After looking at your blog, I realised that I really need to get a move on with Jayne's challenges. I love your uber-cute project.

Belle said...

Hope you feel better soon, Lin Mei. I was just thinking how well the squares lined up on your card and should have realised the fine effort involved in setting it up.

Lin Mei said...

Welcome back again, Belle! Is your current work tour of Melbourne complete? Thanks muchly for the well wishes - I am feeling 80% better. I am hoping that the 80-20 rule doesn't apply here. Love your colourful crafty girl power trio. They are delightful!

I did use a tricksy technique for cutting the squares...

Jane @ Kidzarama said...

lol...poor thing.

At least you made the kids smile!

Lin Mei said...

Welcome, Jane! I am sure the kids were smiling on the inside since they were looking at me curiously most of the time!

For a soothing warm soup for getting better, your pumpkin soup looks the ticket.

Marcia said...

Its here! - on my blog ... http://thestampspot.blogspot.com/2008/05/palette-of-prints-challenge.html

Cheers
Marcia

Lin Mei said...

Thanks, Marcia! I had a squizz and your card is super! I've left a comment your blog too :)

I just found out that back links work on this blog - so everyone, check out Marcia's terrific card at the URL above or in the LINKS TO THIS POST section.