Tuesday, November 4, 2008

This is the line that has always made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end whenever I hear it! I had never heard it before living in the US and it has to be the most annoying term in the world! However, in my house, if I want to get my point across I will say this from time to time in my best American accent "Whateverrrrrr"! Trust me, it sounds better in an American accent than an Australian one! We don't round out our 'R's in Oz, so it'd sound something like this "Whatevahhhhhh!" Not quite as effective!

Which brings me to another set Hanna Stamps is releasing on Friday Nov. 7th. It's called 'Read My T' and this Hanna is a little different to those that you are used to. First off, this teen Hanna is 'taller' than most. This card measures 5x7 and if you look closely, Hanna is close to 6" tall! The reason for this is because there are 15 images that come with the set that can be stamped onto her t-shirt so Hanna has to be bold enough to hold those images.

Which makes her an excellent candidate for the paper piecing technique. As a dear friend recently pointed out, there is a difference between 'paper piecing' and 'paper piercing'....I didn't pick up that until a couple of months back - sometimes I'm so naive!! I stamped out Hanna's pants onto a scrap piece of SU Buckaroo Blue and watercolored the shadows in using the matching ink. Hanna's t-shirt was done the same way, then I ran my thick Sharpie pen around the edges of the pieces to cover up the white paper. (Click on the image to enlarge it - I think it works now.)

I then used one of the shirt sayings and stamped it onto Hanna's shirt, and the other I stamped out each word separately (masking off each word with post it notes) for the sentiment. It's a simple layout, but then why make it complicated - isn't a teenagers life too complicated already?!

So yesterday I got to vote in the US election for the first time and I have to say how great the experience was! Shamefully, I have to admit that I'm 33 years old and it was my first time voting - EVER!! And not because I have never wanted to, but just because of circumstance. When I reached legal voting age in Australia I was just a permanent resident and not a citizen, so I couldn't vote in any elections. I was 21 when I decided to become an Australian citizen and the first election I could have voted in was held after I moved to the USA so I was excused from voting because I lived overseas. So that's why I've never voted until now - and can I just say how invigorating it was?! Just wanted to do my bit, that's all!

Peace out!

Stamps: Hanna Stamps 'Read my T'
Ink: Archival Brilliance 'graphite black', Buckaroo Blue, Creamy Caramel,Pretty In Pink, Distress Inks 'Black Soot'
Paper: Bazzil cs, Georgia Pacific cs, Buckaroo Blue, Purely Pomegranate, PP-
Access: Ribbon, dimensionals, bling


Lorie said...

Yay! I get to be the first to comment on one of your cards! Let me start by saying...WOW!! This Hanna is great, and your paper piecing idea on this is perfect!! You are amazing, Sandra!!

Also, congratulations on voting in your first election! That's a great feeling isn't it?

kadie said...

This card is AWESOME! Fabulous job with the paper piecing :) and color combos.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Great paper piecing, Sandra! Can you give me lessons, please?!! You are making me very tempted to buy this stamp.

karen said...

OOh, i like this!
Looks like a really neat set! You mean I have to watch Grey's anatomy AND try and attend the release party at the same time? You're killin' me!!

Jami said...

This is awesome - love the paper piecing and how you did the sentiment!!! Congrats on voting!!
hugs, Jami

Carolyn Bounds said...

INCREDIBLE!!!! Your cards and watercoloring always leave me speechless! I tell ya, I need to head up your way and take some lessons from the master:o)

Congrats on voting for the first time!!! Isn't it invigorating?!


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