Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere!!!

Earlier this year when I was lamenting that I overcommitted on card swaps and was not signing up for any more, what do you think I did? Yes, I signed up for another one. I had no choice....the theme is one of my favorite mantras to get me through a crazy workday: It's Five O'Clock Somewhere!

So here you have the card I made for Viv's (SCS=blusky) It's Five O'Clock Somewhere! card swap. At first I was feeling all retro: think Rat Pack music & martinis & white pleather & chrome. But as the weather warmed up and the days got longer, the tropical feel took over! I must admit that I have yet to meet an Umbrella Drink that I don't like! LOL!!!

The card base is SU Chocolate Chip, and I used the same wonderful palm-leaf textured DP that I used on my Cup of Tea card. When I spied a stack of woven summer place mats on my monthly walk-thru the dollar store, I knew I had to incorporate them into the card. The hardest part was that after cutting the mat pieces, I had to remove some pieces from each end, then carefully wrap the threads around to the back and secure them with uber-sticky-tape so the mats wouldn't fall apart. (I already made a mental note: no more woven placemats)

The Studio G drink images are stamped on WW and colored with Prisma pencils. (In hindsight I wish I had coated each drink in Crystal Effects or Glassy Glaze.) For fun umbrellas, I stamped them on some colorful K&Company Berry Sweet DP, then cut and glued them on the drinks. I finished by adding strips of colorful craft store ribbon adhered with a brad on each end. (Happy to report that I lost only one umbrella in the process of cutting out 21 drinks and 21 umbrellas!)

I hope Viv and the gals who receive them feel the tropical vibe! Oh by the way, the drinks are supposed to be Joe's Crab Shack Swamp Water, a sweet, murky-green, melon-y drink perfect for summer! You can find the recipe online - give it a try!

Happy Creating!



kadie said...

Sahweet! I love the Hawaiian mat! Awesome! Great colors and that ribbon is fabo too! Those swappers are going to be so delighted you caved and joined them! :)

Catherine said...

SCS and blog posts in the same day! Woohoo!

This card is so fun and cute! Love the woven mat - total hula skirt vibe - and great touch with the DP for the umbrellies! Love the brads on the ribbon, too. This card's got it goin' on, GF! Cheers to you!

Mary(OhioMary) said...

Oh this is soooo much fun Susan. Those mats add so much texture and just scream summer and drinks. Fabulous job.

Lorie said...

Oh, I bet is was NOOOOO picnic working with that bamboo mat, but it's such a fantastic touch! Very creatively done, and only one umbrella sacrifice? AMAZING control there, my friend!! These are festive, colorful, and just awesome! I know the other swappers will be thrilled!! Love 'em!!

Sandra MacLean said...

Oooo! I'm with you girlfriend!! It is 5 o'clock somewhere all the time!! :) I could do with a drinky-poo right about now! LOL Great card Susan and I love that woven mat!