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Monday, November 26, 2012

It's Inspector Raccoon!!!!

Hard to believe today is the last Monday of November.  We are officially moving towards Christmas now.  This is my favorite time of year.  I love the lights and decorations as well as the music and movies.  What always makes me sad is how fast it seems to go by.  I want to savor every minute of it I can.  But first things first - we have to finish November. 

I do hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I thoroughly enjoyed mine.  I did not however take part in the Black Friday shopping spree.  For those of you who did, I hope you got some really good deals.  I am not a fan of crowds and have found over the years that it is not usually holly jolly shoppers I encounter - it tends to be pushy people who really don't care about anything but themselves.  The poor workers are not always happy either but if I had people yelling at me all day I would be in a bad mood too.  So I removed myself from this scene years ago.  To me, there is no deal so great that I need to go and be pushed and shoved and treated rudely.  I hope for all of you who went shopping that your experience was a good one.

Last Friday was my sister in law, Becky's, birthday.  This year she was hired by one of the police departments in our state to be a crime scene investigator.  She has worked so hard for a long time going to school and volunteering at police departments, it is truly a dream come true for her.  I wanted to share the card I made for her with all of you today.  Now when I started this card, it was just a little idea in my mind but it came together really well.  Let's get started.

Meet Inspector Raccoon, crime scene specialist.  I started this card with a base card of So Saffron cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  I added a layer of Basic Black measuring 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" to the base using runner adhesive.  Next I used a piece of the retired color Poppy Parade card stock cut at 4" x 5 1/4".  I ran this through my big shot using a brick impression folder.   I attached it with the runner adhesive and went to work on the door.

Here is a close up of the brick and door.  The door is made using Soft Suede card stock cut at 2 1/2" x 3 3/4".  I put this through the big shot using the woodgrain impression folder.  I attached it to the brick layer using the runner adhesive.  I punched a 1/2" circle from a scrap of Brushed Silver card stock and attached it as a door knob using liquid glue.  The "tape" was made using scraps of So Saffron.  I tore strips for each piece and used a fine tip black marker to write "crime scene" on each piece.  I attached these to the door using runner adhesive.

You have seen the basic raccoon before on a couple of other cards.  I used So Saffron, Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette card stock for his colors.  The head is the ornament punch.  I trimmed the hanger piece off for the gray and trimmed a white one for the muzzle.  The nose and eye ball pieces as well as the jacket buttons are from the owl builder punch.  The ears and tail are made using the blossom builder punch.  The "mask" is from the bird builder punch.  The gray body and the coat are the wide oval punch.  Cut the coat one in half.  The sleeves of the coat are the retired small oval punch.  The hat brim is the large oval as is the white of the body.  The top of the hat is a 1 1/4" circle trimmed with a piece of a chocolate circle as the hat band.  The arms and feet are made using the word window punch.  Details were added using the black and chocolate Stampin' Up! markers.  All pieces are assembled using a 2 way glue pen and the finished raccoon is attached to the card using dimensionals. 

For the magnifying glass, using Basic Black card stock and Vellum Paper.  I punched a 1/2" circle from the vellum.  Next I punched a circle using the itty bitty circle punch from the itty bitty punch pack out of black.  I punched a 1/2" circle around this forming the ring of the glass.  The handle is a scrap piece of black.  The parts were assembled using my 2 way glue pen and attached to the raccoons hand with the same glue. 

This week I hope to spend lots of time putting away our Thanksgiving decorations and setting up all the Christmas stuff.  I am so excited.  I promise to find some time to craft though.  Come back tomorrow to see what I manage to come up with for you to see.  Thanks for dropping by today. 

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