Thursday, July 18, 2013

I see you! Praying Mantis shaped card

I was very pleased to see that we have a Praying Mantis in our garden again this year. They're really fascinating creatures, and I've had fun watching it molt and grow this past week.

It went for a little walk today, possibly because some noisy meat-creature kept taking photos of it!

Anyhoo, I was inspired to make this simple shaped card:

I was also inspired by this week's Shaped/One Layer card challenge at Less Is More, so everything is stamped & heat-embossed directly onto the card base, which I cut on my Cricut with the Campin' Critters cartridge (I cut the "sign" card at 3 inches from <bird1>).

I want to make a brown version, but since the color of a praying mantis has everything to do with camouflage, I can just wait for my little friend to change!

Less Is More Week 128: One Layer card, not Square or Rectangle
The Stamping Chef: Monochromatic or no coloring

Here's a photo of my dog Walt... can you see the mantis in the foreground?
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  1. Great shape of card!

    Thank you for sharing with us at The Stamping Chef this fortnight, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  2. This is a really interesting shape, I don't think there will be too many of these. It's amazing where inspiration comes from isn't it!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  3. we would love having praying mantis here. Thanks for sharing the photos. At least we have lady bugs, though this year there were not very many. Usually they are here by the hundreds. I hope we did not remove their "breeding" bush during recent landscaping changes. Your shape card is darling! love seeing something different like that, CG. Enjoy your week-end! hugs, de

  4. Great card... thanks for joining us at The Stamping Chef for our challenge this time...
    Laura Sous Chef

  5. Very creative card. Love the shape.

  6. Your card is really clever! I love watching Praying Mantis too, I haven't seen one in forever, my science teacher in 3rd grade got me hooked, we had one in the classroom, so cool
    Thanks for joining us in the monochromatic no coloring challenge at The Stamping Chef

  7. Well this is crazy creative! The colors, the shapes and of course where the inspiration came from! Reminsd me of my brother and grandpa catching a Praying Mantis in our yard when we were kids. Those are rare, I haven't seen one since. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Stamping Chef!! --Sous Chef Lisa

  8. This is such an unusual shape, it's nice to see something different.
    Thank you for joining in the Stamping Chef challenge, good luck.

  9. Thank you for sharing this very interesting card with us at The Stamping Chef!
    Zenita (aka ScrappinwithZ)
    DT member of The Stamping Chef

  10. Great card! Thanks for sharing with us at The Stamping Chef!!
    Sous Chef Zenita (aka Scrappinwith'Z)
    DT member The Stamping Chef

  11. fantastic shaped card! Love the praying mantis too - we don't have them here but they do look fascinating!! Thanks for playing along with us at the stamping chef this week with the monochromatic challenge :) Good Luck and hope to see you again soon - hugs Katrina - Sous Chef :)


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