Mornin’, y’all – hope you remembered to spring forward! If not – go spring ’em. I’ll wait.
Better now? No? Yea – hard to be better when you just instantaneously lost an entire hour of your Sunday! 🙁
I did not get as many cards done today as I’d planned. There was breakfast and laundry. And lunch. And the duck incident. Then a few hours of card making. Then dinner. Then the horses….
Oh – the duck incident! So, I’m making a card and I stand up to go to the Big Shot. Out the window, I see there’s just a heck of a commotion in the pond. I hurry into the kitchen to get my glasses so I have a half a shot of seeing what the heck is going on – and I see there’s two mallards just a fussin’ away. I mean – they were going at it!
I ran out to the golf cart and raced around the house – and start hollerin’ at them – threw a rock…nothing. Okay, the rock didn’t go very far, but still. Normally, if you even look in their direction they’re gone. But not today. So, I raced back around the house and found Wayne and we went all the way out to the pond. That’s when we see that there’s also a hen. Apparently, the two males were interested in….well. You know.
That poor hen – she kept going under the water to get away from them – that’s why we didn’t see her right off the bat. And she stayed there for a long time. Do ducks swim under water?!? She was finally able to get to the bank, where the two boys rather sheepishly joined her. They all spent quite a bit of time fluffing and preening and quacking at each other. And pretending that that hadn’t just happened. And then they all left.
I have but one word.
Whether they walk on feet with toes or webs…. 😉
But my reaction to the two duck dudes doing what duck dudes have done since God made ducks….well, that’s why I don’t keep chickens. Or sheep. Or anything that can’t take pretty good care of itself. I get a little whack when that fighting and trying-to-kill-each-other crap goes on. Wayne might have been laughing at me just a little – to his credit he hid it well!
So. Anywho! The third card I made is the one I’m sharing with you today. It’s a super simple single stamp set card! And it features the Birthday Blooms stamp set and the oh-so-gorgeous Birthday Bouquet DSP. You’re going to see that a couple more times this week – I just got another pack in and I’ve kind of gone crazy with it! This DSP and stamp set – well, I hope it goes forward to the Annual Catalog. This and the Grateful Bunch Bundle! 🙂 Anyway, take a look-see:
My design was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #227:
I started with a panel of Blushing Bride card stock. I inked up the smaller flower image from Birthday Blooms with Versamark Ink and stamped the image all over the panel – kind of creating my own Designer Paper. I double matted it on Mossy Meadow and a piece of Gold Foil and then stamped the sentiment from Birthday Blooms in Mossy Meadow.
For the vertical element on the side of the sketch, I used a piece of Wild Wasabi 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon. I just secured it in the back with scotch tape – kept it very simple.
For the art piece, I SNAILd a piece of the Birthday Bouquet DSP to a piece of Whisper White card stock – to give it a little more structure – and then I fussy cut the flower. I only kept the bigger leaves, so it wasn’t that difficult.
The two squares are just pieces of the same DSP, matted on Mossy Meadow and Gold Foil. I SNAILd the striped square to the card front and then used SNAIL and some Stampin’ Dimensional to add the second square over the top.
I put a few Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of my fussy cut flower and looped some Gold Metallic Thread around – using the Dimensionals to secure it. Then I adhered the flower to the card front.
I added a few Pearl Basic Jewels to the Blushing Bride portion and the card front was done.
On the inside. I layered a piece of Whisper White card stock over Mossy Meadow and Gold Foil. Then I inked up the same single flower Birthday Blooms image that I’d used on the front. I used my Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers to ink the stamp.
I SNAILd the liner and the card front onto my Whisper White card base and the card was done!
For the envelope, I stamped another of the Birthday Blooms flowers – inking it with the Markers again – onto the front of a Medium Whisper White Envelope….
…and then I added some of the striped Birthday Bouquet DSP to the inside with my Envelope Liner Framelits.
Et Voila! I’d consider this a layered clean and simple card, wouldn’t you? I just love this stamp set – the font in the sentiments is perfect. And the Birthday Bouquet DSP is my favorite in the Occasions Catalog!
And – speaking of things we want to see go forward into the Annual Catalog, you’ve still got a little time (until Tuesday at 8pm eastern to be exact!) to leave a comment over on my post from last Wednesday – and get yourself entered to win the Botanical Blog Candy!
Enjoy the rest of your hour-shorter-day! 🙂
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STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S CARD
CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT
Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 10 3/4″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 3/8″ – yea, I know it’s weird!); 3 7/8″ x 5″ (inner liner)
Gold Foil Sheet: 4 1/8″ x 5 1/4″ (card front mat and inner liner mat); 2″ Square (x 2 – mat under art squares on front)
Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/8″ (card front mat and inner liner mat); 1 7/8″ Square (x 2 – mat under art squares on front)
Birthday Bouquet DSP: 1 3/4″ Square (x 2 – art squares on front); envelope liner
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