Friday, July 30, 2010

Sucker for a Good Border Punch

Got a coupon? Get a border punch!

That's my motto.

Well, one of them. Along with "You can nevah, nevah, nevah have too many stamps." And "Too CAS? I don't know what you're talking about."

Today's card is one of my favorite color combinations: cool caribbean, sahara sand, and white. So peaceful. So beachy. So ahhhhhhhhh.

And the border punch makes the whole thing work.

Scalloped scallops. That Martha Stewart is brilliant. Well, whoever designs her punches is brilliant.

So, how many border punches do YOU have? Inquiring minds want to know.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


As I mentioned yesterday, occasionally a set comes along that tempts me into buying it and then fails to deliver on its promise. Well, to be honest, I fail to deliver with the set. Often, the very sets that I struggle with, in the hands of another stamper, shine beautifully.

Sigh. It's all very discouraging.

Such is the case with the set Cuckoo from Hero Arts. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but despite hours spent playing with it, I can't feel that it was money well spent.

You see, I sort of knew the outline clock would be tough for me, but I sincerely thought the block clock (snort) would be easy and fun. Plus, the sentiments work for another clock set I have from Hero that has no sentiments at all.

Yet this is my favorite card I've made with the set.

This card is fine. It's even prettier in real life, and it's definitely a LateBlossom. But oh the paper I've wasted getting here!

That block clock is a bear in my hands, and I can't wrestle it into something I like to save my life. WHY!?!?!? I don't know, but I am crying uncle. The clocks in this set are dead to me. I'll keep it for the sentiments and just enjoy what beauty OTHER stampers can create with the clocks.

Sometimes quitting is liberating. Very liberating. So here's your unofficial challenge from this post: give yourself one last try with a set that's fighting your efforts and then...give up. Let. It. Go.

And then tell the rest of us about it, so we can feel good about giving up, too.

stamps: Hero Arts
ink: SU river rock
paper: PTI white, SU river rock
accessories: half-pearl, threading water punch, dimensionals
size: 4.25" x 5.5"

Sunday, July 25, 2010

On Blog Hops, Envelope Advice, and the SU Bird Punch

On Blog Hops

If you missed the Clean and Simple Blog Hop, please check it out. A bunch of very talented ladies made amazing cards to celebrate the Fall-To Layout's 100th sketch. You can join them by making your own card and linking to it on the C&S Blog.

Envelope Advice

Next, I have had several questions about card sizes and envelopes. I DO NOT MAKE ENVELOPES. I'm just too lazy, and besides, envelopes are even more likely than cards to end up in the trash. Too much effort for too little reward: that's my opinion. So I KEEP IT SIMPLE and limit my cards to sizes that will fit into envelopes I have on hand.

Fortunately, Marco's Paper has a brick-and-mortar store that's an easy drive from my house. It's a fun place to browse for envelopes, with lots of sizes, papers, and colors to choose from. Here are my favorite sizes, all of which take standard US postage:

A2, for 5.5" x 4.25" cards (standard for half an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock)

A6, for 6.25" x 4.5" cards

A7, for 5" x 7" cards

#4, for 4 7/8" x 3.5" cards

#7.5, 7.25" x 3.75" cards

Marco's website for envelopes is confusing right now (looks like they might be updating it), so I'll not provide a link at this time. It's not listing sizes for the envelopes. But my advice for buying envelopes is to find an office supply store (mom-and-pops have more selection than, say, Office Depot, and often will sell by the envelope, not just prepackaged boxes) or a fine stationery store, and browse. Seeing and touching makes a huge difference.

Then, you can adapt your cards to what envelope sizes you have. For instance, you can make a square card using the smaller dimension that fits into a standard envelope (i.e., a 5" square card fits in an A7 envelope). The US Postal Service charges extra for square envelopes, and that's a great way to avoid the extra charge.

To remind me what sizes I can make, I post a notecard on the bulletin board over my desk listing the card sizes that fit the envelopes I have on hand. It's just a little index card with a handwritten list, but it works to remind me that I can change the size as needed.

I hope that helps newcomers to card-making feel a bit more oriented on card sizes. Get the envelopes; then make the cards to fit. It's far easier and less stressful that way!

SU Bird Punch

Today's cards use the StampinUp bird punch and PTI's Text Style background set. The first version uses bright colors, and the second is very subtle. I think changing the colors really changes the feel of the card.

Design Discussion: Once I saw these cards in photographs, I realized they would look better with either a) the sentiment on the left instead of the right or b) the bird facing right. I counted on the fact that the leaves point at the sentiment to guide the eye, but it bothers me that the bird is looking away from the sentiment. In fact, it's almost like he pooped out the sentiment. Ewwww.

Other than that little design faux pas, I'm very happy with these light and airy cards.

stamps: PTI
ink: Versacolor
paper: PTI
accessories: SU bird punch, dimensionals, bling

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Prayer and Card Request

Sue Berker's husband, John, had a stroke two nights ago. If you would like to send them a card and need their address, please email me at susanraihala at woh dot rr dot com.

Sue is such a sweet and generous person, a wonderful stamper, and a dedicated blogger who shares her considerable talent with all of us. Let's flood her and her husband with love, support, and prayers during this difficult time.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

One-Layer Wednesday 13: Christmas in July

This week's OLW Challenge is to make a Christmas card. Living in the northern hemisphere, it's hard to think about winter and Christmas in July, especially given the unbelievably hot weather we've been having. When our AC went out, though, it helped me cool off by imagining snow and thinking about getting a head-start on my holiday planning.

Mind over matter, folks. It works.

Well, sometimes. The sweat trickling between my boobs really made it hard for my brain to pretend it was December. Man, it was HOT.

Anyway, my samples for today show how color can create a totally different feel on a card. The first is soft purple, very peaceful and serene. The second is bright blue, much more energetic and perky. Which you prefer probably says a lot about what you're craving at the moment.

Design Discussion: This card layout began with a card in a magazine, but the final product bears no resemblance to the original piece AT ALL. It's really an example of letting your creative spirit do what it wants. Sometimes giving that little voice free rein works, as here, and sometimes it doesn't, as in the many cards I've pitched in the recycle bin.

The reason I love this particular design so much is that the snowflakes form a visual triangle...connect the bling and you get a very obvious triangle. Visual triangles show relationship between the different parts of a design and create harmony and balance. Also, the sentiment cuts right across the hypotenuse of the triangle, giving the whole design a pulled-together, grounded look even though it's floating in the middle of the card.

Rules for OLW13

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single piece of cardstock folded in half.

2. The theme of your card must be Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanza/winter. Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum.

3. Please share your creations by posting your card online and then using the InLinkz button in the sidebar of Simplicity to link to it.

4. Most important of all...HAVE FUN!

And since we give presents at Christmas, I'm offering a give-away with OLW13! One random entry will receive a stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers' August Release. How totally cool is that?

stamps: Papertrey Snowflake Serenade, Signature Christmas
ink: Memento black, Bahama blue, grape jelly, lu lu lavender
paper: PTI white
accessories: bling
size: 5.5" x 4.25"

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

CAS76 Ravengirl Sketch

In this week's CAS76 Challenge, Jen and Denise asked us to use a card by Toni (ravengirl) for our inspiration. What a pretty inspiration piece!

For my card, I used the Fiskar's wave border punch and a Martha Stewart sand dollar punch for an ocean theme. I just love cool caribbean, sahara sand, and white together, and I really wanted to go to the beach yesterday. I needed sun and sand and the relaxing sound of the waves. Sadly, I live in a land-locked state, so the beach might as well be on the moon. But making this card definitely soothed me, so I've got that going for me.

How-To Tips: To make the sand dollar, I punched it out of sahara sand cardstock. Then I punched a 1" circle and smeared it with a glue pen, added Doodlebug white glitter, and let it dry. To adhere it to the sand dollar, I put small glue dots on the back of the sand dollar, then stuck it down on the glittery circle.

stamps: PTI Round and Round
ink: sahara sand, cool caribbean
paper: PTI white, SU cool caribbean and sahara sand
accessories: Fiskars and Martha Stewart punches, dimensionals

Monday, July 19, 2010

White Makes Bright Colors Pop!

Whew. All that colored cardstock on yesterday's post made me crave some white. Here's one of the many white-based cards I made after challenging myself (and wow what a challenge!) to use colored cardstock. It was like coming home. It feels so right. Ahhhhh.

How-To Tips: The best way to line up clear border stamps is to use a gridded acrylic block. After stamping all the borders, I realized I'd left a bit too much white on the bottom (it looked a tad unbalanced) so I trimmed about 5/8" off the bottom of a standard 5.5" x 4.25" card. Otherwise, this card is simplicity itself!

Design Thoughts: The awesome thing about white cardstock is that you can use spots of very bright color without making your eyes water. (Just try looking at a piece of yo-yo yellow cardstock by itself and you'll see what I mean.) Bright colors, used sparingly, pop right off of white cardstock.

Also, sprinkling bling is a fun way to liven-up a rather static design. I added three bits of each color of bling, trying to space them out randomly without leaving bare patches or creating unsightly clusters. The result is much more interesting and cheerful. I rounded the bottom corners because they asked me nicely.

Doesn't your cardstock talk to you? No? Well, you must not be talking to it. Open up a dialog, listen carefully, and great things will happen.

Yes, I live in my rubber room. Why do you ask?

stamps: Papertrey
ink: Memento
paper: PTI
accessories: corner rounder, bling

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Trying to Use Some Colored Cardstock

As part of my "you have too much colored cardstock to order more from SU's new colors" guilt-fest, I decided to make some cards with colored cardstock. The idea was to use up some of my stash so I can order more without guilt.

It didn't work. My effort made no noticeable difference in my stash and involved working WAY outside my comfort zone. All three cards I'm posting today are basically CASE'd from Ashley C. Newell's card on page 36 of Stamp It! (the Display until April 2010 issue). Her version is prettier than any of mine turned out, but then, she used prettier stamps and some yummy satin ribbon.

First up is Hero Arts in turquoise and kraft paper. It's amazing how wrong this feels to me. WHERE IS THE WHITE CARDSTOCK?!?!?! Sigh. I miss it.

Next up is Papertrey in celery and wasabi and kraft. I'm thrilled wasabi is now a permanent color in SU's revamped color families. I love it paired with, you guessed it, white. Heavy sigh.

Last up is another card with Hero Arts on apricot appeal and pumpkin pie and kraft. Of the three, this one is my favorite, even if I do think it would look way better on white cardstock. Those butterflies can do no wrong and begged, absolutely BEGGED, for bling. Who am I to refuse them?

So, I used some colored cardstock, and then immediately made about twenty one-layer cards with white cardstock to cleanse my palate. For those of you who have asked me to use more colored card bases, now you know why I don't do it more often.

LateBlossom likes white. Sometimes I get completely crazy and use ivory or kraft. But colored cardstock? It's like trying to speak a foreign language I never learned. Something gets lost in translation.

Check out Ashley's original in Stamp It! It's totally lovely. She speaks colored cardstock fluently.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Where Am I?

Do you ever have that feeling that you're headed in twenty different directions all at one time, wondering what your name is and how in the world you'll ever find out because there's JUST TOO MUCH OTHER STUFF TO THINK ABOUT? Add to that the fact your dog died, and you'll understand how I feel right now.

Weird, huh? I need to push the STOP button, rewind and regroup. Fortunately, for this blog, at least, I have a bazillion cards already photographed and ready to post. But as for getting organized enough to do the two tutorials I want to post, well...let's just say my directions at the moment would read something like instructions translated from Chinese to English by a ten-year-old whose native language is Swahili.

This, too, shall pass. I thank you for your patience in the meantime.

One cause for my distraction and confusion is all the new product doing a Chippendale strip-tease before my eyes. Papertrey's newest release (OH MY GOSH!), the new StampinUp catalog (which I am still drooling over daily and have yet to order from because I can't make up my mind about anything right now), all the Mark's Finest Papers goodness that is already in my possession just waiting to be played with. Memory Box, A Muse, and Clear and Simple Stamps joined those first three on stage as well. Life is too short to do them all.

Do them all. Egads, I'm such a stampin' slut!

Anyway, to calm myself during the sneak peeks from Papertrey, I pulled out stamps of the office supply/school/book themes that I already have and played. Today's cards are two of the results. Please note the use of paper clips. I want extra credit for using supplies that have languished in my collection for far too long.

I didn't like the sentiment on the first card when I made seemed a bit too busy for me at the time. So I went simpler with the second, and changed the color scheme to something happy and upbeat and friendly. Plus, I used a big brad: extra-extra credit, don't you think?

In retrospect, I like them both and wonder why I ever felt that first sentiment was too busy. Whatever.

I hope y'all enjoyed the MFP blog hop as much as I did! I've had a few people say they really don't like sneak peeks and find it frustrating to see stamps used long before there's a chance to buy them. I'd love to hear more opinions on this issue. My plan for now is to wait until about ten days before the August release to post peeks of the August stamps. That way, it won't be too long a wait until you can purchase them. But what are your feelings on this?

stamps: SU Office Accoutrement, Hero Arts sentiments
ink: Memento (except the SU real red)
paper: PTI
accessories: flower and heart punches, brad, paper clips, dimensionals

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

One-Layer Wednesday 12: Watercolor

This week's One-Layer Wednesday challenge is to use some form of watercolor on your card. You may use watercolor crayons, pencils, paints, or inks painted with watercolor, or water-based markers colored onto a stamp and spritzed with water.

My samples were made using Hero Arts Three Ferns stamp and a clear set of large sentiments, also from Hero Arts. The cards are Strathmore Watercolor cards that have languished in my hoard collection for many years. They are cut down a bit to 6.25" x 4.5" to fit the design.

The orange card is so cheerful, and the green card is so serene. Amazing how a change of color affects the mood of a card so dramatically!

I experimented with lots of color combinations.

How-To Tips: I colored the Three Ferns stamp with watercolor crayon using two shades (one light, one dark) of the same color. After laying a bunch of color onto the rubber, I spritzed the stamp with water and let it sit for about thirty seconds while the pigments dissolved. Then I stamped, spritzed, and stamped again on a second card. Often, you can push stamps prepared this way for a third impression, but I liked the more intense colors.

Rules for OLW12

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single piece of cardstock folded in half.

2. Use watercolor in some way to make the card. Embellishments must be kept to a minimum.

3. Remember to share your creations by posting your card online and then using the InLinkz button in the sidebar of Simplicity to link to it.

4. Most important of all...HAVE FUN!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Miss You Sailboat and Lustful Thoughts on Cardstock

Today's card came out of a desire to use every image stamp in Masculine Motifs before I buy another PTI set. The sailboat was the last image I used. (You'll see some of the other cards next week.) And yes, the waterline was made with deckled know, those totally uncool and much maligned cheap scissors. Score one for old-school tools.

Design Thoughts: I wanted to challenge myself to make a card using dark cardstock, the reasons for which I will discuss below. This scrap of SU's night of navy works beautifully with the Memento London Fog ink, but it was a tad dark. So I wrapped the silver cord around to break up the dark space, popped the whole stamped piece on a white card that I cut down to give an even matte for the stamped panel; the panel is 3.25" x 3", the card is 4.5" x 4.25", giving a 5/8" matte all around. The boat is moving away from the miss you sentiment to reinforce the idea of someone having sailed away.

Not sure why I knotted the cord under the sailboat. I actually think the knot would look better under the sentiment. But I still like this card a lot and am pretty proud of myself for using that scrap of really dark cardstock.

Lustful Thoughts about Cardstock: I have tons of the stuff. Most of SU's old colors that I bought in the 24-sheet packs. A huge selection of 12" x 12" cardstock for scrapbooking. A couple packs of PTI's colored cardstock assortment. A two-inch thick pile of various cardstock from Mark's Finest Papers.

But mostly, I use PTI's neutrals, mainly white, because my style doesn't gravitate toward colored card bases. It's going to take me FOREVER to use all that colored cardstock if today's card is any measure of my happiness with using it.

Colored cardstock does, however, come in handly as backdrops for photos.

So why do I want to buy six of the new colors from SU? Ink and paper. My life will be incomplete without them!

I only want maybe five sheets of each, not an entire pack. My demo will likely sell them to me by the sheet because she totally rocks. But really, I don't need more colors of ink or cardstock. I am amply blessed with a huge collection of both.

Sigh. Common sense tells me one thing. My paper lust tells me another. Which will win?

Only time will tell.

Coming Up Tomorrow: The first day of Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop! Yeah! My first blog hop! I can't wait to show you the fun stuff I did with this month's release sets. They will be available TOMORROW for purchase PLUS if you participate in the hop, you could win a FREE SET from next month's release (which I have seen and it's fantastic)! How totally cool is that?!?!

Happy day, everyone. Make it a great Monday. The Spirit of Furry Golden Sunshine commands it, so who am I to argue?

Label Maintenance


I'm updating and reorganizing the labels for posts to make it easier to find things. This will take a few days (494 posts...ohmygosh!), so please be patient. Hopefully, the new system is more consistent and will be easier to use.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Signature Blessings

Just a quick card I made for ALL OF YOU who have been so nice this past week with your comments, cyber-hugs, and emails. Special thanks to Susan F. who sent me a really sweet sympathy card that arrived today.

Design Thoughts: Well, I didn't think much on this one, actually. These two sets work so beautifully together. Placement of the half-pearls was trickiest. I wanted them to be balanced and harmonious to fit the theme of the card, so they are spaced pretty evenly with a bit of white space around each one. There are five because three looked lonely and an odd number usually looks better than an even number. I love these shades of blue and green together. They are so peaceful. Not sure why I rounded the two corners except that four pointy corners looked odd.

How-To Tips: The easiest way to place pearls is with a craft knife. I cut the glue strip holding the pearl down, then lift the pearl with the tip of the knife and place it where I want it.


I picked up Hoover's remains today (we had him cremated like his big sister Shemya, but I simply refuse to use the term "cremains" which just sounds wrong to me). It was so hard! The boys were with me, and Jack just couldn't understand where Hoover was, even though I explained several times what happened to his body. When he saw the box we bought to hold the remains, he said, "That's too small for Hoover!" He just can't understand yet.

Nick did understand and was very helpful picking out a box and answering the very chatty lady's questions with lovely poise. If I'd had to answer her, I would have completely fallen apart and blubbered. He even joked as we pulled away from the pet cemetery that he'd be taking Hoover with him to college...his fur will be with us for a very long time.

I think a huge part of grieving for a pet is how everything you see in your house or do reminds you that the pet is gone. Hoover always "prewashed" the dishes as I loaded the dishwasher. Now I load alone. He always licked our ice cream bowls. Now the ice cream goes to waste. He slept by the side of our bed, so we'd have to step over him in the middle of the night. Now we step over him and then remember he isn't there.

Oh, how we miss him.

stamps: PTI Turning a New Leaf and Signature Greetings
ink: Versacolor bamboo and atlantic
paper: PTI (of course)
accessories: half-pearls, corner rounder
size: 4.25" square

Asymmetry Is Fun!

I made today's card back in April, just when the OLW challenge was getting started. At the time, I thought, "Oh, wouldn't this be a great card for a one-layer challenge?"

Then I forgot about it. When I found it a few days ago, I realized that if I saved every one-layer card I make for an OLW challenge, I'd have a huge backlog of some of my favorite cards languishing unposted in the electrons of my Pictures file.

That thought made me sad. So here, fabulous Love card, be free! Go out into the World Wide Web and shine!

Design Thoughts: This clear alphabet set is HUGE! I bought it for boy scrapbook pages (its distressed look seemed appropriate for dirt-loving boys), but when I stumbled across it while making a card for the OLW challenge to use punctuation, I felt it could stand on its own on a one-layer card. The word love popped into my mind, and I ran with it. After fretting for a while over what colors to choose (all red? multicolored? red and black? which letters should be which color?), I decided to make the o red and the rest black. The asymmetry adds interest to the super simplicity of the card.

This is true for lots of designs: center everything and it looks sorta blah, but if you do something unexpected to throw off the symmetry, it can be fun and energize a blah design.

How-To Tips: The alphabet's letters differ in size (see how much bigger the e is than the v), and if I stamped each individually, it would have been really hard to get everything spaced properly on the card. So I put all four letters on my big gridded acrylic block, stamped the whole thing on scrap paper until all the letters were as lined up as they could get. Then, I removed the o, inked the l ve in black, and stamped it onto the card. Then, I stamped the o in red. Easy as can be!

I hope you all have a glorious weekend. The vicious heat we've had this week won't be so bad this weekend. Whew. Maybe we can go to the pool, though I imagine it'll feel like bath water.

stamps: Art Warehouse Mini Monogram set
ink: Palette noir, SU real red
paper: PTI white
accessories: gridded acrylic block

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'm in Trouble AGAIN

OMGOSH! Have you seen THIS?

If you read my other blog, you know about my relationship with books. You can see pictures and read about my obsession here.

Let's just say I'm a happy, happy bibliophile stamper.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Glitter Paper...Makes Me Haaaappyyyyyyy

Just like sunshine on my shoulders, this glitter paper I picked up at Hobby Lobby makes me happy. Last year, I made Christmas ornaments with it, and now a card, the layout of which is taken from Tiffany Johnson's card in Papercrafts Go-To Sketches, page 51.

I did have to move the sentiment. (Tiffany put her sentiment on the circle, but her circle doesn't have a huge snowflake punched out of it....)

Hey, I bet y'all thought I'd forgotten about my resolution to use as many of the Go-To Sketches as possible on my Christmas cards this year. More upcoming, but I'm finding some of the sketches require massive overhaul to be made clean and simple. That's okay, though. It's a challenge.

I love a good challenge. And it just might help me stop seeing the dog who isn't here.

But I doubt that.

Thanks to all of you who gave me input on how to make the blog a place you really enjoy visiting. You've given me some good things to think about and ideas for future posts.

For those who haven't put their own 2 cents in, please feel free to share your answers to these questions: What can I do to make Simplicity more inspiring to you? What would you like to see more or less of here?

stamps: PTI Perfect Poinsettia
ink: Palette Noir
paper: glittery paper from Hobby Lobby, PTI white
accessories: Martha Stewart snowflake and border punches, Marvy circle punches, ribbon, half-pearl, dimensionals

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

One-Layer Wednesday 11: Be Funny!

Given the very sad weekend I had, this challenge is perfectly timed. I prophetically scheduled it early last week when I made this card and giggled.

I want you to make the recipient of your card laugh! Let your humor loose and have fun!

My card uses an upcoming set from Mark's Finest Papers called Background Fun. I love the tumbling squares of crackle background (stamped using a mask made with a square punch and large post-it). The happy colors and looseness of the design create such fun contrast with the traditional way of looking at a crackle background as vintage or distressed.

Rules for OLW11

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single piece of cardstock folded in half.

2. Use humor to communicate your message, either by using funny images, funny words, or both. Make sure the colors reinforce the fun! Embellishments must be kept to a minimum.

3. Remember to share your creations by posting your card online and then using the InLinkz button in the sidebar of Simplicity to link to it.

4. Most important of all...HAVE FUN!

And now I'm off to comment on the rest of last week's OLW10 cards...what fun!

stamps: Mark's Finest Papers
ink: Memento
paper: Mark's Finest Papers
accessories: post-it, square punch

More Christmas in July

I'm on a Christmas roll, folks. Might have something to do with avoidance, or just the fact that I suddenly realized I'm hopelessly behind on my Christmas cards. Two hundred: THAT is how many I make every year. Right now, I have about 20. It's way more fun to panic about not having enough Christmas cards than to think about the dog that's not lying by my chair.

Thank you again for your support and encouragement and prayers.

Today's card uses Papertrey's Silent Night flourish and a sentiment from Signature Christmas, also by Papertrey. I wanted to make an ornament with the flourish, and spent a long time staring at it before deciding to use a hand-drawn box to frame the ornament and sentiment. The little bit of blue cardstock is punched from a small square.

It seriously bothers me that there is a tiny little bit of silver ink sticking up at the top of the "string"...I need to just let it go because I like everything else about this card.

The new One-Layer Wednesday will go up tomorrow. Y'all did a great job on the last one, and the next one should be lots of fun, too!

stamps: Papertrey
ink: Brilliance sky blue
paper: PTI
accessories: silver metallic pen, circle and square punches, template for drawing box, dimensionals

Thank You

Thank you all for your kind words and prayers. I really appreciate them. There will be a second post later today with a card. Hugs to you all.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Wrong Holiday, Cool Card

It's the Fourth of July here in the United States, so of course I'm posting a Christmas card.

I'm whimsical that way.

This stamp is old, old, old and huge, huge, huge. The card is oversized, roughly 5" x 7". The sentiment is from PTI, as are the button and twine and paper.

Happy Fourth of July!

stamps: unknown, PTI sentiment
ink: SU white craft ink, close to cocoa classic ink
paper: PTI
accessories: white embossing powder, button, twine, dimensionals