I made this one for Jen's Saturday Sketch For You To Try. Check out the patterned paper -- what do you think? Isn't it adorable? Guess where I got it? From my printer! That's right -- it's digital paper, and it just became available at My Favorite Things! Did your eyes glaze over when I said 'digital'? Well, mine would ordinarily, too. But this is so, so easy: just go to the MFT site, buy your paper via PayPal or credit card, click a button to download it, wait for a few seconds, open the folder, and print the paper. Easy-Peasy! My three-year old could do it -- heck, maybe even my mother could do it!!
So what do you think of my image? I happen to love, love, love Peanuts. Always have. Growing up, I had one of those Snoopys that you could buy outfits for, Peanuts sheets on my bed, and I even belonged to a book club that sent Peanuts cartoon books in the mail. For Truman's first birthday, over 11 years ago, he was still bald, so naturally his Halloween costume was a yellow polo shirt with a black zig-zag stripe, a la Charlie Brown. His birthday is the day before Halloween, so we had costume parties for years where kids and grown-ups alike dressed up. I was Lucy that year and Sean was Linus. And I cry everytime Linus recites the Gospel of Luke in The Charlie Brown Christmas Special. The point I'm trying to make is that I am a Peanuts superfan, and while I know the stamps might strike some as cheesy or pedestrian, I proudly embrace them as a good and wonderful thing. What can I say? They make me smile. And as we all know, happiness is a warm puppy...
I've really got Peanuts on the brain these days as I'm currently reading the new Charles Schulz biography, Schulz and Peanuts, by David Michaelis. It is utterly engrossing, and I highly recommend it.
Back to the card... But for the fantabulousness of the patterned paper, it's pretty straightforward. The image was colored with Copics, highlighted with Stickles, and popped up on 3-D Dots. The red snowflake brad started out white, but got a new paint job thanks to aforementioned Copics (don't know how I ever lived without those! If you don't have any, you must put them on your Christmas list. They'll change your life!!!).
For more samples using Jen's sketch, be sure to visit Shannan Tuebner and Susan Liles to see what they've cooked up. Whatever it is, it's sure to be yummy!
In other news, Carter and I start off on our Michigan Odyssey (in a Honda Odyssey) tomorrow. The administrator at the clinic we're going to has warned that it's "unseasonably cold, so bring warm clothes." Sean did a little checking around, and apparently it's around zero degrees in the mornings. Oooftie! That's arctic! So, keep your fingers crossed that we make it safely and that we don't catch a mean case of frost-bite. I'll check back in with you soon!
Supplies used -- Stamps: image by Stampabilities; Paper: Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, designer paper downloaded from My Favorite Things and printed on Georgia Pacific White; Ink: Brilliance Archival Graphite Black; Accessories: Copic Sketch Markers, Diamond Stickles, 3-D Dots, Ribbon, snowflake brads.