Is today your lucky day or what? I've got not one but TWO cards to show you today! You know I'm violently opposed to spoiling my readers and my children, but sometimes Mother feel too lazy to uphold her usual high standards. Consider this a version of "You can just take a bath tomorrow..."
How does showing you two cards in one day make me lazy, you ask, when clearly I've been a productive little crafter? Well, here's the deal: it's actually a way for me to cut corners and only write one blog post. See, I've got this sadistic professor this summer, and she's making my life a wee bit miserable at the moment. On Monday, in one single class, I have THREE papers due and a mid-term! I also have a mid-term in the class that follows. Thus, I have miles to go before I sleep for the next couple of nights, and shaving off a blog post helps.
Confession over. Ready to see what I've got up my sleeve?
Kraftin' Kimmie Weekly Challenge
First off, it's time for this week's Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge (#84), hostessed by my sweet friend and one of my favorite stampers, the magnificent MICHELE. She's come up with the very seasonally appropriate challenge to MAKE A SPLASH! Create a card or project with a water theme.....beachy, rain, underwater, pool...anything wet or watery!
I had yet to get KKS's newest illustrator, the extraordinary Emilie Goulet's, cute crab CARLOS inky, so this challenge was the perfect opportunity...
I wanted to keep it pretty clean and gender neutral, as I've got two guys with August birthdays in mind this might be a good one for. One (Class Act Brad - I've mentioned him over the years) likes to have crab boils and always invites us over for them, and the other is Carter's sand castle building buddy every time we take our biannual family beach vacations. And get this - both of their birthdays are on Aug. 24. Freaky-deaky, no?
Head on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge blog to see all the wet 'n' wild creations the Krafty Girls AND for a special announcement about our newest Krafty Girl! I'll give you a couple of hints as to who it is: I'm oh-so-happy to be playing with this Canuck again, as she is one of my favorite PeoPLe! Also check out how you can play along and win the gorgeous Moonlight Whisper's NERISSA stamp that Michele is working with today.
SFYTT, Sponsored By Stamping Bella
Speaking of Canucks, Jen's Sketch For You To Try Team is so fortunate to have the one and only STAMPING BELLA sponsoring us this month. As longtime readers know, I'm a HUGE fan of da Bella. Bella images were one of my first stamping loves, and I've had the good fortune to hang out with Emily in person several times(she is a BLAST!). I even did a short stint as a Bella Babe before I took my year-long hiatus from design team work a while back. So I speak with authority when I say that STAMPING BELLA is definitely one of the best businesses in the industry. Every product Emily sells is on or ahead of the trends and has been carefully vetted by the Bella Herself.
To refresh your memory, here's the June SFYTT:
And here's what I did with it, using Bronte and Louis by Mo Manning:
And here's a closer look at the image...
I just fell in love with that sweet and oh-so-apt drawing of a little boy and his dog; definitely reminded me of Carter and Sweet Pea (aka 'Pretty Princess Dog' or 'Ninja Princess Dog,' as Carter and I say in baby talk to her, dozens of times a day. For some strange reason, neither Sean nor Truman find her as charming as we do. Weirdos). I had trimmed some webbing from her electric fence collar a while back and kept it, thinking I might be able to use it somehow, and it actually came in handy! I think that's first.
Other card details?
- It's an unusual size - 4.5 x 7 (I think) - in order to fit all the elements I wanted to fit in.
- The patterned paper is from Crate Paper's Toy Box Collection 6"x6" pad.
- The cork is from My Favorite Things.
- I did a little hand stitching around the navy square with red DMC embroidery floss.
- The sentiment is computer generated (font: Rockwell), which I then circle punched and adhered to the tag, then attached to the ribbon slide with a jump ring.
- The ribbon slide is from an old SU! Hodge Podge hardware collection.
Okay, friends. That's all I 've got for you today, but I've got a full week of stuff in the works, beginning with Mojo Monday. Please send thoughts of loving kindness and good energy my way so that I'm able to finish everything I've got on my super-sized plate.