I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! They always seem to end long before I'm ready. I did get to stamp a little, but not nearly as much as I'd hoped -- I'm sure you know just what I'm talking about. ;)
And how 'bout that Superbowl?! It's about the only football game my hubby watches all year (thankfully -lol), though I have to admit I did enjoy watching Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform at half-time (brought back a few memories of when the group first came on the scene way back when -- I thought they still sounded really great!). And is it just me or does it seem to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get through a football game? -- all those time-outs and adding time back on the clock (as if the game weren't already long enough). Good grief! One could grow old and gray during the course of one game! Of course I stamped my way through most of it, so I'm not complaining. ;) Hey! I just had a brilliant idea -- not sure why I haven't thought of this before (*insert evil grin with shifting eyes and wringing hands*) -- if he'd watch more tv sports, he'd be oblivious to time and I'd get a lot more stamping in! lol
Well, since my birthday a little bit ago, I now have a need to make/send a fair amount of thank-you cards (and, yes, it's typical for me to be slow in sending them out -- not that I want to be, or worse, as if I don't know the need for them is coming -lol, it's just the way it almost always is with me and cards given my limited time to stamp *sigh*). So that means I'm no doubt going to be sharing a few of them with you in the near future...and since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I'd better get busy! I really envy those of you who have a nice little stockpile of cards on hand just waiting to be given away. Someday...maybe. ;)
Okay, enough of my bubblegummin'.... This card is one of those that started out as one thing and evolved into something completely different (even the orientation of it...as evidenced by the embossed swirls if you look closely, and which now kinda remind me of wind -- UGH! Sure wish I hadn't noticed that.). Now I'm actually very used to that sort of thing happening to me (being led down a bunny trail by my card...not having swirls turn into wind -lol), but this one just took on a life of its own -- and it wasn't making it easy for me. (I'm not even going to share with you the original sketch I was attempting to work with...well, not today anyway. The 'wound' is too fresh. lol) After I'd invested too much of my window of "free time" with this hi-jacked card, I felt obligated to go along for the ride, wherever it would take me. And this is where we ended up. (Note: Hubby was home almost all weekend, meaning I didn't have a chance to familiarize myself with my new lighting kit yet ;(, so this is just a scan.)
It would've been fun to have scented the card with something chocolatey (all winter long I drink hot chocolate like it's goin' outta style), or coffee beans (the intended recipient, LOVES coffee), but alas I haven't ordered any yet. There was a lot of talk about this hot new product on one of my CTMH e-groups this past week, and it's a really interesting concept...but as some ladies pointed out, it'd be very wise to first make sure each card's recipient isn't allergic to such scents. If so, it could be a tragic situation for the recipient...and a sure way to have your card tossed into the 'round file.' (If you haven't any idea what I'm talking about, you can check it out by clicking here.)
Anyway, back to the card that took far too long to make.... I wanted to use those beautiful BasicGrey Perhaps DPs that I love so much and found that CTMH's Vineyard Berry went perfectly with the ones I'd chosen for this card. I was also wanting to use my long-awaited Hot Stuff stamp set by My Favorite Things (seems like it was on backorder forever...well, maybe not quite as long as a football game, but you know what I mean -lol). To play off the steam/aroma 'vapors' coming off the cuppa, I went with the Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl embossing folder, sanding then adding some Vineyard Berry ink to the swirls. I used my Nestabilities to cut the circle which is being used as the backdrop for the focal image. It doesn't show up too well in the scan, but I dotted some Burgundy Stickles near the top edge of the cup and in the centers of the Primas, and I also added a couple of the purplish Dew Drops from the Paris collection to accentuate the sentiment. I had hoped for a wider ribbon, and instead of the Primas, I'd have much rather used something like a stick pin with some pretty beads on it going through the ribbon knot...but I don't have anything in the right colors, so it is what it is. Fortunately, though, Erika's not a stamper, so she likely won't even think about details like that. ;)
While not at all my original idea, I think it turned out okay. I'm pretty sure she'll like it (even though she'd probably like it more if it were scented like coffee and if the background swirls were going in the right direction! -lol).
Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope to see you again soon! Until then, many blessings!
Supplies: Cardstock: Vineyard Berry, Colonial White (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Perhaps (BasicGrey); Stamps: Hot Stuff (MFT); Inks: Vineyard Berry, Cocoa, Brown Bag, Chocolate (CTMH); Other: Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl embossing folder (ProvoCraft); Nestabilities (Spellbinders); ivory grosgrain (CTMH), burgundy Stickles (Ranger), Paris Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), flowers (Prima), Liquid Glass (CTMH), stipple brush (CTMH), sandpaper