Friday, April 25, 2008

The Sweetness of Shared Loot and a Simple Dotted Thanks

It's the weekend -- woohoo!! Seems I live for them these days. Hope you're enjoying yours like I plan to enjoy mine. ;)

A couple weeks ago I'd taken my 8-YO dd to Michael's (she had a few gift cards burnin' a hole in her pocket -lol). Among the treasure she amassed that day was a small paper pack from DCWV. We were both drawn to the vibrant colors and fun prints shown in the little sample squares on the back, and my favorite was the one peeking out from under the packaging on the top. However, neither of us realized it at the time, but once she opened it we discovered that a portion of the papers were already pre-cut into small pieces -- some rectangular and some square. At first I felt bad for her because I didn't pick up on that fact in the store. But then, being the sweet child she is, she offered to share some with me and my mind went to work.

**It's funny how, from the eyes of a child, she sees her own stockpile of crafting supplies as SO plentiful, and it is...for an 8-YO. The ironic part is that she really believes she has more supplies than I do, and she's so sweet (and I think she must feel sorry for me or something) because she's always offering to share her things with me. I usually politely decline, but this paper was just too pretty to pass up -lol. It just cracks me up whenever I recall our conversations about this topic and it endears her to me even more. She has even asked me a time or two whom I thought was more talented: her or me! (And of course I tell her the truth and say she is.) Kids! Where do they come up with this stuff? lol Anyway, you get the idea...she's a sweetie (and a funny one at that) and we share with each other...well, she offers to share everything with me and I offer to share, er, um, most of my things with her. lol I love that I she still has that sweetness in her heart and I feel so blessed to be able to share my life...and supplies...with her.**

Okay, enough gushing over my little sweetie.... As I pondered how I would use these paper pieces,
Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge came to mind. Rectangles and squares. BINGO! (Yes, I know this is last week's sketch, but it was current at the time I actually made this card. -lol) I only had one rectangle and one coordinating square (which had a stripe of pink that I was able to strategically hide with my ribbon), but with a little improvising I think it worked out all right. Here's my version of her sketch:

This color combo isn't typically one I use, but I just loved its freshness and the way it made me feel. Like summer. Maybe it's because I'm SO ready for some (consistently) warm weather? lol Regardless, I didn't have any red-orange cardstock, ink, or ribbon, but the Cranberry I did have came pretty close. Fortunately the rectangular piece of patterned paper (with the large swirly flower print on it) was long enough to cut down a bit so as to use it for two sections; and I added the striped coordinating patterned paper for one section, and then stamped the large flower (from Lizzie Anne Designs'
Dreaming of Dots) onto some (ret.) Heavenly Blue tone-on-tone striped patterned paper for the last section. They're all matted on a layer of Heavenly Blue cardstock and again on a layer of Cranberry cardstock, and then the whole thing was adhered to a White Daisy card base.

The focal piece was pop-dotted up and uses Cranberry and Heavenly Blue cardstocks, with the images (again, from Dreaming of Dots) stamped in those same colors on a piece of
Curious Iridescent Cryogen White cardstock (all layers were cut and embossed with rectangle Nesties). The blue stems and leaves don't show up very well in the picture, nor does the Baby Blue Stickles I used for the flowers' centers...but they are there and you can see them in real life. ;) The blue-striped and red ric-rac ribbons are both from May Arts; the white with red polka dots ribbon is from my stash (but I'm pretty sure I got it at Michael's).

Boy, that was a LOT of chatter for one simple card. Sorry....

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Cranberry, Heavenly Blue (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: blue/red-orange floral and stripe (DCWV), Heavenly Blue stripe (CTMH); Stamps: Dreaming of Dots (Lizzie Anne Designs); Inks: Heavenly Blue, Cranberry (CTMH); Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (May Arts) (unknown), Baby Blue Stickles (Ranger), pop dots


Jeanne said...

What a sweet daughter you have! My younger one is a lot like that and it just melts my heart!

The card is wonderful! You did a great job with the sketch.

I am hoping for more consistent weather myself! :o)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Carolyn King said...

What a sweet daughter you have---glad she shared the dp with you---this card is great--love the simple look to it. Beautiful!