Wednesday, April 9, 2008

You Rock Off Road

Well, I hope wherever you are is feeling like spring cuz it's sure not here. At the moment, there's a BIG storm rolling in -- at 39 degrees, and with lots of thunder and pouring rain, with a few inches of snow expected before it's over too. I guess I should be smiling...after all, having a change of seasons is one of the reasons we moved out of California. And boy, I guess we came to the right place, cuz we sure do have them here! My hubby tells me that the standing joke at work is that if you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes cuz it's sure to change (and it does). lol Still, being used to year-round warm weather my whole life, and after five long months of the cold, I'm longing for some warmer weather. But for now, rather than get drenched while running errands this afternoon -- and being the flexible person that I am -lol -- I thought I'd stay indoors, grab another cuppa hot chocolate, and share a card with you instead. ;)

It's my soon-to-be son-in-law's (20th - UGH! young!) birthday and so I made this card for him. He rides motorcycles and plays baseball, but since I don't have any stamps relating to baseball, this is what he gets -lol. I even had my daughter send me a picture of him riding and tried to get the coloring right for the rider's outfit and bike, though I'm not sure he'll think I succeeded. :S I think my watercolor pencils would've worked better for coloring in this type of image, but I was in a hurry (as usual -lol)...not to mention they're still buried somewhere amongst the basement full of boxes (we will have to move at least one more time, and after moving twice in the last year and a half, I just don't have it in me to unpack everything and pack it all up...again); so I had to make do with markers, ink pads, and my waterbrush. Oh, well. I tried. ;)

The sketch I used as my jumping-off point is one of Mary Jo Price-Williams' Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenges from a couple weeks ago:

The main focal image is from the Off Road set by CTMH; the sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs' Sketched Sentiments; the wheel/tire-looking images on the smaller vertical inset focal piece is a stamp from Talking in Circles (Boy) by Autumn Leaves; and the background stamp is Cracked Montana Earth Backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms.

I used layers of Moonstruck and Black with White Daisy cardstock and distressed the edges of all layers of the two focal pieces. The free-handed arrow was cut out of black cardstock, stamped with the sentiment, and then adhered with pop dots. The three black Bigger Brads were thrown in because the card just looked like it needed something -lol.

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, Moonstruck, Black (CTMH); Stamps: Off Road (CTMH), Cracked Montana Earth Backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms), Talking in Circles - Boys (Autumn Leaves), Sketched Sentiments (Lizzie Anne Designs); Inks: Black, Moonstruck, Desert Sand, White Daisy (CTMH), Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: Bigger Brads, stipple brush, waterbrush, edge distressor, paper piercer (CTMH)


Jeanne said...

Great card and I HEAR you about the weather! A former CA girl myself, I LOVE the seasons, but am READY for some warmer weather myself. :o)

Hang in there! They say Monday it will be in the 70s!

Carolyn King said...

Very cool design.....great job with this image.

I have goosebumps from the song and video...tfs!

Krista B. said...

Your card is fabulous. Love the Blues : )

SmilynStef said...

I haven't seen those cool gear stamps ... love those ... love the distressing too ... fabulous dude birthday card.