I was tempted to finish that off with "to your school...," but I refrained. ;) It's actually the name of one of the stamp sets I used here, but it's pretty sound advice no matter what you've got goin' on; don't ya think?
Well, we're finally all set to start school on Tuesday (just needing the ol' check up from the neck up -lol), so I actually got to do a little stamping (after FIVE long WEEKS of withdrawal symptoms!). To be honest, though, I was having such a great time on our trip that I didn't start feeling the pain until I got back. ;) Unfortunately, I'm still suffering a little.... My mojo was apparently still on vacation and definitely MIA when I tried to make this card last night, so I had to finish it today. No one would ever call me a speedy stamper, but this one just seemed to take an extraordinarily long time. I've been back from our trip for two weeks now and I'm long overdue in sending out some cards (and the list keeps growing!), so I hope to find myself in a more creative mode again soon. Here's what I ended up with:
First, instead of going with a color challenge, I chose the colors for this card specifically for some very special people in my life (Hi, Mom! Oh, and remember to be sure and act surprised when it arrives in your mailbox. lol). Okay, so my dad probably doesn't give the colors a second thought, but I know my mom does and these are some of her favorites.
Back to the card.... I really *heart* the sketch from Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try yesterday (pun intended -sorry, couldn't help myself- but in case you don't get it, maybe I should explain: Jen's blog is www.iheart2stamp.com -lol). Okay...moving right along.... Here's the sketch:
I also really like both image stamp sets I selected, but I'm thinking that putting them together with all those swirls might be making me dizzy. Oh, well. I spent too much time on it and am too short on time to re-do it, so it is what it is. However --and so you (Mom) don't get the impression I'm that unhappy with it-- after adding the Star Dust Stickles to all the flower centers and dots on the two focal pieces, it really turned the corner for me. And I think the Swiss Dots embossing folder helped out too. So even though it is a bit busy and not my typical 'style,' I actually kinda like it now. ;) (Note: I'm not sure if you can tell, but the Adorable Backgrounds stamp...used on the background panels ;)...is clear embossed. I don't think the camera picked it up. But if you click on the photo, I think you can see the Stickles do their wondrous, sparkly thing.)
Well, thanks for hanging in there with me during my unintentional stamping hiatus. Hopefully the kids will be good students for me this year and I'll have a lot more time to stamp than I'm expecting. Wish us/me luck, and, for those of you who pray, I'd be very appreciative if you'd say a prayer for us (not so that I'll have more stamping time, but rather that the kids' attitude would be good and they'd get their work done in a reasonable amount of time, which of course would ultimately result in my having more stamping time -lol). Thanks, and sorry for all the rambling! ;)
As always, thanks so much for visiting my blog, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Economy Boosters (just doin' my part! -lol):
Cardstock: White Daisy, Twilight, Baby Pink, (ret.) Summer Cloud Blue (CTMH); Stamps: Be True, Adorable Backgrounds, Say It in Style (CTMH); Ink: Twilight, Baby Pink (CTMH), VersaMark (Tsukineko); Other: classic and scalloped Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), clear embossing powder, heat tool, White Daisy organdy, sponge, piercing tool (CTMH), mat pack (SU!), foam mounting tape, glue dot