Some friends of ours recently moved into a new (to them) house. It sits on a large parcel of land with grass and trees galore -- every kid's dream...until they have to rake the leaves and mow the lawns. lol
This is the first time I've used my Boards & Beams stamp set, and I found it more of a challenge than I'd anticipated (although I think it's just me). I love the house images in this set, but since my coloring skills aren't where I'd like them to be (and it never occurs to me to practice...until something like this comes up -lol), so by the time I got done with it, it didn't much look like what I'd envisioned. One thing I realized after the fact is that I colored in what I assumed was the front door's kickplate (and most of the time they're a shiny gold tone, KWIM?), when I think it's actually supposed to be part of the front porch. Oh, well. It didn't come with instructions! lol I'd have given the coloring another shot, but I was running short on time (the story of my life).
Coloring aside, this house actually reminds me of a house I lived in back in the mid-80s...charming house built in 1917 (I think), but, boy, was it a lot of work (remember that, Mom?)! Seems like a lifetime ago. Anyway, I used Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge 61 as the starting point:
Because the house image is rather large, I had a little bit of trouble getting everything to fit, but I think it worked out okay (heaven forbid I actually make a 5x7 card! lol). I used the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder on the larger circle on the lower right, and I sponged some ink onto the smaller circle behind the house image (with that deep purple cardstock as the background, it kinda resembles a big moon, don't ya think?). For me, I think the Picket Fence border punch really pulled this card together. I was still in the thought-process stage of making this card when I found this punch on sale at Michael's, and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into the card's design somehow. I'm really glad I was able to use it here. ;)
BTW, the sentiment reads "Congratulations...," not "ongratulations..." as it appears in the photo. lol
Hope you enjoy your weekend! I plan to. ;D
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, Pansy Purple, Garden Green (CTMH); Stamps: Boards & Beams (PTI); Ink: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Chocolate, Goldrush, Olive, White Daisy pigment (CTMH); Other: classic circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Tiny Bubbles embossing folder (Provo Craft), picket fence border punch (Martha Stewart), Prismacolored pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew Cornell), sponge (CTMH), ribbon (from my stash), foam mounting tape, sewing machine, thread