Friday, June 19, 2009

syrupy sweet {tools}

So you think you smell homemade maple syrup, do ya? Well, I tried to clean it all off before finishing up this card, but I'm wondering if after being cooped up in an envelope for a few days, traveling in 80+ degree weather, if it's gonna be smelling as sweet as when I discovered my error. (Mom, you'll have to let me know. lol) I'm just glad you can't really see it! Or can you?You see, Chloe had pancakes for breakfast not too long before I decided to stitch and assemble my dad's Father's Day card (my workspace is our kitchen table). Chloe's normally really good about cleaning up after herself, and I'm normally a little on the obsessive side about making sure my work surface is clean before I get started. Not sure what happened that morning. Regardless, after I stitched around the focal image to secure it to its matting layers and then laid it on the table (face down) to clip the threads, I picked it up from the table to find that the panel was a bit sweeter than anticipated. lol 'Course I wasn't laughing with that discovery. Lesson learned.

I started to freak out a bit, but then I noticed that the syrup spots had somehow missed the tools...and actually provided a rather cool-looking distressed look to the focal image (new technique maybe? lol) --too bad I was going for the crisp and clean look on this one. (And too bad I wasn't thinking it was so cool at the time or I'd have taken a pic for you.) So then I got the brilliant idea (okay, maybe not so brilliant, but it was my only option short of re-doing it) to use the corner of a damp sponge to ever-so-carefully wipe away the splattered golden sweetness. It worked for the most part. It ended up roughing up the paper a little, and made a make-shift shadowing effect in a few spots, but after it dried it didn't look half-bad and so, being in a hurry (like usual), I decided to go with it. If you don't look too closely, I think you'd have a hard time telling. I hope.

Oh, and Mom, if Dad doesn't notice, please don't tell him. ;) But if he does happen to think he smells something like maple syrup, just hint that it must be from the pancakes you served him that morning...You are making pancakes with maple syrup on Sunday for him, right? lol Or maybe we should just let him think he's soooo sweet (cuz he is, ya know!) that he imparts sweetness to the air around him. Sure glad he likes maple. ;P

I used Taylor VanBruggen's fun sketch from last week (couldn't get the exact post to come up, so you'll have to scroll down just a little bit to see it), and kinda kept the design going a bit on the side too: Thanks so much for the visit, 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, Cranberry (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: Offbeat collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps: Happy Dad's Day (Hero Arts)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other: small and large standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), VersaMark (Tsukineko), clear embossing powder, heat tool (CTMH), buttons (BasicGrey), waxed linen (unknown), ribbon (May Arts), sewing machine, thread, glue dots, foam mounting tape


Pat said...

Of course I haven't seen the "actual" card yet as Dad won't open it until morning, but I had to laugh -- since I used the same tool set and same sentiment on the card that "I" made for him. But yours is MUCH cuter than mine! I think he will get a bang out of two cards with the same stamps on them -- guess that was the chance we took when we bought the same set at the same time ;-) Too funny!

monica said...

haha that is funny that rad ma used the same stamps as you for rad pa's card! i like the card =] and the added smell im sure would just be an added touch. i would love to have a smell of syrup from you on my card .. brings you closer! miss you and love you mama! xoxo

Sharli said...

What a wonderful card! Love your story, too, about the maple syrup. Things happen! I must admit I can't see where it is - so you did a great job of cleaning it up.

Barb said...

Cute card and really cute story! I think you have created a new technique, because I couldn't tell at all.

I see your mom still does not have a blog! I want to see some more of her creations...what can we do to convince her to share with us?! LOL!

Glad to see you posting, my friend. I will be checking on any special plans for the rest of the summer?


Sarah said...

Maple syrup distressing ..LOL I see it in the next episode of technique junkies hee hee.
Love your card and can't see the syrup.

Jeanne said...

Such a sweet card, in more ways than one! I'm sure your dad loved it (how funny your mom used the same stamps).

Thanks for sharing the funny behind the making of the card. And it IS funny! You can't tell and had you not said anything no one would no. But also, know one would know about your "human-ness" either.

Stacy said...

LOL! You crack me up! What a funny story! The card is just adorable, I kinda wish I could smell it, like a scratch and sniff sticker!