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