Friday, October 9, 2009

"...on Custard, on {Target}...."

Yes, I know, I changed the words a bit, but is anyone else hearing the faint {or not so faint} sound of Christmas music running through their head...or is it just me?

Well, hello there!!  Long time no nothin'! 

This poor neglected blog of mine.... 

And while I've been away, Blogger has apparently changed their formatting for writing posts!  Looks like a good thing, but until I figure it out I'm thinkin' I may be muttering under my breath a little...or a lot.  Seems that's just the way it is for me --things always have a way of taking a lot longer than what I think they should. ;(

Though I've not been posting recently {sorry}, I have been stamping {YAY!!}.  We've had several birthdays to celebrate in our circle lately and a few other card-worthy occasions too, so that's been fun.  And while I had to spend time making the cards {not that I minded -lol}, I'd told myself I wasn't going to take the time to post again until I finished making my Oldest Sweet Daughter's birthday gift {her 22nd birthday was a week and a half ago --Yikes!}.

Well, I'm not done with it yet {I did mention things always take me a lot longer than they should, right?}, but it's coming along...and I would've added 'nicely' to that, but I hit a wall yesterday {though I patiently worked my way through it last night} and so I'm at a spot that's a bit intimidating for me and thought I'd take a bit of a breather. 

I've had several little obstacles to overcome along the way --remember I'm S-L-O-W to begin with-- and because I'm a visual learner, I guess it hasn't helped any that my instructions seemed poorly done {to me anyway}.  It's not paper-related and it's a new-to-me project, but when I asked her boyfriend for gift ideas, his response, while very sweet, not only took me by surprise but definitely took me on a creative journey I hadn't planned {and I should also include a sincere thanks in here, too, to my friend Kathy for the bright great project idea -lol, though I have to say she's been very helpful to me too --thanks, Kathy! ;D}.  And once I finally get it done and show you what I'm talking about, I'm sure you're all gonna have a good laugh at my expense {you'll no doubt be rolling your eyes and thinking, It took you HOW long?!?}

SO, because this project is taking quite a bit longer than I anticipated {again, so sorry, Sweetheart}, I thought I'd go ahead and share a card today anyway.  ;)

This birthday card was really fun to make, even if it ended up being sent without a gift.  ;(  Bad mama, I know.   I am thankful that I have a very patient and understanding helps to ease my conscience a little. 

Here's the background scoop on this card {literally -lol}:   A few months ago my Oldest Sweet Daughter accidentally mailed me one of her cute notecards {from Target}....blank!  I think she must've been in a hurry that day. lol   I'd thought about returning it to her so she could actually really use it but then decided I'd find a way to use it on a card for her {even though it was a bit scarred up from the 1000-mile journey --just gives it some character, right?}. ;)  So, the flowered design 'paper' that you see in the background here was the front of her notecard and the polka dot pattern was the back side.  The real irony to this little plan of mine is that she didn't recognize it!  {Yes, sometimes the method to my madness is lost on others...I'm used to it.}   Here is what I came up with:

Now Oldest Sweet Daughter's had a thing for cows for a LONG time {though NOT real cows...which I discovered only after I took a ton of cow pics to show her one time -lol}, so I knew I wanted to use darling Custard image on her card.  Isn't she the cutest?!?  Although, now that I think about it, it's entirely possible that she's outgrown the cow thing and just hasn't had the heart to tell us (the younger kids send drawings of cows on most cards they make her -lol).  Guess I'd better ask about that before buying any more of these sweet bovine images --and there are quite a few of them out there...assuming you like that kinda thing, of course.  ;)

Since the card front itself was kinda plain, I tried to enhance it with quite a bit of shimmer --Cryogen White cardstock, Coal Shimmerz on the cow's spots, and some Spica glitter pens and Star Dust Stickles {my favorite!} on the flowers.  I'm not sure if you can see it or not {as always, if you click on the pic, you'll get the ginormous version}:

Oh, and I used the then-current Sketch 33 from Card Patterns {LoVe their sketches!}.  I even made another card using this sketch, which I'll be sharing soon, because I liked it so much.  Fun, stuff!  ;D  I couldn't find a good place for a sentiment on the front, so I just added it to the inside {which is a good thing, because it's handwritten...and just a bit corny like me -lol}:

And I included a little pull-out mini card {using a stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms} inside for our personal sentiment to her:

Well, I'm off now for another session tackling "the gift" --wish me luck, ladies!  ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope we'll both you'll visit again soon.  Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock:  Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Black, Amethyst (CTMH)

Stamps:  Custard (Sugar Nellie), Birthday Bash (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other:  notecard (Target), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Classic Small and Large Squares Nestability dies, Classic Scallop Large Nestability dies (Spellbinders), black gingham (May Arts), (ret.) grape grosgrain (CTMH), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Coal Shimmerz (Shimmerz), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Pitch Black, Lilac, and Lavender Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), flower punch, 1/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch (SU!), staple, pop dots, foam mounting tape


Sarah said...

What a 'Moo'velous card!! What could be better than a purple sparkely cow card!!! Love how you recycled the note card..brilliant.

Stacy said...

Hee, hee :) I LOVE this card! Too Adorable for words!! The colors are fab!

Jeanne said...

Aren't you the clever one? I never would have thought to recycle it and here you've done it fantastically.

I love reading your feels like we are chatting over the back fence or something. {huge grin}

June Houck said...

The end result was worth the time and effort! Love both :)

Marie with a :-) said...

You always have such fabulous cards! I haven't seen any of your posts since Hey Hey The Monkeys so was surprised when I went on and looked at today's cute SD's BF's birthday card to see a couple others I missed. They are all wonderful.