No, I'm not sailing away – except in my dreams. Last night I thought we might all fly away, though. Holy Moley! We had wind, thunderstorms, lots of rain and even a little hail. I usually sleep right through most thunderstorms; it's weird, but I find them comforting. In one of my blogs, I talked about Mom reading to us during storms when we were small. I think subconsciously I think, "Woohoo! I get to snuggle up with a book today!" whenever we have a storm. Of course, usually I can't, but there's a little piece of my brain that still hopes for it.
Anyway – it got so loud last night that it woke me up. When I went out to "check on things," Jon met me at his bedroom door. Our huge, pony-sized dog sleeps in Jonny's room, and he's a big baby during storms. He tries to crawl into the nearest lap. So he was not letting Jon sleep, and it was around 3 a.m. I offered to go downstairs with the dog, thinking it would be a little quieter and he wouldn't hear the storm, but Jon went instead. It was raining really hard, and I was concerned about my stamp room. It already had a little water in it from the last rain, so I was wide awake thinking about that.
Since I couldn't get back to sleep, I turned on the TV to check the weather forecast. Here's what I heard:
"If you're outside, seek shelter immediately. Do not go outside. Do not go to work. Try to find an inner room on the lowest floor of your house…" Huh??? I knew we were having tornado watches, but that usually means it might get a little windy. Then they showed the map with the path the tornado was headed. My eyes were still a little sleepy and unfocused, but I could definitely see our town in the "red zone."
Sometime after I had gone to bed, the "watch" had upgraded to a "warning," and it was headed our way. I debated getting Mike & Wes up and joining Jon and the dog in the basement, but then I heard hail. Being the daughter of an orchardist, I know that hail is very bad news. Every time it even looked like it might start to hail, my parents would storm heaven – and hail! – with their prayers. Once they learned the power of praying God's word, we never lost an apple crop to hail. So, I immediately started praying when I heard it start last night (or, this morning, I guess.)
As I was wandering around the house praying, I glanced at the TV. The tornado warning that was in effect until about 8 a.m. had just been canceled for our area. All I could think of was, "God, you're too cool!" So, finally, about 5 a.m., after another quick check on my stamp room, I drifted back to sleep.
Well – we didn't fly away – although my heartfelt prayers today are for the many people who did get hit last night, but this card makes me want to just find a nice, warm, tropical island to sail to.
This uses a new set from the summer mini – Sail Away. Actually, it's really just a "stamp," so I'm not sure it qualifies as a "set." Stampin' Up!® calls them sets, though, so who am I to quibble? One of our techniques Wednesday was "paper piecing," and that's the technique we used here. The sailboat was stamped on Marina Mist and Whisper White card stock. Then I colored the flag (Cherry Cobbler) and boat (Soft Suede) and cut out the boat, flag and sails and pieced them onto the image on the Marina Mist.
It's hard to see, but under the sentiment ("Uncharted Territory"), I stamped the compass rose in Marina Mist (stamped off one time first), then I edged the punched sentiment with Cherry Cobbler. I didn't have brads that would look right – I'm almost out of my vintage trinkets. How did that happen? – so I added small rhinestone jewels. They kind of look like water sparkles. The designer paper is part of the Nautical Expedition designer series paper pack. I forgot to add this to the class, but I colored over the birds and waves with Smooch top coat to add a little more sparkle to the card.
Hopefully, there will be more sleeping people – and dogs – in the Cooper house tonight! It should be fairly calm, as the storm seems to have passed. Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping in!
Stamps: The Open Sea, Sail Away, Uncharted Territory
Ink: Jet Black StazOn; Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist classic; Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede stampin' write markers
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Whisper White card stock; Nautical Expedition designer series paper
Other: Basic rhinestone jewels, Smooch Paint (top coat), decorative label punch, stampin' dimensionals, Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon