My dear husband is, among other things, a real estate broker. He has lots of interests, so he turns the things he enjoys into income producing ventures. So, today, we “house-sat” for a friend’s open house. Now, my mom was also a real estate broker, and after watching her for years, Mike & I kind of had the idea that open houses really don’t do well in our area. A lot of people come for snacks. Some come to see what a new or remodeled house looks like. Others are just bored, or maybe there’s a “house tour” and this is next on the list. But usually, people just don’t come to open houses. And even though the house and neighborhood were quite nice, there are other houses – and neighborhoods – just like them all over town. We had just done this same thing a month ago for another friend, though, and that house had a steady stream of visitors. So Mike agreed to be there for two hours, since the agent who has the house listed is out of town.
So, armed with business cards, information fliers, and a magazine (just in case), off we went. And, boy, am I glad I took that magazine. The listing agent had advertised the open house, and Mike had put out signs, but it’s a very quiet street, and I don’t think more than three cars drove past the house the entire two hours we were there – and those people lived on the street. We did get a couple visitors, but they just walked through the front door, asked if there was a bedroom on the main level (no), glared at both of us, marched through to the kitchen, turned around and left. Well. That was fun.
I realized that our previous open house had been busy because the house had been abandoned for twelve years. The whole town – and we’re talking a very small town – knew the history of the property; several had lived there or knew someone who did, had been born there or had taken their pets to the veterinarian who lived/practiced there. And they had been avidly watching the remodeling progress, so as soon as the open house signs went up, they were there to see what had been done. And, I have to admit, the builder and subcontractors did an amazing job.
Today wasn’t like that, though – but I did get a great idea for a card from my magazine. This is almost a total copy of one created by Eve Leder. Hers is called “Impressionist Butterfly,” and when I saw it, I thought it would make a great graduation card for Rachel since I wasn’t totally happy with the first one I made.
Stamp sets: Pennant Parade, Baroque Motifs, Strength & Hope, Fabulous Phrases; Ink: Soft Suede, Garden Green, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade classic; Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo stampin’ write markers; VersaMark; Whisper White craft ink; Paper: Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry card stock; Other: Circle fire rhinestone brads, square fire rhinestone brads, sponges, stamp-a-ma-jig, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, heat tool, paper piercing tool, mat pack, blender pen; stipple brushes
I started by sponging Soft Suede ink in the bottom left corner, and then sponging and stippling lighter inks up toward the sky. I really like the Pool Party sky, don’t you? That’s going to be a fun color to work with.
For the butterfly, I stamped it in Soft Suede on the card, but that looked a little flat. So I stamped it again on a scrap using versamark and Soft Suede (ink stamp with versamark, then with Soft Suede, and then stamp), embossed it with the iridescent ice powder, cut it out and added it over the original butterfly (leaving a little “shadow”) with dimensionals. I couldn’t find a sentiment I really liked, so I used “dreams” from Fabulous Phrases (without the “s”), and “Wish Big” from Pennant Parade. This is one of those times I’m very glad to have a stamp-a-ma-jig! The words ended up just where I wanted them.
While we were waiting today, I found some great ideas for backgrounds, so I’m looking forward to trying them out tomorrow. And I have some more “craft day” cards to show you. Plus – I have another shipment of new catalog goodies coming Thursday – and they were free! Life is good.
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