Carpe Chocolate

I wanted to use a new stamp I bought last week, so I created a “hybrid” card.  My printer is wonky and always smears the ink, so I had to work with it a little, but I’m pleased with the results.  Mike didn’t even realize it was a hybrid.

Speaking of Mike…One of the first things that attracted me to him was his sense of humor.  He’s always looking for the funny things in life – and, really, if you can find humor in the tough times, they’re a lot easier to deal with.  He had to pick up a prescription the other day, and the lady at the counter was very harried.  Nothing seemed to be going right, and she was a little flustered.  So, of course, Mike was making jokes and trying to get her to laugh.  People respond to this in different ways.  Some do chuckle politely, others ignore him and some laugh and joke back (those are my favorites).  Then there’s the group that I like to call “Sour pusses” that just glare at him like they’d like him to disappear.  That doesn’t work, because it makes him work harder at making them laugh.

Another thing you need to know to really appreciate this story is Mike has a constant battle with his weight.  He has to stay on top of it all the time, and it’s easy to gain some if he’s not paying attention.  Right now?  Well, let’s just say he’s been paying more attention to Mr. Goodbar candy bars, ice cream and all the cakes Wesley has been baking than healthier options.  Back to the drug store…

The lady at the prescription counter was trying to remain professional and just get her job done.  Finally, she finished and said, “Sorry about your wait.”  Mike replied, “Me too, but I’m really trying to lose some.”  She turned and started to walk away, and then realized what he had said and laughed so hard she almost doubled over.

So that’s what I live with, folks.  All the time.  And I have three of them, because the boys are just as funny.

This card won’t add any pounds, but it does have me thinking about chocolate!  I’ve lost 8 pounds, though, so maybe the virtual kind of chocolate is best right now.

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Images:  My Digital Studio (Eat Chocolate stamp brush set, antique brads, designer series paper); Other:  Itty Bitty Punch Pack (flower), brads (neutrals, subtles), Rose Red, Chocolate Chip stampin’ write markers, Rose Red card stock, Whisper White card stock, decorative label punch, stampin’ dimensionals; sentiment stamp (non SU!)

The “Eat Chocolate” stamp set was available in the Occasions mini catalog last January – April.  It’s no longer available in rubber, but it is available as a digital download, so I created most of the card with MDS.  Since my printer smeared the chocolate candy, I created one a big larger, printed it and cut it out, then adhered it over the ugly one.  The mini brads, flowers, card base and sentiment are “live;” everything else is digital.

Tomorrow is the first day of the Stampin’ Up!® year, and at noon MT, we can order from the new catalog.  It will probably be online; if you’d like a hard copy, please let me know and I’ll send you one.  The only cost will be $6 for shipping.

I’m going back to my “to do” list.  Ironically, it’s the same as the one on the card!  Thanks for stopping in.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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1 Response to Carpe Chocolate

  1. Sandy says:

    Mike sounds like my John. A waitress says “How was your dinner.” And as she walks away realizes he said “Really, really awful!” Of course sometimes it becomes a big laugh and continued joking and other times the poor gal just looks and doesn’t know what to say — my turn to chime in and help her out. Like you, the sense of humor is what attracted me first. Great job with MDS, I like your chocolate card — should have left the smeared chocolate and we could have teased you about trying to eat some. There are so many things you can do with MDS , I love it. Just imagine all the boxes of new rubber bursting out of Utah tomorrow afternoon. Maybe SU will color some of the boxes red, white, and blue???


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