Being the only female in a house full of men has its advantages and disadvantages. They outnumber me and we’re always going in four different directions, so keeping the house looking the way I want it is next to impossible. On the other hand, I am the queen bee, so they at least pretend to let me have my way in most things. All of the guys have picked up on little “cues” to my mood over the years, too. If I give a heavy sigh, they all ask, “What did I do?” or “What’s wrong?” I can’t get them to believe this, but honestly, sometimes a sigh is just that – a sigh. I need to let off stress, or I’m tired, or I’ve forgotten to breathe deeply. Or maybe it’s just “ennui.” It doesn’t have anything to do with them. Sometimes I think I should give a disclaimer: “You’re going to hear a very loud sigh in a minute. Please know it has nothing to do with you. You’re fine. I’m fine. We’re all fine. I just need to sigh.”
That’s how I wanted to start today’s blog. “Disclaimer: Any weirdly stamped image, any coloring that doesn’t look right, any crooked elements on this card are due solely to the fact that I’m in pain today, so I’m not doing my best work.” I had this wonderful idea for a card, so I couldn’t wait to stamp it. But I also woke up with a horrible backache this morning, and after standing for any length of time, it gets worse. So about two-thirds of the way through this, it hit full force. (Yes, there was a sigh!! But no one was around to hear it, so does it still count?) I just wanted to finish so I could sit down. So there are things missing – like some glitter on the flower on the main image. This can be the “Step One” card, and one day I’ll punch it up a little.
Stamps: Apothecary Art, Tea Shoppe; Ink: Jet Black Stazon; Versamark; Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Lucky Limeade classic; Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink, Wisteria Wonder stampin’ write markers; Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder card stock; Other: Big Shot, Framelits – Labels, Wisteria Wonder ruffled scallop ribbon, basic jewels – pearls, clear embossing powder, heat tool, stampin’ sponge, stampin’ dimensionals, Square Lattice embossing folder, multipurpose liquid glue, blender pen
I found an older card with a similar background and thought this would be pretty for spring. I stamped the flower from the Tea Shoppe set in Versamark on Whisper White card stock, then clear embossed it. After sponging Pink Pirouette, Lucky Limeade and Wisteria Wonder on the card, I sent it through the Big Shot in the Square Lattice embossing folder.
I used tape to cover the lines in the label stamp, then inked it with StazOn. (Note: Be sure to remove the tape between the inking and the stamping!!!) The flowers were colored with markers. For the teacup, I inked the stamp in Wisteria Wonder and used a blender pen to remove some of the ink before adding it back with a Pretty in Pink marker. It was stamped crooked on the label, which made the sentiment also look crooked, so I stamped another one on a scrap of paper, cut it out and layered it over the first. It gives it a little dimension and a little shadow underneath. Some mistakes end up looking better when you fix them!
This was very simple and fun, and it’s very soft and pretty. It would make a great Mother’s Day card, I think.
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