My friend Susan & I have been ribbon sharing for the past two years. Both of us kind of hoard ribbon, so we decided if we each buy different spools and then share, we’ll have more ribbon to look at, touch, and maybe use.
I was moving cards around the other day and I found my very first card from Susan. We became friends in a really fun way. She lives in upstate New York, where they have winter. All. Year. Long. Except for July. I keep telling her that Virginia is lovely, and we have winter, but it only lasts for a couple of months (except last year, but we won’t go there) – and the rest of the year we have beautiful weather! But for some reason she loves living on her bay and sailing and enjoying that nautical life. (Sighing with just a little jealousy.) Anyway – Susan posted on the Stampin’ Up! forum that she wanted a way to advertise her Stampin’ Up! business, but everything currently available went on the outside of your car and wouldn’t hold up in that crazy all year long New York winter. Did anyone have any ideas? I had bought some vinyl clings for the inside of the car several years before, so I sent her a couple. And a forever friendship was born. (Sweet, right???) I’ve loved getting to know her and meeting her at Stampin’ Up events. We’re already planning our retirement villages for when we get old. (I’m not sure Mike & Rob know this yet, but they’ll come around.) She & Rob and Mike & I will have homes next door to each other. Or condos. Or maybe a twin home. We haven’t thought that far ahead.
I just got the most gorgeous card from her the other day (I’ll post it later this week), so I made this one for her. It’s to send with her half of the ribbon I bought. Susan’s cards are always so elegant and pretty – and clean. She rarely has to sponge or rip to cover a mistake. (Ok, she NEVER rips and only sponges to show me that she can without breaking into a severe sweat.) So this is my “Susan card.” My top arc is heading the wrong direction, but, hey, that’s how I roll. And the top heart is off a bit, because I had a smudge I had to cover up. (You see how Susan & I are complements?? I’m the grunge half.) But I restrained myself and didn’t sponge or splatter – and it’s a monochromatic, which I’ve never been able to do well – so I’m happy. It’s way out of my comfort zone. (And it’s also a CASE from a card I saw online, but I can’t remember where or who made it. So if it’s you, please let me know and I’ll give you credit! The original was more blue and used butterflies, not hearts.)
This uses the new Work of Art set, and here’s a tip for you that I got from Susan. When you open the box, especially if it’s a wood mount set, take a photo right away. Because it’s almost impossible to get the blocks back into the box after you take a couple out. Trust me. I only used four stamps this time, and no matter how I put them back, I had one left that wouldn’t fit. I had to go back to my phone photo to figure out how to put those puppies back so they’d all fit.
So if you’re still reading – kudos on your tenacity! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!!