“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” (Robert Burns) In case you don’t understand Scottish English (‘gang aft a-gley” threw me…), the adaptation is, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”
I had huge plans to spend the weekend working on projects for this week. I had even planned which Stampin’ Up! products I wanted to use, because I had a few new ones. When I got home from class Saturday morning, I had to choose. Did I want to swim, because it was a perfect day, or stamp? In the end, I opted to take a nap, and, as it happened, that was a perfect choice – even though it wasn’t one of the original choices.
Around 7:30 p.m., my older brother called to let me know Mom was in the ER. My nephew and his son were visiting for a bit, and they noticed something wrong while she was chatting. They thought she had a stroke (but, good news – it wasn’t!), so Dad called 9-1-1 and off they went to the hospital. We met them there, and – long story short – got home and back to bed around 4:30 a.m.
Since we have a dog and a cat, my other plan (to sleep until 9 or 10) didn’t happen. I still managed to squeak out a few cards between hospital visits and sleep, though.
Oh – and if you’re wondering – Mom will be fine. Her symptoms were brought on by extremely high blood pressure, so she’ll be having tests to see what’s up with that. I’m sure she’s looking forward to renewed energy and less stress (which was what caused some of it).
Here’s a card in my favorite style – vintage.
It needs some embellishments – maybe pearls – but I didn’t get quite that far. I used the Blended Seasons Stamp Set that will be available in August. It’s a limited time set, only available in August or while supplies last. Demonstrators, of course, can preorder in July, which is how I was able to create this! (Join my team and get $125 worth of products and a color collection of 10 Classic Stampin’ Pads for only $99!)
You can buy the stamp set and coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies separately or you can bundle them and save 10%.
Stamp the floral image in Versamark Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock, then heat emboss with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Die-cut with the coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelit, then color the flowers and leaves with an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen and Crumb Cake ink. After you finish, lightly sponge the rest with Crumb Cake ink. Easy!
Stamp the sentiment on a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock in Early Espresso ink. The largest framelit in the Stitched Seasons Framelits was a tad too small, so I punched with the Pretty Label Punch.
Here’s a tip for you. To get more “bang for your buck,” trim your punched pieces to get a different look. Here are two options, but there are lots more.
I cut mine like the piece on the left. But the one on the right is perfect for words or skinnier sentiments. Cutting them when you use smaller images/sentiments balances it a bit better, and the punch doesn’t cover as much of the front of your card.
Add the Very Vanilla layers to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Early Espresso layer (round the corners with the Detailed Trio Punch), then add to a Sahara Sand Card. It would be even lovelier if you embossed the Early Espresso layer with the Subtle or Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
This bundle is a perfect set to use with Stampin’ Blends, and lots of new colors were added to the collection this year! Look at all the gorgeous new choices. You can buy the light and dark versions of each color separately, or combine the two in a combo pack.
And don’t forget that during the month of July, if you order three packages of Designer Series Paper (specialty paper not included), you can order a fourth package free!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!