When the new 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog was released, I knew I wanted to have the Field Journal Stamp Set. Here’s why.
When the boys were young, Mike & I homeschooled them. We had such a fun time together. They built their own computers, learned how to do basic car maintenance, take care of a house (including the maintenance stuff), and, of course, they learned to read, write (sort of), do math, and they learned history, science, and the other basics. Fortunately for the writing goal, they learned to type, so they are masters at online communication. Their writing is legible, but probably won’t win awards, and that’s good enough for me. Their father and I also have abysmal handwriting, so I decided not to expect a lot. (My excuse is that I’m left handed and none of my teachers knew how to teach left-handed kids to write. Maybe I can use that same excuse, since they’re both right-handed like their father.)
My main goal in homeschooling was to make sure they could read, do math, and know how to learn about anything else they wanted to know. In that, we were very successful. The boys know more than I do about so many things.
While were were “doing school,” though, I tried to combine as many subjects as I could in one fun event. We’d take a walk in the park, then sit and sketch wildflowers, waterfowl, or whatever else they wanted to sketch. Then we’d come home and research whatever they had sketched so we’d know more about it. This would cover Phys Ed, science, art, and writing in one fun outing.
When I saw the Field Journal Stamp Set, it reminded me of our days in the park. I finally broke it out to have a little fun with it the other day. It’s perfect for a #simplestamping card.
I have to admit, I’m not super happy with this card. I should have just stamped in Basic Gray and Smoky Slate ink (my first plan) and let it go at that. Then it would have looked like a sketching in the park. But, no. I had to color the images with Stampin’ Blends after I stamped.
First, I think the leaf with the lady bug looks like a frog. I have a hard time seeing a leaf and lady bug. It just looks like a frog with a big red eye. The duck is ok, except the eye doesn’t show. *sigh* This is maybe the first blog you’ve ever read when the author told you all the bad stuff about the card. But I wanted you to see that even if you don’t think a card is really great, others might have a different opinion. Or not. We’ll see, right?
Anyway – for this card, I stamped the images on a piece of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP) using Basic Gray Classic Ink. Then I colored them with Mossy Meadow, Cinnamon Cider, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Crumb Cake, Gray Granite, and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends. I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade Classic Ink. Then I layered it all to a Mossy Meadow card base. I added a few Champagne Basic Jewels to the card to add a little more bling and interest. (Just kidding. I added them because I tend to hoard embellishments, so I wanted to use these before they retire. But they do add a little bling and interest.)
This is a super fun set, and I hope to have some samples soon that I don’t have to apologize for. Soon!
Once again, I’m going to leave you with the scene from my favorite musical, 1776, that leaves me sobbing.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day – and a wonderful weekend.
Buffy, this is a wonderful card. I have been debating this set. My great uncle was a botanist and responsible for discovering many plants. this set reminds me of him.
Thank you, Jackie! And – wow! That is so fun. I’ll bet he was interesting to talk with.
You are too funny! I haver to admit the leaf and lady bug does look like a frog but I probably would not have said that if you didn’t tell me that first. The duck is beautiful!
Thanks, Susan! Once you see the frog, you can’t unsee it.
What?! You created a card you think isn’t perfect?! Not Buffy! Just kidding – nice to know I’m not alone in the “maybe I shouldn’t have….” department. Blame the DSP – that’ll work! (it still looks fine!)
Buffy creates LOTS of cards that are far from perfect! (In fact, most of them are.) But thanks!