Lazy Days and Lemonade
What a wonderful Thursday I had! My Wesley turned 31 (can that be possible??), so I took a fun dessert and card over to his house in the afternoon. I realized when I got there that it was almost the exact time he was born. What a wonderful day that was! On Thursday night, Adrianna (Jon’s wife) and I took a “Grazing Board” class. If you haven’t seen the photo on Facebook, here’s my “board.”
It was so fun! I was sad the other two girls couldn’t make it. But we found out they do private classes, so we’re thinking about doing one for all of us while the guys do some “guy things.” The class was so fun, but if we do a private one, maybe we can ask for a “low cheese” board since Steph is allergic to dairy. Or I can bring some dairy free options for her board.
Oh, by the way – see that piece of cheese on the top (at the bottom left) that isn’t “fanned” well? It’s gone. I couldn’t get it back into the mix so that it looked good, so I ate it. Yum! It was fun getting some tips on putting the board together.
Right before I left for the class, I decided to play a little with the Lazy Days Bundle from the 2023-24 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. After I planned what I wanted to do, this was really quick to pull together.
I started with 4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Smoky Slate Cardstock. Then I added a piece of Old Olive Cardstock the height of the porch rails, then a Boho Blue Cardstock piece at the top.
Next, I stamped the chair, table, hanging basket and basket of greenery on Basic White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I colored these with Stampin’ Blends – except I added some Metallic Enamel Effects in Gold around the basket with the greenery. I stamped the porch rug in Misty Moonlight Ink on Basic White Cardstock, then die-cut all the stamped pieces as well as the porch rails and trim with the coordinating dies. I die-cut the cushion for the chair from the Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper.
Before I started adhering all the die-cuts willy-nilly, I laid them out where I wanted them first. And then I realized my Old Olive strip was too tall. The easiest fix was to add a little extra to the top of the porch rails. After I had everything placed where I wanted it, I glued them to the card and then to the Crumb Cake card base.
I need to use the “reverse stamping technique” to add another rocking chair to the card, because two glasses of lemonade with only one chair seems sad to me. It’s like you’re making someone sit on the floor. Or maybe the rocking chair sitter is really thirsty.
I love this set. It’s going to be perfect for Mike’s real estate clients (with the extra chair, of course!).
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!
Oh, what a lovely porch scene! I’d love to be sitting there, sipping iced tea and enjoying the view 🙂
Thanks, Deborah! And I would too! Right now, our street is a quick shortcut if people want to skip the traffic lights, so it’s not super quiet or peaceful. But one day!!!
I can see myself sitting on that porch. It looks so inviting!
I know! Very relaxing – especially after a 14 hour car trip!