Ahoy, there, Mateys! ;o)
How are you all today? Lots going on in our house, as today was the first day of school for my two youngest sons, Elliott and Dominic. Elliott started First Grade today, and Dominic started Kindergarten at our local Montessori school. We heard about Montessori toward the end of last school year, and filled out applications for all three of our boys, but only the youngest two made it in. They get a high volume of applications, and they have only limited placements available, so Chaztin is on the waiting list, and will hopefully get in next year. We've had zero experience with a Montessori school system so far, but we've heard wonderful things about them. In fact, I read on Jennifer McGuire's blog that her young son Collin attends a Montessori school, and they couldn't be more thrilled with it. So we're looking forward to this new adventure. I hope it will be a really positive one for all of us.
In other positive news, the roofers which have been here all last week should be finishing up today! It will be nice not to wake up at 7AM to the sound of pounding nails (not that I can sleep in until 7 anymore anyway, since school's back in session). Because of the thick black clouds of sticky dust coming down all around us, I've had to keep most of the windows in the house closed, including my office, which has turned it into a furnace. I've avoided it as much as possible, though I did go up the other night and make a quick birthday card for my Grandfather. His bedroom is decorated in ships, so I thought he might enjoy this.
I started with some kraft cardstock, folded into a standard sized card. I trimmed down a sheet of Moxxie patterned paper, then tore off the bottom and layered it over a strip from the B side. I sanded the top and sides to give it more of a distressed feel.
I stamped the image from Hampton Arts and colored it with Copics. And that's when a happy accident occured. While attempting to trim it down, I misjudged the placement and sliced right through the right side of my image. After throwing a mini silent hissy-fit (this was somewhere around 2AM and the boys room is right next door to my office), I realized that I could restamp and color the image, or I could calm down and find a way to make it work. I think you can see for yourself which one I chose. I carefully sliced up the rest of the image (LOVE that on this new Fiskars trimmer, I can get such thin, straight strips. Never could have done that on my old one.) and mounted it on a scrap of silver-gray cardstock. I popped that whole piece off with pop dots, and threaded some white embroidery thread underneath three times, then tied it off in a little bow. Simple, stylish, and masculine.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my card for today. I can hear the workers out there taking down their ladders, so maybe I'll even get a little crafting time in tonight. Throw open those windows and let the inspiration flow in with the breeze. :o)
Have a great evening, everybody!
Beautiful card and so perfect for someone who loves boats, I am sure your father will love it. Hope all goes well with school, hard to believe that is starting already, where did summer go?ReplyDelete
Fabulous patterned papers to go with your image. I think it was fate that you had your "accident". The cut image is so interesting.ReplyDelete
This is awesome! Love the masculine feel. Montessori is great. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
Wonderful happy accidents! The first thing I noticed was the image in strips and I thought..."what a great idea". Fabulous masculine card!ReplyDelete
Really cute... I sent Grandpa his birthday card a few days ago, so I hope he gets it/got it!ReplyDelete
P.S. Thanks for the links and the info you left me on my blog!ReplyDelete
Thanks, everyone. :o) Yeah, after I sliced it up and remounted the strips, I decided that it actually looked more interesting than if I had left it whole.ReplyDelete
It seems the trick to turning a "mistake" into a "happy accident" is to make it look as though it was intended in the first place!
Fabulous paper!! I love all the blues and your coloring technique is awesome. TFSReplyDelete
This is a great card. I love the papers.ReplyDelete
Love, love, love this simple card. Great papers and accents (the twine) make it perfect.ReplyDelete
such a fun card...great for a boy or young man...may have to CASE some elements of this oneReplyDelete
Stunning masculine card! the one style I'm super weak at... :) I will this as inspiration the next time I need to make one for the guys.ReplyDelete
Crossing fingers here for Chaztin! That would be so great for all 3 of them to be in the same school.
Love the clean, classic and nautical look!ReplyDelete