I, for one, and pleased as punch that today is Friday! I get to have a "Girl's Night Out" tonight with one of my besties to celebrate her birthday and get our birthday pedis! For each of our birthdays, we get each other a pedicure and GNO - that way we know we get, at least, 2 guilt-free ones a year! Ha. Not those aren't the only pedi/GNO's that we have -- but I consider these guilt-free. There IS a difference. I know all the Mom's get it! :)
And the other wonderful news for me today is that Big Daddy's Saturday work was cancelled! So we get to have him at home tomorrow. Whoohoo! The kids miss him so much and want to play with him so badly. And it's understandable. I'm also proud for him that he gets a day to rest! He gets up SO early and works long, hard days. I can tell by looking at him sometimes just how tired he is.
Now on to the fun stuff. Well, bittersweet anway. As I mentioned in my first post of this series, I've decided to do several posts over the next few weeks sharing some of my cards that have been published in celebration of PaperCrafts & Scrapbooking magazines inspiring influence over my crafty life and as my way of saying goodbye. A tribute to the magazine and therapy for me. Killing two birds, if you will.
This card was a fun one. I get a kick out of the rustic country themed crafting goodies and love to use them. My sister is married to a farmer so I guess I'm biased toward these sweet images.
My Country Best Wishes card was published in this year's Cool Tools Volume 2 issue.
I made a little panel of patterned papers from my 6x6 DIY Shop pad by Crate Paper (I have worn this one out!). I then ran that panel through my Cuttlebug using the Chicken Wire Embossing folder and lightly sanded the raised texture of the card to make it stand out. I stamped the rooster from PTI's On The Farm stamp set using second generation ink and layered the stamped sentiment over it using 1st generation ink. I love how it stands out over those cute roosters! The sentiment strip and accent panel are both ink distressed (use a sponge to make it lighter). It was really pretty easy and I think this method would look cute with so many different themes/patterns.
If you haven't yet picked up a copy (available in print or digital) of Cool Tools, I highly recommend it! It was very inspiring and will be a go-to in your inspiration collection for a long time.
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!