How have you been? Good I hope!
I'm happy to report that Nathan is finally, ThankyoudearJesusitwassohorrible, going to sleep without screaming like he's the star of an 80's horror movie. It was a long couple of nights letting him cry it out but hopefully it's over and we won't have to deal with it again . . .until the next one . . .or maybe not then either. You think? Meh. Probably not.
I've been working a bunch of afternoon shifts which makes it hard to create but man work goes by fast. I had no idea before starting my job that how busy the police are is directly tied to the weather. Seems weird I know but it's true. Thunderstorm: downed wires, trees, flooding, power outages. Snow: multiple accidents, domestic violence (due to cabin fever). Blue Skies and Sunshine: drunk people, speeders, accidents, domestic violence (see previous drunk people), bar fights (again drunk people). Basically you hope for an overcast day that's only slightly warm in an effort to make it through your shift unscathed. Here it's been blue skies and sunshine lately. Super drunk . . er I mean fun.
When I saw the current Fusion Card Challenge I was enamored with the inspiration photo right away.
So often we see red, white, and blue as patriotic here in the good ole' US of A. I love how elegant the photo feels.
I went hunting through my stamps and found the perfect digital stamp from A Day For Daisies called Vintage Poppy Cluster. Since their current challenge is anything goes I'm entering over there too. Nothing like two birds one stone am I right?
The original stamp is three of the poppies but I knew I wanted to cover my whole panel. It was pretty easy to do just by copying, pasting, and rotating the stamp so they fit together nicely. I colored with my copics and added the details with my black and white pens. Originally the background was just blended blue but it looked too plain and not nearly as royal blue as I wanted. I added stippling with a blue marker to add some interest and get closer to the blue in the photo. I think it turned out pretty cool.
I was making this card for a dear friend of mine whose birthday was last week so I knew that was the way of the sentiment. Between me and you I felt terrible not using her stamps to make the card but I know she has a love of the more realistic too. Hopefully she loves it. I really like the look of a negative die so I used Simon Says Stamp's "Happy" die to get it. The birthday is from Hero Arts and was heat embossed in white.
I did manage to get around and visit some blogs this past week and I'm hoping to visit even more of you this week! You guys are so inspiring. I love seeing what you make!!
Thanks for visiting!