First of all, let me say I got my hands on a copy of Papercrafts' special card design issue on Friday night. No, the magazine didn't send me an advance copy or anything like that, although come to think of it they should 'cause I can give (am giving) them lots of free advertising on this here blog.
But what happened is more serendipitous. George and I were out on a date night (oh total joy!) and stopped by a bookstore (because we're geeks that way), which had already placed them on the newsstand. Since the website says they don't go on sale until the 7th, this seemed a bit weird, but hey, I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth.
The issue is awesomely useful as far as design goes, although I suspect someone totally new to the subject might be overwhelmed or confused by the sound-bite sized tips. Still, I'm loving it and will have lots to say about it in the coming weeks as I process. Oh, and Kelly Eubanks is a CAS genius. Just sayin'.
I also got my September/October issue of Papercrafts in the mail Saturday. Weird to think about Halloween already. Sad to say, but there won't be a lot of Halloween on Simplicity. I'm a Halloween Scrooge who deeply resents Halloween's explosive popularity and how it eclipses Thanksgiving, which is a much more meaningful autumn holiday that also just happens to coincide (and sometimes, like this year, falls right on) my birthday.
And no, I don't object to Halloween on religious grounds. Dressing up like ghosts and goblins and serial killers begging for candy isn't a gateway to worshiping Satan. It's just fun for kids and a headache for us scrooges who long for the days when kids made up their own costumes from stuff they found around the house and parents weren't asked to provide $50 worth of crap for parties at school.
I feel so much better having gotten that off my chest. Thank you for listening.
So anyway, with two amazing magazines to pore over, I'm bursting with inspiration right now yet have had so little time in my craft area to give expression to it. School starts on August 23, so in 17 days, 15 hours, and 5 minutes, both my boys will be in school buildings and not demanding that, you know, I be the mommy every blessed minute of the day.
Schools are why the insane asylums are not full of moms, and teachers are the most wonderful people on earth. (This post has already been interrupted by my youngest three times...it's a miracle I'm ever coherent enough to blog in the summer!)
Y'all wonder why I babble.
Anyway, here's the card for today (the real reason you are here), with lots of wonderful white space and some really happy colors!
The stamped panel is small and graphic (straight lines love curves, curves love straight lines, or something like that) and it needed a bit more than just a few dimensionals under it. That's why I added the white mat. Orange or green would have been too heavy, but the touch of white gives just the right frame to the mostly white stamped panel and keeps the whole card light and clean.
Pear tart (tee-hee) and Tangelo Memento inks make me happy. What are your happy colors?
stamps: Papertrey Turning a New Leaf, Sign Language, Faux Ribbon
paper: Papertrey white