Well, it seems that I haven't blogged in about a week and a half. What's up with that? Oh maybe it's the one million and one things I have going on right now, along with entertaining the kids for the summer, soccer, along with a fun project of the month about to debut for The Cat's Pajamas, along with creating super cool things for Scrapper's Boutique (I love my job!), along with Eric throwing his back out, and me not ever getting to the grocery store except to "piece meal" it every day and all that other stuff that happens called LIFE. I've been a little behind for a while now and I really wish I had a few days straight to just CREATE and catch up. The backlog in my head of all the things I want to make is really making crazy (because of course I had to get on Pinterest a few hundred times in between all that busy-ness)! So for me, this card kind of sums up all those things into one, which I wouldn't change at all (except Eric's back problem! He's seeing a doctor today...I bet he has a herniated disc.); life just goes on and a positive attitude is totally necessary!
Anyway, I'm glad ya'll still love me even though I take these ridiculously long hiatuses. Today I am playing along in the Ribbon Carousel Blog Hop. Your Next Stamp is partnering with them and is even offering a lovely coupon code to all blog hop participants for 15% off any online order placed from today through June 30th! You can't beat that with a stick!
I was going to make this card a little more patriotic, but when I started taking the papers out that I wanted to use, it became more "county fair". I even added a vintage ticket (that looks a little like money if you look away and then take a quick glance out of the corner of your eye!). I thought it all went well with the fun red gingham ribbon I was sent from The Ribbon Carousel. I had been itching to use my new Balloon Trio Dies from Your Next Stamp, so I made all of my balloons a little different and then highlighted the background of the cream panel and took the sentiment from the Happiness stamp set.
SUSIE Q-TIP: My card was a very clean design to begin with, but lacked character. Once I added the ticket (to an almost completed card), it started to come to life. I had already glued everything down, so I to add a little more of a worn look, I just lifted the edges of each panel with my fingernail and made them a little more disheveled. Happiness.
Stamps: Happiness (Your Next Stamp)
Paper: Kraft, Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy (PTI), Summer (Simple Stories)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Vanilla (SUInk)
Accessories: Balloon Trio Dies (Your Next Stamp), Oval Nestabilities, Sewing Machine/Thread, Twine, Adhesive Rhinestones, Gingham Ribbon (The Ribbon Carousel), Hot Glue, Buttons, Jody Boosters
Finished Size: 5" Square