I was talking to my mother this weekend and I said, “My list of HAVE to-dos is the longest, next comes the SHOULD to-dos, and then finally the WANT to-dos.” If I do them in order, I’ll get to the WANT to-dos on my deathbed. The real problem is that it has been my priority system from day one. But I’m at a place in my life where that priority system, should I accomplish it, may make me productive, but not terribly happy.
SO, forgetting for the moment that there are certain things that actually fall on all three of those lists, I decided that I would take an hour this evening and make a birthday card for a friend. I got home from work, dragged all the materials out on the table, and this is what I made:
Unfortunately, the colors are not perfect in the photo, so you’ll just have to take my word for it that it looks really nice in reality. It is a lavender and green color scheme.
MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES: Paper is ALL from Martha Stewart (a pack of coordinating craft paper in green and taupe). I sponged lavender pigment ink (ColorBox) on the textured taupe paper (bottom of card) in order to bring out the pattern. The ribbon is from my stash, but I love it because it has that stitched look in the middle. The stamp is one of my favorites, an oldie-but-a-goodie from All Night Media (“Tweetheart” 403F) that I cut out with a craft knife. I embossed it with JudiKins “Candy Violet” EP. The “Happy Birthday” (Stampendous, D07)) was embossed as well, but the poor stamp is so old it doesn’t really stamp very well, so I ended up going over it with a purple sharpie.
Although the Happy Birthday tag looks a little lumpy in the photo, I actually like the fact you can see the ribbon underneath it because the whole card actually looks more like fabric in real life.