Sunday, August 19, 2012

Jim's Birthday Card

I have finished another card for Merrilyn to take to the Midwest on Tuesday. That's card #2--Jim's birthday card. (Jim is the boyfriend of my sister, Barbara.) I have one card left to make. The only way to make sure I finish that one on time, (by Monday evening, so I can get it to Merrilyn before her trip), is to work into the wee hours again today. I did that Friday night on Jim's card. I worked until 4:30 a.m. and then had a small catastrophe. (Is there such a thing as a small catastrophe? By their very nature, aren't catastrophes rather large?)

Would you like to know what happened? Tough, I'm going to tell you anyway. I should warn you that this paragraph is x-rated. So cover your eyes while you read it. I had many of the card elements sitting on my desk in front of me. I picked up one of them to distress with my ink pad. So far, so good. I picked up the ink pad. OK, still doing fine. Then I started to distress the paper and I. dropped. the ink pad. Upside down. On my card elements. Oopsie daisy. Oh, of course, that's not what I said! What I did say was $%$^*&#^$%$^&%&^*^*!!!!

And then I went to bed.

Hours later I got up, took my blood pressure medication, and then went back to my craft room to survey the damage. Yup. One ruined image. Which really ticked me off, because I had already discarded two versions of that image fully colored. Let's see--I believe that means that I had to print and color the image for the FOURTH TIME, PEOPLE!!!! Oh, so sorry, I didn't mean to shout at you. (Yes. Yes, I did. I had to expel that negative energy somehow.)

OK, so I had to print and color the image again. I had also ruined a couple of die cuts, so I had to cut those out again. And I got ink on the farm image I had stamped and die cut. I refused to redo that one. Instead, I eventually pop-dotted the little farmer on top of the smeared area. Voila! A mistake with an easy correction. How terribly odd.

I must get on with things so that I can go make my last card. Therefore, without further ado, or angst, here is my recipe for this travesty card.

The design is loosely based on a sketch from Divas by Design Sketch Challenge, which I intend to enter. I rotated the sketch and then took some liberties with it that I hope are acceptable. And here is the sketch:

I am also entering the Digi Doodle Shop Challenge Use a Charm, which I thought they could rename "Be Charming", because that has such a clever ring to it, don't you think? Oh, whatever.

I chose the Bugaboo Bobble Head Farmer for my image. Why did I pick a farmer? Why, I am so glad you asked that question! I picked a farmer because that is what Jim is. A farmer. In Wisconsin. Next question. Where did I get the clever sentiment? I got it from Create with TLC. OK, enough with the question/answer session. It's really adorable of you, but it takes too long, and I am in a hurry.

I printed both the image and the sentiment on Copic X-Press It CS. Then I picked DSP from Authentique's Splendid Collection and My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Sunshine collection. I love it when you can use paper from more than one source. I used Stampin' Up CS for my base and die cuts, except the tickets. They were made from Bazzill Kraft CS. (I bought some Whimsy stamps and a Whimsy ticket die so I could make my own tickets. I am really tickled with them. You should get some if you don't already have them. Really. You'll be happy you did.)

I die cut the wheat flourishes, (wheat, get it? for a farmer? Oh, well, I thought it was clever at the time), with a Marianne Designs die. All the ovals are die cut from Spellbinders dies. The corner flourish was cut from a Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco B die. The farm scene came from a stamp by Northwoods Rubber Stamps. The Celebration piece is from 7 Gypsies. The charms are from my stash. The safety pin and brad are from Stampin' Up. And the little paper clip is from Tim Holtz. I used a bit of burlap from my fabric stash.That should about do it. Uh, not quite.

I colored the farmer with my Copics: C1, C2, C4, B91, B93, YR23, YR24, E000, E00, E11, E31, E33, E35. I also accented the image with a white gel pen.

And yes, the farmer does have gray hair--I was not trying to color it black. Jim is an older man, with lots of gray hair, unlike my Gary. Who is an older man with almost no gray hair. Because he is bald, not because his hair hasn't turned gray. Well, actually he isn't totally bald. But he does shave his head, so he appears totally bald. Aren't you glad I cleared that up for you?

And so ends this posting. But I will return with another one in a couple of days. When I get the next card done. If I get the next card done. I may just run away from home instead. That always solved my problems when I was a little girl. Well, at least until Daddy caught up with me and gave me a spanking.

Have a lovely Sunday/Monday!


  1. You really made me smile reading this sweetie. I am glad I am not the only one that does these silly things. It has ended up a great creation and I am sure Jim will love it. Thank you for sharing it with us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges and good luck.


  2. Oh Penny,

    Your card ist so cute!!
    Sorry, but I had to smile while I'm reading.. :-D
    Sometimes **** happens ;-)


  3. Your card is gorgeous! I love those wheat die-cuts. You are a better person than I - you admit your mistakes.

  4. I LOVE those wheat die cuts. Where did you get the dies? Great job on the design of this card. Sorry you had so much trouble making it. Can't wait to see the next one. Hopefully you won't have near the problems with it. This one is too darn cute.

  5. Well your perseverance really paid off Penny. And I am proud of you because along with the expletives I would have had to throw something. And NO you cannot run away. Running away will not solve anything will it Penny. lol. Anyhow the card is fabulous and I am sure Farmer Jim will be thrilled. Love the layout and the ticket sentiments as well as the cute image. Take care.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  6. Wow Penny this is fabulous what a stunning and creative card , love the image and those fab tickets , don't runaway , you are so funny love reading your posts Hugs Elaine

  7. Sorry to hear that the ink pad won the battle, Penny :( To make you feel better (I hope), I will admit that this has happened to me way too many times to count...and I believe I said a few words like yours ;) Your card is fabulous, though, so I think you are the true winner :D Sending you non-inky hugs ;)

  8. Penny, That card is so cute. I love the tickets and the wheat diecuts are real nice. Thanks for visiting my blog, Hugs always.

  9. There must have been a breakout from the FUBAR prison last week because they were out in force.

    Despite it all, your card is wonderful. I love the design, the coloring of that fun/funny image, and all the wonderful details.

  10. Too cute!! Love this Penny! A fun image and I love how you used those die cuts. Great work! :)

  11. Well, you've got a lot more patience than I have - I think I would have thrown things out of the window!! Still the end result is stunning - I love the farmer and his background and all the bits of straw are a fab touch :)

  12. This is adorable, Penny. I love the wheat die with this farmer image. Great coloring and design!

  13. Best oldest sister BarbaraAugust 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    The card is fabulous and shame on you for staying up all night! Jim will get such a kick out of the wheat die cuts. Another card for our display of Penny cards. It is so thoughtful of you to work so hard and we love you!!!
    P>S> I won't look at the get will card.

  14. wow Fabulous card Hun!!Thanks for joining us at Diva's this time

  15. Hi Penny,
    What a fabulous, fn card. I love the image & the whole farmer feel. Great interpretation of the sketch too. Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design.
    Andie xx

  16. This is plenty beautiful and I love the detail with the charm and farm theme with the layered tickets. Thanks for playing at Digi Doodle Shop Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back thursday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

  17. Penny, This is such a cute card. I love all the detail on it.

  18. Just stunning, I absolutely love your card. Your image is just wonderful. Love all your layers and the colors and your coloring is fantastic. All the embellishments, die cuts, sentiments and charms. At least it was a small image to have to color it several times.
    Hugs, :^)

  19. So what you're saying is you had an absolutely fantastic time making this card, yes?


    Nicely done card, Mom! I especially the wheat die cut flourishes. I never knew there was such a type of die cut flourish. Cute!


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