I hope you find this as much fun as I did. (I wish I could do a sarcastic card every week. Instead, I'll just have to be sarcastic on my blog posts.) And I can hardly wait to see the sarcasm you come up with for this challenge! As I mentioned last week, we have three fantastic sponsors for the month of October:
Jackson's Digital Expressions - $12 worth of digital stamps
Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps - 3 digis of winner's choice
Paper Temptress - 20 sheets of Cryogen paper
Before I get to my card, I thought I would give you a brief, (yeah, riiiight), restaurant review from Saturday night's meal. We met friends at La Hacienda, a wonderful Mexican restaurant at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort. If you are ever in the Valley of the Sun, I would definitely recommend this as a destination for dinner. The resort is absolutely beautiful, as is the restaurant. Lovely decor inside--it looks like they plucked a fancy hacienda out of Mexico and dropped it into Scottsdale. You can sit out on the spacious patio if you wish. We opted for inside, mostly because all the tables were reserved outside. Duh. The personnel at the restaurant are just what you would expect at a high-end resort--very friendly and extremely good at their jobs. Oddly enough, we were seated at the same table we had the last time we met John and Carol at La Hacienda. Bizarre, no?
Anyway, I chose the Hacienda Margarita for my drink, and was so glad I did. It was great tequila, with triple sec and fresh lime, over rocks with salted rim. Slurp! (I held myself to one--the last time we were there I had two, and didn't feel especially well after dinner. Burp. Excuse me.)
We ordered the house guacamole with chips, because avocado is sooo good for you. (Their guacamole is made table-side, and has big chunks of avocado with lots of tomato, onion, and cilantro--fabulous!) We ignored the fact that the chips (house made and yummy) aren't exactly what the doctor ordered. But we split one order among the four of us, so the damage from the chips was minimal.
Gary and I shared a mahi mahi ceviche that had such a beautiful tang to it. The fish was tender and flavorful, and I could have eaten two orders by myself. But not if I wanted the next course, which for both Gary and I, was Camarones al Chipotle. Giant pan-roasted shrimp in a tequila-chile chipotle sauce, served on top of a black bean huarache (an oblong fried masa) with a frise salad. Oh, boy, was that fantabulous! Melt-in-your-mouth, sweet shrimp, great black bean sauce, interesting huarache, (which was very good, but too filling, so I didn't finish that part), and scrumptious salad. Have no idea what the dressing was, but it was also tangy, a bit salty, and went beautifully with the shrimp. And, of course, we shared a dessert--churros, with three dips: vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Each dip was served in a small, edible chocolate cup. And, yes, I did eat the cups, too. Why do you even bother to ask?
John and Carol shared a salad of mixed greens, pea shoots, cranberries, candied almonds, and goat cheese with a spicy balsamic vinaigrette which they loved. Then Carol had the Mole Poblano--pan-roasted chicken breast and plantains served with a mole sauce, cilantro rice and sesame seeds. It was a bit spicy for her, but she loved the flavor. John had the seafood enchiladas, which he very much enjoyed eating--dungeness crab, pico de gallo, spinach, Oaxaca cheese, in a tomatillo corn sauce with red onion, cherry tomato and pea shoots. Then the two of them shared a bread pudding which was served in a chocolate-rimmed edible bowl. Yes, they loved that, too!
And a great time was had by all. Truly. We will be going back for a third visit at some point in time. I do have to mention, that although it is in the same valley as we are, it takes an hour to get there--by freeway. So it is not especially close. But sooo worth the drive! :^)
Then I had to come home to finish a DT card for another challenge group. Stayed up until 3:30 a.m., finished the card, dropped into bed like a stone, and slept for about 5 hours. Jumped out of bed, photographed the card, uploaded it to the other blog challenge, and jumped, (lots of jumping, hey?), into the shower to get ready for the Cardinals game. Which. they. lost. In overtime. It was a very long drive home, (the stadium is an hour away by freeway--we don't live close to much except The Deli and some dairies). I did so much screaming and clapping I gave myself a headache. Methinks I should have stayed home and taken a nap instead. And then I could have caught up on all my commenting, which I am sorely behind on, and blogging. Instead, I am up until after midnight. The things we do to spend time with our spouses. On the bright side, I won one of my fantasy football games. The other is yet to be determined. Thank you so much for asking.
Gosh, I almost forgot--I have to describe my card. Waaaah. I want to go to bed. I'm tired. (Tough, Penny. Get busy with the real reason for this post. OK, OK, you don't have to be so pushy.) Who is in here talking to me anyway? Oh, yeah, those voices in my head. Can't seem to shut them up. Scary.
Okey dokey. Without further ado:
I chose two Stamps by Judith for my card. There are no names on them, just numbers. The bear is H-227 and the sentiment is F-142. Judith has many sarcastic sentiment stamps--I love them, as you could probably guess.
I brayered the background for the bear on Stampin' Up CS with Stampin' Up ink: Old Olive, Green Galore (retired), Not Quite Navy, and Bordering Blue (also retired). I used a couple of SU markers to make the shadow underneath the bear. (If you could only see all the typos I am making right now. I keep typing "beat" instead of "bear". Sigh...) As an aside, I also type Jugs or Jigs instead of Hugs on most of my comments. Another sigh.....
My foreground was created with a Memory Box Orchard Tree Frame die and S'U CS. I made the banner from Spellbinders Classic Rectangles (I need a banner die, obviously), and tied it together with Martha Stewart baker's twine. I used another Spellbinders die for my sentiment--Fancy Tags Two.
The image was stamped on Cryogen CS with Memento ink, and colored with Copics: G20, G94, G99, C0, C2, C4, C6, B02, B04, E33, E35, E39, E44, E47, E49. I accented the image a bit with a white gel pen. And hurray! That's the end of my post! And, if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell to you. Forgot to mention that this is also Ed's birthday card--I think he'll get a chuckle out of it.
I also wanted to mention that I will be back again tomorrow. But my post will be much shorter, as I am sure you will appreciate that after all this. Congrats if you read the whole thing, but there is no prize. Sorry.
Do join in on the fun with this challenge! How often can you be sarcastic just for the fun of it? (For me, it's every day!) Pffffffft!
Later, peeps. Over and out.