Monday, October 15, 2012

The Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge Sarcastic Greetings

This week's challenge is to make something with a sarcastic greeting on it. This was extremely difficult for me, (clearing throat now), as I am totally unable to be sarcastic about anything. (OK, now I am running away before you throw things at me.)  

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.


  1. Oh Penny, this is brilliant! Besides how cute the image and the layout are, the sentiment is seriously funny. :D The churros sound so fantastic! Makes me homesick.

  2. "Who is in here talking to me anyway? Oh, yeah, those voices in my head. Can't seem to shut them up. Scary."

    hahahahahahahaha. Sounds like me. Which I suppose is even scarier.

    Your dinner sounds delish! I do enjoy your restaurant reviews.

    The card, of course, is fabulous. Great coloring, great use of die cuts, and a fun/funny sentiment.

  3. I love reading your posts all the way through, I might miss something if I skimmed over it. Fantastic card, beautiful design and gorgeous scene. I love it!!! If Ed doesn't like it you can send it to me. I do have a question. I have that die, I can;t get the top of the tree out of my die without it tearing, it does not cut clear through very good and if I run it through again it slips and cuts where it shouldn't. Any suggestions?

  4. Fab card Penny - very CAS for you (no, not being sarky either!). Great sentiment and I love the colour scheme - works so well for your layout :)
    My hubby says I have a black belt in sarcasm - like I need his compliments :)!!!!

  5. adorable penny!!! i love how you did the background...gorgeous gradient. A beautiful card :)

  6. Beautiful brayering- love the fun image and sentiment...and the tree die and the fun banner..... The guac sounds delish...mmmmmm!

  7. I read this post and didn't comment? I must've run off to find a snack! If I'm ever out that way, I'm coming to hang out. I love Mexican, and you seem to know all the good spots!

    Love that sentiment with this image! Your die cuts look good too...

  8. Penny, I would have a problem make something with a sarcastic greeting on it on it also, but you greeting is wonderful. I love the image and you colored it so awesome, your creativity with the banner and the Memory Box Orchard Tree Frame die is incredible and the background turned out so nice. Just love it.
    Hugs, Patricia

  9. Ed LOVED his card and says to say thank you for remembering him...well, he wasn't quite that wordy...I loved the card too! We are lucky to count you as our friends! big hugs!!

  10. That bear in the trash can is too cute! And the sentiment, too! So cute!

    Your restaurant reviews make me hungry. Great job writing about all the food you eat!


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