Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summer Mini Stamp-a-Stack - Card #1: Motorcycle Journey

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Nature Has A Funny Way Of Breaking What Does Not Bend

Today's lesson comes from lyrics by the singer/songwriter Jewel.  I reflect on these particular lyrics a lot.  Today there was incredible wind here in Colorado and a number of trees came down due to the strong force of the wind.  It always amazes me how many trees are able to withstand the force - the push and pull.  They remain standing because they can sway - because they are flexible in the face of all of that force.  We can learn from those trees - to bend a bit when life is pushing us in a direction and we don't want to go; to stretch and flex when we exercise hard; to sway so as not to take the brunt of what someone is throwing at us.  Today I wish you flexibility - the ability to bend, not break, under pressure.

Today's card is for my upcoming Summer Mini Stamp-a-Stack.  I love the motorcycle stamp - it is incredibly versatile and a great image for making both masculine and feminine cards.  The Sentimental Journey stamp set is a great compliment.  This card could be used for a birthday, father's day, or wishing someone a successful journey as they embark on a trip, a new job, or pursuit of their passion.  I sprayed the Kraft card stock with a mixture of alcohol and Chocolate Chip reinker that I keep in a small spray bottle.  I also stippled a bit of Chocolate Chip ink on the background using a stencil brush.  The motorcycle image was stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I tore the edges of the Night Of Navy card stock.  The Red Riding Hood panel was stamped with words from the Sentimental Journey stamp set in Riding Hood Red ink.  The compass was stamped in Close To Cocoa and punched out with the 1" circle punch.  Finally, the greeting flag was created by stamping "journey" in Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla card stock and sponging the edges.   I hope you like it!

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