Thursday, June 28, 2012

Comfort Cafe Labels Collection Framelits Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Encourage Rest
It's been getting hot, hot, hot here in Denver!  We have had quite a few days where the temperature has exceeded 100 degrees!  For us, that's hot!  Even this squirrel would agree!
I have been trying to walk Buddy earlier and earlier so that we can enjoy a bit of cooler air before the oppressive heat.  Our walks tend to be long though, so usually the sun beats us back home.  Buddy has black fur so he heats up quickly.  We have found a wonderful tree along our walking route where we take refuge from the sun for a little while and try to cool off in the shade and grass.  The other morning, we were sitting under our tree when a man went walking by with his two dogs - they were both white Great Pyrenees - a large breed with lots of fur.  He looked at us and commented that our resting area looked great.  I told him it was tough in the heat for Buddy with all that black fur.  He said that one of his dogs is getting older and has trouble with her hips and that he had never really thought about stopping along the way on their walks.  As he walked away he said, "You have encouraged me to rest."  It struck me as odd that resting had not been on his mind prior to seeing us sitting there.  Then I remembered the society in which we live (and my post about productivity yesterday).  It seems we are encouraged to keep going, keep striving, keep moving.  What if we looked at our rest as being as important as our continuing to push forward?  I have a feeling the man will enjoy the rest as much as his dogs :)
I am loving the Comfort Cafe designer series paper and the combination of Cajun Craze and Soft Suede is not a usual one for me.  I love that this paper forces me outside of my usual color palette (even if I did sneak in some Crumb Cake :)  I adhered the paper to the Crumb Cake card base with glue and then did a little machine stitching on the edges.  The Soft Suede card stock was die cut with a labels framelit and then embossed with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  Next I stamped the image and greeting from Apothecary Art using a combination of Soft Suede and Cajun Craze ink.  I die cut the image with another framelit and hand cut the greeting into a banner.  I hand cut an additional banner in Cajun Craze and then layered everything together with glue and dimensionals.  Some Victoria crochet trim and some adhesive pearls finish off the card.  I hope you like it!


Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful card! The Crumb Cake looks gorgeous with the rest of the colours. Wish I could send some of our wet weather your way to cool you down. Mind you, I think the sun is finally coming back, and we'll be heating up soon enough. I'll definitely take some time to rest when the days get hot. --Doris

Lorraine said...

That is really pretty. I love the addition of the crochet trim - it gives it such a softness. Those colors are very eye-pleasing.

You know it's hot when the squirrels spread out and stop running helter-skelter. I've watched them lick the sides of the pool skimmer when it's that hot just to get some moisture. I hope your heat wave lifts soon and you and Buddy can get some relief.