Thursday, April 18, 2013

Home with Color My Heart

Whew!  Since I was last here, I've had a whirlwind of personal stuff:  son visiting here, trip to Washington State, haircut and color with my exceedingly talented daughter (not that I'm bragging or anything), my dad's 80th birthday celebration, home opener for the Seattle Mariners, trip to Central Washington to see my best friend, my husband's 50th birthday (including a cupcake recreation of a board game he loves), a long travel day to get from Central Washington to Seattle to Denver (where we got stuck in some snow) back to Oklahoma City and then home, and (to top it all off) my first experience with tornado warnings Wednesday night.

Like I said, Whew!!

But since you're here for the Outdoor Denim, Sky, and Gypsy Color My Heart card, I'll get right to it...

This was my first try with the chalkboard technique, and next time I will do it on smooth black cardstock instead of linen texture.  I will also take the extra time to clean off my stamp between the under layer of White Daisy ink and embossing.  The white pigment ink works great for embossing but it clouds the stamp image so I couldn't see through well enough to line it up as well as it should be.  I would have redone the entire card but I'm out of time.

I love the idea of the old-fashioned sentiment (Home Sweet Home-retired Stamp of the Month) with the modern male/female figures (Sightseer). I also liked using the flight trail from Sightseer to create a background.  The ribbon is from somewhere non-CTMH...probably Michael's.

Here are a few pictures from the rest of my adventures:

 My dad's first limo ride on the way to a FANCY restaurant.
 Mariner's home opener with the two most handsome men in my world.
 Hubby and his "Settlers of Catan" cupcake creation.
 A closer look at the cupcakes.
The view out our front window at 5pm Wednesday, April 17.

And finally, a picture I stole off Facebook to show you what the whole thing looked like.  Yep, my house is directly under the center of that big, swirly cloud.  Glad I wasn't able to see just how threatening this was until the day after we were safe and sound.

And that's the biggest "Whew!!" of all!

Now it's time to finish laundry, clean my kitchen, and get an outline written for my new novel.

Until next time,


  1. Love your card and your newsy posting complete with photos. I am SO CASE-ing your Settlers of Catan cupcake idea! My guys love that game, too. So clever. Glad you made it home safely...

  2. That card is absolutely wonderful. I like the techniques that you used. You have a whole novel to write right from your week's activities!

  3. I am exhausted just reading about your escapades! Sounds like you had a fabulous time and an unexpected welcome when you returned. Woah. I love how your card looks, so don't be too crazy about what you would have done...this one is super! Welcome home! :)

  4. I love your first attempt at chalkboard technique--I haven't tried it yet and your card makes me want to do it soon! I love the curvy stitching lines--they add an element of whimsical fun to the card. Nicely done!
    :) Marie

  5. Becca, I love your pictures and I pinned your cupcake cake. What a great idea! We like to play that game. I really like your card, and I don't think it needed to be redone. But I do understand about the coloring on the embossing. I'll definitely keep that in mind when I go to CASE this card. :)


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