Monday, April 7, 2014

Fun and Foxy

Hey there stampers!
Happy sunny Monday!

Will we reach 70+ degrees today?  Or not?  The 7 day forecast from KGW says that we'll get all the way up to 72 today!  Time to break out the capris and sandals!  Or, as you well know, the forecast could change in an instant.

What a fun card I have for you today!  It is the creation of Janet Jones, one of the demonstrators in my group.  I love Janet's clean and classic style.  When it comes to cards, we think alike.  Check out this foxy little guy...

This cute fox, along with his other forest friends (mouse, raccoon, hedgehog, and bunny) can be found on page 21 of the Occasions catalog.  The name of the stamp set is Life in the Forest.  The outlined images are just begging to be colored.  Janet stamped the fox in Jet Black Staz-on ink on watercolor paper and then used some Baked Brown Sugar ink and her aqua painter to color the fox.  The Coastal Cabana panel was embossed using the Woodgrain embossing folder, which gives a nice woodsy feel to the card.  The designer paper is from the Fresh Prints Designer Paper Stacks on page 33 of the Occasions catalog.  You get a nice thick stack (48 sheets) of coordinating prints in a 4 1/2 by 6 1/2 inch size for only 6.95.  The banners were cut with the new Banners Framelit Dies on page 27 of the Occasions catalog.  The fun saying is from the Just Sayin' stamp set on page 36 of the Occasions catalog, which coordinates with the Word Bubble Framelits on the same page.  Some linen thread tied around the top of the banners adds another rustic touch to this cute card.  Thanks, Janet, for allowing me to share your card today!

Just a word of advice.... I would suggest sending this sentiment only to those in the under 40's crowd.  As we age, those of us in the upper age brackets tend not to appreciate the focus being on our age, but instead prefer people to acknowledge our positive attributes, such as our superior card-making skills, our great color sense, our culinary genius, our ability to wrangle grandchildren, or our gardening skills.  There's so much more that can be said when birthdays roll around.  Why focus on something that can't be changed, like age?
Little kids, on the other hand, love being reminded of how old they're getting!  So send a greeting like this to a five-year-old and it will make his day.  Your 75-year-old aunt, not so much!

Hope you can all get out there and enjoy the sunshine!
Don't forget to come back on Wednesday for another classic card!
Be happy!

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