Sunday, June 03, 2007

Playing . . .

I had some more fun playing with my Penny Black stamps that I got. I absolutely adored this little cow with balloons and I thought it just had so many uses (birthday, thank you, congratulations, get well soon) that I just had to have her.

This image was so easy to color. I just added a little pink to her nose, ears and udder, and then colored the balloons using my ink pad and an aquapainter until I got the color I wanted for them. I tried to match the paper as well as I could. I just loved this background paper!

I tried a bunch of different ribbons to work on this card. I wanted some black gingham, but AMAZINGLY, I was out of it, so I was going to go with black rick rack until I came across this ribbon that I got from Jody and thought it would be perfect. Thanks Jody! I used my scallop edged scissors on the edge of the green to make it look all pretty and then I was trying to decide where to put the sentiment. I tried a little tag on the side, but it hung all wonky doodles because of the ribbon and looked weird. So, I decided to just go for it and stamp directly on the patterned paper. It was risky because I could have so easily messed it up (and I kind of did since it is not perfectly straight -- but it'll do). I am so in love with these cows . . . almost as much as I love the Bellas!!!

The second card I made was a quickie. I had these awesome Penny Black (are you surprised?) sentiments that I wanted to try with a floral background, so I stamped some florals from SU "Mixed Bouquet" in some old color challenge colors (see, it pays to be a slacker cause then you always have options), and then just adhered the sentiment to matching card stock and put it all together. I added the strip of black with white polka dot ribbon on just cause I am addicted to it and I thought it worked and added something to the card.

Oh and guess what else we did yesterday . . . M and I went to look at the house we are interested in buying and we set up an appointment to sign a contract next Saturday and we picked out our exterior color scheme. I am so EXCITED! We figured out that our back yard from the edge of the pre-poured patio to the back wall is about 60 feet and our lot side to side is about 60 ft, so my backyard will be 60x60. AWESOME! We currently have a small landing strip backyard (super tiny and not very useful) so I am so excited to have space to plant a garden, put a big playground hut in, and have grill space and socializing space. YAY! Here is a link to our floor plan for those of you who are interested in it: MANDA'S HOUSE. Oh and the other thing is we will be moving out of the "city" and more into a small town -- I am excited about this as we will still be close enough to the city to get everything we need (READ: the latest and most exciting stamping stuff) -- but at the same time, far enough out that we avoid city life and attitudes. They said 5-6 months from when we sign our contract, so M and I are furiously working on getting the current house prepared to sell, which is a lot of work since we have two little ones under foot. I just wanted to let you all know so that if you notice I am MIA, then you can guess that is where I am.

8 comments:

Jason Sampson said...

cute card, love that cow, and how you did the balloons is awesome. This is a great work!

Beckie said...

Okay, I love this cow card! The colors rock, the balloons pop, I love it! Thanks for sharing!!

Stamperosity said...

So very adorable, Amanda! Aren't you the clever one! Love how the balloons look so real with the crystal effects. I'm with you...LOVE cows...aren't they the cutest!!! TFS

Dorinda said...

Wow! they are soooo cute!!!

Tex said...

Oh. My. Gosh!
This is delightfully fun, Amanda! Those balloons are perfect, and the darlin' cow is "over the moon"!!

Quilt Nut said...

love that cow stamp! fabulous card!!

Lisa said...

Beautiful cards. You are right that cow is too sweet!

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