Sunday, March 24, 2013

You're My Rock (SPARKS Challenge, and Moxie Fab Emphasize the Negative)

Hi all, you have been seeing all these posts come out of here left and right, but the truth is most of them were written weeks ago! I haven't actually made a card in over a week and I was itching to get inky this morning. :) My dear hubby has really always been my rock. This last year has been tough, having lost 2 grandparents in less than a year, I definitely go through my down times. I'm also an insomniac (I think many creative types suffer from this!) and the worse the sleep deprivation gets, the harder life seems to feel, you know? Anyhow, this week has been a record sleep loss week for me, ugh! Last night I took a Rx sleeping pill at 1030, and still didn't get to sleep until 2am. Yuck! We were supposed to be at church early (my son is an acolyte and was scheduled for the 8am service this morning) and after my shower I was on our bed dissolved in a flood of tears. This sweet man patiently listens to all my woes, gives me a hug, offers to take 3 boys to church alone, and then to swim practice after that, he shoos the cat out, finishes getting the boys all ready, shuts the door, and I am hugely grateful to say I got 3 more hours of sleep and woke up feeling much happier and energetic. When I woke up all I could think of is how grateful I am for him. He truly is one of the greatest blessings I've ever been given :) I also was thinking how I make cards all the time, but rarely any for him unless it's our anniversary or something. I remembered I'd made another PS "rock" card recently, and thought I could use the rock stamp again to make a card for my husband.
Snowshoeing in January
PS stamps mix and match so well, I was able to create this custom sentiment with the "you rock" stamp from Sentiment Sampler, and two other sentiment stamps from Space Cadet. I also used some new stamps and dies I recently got from there: the Clipboards Dies, the Clipboard Stamps, and the Streamers Dies. The rock image came from Cuteasaurus. This is for two challenges, the Emphasize The Negative Challenge at Moxie Fab AND challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS this week, it's a Cool Shades Challenge, and the palette is called "Fiesta," here it is:

Here's my card again, I started with the clipboard/office supply theme and went from there, using DP that looks like graph paper. I punched 3 circles in it, and popped the whole thing up with 3D dots after adhering the clipboard top.

Then I created my banner, using 3 different stamps. If you've never tried you can get a whole lot more mileage out of your stamps this way, mixing and matching words to make a custom sentiment. I just inked up the word I wanted with a marker and stamped just that word. Then remove the stamp, and repeat until you have you sentiment finished. I used 3 different pens since I wanted the word "rock" to really pop. The rocks were paper pieced from scraps and then I added a fun paper clip, a library clip, an orange eyelet, and some gems as accents.
Well, I have 3 kids that need haircuts, and a lot going on this week, so I've got to fly. hope to see you TCP Fans at the Pajama Party on Splitcoaststampers tomorrow night! Big hugs, Noelle


Lesley said...

This is fantastic Noelle!!! Hope you feel better and can get more sleep.

Lynn said...

oh Noelle, I hope things get better for you. Hugs my friends. Your hubby's card is perfect!

The Paper Parade said...

This card is too cool! I love how it is long and looks like a clipboard, loving the cool patterns you used on the rocks, and all the little extras like the clip and paperclip. Great job!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Perfect take on this challenge, I love it!

Kimberly Gajewski said...

Hope that things go better for you, Noelle! I feel the same way some days! Your card rocks! I'm sure that your hubby loved it! :D

Cath said...

Hey Noelle! Thanks for linking this up to the Emphasize the Negative Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)