There's a real sweet reason to make this card today and it comes in the form of a dear lady called Betty! More about that story at the end of the post.
The second reason is that I love doing Makeesha's challenges and she has put out a colour challenge for this week. I got to use the last of some Real Red card stock from my original stash, break open the 'Taken with Teal' Stampin' Pad and use its accompanying card stock for the first time! Not to mention that I also got to use some retired DSP that I was wondering if I'd ever get to use again. So, as you can tell, this one got me out of my 'comfort zone' and got my mind ticking over at full speed. It's a shame I don't have a housework fairy who does the washing, cook the tea and write my school reports!
The third reason is that I got to have a go at a sketch challenge from 'Card Patterns' that I have wanted to participate in for a while. So I've combined two challenges for the first time.
The fourth reason, not that I need any more reasons to make a card, is that it gives my customers a sneak peek at something new in the Summer Mini and fifthly, I got to have a play with my new 'Something Sweet' stamp set for the first time.
Project Recipe for 'Lollies for the Lolly Lady' -
Stamp Set: Something Sweet ($44.95)
Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal and Real Red
Ink: Real Red and Taken with Teal
Accessories: Retired DSP x2, Sweet Treat Cup, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Border Punch, 1/2" Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and Stampin'Dimensionals, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
Sixthly ... my daughter, Laura, wanted to crack open the huge packet of Jelly Belly, Jelly Beans that I had bought especially to use with this stamp. The packet had 49 flavours ... and yes it was fun trying to find the colours to match the challenge - flavours being, Red Apple, Orange Juice, Berry Blue and French Vanilla. Yum!
I turned the sketch a full 90 degrees as it suited the stamp set that I wanted to use.
Back to Betty ... she's a very lovely lady who faithfully comes to church and gives the younger children a lollypop every week! When my kids were little, they affectionately called her, 'The Lolly Lady'. Now they are both teenagers (19 and 16) but she still chats away to Laura and one day she offered to knit her a scarf.
Betty knows how much Laura loves scarves and this morning she gave her a present all wrapped up in Chrissie paper. Inside were two scarves, one she had knitted and the other was a blue silk one all the way from Bali. Her son has a clothing business there. What a special lady! I thought it was very appropriate to make a card with lollies on it, so Laura could say thanks.
I'm off now to write some more reports, well ... after I feed my 'hungry' family!
Hope you've had a wonderful weekend,
PS: I'm pretty excited as this card made it into iPicks! - Week 55