Hi Everyone. Happy Friday Night.
Oh yeah...it's officially the weekend, which means that I get time in my stamping space - and deck! In fact, I am writing this post from my deck watching the moon rise above the trees.
Last night was a weird night weather wise. Tornado touch downs in Rochester and many other places in the state. It was exceptionally unexpected here. We heard the sirens going off, but even our local television station was unaware of why. Well, the rest of Rochester discovered why, but a little area where the tornado touched down knew last night. Her's the link to the news tornado in Rochester.
It was far worse north and south of us, where 3 people lost their lives. The one thing you become accustomed to having in areas like this - a basement. You realize how vulnerable those without basements are. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tornadoes last night.
Tonight's card is for a the justusgirlschallenge as well as a brand new challenge site - well brand new to me that is :-)The site is called Papertake Weekly challenge site. Both sites have all sorts of different styles, guaranteed to inspired you. So, mosey on over to both of these great sites and check them out. The challenge at papertake - make a card based on your favorite ice cream flavors. The challenge at justusgirls.... use these three colors: chocolate, light pink and vanilla!!!! So, great pairing for the challenges. Also, I got to use three great ice cream flavors contained in Neopolitan ice cream.... Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla!
Before we get to that... I wanted to show you a picture of Bailey. I set up the photo tent this evening to take pictures for tonight and tomorrow. I turned around to take the cards out of the drawer and what do I find.....
errr... mother... you need to get a bigger photo tent because I can't see out of it..... TWIT.... he's way too big for this little photo tent... but Bailey has never been afraid to try to get into small spaces. Yes, he has been known to get his head stuck in a little square tissue box. Didn't his brain function enough to tell him that because he could get his snout in there - he couldn't necessarily get the rest of his body in.. NO!!! seems, Bailey's little synapses don't connect!
I thought you would enjoy this pic.
Now, back to our regular programming. Here's my card based on my favorite ice cream flavors. Once again I decided to feature the Bella Toile background stamp. I've seen a lot of cards lately that follow this format and I really like it. It also gave me a chance to use some of the new colors. I mixed Chocolate Chip with Early Espresso -hello, coffee ice cream anyone? - Blushing Bride (didn't think I would like this color, but it works really well with this combination)... and, of course, very vanilla.
- Card stock: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride
- Stamps: Bella Toile, Because I Care (sentiment)
- Inks: Chocolate Chip
- Accessories: Very Vanilla satin ribbon, chocolate chip corduroy button, twine
- Tools: Stamp-a-majig, needle, corner rounder
This is a card that you can easily adapt to any color combination and I love the clean lines. Instead of the background stamp, you could always highlight DSP instead... and, with the fabulous new DSPs in the catalog, you may very well feel the need to find a card layout that allows you to highlight them!
I have another couple of things to share with you tonight. I saw a fabulous card that I think many of you will like. Tara created this gorgeous card for the palspaperarts challenge this week. I saw it in the PPA gallery and it immediately caught my eye. Here is Tara's card
Many of you may have seen the video of Susan Boyle from the British talent show last year. Well, I found a video for a program that I don't watch. America's Got Talent. I was really astonished... no, in awe, of Alice Tan Ridley's rendition of "At Last" by the late, great, Etta James. It's an incredibly difficult song to sing .... Many karaoke versions... but true renditions are rare. If you haven't seen the video of a woman who has spent 20 years singing in the NY underground, check this out. Here's the link to Alice performing on America's Got Talent.
It brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart... then... to bring it home... here's the a home video (presumably taken on a cellphone) of Alice performing, "What's Love Got to do With it" in the NY subway. Man... what an unbelievable talent. I swear, I would love to have 1/100th of this talent! I mean..I have an OK voice... I've been in choirs and can keep a tune.... but seriously.. this is TALENT. How did ANYONE miss this woman and not make her famous. We watch these wannabe's with mediocre talent on American Idol... and here is unbelievable, heartfelt, gut-wrenching talent.
Well, that's all for tonight. A new challenge card for you tomorrow. It's the Paper Players 3rd challenge. Oh yeah... and its a sketch challenge. So remember to check back tomorrow.
As always, hugs and prayers to all of you, Trish, Germaine, Beth and Lynn included.
Thank you so much to all of you for spending time in my little area of the stamping blogosphere. Your visits, your support - and your comments, are much appreciated.