happy Tuesday. Quick post for you tonight.
I got the chance to play along with the Case This Sketch challenge this weekend:
I saw this sketch and immediately thought of my new layering Rooster set from hero Arts. Now... I can hear you asking why on earth was I interested in THIS set. Well... that's probably because I am a rooster in Chinese Astrology and, because it is the Year of the Rooster - and I am a Rooster - it is not a particularly auspicious year for me. So, I decided I was going to completely and utterly embrace that lack of luck and play with some Rooster samps :-)
I began by creating a chicken wire background from a stencil and stamping a light brown ink from Altenew onto a Simon Says Stamp Kraft card stock. Once that was complete, I set about stamping the muiltiple layers of the Rooster onto a kraft cardstock and die cut the elements out. I layered the whole thing onto Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red card stock. The cockscomb might look a little odd, but that's because I put some Spectrum Noir ink - and then some Crystal effects onto the cockscomb and his face. In real life it adds a little shimmer and texture :-)
Here's my card:
I really think the wonky stitched rectangles work perfectly with this image :-)
On a personal note:
Well... tomorrow is d-day for me. It's the day that I finally say goodbye to 30 years at my company. I am not doing this willingly. But my company is forcing me - and thousands of others like me - to resign - or move thousands of miles across country. That thousands of miles means that I would have to move me, Lou and my cats to New York City - downtown Manhattan actually - with no salary increase. We could sell our wonderful house on the wetland and buy a zero bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment in Harlem. yep...that is a 0 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment in Harlem. Now... I am a little too old to be living in a bedsit. I haven't done that since I first started work in the 70s.
Because I broke service with my company - I am not endowed with a wonderful pension that would allow us both to sit back and watch the garden grow. At this point, I have no idea what I am going to do - but I am going to take a couple of months off, celebrate my upcoming BIG birthday and then decide what this next stage of my life might bring. It's going to be a financial struggle - but I am totally ready to break free from a company that is prepared to tear families apart for some hair brained scheme to get rid of employees over 40 and replace them with employees in their 20s.
Last year I worked anywhere from 12 to 16 hours a day, sitting at my desk - unable to take vacations and working weekends because my executive doesn't like their employees taking vacation. I remember being on the phone with a colleague who was celebrating the Indian equivalent of the 4th of July and having to listen to him trying to placate our manager when he was trying to celebrate with his family at 9pm.
I remember keeping the driver waiting for over 70 minutes sitting in our driveway whilst I was trying to get away from a conversation with my manager so that Lou and I could get on a plane to England. I remember having to leave a day late for our little anniversary weekend - because my manager was so emphatic that I couldn't leave without completing some meaningless set of charts that would never be seen by anyone. I remember being on a call with a colleague whose husband had suffered a heart attack and she was sitting outside his room in ICU because she had to finish up even more meaningless charts
.This last year was the toughest of my career and I take delight in telling my manager tomorrow that I have absolutely NO intention of moving to NYC. I have no idea what the future holds - but I know that it will not entail selling my soul and risking my health. So, I will take my 30 days severance pay and use that time to do the things that I love - with the people I love. because, after all..... that is what life is about.
I will be back tomorrow with another card that I made this weekend. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight
- stamp set: layered rooster - hero arts
- cardstock: simon says stamp - kraft and schoolhouse red
- inks - hero arts