Monday, February 2, 2009

TSSC 55 Happiness is a Journey

Happy Monday! Whew! I'm just barely getting this in on Monday! Today is Technostamper's Monday Sketch Challenge again. So glad I got to participate today!

Here's the sketch. It is pretty straightforward... a long card this time.

Happiness is a Journey was a new set in the Fall/Winter catalog and is now on the Dormant List (not in the catalog but still available for ordering). This is the first time I've gotten to use this set and I really like it. One of my grandfathers was a railroad engineer so I have a fondness for trains and train images.

My color scheme is Kraft, Not Quite Navy and Baja Breeze; this is Color Challenge 201 over at Splitcoaststampers. It's a great combo and works really well for cards for men too! I cut Kraft cardstock into 8 1/2" x 7 1/2" and folded the 7 1/2" side in half. This size card fits nicely in a standard business envelope; it is a little larger and a different shape than the regular quarter-sheet size card yet still requires only regular first class postage.

I stamped the engine image on a strip of Baja Breeze in Not Quite Navy Craft ink and embossed it with clear e.p. I then masked off the image and stamped both ends of the strip with the Sanded background stamp for visual texture. The circular image comes from the Enjoy Every Moment stamp set; it was stamped twice in NQN on Baja Breeze, punched out with the 1" circle punch, added a silver brad then layered with a Dimensional on a 1 1/4" NQN card stock punch out. I stamped "happiness" and "cherish" from Warm Words on the strip then adhered the two circular images. This entire piece was layered over a strip of NQN cardstock and adhered to the Kraft card.

I punched out a little red heart with the Heart to Heart Punch that was part of the Love You Much bundle and adhered it to the side of the engine. I will probably use this card for my DH's Valentine.

Hope you enjoy. I wish my picture was better but I had to scan my card rather than photograph it tonight.

You can see Mary Jo's card and the list of other participants at Leave them a comment if you wish!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stampin'!


ScrapyCrafter said...

That's pretty neat Margaret! I really like the distressed look! Love the shades of blue it has!

MJ said...

I love this. That sets looks great in these colors. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along.

Anonymous said...

Super Card--love the heart in the train!

Bonnie said...

Hello Margaret:

I love your blog. You always show such beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing.

Have a great day!

RCStamper said...

Wow, another stunning card! You're always wow-ing me! Love ya!

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