Sunday, August 30, 2009

Square peg, ROUND hole!


Sometimes, I wonder WHY I'm wired this way...? I know, NOT, how to back down from these {mental} challenges, so here's what I did:



I started with these DARLING stamps from good old Cosmo Cricket! Never mind the color and sketch challenges I was attempting to work with: I've had this set on my mind since I went to the mountains with some of the most darling friends in the universe, just a few short weeks ago... THESE GUYS!


Look at THAT wild bunch! Hee Hee Three families! Lot's of kids {and by that, I'm mostly referring to the husbands!}, lots of food, forest and FUN! Yes, friends, Ms. Blondie is none other than DANA from Paper Daydream fame, her brood, and the LOVELY and talented, Mrs. Eustace and clan: great friends, who's dear friendship is forged from a foundation of none other than PAPERCRAFTING! {You can't hear me, but I'm bellowing "wooooooooooooooooooooo!"}

Anywhoo, since that fun-filled weekend up in the Shasta area, Mc Cloud, California, I've been planning to do this whole "Mr. Campy" thing to celebrate the event and great pictures of our little ones cavorting in the Mc Cloud river, etc., but I just haven't "arrived" there creatively....



Perhaps I should get the actual photos developed and then, I dunno: SCRAP SOMETHING! Phew! But for now, I'm just having warm and fuzzy happiness of having spent a fun mini vacation with such darling folks... BUT, NOW, back to my post {Hello, rambing WOman!}

THIS CARD:


Is for THIS CHALLENGE:



And THIS one, too!

WAHOOO! Not exactly camping colors, not exactly earthy and gritty... That's where my square peg, ROUND hole conundrum comes up... Because, sometimes FORCING something can produce a happy ending: I like my card! And what I REALLY like is that it went from being a celebration of a vacation adventure to an ENCOURAGEMENT kind of card, and I would have NEVER thought of that! I just had to make it, and then see the spiritual value of the sentiment! Now I can send this to just about ANYONE who's going through a hard time, and know it will bring a smile and some nice food for thought! The sentiment changed from whining kids {in my head!} to more of a heavenly question... Are we done with this difficult time? And yet the color and image is so sweet and hopeful, it seems to ask the question and comfort all at the same time: WHO thinks of something like that? Not me...! I'd enjoy a card like this and marvel at how it told the story, but I wouldn't have arrived at the message, unless I took the journey.

Wow! Talk about spiritual. Guess it's not always a bad thing to "force a square peg into a round hole" every once in a while! Neato!

Thanks for reading my crafty ramblings! Have a wonderful rest of your evening!


Supplies:

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Cosmo Cricket (car & camper/ sentiment); Hero Arts (clouds); inkadinkado (woodgrain); Impression Obsession (polka dots)
Ink - Stampin' Up!; Staz On
Ribbon - MM
Corner and Scallop Punch - Stampin' Up!
Thread - Gutermann

25 comments:

Rosemary said...

YAY!!!! I'm the first one to post a comment!! I LOVE!!!!! how you used the colors in this challenge. I have been STUMPED!!! I hope I can think of something and soon! Your pics of your trip are wonderful and well, your card is simply adorable!!

Ann said...

LOVE this! The colors are fab and so unexpected! Don't you just love it when a happy accident happens?

Karen said...

Love your great families shot!! I can't get over how big all those cute kidlets are getting...wow! Also love your journey and your tale. :> The whole thing produced a sweet card for a hard time. I would have never put the two together, but you have done so with pizazz! :>

scrapperjulia said...

This is a fun card! Love how you used those colors together too!

Alison said...

This is such a cute card.. I LOVE how you made the ribbon into a road.. What a WONDERFUL and creative idea.. and how cute are those stamps..

Oh and thank you so much for the SWEET comment on my card.. It totally made my month.. :)

Janelle said...

I love this card... and your "ramblings" explained it all perfectly. Ah, yes... there's so much value in the journey...

LeAnne said...

What a sweet card, Elise, and thanks for posting your fun photos! LOVE the texture going on here!!! That little camper reminds me of my childhood days of camping! TFS!

Rose said...

FANTASTIC!!!! sounds like you all had a blast!! what a beautiful waterfall :) now i am going to see how far that place is from my town in calif, almost motorcycle weather and that means ROADTRIPS!!!

Dana Gustafson said...

Oh mama mccloud, you have OUTDONE yourself! First off, I am SOOO glad and gratefulto be the smiling, happy blonde in the middle of that group photo. What a weekend to treasure and remember...and do again!

And ummmm, the card???? I LOVE IT!!!!! OMG! If I could actually tow a trailer, that would totally be MY pink striped trailer on a wavy green velvet road...you know, in my fantasy the rainbow butterfly world that is. YOu are a peach, friend, and that card makes me smile. Thanks for the bit o sunshine.

Joke said...

Hi Elise, thanks for your very nice comment on my blog. I love your "are we there yet" card, made for both challenges. Very smart.

Tammy Hershberger said...

CUTE card! I love how you used the rick-rack! Thanks for playing the Throwdown!

DottyJo said...

Hey babe, loved your pics - looks like a great fun crowd and the scenery is amazing. Such a contrast to the rather small 'great outdoors' over here in the UK! Love your card, so witty as always! The colours are lovely, and that velvet ribbon is just wonderful!!! hugs to you, Jo x

Beth said...

I LOVE that little camper! I've had my eye on a camper stamp, but thought, "Just how often could I use that little sucker?" To turn it into an encouragement sentiment is genious!

OK, off to get my second cup of coffee. This post was little too DEEP to handle on just one! hahah just kidding.....beautiful!

~amy~ said...

Oh My Sweet Mother of Pearl....your card is absolutely a-dorable!!!!

Cavorting...love that word :)

YES! Your card is the perfect encourage card...EXCELLENT job!!

Thanks for playing with us over at Get Sketchy!

Bree said...

ohhh yeah.... thats how we do it. Love the pastels with the camping theme.
Thanks for playing with us at GETSKETCHY!

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

adorable card creations....luv the waterfall too....beautfiul...have a wonderful week!

enjoy *~*

Laurel said...

Oh my gosh, what an adorable card! Thanks for playing!

Courtney Baker said...

I actually love it! Something about the pink and soft colors really work. Great job girl.

Dora said...

Wonderful take on the sketch!
thnx for playing!

Angèle said...

So cute your adorable card! Thanks for plaing with GS.

sam said...

lovely card! love the colors! great photo's too!

Kelley Eubanks said...

I love the color choices! And... your ramblings! :)Totally make sense and after reading it... got the meaning of the sentiment! Just perfect! This is a great pick me up card! Guess after last night you are thinking about sending it to me, huh? :) ha...

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