Holy cow it's HOT!! For weeks we had nothing but rain and I was so glad to see my lawn filling in and green, the plumeria, hibiscus and annuals blooming, and all the pollen washed away. Now we are back to the Summer grind with the temperatures in the 90s (and heat index in the 100s) and the occasional afternoon thundershower to cool down the temps but increase the steamy. One person who seems to ignore the heat and keep on trucking is my husband. But only when he's on the golf course. He says that as long as there are water stations and he has his frog towels he's good. I think he's nuts to be playing in this heat. I say that because he normally doesn't even show up to the golf course until nearly Noon when he can play as a single. Of course, being a medical kind of guy, he feels that he's more than capable of dealing with the heat so what can a wife do? I'm storing up the "I told you sos" for the day I get a call from the hospital to come pick him up after a bout of heat exhaustion (and I'm praying that's the worst it will be).
I guess I'm pretty committed to him, though, as we celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary the other day. I was at a stamp show over the weekend and found a stamp set with coordinating framelits featuring a golf theme (Local King--Iron Man) and thought it would make a great anniversary card for my husband with some help from the Colorful Seasons (and Seasonal Layers Thinlits), Milestone Moments, and Fabulous Flamingo stamp sets.
This card begins with a card base of Dapper Denim cardstock. A panel of Whisper White cardstock was sponged with Old Olive ink along the bottom 1/4 of the panel to give the impression of a grassy area. Marina Mist and Pool Party inks were sponged over the remaining 3/4 of the panel for the sky. The inked panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Crumb Cake cardstock and adhered at the center of the card front.
A piece of Soft Suede cardstock was die cut using the Big Shot with the long branch framelit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits to create a tree. The tree was adhered along the right side of the panel using the Fine Tip Glue Pen (Alternate Adhesive: Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets). The three flower images from the Colorful Seasons stamp set were stamped 10 times on Very Vanilla cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelits from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. The flowers were adhered over the tree using the Fine Tip Glue Pen and Stampin' Dimensionals.
The golf cart image (Local King -- Iron Man) was stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock using Crumb Cake ink, on Garden Green cardstock using Garden Green ink, on Dapper Denim cardstock using Dapper Denim ink, and on Very Vanilla cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink. The Crumb Cake image was die cut with the Big Shot using the coordinating framelit. Then the golf cart was paper pieced over the image stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock using the Fine Tip Glue Pen:
- The wheels, seat, seat back, and golf cart roof were cut out from the Very Vanilla using Paper Snips and adhered over the corresponding areas on the Crumb Cake image
- The golf cart chassis was cut out from the Garden Green using Paper Snips and adhered over the corresponding area on the Crumb Cake image
- The golf bag was cut out from the Dapper Denim using Paper Snips and adhered over the corresponding areas on the Crumb Cake image
The completed golf cart was adhered to the Whisper White panel to the left of the tree base with the bottom of the wheels 3/8" from the bottom edge of the panel.
The sea grass image from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set was stamped across the bottom edge of a piece of Old Olive cardstock using Old Olive ink. The grass was cut out with Paper Snips "cutting the grass" at varying angles and heights. The grass was adhered along the bottom edge of the Whisper White panel aligning the right and left edges.
The "happy" and "anniversary" images from the Milestone Moments stamp set were stamped above the golf cart and to the left of the upper part of the tree using Dapper Denim ink.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a panel of Whisper White cardstock. The lower half of the panel was sponged with Old Olive ink and the upper half with Marina Mist and Pool Party inks. A piece of Old Olive cardstock was dabbed with the sponge using Old Olive ink and then torn to create a sloped area. The cardstock was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner aligning the right and left edges.
The golfer image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit. The golf ball on the tee image was stamped once on Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and a second time on Dapper Denim cardstock using Dapper Denim ink. The images were die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit. The golf ball was cut away from the tee on the Whisper White image and adhered over the golf ball on the Dapper Denim die cut using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. The golf ball/tee was adhered near the lower right corner of the liner.
The golfer image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Basic Black Archival ink.
Paper Piecing the golf cart took a little bit of time, but it was well worth it for the smile on my husband's face when he saw the card.
He's a keeper!
Card Measurements --
Crumb Cake: 2-1/2" x 3"; Dapper Denim: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 2-1/2" x 3", 1" x 1-1/2"; Garden Green: 2-1/2" x 3"; Old Olive: 1" x 3-3/4", 2" x 4"; Soft Suede: 2" x 5"; Very Vanilla: 2-1/2" x 3", 10 @ 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 2" x 3"; Whisper White: 3-3/4" x 5", 4" x 5-1/4", 1" x 1-1/2"
Stampin' Up! supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Milestone Moments, Fabulous Flamingo; Inks: Basic Black Archival, Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum; Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, Garden Green, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Whisper White; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Seasonal Layers Thinlits; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope
Non-Stampin' Up! supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps and coordinating framelits: Iron Man by Local King Stamp (localkingstamp.com)