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Monday, June 17, 2013

The simple life...

Today was a gorgeous day in Minnesota. My DH and I went for a bike ride tonight around a nearby lake, and it couldn't have been more pleasurable. Sometimes simple things--like bike rides on a beautiful day--are pure joy!
Doesn't the girl in this image look as though  she lives the simple life? I love her little apron and her straw hat.
This is one of those second-hand stamps I picked up at our local ArtScraps store--a great place where they sell donated crafting items of all ilks. It's so fun to browse through the shelves and imagine how you might use some funky rolls of paper, strange colors of ribbon or little plastic boxes.

Because this image reminded me of a little farm girl who lives a healthy, but simple, life, I decided to keep the card simple, as well, and use some paper with pretty earth tones in it. I also colored her in some of those same earth tones with a few of my ProMarkers.

The scalloped oval is a Lifestyle Crafts die and the sentiment oval is a Spellbinders die. I inked around both of them with some Tea Dye distress ink and added a khaki brown button and a little natural twine for embellishment.

The border across the center of the card was created with a Martha Stewart border punch.

The inside was kept simple, too, using the same papers and a scalloped rectangle. The "Thanks a Bunch" stamp was another secondhand stamp I purchased for less than a dollar at ArtScraps.

I hope you've been able to enjoy some simple pleasures today. Thanks for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


Patti J said...

Thanks for the smile tonight, Cheryl. Your card is so sweet! Love the image, and your papers are so perfect! Glad you and DH got to have some time together tonight, too. Hugs!

debby4000 said...

Oh what an adorable card.

Anonymous said...

I really liked this one, course I'm a farm girl and like those things that say country to me. pj