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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Enjoy Life with a Sketch! PP399

How about that for a title?  I sure do enjoy crafting life more when I have a great sketch to work with and Laurie's sketch this week at The Paper Players is a perfect example:
I couldn't wait to order this set, Enjoy Life, from the new SU annual catalog.  My husband is a crazy avid cyclist and I knew I would get a lot of use from this set.  Laurie's great sketch came at just the right time to make a birthday card for my hubby:
I dug around in my paper stash to find some paper featuring the color Pool Party.  Odd, you might say for a guy but it's the closest SU color to the Italian bike company Bianchi's celeste green which is my husband's favorite bike. I found this long retired SU DSP, I think it's called Epic Day (?), and I loved the colors with the addition of maps--perfect for my roadie.  The cyclist is stamped in Archival Basic Gray ink on Crumb Cake.  Love this image--looks just like my husband!  He loves to ride on the road but he also likes to mountain bike so I added a little grass to ground the image.  
This set has some awesome sentiments and this one is no exception.  Wake up, Kick Butt. Repeat.  Yep, that sums up my DH's approach to riding.  Often cycling close to 200 miles a week!  I also couldn't wait to order the stamp set I used in the background--Gallery Grunge.  It almost looks like tire treads, doesn't it?
A mashup of stamp sets on the inside but for the first time in probably forever, I used colored cardstock for the insert.  Somehow white or vanilla seemed to stark and I wanted to use more Celeste Green/Pool Party!


Be sure to stop by The Paper Players to see all the fabulous creations from our design team.  I hope you will play along with us before the challenge ends on Friday, June 29th at Noon PST.  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 


11 comments:

Joan said...

What a wonderful card Nancy!!! Great combination of colors & textures. I am so glad I have some of this retired paper in my stash!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Sue Duffy said...

Love it, Nance! The DSP is perfect. This is set is on my list, too.

Nancy said...

Great card Nance yep, they do look like tire tracks. Very creative with all the details, the map, retired paper, grass under the bike image and the inside sentiment is perfect!

Su Mohr said...

What a perfect card for your husband! I love the colors, the map, everything about it, Nance!

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Nance this card is perfect for Todd Love the grass to ground the biker in the stitched circle. (I just LOVE the stitched frames). The colors work like a charm and the background tracks add that finishing touch. Great card.
I too like this set and have used with the girl in silhouette and the same sentiment for some of the girl runners I know.
Hugs.

laurie said...

The theme of your card is so fun, and I love the papers and sentiment you chose! have a great day!

Joanne James said...

I had to have this set too Nance and I just love what you've done with it on your card! Fabulous pairing with those old map papers (I'm sure I have some of those somewhere an feel the need to CASE coming on!) and I love the repeating sentiment and coloured insert too. This is what card-making should be about - making a card for someone special that is really personal, I'm sure your road-cycling hubby will love it!

Claire Broadwater said...

WOW! Your DH will cherish this card! This DSP is so perfect. Love the color combo and the old maps. Oh the places you will go!!! The repeated sentiment is so fun! Great job, My Friend! I hope you are having a wonderful week! XX

Annie Abrahamson said...

What a terrific personalized hubby card! And 200 miles a week!! Impressive! Fab image and background and that sentiment...I love it! Hope you're having a great week ~ Hugs, Annie

stampwithsandy said...

Nance, when I saw your card my first thought was, I still have scraps of that paper, too! What a great card for your DH. Isn't it awesome when you find stamps that reflect someone perfectly? Love it, and I'm sure he did too :)

Eliz Stewart said...

Nance... what a brilliant set for your husband... I have no doubt you are going to find scores of ways to incorporate that cyclist over the course of a year. Love your card!