I finally got a chance to play my friend Stacey’s Curtain Call Color Challenge again. It’s been a long time coming. What a beautiful inspiration piece and colors this week:
Rather than a card, I opted to do a scrapbook layout. Because I know Stacey loves to sew on her cards, I added some zigzag stitching to my pages using my Janome sewing machine. I did use an extra color on my pages (chocolate chip), but hopefully Stacey won’t mind!
The photos on the page are of Mia on her beloved swing. My journaling reads: We put the swing up in our front yard when Mia was little. I never imagined that she would still love it so much at age 9. But it’s her favorite place to be. If I can’t find her in the house, I know just where she’ll be. And each morning it’s her ritual to swing until the bus come to take her to school. She spends hours on her swing talking or singing to herself & practicing tricks. It’s her therapy.
Because I didn’t have any swing-themed stamps, I created a paper swing using a scallop oval punch and natural hemp twine. I drew a K for Kieninger on the swing base. But no swing is complete without a tree from which to hang, so I hand-cut one from chocolate chip cardstock. The plain cardstock didn’t look very realistic, so I sponged a little cocoa ink over parts of it and then added bark lines & a hole using a blender pen & chocolate chip ink.
Stamp sets: whimsical lower alphabet, expressive flexible phrases; Inks: chocolate ship, night of navy, whisper white; Cardstock: chocolate chip, night of navy, whisper white, bashful blue, certainly celery prints DSP; Embellishments: natural hemp twine, whisper white 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, bashful blue taffeta ribbon, button latte; Tools: scallop oval punch, scallop edge punch, circle punches