Saturday, October 15, 2011

Understatements from the Hubby

Every once in awhile I get a 'mom-like' request from one of the students at the college where I work. A couple of weeks ago Justin stopped by my office to ask if I would sew a button back on a pair of his slacks. I told him I would and then promptly forgot about the request. Yesterday with a smile on his face, a pair of Khakis in one hand and a stray button in the other he re-appeared in my office along with a few of his chums. Since this isn't the first request for 'mom skills' I had thread and needle in my desk drawer available for just such an occasion. Justin and his buddies carried on a lively conversation while I completed my domestic task. He left happy and ready for a college student evening out on the town.

This really isn't a story much out of the ordinary for me. What makes this story 'blog worthy' is that just before Justin walked into my office, pants in hand, my husband had arrived to give me a ride home. In usual John fashion - he sat quietly listening to the spirited exchanges normal for my office. As we left my office to go home, also in typical John fashion, he quietly stated, "If I had asked you to sew a button on for me you would have tossed the item in my face and told me where the needles and thread are located." Okay - score one for the hubby.

A co-worker's mother passed away Friday and I mentioned to my husband that I needed to go to the store to purchase a sympathy card. He gave me a look and said, "you're kidding me right?" "You have a basement full of 'card-stuff' and you are going to BUY a card?" I rarely use my own cards - I usually just supply others with cards to send - I didn't even think of sending a home made card. I decided to use this one to send to my friend. Oh that hubby - he is SO smart!

I attempted a resist technique by Lily Pad. I really like her videos. They are edited quite smartly! I am going to have to try it again as I don't think I have it mastered in this version. I think my friend, Renee, will appreciate it anyway.

With Sympathy
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink Kraft
~Layer of ivory cardstock
~Layer of Bazzill Pickle cardstock
~Background stamp Stampabilities Le London Script - using Versamark and clear Ranger embossing powder - ink smudges using Distress Ink Fired Brick, Memento Tangelo, and Stampin' Up Barely Banana,
~Image stamp Hampton Art Watercolor Daisy
~Technique used from Lily Pad

Challenges and Inspirations
Shabby Tea Room - fall flowers
Scrapbook Sisters - anything goes
Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle - anything with leaves
Just Add Ink - photo inspiration
Fairy Tale - sympathy
Stampin' for the Weekend - colors of autumn

Thank you for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa


  1. What a lovely card! Your hubby is totaly right! Why buy a card if you can make something like this with something you do have in your stash??? I also prefure sympathy cards not in black and with and that technic looks fab! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge. xx Bianca

  2. Hi there Nancy! I'm thrilled to see post from you today!!! Such a beautiful card,haven't tried the technique,will have to give it a go! Have a great day Julie xxx

  3. This is a beautiful card :) Sandra H

  4. Hello a very beautiful card, the design is gorgeous.

    Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

  5. What a cute, cute story!!! Loved it.
    Great card and I really like the technique you used. So very pretty.

  6. Beautiful card. So much better to make one. Thanks for joining us at SSDS with your lovely creations and all the circles.
    Scrapcat Cards by Linda

  7. Gorgeous creation in beautiful colours!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Fairytale Challenge
    Hugs Nela

  8. This is a great card. I love the colors you have used. Fantastic design.
    Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.
    xx Sandra


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