In the past few weeks I have started looking into arrangements for the Stampin' Up! convention that is coming up in April next year in Brisbane. This year in Sydney was SO much fun and next year we thought we take the whole family and make a holiday out of it, my Mum and Tim's included! It all sounded wonderful in theory, but when it came down to it, it was going to cost a whole bunch of money as my frequent flyer points wouldn't quite cover the flights for all of us. Considering we'd been talking about it for months, to have it all come crashing down was a bit heartbreaking, but late last week my dad came to the rescue by transferring a bunch of frequent flyer points to me, meaning all our flights are covered!
I wanted to make him a card to say thanks, especially since he wouldn't be expecting any mail other than the usual bills! Truth be told, mum will probably be more excited about it than him, stamper that she is, but I wanted to make him one anyway. So here it is!
I actually started with a sketch from Splitcoast. Did you know that every Wednesday a new sketch challenge is posted that you can play along to? On many of the blogs that I haunt regularly, the girls play along with the different challenges EVERY DAY! I can't even conceive of having that much time to stamp, or being that organised! I did love doing the sketch one though, so maybe I will have to make myself a New Year's resolution to take part in more of the challenges...
Aaaaaaanyway, the sketch that I used was this one. It's not the most recent sketch challenge, but it fit with the stamps I knew I wanted to use :)
The background piece of Chocolate Chip is stamped with the Paisley background using Chocolate Chip ink, but you can't really see that in the first picture, so here's a close up.
The brown and vanilla strip in the centre is from the Au Chocolat DS paper from the Summer mini and here you can see that I have folded over the top left corner so that you can see a snippet of the design on the reverse side.
The stamp set is one that I LOVED and had to have but have not used nearly as much as I should have! I knew it was the one that I wanted to use for this card though :) The little heart comes in the same set. This one is stamped onto Very Vanilla in Cameo Coral ink, then cut out and stuck on with a Dimensional. I love doing mostly monochromatic cards with a tiny splash of colour like this :)
BTW, Poppop is what my kids call my dad. It came about because my niece (who is now 9 - hi Izzy!!) had trouble saying Grandpa when she was just starting to talk, so she started calling him Poppop and it caught on with the three grandkids that followed! Even I call him that now, and I think so does my brother!!