Good Morning Ladies,
I hope that you are all well and keeping warm, I also hope that none of you have had an unpleasant side effects of your vaccinations, I know some people felt rough for a couple days. Do they give you a date for your follow up vaccine when you have your first?
I actually left the house yesterday, Sophie asked me to go to the Renault Dealership with her as her car stereo/satnav/media centre had stopped working, our local mechanic explained that he couldn't do it as it was done with 'Special software and tools'' bless her, she had to pay £96 for a quick diagnostic check the result of which was ''The unit is not working'' so the only solution is to order a new one, which will cost the best part of £600, the thing that infuriates me is that nothing is repairable these days, it's all too easy to keep throwing things away, whats wrong with having someone look at the inside of the systerm, apparently thats not 'cost effective' Years ago there wasn't a part on a car that my dad couldn't fix, he built a workshop in his garage with a pit so that he could work comfortably underneath cars, he did everything from wiring in new stereo/speakers to changing clutches. Even Paul used to service his own cars, literally all we used to go to a Dealership for was to collect specific parts etc. These days everything is set for concenience rather than practicality ! unfortunately the system does way more than just playing music, I always insist that they put their phones in glove box when they drive but at the minute Sophie is having to use hers as a Satnav, it puts too much temptation in the way having it at hand, all though they are both very careful so I shouldn't worry really. A new one has been ordered from France so we will see how long it takes to arrive.
Today's card is one I made after a night of no sleep at all, I think I enjoyed the distraction for an hour or so.
I used a freebie set of stamps from Issue 82 of Creative Stamping magazine, the stamp set is called 'The Great Outdoors' its from Hunkydory.
I started off by stamping the sign post, I then cut a mask for it and covered it over and used a Circle Mask from 'Cardio' to mask off a central circle, lining the signpost slightly to the left.
I used 'Worn Lipstick' and 'Shabby Shutters' distress ink (not oxides) to blend the background, I then stamped the trees across the centre including over the signpost (mask), I did second and third generation stamping to make the tress look more like a forest. The last things to be stamped were the Backpacker and his dog, I stamped those in Versafine Clair, oh and the birds, which were an extra addition as i made a little black mark when I removed the mask. To finish the card I used Vintage photo and a Water filled paintbrush to colour the Signpost and when dry I added the destinations. When everything was dry I added the sentiments to finish the look. I matted the card front onto a piece of black card and finally onto a card base. I really like how it looks like the signpost has been die cut and added last. although it was the first piece to be stamped. I hope you like it and that you are enjoying our 'Flat card Challenge.
Love and hugs to all of you,