Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"A Bushel and a Peck"

Ever seen the movie Guys and Dolls?
It's one of our all-time favorites!! When Emma was a toddler, sometimes when we'd put her to bed at night, Mark would sing the "Bushel and a Peck" song to her -
"I love you,
a bushel and a peck,
a bushel and a peck
and a hug around the neck.
A hug around the neck and
a barrel and a heap.
A barrel and a heap
'cause I'm talkin' in my
sleep about You!"

It was originally sung in the movie by long-suffering Adelaide the lounge singer, but the melody is so bouncy and sweet and the words just seemed to fit how much Mark loves his girl. Even now that Emma's 13, every now and then we'll be driving somewhere and one of us will start singing the song and all of us chime in to sing along. Yeah, we're a silly family, but we sure do have fun!

Anyway, the focal image on this card reminded me of that story and I thought I'd share!
Here's the card, by the way:

I designed this one for my Stampin' Fools group last month in order to teach them the Stripes Folder plaid embossing technique. It's pretty simple, for example on this card, I used my Brayer and added Crumb Cake Classic Ink to one side of my Stripes Embossing Folder. Then I place a 4" square piece of Very Vanilla cardstock inside and rolled it through my Big Shot, creating Crumb Cake stripes.
Next, I rolled more Crumb Cake ink on the Embossing Folder and turning the cardstock 1/4 turn, rolled it through the Big Shot again. The ink transfer this time created plaid! Isn't that cool?!!

The rest of the card is so easy. I used the bushel basket of pears image from the Always Thankful stamp set which is in the Holiday Mini. It's stamped in Early Espresso Classic Ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock then colored in with Stampin' Pastels and a q-tip. I don't use my pastels nearly enough and it was good to break them out again for this card. I punched it out with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch. It's layered with Stampin' Dimensionals on a piece of Cajun Craze punched out with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.

For my accent, I used one of the leaves from the Gently Falling stamp set - also in the mini. I colored down the center with a sponge dauber and my Always Artichoke Classic Ink pad, then added color to the outside with another sponge dauber and the Cajun Craze Classic Ink pad. It's stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla and trimmed out with my Paper Snips. I just attached it with another Stampin' Dimensional behind the stamped circle image. Sweet!

The final touches came from a piece of the Always Artichoke Denim Jean Ribbon tied around the card front. I added two little punched tags from the Tiny Tags stamp set and the Jewelry Punch. They're pinned on with a tiny safety pin from the Vintage Trinkets.
All the cardstock layers were sponged with Crumb Cake ink and the card base is a piece of Always Artichoke cut at 4 1/4" x 8 1/2", folded to make a square 4 1/4" card.

So, there you go, easy peasy!
Here's a few products I used to create this card:

#123789 - Always Thankful stamp set $19.95 clear-mount

#123804 - Gently Falling stamp set $28.95 clear mount

#123128 - Stripes Embossing Folder $7.95

I'm really loving the products from the Holiday Mini this year - there's so much in that little catalog, something for every taste and style.
As always, you can shop for all your Stampin' Up! products in my Online Stampin' Store. It's open 24/7 to make it oh, so easy for you. That's gonna be important the closer we get to the holidays! Have you made your wish lists yet?

Have a wonderful day stampers - I hope you have time to stamp something fun!
Stamped blessings,

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