Lazy summer days

Today the heat index got up to 101F in my neck of the woods. I don’t know about you, but this girl is all too happy to stay indoors in that kind of heat. Well, I did venture out for a little bit because I had a 50% off coupon from Michaels burning a hole in my…phone? I like summer, but I’m usually pretty miserable once it gets above 90F. Okay, I’m complaining once it gets above 80F. Whatever. But I do love to feel the sun on me, and I love a warm breeze, and I love hearing the cicadas humming. (As I’m writing this, I’m hearing bugs banging into my windows. I don’t love that sound.)

I didn’t make this card today, but it seems like a great day to share it. I got the Happy Camper stamp and die set from Papertrey Ink for my birthday and I was struggling with what to do with it. These Petite Places sets beg for scenes and stories. Last weekend, I scrolled through all sorts of wonderful ideas on Pinterest, but I found I was missing a critical element to try my hand at most of them. So I called it a day feeling a little frustrated and creatively blocked. Then, while I was talking to my mom on the phone the next day, an idea crept into my head: forget the stamps, just make a silhouette of the camper and car. I went into my craft room after I got off the phone and set to work. It was one of those “I have to do this right now” moments. Creativity, am I right?

Happy Camper

I had ordered the 6×6″ Simple Stories Summer Vibes paper pack specifically for this stamp and die set. I loved the travel and summer and warm and vintage feel it had. I pulled out a sheet with a sun flare on it and used that as my background. Then I used one of my rectangle dies to create an off-centered frame. Using the same cardstock, I cut out the camper, station wagon, and suitcase, and assembled them to look like they were driving through the frame. Originally I put them on the right side of the frame, as if they were driving off the card, but I wasn’t getting enough of the background peeking through the camper. So I moved them to the other side. Just a little extra contrast. Then, I flipped through my stamp sets to find the perfect sentiment. I found it in the One with Nature stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. “Live in the Sunshine…” 

Happy Camper

I’m quite pleased with this one. I left it out on my old radio/card stage and I smiled every time I walked by it. Do you love some cards you make more than others? I’m sure that’s pretty much par for the course. Have you noticed what those cards have in common? I think for me, the cards I like the most were the simplest to pull together.

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