Saturday, August 28, 2010

I {Heart} Card Kits, and Nature!

Hello bloggers! I've been feeling sorry for my neglected little blog, so I thought I'd pop on with a quick post before heading to my dad's to do a little housekeeping and yardwork. Summer's on the wane, and I want to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, even if it involves physical work. After all, it won't be long before the weather folks around here start talking about the "S" word. {shuddering at the thought}

My father-in-law's birthday was July 30 and it completely snuck up on me. (Honestly, almost every birthday this year either snuck up on me or passed me by, something I'm not proud to admit.) I found myself with about 30 minutes to create a card but almost zero guy stamps. However, I do have a lot of card kits, so I grabbed the "GUYS" bag where I found this beary cute kit from "Kate".

I chose this kit because I knew the bear would be super-quick to color. I used the papers in the kit, and found this great stitched ribbon & matching brads in my stash. A simple stamped & hand-cut sentiment tied with some floss finished it.

I am positive this is the fastest card I have ever made, thus reaffirming my love for card kits! ;-)

I'm hoping to see lots of my fine feathered friends while I'm working outside today, like this cheery goldfinch who visited the other day. (click on the picture for a close-up.)

Soon, his bright golden feathers will be replaced with mossy brown ones for the fall & winter. But we'll still have bright red cardinals to liven up the landscape!

Isn't nature beautiful!?!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a great day!

Image: Stampin Up Under the Stars
Cardstock: Stampin Up, Martha Stewart
Copics: E25,E31,E35,E42,E57
Accents: ribbon (In the Loop), brads (Making Memories), floss (DMC)


karen said...

Oh this is so cuute!
Love it!

Lorie said...

Yes, nature is beautiful, Susan, and so is your card! I love the clean, simple lines and the ribbon is great! You made awesome use of your card kit, and it sure is good to see you here in blogland! Enjoy your day!

Love ya,

Sylvia said...

Your Goldfinch is quite beautiful along with your card. I love seeing photos of pets and wildlife.

Irena said...

Very cute and funny card.

Imke said...

Funny Card and i like the colors !

MiamiKel said...

Absolutely beautiful - nature is one of the beautiful gift's He has given to us if we open our eyes and take it all in! Some days I just stand on the porch, watch the butterflies in flight, the sun shining down and just love all that's out there for us to see, feel, revel in!

ANd wow, what a card! This from a kit?! I have been missing out! LOL! Stunning color combo - love the layout design and the big ribbon and what a cutie this lil bear is - super cute with the string! This gets a big YGG from me!

Happy SONday, my friend!

MiamiKel said...

Ohhhh where did my post go?! I had this longwinded post and it went poof!

I think I was sharing how splendid your bird picture is and how so much of nature inspires us - everything from the butterflies in flight to the sun shining down - His gift to us!

LOVE Your card! I love the vivid, rich colors of the paper - your adorable ribbon, and that cutie patootie lil bear! Gorgeous!!! Stunning kit - can't wait to see more and it's always a good day to see a Susan post! x0x0


Anonymous said...

Thank heavens for card kits eh? I find myself falling back on them time and again :)

Hmmm, maybe I'll get a card up one of these days too - LOL. Love the pictures of your little friend. I've been enjoying the outdoors this summer too and all the wildlife that wanders around my postage stamp yard.