Saturday, 15 June 2013

home is the place, when you have to go there, they have to take you in - Robert Frost

Family.  Unconditional love.  Pancakes for dinner when you have a bad day.

My father-in-law is a true family man.  I can hardly remember a time when I've asked for his help and was refused.  I ask, he's there.  Sometimes you have to be careful to not accidentally ask for things like when you can't see your ornamental bridge behind the evergreen in your backyard and the next thing you know your evergreen's bottom layer of branches have moved from a few centimeters above the ground to about 2m up the tree.  His intentions are always good.

It was a seamless transition from daughter-in-law to daughter.  Is that common?  I was immediately considered part of the family, instant adoption.  We laugh, disagree and protect each other (he does more protecting, I do more protect-receiving).  I look to him for advice and wisdom and I am not short on a very long list of Dyeda-isms (Dyeda's words to live by).

Alex adores his Dyeda and the feeling is mutual.  They are thick as thieves when they hang out together.  I see Dyeda's strong character, curiosity and love for apples in Alex. 

The neighbourhood is a Stampin' Up rolling stamp inked over Tim Holtz Distress Paints (forest moss, salty ocean, rusty hinge).  I used regular cardstock and although you might want to prime it first to avoid the warp, I actually enjoy texture.  I'm not sure the camera did justice to the movement.

I created an border underneath the neighbourhood and distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink (vintage photo) to give it more dimension.  My husband loves the screw-design brads but was slightly disappointed that Recollections didn't provide the entire possible gamut of screws.

The sweet sweet clouds were embossed and partially distressed using Tim Holtz Distress Ink (peacock feathers).  The outline of the houses, cloud colour and scribbles were made using Ranger Distress Marker Picket Fence.

I have to wait until Monday (or Sunday night if I can borrow a few minutes) to post my husband's card.  My goodness, June is turning out to be a very busy card month.


  1. What a wonderful card. What I would like to know, how do you prime paper so that it doesn't warp? This is the first time I hear this term or technique. Good job.

    1. Priming a card is the same principle as priming your walls for paint, however, for slightly different (okay, very different) reasons.
      I would recommend, if you're really trying to preserve the paper and mitigate warp, using a thicker cardstock like Ranger Manila (Ranger makes tags as well) works well and priming or prepping it with a light coat of Gesso when using paints or sprays. For inks and less wet products priming isn't necessary. Be sure to let the Gesso dry before continuing with other products (air or heat gun for those of us who can't wait).
      Priming (using Gesso) is great when you plan to saturate the paper and want to somewhat reduce the warping effect.