I've had a lack of stampin' mojo lately but, as I was heading to bed a few nights ago, I got an idea for the Freestyle Fridays mission that Julie issued last week. The mission was to use a retired Stampin' Up! color (I chose True Thyme) and one other color (Very Vanilla), but my project could only have one layer. Hmmmm. One layer . . . that's what really stumped me, and I may have bent the mission when I added the True Thyme ribbon bow, but that die-cut frame around the die-cut window on my card surely only counted as half of a layer. Surely! For the most part, I was quite pleased with this card, but . . . argh!!!!!! . . . the lacy embossed portion ended up inside-out, which I almost ALWAYS do when I use that embossing folder (Delicate Designs from Stampin' Up!). It doesn't seem to matter that I feel the raised design in the folder before placing my card stock inside, trying to get it right . . . I guess I confuse myself with the flipping back and forth and almost always manage to get it wrong. I should put a note on that folder to only use it on layers that I can flip. The best part of making this card was getting to use the retired "Have a Seat" stamp set. It may seem odd to have that bench behind the text, but it works and any occasion to use one of the "Have a Seat" stamps is good enough for me! The sentiment is from a brand new stamp set, "Really Good Greetings". I love that sentiment; however, it's one that will have to be used carefully since all situations don't end up "OK". When I read it, I think of someone who loses a job and then (hopefully) will end up with an even better job--one they would have never found if they hadn't been forced to look. Here's a look at the inside of the card. If you click on the picture to open a larger view, you can almost see what the lacy embossed edge should have looked like on the front of the card. ;-)
Thank you for yet another challenging mission, Julie! Even when they stump me, they're still a lot of fun!