When Sheri asked what a good theme for my step-dad would be, I immediately said "Fishing!". Afterwards, I spent the next 24 hours, vowing never to tell the truth again.
You see, the truth doesn't always set you free. It can actually enslave you and cost you precious time, money and whatever peace of mind you've managed to salvage as a hostage of the little militant army in your house you gave birth to. Of all the 27 thousand dollars in stamps I've purchased (upfront as well as with embezzled funds from the grocery budget and maybe a SMALL loan or 9 from the kid's college funds) can you guess the ONE stamp I DON'T possess in ANY form?
Yep. You got it.
Had I not been so inclined to tell the truth, I would've taken a mental inventory of stamps I DO have and replied with a theme that calls for plenty of those stamps and the style to go with it. Of course, Sheri might've questioned my response of "Pretty Pink Princess' and Flower Fairies! Yes. I'm sure. Joe is TOTALLY into that!", but I would've been able to pop out a card, secure in the knowledge that, not only would I get to play with plenty of sequins and stickles, those who might possibly question my step-father's 'likes', would probably never meet him.
Not having anything that would work, I turned to the computer. I don't have much experience with digi stamps, and it's not that I don't like the concept, it's just that the extent of my computer knowledge is equal to that of whomever happens to be in my scream range. But I stumbled on this wonderful image and purchased it.
I immediately downloaded and clicked 'print'. 17 pages later, I realized that a resizing was a necessity and I would have to scream...I mean 'call' the pros in. Thank goodness my husband (along with the rest of the neighborhood AND our community emergency response team) responded quickly. With help, I DID manage to get it down to a workable size.
It didn't take me long to watercolor, and I was pleased that I would be able to get this uploaded earlier than my usual 5pm. Unfortunately, it was about that time my OCD woke up and, probably unhappy I was a little low on coffee and had allowed the cereal boxes to fall out of alphabetical order, began nagging me to add a lure to accent the card.
"Come on," my OCD whispered, "you can do it! You'll have to run to the store for beads and while you're out, you can grab a Whopper and then a frozen yogurt for desert to cancel it out. Oh! And don't you DARE forget the coffee. The cereal boxes we'll deal with tonight. You know, right after you go to bed and just before you drift off to sleep? Yeah, I'll make sure to pop in at that moment to remind you that Froot Loops NEVER come after Fruit and Raisin (the fact Froot should be spelled "Fruit" does NOT count as a technicality) and you can fix it then. Ok? Ok. We're good."
So, it was on to the store and the result is this fabulous lure, made from a feather, beads, glossy accents and Bowdabra wire.
Thanks again for doing this for Joe and if you don't send a card, that's ok too! I know how it feels for things to be overwhelming. Besides, numbers of cards notwithstanding, I know you all care and you're always here for me, along with anyone that needs some cheering up...I home you know I'm here for you, too. Love and hugs again, my friends!!
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 GMT Views: 1009
Registered: March 31, 2008 Location: Eastlake, OH Posts: 20826
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 @ 6:33 PM
Carmen, the effort you put into this is amazing! Fantastic watercoloring! Thank you for your so funny story! I really CAN relate to panic attacks at not having an image I need right this minute! What a fabulous job on that lure!! Being a fishing family, I must remember that one (or better yet, just rob his tackle box!)
Registered: August 15, 2007 Location: Twin Cities MN Posts: 24163
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 @ 4:53 AM
The lure alone was worth getting the cereal boxes out of alpha order :) Perfect card for a fishing enthusiast!...Great watercoloring...loved your write up. Oh and you can't count on that mental inventory of your twenty seven thousand dollars worth of stamps...it isn't the stamps you don't have..it's the duplicate of the ones you do....did I use too many double negatives in that? It'll make sense some day..
Registered: March 15, 2012 Location: Alabama Posts: 11086
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 @ 2:48 PM
You did amazing!! Digital images can be hard to work with, especially with water. But your water coloring is beautiful! Lovely scene and that fishing lure is the perfect trimming! Fantastic card for your step-dad!!!
Registered: August 13, 2006 Location: Calgary, AB Posts: 5319
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 @ 1:15 PM
Wow! this is a beautiful card. Your colouring is amazing and the fly is perfect. Your Dad is going to love this. TFS
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 69561
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 @ 12:22 PM
Hilarious write-up, Carmen. At least you also got a wonderful card at the end of it all. I sent Joe my Snoopy and Woodstock; been busy practising music and enjoying the rare sunshine all week, so I decided to be realistic and get something mailed out today instead of thinking it might still happen. I still have Fred Bear Fishing sitting on my desk looking reproachfully at me.
Registered: July 25, 2011 Location: Georgia Posts: 34462
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 @ 5:08 PM
What a great story!!! You have such a way with words!! Your fishing lure is perfect! I love it that you listened to the little voice. Too often I skip the voice and I think skip that extra touch of magic! Terrific card!