This week and next week are going to be crazy busy at work. I'm basically covering the work of three people for two weeks and one of those weeks I won't even be in this state. So, although, we're really short handed, I decided to take last Friday off. I had been scheduled off since the beginning of the month to use some use-it-or-lose-it time before I lose it at the end of this month and I had worked long hours all week so I really needed a break, plus hubby had the day off. We spent some time together doing a lot of nothing, which was nice. He worked on Saturday, so I had thought about going into the office, but I also realized that I had things around the house I wanted to get done since I knew I was going to be working long hours and wouldn't to have any time this week or next. So I stayed home and cleaned the house, snuggled a furball or two (at the same time!) and watched a few crafty videos in between loads of laundry. It was the perfect break to feel like I was human again and not just a working machine. Then I it was time to spend some time in my craft room to exercise a different part of my brain with some new goodies I've picked up recently.
Specifically, Newton's Nook recently released some new (adorable) stamp sets. I'm such a sucker for Newton so I had to pick up Newton's Summer Vacation and my sister loves flamingos so, of course, I had to get Flirty Flamingos. When I was catching up on my blog reading, I noticed Newton's Nook had a new challenge to create a beach themed card and thought it was the perfect opportunity to play with my new stamps. You can find out all about the challenge over on the Newton's Nook blog here. It's open until August 8th so go check it out and play along.
For my card, I started with the Flirty Flamingos set. I inked up the solo flamingo in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with copics. I then created mask for my flamingo so I could sponge in some waves with Distress Ink and sponge daubers and then colored in some sand and sky with my copics. I used the Amy Tangerine dies to cut a polaroid shape. I stamped the sentiment from the Newton's Summer Vacation and colored in the little heart with the same copics used for the flamingos. I remembered having some "sand' paper and found in an old DCWV Summer Stack. I used the Dotted Die from Avery Elle to cut out that paper and mounted my "polaroid" on it. To finish it off, I added a few Doodlebug sequins, some Glossy Accents on the floaty ring and a some Wink of Stella on the waves.