Monday, July 9, 2012

Fairy Tales

Good Monday Morning, Cafe Friends!

Today's Clean and Simple challenge on Splitcoast Stampers had me stumped. The theme: fairy tales. I searched my stamp collection and stumbled upon All Booked Up by Papertrey Ink. Of course! Fairy tales and books!

I enjoy books with a magical element to them. This summer, I read The Night Circus (very magical!) by Erin Morgenstern and The Peach Keeper (magic and superstitious lore mixed together!) by Sarah Addison Allen. I am a girl at heart, so of course I love a good fairy tale ending!

Today's card was inspired by Sam, who is currently reading Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events". Sam loves the blue/orange color combo. It was also inspired by my son John, who loves the color gray and birch trees. Happy 19th Birthday, my Johnny!

{Today's Brew: PTI All Booked Up and PTI Leaf Prints stamps, PTI Soft Stone and white card stock, My Mind's Eye Fiddlesticks paper (Memory Works), Distress Inks in Black Soot/Orange Marmalade, Stormy Sky (Memory Works), PTI dies, baker's twine, SU button, rick rack}

I don't want to freak you out too much on a Monday morning, but can you see the buckeye tree behind the card photo? Here we are in the second week of July, and the leaves on the buckeye tree are starting to change. The browning has more to do with the severe drought in our area (.09 inches of rain in the month of June!) than it does with autumn's approach.

I've heard meteorologists say that since our early burst of warm weather in March, we will continue to be one month ahead. This makes perfect sense when you consider the August-like 100 plus degree weather we've been experiencing in July. Could it be that August will be more like September? Will Autumn come early this year? Oooh, I hope so! I'm done with heat and drought. Autumn is my favorite season!

Yesterday's weather brought us five minutes of rain and a blessed cooling in temperatures. I was able to stitch and read on my front porch again. Bliss!

Grab your bliss with both hands today, friends!


  1. Super fun card! Perfect way to spend a summer day!

  2. Oh I could write a whole novel here on your post:) I am an avid reader and devoured the Night Circus - enjoyed every word, give or take! I love the fact that you can sit on your porch - we'd bake on ours, even in the shade - not to mention our Summer Florida rain brings the most humid weather! LOL! Love your card, it is a beautiful representation of a fairy tale and almost has a Fall feel to it - ric-rac, another fave!! You are making me smile today! x0x0