How are we all?! I'm sorry I've been away so long, but I have a fairly reasonable excuse... :) I started a new job on Monday and isn't it always the way that everything else gets super busy at the same time?! My DOH had a lot of admin bits that he needed doing this week too (it's not that I'd left them until now, it's that they cropped up this week just because I was busier than usual!) so in actual fact I've been going to work for a rest!! I still have a pile of washing to do too...I need a fairy! ;)
I'm just scraping in for the deadline for this one! I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the winners at Catered Crop for last month's birthday card challenge with this card. That means I get to join the fabulous DT as a Guest Designer for this months' challenge! Whoop whoop! The challenge this time is 'Safe Travels'.
I'm not going to lie, when I saw this theme I thought 'this is definitely going to be a challenge!' because I don't have anything in my stash that's particularly travel-related. But that's when things get interesting, right?! So I had a little brainstorm and started thinking of things that are related to travel, which I like because you end up coming up with something that's less obvious than the theme. My first thoughts were of maps and forms of transport, that sort of thing...but then I thought more about the emotional side of travel. To travel means to leave the place you are in and head off somewhere new - which is exciting and can be sad all at the same time! There's also a sense of freedom associated with taking yourself out of your familiar surroundings and knowing that you can go anywhere you want...I think that's fantastic!! So, I went along these lines... Then things got a bit profound - I think it's been one of those weeks! I was thinking about how all of us are on a great big journey every day - the journey of life. As Darnell tells us at the end of every one of her amazing posts - Life Is Too Short. It's certainly too short to be doing something you hate - we should enjoy everything, no matter how small and change the things we don't like - simple right?!!
So, I know I got a bit off track with the whole travel thing, but those are the thoughts it invoked in me, so there!!
Anyway, enough babbling...the card...
I chose the Distress Ink colours - Broken China and Crushed Olive - because they remind me of when you look at an image of the globe - green for land and blue for ocean. Again, maybe another tenuous link, but it's a link all the same! I really like this sentiment - I think it's just perfect :)
I'm also entering this card for the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge which is '2 Shades of Grey' - I'm so glad they didn't go with 50! ;) They've updated the rules over there so you should definitely check it out if you haven't already :)
Thank you so much for coming back to see me after my absence! ;)
Card: Paper Mill Direct - White, Black, Grey, Sky Grey
Stamps: Clear Impressions - Cherry Blossom
Ink: Ranger - Perfect Medium; Distress Ink - Broken China, Crushed Olive
Other: WOW! - Ebony e/p; pearls