Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Epic Blessings

I'm beyond blessed!!
When I think of Father's Day and the Men in my life, I miss my Dad and Pappa... but I'm blessed to have one of the greatest men in my life...
my Uncle Richard! 
 
He's a Father 9x over with many, many, many grandchildren spread across our nation and across boarders and oceans.  I am always amazed when I check in with him, how he and my Aunt are traveling to visit all their children and grandchildren.  His home-base, Indiana, isssss (more or less) the middle of the country - lol. 
 When this Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper (#130814) came up for crafting.. the 'Rail Road' print caught my eye... my Family, sooo much of my family - including my Uncle, have worked or currently work the Rail Road!!  I couldn't resist creating a card for my Uncle this Father's Day... one sure to mark how he blesses us!
His 'home-base' is a lovely little town near the College where he was a professor.  His backyard is a lovely large area where my Aunt Joani and him grow produce!!  Too, they have a passel of kids and grandkids.. what a legacy of love and blessing!!  Our Harvest Blessing stamp set (#126452) is a vintage, fine line drawing... that fits perfectly with our paper!
Stamping the tractor in our Calypso Coral ink (#126983) pulls the color from the Epic paper.  I love the look of the basket stamped in Crumb Cake ink (#126975).  This subtle touch is awesome but I wanted MORE - so I thought I'd run it through the Big Shot (#113439) and our Honeycomb embossing folder (#129378) come together to emboss with an edgy and vintage look.
Our Naturals Ivory card stock (#101849) is the perfect base for this blessing sentiment and basket accent.  Stamping them with the Crumb Cake (#126975) ink is a warm neutral and accenting the fruit with the Calypso Coral ink (#126983) and our Aqua Painter (#103954).  This watercolor technique allows for the vintage feel. 
Distressing the edges is easier than ever with our Stampin' Distressing Tool (#127562).  Rubbing the edges with our Crumb Cake ink and our Stampin' Sponges (#101610) for a soft aged look.

Button this blessing up with our Naturals Designer Buttons (#127884).  They have a great wood-like look and tie into this natural feeling card.  Tied together with our Early Espresso Baker's Twine (#123124).  Very Masculine, don't you think?!?!
Using the same Stampin' Sponge and Crumb Cake ink around the edges allows for a distressed and softened look.  It also ages while highlighting the embossing!
I'm LOVING this vintage paper!!  Fine line stamps, like this, are definitely one of my favorites!!
Epic Blessings!
A Legacy of Love, Faith, Joy and Family... my Pappa and Nanna, to my Uncle and Aunt... it's a legacy I pray we leave to our children!
 
From Rail Road men to Pastors, Professors, Elders, Military, Missionaries, Authors... I'm blessed to be part of this amazing family!
 
Happy Father's Day to the men in my life - even if you aren't my father!  Who would YOU send this card to?!?  What legacy were you given or do you leave??
 
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