Really I am not dead and I have not abandoned my blog. The plague had fallen on the Southard family but everyone is finally healthy. The stomach bug had hit our family hard, bad enough that two of my children had it twice in a little over a week and worst of all I got it and everyone knows mama is not supposed to ever get sick. I finally have my house back in order, my children all back to school and the laundry is finally all caught up and yes my office is clean so I am back to stamping.
My son Manny is rapidly approaching his 6th birthday and the other day he asked me if he could have a pirate (yessssss!) birthday party. Of course I was happy to get out Ahoy Matey to make the cards but I needed some inspiration so I headed to the gallery over on splitcoast stampers and found this fabulous card by claudiafromgermany. I am not really big on copying other peoples cards but this card gave me some fabulous ideas. The card is a gate fold card, meaning that the front of the card is folded back on itself.
What I used:
Ahoy Matey and Hugs & Wishes stamp sets, Linen and Sanded background, Matey's Map jumbo wheel
Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Ruby Red, Kraft and Naturals White card stock
Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa classic ink pads
distressing tool from cutter kit, sponge, Prismacolor colored pencils and mineral spirits, Non-SU brown gingham ribbon (sorry but I am out of the old retired brown grosgrain and nothing else seemed to work)