Friday, December 17, 2010

Drummer Boy

Drummer Boy_Dec 2010

Last year, I received this precious stamp from a special friend, and once in the mood to color, I could not wait to ink it up again. I mentioned last year that “Little Drummer Boy” has always been a favorite Christmas song. As for the word, “Noel,” which is French for Christmas, I chuckle almost every time I see it. I’ve told this story before, too. One of my first experiences with an alphabet stamp set was at Christmastime. I laid my stamps out on a block, inked it up, and oh-so carefully stamped “Leon” on my card. Had anyone been watching, I am certain the look on my face would have been a pretty funny sight. Funnier yet was the fact it took a few moments for me to realize what I had done wrong. Initially, I wondered, “What the heck is wrong with these stamps?” LOL.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White and Cocoa cardstock; Basic Grey Jovial 6x6-inch paper pad; Black, Cocoa, and Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distressing Ink ink pads; Stampendous Drummer Boy stamp and CTMH Say it in Style stamp set; Antiqued copper mini brads; Prismacolor color pencils; Gamsol odorless mineral spirits; Blending stumps; Fiskars Apron Lace border punch; Sponge distressing tool; 3M foam mounting tape.

A Slice of Life: I took a half-day of vacation, did some shopping, and went to visit Mom this afternoon. Tomorrow, I will be attending the memorial service for my cousin in Crookston while the rest of my family celebrates “Carlson Christmas” at the hunting cabin. Although I am going to miss the fun, “no muss, no fuss” holiday atmosphere that one finds at the cabin, I need to be with my extended family tomorrow.

Tonight, I’m taking it easy. How about you? Are the elves at work at your house this weekend? Whatever you’re doing – enjoy! “See” you again soon.


Alanna said...

What a darling card. I love the image and the border you did. The story about the Noel/Leon is hilarious and I thank you for the laugh as I needed it tonight.

Sharli said...

Hi Kathi,

I love the card - the image is so sweet and your story about spelling out words in stamps made me nearly spit my coffee on the screen! YES, I've done that, too!! LOL And I could just see you (in my head) sitting there puzzled about it - because I, also, didn't get it right away.

Oh dear.

It's hard any time to lose someone, but the holidays are worse (in my opinion) because of the different emotions already high - and competing opportunities. You're right - family needs you. I'm keeping you all in my prayers.

Jeanne said...

Oh, Kathi. I just love your honesty! Yes, I'm giggling, but it's with you and not at you! Your card is so sweet. I love it. And I love you for sharing. I got a new to me George Strait Christmas cd recently and one of the songs is called Noel Leon. Until I listened to it, I never stopped to think that Leon is Noel spelled backwards. Duh. But I immediately thought about that song when I read your little story.

While I'm sorry you will miss part of the festivities, I'm glad you will be with your family at a difficult time. It's so hard when we have to make tough choices, but your presence will be so helpful, I'm sure.

Hugs to you as you journey through your weekend.

Sheila H said...

Your story is funny; glad to know I'm not the only one who has done that when stamping a word :) It's good that you will attend the service for your cousin.

Sylvia said...

Waht an adorable expression on the drummer boy's face. Colors and coloring go very well together.

Carolyn said...

Sweet card! Missing you!...!Hope everyone is ok! GBaby yet?