Sunday, May 8, 2016

Relax, Girlfriend - CAE Friendship Card

We all know her--the lady who has a million things on her plate to do
and still stresses over the smallest details.
The gal who tries to do it all, and sometimes seems to succeed,
but then reaches a burnout phase.
She may or may not admit it.
She may or may not want to slow down, to take time for herself.
But she needs to.

At one time or another, that gal is all of us.
Superwoman strength comes and goes,
and while the overachiever part of us thinks it would be so nice
to be able to go without stopping indefinitely,
sometimes I think it's a boon to realize we really are
only human.

How tiring to do it all, all the time.
Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves and our girlfriends
of our own limits.
Make ourselves slow down, take time, relax.

So really, this card is for all of us.

My primary inspiration came from one of my all-time favorite challenges:

ColourQ #340:
At first I was not sure how to bring such a vibrant palette together, but when
I remembered this retro lady stamp, I thought about my Gran's red bandana,
those olive-green vacuums, and it just clicked.

Here are a couple more challenges as well:
(must fit easily within an envelope)

Tuesday Throwdown #292: Welcome Spring
Although it's not probably the typical "Welcome Spring", I do enjoy having
a fresh, clean home and throwing open the windows.
So, without overdoing it, spring cleaning does have a nice feel to me.

Creative Card Crew #112: ATG

DLDC May: Women at Work

Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Rustic white - Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {White bricks - Recollections; Banners - Project Life (scraps)}
Stamps {"Superwoman" - 100 Proof Press; Sentiment - TPC?}
Ink {Autumn Rose - Papertrey Ink; Archival Black - Ranger}
Copic markers, #2 pencil
Brads, aqua gems {The Paper Studio}
Clear Superfine Embossing Powder {Ranger}

As ever, thank you so much for stopping by!
Do enter my Spring Giveaway via Inlinkz
before you go. 
Find the giveaway post on the righthand sidebar!

Be well and enjoy the sunshine,



  1. Wonderful background and card design.

    Hugs Diane

  2. This is fantastic. Love that gal doing all the housework. Yes, she should relax. So should we all. Thanks so much for playing along at ColourQ this week.

  3. I love that retro image and how it evokes a "simpler time" that we all know was anything but simple! Great card. And a great design! Thanks for playing along with us at colourQ!

  4. Great card, love the colors. Thanks for joining us at Dragons Lair Designs!

  5. HA - love the For the girls entry - doing housework. Indeed. Thankfully some of us have men who do that for us. LOL. Thanks for joining in the Cards in Envy challenge this week. Take care.

  6. Wonderful card for our Women at work challenge at Dragons Lair Designs. Pippa DLD DT

  7. Wonderful posts to day, Kathryn! I really love the white brick background on this one. Too bad she's consigned to housework on Mother's Day. :-D

  8. What a absolutely wonderful interpretation of our challenge theme. Great card.
    Thank you very much for entering the "Dragons Lair Designs" "Women At Work" challenge for May. Good luck.
    Gwyneth DLD DT Member

  9. Totally adore this card!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!
    <3 Emily L. - DT

  10. Love this! The image is perfect over that brick wall background! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

  11. Lovely image. Thanks for joining dragons lair

  12. Super cute card! Yes, we have all been "that gal"! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!

  13. lovin your retro card and fun dots on it!!! thanks for playing with Cards In Envy!!!

  14. Lovely card, thank you for taking part in the Dragons lair challenge


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