Summer has arrived....
My most disliked of all seasons.
So when the theme of 'WHAT SUMMER MEANS TO YOU' was set by DT member Valerie Wilson over on the Stampotique Designers Challenge this week, my initial reaction was 'ohhh noooo' (in a Zilly from 'Stop The Pigeon' voice, shrinking my head down into my coat) as instantly all that sprang to mind was sunshine, beaches and people having a great time like a neverending looped scene from Baywatch rofl...the misery woman I am rofl
Then it registered!..Its what summer means to me not how summer is generally depicted....so I did just that.
As part of my card I used a torn page from an amazing book that I got hold of which lists how a household should be run by women in Victorian Britain- this page lists things like airing the beds, cleaning out the fireplace, bringing in coal, beating rugs, dusting the stairs, drawing down the blinds in bedrooms after dinner etc etc.
"SEEM VERY MUCH OUT OF KEEPING WITH THE FINE WEATHER AND BRIGHT SUNSHINE"
That sentence above could be a sentence describing me lol...I'm very pale skinned, don't do sunshine, wear my long sleeved tops and stomping boots for as long as physically possible into summer. It was infact a sentence describing Victorian curtains/drapes and heavy bedding, but I thought it was a perfect line to sum up me and summer.
So here I am lying flat out on the lawn(I dont actually do that but its what I'd look like if I did...only bigger but Daniel doesn't draw plus sized characters lol) being HOT HOT HOT.(note the boots and long sleeved top lol)
And this is my expression throughout the summer months if you were to lift my hat!
Of course those living in much hotter climes, such as Arizona where all these stamps are made at Stampotique, must think I'm maaad moaning about a few sunny weeks/months in the south of the UK, but its different heat here...IT IS!! HONEST!! rofl...Its sticky heat. You guys in the desert have it eeeeasy with your 107 degrees rofl *gulp* (heehee)
To make this I drew a big circle onto yellow card (drew around a roll of sellotape) and hand drew 'rays' all the way around it. This was my main part of the card. I attached this to what I can only describe as a large name place setting (folded black rectangular card).
Stamps used are all Stampotique Originals from four different designers.
Mink and Alphabitties by Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney
Sun Design by Maryse Carrier
Splatter Long and Splatter Blob by me, Jo Capper-Sandon.
I drew the hat.
Stampotique Originals stamps are also available from Happy Daze here in the UK.
As this is the first Stampotique Designers Challenge of June its the one where you are allowed to use any stamps to create your summer masterpiece with, it doesn't have to be a card by the way, and in doing so stand yourself in with a chance to win $15 worth of rubber (your choice) from Stampotique if your name is chosen in the draw in two weeks time( its a random draw so all stand a chance of winning).
Really looking forward to finding out what summer means to you :0) Are you a sun worshipper slapping on the factor 30 on the beach or a stayer-inner watching Wimbledon with your strawberries and cream hoping for cooler autumnal weather?