So, today, the weather was beautiful.  21 degrees (Celcius, people!) and sunny…and not at all windy – which is amazing in St. John’s.

I was *supposed* to do a bunch of housework and clean up/organize my craft room but I only got about 1/2 the housework done and the craft room still looks like a scrapbooking store threw up in it.

However, I did get some outdoor projects done and a couple of loads of laundry washed and hung on the line.  A productive day even though it wasn’t the goals I’d originally set.

I didn’t get in to my craft room until after 10:30 last night and I only bothered at that point as DH was playing a video game so vegging next to the tv was not an option. (well, I could have if I’d asked but he just got a new toy for his PS3 which is probably just as exciting as getting new card making supplies so I decided to be nice!)

I wanted to make a birthday card for my FIL as his is next on the list and he’s a train lover so “Little Hot Rod” (PTI) was my planned stamp set.  Boy, did I have trouble coming up with a layout for this card!  Before I get into the process, here it is:

I don’t have anything in the way of a train track stamp and I wanted to have rolling hills on the card but that meant there wouldn’t be room for patterned paper (other than green for the hills) so I decided to use a “non traditional” colour for my hills that would allow me to add a lot of colour to the card.

In lieu of train tracks I repeatedly stamped the “choo choo” sentiment from the set onto the card following the curve of my hill.

The train is popped up on dimensionals (as are the smoke and clouds) and I joined the train with some baker’s twine.

Amazing how difficult it can be to plan a simple card!

Enjoy your Sunday.  I have to finish my chores!