Happy Boy's Day everyone! I had to rush on this card because after coming home from Japan I had to recuperate from the trip, unpack, and recover from a cold. Happily, I got this done just in time to send it (and its twin) off to my sons. On this card I combined a Sister Stamp (for the cute boy image) and the fish/ribbons/words from a Dandelion Designs stamp set. I used a Darice embossing folder (not shown in photo) to impress the bamboo design. Pop-dots were placed under the fish and boy to add more dimension. I was very happy to be able to use a bit of the printed washi paper that I just purchased in Japan in anticipation of creating this card. To bring out the gold of the paper more I added (with a gel pen) some gold ink on the ribbon and around the words. Of course, I wish that I had thought to buy more than a few small sheets of this washi paper because who knows when I'll find this flying carp design again. Remember Lynn's rule: Buy it when you see it because you never know when you'll get another chance! Oh well, I couldn't bring home all of Japan but I did try real hard....LOL!
Thank you to all who entered my 'Where in the World' contest. Surprisingly, the winner had the answer in about an hour. Congrats, Sharon O! Please send your mailing address to me at email@example.com and I will immediately send you a gift pack of goodies from Japan. Sharon correctly identified the tea plants in my photo and pinpointed that the plantation was in Shizuoka, Japan. We chose to visit that area to tour the plantation and museum. Although it was not harvest time (the harvesting machines cut the bushes in that rounded shape), we had a great time and learned a lot about tea.