Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: A Little Mower

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Jen Timko.


Sometimes I start with stamps or dies and force them into a sketch, but in this case, the sketch totally inspired my card.  A little backstory first...

I live on 5 acres on the prairie outside of Denver.  There's probably only a half acre or so that we mow and, of that half acre, only a small front lawn gets mowed more than once or twice a year.  But when we first purchased the house, it all seemed so big that we had to have a riding lawn mower! That lawn mower lasted for over 20 years, but this year we decided it just wasn't going to make it another year.  In the meantime, we realized that there's actually very little lawn to mow so we replaced it a small little mower, just like on my card.

This year rolls around and we are having the wettest spring in memory - which means the grass is growing and growing, but it's rarely dry enough to mow.  Now we are faced with grass that is just too long for the little mower!  Luckily, we have a teenage son who has decided he will die if he doesn't have a new skateboard yesterday.  So guess what he is doing to earn enough money - he is outside with a weed whacker(!) trying to get the grass short enough for the lawnmower.  Picture it - 5 acres, vast open sky, young teenager on the horizon trying to make a dent in the long, waving grass. 

I saw the sketch and instantly saw that all of that open area and the teeny tiny lawn mower!! This will be the Father's Day card from the teenager.  Of course, at the moment, he is definitely not saying "love you more"!  He is definitely hating life.

FMS A Little Mower

Hope to see you playing along.  This sketch is definitely an open canvas with so many possibilities!

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17 comments:

Amy O said...

This is adorable -- especially with the story behind it. What a perfect card for Father's Day.

Linda Callahan said...

I couldn't love this card any mower.....:). It is adorable and I am jealous of your five acres! Hope your son has made good progress by now!

Karen King said...

Great scene! I love how you used the ombré paper.

snappy scrappy said...

OM geeee!!!! Too cute!

Happy Dance said...

Oh my gosh! I laughed and laughed...it echoed my boys and raking billions and billions of leaves on our property years ago! One said, "I know why you had kids, mom. Because it's free labor!" And what a fun card! Great for Father's Day, or Valentine's Day, or even a no-reason-at-all day. Really a fun card. Really a funny story! Bev

Tenia Nelson said...

Too cute!!

Lisa said...

Cute story, cute card!!

Karren said...

Ha ha love your story and love your card! Your husband is sure to get a kick out of this and I hope your son can appreciate the humor by then too :)

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

This is ADORABLE!!

Jen Mitchell said...

LOL! What a great story. I'm sure your son and your husband will treasure this and the story behind it for a long time!

Hannelie said...

I LOVE the little scene you created Kim!

Marisa said...

What a fun card! Adore the sentiment. Had to lol about your son - yeah desiring a skateboard ;)

Cindy Lovell said...

Cute,cute card Kim!!! The little lawn mower is adorable and i love the cute sentiment!!

Jen Brum said...

Such a fun card Kim! I love that lawn mower and the grass! So cute and perfect for Father's Day! I am very jealous of your 5 acres! We live on a postage stamp now and I could kill for 5 acres!!!!

Narelle Farrugia said...

Oh my goodness - this is just the cutest card! I am loving your little mower!

cm said...

What a great background story and talk about perseverance! He must really want that skateboard! Years ago, my brother wanted a 'must have' pair of running shoes, which I bought for him, with the full discussion of how he'd pay me back. He didn't have a job, so cash was out of the question. I did, however, have my house cleaned every Friday, for 8 wonderful weeks! I think I 'primed' him for his future wife *grin* Love your little mower card...
~c

Kristina Cobb said...

That mental picture of you guys fending off the grass with the little mower makes me smile, for some reason. I guess it is more challenging now, what with the rainy weather and all, but at least it’ll get your son up and about, and quite busy with that bushwhacker. Anyway, I hope he finishes soon, before the grass starts growing around him. Haha!

Kristina Cobb @ Denny's Lawn