Introducing....Masculine Mondays! I've been organizing my cards, with the help of a dear friend and fellow demonstrator Rosie Smith, and it's come to our attention that I'm in dire need of some masculine cards. It's not as easy as it sounds, either. I remember when the Lad turned 6 or 7, and I took him shopping for clothes. I came back sad and upset. Where were all the 'cute' clothes? It seemed that he'd grown out of the dinosaur & airplane turtlenecks and overalls section of the stores and had moved into the 'big boy' section of the clothing department. We now had three choices: striped, solid, or plaid. And where were the bright primary colors? Nope, brown, forest green or navy blue. And let's not even talk about the disappearance of light-up sneakers! Oh, it was a sad, sad day for both of us.
I don't want that to happen to masculine cards. Come on! Boys need cute stuff, too! So, I'm going to ramp up my masculine card efforts. And who says guys don't need bling? Have you seen the dragon on theMyths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper? His tummy is glitter paper!!! That' right, there are iridescent glittered designs featured throughout the entire pack! And speaking of cute, the little knights on this paper remind me so much of Lego Knights. And we certainly had our share of Legos in our house!
That's why this paper makes the perfect card for my son. Today, he starts a new job and I wanted to make him a card to wish him well and to say, "You've got this". As a matter of fact, look what I found for inside the card, from the You've Got This Stamp Set! Is that perfect or what?
Now, since he didn't send me his new address until last night, he may see the card on the blog before he receives it in the mail. But it's the thought that counts, right? (And now, I'll know if he's reading my blog or reading my Facebook pages!)
I love you, Dude-ski. I hope you have the best first day at work ever. You certainly deserve it!
We have a winner!
Last Friday, I asked if you liked Rich Razzleberry or Dapper Denim flowers from the Heartfelt Blooms Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set. Rich Razzleberry was the #1 favorite. Congratulations to Nola Morrison. Thank you for leaving a comment on last Friday's Blog.
Base: Dapper Denim, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Basic Gray 5 1/2" x 2 7/8"
Layer 2: Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper, 5 1/2" x 2 3/4"
Layer 3: Whisper White, 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 4: Tranquil Tide, Scalloped Layering Circle Framelit
Layer 5: Dapper Denim, Scalloped Layering Circle Frameli
Layer 6: Whisper White, Stiched Shape Circle Die
1. Adhere Layers 1 & 2 and add to card base.
2. Wrap Dapper Denim Baker's Twine around the top several times and tie in the front with a knot.
3. Add 3 Dapper Denim Enamel Dots.
4. Stamp sentiment in Dapper Denim onto Layer 3.
5. Adhere all inside layers and add to card.
Wow! What a weekend! It was the perfect combination of busy and friends and family. I'm teaching at a big retreat in Boston in November, but I have to get everything ready to ship next week! So two of my Stamping Bee team came over to help stuff envelopes and make sure I had enough supplies ready. We had great fun, sipping on wine (in spill proof glasses, of course) and munching on some pears and Vermont Cheddar and a nicely aged blue cheese. We had so much fun, and I'm just about ready. I'm just waiting on for UPS to deliver 1 more box of paper.
Then, The Lad and His Lady came home from Charlotte for a quick weekend. Neither of them had to work Sunday. We went out for pizza on Saturday night, then spent all day at the NC State Fair yesterday. It was hot and crowded, but a lot of fun, too. I was proud of myself as I walked away with only had some Eastern Carolina chopped bbq and a few bites of funnel cake!
It's always so good to have them home, but sad when they have to leave. They were only here under 24 hours. Not long enough for me, but I know she had homework and he had to be up early to go to work. So, to keep the blues away, I went up to my studio. I wanted a simple, masculine card I could send the Lad. An avid photographer, I grabbed some Pick a Pattern paper and my Great Big Greeting stamp set, neither of which I've used in a while, and got to work. And since I was too tired to be too creative, I used a design in the catalog to CASE, too. All I have to do is find a stamp and it's ready to mail. I hope it brightens his day up as much as it having him home did for me.
And we have a winner!
Jeannine Rachot, congratulations! Pleaseemail me your address and I'll be happy to send you the Happy Halloween card from Friday.
Base: Crumb Cake, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Pick a Pattern, Cameras, Designer Series Paper, cut with largest Layering Circle Framelit.
Layer 2: Pick a Pattern Washi Tape
Layer 3: Crushed Curry Layering Circle
Mark your calendars for the rest of this season's holiday stamping events!
Sunday was Father's Day. For many years, that's meant going to the movies and then grabbing a bite to eat. This year, was no exception as we spent the day watching Pirates of the Caribbean and feasting on sushi as we tried to stay cool in the Southern heat.
Some people have dads, some fathers, some Pops...we have a Fom. My dad has a great sense of humor and is always quick with witty repartee. So, when in a rush to sign a check for my sister's piano lessons, he crossed the "T" in Thomas, and got frustrated at having to void that one and start again. A little harmless and hilarious teasing, had us calling him "Fom". "Fom" soon became a term of endearment and everyone who was in the "in crowd" called him that. All of our friends did, and even our boyfriends. My maternal grandmother did, too! And 35 years later, we still do! In fact, when my son was born, he didn't want to be called Grandpa, but "Fompa".
When they moved to North Carolina ten years ago, my father decided to reinvent himself and introduced himself to everyone in the new neighborhood as "Thomas" instead of Tom. I have to admit, it's still strange to me to hear someone refer to my father as Thomas. It's too stiff and formal. They will never know the kind, loving, funny, gentle-giant of a man who is the rock upon which our family is built. A man who taught and modeled the core values that hold us together.
So, my card today celebrates and honors The Man, They Myth, the Legend that is my Fom. I love you, Daddy.
Base: Island Indigo, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 1/4"x 4"
Layer 2: Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, 5 1/8" x 3 3/8"
Layer 3: Island Indigo 1/4" Ombre Ribbon
Layer 4: Island Indigo cut with Large Letter Framelits, and sponged with Whisper White Craft Ink
Layer 5: Regals Enamel Shapes
Have You Heard?
There's only 10 days left to register for the 3 remaining spots at the Stamp! Smile! Repeat! Summer Stamp Camp. This a FULL day stamping retreat, so grab your snips and adhesives and come craft the day away.
It's always nice to open up a new catalog and see an old favorite. Guy Greetings is one of the first stamps I ever bought, and it's like an old friend sitting there on my shelves. The challenge then, is to create something new, with something that's been around for a few years.
Something old, something new...something blue!
Pair Guy Greetings with the new Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers and you bring new life to an favorite stamp set. Dapper Denim pairs so well with the vibrant Lemon Lime Twist, too. these Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers provide the perfect finishing touch, without being fussy or distracting.
Both Guy Greetings and the Eastern Palace Suite are available now at my online store. The Eastern Palace Bundles are only available until the end of May. Each bundle includes a free, gift, as well. The Starter Bundle has a free pack of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes and the Premier Bundle comes with a free pack of Very Vanilla Cardstock and Envelopes.
Do you have your invitation to my
Free Sale-a-Bration Celebration?
This by invitation only event will feature a whole afternoon on April 22nd of Free stamping fun, games, prizes, and food! Plus, these VIPs get an extra 1/2 hour to shop my BOGO event before the Bingo party begins that night.
There are two ways to get your invitation?
The first round of invitations are being mailed this weekend. There's still plenty of time to get yours and get in on the fun!
This is my Stamping Bee Friday Sketch Challenge card. It uses a very basic layout, and I chose to dress it up with some watercoloring and copper embossing powder. Although it still uses the same Lift Me Up bundle and Carried Away Paper that I've used all week, this is a much softer and more subtle approach.
Cutting and Measuring:
Base: Whisper White Thick Card stock 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Carried Away Designer Series Paper 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" (I covered the entire base)
Layer 2: Mint Macaron Card stock 4 1/4" x 3 1/4"
Layer 2: Whisper White Card stock 4" x 3"
This acrylic block watercoloring technique is pretty cool.
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