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.
Birthday's call for something extra special. And a fun fold, like a quick and easy gate fold card, is a great place to start. I love the addition of a belly band, or belt on this card, too. The band slides off, and the card opens like a special present.
I'm really trying to build up my collection of masculine birthday cards and the Carried Away paper with the Lift Me Up bundle is the perfect combination. Stampin' Up! really thought of everything when they created this perfect combination.
*Cutting & Measurement:
Base: Night of Navy 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" , Scored at 2 3/8" on either side.
Panel Layers: Carried Away Designer Series Paper 5 3/8" x 2 1/8"
Band: Whisper White 9 1/2" x 1 1/4"
Inside Panel: Whisper White 5" x 3 3/4"
Putting it All Together
1. Adhere panels to the card base. I like to use Tombow Liquid Glue in case I need to make any last minute placement adjustments.
2. Stamp inside panel and adhere with Fast Fuse.
3. Burnish the score lines with your bone folder.
4. Wrap band around the card, using your bone folder to crease the edges. Adhere back tabs together with fast fuse.
5. Add hot air balloon, or other focal point onto the band using dimensionals.
*This special gate fold fits inside a standard A2 envelope.
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