Thursday, April 24, 2008
Interested in a chance to win one of the soon-to-be released stamp sets from Verve Visual?! Head over to the Verve blog for sneak peeks at Great Expectations (yesterday's post) and Father Figure (today's post). Leave a comment over there and you'll be entered into a drawing for the giveaway (to be announced tomorrow).
My card uses Father Figure, and I will tell you this set absolutely takes the angst and challenge out of masculine cards. Really! The sentiments are simple, straightforward, yet heartfelt, and they work just as well stand-alone as they do paired with other images. Here I've stamped the words "I'm so glad you're my" onto twill (I used Chocolate Chip craft ink) and the large "Dad" image onto one of the papers from Basic Grey's new Archaic line. The "dirty" blue-green-brown colors of these patterns are perfect for guy cards! I added some jumbo eyelets and fibers, along with some heavy sponging in Chocolate Chip ink, to finish off the overall grungy, masculine look. No more being afraid of guy cards -- this set drips with manliness. Can't you almost see the chest hair growing?
What I'm really excited about is how far ahead I am on Father's Day cards now. I've never been this early! Usually, it goes something like this: "Oh Dad, your Father's Day card [or birthday card] is down in my craft room. I'll go get it. By the way, what color do you want it to be?" You can be ahead of the game, too. Julee ships out the Verve orders lightning fast!
Remember, today is the last day to use the coupon code AmyRocks for a 15% discount on your entire Verve order. Thankful Blossoms and Anniversary Birds are available again. And tomorrow, the two new sets will become available.
Okay, so yesterday, I promised I'd show you a must-have "tool" that I just acquired for my craft room. Although I'm really excited about it, I have to confess it's a little scary, too. Ready?
Yep, that's me in reading glasses. Evidently, my eyes are every bit of my 39 1/2 years and right on schedule to start giving out. But seriously, if you must have reading glasses, shouldn't they be COOL ones like these? (My pink-crazed 4yo daughter picked these out. And by the way, I'm also sporting "screaming pink" [think Pink Passion] rubber bands on my braces for the next 4 weeks. Think I should start leaving her in the car, lol?) And yes, this is all part of my shameless attempt to ensure that my mailbox is flooded with BRAKs on the sad day when I turn the big 4-0 ... I'm sure I'll be reminding you again and again ... so whenever you're ready for my address (and the date), just go on ahead and shoot me an email ... the link is in the sidebar ;)
For today, a much happier birthday to celebrate. My youngest, Gabriel, is 1 TODAY! Where has the time gone? See how big he is?
Last, a reminder about, and small change to, my blog candy. Enter HERE if you haven't already. I'll be closing the comments at NOON tomorrow instead of 9 am.
What a mash-up of things in this post, huh?
Stamps: Father Figure (Verve Visual)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Archaic collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Chocolate Chip craft
Accessories: SU twill, corner rounder, and pewter jumbo eyelets; sewing machine and thread; EK Success fibers