Friday, March 15, 2013

Fishy Friday...

Hello there stamping peeps!  Yippee, it's Friday!

While it's been several years since I've done the Monday through Friday workday routine, I still perk up on Fridays for some reason.  I guess after all those years of working, it's hard to get out of the "yay for the weekend" mode of thinking.  I've been a busy bee all week, gearing up for the last weekend of Sale-a-bration and I'll be partying on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  After the big Bunco Night on March 22nd, I'll be ready for a bit of a break!

By the way, there are still 4 spots open for Bunco Night, which includes dinner and prizes galore.  Everyone will go home a winner and I've got some great prizes to give away plus all of the hostess benefits... over $100 in prizes will be given away!  Please consider joining me for this once-a-year prize giveaway!

Debbie's "Stamping for the Guys in Your Life" party is coming up this Saturday at 1 pm at my house. We all need manly cards, so this is your chance to make some!  You'll even go home with a hand-out to help you make "manly" cards once you get home. This is one of the great cards we'll be making.  I found this layout in a stamping magazine and thought it worked well for a masculine card.  Check it out...

When making a masculine card, I like to use quite a bit of rough or masculine texture.  For this particular card I used both the Woodgrain  and the Argyle embossing folders... both very manly designs.  I also find that almost any color from the Regals collection makes a great masculine card when paired with a Neutral such as Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, or Basic Black.  Here I chose Not Quite Navy and paired it with Crumb Cake.  The designer paper I used is from the Parker's Patterns set of DSP (Spring Catalog)  Mr. Bigmouth Bass is from the By the Tide stamp set (also from the Spring Catalog).  He is stamped on Very Vanilla with Not Quite Navy ink and then cut out by hand and popped up dimensionals.   It took less than 60 seconds to cut around him... a piece o' cake!  The seaweed is stamped in Crumb Cake on Very Vanilla and then punched out with the 2 1/2 inch circle punch.  The greeting is from the most complete greeting set ever, Teeny Tiny Wishes and is punched out with the Modern Label Punch.  The finishing touch are the brads in Crumb Cake.
For some unknown reason, I chose not to sponge around the edges of this card, but I think some sponging in Crumb Cake would be very attractive. Maybe I just wanted to prove that I can make a card that doesn't involve sponging.  Some distressing of the edges would also give a more vintage-y look, if that's your thing.
I have to admit that I'm pretty partial to the clean and simple style of this card, just the way it is.  Sometimes simpler is better.

I wish you were planning on coming to Debbie's party at 1 pm at my house on Saturday.  We still have room for you!
Have a relaxing weekend, everyone!

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