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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Father's Day With Verve!

Verve Visual recently released a new stamp set called Father Figure. I had not gotten a chance to use it until today and I am so glad I finally did! This little BBQ apron has been an idea I've had in my head for a loooong time, and when I saw this set, I KNEW I would be able to pair it up with the apron card idea immediately! It would be a great little invitation to a cookout as well. Oh! Or a little BBQ recipe tucked into the pocket! I first cut the made up pattern from the Buckaroo Blue cardstock (how fitting, right?), and then made a smaller version with the hanky designer paper. I folded the bottom part up about 2 1/2 inches up from the bottom to create the pocket for the tag and oven mitt. All the edges of every piece are sponged with Chestnut Roan Cat's Eye Ink (LOVE that little ink pad! It's spongey itself, so you just rub it directly on the cardstock.). Did a little zigzag stitching around all the edges, too. I then handcut an oven mitt out of the fun red checkered paper. I ended up adhering it to the inside front of the pocket because I couldn't get it to work for me attached to the tag like I wanted it to.

For the tag, I started by using the Canvas background on another piece of Buckaroo Blue. I then matted it with the hanky paper and then again with the blue, again sponging every edge with the Chestnut Roan. I stamped the smaller sentiment so that it would be visible and heat embossed the "husband" part with Chocolate Brown Embossing powder from Stampendous. I then put the dotted stripes on it and added some of my new Martha Stewart twill (I used my 50% off coupon at Michael's today!) and frayed it for a "pull". Here's a clever thing--I had cut a spatula shape by hand, but then thought, 'wow, that looks like a tag punch'! So guess what? I got out my SU small tag punch and it was perfect! I shaded it and added the "slots" with a sharpie and a handle from kraft cardstock. Lastly I stamped some more of the twill with the dotted stripe and created the neck strap and attached it with a couple more silver brads. It's absolutely what I had envisioned! Don't you love it when that happens? I hope you like it!! I was going to give this to Eric for Father's Day, but I just couldn't wait and showed it to him tonight. He loved it! It's perfect for him--he loves to grill and will be doing just that for me and all the other moms in our family on Mother's Day, right after he orders me some Nestabilities!!! Ain't he cool!?! YAY!!

Be sure and check out the fantastic sale going on now until May 15th at Verve if you haven't already. Click HERE!!

Also, I have had a TON of requests for the directions for making the diaper cake I featured a couple of posts back. I'm not ignoring you! I will get that together, but I won't be able to post it until this weekend or early next week! Stay tuned!

TIP: Shaped cards are super fun and stretch your imagination. Make one!

Stamps: Father Figure (Verve Visual), Canvas BG (SU!)
Paper: Buckaroo Blue, Kraft, Silver (SU!), Bandana Flat Paper, Cowboy Red Gingham Flat Paper (K & Company)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel (SU!), Chestnut Roan (Cat's Eye)
Other: Putty Twill (Martha Stewart), Silver Brads, Black Sharpie, Grey Prismacolor Marker, Sewing Machine, Brown Thread, Chocolate Brown Embossing Powder (Stampendous)


  1. SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!! Too CUTE!

  2. OMG Susan! This is flippin' amazing! Great work :)

  3. this is the cutest thing I've seen in AGES!!!!! It's unbelievably adorable and amazing girl! You rocked it on this one!


  4. Oh my goodness're imagination is about as stretched as the skin arond my thighs was when I was a chubby girl.

  5. This is absolutely darling! What a cute idea and you could use it for a BBQ party as well.

    Very creative!!!

  6. Oh my gosh, Susan!! You've outdone yourself with this. It is amazing, darling, a total one-of-a-kind. You ROCK!

  7. This is just so very cute! I am going to have to check out this stamp set now (:

  8. This card is sooooo freaking cute!! It suits our Eric TO A TEE, too!! I hope you get TONS of comments on this one. Very creative and OUT-OF-TH-BOX!!
    I love it.
    Linda L Bien (SC)

  9. How adorable ... love the twill ... what a great creation!

  10. Susan, this is so FAB!! I love the whole apron barbeque theme, with the pocket! This Rocks!

  11. These are FABULOUS, Susan! You are so rocking EVERYTHING you lay your hands on these days!!! Way to go, girlfriend! BTW, I loved hanging with you last weekend and wish we lived closer. : )

  12. LOL -- yes, that Spellbinders die sure would have made this easier, wouldn't it?!! Darling project, Susan!


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