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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Verve Project Parade~Day Three...

Well, in case ya'll haven't noticed, the July Project Parade is going on over on the Verve Blog! We've already reached Day Three of this month's Verve Project Parade! Last time (May), I think I was last in the Project Parade, and now here I am third up to bat! Read on to see what I created....I did it all with one acrylic album, one stamp set, 3 sheets of double sided decorative paper, scraps, brads, ribbon and those $1 adhesive rhinestones from Michael's! Talk about cheap! (Warning: lots of pictures!)

Here's mine. I just have to tell ya'll that the whole time I was putting this together, Lee Greenwood was singing, "Proud to be an American" in my head over and over. (There. Now he can be a broken record in your head too! Sorry, 'bout that!) It's a good song, though.

I love this month's theme--My HERO, so I thought I'd make something fun and patriotic...gotta love the RED, WHITE AND BLUE!!!

I've known from the minute I saw this stamp set, American Hero, that I wanted to make a little mini tag book using most of the sentiments from the set. So when Jen came up with this theme, I figured it would fit right in and be the perfect thing to make!

I started working on this a while back, but had to put it on the back burner to help out MY hero, my husband Eric, while he was in the hospital getting cancer treatments. I was glad to get to working on it again and see it come to fruition, which also meant he was feeling better!

I've had the acrylic tag book for quite a while, having good intentions to make something great of it someday. (Ya'll wouldn't know that habit, now would you?) So this little book was my first choice when I was deciding the format of my mini album. I only embellished the one side of each tag, so that pictures could be adhered to the other, but it's not even necessary, as it's cute just on its own!

What really helped this project along, was just "not thinking" too hard about layouts to begin with. I stamped the sentiments and stars (all from American Hero) randomly on various papers, cut them with different Nestabilities and made some embellishments using the patterened paper I had purchased for this project (Creative Imaginations), some adhesive rhinestones, brads and one Maya Road Star stickpin (couldn't resist).

Then I just started putting things together according to what went well and didn't blend too much with the papers I had already randomly adhered to the acrylic album (used the big 510 Xyron machine). It wasn't hard to make at all! I hope ya'll like it! I'm thinking of who I can send it to. Maybe I'll just give it to Eric. (smiles) No, he's not in the military, but to our family, he's a SUPERHERO!

Be sure and visit the VERVE BLOG to find out how to play along and get your name in the hat for the Project Parade Prize drawing. All the details are over there, so git to gittin'!!

SUSIE Q-TIP: When you are making a project that is a little involved and your 9 year old comes in to tell you she is bored, put her to work. She can definitely cut some die cuts for you with your Nestabilities or die cutting system of your choice. She will enjoy figuring out the right way to cut things and which side of the paper is the "right side". You will love being able to tell her to put away your tools when she is done so you don't have to.

Stamps: American Hero (Verve)
Paper: Red and Navy (Bazzill), Pure Poppy, White and Vintage Cream (PTI), Patriotic DP (Creative Imaginations)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Night of Navy (SU!), Pure Poppy (PTI)
Accessories: Acrylic Tag Book, Nestabilities, Circle Punches, Xyron 510, Ribbon, Silver Brads, Adhesive Rhinestones, Sewing Machine/Thread, Star Stickpin (Maya Road), Jody Boosters


  1. This is beautiful - love all your details!

  2. Susan - What a great project and I can see why you think Eric is your Hero. What a trial he (and your whole family) are going thru. Keeping you in my prayers.

  3. Great project. I first saw it on the Verve blog. You did a great job. Love all the tags and papers. TFS

  4. I visit your blog as often as I can but I think this is the first time I have commented. I love your projects, so cute and creative. For this one, I love the Susie's Tip. My scrap desk looks like a tornado blew through because I HATE cleaning up and putting things away. Can't wait until my kids are a bit older so they can "help" me too. Have a great day! :-)

  5. Susie, I absolutely LOVE this project!!!! I'm going to have to this set on my plastic Thanks for the inspiration:)

  6. Fun tip for the day to go with your incredibly detailed project. Just amazing :>)


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