Yesterday was a typical school day for me and the girls. They were scurrying around getting ready for the bus and I was getting on them to pick a few things up before they left for school. You know the typical mom routine...."pick this up, pick that up, quit leaving your stuff laying around". It's our job, right? Well fast forward 30 minutes....I went downstairs to work on some cards and this is what I saw.........a huge pile of socks laying on my stamp table!! I just had to laugh because sock folding is a major issue in our house. I refuse to fold socks! I'll do every other stitch of laundry in the house but all socks get left in the laundry basket sitting by the dryer. So I had to chuckle when I found this pile of socks on my table this morning! Guess I needed to get busy and get them put to use! Before I get to the cards, I wanted to explain to some newbies what the Spellbinder's Nestabilities are. This is a photo of the Nesties below. They come in sets of 5-6 metal die templates in straight line or scallop shapes. These are samples of two of the square Nesties. The straight line dies can cut shapes and then you also have the capability of embossing the shape, as you can see on the white square. Then you can cut larger or smaller shapes that *nest* into one another. The white square below sits nicely on top of the brown scallop square. The possibilities are really endless as to the combinations you can create. There all kinds of shapes now too......squares, circles, rectangles, ovals......and now skinny ovals and megabilities (larger,longer rectangles).....paislies, hearts, stars. They are a necessity in my stamp room, a tool I reach for over and over again. You can check them out at Ellen's online store and her blog.
Now onto my cards...all of the cute socks were stamped and colored with Copic markers. The name of the stamp is Warm Socks, another cute creation from Karen Lockhart. And more manly cards, woohoo!! I found the perfect sentiment from my AMuse collection, it says *have a scent-sational day!* This is another great layout that uses two patterned papers. The papers I chose are from Crate Paper. Then there is a horizontal strip that runs underneath the main image. This is where the sentiment goes. Love this layout and can't wait to use it more.
And here's some more of my postage stamp layouts. Simple layout with the main image posing as a *postage stamp* by sitting up in the top right hand corner.
Again, I left my cards blank on the inside. I put these into my Father's Day stash for now...and if they don't all get used up, then they'll go into the male birthday stash. Hope you're enjoying the manly cards. I am just tickled to have some fun new images to work with.