Hello, friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to this new year. I, for one, am glad to leave 2014 behind. It was one of those character building years, if you know what I mean. Hopefully, 2015 will not give me as many opportunities for growth and let me coast a little. Still, 2014 ended on a couple of high notes. The biggest and best moment of the entire year for me: my oldest son, Truman (now 18 and a high school senior), received the amazing news on Dec. 11 that he has been accepted, early admission, to Harvard! For reals! Color me a proud mama...
Then, from Dec. 26 - 30, our family (including my in-laws and my sister-in-law's family) went on a 4 night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas & Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. It was our first cruise ever, and we had the best time. I was kind of skeptical; as a big fan of David Foster Wallace, I was leery that it would be "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again"1. Au contraire - every one of us enjoyed it immensely. And even though it was a Disney Cruise, it wasn't overdone Disneyana. Super clean, the food was great, and the service was amazing. A little pricey, but still: I recommend!
Okily dokily. Enough about me. How are you? Do tell. Leave a comment and let me know what you're up to, what your New Year's Resolutions are, how your pets are doing, whatever. Just talk to me! Be interactive. Give a little bit of your time to me2.
Ready to see one of the super cute new stamp sets being released tomorrow by Your Next Stamp? This is a little Irish number called MAGICALLY DELICIOUS:
Doesn't that leprechaun make you want to do a little jig? The set comes with lots of images and sentiments, including a little Irish lass, a rainbow, a pot of gold, several shamrocks, etc. See what I mean?
Now, you may be wondering what those shamrock-y things covering his eyes are. Come on folks, you know me -- those are BEER GOGGLES! And yes, they do come with this fabulous new stamp set. You'll note that I added a little beard (he seemed to young for the beer goggles without it), and please observe his ruddy complexion, complete with gin blossom. Hey -- I'm Irish and Scottish, so I'm allowed to utilize these stereotypes. As for the layout, I was inspired by these cards created by my sweet friend, Susan Liles. (Hi, Sus!).
To see peeks of all EIGHT of the new stamp sets and all FIVE of the new die sets, head on over to the YNS Blog for links to all of my fabulous fellow design team members and our guest designers. You'll be ever so glad you did!
Come back tomorrow for the YNS New Release Blog Hop, okay? See you then!
1. This is a link to a PDF of DFW's essay, which was originally titled "Shipping Out" for Harpers Magazine. The essay was re-titled "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" when a collection of DFW's essays were published in a book by the same name.
2. Did that make you start singing "Give a Little Bit" by Supertramp?
3. Fightin' McTavern is my leprechaun name. What's yours?
Stamps: Magically Delicious (YNS)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gumdrop Green (MFT)
Paper: Doodlebug Designs Kraft in Color 6x6 pad, Kraft, Solar White (Neenah), Sour Apple (MFT), Classic Yellow Green (Prism)