Hi, friends, and for all of my U.S. readers, Happy Memorial Day!
Man, oh man -- for the previous eight years, Memorial Day Weekend was monumental for my family. Not because we were remembering those who fought for our country and died, but because it signaled that the Oklahoma legislative session was out and Dad would be home more-or-less full-time until January. As I've mentioned in previous posts, my husband took a new job last July which required him to leave his office as state senator and necessitated a move to the opposite end of the state. Though I was sad to leave my longtime home of Claremore, one of the HUGE benefits that came with this move/life change is that my husband of nearly 22 years very rarely has to spend a night away from us (as opposed to residing at the state capitol for a third+ of the year), and more often than not, he is literally a stone's throw away. It's been such an improvement, words fail me. I know that must seem like an obvious statement, but after a few years, you adapt and get used to whatever rhythms life imposes on you, and hardships become the norm. Now, in addition to honoring the intended purpose of Memorial Day, this weekend is a less-heightened event for us, and that is a very, very good thing for which I am especially grateful.
So, there you go. Coincidentally, this Memorial Day coincides with Your Next Stamp's FEATURE DAY, a monthly reason for the YNS design team and guest designers to give folks a little eye candy.
For this particular Feature Day, we were challenged to:
- create a project that CASEs (Copy And Share with Everyone) another DT member
- this project should inspire you/you love it and would remake it as your own
- remember to tell your readers that if they comment on the YNS blog, they have a chance to win a FREE STAMP SET of their choice
I'm not telling you anything you don't know when I say that choosing what to CASE from the oh-so-talented members of the YNS Design Team was tough, tough, tough! Not leaving-your-family-and-putting-your-life-on-the-line-tough (let's keep this in perspective...), but not an easy-peasy choice, just the same. I hemmed and I hawed, but eventually, I decided the most recent project that I wished I'd made for my very own was the lovely LAURA'S super cute Fox Journal that she proffered for the most recent Design Team Dare. Here's the nifty notebook and pen I wish I had as my very own:
Isn't that absolutely delightful?! Every single thing about it is sweet perfection, to my eyes. Thus, when I converted it to a card, there were minimal changes I elected to make. Really and truly, besides size, the main change I made was using a ribbon embellishment in place of the notebook's elastic closure band. See for yourself:
That oh-so-perfect patterned paper is from Doodlebug Design's Friendly Forest 6"x6" pad. Supplies from YNS include
- Woodland Cuties stamp set
- Woodland Cuties coordinating dies
- Circles die set
- Stitching Marks Circles dies
- Black Licorice Glittered Gumdrops
Here's a close-up of this darling little fox, illustrated by the fabulous Macy Wong:
Now, head on over to the YNS Blog and check out what my crafty comrades have created, then leave a comment. I really want YOU to win the stamp set of your choice! (What can I say? I'm a giver... ;) )