Thursday, April 18, 2013

Paris? Oui, Oui!

I went to Paris once!  I was in my twenties and travelling in Europe with a good friend of mine.  She loved Europe and went almost every summer.  I, on the other hand, was a total newbie to travel, especially across the Atlantic.  I thought I was in good hands.  She was a super organized and efficient person, so I figured everything would be planned to a T with nothing left to chance.  

I was what I like to call Dead Wrong!  As soon as we got off the plane in London, my super type A friend changed her whole personality!  She became as mellow and laid back as a person can be.  Where were we going to stay for the night??  No worries.  We'll find something.  Shouldn't we leave to catch that train now?  No rush.  There's always another train.  Talk about anxiety!  I couldn't handle the uncertainty!  But by the end of the 6 week vacation, I believe I mellowed out myself a little.  

At one point we went to Paris, and had only one day and one night there before we set out for Italy and Greece.  How do you see Paris in one day?  Especially when you have no transportation and it's blazing hot?  You walk!  I don't know if I've ever walked so far and so fast in my life, but I did see some amazing sights.  We ended the tour at the Louvre.  I was so tired, all I wanted to do was to see the Mona Lisa and then get back to the hotel and put my aching feet up and never move again!  We found the Mona Lisa all right - what a disappointment!  It was so teeny!  I was shocked, because I'd always imagined it much larger!  Turns out I recovered by morning and was able to continue the trip of a lifetime!

I was looking for a design for my Birthday Stamper's Dozen that could be considered a gender neutral young adult design (requested by some of my stampers).  I thought that the travel based images and the yellow and grey colour scheme might fit the bill!

The background panel has been stamped in Basic Grey on Sahara Sand with the large image from Postage Due.  The Eiffel Tower is from Artistic Etchings and also stamped in Basic Grey!  The sentiment is from Create a Cupcake and is stamped in StazOn Jet Black.  And those little yellow Daffodil Delight flowers?
They're from the Perfectly Preserved stamp set - and it took me a long time to find some blossoms just the right size.  Of course, the main image has been stamped and then die cut with Labels Collection Framelits, as was the Basic Grey matte for it.  The yellow background panel has been embossed with the Chevron embossing folder.  The ribbon flag is made from 1 1/4" Two-Toned Black/Grey Ribbon.

I have been dying to use the Postage Due background stamp for a long time.  So glad I was finally able to find a use for it.   I think the yellow flowers could be left off if it was going to a guy.  What do you think?  Did I make a gender neutral, young adult kind of card?   Let me know in a comment!  

I just wanted to round up for you in one spot the Stampin' Up Promotions that will be winding up at the end of April as a way of reminding you to take advantage of the ones you like before the time is up.

  1. The Epic Day This and That Bundle.
  2. The Sent With Love Bundle.
Then there are a couple that are in effect until the end of May.

And one more new item just announced today:
The Dolled Up Birthday Kit for $17.95 (preferred price if you choose me as your demonstrator).

Stamps: Postage Due (w126395; c126397); Artistic Etchings (w118517; 120573); Perfectly Preserved (w126690; c126692); Create a Cupcake (w121915; c121982)
Paper:  Basic Gray (121044), Daffodil Delight (119683), Sahara Sand (121043) and Whisper White (100730) card stock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pad in Basic Gray (126981), StazOn Jet Black (101406) and Daffodil Delight (126944)
Accessories:  1 1/4" Two-Toned Ribbon in Basic Black/Basic Gray (129295); 
Tools:  Labels Collection Framelits (125598); Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127749) 

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