Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Compass Card

The men in my life are equipped with the "Inborn Male Directional System", or IMDS. They always know what direction they're driving, how to get there from here, and heaven forbid we might need to stop and ask directions!! In fact, I have long been convinced that if you put my father in a submarine, took him down to the bottom of the ocean floor, blindfolded him and spun both him and the sub around... once the dust settled he would know without a doubt what direction he was facing. My DH is nearly as proficient. I on the other hand, have no sense of direction (geographic) whatsoever. But this does not leave me helpless, oh no! I am equipped (as are many women) with the Female Mall Finder (FMF). It works like this: You memorize the route to the mall where you most often shop. Perhaps it's written down in a secret notebook you keep under the seat of your vehicle. From this mall, you can make your way to any other mall in the city, regardless of whether you've been there before, by using a specialized instinct not possessed my males. When you are lost (often as a result of IMDS malfunction), you can almost always recognize when you are near a mall, and from that one, you can hopscotch your way across town to the one nearest the highway home. Beware, however: Only one of these systems can be in operation at any given moment, or they will short each other out and you will become hopelessly lost!

So now you know "the rest of the story" behind my Father's Day card. When I saw the Travel Journal DSP in our Summer Mini and the coordinating Sentimental Journey stamps, it all came together suddenly in my mind. This is a 3x6" Kraft base hinged on top. I cut a piece of the road map DSP to cover the upper 2/3 of the card front, then made a layered strip of navy and pumpkin to anchor the compass medallion. To make the medallion, I stamped the compass image in navy craft ink onto white, and clear embossed. The 1" hole punch made quick work of trimming it out. I used square punches to make the diamond background, and layered photo corners behind (alternating colors each time) to give a directional feel. The entire medallion was popped up on stamp scrap.

Inside, I've used another photo corner punch and some 1/4" circle punches for color and interest. Done! And I grinned the whole time I was making them, thinking of the silliness spawned by a conversation overheard years ago in the women's bathroom at Crown Center Mall. That, and the fact that they're done a month early!! Kathy

PS- Did you realize that May is National Scrapbooking Month? SU! is running a special so that if you buy certain stamp sets, you get a package of designer brads for free! It just so happens that Sentimental Journey, the set used on this card, is one of those special stamp sets. For full details, visit or call me.

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Stamps: Sentimental Journey, Well Scripted, Full of Life
Ink: Night of Navy craft
Paper: Travel Journal DSP; Craft, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White CS
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals or stamp scrap, Tombow Multi-purpose Adhesive. Punches: 1" circle, 1 1/4" square, 1 3/8" square, photo corners, 1/4" hand held circle

1 comment:

Jessica said...

I love this new paper. Funny... I was explaining to Eric the IMDS and FMF phenomenons not too long ago.. :)