Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Top Crop Tuesday

Greetings friends! Hope everyone is having a fabulous start today on God's beautiful green earth! =) I do have a not so good news to announce today though... and I hate to be the one to deliver things like this. Ugh. Ok so let's just get it over with. Let's start with the bad news. Bad news is that single stamp prices will go up $1. Good news is that it will not be effective until Jan. 1, 2010. I hope that this will not deter you away from TGF, we do our best to do lots of giveaways and challenges so that you will still get many chances to get free stuff. Along with Farmer's Market and Monthly newsletter specials, I hope this will not be too bad. I promise you, I do not like to raise prices at all and I will always try to keep things as low as I can. But sometimes I just cannot stop the inevitable... although I can delay it for a bit. If you have any questions or concerns in regard to this, please let me know. I am truly grateful for all of your support and I hope to continue to bring greater and cuter designs to you.

Today top crop selection is Gabby! I have long been a fan of Gabby's work! She has a sort of rock n roll appeal to her pieces and I can usually pick hers out in a crowd. =)





Oh and if you haven't been to Club Anya, check it out for previews of what's being released this Thursday!

Today's question is: What does velvet remind you of?

Sweatpants? or is that velour? Is that something different? ........ hmmm well obviously I guess I do not know what velvet is...

103 comments:

Tasha said...

Gabbys cards are absolutely fantastic- love them. Velvet reminds me of a purple crushed velvel dress my mother tried to get me to wear in my teens. I was such a tom boy! I never did wear it thank goodness love tasha x x

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Velvet reminds me of the City of Manchester because for some reason a piece of clothing that is in Finnish velvet trousers is in Swedish (another official language over here) manchester trousers. I have no idea why.

Kris said...

Love Gabby's creations!!! well done! velvet... i think Christmas... red velvet ribbons!

Amy said...

Love Gabby's style, so daring and cool!
Velvet makes me think of that 80's song: Black velvet and that little boy's smile
Black velvet with that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring ya to your knees
Black velvet if you please. :)

jo said...

Totally understand about the price increase on single stamps - I'm just going to have to stock up now. :)

Velvet reminds me of my prom dresses from '94-'95. *lol*

Angie said...

ALRIGHT GABBY!!!! YOU ROCK MY FRIEND! I am a die hard fan of Gabby's and always will be! Don't worry too much about the price increase. Your stamps are worth it and we understand the increase is an inevitable part of the economic situation. Velvet... I think of velour sweat suits too. Actually, I"m wearing a zip up velour jacket now! Italians are all about the sweatsuits!

WickedPixie said...

I love Gabby's work! So cool to see it showcased here!! Yeah Gabby!!
The song Amy quoted was the first thing that came to mind and then second was sumptuous Elizabethan gowns!! :-)Traci

Biscuitlid said...

great cards, love the birthday Anya one, so cute with the lace detail.

Velvet reminds me of the curtains I had in my first flat! Crimson - so bright and warm - and awful to clean!!

Victoria
x

Stamping Seasons said...

MMMmmmm velvet reminds me of chocolate mouse...yummyyyyy

Kim Y. said...

Totally understand the increase...no worries!
Gabby's cards are AWESOME!!
Velvet reminds me of Elvira. Don't ask me why because I don't know. :)

Lailani said...

Wow!! Gabby has great cards:) Velvet always reminds me of Christmas:) Actually...the first thing that popped into my head was Red Velvet Cupcakes from Starbucks...mmmm...they are so good:)

Clare (Littlebear) said...

Gorgeous creations!
Velvet reminds me of my childhood home as many of the curtains were velvet.
Clare x

Carol Meadows said...

I really like these cards from Gabby!! I think of years past at Christmas time when mentioning the word velvet and the red crushed velvet dresses during a few holiday seasons. Carol M in TX / carolswingster77@aol.com

Linda said...

Gabby's cards are awesome! Thanks for showcasing them. When I hear velvet, I think of those velvet choker-type necklaces that had a cameo pendant in the middle.

No worries about the increase - you know us stampers ... we'll still keep buying! Aloha, Linda

vikkithescrapjunkie said...

Beautiful cards Gabby they are all fantastic. Velvet always reminds me of luxury, my mother once had a beautiful velvet tree skirt which was put around the bottom of the tree at Christmas and it was stunning.
Love n hugs
Vikki

Claireabelle said...

Fabulous selection from Gabby, I love her Maddonna card!!

Velvet reminds of being a kid, seems like in the 80's all kids dresses were made from velvet lol
xx

pinky said...

These cards are fantastic! Velvet reminds me of a lovely pair of hibster trousers I got from my cousin (male!) who used to play in a rock band and he gave them to me and they fitted so perfectly, blue velvet, oh if only I had those hips still lol.
Pinky

Shirley N said...

Beautiful cards--love Gabby's work!
Velvet reminds me of royalty.

Paper Kisses said...

Red velvet reminds me of Christmas! No worries on the price increase, we all love your stamps and they are so worth any cost!

Caz said...

Stunning cards by Gabby, just love them. Velvet always makes me think of luxurious, decadant, expensive, regal...you get the idea.
I love Ebony......would so love her to come out in rubba eventually.
Caz
x

Tink said...

Beautiful Cards!
Velvet.. reminds me of (Back in the day!! LOL)
I had a Lavender brushed Velvet MAXI (Floor length) Coat! I LOVED IT!!

Nunt said...

Gorgeous cards Gabby's made!

Velvet reminds me of my kitty's incredibly soft paws <3

Andria said...

Velvet reminds me of 1970's flock wall paper, we had red on our chimmney breast lol. Stunning selection of cards, so so talented.

Caroline said...

Velvet reminds of the dress I wore when I was 5 years old as a flower girl.

Jenny said...

Love the cards! Velvet reminds me of yummy red velvet cupcakes. I don't mind buying an extra $1. Your stamps are awesome. Keep creating and we'll keep buying. Thanks for your all your giveaways and challenges.

Susa said...

Velvet reminds me of long and heavy curtains of the castle... Never seen them in real life but although :)

Hugs, Susa

Mette said...

These cards are stunning. Love the Gothic colouring.
As a past fashion student velvet reminds me of endless visits to costume museums and old velvet garments.I used to love going.

Hugs, Mette

Rachel said...

Velvet reminds me of middle school! I think I had velvet like pants and sweater and...the list goes on. Sad.

beadz said...

Great job Gabby! Velvet reminds me of royalty and things regal.

L.Nielsen (Lynda) said...

Ohhhhh Gabby's cards are AWESOME... I've loved her style as well. Can I do it??? Now that's another question all together! LOL

I would not worry about a $1.00 raise in prices, the TGF images are worth every penny.

What does "VELVET" make me think of? It makes me think of a red velvet dress that I had when I was a little girl. Velour is just NOT the same, velvet is thicker and more stiff.

Great Big Hugs
Lynda =)

StampinCathy said...

The cards are just stunning and so inspiring. I just love Gabby's creative style.
Velvet reminds me of Christmas dresses and jewerly boxes lined in velvet.

Lisa Foster said...

Fantastic cards Gabby! Love your style!
Velvet reminds me of Christmas...packages, little girl's Christmas dresses...that sort of thing. :)

~*Joni said...

Yay Gabby Gabby! I love her work, and you are so right, I can pick it out in a crowd as her creations are all so meticulously done. The truth is, they're even more perfect IRL. Ugh. Jealous.

Velvet reminds me of those tacky posters that my older cousins used to love. I guess it was a 70s thing!

Jenn Borjeson said...

LOVE the first card the most - but they are all adorable! Velvet reminds me of a pillow that I made when I was in kindergarten. We had to take pieces of different fabrics and sew them together to make a pillow - my mother used to sew and she had pieces of velvet, which I adored. Memories...

Mary said...

Velvet reminds me of Christmas. Little girl's Christmas dresses.

Mary

Peggy said...

Gabby's card is fabulous!!
Velvet reminds me of many years ago when all little girls holiday dresses were in beautiful rich colors and the velvet was paired with a soft flowy material like georgette.

Molly Joly said...

Beautiful cards!

Your Velvet question is really funny because I was reading a book to DD last night and it mentioned velvet and she asked me what it was and I had a hard time explaining it to her!

Snail Mail Creations said...

Congrats Gabby!! WTG! I always love her cards! :)

Velvet reminds me of red velvet holiday dresses I used to wear as a kid.... hot and uncomfy...yuck!

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Tanya said...

Gabby your cards are awesome!!

Velvet reminds me christmas and Gone with the Wind....those huge green velvet drapes that were made into a dress :)

Tammy said...

I would buy your stamps if you raised them $2!!!!! Keep them coming! The wallpaper in my parent's bathroom growing up and their red velvet curtains in their bedroom! Good ole' 70's!

Jessica said...

fabulous cards today!! When I think of velvet I think of christmas and santa hats.

AShu93 said...

I recognize Gabby's style because I scraplifted her hair coloring on the b-day card. ;)

Velvet reminds me of a pink dress I wore in my mom's cousin's wedding in 1974. My mom made the dress as well as the burgandy velvet coats my twin brothers wore as ring bearers.

GobeaGirl said...

Wow,all of these cards are just splendid...Velvet reminds me of a Christmas dress my Mom bought me to wear when I was just a toddler. She still had it when I had my little girl, so I was able to have pictures of her in the same dress..I love velvet for that reason alone...lol..Lisa G

kat9 said...

Wonderful cards Gabby. Velvet reminds me of Christmas. Ribbons and dresses and such.

Melissa Craig said...

You couldn't have picked a better person's work to gaze at! I love Gabby's cards - she's amazing!!

Velvet reminds me of Christmas... dresses and ribbon.

Lauretta See ( LadyPou) said...

wow the cards are bueatiful.. i love the one with the brown hair.. the way she colored it... WOW!! For the Q of the day.. velvet for me ( at first in my mind reminds me of a song.. black velvet hehehe ) after that.. it comes to my mind as ribbon and hair bands.. i have them both with velvet ;)))

For the bad news... dont be to hard on yourself.. with all thats going on in the world.. i understand you need to bring your price up a little.

hugs, xx

Craftyanny said...

Fabby cards girls

Velvet??? erm probably curtains my mother used to have lol
Anne x

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

Please don't worry too much about the price increase. You DO offer lots of freebies and fun things, plus you put so much loving care into the stamps. The quality can't be beat!

Velvet reminds me of reading books with ball gowns, like Gone with the Wind -- remember the dress she makes from the green curtains? I think those might have been velvet.

Although it does seem to me that velvet would show the dust a lot!

Isabel Z said...

I just love Gabby's unique style--it rocks!
Velvet reminds me of little girl's holiday dresses.

This N That said...

Velvet reminds me of this dress my dad bought me that I LOVED as a child. The top was red velvet and the sleeves and bottom were sheer tule/material with velvet polkadots all over them. LOTS of ruffles on the bottom. THATS what velvet reminds me of...or that old song, "velvet chains, softly hold me...keep me from strayin to another one's arms..." OR that song, "Black velvet and that little boy's smile...black velvet and that slow southern style...."

PaperCrafty said...

Gabby's cards are FABULOUS!! Her coloring skills and how she puts her cards together are AMAZING!! I love Gabby's work!!

Kimberly S said...

Adorable cards, and the coloring is just amazing! :)

Velvet reminds me of Christmas (dresses and bows) and antique furniture.

Kelly Booth said...

ALWAYS LOVE Gabby's cards...they are always so FUN!!!
Velvet reminds me of the Christmas dresses I would get each year as a child.....

Katie Cotton said...

Oh i just LOOOOOOVE gabby! she is just fantab! Velvet reminds me of the christmas dresses i used to wear as a kid! hahahaha.

Mary(OhioMary) said...

Gabby's cards are fabulous! Hmmm...red velvet cake with yummy cream cheese frosting.

T in Etown said...

oh great choice for top of the crop..wow love thos cards the 80's one is fabulous...well all of them are..
Velvet reminds of my first apartment where I made purple velvet curtains for my living room...I always loved purple velvet so luxurious and pleasing to the touch...I felt like a queen in that room...sigh thanks for the memory.

Carol said...

I completely understand the cost increase, even with the increase your stamps are still reasonable...no worries in my book!

Velvet...hmmm, I got nothing!

Sara said...

Wow, Gabby's cards are gorgeous! The sneak peeks on club anya are awesome!

Diana said...

Velvet reminds me of the red christmas dresses my mother use to buy for me to wear on christmas day.

Tammy said...

What a fantastic card line up!!

Hmm Velvet reminds me of Gangsters. LOL

Kim Nath said...

Gabby's cards are awesome, love those lips on the first one!

itsabrt said...

These cards are amazing!!! Velvet hmmm...lots and lots of songs Beth aka BR-T

Lesley said...

Wow, great cards...

Velvet reminds me of art from the 70s (especially those spirelli gold thread things on velvet panels) and of black flocked posters that you coloured in with markers. Am I showing my age, LOL?

Tanya Rudd said...

Awesome cards Gabby! Velvet reminds me of the fuzzy part of a horses nose. Happy Tuesday everyone.

Gabby said...

I'm sorry I didn't write a speech...but I would like to thank the little people...LMAO...I'm kidding! SHUT UP!!! AM I SEEING THIS RIGHT? OMG I am completely honored to be a Top Crop...I was in tears!!! I LOVE The Greeting Farm and well Anya...she's my favorite gal! I am seriously on cloud 9 right now it's not even funny! Thanks so much for featuring my cards...:D

Thank you for all the kind words...this totally means a lot to me!

As for the price increase...even if I had to go bankrupt...I would still buy from TGF! It's my favorite place...even since it was Pink Poison!

Velvet...the first thing that pops into my head is track suits...lol. I actually have a brown and pick track suit on right now! :D We got our first rain of the season! Hot cocoa here I come!

Once again...THANK YOU VERY MUCH! {{{{HUGS}}}}

Monkichi said...

Great cards! I love the crocheted(?) flowers on the cards!!

Velvet reminds me of the Velveteen Rabbit story.

sandee said...

Velvet reminds me of velour throw pillows.

JenniferCR said...

Ahh, don't worry about the price increase so much Marie! We all LOVE and adore your designs here at TGF and will keep buying them no matter what! Your so sweet to be so worried about your customers! =)

The first thing I think of when I hear "velvet" is red velvet cake. It was one (actually) 2 of the layers of my wedding cake. Yummy!

Big Hugs!

Anne said...

Beautiful cards!

Velvet reminds me of baby clothes=)

Rachael said...

Velvet reminds me of a dress I bought when I was 14. I thought it was the most elegant thing I'd ever seen! :)

Jen said...

It reminds me of Prom Dresses.

Christa said...

great cards xx christa

Sue D said...

Velvet always reminds me of little girls' Christmas dresses--usually red or green.

Yanitza Ramos said...

Great cards! And "shoes"... that's what velvet reminds me of ;-)

Annie said...

OMG, Gabby's cards are gorgeous!!!!!
Velvet reminds me of my youth group back home. We used to meet in a place where we didn't have much. We would use few chairs and put long pieces of wood on top of it (to create more seatting space) and cover it with fabric (which was navy blue velvet). :)

Kim Etherington said...

My little girls christmas dresses or this year christmas vest. I like Gabby's rock n roll edge.

Stephanie said...

Love the cards, Gabby! Velvet...reminds me of The Velveteen Rabbit.

Tracy.H said...

Velvet? Well since it is snowing outside today...I would have to say Santa!! ;0)

Sue a/k/a MOUSEMOM40 said...

Wow! Such beautiful creations! I'm not bothered by $1!!! Your stamps are the best and well worth it. Velvet? It reminds me of the dog my husband had when we were dating. Her name was Velvet and she had the softest silkiest ears. :o)

Christine said...

The red velvet cake that I make every year for Christmas! Yummy!!!

Blessings,
Christine

Erin said...

Gabby is so creative. Velvet reminds me of Christmas dresses.

JenRaff said...

Gabby's cards rock! and there are many more awesome cards on her blog!
I don't know what velvet makes me think of -- Christmas ribbons are pretty common.

judy said...

Love the card!!

Velvet reminds me of my friend Derrick.....he went to my prom and wore a Black velvet suit. It was so funny, we kept callimg black panther.

Christa said...

Velvet reminds me of the 80's...lol...not sure why...These cards are gorgeous by Gabby!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Hey Marie don't worry at all about raising your prices... they are still excellent in comparison to others, and yours are worth every penny!

Yes, you ARE thinking of velour. Velvet is something you are likely to see on a decorative pillow or a very elegant dress. When I think of velvet, I think of chocolate! Probably because they always talk about the velvety taste of chocolate. Shows where my head is at! LOL

denean said...

Great cards Gabby!
Velvet reminds me of Elvis paintings! LOL!

Allison said...

Gabbys cards are beautiful!
Thanks for the heads up with price changes, I guess we will all have to stock up by christams.
Red velvet reminds me of our movie store, its decorated to look like an old time theater.

MiamiKel said...

Go Gabby!!!!!!!! You are truly one of a kind!!

Anita said...

Love the cards! Velvet reminds me of little girly holiday dresses...so cute! :)

redstamper7 said...

Velvet reminds me of our wedding as the bridesmaids had black velvet at the bodices of their dresses. Sigh....

Becky T

Caroljenks said...

Gorgeous cards!!! Love them all :)

Velvet reminds me of the velour sofa we used to have that if you were very clever you could write your name in the nap! You can't do it velvet - you need the cheaper version!

Carol x

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

Velvet reminds me of the song "She Wore Blue Velvet" (the original one)

Julia said...

Lovin' Gabby's cards, they are fabulous....$1 increase is understandable....we all love your stamps and will definetly keep buying them.

Islander Girl said...

Oh what great cards!!! The 80's Anya is sooo 80ish! LOL! Love it!

When I think of Velvet? I think of red velvet cupcakes...hahaha! I'm always thinking of food! LOL!

Kim R. said...

These cards are gorgeous!! Great job!!

Don't worry about the price increase. It's understandable. Velvet makes me think of Christmas!!

Marianne said...

Love Gabby's cards. They are fabulous.

PatsyB said...

Velvet always reminds me of the picture vendors on the sides of the roads or at flea markets with Elvis on them! Ever since I saw a velvet Elvis, no way could I wear it!!

Maureen said...

I'm so old, when I hear the word velvet, I think about those velvet posters we had as kids that came with markers for you to color them in!

Petraso said...

mum´s skirt from the 1976.... i throw up on it....

Elena said...

Gabby's art is amazing! I like her work too! She is so talented!!!
Velvet reminds me old fashioned toys and special ocassion dresses.

Cheri said...

Velvet makes me think of Christmas because of the Green skirt I had for Christmas 20+ years ago.

Joy said...

i love gabby, fantastic choice!