Good Morning! Well, I have had my half cup of coffee and started on the first 32oz. of the 96oz. of liquids that I am supposed to drink every day. I think I am ready to ‘wax eloquent’. Mbwah! Like that’s ever gonna happen!
But seriously, I am feeling long winded this morning so if you are in a hurry and just stopped in to see the card recipe I posted it first, other wise go grab something to drink, cause I’ve got a lot to say today and a question for you at the end.
I used my first ever embossed cardstock on yesterday’s card posted under Challenging challenges. Okay it’s a huge deal to me. So I’m shouting it from close to the top of this blog post!!
I am posting the picture here again so that you can see the embossing and follow along with the recipe listed without having to go back to the other page. I’m thoughtful that way. 😉
See…I even put a circle and arrow on the photo to draw your attention to my handy work. Careful now, don’t blow coffee on your monitor.
Here is the card recipe:
Cardstock – Watercolor, Summer Sun, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, DSP unknown from Dollar store – I picked up a pack of really pretty fall colors one year
Stamps – Flowers for Daisy by Asela Hopkins – Gina K. Designs
Ink – Basic Brown, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, reinkers; Summer Sun, Elegant Eggplant, Really Rust, Always Artichoke, Lovely Lilac, Bashful Blue
Accessories – Watercolor brush, alcohol, punches, flower & leaves (walmart floral clearance), brad, dimensionals, Zip’emate, flower bracelets for embossing texture
In case you are wondering, I watercolored this image using alcohol with reinkers instead of water. I wanted the colors to remain true and to be more bold, which they are except you can’t see that because all of the cameras in the house have decided to go on strike so I couldn’t get a decent picture!
Breath in…breath out…in…out…Okay I’m back.
EDIT: Rooster Dude taught me how to fix the out of focus look to the photo so now it looks great and all is right with my world!
I stamped the strip of DSP with the leaf spray from the set with Elegant Eggplant. Thinking of you is stamped in Always Artichoke on watercolor paper. The flower and leaves are from a spray I picked up during a walmart floral clearance. It started out mauve but a little work with the watercolor brush and alcohol and reinkers, then dried with the heat gun. Viola! Eggplant faux prima. I’m happy with it. 🙂 The watercolored mat and the Thinking of You tag are popped up on dimensionals.
LOOKEY WHAT I DID!
Now I know that this is going to come as a shock to some of you, but up until a couple weeks ago I did not own a personal die cutting/embossing machine.
I could not justify the cost, especially now that I have been unable to work for the past nine months, plus medical bills and meds. Oh, but I have wanted one.
So one morning I looked in the B/S/T (buy-sell-trade) forum on Splitcoast for a machine and there is a Zip’emate posted in my city! It is like brand new – used twice! And it’s oh so reasonable! (This means cheap folks) SOLD – My name is all over it!
Big huge shout out to Jana right now! Hi Jana!! Lookey what I did with it!
Okay so I am now the proud owner of a Zip’emate and I own no dies or embossing folders. Hmm, what to do…I have these bracelets that I bought years ago thinking I could do something with them, five years later I have done something with them! Woohoo!
Here is the Embossing Recipe:
1 – Platform
2 – Bracelets
3 – Cardstock
4 – Embossing foam (black)
5 – Embossing Mat (I don’t think I needed this. I am going to try it again today without it)
Now I’m eyeballing everything in the house as a possible texture for embossing. How fun!
LOOKEY WHAT I WON!
Way back at the end of July I won some blog candy from the very generous Gina K. of Gina K. Designs. This is my first Gina K. set. I am so excited!
I have to admit that I let this set sit on my craft table for over a month before I finally cut it apart yesterday. Why was I so hesitant? I have never before owned a cling vinyl stamp set. So my big question was do I cut it with the paper backing on or off? I did some searching in the Gina K. Designs Member Company forum on Splitcoast and found where Gina had answered this very question for someone else. Drumroll please….
“The way you use your new Gina K. Stamps is as follows:
Remove the piece of paper that is stuck on the back of the stamp set. It will feel smooth, not sticky. Then, trim the stamps the same way you would with Stampin’ UP stamps. Next, stick them on either an acrylic block or on the back of any stamp that has a sticker index on it. (The cling will stick to the sticker side of a woodmounted stamp, for example- Stampin’ Up stamps)”
I hope it’s ok that I quoted this. If not, I will take it down. 🙂
Now don’t get me wrong, I have cut my fair share of rubber so I wasn’ t scared, but 99% of my stamps are Stampin’ Up. I just really wasn’t sure how to proceed with these stamps. Silly, I know.
I want to say thank you Gina for these awesome stamps. They really are incredible.
If you guys have never played with Gina’s stamps before you need to get your hands on some to try. I know you hear this all the time, but these stamps feel different. It’s hard to explain, but the rubber feels nicer. There is definately a tactile difference between Gina’s stamps and my SU! stamps rubber-wise.
Also, I have a glass work surface on my craft table and I have never played with cling mount stamps before so that was fun. Before I stuck them to the sticker side of my SU! stamps I was sticking them to my glass work surface and I was amazed at the sticking power of the cling!
I know, I know – simple mind, simple toys. You know, come to think of it that might have been part of my ‘time problem’ last night. Playing with Gina’s new stamps on my glass work surface!
The rest of my ‘time problem’ had to do with 3 cameras, dead batteries in 2 of them, no memory card for the one with juice, dropping my drop light and burning out the bulb when setting up my light box once hubby found batteries for me, not being able to get the camera into focus for the shot – still don’t know why as it took a perfectly focused shot this morning! As I said last night, I believe Mr. Murphy and his laws have taken up residence in my craft room. We shall see….
If you are still here after all of this I have a question for you. Have Mr. Murphy and his laws ever taken up residence in your craft space?
I wish you a glorious weekend!
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