I have been MIA for a short while. I’ve been busy, but I don’t remember what I’ve been busy with. I guess that is another sign that I might be loosing it! LOL!
Seriously, I’ve been substitute teaching two days a week for the last few weeks. However, in all honesty, last week was Spring Break, and I didn’t do any subbing. I did spend most of last week cleaning out my basement. Unfortunately, I am not finished with that project yet, but it does look a thousand times better. I did a little baking last week as well. That is something that I don’t do all that often. It isn’t like we NEED that kind of stuff, but I got a craving for something home-baked. I made chocolate raspberry orange bread on Friday. I had some raspberries in the freezer from our bushes and decided to use them because I know I will get more to freeze this summer. It was quite tasty, even if I do say so myself! I’ve also been stamping and this is one of the cards I came up with. Thought I’d better share it since Sale-a-bration ends today and I used a Sale-a-bration product on it. I also used a pencil eraser to make the yellow polka dots and flower centers. I read somewhere that someone had done that. I thought it was pretty neat!
Not much more going on here. Hope you like the card. Until next time…
Today I am sharing two cards that remind me of a very happy thing; my trip to Italy in 2006 with my sister. While we were there I remember seeing lemon trees, and I even purchased a few pieces of Deruta Italian pottery that was manufactured and hand painted in Umbria, Italy. I purchased what I would call a serving platter, pasta serving bowl, and wine pitcher that are adorned with lemons. You can see a photo of the pattern here. I received my inspiration for these two cards from these three pieces of pottery. I used the Sale-a-bration set A Happy Thing when I created these two cards. I also used the masking technique which I will explain at the end of my post.
I have always loved the way navy and yellow look together. I think they are classic, and the colors always remind me of summer! The “Thanks” card is embossed in gold and colored with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.
The sentiment on this friendship card is embossed in gold, but the lemons are not. They are stamped in the Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.
What is the masking technique? If you are familiar with the stamp set I used, you know there is only one lemon image in the set. Masking is when you stamp the image on scrap paper and cut it out. You then stamp the image again onto the card stock you will be using. After stamping, you cover it with the cut out image, re-ink your stamp and stamp another image right next to the first one you stamped. When you do this, it will look like one is behind the other. That’s why it is called masking.
Hope you enjoyed your visit here today. Until next time…
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I just love this stamp set and coordinating paper! Don’t you? Sometimes when I get paper this pretty I don’t want to use it because I am afraid of ruining it. But this time I decided to take a chance. This is what I came up with.
Six cards made out of that sheet of 12 x 12 card stock you could set into a frame that comes in the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper pack. You get two sheets, so you can actually make 12 of these awesome cards!
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I am back from Leadership, and I am exhausted! My return flight landed in Colorado Springs yesterday at approximately 11:30 a.m., I stopped to get lunch on the drive home, and the rest of the day, I was in recuperation mode. I napped all afternoon. My husband and I flew to Orland together last Monday and spent a day in Epcot. I had never been before. It was fun, but I was a little disappointed in the fact that it appeared to be mostly restaurants and gift shops. But, we did get to see some of the other attractions like Mission Space, Spaceship Earth, and Soarin’. We were going to do the design a car thing at Test Track, but it began experiencing technical difficulties as soon as we got into line and it ended up being a longer wait so we skipped that one.
Hubby left Orland on Wednesday morning as my stampin’ friends began to arrive. Leadership was a whirlwind of activities with many new announcements mostly relating to Stampin’ Up!’s renovation of their compensation plan and events schedule since it is quickly becoming a global company with demonstrators all over the world.
I left Orlando exhausted, excited about all the new changes, and loaded down with a lot of free product from Prize Patrol and give a ways. I am anxious to get into my stamp room.
Today I am posting the card I made for our team swap along with a gift cardholder I made for my roommates. A word about the card: the sentiment is done in Early Espresso Embossing Powder. I used this color because the Soft Sued ink the rest of the card is done in didn’t appear dark enough. It is stamped on white vellum. Before I stamped the fern design behind the sentiment, I stamped off once. I also stamped off once before stamping on the Crushed Curry circle. Another thing you might want to know is I used Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and ribbon from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack which are both in the Sale-a-bration Catalog. You get 1 item FREE from this catalog for every $50.00 you purchase. The gift cardholder was cased from one I saw elsewhere, but can’t remember who I should give credit to. Sorry. The hearts are embossed on vellum using the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Hope you like both.
Until next time…