Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dear Rosalie!

I love my upline.  She's a dear friend, as well as mentor, and her birthday just could NOT go by without a card from me.  (We're going to lunch to celebrate soon, too!)  She loves birds, so I thought this image from the "A Flower for All Seasons" stamp set was perfect.  Plus, I got a chance to color with my Copics, which I haven't done in far too long. :-D

The new Presto Patterns Designer Series paper inspired me to stamp the swirl from "Baroque Motifs" with VersaMark and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  I like the subtle look of it.  You can see a close-up of it below.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Congratulations, Shawn!

This card was made in celebration of our daughter moving into her new apartment, and into a new chapter in her life.  It went with the KitchenAid stand mixer we gave her for a house-warming present.

To be perfectly honest, I kind of had an ulterior motive in giving that gift.  Shawn makes the best bagels, and has always had to knead them by hand.  I'm hoping the mixer will take some of the work out of them, and I'll be the lucky recipient of fresh bagels in the near future.
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Elemental Birthday

Tonight is the Summer Mini workshop, where I will be demonstrating some of the new products in the Summer Mini Catalog.  The Presto Patterns DSP is so cool!  It's white on white, with a pattern on it that looks heat embossed.  I love how this particular sheet (1 of 6 patterns, 12 sheets total) coordinates perfectly with the new Elements of Style stamp set.  I was inspired to try THIS technique, as seen on Patty Bennett's blog.  You can brayer it, sponge it, use ink and Aqua Painters, or Smooch Spritz to make the pattern pop out!

Here's a close-up, which shows the pattern better, and you can see the shimmer from the Gold Smooch Spritz.  Click on the photo to enlarge it!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Get Well

I have a wonderful crew member working for the Census with me.  She's my best worker!  She and her husband have a landscape business, so the flexible hours of Census are a blessing.  On Monday (which happened to be her husband's birthday), he was bitten by a baby rattlesnake right through his glove!  He's going to be okay, thank God, but they kept him over night for observation after giving the antivenin and antibiotics.  I whipped this together quickly to give to him when he got home.  Inside it says "For a speedy recovery." 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 2010 Swaps

This month the stampin' club swap theme was "pink" (Tami's fave color) and "birthday", so this was my take on it.  I just got the Watercolor Trio stamp set, and I'm loving the versatility of it!  This was the card, by Nelia Harper, I used as inspiration.  (Yeah, I know the greeting shown above isn't birthday-themed......the cards I made for the swap were.  This was a leftover card I want to send to Operation Write Home.)

See that cool bow? I learned how to do that from my Stampin' Addicts pal Mickey Roberts' site here.  I just turned my bow a bit, and punched way too big holes. :-(

Gold Bitty Buttons

My apologies for making you wait to see how I did the gold Bitty takes up too much of my time, grrrrr!

These are really easy to make, so grab a pair of tweezers (I like the reverse-action ones for this purpose), a VersaMark ink pad, some Stampin' Emboss Powder and a Heat Tool, and let's get going!
Poke the tweezer points through the holes of the button.
Tap the button on the VersaMark pad, inking it thoroughly.
Dip the button in the EP of your choice (I used SU Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder).
Heat it with the Heat Tool JUST until the powder melts.
Let it cool for about 20 seconds or so, then pop it off the tweezers. Voila!  Teeny, tiny, gold Bitty Buttons!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Thank you all for the 37 lovely comments!  It appears the lilac card for Mom was really a hit.  And now, without further ado, the random number generator from says the winning number is:

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Blogger MaryR said...
what beautiful projects with these itty bitties!
April 30, 2010 1:27 PM

Mary, please contact me within 48 hours with your address so I can send your stamp set.  Congratulations!