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"Thinking of You" from Sincere Salutations by Stampin’ Up!; White and Celery Card Stocks; Patterned Paper by Anna Griffin; Acetate (office supply); Palette Hybrid Ink in Noir; Shimmer Pearlescent Chalks by Pebbles, Inc.; Stylized Flowers, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder by Provo Craft; Celery Mini Brads and Clear Square Button by Stampin’ Up!; Ribbon by May Arts (available at StarLitStudio)

True confessions:  I have become seriously bitten.  Seriously.  It’s baaaaaaad.  How long ago did I get my Big Shot?  2 months?  Yeah.  Guess what bit me the other day ‘cuz I had a 50% off coupon code for Joann’s that worked? (evidently, now they’ve altered the coupon so it will not accept die cutting machines nor accessories/dies, but I got lucky that day)

A bug.

A sweet, celery green, purse-shaped, platform folding, pressure embossing, die cutting piece of modern paper crafting engineering:  The Cuttlebug

Do I need this? No!  Especially not after the ouchie-mama van repair bill of last week AND the repair bill on my daughter’s car THIS WEEK! 

(insert wailing voice)

It is scheduled to fly in on Friday.  (VBGs!!!)  I was assimilated by the SCS rubbah borg; their influence and power is very great . . . DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THEM!!! (wink!)

So, I snagged a CB embossing folder when I stopped at Joann’s, after gettin’ my wheels fixed.  I ran it through my Big Shot and was it ever SUH-WEEEEEEEET!!!  Just look at the crisp sharp detail it embossed with!  While they refer to it as A-2 in size, as I mentioned before, it’s actually about 1/8" smaller all around than true A-2.  But, I wasn’t bothered by it.

After the embossing was done, I decided to select some ribbon, and THEN, determine what colors to use.  I had recently gotten this sheer peachy polka dot ribbon from StarLitStudio, and used that as my guide.  Of course, the warm peach tones looked especially beautiful paired with celery, so that was easy, and chalks enabled me to quickly buff color onto the raised images of the panel.

The trick with pressure embossing, because it is so beautiful, is to let it take center stage.  Boy, did I flounder around . . . Finally, I decided to glue a punched out square of patterned paper to the button, and pierce holes so I could knot the ribbon through it. 

A sentiment.  Where the heck to put a sentiment so as not to distract from the embossing . . . and how????  This bugged me for a long time until I finally decided to use acetate, and a simple, yet elegant greeting, which I then secured to the panel with mini brads.  It allowed the embossing to show through and provided a visual anchor in the lower right corner that balanced out the design and made it feel "complete".

BTW, I stamped the sentiment with Palette Hybrid Noir.  I could have used Staz-On, but the Noir seems to have a truer black intensity when stamped on acetate, so Noir it was!

I can’t tell you how satisfying it was to make this card because I LOVE pressure/dry embossing–it’s so elegant and gives such dimension to a card.  But, I haven’t been able to do it for years, due to my tendinitis; just too painful and took waaaaaay too long.  Now?  Lawdy, I can pressure emboss to my heart’s content with the Big Shot or the Cuttlebug!  I am quite a happy stamper!  In fact, the most time-consuming part of the whole project was figuring out what to embellish it with, and how!

It’s been a loooong week, and now nearly over.  Where does the time go???  I never seem to have enough of that precious commodity . . .

I raced to get as much laundry (and, as many Dirty Dozen creations) done as possible on Monday/Tuesday before the wind storm hit.  I felt badly I couldn’t get a DD teaser poem done for the Fan Clubbers, but, I was literally at my wits’ end!  The storm seemed to tease us, and then bypass us.  Just when I thought we’d get lucky, se fue la luz! (the power went out!) around 4 am Wednesday.   At first school was delayed, and then, finally cancelled, when they realized that the power wasn’t gonna come back any time soon . . . never does . . .

Broni, thank you so much for informing me of the Tsunami Alert!  It was later cancelled, thank goodness!  Criminy, Washington has really taken a beating from Mother Nature of late . . .

I puttered around in my PJs all Wednesday . . . it’s amazing, even when you’re stuck at home, how little can be accomplished when you don’t have sufficient light to work with, or electricity to heat set anything  . . . ack!!! . . . The wind literally screamed all around the house and we’re surrounded by very tall trees . . . watching them sway made me nervous, so I tried to busy myself, but having the kids home for the day, no power, and raging wind seemed to squelch my creativity . . .

Anyhoo, pardon my drivel–just noticed I am rambling all over the place about things rather inconsequential (non-stamping/paper).  chuckle!  All I really finished was the above card, in between trying to boil water on the propane BBQ just for a cuppa . . . (rolling eyeballs) . . . good thing I had instant cappuccino  in the pantry for just such an emergency! Hah!

Well, it’s time for Cinderella to whip the palace into shape; my parents called this morning.  They’re coming for the weekend!  This is a rare thing, so I’m gonna enjoy every second with them . . . Yes.  I am bouncin’! (wink!)

  1. Hey, Carrie–No, I’ve never used those. Not yet, at least! ;) Pressure embossing and dry embossing are the same thing. Originally, pressure/dry embossing was done with an embossing plate (often made of brass), a lightbox underneath the paper, and a stylus tool. Takes a bit of time. The new embossing folders make it easy to emboss very quickly, using your die cutting machine (because of the pressure).

    Dies are used to cut shapes or windows out of card stock. And, now, with some embossing folders, there is a die built in that will also simultaneously cut a window. However, you are limited with those as to where the window will be cut through your card.



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