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All Patterned Papers, Clear Art Stamps, Victorian Photo Turn Sticker, and Vintage Reproduction Photo by Crafty Secrets; Ink Jet Transparency by Hammermill; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Pink Pastel and Alabaster; Palette Hybrid in Burnt Umber; Dye Ink Creamy Caramel and More Mustard by SU!; Antique Copper Mini Brads by Creative Impressions; Velvet Ribbon source unknown; Layered Flower Die (Thick Cuts) by Ellison; Multi-Flower Punch by SU!

I was so pleased with a paper rose corsage I’d created for a vintage friendship design.  It was a rejected magazine submission, but I loved how it turned out, and just had to share it in the January DD Gallery.  Anyhoo, the response to that piece was very enthusiastic, so I decided to try another one for this wedding creation.

When you click on the link to the Layered Flower Die, you see what the paper pieces (cut from vanilla card stock) look like when they come out of the machine; each layer is an individual piece.  I DTP’d pink pastel chalk ink to the edges, then proceeded to crumple and curl the paper edges of the petals with my fingers, shaping and molding as I went.  Then, each layer was secured together with a single brad.  After it was assembled, I DTP’d more pink ink, and then caramel and a little mustard to antique it.  The same was done to the leaves, which were actually cut free-hand for this one.

I was trying to pick up that hint of pink in the patterned paper.  I tucked a vintage wedding image underneath the flower, and then decided I wanted to add one more touch:  an acetate overlay.  So a flourish was stamped on the textured side of a square of transparency cut to the same dimensions as the image.  I typically stamp on the textured side, and then flip it over so the image is protected and can’t be smudged or scratched off.  BUT, I botched the first one, because I didn’t think about which corner it would end up on, once it was flipped over; it ended up on the upper left, which crowded the design towards the center.

So, had to do another one, and this time I stamped it in the corner where I knew it would appear to the upper RIGHT, once I flipped the acetate over.

I like stamping overlays this way–inkjet transparency is so much easier to work with, and will accept a variety of inks very well, with far less slippage, including Colorbox Fluid Chalk, Versamagic Chalk, Brilliance, Palette Hybrid.

Remember, however:  this method of stamping on the textured side and then flipping it over will not work with words.  They’ll appear in reverse. (Wink!)

I realize I haven’t uploaded a lot of card designs of late; there has been a lot going on, including helping my son with a big school project (The International Festival of Lights) that finally was concluded last week,  my daughter’s physical therapy, work-related design I can’t share at this time, etc.

Taylor had to do a report on a country of his choice–a lot of writing.  They had to go online and do research, etc.  He chose Russia!  In addition to the report, the kids had to design and build an electric light that represented their country.  This had to be done all at home.  After a lot of brainstorming and discussion, Taylor zero’d in on the idea to build a light representing when the USSR defeated the US in the Munich Olympic Basketball Games, as it was a pretty historical moment.  Oh, and he had to use supplies and materials from home–no running out to buy anything.  Great . . .

Of course, a project of this magnitude is quite difficult for a 10 yr. old kid to tackle all on their own; as you can imagine, a lot of parental assistance was required–it’s one thing to come up with an idea, and entirely another to figure out how to turn it into reality using only stuff you have on hand.  Chuckle!  When all was said and done, this was the result:


After working on this all weekend before it was due, we plugged in the lights and high-5′d each other in glee–we’d accomplished the task!  Oh, but there’s more! (wink!)

I then realized that we also had to bring a potluck dish, again, representative of Russia, to the International Festival of Lights Evening Presentation and Dinner.  WHAT????!!!!!! (insert serious shrieking) Oh, noooOOOOOOoooooOOOOOO!!!  What do I know about Russian cuisine????  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!   Just when I had resigned myself to trying to prepare Bev Stroganov (OK, if I can’t even spell it, how am I supposed to cook it????), my buddy Linda, who just happened to have spent time with a Russian family while growing up, rescued me with a Krasny Apple Cake recipe!

Now, we all know:  Julie doesn’t cook anything from scratch.  But, in this instance, I had to come through for my son and the entire 4th Grade Class!!!

So, I did it.  But, being NOT a Suzie Baker . . . I didn’t realize you hafta flour the surface when rolling out the dough–and the rolling pin, too!  Dough was sticking everywhere and I had a fine mess going on. (grimace)  I finally scraped up the dough and smashed it as best I could into the bottom of the pan . . .


Whaddiditellya’??????  I swear I am Martha Stewart’s culinary nightmare!

I plunked in the apples, and didn’t even attempt to roll out the top crust and instead, pinched it out all over the top.  I think it turned out puuuurdeeeeeeeeeeee, and nobody else knew the difference cuz it tasted AWESOME and disappeared!!! (very big grin!)


On another good note:  Yesterday’s appointment with the Ortho Surgeon was a positive one!  Doc says she’s clear for ACL surgery, which will happen February 13th.  Then, we’ll have even more work to do as far as her rehab goes.

I think I’ll make another Krasny Apple Cake to celebrate–and this time, I won’t even attempt to roll out the dough!  Just don’t tell Martha, ‘K?!  (chuckle!)

  1. I do love your writing Julie. Thanks for sharing such detail of your life. Your son’s project looks terrific! Yea for both of you. And the dessert . . . well, the finished project looks fabulous. So, where is the recipe so we can try one of our own.

    Thanks again for the chuckles and winks and eye-rolling. You crack me up!

  2. I was really worried when I saw the first picture. I mean really worried. I thought Oh my, Julie is really cooking impaired! Then poof! Scroll down to the second picture and there is this yummy looking cobbler thing.
    Well done Julie….I mean Martha.

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