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Sentiment "Friends make life Blossom" stamp by A Muse Art Stamps; Patterned Paper (Charlotte Scrap Strip #1) by Scenic Route; Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip Card Stock by SU!; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Dark Brown, Yellow Ochre; White Chipboard Coaster by American Coaster Co.;  Daisy Thick Cut Die (Possibly retired?) by Ellison; Big Shot Die Cutting Machine; Eyelets by SU!; 1" Circle Punch by EK Success; Bottle Cap from home brew supplier; Sticko Clear 1" Epoxy Circle Sticker by EK Success;  Xyron Adhesive;  Prisma Glitter Ultrafine-Multi Iridescent

Scenic Route is among my favorite patterned paper companies–I just love the clean crisp designs and sharp colors.  I think their "Scrap Strips" papers are among the most clever I’ve ever seen and I went nuts over the Charlotte line when I found it at my LSS.

I pulled a color from the paper, and matched it as closely as possible with an ink pad, and then DTP’d the die cut coaster daisy.  After the ink was dry, I ran the daisy face down through my Xyron machine to apply adhesive all over it, and then dumped glitter all over.  I used a soft brush to get off as much excess glitter as I could, before applying the embellished bottle cap to the center with foam mounting tape.

The bottle cap, BTW, was an "uncrimped" cap from a home brew supplier, and I flattened it by sending it through my Big Shot.  Man, I *love* that machine!  It can do so much!  I had to stop by the Ellison Design booth at CHA to pet it.  They don’t make it in teal any more–now it’s more of a blue shade . . .  I like the teal better . . . they should bring it back.

Anyhoo, the bottle cap fell off!  Evidently still too much glitter on there for the foam adhesive to make a strong enough bond to hold.  So, I brushed even more vigorously, and added another piece of foam mounting tape, and that one seemed to stick.  I’m too lazy to wait for Diamond Glaze or 3D Crystal Lacquer to dry over the punched out circle, so I cheated and used an epoxy circle sticker.

The sentiment above is actually a single line sentiment–to make it double line, so it would fit inside the 1" circle punch, I actually inked and stamped only the 2nd half of the sentiment onto paper.  Then, I thoroughly cleaned and dried the stamp, then inked and stamped the 1st half of the sentiment, directly above the previously stamped portion.  Voil√°!  I just love that little trick–it makes longer/single line sentiment images just that much more versatile! (wink!)

That sentiment is actually one of my very favorites, and I adore the font used on it.

Hoping the family has survived my week-long absence; I had a major melt-down on Monday after I finished the SCS @ CHA blog entry that morning and I realized my son was on his way out the door for school . . . by himself . . . Taylor is 10, but of a sudden it hit me Monday morning that I would be gone all week.  I’m NEVER gone like that.  I’m *always* there to see him off to school, and always there waiting when he gets home!  It feels weird . . . while I’m sure HE is ready to be more independent, I’m not so sure *I* am . . . sigh . . .  I felt like a total baby, but, I was so glad Mona understood, and she just let me have a little weep on her shoulder there in the bathroom.

I fly back home tomorrow; I’ve had a grand time with my sister and her family, just hangin’ out . . . Connie makes a mean Mud Slide (wink!) . . . one of these days I’ll hafta introduce her to appletinis . . . chuckle!  It has been fun having my 4 yr. old niece and 6 yr. old nephew crawl all over me, and shower me with hugs and kisses.  But, at the same time, I miss my own babies . . .  big and independent as they are . . .

  1. I just love your blog! I look forward to your posts everyday! Your sense of humor is 2nd to none ~ I can always count on you for a good chuckle! And your artwork is great, too! Looking forward to your next post…

  2. Oh, Julie! I can so relate to those feelings when you know you’re missing your child heading out the door. I’ve been at home with my kids for almost 17 years now. One of the most important things to me is to be there when they are getting ready for school, get their lunches lovingly packed for them and making sure they are on their way–even for that HS Junior! I worked at my son’s school for a month last year and had to be there way before he did and it was tough leaving in the mornings.

  3. Jules, I love you babe. You know what your problem is? You are an awesome mom. Now get home so we can catch up! *smooches*

  4. Bling, Bling! Love it!

  5. Oh Jules – You are breakin my heart! Thinkin of your son gettin off to school all alone. I am glad you had company and you had someone to console you!

    As for the card! ZOINKS! THAT IS HOT! LOVE The stripes and the bottle cap and EVERYTHANG!!!

  6. You are fast becoming one of my favorite reads, Julie. I’m trying to learn more about stamping than just the basics, so I do appreciate how you explain. It’s rare to find. Your card, as always, is lovely. Thanks for sharing.:-)

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