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Glitterfied Chipboard Daisy

Flowerpower
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.  Voilá!  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 . . .

More Than Chocolate . . .

Morethanchocolate
Truffle and Heart Wreath images, Twinkle Micro Dot Stickers by A Muse Art Stamps; "I love you more than chocolate" custom created using Karen Foster Snap Stamps (1/8" Mini/Formal); White Note Card by SU!; Palette Hybrid Inks in Moulan Rouge and Burnt Umber; Pink Marker; Ribbon by May Arts

All’s quiet tonight in my sister’s house, and I decided to take a moment to upload this design which I finished before leaving for Anaheim, but didn’t have the time to upload.

I hadn’t really paid too much attention when the buzz was going on about these stamps over in the SCS forums, and then I received a  GORGEOUS design by  Julia Stainton, one of the current Dirty Girls.  I went AGOG over the design, and was immediately intrigued by the Snap Stamps (see link above) she had used.

After querying a bit among the Dirty Girls, I discovered a number of them love and use these stamps to create sentiments they have been unable to find or don’t own in a stamp.  On their advice, I bought two sets of the 1/8" Formal Alphabet (I ordered them online from Joann.com); the girls told me that they could easily say just about anything they really wanted, due to the number of duplicate alpha letters that came in each set, and that two sets of the 1/8" (Mini) size worked best for cards and gave them plenty of letters to work with.

They’re basically made of what appears to me to be a low-grade rubber (like what you’d find on an office stamp), on a plastic stick/mount and each of these has a protrusion that enables you to snap/link them together to create words.  Considering the price they retail for, they’re not exactly high quality stamps, but, I was rather impressed at how I could build a sentiment to say precisely what I needed, and be able to use it repeatedly until I wanted to create something different.  *Very* spiffy!!!  I’ve always thought it would be fun to have the above sentiment in a rubber stamp, but have never been able to find it; now, any time I want it, I’ve got it! (wink!)

The results above were achieved without any real forethought to the design of the card itself.  It works, but I’m not totally satisfied with it; I’ll hafta tinker more with it later on, when I’m back at home in my studio . . .

i love you

Iloveyou
Scalloped Heart (Hailey’s design, fundraising for Scleroderma), and Large Lower Case Polka Alpha Clear Set by A Muse Art Stamps; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Warm Red; Pink Marker; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Prisma Glitter, Ultrafine Multi-Iridescent; Ribbon by May Arts; Wavy Square Frames Die for Cuttlebug by Provo Craft; Big Shot Die Cutting Machine by Ellison

Before heading out for CHA 07, this Valentine idea kept buzzin’ the back of my brain, so I had to quickly pull it together.   After cutting a window into the card front (that’s Fairy Dust, a pale shade of pink that I just love by A Muse–so soft!) with the Wavy Square Frames Die, I traced the opening of the window through the card very lightly with a pencil, and then stamped and colored the heart with a pink marker.  The heart seemed to beg for a little glitz to give that extra oomph, so I colored it in with a glue pen, and then applied glitter.

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All the letters were then stamped, and as you can see, a very quick, yet special Valentine can be made with just a great heart image and a great alphabet set!   I love when something like this turns out just right, on the first run!  YEA!!!!

Right now, I’m actually sitting in SeaTac Airport, and it’s goin’ on 3pm . . . flight’s not until 5:00 . . . so, I had to do something to keep me occupied; I didn’t pack any good mags, so I figured I’d just pop in. (grin!)

And, now, I’ll mosey (sp?) on over to the SCS blog and post a little update over there. (wink!)

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