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Baker NOT!


My local grocer foibled me for Dave’s Halloween birthday PIE.  As you know, the Anti-Martha (that’s ME!), does not do anything from scratch if she can possibly avoid it!  They were OUT of Marie Callander pumpkin pies.  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?????  I had no cake on order at the bakery 20 min. away, and even if I made the trip in, it is HIGHLY unlikely at this point, they’d have a suitable cake for a last-minute Lucy like m’self.

I had to think fast; this was a birthday emergency of gargantuan proportions.  Methinks Pixie would be proud at this flash of Einstein:  a cupcake cake!  Good thing my friend Betty Crocker and I are tight!  Whew!

And, the man’s birthday gift?  Well, criminy, I think I scored BIG TIME with this bit of brilliance:  ESPN Full Court on the tele!

Yeeeeaaaaaaaaahhh, baby!!!!

(rubbing hands together gleefully at my birthday surprise genius!)

But, how do you present such a gift?  Well, I had no TV stamps–criminy, I have GOT to get me a cute swanky retro one . . . but, once again: 


Bwah ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!  Take a look-see, below, for the love of the game . . .

(my hubby was a h.s. girls basketball coach for quite a few years–his teams trophied a number of times at the State Basketball Tournament, including his last team, which placed 2nd twice, prior to his leaving coaching and teaching to become an administrator–I’m a rather proud wife, and can’t help but glow over his accomplishments and the impact he has had on so many, many kids throughout his career, no matter what capacity he has served in!).

No stamp images whatsoever used.  Sizzlit Window Die Set, Funky Box #1 (black card stock); Black Card Stock Brushed Silver Metallic Card stock; 3/4" Circle Punch; Silver Mini Brads; Basketball Confetti from party store; Black Fine tip Marker; 3M Foam Mounting Tape

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  I used the die to create a funky TV outline in black card stock–and, I did indeed have to trim around the perimeter to remove the cursed and unwanted outline impression of the outer edges of the die itself.  To compensate for the loss of effect, I layered it onto silver card stock, and trimmed out again, to make a TV console.  A circle punch and hand drawn embellishments finished it off quickly.

I’ve had this basketball confetti for years, so I fished it outta’ the shoebox, and mounted them in graduatingly higher positions, with foam mounting tape, on the card front, so the basketballs appear to be bouncin’ right outta’ the tele and into the livin’ room!

Needless to say, he was rather surprised . . .  (very big grin!)

The Best Accessory . . .

Images, patterned paper, note card, Simple Stick embossing powder, and Twinkle Stickers all by A Muse Art Stamps; Palette Hybrid Ink in Noir; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Charcoal; Stampin’ Up! Pretty in Pink Craft Ink; Dotted Organdy Ribbon by May Arts; Grosgrain Ribbon by SU!; Buckle by Sizzix Originals; Prisma Glitter; Mini pinking shears, source unknown; Small Scallop Oval Punch* by Family Treasures.

I’m sick!  Sick, I tell ya’!!!  I’m havin’ a love affair with a die cutting machine. (insert rolling eyeballs)  I could crank out these little buckles with my Big Shot for days and days.  So dang CUTE!!!!  This one was cut out of lightweight coaster material, and makes for a sturdy little buckle!  I had to glitterfy it so, I coated it DTP (Direct to Paper) with pink pigment ink and embossed it with Simple Stick.  Simple Stick is a special effects embossing powder that you heat carefully, just until it melts and turns wet looking, and then back off with the heat.  It remains tacky, so you toss it into a tub of glitter and coat it.  Brush off the excess glitter with a soft brush, and then, heat it again, gently, to lock in the glitter.  I wanted an *ultra* glittery effect on the buckle, so I used this method instead of clear embossing powder that was premixed with glitter.

The striped paper was folded and trimmed with deco scissors to resemble a shopping bag, and I just glued some black ribbon for handles.  Some tissue glued to the back side completes the look.

After stamping the shoe on a scrap of Fabriano, I punched it out with the scallop oval punch, blinged it with a Twinkle Sticker and inked the edges of the scallop so it would define it more  and then mounted it to the little striped bag.

I wish I had this sentiment in a stamp–I just love it.  But, since I don’t, I had to write it out myself.  My pen is running out of ink, so I better get a new one . . . Hmmmmm.   I’ve found Pigma Micron to be an excellent journaling/writing pen, but I haven’t had a new one in quite some time.  A-hunting I shall go, a-hunting I shall go, hi-ho the dairy oh . . . (wink!)

Someone asked about Friday’s design, and why the outline of the brass stencil did not appear on the the embossed card.  While I’m not completely sure, I believe it may have to do with the pressure involved for dry embossing, vs. cutting through the card stock?

Someone has suggested that I try removing one of the shims, and perhaps insert one not quite as thick, when working with the window dies to see if that alleviates any of the issue, before I butcher the foam on ‘em.  At some point, I just may give that a try.

Oh, and, Gail?  I’m a total moron.  I do remember you telling me about this, but I didn’t put two and two together that you were talking about these very same dies when I ordered the darn things!!! Argh!  (grimace!)

*When I visited Family Treasures’ website to get a link, I noted that they featured very few punches at all.  I seem to remember them being a rather dominant punch manufacturer, but perhaps they have turned their focus to other products and no longer make punches?  A google search, with key words "scallop oval punch" will probably turn up various e-tailers (online stores) that carry the line, or a similar product?

Friends make life sweet!

Thanks for all the suggestions on what to do regarding the Sizzlits window card making fiasco.  I tried shimming with card stock, but that didn’t seem to really help.  I’m still debating if I want to actually remove the foam from the outside edges of the die . . .  Feels like sacrilege to do it, but I may get brave and try that . . .

Meantime, here’s a sample with pressure/dry embossing:

All stamp images by A Muse Art Stamps; Fabriano Mediovalis Reply Card; Easy Emboss Brass Stencil/Folder by Ellison/Big Shot; Pebbles Shimmer Pearlescent Chalks; Waterbased Markers; Palette Hybrid Ink in Noir; Sakura Red Glaze Pen; All Ribbons by May Arts; Metal Rim Tag Types by Sticko/ EK Success; Clear Adhesive Domes for Tag Types by Sticko/ EK Success

I hafta admit, the Easy Emboss stencil included in the Big Shot Starter Kit performed like a dream.  I’m anxious to try more of this!  I have always loved the effect of dry embossing, but it so aggravated the tendinitis in my arm that I finally gave up and sold off every brass template I owned.  I’m going to have to look for more of the texture plates my friend Gail told me about, by Fiskars, as well as other brands, such as the Cuttlebug (Provo Craft) and try them out on this machine.

The key to the Easy Emboss stencil design is that a reverse image in plastic, as well as the brass stencil itself, are adhered inside a clear plastic folder; the adhesive is not permanent, so you can move the template around to whatever position inside the folder is best for your project, and this  adhesive prevents the stencil from shifting as it goes through the machine.  The reverse image in plastic presses the paper up through the template as it goes through the Big Shot and creates that lovely, raised effect.

In order to use other brands of stencils and dies effectively with the Big Shot, it appears that the Multi Purpose Platform is the magical accessory needed, so I’ll be goin’ on a quest for that . . . after digging up some loose pocket change from under the sofa cushions . . .  I’m still wincing over my disappointment with the window dies . . . can ya’ tell?  LOL!


WOW!  I was quite impressed!  snort!  I know, I know . . .  I’m SOOoooooOOO "punny"! Hah!


My sweet friend Waterpixie (a.k.a. Emily G.) herself was the inspiration for this design.  She’s quite a masterful baker and stamper!  Check out her gallery of both stamped and culinary confections when you get a chance. (wink!)


After (pressure) embossing the sentiment, I colored it with the pastels, inked only a portion of the "you make life sweet" sentiment, and stamped it in black directly beneath.  After wrapping the card front and knotting it, with some snippets of gingham and ric rac to sweeten it up, I embellished the knot with one of those fun Tag Type Sticko stickers.  The cupcake fit perfectly, and after coloring it, a clear adhesive dome went over the top.

Thank goodness . . . paper cupcakes have no calories! (grin!)

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