Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It's All About LOVE Countdown - Day 12

I don't believe I've ever used more than one, that alone three, Cuttlebug embossing folders to make a single card. Two of the three featured on this card are new - Distressed Stripes and Swiss Dots. Once again, I inked up the Heart Blocks folder with Hollyhock ink to give the Blush cardstock a little added dimension. Distressed Stripes is going to be a great folder to use to make masculine cards, and as I'm a lover of polka dots, I suspect I'll be pulling the Swiss Dots folder out of my box frequently. While you can't see it in the photo, the lightest pink piece is mounted to the card with 3M mounting tape and the sentiment a layer higher. Because the 3M tape is only 1/16th of an inch thick, the card has a lot of dimension without being "fat," even after adding the Circle Window Charm to the sentiment.

I am offering a favorite quote tonight by Robert Louis Stevenson. It's not romantic. I consider it a "larger" than romance and one that provokes thought: "So long as we love, we serve. So long as we are loved by others, I would almost say we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend."

I had a good day today, because I got up this morning and decided that was the way it was going to be. Abe Lincoln's words in my little "Just for Today" book worked their magic. Thanks for stopping. I hope your day was a good one, too.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Hollyhock, Blush, and Baby Pink cardstock; Hollyhock and Blush ink pads; All My Love stamp set; Cuttlebug/w Distressed Stripes, Swiss Dots, and Heart Blocks embossing folders; Cricut w/Mini Monograms cartridge; Circle Window Charms; Piercing Tool.

Hint: While I know I've posted it before, I'll post it again. Close to My Heart's white-core cardstock tends to crack when running it through the Cuttlebug. If you're going to sand your piece, the cracks are OK. If you don't want your paper to crack, try sandwiching your cardstock between two pieces of copy paper. It makes cranking the Cuttlebug handle a little harder, but most of the time, it will prevent your paper from cracking.

One more thing, I was asked in my last post about the Dove blending pen. Stop back for my Friday Favorites post, and I'll tell you why it's my favorite.


Jeanne said...

Your quote, while not necessarily romantic, is wonderful. It does make one stop and think.

I love the card, but I think I say that on just about every comment I make, huh? What can I say, your artwork appeals to me!

Hugs to you! And thanks always for sharing your creations.

Janice said...

Kathi: I love this card. Your use of embossing is great. Question: I don't have any embossing tools yet - is Cuttlebug the one to get. Does it also cut shapes ie. scalloped circles and ovals. If so, would it be the thing to get as opposed to buying various shaped punches? Thanks - Janice McC