When I saw the words on this inspiring card on the Suzz’s Stamping Spot blog, I knew that I had to have that sentiment stamp. I wish I had had the stamp and this card to give Dustin before he left for the Twin Cities today. Instead, I’ll put in on his desk tomorrow, so it is there when he returns to work on Wednesday.
My card was a “make-do” experiment that worked out. Like Suzanne, I stamped my Silhouette Grass stamp with VersaMark and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I did not, however, have brown pigment ink, which is where the experiment began. I knew that dye-based ink would not stick to the embossing. Would VersaMark stick? The only way to find out was to try it and then attempt to emboss the sentiment with Cocoa embossing powder over the clear embossing. It worked (yes!) even though I believe I lost some of the detail of the grass stamp when the clear embossing was reheated. I used a script stamp and Bamboo ink for the background and then sponged with Desert Sand and Chocolate inks until I achieved a look I deemed acceptable. Instead of birds, I opted for a single small butterfly, which was stamped with Cocoa, colored with markers, cut out, and attached to my card with two tiny ultra-thin “pop-dots.”
Materials and Tools: Colonial White and Cocoa cardstock; Cocoa and VersaMark ink pads; Sunflower and Autumn Terracotta markers; Clear and Cocoa embossing powders; Hero Arts Silhouette Grass and Verses Wings of Your Dreams rubber stamps; Close To My Heart Butterfly Kiss and Air Mail (retired) stamp sets; Cocoa grosgrain ribbon; Embossing heat tool; Round sponges; EK Success 1/16th-inch foam dots.
My workday was quite ordinary, which, all things considered, is a blessing. My spray painting experience last night was quite disastrous. Wind, albeit gentle, and spray paint on are not compatible. I have a sweatshirt and pair of jeans that are now classified as “everyday” clothes. I think I coughed up what I inhaled. And then, after all that, I discovered I don’t really have the “right” materials to complete my project anyway. As it is/was an Easter project and I am not going to find the right materials in my “retail-challenged” town, my so-called project will probably get shelved for this year. Not a big deal.
And, now for a couple of tidbits of good news. First, my mom called last night, and the apartment she was on a waiting list for will be available June 1. Initially, I was told the wait could be up to three years. Not only is she getting an apartment but the floor plan she wanted. In a 47-unit building, there are only six with this particular floor plan, two of which are corner units with more windows. She hit the jackpot and is getting a corner unit. I’m hitting the jackpot, too. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have my mother so close again. She’s so excited, too. Imagine a new start after living in the same place for 58 years. At 19, she was a mere child when she married my dad and moved to the farm where he grew up. I am excited for her.
Did I say something about a jackpot. While I have not heard this from the horse’s mouth, it is my understanding that Dustin stopped at a casino about 50 miles down the road to
I’m getting long and had better cut it off. If you’re still with me, thanks for putting up with my
P.S. The thermometer climbed over 60 degrees here today! While I would not put it past Mother Nature to play a mean trick on us yet this year, I will venture to say spring has officially sprung in the frozen tundra. Yippee!