Monday, February 26, 2007

Cuttlebugs and Rolling Pins ...

Hey, I just found out that you can use a rolling pin or pasta machine with Cuttlebug embossing folders and get great results WITHOUT having to buy the machine! I am seriously going to try this (not today -- I'm out of money!). I'll try the rolling pin first, since I have one (mine's wood, so I hope that's hard enough. One place said use a marble one), but may have to invest in the pasta machine if the rolling pin is too hard on my poor-baby-sensitive elbow (rolls eyes). I figure $20 vs. $90 isn't a bad way to save money! But hopefully the rolling pin will work.

Here's what I learned: You spritz your cardstock with water (to make it more pliable), then put it into the embossing folder. Tape the edges closed (otherwise the cardstock may shift), then start rolling! It was mentioned that using the edges of the rolling pin works best, but they also said to just experiment and see what works best for you.

Over at Splitcoast, someone did mention that they used their pasta roller machine with Cuttlebug folders, which is why I knew that might work, too. Apparently the Cuttlebug embossing folders are about $5 apiece (I haven't looked at them myself, yet.)

So -- this is awesome! I knew I couldn't justify buying one, since I rarely use diecuts and wouldn't be embossing just every day. But if I can get good results this way ... life will be good!

Gotta run. Things to do, places to go, cards to make!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

More fun in the loft

I've been busy the last couple of days! So busy that I've aggravated the tendinitis in my elbow -- but, hey, who cares? Stamping is life -- the rest is just details. ;-)

First, the Really Big News -- we're getting an Archiver's!!!!!!!!! And it will be just north of where my son goes to school! And my budget is in more trouble than ever. Sure hope I can really start selling cards!

Okay, right now run, don't walk, to these websites (and I apologize for not linking to them -- for some reason I just can't make that work):

Just a few of the awesome rubber stamp sites I've discovered lately. Yes, SU is first in my heart, but until they get abstract, medieval or photo stamps in their line, I'll have to continue to do some shopping elsewhere.

So here are some of the things I've created since yesterday morning:

Got this stamp at Sparkle-n-Sprinkle. I LOVE it -- it's from a line of "Nouvelle Deco" stamps, and I thought it was so cool. I bought a couple of other stamps from them, too, which I will be using in the coming days. The technique I used on this was Faux Paper Paste (don't remember where I found it). I used Lumiere instead of plain acrylic paint, and I really love the way it came out -- I think it looks like a skyscraper. So when I saw these stamps at SnS, I knew I had to have them for this background! I may not use all the stamps on this one bkgd, but I have other similar bkgds that will work. And, of course, I can always make more!

I totally LOVE this stamp! It's from a plate of cat stamps from ArtNeko. Being a cat person I had to have them, and I'm glad I made that impulse buy because the stamps are just adorable! On this card I used the Warhol technique (not sure which one of the three it qualifies for). It just makes me happy looking at it!

Think I'll post this one to my SU site, too. I just wanted to make some "simple" SU cards for the upcoming citiwide garage sale (where I hope to sell tons of cards!), so this came to mind. I LOVE these doodle sets! Fun, kicky, swirly-girly ... It's not as orangy IRL. I used Apricot Appeal, Lavender Lace and some green or other (Gable, I think), plus the new Spiral punch that's coming out in the Spring mini. Stamp sets I used were: Doodle That, Doodle This and Doodle Alphabet. Buttons are SU, too.

My knight stamp came in today from Beeswax stamps. Check them out, too -- they're awesome and they have TERRIFIC customer service! Anyway, I've been playing with that some, working on the thank-you cards. Looks like I'll be using the Spray Starch technique (TJ). I need some silver paper, though. Hope Michaels or Hobby Lobby have it.

Okay, everyone is ready for bed and wanting me to get with the program, too. More fun to come!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Knights in shining ... rubber?

I spent a good portion of my day today just trying to find a stamp of a knight that could be sent to me "post haste". Last night I received an e-mail from one of the moms of our middle-school basketball boys asking if I could make three thank-you cards for the coaches in time for the big end-of-season tournament next Monday. I said I was happy to do it ... but then I got it into my head that I HAD to have a knight stamp to do this, since their mascot is the Knights. I knew I didn't want to get a basketball stamp -- I would never use it again (remember, Aidan is a manager, not a player, and won't be doing it in high school next year). Nor did I want to do just an "ordinary" thank-you card. Knowing that I would use the knight stamp again, I decided to go that route. Fortunately, after spending WAY too much of my stamping time on the 'net looking for the dear thing (and it had to be as close to perfect as possible, mind you, I knew what I had in mind), I finally located one at Beeswax Rubber Stamps -- . They were kind enough to rush it into the mail today (Priority, of course), so I'm hoping to get it no later than Saturday. They have great stuff there -- go check 'em out!

After the knight crusade (had to say that, lol), I did manage to get some stamping time in. I've decided that I may want to have some more lighthearted cards on hand to sell, so these are what I came up with (and I had so much fun with them, too!)

First one is no special technique, just lots of SU stamps and cardstock and, yes, a little glitter (why can't I stay away from this stuff?). I had to seal it with matte acrylic sealer to keep the glitter droppings at bay, but I'm pleased with how it turned out:

I've had this "Listen, Honey" stamp for awhile, just waiting for inspiration on what to do with it, and this is the FIRST idea I came up with. Others came to me as I made this one, so we'll see if they actually get made! Stamp is from American Art Stamps, everything else is SU (well, except the gamsol that I used to blend the watercolor pencils, and the shimmer chalks, which are from I-Kan-Dee):

After I made those, I spent the remainder of the afternoon cutting out new rubber stamps. I got three new sets from SU's Spring Mini (available to the general public on March 1) -- "Polka Dots & Petals", "Doodle That" and "Doodle Alphabet." Can't wait to start using them! I also got several stamps from Sparkles & Sprinkles (did I mention that I'd ordered these?), very cool "nouvelle deco" picasso-esque images; and I got a sheet of really cute cat stamps and sayings from ArtNeko. Unfortunately, I ran out of cling mounting foam, so I'll have to wait to mount them all until my order for more comes in :(

So it's off to bed now. I'm taking a new blood pressure med (I can't believe I'm old enough for this stuff!), and it gave me a MAJOR sick headache last Wednesday after taking it for the first time. I didn't take any more until tonight (on my doctor's advice), so I really hope I won't have a repeat of Wednesday. All I could do was sleep and moan all day. I don't want to miss a day of stamping! Oh, well ...

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Chalk, chocolate and tidal waves

I've been having too much fun in my craft loft the last couple of days. I took this week's challenge from Kimm's Stamping Workouts (check my links), and have been making backgrounds. Here are a couple of cards using the "Chalk Resist" technique (think that's SCS) and the "Doodle This" stamp set from SU that's coming out in the Spring Mini. It's basically the same background, just one is pastel and the other is bright. To do Chalk Resist you just stamp your images in Versamark on white glossy cardstock, then ink up your brayer with chalk inks, one color at a time, and only 2-3 complimentary colors per card. Then you just brayer the colors (lightest first) over the cardstock, then polish them off with a tissue or soft paper towel (I use Viva for my crafts), and the Versamark images resist the chalk ink! It's pretty cool because there is NO embossing powder required!:

This is what I ended up with finally from my Watercolor Distress that looked like ocean waves. I was so thrilled to find the EXACT stamp image I wanted (at StampFrancisco). Apparently the artwork this is based on was done by a Japanese artist named Hokusai, who did a number of these tidal wave works. (Ain't the internet grand?) Unfortunately, the stamped image covers up the awesome wave action of the background. Oh, well. Can't have everything I guess:

And now on to the chocolate. Actually the technique used is Sweetened Condensed Milk Stamping, which is basically just like it sounds. You paint a fairly thin layer of sweetened condensed milk on your stamp, then heat it with your heat gun until the sugar carmelizes and begins to burn. You can choose how dark you want your image by how long you heat it. Smells awful (like burnt sugar), but it is SO cool to watch the white milk turn all carmelly brown.

So the first card I made uses a stamp from the Making Memories Floral/Dingbat foam stamp set (foam stamps are great for this because they're easier to clean up). Something about the carmelized milk made me think of chocolate, so I used my chocolate girls from ClubStamp. They're actually mounted on a piece of dark brown sueded paper from ClubStamp, but, alas, you can't feel it over the interned (too small a piece, anyway):

The second card I made with the Sweetened Condensed Milk method uses the French Flair background stamp that's in SU's Winter mini. I LOVE this stamp. Anyway, it was a little harder to get the milk on without it glopping (the milk is thick and sticky), but I managed to get a decent image from it. I made four of these, and all four are slightly different. They all have the little girl in the same spot (she's from ArtChix stamps), matted the same way. But one had all pinky-brown flowers around the bottom and left, one had just one pinky-brown flower in the top left and bottom right corners, one had just a 7/8" gold organdy ribbon tied in a bow under the girl's picture, and the other is this one:

My grandmother actually bought the one with the pinky-brown flowers at the bottom and left side, and my mom bought the one with the gold bow. Am I awful for charging my relatives for my cards?!? Well, hey, I've gotta make money to get more supplies some way!

So, that's been my weekend. I was straightening my loft tonight and found my old Radiant Pearls that I'd bought years ago when we lived in Arizona. Some of them were pretty much gone, but several were still in good shape (at least they seem to be). So tomorrow I hope to find some techniques that use them. I know there's one in the current TJ newsletter, but I don't know if I have all the other "ingredients". Oh, well. I'm looking forward to tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Hearts and flowers and ... well, whatever

Happy Valentine's Day (or the day after)! It's been a pretty decent day here -- cold, but good snuggling weather!

As promised yesterday, I'm going to post the cards I made for my family. First, Bjorn's:

I did this with bleach and metallic pencils. The hearts are freehand (done with an aquapainter filled with bleach), and the stamps are all SU. I just woke up with this idea in my head the other morning, and just went in and played and this is what I came up with! It's a little different from my usual card style, but I love the current hot "doodle" look, so thought I would give it a try here. He loved it, BTW!


He disdains Valentine's Day as a day that's "a big marketing scam" (wait until he has a girlfriend!). So I decided to NOT do a Valentine-themed card at all. I did this using the Faux Paper Paste technique (not sure where I got it ... it's not TJ). Basically you brayer acrylic paint onto cardstock, swirl through it with something (you could use a comb, I used one of those little rubber texturizing tools from the stencil aisle at Michael's), then you can sprinkle the "G" word on it if you wish (don't know why, but I did!). Then I embossed the "Reticulum" image (from Club Stamp "Time and Space" set) in silver and bleached out the background. I think I used Brilliant Blue cardstock (SU). It turned out a pale green when bleached, so I mounted it on embossed swirly cardstock from Club Stamp. He loved it! (Whew!)

My dad's:

This is also the Faux Paper Paste technique, only I used the Fleur-de-lis from SU's "Carte Postale" set on it as well as the texturizing tool. I had to re-brayer the paint several times (to clear out the images and start over) before I got the Fleurs halfway decent, but I like how it turned out. He did, too.

My granny's:

Granny LOVES birds and the color pink (she also loves butterflies, but I didn't want to just do a "favorites" overload), so I just stamped the French Script background from SU in Mellow Moss on Whisper White, then stamped the bird (from SU's "Nature's Beauty" set) in black Staz-On and colored it in with Pearl-ex, using Future Floor Polish in the aquapainter as the medium for the powder. (I really need just a brown color in PE, but I don't even know if they make such a thing. I had to use copper and russet.) I mounted it on Mellow Moss. Then I stamped the heart twice from the SU retired set "Gentler Times" in Pretty in Pink and cut those out. I stamped the French Script background in Mellow Moss on Pretty in Pink paper, then mounted the bird piece over it lining it up with where the words fell on the background. Then I put the hearts on, and voila! A lovely pink card with a bird!

And, last but not least, the card I like the best -- the card for my mom:

This one is done with the Opalite Infusions technique (which I think is a SplitcoastStampers technique). My mother is a blue-and-white fanatic, AND whenever I see old-tyme images of little girls I always think of her. She was so cute -- when she opened it, after "flipping" over how beautiful it was (her words), she looked at the little girls and said, "Oh, that's you and me!" Gosh I love my mom! I told her that, if we got to be kids again in Heaven, that would definitely be us. It would have been a blast to know my mom as a little girl ... although I'm sure dealing with her only-childness would have had its difficult moments!

So there they are. One-of-a-kinds, all. I didn't even make myself a copy of any of them, tht way they were extra special.

Well, Bjorn came in in the middle of me typing this, and we took time out to watch "84 Charing Cross Road", which is an EXCELLENT, sweet movie. I highly recommend it!

Off to bed ...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Roses, cards and ... tough requests?

Okay, I have such a sweet husband -- he brought me roses tonight instead of waiting until tomorrow night, so I could enjoy them all day tomorrow! What a guy!! I gave him a big ol' smooch, I'm talkin' RIGHT ON THE LIPS!! lol

I spent the day today making one-of-a-kind cards for my family. I'll scan/photograph them tomorrow and post them. They didn't all turn out fancy-artsy, but I think the recipients will like them. (Why is it the card I made for my MOTHER is the one I like best, instead of the one for Bjorn? Ah, well, you never know what will turn up out of my brain, and I was experimenting on Bjorn's.) I'm kinda looking forward to getting back to the "playing around" cards. I don't know why, but they're so much "easier" than the ones I make for specific people on specific occasions. I guess it's because I don't feel as much pressure.

So then, after being all sweet with the roses tonight, Bjorn said, "I think you should add up all the money you've spent on craft stuff this month." WHAT????? Is he crazy? I mean, that would be grounds for divorce right there! And I told him that. He just said, "I'm not mad at you, but I do think you should add it up so you can see just how much you're spending." Uh, I don't want to know, there, sweetie. Can we say "guilt"? Can we say "bad wife"? How about "obsessive/compulsive"? And this was not two hours after I had made a complete and total impulse stamp purchase online. I just joined a Yahoo! group called "001 Stamp Artists", and on Tuesdays they allow vendors to post sales, etc. Well, Art Neko was having this pre-order sale for this sheet of cat stamps, and the first ten people who ordered would get them for $5 off, so $12.99 instead of $17.99. How can you pass that up? Especially since the sheet is adorable, and I LOVE cats? Ugh. Am I supposed to choose between stamps and my husband? I mean, because that would be impossible! It's the old "My husband said I had to choose between him and stamping. I'm going to miss him," joke. I know he doesn't want me to give up stamping (in fact, after this discussion he came into my craft loft and made out like he was terribly interested in what I was doing -- a rarity for him!) He totally supports my creative endeavours, but I know he wishes I had more restraint where spending is concerned (oh, if he only knew how much restraint I DO show!). There was a cute article in RubberStamper magazine this month written by a "stamping widower" about how he ends up having to cook every night because his wife is holed up in her stamping room. I'm going to have to show it to Bjorn so he'll know he isn't alone. (At least he doesn't have to cook, and I DO often feel guilt, for all the good it does!)

So ... Aidan got in trouble tonight for doing a homework assignment by only writing two sentences to answer a question in Literature. The question was: "Is there such a thing as an ok lie?" And he answered, "Yes, there are such things as ok lies. Rahab was actually commended by God for her lying, and she is mentioned in Hebrews 11." YOUCH! Eighth grade and they're already asking them tough moral questions! He hates having to think through these kinds of things because he's so smart that he thinks about them TOO much and confuses himself. (He didn't say he was "so smart", but he really is, that's the problem!) So we talked about it. In all honesty, I don't know the answer to that one. We did decide that Rahab wasn't commended by God because she lied, but because she protected the Israelite spies. And then we went into a big discussion about how it's very important that Aidan begin to confront these questions now, while he has his parents around close to guide him through this stuff rather than waiting until he graduates from his Christian school and is thrust out into the Real World full of people DYING to confuse him about his beliefs. His school is awesome about teaching the kids to think for themselves about their faith, rather than just accepting what they're "fed". But it won't work if he doesn't actually do the thinking part! Boy, I got so spoiled when he was younger and so easy to deal with. These teen years are gonna be tough!! (At least he's a good, solidly grounded kid, with a good head on his shoulders, although it is in the clouds much of the time, Tolkien-fanatic that he is!)

Well, that was off-topic, but it's been a long night!

So, I'm off to put my guilt-ridden obsessive self to bed. There's no telling what I'm going to dream about tonight. I listened to the Newsboys alot today, I watched part of Star Wars Episode III at lunch (the depressing bits about Anakin turning to the Dark Side ... what was I thinking??), then Aidan wanted to watch some of Fellowship of the Ring tonight. It will be interesting to see how that gets swirled around in my brain! (And it will, trust me. I dream like crazy every night. No wonder I'm so tired all the time!)

Okay, tomorrow I will try to get back here and post my Valentine's cards. Namarie. And may the Force be with you, mate. (Say that last part with a Kiwi accent ;-) )

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Just Say No to Glitter

I have to be honest here -- I am NOT a glitter person. In fact, I hate glitter. Okay, not the way it looks, that's kinda fun. Not when anyone else uses it, either. But I DETEST having glitter all over my craft loft, all over my clothes, in my hair, on my face, and drifting down over the half-wall of the craft loft into the living area below. I decided to try the "Glitter Straw" technique yesterday morning. It involves, you guessed it, GLITTER! (And an awful lot of huffing and puffing and lightheadedness! lol) I used SU's Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Ultrafine glitter. As in "lighter than air, blowing around all over the freakin' craft loft" ultrafine. Now, I like how the background turned out. It's lovely. But I finally had to go ALL THE WAY downstairs to drown the thing in Gloss Sealer to keep the glitter from migrating all over the known world. Some of it STILL migrated, but I did manage to get it (mostly) under control.

So I had the background -- shades of turquoise, green, blue, all with the purpose of using the new peacock stamp I bought from Wilde Ideas (stamp is actually by Impression Obsession). I tried several different ideas with the stamp, but finally ended up, under protest (to myself), using several different GLITTER-laced embossing powders, combined. (Old stuff I've had forever -- "Golden Ocean", "Green Sparkle", "Transparent Green", with a little gold GLITTER and Iridescent Ice thrown into the mix). I inked the image up in Encore Silver, went over that using a makeup sponge loaded with Encore Gold (just slightly -- cool tarnish effect), then dumping the newly-christened "Peacock" embossing powder mix over that and heat embossing. It turned out pretty kewl, IMHYAO (in my humble, yet accurate, opinion), but, oh, the GLITTER!! It was EVERYWHERE! In fact, I just now noticed glitter on my laptop keyboard, and this baby is nowhere NEAR the craft loft. (It is, however, very near my impossible-to-completely-deglitterize fingers.)

So, yes, quite another Stamping Loft saga. But I LOVE the results, I will admit. I wasn't about to contaminate my scanner with stray glitter bits, so I photographed it (which is why it may look a little bent in places).

Okay, now that I got my Long Detailed Story out of the way, here's a little funsie for you:

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

"You are just a little bit of a show off and like to prove just what you can do. Every time someone double-dog-dared you, you proved that not only could you do it, but you could do it with style."

Saw this over at maryrubber's blog (Stamp Camp) and just thought I'd take it for fun. I must admit, I'm pleased with the result -- I love hydrangeas!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled Show-Off session. ;-)

Here are a couple of other cards I've done lately:

This is my "Burnt Edges" Diva. Another Technique Junkies technique, made to look like you've burned the edges of your paper, but you HAVEN'T! You've used INK!! It would be quicker to use a candle, but the ink looks better. If you can do it without getting Ranger Distress Soot Black ink on everything. Some of us may be more challenged in this area than others. I refuse to qualify that further. ;-)

Here's another one: Again, another "challenging" technique for me, this one called "Glowing Pastels". I've only tried it once, and I do want to try again, but this example is the best one of the bunch, and I have cleverly hidden the smeary bits. Don't you love this little girl? I'm trying to come up with a name for her. I think the stamp company (Enchanted Ink) has named her, but I prefer to come up with my own. Any suggestions?

Alright, that's it for now. Oh! I've finally updated my Stampin' Up! website, so if you don't have anything else to do, you might give it a squiz, tell me what you think of it. (I think I have the link to it over on the side here ... sad that I can't remember a simple thing like that, isn't it!)

So ... off to bed. And, please, PLEASE, dear sleep fairies -- no sprinkling stardust around tonight, okay? I've got enough glitter to go around for quite some time!!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Oh, the beauty of my normal life!

I just had the roughest couple of days! I went into a day-surgery center yesterday (was that only yesterday?) for a little quickie diagnostic procedure that was supposed to be one of those "in and out in a couple of hours" things. Well, apparently I had some kind of negative reaction to the anesthesia, because I was sicker than a dog when I came out of the procedure, and actually ended up being transferred to a hospital to spend the night for "observation". My blood pressure went up pretty high (I think it was 178/115 at one point), and I was horribly light-headed and queasy, plus I had a killer migraine. I haven't been that sick in a very long time! And I just kept thinking I would never be normal again, never be back to my old self.

But, God was merciful and the stuff finally began wearing off early this morning, so I got to come home at noon. Actually, I went over to my parents' house and got pampered and spoiled, which is always fun! And I ATE. BOY was I hungry! It was so lovely to eat and not feel sick! I was thankful to be in my car again (my dad was driving it, don't worry), thankful to be at my parents' house, thankful to see my husband and son again, and thankful to get home to MY house and my kitties. And I will admit it was very gratifying to see that my sweet son really did miss me and really was worried about me. Apparently the kitties wouldn't even go upstairs to sleep last night, they just kinda hung around downstairs, I guess waiting for me to get home.

So tonight I am thankful for all the little comforts of home -- laptops with batteries so I can surf and blog from the comfort of the sofa, my own bathroom, my own clothes (instead of the rather, um, drafty hospital gown!), thankful to be able to move around without dragging around an IV pole ... just thankful to be feeling alive again and almost human!

Hopefully tomorrow I will feel up to getting back in my craft loft and making more cards. I really missed that! But I pray I NEVER AGAIN have to have general anesthesia for ANY REASON whatsoever!!!!!!!!

(Oh, and I think I'm going to call my card "business" "Stacy's Stamp Loft", and then under the place where I would sign my name, I'll put the "Soli Deo Gloria")

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Of pita chips and tulip petals

Ha! Got your attention?

So the pita chips have nothing to do with stamping or scrapping whatsoever, but I have to tell this. On Thursday there was a knock at my door and the FedEx guy delivered a package. I sent Aidan to the door, since I was busily working away in my craft loft, so I asked him who it was from, thinking maybe it was one of the several orders I had placed recently, kinda getting excited. He brought it upstairs to me and it was a whole box of PITA CHIPS!! I knew I hadn't ordered pita chips, since I'm allergic to wheat, and my guys haven't demanded any. So I was totally puzzled. Well, turns out the pita chips were from Stacy's Pita Chips company, and apparently these incredibly clever people had sent free boxes to "every Stacy we could find", in the hopes that we would either go out and buy some for ourselves (if our stores carry them), or request that the stores start carrying them. So I think this is pretty kewl, actually! I mean, I totally think this is a very clever marketing scheme. Yeah, I'll probably ask our local stores to carry them, even though I can't eat them. Bjorn and Aidan say they're pretty good. The two very best things about this whole promotion, IMHBAO (in my humble, but accurate, opinion) were 1) the box, which is black and gold and has this huge "label" on it that says "To Stacy, From Stacy". I may start using it to store the cards I make to keep! lol And the other is that they sent this big sticker that says, "Have you hugged a Stacy today?" That went up on the 'fridge immediately! Love these people, even if I can't eat their chips!

So on to the tulip petals. Bjorn brought me home a bouquet of tulips on Monday, because I was having a very crabby and grumpy day (sweet guy!). Well, by yesterday they were starting to droop pretty significantly, so I thought Hey! I can try out the Smashed Petals technique with these petals! (I have done this only one other time, with pansies. Pansies work great, but, boy is it hard to smash a flower with a face!) So I pulled of a bowl full of petals (while one of my cats, Mokii, thought I was getting her a treat, since this was the same kind of bowl she gets her moist food in) and went upstairs. I took one of the petals, laid it on white cardstock, covered it with wax paper and one of those little black square eyelet-setting mats (I couldn't find our rubber mallet), and whammed away with the hammer. After several blows I decided the thing had to be total mush by now, so I pulled everything away. Well, there was petal-pigment AROUND the petal, but where the petal had been was nothing! So I tried again. Several times. I even tried just applying the hammer directly without the mat. Same effect. So I realized that tulip petals are too waxy to really work with this technique. I did get kind-of a cool abstract effect, but I don't think it's anything I can really work with.

Other musings for the day:
I think I'm embellishment-challenged. No, actually, I KNOW I am. I have the hardest time trying to decide what kind of embellie to put on a card, or even if I need one at all. I don't know if this is related to the fact that I am also home-decoratingly challenged, or if it's a separate brain-failure, but it is beginning to drive me crazy. If I'm gonna start selling these darned cards, I think I need them to be PERFECT, okay? Gotta attract folks, right? So I have got to figure out a way to get past this. I do think I will make a bunch of fairly simple, straightforward cards, too, but I'm having so much fun with my Technique-ful cards that they seem to be all I want to do for now. So, embellies ... HELP GOD!!!

And speaking of God, I think I've come up with a name for my card-making "business" -- Soli Deo Gloria [something -- Creations or Designs or something like that]. It means "To the Glory of God Alone", and it's the motto for my son's school. I like it, since I figure He's the one who has given me the talent, He's the one who gives me the ideas, and so He's the one who should get the credit. Anyway, now I have to design a "logo" that I can have made into a rubber stamp for the back of the cards. And I need to branch out and not make JUST cards, too, if I'm going to make this work. In some ways this idea of selling them scares me to death ... the whole thing with craft fairs, etc. I could sell my non-SU cards anywhere, but SU is VERY picky about where you can sell things you make with their stamps. No permanent retail facilities (unless it was something like a temporary craft fair at a mall), no online stores, pretty much basically just through craft fairs and the "temporary set up" kind of deals. So I've got to just get over it and go out there and do it. I have a stamp from ClubStamp that says, "How will you know if you don't try?" So I may have that tattooed on my right hand so I can see it every day! lol

Well, I guess I need to go do something that will look useful to Bjorn. It's Saturday, and I feel like I'm under scrutiny (which I'm probably not at all). Maybe I'll do laundry. That's easy, and it looks like you've done something!