Friday, July 13, 2007


Hee hee -- got your attention, didn't I? I've been playing around with new SU paper and stamps (hence the "Wanted" -- stamp set -- and "Outlaw" -- patterned paper). I can show you one of the cards I made, but not the other, yet. I made it for my UnConvention "Roommate" (something going on in my Yahoo! "Stampin' Up! Friends" group), and I can't show it to you until I'm sure she's received it.

I've also been playing with some new CTMH stamps I bought (I have two consultants! It's awkward, but I started with one, then a customer of mine who had been thinking about joining SU under me decided to do CTMH instead, so I buy from both of them. They're both wonderful people, so I don't want to "dump" either one.) And my Stampsmith goodies. So I've been busy!

Here is one of the cards I made with my new SU stuff. I stamped "Tres Chic" on watercolor paper in Basic Black, then sprayed colorwash sprays over it. Then I took a piece of the new "Outlaw" paper and cut a star-flower shape in it with a Cut-n-Fold template (American Traditional Designs). I have to tell y'all the story of these ATD templates -- I went into Tuesday Morning a few weeks ago (if you don't know what Tuesday Morning is, it's a retail store that sells "seconds" and overstocks from other stores, and they usually have some great stuff in there), looking for a birthday present. I decided to check and see if they had any scrapping stuff in there, and they did, but it wasn't anything I really needed. I was just about to give up and move on to another aisle when I happened to spot a package of brass stencils. Turns out it was a package of several (I haven't counted how many) of the ATD Cut-n-Fold templates, and it was just $9.99!! Now, these stencils normally cost about $5-$6 apiece, and this kit has at least 8 or 9 of them, PLUS an x-acto knife AND an embossing tool (for scoring the folds). It was practically the steal of the century! I hadn't taken time to play with them, though, until my friend was over last week. Now that I know how to use them, I'm sure I'll be using them more! Another note about this card -- I've discovered that this combination of colors (Very Vanilla, Real Rust, Sage Shadow, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, or some combo thereof) is fast becoming a favorite of mine. I would never have put these rusts and browns with Sage Shadow on my own, but I love it!

The other card is a totally different mood, yet again. I used the "Finding Beauty" set from CTMH with the Tapestry technique, then mounted a Stampsmith photo stamp image over it. The "Bonjour" is from the SU "Carte Postale" set.

Today was my mother's 75th birthday. She didn't want us to make a big deal out of it, but of course how could we not? She's such an awesome, special lady! I made her a card with Shirley Temple on it (another Stampsmith photo stamp), but of course I took it over to her before I remembered to scan it. I'll try to borrow it back so I can scan it (and her Mother's Day card, too, which I promised to scan and never did!). I used the same Tapestry technique with the same stamps as the above card, but I used shades of blue and chalk inks instead of the Craft inks normally called for (except for the white, which was still Whisper White Craft). The real highlight of her day, I think, was the beautiful vase of roses she got from my second brother (I have two, both older than me). He's had a very difficult year, including a very painful divorce that was initiated by his wife of 26 years from out of the blue, and my Mom has particularly "been there" for him through it all. What made it special is that he normally doesn't even remember to call her on her birthday (or calls late in the evening), but she has been such a strong support for him that he not only remembered her birthday, but wanted to make it special. The card he sent with the roses just made us all get teary-eyed, it was so sweet about how she's always been there for him through the good times and bad. Of course, my Dad has been there for him, too, but you know how it's just a little more special with moms. Then this evening we put in a video my aunt had just sent them of some of their old home movies, from way back in the 1950s and '60s. My parents never had a movie camera, so it was so cool to see them and my grandparents when they were younger, plus my great-grandparents that I never knew were in there, and then there were shots of my oldest brother as a baby (hilarious!) and my other brother and me as children. Very brief shots of the two of us, but it was still fun to see myself in action at age 5. I had one closeup, and what did I do? Did I smile? Did I look sweet and coy? No, I just stood there staring glumly at the camera. Of course, my mom was probably ordering me to look cute (there was no sound on those old movies, so I don't know for sure, but I know my Mom!!), so I did the exact opposite. We got such a kick out of watching those fifteen minutes of family history! It was a good way to end Mom's birthday.

Okay, it's midnight, and I still have to read before going to bed (can't just go straight to sleep, you know!), so I'm off. I'll be back soon with more stamped stuff!

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