Monday, September 16, 2013

Only One Computer!!

Writer's Block:  When your imaginary friends won't
talk to you!
Yup, that's reality around here these days.  My husband's laptop keyboard was warped.  The only way to get it fixed was to send it back to the manufacturer and you know what that means... weeks with no computer!  (I think they should give loaners.  After all, some people rely on their computers more than their cars!)

 Anyway, we're trying to share one computer and that's not all bad.  We are definitely seeing more of each other, since he has to come down to my Craft Cave to use it!  And I'm definitely getting more crafting done with my computer time limited. However, sometimes there comes a crunch - like last night!  I had a blog post to finish for today and my husband was trying to type the script I hand-wrote for our drama practise tonight!  Both urgent, must-do tasks.

To make things worse, I had writer's block.  He tried to help me figure out a topic,

"What card are you sharing today?" he asked.
"A Sympathy card," I answered.
"Oh," he replied. 

In the end, I opted for the cop out:  writing about my writer's block!  That always works!  And it's all good.

Here's my Sympathy card for Dynamic Duos Challenge #70:

  • The stamp set I used is called Love and Sympathy.  It has a great watercolour image that was perfect for this colour challenge.  The sentiment is from the same set.  
  • I inked it up using So Saffron and Pistachio Pudding Stampin' Write Markers and stamped it on Whisper White.

Here is the Challenge logo:

I really like the way this one turned out.  This is an excellent colour pairing!  My base is mostly Whisper White with a little frame of Pistachio Pudding.  Take a closer look at the flower panel:

  • I spritzed it with a mixture of 70% Alcohol and some Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz for a shimmery look and also the effect of blurring the stamped edges a bit.
  • I inked up the same image with VersaMark ink and stamped it.  I tried to get it close to matching the already stamped image, but I wasn't worried about it being exact (which is why I didn't use a Stamp-a-ma-jig) because I wanted a little blurred/shadowed edge.  I added Clear Embossing Powder and heat embossed it using the Heat Tool.
  • I then sponged on some So Saffron and Pistachio Pudding, then used a damp tissue to wipe it off the embossed areas.
  • Finally, I used the script stamp from Background Builders and randomly inked up small areas with either Pistachio Pudding or So Saffron.  I then laid the flower panel lightly on the stamp and just pressed small areas with my finger to get the script only in some areas on the panel.  I got the idea from fellow Kaleidoscope Stamper Amy Jasper here.  I LOVE Amy's work.


  • Some Pistachio Pudding 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim and some So Saffron cardstock punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch complete the image panel.
  • I really like the Clean and Simple CAS look.  I think I'm getting better at it.  What do you think?
Stamps:  Love and Sympathy (w128652; c122797); Background Builders (w129147; c129150)
Paper:  Whisper White (100730), Pistachio Pudding (130020) and So Saffron (105118) cardstock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in So Saffron (126957) and Pistachio Pudding (131177); Stampin' Write Markers in So Saffron (as part of the Subtles collection -131263) and Pistachio Pudding (as part of the new In Colour collection - 131260); VersaMark ink pad (102283)
Accessories:  3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim in Pistachio Pudding (130020); Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (109130); Vanilla Smooch Spritz (118772); 70% Alcohol; Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
Tools:  Heat Tool (129053); Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882); Stamping Sponges (101610)

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