One of the stamp sets that caught my eye from the beginning in the Annual Catalogue was the Touches of Texture stamp set, but I haven't been able to use it yet and that has bothered me a lot. I've reached for it many times, but for one reason or another, it hasn't quite fit in with my plans. I decided that was going to come to an end this week. I had another batch of customer thank you cards to make, so I got out a set of Note Cards and Envelopes (Whisper White) and my Touches of Texture and got to work!
(By the way, I would normally be doing a Design Team Sample for As You See It Challenges, but our blog has had a serious hack in the past week, so that we can't even access it and fixing it is beyond our capabilities. We have handed it over to the pros and are hoping that we can get it up and running again within the next week, but we really have no idea how long it will take. You've got to wonder what makes people do such destructive things! We are so sorry for the inconvenience to all our participants and hope you'll bear with us.)
I have always thought it would be an ideal set for an emboss resist collage stamping card and so I decided to use that technique, and I was inspired to by some samples in the new Holiday catalogue to go with a more fall like palette and chose Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake for one set, and Perfect Plum (!), Elegant Eggplant, and Wisteria Wonder for another set. When was the last time you used Perfect Plum? It's been awhile for me. Here's a closer look:
- The sentiment is from the B.Y.O.P. stamp set and was stamped in Early Espresso here. The snarl of alphabet letters in the center of the embossed image was also stamped in Early Espresso.
- The splatter was stamped first and I used Crumb Cake. It's one of the textures in Touches of Texture. I then took the solid flower stamp and stamped it over the alphabet center with Versamark Ink, covered it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set it with the Heat Tool.
- Using a Stamping Sponge and Delightful Dijon ink I sponged over the embossed flower starting with darker colour in the center and getting lighter as I worked my way out. You can still see the splatters and alphabet letters through the clear embossing.
- I used the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, cut in half length-wise and tied in simple knot to add a finishing touch to the card.
- This card is done the same way, just substituting the Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum for the Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Delightful Dijon, in that order.
I spent this week watching the Olympics, sorting out my new Holiday catalogue pre-order, and getting my house ready for my kids' visit in two more weeks. Each summer we try to have at least one weekend where we all get together at once and it's getting more challenging, as the families grow, to find suitable sleeping arrangements and variety of activities for everybody! But I think we've got it figured out this year. I don't know if you know it, but we have a castle! Yes, we do. We won it when our girls were almost grown out of the playhouse stage and since then it's been a glorified shed, just waiting for the grandchildren to come along. Now that they finally have, it has fallen into disrepair and needed a face lift. So my hubby got to work this week and here is the result:
It's watertight and has a proper floor and even an electric light! I think it might make a fun spot for someone to sleep in for one night at least, don't you?
We've come up with a good game for the adults to play after the little ones have gone to bed.
You can watch the video where we got the idea by clicking on this link here. (Maybe just watch the first 5 minutes. After that it starts to get a bit crude) I've ordered and received the dental lip retractors and we just have to make up some funny phrases using a lot of letters like m, b, v and p. Should be fun!
I hope your weekend will be enjoyable. I have my work cut out for me. A church group I belong to, which is looking to sponsor a refugee family, is planning a peach pie fundraiser. Our goal is 100 peach pies. I'm going to be peeling a LOT of peaches! See you Monday!
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