Don't know why I couldn't sign into my Blogger account, but I'm finally back in!
I have been playing around with my embossing folders lately, which have been sorely neglected. I've used a few in my card-making, but I feel like I'm not doing them justice. So when I came across some flat, silver and gold sequins at Michael's, $1.99 for a package of a gazillion, I wondered if I could run them through my Vagabond. Would they crumble under the pressure?
To my pleasant surprise, it worked! I tried just about every embossing folder I own, it was so much fun!
A few days later I wondered if alcohol inks would work on them. Another success!
Aren't they fabulous?! I love how differently the colors look on the gold as opposed to the silver, and how much they look like metal.
I went back to Michael's for more (you know, in case they quit making them, ahem), and came across some good-sized hearts, so I bought a packet. The embossing worked great on them as well!
Now I'm on a kick of embossing everything I can think of that's flat enough to glide through my Vagabond. I did some small clear bags and was very pleased with them. They're difficult to photograph, but I'll see what I can do about that and throw some photos on here.
We tore down the covering for our hot tub, but left the 4 corner pieces
for now because they’re cemented in. A summertime ivy climbs one of the
beams, and when it does I start looking forward to the time the leaves
The remnants of this year’s tomato crop. I didn’t realize tomatoes could be so tiny. And we only got one zucchini, but, man, was it tasty.
These black birds were freakin' me out! If you listen real close, one of
them sounds like a barking dog. They're also making clicking noises.
Don't know what that's all about, but, man, they sure were making a
And just as suddenly as they appeared, they were gone.
I'm not big on Halloween, but for some reason I love making Halloween cards!I started with a 3” circle punch for the white cardstock and stamped the image with this adorable Halloween Witch set by Inky Antics my daughters surprised me with for my birthday. I
used colored pencils, glitter pens (Wink of Stella), Glossy Accents on
the image, embossed the foil background and popped up the top two
layers with pop dots.
I had a tablet of the cardstock with the web
edging, which was on the long side, so I cut 2 pieces from it, one for
the front, the other for the inside. I was so happy it worked out so
well. (There is a sheen of glitter pen where I colored, but the camera
picked it up as crappy coloring, ugh.) When I make my cards I usually don’t have a set layout. I’ll pick out
a background paper or an image I want to use and go from there. One
step always inspires another.
They turned out heavier than I anticipated, which makes for more postage. So I have some different ones in the works that won't have any pop-dots. That's my intention, anyway, we'll see if I follow through.
This was made for a dear family friend who is a young 87 years old. She doodles ladies like these, so I thought she'd like this paper doll stamp by Prima. I fussy-cut her dress from printed cardstock, colored her hair with two shades of brown colored pencil and added sparkles here and there. She was too wide for my folded 8"x8" paper, so I brought part of her dress to the inside. I like how that turned out.
The bicycle card is an anniversary card, the one below it is for a friend who's having a serious procedure to help her heart pump while she's on the transplant list, and the last one is for someone who bought their first house.
I received some lovely flowers and awesome hand-made birthday cards from my family. My husband even made one! Of course the biggie was my Kindle Fire, wowie-zowie! On top of that they gave me all sorts of crafty fodder, something I always welcome.
I had a wonderful day hanging out with my sister and then my daughters (hubby wasn't up to snuff). A couple of days later I received this magnificent purse from my best friend in the whole-wide world! And the next day my brother took me to lunch, my choice!
To top it off, I opened my Facebook to over 60 birthday wishes...I didn't even know I knew that many people. I am so blessed!
It was a whirl-wind trip and I loved every minute of it! It was a long flight there and even longer on the way back. I'll post when I've had a chance to go through my photos so I can share them here. It's good to be home!
Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I post things I craft or make in the kitchen and sometimes talk about my family. I'm the mom of identical twin daughters who are all grown up now, and I've been married for well over 30 years. My life isn't very exciting, but I like it that way. Whether you are a subscriber or not, I hope I've shared something you can relate to and feel at home here in my little house out back.