Hi there! Time sure does fly by quickly this time of year! I haven't been posting as regularly as I would have liked; work, family, and even pets seem to intrude from time to time and put a major hurt on my available stamping time. What's up with that?
One thing that happened since the last time I posted was that our five year-old Golden Retriever, Maxwell, was used as a "model" in a grooming competition. He certainly looked a whole lot different when my niece, Melody (the groomer) finished with him. She even used "doggy makeup" to cover up the gray on his muzzle and eyebrows! I watched the competition from a distance (so that Maxwell wouldn't see me) and it was quite an amazing experience to see so many groomers working so feverishly on so many dogs at one time. The hair was flying! Maxwell was quite a trooper through it all; I don't think he's ever stood so long at one time (more than 2 hours) and was surprisingly cooperative in spite of all the chaos around him. A tribute to the skill of the groomer, I'm sure! Here's a picture of Maxwell and Melody while they were waiting to be judged. Melody was awarded 2nd place in her division for her work on Maxwell. Way to go, Melody!
Another event that occurred was a meeting of the SASS Stamp Club this weekend. We had a great turnout and I think everyone enjoyed the projects! I'll be showing them to you in the next few posts. The first project the group made was a Get Well card using the Puns From the Past stamp set. I've had this stamp set for some time and was excited to finally put it to use. In addition, I knew that the small, antique-looking images in this set were a perfect accompaniment for the somewhat distressed look that I wanted to achieve with this card.
The Kraft card front was embossed in the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions embossing folder. Chocolate Chip Classic ink was rubbed across the raised embossing with a sponge to bring the embossed areas into relief. A small piece of Always Artichoke ribbon was knotted and attached to the bouquet branch with a Mini Glue Dot. The Kraft card front was mounted to a double mat of Really Rust and Always Artichoke. To continue the distressed theme, all the cardstock edges were sponged with their corresponding Classic ink colors and Chocolate Chip Classic for the Kraft cardstock. A small medallion of Always Artichoke and Really Rust were sponged with their corresponding Classic inks, matted, and attached to the open area of the card front with SNAIL. The coffee pot image was stamped on Very Vanilla with Chocolate Chip Classic. The image and the pun were cut out with Paper Snips. The coffee pot was adhered to the Really Rust with SNAIL. The pun edges were sponged with Chocolate Chip Classic and attached to the Really Rust with a Stampin' Dimensional just below the coffee pot.
The back flap of the envelope was also embossed in the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions embossing folder. The embossing on the envelope flap was also sponged with Chocolate Chip Classic ink.
As with the card, I put only the element to be embossed inside the embossing folder. The rest of the element was left outside the folder. When using the embossing folders in the Big Shot, there's plenty of room to turn the folder 90 degrees without running the risk of mangling the cardstock (or envelope) that is left outside the folder as the folder is run through the Big Shot. One thing to note is that the embossing image doesn't run all the way to the edge of the folder. So if you want your embossed image to continue to the score line on the card front and/or the score line on the envelope flap, you'll need to make sure that the score line is even with the edge of the embossing on the folder rather than the edge of the folder.
The SASS Stamp Club enjoyed making this card; many were surprised at how quick and easy it was to make. The Puns From the Past stamp set has a wonderful variety of charming images and corresponding quips that would lend themselves easily to a great stack of stamped cards to present to a friend or family member as a gift.
Stamps: Puns From the Past; Classic Inks: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust; Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Kraft, Really Rust, Very Vanilla; Embellishments: Always Artichoke 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Big Shot with Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other: Medium Kraft envelope