Thursday, March 3, 2011

no farting allowed

Hi there!  I hope you all had a wonderful day.   We are crazy busy here but, things will be calming down after this weekend.  Thank goodness! 

Today I wanted to show you a card made with my current favorite set, Nature Walk out of the Occasions Mini Catalog. 

Nature Walk  121925 wood mount   $25.95     121997  clear mount $18.95

I really like all the stamps in this set except, the cage.  Tell me, what does a cage have to do with walking through nature?  And its not in porportion to anything.  I know, I know, I'm just being picky. 

I do love this set............except the cage.

Here is one of the cards I've made with it so far:

Nature Walk set (Occasions mini) and itty bitty backgrounds.  Crumb cake and very vanilla cardstock.  Whisper white craft, Versamark, black Stazon, bashful blue and early espresso inks.  Early espresso satin ribbon, and clear embossing powder. 

The first thing I thought of doing with this set is the cracked glass technique.  Do you remember how to do that? 

Stamp your image, cover it with Versamark ink then, pour on the clear embossing powder and heat.  Then do that 4 or 5 more times.  When you have a thick layer of embossing  on there, throw it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. 

You don't have to actually throw it.  You know what I mean.

Then take it out and immediately bend and crack it.  If you don't like the way it cracked, you can just reheat it with the heat gun until its glassy again.  Then refreeze, recrack. 

When you have the crackling like you want, take a sponge with some ink and rub it into the cracks.  Instant aging! 

See the ribbon there?  That is 3 pieces of ribbon.  The first piece is laying flat.  Then I layered 2 loops of ribbon.  Looks pretty and kinda old fashioned. 

You can barely see the bashful blue spots on the oval.  I thought it looked a little like an egg.  So of course it needed speckles. 

Okay, I'm going to share a little homelife with you.  I have 3 kids.  If you have kids, you know how they like to make signs for their doors.  Do Not Enter......Keep Out...........No One Allowed.........etc. 

Well, my youngest decided to make a sign for her door the other day and I couldn't help but laugh. 

I find this funny for a few reasons.  Apparently there is a burping and farting problem in our house.  Or maybe its just in her room and I haven't been aware.  Either way, you better keep it in check buddy!

She is also a gracious hostess in that she wants you to have fun and is willing to share her stuffed animals and games.  She will provide refreshments on request, I'm sure. 

Then there is the "Don't Come In" part.  Maybe you need an appointment. 

So you've been warned.  If you come to my house and want to go in her room, you know the rules.  Make sure to lay off the beer and broccoli. 

Alrighty then, thanks so much for stopping by. 

Blessings, b.

1 comment:

Mary said...

Hi Beth, I love what you did with this crackling technique - the amount of blue speckles is just right; after all, they aren't polka dotted eggs are they?! Your description was enough to inspire me to want to use this technique soon. I have seen it before and read about it, but for some reason, I really understood yours so now it makes perfect sense. And I think I can handle it and have fun! But I LOVE Grace's sign - the purple writing - Concord crush? (my fave color is purple!) and the border she made...obviously she put some thought into it! And has inherited your creative skills!! Mary