Clean & Simple and Fast & Fabulous

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Now that I've been home for 24 hours and am completely unpacked, I'm starting to settle back into a routine.  Mike & I ran errands most of yesterday.  We were so excited to have everything caught up, and then realized when we got home that we had forgotten about half the stuff we needed to do.  So I guess I'll run around this afternoon after I get paper cut for the workshop tomorrow. 

I have to say that the boys did a wonderful job of keeping the house together while we were gone, especially considering they're, well – boys.  When we had our "Basic Living Skills 101" class, I taught them to cook and clean, and Mike taught them cool stuff – like how to change oil and brakes and fix things around the house.  I'm sure "wipe off the stove and counter tops after preparing food" was part of the instruction, but I'm thinking we need to go back over that!  Considering that they were working every day, though, they did a great job, and a few crumbs on the counters aren't a big deal.  Plus we have a nice stack of firewood, and the office roof has been cleaned, sealed and painted.  

Fast_and_fab_blue_white This card started out as something completely different!  I was going to make a "tiled card" with my paper cutter/scoring blade.  It looked really cute – but just didn't work out for this project.   So after much dithering, I decided clean and simple was the way to go.  Blue and white is such a clean color combination anyway. 

It's pretty straight forward.  It has lots of my favorite elements – like the square lattice embossing folder, the organza ribbon and the "white on white" design.  Oh, and did I mention free stamps???  Both sets used on the card are Hostess sets.  With a $150 workshop, you earn a Level 1 set; at $300, you can select a Level 2 instead if you want.  If your workshop totals are $400 (or more), you can have both sets free. 

Here's the complete supply list.
Stamp sets:  Fast & Fabulous (Level 2), Silhouette Sentiments (Level 1)
Ink:  Night of Navy, Marina Mist classic; Old Olive stampin' write marker
Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Marina Mist card stock
Other:  Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, blender pen, organza ribbon, jumbo brads (5/16"), 1 1/4" square punch, stampin' dimensionals

I usually order clear mount stamps now, since they're a little less expensive and they don't fall down whenever anyone moves my stamp cart.  (My wood mount stamps are stacked precariously, and the guys around here haven't figured out how to move the cart without dumping at least two sets.)  You know you've used the clear mount too much when you pick up a wood mount stamp and look at it for a second or two, wondering how to mount it to an acrylic block.  *sigh* 

Maybe tomorrow I'll show you another workshop card (as I promised yesterday).  I just really liked this one and wanted to show it off right away. 

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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