Today was, "Hey, let's see what we can accomplish while everyone's gone!" day. I got to practice really well, I caught up on a little paper work and I played with different stamping projects. I was talking with a friend about stamping on candles, and I made this one (above) to show her. I used the "Charming" stamp set with Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise markers. I like the way the top piece came out. The candle was old and a little mottled. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be like that or if age did it. At any rate, the sides didn't look as nice as the top.
I also wanted to play with my new downloads from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Several of the designer papers, some embellishments and stamp brush sets will be available on Jan. 4. I showed you one yesterday; here's another one –
This is the "Hugs & Kisses" digital suite, and it's really hybrid. It uses digital stamps and designer paper and "live" punches, seam binding, brads and rub-ons. I created the top layer (with the "LOVE" paper and XOXO image) with My Digital Studio. I also had added a Rose Red grosgrain ribbon and a Basic Gray punched piece with digital brads and heart, just like the image above. BUT – I decided after I printed it that I'd like some "real" embellishments. So I punched the modern label from Basic Gray card stock and layered it over the digital one. Then I added heart rub-ons from the "Love Impressions" set from the Occasions mini, or brads, depending on the card, and a punched heart with an "XO" rub-on (also from the "Love Impressions" set). Finally, I cut slits beside the "Hugs & Kisses" digital stamp for Rose Red seam binding. Then I layered it to Basic Gray and Rose Red card stock.
Finally – I got a CD in the mail the other day with some sample choral music. I don't have a choir any more, so, instead of being generous and giving it away, I decided to play with it. Look what my Big Shot can do!!!!
I used the Scallop Circle die to cut it. Then I thought….I wonder if I can emboss it? YES! But (big, huge "but" here….) I don't recommend it. It was very tight – even with no tabs – and I was afraid it was going to break my Big Shot. But it was already halfway through before I could tell it was very tight, so it was kind of late to back out. I love the way it looks, though – and now I just need ideas on what to do with it! So feel free to send me your ideas.
The man is back and ready to head out, so I'd better get off here. Thanks for stopping by!