My Wesley is working this summer at a local grocery store – which is really bad for our food budget. He sees all the cool stuff people buy and, of course, they tell him how good it is, and then he wants to add it to the household grocery list. Today’s item was Chobani Greek Yogurt. Maybe I’m just cheap, but I don’t think it’s really worth the price – which is two times as much as the less expensive yogurt. It’s kind of chalky, I think, but maybe I just have an unschooled palate. It is a little creamier, though, and thicker.
Something else I found out today. For several weeks, the store has had a “Support our troops” campaign, and they ask shoppers if they’d like to donate $1 to the Wounded Warriors Foundation. I think it’s a great idea; if 50,000 people each give $1, it raises a lot of money but doesn’t feel like a sacrifice to any one person. Well, Wesley was ahead in the “fundraising” efforts yesterday. I think it ends today, so we’ll see how he did. I don’t know how the rest of the town’s population feels, but personally, I find it difficult to say no to Wesley or Jonathan. They don’t really ask for a lot, and they have this way of asking that makes you really want to give them things. Great trait, that! Now I understand why they always seem to have money but we don’t.
One way I save money is to “make my own” products from Stampin’ Up! supplies. There’s a very popular glitter glue that crafters like, but we don’t sell it. And although I don’t mind if other people use non-Stampin’ Up! supplies, I don’t want to buy them. So it’s kind of a creative challenge for me to see how to duplicate other products with what I have.
One of the techniques I found the other day was painting with the glitter glue. You stamp an image, then color it with the glue. I took a little bit of crystal effects and mixed it with some of our fine cosmo glitter.
Stamp sets: Messages for Mom, Four Frames (available in July 2011), Flower Fest; Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive classic; Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose stampin’ write markers; Paper: Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White card stock; Other: Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, fine cosmo glitter, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, stampin’ dimensionals, mini glue dots, Rich Razzleberry grosgrain, crystal effects, decorative label punch, 1-3/4″ x 7/8″ oval punch; small watercolor brush (retired)
I like the way it turned out. The next time, I’ll use a little more glitter, I think. So here’s how I did this card.
First, I colored the depressed areas of the elegant bouquet embossing folder with markers. This was supposed to color the entire embossed part when it went through the Big Shot, but it just colored an outline. I’m thinking I need to read the directions again, but to fix it, I used markers and colored the images after they were embossed. Then I added a drop of crystal effects and a pinch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter over each of the Rich Razzleberry flower centers.
For the butterfly, flowers and leaves, I inked the stamps with Rich Razzleberry and Regal Rose markers (Old Olive classic for the leaves), then blended the outline into the image with an aqua painter. Then I painted the images with the glitter/crystal effects mixture. Easy – and done — except for the drying part, which didn’t take very long since I only had a thin layer of the glitter/glue mixture.
I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I’m going to make some strawberry lemonade, I think. We had coupons for free samples of the ones at McDonald’s, and they were very good. But now I’m hooked.