Today’s Challenge…

…is to find something my husband cannot do.  By profession, he’s an electrician and a real estate broker.  We figure if people aren’t selling or buying houses, they’ll be fixing them up, so either way, we have work.  By calling, he’s a minister.  He spent years teaching in prisons in the Virginia/West Virginia area, founded and served as director of a Bible training center in the area, and pastored a local church for over 20 years.  Right now, he’s on sabbatical from pulpit ministry and is writing several books.  In his spare time, he enjoys cycling (leg-powered, not motor) and teaches indoor cycling classes at the gym.  Of course, he’s a dad and husband, so those two occupations take up a huge amount of time.

Early in our marriage, Mike went to an auction and bought an old computer.  This was in the mid-1980s, and it was old then, so today it would be a dinosaur.  The computer was in a box of other “stuff” that he wanted, and didn’t work.  So, of course, he took it apart and realized there’s really not that much to a computer.  From that day on, he was never slow to tear a computer apart to work on it or make it better, faster and stronger.  In fact, he helped the boys build their own computers from start to finish for part of their school curriculum when they were about 7 and 9.  (Homeschooling rocks!)  He was the computer expert in the house for years, but as the boys got older, we began dividing the expertise among the four of us.  It’s interesting that each of us has knowledge in different areas.  It made my day when Mike asked me, “How do I get back that paragraph I just deleted?”

So when my stamp room kept flooding and we realized it wasn’t from rain, none of us even thought about calling a repairman.  (Did I mention he’s also certified to do something HVAC related, and Jon wants to add HVAC tech work to our electrical business?)  Last night he ripped the furnace apart, found the problem and fixed it.  It was lovely to wake up to a dry stamp room this morning!  The boys and I have challenged ourselves to find something the man can’t do.  So far, I’m kind of stumped.

Speaking of stumps, a lot of old trees on one of the main streets in our town are being cut down.  I think they were messing up the sidewalks, and new trees will be planted, but, wow – it looks really funny to have them gone.  And it’s a little sad, too, because they were about 80 years old.  So here’s one that can’t be cut down!

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Stamp sets: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink:  Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso stampin’ write markers; Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy classic; Paper:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals Ivory, Night of Navy card stock; Other:  Big Shot, Stripes embossing folder, Designer Frames embossing folder, modern label punch, decorative label punch, word window punch, Cherry Cobbler/white baker’s twine, 1/16″ circle punch, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, vintage trinkets, stamping dimensionals, Square Lattice embossing folder, brayer, sponge, blender pen 

I got new stamping supplies the other day.  And the best thing?  They were all FREE!!!  So I wanted to use some new products on this card.  The plaid background is our new Stripes embossing folder.  Janine Tinklenberg (aka “Jan Tink”) demonstrated this technique at the recent Stampin’ Up!® convention.  You ink the inside of the folder, run your card stock through, ink it again, turn the card stock 90 degrees and run it through again.  Cool, huh?  After I had the plaid and Night of Navy pieces together, I ran them through again with the Square Lattice folder.

The tree is stamped on Naturals Ivory card stock.  I inked the stamp with markers, then blended it a little with a blender pen after stamping.  As a final touch, I ran it through my Big Shot with one of the Designer Frames embossing folders, then sponged a little ink on the frame and cut it out.

The Old Olive frame around the Modern Label punch is the Decorative Label punch.  I just trimmed it a little.

I finished my swaps at about 2:30 a.m., so I’m off to the post office.  When they start coming back, I’ll show you a picture of mine as well as those from my super talented friends!

Have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by.

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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1 Response to Today’s Challenge…

  1. Marsha Reed says:

    I love that stamp set! Sigh… now I’m going to have to buy even more so I can CASE this very neat card. You are an inspiration!


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