When I woke up this morning, it felt a little chilly, but it was colder last night than normal, so I didn’t think much about it. And then Mike mentioned that it was only 67 degrees in the house, yet the furnace was set a little higher than that. Something’s up with the furnace. I think Mike explained it, but when he talks about electrical or HVAC stuff or I talk about stamping or classical music, the other one hears, “Wah, wah, wah, wah….” You know – like the teacher on the Charlie Brown cartoons. Whatever it is, he worked on it today, but it’s still out, so he’s going to finish it tomorrow.
What that means is he also cleaned the chimney and cleaned out the woodstove so we can burn wood to save money and stay warm. I love using wood heat; it warms you to the bone. The boys, however, are running around in tank tops and shorts (at least the one who was home earlier was). Their domain is in the same room as the woodstove, so I know they’re going to be warm tomorrow. It does get a bit toasty down there!
Since Mike was working in the furnace room, I stayed upstairs out of the way, so I just finished this card. It was inspired by two people. First, Bonnie Thurber, who works in Stampin’ Up!’s training department, showed how to use the lace border punch to make a stencil. Also, we have an “Artisan Award” contest each year, and demonstrators send in their very best work for prizes and recognition. One of the winners this year is Jennifer Picard from British Columbia. One of her projects had a heart covered with punched flowers, and I loved it so much, I borrowed the idea. Here’s my card –
I love the idea of using punched images as stencils; we did this with the ornament punch at a recent technique class. And the lace border punch is so delicate and pretty – especially when paired with the Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz.
After I die cut the smallest and largest hearts, I embossed the Early Espresso one with the Petals-a-plenty embossing folder, then spritzed it with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. I glued the tiny flower petals on the smallest (Very Vanilla) heart, then spritzed them with Vanilla Shimmer before adding my own concoction of Blushing Bride Dazzling Details (2 drops refill/bottle). You can’t see it really well, but the Very Vanilla heart is layered to a Perfect Plum heart. That was punched with the full heart punch, which is a tiny bit bigger than the heart frame.
As a final touch, I added one Blushing Bride petal with a pearl and some crochet trim. It’s very shimmery! I’m going to add a few more details to the flower petals and reglue the corner that’s sticking up. (It’s amazing what you see in photos that you don’t see “in real life!”)
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