Well helloooooooo! I usually post more frequently, folks. I don’t quite know what happened. A couple of developments in the past few weeks have gotten me out of my routine somewhat. It’s all good – the performance of my play went spectacularly and thanks to all the talented folks involved, I have some great ideas to now expand a short one act into a full length play. So grateful for that. This means reorganizing some of my crafting commitments, hopefully working more efficiently, and religiously writing.
A big birthday also passed for me this last Saturday – I turned the big FOUR OH! Thank goodness I don’t have any major issues (at least I think I don’t) about that number. Aside from a few aches and pains, life just keeps getting better as the years pass. Hubbie made the day unforgettable – he started the day by bringing me espresso and the newspaper in bed, as well as a gorgeous necklace! We cleaned for much of the day since his parents were to visit on Sunday. But we finished off the day at McCormick and Schmick’s for dinner. I had never been there before, but I am now a big fan – every element in that meal was to die for! The best thing about the day, though, was simply getting to spend it in entirety with my guy. We joke that we won’t have any issues during retirement because we are absolutely content spending 24/7 together. If it turns out well, I believe my next layout at Sizzix will be all about this ever loving and lovable guy. A couple of other things going on, too, but I won’t bore you with them just yet 🙂
Next item of the day, a little reminder for those of you who use Google Reader. Have y’all switched over all your blog lists from google to another service? If you haven’t yet, do it soon, because before you know it, Google Reader will be gone. Some folks have turned on to Bloglovin’. I also am very happy with the interface on Feedly. Don’t worry – it’s easy. These services will import the blogs you follow through Google with just a few clicks.
Projects projects! Pictures! I have a few papercrafted projects that are in progress, but for today I have a card project to share that I recently made with Core’dinations Cardstock! My first DT box was HUMONGOUS! A crafter’s dream. This card features lovely “Gemstones” Colorcore Cardstock that came in the perfect size for cardmakers – 4.25 in x 5.5 in. Each sheet has a pretty pearlescent sheen.
Core’dinations and Sizzix – what a pair! For this flowers, I used a Sizzix die that I’ve been “exploiting,” lol! Getting such great use out of the bloom die, and especially the varied leaf shapes.
I also used the Colorcore Cardstock with a new Sizzix embossing folder from their “Moroccan” style collection, sanding away the raised surface to take advantage of the capabilities of Core.
The result is a nice combination of pearlized surfaces and matte surfaces. Love that folder.
That’s all for now, folks. I shall groom my hairy cocker spaniel now and then try to get my craft on!
Gemstones ColorCore (4.25 in x 5.5 in) – Sapphire,Rose Quartz, and Opal
Sizzix – “Moroccan” Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Flower Bloom w/ Leaves 3-D Sizzlit, Big Shot Machine
Hampton Art – “Abundance” Stamp Set IC148
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Tsukineko – Stazon Ink
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Metallic String Iridescent