Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Crazy Card Club April 2014



                                               Crazy Card Club for April


I hope you're enjoying all the good deals going on at Stampin' Up.  I looked for updates on sold out items but did not see a post.  I do know, however, from personal experience, that the retiring dazzling diamonds have sold out...as has the raspberry ripple refill (already posted)  I was surprised to see the dazzling diamonds on the retiring list as I thought it was an SU staple.  Perhaps they'll be offering something similar in the new annual catalog.

Meanwhile, card making marches on.  This month for the 'crazies' I decided to try a technique I first saw Sandi MacIver do on You Tube.  She used a brayer and a stamp pad to ink one side of an embossing folder.  "How fun" I said.  But, oops,  no brayer.  I tried to simulate one with various things and finally just took the stamp pad to one side of my folder.  The result was somewhat "shabby chic" and I liked it - so I decided the entire card would be shabby.  Using my new handy-dandy distressing tool from Stampin Up I proceeded to rough up all the edges.  I used smoky slate as the background card stock and pink pirouette ink on the folder.  I stamped the Pleasant Poppies with Memento tuxedo black and colored them with my copics.  The happy birthday is from Itty Bitty Banners and the specks are Gorgeous Grunge.  I added a few tiny pearls here and there ... done.








Oh, I almost forgot to mention... I used white seam binding ribbon and dyed it in a wash of basic black, let it dry and pressed it smooth.  It is now pretty close to a pale grey.  Yes, ma'm, you read that correctly - I not only dyed the ribbon but ironed it too!  I know.... **GASP**.  And you thought that steam iron was just a mini-planter... so did I {grin}

That's it for today - I hope you've enjoyed your visit and will return soon.

Until then,
Big Hugs
I



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