20 Dec 2007

Clucker Joy...

I have been shopping and spending lots of money these past couple of days....and not on myself either - and I know that's what you were thinking.....!!

I did see so much that I wanted {*sigh}!

I have fallen behind on the challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers.

It is quite a challenge in itself to do one of these everyday!

Man, my stamp room is such a freaking cluttered mess that I always have to pick things up BEFORE I can start doing anything!! LOL!

Yesterday's challenge was a sketch challenge. You can see it here. It was a bit different being as it has 5 circles that had to stay on the rectangle. They didn't have to be circles, but there had to be five in that space.

I decided to have the word JOY with 2 images in the background. The word JOY is stamped with Papertrey Ink Trajan Monogram set in Dew Drop Pesto ink.

This whole card except for the 3 circles with J-O-Y on it (that is Papertrey Ink cardstock-FAB!), was made with Basic Grey Figgy Pudding and I am closing in on the end of my Figgy Pudding paper. I will miss it dearly (good grief). There were a lot of cards and altered items made with that was great!

My ribbon is called So-Facile and I bought it from my "sort-of-$-store" - Mrs A's General Store. She had ribbon on for .59 a roll so I bought a ton!
I actually finally figured out my nestabilites also. You would think with the proper directions that I had, I would be able to figure out the embossing on those things.

Nichole Heady over at Papertrey Ink shares some absolutely fantastic tutorials on just about everything possible in her blog {capture the moment}.

When you visit her blog, look down the left hand side and there are a passle of tutorials, including the nestabilities and HOW TO USE THEM! The one you want -well you want to read them all but the one I want you to read is called "Embossed Card Front with Nestabilities". At the bottom of that page, she tells you (me) how to use them in specific machines including Cuttlebug, which is what I have. A fantastic tutorial!

The only thing is, I could never get the nice crisp embossing that she seems to get.

Now, I did get a faint line but not what I was looking for. Nichole has a photo tutorial and she gets a beautiful embossed look. (I am sounding whiny - MOMMMMMMM!!)

Well, finally tonight I switched it up and when I went to cut the paper in the die I just placed an extra two pieces of cardstock on top of the B plate and I got it to cut and emboss very nicely.

Now, believe me, I am NOT AN EXPERT, so if you are going to try this, do it on scrap paper first. Some machines have different pressures on them and I think mine just wouldn't respond to the way Nichole does it.

So try it both ways and see what works best for you.

I put a little golden poinsetta on the "J" and that is just from some Christmas confetti that I bought to sprinkle on my white tablecloth at our Christmas dinner! The lasagna stains and that confetti will look marvellous! LOL!!

Have to go load up on more candy so I don't get cold during the winter months!!



  1. This card is beautiful,love that paper and wonderful bow.

  2. This is super...what a great job on the sketch challenge!

  3. Happy Christmas and a happy New Year, siesta!

  4. Beautiful job with this sketch! So elegant.

  5. This is so pretty! It's just one of the most decorative and elegant cards I've seen this year. I love that ribbon! WOWZER!


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