I want to thank you all for your encouraging words on our post yesterday. Please know that that in that post I was not “pointing fingers” at any one person – this was an issue I’ve been wanting to clarify for awhile now. I had such a bad day yesterday. Very emotional. When we put our old house up for sale a year ago spring, we underwent some renovations. In order to better facilitate our renovations we moved a bunch of stuff into a storage unit. Now I spent some time researching storage units and made sure that the one we picked was climate controlled and had pest-management etc. Although we intended it as only a short term measure, with the crazy year we had this past year, we never got around to clearing it out. My husband is off on a MULA this week (mandatory unpaid leave – a cost cutting measure his company implemented) so he decided to clear out the storage unit. Imagine my dismay when the first box he opened up – a box of shoes – was filled with mould. A couple of those pairs of shoes were shoes that had belonged to my mother who passed away 10 1/2 years ago, which I had kept for sentimental reasons (my mom had a thing for shoes – we used to tease her that if she kept it up her collection would rival Imelda Marcos’ legendary shoe collection). That of course sent me into a panic because I had a couple of boxes of bedding with down-filled pillow cases and down duvets that my grandmother (who passed away this past March) had MADE by hand. She sewed the fabric and stuffed them with down herself. When we opened up those boxes, I pretty much collapsed in tears – you guessed it – several of the pillows had mould on them, and the duvets stunk. I was angry and feeling guilty at the same time. Why in heaven’s name did we leave THOSE things there – I should have taken them out of storage right away after the renovations were done. Hindsight is 20-20 of course and it’s not like I can go back. Unfortunately the pillows with mould we have to throw away, but we’re hoping that if we send the duvets to the dry cleaners they’ll be okay. So there you have it….more drama in the Walford household *lol*…or is it *COL* (cry out loud?)!
Today I wanted to share with you a fun & whimsical card I created using Stampin’ Up!’s Circle Circus stamp set and a variety of circle punches. In the video below, in addition to showing you how I made the card, I also show you how I “faux thread” my buttons.
Here’s how I made my card:
Take a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White CS and sponge the edges using Chocolate Chip Classic ink and a wedge of Stamping Sponge.
Stamp the tree image from Season of Friendship onto the Whisper White CS piece in Chocolate Chip Classic ink.
Stamp the “grateful” greeting from Stampin’ Up!’s new Falling Leaves stamp set in the bottom right corner of the Whisper White CS using Chocolate Chip Classic ink.
Mat the Whisper White CS piece onto a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece of Chocolate Chip CS. Mount the Chocolate Chip CS piece to a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ More Mustard card front (created by folding a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of More Mustard CS in half using a bone folder). Set aside for a moment.
You will now need the Circle Circus stamp set, the following ink colors: More Mustard, Ruby red, Pumpkin Pie Classic inks, scraps of CS in coordinating colors, and the following punches: 1 3/8″ circle punch, 1 1/4″ circle punch, 1″ circle punch, 3/4″ circle punch and 1/2″ circle punch.
Stamp a variety of circles in each color onto the coordinating color of CS. Punch out the circles with the above listed punches. You want to create a variety of sizes.
Stick the circles onto the tree using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Take two Pumpkin pie buttons from the Sherbet designer button collection, two More Mustard buttons from the Playground designer button collection and one Rose Red button from the Fresh Favorites II button collection.
“Faux” thread the buttons using coordinating slivers of CS (see video for clarification). Stick the buttons to the trees using Mini Glue dots. You’re done!
By the way, I just wanted to remind you all about our “Secret Comment Patrol” in case you guys have forgotten. For those of you that may be new to my blog I’ll take a minute to explain what the “Secret Comment Patrol” is. Basically it is my way of saying thank you to all of you that not only take the time to visit my blog – but who take the few extra minutes to leave me a comment. I absolutely LOVE reading all your comments, and through your comments getting to know you better. Whenever I’m having a bad day or a “down” day, I’ll read through my comments as a “pick-me-up” *lol*. Every so often - at least once a month, sometimes more – I draw names from those that have left comments – if your name is drawn then you are a “Secret Comment Patrol” Winner and you get to choose any one of my stamp or scrapbook classes by email OR my class planner versions for Stampin’ Up! Demos. All you have to do to be entered is to leave a comment on a post. Every comment you leave gets you one “ticket” – so those of you that leave comments on a regular basis have a much greater chance of winning. Now I just thought I’d bring this up again because I’m over-due in announcing Secret Comment Patrol winners, so you’ll be seeing some names soon *hint, hint*.
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Stamps: Falling Leaves (115368), Circle Circus (115778), Season of Friendship (111776)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie CS (105117), Ruby Red CS (102030), More Mustard CS (100946), Whisper White CS (100730)
Ink: More Mustard Classic ink (103162), Ruby Red Classic ink (102259), Pumpkin Pie Classic ink (105216), Chocolate Chip Classic ink (100908)
Accessories: Stamping Sponges (101610), Snail adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), 1 3/8″ circle punch (104401), 1 1/4″ circle punch (104403), 1″ circle punch (109046), 3/4″ circle punch (107217), 1/2″ circle punch (104390), Playground Designer Buttons (116313), Sherbet Designer Buttons (116312), Fresh Favorites II buttons (107422), Mini Glue dots (103683)