Hello. I am running so late tonight, and can barely keep my eyes open. Well heck no wonder, it is almost 2am. I must be nuts. My silly daughter slept in today until 12:00pm, so I couldn't get her off the computer to go to bed until way past her bedtime. Thank heavens she doesn't have school on Monday. Anyways, after I got her to bed, I was checking out my favorite blogs, and lost track of time. Better late than never, I guess.
I bought a stamp from the Archiver's dollar spot a while ago, and had not used it yet, so I decided to play around with it yesterday. It is one of those acrylic stamps (which I am not particularly fond of), but have a few, because the designs were just too cute not to buy. I am sure you know how that is, right? It is made by a company called Autumn Leaves. Since it is acrylic, it would not hold onto my Stampin Up Classic ink. It wouldn't even hold onto my SU Craft Pigment ink. So, I had to trick it by first stamping it onto a Versamark Pad, then taking my little sponge daubers and dabbing the ink colors onto the places where I wanted them. Then, while the ink was still wet, I added some clear embossing powder and heat set it. It took a lot of time and patience.
After that, I decided to try out my very first Nestibilities diecut/embossing shapes. I got the large scalloped ovals (40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby), and used them in my Cuttlebug Machine. Not realizing that in order to emboss as well as cut, I needed to have some special embossing mat. Duh!!!! So, not wanting to wait, I embossed them the old fashioned way, with a stylus. Me no likey that method anymore! My Cuttlebug dry embossing folders have me extremely spoiled! So, being out of patience, I set it aside after that and didn't come back to it until Sunday evening. This is when I put it together in the form that you see above. Now, I am still not too good with bows (I need to watch a few tutorials over and over), so please do not ask me how I made that bow. I don't mean to be rude, but I am just not sure that I could repeat it, nor do I want to. That thing took me a lo..................ng time. I am thinking that I may have to frame that card in a shadow box, so nothing will ever happen to it. It took me far too long to put into the mail. Ever had one of those days? Anyways, the punched border at the bottom was made with a Fiskers border punch. The little blings in the scallops came from Michael's, along with the pretty sparkly ribbon. They had Halloween ribbon on sale dirt cheap this past week. I picked up two other colors as well, which you can see in the photo below. Isn't it gorgeous, I love fall colors, especially when they have some sparkle. Oh, I forgot to mention that the sparkle brad on the bow is from Stampin Up, along with all of the cardstock used, and both scalloped ovals are popped up with foam dimentionals. Well, I can no longer keep my eyes open, so I will sign off for tonight. Take care, and stay healthy. Lisa