Thank you so much for all the kind comments and get better wishes re. 'shingles'. Thankfully the rash is already clearing nicely, most probably as I went onto medication the very same day - which was a fluke as I only mentioned it during a routine appointment. The back is on the whole less painful too - getting in and out of my car is a nightmare though. Little by little is how I'm handling it - trying to keep moving seems to be key, loads of fluids and thinking happy thoughts :)
Anyhow - here's my snippets make for this week:
- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style
- a snippet of SU 'Marina Mist' card stock, embossed using a SU folder called 'Happy Heart'. Trimmed to just slightly smaller than the card front and then glued in place
- the little elephants were great fun to play with as I used the 'mirror technique' for them. The stamp set I used is called 'Love You Tons' by Lawn Fawn and it does actually come with two slightly different little elephant stamps which face one another but I wanted to do a mirror image of just one - to prove it can be done really!
- the secret is over here on Jennifer Maguire's blog and it's much easier for you to see how she did it than for me to explain
- so, I stamped both elephants onto a snippet of white card facing one another, following Jennifer's video. I used Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from the Paper Smooches 'Mirror Blocks' set, plus a little elephant from the 'Love You Tons' set. Found I had to work very fast. Jennifer recommends using VersaFine ink as it doesn't dry too quickly and I can see where she's coming from on that one!
- then coloured both elephants using a grey Pro marker before stamping a little heart above (from the same set) using SU 'Real Red' ink
- then I stamped the sentiment from the same set directly underneath the elephants and would you believe there was a teeny bit of fluff caught up on the ink pad so I ended up with a bit of a smudge - sigh :(
- not to worry, I just stamped the sentiment again onto a different piece of card and slightly rethought the card design :)
- trimmed a snippet of SU 'Real Red' card stock plus the image and the sentiment then popped them onto the red card using a tape runner rather than glue (not sure why and it was daring in itself!)
- added the image/sentiment panel to the card front using fun foam to raise the panel - finished
My card design bears more than a passing resemblance to one of Jennifer's cards on the blog post linked above - I really liked the idea of the red, white and turquoise blue together, with embossed hearts on the backing panel.
Of course you can achieve good results using just a piece of acetate and no Misti - I've done this in the past, especially for 'reflections' in water or on snow when you want to 'flip' the image. But IMHO the Mirror Block stamps and the Misti do take a lot of the 'risk' away. You get the chance to stamp over the image again totally accurately if you aren't happy with the first 'press' and the Mirror Blocks are much less likely to 'smudge' as they're made of polymer just like clear stamps rather than slippery acetate.
But there again, we always managed to cope doing it the old way didn't we? I often stop and wonder when the craft world will run out of ideas to tempt us into spending more money - not likely for a good while yet!
Lets move straight onto the weekly peek at the picks, I've kept the numbers down this week - purely as am limiting my time spent at the desk:
We had two new Playmates last week - and 57 of you came to play in total. As always, such wonderful inspiration from all of you!
Welcome to both of you and we hope you come back and play really soon!
Can you please drop me an email with your address in and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible! My email address is on the right hand side bar.
Sadly, no-one took up Penny's kind offer of tickets to the Crafting Live Show at Peterborough on 11th/12th November. But it was really kind of you to offer the tickets Pen!
A maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. Once again, I think both items work really well as a pair but if you have a burning desire for just the 'mirror blocks' stamps or the 'Love You Tons' stamps then please feel free to say and if your name pops out then I'll do a second draw for the item you don't want. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.
Mr Linky is below - please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone :)
Have a lovely week!
Parsnip (aka the little white peril) is in disgrace after doing a practice run with green eyeshadow ready for Halloween. But he sends a wave from the 'naughty corner' anyhow!