Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Window Die

Had a busy day yesterday.  Made dinner for Nikki & Evan and dropped it off at their place.  While we were out that way, we stopped at Clipper Street Scrapbooking because they just got in their shipment of Memory Box dies.  Oh, I love these dies!!  I have a few already that I ordered on-line from Simon Says.  After checking the prices, I decided I was better off ordering them on-line ... even though these dies were being shipped from the US to Canada, they were still a lot cheaper to buy on-line and have them delivered right to my door.  So I bought just one, the small Madison window, that has been out of stock at Simon Says for quite some time.  Then we stopped at Opus (Art supplies) because Jer wanted to pick up a 3'x4' canvas and some paint.  Now that he has an art space to work in ... he's ready to get creative! :)

Just a quick note about dinner last night.  I made the same dinner for all of us, but a different dessert for Evan and Nikki because of Nikki's diet of gluten-free and dairy-free.  Dinner was:  Raspberry-Balsamic Chicken, Wild Rice, and Caesar Salad.  Dessert for the kids:  Flourless Chocolate Cake with Coconut Sorbet and Raspberry Sauce ... dessert for us, Caramel Brownies.  I don't make brownies from scratch anymore ... Costco sells the best brownie mix from Ghiradelli ... so I used that, but I placed a layer of soft caramel in the center of the brownies.  I had to bake the brownies longer than the directions called for, but they were incredibly delicious and decadent.  

On to the card for today ... I used my new Madison window die.  I followed the directions from "sleepyinseattle" at SCS on how she "stained" the window to look like aged wood - love the look!  Hope you like.

"Just for You"

Stamps:  Just Believe - sentiment (SU!); unknown (lamp)
Paper:  Natural White, Whisper White, Old Olive, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette DP (SU!)
Ink:  So Saffron, Sahara Sand, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Small Madison window die (Memory Box), Little Leaves die (Sizzix), Big Shot, Itty Bitty punch, stylus, mat pad, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponges, half pearls, glue, and dimensionals

I ran the window die through my Big Shot with Whisper White cardstock.  I swiped my ink pads across the die (in one direction like woodgrain), first Sahara Sand, then More Mustard and finally with Early Espresso.  I dry-fit the window onto the card front so I could figure out the placement for the sentiment.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to help position the sentiment and stamped it in Early Espresso ink.  I set the window aside.

I lightly sponged So Saffron covering another small piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the lamp in Basic Black ink (I used the stem of a martini glass for the base and an up-side down clay pot for the shade).  I stamped the "shade" onto a small piece of So Saffron cardstock in black ink and cut it out.  I glued the shade on to lamp stamping.  I positioned the lamp background behind the window and glued it in place.

I ran the Little Leaves die through my Big Shot twice with Old Olive cardstock.  I sponged the edges and stem of the leaves with more Old Olive ink to give the leaves depth.  I attached them to the bottom of the window.

I punch the small flower six times from Pink Pirouette DP.  I sponged the edges with Regal Rose ink to give the flower some depth.  I placed one flower at a time on top of my soft sponge mat and used the stylus to gently pushing around the middle of the flower so that it formed a cup-shape.  I repeated with each flower and placed a half-pearl in each flower center.  I glued the flowers onto the leaf sprigs.

I mounted the finished window onto a card base of Natural White cardstock, popping it up with dimensionals to add depth.

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