Sunday, April 26, 2009

Simple Frienship at Last

Oh, I must share that I've had the best weekend! I got to stamp, scrapbook, shop, read and relax, all in one weekend! WOW!

Yesterday, I was playing with a new stamp set I received, Simple Friendship. I had my eye on this stamp set for quite some time, but just hadn't gotten around to ordering it. Now, I'm wondering what took me so long. I absolutely adore the butterfly in this stamp set. I was anxious to use it, so I mounted that baby and stamped! Hum, it wasn't a nice solid image, so I inked it up again and .. hum, still not a nice solid image. So, I pulled out my sanding block and rubbed it over the stamp a few times. Then I cleaned it (oh and in case you are wondering, I did clean it before I sanded it) and tried again .. ah -- perfection! Has that ever happened to you? Sometimes there is a residue left on those bold image stamps that prevents a good clean image, so all you have to do is sand the stamp just a little bit and it works wonderfully! I also had so much fun creating the background for this card. I used the small flower lined image and stamped it using three different colors - Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise. Yeah, I know - who would have thought Tempting Turquoise. But, boy, it really looks great with those colors!! The scallop was made with the Scallop Circle #2 die and the circles were made using the Circle Scissors Plus. As you can image, my table was covered with everything during this creating process! Lastly, did you notice the frayed edge on the ribbon? I actually did that on purpose - ha!!! I used one of my favorite tools - the Paper Piercer to pick off the ends and fray it.

I had a blast playing and creating this weekend - I'm glad I can share my goodies with you!

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