It's still SO nice to have my craft room back in action. And I've got lots of projects planned for the next week. But I'm sure that you know as well as I do that sometimes "planned" projects have to take a back seat to "quick" projects to deal with something new that's happened.
This past Friday I had TWO of those quick project events happen. As it turns out, I could use the same stamp set for both projects, and I even made them using the same layout.
The first "event" was that my grandson's family finally found a great new place to live after their current landlords let them know that they would not be renewing the lease on the house they currently occupy.
The second was that, when I called my Sister-in-Law to find out how their recent cruise had gone, her husband answered the phone and said that she'd been sick since about five days before their cruise had ended.
I immediately thought of the stamp set, Giggle Greetings. I've had this set since it appeared in the Stampin' Up! catalog, but I'd yet to use it. I just knew it was perfect – but perfect for what? For this set of circumstances, that's what! These images present just the right thought for both events!
I made both of the central images into a square. Unfortunately, I put both in the mail before I thought to measure any of the layers. But that should be easy to figure out once you stamp the images onto the Whisper White Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. For the "chase your dreams" stamped image, I used Crumb Cake and Real Red ink for coloring the image and the same color cardstock for matting the stamped layer. For the "bowl of cherries" image, I used Real Red and Bermuda Bay, with lines of Daffodil Delight on the bowl.
Now here's the thing. For coloring both images, I used the discontinued Blendabilities. So I can tell you that I've made the decision to keep using these colors even thought they're no longer in the Stampin' Up! catalog. The main reason that I'm doing this is to get some practice using alcohol markers that are in Stampin' Up! colors. I love using Copic Markers, but I've not invested in many of them as I'm pretty much a Stampin' Up! Only kind of stamper. I really don't want to waste my time or money on too much in the way of Copics because I don't see Stampin' Up! putting them in their catalogs. But eventually I think that Stampin' Up! will have some alcohol markers, so I want some experience to help show the new products off. I need lots of practice, and the Blendabilities will help with that.
For the background for the stamped/matted images I used the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock that is just a tad smaller than the 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" cardstock base. As long as I was showing off two projects for this post, I decided to show one of the layers with the dots poking up and one with them poking down. I think both look lovely, but there is a bit of a difference. You just have to choose which side of the embossed cardstock you want to use for your projects.
Retiring Product Alert
Nothing in these projects will be retiring. The Blendabilities Alcohol Markers have already been discontinued. Love the stamp set!