What a productive weekend! Did you have a good Memorial Day weekend? Before I explain what I did, I wanted to talk about what this holiday is all about. Unfortunately, like many holidays to honor our nation’s heroes, it has become simply a 3-day weekend commercialized with retailer sales and promotions. Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor all of those who have served our country or are in service right now. Freedom isn’t free and what these men and women sacrifice is unparalleled in any civilian job. Thank you to all of our service-people!!
Here are a few more things about the weekend we just had: it’s unofficially summer-time now; we can wear white shoes and white handbags; and yesterday Depeche Mode celebrated their 30th anniversary! We’ve seen a lot of 30th anniversaries so far this year – 1980 was a very memorable year: the Mt. St. Helens volcano eruption, the Ian Curtis tragedy, Pac-Man, Depeche Mode… and a number of future 30th anniversary dates are sure to be celebrated this year.
On Friday I watched a video an Australian woman added to YouTube and learned how to use my Pearl Ex powders. I was so happy to finally use them! They were given to me as a birthday gift – something I had wished to try – but hadn’t figured out how exactly to use them. I need to pick up some Gum Arabic so I can mix the powder with it and apply it wet next time. Here is the pretty card I made with Pearl Ex. I mounted the stamped black paper onto shimmery mint green cardstock. I wish the picture picked up the shimmery flecks of color on the stamped images:
I also made this card with the Punch-Ins technique. It’s a simple card, and I am happy with the way it came together:
On Saturday I figured it was high time I use the embellishments, used post cards, stickers, and other items I forget to use. In January, I received Copic markers as a belated Christmas gift and I had fun playing with them and coloring in stamped images. Well, on Saturday I finally used some of those embellishments I had made and it felt good to use what I already had on hand!
I started with this post card Nordstrom sent last September for a sale. I loved the vintage look and knew I would use this someday for something. I re-used it by turning it into three cards! Here are the “before” and “after” pictures – click an image to view a larger photo.
Then, I made these additional cards using K & Company dimensional felt stickers, Inchies I had already stamped on, and the CTMH stamped images I’d colored with Copic markers months ago. I love using shimmery card stock from Paper Zone! Click any image to make it larger – I wish I could lay the images next to each other rather than below:
Finally, when I was at the Heirloom craft show on May 15th, I made a little video of a neat idea for holding a heat tool at a safe distance. I use my heat tool for embossing and heat setting stamped images and I keep it plugged in all the time, but the long cord is all over my work space. I figured this heat tool stand would be a good solution and it looked like something that could easily be made with scrap wood at home. Here it is! I am using this tool a lot more now because it’s so much easier to use now that I don’t have to hold it.