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Depeche Mode LED Lamp

Depeche Mode LED Lamp
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Today, I’m featuring a very talented local (Portland, OR) artist’s work. I stumbled upon the Ardent Iron Works PDX Facebook page a few months ago and got in touch with Joel, the creative genius behind the name. I was drawn to his steampunk-ish industrial lamps and when I saw a collection of LED-lit custom signs on his page, I knew I’d just found the perfect gift for my husband!

LED Lamps Custom Made in Portland - Ardent Iron Works PDX

There’s my lamp with all of it’s cousins!

We have a mutual love for the greatest band of all time, Depeche Mode, and I thought it would be awesome to have an LED lamp made for Dale with the infamous rose from DM’s “Violator” album. When I reached out to Joel and described what I was looking for, he did some research and came back to me with a design idea. I loved it! He immediately started the work for my special gift, made from the skeleton of an EXIT sign.

LED Lamps - Ardent Iron Works PDX

In early January, Joel let me know that my Depeche Mode gift had arrived, but it was the day Portland came to a halt, due to some surprise snow. Reluctantly, I had to wait for the streets to clear before I could pick it up, and when I did get over to the Ardent Iron Works studio, I was blown away by how perfect the finished product looked!! It was so exciting to see how an idea became a physical reality, much like my greeting cards.

I was so giddy and excited to present Dale with his gift, but since it was the only gift he was going to open on his birthday, he wanted to wait for the right time so he could savor the surprise. Speaking of “savor,” I think this bacon wrapping paper looks pretty savory! A friend sent me to the link to order bacon wrapping paper from the National Pork Board and I purchased some for Dale’s birthday.

Bacon Wrapping Paper

His reaction to his birthday gift was better than I could possibly have imagined!! He was sooooo full of joy and amazed! The best thing he said was, “This is the kind of gift I was supposed to find for YOU!!” He’s so loving and thoughtful and always goes out of his way to make me feel special. Once I powered up his light and started playing the Depeche Mode Violator album, he was able to see his new LED lamp in action. There are several different settings, but the best one is the setting that causes the D, M and rose to move with the music!! It also pulses if I clap, walk across the floor or speak. Over the past week that Dale’s owned it, he’s told me that he just loves to stare at the beautiful, mesmerizing lights.

DEPECHE MODE custom LED lamp - Ardent Iron Works PDX

He loved his gift - the DM lamp made by Ardent Iron Works PDX!

I’m so happy I met Joel through his equally cool wife, Tarah Pond. He allowed me to give my husband such an original, special gift. If you’d like to purchase one of these custom lamps, there were four Depeche Mode lamps made, which means there are three left. Please get in touch with Joe through his Ardent Iron Works PDX Facebook page. I know he’ll be happy to work with you! His customer service was excellent, and I am confident we’ll be customers again.

Here’s one of his awesome Seattle Seahawks LED lamps – check out the green turf in the front!!
Seattle Seahawks LED Lamp - Ardent Iron Works PDX

There are also these very cool Oregon Ducks and RIP CITY (Blazers) lamps! He’s always happy to make a custom lamp for his clients.
Oregon Ducks LED Lamp - Ardent Iron Works PDXRIP CITY LED Lamp - Ardent Iron Works PDX
By the way, I made Joel a black and red Violator rose “thank you” card, of course! 😉

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My “Stylish Blogger Award”

My “Stylish Blogger Award”
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Recently, my friend Jayma Malme surprised me with a “Stylish Blogger Award!”

Stylish Blogger Award

Thank you so much, Jayma!!  What a fun little award to win ~ it’s my first acknowledgment for my blog and this means a lot to me.  🙂  Jayma is a friend I met through Twitter and we also connected on Facebook and face to face when I visited her in October.   She is a Close to My Heart Consultant and an avid blogger and paper-crafter.  Please take a look at her blog and poke around.  She has so many beautiful ideas shared on her site that will inspire you like she has inspired me.

Here are the rules for the recipients of this Stylish Blogger Award:

  1. Thank the person who gave it to you and link to their blog
  2. Share 8 things about yourself
  3. Share the award with 8 other “Stylish Bloggers” and share the bloggin’ love

Well, the first one was covered, so I’ll move on and try to come up with eight not-so-boring facts about myself.

1. Are you familiar with those yellow Lego-looking traction “things” embedded in the sidewalk on the corner, just before the sidewalk ends and dumps you into the street?  I can’t walk on those!  They hurt my sensitive feet, even though I always wear shoes.

2. My car license plate used to be “DEPMODE,” which is as close as I could get to “Depeche Mode” and I had a custom license plate frame made that mocked those “I’d rather be shopping at Nordstrom” frames. Mine said, “I’d rather be at a Depeche Mode concert.”

3. When I was 19, I quit my job so I could take advantage of a sweet deal on Alaska Airlines: $22 each way to San Francisco! I’d never flown before, so this was an opportunity to seize! I went with a girl friend and we had a great time.

4. When I was in the 5th grade, I broke my right hand on a gingerbread house. I didn’t know it was broken for several weeks after it happened. I just knew that it hurt to write or play hockey in gym class.

5. I had braces on my teeth for seven and a half grueling years: 5th grade until after high school graduation!

6. I LOOOOOOOOOOVE flossing and 2 things I always have with me are floss and Kleenex. I have floss in a kitchen drawer; in a drawer in the coffee table; in my car; in my purse; in my night stand; in my bathroom; at my desk in my office; and at my desk in my home office. I think this floss addiction is due to two things: seven and a half years of flossing with braces was very difficult, so it’s really easy to floss now – AND – I never want to look like the grinning cashier at Safeway with cheese and bread stuck in her teeth. I just can’t get that image out of my mind. SO GROSS.

7. I’ve had long finger nails since some time in elementary school because I loved my mom’s long nails. I have so many memories of her filing her nails and painting them. I don’t paint mine very often because I don’t like being asked if they’re fake.

8. I make and send an average of 800 cards each year and I take a picture of each one.

Here are the eight other recipients I’d like to share this Stylish Blog Award with:

Christine David – I found Christine on YouTube in 2009 because she has so many creative how-to videos.  I learned how to make some cool cards and then was happy to find she lives locally in Maple Valley.  We became fast friends and she is my Close to My Heart Consultant.

Terry Bolender – I met Terry online while looking for a local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in 2009.  When she blogs, she shares so many creative cards and ideas.  I love the cards she designs and she inspires my creativity.

Kelly Marie Alvarez – Kelly Marie is known on Twitter as her business name @LawnFawn.  She is a ray of sunshine and is just as wonderful and fun in person as she is online!  After becoming friends through Twitter, I was happy to meet her and her husband Mike in person last August.  Kelly Marie blogs daily and makes video tutorials as well as running a successful acrylic stamp business.  You can also find her work and stamps featured in various paper craft magazines such as Paper Crafts Magazine.

Angela Bodas – We started following each other and connecting on Twitter and someday, we’ll finally meet in person!  We’re both huge Depeche Mode fans and avid crafters, so we have a lot to talk about.  She has loads of creative ideas on her blog, so I hope you visit her site along with these other ladies’ blogs.

Megan Reardon – I don’t recall how I stumbled upon her blog back in 2003 or so, but Meagan’s “Not Martha” website is full of sass, attitude, creativity and great ideas.  She moved to Seattle a few years ago, so now she’s a local girl!

Becca Ludlum – Becca and I met on Twitter and I enjoy reading about her crazy boys on her blog.  She’s a great mom who shares stories of the silliness and madness that goes on in her house.  🙂

Elizabeth Caldwell – I also met Liz on Twitter and found we have music and creativity in common.  She is a freelance Surface Designer and Illustrator specializing in the stationery and gift industry.  You may recognize some of the patterns and creations she has designed!

Jen Young – I found Jen’s blog a few years ago when I was looking for ideas for cutting with my Cricut Expression machine.  She stamps, she creates cards and paper-crafts and she designs custom cuts you can use with software and your Cricut Expression machine!  She’s an Aloha girl, living the good life in Hawaii.  🙂

Oh my – how could I have left out one of my BEST friends, STACY LYNCH!?!?!?  I guess it’s because I was mainly thinking of paper-crafters, but it just feels WRONG to leave her off, because she is so creative and writes regular, excellent blog posts.  So please visit Stacy Lynch’s blog to make up for me leaving her off this list of eight… by accident.  Sorry Stac’!!!

Depeche Mode – Cards of the Universe

Depeche Mode – Cards of the Universe
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Yesterday I mentioned that now that the holidays are over, I’m going to share my Depeche Mode-related cards and other surprise items over the next few days’ posts.  After that, I’ll go back to featuring birthday, baby shower,
anniversary and other cards I’ve been making. Depeche Mode’s current album is titled Songs of the Universe, or as we fans like to say: SOTU (we turn all their songs, albums and concert tours into acronyms) and this card stemmed from the SOTU album cover. This was the only card I made like this – I wanted to make a unique SOTU card out of the larger paper pieces, using just a portion of the design. Click any image for a larger picture.

My First Depeche Mode SOTU Card

My First Depeche Mode SOTU Card

Then I spent way too much time cutting tiny little pieces of paper into tinier pieces for these cards.  I made ten in all and mailed one off before I got a picture of it with the whole group.  These cards were made for some of
my Depeche Mode fan friends:

My Depeche Mode SOTU Card
My Depeche Mode SOTU
Card

Here’s the gang of most of the cards I made – oh, and I cut out the round circle-ish shape with my Cricut Expression machine. I think it was a letter “O” in an alphabet cartridge.

My Depeche Mode SOTU Cards
My Depeche Mode SOTU
Cards

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like some of my other DM-related posts:

Cards Inspired by Depeche Mode

More Depeche Mode-Related Cards

Depeche Mode SOTU Cards

A Very Happy Birthday Card

or simply search (to the right) by blog post category and check out the posts
about Depeche Mode & Music.  Thanks for reading my blog, and may the Mode be with you!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Depeche Mode SOTU Cards

Depeche Mode SOTU Cards
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I’m a music-lover, so some of my cards reflect that.  This is a warning – if you aren’t interested in Depeche Mode, the next few days’ blog posts may bore you.  😉  I’ve been saving up some Depeche Mode cards and crafts to share when the time was right and now that the holidays are ending, I’ve decided the time is now!

After meeting many special friends face to face for the first time (we’d either met on Twitter, Facebook or met for the first time when I flew to California in October to see several Recoil shows), I was inspired to create some special cards for them.

I found a familiar photo from Depeche Mode’s Songs of the Universe album and played around with it to make eight similar cards for my friends.  I started by printing it out several times on cardstock and then I cut out several Daves (Dave Gahan, front man).  I shared this picture on Facebook as a teaser to my friends – an army of Daves!  Click any picture to make it larger.

An Army of Daves

An Army of Daves

Here are more cut-outs of the boys from Basildon:

Plural Daves, Martins and Andys!

Plural Daves, Martins and Andys!

Then I began to assemble the card and distressed the edges with a black soot ink pad to make the card look grungy. Each card had three layers, built up with double-sided foam mounting tape.

Assembling the Universe

Assembling the Universe

Next, I added the final layer – Dave with his silver wings.

Almost done!

Almost done!

I used Glossy Accents to make Dave’s sunglasses look shiny and raised up – a touch of even more dimension!

Even closer to being done!

Even closer to being done!

This shows a close-up of the layers:

Layers of Depeche Mode

Layers of Depeche Mode

I made two variations of the card.  At first, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher all had wings, but Andy’s and Martin’s wings were covered by Dave’s too much, so most of the cards ended up with only Dave getting the silver wings.  Here are two of the versions of my cards.  You’ll notice I added metal eyelets at the top to finish off the look:

Angels with Silver Wings

Angels with Silver Wings

Dave with Silver Wings

Dave with Silver Wings

Here are all eight cards in a row before I mailed them all over the universe!

My Eight Handmade SOTU Cards

My Eight Handmade SOTU Cards

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like some of my other DM-related posts:

Cards Inspired by Depeche Mode

More Depeche Mode-Related Cards

A Very Happy Birthday Card

or simply search (to the right) by blog post category and check out the posts about Depeche Mode & Music.

Thanks for reading my blog, and may the Mode be with you!   HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

More Depeche Mode-Related Cards

More Depeche Mode-Related Cards
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When I was in Las Vegas last month during my wild tour of 9 states in 16 days, I stopped at the Hard Rock Hotel to pick up some more Depeche Mode poker chips for my friends.  I bought $100 worth and sold them at face value or gave them to special friends as surprises.  I can’t just mail someone their chip in a boring envelope – you know me… I have to wrap it in a fun card!  So, I designed these cards after a t-shirt I’d made.

If you don’t listen to Depeche Mode, I’ll explain the symbolism.  On the “It’s No Good” CD single album cover, Depeche Mode used an upside down fleur-de-lis and it has become a Depeche Mode symbol.  DM has angels in a few of their videos and in the song “Precious,” the lyrics mention “angels with silver wings.”  So, the t-shirt and cards were designed from these images.

I found a fleur-de-lis and a set of angel wings at the craft store and cut the wings apart to position them where I wanted.

My Handmade Depeche Mode-Inspired Fleur de Lis Tee

My Handmade Depeche Mode-Inspired Fleur de Lis Tee

Then I found this pretty jeweled fleur-de-lis iron on for the front of my shirt!

My Custom DM Fleur de Lis Tee - front

My Custom DM Fleur de Lis Tee - front

I made 30 cards and sent them all over the world – Spain, England, Finland, the East Coast, Colorado, California…

Some of the 30 Depeche Mode Cards I Made

Some of the 30 Depeche Mode Cards I Made

I used VersaMark ink and a stamp to make the background and then used prismatic Pearl Ex powders to make them shimmer.  Using my Cricut cartridges, I cut out the paper shapes and popped the fleur-de-lis with double stick foamy tape.

Deep Plumb Depeche Mode-Inspired Card

Deep Plumb Depeche Mode-Inspired Card

This was my absolute favorite card but I only made one because the wings took too long to deal with, due to all the detail.

My Favorite Depeche Mode-Inspired Card

My Favorite Depeche Mode-Inspired Card

If you liked this blog post, you may want to check out these music related posts, as well:

Cards Inspired By Depeche Mode

Cards for Music-Lovers

A Very Happy Birthday Card

Let Me Take You on a Trip – A Tour of my DM Inspired Craft Room

Thanks for reading my post!  🙂

‘Happy Anniversary’ Cards

‘Happy Anniversary’ Cards
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No, today’s post is not all about the one year anniversary (today!) of seeing my favorite band (Depeche Mode!) for the eighth time… it’s about the anniversary cards I have made for friends and family over the last year.

Saturday was my parents’ 39th wedding anniversary and I made them a card inspired by their ocean vacation.  They went to Cannon Beach, Oregon to celebrate and they had a great time on the Coast.  Today’s blog post was inspired by my parents’ anniversary.

I was happy to have an opportunity to use my new Spellbinders ‘Sea Scape’ Impressabilities tool in my Cuttlebug.  I also used my new Spellbinders ‘From the Sea’ Shapeabilities die for the first time.
Mom and Dad's 2010 Ocean Themed Anniversary Card

Mom and Dad’s 2010 Ocean Themed Anniversary Card

Here is the card I made for them last year – I was happy to find that my Cricut cartridge had shapes that were similar to the ribbon I bought at Michael’s:
Mom and Dad's 2009 Anniversary Card Made with the Cricut

Mom and Dad’s 2009 Anniversary Card Made with the Cricut

If you see a good “Happy Anniversary” stamp somewhere, will you please let me know??  I get sick of my hand-writing sometimes and would like to have a few nice stamps with that sentiment on it.  The next few cards I made for friends and relatives last year.  I need to make three more anniversary cards this week – ’tis that season!
The background paper is actually just stamped images – I love that CTMH paisley stamp set!
Happy Anniversary Card made with CTMH paisley stamps!

Happy Anniversary Card made with CTMH paisley stamps!

Best Wishes bird themed anniversary card

Best Wishes bird themed anniversary card

CTMH Anniversary Card

CTMH Anniversary Card

It’s hard to tell, but after coloring the stamp with my ZIG markers, I used a white Souffle marker to make puffy white highlights on some of the flower petals and leaves:

Floral Anniversary Card made with the Cuttlebug

Floral Anniversary Card made with the Cuttlebug

Thanks for reading my blog!  If you’re one of the many people having a wedding anniversary this month, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and congratulations!

Cards Inspired by Depeche Mode

Cards Inspired by Depeche Mode
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It’s no secret: Depeche Mode is my favorite band of all time.  I love their synthesizer, electronic and industrial sounds; Dave and Martin’s smooth vocals; Martin L. Gore’s brilliant lyrics – oh, and they’re not a bad-looking group of chaps, either!  It’s incredible how thirty years after they formed, they are still relevant and continue to create modern sounding music enjoyed by the masses.

Through the internet and Twitter, I have connected with some other passionate fans of Depeche Mode.  I don’t know if fans of other bands are the same as Depeche Mode’s fans, but let me tell you – some of the sweetest, kindest, coolest, thoughtful and truest friends of mine are fans I met through a common love for this band.  Depeche Mode brings people together in a really beautiful way and creates very special friendships.

As someone who enjoys making cards almost as much as I love music, it was only a question of time before I blended these two hobbies together.  Today’s blog post is to showcase the Depeche Mode inspired greeting cards I have made for friends in the last year.  I wasn’t sure when to write this post because I’ll probably make some more Depeche Mode cards next week, but I’ve decided today is the day to share what I’ve made so far.

Last year I made my friend Stacy a birthday card with a Depeche Mode twist.  This is one of the first pop-up cards I made and when she opened the card, the guys from the band sort of popped up.  Click any card for a close-up picture.

blog-Stacy Lynch 2009 Birthday

blog-Stacy's 2009 Depeche Mode birthday pop-up card

The next Depeche Mode card I made was for my friend Marina.  She had been injured in a very nasty car crash and was forced to wear a neck brace as she healed.  I wanted her to feel like she belonged, so I made her a card and put little neck braces on Dave, Martin and Andy (and puffed them out with foamy adhesive).  I used this picture because they were in a car, like Marina was.  I wrote “we feel you” sort of like Anton Corbijn‘s writing which became the font used on the “Violator” album.  Then, I lightly distressed the edges by smudging black ink on them to give it a rough we’ve-been-through-an-accident look.

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Inside Marina’s card is a pop-up of lead singer Dave Gahan.  I love cleverly working in Depeche Mode lyrics and song titles whenever possible, so Depeche fans will understand the way I worded what Dave is saying.  I have an autographed Depeche Mode poster and looked at Dave Gahan’s signature as I signed his name on the card.  If you’re reading this Marina – sorry to spoil it if you thought Dave signed it himself! 😉

blog-Inside of Marina's Dave Gahan card

Recently I was in Las Vegas to take some classes for real estate agents who are pursuing their CRS designation.  A friend told me that if I went to the Hard Rock Hotel, I could check to see if they still made Depeche Mode poker chips!  Wow, what a cool piece of memorabilia to take away!  I don’t gamble and I’m not comfortable in casinos, so my friend went with me and helped me find the right person to ask for chips. They had them and they were only $5 so I bought some for a friend and myself. When I shared a picture from my phone with my friends, some of them asked if I could pick up one or two for them. I was happy to get some more for them, so I returned a few days later to get more – plus I found the unmarked black leather jacket that four of the DM band members signed, so it was well worth returning!  I made cards to accompany the chips I was mailing.

Here are the cards, inspired by the Depeche Mode single “It’s No Good” and the fleur-de-lis magnets I bought at the Paris hotel.  The cards were for Sean, Leon, Missy and Dale:

blog-Depeche Mode It's All Good Cards

Here is one of the cards with the CD single.  I thought of turning the fleur-de-lis right side up since I was saying it was all good – kind of the opposite of the single, but I decided to leave it like the CD cover.

blog-Depeche Mode It's All Good Card and CD

While in Vegas, I found the fleur-de-lis shaped as a blinged out sticker, so I had to use that in Caresa’s card!

blog-It's All Good Bling Card

When I was out-of-town, my friend Leah had a birthday and I had an idea for a belated birthday card I would make her when I returned.  She LOVES Hello Kitty and Depeche Mode, so I drew a Hello Kitty wearing a Depeche Mode t-shirt and holding a cut-out rose from the cover of the Violator album.blog-Hello Kitty Depeche Mode Birthday Card

Here is a close up of my Miss Kitty drawing:

blog-Depeche Mode Hello Kitty

I came across some really cool fleur-de-lis tiny puffy stickers!  I wanted to make Amanda a special birthday card, so I used them on it and punched out a fun shape to showcase a picture of Dave Gahan, cut out in the same shape.  The card didn’t seem finished, so I added some gold liquid embossing fluid that didn’t come out as straight and perfect as I wanted – but it’s home-made so I guess imperfections are to be expected!blog-Dave Gahan Card

Finally, this is not a card but I thought I’d share a picture of the license plate and custom frame I had on my car for several years in the 1990’s – 2000’s.  If you’ve ever seen Dave Gahan solo or Depeche Mode play in Vancouver (B.C.), Seattle or Portland (OR), you may have seen this license plate.  I aways bring it to DM shows and I had it with me when I met the band in 2005.

My Depeche Mode "DEPMODE" license plate

My Depeche Mode “DEPMODE” license plate

Stacy and I met Depeche Mode in 2005!

Stacy and I met Depeche Mode in 2005!

Thanks for reading my post or at least looking at the cards – I appreciate all my readers!  If you have any comments, I’d love to hear from you.  🙂  VIVA DEPECHE!!

Memorial Day Weekend Card-Making

Memorial Day Weekend Card-Making
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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:

Pearl Ex Butterfly Birthday Card

Pearl Ex Butterfly Birthday Card

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:

Floral Birthday Card

Floral Birthday Card

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!

Stickers and things to use up

Stickers and things to use up

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.

BEFORE: Nordstrom post card

BEFORE: Nordstrom post card

AFTER: Re-used & turn it into 3 cards!

AFTER: Re-used & turn it into 3 cards!

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:

Cherry Blossoms Card

Cherry Blossoms Card

"You're a Hoot!" card

"You're a Hoot!" card

Brown & Orange Birthday Card

Brown & Orange Birthday Card

Cheerful Floral Card

Cheerful Floral Card

"There's No One Like You" card

"There's No One Like You" card

"To a Special Friend" card

"To a Special Friend" card

Floral Card w/Bunched Ribbon & Inchies Trio

Floral Card w/Bunched Ribbon & Inchies Trio

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.

My new heat tool stand

My new heat tool stand