Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Having a go at a challenge

Whilst I was off at Easter I managed a lot of the Splitcoaststampers challenges and, in doing so, discovered that there are lots of Challenge Blogs out there.  I've put several in my favourites list but, up until now, haven't had an opportunity to do more than look each week.  This week I'm actually going to have a go at one.  I have been eyeing up the new Michael Powell stamps for a while and took the plunge last week and bought two.  Imagine my delight when this week's Twisted Tuesday Challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to use one of them.  They also gave us an extra week to enter so I really had no excuse for not joining in.  The challenge theme was 'Vacation' and the twist was to keep it clean and simple.  Here's what I came up with



I added the retirement sentiment as it seemed perfect for a friend who is to retire soon.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Saturday, 12 May 2012

What do you know, it worked!

I thought I was doing OK with this blogging lark but, having just checked it's been nearly a whole month since I last posted.  As this is the case (and having nagged my sister-in-law for not updating her blog recently) I decided to throw in a quick post.  I was recently asked to create a card for a couple who were getting married.  I had decided to go with a simple ivory and gold theme and was using some pearlised card stock.  I had been asked to put the couples name on the card and I couldn't find my small alphabet die (it's still missing in action if anyone's seen it).  The obvious thing to do was to use my computer and print the wording but that meant black ink.  Well, I knew that, in theory, I could heat emboss using my printer but I'd never tried it out.  So I decided to give it a go and, to my utter astonishment, it worked really well.  Here is the result


I do think that it helped that the card stock was pearlised as the ink needs to stay wet for a short while in order to add the embossing powder.  It must have been OK though as my customer wants another one for the next wedding she's attending.  A very satisfying result I think.  Thanks for reading.  Love Dawn x