It’s still Wednesday, right? Well I know it is while I’m writing this, and hopefully I’ll finish by midnight. I’ve had one of those days where nothing wants to come together. I went for a haircut this morning and hung around longer that I wanted. I went to my mother’s today for one of those Salon Days. We have a friend that comes in, and cuts all of our hair in one setting. Mine was a little longer than I liked today, so I hung around until she was done with everyone else to have that extra half inch trimmed off. Just that tad bit made all the difference. Of course, now it’s only about an inch on the top – do they still make that contraption that you can attach to a vacuum cleaner and cut your hair? But wait, I have been meaning to get some dog grooming clippers . . .

Anyhoo, before I left this morning I did get into the studio. I made a card. It sucked. My daughter even said it was the ugliest thing she had ever seen. You won’t be seeing it . . . I believe it is now in the town dump.

I ended up sitting here on my butt for most of the afternoon. I did take the pups out for an occasional walk and watched my soaps. Well, I tried to watch the soaps. Yes, I’m an All My Children and One Life to Live junkie! It all makes my life look so easy – thank goodness I’m not caught in a 1968 time warp. I would be 10 years old and it makes me shiver just to think about it. All those preteen hormones rushing and being a tomboy to boot. I can hear Charlie Brown now . . . aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggg!

As I sat here all afternoon, I kept thinking about that SCS Sketch Challenge today and what a mess I had made of that card. I needed to stamp. Yesterday I made five cards that had been ordered by our hairdresser, Kathy, and needed to get made before today. I was on a roll yesterday and wanted that roll to carry over today. Hah so much for wishing or even hoping.

The girls came in, one with a new boyfriend. Does she not realize she is going back to school next week and long-distance relationships just don’t work? We found that out last year. But that’s another story for another time. I ordered pizza for everyone and while I was sitting here munching on my new fave, Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, I had a brainstorm. Yes, it hurt – don’t even ask!

I have been an admirer of Wendy Vecchi’s work since February when I met her at CHA Anaheim. Then in Chicago, I met here again. This time she was a demo in the Ranger Booth and I got to spend unlimited time watching her work. Saturday while at Stampaway in Cincy, I purchased a couple of sets. But, I was determined to make Rubbernecker stamps work and so that is what I did tonight.

I got out the Grunge Board, all my Shimmer Mist, and some inks and went to work. I had so much fun creating this card.

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I started by stamping the flower image twice on plain Grunge Board and then cut them both out. The middle circle was die cut with a Cuttlebug circle die and my Wizard. There has to be an easier way to make that work, because my plates got stuck and didn’t want to come out. I’ll have to look that one up. Once the flowers had been inked, I stamped a screen background on the flowers. I picked a very large flourish from the Grunge Board package – well actually, it was one of the last I had and I even cut it down. It was partially covered with Peeled Paint Crackle Paint and when dry, inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. To make the background, I sprayed different colors of shimmer mist onto white paper. After it was dry and the colors I wanted, I misted the How Do I Love Thee background with water and stamped it twice on the background. Those are the water blotches you see in the photo. The edges of the top two panels were sponged with Vintage Photo and then sewn together. The flourish is adhered to the background panel with Matte Accents, and the flower is raised on mounting tape. A Tim Holtz Hitch Fastener holds the flower together.

  • Stamps: KK Originals Flowers Collection Berrie Flower SKU:03-07 KK; Rubbernecker Valentines Collection How Do I Love Thee SKU:246-13 and Halloween Screen Background from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Prism Suede Brown Dark and Intense Teal
  • Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Broken China and Scattered Straw Distress Inks
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Wizard; Cuttlebug Circle Die; Sewing Machine; Ranger Mini Misters, Gold Perfect Pearls, Peeled Paint Distress Crackle Paint, and Matte Accents; Tim Holtz idea-ology Philosophy Tag, Jump Ring, Hitch Fastener, Plain and Elements Grunge Board; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Mounting Tape

Here’s hoping you had a great day today!

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