Hey y’all!  I just now realized that is was Wednesday, so Smiley from millan.net. I thought I would have this post up earlier today, but we’ve been having some computer issues. I spent the morning working on the network and organizing the mess of wires upstairs. Thank goodness it is finally done and Mr. Stodgy will leave me alone about the Ethernet cord running along the kitchen floor, down the basement stairs, into my studio. Smiley from millan.net  You’d think he could see that the cord was there and would walk step over it . . . Smiley from millan.net

I remember when I was a child (well now, under 10 okay?) and we would have more snow than we get now.  I lived in the south end of Louisville at the foot of a hill.  All the streets started at the top of the hill and ran down to our street.  These hills were great for go-carts, bikes, skates and most importantly sleds.  You know I never remember school being cancelled for snow.  I just knew we had snow and we played outside all day making snow people and sledding.  I was always hoping to share those memories with my own children, but it seemed that the more the years went bye, the fewer snowfalls we’ve had.  I had a Flexible Flyer and couldn’t wait to purchase one for my girls (it’s hanging in the shed waiting for my grandchildren to come along one day).

When I saw the stamp I’ve used today, The Back Door by Just for Fun Rubber Stamps, I KNEW I had to have it.  This looks more like our own back door when my girls were little than when I was a little girls (we had a covered porch then).  I even painted the house that god awful red stain color that we have on our house now.   The backside even has the same type of siding!

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I colored the image with Ranger Distress Re-Inkers, die cut and embossed with Spellbinders™  Oval Nesties and then distressed the edges.  While I was putting this card together, the image seemed too bright for the paper and I wanted it to look more aged.  I grabbed my Hot Wax Stylus and some natural beeswax and applied a light layer over the image.  Now here’s the neat part . . .  even though I didn’t need to fuse the wax because I had used the stylus, I decided to take the heat gun to it anyway.  The watercolor paper soaked up the wax and now the image is duller but there is no shiny coat.  I LOVE it!  I make an additional background layer, I took a mini manila tag and worked with the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique.

  • Stamps:  H2298 The Back Door and D2615 All Good Cheer from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • Paper:  Arches Watercolor; Mini Manila Tags; Memory Box Spiceberry; Cranberry Crisp and True Thyme
  • Ink:  Ranger Distress Embossing, Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Weathered Wood, Broken China, Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Faded Jeans, More Mustard, Spiced Marmalade; and Ranger Archival Black and Coffee
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S5-015 Deckled Mega Rectangles – Large, S4-140 Petite Ovals – Small, S4-138 Petite Ovals – Large, and S4-141 Petite Scalloped Ovals – Small; Ranger Non-Stick Craft Mat, Mini Mister, Gold Adirondack Paint Dabber, White Inkssentials Gel Pen and Rock Candy Distress Stickles; Tim Holtz Tonic Distress Tool; 7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners; Tsukineko Sponge Daubers; May Arts Ribbon; Foam Mounting Tape; Sewing Machine; Vintage Button; Papertrey Rustic Cream Button Twine; Gold Spica Pen

Well that’s all folks!  I hope you’ve had a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!

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