Sunday, July 15, 2012

One More Day Till I Leave for CONVENTION!!! -Freshly Made Sketchs #43

Hey!   I don't know if you're counting or not, but there's only one more day till I leave for the Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City!!!  I am going to try as best I can to not even think about what is happening with Randy and the kids and focus on having a great time.  No guilty feelings about leaving my family.  It's about time that I let myself have a much-needed break from all the chaos.  What better way to combine fun with my job!?!  I figure that the house is going to get trashed, then they'll all clean up the day that I get back home.  They're still going to get lots of love from Daddy!

Yesterday I stocked the cupboards with a bunch of junk food to the tune of almost $200.  And at Randy's request, I gave him some menu suggestions:

I said, "Grilled hamburgers."  He said, "Burger King!"
I said, "Spaghetti and Meatballs."  He said, "Pizza Hut!"
I said, "Chicken patties."  He said, "Kentucky Fried Chicken!"

Let's just hope he was joking.

Onto the card...
This card features pearls and the Fancy Fan embossing folder.
After completing this card, I decided to make a few more to swap at convention. I was up LATE last night!

I love, love, love the new Apothecary Framelits and the coordinating Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack!  On this piece there are exactly 100 holes.  Ask me how I know!

The Papillon Potpouri stamp set along with the coordinating Elegant Butterfly punch made it near the top of my shopping list for the new catty.

I chose this pattern from the Floral District designer series paper. It was easy to choose what color butterflies to add to the card.
This card features the Argyle embossing folder.  Since I ran out of pearls I used rhinestones.
I actually like the rhinestones version better.  Which version do you prefer?

Here's this week's sketch!

  Here are a few tips that I discovered after making the cards:
I cut the string of pearls so that three would stay together.  They fit perfectly into the space on the butterfly stamp : )

While I was sponging the Apothecary frame, I kept getting some stray flecks of junk on my scrap paper. At first I thought it was something from the sponge, but it's really stray, micro fragments flaking off the card stock. ... Where did the mica flake come from???

I was too lazy to get my "embossing folders only" cutting pads, and tiny cuts got embedded into the back of my card base.  Folks, don't try this at home!

When you emboss a detailed card base like this one, the card stock shrinks a bit.  It's better to add a layer onto the card base.  Again, folks, don't try this at home!

Stamps: Papillon Potpourri
Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Floral District designer series paper
Ink: Baja Breeze for sponging, StazOn Jet Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Argyle embossing folder, Elegant Butterfly punch, Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Essentials Paper-Piercing Mat, Basic Pearls, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stamping!



Joe E. said...

Sue, I'll try to help keep the kids active and get them to help around the house. And rest healthy too. Have fun!!!!

Jen Brum said...

Great card Susan! I love those butterflies and their rhinestone bellies! I like the pearls too!!! I always forget to add extra when dry embossing and in turn end up regretting it!!! Have fun at convention! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Linda Suarez said...

Great card Susan! Have fun at the convention! Thanks for playing with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

bensarmom said...

Susan, love your story about food suggestions and the responses you got. Love your butterflies. I like both the pearls and rhinestones. I use them both on butterflies. Have a safe and wonderful time at convention. You deserve this!

Tui Nathan said...

Gorgeous card Susan ... love those butterflys and lveo your patterned papers!
Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Allisa said...

Love the butterflies.....if you dh is anything like me, he was not joking! Have fun at convention. Thanks for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Debra Burgin said...

My husband said, "Stop cooking, already!"

Margaret said...

Beautiful cards! Love both versions! Have a wonderful time and I'm sure all will be fine at home!