I swear, I'm so excited about this month's Taylored Expressions release, I could rival the 'Ermahgerd!' chick in a geek-off.
First, however, I need to tell you a cautionary tale. I decided I wanted to showcase the SHADE TREE CUTTING PLATE with the MADE IN THE SHADE stamp set by creating a silhouette/sunset scene. So, naturally, I got out a piece of glossy cardstock and went to work inking a sunset-y background. Like so:
Next, I adhered the Shady Tree die cut, and then I set about stamping the tire swing from Made In the Shade. But guess what I forgot? When working with glossy card stock, you should heat set the ink because takes a lot longer to dry than regular card stock.
Grrr... Can't really figure out how I did that, looking back. But - whatever. I had to ink another background, then cut out and adhere another die cut. This time, I decided to heat emboss the tire swing and the sentiment. But you know what? Heat embossing is kinda messy under ideal conditions. Heat embossing on glossy cardstock? A gloppy mess.
I took a deep breath, and made my THIRD sunset background, my THIRD Shady Tree die cut, and tried one more time. Finally, I was pleased with the result...
The next card I have to show you, I had oh-so-much fun making. I used the A GLIMPSE INSIDE stamp set with the new PICTURE WINDOW DIE and the shutters from the WINDOW ACCESSORIES DIES:
I made it to look a bit like my house; we have black shutters on the windows and white window panes. Though the first floor of our home is brick, the top level of it is a khaki-colored siding. I even went outside with my color swatch book (because I'm a dork) to make sure I was picking the closest card stock match that I had (Bamboo by CTMH). I paper pleated the siding, btw.
I don't know about you, but I LOVE taking walks at night or early in the morning, and being able to see what's going on through the windows in other people's homes. Just from the road/sidewalk, mind you - not in a peeping-Tom-in-the-bushes/nose-pressed-against-the-glass kind of way. I like to wonder what's going on in there and see how other people live, don't you? This is probably also why I pull my shades closed at sundown each evening; to thwart people like me. Anyway, here's a closer look inside the window:
Note the paper-pieced wingback chair and the Claremore Zebra rug (red, black & white are our colors). I decided it was looking a little bare above the mantle, so I cut a tiny picture out of a magazine for a little art. There's a little vellum window treatment, too. I tell you, making these little scenes (yes, I am using the word 'little' too much, but try not to notice) is almost as much fun as playing Barbies (which I did, on the sly, until 6th grade. I knew I was too old, but I loved playing Barbies so much). Playing with these stamps and dies also fulfills that part of me that occasionally wants to start creating and decorating doll houses/miniatures. One of my FAVORITE places in the whole wide world is the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Chicago Institute of Art -- talk about ermahgerd! Anyway, these stamp sets and dies are a godsend because I need another hobby like I need a hole in my head...
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