100 posts!!

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This may NOT be amazing to you but to me–it is reason to celebrate!  This is my 100th post—I know, right?  It seems like just yesterday I didn’t know how to upload a video and today—100 posts!   Ok–truth is, I still don’t know how to upload a video but it is good to have goals, right?!

I know that I have been away for a while. Truth is, I HAVEN’T really been away–I just have been lazy! Christmas came and went and then came and went again with the other family….and then I sat in my pjs for quite a while. Admit it—-if you didn’t actually do the same thing, you wanted to!!

But I am happy to report that I back and have a bunch of new stuff to share with you. As a demonstrator, we are able to order items a month early so that we get a chance to create and play so we are ready to go on day ONE of the release of the NEW Occasions Mini Catalog (January 4th!). If you haven’t received your new Occassions Mini Catalog (which looks like this: ), please let me know and I will get one out to you ASAP!!!!–It is a good one!
Some of my goodies arrived yesterday and I had a chance to play last night…..BUT–before I show you those, I thought you might like to see distressing at it’s finest!

One of my clubs chose to meet in December and requested to learn a bit more about the Distressing Essentials Kit in the Idea Book and Catalog. Well, here is what it looks like:

Distressing Essentials Kit $19.95

In it, there are a number of goodies like a sanding block, emery board and precision files–which are all great for giving paper that worn look— AND getting your nails in shape while crafting!  (Kidding)  There are also 4 different vintage inks and a solid rubber stamp to apply them.   My favorite of all the inks has got to be the Tea Stained.   It is sort of yellowy and old-like (that is why they call it vintage!).   Since I was waiting for my Tea Stain Refill ink to come in, I did a different project using the  Charcoal Vintage Ink.

In the first one here, I used the Finial Press Embossing folder and the with the rubber block and the vintage ink, I rubbed over the whole thing using gentle circular  movements.   this gives this FANTASTIC tin ceiling look.   On the second one, I used the Finial Press again but this time I just took the ink spot and ran it over the top for a “direct to paper ” look.   You can see the difference.  The first one is a lot more subtle…Each good in their own way!  I love you just the way you are!

This one above uses the “Solid rubber stamp Inked with Vinatage ink and gentle swirly motion technique”

Direct to paper technique

The rest of the card is the same—I used the First Edition DSP which is great for distressing.   I then stamped the Triple Layer Flower on Naturals Ivory CS using StazOn Jet Black ink and punched it out.  Couple of dimensionals and –voila!

Ok–tune in again later this week for some upcoming goodies!!! (Wink! Wink!)

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