Last Tuesday’s East Coast earthquake surprised but didn’t really startle me as I sat at my kitchen counter and watched the hanging candle swing back and forth and hear glassware rattling in the cabinet. I thought it might be a big construction vehicle going by; those have been known to rattle the windows of my little house in York County, PA. Then I thought that it might be my dishwasher pumping out the water and I had never noticed the associated vibrations before. In a few minutes a friend sent an email with Earthquake? as the subject line, and as rare as such syzmic events are in this part of the country, it caused quite a stir and became the topic of conversation for days around town.
And how does that relate to a Stampin’ Up! blog that has been long neglected? I guess the earthquake shook some sense into my head and made me realize that my blog posts were soon going to be even more rare than earthquakes. So, it is with humble apology that I post today and try to get you caught up on what I’ve been working on these past few months. Some of you must have wondered if I had given up stamping altogether. Heavens, NO! I am, I assure you, “still stamping”, just not posting.
Let’s get started with why you visit my blog in the first place – to see what creative endeavors I’ve been up to. As August comes to a close, I will be sad to see “The Open Sea” stamp set retire. I will return to use that set often in the future for my own needs, though, because it is a perfect fit for masculine cards, in my opinion. Here is an easel card that my Stampers Six hostess club did earlier in the summer.
I’ve already used this card for several men in my life and for different occasions – Father’s Day, birthday, thinking of you, get well soon.
Do you recognize the Big Shot die and embossing folder? It’s the Scallop Square die for the base and front panel of the card, and the front panel was texturized with the Square Lattice embossing folder. The main image is stamped and sponged in collage style. The card stands open for display because of the clever fold, and the compass inside the card is popped up on a dimensional to act as a “stop”.
I’m visiting my parents right now in Slippery Rock, western PA, and I was pleased to see that Dad still has the Father’s Day card displayed proudly, along with his birthday card using another stamp from the Summer Mini catalog, Sail Away. I will share that one with you in the next post.