regionals and other stuff
happy fall

back to a regular schedule?

Am I on the regular schedule yet that I have thinking I was going to get on once Tacy started school? I don't think there is such a thing anymore!

My stamp retreat went awesome and White's Wildwood retreat is definitely a place we are going back to - I have weekends for the next 2 years booked for my group! Betty, the owner, is so friendly and easy to work with. She was willing to answer any questions I had and took our group's suggestions wonderfully. If you are looking to book a weekend with a group this is the place to go. The building and area is beautiful. Tucked away in the apple orchards of Wisconsin, yet a short drive to Eau Claire for shopping needs (there are some great stamp and scrapbook stores to visit!). I can't wait until next year :)

Stamp club happened last week too! We did the cracked glass technique for our books and also tackled a double slider card. The layout on the cracked glass card is a CASE of SCS's 11Valerie11 - I loved her color combination too and adapted it to the new Close as a Memory stamp set from Stampin' Up!


Again the details on my book are as follows: the pages are a half sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" and the samples measure 3 1/4" x 4 1/4". The samples included in the book are ones that my club members are interested in learning. I don't have a complete set of techniques list for the book. I have gotten many emails asking me to send detailed information - but really this is it! I use various resources to type up information for each technique.

Here are the instructions for doing the cracked glass technique: You will need a stamped image, clear ultra thick embossing enamel (UTEE), heat gun, and Versamark® pad. Cover your stamped image with the Versamark® ink and then cover with the UTEE. Emboss with your heat gun. Repeat for 2-3 layers until you have a smooth bubble free layer. Allow to cool completely (you can put it in the freezer to quicken the process). Once cooled, bend the image in different directions until it cracks. When you have achieved the look you want, press your image face down into an ink color of your choice to accentuate the cracks. Use a tissue to wipe away the excess ink.

Here is the double slider card we did... you can find detailed instructions here: