Texture Issues…

Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike porridge?  It makes me gag.  Always has.  Even when I fed my babies Cream of Wheat, I’d have to look away as I fed them, or I’d gag.  It’s silly; I know it’s good stuff and most people love it…but it’s the texture…that I have issues with.

Dry embossing on the other hand?  Is a texture I have NO issues with!  I love what it does for a card or paper project, with so little effort!  And it doesn’t ask for much more than that to look finished!  Here is a sample of some cards I made with new embossing folders from the store.

For this card, I die cut the opening first before embossing as I knew that running the embossed card stock through the Sizzix BigShot to die cut it would flatten what I’d already embossed.  (You’re welcome, this tip has been sponsored by the Voice of Experience!)  Then I stamped the images and sentiment, heat embossed them, and adhered the dry embossed card front with dimensional adhesive.  I especially love this Anna Griffin embossing folder!


Then I embossed a variety of designs on kraft card stock and used them for these next two cards.  For this card, I punched out butterfly shapes from 3 different patterns and adhered them over a strip of corrugated cardboard that was laying on my table and was easier to use than get up and put in the trash can.  Some white thread and white heat embossing complete the look.


And finally, I washi-taped three strips of assorted designs together and punched out a heart out of the middle of them.  It’s placement was dictated by how far into the punch I could insert the card stock.  One of those Anywhere-At-All-On-The-Page-Punches might have been a better idea but I didn’t have one.  I filled the heart shape with buttons and then filled in the bitty spaces with pearl dots.  I tried to go in a sort of “ombre” direction for the button colors, but I might be the only one who can see it.


So, the inside of these cards are all blank.  As any and all cards I ever make, are.  However, my butterflies have bodies and antennae, and are flying upright; my buttons all have thread….so I’m hoping Lori will give me a pass on the insides.  (teehee)

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you found something to jumpstart your creativity!

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Welcome to my haunted home!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Today, I’m blogging about something personal and not scrappy related.  I thought I’d show you a part of my home and you get to see a bit more of “me”.   I love Halloween and everything about it.  I already like decorating and when it comes to the holidays, well, I go all out.  Some of the decorations you’ll see are home made, things I received in swaps and also store bought items.  I’ll say which is which as we go along.

I don’t just decorate indoors, but also outdoors as well.  Here are some of the pics from outside…





When you first step into my home, this is the first thing that you will notice..


The witch is store bought.  The sign was made for me for a swap I was in.  I wrote the “BOO”  One of my favorite decorations and love how it’s versatile so I can write different things on the chalkboard.

Next, you step into my living room and I’ll take you on a tour of all the decorative areas.  This is on one of the walls.  The shadowbox was made for me in a swap, the witch I found in a store and I fell in love with the apron when I saw it in Pier One.


On one of the end tables against the above wall, are all items that I bought.


Above this is the Halloween straw wreath I made and blogged about.  On another wall is this cute witches’ broom I found at Michaels.


Above the picture window is this banner that was made for me.  Think it goes perfect here and I love all the detailing.  Love home made items!


Here is a close up of the cute owl pillow I received from a friend and a stuffed owl I got at Pier One (LOVE that store!)


The other end table…  the phone I had to have because it looks vintage, but when you pick up the receiver, a spooky voice speaks and it has different spooky sayings.  Don’t know why, but it makes me giggle uncontrollably when I listen to it!


The living room table..


Above the cabinet…Most are store bought that’s up here.  I love potion bottles and can’t get enough.  The one in the middle was made for me by a very good friend who lives in California.


A close up of my Halloween tree (Pier One) and all the ornaments, but two, are hand made from a swap I was in.  Aren’t they amazing?!


My fireplace is in my dining room which is open concept to my kitchen.  I always decorate the mantel.  So here it is, Halloween style.  Everything is store bought except the banner.


Close up of the banner which is from another swap I was in.  I made the “A” in Happy.


Well, that’s the end of my tour.   I hope you had a spooktacular time.  I know I enjoyed showing it to you all.  Have a fun and safe Halloween!


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This post was written by Jodi on October 26, 2014

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