Not quite ready

Hello everyone!  Are you looking for my blog post today?

Well the blog post isn’t up at it’s usual 7amCST nor is it going to really be about anything too creative … but it’s what has to be done when I am not quite ready to show you my finished product.

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I can, however, say that I had a great week last week as my son, Justin, and his girlfriend, Katherine were here for a few days.  We had an amazing time, and the best part was the visiting and laughing, we laughed so hard so many times, it t’was awesome!  Here we are at the wedding we all attended.  My brother Jim, his wife Goldie, and their daughter, Larissa, myself, Paul, Chantel, Katherine, and Justin.

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And just so you know that creativity was on my mind, this is the start of what I didn’t get finished.  I love how this is going, so can’t wait to finish and show you … soon!

The Love is in the Details store is full of vintage and unique display items which I have collected over the years.  Some have been found searching through antique stores, thrift stores, at garage sales, but one shopping place that I thoroughly enjoy right from my phone is Varage Sale.  I have “scored” some pretty good finds and continue to find some great treasures.  I just had to share my latest purchases.

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Varage Sale Score #1 - This brand new set of mini suitcases (6×8, 7×10, 8×12), aren’t they awesome!  I am not sure if I will alter them, or just leave them as they are.  For now, they are sitting in my home office to admire.

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Varage Sale Score #2 & #3 - There is nothing to say but … YOWSA!  Aren’t they fantastic?!!

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And aren’t the insides just spectacular?  Ahhh …. visions of beauty!!!

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Sometimes when I am off to pick up a Varage Sale find, Zero comes along for the ride.  And once in awhile he gets one of his most favorite treats … McDonald’s french fries.  Seriously, yes!  He loves them and he gets so excited when we are paying at Window #1, as he knows what’s coming at Window #2.  He can hardly contain himself once we have them.

And, now I will leave you with a recipe I am dying to try … maybe some of you have made it.  Would love to hear your review if you have.

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips (Taste of Home)

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Ingredients

1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
1 medium navel orange, peeled and finely chopped
3 medium kiwifruit, peeled and finely chopped
1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar

CINNAMON CHIPS:
10 flour tortillas (8 inches)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. For chips, brush tortillas with butter; cut each into eight wedges. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over tortillas. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 5-10 minutes or just until crisp. Serve with fruit salsa. Yield: 2-1/2 cups salsa (80 chips).

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 127 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you are all having a wonderful long weekend!

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This post was written by Lori on July 31, 2016

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Shabby Fran…

Hi everyone!  I’m back today with a fun post showing you some more of what you can do with the Stampendous Fran-tage Shabby Embossing Enamel!  Lori recently showed it to you first back here, and I was dying to try it myself!  I have a couple of other ideas too, but that will be another day’s post!

The first thing I tried, was adding some of the embossing enamel to some die cuts.  I used some leaves from the Kaisercraft Boho Dreams Collectables pack and drew on them with the Zig 2 Way glue pen.  A Versamark Glue pen will work as well.

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You can see the residue of the glue in this photo.  I drew on the lighter colored center lines.

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Here’s what they look like once heated and melted.  Then I touched the edges of some Prima paper flowers to a Versamark ink pad and dipped them into the embossing enamel.  It worked surprisingly well, considering you need to hold the flowers with a tweezer and heat from the bottom to avoid blowing all the glitter away before the enamel melts and holds it in place.

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Then I also tried that old trick for chipboard, where you mash the surface into a Versamark ink pad, cover with embossing powder and melt.  That’s what I did here with the Blue Fern Studios piece.

After all that, I assembled the pieces to make this card.  I didn’t end up using the bright pick flower, but I’m sure it’ll get used on another project somewhere else.  The patterned paper on the card is from a Prima paper pad and the “congratulations” die cut is from the Kaisercraft Madamoiselle paper pad.  Oh!  And you can’t forget the Nuvo Crystal Drops used to make the enamel dots!

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Finally, I wanted to try the Shabby powder with some stamps.  I used a solid shape stamp to stamp the leaves, and heated it up from the underside, with the green enamel powder.  Then I went back over top with the outline stamp, but shifted to stamp slightly askew, and in places, not stamp at all.  The outline I heat embossed with gold.

(If you don’t have a stamp set with a matching outline stamp, this look can easily be achieved by drawing the outline yourself, with a fine tip Zig 2-Way Glue Pen or a Versamark Pen.  In fact!  You could achieve this look without even owning any solid stamp images.  If you have a die in a shape you like, you could cut it out and use the “hole” or the negative space as a stencil, moosh the Versamark pad over the opening and heat emboss that!  There’s a way around everything!)

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I loved this look the best and wanted to keep the card simple to showcase the stamping to its best advantage. The addition of some gold thread, gold sequins and a kraft label stamped with a sympathy sentiment and then adhered with foam dimension tape completes the card.  This is my favorite card and I can’t wait to get home (where my solid butterfly and flower shape stamps are) and try some other ideas.

Another fantastic way to use this embossing enamel would be to dip the edges of some pine tree die cuts into Versamark ink and heat with the green enamel to get the look of fluffy poufs of snow on tree boughs.  SO cute!!

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This post was written by Norine on July 27, 2016

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