Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Yes - you read the title correctly. It was 46 degrees in my house today. Apparently our furnace decided it was time for a major cleaning - and only wanted to work part-time. I understand about only wanting to work part-time too - but when you have a job as important as keeping my toes and other body parts warm - full-time operation is a MUST!!!!

So, while I was shivering waiting for the furnace man to arrive I sat down at my desk to play a little (frozen fingers and all!). I used one of my favorite retired Stampin'Up! sets - Easy Elegance - colored the image with markers - gave it a spritz with water - then stamped it on Whisper White CS. I repeated this step a few times and offstamped occasionally to produce the lighter values in the flowers.

Once the image was stamped, I cut it out using a Spellbinders Label die and the BigShot. Without removing the image from the die, I sponged Bashful Blue all around the images leaving a white border. I sponged More Mustard and Close to Cocoa throughout the flowers and along the edges. I used these same colors to sponged the label and the lighter colored leaves which were punched using the Martha Stewart Branches punch from Very Vanilla cardstock. The image was matted with Going Gray cardstock which was sponged around the edges in Basic Black to draw out the muted grays in the Designer paper. The DP is from the "OLD WORLD STACK" by DCWV and available at Hobby Lobby.

I added faux stitiching around the image, mat and label then assembled the card. To finish I added amber colored gems to the center of each flower and covered the entire image with Stardust Stickles.

TIP FOR THE DAY: Clean your furnace sensor and blower motor monthly! Otherwise you will end up a frozen popsicle before it can be fixed!

Thanks for visiting - and as always - make sure to take a little time to play today.



LeAnne said...

Beautifully done! I would have gone to a friend's house before I stayed in a 46 degree house---you are a stronger woman than I am!!!! Of course, when you're stamping, who cares about the temp, right?! TFS!

Anonymous said...

Jill!!!! Waving at you!!!! :) Yeah!! Thank you for stopping by to follow!! I'm your follower too!! You some really gorgeous stuff here lady!! WOW!!! Yes, 46 is an amazing temps right now where we are!! lol!!

Such a stunning creation and I'm so loving the purple!! I look forward to seeing what you'll be doing my friend!! :) Take care!!

Gloria said...

Good Morning!
I love the purple and color spritzing of the flowers!
The color combo of sponging sure adds a soft touch too!
WOnderfully done!
Hope you warm up quick!

Kelly Lunceford said...

Holy smokes...this is gorgeous! Ilove the colors, the details, everything! amazing! TFS

Brandy Cox said...

Wow!!! This card is Beautiful. You are so talented and inspiring. Thank You.

Barb Schram said...

Wowsers, this is beautiful, Jill! Hope that furnace is all fixed now and you are warm!

Rach said...

a beautiful card jill, xx