So here is a dilemma I faced the other day, you see I asked the lovely Annie to make me some bears, not just a few either as we are a large loving family.
So I did what anyone would do and think, right I need a thank you card.
Shaz made large amounts of cards, and kept them in a large box all sorted with index cards so you could find them ( I know right how organised is that?) , anyway when I go into box to get a card out there is just the one thank you card left.
Now I know what some of you are thinking, it was meant to be.
But for me I was in a dilemma, this was Sharon's last thank you card, and it was sealed down, how could i open it and use it, I wanted to save it....
So conflicted I take it out the box and take it downstairs, staring at it willing it to somehow multiply, but alas it did not. So still unopened I went to bed, the next morning the bears were due home (they may need a lift, it's a long walk and they only have short legs) so I needed to make a decision.
I could almost hear Sharon mocking me "the cards are to be given, not kept, you keep received cards not unsent ones"
Anyway I open it and to my dismay, there is no stamp on the back?, It is sealed you unfinished? WTF, this cant be right!
I can't hand this over like this, it has to have a stamp on the back, Sharon's handmade by ShazSilverwolf, it was not there...
Slow down, yes I did but let me tell it.....
Now I am not a stamper, so I could really stuff it up, right, couldn't I?
This is the last of its kind, there will be no more of these made by my wonderful Wifelet, and I am about to deface it.
The decision was made, the next challenge was to actually find the stamp, it had to be close to hand as surely it was in constant use, so a draw maybe, on the desk possibly.
And it was, but OMG the ink, wtf does she need this many ink pads for,
ink is ink right, I get the different colours but come on... Really?
There is just so much of it!
So with shaking hands after looking at the colours on the table, at the bottom of the pile is one that compliments the colour on the front of the card, it’s a "VersaFine Clair - Warm Breeze" and I am now looking for Sir Tim Holt's stamping platforms, (look I am a noob ok , don't judge) Shaz had at least 3 of them in this room ........somewhere......But I can’t find them.
I am going to have to free hand this bad boyThe time is ticking and i need to be on the road, so the stamp gets peeled off and stuck on the acrylic stamping blocks, cleaned with the baby wipe and dabbed dry on kitchen towel and I practice until I am happy.
Jobs a good one, I did it and it looks kind of OK, not wonky, not as defined as I would like, but I did it, go me!
I close the ink pad, dry it and think, but there are other things on that sheet, and the top needs something. Like the newbie I am, I open the inkpad upside down and end up with ink on my finger.
Does this make me a crafter or clumsy ?
I then balance it out with little crow, and dragonfly that was with the set, (had a smart and stuck them on opposite ends of the long thin acrylic block, give them a quick dry with the warm air gun and take it down stairs feeling like Shaz is just grinning at me all the way down stairs.
I did not think to take a picture of the back of the now finished card, but i am Sure Annie will be sharing it ..
For actual proper bona fide, qualified crafting head over to the queen of the deskers at the stamping ground and check out some more crafty goodness from those that actually know what they are doing.
Another gratuitous picture on our way to Tenerife back in 2016
And that just leaves the and finally ...