Daisy Is Getting SOOOO Big!

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Jul 17, 2007 in Our Goldendoodle Puppies

I haven’t posted in my ‘Watch Daisy Grow’ category for a while, so I thought I’d post a recent photo to show you just how big my goldendoodle has grown. Here she is kissing our friend Cailin yesterday:

Daisy kissing Cailin

Daisy is about 5 1/2 months old now – isn’t she adorable (and big!)?


Scratch ‘N Sniff Cards

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Jul 17, 2007 in Cards

This month’s Stampin’ Success shows a technique to make scratch ‘n sniff cards using embossing powder, and I decided to give it a try to show my Stamp Club tomorrow night.

The article said to use a mix of clear embossing powder and sugar-free drink mixes and then emboss the image on the cardstock.   When you scratch the embossed images, they will release the scent of the drink mix – sounds pretty cool, right?

Somewhere between home and Shop-Rite, I thought I was supposed to buy Jello, not Kool-Aid.  Oops!  I bought the wrong stuff!

But I gave it a try with Jello anyway and it seemed to work okay.  I bought lemon, lime and strawberry (sugar free – the sugar will scorch from the heat tool) – the lime was the most fragrant. 

Of course, I couldn’t help but reach into the archives and pull out the retired Fresh Fruit stamp set – how could I not with lemons and limes?!?!

Here are the fruit cards:

Card - martini

Card - lime

For the lemon card, I used a martini stamp and then cut the corner with the slit punch so that I could insert the lemon.  I used my new SU! scallop punch for the first time (I have a feeling I’ll be using it a LOT in projects to come!) and punched out two shapes, offsetting them just a bit so that I could get both colors. 

But back to the scratch-n-sniff – you just mix clear embossing powder with a little bit of drink mix (or Jello, in my case) then heat emboss as normal.   The ratio is supposed to be 1 1/2 parts embossing powder to 1 part drink mix/Jello, but I wasn’t that scientific. I just mixed some EP and Jello together until I thought it looked good (and used up almost all my clear embossing powder in the process!).

I also used another trick to get the bright colors – the Jello was just not colorful enough.  I don’t have all the craft inks, so I took my stamps and inked them in Versamark first.  Then I took the same stamps and inked them with the color ink (Yoyo Yellow for the lemon and the new Wild Wasabi for the lime) and then stamped it on the cardstock.  The extra Versamark keeps the ink wet long enough to apply the embossing powder.

Oh – and my other new favorite stamp set – Define Your Life! You’ll see that I used it twice on these examples – I think it just covers so many occasions that it’s worth the price.

So…I also made a card using the strawberry Jello but decided to go with a flower center from the new set Pick-A-Petal and the new Pomegranate ink:

Card - scallop hole

Actually, this card design kind of started as a fluke.  I needed a scallop punch in Soft Sky for one of my other cards and hadn’t even cut a piece of that color yet.  After I punched the shape (did I mention that I love the scallop punch?), I decided to use that negative piece for this card. The scallop is open on the top of the card and opens to the guava scallop inside.  I also used my new Wild West alpha (LOVE that too!) and new guava double stitched ribbon.   I think this is a nice color combo – sky, guava and pomegranate.

Stampin Success also suggested using sugar free cocoa mix for a chocolate scratch-n-sniff.  So I gave that a try.  I didn’t think the chocolate smelled as much as the fruits, but my kids thought it did (and my craft room smelled REALLY good while I was melting it with my heat gun!).

This card was inspired by one in Stampin’ Success:

Card - choc cake 

And I also made this card with the chocolate cocoa too:

Card - cocoa

Again, I know that the Like It a Latte stamp set is retired, but when you’re working with chocolate, how could you NOT use it?

My next goal is to play with the rest of my new  Stampin’ Up! goodies and accessories that came yesterday and create some fun stuff.  I just wanted to get these ready to show my Stamp Club first…


Weight Loss Update

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Jul 17, 2007 in Uncategorized

Well…I finally stepped on the scale this morning for the first time since my ranting post about my weight a few weeks ago.  And to my surprise, I’ve lost 7 pounds so far.  Not too bad….

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