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by Julie Brooks

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

What dreadful weather!

Hello there

Well, what dreadful weather we've had today. I don't know what it's like wherever you are, but here we've had a big grey cloud hanging over us all day up until about half an hour ago, with heavy rain and gusting winds battering our homes and gardens, attrocious conditions to be out and about in. But now the sun has come out so at least the school children won't have got soaked going home from school, although I would imagine they were pretty drenched when they arrived for lessons this morning.

And this dreary weather has sent us running to the local chippy in search of comfort food, and our wood burner has been keeping us cosy and warm for several hours now. It definitely felt wintry for a few hours there.

Even my son felt like doing nothing more than pottering on his computer and staging various scenarios with his Playmobil, so the school work was put on hold until tomorrow.

Now, what have I been up to in the crafty department today I hear you ask. Well, I had a little play with some paper flowers, stitching them together with button centres, with thoughts of using them on a card or picture or something, but then went off at a complete tangent - which I seem to do a lot of these days - and instead decided to play with my heat embossing tool again! I used a big clear stamp which I bought at the WOW! Embossing stand at the NEC with clear embossing ink to cover a turquoise card with pretty flowers and swirls, and I then heat embossed it with WOW! metallic copper ultra fine embossing powder. The effect is fab and has to be one of my favourite things at the moment! I then stamped some butterflies (Craftwork Cards Butterflies and Blooms stamp set) onto more turquoise cardstock, using metallic copper pigment ink, then again embossed with the copper powder. I cut these out - apparently the term for this kind of cutting is "fussy cutting", but I've been doing it all my card making life so I'm not sure what the "fuss" is all about!!! (sorry, couldn't resist that) - and adhered them to my card with foam pads, along with a central elegant message (Craftwork Cards) which I inked around the edges with a turquoise chalk ink. Along the bottom I added a strip of beautiful antique lace which I bought from The Ribbon Girl recently, and finally decorated with some adhesive pearls and some liquid pearls. I'm really pleased with how it looks and I hope you like it too.

Pop back soon to see what other adventures I've been having!

In the meantime, take care and thanks for dropping by.
Love from me xx