The thing about a holiday week…

…is that it’s so easy to lose track of the days.  So, silly me, I was waiting and listening for the brown truck and waiting and checking the front stoop and waiting for my Stampin’ Up! order to arrive when really [sigh] it is to arrive today, as in Wednesday, not Tuesday.

Last week was so intense, business-wise, what with moving the blog, setting up Facebook and Twitter, getting ready for YouTube, setting up hostess clubs, binding the catalogs (after scrambling to borrow enough to cover the shipment that was delayed), writing and sending out the monthly newsletter, delivering the catalogs — well, I think it was the first time in ages that I didn’t stamp even though I was not out of town.  For a whole week, no stamping.

So I was very, very happy to hit the basement and start to pull out new colors and stamps.  I’ve been relying heavily on the new Color Coach — stampers, this is a must-have!  From the front, as seen in this image, you can play around with color combinations.  But front the back, you can see two recommended schemes and the “dynamic duo” color partner that some colors have.

The colors in card above are right from the Coach, although I also used the Duo for each color.  I love One Sheet Wonders — the creating of your own patterned paper.  You have an unlimited combination of colors and images to use!

What’s not very clear in my photo is the Clear embossing powder on the focal image.  I pressed the stamped image into VersaMark and embossed it, then repeated this.  I adhered the image to a piece of light cardboard in the same size so there would be a bit of substance.  The silly piercing to the right was a dangerous experiment; I did this after the card was done!  That’s a prescription for disaster!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade (p. 99)

Ink:  More Mustard, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy, VersaMark

Paper:  So Saffron, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red

Other:  Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Clear), Paper-Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, 5/16″ Jumbo Brad (Whisper White), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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