Thursday, September 1, 2011

Whatever You Do, Don't Send Me Chocolate!

Yeah, so I burned my hand on the mailbox yesterday. That was just a few days after burning it on our back door. Metal stuff plus this summer are not a good combination.

As I danced around by the stupid group mailbox saying some unladylike words and flapping my hand (by the way - why do we think that helps?)  I thought how sad it would be if someone had sent me chocolate. I could imagine it melting all down through my mail, and dripping into the sad little metal mail condo beneath mine onto some unknown neighbor's Netflix envelope.

But I snapped out of it quickly because I had a package! More on that later...

So guess what today is? I know, I know - one more day until our holiday weekend - but what ELSE? It's Thursday, so that means it's the Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoast.

Today's challenge is to use paint - which you KNOW I love to do. I thought I'd try something I've wanted to do for a while with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die. First, I ran it through the Big Shot with some Early Espresso cardstock. But after cutting, I carefully took the cardstock out and left the little butterflies in the cardstock frame - I didn't pop them out since the teeny ones are so teeny. I wanted it to stay all together while I painted it with some Plaid Pool Blue acrylic paint. I used two coats - it dries fast on cardstock. After the second coat was dry, I sanded each little butterfly with my sanding block so that the embossed areas were brown. And LOOKIE!

Stamps: Four Frames, It's Your Day Ink: Soft Suede Paper: Early Espresso, Mocha Morning Specialty DSP 
Accessories: Sanding Block, Seam Binding, Paint, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Decorative Label Punch
Bling from a friend :)

I love that blue/brown combo! I realized, of course, after I had the whole card put together that I used two different colors of brown... I should have pretended that was on purpose, but it's a little late for that now. If mismatched brown cards start showing up all over the internet though, please inform people that I originated that style! :)

So what was in my package at the infernally hot group mailbox? Aside from the most beautiful hand stamped cards I've ever seen, and lots of love from my sweet friend Lee, there were all sorts of stampy goodies, including that gorgeous blue bling you see above... serendipity! Thank you Lee, you little angel!

So come on over and play the challenge today - when you upload your card to the gallery, they keyword is WT338.

To see the other beautiful creations from our Ways To Use It challenge team, stop off next at Michelle's blog!

I'll be back tomorrow with my new favorite recipe!

In the meantime, whatever you do - DON'T send me chocolate.



  1. Love that effect - it reminds me of verdigris.

  2. Love your beautiful blue butterflies on your card! That reminds me of a time when a distant cousin proclaimed that when she grew up, she planned to be a blue butterfly!

  3. Beautiful bevy of blue and brown butterflies......I was in the mood for some alliteration so I just decided to send you the message and keep the chocolate :) Hope September brings a cool down for you!

  4. You are so funny, Lydia. Love the mailbox story about chocolate dripping onto the neighbor's Netflix treasure. LOL!

    I love your beautiful blue butterflies card! Since I have these same embosslit butterflies, I'm going to try your painting on colored cardstock technique!

  5. I can never figure out why they make kids slides such dark colors. Those suckers get HOT during the summer too.

    Beautiful card! Love the textured butterflies!

  6. Your butterflies are truly undem! I love how you layered your papers.

  7. You must have the patience of a saint to sand those teeny weeny butterflies! Love the blue and brown combo!

    I was rophing on the floor laughing reading your mailbox story!

    Ropho~anti spam word meaning writhing with major giggles and laughs.

  8. Hmmm, my flutterbys stick in the sizzlit and separate from the paper. They have to be pried out. I must be sizzlet-impaired.

    Oh, and GORGEOUS technique! Must try, once I've overcome my affliction, of course.


    What Splitchito said all. night. long.

  9. I LOVE your card, Lydia! The brown and blue combo is my favourite! I love what you did with the butterflies! Gorgeous!

  10. Hope your hand is better. That's some crazy heat. Come for a visit up here. It's nice & cool and I gots lots of paint. ;) P.S. Injuries from sun-blasted metal should be a "nonism" in your world.


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