Monday, August 30, 2021

Swearing Always Helps + New Embossing Tool!

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I love snarky stamp sets. There's a balance though. They shouldn't cross from snarky to gross, or snarky to mean. Just snarky & funny is my fave, like this set for my sentiment today

I ink blended with this stencil and then just cut an opening for my sentiment. Anyone who has ever been a passenger in my car knows that the complicated compound cusswords I craft artisanally are little works of art. And it's been proven that swearing is good for you. LIKE BY SCIENCE. 

Now, as with all things, context matters. Where and when you choose to cuss says a lot about your manners. Alone in my car - good manners. At the Whole Foods salad bar? Bad manners. So choose wisely.

But the most exciting news today is this awesome new powder tool for embossing! This thing is so well engineered - it's like the iPhone of powder tools.

You prime the amazing little brush by pumping it - it gets the powdered bentonite clay (super safe, natural powder that's used in face masks (check out Living Clay, which I use on my face and for bug bites) - down into the fibers of the brush - the brush is black so it's super easy to see that it's primed. I won't use talc, and I find the cornstarch ones a bit sticky feeling on my hands. This one is so precise because of the brush and no touching those gross little bags. I love it! The cap keeps it all super neat and tidy when you're not using it - unlike my dusty bowl of bags, which went out with the trash today!

Really genius design. Look how sleek it is! And see the powder chamber? She sells refills, so it will live forever! Yay for non-disposable tools!

Then she has these ADORABLE precision stencil brushes. These are great for intricate stencils, or stencils with multiple images per stencil - and the tops are flat like a traditional stencil brush - the traditional stencil brushes I have are quite stiff though, and these are really soft. They come with a little loop so you could hang them all on hooks or a spinner. 

Here are all the supplies I used today:
Sassy Sentiments Clear Stamp 4x6 –...
[ THR ]
Overlapping Circles - 6x6 Stencil –...
[ THR ]
Mid Century Modern #1 - 6x6 Stencil –...
[ THR ]
Bitty Bunny Blending Brushes – The...
[ THR ]
Cottontail Powder - Refill – The...
[ THR ]
Cottontail Embossing Powder Tool –...
[ THR ]
Understand Blue MINI Slimline Folded...
[ CTC ]
Understand Blue Slimline Folded...
[ CTC ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #3...
[ CTC ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #1...
[ CTC ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #2...
[ CTC ]
Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05...
[ SSS ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | SSS | ELH ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Storage Envelopes, Medium 25pk,...
[ ELH ]
CheckOutStore Stamp & Die Clear...
[ CHC ]
Extra Large -50 pk, Avery Elle Stamp...
[ ELH ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ] Living Clay

Can you believe it's almost Labor Day? I fully expected the pandemic to make time pass more slowly, but it's been the exact opposite - it's just rushing by!

This weekend was the beginning of our bulk pickup window, and so we finally got rid of a chair that Maddie had scratched. It was a really nice chair - wide arms for books and beverages - cherry, and could fold flat to be a single bed - sort of a fancy futon. It just needed a new cushion cover, but I never had any luck selling it.

The junker trucks rolled early and so it was out there for less than an hour. These are just the people that take the stuff and sell it - not the actual city people who just dispose of it all - so I am always hoping that the junker people get it first - ideally nothing would sit there until the city comes at the end of the week.

This is also our first bulk pickup since the pandemic - they had canceled them for a year, which was a real bummer.

The junk truck that got our chair had scored a washing machine before they stopped at our house - that's an amazing deal, because I think they make the most off scrap metal.

Word on the street is that you can make quite a bit of money doing this job - and with the volume of trailers we see each time, I'm pretty sure that's true. They're so efficient too - it's kind of an amazing process to watch.

But anyway, since we had to convert my little library to a home office, we had no room for the chair, and now it's in a better place.

Now I'd just like to get rid of my dining room table and chairs! Who ever talked me into that dumb purchase? It's literally been used maybe two times in 17 years. Dumb.

It's hard to get rid of nice furniture these days! No one wants it - they all want IKEA and stuff they can order on Amazon. 

I'm starting to see the beauty of nearly no furniture, instead of tables and couches that are there just for show. 

Next weekend is my Use Those Gel Press Prints workshop, so I'm looking forward to doing a little organizing while that is taking place. You can sign up any time - it's not a date-sensitive class.

I hope everyone in Louisiana is safe this morning! What an insane weekend this one was. 


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  1. You had me at swearing! I don't do it often, but when I do, it's a doozy!! I knew TRH was coming out with some sort of smaller brush and was expecting them to be like the larger ones. I am SO happy they aren't! These look amazing!! I ordered WAY too many. Please show them in a live!!

  2. We got rid of our dining room table many years ago (I donated to a Hurricane Katrina refugee... so that's how long ago it was) and I've never looked back. If I have family for dinner (once every 3 or 4 years), I just put up a pop-up table and cover it with a nice table cloth. That way I have a complete extra room in the house. It was my office for awhile, but now it's my child's office... where she "attended" school all last year and where we can set up her computer so it's not in her bedroom. Win!

  3. I’m loving these new tools from TRHD too! The new embossing powder tool is truly amazing!! Love your blog and card as usual 💙

  4. Oh,my! I think I'm going shopping. Love, love these stencils and sentiment stamps. I know I will use them often!

  5. How did you hold down the stencil when rushing over it? I tried a thicker lined stencil last night and it moved


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