Today I have a rather big blog post to make up for the quiet week I’ve had here at CaCaCraft by Erica. If you are not interested in my jibber-jabbering, scroll on down to the first card picture, the crafty stuff starts around there.
I been really sick for the last couple of weeks now. There is some horrendous cold/flu like/knock you on your butt sickness going around in my neck of the woods, several of my friends have also been affected and been out for the count as long as a month! Even The Man got it and was confined to our bed this last week. This is the man who doesn’t take days off from work due to sickness for all the time I’ve known him, which I took as a sign it might be time to update the will, it really was that bad!
Frustratingly, I didn’t get well miraculously just because he got sick, so we have both been absolutely hanging. My week didn’t just consist of recovering and trying to look after The Man and The Chicas the best I could. Oh no, a run-away doggie resuce took place too! On Wednesday I felt somewhat better and decided to take the Cheeky Chicas out for a decent walk as they had only had short ones for a while. Well, it all went a little bit wrong as Mar-Mar out-stubborned me when it came to which route to take (for such a tiny little thing, she’s surprisingly stubborn!) so we ended up taking a longer walk than I had originally planned. On top of that, when we were at the furthest point away from our house, we also encountered a loose dog with no owner in sight. He took an instant shine to the Chicas and followed us all the way home. No amount of ignoring him did any good. You see, here in Poland it’s quite common to see dogs loose, especially here in the country side where we live. They have homes but are free to go around wherever they want during the day. I’m not used to this and found it very hard to leave him outside our gate, all alone, hoping he’d find his way home again. He refused to leave and was jumping at the gate, trying to open it and worse of all… he was crying for attention. It might not come as a big surprise that I was sitting inside the house crying myself, feeling awful for this poor boy!
As he wouldn’t leave, I bundled up again and set out with him in tow to see if we could find his home and owners. We walked all over the village but has no luck whatsoever so the only thing I could do, was turn back home and come up with a new plan.
Despite the Chicas having major reservation about other dogs, we ended up letting him in the house, fed and watered him, gave him lots of fuss and would you believe it? The Chicas were actually quite ok. Good thing too as I was ready to adopt him on the spot. In good conscience I couldn’t just keep him, obviously, so I put him in the car and went to the vet to scan him for a microchip, which he had but there were no owner details registered on it! The vet said I could either take him home with me or drop him off at a shelter. Erm, shelter?? No, he came home with me. Step 1 towards my plan of adopting him was taken in my mind already. I mean, look at that little face!
As I know how heartbreaking it is when your dog runs away, Gem-Gem once ran away and it was awful, I thought I at least had to try and find the owners and where better to start than close to where I first saw him? It was a bit of a needle in a haystack situation (understatement are still running rampant here) and I’m not going to lie, at this point I was ready to collapse from exhaustion but I thought I at least had to try for like half an hour or so, and take it up again tomorrow if I had no luck today.
The very first house I stop at, and I still can’t quite believe my luck, that’s where this wayward boy lives! No joke, the first house! How is that for lucky coincidence?? The man of the house was just arriving home and I showed him a picture of the dog and asked if he knew him. The man looked at me a bit funny and said, yes he knows this dog. Excitedly I asked if he knew where he lives, to which the man replied ‘He lives here’! Turns out he had no idea the dog was missing as his wife hadn’t called him to let him know, hence the confusion! I’m pretty sure there were words exchanged that night about efficient communication. One thing that made this whole ordeal worthwhile was when the man said his 10-year old son would be very happy to have his dog back, which made me so pleased. It must be said that Step 1 in my plan towards adopting him was quickly taken back!
In the end, a dog was reunited with his young owner and the Chicas had a very positive experience with a dog so all in all, not a bad day for the furry, four-legged individuals in this story. Myself on the other hand, I had walked over 12000 steps in cold weather with a bad cold and I was in bed by 8.40pm/20.40 o’clock that night and slept until 11 the following morning! My cold was thriving again and I felt awful.
The bare minimum has been done around the house for a while now, I really should clean rather than craft to be honest! But crafting doesn’t require as much stamina as cleaning does and crafting is way more fun. You are probably more interested in my crafting than my cleaning schedule anyway so let’s get to it, as I have been babbling on for ages already. If you are still here, give yourself a pat on the back and a cookie!
Right, so I recently added the Cherry Blossom Oval Set ink pads to my growing Altenew ink collection and I also got the Build A Flower: Ranunculus stamp set. They seemed like a match made in heaven so I got those out and started stamping, using my MISTI naturally. It makes mass-producing easy and take out the guess-work when it comes to lining the stamps up every time you stamp. I usually stamp up a scrap image that I use solely for “proof stamping” so to say, to make sure all the other images come out perfect. It’s definitely worth doing, especially when you do one-layer cards and any little mistakes will be glaringly obvious.
I have a habit of stamping up lots of images without having a clue of what to do with them, especially with layered stamps and I did just that with this one and had enough flowers to make three cards. The challenge here is making each card individual and unique whilst using the same colours and image. Well, I accepted the challenge… proposed by myself… erm.. well… because I’m a craft-aholic?
For my first card I stamped directly on a card base, and I used Simon Says Stamp 120# white card stock for this. I love this card stock, it takes the ink beautifully and is so smooth and lovely. I’d use it for everything if I had enough of it but as I have hoarding tendencies I try to make it last. The outline I heatembossed in The Ton stamps Rose Gold Embossing Powder and would you believe it… I managed to mess up the stamping despite using the MISTI, I was so annoyed with myself…
I stamped the sentiment ‘Sending Love & Hugs’ from the Build A Flower: Ranunculus Set in an ombré way using the inks in the Cherry Blossom Oval Set to keep the colours the same. To keep this card CAS/Clean And Simple, I only added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear mix using Multi Media Matte.
For card number two I again stamped up the flower, the exact same way as with card number one: I used the inks on the SSS white card stock and heatembossed the outline in rose gold (and got it perfect this time) but for this card I used the coordinating die and cut out the flower.
The card base is the very same SSS white card stock, cut in half and then scored at the half way mark to create an A2 card measuring 5.5”x4.25”. On this, using the die cut flower as a guide, I stamped a few leaves in the lightest pink in the ink bundle. I used only the first layer to keep the design simple but couldn’t resist adding a little bit of interest by using a flowery branch stamp from the set Beautiful Day, which I stamped with VersaMark before heat embossing it with the same Rose Gold embossing powder I used on the flowers.
I used the same sentiment for all three cards and on this one I used the two darkest inks to again create a slight ombré effect. The flower I adhered to the card using foam tape to make it a bit more different from card number one.
Card number three is much more elaborate… The flower is done in exactly the same way as card number two, stamped and die cut. For this one I also stamped up the leaves but instead of using greens, which didn’t really fit my colour scheme, I used Coffee Break Oval Set to get a bit of a gold/vintage look. I did three with the first three colours and another three with the three darkest colours to get some variety.
The sentiment I heat embossed in the same Rose Gold embossing powder I’ve used for the flowers. It’s important to dust your project with an anti-static powder tool before using any type of embossing powder as you don’t want it sticking in places you don’t want it. I like this one.
This flower I also used foam tape to raise up from the card base, but this one is cut out of double sided foam sheet using the die so it fits perfectly under the actual flower. To get the leaves placement right, I again used the flower as a guide before removing the protective layer from the foam tape and pressing down onto the card base. In order to get a bit more ‘life’ into the card I also added small pieces behind some of the leaves to lift them up from the card base.
As this card was meant to be rather elaborate, I added some The Ton Stamps Rose Gold sequins in different sizes, using Multi Medium Matte adhesive.
With that, I am finally done. It’s over, you made it to the end, no matter how far away that goal seemed in the beginning, you made it! LOL! Another cookie might be in order to regain your strengths. Just saying.
Take care and thanks for stopping by today!
Happy crafting from Erica