My OH has now gone off to archery leaving me to play in here for a few hours - and this is what's going on:
I'm currently trimming the new LOTV Christmas stamps I got last week. I was very good and didn't go TOO mad. The first task after trimming them is to stamp the images onto paper so I can tuck a copy into each little plastic holder they come in with the name written on for reference. Am still debating about the big re-organisation of unmounted stamps and how is best to sort and store them.
I've already trimmed three stamps and one is already sitting patiently on an acrylic block. I'm too
Next up is a swing to the right - stuff reasonably tidy ready to put away. Need to do that next as I'm working myself into a corner yet again - you kinda know that when you have to craft with your elbows tucked in dontcha?!
The plum coloured ribbon is staying out, I think I'm making wedding invitations (no Moira, you do NOT need to buy a hat!) and want to play round with some ideas. The proposed colour scheme currently features aubergine, but this is the best I could find locally to have a try with.
In front of the ribbon is one of my all-time 'must have's' for stamping - my trust stamp positioner. I know that SU do one now (think it's called a Stampamajig) but I've used this one for years and years - just a flat piece of acrylic measuring 5" x 6" and an L-shaped thicker/chunkier piece. I guess most folk either know about these and already have something similar or are clever enough not to need one. The principle is that you stamp your image onto the flat piece of acrylic, tucked right into one corner of the L-shaped piece so the acrylic stamping block or your wooden stamp touches two sides of the inside of L-shaped piece. Then place the flat piece of acrylic first where you want on your card - inky side up of course - and you can see just where the image will be when stamped. Re-ink your stamp, wedge the L-shaped piece against the corner of the flat piece as you did before, then holding the L shaped piece in place on your card or project remove the flat piece with the stamped image on. Make sure you don't move the L-shaped piece and just stamp as you did before, making sure the edges of the stamp or stamping block touch the inside corners. Works for me every time :)
This is becoming a marathon post so I hope you're good at speed reading else you might have given up by now - but one last thing. I had a blog candy draw last month for some Ultra Fine Pro Marker nibs. There are still some unclaimed ones patiently waiting for their new homes so if you entered then please hop down to this posting here. It's worth checking the results out - trust me!
After that, make sure you also hop over to Julia's to catch up with what everyone else is up to - and the answer to the cryptic expression is below. Have a great WOYWW everyone!
Monolithic Duo-Avicide - monolith = stone, duo = two, avicide = bird killing
So it's 'killing two birds with one stone' - I hear groans!! Don't blame me, it's one of my OH's expressions, any issues take it up with him, right?!!