Thursday, July 26, 2012

My Thinkin' Spot

When we decided to renovate our small one and a half storey home into a full two storey 5 years ago, there were a couple of things I really, really wanted.  I'd always dreamed of having a wrap around veranda and a porch swing to enjoy it.  Well, my wish came true :)  The first photo is what the house looked like in the summer of 2008 and the second photo was taken in June of this year...just a slight change, no?

We inherited our porch swing this spring.  It looked like it needed some work but once we washed it down it literally came back to life.  The only thing missing were cushions to make the "ride" a little more enjoyable.  I decided in my spare time (haha) I would sew my own cushions; that way I could choose the perfect fabric and they would be exactly the right size. 
I need to interject here that I am by no means a seamstress...especially with my nine month old running the foot pedal and my 3 year old in charge of the back stitch button.  But, even with all the "help", I managed to get the cushions done in an afternoon/evening.  I added tons of Velcro tabs on all three cushions to make sure they wouldn't shift while you are sitting on the swing and stuffed each cushion with 1/2" foam so it would be nice and comfy. 
Now if I could just find those lazy days of summer everyone talks about to enjoy it!!  The odd time I do get to sit on it is usually about 10:00 at night with a cup of coffee - all is quiet and it gives me a chance to wind down and do some thinking - which is exactly why I've named it my 'Thinkin' Spot'.  Its also where I got the idea to name my blog ;)

I have a really quick card for you today as well.  It's a technique called Inlaid Embossing.  A truly simple, basic technique that involves punches, an embossing folder, and your Big Shot.


Stamp set: Thoughts and Prayers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Textured Soft Suede, Summer Smooches DSP
Ink: Primrose Petals, Gumball Green, Basic Black
Accessories: Square lattice embossing folder, 1 3/4" circle punch, Lucky Limenade Ruffled ribbon, Triple Blossom punch (retired), sticky strip, snail adhesive.

In the instance of this card, I stamped the flower from the Thoughts and Prayers set on white cardstock first.  I then punched out the flowers with my Triple Blossom punch from Primrose Petals cardstock and glued them down with snail adhesive.  Then its as simple as running the cardstock through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder.  It really appears as though the punched images have become part of the base cardstock!  Have fun with this technique - its makes for an instant WOW factor!

Well, I best get at some card creating!  I have six cards on my list that need to get made within the next expect to see a few more posts over the next while! :)

Thanks so much for looking!
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BarbB said...

I love reading your blog. You have a real flair for words and expressing your thoughts.

Donna said...

Well, that comment does about sum it up well, I will agree!
I wanted to say that, "wow! your new home is amazing!!! So very pretty!!!" It's so nice to know where your thinking spot is and how it came to be and frankly, I had wondered about your blog name before so I'm loving knowing the connection now! :) All seems right with the world (even a year later; ha!)! I wish you continued happiness and stamping!! Warmly, Donna (SC)

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