Today starts for me at 7 am when I can log on to the demonstrators’ website and register for the OnStage Convention in April. Then it will be an anxious wait to find out who in my team has managed to book! Last November, the convention was sold out by mid afternoon! That speaks volumes about what an excellent event this is! Yesterday I told you I had a Doctor’s appointment to start my day. My doctor had the results of my follow up blood test I had done last week. She wasn’t happy that my White Blood Cell count was so low. I explained the low WBC was normal for me, and has been for years. But she wasn’t happy and is sending me to see a haematolgist just to make sure. I’m not complaining, I’m pleased she’s being thorough. However, I was due to have my flu jab, which put my doctor in a real quandary! WBC is responsible for fighting infections, and the flu jab gives mild flu like symptoms. On the other hand, if I don’t have the flu jab, how would my body cope if I caught full blown flu? After considering this dilemma for several minutes, she decided it’s better for me to have the jab, so I let her go ahead. By yesterday afternoon, my arm and shoulder were really hurting, which isn’t condusive to happy crafting! So far today I think it has settled down!
Anyway, enough about me. I had a fabulous time crafting yesterday – after taking painkillers for my arm and shoulder!! When I first saw the Stitched Rectangles in the Spring/Summer Catalogue I was so excited! They were on the top of my wishlist! That is, until one of my customers asked if the sizing was for the US market! My heart hit my boots when I measured the largest die and saw that they are made for the US. I spoke to Stampin’ Up! and they are working on this. The rectangles came off my wishlist altogether! I explained what I’d found out in one of the small Facebook groups I’m in, and there was so much positive feedback about these rectangles, I changed my mind and the rectangles went back! Now that I’ve used them, I’m so pleased that I bought them! Yesterday, I had great success playing with them, so I’m planning to demonstrate what can be achieved with them in a video!I’m showing you what I did but I’m not going to try to explain how I did it, because it’s going to be so much easier to demonstrate. The rectangle dies are double stitched, like the the Stitched Seasons Framelits dies that were on offer towards the end of last year – around October? – and which co-ordinated with the Blended Seasons Stamp Set. That is, they stitch on the inside of the die and on the outside. For yesterday’s card, I used the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies to die cut the smaller of the two hearts. I very patiently adhered the two together using thin strips of tape at the back.
Yesterday I was making Welcome to the Team cards for my new recruits, and I used one of the smaller rectangles. Again, I adhered the outside edge back to the main rectangle using thin strips of tape. I don’t think there’ll be many crafters who’ll have the patience to do something so fiddly. I was then on a mission to work out how to use both sides of the stitching in a project. If you have a close look at today’s card, you’ll see what I mean! The outside oblong, i.e. the frame is plain Whisper White Cardstock (CS) but the inside panel has been embossed with the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder. The effect is amazing! Today, I will plan out a design and an “HOW TO” video. There are different ways to do this, and I want to find the easiest and most straightforward way!
That’s about it from me today. I hope you have a lovely day, and until tomorrow, happy crafting.
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