Friday, January 24, 2014

Impression Obsession Challenge I {HEART} You!

Impression Obsession Heart Flourish  DIE126-U
Impression Obsession DK Designs Helen Keller Stamp
SU! Whisper White Cardstock
SU! Rich Razzleberry Ink

I began by playing around...literally! I fell in love with the IO Heart Flourish die and ran it through my Big Shot just to see what it looked like. Of course, it was gorgeous! But so was the cut out! So, I took the paper and ran it through with Spellbinders rectangle. The die is large and it cut through the right side, so I cut a second Spellbinders frame to hide that part as best I could. Then, I took the die cut and mounted it just off its cutout to add dimension. I used mounting tape to mount both frames and the heart and sentiment, I also used rolled glue dots and attached them to the die cut to add even more dimension. I took the heart that was cut from the middle and embossed it using a hot pink. Here was the interesting part...I didn't have an IO stamp that would fit!!! They were too big or didn't fit, etc. I noticed my DK Designs rubber stamp with a quote from Helen Keller, saying that the most beautiful things can't be touched, the must be felt with the heart. I LOVED the way the word "Heart" looked, so I used VersaMark on the word heart and cleaned off the words around it. I stamped and embossed it and used a Spellbinders die to cut it out and mount it.. Lastly, I found one of my Breast Cancer ribbon brad and hung it on the end of the Impression Obsession flourish. 

The Impression Obsession Challenge this week was something I was originally going to skip. Nothing personal, I was just absorbed in several other projects and didn't think I'd have the time. Let's face it...when you have a 7-year-old high-functioning autistic kid, who is known to every police officer in the two small towns my house straddles, finishing ANYTHING becomes a big deal.

Today was 'hugging' day at the grocery store. That's when the Kid decides he's going to hug EVERYONE in sight.

"How cute!", you say, wondering how that can be all bad. In answer to your unspoken question, perhaps we should give an idea of HOW the Kid goes about hugging.

Imagine you're pondering which flank steak piece you want to purchase so that you can prepare, oh, stir fry or something. As you're reaching for that steak, a 70 pound 7-year-old throws his arms around you screaming "You're adorable," which you probably didn't hear because the momentum put you headfirst into the entire meat display.

As the Kid is being dragged off you and you begin to hear a panicked voice apologizing and explaining how the Kid is autistic and blah, blah, blah. You say it's alright-and it's not really because now you're embarrassed because there's a crowd of people wanting to hug the kid and thinking it's adorable and you're just wondering how to get the obvious impression of flank steak on your forehead, off for good.

Sigh. was THAT kind of day.


  1. Carmen your card is gorgeous! But I see you've been die shopping again. I guess realizing that you aquired 162, and now 162+ dies in the span of a year didn't scare the crap out of you! You do realize that you will have to live forever plus a day in order to fully utilize what you have now, or at least that's what I tell myself and my everyday life is not filled with exciting adventures like yours is!

  2. I KNEW that die counting was going to come back to me!!! I still think you should come visit...I feel you think I'm still exaggerating just a tiny bit...Oh, how I would LOVE to see the realization that I'm probably minimizing my adventures...hee hee Now, I'm going back to fix my grammar and will try the photo in natural light, as someone once advised me to try...3am is rough but when back pain hits...there's no sleep that's gonna happen until the meds hit! :)

  3. Great card! Love the white on white. You do seem to have more exciting life adventures than me. :) I am glad that you are sharing them too! I still need to read Part 2 of your fiction story. I will let you know when I do that. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.