Well it has been a week of results, at last my HB claim has been sorted out. I got a phone call from the assistant finance officer who apologised for the long delay, and he confirmed that my claim had been accepted. Phew. I know have all the pape work, so I can claim some money back, which is just as well as I've had the electric/gas, and water bill. All are down on last year, especially the water bill, which I've halved. It was difficult to keep reminding mum that we had a water meter, but I am now more mindful, so the bill has shrunk. So now I can start to plan financially, which is a big help. I've also arranged my counselling.
So now to the crafting. I've done a few bits this week, though the twinchies defeated me, guess I wasn't up for something so fiddly when feeling stressed. Anyways, I had this book of tags, which I split up, they are like mountboard. So I painted on black and let it dry.
So how to acheive this? It's best to use either a one of those brown craft mats, or a glass cutting mat, paint some gesso on, make sure you have a big enough area for your stamp. You don't need much, just a good layer, plonk stamp into gesso and stamp as usual. You not only get the image, but also a textured effect. You could speed up the drying process with the heat gun, but I just left mine to dry for about half an hour, good excuse for a tea break!
I was feeling very pleased by this time, but needed to finish it off. I had picked up a magazine which had a free embossing folder and three stamps, so I used two of the three stamps. Stamped the image, then cut it out with a spellbinders d lite label, and just inked round the edges.
The end result is at the top. It was a satisfying afternoon's work. I do enjoy watching Ally, she has some truly off the wall ideas and she makes a welcome change from the usual cardmarking kits!
It was also a sad day, my next door neighbour was rushed to hospital after having a stroke, he is only a young man and it looked serious. At first I thought it was my immediate neighbour, who had an angioplasty yesterday, I thought maybe he'd had a relapse, but luckily he is fine.
Not sure what tomorrow will bring, I've already prepped another tag, so may do that or something completely different, like paint a door!
Hope it isn't too soggy were you are. Thanks for stopping by.