Wednesday’s Card: Mosaic Madness

Mosaic Madness

Hi All!

Before I talk about today’s card, I want to let you know that my site was hacked! It was nothing serious – just spam. But still… why do people spend their time making others suffer? I didn’t even realize I had been hacked. One of my readers said that Google Seach informed her that my site may have been compromised. There was nothing visibly different on the site – it was spam that is only recognized by search engines (namely Google in this case). I don’t even understand the purpose of it. Anyway, it took me 6 hours to find the junk code and delete it. Seriously, I don’t know how anyone without a computer science degree would be able to figure this out. My degree is old at this point, but I guess it’s still useful for something!!

The bottom line is that everything is back to normal. :) I wish hackers would channel their intelligence and creativity into something productive and useful in this world.

Okay, so now onto today’s card…it is kind of a different card for me. No coloring at all! I really like stamps with matching punches. This set, Mosaic Madness, has both a matching punch and matching embossing folder. Die cuts are okay, but punches are SO easy. I think this set is going to be pretty versatile, for cards and also for scrapbooking. I try to be careful in my stamp set selections, attempting to minimize the one-use stamps.

I used Versamark on the embossing folder so that I could heat emboss and get the white areas inside the impression. That may sound confusing, but watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.

I’ve gotten a few emails this week about the changes Stampin’ Up! announced regarding their non-compete policy. I think it’s really nice, but it’s 18 months too late. I’ve since affiliated myself with other companies, like Dick Blick and Ellen Hutson. And they are incredibly nice people to work with! To go back to Stampin’ Up!, I would have to drop all of those. The status quo seems to be working well for me, my sister, and my affiliates (and Stampin’ Up! I must say!!), so I’m going to keep things the way they are. My sister is still donating 20% of every order to Foster Kids Charity, so if you don’t already have a demonstrator, please shop at her store. Thank you, thank you to so many people who have supported us and the kids. :)

I hope you are all enjoying your summer! Having the kids home has limited my craft time significantly, but they are so fun to have around (well, when they are not bickering, lol!). I’m trying to enjoy them as much as I can before they leave me. Courtney, my 8-year-old, decided she wanted to have a “Sea Animal Day”, so last Wednesday we went to the Dallas Aquarium, donated money to animal conservation, and made a cake to celebrate. She and my 12-year-old frosted it completely by themselves. Here’s a peek at the result:

Sea Animal Cake

I didn’t take a very good picture – it’s a 2 layer cake with starfish on top, in case you can’t tell!!

Anyway, enjoy the video and have a great week!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, you’ll need to click on the post title above (“Wednesday’s Card”) to go to my blog and play the video.

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  • Green rhinestones

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Comments

  1. I am in love with this set. Your card is so stately(I don’t know another wordfor it). It could be used with any message and for men or women. You do such a great job.

  2. Love the mosaic look! Nice job…

  3. Casey Thrush says:

    Very cool!

  4. Beautiful card…. I don’t think the photo does the card justice, but the video seems to show it off its sparkle!! Love your site. Thanks for all the good advice and inspiration!!!

  5. Maria Rodriguez. says:

    I love when SU comes up with this fabulous tools that you can use together to make beautiful cards like this one, Darlene. Sometimes I have to see the products in ”action” so I can make up my mind. I think this EF, punch and stamp set will definitely go into my Wish List, you are a great enabler, my dear. We all love your blog Darlene, it’s fabulous to come here, not only on Wednesdays but any day of the week, to find amazing projects and fabulous videos to learn from. Thank you for taking the time to make them.
    Now, about this cake…..I bet it tasted delicious. Having your little girls home for the summer is fantastic. Yes, you might not have all the time in the world for crafting but this time with your girls is more precious than anything. Kids and grandkids grow up so fast so we must enjoy them while they are still all ours, it looks like you are doing just that.
    Bless you all.
    Maria.

  6. Barb Ghigliotty says:

    Gorgeous card, Darlene!
    So sorry to hear that your site was compromised! I’ve had my email hi-jacked, and it’s so upsetting! I’m really glad you were able to trouble shoot the problem and resolve it…Wednesday just wouldn’t be the same without you :)
    Off to see your video…Thanks for posting and letting us know what’s going on!

  7. Wonderful card though a departure for you. You’re right the punch really makes it easy to put together.

  8. Okay, brilliant tip about removing the adhesive from in between the rhinestones! I always hate that extra shine that shows the surplus tape on my cards. I am so doing this, thank you Darlene!

    BTW, your daughters’ cake is adorable! Love that there are even jellyfish on the sides ;)

  9. Hi Darlene – the girls’ cake is great … love the starfish !

    I have the mosaic stamp/punch/folder on order and cannot wait to get it to do this card .. it makes a great all occasion card. Thank you for sharing the idea and thanks also for the tip about getting rid of the extra adhesive on the rhinestone strips .

  10. Hi Darlene,
    once again a beautiful card. It’s a great idea to use embossing folders and Versamark together to achieve a pattern. Before I watch your video I always try to figure out from the finished project how you did it. Usually I’m successful but not this time. I’ll definitely try this out.
    Beautiful cake, too. Our summer holidays will start in two weeks and I will also be together with my daughter for six weeks. I am looking forward to this time and we’ve already planned lots of activities, but I know what you mean – I will miss some quiet moments, too.
    Anyway, lovely project, I’m always looking forward to Wednesdays, greetings from Germany

  11. Darlene, thank you for the great video. My mind is dizzy with ideas. The main one will be using this set to make Christmas cards. I usually embellish so much that the extra postage is a drag. Using your ideas in Christmas colors will work perfectly. I might just punch some of my left over Christmas paper and use it instead of stamping, or maybe both. Who knows? Great cake, I bet it was yummy.

  12. I actually saw this video way before I think you meant to post it. Was that part of the hacking? I love everything you do, you know that! I hadn’t heard about the SU! news. So, they are allowing you to use other product other than their own if you are a demo? If true, I know this would be more reasonable, and would help promote them even more – besides – they have other “companies” make product for their items as well, so it only makes sense….

    Can’t wait for next week!

  13. Darlene DeVries says:

    Hi Kari, no actually that wasn’t part of the hack. I uploaded the video early and somehow the “private” setting didn’t get set. Several people saw it before I even noticed, lol!! Oh well. Yes, I agree SU is now being more reasonable. I think using other products with their products makes THEIR products look more versatile. I just wish it didn’t take them so long to change their policy. I think a lot of demonstrators were frustrated about it. Anyway, thanks as always for your kind words. :)

  14. Darlene DeVries says:

    Alice, I love, love the idea of using this set for a Christmas card!! It totally would be festive. I make a lot of cards so something repeatable is a must. I’ll have to think about that one!

  15. Hi Darlene,
    I love this card. Like a lot of times, a stamp set does not seem appealing until you see it in action. What a great idea Alice with the Christmas cards using the punch and Christmas DSP. This one is definitely on my wish list. Darlene your children obviously get their talent from you. What a great cake. I am sure it tasted as good as it looked. Well done to both of them. Thanks again Darlene for a great demo.

  16. Meli Isen says:

    so sorry to hear about your site….I agree with you, if they would channel all that energy into something better…it would be better for everyone!!!! anyway…love the cake they get their creativity from “mom”…love it

  17. Love today’s card Darlene. I have that set, and this looks like a fun way to use it! Also – your cake is super cute!

  18. I love checking out your tutorials. I find so much great information on your website and I feel really good when I order my Stampin Up goodies from your sister knowing that a donation is going to foster kids.
    Keep up the good work, it is greatly appreciated.
    By the way, tell your girls that cake is awesome.

  19. Loly Borda says:

    Beautiful card Darlene! I bought this bundle last week and I already used it, I love it! Thanks for the inspiration. (Here is the link in case you want to peek http://loly-borda.blogspot.com/2013/07/mojo-birthdays.html)

  20. Gloria T. says:

    How fun was this card to watch and create myself. I love the way you showed us about embossing and inking the diecut so you could get the design just right for the card. Loved also how you stamp each indiviually, punch out and then add to the cardstock just great, thanks so much again Darlene.

  21. Julie H says:

    Great Video….always enjoy your posts!

  22. Enjoyed your use of the white embossing powder to bring the mosaic punch-outs to life. Keeps them from looking flat. Thanks for the ideas.

  23. Darlene,
    How do you do it? Always something exciting and new. And I love the cake. Your daughters are truly talented, too.

    Was late getting to my emails. Have a good weekend. Hope it’s getting cooler for you.

  24. Robin in WA says:

    The cake looks very pretty and so is your card!

  25. Love this card, too! Those stamps and punch are so very cool!

  26. Oh, and sorry about the hacking….I just cannot stand stuff like that either….I don’t know why there is just so little respect for other people’s property any longer!

  27. Luv this card. Normally I wouldn’t look at this set, but Wow! You sure showed it off very well. thx.

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