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:
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!
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.
- Green rhinestones
- Stampin’ Up! Mosaic Punch
- Stampin’ Up! Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder
- Stampin’ Up! Stamp-a-ma-jig
- Sizzix Big Shot