It's our last week of school FINALLY and a lot has been due. I had to complete a huge portfolio for my job, which also included 5 full days of training and various meetings/courses throughout the last six months. I thought it was due at the end of July, but received an email last Thursday from the Coordinator stating it was due Monday. WOAH! Totally not prepared for that! It's taken quite a bit of work throughout the last week to get it all sorted, but it's finally complete. I simply cannot wait to give it to my Coordinator so I don't have to deal with it anymore.
I'm also in a very intensive Master's course working on an Action Research Project. It's really in-depth and the course is kicking my butt. Plus, to be frank, I don't like the instructor. I think he's borderline offensive and gets extremely defensive if you say anything. For example, he takes too long to respond to emails, so when I asked about it in a private email, he posted the comment in the main forum for all my classmates to see! How wrong is that?!?! He'll be getting one hell of a review from me at the end of the course!!!
Here's something I worked on last week that I submitted to PaperTrey for their monthly Guest Star Stamper contest. If you go to their website and click on InkPad Gallery, you'll see the winner. Yeah...the minute Sharon posted this on her blog, I knew I had NO CHANCE! I will say I'm a little disappointed with this stamp set. The stamp set is called Text Boxed, and was released in mid-June. The whole point is to have a stamp that looks like a reverse image: so you have a inked box with the image that appears not to be stamped. Well, I cannot get any of the images to stamp completely, no matter what ink I try. I don't know what the deal is, it just doesn't work! I've tried different inks (Stampin' Up classic and craft ink, Palette inks), different paper (SU and PaperTrey), and different acrylic blocks to apply the stamp. There is always a spot where the ink doesn't touch the paper, no matter how I rock the block, push down with all my might, and shimmy around my table. Ironically, I can get my Versamark to do well...but I don't want to have a $24 stamp set where I can only use it to emboss or put PearlEx on it. So it's a very frustrating purchase.
On to the card. Because I couldn't get the main images to work, I had to look outside the box. I originally did a really cool card with Versamark and three different colors of PearlEx to create a Patriotic card, but the PearlEx wasn't exactly how I wanted it, so scrapped it and started again. I decided to do a background type image with lots of different images from the set. I then applied Versamark over the entire image and dumped a ton of Glossy Glaze embossing powder on it so I could do the Cracked Glass technique. I then rubbed a Brilliant Blue ink pad...which didn't turn out as I planned. It's supposed to give it a little bit of a textured and older feel, but it just made it look crappy! :-) All in all, the card turned out pretty cute, and I plan on sending it to my niece who turns 4 this weekend.
Stamp sets: Text Boxed, Little Lady, both by PaperTrey
Paper: Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White, all by Stampin' Up
Ink: Real Red, Brilliant Blue, So Saffron all by Stampin' Up, Versamark and Black Stazon
Accessories: Silver Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Glossy Glaze EP by Stampin' Up, Ribbon by May Arts, Cuttlebug