Monday, February 06, 2012
I started in the morning yesterday working on the birthday card cupcakes...while Karma relaxed in the sun.
First I had to apply the white caulk frosting. It dries fairly quickly so I used the little glass beauty shop finger soaking cup (looks like a teeny tiny shot glass) that I often use for ink when I use dip pens. Worked perfectly!
This is the water soluble caulking you can get at the hardware store. Easy clean up!
Was a very slow process...
...of gradually spreading the caulking...
...carefully over the top of the muffin.
I love the 3D effect!
Had to do them in sections with breaks (57 actually) and wash the brush after every 2 or 3 cupcakes. Then I let them dry for a couple hours.
Karma stretching in the sun.
The next step was the colored Stickles.
This was a lot longer part of the project than I expected.
Turned out I'd have to do one color of dots and then let it dry before I did the next color because I discovered they stay wet for quite a while and easily smear...and I had so many laid out that I would accidentally touch my arm on wet ones. So I had to wait 45 minutes or an hour between colors. This was after two colors.
Karma finds my projects a little on the boring side.
May arm was getting very tired squeezing those little bottles. So I did decide to split them up--face about half one way and half the other so I could rotate the entire batch right on the mat. That way I only had to reach up over three rows max instead of five.
When I got done with all the sparkly colored dots then it was time for the yellow Liquid Pearls candle flame.
A lot of puttering, but aren't they cute!
Honestly, my arm was shaky from squeezing out 19 dots and a candle flame on 57 cards. My math is not good, but my arm told me that was a lot--LOL! Left them to dry overnight.
Karma waited patiently all day for me to finish so we can have some serious couch time. ;)
This morning I put the first card together. Used ScorTape to attach these last two layers.
Here's the finished card front...
...and just a short sentiment stamped inside:
"It's your special day."
I needed to get the first February card out in the mail today. Done! Tada! Now I only have 56 left to put together. ;)
Meanwhile...Karma also happened to nearly destroy her cat grass while she was patiently waiting for some couch time--LOL! She does love her cat grass.
I will definitely be more generous with the seed next time and let them get taller before she can get her teeth on them--hehe! When they are packed more tightly together there must just be more for her to gnaw on because she's never pulled this much out before. But I've never been this stingy with the seed, either--LOL! ;)
Well, today I am washing clothes and plan to maybe putter about a little. The sun is out again and that fog we had for four straight days has no chance to return on this very windy day, either. I can see the clouds scooting across the sky! See--we need our wind up here. ;) It's still only 28 degrees with 93% humidity, but the sunshine has been so nice to see again since yesterday. Supposed to stay cold and sunny for a few days.
I'll try to maybe catch up online today, too. And with the SOAR journal. She starts the week on Sunday but then she apparently never posts the new week of materials until Monday. So I am always trying to cover two days on Monday. Honestly...that is starting to get old really fast. If I end up quitting you can bet that will be the reason. Really rubs my OCD more than the wrong way. Seriously, if your dated week's materials go from Sunday through Saturday...well, I'd have them posted on Saturdays...not on Mondays. Sure glad it's a free class/group--LOL! ;)
Well, I hope your week is looking good! I have to go switch clothes in the machines. (What glorious inventions!!) Be safe and happy!!
"Goodness is the only investment which never fails."
Henry David Thoreau