Over at the Distress Ink Techniques Facebook group, we offer a monthly technique challenge. A technique utilizing Distress products is described and the members have the entire month to submit their entries. This month’s challenge was the Block Stamping Technique. To accomplish this technique, you simply ink up your acrylic stamping block with distress ink or oxides, spritz lightly with water & stamp onto your card.
My submission included block stamping with Distress Ink and then applying Distress Ink through a stencil (the yellow squares on the card). I had previously watercolored some butterfly stamps and thought they would look cute on the card. I gold heat embossed the stamp (hugs) on to a scrap of black card stock and adhered it to the card.
When shopping at My Favorite Things if your order reaches a certain amount, they send you a free gift. This Christmas Tree die was a free gift with one of my orders. I used various shades of green Distress Inks to color watercolor paper. Then I used the tree die to cut out both the watercolored paper and the front of my card. Using the inlaid die method, I glued the tree pieces into the die cut out areas of the front of my card, added some die cut and Distress Ink watercolored stars for embellishments, and finished the card with the Merry Christmas sentiment stamped with Distress Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.
The poinsettia stamp was watercolored with Distress Ink. I wanted to make the poinsettia the focal point, so I placed it on top of a wood grain piece of scrapbook paper and added the heat embossed sentiment.
The final two H.U.G. cards for this project have been handed out. I gave a H.U.G. card to neighbors in my apartment complex.
Working from a very short shopping list of items to purchase prior to Christmas, I encountered three fantastic people that I gave H.U.G. cards to this morning 🙂
I was out and about doing some shopping today. My first encounter was at Walmart. I was trying to reach some bottled water that I wanted to purchase. Unfortunately there was no way that I could reach the water so I started looking for a Walmart employee. About that time a couple came into the water aisle. I decided to ask the man if he would be willing to reach the water for me. He got the water, put it in my cart, and moved my cart in the direction I wanted to go. He was so sweet and kind and treated me with respect. I loved seeing the smile on his face when I gave him a H.U.G. card
The second H.U.G. card went to a wonderful, helpful employee at Michaels Arts and Crafts store. All the Christmas stamp sets are on clearance for 70% off. Several days ago when I was in the store I saw a Christmas snowman stamp set that I wanted to purchase. I took it to the price checker machine to see how much it would cost. The price checker showed the regular price of $12.99 for the stamp set (not the 70% off). I asked a store employee about it and she said it was just the regular price and not 70% off. I wasn’t in the mood to fight for the 70% off, but it definitely was a Christmas stamp and was on display with the Christmas items. Recently I was chatting with my niece in Pennsylvania and she purchased the same stamp set. When I told her about my experience with the stamp set, she said she had the same problem with it coming up regular price. She said her husband fought about the 70% off and she got it at the clearance price. I decided to go back to Michaels and get the stamp set for the clearance price. At the store, with the stamp set in hand, I asked a Michaels’ employee about the situation. She immediately said I could have it for 70% off and called ahead to the cashier to tell her that she should take 70% off the price of the stamp set when I checked out. I’m not sure why the first employee didn’t do that, but I sure am glad Debra (the employee) did today 🙂
While out browsing the Christmas bargains, I was able to pass out two H.U.G. cards to two fantastic cashiers!! This year I have encountered the most amazing cashiers with pleasant and cheerful personalities even with all the stress of holiday shoppers 🙂
Today’s H.U.G. card was just a little bit different. As I was writing out a bill that I had to pay, I thought about how nice it would be to include a Christmas H.U.G. card in with my payment so that the person who opened it would receive a paper HUG. I think I will start doing this any time I need to send something to someone 🙂
Another trip to Michaels Arts & Crafts store to pick up a storage box. I gave a H.U.G. card to yet another one of my favorite employees. If it sounds like I have a lot of favorite employees at the Michaels store, it is because I do!! I have been a very frequent shopper at this store for many years and find this store to have the best, most helpful, and friendly employees of any store I’ve ever shopped in.
It was also grocery shopping day for me so I headed to Walmart. I passed out a second H.U.G. card to the sweetest young cashier. She was just delightful and because of her engaging demeanor I truly enjoyed the checking out process 🙂
The first H.U.G. card for today was given to a nice lady that I encountered while walking to my parking space at my apartment complex. The second H.U.G. card was given to a favorite cashier at a local convenience store.