Monday, 25 May 2009

A funny thing happened...

...I'm sitting here watching Babe - Pig in the City with the kids, and they've just played the line: 'men in suits, men with pale faces and soul-less eyes could only come from one place...the bank'...and I'm just about falling off the couch in hysteria at this...seriously, I know how the Hoggetts feel! My apologies if you work in the banking industry, my apologies and commiserations ;-).

You see, we've had some 'issues' with our fine, upstanding, institution of late too. They are one of the big four, we'll leave it at that. In the last 3 months they have compulsorily changed our credit card rewards program, thereby causing us to loose $500 worth of credit that we had saved, and for which we had to fight tooth and nail to get back. THEN they informed me they'd lost our title deeds, actually, they never admitted they'd lost them, they were claiming they'd never received them and I was busy preparing photocopies of the Oz Post Registered Post documents (from two years ago) to prove otherwise, when they finally found them in some filing cabinet...where they should not have been..apparently! And NOW, they've cancelled our credit card account, and started a new one, which they are claiming we asked them to do...which we didn't! This last little ol' manoeuvre now means that we have to alert all the direct debtors that we have a new account number before they start cutting off our internet, telephone and childcare to name a few!!

Do I love my bank? NO! Do they care? NO!! Do I have a choice?...It is unlikely, unless someone out there knows of a reliable mattress or futon they could put me in contact with. SIGH! Thanks for listening to my rantings. I'll get back on topic now...

I held a Stamping class at my place on the weekend, and we learn't the Emerging Colour technique (which in this particular case could also be described as Emboss Resist....the card resisting ink staining where it has been embossed, and the colours of the DSP emerging from underneath the clear embossed areas). I had a lot of fun, and I hope the girls did too!

This is one of the cards we made (the girls could choose which version they made):

List of Ingredients (all from Stampin' Up!):

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink: Night of Navy and Baja Breeze
Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Nursery Letters Jumbo Wheel
Accessories: Urban Garden Designer Series Paper, Vintage Brads, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Brayer, Stampin' Sponges, Versamark, clear emboss powder, heat tool, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive and sticky strip.

As you can see, in this version of the technique we have stamped in versamark onto Designer Series Paper and then clear embossed it, and brayered or sponged Classic ink over the top, to allow the DSP pattern to emerge. We also made another card, but I'll show that to you another day.

I'm going to leave you with this lovely image from

Lake Moraine by Charlie Munsey
Lake Moraine


PS. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about my bracelets. Your sweet words always make me feel so good! You guys are the best!!


Leigh said...

Cool cards Sam. I really like them.

Chat Noir said...

Hi Sam, Love the technique on these cards. It makes the images stand out so well. 'Specially like the yacht. Something new to try...

That poster is a fabulous photograph isnt it? I love reflections. If I can find one I fluked years ago, I'll send it to you. Basically it was a student of mine who was looking in a mirror. The pic showed her face, her reflection in the mirror, AND her reflection from the tabletop she was resting on. Couldn't do it again if I tried.

lots of love

Debbie Pamment said...

Sooo sorry to hear of your banking woes - they have us by the "short and curlys" sometimes!! I know my mum has had several huge issues with her bank - resulting in her losing nearly all she had!!!

On a brighter note - love the emerging technique over the DP - looks fabulous!! And your picture finishes your post off on just the right note!

All the best!


Leonie said...

These are very sweet cards! And what can you say about banks, cant live with em...

Jean said...

Sam, those cards look great! Can you believe the same thing happened to us with one of the top four banks!! They LOST our Title Deeds - of course they denied they ever had them. Our solicitor dealt with them and they were found very quickly - funny that! It is indeed a sad old world when we cannot trust a bank!

Kate Lewis said...

I love the look of this technique - really want to try it out sometime, love these cards Sam! What a stunning pic too -I need to go there lol! There's an award for you on my blog by the way Kate x