Four teeth lighter, but wisdom (hopefully) intact and some cards!

Well it's over and I may be a big girly sook, but I'm VERY glad to have that particular experience behind me!  Wow, who knew that four little (ok, fairly large and troublesome as it turns out) teeth being removed could be so nasty?!  A week and a bit on, my chipmunk cheeks have thankfully gone (I looked like I was storing nuts for several winters for a while there!), the bruising has gone too and there are just a few stitches left to dissolve.  My chin, lower lip and bottom teeth & gums are still numb though due to the nerves being disturbed in the process of extraction but hopefully the feeling will come back relatively soon..... The upside of the whole process was that I got to spend a few days absolutely BLUDGING at my folks' place!  It was decided that it would be easier for Tim to just have the girls to look after rather than all 3 of us, so I was treated to some mummy love (the BEST kind!) and did four fifths of bugger all (to quote my Aunty Mair :)) for almost 5 days!  Actually I lie, I read an entire book, 3 or 4 magazines, watched 2 dvd's and more television that I've ever watched in my LIFE before!  It was awesome and I'm trying to think of what other surgical procedures I might line myself up for so that I can go and do it all again!!

Tim was AMAZING in my absence and I came home to a tidy house, no washing in the laundry, dinner cooked and two poppets who had been perfect angels the entire time I was away.  I am one lucky girl :)

Thanks to those of you who popped in and left messages while I was away too - it was lovely to read them :)

So I thought I would put up a card or two, since cardmaking rather than oral surgery is in fact the main focus of my blog, so here is one that I made a few weeks ago (several times over in fact) as a thank you card for the girls in my team that arranged the stamping projects and demonstrated at our recent team day at the end of October..

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It's a technique called "faux poplin" achieved by feeding your stamped piece of cardstock through the crimper first in one direction, then turning it 90 degrees and putting it through again.  Here's a closer shot...

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I saw the technique somewhere months ago and filed it away in my head until I wanted to give it a go, but now of course I have no idea where I first saw it....  Splitcoast maybe..?!  Anybody know?!

Anyway, I was quite happy with the results and think that it's a funky technique worthy of some exploration with different stamps and maybe even Designer Series Paper...hmmmm

"Faux Poplin Thanks!" Stamps: Bud Basics, Short and Sweet Paper: Rose Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Certainly Celery Ink: Old Olive, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery Accessories: Regal Rose wide grosgrain, Certainly Celery thin grosgrain, Large and Small Oval Punches, Rich Regals brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

I also made a baby card using this technique for Sarah-Jane who recently had her second sweet baby girl...

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I haven't used Little Pieces for ages, but thought that randomly stamped in pretty pastels would make for a very poplin-esque result :)

"Welcome Baby Ella!" Stamps: Little Pieces, Short and Sweet Paper: Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, Whisper White Ink: Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, Apricot Appeal Accessories: Very Vanilla wide grosgrain, Soft Subtles brads