simple monday - embossing powder + tape

heat embossing

Last week I was in a complete rut. I think it happens when I have too many ideas, I'm tired and I just don't know what to focus on. So, over the weekend I decided to make something simple—super duper simple.

- Cardstock
- Martha Stewart Crafts patterning tape in two different widths (looks and feels like painter's tape). It's such a new product that I couldn't find a link to include here.
- American Crafts Zing embossing powders in metallic finish (Silver and Red - The Red is more like a raspberry or plum color) and opaque finish (Leaf and Powder).
- Zap heat gun
- VersaMark watermark stamp pad

heat embossing

Step 1
I randomly placed pieces of tape across the flat cards and the bookmark I cut out.

Step 2
Add Versamark ink by rubbing the stamp pad only over the areas where a specific color is to be used. The bookmark was embossed one color at a time. The flat cards where only embossed once since they only have one color each.

I noticed that the embossed powder that was on the tape melted quicker than the powder on the card. Make sure to stop using the heat gun once the melting on the cardstock has been completed.

Step 3
Remove tape. Done!

As you can see the edges of the shapes are not exactly clean. It may be because I didn't press the ink pad against the paper enough times. However, I still like that bit of roughness to the shapes.

heat embossing

Here's hoping that this week is productive!
Happy Monday!

it's all in my head


There's a fine line between taking a break and just not wanting to jump in and just swimming. That's where I'm at right now. Have I enjoyed my time away? Yes and no.

Yes, I loved having more time with the family and getting the school schedule going again. It's so nice to be back to our lovely routine! We're like a well oiled machine and I've also managed to work on a fun project I'll tell you about when the time comes.

No, I didn't enjoy having the scare of the year by taking my Mr. to the ER because of chest pains (thankfully nothing serious—but still!). We have had some emotional days around here and frankly I'm still in recovery mode.

But, back to my first thought. I've been wavering about when to get going again with blogging and just being online in general. I'm considering the idea of putting a summer digital sabbatical on the agenda for next year. Sadly, the unproductive air has slid into work as well.

So, this morning these are my thoughts...
What's with all the excuses?
Just move forward!
Let go and make.
Stop with the over-thinking.
The sketchbooks are there for a reason—pick something already!
More coffee won't help.
And making this list any longer won't either.
But posting this strangely does.

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Oh and random thought... Have you seen the new Martha Stewart Crafts products? I'm not a paint and brush kind of person but the colors have seriously have me excited to come up with some excuse to use them. I couldn't resist and I bought some adhesive stencil film. I'm going to experiment!

[strange but cool looking berries I saw the other day—anyone recognize this plant?]

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

lots of petals

lots of petals

I thought of posting the photo of a white flag at some point this week (nope, not kidding) but I decided you'd appreciate flowers a bit more. Take them as my "I'm giving up on my summer blogging" for the next few days image. I know if I don't do this now I'll regret not focusing on the kids while they're still on their break. We just have a few more days together. It's always a bitter-sweet time of the year.

So... for now I'm waving my white flowers.

lots of petals

This is my new Lots of Petals collection.

I've been designing and collecting the shapes for the last couple of months and I finally think it's ready. It includes 8 types of flowers that can be mixed and matched amongst themselves or with my Petals or Summer Blooms collections.

lots of petals

Oh yeah... and yesterday we celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary! Yeah for us!
Love my Mr. Z!

I hope that you're enjoying your week. See you in a few days!

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EDIT :: My apologies to those of you that received my August newsletter without appropriate links!! Here is the link for the desktop for this month (has no calendar—so it can be used at any time of the year).

more than a building


If you're stuck and need new geometric inspired ideas look no further than the architectural treasures in your area or the ones you find in cities you visit. This is a little study in form using the capitol photo as inspiration and more are coming.

Friday Tidbit
Today I don't have link to share. I just want to offer you a friendly reminder to use your cameras to collect patterns and shapes. I have a folder where I save photos that fall into this category and I use it for reference when working on new projects. Shoot without overanalyzing—but do shoot things that interest you.

Happy weekend!



We were in Austin for a few days and had a great time—even if we went from hot to hotter!

The change of scenery was very needed. Some things we saw are inspiring me and already affecting one of my current projects.

Above: Austin state capitol dome.
Layers + layers - so many possibilities.

Below: Senate room ceiling.
Love the hanging bowl shape.

white & gold

Star fence around the capitol grounds.
There's always much to be said about repetition.


Music themed windmill.
Quirky and a great reminder to have fun with my work.


I've always loved the hills and trees all around Austin.
Natural elements will always call to me.


Now, we're back home, the laundry is done (seriously set a record—I'm a procrastinator with the unpacking), we're back to reality and new projects are waiting.

Can you believe it's August already?!