Thursday, February 5, 2009
In yesterday's post, I mentioned the new alphabet set from My Favorite Things ... Bling 'Bet. I finally got a chance to play with it, and I L-O-V-E it!! Believe it or not, I was going for a clean, lean, minimal design, but ended up with this. Once I got started, I couldn't stop - it's a sickness, I tell ya!
But seriously, this 'bet set is so much fun! The letters are designed with holes in them, which you can leave as-is or fill with crystals, pearls, Stickles, brads, eyelets, etc. You can even punch out the holes and layer the letters over another color or pattern. I stamped and heat embossed my letters in brown, then filled the holes with these teeny, tiny half-back pearls that I found in the clearance section at my local Hancock Fabrics a while back. I think they're intended as an embellishment for bridal wear maybe? Not sure, but that's what I seem to remember from the product packaging.
The papers are all from the Basic Grey Bittersweet collection. Do you know how many BG 6x6 pads I have that I've barely touched? Not this time! I intend to reduce the thing to scraps and only scraps. I painted the ivory flower with Angel Wings Shimmerz, the light pink punched leaves with Pink Poinsettia Blingz, and the darker pink flourish diecut with Magenta Shimmerz. Here's a closer look at all that shine - yum, yum. (Shimmerz paints are available in the MFT store.)
Bling 'Bet, Tea for Two (which I used yesterday), and a third set, a Who's That Girl called Digital Girl, are all now available in the MFT store. For the gotta-have-it-all types, you'll find special pricing on full collection. Last night's release also included Chocolate Kiss, a new collection of Stephanie Fizer digital paper. It's all pink and brown - perfect for this time of year.
Okay now, before I go ... does anyone know anything about blog counters? A month or so ago, my original blog counter quit working for several days in a row, so I added a second counter in case the first one never came back up. It did eventually, and there was about a 5,000 discrepancy, which seemed about right if the first one wasn't counting while it was down. For the last week or two or three, both counters have been running, and the strange thing is that the difference has grown from 5,000 to 12,000. I want to take one down, but I don't know which one to take down! I don't trust the original one since it flaked out for so long, but I also don't want to inflate my numbers, since the new one seems to be counting more hits. Anyone know how these things work and why they're different? (They're both free, and neither has any documentation, much less support.) Thanks a bunch!
Stamps: Bling 'Bet (My Favorite Things)
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Natural White; Basic Grey Bittersweet
Ink: VersaMark; Ranger Old Paper and Walnut Stain Distress; SU Regal Rose
Accesories: brown EP (?), halfback pearls (Swarovski), distressing tool, sewing machine, ivory velvet ribbon (May Arts), Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, CTMH flower, Basic Grey brad, MS leaf punch, BossKut flourish die, foam adhesive; American Crafts plastic hearts, Shimmerz
Size: 5 1/2" square