We had storms yesterday afternoon – wind, hail, rain, lightening, tornado sirens going off.  My car has been parked outside because my side of the garage is the work area while Greg is finishing the deck.  When he got home and the storm was headed our way he said lets get everything out of the garage and get your car in – so we are scrambling to move everything as the storm approaches – I open the doors and it is pouring rain, wind blowing and hail coming down – Greg says to me “run it will only sting for a minute”!

Are you kidding – he wanted me to run out there – shouldn’t he be the one running out there!  I wouldn’t go so he finally did without his glasses (he didn’t want to get those wet) – so then he couldn’t see to get my car in the garage because he couldn’t see through the rain without his glasses – it took him 4 tries with me waving my hands to go this way or that.  He finally got the car in and I got the garage door shut.  We went inside and Tyler says – “The grill is blowing across the deck” – it is on wheels and they weren’t locked so the big grill was rolling around the deck (we haven’t connected the gas line yet with the construction not quite done).  My guess is it was probably quite comical if anyone was watching us.  The storm finally passed with no actual tornado here.

I’m happy to report the new room is water tight – no leaks anywhere!  And the new gutters worked well (I’m so glad they were there).  The rain came so fast though the yard flooded  and the neighbor had a river coming down his hill.  And there was hail everywhere – I didn’t measure it but the news reports dime size to quarter size in our area.

Anyway none of that has anything to do with my card for today.  Well sort of it does – after that Greg decided it was a good time to connect some power protector thing to the computer and in doing so he had the internet down and our network is now messed up.  The internet is up but I can’t get to the network where my files are.  He went to bed and it is not a good idea to wake him up – really never a good idea to do that – he is very grumpy if you do.  So my dilemma was how to get my picture to create this post since I’m writing it at night before I go to bed.  Luckily I had the email in my sent folder that I sent to Gretchen over the weekend and was able to copy it from there back to my laptop to use for this post.  Well that was a long story to get to the Color Challenge for today.

Click on this link to go to the  Utah Diva’s Color Challenge blog.   We are on week #25 and we have lots of colors today.  I don’t really like when there are so many colors and I kept thinking flowers and butterflies and wanting there to be a green in this grouping and there isn’t.


So what to do with Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, and Basic Grey…. I have been wanting to use the little builder wheels in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog so I decided to try something actually very simple.  I also checked and all of those colors happened to be part of our button collection – which is not always the case with these color challenges.  And here is my very simple card.

It’s actually a terrible picture of it.  But the card base is Basic Grey and I wheeled the builder wheels with VersaMark ink, sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder over it and heat set.  It really makes the designs pop out on this card.  Then I took a small flower button in each of the colors tied a piece of thread through the center and added them to the card with mini glue dots.  Really not much to this card at all.

Oh and one trick with the Builder Wheels – sometimes the wheels are a bit uneven and when you wheel across the table not all of the wheel makes contact with your paper leaving some spots blank.  I was having a problem with that on the center wheel.  My solution – I took the silicone rubber pad that I use with the Big Shot and the Texture plates and placed it underneath my grid paper and card.  Then rolled the ink on and it has enough give that the wheels make contact with the paper everywhere.    I hope that makes sense – is it as clear as the mud that is in our yard from yesterdays storm?


Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock:  Basic Grey
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Stamp sets: Builder Wheels – Butterfly Bliss, Delight in Gladness, Pleasing Polka Dots
  • Accessories:  Jumbo Stampin’ Around Handle, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat tool, Silicone Rubber, Brights Buttons, Subtles Buttons, Neutrals Buttons, Mini Glue Dots, crochet thread

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.

Stamping Together at Monika’s Place – February 2011 Newsletter – CLICK HERE.