Wednesday, December 15, 2010

the business of beeswax...

Why is it that all the good LSS go out of business?  I found out last night, that the last LSS that I like that is anywhere near me is closing it's doors.  I went there last night to find beeswax for a project I'm working on. I knew they would have it... Stores like that carry the odd things the chain stores don't. When I got to the parking lot, I saw the big "store closing sale" sign, and my heart sagged. They did have the beeswax I needed, and some great deals on their stuff, but it is hard to get excited about a sale that is so sad. 

Then today, I was on a quest to find more beeswax (as I needed more than the LSS had left). I first checked online to see who *might* have it. I was surprised that most stores I looked at said they don't carry it. I decide to check the actual stores (as I know some of their websites aren't the best indication of what they carry). I checked in the paper craft areas, and I *tried* to check in the candle and soap making areas as that would be a logical place to sell beeswax. I guess candle making has gone out of style here cuz half the stores don't carry the supplies anymore. After trying Joanns, Michaels, and Roberts, I was running out of options within reasonable driving distance, but I didn't want to order online as this was for Christmas presents... yeah, late start, but that is another story.  I finally found some at Hobby Lobby, so I'm a happy camper. I just wish all the LSS were doing well enough to stay around. They carry thing that are very hard to find other places.

Ok, enough of my yakking... Here is a project I was going to post a while ago, but blogger didn't want to load the pictures until today. Go fig.

 Paper: Coredinations,  watercolor paper, white cardstock
Ink: Archival, Distress, Mark-it, Inksenssials Opaque white
Stamps: Great Impressions "Christmas Town"
Creative Inspirations paint: Fairy Dust

I stamped the image with Archival ink onto watercolor paper. I then used Distress inks to watercolor the image in.  I added shadowing to the snow using "Pumice Stone" Distress ink, then covered it with CI "Fairy Dust". I could have used the "Winter Frost" which is a white color, but I wanted to make sure my shadows showed up, and since they were fairly light, I went with the clear "Fairy Dust".

I went around the edges with some brown Distress ink to give it a bit more of a vintage feel, I then doodled in some stitch lines with a Mark-it fine tip. I love those markers!

I'll be sharing some beeswax projects soon, along with some other projects I have been working on but haven't had time to photograph yet...This month is becoming increasingly crazy! 

Ok.. gotta take care of myself now, so I can kick this stupid cold. I hate being sick! Yuck!
~Kassi

3 comments:

Love That Bug said...

Kassi,
I love your card, and the coloring of it is great. Sorry to hear about your sad sale, but atleast you were able to find it.
Hope you feel better soon
Hugs
Stacy

~ Kendra ~ said...

Kassi ~

I love this card! It's beautiful!! I hear ya, a few of my fav. LSS have also closed around here. Glad you found what you were looking for.

Kendra

just2ducky said...

Love the coloring and shading... And the glistening :) Okay, love it all! Hee hee hee!