Friday, 7 October 2016

Merry Medley

Hello, Crafters.

What a saga I've had with UPS! 

I had notification that my parcel would arrive on Tuesday - it didn't arrive! I had notification it would arrive on Wednesday - it didn't arrive. 

I contacted UPS Customer Services and was told the driver couldn't find my address! What a load of baloney? In this day and age of SatNav that obviously was not the truth!

I was told my parcel would be delivered on Friday - it was delivered yesterday by my regular driver who had just returned from his holiday. 

There was a sticker on the back of the parcel which read "Misload"! See the last photograph! 

Obviously, the truth was that my parcel had been loaded onto the wrong lorry on Tuesday, was in the warehouse on Wednesday being correctly sorted ready for delivery on Thursday! 

Why didn't they tell me a mistake had been made? Mistakes do happen, even with normally great companies like UPS!

My greatest critic, hubby, doesn't like today's card because he doesn't like black cards! Yesterday, I decided to make a card with an image stamped in our White Craft Ink on Basic Black Cardstock (CS). I'd seen a post on Facebook of a test carried out on ten white inks, and Stampin' Up! Craft Whisper White Ink came out best!

I'm not sure I have ever used this ink for stamping, although I have used it plenty of times for sponging edges. 


I used the Merry Medley Background Stamp using Whisper White Craft Ink on Basic Black CS. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and wonder what it would look like on Cherry Cobbler or Garden Green CS!

To make today's card I started with a base of Basic Black CS, then a Layer of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and my stamped Merry Medley image for the top.

I used the large plain star in the Starlight Thinlits Dies and die cut a star out of the uppermost part of the image in the centre of the sheet. 

I then took the smallest patterned star die and die cut a  star from the centre of the star I'd already die cut from the centre using the large plain star die. 

Then I took the smallest star outline die, and die cut using  a scrap of the Dazzling  Diamonds Paper. 

I adhered the image layer to the Glimmer Paper using Glue Dots. To adhere the black star, I rolled a few Glue Dots into small dots and put them on the back of the larger areas of cardstock and I also put some Tombow at the end of all eight points.

I put this under a weight for a few minutes while I carried on with something else. Then I came back to it and added the small Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper star using a Glue Dot.

I thought about adding a separate sentiment but decided against it!

That's about it for today, Unti tomorrow, Happy crafting.



  1. Oh my goodness! That WAS a saga indeed! Glad UPS finally came through in the end however. Interestingly, I know another husband who doesn't like black cards. LOL -- I love these black & white cards myself, but fully realize that they do not necessarily appeal to the masses! I really enjoyed seeing the video too, comparing various brand names for white ink ... very impressive indeed!! Thank you Jan.

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I enjoyed the video, too, because white can be a challenge! Maybe that's why I've never really given it a try. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Hi Jan, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who has issues with UPS. My complaining didn't do me any good, because I used to get my parcel between 2-3, after my complaining I now get it between 5-6, or not at all on the specified day.Also, I have a problem trying to stamp with our white ink. I thought maybe it was the old pad that my leader gave me, so I bought a new one but still have problems of it not stamping dark enough, so I don't use it. Your card is nice, but like your hubby, I don't care for black, reminds me of funerals. lol...Ann in Canada

    1. Hi, Ann. Oh dear, that's not good at all! It gives the company such a bad name! I've never had problems with individual drivers - in fact they have all been brilliant! I'm sorry to hear your white stamp is disappointing. Have you been in touch with Support? ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.