Snow ... in Hawaii?? Snow Way!

You either read the news or heard the news, didn't you?  There is snow falling in Hawaii!
And they expect perhaps a foot of snow?  Really?

That's the sort of news that almost makes one wonder if they're really awake, or if that new coffee flavor has an ooky-spooky side effect!
Even though I'm actually in personal Christmas card making mode, shopping, and all that jazz, I wanted to play along in the FS516 challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Congrats to scrapaholic007 (Shannon)!  This darling little penguin in the Snow Play stamp set is so cute and the matching framelits dies are totally easy to match with the shapes for cutting.  The only coloring required was on his little feet and beak.  A few bitty seconds with an aqua pen and the Delightful Dijon ink pad and penguin is ready to play in the snow!

I inked up just the top two words of one of the sentiments and cut the words apart to create the word tags.  Partial inking of stamps is so easy when you use the 1" uninked ink pads to create little ink pads in the specific colors you need.  (Naturally these little pads are a perfect travel size when you take your stampy fun along to a retreat or hotel for any reason you're going to be away from your regular supplies.)  Keep thinking "Christmas" .... Now, can you name the dsp I've used on this clean 'n simple creation?

***Remember to check out our Year-End Closeouts while your favorites are sale priced!  Some items are 'while supplies last' ... so check early if you've had your heart set on a certain something.  ;)
Have a sweet new week, everyone! 

Inky (((huggss)),

Year End Clearance!

End of Year Clearance Period : Dec. 1, 2016 – Jan. 3, 2017
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Inky (((huggss))),

Thoughts & Prayers Sympathy

Times for sympathy and prayers for those in struggle happen all throughout the year ... even during holiday seasons.  Honestly, I'd prefer to have a couple of these ready to go, but even though I currently do not have spares ready to mail, I'll return to this design again.  

I consider the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set to be timeless.  This set will stay in my stamping cabinet for years to come because it transcends gender, time, and trends.  

The designer paper and lace ribbon used on this card are both retired from the 2015-2016 catalog, but I do use favorite retired items for personal card sharing.  While I sell some retired items, I'm an active stamper for personal enjoyment as well as being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Thus, I use what I love.  Being a demonstrator does not "limit" my personal use of products at all.   ;)

The subtle simplicity speaks for itself in this card.  I chose the oval shape for the bough + sentiment to add a touch of coordinating shape to the image arch itself.   Rounding the top corners echoes that soothing curvature.  This was sent to a friend whose father passed away.   I fully understand how vast a daughter's emptiness feels when her beloved father leaves this life.  A smaller oval was placed inside with another of the beautiful sentiments from this set.  I simply hurried to get it sealed and ready to send rather than remembering to photo the inside first.  Isn't that the way we stampers roll?!  

Inky (((huggss)),

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Inky (((hugs))),