Sunday, August 21, 2016

Glimmer, Glitter, & Awesome!

OMGosh!  I'm so excited to share this with you today!  
It all started with this week's inspiration challenge at SCS ... IC559, featuring the EcoCycled Etsy shop for visual inspiration  Keyword through it all is:  text .   Not the messages sent via smart phones ... but literally pages of printed information.  

When I began to browse, I immediately thought of the great contrast created with black paired with red or yellow.  As it turned out, I managed to avoid making a choice ... go for both!  


Say "Hello!" to one of the coolest new products coming up in the Holiday Catalog ... Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder.  I knew it would be a favorite for me ... and I was right.  It's glitter packed into embossing powder for a super-jazzy look!  Stamp with the VersaMark pad, use your Heat Tool to melt the embossing powder, and let it sparkle up your coming Christmas creations & more!
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Faux lightbulbs are made by punching Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch.  The continued the lightbulb effect features punched Red Glimmer Paper, all adhered with bitty little dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Remember to grab your Stampin' Write Markers to add some extra oomph to the marquee!

Thanks so much for your online orders!  Remember that I'm always happy to answer your questions & assist in any way I can, so don't be shy.  ;)

Inky (((hugs))),


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bev's Soap Box - Stampy Friends

Time for Bev's Soap Box ... 
Stampy Friends - and What's that all about anyway?!

Have you ever wondered about the friendships created through the love of stamping ... Let me assure you that there are true blessings to be enjoyed.  Stamping has brought the most amazing people into my life, both near & far, far away.  

We're all fans of stampers who inspire us with their creativity, or their style, their humor, their easy-going attitude, or likely several other positive aspects.  One of the many stampers who inspires me on a regular basis is Brian King.  Brian is a Master of CAS (clean + simple) designs and an unmatched deliverer of smiles 'n humor.  And, he's an incredibly successful SU demonstrator.  Every now & then I'll comment on another creation of his, and I'm never too shy to ask permission to share a design here in my own classes.  That's exactly how this class card came to be.  
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Mega Thank You, Brian!  Click here to see Brian's original.   Just a few little changes and this bear was bringing joy to my weekend class!

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Gotta love adding dimension on cards, whether it's via texture or lifting images with Stampin' Dimensionals.
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Need a specialty card?!  Here's what resulted in class when a brand new stamper said she needs a card for a new baby girl:


Still the same Bear Hugs stamp set & dies ... just a color switch to Pink Pirouette for the parachute (Weather Together) and added the bow image from the bear set!

Remember to scoop up your limited edition Thoughtful Branches set during August!  

Hope you found some inspiration here today!   
Inky (((hugggsss))),



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Do You Stamp with a Purpose or Just from Inspiration? **DTGD

There are times when I create with a particular person in mind.  Of course, there are times when I create simply 'because', or because I'm preparing for a class, or an event, or maybe I'm adding to my supply of cards to be sent at another time ... i.e. the stash.  This one came about with a someone in mind who lives near an ocean.  Can you see it?   


This week over at Splitcoaststampers features the annual Dare to Get Dirty Challenges!  These challenges are presented by SCS Dirty Dozen members and alumni as a special 'thank you' treat to all who are members of the SCS Fan Club.   



My sweet friend Judy Rozema (StampingQueenJAR) posted the DTGD16StampingQueenJAR challenge that just reached right out to me ... I was compelled to participate by the challenge itself, without obligation but just that 'need'.  KWIM?
   
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Inside I create a super-simplified echo of the front view.  The awesome sentiments are from the new Flourishing Phrases stamp set.  It's such a beautiful 2-box set that has sentiments for front and interior, and meets a multitude of needs.  Texture on the front comes from the new Seaside 6"X6" embossing folder.
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Meanwhile, back to getting ready for next weekend's 1st Saturday Stampin' class.   If you're in the area, you're invited to click to check my class calendar to select a stampin' opportunity coming up!

Inky (((hugs))),
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