Glitzy Congratulations!

What do you do when someone reaches for a goal, right before your very eyes ... and reaches it?

Get out your 'Bravo' stamp set and make a card to celebrate the accomplishment!  
Not only is this stamp set full of "just the right thing to say" sentiments, but they also express your happy feelings in a big, bold way!  

Case in point:

I've kept it simple, but added some fun pizzazz with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Just a couple of Dimensionals to lift up the largest star, and my favorite new glue to adhere the rest of the sprinkling stars ... the brand new Fine Tip Glue Pen from the upcoming Holiday Catalog!  Soon, m'friends ... September 1 is almost here, and this delightful new super-fine point glue with a very special applicator can be yours!  (I already honestly adore this glue and it's no-clogging tiny little applicator tip!)

Local Notes:  My first 2015 Christmas Stamp-A-Stack begins this Saturday, with Replay Day coming up in early September.  Although it's too late to RSVP for Saturday, there's a bit of room for Tuesday, September 8 if weekdays work for you.  Please contact me if you'd like to jump in on this one, but please RSVP asap and I'll send the complete invitation to you via email.  Hope to see you soon!

Inky (((hugs))),


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Off-Task with No-No Creating!

Have you ever had a short list of things you "need" to do?  My short list was "short" because it actually entails many things for one upcoming event ... next weekend.

Well, distraction happens ... it just does.

I happened to look at the SCS Inspiration Challenge (IC507) yesterday ... and that's where I seriously derailed off the pre-identified task.  The inspiration website was filled with canvas and mixed media creations.  Naturally, I thought that "I" am immune to such inspiration.  Until I saw this creation from Pinterest:

Tex's Reminder / Disclaimer:  I am not a mixed media artist ... I hardly ever even dabble in the genre. I can name amazing friends who can claim this style of art to be their homey place.  But we are not related other than by stampy spirit.   

So I traveled down the "Now you're off-task" road:

No paints.  No fibers.  No embossing paste.  So, this must be no-no mixed media!  On my SCS post I dubbed it as "Faux Mixed Media" ... but No-No is certainly as accurate, don't you think?

It 100% Stampin' Up!  

And this afternoon ... I aim to be actually "on task" for next weekend's Christmas Stamp-A-Stack planning!  

Inky (((hugs))),


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** And as always, if you have any questions, I'm just an email away and happy to help!

Inky (((huggss))) y'all!


Lookin' for a Deal? Here You Go!

Welcome to the newest Weekly Deals, m'friends!

I spy some fab In-Color Washi Tape, Clothespins, and a great price on the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch .... and I'm visualizing the great treat bags & tags to be made for that candy-handing Fall holiday coming up before long .... just sayin'!

After checking this list of new savings, take a couple of minutes to explore the Clearance Rack as well!  Products there are available only while supplies last, and when they're gone ... they're
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Terrific Tuesday to each of you!

Please let me know if I can be of help in any way!  It's my pleasure to help you to get the most out of this creative outlet we know & love as paper crafting and stamping!

And to those who have been wanting to come on board my team in time to set started for the new compensation plan, new points, new fun & new friends, please email me!  I'll be starting up my video chats for new demonstrators, and you won't want to miss out!

Inky (((huggss))),

Stampin' 101: Adhesives

'Stampin' 101'   *   Adhesives

Aren't all adhesives basically the same?  

Stampin' Up! offers such a wide variety of excellent adhesives for your card making, scrapbooking, and paper crafting projects, I've decided to share this discussion to clear up some of the murky waters of "Adhesives" for you.

Ever wonder what adhesive is the "right" one for the job?  Today's tip is all  about that, highlighting each of the adhesives Stampin' Up! has available and their best uses .....

Adhesives_glue_pen2-Way Glue Pen (#100425, $4.50)
Permanent or temporary adhesive; temporary if you let glue dry first, permanent if you immediately adhere.  It's blue when wet, clear when dry.  Dries quickly.  Has chisel tip for detailed placement.  Perfect for small touches of glitter and all-purpose glueing.  Washes off skin with soap and water.  Acid free.

Double-sided, permanent adhesive.  Easily applies a controlled amount of adhesive directly to your project, so your hands and work area never get sticky.  Refills available.  Acid free.

Adhesives_snail_refillSNAIL Adhesive Refill (#104331, $4.50)
Don't buy a new SNAIL Adhesive dispenser, just refill the one you have!  Acid free.

Adhesives_fast_fuseFast Fuse Adhesive (#129026, $10)
This super-strength adhesive bonds instantly and neatly.  Safe for memory preservation projects; great for 3D projects.  It's so easy to apply when assembling your favorite 3-D creations, boxes, and bags.   Refills available.  Acid free.

Adhesives_fast_fuse_refillFast Fuse Refill (#129027, $7.50)
Refill your Fast Fuse Adhesive applicator.  Acid free.

Adhesives_glue_stickStampin' Glue Sticks (#130654, $4)
Add glue anywhere with this diamond-shaped glue stick.  Great for reaching those tight corners!  Dries quickly.  Two sticks per pack.  Acid free.  Shaped packaging prevents rolling away, so there's no "chasing".  ;)

Adhesives_crystal_effectsCrystal Effects (#101055, $6.25)
Create a glossy, lacquered look over images, paper, anything.  Also works great as an adhesive to attach buttons and other heavier embellishments.  Try it, and love it!  Dries completely within an hour, depending on how thickly it is applied.  Water based for quick and easy cleanup.  Acid free.

Adhesives_stampin_dimensionalsStampin' Dimensionals (#104430, $4)
Psssst!  I should own "stock" in Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Dimensionals .... I never order "just one package".  LOL    Use the entire page, including side-strips for sure!  Need a skinnier piece?  Snip them in half easily!  Double-sided adhesive foam dots add depth and dimension.  Instant bond.  Pack of 300 1/16" diameter dots.  Acid free.

Adhesives_mini_glue_dotsMini Glue Dots (#103683, $5.25)
Super sticky, instant dots of adhesive.  No fumes, no mess, no drying time.  Holds bows, 3-D flowers, and heavier embellishments.  Box of 300 3/16" diameter dots.  "Essentials" in my supplies box!

I adore this glue!  It's one of my primary adhesives here in the studio, and is a part of my new-visitors supplies kit.  A  crafter's dream glue!  Multipurpose Liquid A little smear does so much more than you would expect, and holds card layers together beautifully.  It also adheres glitter and other embellishments.  Strong bond; dries clear.  Has fine tip for details, broad tip for large areas.  Acid free.  

AND ... Stampin' Up! has added a brand new adhesive to the line-up that we are all going to {{{{squishy-heart}}}} LOVE !      

Smiley from Millan.Net Stampin' Up!'s Fine Tip Glue Pen is on the way, September 1 !! Smiley from Millan.Net

So just stand by, gather up your wish list, contact me with your questions about this delightful new adhesive, and let's get ready to scoop up the latest in thin & bitty application of a splendid liquid adhesive!

Inky (((hugs))),


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Chicks Circles Challenge!

Good morning!   I have 'new news' to share today!

I'm tickled to share that I was recently invited to join some of my friends at the Challenge Chicks challenge team!  
Sa-weeeeeeet!  The Challenge Chicks is a monthly challenge brought to you by some splendidly talented stamping & paper crafting artists!  

C'mon and play along with us! Share your entry over at the Challenge Chicks Community Facebook page!   Psssst!  There's no deadline to play along ... no last-minute rush with an "Oh no, I'm late!" at the end.  Just a creative challenge for your stampy pleasure!  Uploading to Splitcoaststampers?  The keyword is: CHXAUG15

This month's challenge is Circles of Friendship!   Use circles ... mixed with a bit of friendship!  Friends ... If you're like me, your friends can be special treasures ... each so uniquely wonderful!  My card today is appropriate for oh so many friends of mine!  

Perhaps you've heard that it's been a hot, hot summer here in Texas.  Maybe that's why I just keep using the fabby Watermelon Wonder in-color.  For this pinterest-inspired creation, I used the In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack 2015-2017.  The designs in this paper stack make creating just plain easy!  

The sentiment is a pairing of the Hello You Thinlits, and one of the many great sentiment choices available in the Crazy About You stamp set.  See how easy this all comes together?   The stamps and dies are available as a money-saving clear mount bundle too!  Circles?  Easy-peasy with SU's Circles Collection framelits.  

If you'd like to get a look at even more Circles of Friendship inspiration, I know you're going to enjoy checking out what my Chick sistahs have in store for you as well!  Chick'em out, and hopefully you'll decide to join in the fun!   There's no deadline to play along ... no last-minute rush with an "Oh no!" at the end.  Just a creative challenge for your stampy pleasure!  I

Diane Zechman @ Paper Cookies
Jeanne Streiff @ Inky Paws
Kelly Schirmer @ Gingham Girl
Bev Gerard @ Texas Rubber & Ink  (Here you are!)
Anna Wight @ Sassy & Sweet
Kittie Caracciolo @ KittieKraft
Lydia Fielder @ Understand Blue
Kellie Hull @ Stamping With A Dream
Dawn Lusk @ Dawn A New Day
Vicki Gee @ Vicki G Stamps

Inky (((hugs)))


Awesomeness with Fringe

I'm willing to bet that most of us know at least 5 people deserving of a card with the sentiment featured on my card today.   

See what I mean?   It's fair to say that I adore the new "Big News" stamp set!  

Interestingly enough ... I didn't plan to make this card at all.  But I received an email asking about the dimensions used on a card with this style from over a year ago.  Since I have long-ago sent that card to someone, I gathered up a few cardstocks to recreate that design.  By then .. I was committed to the task!  With that much done there was no reason to just cut layers and skip the 'finished' product.  LOL
While this one isn't on the stampin' menu for Thursday's class here ... I'm thinking I'll need to order more of this Delightful Dijon Dotted Lace Trim.  Funny how this stuff seems to disappear so quickly when it's so easy to tie & goes so well with upcoming Fall-ish colors as well!

Here's to a great Thursday and more for you!

Inky (((hugs))),

          Supplies Used to Create This Card:

Goodies for Everyone! New Weekly Deals are Here!

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Hint:  The 1/8" Circle Handheld punch is perfect for adding Baker's Twine to your package tags.  And the 1/16" Circle Handheld punch?  Ohhhh ... you're going to love having this for your metallic threads & cords coming up for your holiday creations.     #thinkholidayscomingup