Unboxing Day with the August Kit from Creative Escape Papercrafting!

I'm tickled to share that I'm an August guest designer for Creative Escape Papercrafting !   Take a look at the fully loaded kit from CEP for August, 2018 ... 

Creative Escape Papercrafting offers a brand new kit each month, great for card makers, scrapbookers, and paper crafters.  And, their monthly subscriptions enable you to make sure your kit is reserved for your enjoyment in advance of the kits being made available as single kits on the website.  Items shown above are available online, as well as other great products as well!  

I'll be sharing projects I've made from this kit across the rest of August, so stay tuned!  If you have questions or wishes, please let me know and I'll pass them along.

Inky (((hugs))),
~Bev Gerard

Lifting those Petals

Are you playing in the Dare to Get Dirty challenges this week?  There's plenty of fun to have and more challenges than I can make in a week ... but lots of stampers love to go for the win to create something for every challenge and scoop up some prizes!   Go, Go Stampers!

Once upon a time I enjoyed turning 'flat' floral stamped images into a more realistic blossom with lots of fussy cutting and adding curves to the elements, etc.  Like most of us, my style has morphed along my stampy journey.  So when my darling friend, Kittie posted her DTGD18kittie747 challenge earlier this week, I knew I wanted to play and return to lifting up those petals!  

Both the blossom and the sentiment are from Wendy Vecchi's 'Birthday Art' stamp set.   I stamped the image 3 times, coloring each one with Copics before fussy cutting.  Each layer was offset atop the previous layer before gluing in the center.  

When I spotted the softly colored printed paper in a retired My Mind's Eye square stack, I knew I had to use it with this bold blossom.  For the center of the blossom, I used little bitty seed beads.  (My bitsy rhinestones are AWOL from their last known location ... so plans had to change.) 

Have you stamped today?  

Inky (((hugs))),
~Bev Gerard

Supplies used:
Stamps:  'Birthday Art' by Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous
Inks:  Gina K. Amalgam, Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy, Copics
Papers:  Misti stamp positioner,  Prism card stock, Neenah Solar White c/s, My Mind's Eye 6x6 stack
Accessories:  Spellbinders circles + squares dies, Sizzix sentiment die, seed beads, crystal lacquer, May Arts ribbon, glue dots

Screechless Chalkboard

Stacy's Dare ... well, her Dare to Get Dirty challenge (DTGD18JBgreendawn) is just one of lots of fun challenges to dive into this week over at SCS!   Long ago I sold my paper crafting chalks.  Then I borrowed some cool metallic chalks from my crafty daughter ... and returned them after a bit of fun.  So, here's what I opted to do:

My Misti positioner enabled me to get a nice amount of VersaMark ink on the black card stock, since it allows us to stamp again in the very same spot.  Thankful am I!  Plus, since my rectangle was already die cut, it allowed me to perfectly place the jar image.  The sentiment was prepared separately, then punched out and affixed with dimensional foam.  I finger-rubbed the  white smears of faux chalk dust, so .... no screeching of the chalk on my 'chalkboard'!  (Some of us will understand ... but those who know only 'white boards' might have a little question mark on their faces.  ;)

Tex's Tip:  When embossing, being sure to have complete ink coverage on the image is important, as well as using an anti-static pouch.  Find the anti-static pouch in the stamp departments where embossing powders are sold.

Thanks for taking a peek today!

Inky ((((hugggsss)))),
Bev Gerard

Stamps:  Darcie's
Inks:  VersaMark 
Papers:  Neenah white, SU black
Accessories:  Misti, The Stamps of Life stitched rectangle dies, white embossing powder, anti-static pouch, Darcie's Chalk FX (or real chalk dust), rhinestones or candy dots.

C'mon & Take the Dare!

It's here!   The annual week of Dare to Get Dirty challenges over at Splitcoaststampers is here!   

Although each day this week will bring some special new challenges, I'm actually more of a "turtle" stamper .... keep a steady pace, hurry isn't good, "channel the hare" ... you know what I mean.    
  This one is for Dina's challenge, DTGD18dini:    

I could quietly tell you that my fingers were ink-free during the making of this one .... but truth is my style ... even when it's ugly.  Yes ... a few fingers on each hand briefly bore evidence of inky play yesterday from the sponging of piggy's turf, and the splattering of the background.  

BTW ... both the pig pen dirt and the splatters are Distress Oxide - Walnut Stain.  For the splatters I simply wiped ink directly only an acrylic block, then loaded a watercolor brush with water, mixed it up, and splattered from the brush.  

Since the image area was created by masking, masking again, and even a third round of masking for the splatter process, the only true dimension is via the lifted little sentiment banner.  

This darling stamp + sentiment are both from Inky Antics.  It was fun to bring them out for some inky play again! 

Check back very soon for more.   Inky stuff is on a roll here!

Inky (((hugs))),
Bev Gerard

Supplies used include:  
Stamps:  Inky Antics
Inks:  Distress Oxides - Walnut Stain + Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Sepia, 
     Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah, Recollections Kraft
Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels 2;  The Stamps of Life banner die, sponges, Eclipse tape, watercolor brush

Blow on Over, Sahara!

The issue:   Deep in the heart of Texas, we're hot!  Definitely having a heat wave ... actually a continued heat wave.   Currently 106* as I write ... with 108 due in a day or two.  

The conclusion: It's a great time to hide away inside and stamp.   

And that has been the plan for the week, while also avoiding the allergy-ridden influx of air filled with Saharan Desert dust/sand.   Blow on by, Sahara!

Stamping began with the current House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge, 'Anything Goes' or 'Hot Summer Days'.    Here is sweet little Amanda mouse, sheltering herself beneath a sunflower, missing her bestie, I'm sure.   Stamp is 'Cling Potted Mouse', and  the sentiment is also from Stampendous, 'Brushed Wishes' set.   The deckled edge on the image piece seems as though a little mouse has been here!

Last week included a school reunion and much-needed visit back home in Oklahoma's country life.  I guess I'm still in country mode here with a sunflower, hemp twine, and sunny polka dots.  

Inky (((hugs))),

Razzleberry Garden Sugarplums March In!

Hello everyone!   Welcome to March, 2018.   Dare I say it ... we're finally getting closer to Spring!  Here in North Texas, the ground is saturated from recent constant rains ... and this girl is past ready to get some sunshine to replace the gray, gray, oh yes ... more gray days.

Today's card started with a nudge from the Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, 'Razzleberry Garden Sugarplums'.  I haven't used that combo before, and being the fan of Rich Razzleberry that I am, I quickly plucked out a sample swatch of each color.   Theme = set.

It's easy to create little floral bouquets with the blooms in the Cake Soiree stamp set, and the coordinating Sweet Cake Framelits include so many dies for flowers and foliage that the versatility is really extended for the entire bundle.  When first looking at the stamps in the Occasions catalog, you might think it's only for weddings, anniversaries, and special birthdays.  Nope ... not at all!

'Thinking of You' is from the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set, which is just one of the Saleabration choices  available through March 31.  And finally, the 'Ruffled' Dynamic Textured Impressions folder adds an easy feminine touch to the Sweet Sugarplum layer.  I'll include a list of products below for easy shopping.

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Inky (((hugs))),

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Marbled Hugs!

This is one of those unusual times when I'm glad to admit that "I was tempted!"      

What I mean is that I was tempted to join in the CAS Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  But as I said, I'm glad I read it and was inspired to play along.   The challenge was to use a background stamp as the basis for a clean 'n simple (CAS) card ... certainly easy enough, and it's literally been ages since I've inked up a full-sized background stamp.   

Another admission:  I rarely make one-layer cards unless timing requires it, or other special circumstances.  Truthfully, this just has the background stamped on Whisper White card stock, layered atop a mat of Basic Black, then applied to the jazzy Lemon Lime Twist card base.  The horizontal layout allows space for the single strip of Black 'n White ribbon from the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  

Tex's Tip:  Alignment of the 'hugs' die from the Lovely Words framelits is easiest for me when I first die cut the circle (Layering Circles).  Then I find it easier to set the word die within the cut-out circle, eyeing the margins around the edges.  Washi tape to my rescue here!  *Setting dies in position before cutting is my favored time for using washi tape.  

Happy new week, m'friends!
Inky (((hugs))),

Stampin' Stars Call!

Now is a splendid time to gift yourself with a discount on your stamping-scrapping-papercrafting supplies ... all at a very special price with your choice of 2 additional stamp sets FREE!  The Stampin' Stars team and I will love to welcome you into this terrific group and extended group of stampers!  


Join as a demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration (January 3–March 31, 2018) and get your Starter Kit for $99, along with TWO additional stamps sets included in your kit.  Plus, shipping is free for your custom-created kit!
FIRST: Choose $125 In Stampin' Up! Products For Just $99!
SECOND: Choose TWO Additional FREE Stamp Sets*--
That's Up To A $101 Value!
*You may choose any stamp sets from the annual or occasions catalogs; bundles, kits, and Sale-A-Bration items cannot be selected as free stamp sets for this promotion.
Plus ... the joy and learning opportunity continues when you step onto my team of Stampin' Stars!  Check it out further here!  There's never an obligation.
Inky (((hugggsss))),

5-Day Sale!


Thanks, everyone!

If you love a great adhesive as much as I do, we have 5 days to enjoy a great deal on Fast Fuse adhesive!  Fast Fuse is a go-to adhesive with a much higher 'tack' (stickiness) than Snail or other day-to-day dry runner adhesives.  Use it for your 3-D items, boxes, bags, and those projects that will not stay together with typical dry adhesives.

Promotion Dates: February 8–12, 2018
Here's the 'scoop'!
  • To receive your free refills, add Fast Fuse Adhesive to your order (item 129026); the two Fast Fuse Adhesive Refills will be added to your order automatically. Once they’ve been added, the price listed for the two refills will show $0.00.
  • This promotion will not apply when ordered as part of a Starter Kit or with Stampin’ Rewards.
NOTE:  Because this is such a popular product and is offered at a remarkable savings, this promotion is while supplies last only.  

Inky {{{hugs}}},

Bright or Rich?

No ... not "Are you bright?", or "Are you rich?"
If you're into creativity, we already know you like to cater to your bright side.

I'm referring to the two Sale-A-Bration cards I'm sharing today ... one in bright shades and the other in rich colors.   

Both of today's cards feature the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set, one of the free Sale-A-Bration choices for any $50 purchase.  This one features Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach inks and card stocks.  I was seeking to play in upbeat, happy colors, and I also had a goal of using the one stamp for creating the background and the main image.  It's a technique I adore, yet often forget to add into my creations.  

In reality, I'm currently in serious need of thank you cards.  A certain person came to mind, and I was tempted to make a color change.  Same sketch, different colors, and the entire feeling is changed.  I love-love that about a simple change in color!  This one features Berry Burst and Basic Gray.  Both cards include ribbons from the free SAB choice, Shimmer Ribbons Pack tucked onto page  9 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  

If you adore florals, beautiful fonts on always-useful sentiments, Heartfelt Blooms might be waiting to come play on your stamp table!  I welcome your emails, questions, or comments you might have, any time.   Don't be shy!   

Inky (((hugs))),

The Flight of Time!

This memory popped up on Facebook today and really brought a ginormous smile to my face!   But really??  .... 8 years have passed since this pic?   

L-R are LeeAnn Arroyo, Joan Ervin, Cindy Lawrence, myself, Lori Craig, and Jeanne Streiff, enjoying a little 'foot rescue' break from the massive CHA event in Anaheim, CA, 2010.

This delightful group of stamper friends originally met via the Splitcoaststampers forums.  All but one are still actively creating & sharing their love of paper crafting, stamping, &/or coloring with Copic markers.  Some are still on various design teams, and most (if not all) were brought together by the shared love of Stampin' Up! 

The bi-annual Craft & Hobby Association marketing event, now called 'Creativation', has been in progress over the past few days of 2018, with today bringing it to a close.   Your favorite crafty companies have been showing their latest crafty goodies, tools, papers, stamps, inks, paints, beads, baubles, & other 'must haves' to our brick & mortar stores, online crafty stores, and all other craft industry retailers.  

Yes ... it's all about 'our' future must-have lists of crafty, stampy needs & wants!   i.e. ... Hang on to your wallets, m'friends ... new stuffs are coming to your fave places to crafty shop!   

Inky ((((hugggsss)))),