Too Many Yeses!

Learning one's personal limitations .... that's the lesson I'm relearning this week.  sighhhhhh ...  Maybe you can relate?

Inspired by the FS645 challenge at Splitcoaststampers, I gave little pieces of time to fitting in just a wee bit of stamping this week. 

The original sample featured diagonal gray/white stripes atop a white card base.  I opted for a the fun vertical stripes in the 'Interrupted Lines' stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  You're welcome to use discount code BevFan10 for 10% savings on your stencils!

I will admit that the child in me jumped out to play with the Altenew set, 'Garden Treasures', sampling lots of color combos for the 4-step blossom.  In the end, I chose a coordinated set of inks from Altenew and will list them below.  

Sometimes inky play is just what a girl needs!  But for now, I must get back to working a literal 'jungle' of huge tissue paper flowers for a VBS classroom.  Oh ... and animal face templates too.  Yes ... it's a true case of having said 'Yes', and 'Yes', and 'Yes' again .... when I should have learned the other word option somewhere in there.  Nowwwwww I get it!   LOL

Inky (((huggss))),

Never Alone ...

I'm a bit amazed at how easy it felt to create today's card.  This one is a bit rare, in that becoming friendly with the concept of 'clean & simple' design has been tricky for me.  Participating in online CAS challenges has  proven to be a helpful learning tool for me, coupled with the vision loss of the recent 3-4 years.  Now I'm even willing to say that change can be a good thing!  So ... here's one that just seemed to fall into its CAS place with ease:

One of the first things I like to do when opening new stampy toys & tools is to simply mess around with them, i.e. play!  I like to ink up the stamps that insisted on being bought & see them in color on my card stock scraps.  As soon as I inked up this Picket Fence Studios stamp from 'Exhale Worry' ... I knew it needed to be the simple focus of a card.  This simple 'Spokes' stencil called out to me and sure enough .. the card was on its way to being created.  

I smoothed on 'Coastal' Chalkology Paste, then set it aside for a short time to dry.  While it dried, I heat embossed the sentiment and chose the die shape.  Tiny little rhinestones became the final touch.

I'm sure I'll make more of these.  I love the subtle, simplicity of this one.  There are times when one feels so alone ... and this is a beautiful reminder to Christians that we are never truly alone.  It makes my heart smile.

**Just a Note:  I'm beginning reclaim studio storage space and will be selling bunches of stamps & stampy supplies on this blog as well as through my Facebook page/group.  Pages/categories will be found listed beneath my blog header above.  New pages will be added for more categories across Summer 2019.  Check back often, and/or ask to be invited to the 4 Sale group via my Texas Rubber & Ink! facebook page!

Inky (((hugggs))),

Supplies Used:
STAMPS:  Exhale Worry (Picket Fence Studios)
INKS:  VersaMark
PAPERS:  Neenah Classic Solar white, Sahara Sand
ACCESSORIES:  Labels dies (The Stamps of Life), Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue, white embossing powder, tiny rhinestones (Taylored Expressions), foam dimensional tape

Trumpeter Mouse!

Today's card features a sweet little mouse who's busy trumpeting out a message from the flower garden.  There are times when I feel the need to color something cute ... and the House Mouse stamps are one of my go-to's for cute critter images.  If only I were quicker at coloring,  a quicker-colorer?, I could easily send several of these to friends & loved ones back home and some far away places as well.

The look achieved from the 'SpiroArt' stencil (A Colorful Life Designs) reminds me a bit of an opening blossom, with the layered circle image placed right in the middle of the stenciled area.  I used Life Changing Brushes to apply Shabby Shutters ink through the off-centered stencil.  The 'Miss You' sentiment is from Inky Antics.  The little matching dots are from a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

Note Use code BevFan10 for 10% savings at A Colorful Life Designs!  Compensated affiliate links for some products are used when possible.  When you place an order after clicking one of my links, I receive a very small commission at no cost to you.  Thanks so much for using my links and supporting my works!

Inky (((hugggsss))),

Supplies Used:
STAMPS:  House Mouse ‘Floral Trumpet’, sentiment = Inky Antics ‘Poppy Friendship'
INKS:  Memento Tuxedo, VersaFine Onyx, Distress Ink Shabby Shutters, Copic markers
PAPER:  Neenah Solar Classic white, Gina K Little Boy Blue, Granny Apple Green
ACCESSORIES:  'SpiroArt' stencil - A Colorful Life Designs, Life Changing Brushes (Picket Fence Studios), Cheery Lynn foliage dies, Sizzix & Spellbinders circle dies, Viva Decor Pearl Pen Kiwi, dimensional foam tape 

Just Ducky Spring!

Taking a little bit of a leap by moving out of my comfort zone with today's card.  One of my favorite friends of many years is in her natural zone with creating scenes for her cards ... and I normally just admire from afar.  Inspired by the SCS MIX329 Mixability challenge, my card needed to include a scene.   Ready - Set ---

First, I masked the fun pond shape with 'Schmancy Ovals' Marvelous Masks and blended Distress Oxide Faded Jeans + Broken China before lightly misting with water.  Tex's Tip:  Cover the card front with the same mask while misting, to prevent the other areas from getting wet.

Next, I covered the inked area with the solid cut-out portion of the masks set before filling the outer area with the 'Interlocking Leaves' stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.

I brought out darling 'Spring Has Sprung' set from Gina K.  I've had this since its release in 2010!  Isn't it sweet?  For shrubs, I snipped some foliage dies into smaller sizes.  The 'ground' was die cut with a border die, then painted with brown & cream acrylic paints.  Once dry, I scuffed the edge with scissors for some texture.  The grass border easily grounds everything.  

Hmmmm .... I think I'll return to a more comfy-to-me stampy style for the next creation.  However, it really is good to stretch yourself creatively every now & then.  😉

Note:  Use code BevFan10 for 10% savings at A Colorful Life Designs!  Compensated affiliate links for some products are used when possible.  When you place an order after clicking one of my links, I receive a very small commission at no cost to you.  Thanks so much for using my links and supporting my works.  

Inky (((hugs))),

STAMPS:  'Spring Has Sprung'  (Gina K), 'Baby Birds' (sentiment - Paper Smooches)
INKS:  Distress Oxides = Broken China, Faded Jeans, Shabby Shutters;  Memento Tuxedo
PAPERS:  Neenah white, Gina K’s Fresh Asparagus + Green Apple + Green Grass
ACCESSORIES:  A Colorful Life Designs stencils ‘Interlocking Leaves’ & 'Schmancy Ovals' Marvelous Masks, Copic markers, acrylic paints, Tim Holtz dies (foliage), grass and cloud dies (The Stamps of Life), Clarity brush, Purple Tape

Hey, Kitty

Coming up on an uber-busy weekend staying with Grands while their parents are away .... which means >> color while you can!  So I did.  Multiple softball games are scheduled to dominate much of the weekend, so there's fun to come!

I must say ... this kitty is likely to become one of my very favorite stamps.  Plus, the Peeking Kitty stamp set is my talented friend Dina Kowal's design for Impression Obsession!  She is so talented in a variety of ways.

First, I colored the stamped kitty image and the separate paws with Copics and fussy cut the paws.  Then I masked the kitty with Eclipse tape before topping it off with the 'Wavy Fade' stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  Next, I lightly stenciled with a Clarity brush.

Before adhering the layers, I stamped the sentiment with my Mini Misti positioner.  Finally, a strip of textured white card stock was brushed with Bundled Sage Distress Ink, and adhered directly beneath the kitty image.  The paws were then attached to the textured layer.

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That's it for now.  Here's to a fab weekend for all!  

Inky (((hugs))),

Holy Guacamole!

Wow ... April was incredibly fassst!   So May is here folks, and  I've come to enable your grocery list.  Why?  In 3 more days, it will be Cinco de Mayo!  I won't be in Texas that day, but I know the same fun foods can be found up in OK.   I'll admit that one of my favorite snacks is guacamole ... sincerely.  How about you?

My upcoming card was inspired by this week's Freshly Made Sketches #386 challenge.

For the fun angle on the white layer, I first cut card stock to the same 4.25" width as the top-fold card.  Then I drew very light pencil lines to create the angle for trimming in my paper cutter.  For the green texture paste, I put a small amount of white embossing paste onto a large stamp block, then added a couple of drops of ink refill. Once thoroughly mixed, it was ready to be spread across the stencil with a plastic palette spatula.  So easy!  Tex's Tip: Just remember, it's easier to wash texture pastes from your tools & stencils before it dries.  

The only change I made to the sketch was adding a monotone circle frame around the sentiment on both the front and the inside.  

To create the angular shape on the inside, I laid 2 scrap pieces of paper across the bottom part of the inside.  After laying the Happy Dots stencil atop the paper masks, I inked the small masked area with a Clarity brush.   This fun Happy Dots stencil is from A Colorful Life Designs, while all of the cute are from the same Darcie's stamp set, 'Holy Guacamole'.  Use code BevFan10 for a 10% discount on your stencils! 

I hope you found some inspiration here today.  Thanks a bunch for visiting.  

Note:  Compensated affiliate links are used when possible.  When you place an order after clicking one of my links, I receive a small commission at no cost to you.  Thanks so much for using my links and supporting this blog.  

Inky (((huggss))),

Supplies Used:
STAMPS:  'Holy Guacamole' (Darcie's heart & home)
INKS:  Memento Tuxedo, Wild Wasabi
PAPERS:  Neenah Classic Solar White, Pear
ACCESSORIES:  Happy Dots stencil (A Colorful Life Designs), Copic markers (list below), Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste, pear ink refill, Clarity stencil brushes, circle dies

Copics used:
E17, E15, E13, E11, E21, G20, Y11, YG00, YG0000, G94, G43, G40

Keep Calm & Behave Yourself!

Today's card is a combination of something old plus something new!  Not only is this an image of a 1950's Corvette, but it's also a  Rubbernecker rubber stamp that I've had since 2009. 

That 'aging' works well for the Retro Rubber Challenge #109!  As such, it's well past time to bring it out to play on the stampy table again.  Takes one right back to those vintage "beach" movies from the 1960's ... Vroom-vroom! 

I love the sense of bold forward motion given by the new 'Mid Century Boomerangs' stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  Silver Embossing Paste was applied through the stencil for the horizontal metallic + black strip.  Tex's Tip:  When using a texture paste, be sure to wash your stencil right away to easily remove the paste from the stencil.  Soaking in a tray of water will be helpful if a sink isn't readily handy. 

Next I lightly brushed gray ink onto the central area of the white card layer.  Although this layer adds no texture, it does continue the visual flow & direction.

Finally it's all topped off with a cool, single sentiment from Technique Junkies, easily placed with my Misti positioner.  The windshield is shiny & dimensional with Glossy Accents and a Gelly Pen gives a metallic look to the 'chrome' elements.  
Ready, set, Vroom-vroom!

Psssst!  For 10% savings on the stencil, use code BevFan10 .
Compensated affiliate links are used when possible.  When you place an order after clicking one of my links, I receive a small commission at no cost to you.  Thanks so much for using my links and supporting this blog.  

Inky (((hugs))),

Supplies used:
STAMPS:  'Corvette' (Rubbernecker), 'Behave Yourself' (Technique Junkies)
INKS:  Memento Tuxedo, VersaFine Onyx (sentiment), soft gray
PAPERS:  Nina Solar Classic white, black, turquoise
ACCESSORIES:  'Mid Century Boomerangs' stencil (A Colorful Life Designs), Life Changing Blender Brushes (Picket Fence Studios), Wendy Vecchi's Silver Embossing Paste, Adorn-it Jewels, Gelly Pen (silver), Ranger Glossy Accents
CHALLENGE:  RRCB109   Retro Rubber Challenge #109

Follow Your Path!

What a fun feeling when you spy a new stampy item that instantly causes you to think, "That will be perfect with my *insert cool stampy item*".  That's just what happened when I saw this new stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  My mind's eye immediately saw it paired with the Follow Your Path stamps by Picket Fence Studios.  ... Make it so! ...

This time I brayered purple & white acrylic paints atop my gelli plate to create this fun background with the Whimsey Lines stencil.  (Pssst!  Get 10% off with code BevFan10 !)    

Using the Misti positioner made sentiment placement quick as a wink.  This phrase is perfect for a beloved special lady who just scored a brand new job that she truly adores!

I hope you've found a bit of inspiration today, and I appreciate your visit!   Compensated affiliate links are used when possible.  When you place an order after clicking one of my links, I receive a small commission at no cost to you.  Thanks so much for using my links and supporting this blog.  

Inky (((huggss))),

Supplies use:
STAMPS:  'Follow Your Path' by Picket Fence Studios
INKS:  VersaFine Onyx
PAPERS:  GK Lovely Lavender, SU Gorgeous Grape
ACCESSORIES:  'Whimsey Lines' stencil, Misti stamp positioner, Simon Says dies, acrylic paints, brayer, sequins (stash), dimensional foam tape

For ever and ever and ever!

Now that I've colored this sweet little image .... I feel rather self-obligated to color a few more across Spring, 2019.  Why?  This cute little girl with her bottle of bubbles totally takes me 'back home' to yesteryear where "Tiny Town USA" is the home of my beloved Oklahoma roots.  Tex's Tip:  Always remember where your roots are planted.   Oh to know how many bottles of bubbles we girlfriends used to happily fill the air with bubbles destined to carry our laughter and special wishes up into the summery skies.   Ahhhhhhh!

Aiming for a very CAS (clean & simple) style, I first stamped & Copic colored 'Kylee Boo', then masked the colored image to create a more complete scene all on just one image layer.  This is where I brought in the new 'Deckled Rectangles' Marvelous Masks from A Colorful Life Designs as seen in the following photo tutorial of my masking process.  
Stamp Kylee Boo (Picket Fence Studios) image onto Neenah Solar Classic cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 

Color image with Copic markers:  E000, E11, E13, E40, E41, E43, E44, RV34, R81, RV00.

Cover image with mask stamped & cut from Eclipse masking tape.  Alternately you could use a sticky note or printer paper as a mask as well.

Secure the Deckled Rectangles - Marvelous Masks stencil in desired position with painters tape.  Use my code: BevFan10 for a 10% discount on these masks!  Alternates include Purple tape, washi tape, masking tape, Scotch tape, etc.  Note that the image layer is also held in place with Purple tape.

Using Life Changing Blender Brushes (Picket Fence Studios), apply Distress Oxides Spun Sugar ink within the deckled rectangle.

Apply Distress Oxides Broken China ink, blending into the Spun Sugar ink as desired.  

Remove the mask to reveal the colored 1-layer scene.

Return to the stamp, still in place within the Misti stamp positioner.  Cover the parts of the stamp that do not need to be inked.  I use Scotch tape for most selective masking tasks.

Now ink up just the 'bubbles' with Memento London Fog ink, and stamp.  Tex's Tip:  Remember to remove the inked tape before you stamp!!

The Misti once again enabled me to position the sentiment just where I wanted it to be.  Afterwards, I trimmed the image layer to be used as a lifted element on the card front.  During that process, I realized it was just a little too plain for me.  That's when I decided to use a larger Deckled Rectangle mask to ink up part of the card front with Broken China ink, creating the colored layer seen beneath the image.  Bubbles were enhanced with Viva's Perlen-Pen.

I'm happy to play in the Addicted to Stamps and More! challenge #337 this week!

Hopefully you've been inspired to add a bit of creative time to your world very soon!

Inky (((hugs))),

Challenge=  Addicted to Stamps and More!:  Challenge #337

Calling You!

Oh how I've been looking forward to getting things all inky!  Spring has landed in Texas ... then left ... and returned a couple of times.  Everyone is hoping that it's here to linger this time.   

I spotted a cute sketch challenge yesterday, CAS Colors & Sketches Challenge #316.  It seemed just right for a darling, uninked (virgin?) stamp & sentiment by DeNami Design.  I had actually purchased these stamps a few years ago when DeNami was still presenting in the Spring/Summer stamp shows here in Texas.  

For the off-balance panel, I brushed Daffodil Delight ink onto the new 'Groovy Flowers' stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  Use my code: BevFan10 for a 10% discount! The bright & cheerful colors are from this week's SCS Color Challenge, CC734:  Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, & Grapefruit Grove.  It was quick & fun to color the bitty little image with Copic markers.

Now, don't you feel the need to call & catch up with a good friend?

Inky {{{huggss}}},
Supplies Used:
STAMPS:  DeNami Designs
INKS:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black, Daffodil Delight
PAPERS:  Neenah Solar Classic, Berry Burst
ACCESSORIES:  Groovy Flowers stencil, Copic markers, Life Changing Blender Brushes, Little B circle dies, Martha Stewart border punch

Iris "hugs"!

Time to add some color to this week!  OMGosh ... this gray & dreary stuff is getting rough on those of us who need a little sunshine in our days!  (If that's you, "Welcome" to the club.)

My intended color palette had to morph a couple of times due to some AWOL acrylic paints.  In reality, it looks like I scanned my closet & chose the focus color.   lol

The stenciled background was created with the beautiful 'Chain Weave' stencil from A Color Life Designs.  It was so easy to create, simply braying acrylic paint atop my Gelli plate.  

I colored the Iris from Rubbernecker Stamps to coordinate with the background ... Sort of seems like reverse order of color selection, doesn't it?  Rubbernecker's  'hugs' die was layered to create a bit of a shadow effect, and an old splatter stamp was used to lightly fill in the white space with a soft yellow.

I hope you like it!  I know I'll enjoy sending it to a special friend who brought me bunches of smiles recently.

Inky (((huggss))),

Bunny Paints Ahead!

It's coming!  Get ready!

Bunny is working just a wee bit ahead, but that's because he has such an enormous egg order to fulfill for Easter egg hunts in a few short weeks.

I think bunny is honoring his previous egg-painting mentors while he remembers the fun-filled painting marathons of his youth.  If you look closely, you might see some of them appearing to watch over bunny's painting progress.  In reality, I used the 'Shadow Bunnies' stencil from A Colorful Life Designs!  

The bunny stamp is one of my long-treasured oldies from Inky Antics.  I paper pieced the egg with some saved 6x6 scrapbook paper.  Please be sweet and don't expect me to reveal how long I hold onto such treasures.  Thanks.

Inky ((huggss)),

Betting on Giraffes?

Have you ever been in the middle of your own virtual-version of the movie, "Groundhog's Day"?  Well, just color me groundhog brown ... until tomorrow by noon, hopefully.   Yes, I appreciate your crossed fingers.  Now, on to the stampy side of life!

During little bitty breaks in the previously mentioned groundhog day-turned-week, I found some bits of relief at my stamp table.  The other pesky parts of the week caused me to shift focus to the fun factor in stamping.  Sooooo, I inked up a new stencil from A Colorful Life Designs and paired it with a new stamp set!

No special technique was needed for this basic use of the 'Crocodile' stencil.  Vintage Photo Distress Ink was applied with a Clairity brush.  Oh ... Yes, I used a crocodile stencil for this sweet giraffe's setting.  That's the first thing I envisioned when I spotted the stencil.  

Now what about that 'betting' mentioned at the top?  It's mentioned on the card's interior ... ...

Gerry giraffe and his punny sentiments are from the Inky Antics 'Ellie & Gerry' stamp set just released at January's Creativation. 

Thanks for visiting!  Guess I'll get back to crossing my fingers for an end of my current groundhog cycle sometime tomorrow.  Here's to normal scheduling in your new week!

Inky (((huggss))),