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Fluttery & Non- Holiday

Just a wee break from Fall & holiday stamping today, for I was tempted.   Tempted by the SCS Featured Stamper FS510 challenge.  I love florals, and sure enough a lovely stenciled floral creation turned on my creative thoughts.

But I made a little turn, twist, or meandered down a slightly different path?  Yes, it's true ... I do have my spontaneous moments!

I can get a little uneasy with CAS (clean 'n simple) design, but I consciously work on getting easier with it.  I'll get there some day ... maybe.  I liked this process so much that I can see myself revisiting this style, especially for sharing cards for customers and team members.  

To create my 'stencil', I used a carefully guarded roll of repositionable Eclipse tape for masking from my stash.  I used the largest butterfly from the beautiful Butterflies Thinlits, then lay the resulting die cut on my card front.  Sponge daubers were used to rub in Tempting Turquoise and Calypso Coral inks.  My beloved Misti enabled the sentiment to be overstamped for a crisp bold look in Basic Gray.
Confession:  I'm behind on stamping cards for my business and personal use!  In reality, that's not the best way to be entering holiday shopping season ... as I'm a slowwww shopper.  Uh-ohhhhh!  Time to get back to the stampin' zone!  Happy new week, everyone!

Inky (((huggss))),

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Nature's Touch Sympathy

It's a life-long love of mine ... green growing things, plants, trees, flowers, and yes, their scents as well.  It would be like a gift to myself if I were to delete the countless plant life pics from my laptop & external storage ... seriously.  You're right ... nothing to do with stamping. But it does explain why the Try a New Technique challenge spoke directly to me this week ... TLC601 = All Natural - Use something from nature for your creation.

Stamp Hint:  Two stamps used ... neither was a leaf! 

It's still hot as blazes here in my little rectangle of Texas.  Whew!  But with the TLC challenge in mind, I did make sure to go walking the yard in search of foliage that might work for the technique.  I avoided the holly leaves as they're very wicked-spikey & so waxy that the most they would do is cut the paper and painfully poke my fingers.  (At that point, I would no longer feel happily creative ... so ... I skipped those.)  I settled on that dog-gone wild grape vine that has returned to try to cover my foundation bushes.  (I spent over 2 days earlier in Summer ridding both the front & back of the house of that vining demon! Obviously I didn't treat the remainder of the stems at ground level.  Hmmmmppphh!)

For the technique itself, I misted a bit of water onto Watercolor Paper before arranging the 3 leaves 'face down' on the dampened paper.  To protect my cutting plate, I added a single layer of printer paper atop the leaves plus the top cutting plate.  Then, just rolled it thru the Big Shot, and back again for extra measure.  ;)  Due to the spritzing and my eagerness to get down to creating, I used my craft iron on the back side of the WC paper just to flatten and dry.  
Because the WC paper is so textured, it can be tricky to get a good sentiment stamped directly on it.   Thus, using the Misti allowed me to stamp it twice in the precisely same position to get a pure sentiment without little gaps.  Let's face it, stampers ... there are times when we really like a little bit of 'perfection'.  LOL

Reminder!  Tomorrow is August 31 ... the very last day that the beautiful Thoughtful Branches bundle will be available!  Choose the bundle for 10% savings, or the stamp set and dies are each available individually.   Enjoy!

 Inky (((hugs))),

Most Wonderful Time !

I know ... we're just now closing out August, kids are just getting settled back into their school routines, and here I come with a Christmas card!  (This from a gal who silently groans when local stores start loading up on Christmas items earlier & earlier each year.)  What can I say?

It all started with this week's Featured Stamper FS499 challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  Congrats to Mary Deatherage on her FS week!  Just a minute or so into browsing Mary's gallery, I had an 'instant' idea.  Don't you love it when ideas come so easily?  It's so fun to have everything seem to 'fall into place' easily.  (Says one who has a few glitches pop up from time to time.)

Originally, I was headed back to my former love of adding a little bow along the left side vertical ribbon line ... but then I remembered the little holly dies in the upcoming Christmas Stockings Thinlits set.  Sizing seemed just perfect for the connection between the large sentiment and the little holly prints in the Presents & Pinecones designer paper.  Holly leaves are die cut from Emerald Envy C/S, and 3 Rhinestones were colored with a retired Blendabilities marker.  Any brand alcohol marker you have will work for this if you don't have the retired Blendies.  (This reminds me ... I had a sweet Copic intervention of sorts over the weekend.  I need to edit some pics & share in a day or so!)

Psssst, local friends!  This card is likely to be one of the 3 projects in my upcoming 1st Saturday Stampin' class coming up next weekend.  Easily stamped, easily assembled ... even beginner stampers can do this one with success!  

Inky (((hugs))),

You Are Amazing!

This stamp set can easily become one of your favorites .... it quickly worked it's way into my heart!  It's the new Painter's Palette stamp set.  In fact, the set was actually one of Stampin' Up!'s free treats to those of us who attended OnStage in Salt Lake City.  Yes, please!

Colors in this CAS (clean + simple) creation are from today's color challenge, CC590:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pacific Point, + Soft Sky.  

Any guesses on the curvy side notches?  
I love asking 'think about it' questions in classes.  Sometimes the answers are so fun + clever!  
Sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set, and is die cut with the fabby label die + banner tab from the Large Numbers Framelits.
Hope you found a little "aha" inspiration here today, friends!

I'm headed to some super stampy fun + hugs later this week farther down in Texas, so card stamping may go on hold while some items get done before the driving begins.  LOL   I shouldn't talk about it ... gets me all eager + smiley with anticipation!!  

Inky (((hugs))),

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Missing You!

So tickled to report that yesterday welcomed the first class into the newly refreshed studio!  As usual, my 1st Saturday classes feature clean 'n simple (CAS) styles the even brand new stampers can enjoy and create successfully.   

Of 3 projects, I've only photographed 1 *gasp* .... 

  • company coming over, 
  • picking up a Grand for sleep-over times + 
  • July 4th activities ... 
  • Summer fun at it's best 
  • I'm sure y'all know what I mean!   ;)
As you'll discover, one of my fave new stamp sets from the 2016-2017 Catalog is the divinely fun "Swirly Bird" set.  Here's a simple card that doesn't even require the coordinating die set:

Neutrals are so easy to use for card stash creations!  Change the color on the primary image to suit your mood or the recipient.  Fussy cut the not-quite-a-circle blossom image, use the coordinating die set for the leaves ... or just cut them ... you pick!

The sentiment is from the new Thoughtful Banners stamp set, punched with the new Duet Banner punch .... Punch fans, this one is for us!
Here's to a safe + joyous Independence Day Weekend to all!
Thank you for your moments spent here.

Inky (((hugs))),

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