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Creative Blog Hop! * Sharing the SU Love

I love this ride ... my personal rubber stamping & paper crafting ride!

Indeed, my stamping journey has blessed me in many unexpected ways.  Right up at the top of that list are the friendships that I have as a result of my love for this hobby-turned-business.  My dear friend, Lydia Fiedler, nominated me to participate in this Creative Blog Hop, which features Stampin' Up! projects by an ongoing list of SU demos & friends.  Big squishy thanks & {{{hugggsss}}} to you, Lydia!


I'm taking a tiny break from seasonal creations, but I wanted to feature something using one of my favorite new SU products, and share it in some of my favorite colors!  While I truly adore many of the current colors, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, and the bold & sassy Bermuda Bay come together to create a beautiful ombre palette and they play   together nicely for a variety of styles. 

The Striped Scallop Thinlit 'had me' at first look in the 2014-2015 catalog.  And just in case you think it looks difficult or tricky?  Just use it to make a matching cut from the Transfer Adhesive Sheets ...  a terrific method for adhering intricate items!  I used the die to cut once from each of the three colors, then used pieces from each to inlay the rows of graduated color with a dot of Liquid Multipurpose Glue behind each little piece.  

Have you tried the awesome Magnetic Platform in your Big Shot when die cutting?  My friends, "this" is the time to use and to love that fabulous tool!  Oh How Easy it is to use these dies when the magnetic platform is holding everything in perfect place while you run them through the Big Shot!!  

My tag is simply cut from the Circles Collection Framelit dies, and it's all topped off with a simple tied bow of Seam Binding ribbon.  The sweet sentiment from the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set was stamped with Bermuda Bay ink.

Ohhhh boy .... Now I'm to answer four questions.  Wish me luck on this part!   ;)
  1. What are you working on?  My paper crafting has slowed recently ... and I'm tickled to say that I have officially finished my Christmas shopping!  I know.  What's the big deal?  Lots of peeps have finished!  Well ... this is an absolute FIRST for this girl to be done before closing out the first full week of December.  Did I manage the same before having children?  Possibly, but I doubt it.   So, Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!    
  2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?   Hmmmmmm ...  Perhaps each of us has a slightly different perception of our own work as compared to how others view it.  Overall, I see myself as a 'variable' in the stylistic world of stamping.  I have creations in my repertoire that are multi-layered to the max, but not today.  I have previously been such a fan of coloring that I was bored with items without line art.  I'd love to become easily fluid in clean & simple styling ... but I'll continue to work on it.  So, I add a couple of layers and often resort to what might be termed 'traditional'.  That's possibly my comfort zone, but I'm also a creature of exploration at times, and I just never know when I'll break out and dabble in a new-to-me technique.  When the mood strikes ... give it a try!
  3.  Why do you create what you do?   Why??  Because since being introduced to stamping several years ago by my then college student daughter, I've discovered my favorite type of creativity.  It's that simple.  Stamping, creating with paper, inks, and embellishments brings a joy to me that is very satisfying.  I've sampled many crafting methods over my entire life.  I even have one of my first loomed-loops pot holders.  Perhaps carefully sun-baked mud pies were my beginning, but they didn't "keep" very well.  And I'm pretty sure I was a Master of Mud Pies.   Papers, inks, and stamps make me smile ... inside and out. 
  4. How does your creativity process work?    I'm influenced by so many things!  Nature, color, adjoining designs, pinterest!, fabrics, the countless stamped projects I've seen and loved over the years ... These are all a part of my process.  I usually go to my stampin' table with an idea of what I want to create ... but I may or may not have the design set firmly in mind.  Perhaps I need to ponder colors.  I often start with a stamp set ... but as I play with color ideas or design elements, so many things can change as I bring new inks or papers or embellishments to the table.  Alas, I'm often an "explosion" stamper, in that I gather & bring so many items to my stampin' zone that the table looks positively crowded or packed with a plethora of creative supplies by the time I'm actually ready to photograph the finished project.  ...sigh...  Oh how I hope I'm not alone in this!   LOL
Now for the fun part!  I get to share my nominations for the next two Creative Blog Hop players for 'next' Monday, December 15!
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Hallie G.!   Have you ever watched someone's work online and then had the delightful opportunity to meet that creative soul in person?  Well, Hallie Gainer has inspired me for a nice long time.  I was lucky enough to be on the same Creative Crew at SCS with her too.  But for a long time, I didn't even realize that she lives in Texas.  Yep!  She's a fellow Texas gal with a smile as big & bright as her delightful personality.  And when I heard a voice calling, "Bev!", in the line at Starbucks during Convention last July, I couldn't believe it was her ... right there and in person!  Yeeeehaaaaaaaw!!  You're going to love Hallie's ways with SU's paper, stamps, + inks just as much as I do.

smithr66 !   I'm still waiting and hoping ... I can be very patient, so I'm not worried.  Next week you will clearly see why I'm so inspired by Nancy Smith's creative talents!  Need an inspirational nudge on a slow mojo day?  I have no doubt that you, too, will soon be a following fan of hers.  So 'why' am I still waiting?  Well, surely there will be a time when I find myself meeting Ms. Nancy in person ... even though that hasn't happened just yet.  And yes, the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew galleries are blessed with Nancy's challenge creations.  I know you'll be tickled to see how she becomes an inspiration for you as she has for me!

Thanks a bunch for having visited here today!  It's a pleasure to share with y'all!
Inky (((hugs))),

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Curtain Call with Thanks to Paper Crafts + Scrapbooking!


How do I start this blog post?  What shall I say?  Okay ... here goes:

It's my privilege to participate in an exceptional blog hop today ... 
... and it all started with a magazine.  

If you're a lover of cardstock, paper, ink, stamps of rubber or photopolymer, perhaps you've read one of the publications ... or 63 ... or more.  Paper crafters near and far are cyber-gathering today to bid fond farewells to a treasured source of inspiration ... Paper Crafts + Scrapbooking Magazine.  Earlier, we knew it simply as Paper Crafts Magazine.

My subscription to Paper Crafts spanned several years.  Cabinets here in my studio easily testify to that.  Along the way I was thrilled to see my daughter, Jessica, become a Stampin' Royalty winner.   Always being one to challenge herself, Jessica's follow-up act was to became one of PC's Go-To-Gals!  
 Throughout the years, Jessica and I rarely attended CHA at the same time, but I did manage to catch a few fun pics.  Hmmmm ... I wonder if I actually squealed when I first hugged the original Ms. Moxie Fab, Cath Edvalson??  Her smile can light up the day!  The dynamic editorial staff at Paper Crafts holds a special place in my Texas heart for sure.  I feel blessed to have shared a wee bit of time with each of them along life's way.
I'm pretty sure I did squeal the first time I hugged Teri Anderson for real.  LOL  To this day, she is a non-stop creative talent! >>>>><<<<<>............>>>>>..>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><><>>> Needless to say, I truly owe my own paper crafting lifestyle to Jessica's initial influence.  Our styles are completely different, but I remain her biggest fan.  And honestly, it's the people I've met and hugged and shared time with throughout my own paper crafting journey that makes my heart smile time 'n time again.
 And so it is in honor of Paper Crafts + Scrapbooking Magazine, the consistent flow of creative inspiration, and the delightful peeps behind and in front of the scenes, that I share my personal "Thank you all, from the heart!"   


I employed a little stretch here, and substituted splattered white acrylic paint for ink!   As you can see, Paper Crafts will always have a piece of my heart.

To everyone from Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine, thank you, thank you, thank you  ... from the heart!


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 BLOG HOPPING SCOOP:
If you started your blog hopping experience at the very beginning, you've been a busy hopper!  In that event you've possibly arrived at my blog from Laurie Willison's blog.  And now you're invited to visit Nina Yang at her Waffle Flower blog!

It's been my sincere pleasure to share with you all today!
Inky (((hugggsss))),

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*Following is a list of the many, many fans of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine who are sharing their thanks today!



Birthday Season * It's Here!


Hello everyone!

Hard to believe that it's true ... but look out people!  August is already revving up for it's 2014 run!

In my world, August is the very busy start-up of the annual "Birthday Season". This season includes birthdays I've literally known and/or celebrated practically all of my life ... even back to my single-digit days!

From Millan.Net

Just this inkling idea includes a more-like-a-sister-cousin, precious folks I've known through elementary school, high school, and beyond.  Moving on up into the more recent lifetime brings in my son-in-law, newer friends, and even a beloved but never-forgotten precious kitty.

Originally, I planned to create this as a masculine b'day card.  We all need these ... but they just don't seem to get created quite as spontaneously as more girly creations.  (Okay ... for me, anyway ... ) I think it was sticking to that original plan pretty well ... until I thought it "needed" something.  Surely you know the feeling ... ...  You just can not leave it alone, because it isn't ringing that elusive, secret bell in the right side of the brain.  That secret bell that signals, "That's IT!  I like it!"

Then I added pearls.   Pearls!!   I cannot tell you when I've ever seen a man wearing pearls.  I suspect that those are seen with a man only when some completely loved and fortunate woman is being handed a gift of pearls from her greatest admirer.   

Oh well .... to all who receive one of my versions of this card, today or in the future ... I just hope they get a good giggle from it!  

Inky {{{hugggsss}}}, y'all!

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Psssssssssssssssssssssssssst!   Texas Rubber and Ink is making plans to travel on down the road for some Christmas stampin' fun!  You're welcome to check out those details right here!  

Card Supplies: 
STAMPSJust Sayin’ + Mosaic Madness
INKSGarden Green + Pistachio Pudding + Wild Wasabi 
PAPERSGarden Green + Pistachio Pudding + Wild Wasabi + Very Vanilla 
ACCESSORIESWord Bubbles Framelits, Mosaic Punch, Simply Scored tool, Pearl Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals
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Bargello Baby!

Every now & then, we all need a cute little baby card to celebrate the arrival of a sweet new blessing!
Honestly, I couldn't resist the new 'Something for Baby' stamp set and its coordinating 'Baby's First Framelits'.

The 'Bargello' technique was shared by my sweet friend, Joan Ervin, in the TLC313 challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Recently, our Creative Crew challenge CCREW0614HF for June was to celebrate your favorite holiday with a new (to you) technique!  'Lullaby' DSP with the new stamps and framelits.  After all, babies are a celebration as well as a blessing!
  Although my original intent was to celebrate Thanksgiving, that theme morphed over to celebrating babies as I combined the new

I've also used one of my multipurpose fave stamp sets here ... can you identify it?  If you join me here in the studio for an upcoming class, chances are you'll leave with a love of your own for that stamp set.  hee hee

Okay .... it's back to my stampin' table for me!  Classes coming up this Thursday and Saturday here, and new projects need to be ready for creative ladies!  You're welcome to check out my schedule over in the lower right corner of my SU website if you'd like to join us at any time!

Happy Stampin', Y'all!
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STAMPS:  Something for Baby, and Gorgeous Grunge
 
INKS:  Coastal Cabana + Wild Honey;  SU Blendabilities (on rhinestones)
 
PAPERS:  Baked Brown Sugar + Wild Honey + Whisper White;  Lullaby DSP
 
ACCESSORIES:  Baby’s First Framelits, Starburst Framelits, 3/4” Circle Punch, Jewel Rhinestones, Candy Dots, Stitched Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals

 



Favorite Colors?

Now that everyone has settled in with their lovely new cattys-in-hand, let's get back into some new stampin' fun!

The Creative Crew was challenged with:  CCREW0614DF DSP/Color Focus: Show us your favorite color. Try it in a color combo you haven't used before!  Psssssst! Check out the CCREW gallery for lots of inspiration!


Color challenges can be lots of fun ... especially when you have to 'stretch' a little to make your natural choices blend in with the guidelines!  If you haven't given one a try, then this one would be a perfect start!

I've always been a pinks, purply and some greens kinda girl.   So when I first heard just the 'name' of the new In Color, 'Blackberry Bliss' ..... I already knew that it was for me.  A 'done deal' for sure.  Then I 'saw' it IRL (in real life) and practically squealed out loud!


Oh yes ... back to the challenge:

Yep!  My starting point was with a brand new awesome sheet of Blackberry Bliss C/S in hand.  Then I browsed through my hanging files of all other SU cardstocks, repeatedly picking one up then putting it back, until it was right in front of me .... Soft Sky!  I loved it at first sight.

My large scalloped border die was still on my table, and I wondered if I could work that into the card ... and it wasn't long before I could see it all in my mind and simply had to finish it up!  One bitty rhinestone dots the 'i' in 'friend' for a bit of glam to add to the wonderful sheen and subtle sparkle of the Shimmery White cardstock.  

I hope you like it!

From Millan.Net And now I have an update from here at Texas Rubber & Ink!   

  From Millan.Net Welcome, welcome to Julie Scaparra and to Sue Barnett!  I'm so tickled to have both you join the Stampin' Up! family and share the joys and creativtity!  

And to my readers, we'd be delighted to welcome you to our group as well.  Check out the 'Join My Team' tab above this blog post for the latest scoop!  Then I welcome to send an email so I can answer any of your questions, and hopefully squeal out loud with your delight as well!   ... [ texasgrammyx2@yahoo.com ]

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To Infinity and Beyond!!

While I haven't turned into a true scrapper as yet ... I was inspired again to try another digital scrapbook page.  Just like my previous scrap page, this one was developed for another Creative Crew Challenge, CCREW0414SF.    Tex's Tip:  Whenever you're viewing a Splitcoaststampers gallery, clicking on any keyword such as you see in the blue text will take you to all gallery entries for that keywordYou're invited to enjoy & play along in these challenges each month!

Enough chatter ... here's my 2nd effort using MDS!  (My Digital Studio)



We were challenged to use the scrapbook layout found on page 13 of the March/April Stampin' Success demonstrator magazine.   Being a beginner at scrapping, I find it's not nearly as intimidating with a layout to offer guidance.  Nothing has to be exactly the same as the provided layout ... but it's a great place to start!

This darling subject is one of my Grands.  The stamped sentiment is SO appropriate, as he spent literally months pretending to be Buzz Lightyear ... and of course he was "Buzz" for Halloween, too!  I chose the color palette to coordinate with Zeke's fabulous blue eyes and those "Nemo" swim goggles that were practically attached to him for days ... by his determination.   LOL

And as for the elements in this page?  Every single item I used was already included in the My Digital Studio software when I purchased it, including the title sentiment!

CLASS UPDATES!
** Just as an update for local friends, my class this Thursday morning April 10, has only 2 seats left open.  If you would like to join us, please send an email to me via the Contact Bev button located in the left column of my blog!
** My next Stampin' Saturday class coming up on April 19th still has some open seats, and you're welcome to use the Contact Bev button to inquire & RSVP, or you can always find my scheduled classes in the lower right corner of my Stampin' Up! website(<<  You can also RSVP right from the the class description on my website. 

Yippeeeee Skippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

As of this morning, I am officially registered for Stampin' Up!'s Convention 2014, coming up later this summer in Salt Lake City, Utah!   If you would like to join me (and a LOT of other delighted demonstrators), you still have time to join my team and make those plans!  Learning couldn't get any better than this ... and the fun is truly immeasurable.  Check the Join My Texas Rubber & Ink! Team tab above for more information, or contact me directly.   Utah or Bust!

Thanks a bunch for your visit!  I hope I've sparked a bit of inspiration for you today!

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Criss-Cross Sunshine!

I hope you're ready for a new card!

This one follows the challenge CCREW0414DF:  Use Watercolor Wonder designer series papers, or the colors of Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, & Tangerine Tango.   Well that was easy ... I'm a big fan of the Watercolor Wonder dsp!  And for that reason, I challenged myself to use designs from the series that I had not previously used ... the other sides of the papers.
    
Just about the time I was working on this one, I learned that a sweet friend had suffered a heart attack at a stamp show, which resulted in surgery.  So, this became a card with a purpose, with her in mind.  Although she works right in the heart of the stamping industry, she's not really a stamper herself.  I purposely created with colors and a style that she doesn't normally see every day.  
 

I haven't made a criss-cross card in a long time, and I thought it would show off the designer series paper nicely.  Cardstock & ink colors were so easy to choose by just following the colors in the Watercolor Wonder papers!  That's really one of the easiest things about Stampin' Up! ... easy-peasy coordination.

Okay, my stampy-crafty friends!  I'll be back very soon to share another something from my stampin' table with you.  In the meantime, I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration that might lead you to a new creation on your crafty table!  

Thanks a bunch for your visits!
 
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Card Supplies:   Psssssssssssst!  All of these supplies are readily available >> right here!
STAMPS:  Four You  +  Daydream Medallions
INKS:  Calypso Coral + Daffodil Delight
PAPERS:  Calypso Coral + Daffodil Delight + Whisper White C/S;  dsp = Watercolor Wonder 
ACCESSORIES:  Floral Frames framelits, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Subtles buttons, Candy Dots, Baker’s Twine (Calypso Coral), Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, Multi-glue
 

Thanks! * Concertina style!

Happy 10th Anniversary Grammy Day!     ;)    10 years ago this morning, my very first grandchild was born ... and when my son laid him in my arms ... I was completely speechless!  The love was so overwhelming that I was totally mesmerized with this amazing blessing in my arms.  How can it possibly be 10 whole years already?

And of course, Happy April 1st to everyone!

Today's creation is a part of the new April Creative Crew gallery over at Splitcoaststampers.

 The CCREW0414 challenge offers a few choices for inspiration, and I opted to peruse this 2014 Historic Garden Week website.  Even though I'm not a successful gardener here at home, I have a deep passion for floral & foliage beauty, thanks to my amazing Aunt & Uncle.

Believe it or not, this 'concertina fold' card fits into the average envelope that most of us card makers refer to as 'A2' sized.   Really!  If you want to give it a try, check out this tutorial at Splitcoaststampers!

I might never have paired Crushed Curry with Wisteria Wonder if not for both being together in this Afternoon Picnic paper collection ... and I like it!  Glad to have given it a chance.

Okay m'friends!  Hopefully you've found a bit of inspiration here, in some form, to encourage your own creativity.
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**All supplies for this card are available 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! store!
STAMPS:  Petite Petals + Yippee-Skippee!
INKS:  Crushed Curry + Pear Pizzazz + Wisteria Wonder
PAPERS:  Pear Pizzazz + Wisteria Wonder + Very Vanilla;  dsp = Afternoon Picnic
ACCESSORIES:  Labels Collection framelits, Petite Petals punch, 3/8” Corner punch, Simply Scored, Little Leaves Sizzlet, Fancy Fan EF, Pearl Jewels, Multi-glue
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Sorbet Mini Gift Cards & Box!

Are you ready to create?  How about this little mini gift card box set?!


These little gift cards are easy-peasy to make.  Their finished size is 2.75" X 3 7/8" ... perfect for those hand-delivered gifts, such as those darling flowers you know your BFF simply can not resist!  I used the same simple layout on each card, simply varying the sentiment, with or without punched layers.  Whip up a group of these in just a few minutes, then you're ready to make their little custom-sized gift box!


Gather up your favorite papers & cardstock, and get ready to create this cute little giftable.  Make some to give, but be sure to make one for yourself as well!  
Ready?  Here we go! 


I'm so glad you stopped by today.  Thanks for taking just a moment to let me know if you like it!  Here's the  complete supply list:

*** Mini Gift Card Box Set Supplies:
Stamps used on cards: Express Yourself (2014 Hostess set) + Four Frames + Four You + Love You to the Moon
Paper: Basic Black + Whisper White C/S; Sweet Sorbet dsp (Sale-A-Bration 2014)
Ink: Pool Party + Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: Simply Scored Tool, Decorative Label Punch, Stampin' Trimmer, Sticky Strip, Paper Snips, Tombow Multi glue, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, bone folder, ruler, crafting knife 

Challenge:  Created for the demonstrators' challenge, CCREW0314CF @ Splitcoaststampers - Show us what you love about the Simply Scored Tool
Happy Stampin'!





Fringe & Banner Mega Bottle Cap

Still hoping that yesterday's "sharin' of the green" will begin to work some weather wonders & bring on some Spring!

While we wait, I'll share a 3D decor idea with you today!  Please don't tell me that I'm the only one who has a 'stash' of crafty items that is just ready & waiting to be brought out into the light.  Are there any brave stampers/scrappers out there willing to confess?


I'll go first.  This huge, 4-inch diameter 'bottle cap' has been amongst my alterables for too long, i.e. many months.   Now it's filled with little goodies and has its own spot here in my stampy zone.  The background paper is from the Watercolor Wonder dsp.  
Next, fringe scissors to the play table to create a happy two-color blossom, with leaves from the Secret Garden stamp set & dies.  The little 5-piece banner was a snap, from the Sale-A-Bration 'Banner Blast' stamp set and coordinating 'Banner' punch.  Tiny dots of Crystal Effect glued the banners to Linen Thread.  Then Mini Glue dots were used to adhere it all to the bottle cap's edges, with a couple of Candy Dots for good measure. 

In reality, this project has morphed one final time for better display here in my stampy classroom area.  The Taffeta Ribbon is great for wall hanging, but I've since removed that and it is now appearing on the magnetic display board here in the studio.

Okay ... Now it's your turn to confess to 'stashing' use-it-someday-goodies!

So glad you're here ... and I'd love to see you back again.   Hope you've found some inspiration for your own craftiness today!

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Project Supplies:
 
SCS CHALLENGE:  CCREW0314SF    Show us something you love on a scrapbook page, This & That, or 3D project!

Wasabi Birthday Wishes!

Welcome to March, everyone! 

It's been a crazy-busy time here for the past 2 1/2 weeks or more ... so I owe y'all a big apology for missing blog posts.  So off we go into our brand new month ... getting that much closer to finishing off this incredibly cold & icy & snowy & crazy winter!  Yay!!

Let's do it up in green!

Wild Wasabi green is the main color here, and it's CAS for an easy start.   I honestly adore the Watercolor Wonder designer series papers from the Occasions catalog.  This green chevron is just one of the several awesome papers in the set.  And, it will matches beautifully with your Gumball Green cardstock as well!  Marina Mist cardstock & ink are used in small amounts as an accent color.  'Subtles Candy Dots' are an easy little addition ... they're even self-adhesive!

See those bitty banners on the lower  portion?  The 'Banner Blast' stamp set (133554) and the 'Banner' punch ( 133519) are FREE Sale-A-Bration choices!

That's it for now!  I have several more creations to share here this month.   Hoping that you found some inspiration here today!


Red Hot Box!

How long has it been since you created something with a "window"?   Well, this little gifty came about via a challenge to create a window card using any SU punch or punches.

So that's what I did ...
... except I jumped from 'card' to 'box', as you can see.   ;)

Punches, punches ... which or how many punches?  Let's see:  1 3/8” Circle Punch on the inside, plus my 1 3/4” Scallop Circle Punch for the blossom top.   Finally, I had to toss in my frequent go-to Bitty Banners Framelits & Itty Bitty Banners stamp set for the sentiment .. ... of course!



I have a long-lived love affair with flowers, plus all things growing green.  Sometimes it insists on coming out when I'm papercrafting, as shown in this project.  My blossom is merely layers of scallop punched paper from the Polka Dot Parade designer papers, made with the 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch and held together with a cute little 1/8" Mini Brad.  And before I forget it .. you'll need SU's fabulously clear Window Sheets for the 'window'.


If you would like to create this little giftable box at your stampin' table, just follow this tutorial by Brenda Quintana, shared at Splitcoaststampers

I hope you've found a bit of stampin' inspiration here today!  Thanks for visiting, and for sharing your thoughts as well.



Icemageddon 2013! * MDS

The invitation to join the SCS Creative Crew for the January - April, 2014 term came during the late Fall.  This inspired me to stretch myself in some way ... learn something new-to-me.

As a result, I purchased Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Software, lovingly called MDS in many stampy, crafty circles.  Even though I have only scrapped two, 6x6 pages during my stamping history, I took the scrapping 12x12 plunge for one of the first 2014 challenges ... and here is the result.


In all honesty, I had a lot of fun beginning the learning process with a goal already in mind.  The CCREW0114SF challenge included the 12x12 sketch to give me a starting point.  Due to the intense wintery weather we've been experiencing, the theme & idea fell right into place using the assigned winter colors!  

Everything used in the creation of this page was already included in the My Digital Software download .... except the one element I ordered:  MDS Winter Frost Dsp (item 135265).  Here are the digital supplies I've used:
  • Joyful Times Designer Kit - blue flower
  • Antique Brads
  • Vintage Overlays
  • Circle Punch
  • Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch
  • Snowflake Punch
  • Timeless Type Alphabet
  • Winter Frost Dsp
Today's weather here in North Texas is snowy.   But thankfully, we are not expecting the iciness that I've shared from our December "Icemaggadon"!!    

I hope you've found some inspiration today!  I'd love to hear a "Howdy!" if you're stoppin' by for a moment!



It's Wonderful!

If you're a "glass half-full" thinker, then life itself is often 'wonderful' for sure.  But the title of today's post actually comes more from the sentiment on my card.  It's just one of my favorites from the "Perfect Pennants" stamp set.



This wintery cool card features several fun items from the current "Occasions" catalog, including Silver Encore Metallic ink, Perfect Pennants stamp set, Silver Foil sheet, Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, and Silver 1/8" ribbon.  I adore the fun 'splatters' on the sentiment from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, and the Labels Collection framelits are among my go-to choices when I'm looking for something beyond more traditional shapes.  Lastly, you'll spot the use of our Scallop Border punch, Northern Flurry embossing folder, and those fabulously sparkly Stampin' Up! Rhinestones!  Cardstocks are Soft Sky, Whisper White, and Brushed Silver.

My design was prompted by another Creative Crew challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  We would love to have you join in with the challenge by uploading your challenge entry with the keyword  CCREW0114DF.  This challenge was to use the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum.  You don't have to be a demo to play along at all.  C'mon & play along!

I hope I've inspired your creativity in some way today!





You Make Me Happy!

Welcome to a brand spankin' new week, everyone!

Brrrrrrrrrrrr!  Another wintery blast of freezing rain & sleet moved in here on Sunday ... so I think I'll just plan some stamping and a class or two.  Neither of those require bundling up and schlepping around on slippery-slidey things.   In light of that freezy stuff that's working its way around the USA again this week, I'm sharing a rather "frosty" creation from one of the Creative Crew challenges! 

This all started off with the 'Northern Flurry' embossing folder and Pool Party cardstock.  For the added icy look, I used the Embossed Embossing technique, along with Heat & Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  The sentiment is from the 2014 Sale-A-Bration set, 'See Ya Later'.  It's layered atop a vellum snowflake from the 'Festive Flurry' framelits collection.  More Dazzling Diamonds for the snowflake edges and a few sparkly rhinestones to make someone happy when skies are gray!
I created an "Embossed Embossing" technique video a few years ago over at Splitcoaststampers just in case you would like to create some dazzle of your own.  I hope you enjoy this wintery project as well as the technique process!  





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