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Hootiful Happiness! with a Side of Retiring Goodies!

Welcome to Thanksgiving week!

     A few days ago I shared a peek at "mass production" here in my stampin' zone.  Well, see if you can tell what else has been happening on my table ... ...

Hint:  These little vests are ready to get a bit of texture.
Parts check .. ..  Time to find adhesive!
     Did you figure it out?!  If you already have the popular Owl Builder punch, no doubt you already know what's coming.    


     As it happens, I was sending out special gifts this past week to my Texas Rubber 'n Ink! team members, and these little owls were just hoot-begging to come out to spread the smiles!

Hootiful Happiness!
If you're interested in creating your own little Hootenanny production, you'll need these items:

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Psssst!  The "Into the Woods" designer series paper collection is on the Retiring List!  *Click here for the list of retiring Holiday Catalog items discussed in the previous blog post and get your favorite items while they're still available.   

Thanks for sharing some of your moments with me today!
Inky hugs,

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A Little Bit Woodsy & Two-Topic Thursday!

Two-Topics Today .... i.e.  Two-Topic Thursday!

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!
It's actually 'feeling' like the beginning of Fall here on my little spot on the planet!

Even though I don't get the beautiful color transitions seen in more northerly states, the morning & evening temps have slid down the thermometer just enough to bring out the audible "Ahhhhh's" from many of us here in the northern part of Texas.  (I can't actually speak for those lucky peeps farther South in TX ... ... .)

Vintage Leaves is one of favorite stamp sets.  If you haven't had a chance to play with it in a class, or have been on the fence about ordering it ...  ...  Well, in my opinion, you've been missing out.  Trust me on this one.



I really enjoy pairing the Vintage Leaves with the new 6"X6" Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder!  I don't live in a wooded area ... far from it here in the plains.  However, I adore woodsy, forest-like places full of texture, earthy scents, and creature habitats.  Thus, it was a natural for me to scoop up both of these items.

The coordinating Leaflets Framelits Dies make it so easy to whip up a cluster of leaves for your projects.  I tied these together with a bit of Linen Thread ... another earthy, natural element I keep on hand at all times.   Brayer a little Crumb Cake ink over the raised tree trunks after using the Big Shot ... and this card is ready for sharing.  Use whatever sentiment you need to suit the occasion!  I've used 'Just For You' from the Floral Wings set ... versatility indeed!

and Topic #2 ... ...
Are you ready for some real, live stampin' fun?!

Dallas UNWIND Mini Retreat OnStage Live!


YOU are invited to join Lydia Fiedler and myself at the Hyatt Regency Dallas (Reunion Tower) on Friday, November 13, for a day of pure stampin' enjoyment!   Invite your fave stampin' buddy(ies), reserve your seats today, and get ready for a stampin' shindig in Dallas that will keep your creative spirits high!

Inky (((hugggsss))),

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How Did We Get to Thursday?

How did we get to Thursday already??
I am in disbelief at how time is zooooooming along!  Whoooooooosh!

It's past time to share ... so share I will!
Since Fall has officially arrived this week, it's time for my Thank You's to reflect a more seasonal approach.  Here's the latest:



Even though I don't generally send 'Halloween' cards, I do send cards with a Fall or seasonal theme of sorts ... and I absolutely 'had' to have this year's Happy Haunting DSP.  Whether you like Halloween itself, or just enjoy the seasonal fun + colors, this paper is for you ... and for me!  I love the non-imaged sides of every sheet of the papers as well as the Halloweeny sides for treat bags and fun creations.  The page featured on this card coordinates perfectly with the Boho Chic Textured Impressions embossing folder too, for super-simple theme carryover.

The sentiment banner is easily created by cutting a 1"-wide strip of Very Vanilla C/S, then punching each end with the Banner Triple punch ... Yeah ... I do adore that punch!  I stamped with a small branch stamp from the Thankful Forest Friends set, then wrapped a strip of Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape around one end before adding a cut "thanks" in Basic Black using the Greetings Thinlits. Try the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen next time you're adhering a thin-lined item such as the Greetings Thinlits or other word-style die cuts.  The ultra-thin point of delivery is terrific, and it's non-clogging via a splendid feature within the lid.  Yay!  Naturally ... Stampin' Dimensionals are lifting up the sentiment banner ... (Perhaps you already know that I consider them as a "must".)   All products will be listed as a group below for your convenience.  

Tex's Special Note!
Would you like to stamp with us in Dallas??  
Check out the possibility right here and join us for 
(Just click the colored text/link above!)
Inky (((hugs))),
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Grateful Owl 'n' His Bag ** with OnStage News!, too!

I've got another treat bag to share with you!  I haven't decided whether this one will be part of a door prize during a studio class, or whether it will become a gift at an upcoming larger event.

No matter ... I can tell you that I'm tickled with the Gift Bag Punch Board in this year's catalog!  3 basic sizes of bags from which to choose, and like all the other punch boards, the measurements are right there on the front so you can't lose them ... errrr ... uhhhmmm ... misplace them.  Today's example features the medium sizing:


This darling little owl is from the new Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set.  I don't send cards for Halloween, but I do like to create with the fun and whimsical goodies that pop up this time of year.  Besides, this guy is an all-year-round little dude.  His "tree trunk" bag is from the new "Into the Woods" designer series paper.

This cute little tag greeting is in the A Little Something stamp set.  I simply die cut it out with the Tags +Labels Framelits ...  Pssst!  Those are becoming such a handy-dandy set to have available, with layering sizes and two choices for shapes ... just sayin'!    I'll link up everything below the post, so you won't have to wonder which catalog to use.  In general, all of the Fall-themed items today are found in the Holiday Catalog.  The Treat Bag Board Punch, Circle Punch, Bird Builder Punch (for the owl's little branches), and the Tags + Labels Framelits are all in the big annual catalog.  The other goodies are in the Holiday Catalog.

So there you have it, m'friends!  Time for me to get back to class prep work for Saturday's studio class.  If you're local, and have a "wish" to gather with sweet peeps for a 3-project class, just let me know.  If you can't make it to this one, ask to be put on my mailing list for invitations!  I'll hope to stamp with you sooner than later!   ;)

Tex's News Flash:   OnStage Live is coming to Dallas, TX in November!  Are you?  Lydia Fiedler and I are happy to present a mini-retreat on the Friday before Stampin' Up!'s OnStage SU event.  If you are coming to the Dallas OnStage event, or if you're in the N. Texas area and would like to stamp with us, please join us via this registration link!  Register soon to save your spot!

Inky (((hugs))),

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Lovely in the Fall!

Last week's Ways to Use It challenge called for using a tree or trees on a creation.

What a perfect time to bring out my long-adored Lovely as a Tree stamp set to play!  Not only is Lovely as a Tree the longest-running current stamp set by Stampin' Up!, but my set is one of those original wood-mount sets purchased "back in the day" when it was pretty much brand new in our catalog ... or Idea Book + Catalog, a.k.a IDB+C back then.  Some things should be kept ... just sayin'!


It's been a while since I've heat embossed, but it seems that I always come back to that technique in the latter part of the year.  

After white embossing the image, I colored the image with Blendabilities.  I really do like the way this looks IRL (in real life), as the colors are stunning to the eye.  After all coloring was dried, I toyed with the design itself.  My stampin' table has been constantly filled with holiday prep + planning recently ... and amongst the many items at hand was the new set of Wonderful Wreath Framelits.  That's how the "leafy" edge came to be for the tree image layer. 

Texture was added with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions folder and very subtle tone-on-tone stamping of the large oak leaf from the new For All Things set ... an absolutely beautiful seasonal stamp set for Fall, found in the Holiday Catalog.
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Thanks a bunch for having stopped by today!  And to my local friends + customers, I'm really looking forward to our Christmas Stampin' Stack coming up next weekend!  See you soon!

Inky (((huggss))),

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Additional products include:
InksBaked Brown Sugar + Cajun Craze + Versamark
PapersBaked Brown Sugar + Cajun Craze + Early Espresso + Hello Honey + Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Blendabilities in Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Old OliveCircles Framelits, Corner Rounder, Modern Label Punch, Gold Metal Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals
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Let the Circle Card Framelit Play!

It's always a stamper's delight to get out a new-to-your-stampin'-table product and let it play! 

Well, in the case of the Circle Card Framelit, it is just as easy as can be!


I adore the new "Color Me Autumn" designer series paper.  This particular pattern includes Cajun Craze and Soft Suede colors, so choosing my inks & cardstocks was basically done for me! 


The Circle Card Framelit includes the scallop circle, the xoxo, and several more great dies for accent pieces ... definitely offering lots of creative possibilities.  And, making a card with 'movement' is so easy & quick!


Tex's Tip:  Due to the size of the Circle Card Framelit, you'll notice that when rolling it through your Big Shot, it will seem to require a little bit "extra" when the leading edge and the last edge roll through the machine.  It's completely normal, and simply due to the physics of the metal edges going through as such a long straight edge, rather than being turned to allow a smaller edge ease through the rollers first. 

Inky (((huggss))),

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