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Hello, Wisteria!

I am so tickled to have stamped today!  A bit over a week ago, a herniated disc interrupted my life to the point where "normal" has dramatically changed.  Neck, shoulder, arm, hand, fingers, are all affected, and even stamping has halted until today.  Now it requires planning my movements to involve primarily the right side.  Thanks to my local downline, Julie, classes were held that had already been rescheduled once due to icy roads.  Big, big THANKS to you, Julie!  I'm also required to be chauffeured while on these meds ... but I'm actually willing as long as the pain can be pushed back. 

The latest color challenge over at Splitcoaststampers, CC522, is to use Wisteria Wonder, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White.  The 'dessert' option is to add a touch of green.   CAS(E) this Sketch, CTS114, and was eager to use it ... so today was a day of careful maneuvering while managing to stamp again ... at last!  Waiting for the next dose of pain meds has been my daily routine since the ER a week+ ago.  Success today has been SO enjoyable!
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I had already spotted this lovely sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch, CTS114, and knew I really wanted to use this layout.  Notice, I morphed from the original CAS plan, and ended up with "more" rather than true CAS.  Oh well!  I just "went with it"!   ;)  Hopefully the CAS police will just roll their eyes and give me a pass.
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Wisteria Wonder is such a soft and subtle pastel.  Perfect for Spring creations, Easter, vintage projects and more!  

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The designer series paper in the central area of the card is from the 'All is Calm' dsp collection of wintery designs.  But this Smoky Slate side has no season at all, and could easily be used for a number of themes.  Add silver to it and you're on the way to a beautiful bridal or anniversary creation!  For my flower centers, I chose Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, punched with the Petite Petals punch and the little flower from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.
Here's to something beautiful happening in your day!  Hope you've found a bit of inspiration!

Inky (((hugs))),

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Pointed & Twitterpated!

It appears that Cupid really got busy on my card for today ... shooting more arrows than a normal person might carry in their quiver!  

Ahhhhhhh, that Cupid!  Looks like he had a great practice session here, doesn't it?  It was the CAS310 challenge at SCS that spurred this card to be created, encouraging creations with love in mind.  So why did I fall back on traditional colors for this one?  It was those delightful arrows in the Stacked with Love paper pack!  Yep!  When I flipped the pack to that design, red & white came to mind, I looked up at my punches racks and saw the Chevron Border punch just waiting to play, and it all started coming together.  Don't you just love it when it just seems to rush into a workable idea?!

What a fun font on the "twitterpated" stamp!  It's part of the You Plus Me stamp set found in the Occasions catalog.  More arrows are found in this set, along with a just-right sized '&' (ampersand) for any-season all-occasion creations.  The Decorative Label punch is the perfect size for this fun sentiment!  Add a tiny little rhinestone to the bitty heart and it's all blinged up and ready to go!

Have you checked out the new Weekly Deals yet?   You'll always find them in the top right column of this blog, and they change each Tuesday.  Very sweet deals for sure!  But be sure you grab up the ones calling to you before they go "poof" at Monday's end.   ;)

Classes here begin tomorrow morning for my standard trio of Thursday-Thursday-Saturday stampin' fun!  If you'd like to join us, just let me know via comment or the 'Contact' button any time!

Inky {{{{huggss}}}},

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These products were used above:
INKS:  Real Red
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Happy Birthday Balloons!

Did you know that many, many of my friends are in Orlando, FL right this minute?  They're enjoying 3 days at Stampin' Up!'s Leadership training.

That's okay .... I've been watching as main stage events are being streamed live by Stampin' Up!  Now that's a very cool way to watch the fabby morning sharing ... sitting in my jammies and sipping my cuppa coffee!  Hey ... if you can't be there ... make lemonade from those lemons!
'Balloon Bash'
Imagine my delight when I was watching one of the events while stampin' yesterday afternoon ... and discovered that Shelli was giving away a "Balloon Bash" stamp set to everyone in the auditorium!


As a matter of fact, I was actually using this stamp set at the very same time it was being handed out to the happy demos attending Leadership!  At least I smiled from the inside-out and felt like I was a part of the happy action at the moment.  

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My color choices were based on the colors in this foiled designer series paper from the 'Birthday Bash' collection.  Two of the 12"X12" sheets have scattered foiled images, for an extra special touch!  Such a fun paper group, with bold & happy colors that are just perfect for birthday greetings, and a great pairing with the Balloon Bash stamp set.
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The HB Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped with Bermuda Bay ink, and cut with the Labels Collection framelits.  As a fun match to the gold foiled images on the balloon paper, I used the Gold Baker's Twine for balloon strings.  I love those little fun finds during the creative process!   Don't you? 

Here's to a wonderful weekend, my friends!  I hope you've found something here today to stir your need to do some stamping.  Stay cozy and stay creative!

Inky {{{{hugggsss}}}}},


Punchy Lovin'!

Wow!   Where oh where has this week gone?
Whooooosh!   That's fassssssssssssssssst!

Here's my latest Valentine, featuring a couple of my favorite punches and new items from the Occasions catty!


This one is very easy, and it all started with the PPA237 sketch challenge this week.  

I knew that I wanted to use the new Stacked with Love Paper Stack, and those diagonal stripes seemed to insist on being used!   (I think it reminds me of oxford fabric stripes ... but enough about old faves.)
I just adore the itty bitty hearts in white on black from the paper stack, and that led me straight to the darling new Bow Builder Punch.  Honestly ... this punch is going to be one of my faves for a very long time.  Just so easy and cute!  You'll find the punch for these little red hearts as a part of the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

The thermometer has taken a nose-dive here today.  Hopefully you're all cozy, and have found a bit of inspiration to warm up your stampin' table soon.   Stay warm, my friends!

Inky {{{{hugs}}}},

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Love is Kindness ~ with a Twist of Cantaloupe

Today was supposed to be a day for planning projects for next week's Technique Saturday class.  But .... I browsed around for some inspiration, and then a little side-track happened.

(Confession with a sigh:  This is not an unusual event for me.) 

But then, something that is unusual for me happened!
I found two challenges that inspired me!

This week's SCS Inspiration Challenge, IC476, features wedding cakes galore.  Oh my, oh my!!   Earlier I had noticed the Sketch Saturday #344 challenge.  Now I'm not one to combine challenges very often, so it was an enjoyable creative exercise!

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I really do like the new single stamp from the Occasions catty, Love is Kindness.  The sentiment rings so true, and I can easily think of people who would appreciate a card with this expression.
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Pick a set of Blendabilities for the tulips (I used Calypso Coral), add on Old Olive Blendabilities for the foliage, and this just-right sized image comes to life in a few inky strokes.

Add in a few Stampin' Dimensionals for some added depth, and this sketch works for clean and simple, or a more layered style ... whatever suits your creative needs!

Remember!   Sale-A-Bration is in progress right now.  That means for every $50 product purchased, you earn a free item of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!   Additionally, every $50 earns a punch on my year-round Customer Rewards Program.  It's definitely an exciting time to be a Stampin' Up! customer!

Hopefully you've found a bit of inspiration today.  I do appreciate your visit!  If you would like to order the products I've used for this project, I'd love for you to allow me to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  My SU website is available for orders 24/7, and I'm always happy to answer any questions you might have if you contact me.  Just click the "Contact Bev" button in the left column of this blog to send an email.

Inky {{{hugs}}},



It's in the Bag!

Happy Friday, m'friends!

I bring you another of my class projects from Thursday a.m. and p.m. classes and for tomorrow as well.
This delightful new die set has already become one of my very favorite goodies from the new Occasions catalog!  OMGosh!  I have bunches more of these to make before Valentine's day!


**No Stamps Required!**

My original plan morphed a little bit while creating this treat bag.  There are so many "extras" included in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies, that I had more than enough choices to jazz up the treat bag itself!  Thus .... no stamping on this one.  

Here's all I needed to create it!
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies, Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Typeset designer series paper, Basic Black cardstock, Real Red cardstock, 2-Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
***NOTE:  The Typeset designer series paper happens to be reduced in price during the current Weekly Deals!  The sale price lasts through 11:59 p.m. MT, Monday, January 12.   If you're hoping to recreate this cute project, it's very easy to order the products from my 24/7 SU website.  Or I will happily place your order for you, whatever you prefer.

Or, just hostess a party for you & your friends!  You can make these cute Valentine bags, or another style equally as endearing.  Just click here to start planning!!

It's a great little Valentine treat bag ... with lots of future possibilities using the very same set of dies!

**Remember ... for every $50 spent on your orders, you'll earn 1 FREE selection from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!   Please let me know if I can help you with questions or ordering.  I'm right here!

Happy Friday {{{hugs}}},

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Wood You Be Mine?

Have you ever felt like masculine cards were difficult, or just not-so-easy to create?
Here's a stamp set from the new Occasions catalog that solves that problem:

This great set even includes a bearded lumberjack, and a 2-step layer stamp so his plaid flannel shirt can easily be whatever color he wishes just by changing the ink pad color!  To add a bit more earthiness, the "white" layer is actually

Here's my so-quick interior view.  I couldn't resist adding some hand-cut "saw points"
 to the sentiment banner.  Local peeps, I created this card for my stampin' classes this week!  This is your sneak peek!  LOL 

This set easily pairs up with the Woodgrain embossing folder, or the Hardwood background stamp.  I've mounted the tree trunk slice atop a little "circular saw blade" shape created from a bit of Silver Foil sheet cut with a Starburst Framelits die.  The Natural + Old Olive Two-tone Trim adds a little more coordinating texture.  Blendabilities from the Skin Tone set were used to color the slab of tree trunk.

That's it for today ... It's time to get the classroom ready for tomorrow's classes!  Even if you're not signed up to attend, I'm happy to help you with online orders.  Please feel welcome to contact me at any time.

Inky {{{hugs}}},

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Ready for a Sweet Tweet?!

Are you ready?
Very good, and oh-so-fun things are coming!

  1. Sale-A-Bration begins this week .... Tomorrow!!!   (Tuesday, January 6, 2015)
  2. The new Occasions Catalog opens up it's bountiful treasures to you tomorrow, too!


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Today I'm sharing a little taste of what's available ... as of tomorrow! 

These little tags were stamped with images from the new "Hey, Valentine" stamp set, found on page 8 in the Occasions catty.

Psssst!  If you're already a customer of mine, either online or local, you should have received this new package of delightful in the mail by now.  If not ... please let me know to send these new goodies your way, asap!

(Just click the image itself to see a little larger version.)
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Now this is a fun Valentines set for using your new Blendabilities.  And to sweeten that up??  Two new Blendabilities color sets are featured as free choices in the Sale-A-Bration catty!  Now we can add Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky Blendabilities to our Blendies palette ... and make those "free", please!  I used both of these new Blendabilities sets to color the little "sweet tweet" birdie tag.  And that cute little fox tag stamp?  It coordinates with the Note Tag Punch carried over and now available in the new Occasions catalog.  Definitely a great punch to have handy.

From Millan.Net ***Woooohoooooo Alert!   As of Tuesday, January 6, the Note Tag Punch used for my foxy tag has a reduced price as part of the latest Weekly Deals
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Ready?
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Here in Texas, there are just 8.5 more hours until we can begin ordering from the Occasions Catalog, and scooping up sweet new FREE goodies from the Sale-A-Bration mini!

If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, it would be my pleasure to serve you.  I'm always available via email or phone, ready & happy to help with your questions and creative ventures.   Happy New Year!

Inky {{{{hugggsss}}}},
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You Made My Day!

Today is the day set aside as a special "Thank You for a Great Year!" event for my customers here in the studio!  2014 was a terrific year, and I'm definitely looking forward to sharing & stamping with all of you during 2015!  I'm so fortunate to have a "job" that I love and finding new 'friends I hadn't met yet' all along the way.  You've helped me to stretch as a business woman during 2014, and my goal is now set to reach a new promotion that I have only admired-from-afar previously.  So ....

Thank you big bunches, m'friends!!!

In a perfect world, all of you would be here today to collect your "Thank You" {{{{hugggsss}}}} in personT'would be sweet indeed.  You'll be welcome to join us during the new year ... my class calendar is always ready.  If you don't see just what you need, you are very welcome to suggest or ask!  

Guests were invited to bring and share their favorite paper crafted creations today, whether or not they made them as a result of a class here.  What was I thinking without having a camera at hand??   ***How do you spell ...  FLUB?!***

Just one stamping project for today, with a totally appropriate sentiment.  



Sale-A-Bration begins in a mere three more days ... and this fun sentiment will be found in the "Best Day Ever" stamp set.  You can't "buy" this set, but you can receive 1 new item for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $50 spent on any Stampin' Up! order!

See that darling little bow?  It is oh-so-easy to make with the awesome new Bow Builder Punch from the new Occasions Catalog!  
 
This example is a mere 2 1/4" long, and is created with the cool new 'Birthday Bash' 12"x12" designer series paper, also found in the Occasions catty, available on Tuesday, January 6.   
Even though the stamp says, "You made my day" ... you've all actually "made my year" ... and I thank you bunches!   
I have some new things coming up during 2015.  You're certainly invited to join in!   Happy New Year, everyone!
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Inky {{{{hugggsss}}}},
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