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Blue Blossom of Happy!

Sharing a truly favorite floral stamp set here today!  No .. not my only fave floral, since it's positively impossible for me to have an only in this category.  


It's shameful to admit how many times I've stamped + colored images from the 2-box Remarkable You stamp set ... truly shameful.  My favorite coloring method is using aqua pens, and since it's a technique that is very soothing to me, I tend to do it a LOT ... just because!  Surely that's linked back to my coloring book days.  

Tex's Tip:  When using an aqua pen on regular card stock instead of watercolor paper, do not fill the chamber with water!  It's much easier to control the amount of the water by dipping the brush into a small cup.  Thus, there's less chance of pilling due to too much water.  ;)


   I'm happy to play in the Paper Players Challenge today, in their CAS Floral category!

Images shown are from these stamp sets:
  • Remarkable You = blossom and leaves
  • Cottage Greetings = sentiment
  • Gorgeous Grunge = filler spatters
Hope you like it!  

Inky (((hugggsss))),


Savor the Anticipation!

This card came about simply because I wanted to stamp/create something and decided to  participate in a challenge.  I needed a creative break with paper, ink, and goodies, with no other particular goal in mind.  (Wouldn't it be grand if every day was so simple?!)

I love the way the Christmas Pines bundle (stamps and thinlits) work so easily with the Pine Bough embossing folder and the Presents and Pinecones designer papers.  The coordination really made this come together in a virtual 'snap'!

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Even though the pictures appear to show a golden color to the pinecones, they're actually cut from the rich Copper Foil Sheets found in the Holiday Catalog.  And yes, Gold and Silver Foil sheets are available in the annual catalog.  That shine is a splendid texture contrast!
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As I started grocery shopping this week for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I realized that this really is the beginning of a 'season of joy' ... joy and thanks.  I rarely have my children and grands altogether on one day at one joint meal, and for me, that is one of a few limited times per year that really touches my innermost heart.  So naturally, I've come to savor the anticipation.  Come to think of it, I should write that as one of my Tex's Tips: Savor the Anticipation!  Hope you're entering a time of anticipation of joys to come as well!

Inky (((hugs))),


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Studio Update? You Got It!

Studio update?
* Still uninhabited by stampers and myself .... but coming right along.

Carpet and tile has been removed, followed by sanding machine + elbow grease + chisels in lots of places.  Walls prepped to fill previous nail holes + that unknown variety of 'what alien oopsie happened there'.  Painting is finished in main room.  Girly room will be last.



 Tex's Tip:  When asking someone to remove your tile and prep for dye/stain .... I'd suggest a fave meal, various promises, and perhaps early-prep-cajoling in advance.  This job is not for the 'quicky'-do person.  And if you have to have it all done by class time in  (ex.) 5 days .... plan it for after that class ... unless you hire multiple worker bees.   

This week is really making a difference ... and this chick is happy-happy about that!

Along with renovation of walls and floors, more changes are in the works for classes.    Eeeeeeps!  

'Nuff said.
Inky (((hugs))),

Diagonally WOW!

Let's go just a wee bit beyond ink + card stock today.
Get out your heat tool, embossing powder, and create some WOW!



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 Even though the Bravo stamp set is retiring, mine is staying in my collection.  Why?  So many ways to share encouragement with this double-loaded stamp set!   
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White satin ribbon brings an unexpected elegance ... and it's also retiring, along with the Bravo stamp set and this designer series paper (dsp).

So, have you figured out which designer series paper I've used?  This is one of those over-looked pieces of fresh 'n lovely tucked within the It's My Party 12"x12" collection!  Lots of party inspired designs, kid-friendly patterns, and the reverse sides are completely multi-use, non-themed designs creating a truly versatile stack of offerings!

As usual for me, my practically-staple stamping accessory is here .... Stampin' Dimensionals and I have a very long history of hanging out together.   Tex's Tip:  Yes ... I often cut mine in half!  I maximize my dimensionals, love the high-tack quality, and 1/2 of a Stampin' Dimensional is still a larger surface area than many 'dots' of foam adhesives.  

Remember!  Our retiring products are available only while supplies last, with the exception of most stamp sets.  If you see something on my recent retiring products posts, gather up your wish list and place your order online by clicking right here!  If you have any questions at all, you are welcome to contact me.   

Inky (((hugs))),

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See This Hug?

It's a beautiful day here in Texas!  A brief but welcome break from colder days, but not quite to the point of having my studio door open ... close ... but that's it.    No complaints here, though!  My sweet friend + fellow stamper up in Kearney, Nebraska said she's expecting 1-15" of snow tomorrow!  OMGosh ... I'm just fine where I am, thanks.

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I welcomed some stamping time for pure pleasure today.  The result is my card for the Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #32.   The SIP32 challenge is a fun tic-tac-toe choice in which you choose your own tic-tac-toe line of 3 items as in this diagram ... a fun twist!
It's also drawn from today's Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoaststampers, featuring SCS member 'MochaFrap'.  Although I don't know her in person, it didn't take long at all to find inspiration for stamping! 




Not likely to be included in next weekend's Stampin' Saturday class, but now that I have the finished card in hand, I already know who needs to receive this one.  Sometimes, the card just 'tells you'.   Don't you love it when that happens?  Tex's Tip:  Card-making and sharing literally shares a part of you!

The Bear Hugs stamp set and Bear Hugs Framelits dies are available separately, or at a 15% savings in a bundle altogether in the Occasions catalog.  A purchase of the Little Letters Thinlits from page 172 in the annual SU catalog puts you over half-way to earning a free Sale-A-Bration item!

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"HUG" was cut from the front designer series paper panel using the Little Letters Thinlits dies.  Since I had the had the cute positive images from die cutting, I decided to let them spread a smile on the inside of the card.   I simply recreated a bit of the front design for staging the lettering on the inside.
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Psssst!   Did you know that If you would like to join us this coming weekend for 1st Saturday Stampin', please just RSVP via email here, or through my Events schedule, or on my Texas Rubber 'n Ink! Facebook page - Events tab.

I'm ready with answers to any questions via email any time.  Hope to hear from you or stamp with you soon!  Need help setting up your own happy stamping gatherings?  I'm happy to help!

Inky (((hugs))),



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Sunshine Wishes 'n Shiny Fishes

Winter... it's here ... bringing plentiful cloudy days, snow, and more.  
So, send some sunshine wishes!
And how about a bonus of shiny fishes?!


Here's my first creation featuring the new Bear Hugs stamp set and it's coordinating Bear Hugs Framelits dies!  This guy is stamped with Archival Basic Black ink on Sahara Sand card stock.  I haven't brought out the Sahara Sand in quite a while ... but while playing around with colors, this combo shouted out a happy "Yes!" just as soon as I stamped it out.  

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Just a few Stampin' Write Markers make it a snap to color a stringer full of fishes, and add just a bit of tone-on-tone dimension to bear's face.  Tex's Tip:  If you prefer coloring with your Aqua Pen, that will work just as well when stamping with Archival Basic Black ink.

That sparkle on the shiny fishes?  It's a quick brush-on of our new Wink of Stella - Gold.
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  The Bear Hugs stamp set offers lots of fun images and truly delightful sentiments.  I've paired this sentiment with the banner stamp and matching die from the new Number of Years stamp set and coordinating Large Number Framelits.

Both of these collections are available in the brand new Occasions Catalog either separately as stamps and/or dies, or save 15% immediately by purchasing either in bundles!   Just let me know if you need guidance or assistance!  I'm an email or a phone call away!  
Tex's Tip:  Wishing you had a beginning 20% discount on these darling stamps 'n dies?  I've got a free stamp set waiting for everyone joining my team right now!  

Inky (((hugs))),

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Pick Your Pinked Transportation!


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Have you been participating in the annual Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at Splitcoaststampers?

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Consider joining in this fun & wonderful outpouring of our handmade cards being sent throughout October to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.  Daily challenges are presented to whet your creativity, and you get the added pleasure of packaging up your creations to be used by the cancer patients and their attending families while they are battling all kinds of cancer.

HYCCT1511 Challenge is themed, "Can I Get a Ride?"
Create a card that features a mode of transportation.  Any transportation ... cars, bicycles, trains ... even if it would not be realistic to use on the way to chemo.   Here's my challenge card ... meant to bring a giggle or two to whoever chooses to use it.


This one features the darling single stamp set, If the Broom Fits from the Holiday Catalog.  When I read this challenge, I knew exactly which set I wanted to use.  {hee here hee}


The brooms were stamped with Stampin' Up!'s new Archival Black ink, then colored with Stampin' Write markers.  The fourth broom was emphasized by coloring it with Melon Mambo, rather than the Blushing Bride as used on the others.  A second broom was colored, fussy cut, then popped up on Dimensionals for a little brighter, blinged-up option.


Fringe Scissors provided easy texture to the ends of my sentiment strips.  A little direct-to-paper inking adds just a touch of Melon Mambo color.  I hope you like it!

Tex's Tip:  Consider making + sending some of these to your girlfriends, sisters, and/or co-workers as their reminder to do their annual mammogram!

Any Texas stampers out there?  Are there Wanna-be Texas stampers out there?   

We've got a super-fun stampin' shindig for you in Dallas, TX, on Friday the 13th of November!  Stamp with Lydia Fiedler & me at our Mini Retreat at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas.  

*** Check it out here, and reserve your seat today ... ***

then just bring your stamp kit and stamp the day away with us in Dallas!

Hope to stamp with you in Dallas!

Inky (((huggss))),

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