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Aspens in First Snow

I'm so glad to have seen Lee's FF16LuvLee challenge at the Falliday Fest!  She lives in the mountains of Colorado, so is privy to the beautiful Aspen trees of the cooler climate + higher altitude.  So, the challenge is to create 'snowy leaves'.

This was my first time to use the new Mica Flakes offered in the  Holiday Catalog. 
What a cool and distinctive new product!  It comes in a trio pack of White, Green, + Golden mica flakes.  The flakes are much larger than glitter bits .. and results in a beautiful texture along with its unique sparkle.  Tex's Tip I used a little ice cream sampler spoon to drop it atop the liquid glue I had used on the leaf edges and on the card base as well.  

Leaves are stamped with Crushed Curry ink then smeared a bit with Multipurpose Glue.  Tex's Tip:  Remember ... the Multipurpose Glue has a broad 'smearing' tip on the bottom that also dispenses the glue.  You'll want to allow a wee bit of drying time before handling the mica-flaked leaves. 

If you had to have the Vintage Leaves stamps and coordinating Leaflets Framelits last year as I did, this is a brand new idea for "falling" for them all over again.  So glad these classics are still in my collection this year!  
For added texture, I chose Vellum card stock - that look of white is a natural for "frosty" appearance!  The Petal Burst embossing folder created the leafy look.  Then, I used the oak leaf die to make a leafy cut along the right edge of the vellum layer for added interest.  I really like how that turned out .. so much more cool than just a straight cut, IMO.
Now to get back to my studio de-stash!  Not completely overhauling as in clear it out + start over as we've seen trending in this stampy world ... but a quasi-clean-out of sorts.  A vintage crafty store in a nearby town is offering booth/table space on Saturday.  Crafters will be 'de-stashing' unloved, not-needed items that have been taking up precious space.  Not a retail sales venue at all ... so not a "crafters fair" for selling hand-made wares or retail items.  I've got so much stuff to price-label by then!  

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Not Naming Names ... but Happy Umpteenth!

Nope!  Not naming any names for this one ... but ... you know who you are!  
Or surely you know someone coming up on an "umpteenth" ... i.e. who's counting anyway birthday!

Quick post today ... I've spent most of my awake time over the past 20 hours in search of an elusive "S" die from my Little Letters Thinlits set.  Sweet downline + sideline peeps have given me some great search ideas, including searching with a huge magnet ... which I've done.  Still, I'm losing this episode of Hide & Seek.  But it isn't over until I say it's over ...To be continued!


I totally love the rich colors of the Bohemian designer series papers ... and this bitty pattern is one of my faves from the collection.  It reminds me just a little of the Native American head dresses I used to see at Pow Wow's in NW Oklahoma ... rich, earthy colors.  

The Vintage Leaves are so so easy to stamp then die cut with the coordinating Leaflets set.  And, to create the sentiment, I just stamped it once with Rich Razzleberry ink, then again with Crushed Curry ink and cut out the "Umpteenth" banner and adhered it atop the R. Razzleberry badge with Dimensionals.  The Deco Labels framelits are perfect for the Oh My Goodies stamps.  That teeny bit of gold behind the sentiment badge?  That's the Gold Metallic Thread found in the full-sized catalog.  I'll list everything needed below my signature for your convenience.   


Smiley from Millan.Net**** Are You Up For Some Stamping Fun?! ****   Smiley from Millan.Net

I'm co-hosting a splendid stamping day in Dallas 
on Friday, November 13th!  You're invited!
Time is almost over for registrations, as we need to get started on prepping our materials kits, so please grab up your seat today while they're available.  
We'll stamp & share from 10:00 a.m. until 
3:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Dallas ... 

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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Water & Ink Splatters * Challenge Chicks!

It's time for the Challenge Chicks' September challenge! 

Jeanne has challenge us with "Splat!"  Use watery color splatters on your creation!
I'm not much of a mixed media stamper ... but I definitely enjoy using water stamping techniques from time to time.   If you haven't given water + ink a try ... maybe this challenge will be just the little seed you've been needing to check it out this month!  If you do, please do share your creation and your thoughts with us on the Challenge Chicks FB page!  Use the keyword, CHXSEP15, when you upload your creation at Splitcoaststampers ... ... We wanna see!


My background layer was created by sponging Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, and Cajun Craze inks onto the raised surfaces of my Mosaic Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Then I use my Stampin' Spritzer to spritz water onto the ink.  I laid Very Vanilla card stock into the folder and closed it, but did not roll it through my Big Shot for this creation.  Essentially I used the embossing folder as a "stamp".

Although it may look as though I used a colored card stock for the leaf, I began by sponging a piece of Very Vanilla card stock with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and a little Blackberry Bliss ink.  Next, I used my wet fingers to flick water onto the inked card stock while holding it over the sink.  (I adore having a sink in my studio ... and it's times like these that it comes in oh so handy!)
 Just to be different, I added random splats of gold embossing powder as the last step and heated that to melt.  Once all of the splattering & heat drying was finished, I inked the leaf stamp with Cajun Craze, stamped the custom paper, and die cut with the Leaflets Framelits ... an excellent coordinating product for the Vintage Leaves stamps!  After die cutting the leaf, I sponged the edges a bit with Blackberry Bliss ink, since that color had faded so much during the water splattering.

Are you thinking about playing along with us this month?  We'd love to have you share in the fun!   Be sure to treat yourself to even more inky "Splat" inspiration from the following Challenge Chicks ... I'm pretty sure you'll be tempted to get inky once you've savored the splattered fun shared throughout our talented Chicks!  Have a sweet & inky day, y'all!


Diane Zechman @ Paper Cookies
Jeanne Streiff @ Inky Paws
Kelly Schirmer @ Gingham Girl
Bev Gerard @ Texas Rubber + Ink  (Here you are!)
Anna Wight @ Sassy + Sweet
Kittie Caracciolo @ KittieKraft
Lydia Fielder @ Understand Blue
Holly McMillen @ Toyz Haven

Deb Felts @ With a Stamp and a Song
Vicki Gee @ Vicki G Stamps


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