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Stars for Kids

Looking for an extra dose of 'joie de vivre' in your card making?   
Possible suggestions include unexpected sharing and/or creating for a cause!

Falliday Fest 2016 includes 4 different card drives.  Card drive #4 is for the Bright Star Center, serving children dealing with the grieving process.   Please check out this post if you're interested in contributing.

  I opted for colors appropriate for either boys or girls, and as I pondered adding the requested multitude of stars, I punched strips of Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight C/S with the Confetti Stars.  Next, I punched those strips and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with the Balloon Bouquet punch.  The Softly Falling embossing folder was used to add a bit of texture to the Calypso Coral balloons.  I wanted stars ... and found some retired dsp seemed perfect for this card.
So much going on here as October quickly falls away!  Wow!  So many (((hugggsss))) to collect at a stampy gathering just one week away, while hoping to get a stash of thank you cards created + sent before then.  And ... the dreaded "real" - not cyber - visit to the local municipal area for drivers license renewal.   OMGosh ... the mere thought of that unceasing line gives me shudders.  May the force be with me!   

Inky (((hugggsss))),





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Happy Age Awareness! with a Smidge of Mother's Day!

Back at the laptop, photo editing software, studio, state of Texas, home again, getting inky, and ready to share!   

Yes ... I'm back from a much-needed visit with beloved treasures in the place of my roots in my tiny town, USA.  I still have cousins and friends-like-siblings, and life-long friends hours away in Oklahoma.  Just a few weeks ago I sat for about 3+ hours over coffee and home-made bread, talking politics, Faith, and life with a 92-year old treasure.  Although I hated to leave, the drive back to Texas was ahead of me.  This past week it was time to bid farewell to him, the father of a treasured cousin.  
It takes a village to raise a child ... and I am 'one of those children' from a very special village of sorts.  This amazing man was always like an extra parent to me from birth forward.  It has taken many efforts to create again, and I think today I've finally crossed that hurdle back into finding a bit of creative flow.  I'm still humming beautiful music from gospels to some contemporary, so it is good.  

I reached for some retiring goodies, but mixed retiring with a smattering of staying.   It all started with a challenge from my friend Wendy Weixler (Wendybell) over at SCS ... F4A324 -Pretty Patterns - Use at least 2 different patterned papers, but using more is all good, too!.   (As it turns out, Wendy and I share the affliction [addiction?] of collecting pretty papers!)  Isn't it fun when you learn another tie that binds you with a friend?  And this is such an 'uncommon' tie between stampy friends, too!   NOT

Just sayin' ... if you like the fab + fun Age Awareness stamp set ...now is the time to scoop it up, as it is retiring with the close of the current catalog,
along with one of my very favorite designer series paper collections ever ... Birthday Bouquet, and the darling little Party Punch Pack punches which includes the bitty balloon, cupcake, and candle punches.  And let's not forget that Curvy Corner Trio punch!  (Seriously ... I'm having sadzzzz over that one ...) .   Inks used today include Archival Basic Gray (sentiments), Smoky Slate (strings), and Blush Blossom (splatters from Timeless Textures stamps).

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Oh .. the smidge of Mother's Day to share!  

My daughter and her family took me to lunch this afternoon ... complete with a beautiful long-stemmed rose handed to me by each of her children.   Heart-filling smiles and hugs ... doesn't really get any better than that!
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Here's to a wonderful week to each of you!
Inky (((hugs))),

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Taking Responsibility!

I know that I'm a good person ... but ... I did drive out-of-state last weekend without having made or sent a due-right-then birthday greeting.  Okay ... Back in Texas now, and I'm taking responsibility for that bit of "slacking".  I even managed to play along in the SC584 challenge with the birthday contribution.  Yay!


While trying to decide which color to use for the 'happy' word die, I cut one each from Crushed Curry and Very Vanilla.  Results?  I opted to use both.  This was really easy, as I used my Silicone Craft Sheet as a work surface, then just laid one "hello" atop the other, and dotted Multipurpose Liquid Glue on several intersecting points of the two word pieces.  The Silicone Craft Sheet doesn't allow adhesives to stick to it, so it was the perfect surface.  


The Flower Patch stamp set is actually packed with 19 stamps!  The coordinating Flower Fair Framelits set includes 11 different dies.  So many possibilities! 

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Inky (((hugs))),





Ridiculous Amounts ... Really!

Hi, everyone!  It's afternoon here, but alas, the natural light has given way to "totally gray skies" ... not my fave.  Video-chatted with downline and sideline this afternoon, and was able to finish up something for the FS474 challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Thus, two fun things in one afternoon!  Yay!

During yesterday's studio class, someone mentioned that she's ordering the Grateful Bunch stamps and coordinating Blossom Bunch punch.  Those words were still whispering in my mind when I checked the SCS challenges, so I decided to bring that set out for today's play!

Hmmmmm .... This may well be my first #i'mbringingbirthdaysback design for March birthdays!  Easy 'n quick to stamp the flower layers, since the flower trio stamps all as one, then ... it punches all at one time as well!  
Layer with snipped Stampin' Dimensionals, stamp Wisteria Wonder ink atop same-color yardstick for the color panel, and be sure to adhere the Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim before adding the Wisteria panel!  3 tiny Rhinestone Jewels to the flower centers for some bitty bling, and this will mail without extra postage!  

Thanks for stopping by today, m'lovelies!  Here's to a delightful new week ... happily moving forward toward Spring, 2016!  Soon, friends ... very soon!
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Inky (((hugs))),

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Bloomin' Celebration of You!

I was a little tempted to title this one, "A Little Bit Country" ... but then you might have wondered, "Why?"    Okay.   I'll explain any way.   

I'm guessing that many of you realize how we can read someone's post on Facebook, click on a link, then another link or a video, and soon we're no longer on FB, but on an entirely different website and some topic as far away from the original as the imagination can reach.  

For whatever reason, this card seems a little 'country' in its overall look.  That's totally okay, especially when you consider the roots of this paper crafter.  However, I was not aiming for 'country' in the least!  I wasn't even planning on such a traditional stamping look either.  But, what you see is what we've got.  And thanks to one of those cyber-meanderings mentioned above, I considered the alternate title because within the past 48 hours I ended up watching a little video of the 'Donny 'n Marie' TV show from many years ago.  We shall not discuss 'how many' years ago, but suffice it to say that it was a musical family show that you could still watch today with children in the room.  One of their cute segments allowed Donny to sing a pop-rock song, and Marie would get to present a much more 'country' song.  Enough TV history ... fast forward to rubber stamping today ... with a little 'feel' of yesteryear.  


More history on this solitary paper crafting journey.    I've been loving the relaxing feeling of using my Aqua Painters with my SU inks in just free-play time here at my stampin' zone.  Sort of like the joy little girls and grown-up girls get when coloring in a color book with crayons, or stamped images with colored pencils or markers.  I enjoy the Aqua Painters, and often just color for the trash, i.e. color just for the fun of it with no true purpose of using said playtime result.  If you get all stressed out over not feeling like your color work is good enough or whatever else isn't as perfect as you wished ... tell yourself you're just doing it 'for the trash'.  And let it be.  

I realize that there are pages left in a paper stack that have been completely ignored, so I started using the Pacific Point ink pad for these blossoms a few days ago.  Look through my previous blog posts, and I'm not sure you'll find that color being featured.  It's just a little more than I typically care for in blues, although I do have some very favorite blues that I use easily!  This one isn't my fave ... and that's totally okay.

Then I spotted this week's sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers, SC581.  I've had that hiding in my thoughts ever since it was posted, and today the ignored dsp, the water colored blossoms, and the sketch just seemed to come together.  All I really did was get adhesive, some framelits, and assemble. 

Hope you're enjoying a weekend of enjoyment ... whether with family, friends, or the simple joys of quietly expressing your own creativity.  

If you haven't treated yourself to the free treats during Sale-A-Bration, you still have 4 more weeks of SAB shopping fun!  And if you've been considering the ultimate bundle of $155 worth of your choice of Stampin' Up! goodies for just $99 ... please remember that you have NO obligation to do anything more than to enjoy your discount.  Right now, you'll get to use that discount until the end of June.  Email me at any time.  I'm happy to help in any way.

Inky (((hugs))),

Time for More Presents - Really!

What?
More presents?!
Time to start plan a jump-start on birthday cards for the coming year!   
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Ready for something really fun 'n fresh?
How about adding pop-up cards to your stash, courtesy of Stampin' Up!'s Party Pop-Up Thinlits die, available for ordering on January 5 from the new Occasions Catalog!
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Birthday cards take on a brand new dimension packed with fun!  Just open the card to reveal a pop-up greeting that has never been easier to create.  I promise ... super-easy! 


Tex's Tip:  Just score the midline of your inside card stock or DSP (designer series paper), then lay the die on top.  No specific measurements are required as long as your die fits with visually-pleasing margins on all sides. The die actually includes arrow markings to be lined up atop the midline score.  Use your Magnetic Platform for this ... the Precision plate is not necessary for a great cut on this one.  

Notice the glitz?  After die cutting the Happy Birthday, I used the Confetti Textured Impressions folder to create dimension.  Then I brushed on Gold Wink of Stella for an easy dazzle!  (Look for Wink of Stella in the new Occasions Catalog!)  Gold, black, + white sequins are in Stampin' Up!'s Metallic Sequins Assortment.  

Since the inside practically shouts out 'Happy Birthday', I chose this fun sentiment from the Party Wishes stamp set, and added some little splatter dots with Gorgeous Grunge, just to coordinate with the It's My Party designer series paper stack.  Wait until you see this set!  It also includes 'Happy Birthday', 'Make a Wish', and a cute sentiment, "A Party without Cake is Just a Meeting"  .... with additional images that have cute bitty punches to coordinate!

Happy new stamping season to you!  Please let me know if I can help you in any way!

Inky (((hugs))),

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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.   


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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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