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Creative Blog Hop! * Sharing the SU Love

I love this ride ... my personal rubber stamping & paper crafting ride!

Indeed, my stamping journey has blessed me in many unexpected ways.  Right up at the top of that list are the friendships that I have as a result of my love for this hobby-turned-business.  My dear friend, Lydia Fiedler, nominated me to participate in this Creative Blog Hop, which features Stampin' Up! projects by an ongoing list of SU demos & friends.  Big squishy thanks & {{{hugggsss}}} to you, Lydia!

I'm taking a tiny break from seasonal creations, but I wanted to feature something using one of my favorite new SU products, and share it in some of my favorite colors!  While I truly adore many of the current colors, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, and the bold & sassy Bermuda Bay come together to create a beautiful ombre palette and they play   together nicely for a variety of styles. 

The Striped Scallop Thinlit 'had me' at first look in the 2014-2015 catalog.  And just in case you think it looks difficult or tricky?  Just use it to make a matching cut from the Transfer Adhesive Sheets ...  a terrific method for adhering intricate items!  I used the die to cut once from each of the three colors, then used pieces from each to inlay the rows of graduated color with a dot of Liquid Multipurpose Glue behind each little piece.  

Have you tried the awesome Magnetic Platform in your Big Shot when die cutting?  My friends, "this" is the time to use and to love that fabulous tool!  Oh How Easy it is to use these dies when the magnetic platform is holding everything in perfect place while you run them through the Big Shot!!  

My tag is simply cut from the Circles Collection Framelit dies, and it's all topped off with a simple tied bow of Seam Binding ribbon.  The sweet sentiment from the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set was stamped with Bermuda Bay ink.

Ohhhh boy .... Now I'm to answer four questions.  Wish me luck on this part!   ;)
  1. What are you working on?  My paper crafting has slowed recently ... and I'm tickled to say that I have officially finished my Christmas shopping!  I know.  What's the big deal?  Lots of peeps have finished!  Well ... this is an absolute FIRST for this girl to be done before closing out the first full week of December.  Did I manage the same before having children?  Possibly, but I doubt it.   So, Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!    
  2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?   Hmmmmmm ...  Perhaps each of us has a slightly different perception of our own work as compared to how others view it.  Overall, I see myself as a 'variable' in the stylistic world of stamping.  I have creations in my repertoire that are multi-layered to the max, but not today.  I have previously been such a fan of coloring that I was bored with items without line art.  I'd love to become easily fluid in clean & simple styling ... but I'll continue to work on it.  So, I add a couple of layers and often resort to what might be termed 'traditional'.  That's possibly my comfort zone, but I'm also a creature of exploration at times, and I just never know when I'll break out and dabble in a new-to-me technique.  When the mood strikes ... give it a try!
  3.  Why do you create what you do?   Why??  Because since being introduced to stamping several years ago by my then college student daughter, I've discovered my favorite type of creativity.  It's that simple.  Stamping, creating with paper, inks, and embellishments brings a joy to me that is very satisfying.  I've sampled many crafting methods over my entire life.  I even have one of my first loomed-loops pot holders.  Perhaps carefully sun-baked mud pies were my beginning, but they didn't "keep" very well.  And I'm pretty sure I was a Master of Mud Pies.   Papers, inks, and stamps make me smile ... inside and out. 
  4. How does your creativity process work?    I'm influenced by so many things!  Nature, color, adjoining designs, pinterest!, fabrics, the countless stamped projects I've seen and loved over the years ... These are all a part of my process.  I usually go to my stampin' table with an idea of what I want to create ... but I may or may not have the design set firmly in mind.  Perhaps I need to ponder colors.  I often start with a stamp set ... but as I play with color ideas or design elements, so many things can change as I bring new inks or papers or embellishments to the table.  Alas, I'm often an "explosion" stamper, in that I gather & bring so many items to my stampin' zone that the table looks positively crowded or packed with a plethora of creative supplies by the time I'm actually ready to photograph the finished project.  ...sigh...  Oh how I hope I'm not alone in this!   LOL
Now for the fun part!  I get to share my nominations for the next two Creative Blog Hop players for 'next' Monday, December 15!
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Hallie G.!   Have you ever watched someone's work online and then had the delightful opportunity to meet that creative soul in person?  Well, Hallie Gainer has inspired me for a nice long time.  I was lucky enough to be on the same Creative Crew at SCS with her too.  But for a long time, I didn't even realize that she lives in Texas.  Yep!  She's a fellow Texas gal with a smile as big & bright as her delightful personality.  And when I heard a voice calling, "Bev!", in the line at Starbucks during Convention last July, I couldn't believe it was her ... right there and in person!  Yeeeehaaaaaaaw!!  You're going to love Hallie's ways with SU's paper, stamps, + inks just as much as I do.

smithr66 !   I'm still waiting and hoping ... I can be very patient, so I'm not worried.  Next week you will clearly see why I'm so inspired by Nancy Smith's creative talents!  Need an inspirational nudge on a slow mojo day?  I have no doubt that you, too, will soon be a following fan of hers.  So 'why' am I still waiting?  Well, surely there will be a time when I find myself meeting Ms. Nancy in person ... even though that hasn't happened just yet.  And yes, the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew galleries are blessed with Nancy's challenge creations.  I know you'll be tickled to see how she becomes an inspiration for you as she has for me!

Thanks a bunch for having visited here today!  It's a pleasure to share with y'all!
Inky (((hugs))),


Curtain Call with Thanks to Paper Crafts + Scrapbooking!

How do I start this blog post?  What shall I say?  Okay ... here goes:

It's my privilege to participate in an exceptional blog hop today ... 
... and it all started with a magazine.  

If you're a lover of cardstock, paper, ink, stamps of rubber or photopolymer, perhaps you've read one of the publications ... or 63 ... or more.  Paper crafters near and far are cyber-gathering today to bid fond farewells to a treasured source of inspiration ... Paper Crafts + Scrapbooking Magazine.  Earlier, we knew it simply as Paper Crafts Magazine.

My subscription to Paper Crafts spanned several years.  Cabinets here in my studio easily testify to that.  Along the way I was thrilled to see my daughter, Jessica, become a Stampin' Royalty winner.   Always being one to challenge herself, Jessica's follow-up act was to became one of PC's Go-To-Gals!  
 Throughout the years, Jessica and I rarely attended CHA at the same time, but I did manage to catch a few fun pics.  Hmmmm ... I wonder if I actually squealed when I first hugged the original Ms. Moxie Fab, Cath Edvalson??  Her smile can light up the day!  The dynamic editorial staff at Paper Crafts holds a special place in my Texas heart for sure.  I feel blessed to have shared a wee bit of time with each of them along life's way.
I'm pretty sure I did squeal the first time I hugged Teri Anderson for real.  LOL  To this day, she is a non-stop creative talent! >>>>><<<<<>............>>>>>..>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><><>>> Needless to say, I truly owe my own paper crafting lifestyle to Jessica's initial influence.  Our styles are completely different, but I remain her biggest fan.  And honestly, it's the people I've met and hugged and shared time with throughout my own paper crafting journey that makes my heart smile time 'n time again.
 And so it is in honor of Paper Crafts + Scrapbooking Magazine, the consistent flow of creative inspiration, and the delightful peeps behind and in front of the scenes, that I share my personal "Thank you all, from the heart!"   

I employed a little stretch here, and substituted splattered white acrylic paint for ink!   As you can see, Paper Crafts will always have a piece of my heart.

To everyone from Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine, thank you, thank you, thank you  ... from the heart!


If you started your blog hopping experience at the very beginning, you've been a busy hopper!  In that event you've possibly arrived at my blog from Laurie Willison's blog.  And now you're invited to visit Nina Yang at her Waffle Flower blog!

It's been my sincere pleasure to share with you all today!
Inky (((hugggsss))),

*Following is a list of the many, many fans of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine who are sharing their thanks today!