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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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Product List

Pleated in Pink. Please!

Remember "pleated" skirts?  Maybe not, depending on your generation.  They made girls look "bulky", so thankfully the trend passed a long time ago.  But 'paper pleats'??  Now that's better!  I was in need of a 3rd class project when the Splitcoaststampers' Tutorial was posted, and knew that day that it would become a part of that class.  Here's what we did ...


I was near the crunch line for class designs, that day and happen to have a lot of Blushing Bride cardstock on hand.  A super-easy choice for coordination is the Birthday Bouquet designer series 12" X 12" paper from the Occasions Catalog.  It's such a lovely collection that I've ordered another package, which is pretty rare for me to do.   Not having any ribbon to coordinate wasn't an issue, as I simply cut 1/2" strips of Mossy Meadow cardstock, then added texture by running the strips through the Big Shot with the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Folder.  It works perfectly as the focal division between the pretty paper and the card base.  And the final little touch for the front is white sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.  These go with everything because they include white, black, silver, and gold circles, stars, and hearts!

Both sentiments and the floral images are from the Grateful Bunch stamp set.  I've really enjoyed using these two sentiments especially .... I like the phrasing and the fun font mix, as well as the sizing!  These fit perfectly on my Decorative Label punch, which I've also used as a layering element on both the inside and the front.

Did you know that right now I can help you purchase your Stampin' Up! wish list for a savings of $56 and get free shipping as well?!   If you have a wish list at all, this is really the time to treat yourself by purchasing the starter kit from me for $99.  You get to choose $155 worth of SU goodies - every item.    Then, it comes to your door via free UPS shipping.  Anything that you wish to order after that is at your own discount if you choose to do so.  My email is here for you at any time and I'm very happy to answer any of your questions.  

Hope y'all had a smoochy-huggy Valentines day weekend (or whatever version of that puts a sparkle in your eyes)!  Thank you so much for your visit today.  It's my pleasure to share inspiration with you!

Inky (((hugs))),



Everyone's Doing It! * Making Spirits Bright!

Well ... maybe not "everyone".  I'll adjust that to "many of us" have been busy 'making spirits bright' by getting out there busying ourselves with shopping for those we treasure!   

Today's card features a couple of cool things:

  • Among the Branches stamp set  --  It's on the retiring list, so here's a sample + a "heads up"!
  • Got little pieces/scraps of dsp (Designer Series Paper) that you hate to toss?  Here's an easy idea!  Just use 2 pieces, flip one over to the reverse side for instant coordination, and your card-sized "shopping bags" are practically ready!  I've used the retiring-but-delightful Season of Cheer dsp.

At first, the WWhite background layer was left just white.  Then I opted to use the sweet little snowflake stamp from Among the Branches for the hint of falling snow.  An alternative would be to run the WWhite layer through the Softly Falling Textured Impressions embossing folder.  (When I look at my classroom samples, I'm more than a little surprised that I haven't worn my folder out already!)


See the little "tags" hanging from the "bags"?   Know what I used?   
Okay ....
Check the Perfect Pines Framelits set ... you know ... the dies that coordinate perfectly with the Peaceful Pines stamp set.   ;)   
See it?
That bitty little die meant to cut out the little "gift" in the Peaceful Pines set is shaped exactly like a wee little hang-tag!  Poke a hole in the top with your Paper Piercing Tool, add an inch of White Baker's Twine, and you've got a bitty tag!   Those eency stars are cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the Confetti Stars punch.   The "faux" tissue stuffing in the dsp bags is just a bit of fan-folded Vellum.  Trim a bitty 1/8" strip of card stock for matching handles for the bags ... or use a little snip of 1/8" ribbon.

*Weekly Deals note:  The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper is on the Weekly Deals at special savings through Monday, Nov. 30!  

Thanks to each of you who visit!  
Thanks big bunches to those who leave a little comment!  And for many of us, let's all be thankful for our joyous privilege of living here in the United States of America.   It's a blessing that I feel deeply.   

I have a love of stamping, a love of sharing what I know, and I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, whether here in my studio classes, or where ever you may be.  I can come right to you via video chats, emails, real "snail mail" (I like making cards ...), whatever you happen to need or prefer.  Ask me!  I'm happy to help as best I can.   

Oh ... if you're interested in discount shopping as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, or even interested in sharing your own love of paper crafting and stamping, I have a spot saved for you here on my fabby team at Texas Rubber 'n Ink!  Email me ... I'm happy to talk with you any time.  

Inky (((hugs))),


Creating for a Leo ... A Classic for a Classic! & Dare to Get Dirty, too!

Happy August, everyone!

And Happy Birthday to you 'Leo's' out there!

My card today was created with a 'Leo' birthday in mind, even though it doesn't really say 'Happy Birthday' on the front.  One of my newest stamp sets is "Guy Greetings", and I really like the variety of sentiments it offers.  In fact, it's so packed with goodies for masculine creations that it's a 2-box set!  Trust me ... this set really delivers the options for all sorts of reasons to create & send a card to the guys in your life & on your heart!


And, the annual Dare to Get Dirty challenges over at Splitcoaststampers are here!   In fact, today is day #2 for this year's festivities.   The challenges are actually a perk for SCS Fan Club members.  If you're already a Fan Club member, you're able to see those challenges right now.  Not a Fan Club member?  Check into the benefits right here, then join us in the DTGD challenges & scoop up even more stampy inspiration on a regular basis!  Spend your creative time this week enjoying the awesome challenge choices available.  Of course, that's merely a suggestion .... but you'll love the new mojo that you receive!   #wink-wink

Oh .... I used Stampin' Up!'s brand new & upcoming Archival Basic Black ink for this project!  I know you're going to adore this ink ... and I'm truly tickled that it will be available for purchase in the upcoming Holiday Catalog starting September 1, 2015!  Yay!   If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, please contact me for a new Holiday Catalog to be shared in time for ordering!

Inky (((huggss))),

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..... ..... My Card Supplies include:

INKS:  Archival Basic Black  --- available on September 1 in the upcoming Holiday Catalog


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