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Easter Simplicity

Just taking a few minutes to share my Easter card for this year.  While I do plan to do something light-hearted for the younger ones in my life, April is a time of incredible highs and extreme lowness in my heart.  It's a month of amazing blessings, and a month of tremendous loss.  As such, it always prompts a lot of reflection ... and that can be a very good thing.   



Far more CAS (clean 'n simple) than my usual style ... but this is almost precisely what I envisioned as I sat down to create with this long-time favorite stamp set from Sweet & Sassy Stamps.  I know ... I happily stamp with SU stamps the majority of the time.  But in reality I have a love of rubber stamps that crosses over a lot of companies.  And I have a semi-impressive collection of all sorts + brands of stamps.  ***It's okay!  Please forgive me if I made anyone utter a wee little gasp.***   😊
So back to this particular card:  Quite simply, there are times when gold embossing on vanilla cardstock speaks volumes on its own ... in my stampy opinion.   The sentiment?  I love that it gleams in gold and is a favorite refrain from Christian music.
Easter seems to be arriving so 'late' this year ... but last year it seemed 'early'.  Funny how synchronized we become to our 12-month calendar, isn't it?  I wonder if children feel they're waiting an extra few weeks for the joy of scampering around in search of eggs filled with happy surprises and treats?  Well, at least I have a few more days to come up with just the right Easter fun goodies for the littles and the not-so-littles in my life this week.  Whew!


Wishing you a blessed Easter week, beautiful reflections of your own, and hopefully a bit of inspiration for you in some positive or creative way!

Inky (((hugs))),


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Glimmer, Glitter, & Awesome!

OMGosh!  I'm so excited to share this with you today!  
It all started with this week's inspiration challenge at SCS ... IC559, featuring the EcoCycled Etsy shop for visual inspiration  Keyword through it all is:  text .   Not the messages sent via smart phones ... but literally pages of printed information.  

When I began to browse, I immediately thought of the great contrast created with black paired with red or yellow.  As it turned out, I managed to avoid making a choice ... go for both!  


Say "Hello!" to one of the coolest new products coming up in the Holiday Catalog ... Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder.  I knew it would be a favorite for me ... and I was right.  It's glitter packed into embossing powder for a super-jazzy look!  Stamp with the VersaMark pad, use your Heat Tool to melt the embossing powder, and let it sparkle up your coming Christmas creations & more!
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Faux lightbulbs are made by punching Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch.  The continued the lightbulb effect features punched Red Glimmer Paper, all adhered with bitty little dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Remember to grab your Stampin' Write Markers to add some extra oomph to the marquee!

Thanks so much for your online orders!  Remember that I'm always happy to answer your questions & assist in any way I can, so don't be shy.  ;)

Inky (((hugs))),


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Do You Stamp with a Purpose or Just from Inspiration? **DTGD

There are times when I create with a particular person in mind.  Of course, there are times when I create simply 'because', or because I'm preparing for a class, or an event, or maybe I'm adding to my supply of cards to be sent at another time ... i.e. the stash.  This one came about with a someone in mind who lives near an ocean.  Can you see it?   


This week over at Splitcoaststampers features the annual Dare to Get Dirty Challenges!  These challenges are presented by SCS Dirty Dozen members and alumni as a special 'thank you' treat to all who are members of the SCS Fan Club.   



My sweet friend Judy Rozema (StampingQueenJAR) posted the DTGD16StampingQueenJAR challenge that just reached right out to me ... I was compelled to participate by the challenge itself, without obligation but just that 'need'.  KWIM?
   
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Inside I create a super-simplified echo of the front view.  The awesome sentiments are from the new Flourishing Phrases stamp set.  It's such a beautiful 2-box set that has sentiments for front and interior, and meets a multitude of needs.  Texture on the front comes from the new Seaside 6"X6" embossing folder.
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Meanwhile, back to getting ready for next weekend's 1st Saturday Stampin' class.   If you're in the area, you're invited to click to check my class calendar to select a stampin' opportunity coming up!

Inky (((hugs))),
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Farewell to Big News in Formal Attire

Count me in as a big fan of big sentiments!  
If it's heat embossed ... that's even better.  Case in point:


"Ever after" ... an amazing concept when pondering life itself ... the stuff of fairy tales!  Certainly something newlyweds hope to achieve.  Here it is in a lovely script font made even better by embossing in silver.  

The 'Big News' stamp set offers several delightful sentiments, all ready to make a 'big statement' on your creations.  

Since my easy tuxedo look requires no special measurements or folds, this is actually a quick card to reproduce.  The combination of the satin ribbon, silver embossing, silver foil layer, and black embossed designer paper all contribute to the elegant look with only a minute or two required to create the 'happily ever after' statement layer.  
Like it?  Uhhmmmmm ...  Time is running out to order the retiring products I've used, which include the Big News stamp set, Ovals Framelits, Color Me Irresistible dsp (at a reduced price), and White Satin 5/8" ribbon.  I'm happy to accept your order today!  Click here to shop while supplies last.

Inky (((hugggsss))),
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Peace and the Pine Bough

Welcome to a brand spankin' new week, m'friends!

I'm bringing a Christmas card to you today ... Some days I've spent creating in a Fall theme, but it's turning into a seasonal 'mix' on my stampin' table.   How about yours?  Do you stick with one theme and make a total close-out there before moving on to the next season or theme?  I think I'm a little too spontaneous for being bound into just one slot.   LOL

I have long-loved heat embossing and it's a perfect technique for the new Peaceful Wreath photopolymer stamp set.


To my non-coloring fans out there ... take heart!  This is SO easy to color with just two Stampin' Write markers.
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 No need to stress over which alcohol markers, blending, etc. ... these holly leaves & berries were colored with my Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write markers in a quick minute or less!  The gold embossing actually makes it super easy to keep the coloring "in the lines" too, as long as you're not trying to be a speed-coloring whiz.  Try it!  You'll see!
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Check It Out!   Stampin' gatherings are coming up on my calendar ... I can feel the surge of anticipation even as I write this!  If your going to be in the Dallas, TX area this Fall, please take a look at the stamping opportunity coming up!  Friday, November 13 brings a great day to gather with Stampin' Up! demonstrators and area stampers alike at our Dallas Mini Retreat OnStage Live! event.  Reserve your stampy fun today!


Supplies for this project are listed below.   Sweet day to y'all!
Inky (((hugs))),

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