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A Little Bit Woodsy & Two-Topic Thursday!

Two-Topics Today .... i.e.  Two-Topic Thursday!

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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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))),

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

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


Wood You Be Mine?

Have you ever felt like masculine cards were difficult, or just not-so-easy to create?
Here's a stamp set from the new Occasions catalog that solves that problem:

This great set even includes a bearded lumberjack, and a 2-step layer stamp so his plaid flannel shirt can easily be whatever color he wishes just by changing the ink pad color!  To add a bit more earthiness, the "white" layer is actually

Here's my so-quick interior view.  I couldn't resist adding some hand-cut "saw points"
 to the sentiment banner.  Local peeps, I created this card for my stampin' classes this week!  This is your sneak peek!  LOL 

This set easily pairs up with the Woodgrain embossing folder, or the Hardwood background stamp.  I've mounted the tree trunk slice atop a little "circular saw blade" shape created from a bit of Silver Foil sheet cut with a Starburst Framelits die.  The Natural + Old Olive Two-tone Trim adds a little more coordinating texture.  Blendabilities from the Skin Tone set were used to color the slab of tree trunk.

That's it for today ... It's time to get the classroom ready for tomorrow's classes!  Even if you're not signed up to attend, I'm happy to help you with online orders.  Please feel welcome to contact me at any time.

Inky {{{hugs}}},


Birthday Season * It's Here!

Hello everyone!

Hard to believe that it's true ... but look out people!  August is already revving up for it's 2014 run!

In my world, August is the very busy start-up of the annual "Birthday Season". This season includes birthdays I've literally known and/or celebrated practically all of my life ... even back to my single-digit days!

From Millan.Net

Just this inkling idea includes a more-like-a-sister-cousin, precious folks I've known through elementary school, high school, and beyond.  Moving on up into the more recent lifetime brings in my son-in-law, newer friends, and even a beloved but never-forgotten precious kitty.

Originally, I planned to create this as a masculine b'day card.  We all need these ... but they just don't seem to get created quite as spontaneously as more girly creations.  (Okay ... for me, anyway ... ) I think it was sticking to that original plan pretty well ... until I thought it "needed" something.  Surely you know the feeling ... ...  You just can not leave it alone, because it isn't ringing that elusive, secret bell in the right side of the brain.  That secret bell that signals, "That's IT!  I like it!"

Then I added pearls.   Pearls!!   I cannot tell you when I've ever seen a man wearing pearls.  I suspect that those are seen with a man only when some completely loved and fortunate woman is being handed a gift of pearls from her greatest admirer.   

Oh well .... to all who receive one of my versions of this card, today or in the future ... I just hope they get a good giggle from it!  

Inky {{{hugggsss}}}, y'all!

Psssssssssssssssssssssssssst!   Texas Rubber and Ink is making plans to travel on down the road for some Christmas stampin' fun!  You're welcome to check out those details right here!  

Card Supplies: 
STAMPSJust Sayin’ + Mosaic Madness
INKSGarden Green + Pistachio Pudding + Wild Wasabi 
PAPERSGarden Green + Pistachio Pudding + Wild Wasabi + Very Vanilla 
ACCESSORIESWord Bubbles Framelits, Mosaic Punch, Simply Scored tool, Pearl Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Hello Love! (for a camper!)

Hello Love!  
Wellllll, okay... ...
Hello Friends!

Actually, 'Hello Love' is the stamp set I'm featuring today.   This is a hostess set* from the new 2014-2015 catalog!

Are you thinking that I made this for a special someone in my life?  Well, you're right!
This is already on its way to my G'son, at his first 'away' summer camp.  I know he took my address along for sending postcards ... but I'm thinking he's likely having way too much fun for thinking about writing to family just now.   LOL

One of my favorite tools is our Envelope Punch Board.  It's so much more than an envelope-maker, as you can see from my file folder pocket card.  I've been using it in recent studio classes for extra creative fun, too.  We would love to have you join us whenever you're in the area!

Oh my goodness!  Have I told you about this new 'Dotty Angles' photopolymer stamp set?  I actually thought I would likely use the dotty stamp first ... until I saw the triangle pattern in the All Abloom paper pack.  Loved adding the repeating triangle pattern to the top of my 'file folder'!  Other new catalog items on this card also include the 'Banner Blast' stamp set with coordinating Banner Punch, the 'All Abloom' designer paper pack, plus two new In-Colors:  Mossy Meadow + Tangelo Twist.

Hot Off the Press!!!  It has rained this afternoon in my N. Texas area!  What an awesome sight!  While I was out & about, the clouds looked rain-heavy a few miles east of my address  ... but when I returned, my trees & grass were happily blessed with rains.  Time to virtually Happy Dance in the Puddles!
Inky {{{hugs}}}, Y'all!

*Hostess set ('Hello Love') =  When you host/hostess a workshop with sales of at least $150, you will earn 'hostess dollars' which can be spent on this set or even any SU products in the catalog!

Project Supplies:   

STAMPS:  Banner Blast + Dotty Angles + Hello Love (Hostess set)

Good Thoughts Coming Up! * (even for the guys!)

Changing pace

I did a lot of that during this past week!
  • Added a "stress test" to my schedule.   I recommend this for causing stress if you need/want it.  Otherwise, not bad, but not necessarily a "good time" either.
  • Add in overnights with a Grand ... due to Spring Break!  This is a good thing for tuning up my Wii skills, but does nothing for the stampy zone for the duration.   ;)
  • Now comes the "Lego Movie".  While I noticed that it can cause unscheduled 'napping' for grown-ups, it does seem appealing to the elementary crowd.  Approved by 'Grands'!
  • And as long as things are changed up this week, let's change themes on my stampin' table!

Every now & then an idea comes to mind that works for the guys in our lives.  That's how I felt about this one. 
Even though there's more than one layer, it still feels lik a CAS (clean & simple) in my books.

And did you notice?   If you don't happen to have any ribbon left in your stash ... that works for this project!

I hope you found something inspiring here today.  I do enjoy sharing with you ... It's good for the creative spirit.


Card Supplies:  All products are available 24/7 in my Stampin' Up! store.
Stamps: Perfect Pennants
Paper: Sweet Sorbet dsp (SAB); Pool Party + Sahara Sand + Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party + Sahara Sand
Accessories: Banners Framelits, Chevron Border punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-Purpose adhesive