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Tag Time & a Mass Production Peek!

Back from the fabulous OnStage event in Dallas ... and my smile is still going strong across my face!  I have lots of things to share with you, but today I'll start with some tag inspiration. 

My tag was created for Laura Fernsler's 'Over the Top Tags' swap here at the Dallas OnStage event:

I don't often participate in swaps, but I knew that two of my favorite demo friends would be here from other states.  In fact, while at Convention last July, I think I told them that if they would attend OnStage in Texas ... I would join their swaps.   No further explanation required ... but for those who haven't savored the wonders of swaps yet ... ...

On the way to swapping, one must do the following:
  • designing a project & determining sizes, colors, theme, elements, + products required
  • getting down to the nitty gritty:  cutting
  • more nitty gritty:  assembly
  • details:  bag'em up, label as required for the swap guidelines
Largest die from the Oval Framelits Collection,
textured with Softly Falling embossing folder,
topped with Striped Scallops die cut
Oh how I adore the Festive Flower Builder punch with
petals stamped with the Reason for the Season stamp set!
L. O. V. E. this bundle ... yes I do.
Poinsettias are ready ... set to be affixed to tags!
Finally ready to swap!

How about you?  
Have you been up to something stampy & crafty?!  

I'd love to be considered as your Stampin' Up! demonstrator if you're looking for stamping supplies & inspiration.  Or if you'd like to share in the further joys of my Texas Rubber & Ink! team and your own everyday discount on fabulous Stampin' Up! stamps & products, I welcome your emails/contacts at any time.  

Thanks for the moments you've shared with me today!

Inky huggss,

Butterfly Poops?

Butterfly Poops?!

Any guesses as to what I'm doing again today??

If you're going to be at next Wedsnesday's stamping retreat in SLC .... you just might see/receive the finished product .... sans "poops" ... in trade for your swap!  

Pssssssst ....  If you can't hear me squealing while I work ... you must be far, faaaarrr away.    Just sayin'!

Inky (((huggss))),


Challenges, Swaps, & Fun!

Have you discovered the annual week of Dare to Get Dirty challenges going on this week over at Splitcoaststampers??  Ohhhh, it's a week filled with several new challenges each day  -- plenty for the most prolific stampers to get a good run for their inky rubber!  (or photopolymer!)

Let me back up in time just a bitty bit.  July was exceptionally busy for me and for thousands of other demostrators who attended the Inspire. Create. Share. convention in Salt Lake City. 

A time-honored traditional activity at Stampin' Up! events is the swapping of card samples!   Well, if one wishes to "swap" ... they must create and bring their own creations to swap!  Enter the definition of busy in a convention-goer's July.  (I'm sure it backs into June or earlier for some ... just not for me.)  

Another something that I did during July was to write up my Dare to Get Dirty challenge ... and that challenge, DTGD14TexasGrammy, went "live" this morning.  Okay ... so it took an entire month for me to theoretically kill 2 birds with 1 stone.  What can I say?   (Besides the fact that if I were to kill a bird - much less "2" - I might fall near death from the guilt?)  

Well, I'll leave those questions for all to ponder ... or not.   I do hope you'll take a few minutes to check out the fun during the Dare to Get Dirty week!  We always have lots of fun, creative challenges, and new ways to get you in a creative way of thinking!

Inky {{{{huggss}}}},


Card Supplies:

STAMPSFlower Patch


Relocating ...

Yes, just as the name 'Texas Rubber and Ink!' implies ... I'm in Texas.
And Summer has definitely arrived.

For those who might not have been here before (or yet), during a typical Texas Summer, you can expect humidity by the buckets full, and heat that causes thermometers to climb toward the top of the tube. I liken it to Florida ... minus the persistant rain showers.

I've been working at a feverish stampin' pace in an effort to get swaps created for the annual July crush of Stampin' Up! demonstrators spilling out of Salt Lake City's hotels like happy little trick-or-treaters being let loose on all neighborhoods at once.

Mass Production ... in a tidied up photo op

Well ... it's all relocated now ... OUT of the studio.  ...sigh...
I've made countless trips in and out to get supplies, then get forgotten supplies, sit down in the house - only to realize that I need to make another trip to the studio.  (Yay!  Steps count on the FitBit!!)

This is what happens when your air conditioner dies a quick but miserable death in the heart of a Texas Summer.
From Millan.Net
Lucky am I that the A/C works fine in the house.  But the estimated replacement of the air handler portion in the studio attic would pay for 2 trips to convention with expenses included such as air fare, hotel, + food.

Hmmmmmmm .... Looks like I've got my next year's work "cut out for me" now!   Yeeeeeeeeeeeeehawwwwwwwwwwwww!!  I'm headed to the right place to keep the happy mojo in motion!  (And the new A/C will be installed next week.  Whew!!)  

Just let me know if you'd like to join the delightful Texas Rubber and Ink team!  Contact me any time, and I'll save a spot just for you!

Inky {{{hugs}}},

May the Crankin' Force Be With Me!


It seems that practically as soon as I posted here yesterday ... my day was no longer in 'my control'.

My phone was either ringing or receiving texts at a near-record pace for a supposedly "quiet" Sunday afternoon.  If I wasn't talking to callers, I was replying to texts.  I even had to ask one speedy-texter to please wait until I finished up a call!

When it rains ... it pours.   But it was actually a dry day here in N. Texas. 

Then I received a notice that friends would be stopping in for a little break on their drive North from the southernmost area of Texas.

... ...Wait just a dog-gone minute ... ...

So now add in a dust cloth and a quick broom to the aforementioned rash of activity ... pronto! 

But don't forget dinner either.   That was settled with a brief trip about 1.5 miles down the road.  Whew!

So ...

Guess what's on my agenda for today????

Looks eerily familar doesn't it?

And oh yes .... The answer to yesterday's question was/is:
  • Picture me at the Big Shot, cutting out all of the above ... plus more elements to cut as well.   

  • THIS is what convention swapping does to otherwise-basically-rational people!

Happy New Week to You! 
Oh .... if you're working on swaps too, just bring'em over & we'll have a swappin' assembly day!   ;)