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Thoughts & Prayers Sympathy

Times for sympathy and prayers for those in struggle happen all throughout the year ... even during holiday seasons.  Honestly, I'd prefer to have a couple of these ready to go, but even though I currently do not have spares ready to mail, I'll return to this design again.  


I consider the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set to be timeless.  This set will stay in my stamping cabinet for years to come because it transcends gender, time, and trends.  


The designer paper and lace ribbon used on this card are both retired from the 2015-2016 catalog, but I do use favorite retired items for personal card sharing.  While I sell some retired items, I'm an active stamper for personal enjoyment as well as being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Thus, I use what I love.  Being a demonstrator does not "limit" my personal use of products at all.   ;)


The subtle simplicity speaks for itself in this card.  I chose the oval shape for the bough + sentiment to add a touch of coordinating shape to the image arch itself.   Rounding the top corners echoes that soothing curvature.  This was sent to a friend whose father passed away.   I fully understand how vast a daughter's emptiness feels when her beloved father leaves this life.  A smaller oval was placed inside with another of the beautiful sentiments from this set.  I simply hurried to get it sealed and ready to send rather than remembering to photo the inside first.  Isn't that the way we stampers roll?!  

Inky (((huggss)),


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Nature's Touch Sympathy

It's a life-long love of mine ... green growing things, plants, trees, flowers, and yes, their scents as well.  It would be like a gift to myself if I were to delete the countless plant life pics from my laptop & external storage ... seriously.  You're right ... nothing to do with stamping. But it does explain why the Try a New Technique challenge spoke directly to me this week ... TLC601 = All Natural - Use something from nature for your creation.

Stamp Hint:  Two stamps used ... neither was a leaf! 


It's still hot as blazes here in my little rectangle of Texas.  Whew!  But with the TLC challenge in mind, I did make sure to go walking the yard in search of foliage that might work for the technique.  I avoided the holly leaves as they're very wicked-spikey & so waxy that the most they would do is cut the paper and painfully poke my fingers.  (At that point, I would no longer feel happily creative ... so ... I skipped those.)  I settled on that dog-gone wild grape vine that has returned to try to cover my foundation bushes.  (I spent over 2 days earlier in Summer ridding both the front & back of the house of that vining demon! Obviously I didn't treat the remainder of the stems at ground level.  Hmmmmppphh!)

For the technique itself, I misted a bit of water onto Watercolor Paper before arranging the 3 leaves 'face down' on the dampened paper.  To protect my cutting plate, I added a single layer of printer paper atop the leaves plus the top cutting plate.  Then, just rolled it thru the Big Shot, and back again for extra measure.  ;)  Due to the spritzing and my eagerness to get down to creating, I used my craft iron on the back side of the WC paper just to flatten and dry.  
Because the WC paper is so textured, it can be tricky to get a good sentiment stamped directly on it.   Thus, using the Misti allowed me to stamp it twice in the precisely same position to get a pure sentiment without little gaps.  Let's face it, stampers ... there are times when we really like a little bit of 'perfection'.  LOL

Reminder!  Tomorrow is August 31 ... the very last day that the beautiful Thoughtful Branches bundle will be available!  Choose the bundle for 10% savings, or the stamp set and dies are each available individually.   Enjoy!

 Inky (((hugs))),



When Creating Seems Difficult

It's good to be back!  I hope each of you had beautiful memories and times shared with loved ones over the celebration days of Christmas!   

Today I'm sharing a non-celebratory card.  It's actually my first creation featuring the upcoming Rose Wonder stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits dies. 



I had just received this beautiful stamp set and coordinating dies when the need arose for sympathy cards.  
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I hoped to keep the entire creation clean and subtle.  The same rose outline die was used to create a subtle indentation on the inside by using a rubber embossing mat beneath the die instead of placing the die and card stock directly upon the cutting plate.  

I adore using the Misti placement tool for exact placement of stamps, especially in precise situations such as I needed on this card, both front and inside.  

Here's to a sweet last week of 2015 to you!  May your creative endeavors be fruitful!  Please contact me at any time for your paper crafting needs or questions.  I truly enjoy being your Stampin' Up! demonstrator and hopefully a creative inspiration for you as well.

Inky (((hugs))),



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Time to Take Time

It happens to all of us.   "Suddenly" happens, and everything changes.  Thus, just as suddenly as difficult life events come up, our creative responses must be adjusted.   This was created for someone who is still hurting deeply ...



Rather than using add-on embellishments, I chose to use dimension and simplicity to send a subtle sense of soothing ... if that's even possible during such sad times.  

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The journey of grief varies as much as we individuals.  We can alleviate one another's physical pain with medicines and other treatments.  Yet relieving one's profound grief is impossible for us to do for someone else.  For me, my Faith in God has brought me through the worst and best of times.  For others, however, that is not the case.  We can simply do what we can, and for those of us who do pray, we can keep one another lifted in prayer.   (Please excuse this brief "editorial" ... the words wanted to be shared, so I gave in.)
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The sentiment on the front of my card is from the beautiful 'Best Thoughts' hostess stamp set.  It's likely to remain a part of my stamp collection for a very long time, as I love the font and size of this stamp as well as the beautiful floral image in the set.  If you would like to have this beautiful set in your own collection, just contact me for details on setting up an order for $150+ from the current Stampin' Up! catalogs!  Or, I'm happy to arrange a workshop for you and your friends either in person or online.  Hostesses with a workshop value of $150 or more are entitled to purchase this set as part of their benefits!

For the inside, I've chosen a favorite stamp from the retired 'Close As a Memory' stamp set from Stampin' Up!  Typically, I share only current products ... but here's a perfect reason why I believe in keeping our own personal favorites.  This is from one of my "go-to" stamp sets for obvious reasons.  An alternative idea would be to print your favorite quote or scripture onto card stock, then die cutting it to coordinate with the rest of your creation.  I'm glad to be able to share a part of myself with others via card making.  Giving simply feels good.  

If you are looking for a demonstrator, a creative coach, or even class instruction, I would adore the opportunity to enable you!  And, I always welcome happy individuals to my delightful team here at Texas Rubber + Ink!  New demos start discount shopping immediately, and our team enjoys constant communications + sharing as a group for creative inspiration and more.   Please just let me know how I can help you!

Inky hugs,

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