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Sharp Snips & Pretty Papers!

How long has it been since you've sat down with pointy sharp paper snips and pretty papers to enjoy a little paper piecing?  Considering this was once a favorite technique for me, it has been way too long here!  

Seems as though the 'Beautiful You' stamp set begs for an 'uptown' girl look!  



Lots of pretty patterns in the Floral Boutique designer series paper collection will work for creating some lovely paper piecing works.
The underlying texture from the 'Seaside' embossing folder gives such a nice flow behind the model image, as if we're watching a fashion show.

It's a gloriously beautiful day here today - with NO wind!   So I'm giving in to closing the laptop and enjoying a bit of fresh air before the wind comes back.  I can be reached ... no need to worry.  Email is easy-peasy and I'm happy to help!  Psssssst!  I adore your comments or thoughts if you will share!

Inky (((hugggsss))),



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Fluttery & Non- Holiday

Just a wee break from Fall & holiday stamping today, for I was tempted.   Tempted by the SCS Featured Stamper FS510 challenge.  I love florals, and sure enough a lovely stenciled floral creation turned on my creative thoughts.

But I made a little turn, twist, or meandered down a slightly different path?  Yes, it's true ... I do have my spontaneous moments!

I can get a little uneasy with CAS (clean 'n simple) design, but I consciously work on getting easier with it.  I'll get there some day ... maybe.  I liked this process so much that I can see myself revisiting this style, especially for sharing cards for customers and team members.  

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To create my 'stencil', I used a carefully guarded roll of repositionable Eclipse tape for masking from my stash.  I used the largest butterfly from the beautiful Butterflies Thinlits, then lay the resulting die cut on my card front.  Sponge daubers were used to rub in Tempting Turquoise and Calypso Coral inks.  My beloved Misti enabled the sentiment to be overstamped for a crisp bold look in Basic Gray.
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Confession:  I'm behind on stamping cards for my business and personal use!  In reality, that's not the best way to be entering holiday shopping season ... as I'm a slowwww shopper.  Uh-ohhhhh!  Time to get back to the stampin' zone!  Happy new week, everyone!

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))),



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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Bloomin' Celebration of You!

I was a little tempted to title this one, "A Little Bit Country" ... but then you might have wondered, "Why?"    Okay.   I'll explain any way.   

I'm guessing that many of you realize how we can read someone's post on Facebook, click on a link, then another link or a video, and soon we're no longer on FB, but on an entirely different website and some topic as far away from the original as the imagination can reach.  

For whatever reason, this card seems a little 'country' in its overall look.  That's totally okay, especially when you consider the roots of this paper crafter.  However, I was not aiming for 'country' in the least!  I wasn't even planning on such a traditional stamping look either.  But, what you see is what we've got.  And thanks to one of those cyber-meanderings mentioned above, I considered the alternate title because within the past 48 hours I ended up watching a little video of the 'Donny 'n Marie' TV show from many years ago.  We shall not discuss 'how many' years ago, but suffice it to say that it was a musical family show that you could still watch today with children in the room.  One of their cute segments allowed Donny to sing a pop-rock song, and Marie would get to present a much more 'country' song.  Enough TV history ... fast forward to rubber stamping today ... with a little 'feel' of yesteryear.  


More history on this solitary paper crafting journey.    I've been loving the relaxing feeling of using my Aqua Painters with my SU inks in just free-play time here at my stampin' zone.  Sort of like the joy little girls and grown-up girls get when coloring in a color book with crayons, or stamped images with colored pencils or markers.  I enjoy the Aqua Painters, and often just color for the trash, i.e. color just for the fun of it with no true purpose of using said playtime result.  If you get all stressed out over not feeling like your color work is good enough or whatever else isn't as perfect as you wished ... tell yourself you're just doing it 'for the trash'.  And let it be.  

I realize that there are pages left in a paper stack that have been completely ignored, so I started using the Pacific Point ink pad for these blossoms a few days ago.  Look through my previous blog posts, and I'm not sure you'll find that color being featured.  It's just a little more than I typically care for in blues, although I do have some very favorite blues that I use easily!  This one isn't my fave ... and that's totally okay.

Then I spotted this week's sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers, SC581.  I've had that hiding in my thoughts ever since it was posted, and today the ignored dsp, the water colored blossoms, and the sketch just seemed to come together.  All I really did was get adhesive, some framelits, and assemble. 

Hope you're enjoying a weekend of enjoyment ... whether with family, friends, or the simple joys of quietly expressing your own creativity.  

If you haven't treated yourself to the free treats during Sale-A-Bration, you still have 4 more weeks of SAB shopping fun!  And if you've been considering the ultimate bundle of $155 worth of your choice of Stampin' Up! goodies for just $99 ... please remember that you have NO obligation to do anything more than to enjoy your discount.  Right now, you'll get to use that discount until the end of June.  Email me at any time.  I'm happy to help in any way.

Inky (((hugs))),

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))),