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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))),



Happy Bloomin' Birthday!

It's such a gray & cold week here.  I'll bet lots of crafty friends are trying to find creative time to shut out the shoveling, slipping, & shivering.   It's snowing as I write here in this area of Texas ... but that's better than last weekend's ice!

Today's project was inspired by the Ways to Use It challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  We were challenged to create in a monotone using any shade(s) of green, with a neutral okay as well.  Since 5 of our In-Colors will be retiring in June, I opted to use Pistachio Pudding from that group.  You might have noticed that I haven't used a lot of Pistachio Pudding in previously shared ideas ... so it was a bit like my own little 'self-challenge'.  And I'm actually glad that I did!


It's just right for times when "subtle" is the best choice!  We all know those special people who would probably love the softly-colored approach.  I started with the Circle Card thinlits, Pistachio Pudding cardstock, and Confetti Celebration designer series 12"x12" paper.  

Once I had chosen the central image idea, I knew I wanted the Flower Patch stamps and coordinating Flower Fair Framelits.  When the card is flipped open, there's the Happy Bloomin' Birthday greeting!  The Decorative Label punch was perfect for adding shape to the Soft Suede inked greeting and it's shadow piece in Crumb Cake.  
Just for some pizzazz, I opted to cut the same floral piece from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper as the backing for my blossom.  Dazzling Diamonds was the natural choice for the center of the subtle bloom.  And those In-Color Sequins on the front?  They are on the Weekly Deals list of specials this week, so it's the perfect time to pick some up while you're shopping this week.  Remember too, that Sale-A-Bration is here through the end of March, so free goodies come with each $50 in purchases. 

Okay m'friends!  Here's to plentiful hot cocoa, hot cider, hot tea, hot coffee ... whatever your pleasure!  May the warmth be with you!

Inky (((huggss))),

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Bokeh Bermuda Thanks!

Whenever I just play around with inks, it seems to give me a sense of "freedom".  Maybe it's the way liquid inks/refills bring an intensity that's beyond the norm.  Or perhaps it's the combination with a little bit of water that allows the color to take on a movement of its own.  In any event, the results are never identical, always unique!
 
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Even before I had brought inks and papers to the stampin' table today, I had already spotted the latest challenge from Freshly Made Sketches, FMS175 and it seemed to be the perfect classic style for featuring today's inky creation, without covering up the results of inky play time.
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I'm already thinking of more versions for a thank you card stash using the Hello You Thinlits ... Oh how I enjoy these word dies and their fabby fonts!  You'll find them in the full-of-fun Occasions catty.

Sale-A-Bration is in full swing now, and every time your merchandise purchases reach $50, another free choice is yours, with no limits!  Free is oh so sweeeeet!

Please feel free to email any questions you might have via the Contact Bev button found over in the top left column of this blog.  I'm happy to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and eager to help bring your creative ideas to reality.

Inky (((hugs))),

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Products Used for the project above:
INKS:  Craft Whisper WhiteInk Refills = Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry

Blendabilities Are Here!

From Millan.Net    We've been waiting patiently for the brand new Blendabilities, and today is the day!

Yes, you read that right!
 
I'm tickled to share that the following Blendabilities are now available for customer ordering from Texas Rubber & Ink, as of today, July 1:
  • Cherry Cobbler (item #130995)
  • Coastal Cabana (item #131000)
  • Daffodil Delight (item #130998)
  • Old Olive (item #130999)
  • Pumpkin Pie (item #130997)
  • Rich Razzleberry (item #131003)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (item #129370)
 Additionally, the following accessories are also available for your orders as of July well:
    • Color Lifter (item #129369)
    • Memento Ink Pad (item #132708)
    • Memento Ink Refill (item #133456)
    Just in case you've missed recent discussions during some of my studio classes, I highly recommend purchasing the Memento Ink Pad and the Color Lifter pen when you make your first Blendabilities purchase.

    What about future colors?
    Just a tiny bit longer and the release of the next six colors will be coming, so please stay tuned for future updates!   In the meantime, enjoy this Blendabilities video:  Basic Techniques:


    Happy Inky {{{hugs}}}, y'all!
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    Bargello Baby!

    Every now & then, we all need a cute little baby card to celebrate the arrival of a sweet new blessing!
    Honestly, I couldn't resist the new 'Something for Baby' stamp set and its coordinating 'Baby's First Framelits'.

    The 'Bargello' technique was shared by my sweet friend, Joan Ervin, in the TLC313 challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Recently, our Creative Crew challenge CCREW0614HF for June was to celebrate your favorite holiday with a new (to you) technique!  'Lullaby' DSP with the new stamps and framelits.  After all, babies are a celebration as well as a blessing!
      Although my original intent was to celebrate Thanksgiving, that theme morphed over to celebrating babies as I combined the new

    I've also used one of my multipurpose fave stamp sets here ... can you identify it?  If you join me here in the studio for an upcoming class, chances are you'll leave with a love of your own for that stamp set.  hee hee

    Okay .... it's back to my stampin' table for me!  Classes coming up this Thursday and Saturday here, and new projects need to be ready for creative ladies!  You're welcome to check out my schedule over in the lower right corner of my SU website if you'd like to join us at any time!

    Happy Stampin', Y'all!
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    STAMPS:  Something for Baby, and Gorgeous Grunge
     
    INKS:  Coastal Cabana + Wild Honey;  SU Blendabilities (on rhinestones)
     
    PAPERS:  Baked Brown Sugar + Wild Honey + Whisper White;  Lullaby DSP
     
    ACCESSORIES:  Baby’s First Framelits, Starburst Framelits, 3/4” Circle Punch, Jewel Rhinestones, Candy Dots, Stitched Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals