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Adieu, Watercolor Thank You!

Do you ever get pulled in by what you want to stamp, when you should actually be doing what you need to stamp?  That's me today.  So, I've decided to just go with it, share it, and get back to the original plan!  LOL    (Yes, I still need to do a few things for tomorrow's class ... and this card is not one of those for class!)  
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I have so many ideas right now... but ... whenever there's a lot of other things happening away from the studio,  it seems like there's a need to rush when I do get the chance to play with inks and rubber.  Simplified?  That's a sure sign that I love what I do!

If you enjoy quick 'n easy thank you cards, here's one for today.  Originally planned for the retiring Watercolor Thank You single stamp, I felt the urge to add in some textured interest with Gorgeous Grunge.  Totally empty space (TES) is still a tricky thing for me, even though I'm working on that a lot this year.  TES and I are trying to build a working relationship, but it is a work in progress.   The golden Hello Honey color is also retiring from our color palette in all forms, so now is the time to finish up collecting favorite In Colors if you haven't done so already.  Once any retiring In Color items are sold out, they are not replenished this close to new catalog arrivals.   Eeeeeeks!    Other retiring items featured today are the Ovals Collection Framelits (another tissue-time item for me).  The printed paper is actually the reverse sign of the acorn paper from last Fall's 'Into the Woods' dsp collection.

Okay ... time for me to get back to class prep and tying up invisible loose ends for that.  It's Friday, Y'all!  Have a wonderful weekend out there!  

Inky (((huggss))),

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Remarkable in Stencils

At last, at last .... Spring 2016! 
Still, my friend and fellow stamper in New England shared a picture on FB of the day's snowfall ... Aaaack! Color me thankful for no snow here on my little piece of the planet.

Color!  This week's CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge at SCS features using the color 'green' ...  Yay!  I'm a life-long lover of many shades of green.  Just 2 or 3 weeks ago I was outside eagerly checking bare little trees for any signs of green that might be building in baby buds.  {A little like watching the oven to see if yummy cookies are nearly ready .. }  

Pear Pizzazz is a very pretty Spring green, and often one of my choices for foliage, but for this challenge, I kept it as the only color other than neutrals ... even for this blossom from the Remarkable You stamp set.  
 I was thinking of those beautiful creamy-colored orchids with a smattering of light green when I reached for my Aqua Painters to begin coloring.  Okay ... so this isn't an orchid ... LOL

Recently I've been playing around with creating my own backgrounds.  For this card, I simply used a very light touch with Pear Pizzazz ink on a sponge quarter  through one of the 4 designs in the Happy Patterns Decorative Masks stencils.  Psssst!  If you haven't yet allowed yourself to discover the fun of using stencils, please consider gifting yourself with an inexpensive package of stencils, break out some sponges or daubers or paints, etc. and 'play for the trash'.  You may very well find yourself enjoying a new addition to your creativity!

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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))),

Is Elvis in the House?

Don't you love it when there are new goodies in your stampin' zone?   
Today's project combines of one of the new items from the Occasions catalog plus a couple of  sentiment stamps from one of the free Sale-A-Bration items.

Lots of new goodies on this one, beginning with the wonderful Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  Confession:  I can hardly stop reaching for this jam-packed die set!  There's a beautiful stamp set to coordinate with the dies (Botanical Blooms - page 27 Occ.), and it's all offered as a bundle for 15% savings as well.  

But today, I've simply used 3 of the dies to create the blossom.  Ta-dah!  Such easy dimension due to the special flower die I've used from the set.   Here's a closer look:
I did add a little circle punched from Gold Glimmer Paper for the flower center ... lots of irresistible sparkle.  See?  This is the reason you've been saving all those little left-over glimmer paper pieces!  Perhaps we're related?  ... 

Now the 'Thank You' .... clean, easy-to-read font ... a nice size to partner with something that requires a bit of space, such as my blossom.  It's from the free Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Perfect Pairings.  It's partner for the 'pairing' is the 'Kindly' stamp I've used inside the card.  These are 2 separate stamps ... I just stamped them close together for the inside.  The 'Misti' positioning tool made this process just as easy as can be.  

Read the card aloud ... It sort of brings Elvis Presley to mind, doesn't it?  Okay ... So it doesn't say,  "Very much" ... but it's pretty close!   ;)

Thank you kindly for having stopped by today!  If you have questions, please feel welcome to contact me.  It's my hope and my privilege to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  

Inky (((hugs))),

Confession and a Calypso Thanks!

Confession:  I love being back in the stampin' zone after the Christmas holidays.  Time for new focus on stamping themes, time to relax from the holiday hustle, bustle, buying, wrapping, and cooking.  Time for a new year and renewed "everything" it seems!  Apparently a lot of stampers and scrappers agree, as the turnout for the first stamp show of 2016 here in the North Texas area was very popular on Saturday's opening.  We love to "get out there", see new products, enjoy make 'n takes, chat and share (((hugs))) with friends from nearby areas and nearby states!  Happy 2016, my stampy friends!

Here's the first new card I've created since unpacking from the show:

Outside it's gray on so many days, that I simply need to create with color!  Calypso Coral is actually the first coral color that I've purchased over and over.  It's a happy color, without being overly orangey, and is nicely related to its pink cousins .... just my opinion {JMO}, of course!

The 'Thank You" stamp is from the Rose Wonder stamp set ... while the blossom and foliage is all cut with the new Botanical Builder Framelits dies from the Occasions catalog, page 26.  The complete supplies list will be shared below.

The newest Weekly Deals are now showing over in the right-side column here at Texas Rubber 'n Ink ... so be to take advantage of this week's newest offerings.  Even these sale items and Clearance Rack items count toward a free SAB item with each $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration!

Please let me know if I can be of help in any way ...  I'm just an email away!

Inky (((hugs))),

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Ice, Ice, Baby!

'Tis the 2nd week of December:   Time to bring you the latest Challenge Chicks Challenge!
Lydia .... keep in mind that she stays tucked in warmly, farther down in Central Texas ... and of all people, she has come up with "Ice, Ice, Baby!"  as our challenge!  Now she is not a fan of any temps below the 60's at all ... so this challenge really gave me a bit of a chuckle upon first read.   

The Challenge Chicks are a group of stampy chicks who have stamped together through the years on various design teams and/or Splitcoaststampers.  
Some of us get the pleasure of each other's company from time to time at different events, but we've joined together to continue stamping online monthly just for the joy of sharing!  We invite you to stamp along in the challenge, upload your card to our Challenge Chicks page on Facebook, and to your online gallery, Pinterest, etc.  This month's keyword for your gallery upload is CHXDEC15.  Use a clear element on your creation to represent the Ice, Ice, Baby! challenge, such as clear embossing, acetate, clear liquid adhesive, etc.  Then c'mon and play with us!

To create the illusion of an icy Winter's day out in the pasturelands, I stamped images from the Sheltering Tree stamp set with Pool Party and Smoky Slate inks.  Thanks to my Misti, I was then able to stamp directly over the colored inks with VersaMark ink, then dust with Clear Embossing Powder and heat emboss all trees to a clear shine as though fully coated with a layer of ice.  

The effect really came into being when I used my Whisper White Craft ink pad to smudge white ink directly across the image layer in streaks.  Once I was pleased with the smudgy ink application, I heat embossed the inked areas with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.   
The Basic Gray image layer was dry embossed with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions folder, then dabbed with VersaMark.  I heat embossed this layer with Iridescent Ice EP as well, so the icy effect extended beyond the white image layer.    

I need to send some very special Thank You's to some teachers who took exceptional care when a child I love deeply was bullied harshly last week.  Not knowing any of them personally, perhaps this card will fit the need in at least one case.  Tex's Soap-box Moment:  We Must Listen!  When anyone is bullying, it's up to each of us to take a stand.  Each of us must be willing to make a difference with immediate assistance and be sure that teaching follows for all involved.

Ready for more Ice, Ice, Baby inspiration?!  Slide on along to see what the rest of the Chicks are sharing!

#HC2015,  #stampinup,  #ublue

Thanks for your stampy patronage, m'friends!  I'm right here to help, to share, and hopefully to spread a bit of inspiration your way.  Please email me with any needs or requests!  I have room for you on my delightful team, whether you'd like your very own discount on the remarkable Stampin' Up! products or if you wish to share the joys of paper crafting with others.   

Inky (((hugs))),


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Calypso Bliss Thanks!

I have a new card and a fun color combo too ... Calypso Coral + Blackberry Bliss!  

Ooooh!  This features the upcoming Sunburst Sayings stamp set, and Wildflower Fields designer series paper, all available on January 5 in the Occasions Catalog.  
And, take a look at the close-up pic!  Do you see the shimmer I've added to the strip of dsp?   Some of you might recognize that fabulous shimmery glitz ... Coming up in the Occasions 2016 Catalog will be the delicious shimmery Wink of Stella pens!  I've used the clear on these little dandelion images.  You're going to adore the easy brush-on application from the pen, and the super-fast dry time.  I think I squealed out loud when I heard the Wink of Stella announcement at the recent Stampin' Up! OnStage event here in Dallas ... but I know for sure that I wasn't the only one letting out my happy emotion! 

Just in case you've wondered about 'how to get new ideas' when you join Stampin' Up! ... this card design was featured in the weekly email I receive from Stampin' Up!  I changed a couple of things ... punched the strip of dsp with the Washi Label Punch, omitted some cutting, snipping, and ribbon and here's my really quick version of an idea shared to all demonstrators by Stampin' Up!  There's no cause for concern over where to get inspiration when you're a part of my team.  Email to chat about it any time.  

My December Host Code for your online orders is:  4CGPNPJ.   Did you know that you can use the host code even when you're ordering only from the Clearance Rack or the latest Weekly Deals? Yep .... no matter what catalog, no matter what combination.  

It was an absolutely Wow-Worthy day here in North Texas today ...  for sure!  Hope you're having something wonderful in your day!

Inky (((hugs))),

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One More Day & an Olive, Please!

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Then you'll enjoy your very own 20% discount indefinitely, good through March, 2016 if you never place another other ... and never make a sale. Your discount lasts on 'n' on if you do make sales and/or purchases.

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Whether you choose to save big on the starter kit or not, I've come with a Thank You card for you today! Old Olive, anyone?

If you enjoy keeping a stash of cards ready to go when needs arise, you'll enjoy creating a few of these ... maybe in varied colors for a few choices. The sentiment and +++++ decorative line are both from the Tin of Cards stamp set shown on page 110 in the main catalog. Yes, it coordinates with the Tin of Cards project kit, but it stands alone as a very versatile stamp set for sure.

Did you think the English Garden designer series paper is just for Spring? Not! That's the beauty of this double-sided 12"x12" collection ... it spreads much farther across the calendar. Blooms may have shriveled during the Summer, but earthy colors are still in style!  I've used it with Old Olive and Night of Navy card stocks, with a helping of texture from the Arrows Textured Impressions embossing folder.  A trio of Candy Dots finish it off for "no extra postage" mailing ease.

> > > > One last topic for today!  If you'd like to join us for a stampin' date in Dallas on November 13th, please do consider joining us from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for fun, stamping, prizes, fellowship, and plenty of inspiration for all! 
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The thanks goes to "you", my customers!  I appreciate your business, I adore your presence in classes, and I'm happy to assist you in any way that I can.  

Inky (((hugs))),


Lemonade Thank You!

I owe some 'thank you's', and fortunately the good Mojo Fairy was on my shoulder, Sunday afternoon.  Luckily I was led to the featured stamper challenge, FS418, over at SCS.  Ta-daaaaaah!  Pauline's gallery (lotsofstamps) is this week's featured stamper.  Congrats, Pauline!   If any of you need a little inspirational nudge, check out the challenge and play along!

This lemon stamp has just been waiting for me to find just the right way to bring it to life ... and I spent a lot less time coloring that I ever dreamed!  There's really only 1 lemon in the "A Happy Thing" stamp set, so some basic masking was just the trick to build a more realistic cluster of lemons. 

Guess what?!   The "A Happy Thing" stamp set cannot be purchased, but you can choose it as a free item during Sale-A-Bration

The zesty yellow background paper is from the Best Year Ever designer papers ... another free choice during Sale-A-Bration!   The leafy background paper is from my current favorite designer collection, Painted Blooms.  And, I used just 2 packs of Blendabilities for coloring:  Daffodil Delight Blendabilities and Wild Wasabi Blendabilities.  >>> One more freebie here!  When you're trying to decide which free items to choose during Sale-A-Bration ... the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities are one of the SAB choices!  Die cutting was a snap with my Ovals Collection Framelits and Big Shot.  Just a bitty smear of 2-way Glue followed by a little dusting of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, and these lemons were ready to take their place on the card with just a little "lift" from Stampin' Dimensionals.

Okay stampy friends!  Be sure to check back tomorrow in the right-side column for a brand new set of Weekly Deals!  Remember that if you see something on that list that you "need" right now (Monday)... today is the last day to order!   New temptations show up each Tuesday.   ;)

Inky {{{hugs}}},


Class Bell is Ringing!

Just a quick "Howdy, Friends!"

I have 3 seats still available for tomorrow morning's class here in the studio (Saturday, April 19).  So, my local Ladies, if you're looking for a creative interlude to start off your weekend, send an email to me or a reply to this post, and you can join us!

For now, you'll have to attend to see tomorrow's creations.    ;)    Today has been paper-cutting day for the class ... so if you hurry ... materials can be ready for you to stamp along with us!

Today's teaser:  We will be using 'Gorgeous Grunge' and 'Starburst Sayings' stamp sets ... and the latest photopolymer set, 'Another Thank You'.  

Gorgeous Grunge(C) Stampin' Up!
Starburst Sayings(C) Stampin' Up!

Another Thank You(C) Stampin' Up!

I'll be hoping that you can join us .... if not tomorrow, then perhaps at one of my May or June classes!
Have a blessed & happy Easter weekend, everyone!

Thanks! * Concertina style!

Happy 10th Anniversary Grammy Day!     ;)    10 years ago this morning, my very first grandchild was born ... and when my son laid him in my arms ... I was completely speechless!  The love was so overwhelming that I was totally mesmerized with this amazing blessing in my arms.  How can it possibly be 10 whole years already?

And of course, Happy April 1st to everyone!

Today's creation is a part of the new April Creative Crew gallery over at Splitcoaststampers.

 The CCREW0414 challenge offers a few choices for inspiration, and I opted to peruse this 2014 Historic Garden Week website.  Even though I'm not a successful gardener here at home, I have a deep passion for floral & foliage beauty, thanks to my amazing Aunt & Uncle.

Believe it or not, this 'concertina fold' card fits into the average envelope that most of us card makers refer to as 'A2' sized.   Really!  If you want to give it a try, check out this tutorial at Splitcoaststampers!

I might never have paired Crushed Curry with Wisteria Wonder if not for both being together in this Afternoon Picnic paper collection ... and I like it!  Glad to have given it a chance.

Okay m'friends!  Hopefully you've found a bit of inspiration here, in some form, to encourage your own creativity.

**All supplies for this card are available 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! store!
STAMPS:  Petite Petals + Yippee-Skippee!
INKS:  Crushed Curry + Pear Pizzazz + Wisteria Wonder
PAPERS:  Pear Pizzazz + Wisteria Wonder + Very Vanilla;  dsp = Afternoon Picnic
ACCESSORIES:  Labels Collection framelits, Petite Petals punch, 3/8” Corner punch, Simply Scored, Little Leaves Sizzlet, Fancy Fan EF, Pearl Jewels, Multi-glue