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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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Challenged ... Snow Way!

Had to play in the latest Global Design Project challenge , GDP012, to 'case the designer'!  The designer to case?  The one + only Brian King!  We could use Brian's card to inspire color, theme, style, stamps ... however the card inspires each stamper.  

I was taken with Brian's sketch, then I pulled out the same stamp set, flipped the sketch and chose snowmen rather than penguins ... The darling "Snow Place" stamp set has been begging to play here, and this was the perfect way to let it loose on the stampin' table!  

I created a happy snow-people family coming out to play in their early, unexpected snow!

And since I can barely stamp without using Stampin' Dimensionals, the playday needed dimension!

Note:  I've looked 'n looked for a pic from July's convention to share here ... but currently, that flash drive is MIA.  If it peeks out from it's amazing hiding spot, I'll update.   LOL  Letting it go for now 'n moooooooving on ... there are Thanksgiving preparations to get started here!  

Thanks ever so much for your online orders!  Remember that if you use the current Host Code CATXACAJ with your $30+ order right now, you'll be entered into my drawing for a stamp set from the upcoming Occasions 2016 Catalog!  This includes orders from the Online Extravaganza (sale ends Nov. 30 ... so hurry)!

Inky hugs!

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Icemageddon 2013! * MDS

The invitation to join the SCS Creative Crew for the January - April, 2014 term came during the late Fall.  This inspired me to stretch myself in some way ... learn something new-to-me.

As a result, I purchased Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Software, lovingly called MDS in many stampy, crafty circles.  Even though I have only scrapped two, 6x6 pages during my stamping history, I took the scrapping 12x12 plunge for one of the first 2014 challenges ... and here is the result.

In all honesty, I had a lot of fun beginning the learning process with a goal already in mind.  The CCREW0114SF challenge included the 12x12 sketch to give me a starting point.  Due to the intense wintery weather we've been experiencing, the theme & idea fell right into place using the assigned winter colors!  

Everything used in the creation of this page was already included in the My Digital Software download .... except the one element I ordered:  MDS Winter Frost Dsp (item 135265).  Here are the digital supplies I've used:
  • Joyful Times Designer Kit - blue flower
  • Antique Brads
  • Vintage Overlays
  • Circle Punch
  • Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch
  • Snowflake Punch
  • Timeless Type Alphabet
  • Winter Frost Dsp
Today's weather here in North Texas is snowy.   But thankfully, we are not expecting the iciness that I've shared from our December "Icemaggadon"!!    

I hope you've found some inspiration today!  I'd love to hear a "Howdy!" if you're stoppin' by for a moment!

You Make Me Happy!

Welcome to a brand spankin' new week, everyone!

Brrrrrrrrrrrr!  Another wintery blast of freezing rain & sleet moved in here on Sunday ... so I think I'll just plan some stamping and a class or two.  Neither of those require bundling up and schlepping around on slippery-slidey things.   In light of that freezy stuff that's working its way around the USA again this week, I'm sharing a rather "frosty" creation from one of the Creative Crew challenges! 

This all started off with the 'Northern Flurry' embossing folder and Pool Party cardstock.  For the added icy look, I used the Embossed Embossing technique, along with Heat & Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  The sentiment is from the 2014 Sale-A-Bration set, 'See Ya Later'.  It's layered atop a vellum snowflake from the 'Festive Flurry' framelits collection.  More Dazzling Diamonds for the snowflake edges and a few sparkly rhinestones to make someone happy when skies are gray!
I created an "Embossed Embossing" technique video a few years ago over at Splitcoaststampers just in case you would like to create some dazzle of your own.  I hope you enjoy this wintery project as well as the technique process!  

From Millan.Net***Ooooops!  Gotta add this little notice!
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February! * Fun or Flurries?

Can you believe it's already February, 2014?   
And to top it all off ... I'm a wee little bit 'behind' on my blogging as of this latest flip of the calendar. 
Solution?   Start correcting that issue ... right now!

One of the January Creative Crew challenges back at Splitcoaststampers was to creative something other than a card for the CCREW0114HF challenge.  "HF" refers to 'Holiday Focus' ... and the challenge theme notes that January was National Hobby month.   (See why I'm a bit 'behind' now?)

Well, I just couldn't resist jumping into these 3D snowflakes as my contribution:

The one above turned out to be approximately 7 3/4" diameter, which is a nice "medium" size for hanging here in my studio.  I did happen to explore the original size I had viewed on the internet, but felt it was too large for my purposes, so I experimented with sizes for the starting square shapes to bring down the sizing for myself.  Here are a couple of 7.75" snowflakes that I used for packaging over the holidays.  All of the flakes were sprayed with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz for close-up shimmer ... a very easy & fun addition!

Here's my video tutorial to "enable" your own snowflakes decorations.  The video was actually created before I had this new SU-Only blog ready for viewers ... so it still refers to my other blog, Savor the Journey.  Signs of the changing times!   I hope you enjoy it.     ;) 

If you have questions, I'm happy to try to help in replies right here, or via my contact button/email in the left blog column.   Happy day to y'all!