Hey it’s Wednesday already! I took the day off yesterday – well almost. I reorganized the stamp room one more time. I may get it right one day, but I highly doubt it. I just flat out need more room! As I wait patiently for one the kids to move out, I’ll have to make do. I found Mallory’s old iPod last night and got to messing with it. She was having trouble getting it to hold a charge, so at some point, we bought her a new one. So this one can be mine now. I’ve spent all morning uploading music, some of my blues and county tunes, and shhhhhh – don’t tell her — I deleted her rap! Anyhoo, the darn computer kept locking up on me, so I decided to make a card.

Because of my cleaning, errands, etc., yesterday, I let the color challenge slide. Actually, I just couldn’t come up with anything that was working for me either. When I saw the Sketch Challenge last night, still nothing came to mind. While I was messing with the computer this morning, I walked into the stamp room and guess what? Yep – something came to mind. Now don’t get overly thrilled, but I was happy that I got to fun stamp!

So, here’s my card for the Color Challenge and the Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast. It’s not often I get a double challenge in, but I’m still trying not to miss them.

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The image of the ant was stamped out three times at different angles and colored with Copic Markers. There is just a bit of Tulip Crystal Glitter Paint on the trim of the hat and I painted on a layer of Tulip White Puffy Paint for the snow. I’ve not used Snow Burst much (once that I can remember for Stamp Club), so I grabbed it and stamped the snowflakes in Pomegranate.

Stamps: SU Snow Burst, Seasonal Inklings by G-Rated

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, SU Kraft and Purely Pomegranate

Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink, SU Purely Pomegranate

Accessories: Copic Markers, Signo White Gel Pen, SU Double-Stitched Ribbon, Wedge Sponge, Mounting Tape

As I was typing Mounting Tape, it occurred to me that I’ve had a few questions about what I use. In the picture below are two different types of Mounting Tape.

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The one on the left I buy at Meijers in the picture frame department. It’s called Magic Mounts and as is less than $2.00 for the package. It sticks well and doesn’t goo up your scissors, and comes in different widths. The one on the right – don’t waste your money. It’s made by Duck Brand Tapes. I found it in the hardware section of Meijers and it comes off easily, goos up your scissors and this will be the last that I purchase. I do prefer Scotch brand mounting tape, but only if I can get it on clearance or on sale. The last little bit I had, got taken to Jeanne’s and I think it still might be there. I keep looking for different brands, and trying them. If I come across another that I like as well as the Magic Mounts, I’ll let you know. I see on the package that Magic Mount is a product of Miller Studio, Inc.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend. I’m looking out the window right now and our leaves are starting to change colors and how pretty it is! After such a dry and hot summer, I didn’t think we were going to see the leaves change. They’ve been falling for months, brown and dried up do the drought, but just beautiful now.

I got up early this morning, checked in on the Try a New Technique Challenge on Splitcoast, and then just couldn’t help myself – I fell back asleep on the couch. I’m feeling a little dizzy today – well okay, some of you will say I’m dizzy every day, but today is different. Today, I just ain’t right!

However, while I was taking that little nap, I did figure out how do the Japanese Stab Binding, which is the challenge today. When I first looked at it, I was at a complete loss, but when I woke up – I knew how do to it! Must have dreamed about it. Anyhoo, here’s my card for today’s challenge.

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I picked up this cute set of ants at Stampaway in Cincinnati this year, and I’ve yet to ink them up. It sort of tickles me that this ant is having thankful thoughts. If I were an ant and had a big pumpkin, I would be thankful too! I colored the image using Copic Markers and then punched out the three different size circles. I sponged all the edges of the background paper, BasicGrey Mellow, and the circles with distress ink and drew the faux stitching lines.

Stamps: SU Thoroughly Thankful, Seasonal Inklings by G-Rated Rubberstamps

Paper: SU Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie, BasicGrey Mellow

Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Accessories: Copic Ciao Markers, Uchida Punches, Faber-Castell Pitt Artists Pen, Hole Punch, Sponge Dauber, Ribbon, Mounting Tape

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