Have you ever done something stupid – I mean stupid? Something that made you hurt yourself? Well, I did last night. I got up in the middle of the night to change from flannel sleep pants to shorts (got a little warm) and was in the bathroom stumbling around in the dark. Stumble I did! The door was half open, and I fell forward. Can you see it coming, that edge of the door right at your face? Actually, it took me by surprise more than anything else. My forehead hit the door. Oh yeah – stunned! I actually wondered if maybe I shouldn’t sit up for a while and not go to sleep it hurt that bad. But, I was too tired for that. So back to bed I went and didn’t give it a second thought. I’ve had a little headache this morning, but not bad and actually forgot that I hit that door last night. DUH – CRS! Just a few minutes ago, I was talking to a friend on the phone, and reached up to rake my fingers through my hair. OUCH! I have got a goose egg in the middle of my forehead you wouldn’t believe. Okay, you can laugh now because I know I am! How could I be so darn stupid?

Enough of my babbling about how clumsy I really am. Let’s talk stamping! Last night I started working on a preview for the Hanna Stamp Release this coming Friday. I have become so taken with inchies, and can’t stop making them. Inchies have been around for a while, and in my search to find out how long, I did a Google Search. Let’s just say that I gave up on page 68 of the search. There are 77,500 results for inchies. Anyhoo, I have been incorporating them into my stamping as a great way to showcase a stamp set for a preview or sneak peek. Now I’m hooked. I worked on a series of cards last week that I’ll show you in the next week or so, and I see now what the rave is all about. The little buggers are addicting!

I started working on this card last night, coloring the full image of Hanna from the new Passport set and making inchies for some of the small images I wanted to showcase. Well, this morning when I saw the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge, the card changed course. Instead of a full Hanna now, you’ve got an inch of the image.

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I stamped all the images and then colored them with Copic Markers. When I was done coloring and decided what part of the image I wanted to showcase, I cut them down to 1″ squares. Why didn’t I use my square punch you ask? Well because the darn thing broke – guess that means a trip to Hobby Lobby later. Oh my! I trimmed the sentiment down too, and sponged the edges of all the images with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The background paper is some new stuff I picked up at Archivers a few weeks ago. It’s by K&Company and is textured! Oh one last thing and I don’t know I keep forgetting this. I covered the windows and headlights of the taxi with Ranger Glossy Accents, AND I also forgot to put it in the product photo. Oh yeah – CRS!

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Stamps: Passport by Hanna Stamps

Paper: Georgia Pacific White; K&Company Roam Mat Pad; Prism Frosted Mint Medium, Suede Brown Medium and Mystic Light

Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black and Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink

Accessories: Copic Markers; Ranger Glossy Accents; Mounting Tape; Ribbon; Brads

I hope you all have a great day, and I’m off to take the pups for a walk and enjoy the !

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Happy Thursday! Hope everyone is having a great day so far. Once again, I drug my flabby fanny out of bed a little after 9:00 a.m. (I have got to quit this) to rain. I looked out and the streets were flooded once again, but luckily the carpet in the stamp room is still dry. Cross your fingers for me!

I’m curious today. How many of you have fingers that lock up? When I got up yesterday morning, the ring finger on my right hand was locked. It was folded down toward my palm and didn’t want to move back into place. I had to give it a little nudge with my left hand. It bothered me throughout day the yesterday and this morning it was the same thing again. I called my mother, because her thumb used to do this. I asked her what caused it. I am thinking my diet is not the most spectacular and I might be missing some needed vitamins. She told me I was just getting old! That her fingers have gotten worse and she really didn’t know what it was except maybe arthritis. Which makes sense, I have spent the better part of my life working as a legal secretary and typing is just second nature to me. As for my diet, some of you know this and most of you don’t, I have a wheat allergy. Since last November I have been on a gluten/wheat free diet. Sometimes I slip and I’ve been slipping quite often the last few weeks. But for the most part, I can stick to the diet but I seem to go for the easy things – rice cakes with chicken salad, ham rolled up in cheese, and oatmeal with bananas. Let’s not forget that I will never give up my chocolate, but I have learned that it must be plain milk chocolate – nothing else added but maybe almonds (which I eat by the handfuls – almonds that is). Anyway, enough of my babbling about diet, etc., I’m more curious if this is happening to anyone else and what you do for it. So, spill! I’m curious!

I was excited when I saw that the SCS Ways to Use it Challenge is a spray challenge. The challenge is to have fun spraying – glimmer mist, airbrush, color spritzer, water misting – anything that you can spray. I’ve had some Rileys from Hanna Stamps sitting out on my desk for a few weeks now, and one of them is Golfer Riley. It’s warming up, it’s almost golf season here in this area and today seemed like a perfect day to use Riley.

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Riley and the green were colored with Copic Markers and then I airbrushed the sky with the Copic Airbrush System. I learned the other day how to make the perfect mask for working with the airbrush system. I stamp the image on either a post-it or a sheet from a writing tablet, cut it out and then paint the back with rubber cement. While the rubber cement is still wet, place it on your image. You can airbrush the masked image then and the mask doesn’t come up. You need to remove the mask carefully, by pulling from one corner, but when you have removed the mask, the rubber cement will clean right off your image. Just take you fingers and wipe across and the rubber cement rolls right off (not to be gross or anything, but it’s kinda like a booger). Anyhoo, back to the card. The blue panel behind Riley, is Soft Sky paper, that I misted with Shimmer Mist that I made with Soft Sky Reinker, Perfect Pearls and water. Once the layer had dried, I sponged both the edges of this panel and the image panel with Soft Sky. I decided on the sentiment “You’re my favorite” from the set Things Hanna Would Say, well because I could then right on the inside “DUFFER!” BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA – can’t wait to send this one to a golfing buddy!

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Stamps: Golfer Riley and Things Hanna Would Say from Hanna Stamps; SU Flannel Plaid

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Old Olive, Soft Sky and Basic Black

Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black and Archival Jet Black; SU Soft Sky and Old Olive

Accessories: Copic Markers and Airbrush System; Ranger Perfect Pearls and Mini Mister; Spellbinders Nestabilities; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Cuttlebug; Ribbon; Brads; Mounting Tape

I hope you all have a great day!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend and you’re not starting your week off one hour late. It was in the 50’s here yesterday and most of the snow has melted and the roads are clear. Thank goodness, since it was on the news last night how Jeffersonville is on the last dredges of their salt supply.

Mallory and her friends left here Saturday night for Florida. She called last night and they made it safely with no problems. I know those kids are going to have a fabulous time! I can still remember my first College Spring Break in Florida – how could I forget – that is where I met my husband, Lance. We actually lived in the same dorm and he worked in the dorm cafeteria. However, I had only met him once in a friend’s room and didn’t pay that much attention to him. I went to Florida with some friends, and he went to Florida with some friends, one of them being the same friend whose room I met in him. Now here are three girls thinking that we really don’t want to run into those guys. The first day on the beach who walks up, but Lance and his friends. We ended up hanging out with them all week and when we got back to school, Lance and I started seeing each other. That was 30 years ago this month.

Enough reminiscing, let’s get to some stamping. On Friday this week, Hanna Stamps is releasing five new sets. I have a couple of previews for you today! The first one is from the new set, My Best Friend. I picked one stamp from this set to work with, because I couldn’t resist the prissy little dog! Doesn’t she just look like a well-heeled, spoiled pup?

March Release My Best Friend

I stamped the main image in Brilliance Graphite Black and then colored it with Copic Markers. For some accents on the dog house, I added Ranger Frosted Stickles to the dots on the house. Once it was dry, I masked the image and lightly airbrushed Cool Shadow in the background with the Copic Airbrush System. The image was then punched out using a 2″ Marvy Uchida Punch and matted on 2-1/2″ and 3″ layers of different cardstock. I used the Inkssentials White Opaque Pen for the dots on the pink layer, and Ranger White Opal Liquid Pearls were placed on the scallops of both pieces of the brown. My background paper, SU Berry Bliss, as sewn to another layer of cardstock on the sewing machine, and then attached to the card base of Chocolate Chip.

Stamps: My Best Friend from Hanna Stamps

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip and Berry Bliss

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Adirondack Espresso

Accessories: Copic Markers and Airbrush System; Sewing Machine; Ranger White Opal Liquid Pearls, Frosted Stickles and Inkssentials White Opaque Pen; 2″, 2-1/2″ and 3″ Marvy Uchida Punches; Fiskars Scallop Scissors; Mounting Tape; Ribbon

The second preview is from the new set, Mikey. He so reminds me of a college student and since we are dealing with Spring Break, he just had to have a tan.

Mikey

All the images were stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black and then colored with Copic Markers. Each image was then punched out using a 1-3/8″ square punch and matted on SU Blue Bayou what had been punched out using the 1-1/4″ square punch. The six individual squares were then matted on a piece of SU River Rock. Using an artist pen, I doodled around each square and on the River Rock. The background paper, SU Western Sky, was matted on Soft Sky. Both the image panel and the panel behind it are raised with mounting tape. The sentiment is stamped directly on the designer paper. Oh and since this is a guy card, no ribbon! Just piercing, brads and photo corners.

Stamps: Mikey and Things Hanna Would Say from Hanna Stamps

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Soft Sky, River Rock, Blue Bayou and Western Sky

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black

Accessories: Copic Markers; SU 1-3/8″ and 1-1/4″ Square Punches, Photo Corner Punch and Matt Pack; Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens; Brads

I’m sorry I don’t have product photos today for those of you who like them. I worked on these cards over the weekend and never stopped long enough to get a photo. However, I did notice on Kristi’s blog today, that she is now offering Seasonal Sets of Copic Markers. For those of you wanting the guess work taken out of choosing what colors you should get, you need to check this out.

Until tomorrow!

Good morning! Hanna Stamps released two new sets last night at midnight. The first one is just perfect for this BAD girl! Hanna has a Harley and she’s cruising Route 66.

Hanna Route 66

I stamped the images in Brilliance Graphite Black, and then colored the panel with Copic Markers. To highlight the headlight and taillight, I added a few drops of Ranger Glossy Accents to both lights.

Route 66 headlight

To accent Hanna’s boots, the buckles on the bag and the dust, I outlined them all with a Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen.

Stamps: Route 66 by Hanna Stamps

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, SU Real Red, Basic Black and Kraft

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black

Accessories: Copic Markers, Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Pen, Ribbon, Ranger Glossy Accents

The products used to make this card are below. All products except stamps and Copics can be found at My Favorite Products page.

Route 66 Product

The second set released is Spring Time. This card is a 4×4 square card.

Spring Time Release

The image was stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black and then colored with Copic Markers. The background paper, BasicGrey Two Scoop, was sewn to a panel of Wild Wasabi. The image panel and the Easter Eggs are highlighted with a new Inkssentials White Opaque Pen being released by Ranger next month.

Stamps: Spring Time by Hanna Stamps

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solare White, BasicGrey Two Scoops, SU Wild Wasabi and Blue Bayou

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black

Accessories: Copic Markers, Marvy Uchida Punches, Ranger Inkssentials White Opaque Pen, Sewing Machine, Mounting Tape, Ribbon

The products used to make this card are shown below. All products except stamps, BasicGrey and Copics can be found at My Favorite Products page.

Spring Time Product

Whoa it’s Friday, and there is a new girl on the block! Hanna Stamps released a new Hanna today – SWEET CELEBRATIONS. Hanna is so sassy lookin’ with her new short hair and there are so many little elements in the set that they can all be used as the focus on a card. This is my last sample with the new set, and as you can see, no Hanna, just lips!

Jan Release - Lipstick

One day while visiting Anna Wight’s blog, Sassy and Sweet, she had a sketch that was fabulous, and I so had to try it. The lips were stamped and the edges were sponged with Fired Brick Distress Ink. The lips on the main image were covered with a Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze Pen (but it is very had to see in the photo). The sentiment is stamped on the inside of the card – Wearing long lasting lipstick is a must on Valentine’s Day.

Stamps: Sweet Celebrations by Hanna Stamps

Paper: SU Whisper White, Real Red and Basic Black; Radiant Heartwarming Vintage Collection from Crafty Secrets

Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black and Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Various Circle Punches, Ranger Liquid Pearls, Brads, Ribbon, Mounting Tape, Corner Rounder Punch

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