Good morning!  Smiley from millan.net Man has it been hectic the last couple of days.  First, the SCS Blogs were moved to a new server and there was a slight problem that wasn’t fixed until late this afternoon.  Second, I finally broke down and went to the hand surgeon today for this trigger finger of mine.  The thumb on my left hand had started to hurt and it was getting hard to open jars, etc.  I thought I might have truly damaged my thumb.  As it turned out, the thumb was part of the trigger finger issue.  So I got two cortisone shots today, one in my thumb and one in my middle finger.  I’m crossing all 9 toes that this helps for a while!

This week for the Rubbernecker Wacky Wednesday Challenge, Candy has challenged all of us to use inchies on our card or project.  You can get all the details and learn how you can win a 40% off coupon from Rubbernecker Stamps at the Rubbernecker Blog.  You can also visit the Red-Hot Mommas blogs to see other examples!

Now I don’t want you to or anything, but I didn’t distress, sponge, use brads or sand on my card today!  I had to ask my family if I felt warm . . . I truly thought I might have had a fever.

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The little chick was colored with Copic Markers and then die cut (along with all the layers behind the inchie) with Spellbinders Square Nestabilities.  The background was embossed with the new Spellbinders Paisley Impressabilities . . . isn’t that just the coolest look?  I know you think those are brads in the corners but they are actually Fiskars Dew Drops that I found buried in some junk I had.  I tell ya, there’s absolutely no way in hell that I can remember what I have and where to find it.  I also have to tell you, that this card took me just as long to make as it would for one that I distressed from top to bottom.

I hope y’all have a great day and thanks for dropping in.  I’ve got another dentist appointment today . . . yucky!  This time it’s to see what molars I need root canal on.Smiley from millan.net

I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup (boy!)

One of my favorite songs by the Manhattan Transfer and of course, one of my favorite things Smiley from millan.net

Morning y’all!  I was MIA last week due to some family matters, but I’m back now.  You know, if you truly thought about that . . . it could be scary! Smiley from millan.net

Late Saturday night (after working in the flower beds for a bit and walking the dogs), I did venture into the studio.  I wanted to play with some of the Rubbernecker sets that I hadn’t had time for the week before.  I looked through them all and finally settled on the coffee inchies.

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The inchies were stamped, punched out and then mounted on 1” squares of Illustration Board.  At first I put the layers together without the sponging and truly couldn’t stand the starkness of the card.  I had to go back and sponge the edges of all the paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Thank for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day.  By the way, you still have until noon today to enter the drawing for the Our Craft Lounge set here.

Happy Saturday!  The Rubbernecker release and Blog Stroll was so much fun and very exciting.  Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to all the winners!

Now that the dust from the past couple of days have settled, I thought it would be fun to check in on the Saturday Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  Today’s inspiration comes from the Grandin Road online store.  I looked at the samples shown in the thread but ended up going online and finding this one:

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The minute I saw this piece of wall art I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  Here’s my take:

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The first thing I did was make the background the inchies are mounted on.  I stamped and embossed the new Abstract Floral Background from Rubbernecker and then sponged the entire panel with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I then stamped the image panel, cut the panel into 1” squares and mounted the squares on 1” squares made from Chipboard Coasters.  The background behind all this, is the Abstract Floral Background stamped in Antique Linen on white.  At the last minute I decided to distress the edges of the backgrounds and sponge everything with Antique Linen.  To finish off the card and even though you can’t see it very well in the photo, I tied an old button from my stash onto melted ribbon.

Thanks for stopping in today and Smiley from millan.net

I’ve actually made two cards today . . .  WOO HOO!  I so wanted to do the SCS Sketch Challenge today, so after my nap I jumped on it.  Hehe – yep got that afternoon nap in.  But sssshhhh, don’t tell anyone!  Since I’m watching American Idol while I’m writing this post, I gonna get right to it.

I loved the sketch today because it is perfect to incorporate inchies with.  You know I do love to make inchies.   When I saw the Home Tweet Home set from Flourishes, the first thing that went through my mind was what I could make inchies with from the set.  I’ve been wanting to work with the birdhouses in this set and today I got to do it.

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The inchies were colored with Copic Markers, punched out using a 1″ square punch and then mounted on 1″ illustration board.  While I was at Hobby Lobby one day, I found in the artists section a package of ATC cards made from illustration board.  Today I cut one of the ATCs up into 1″ squares so that I could glue the paper inchies on them for more stability.  The background paper is made with that “inky thing I do” by swiping distress pads on a craft sheet and misting with water.   Even though it is hard to see in the photo, I misted the paper with Broken China/Gold Distressed Pearlized Mist and then stamped the branch from the stamp set in Antique Linen.

  • Stamps: Home Tweet Home from Flourishes
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Kraft and Kiwi Kiss
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Coffee, Adirondack Espresso and Antique Linen, Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Vintage Photo Distress
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Ranger Mini Mister, Gold Perfect Pearls, Ink Blending Tool and Non-Stick Craft Sheet; Clover Craft Iron; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Square Punches; Illustration Board; Ribbon; Button

I hope you had a great day today and thanks for stopping by!

Happy Sunday!  I know I’ve been MIA for a few days, and I really have no excuse.  I didn’t feel that well the later part of last week and never wandered into the studio once.  When I finally went in yesterday and turned on the lights, I had a project sitting on my work table I had completely forgotten about.  I got it done yesterday, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see it.  What I have today is for yesterday’s Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers, Images under Glass.

When I saw the inspiration pieces for the challenge, I immediately thought of making my own acrylic pieces . . . and I did!  However, they turned out yellow (forgot I had added some flex to the UTEE), so I’m calling those practice pieces.  I’ll need to work on that technique at a later time.

What I did instead, was make an inchie that I covered with Crackle Accents.  I mounted it on a square of illustration board, and then I had a brainstorm (yes, it actually hurt) to make a window card.

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I used Spellbinders Classic Square Nestabilities for all the image layers and the window frames.  Here’s the inside of the card:

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And a close up of the birds, which is actually on the inside of the card.

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To finish off the front of the card, and add my sentiment, I tried my hand at glittering a few of the snowflakes that I cut using Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder Shapeabilities.  I have been so taken and awed with Anna’s snowflakes that I couldn’t wait to get the snowflake dies and play with them.   I inked each snowflake, covered each with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled with glitter.  For this one I added a button and tied it to the front of the card with twine.  The sentiment was stamped and then die cut using Spellbinders Scalloped Tag Shapeabilities.

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  • Stamps: Birds from Magenta; Holiday Script from Lizzie Anne Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Always Artichoke and Riding Hood Red; BasicGrey Wassail
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Coffee, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Square Nestabilities, Snowflake Wonder and Scalloped Tag Shapeabilities; Sewing Machine; Ranger Glossy and Crackle Accents; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Tonic Paper Distresser; Crystal, Pixie Dust, White/Silver Mix Glitter; Twill Tape; Hemp Twine; Button

Enjoy the rest of your weekend . . . you might find an adventure or two!

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