Happy Thursday!  I’ve had such a productive morning and I sure hope it keeps me going the rest of the day.  My new coffee pot (my sister gave me a Bunn for my birthday) was not flowing well this morning.  This darn hard water here had already caused some problems.  I found the little tool to clean the coffee maker, and went to it . . . works like a charm now.  I did learn that you should always check the sprayhead first, little bits of calcium build up in there clogging the water flow and that truly was the whole problem.

While I was waiting for the coffee maker to cool down, I did check in on today’s Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use it Challenge.  It’s a fun one today – use pearls (any type of pearls, i.e., Pearl Ex, Perfect Pearls, Liquid Pearls, Pearl stickers, Pearl brads).  Well, I have every color of Ranger Liquid Pearls – WOO HOO!

I received a few days ago some new stamps from my friends over at Our Craft Lounge and have been wanting all week to work with them.  Today is my chance!

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I used the cupcake from Life is Sweet and colored it with Copic Markers.  I used Circle Nestabilities for the background for the cupcake and used the Scalloped Long Rectangle to cut the scalloped edge along the bottom of the cross piece.  For my pearls, I decorated all the scallops with a drop of White Opal Liquid Pearls.

  • Stamps: Life is Sweet from Our Craft Lounge
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Basic Black, Pink Pirouette and Berry Bliss
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Archival Jet Black; SU Pink Pirouette
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Spellbinders Plain and Scalloped Classic Circles and Scalloped Long Rectangle Nestabilities; Ranger White Opal Liquid Pearls; Small Oval Punch; SU Pink Pirouette Ribbon; Venture Foam Tape

I’m heading back down to the studio since I feel so creative today.  Hope you enjoy your day and you feel creative as well!

Happy Friday!  It’s rainy here today with a nip in the air – a perfect day to spend indoors stamping.  I haven’t done a Splitcoaststampers Challenge in what seems like weeks.  Actually it probably has been weeks with my traveling and all.  I’ve checked in on them every day this week, but the mojo has failed me.

All week long, the challenges have been in honor and celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  They have gone PINK!  Since this is a cause near and dear to me, I couldn’t let another day go by without participating.

I think this is the first time that I have combined more than two challenges into one card.  Today, I’ve combined four: the Color Challenge to use Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip; the Sketch Challenge; the Ways to Use it Challenge to use just one word; and today’s Limited Supply Challenge to use leaves.

A few months ago I went to Cincinnati Stampaway with some friends, and bought a few of the new Studio 490 sets.  I met the designer, Wendy Vecchi, at Winter CHA and was in total awe of her designs.  I was so excited at Summer CHA to see that she had released sets incorporating her unique style with chipboard and grunge board.  Today I finally broke them in and put a little ink on them!

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Let’s start with the Grunge Board leaves and flowers first.  I stamped the images on the Grunge Board, cut them out, and then inked the leaves with Kiwi Kiss and the flowers with Worn Lipstick.  An idea-ology Hitch Fastener holds the petals of the flower together.  The background papers started as white.  To give them color, I swiped both Pink Pirouette and Worn Lipstick on my Ranger Craft Sheet, misted the ink with water and laid my paper in the ink to pick up the color.  Using a craft iron, I ironed over the paper to dry it.  This process was continued to keep adding layers of color to the white paper.  The sentiment, dream, was part of a phrase that I masked, inking only the one word to stamp on the third panel.

  • Stamps: Studio 490 Dreams of Art, Flower Art and Ticket to Art from Stampers Anonymous
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Coffee, Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo Distress; SU Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss
  • Accessories: Tim Holt idea-ology Plain Grunge Board and Hitch Fastener; Ranger Mini Mister, Gold Perfect Pearls and Inkssential Ink Blending Tool; Tonic Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; Clover Craft Iron; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Venture Foam Tape; Ribbon

Have a little fun today and stamp trying something new!

Good afternoon!  Yes, I’m running a little behind this morning.  Miss Ellie needed to go to the vet this morning for her annual check up.  She was happy to go for a car ride, but none too happy with me when we arrived at the vets’ office.  I don’t think she’ll come running the next time I shout “car ride – let’s go.”

When I got back from my “little errand,” I checked out the Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoast.  I’ve tried to get to the challenges all week, and I did get to the Sketch, but today’s was just perfect.  The challenge today is to use a charm on your project.  A few years ago I bought tons of those little dollar charm bracelets at the flea market and tore them all apart.  I have a stash of charms.  However, all the new ones that I just purchased at Tuesday Morning, I can’t find.  CRS?  Maybe!  Unorganized?  Maybe!  Just really forgetful?  You bet!  Anyhoo, here’s my card today.

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I colored the image with Copic Markers and then cut the panels for the image with my square Nestabilities.  I sanded the edges of all the background paper and added dots with a white opaque pen.

I hope you have a wonderful day!


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