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.


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!


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!

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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