Good Thursday morning!  For the past few weeks, I have been thinking about moving my studio around.  The thing was I couldn’t think of a way to change it that was better than what I started with.  While traveling last week, I had a brainstorm (oh you KNOW it hurt)!  I finally took some time yesterday to read the Sunday ads and saw that Target had the ClosetMaid 9-cube organizers on sale.  Perfect!  I ran over to Target around 4:00 and bought two.  I had this idea and thought it might work.  After dinner I started putting the cubes together.  Now when I bought one of these for Mallory’s room at school, it took my mother and I close to three hours to put the silly thing together.  Last night, I put both of them together in just about an hour and a half!  Not that I remembered how from Mallory’s, but it just made clear sense.  Imagine that!

Needless to say, I gave up moving things around about 10:00 last night.  So this morning the studio is still in chaos but I do have a clear idea of how I’m going to finish up today.  I’ve had the studio set up so that I could entertain Stamp Club every other month.  To me, there is something wrong with that picture – the studio needs to be set up for me!  They are only here once every two months, I work in there every day – changes needed to be made to make it more convenient for me.  I’ll figure out where to put them later.

Anyhoo, while I continue to work on the studio today, I do have a card to show you.  I made it a few weeks ago thinking I would post it while on the road.  After struggling with internet connections and just being simply exhausted, that just didn’t happen either.  So here it is today.

Santa with Tree HH

The image was colored with Copic Markers, the edges were sponged for a rustic look, and all the background layers were sewn to the background panel.  To add some dimension I used Tulip Puffy Paint on Santa’s beard and Stickles for his hat.

  • Stamps: Woodland Santa and Fairy Merry Christmas from High Hopes Rubber Stamps
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Always Artichoke; BasicGrey Figgy
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Vintage Photo Distress
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Tulip White Puffy Paint; Ranger Liquid Pearls; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Sewing Machine; Venture Mounting Tape; Ribbon

I’m heading down to the studio – have a good one today!

Good Monday morning!  Smiley from millan.net Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I got some much needed stamping time in . . . as the next few days will be filled with laundry, packing, etc., to get ready for my trip to Texas.  Of course, I’m gonna try a sneak in a little stamping time too!

Speaking of Texas, on Wednesday I’ll be flying to Dallas to spend a few days with Bev.  On Thursday, Bev and I (along with Sharon and hopefully Joan), will be driving down to San Antonio to work the Rubbernecker Booth at the San Antonio Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo.  I hope some of you Texas girls come visit with us!  AND yes, I’m still looking for my

Speaking of Texas girls, my friend Anna Wight has a few new sets being released by Whipper Snapper Designs today!  When I saw the penguin set, Penguin Antics, I knew that was one I just had to have.  Here’s why:

Penquin Antics Bottoms Up!

Now it’s quite possible that this little fella had either not enough coffee with his Bailey’s or maybe too much nog with his Smiley from millan.net . . . Christmas Cheer . . . but somehow he has landed bottom up!  Okay, Smiley from millan.net along with me, but I just love the humor.

  • Stamps: Penguin Antics and Snowman for Peace by Anna Wight from Whipper Snapper Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BasicGrey Figgy; SU Basic Gray
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Weathered Wood Distress
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Spellbinders Petite Oval and Circle Nestabilities; Sewing Machine; Ranger Polysparkle EP and Inkssential White Opaque Pen; Tulip White Puffy Paint; Venture Foam Tape; Ribbon

Have a great day today!

Smiley from millan.net

Good morning!  Smiley from millan.net I hope you’ve had a nice weekend so far.  I’m still in the studio playing catch up/get ahead, but I needed to take a break and do some fun stamping.  Last evening I started working on some soldering projects, and as the evening wore on the more frustrated I became.  If anyone has a secret to get those jump rings soldered on, please let me know!  There are times it can be as easy as pouring Bailey’s in my coffee and then there are times like last night . . . when you want to forget the coffee and drink straight from the bottle!

Anyhoo, onto to some fun stuff.  As I do every morning, I checked out the Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  Today is the Featured Stamper Challenge and this week the Featured Stamper is Anne Ryan.  I chose this card of Anne’s, Design . . . IC145, to work from.  I loved the layout and the sewing on the card.  For my card, I eliminated some layers, changed the direction of the ribbon, and kept some of the sewing.

FS88

The image was colored with Copic Markers.  To add some fun dimension to Santa’s beard I covered it all with Tulip White Puffy Paint.  His hat was covered in Liquid Pearls.

  • Stamps:  Fishing Santa and Christmas Cod Sentiment from High Hopes Rubber Stamps
  • Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Riding Hood Red; BasicGrey Figgy
  • Ink:  Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Vintage Photo Distress
  • Accessories:  Copic Markers; Sewing Machine; Tulip White Puffy Paint; Ranger Liquid Pearls; Venture Foam Mounting Tape; Ribbon

Well, I’m back to the soldering.  I’m hoping to finish both projects today  . . . we’ll see if it all goes better after walking away from it.

Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying your weekend so far.  I finally made it down to the studio this morning and am busy working away.  I’m leaving for Texas this coming week, and I’m trying to get some projects done before I go.  I’ve taken a short break because I want to share one card with you today.

I finally got around to doing this week’s Color and Sketch Challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  I’ve had this idea in mind ever since I saw the Color Challenge on Tuesday, but other things had to take precedent.   It also didn’t hurt that I could utilize the Sketch Challenge with my idea.

SC197 and CC187

The images were colored with Copic Markers and then punched with a one inch square punch.  The background panels were stamped with the plaid image from the set.  The sentiment was die cut with Spellbinders Shapeabilities Tags.  Can you find the subtle humor in the card?

  • Stamps: Anna Wight’s Harvest Blessings from Whipper Snapper Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango and Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Vintage Photo Distress
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Tags Trio; Square Punches; Ribbon; Brads; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber

I hope you have a great weekend!

It’s me again!  I don’t normally do more than one post in a day, but it was in the stars today I guess.  I did tell you before that I was playing catch up from being lazy (well actually laying around with a heating pad on my back) all weekend.

High Hopes Rubber Stamps released some fabulous new images yesterday.  Yes, I’m a day late (and maybe even a dollar short – I haven’t paid the bills yet) but the image was colored.  I just needed to finish the card!  To see all the new releases, all you need to do, is go to the High Hopes Home Page and type HOTP in the search box!

Fairy Merry Christmas

The image was colored with Copic Markers and the wings were highlighted with a Stardust pen.  The bells, ribbon and belt buckle were highlighted with a Gold Spica Pen and to highlight the boots, I added Tulip Puffy Paint to the fur.  I couldn’t resist pulling out my favorite holiday paper, BasicGrey Figgy.   The background is made with scraps of Figgy that were sewn to a panel of Always Artichoke.

So I guess this is all for me today.  Now I need to finish up the household stuff!

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