Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I truly have many reasons to give thanks.

Here is a Thanksgiving card that started out as a simple card…. but then I had to save it from my own havoc. Sigh.

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I stamped and black embossed the image (Close to My Heart) on patterned paper, then layered it on black paper. Yup, once again, I messed up the cutting (on the lower right corner, which I disguised with a CTMH embellie.) I edged the yellow paper with a punch and added the glitter tape to finish (and hide a less-than-perfect edge. Sigh again). Everything is from CTMH.

May your holidays be wonderful!

And a hearty Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate! May your candles burn bright and your home be filled with love, laughter and the smell of frying potato pancakes.

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Fabulous Finds Friday — Checking in at Carson

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Original Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson, CA. (Commonly called the Carson show.) I didn’t have time to shop (boo hoo) because the hubster was waiting in the car…. so I just ran in to take a few picks and say hello to some old friends. Here are some fabulous, fun finds.

First up, the dynamic duo of Judi Watanabe and Rob Bostick of JudiKins.

Judi Watanabe

Rob Bostick

Judi demoed a technique using Mica Magic reinkers to create some stunning backgrounds:

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Judikins

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Rob showed me the new Frosty White embossing powder, here used to stunning effect on red cardstock:

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Judikins new white EP

I think I need to get my hands on that powder!
Check out more of JudiKins at www.judikins.com

Next week I’ll show some more fun finds — including some new (to me) companies and some old friends (Remember Carmen’s Veranda?)

Have a great weekend!

A Trip Down Memory Lane….

Amazing what we find hidden deep in our closets…

A friend recently gave me a box of her old … and we’re talking practically prehistoric … stamping supplies. Check out these ancient ink pads:

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Here’s the amazing part: some of these pads are still inky!

Anyone old enough to remember when we had to use office ink pads? And colors were pretty much limited to black and red. Ugh. Here’s a pad I once used to stamp cute images on envelopes and to stamp my return address:

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We didn’t have the internet back in the day, so we relied on little booklets like these for inspiration:
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And check out this old time stamper:

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Ah…. memories….

Fabulous Finds Friday — Odds & Ends

So many fun and fabulous things happening in the craft world … here is a quick round-up:

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There are two fun new products from Scotch Brand — the above Scotch Expressions Tape comes in vibrant blue, pink and purple. It’s colorful AND repositionable. You can also write on it. I haven’t tried stamping on it, but I bet you could easily stamp using a permanent ink such as StazOn.

Then there are new Scotch Restickable Dots:

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According to the company, these double-sided adhesive tabs remove cleanly from walls, desks, windows, mirrors, etc. When you’re done, wash them with soapy water and they’ll be sticky again.

Spellbinders has pretty new additions – from elegant to whimsical – in the Die D-Lites™ line. What I love about these is that they are sized for cards, tags and Artist Trading Cards.

New dies include flowers, holiday and decorative pieces. Check them out here

The colorful world of Tombow is a little brighter thanks to an expanded website that features more than 50 craft projects using Tombow products. Projects include art frames, coasters, gift tags, mixed media projects and more. Check it out at www.tombowusa.com (where you can link to a blog, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.) Besides the nifty pencils, markers and adhesives, Tombow also has a line of recyled products.

BasicGrey has a fun a flirty new collection coming out … Fresh Cut. Perfect for a spring bouquet of stamping. Check out the fresh ideas here. http://www.basicgrey.com/files/catalog/FreshCut_Catalog.pdf

Have a crafty weekend!