Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Quirky Girl Stamps!

Hi there...
I just got back from The Collins Group Trade Show in Boston where Impression Obsession introduced their mid release.  

 I am so excited to share some of that with you, but first I want to give you a little background on how Quirky Girl Stamps came to be.   I have always been a quote girl.  I have collected them since I was a teenager, I scribble them everywhere.  I cannot even tell you how many journals I have filled with quotes, sentiments and words that touch me.  
It is something I do when I feel lost, sad, overwhelmed but also when I want to be inspired.  
My daughter and I used to lay on the end of the bed and go through magazines and books to collect our own quotes.  It was a great way to spend time together, laugh and giggle and just talk about our days...and life in general.  

Fast forward to 2014...I knew I was going to be an empty nester soon and it was time to start pursuing my dreams.  I had tucked them away nice and safe where they lived while I was focusing on being a mom, wife and working,  but they were there pulling at me to do something and my husband was constantly 'fussing' at me to go for it...to give it a try.   Things were falling into place even though I didn't realize it at the time.  I guess you could say the stars were aligning, hehehe.  Usually I am not one to ask for things of someone  but I knew I needed to put myself out there and take a chance.  Yes, that's scary...but what I found was scaring me even more was the thought of not trying and always wondering "what if".  
I had a meeting with Impression Obsession's Owner and I walked away stunned and GIDDY!
Quirky Girl Stamps were going to be launched at the CHA Mega Show 2015 in California! 
Which they were and thankfully were well received.  HUGE blessing. 
 Which brings us to April and I'm over the top excited to share with the second release of my Quirky Girls Stamps with Impression Obsession. 

I snapped some pictures of the mid-release Supplement pages that had my designs on them to share with you.   Hopefully I will have some real stamps to share soon...I know they are busy busy at Impression Obsession filling all the orders that were written at the show.  

You know...the reason I shared any of this story is because I am just a girl with dreams like so many others out there.  Never in a million years did I think that I would be sitting here sharing with anyone this story.  I really struggled most of my adult life with self confidence and self worth.  
When I learned to embrace the fact that I am a quirky girl and to be proud of that, that is when the light bulb went off for me...we are all here living our lives, trying to find where we belong.  
We all struggle, we all have doubts.  
BUT we have to take chances.

I have found my passion in the Papercrafting Industry. 
I have found a place where I can be myself and hopefully inspire others.  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

CC3Challenge #26

This weeks challenge is found on page 42 of Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III. 
Smudge Stamping. 
Who new? Tim...that's who! 
Pretty cool technique...one I found that I really like! 
I absolutely know I will be using this one again, wink. 
You still have time to get the book if you need it.  
You can order it from Tim and Mario and you would get the autographed version! 
 Let's take a minute and thank our sponsors, The Funkie Junkie who has donated a generous gift certificate and of course Tim and Mario who donated a ton of cool supplies to be awarded as prizes! 
All you have to do is follow the rules listed here...easy peasy! 

This week it had to be quick and easy for me.   
I am on the run literally, wink. 
I needed to add some cards to my emergency stash so I went with a card. 
I really can't say much as the technique is pretty much the whole background of the card. 
But, if you own the book all you have to do is turn to page 42 and you will find the magic! hehehe. 

I did dye some seam binding.  LOVE doing that.  
Not only do my fingers get all inky, but I can customize the ribbon to the color I need. 
How fun is that! 

I sure hope you enjoy this weeks challenge and find some time yourselves to get your creative on! 
 I know all of us on the Curiosity Crew can't wait to hop around and see your magic! 
Don't forget to visit the Curiosity Crew's blogs and leave them some love.  
I can't wait to see what they did either, wink. 
Have a great week and hope to see you back here next time! 
Thank you for all the lovely comments...you girls are the sweetest and I love reading your comments! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Compendium Of Curiosities Challenge #25

 Welcome to Challenge #25 of CC3C!!! 
It's hard to believe we are this far along, but we are.
It has been quite the adventure. 
I am so thankful to the friends I have made and the art I have gotten to see that you each share and really put your heart and souls in to creating! 
This community we have is really special! 
I am so very thankful for each and everyone of you and all the sweet comments you leave. 
I love to read them and visit your blogs and see what you are up too! 
You continue to blow me away with your creativity...it just astounds me. 
And....it just keeps getting better and better, wink. 
So once again...thank you.  Thank you for visiting and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I wish I could reply to all of you but right now life is moving at light speed and I am hanging on my the tips of my fingers, wink. 

This weeks Challenge can be found on page 64 of Compendium Of Curiosities Vol. III. 
It would make a great gift if you already have yours and you can still order them from Tim and Mario and it will even be autographed. How cool is that! 
Our Sponsor this week Inspiration Emporium, they have donated a generous gift certificate. 
We also have Tim and Mario sponsoring who donated a ton of things to be given away as prizes. 
Fun stuff.  All you have to do is follow the rules listed on the CC3Challenge blog as well as each new challenge post. Easy peasy. 

Okay...this weeks Challenge is using Tim's Frameworks Dies.
I LOVE these dies! They are quite simply the bomb, hehehe. 
I still lack one I believe, but it will be mine before long! 

I used the new Floral Stamps that were released at CHA in January. 
Oh these are so fun.  I just stamp them on a large tag and blend ink right on to them. 
Of course you could definitely "watercolor" them using Distress Ink as well. 
I used to have these flowers growing wild in my back yard and it brought back so many memories when I was creating this tag. 
I have full intentions of putting it on a card foundation but I just ran out of time. 
 And...yes you HAVE to have a little sparkle! Right??? 
Well, I do anyway...So I added some stickles to the flower. 
I am not going to give away the technique so you will have to find the deets for that listed on page 64.  I also used some of Tim's new Chit Chat sentences...These are so fun...I am still hoarding 
the regular chit chat and this will undoubtedly be another one added to the hoard! 
Okay...I hope you enjoyed your visit here today. 
If you haven't made your way to the rest of the Curiosity Crew be sure to do so. 
The Crew continues to inspire me, blow me away and leave me picking my chin up. 
I will be perusing their blogs first thing Saturday Morning! 
Have a great weekend and happy creating! 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

CC3Challenge #24

Hi everyone! 
I am happy to be back once again! 
Life has gotten so in the way of my crafty time lately...
I hope that I have a handle on things now as I do not want to miss anymore challenges!!! wink. 

So let's get on with it shall we? 
Okay...we are on challenge #24...Remnant Rub Resist. 
You can find the challenge and the directions on page 51. 
I'm sure you have your copy by now, but just in case you don't you can order one from Tim and Mario and they will get a signed copy shipped right out to you! 
Let's also take a moment to thank Tim and Mario for the lovely goodies they donated as prizes.
They are such generous guys. The best I tell you! 
And a very big thank you to our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie 
who had donated a generous gift certificate! 

Okay, on to the challenge.
I really love this technique....never tried it before, so it was new to me. 
I love the effect. I can tell you I used the new Cracked Pistachio with Salty Ocean Distress Ink. 
Love those two together!  Of course I had to throw in a bit of Gathered Twigs...
still my favorite brown.  

I hope you enjoyed....make sure you stop by all the other Curiosity Crew's blogs and leave them some love...and follow the rules listed here
Thank you to Linda Ledbetter who runs this challenge and keeps us all together and on task! hehehe. 
Okay...I'm off to check out what the rest of the Crew did! 
Till next time...and thank you for stopping by! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

CC3 Challenge #22

Well hello there! 
It's been awhile...I am so so happy to be back and I would like to say thank you so much for all the sweet thoughtful messages.  You girls touched my heart!  It truly lifted my spirits when I was sick.  
So happy to be over that bad stuff and hope to never have it again, wink. 

So...Can you believe we are on Challenge #22? 
We only have about 12 more to go...seams unreal it is that close.  
The Compendium of Curiosities Challenges have inspired me so much. 
The Curiosity Crew and seeing what each and everyone of you create is amazing. 
It is so interesting to me that one technique can take you in so many directions. 
This weeks Challenge is to use the Dimensional Cutting Pad and the directions can be found on page 62 in the Compendium of Curiosities book III. 
Before we get started remember to make sure and follow the rules listed with the challenge on the home page of the CC3Challenge blog.  
Next...thanks again to Tim and Mario for their huge hearts and generosity! They donated such fun prizes to be given away during these challenges! AND...this weeks generous sponsor The Funkie Junkie who donated a generous gift certificate! 

With this challenge I had to go with a butterfly! 
Anyone shocked??? No...I didn't think so, wink. 
I am so drawn to the blues right now.
I guess it's really the earth tones. 
Just can't get enough of them as of late.

 Now I cannot tell how the butterfly was done as that would give away Tim's technique,
but I can share that I used Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint and just a bit of Gathered Twigs.  I stamped Tim's flourish stamp and embossed it with sticky embossing powder and foiled it with Ranger's foil.  I LOVE this stuff! 
(more will be bought...hoarded....hehehe)
It was very hard to photograph it but trust me, you want to run...run to your computer or store and buy the foil! 
I ran out of my number 3's so I moved on to my second favorite number FIVE....I need some more three's though.  I wonder if I could talk Tim into just doing packs of individual numbers? hmmmm.

Okay...so above you can see how the butterfly wings are lifted.  
I added three layers...just love the dimension of that.  The corked vial has extra fine glitter and the cork stoppers kind of crumbled as I was poking the wire, but then I like it so I decided to just add more and leave it.  
I hope you enjoyed my "free to fly" Canvas.
If you haven't checked out the rest of the Curiosity Crew's blogs...I am sure you will be blown away!
I am anxiously awaiting Saturday morning so I can get back into the thick of things! 
Thanks for stopping by and thank you again for all the get well wishes!!! 
I am so happy to be back!!! Hugs and have a great weekend!

Friday, January 23, 2015


Hello there...
Back today to share one other project that was in Tim's Idea-ology booth. 
Many of you know that I have a passion for Tim's Burlap Panels! 
Yes...I have a hoard of them, wink. 
I just can't seem to get enough of them. 
This one is featuring Tim's new Found Relatives Strips. 
I love that you can use them as a strip or cut them apart and use them individually. 
I used Multi Matte to adhere the Tim's paper to the panel. 
Then whitewashed over it with a mixture of Distress Paint and water. 
Then just altered some Idea-ology pieces with Distress Paint, added some Broken China Distress Ink to the back of the Vellum Butterflies, dyed the Crinkle ribbon with Distress Ink and put it all together.
 I'm telling you...Go get some Burlap Panels...they are so fun to create with. 
I have a couple of ideas spinning in my head right now. So I will probably be sharing some more panels very soon! hehehe. 
Thanks again Tim, Mario and Paula...words cannot express my gratitude for allowing me to share my art with you and CHA! Still giddy over the whole experience! 
The other designers blew me away with their creations! 
I LOVED the Idea-ology booth...the Ranger booth and the Sizzix booth. 

If you would like to stock up on some Burlap Panels or get some of the other goods here click on over to Inspiration Emporium.  
If you use the code 'inkgirl' you will get 10% off your order! 
Fun right! 
And if your a local please stop by She Scrapbooks...you can find some goodies and say hello! 
Until next time....thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CHA part II

Hello again.  
Life got crazy and I didn't get to get back here when I wanted to...
But today I am very happy to share with you this little project I did for Tim's Idea-ology booth. 
I was over the top excited when I got an email asking me if I wanted to make a couple of things for the booth.  
Let's just say I was walking on cloud nine! 
I love Tim's Assemblage Clocks 
I have made quite a few of them and still have ideas for more. 
They really are great for gifts...home decor pieces and remembrances.  

I did this as a remembrance for my grandfather. 
He was my very best friend.  He was my safety spot in the world for so long. 
He taught me the things I needed to know to help me figure out this crazy thing called life. 

I love that I will have this clock to sit with his Coast Guard Hat, the flag he was gifted upon his retirement and a few other keepsakes I have. 

The first thing you need to do when creating one of these is take the whole clock apart. 
Trace the back so that you can create the inside piece.  I cut mine down a bit so that it sat more towards the front of the clock. 

 Then you need to prepare the clock surface...I painted the whole thing with Gesso. 
This primed the surface so I could achieve the finish I wanted to create using Distress Paints. 
 Here is is sitting in Tim's Idea-ology booth! 
I tell you it was the biggest honor to have things I created in his booth. 
I have to shout out a huge thank you to Tim, Mario and Paula. 
They work tirelessly and patiently to pull all the displays together.  
I truly never thought I would ever have this amazing opportunity and am so very grateful! 

The Shield with the word brave in it is one of the new releases in the idea-ology line! 
I love them.  I can't wait to get my hands on more! hehehe.
I hope you enjoyed my assemblage clock.  
I am proud that this picture of my grandpa was given a place of honor! 

If you would like to find some of these supplies for your very own you can click on over to Inspiration Emporium. 
If you use the code "inkgirl" you will get 10% off your order! 
And of course if you are a local girl swing by She Scrapbooks to get the goods! 
Until next time...thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CHA Part 1

Hi everyone! 
I have been feeling so nervous leading up until CHA...

First I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to Mitra at Impression Obsession. 
I don't think that words can even express how grateful I feel that she was willing to give me this opportunity.  I love Impression Obsession Stamps because they are very high quality red rubber and they are deeply etched.  The impression that you get with them is incredible.  
It truly is a dream come true. 
Being able to work with Mitra at Impression Obsession is a total honor. 
I am truly walking on cloud nine right now! 

Second, I want to thank my family and friends. 
Without the endless encouragement I am not sure 
I ever would have found the courage to follow my heart. 
My family has been so supportive, always encouraging, cheering me on, 
telling me to "go for it" and "yes you can do this."
Hubby has been more like fussy at me...wink.  
(He says it's my time to follow my dreams...go make them into a reality. 
My friends have listened to my crazy ideas, self doubts and all the other things that go through this quirky head of mine. They have been such a source of encouragement, they have been here to listen to my endless ramblings lol, and have been here cheering me on, AND to my Airport girl/Ranger Sisters...the love, support, encouragement and happiness you share with me is incredible. 
I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have all these people in my life 
that support my dreams, love my crazy quirky self, accept me as I am 
and celebrate this journey with me. 

I wanted to share the line with you so below you here is the catalog pages.  
Quirky Girl Stamps 

 Below, are the actual stamps on display at CHA in the Impression Obsession Booth! 
Yes...tears, squeals and believe it or not...speechlessness happened!

So there you have it...
Hopefully the first release of Quirky Girl Stamps with many more to come! 
I have heard quite a few stores picked them up and some online ones too! 
I feel so very humbled...so very grateful and I cannot wait to see where this journey goes! 
Thank you so much for stopping by.  
I will be back tomorrow with some of my favorite finds from the show. 
Have a great night! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Off to CHA and exciting news!

Just about to walk out the door to head to the airport. 
I am on my way to CHA in sunny Anaheim California...
leaving a bit of a cold snap behind here in the sunshine state!
I woke up this morning to 30 degree weather with a wind chill of 20.
In Florida that is COLD! 

Steph and I will be shopping to bring the latest and greatest back to She Scrapbooks for you.
Cannot wait to see some of the new product in person. 
There are some releases that are blowing me away in the sneak peeks. 
I have to say I haven't been this excited in a few years! 
I will share lots of pics when I get back.  
I will also be sharing on FB and Instagram. So if you want come and follow along there!

The other exciting news is I have a stamp line being released with Impression Obsession!
I am over the top excited about this. 
Impression Obsession has been one of my favorite stamp companies over the years. 
They have super high quality red rubber and it is deeply etched.  
You get the best impressions from rubber like that! 
Now if you would like to have a peek at the goods...hehehe...
just click on over here.  
Impression Obsession is doing a blog hop this week (started Monday)
to share the new stamps! 
I don't think the new catalog will be uploaded until CHA begins..but you can see a sneak peek of all the new stamps by clicking on new products.  I think some of mine are on the first three pages and the first stamp on the fourth page! I hope you like! I am so grateful to Mitra...she owns IO and took a chance on me.  I am still pinching myself about the whole thing.  She is so sweet and helpful and has been a great person to work with and start learning this side of the industry.  

I will share some pics asap of the images and some of the things I have created with my...
"QUIRKY GIRL" stamps! hehehe...and hopefully there will be many more to come, wink. 

Okay have to go...ride is here, wink. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities #19

Welcome back for our brand new challenge from CC3 and the first one of 2015!
Can you believe we are here...the beginning of a brand new shiny year full of so many possibilities! 
Frayed Fabric can be found on page 66 of Compendium of Curiosities III! 

I cannot go any further without saying a special thank you to Tim and Mario for all the goodies they donated to be given away as prizes! They were so very generous and the prizes are amazing!
Also Inspiration Emporium has donated a generous $50 gift certificate! 
All you have to do to be entered into the heap to win a prize is follow the rules that are listed here! 
Easy peasy! 

Okay on to the challenge! 
Now, when I heard a few years back that Tim was introducing a fabric line...
I was over the top giddy! 
I have bought it and saved it...(hoarded it)
I have intentions of making all sorts of things, but have not found the time 
to embrace my sewing machine.  
Well, this challenge was the perfect reason to get it set up, relearn how to 
load the bobbin and thread the machine...let's just say after extensive searching for the manual I gave up and searched for it online. 
(thank goodness for the Internet!)
After some frustrating time...I finally got said machine going and 
oh boy...new addiction! 
I can sew on paper now! with fabric! together! 
(insert happy squealing and awkward happy dancing)
I digress...
I cannot give the deets away other then to say look up page 66 for the directions on the particulars for this challenge!

However I can say that once I applied said technique from page 66 I added some 
embellishments and ink. 
Picked Raspberry, Ripe persimmon and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks were the colors I choose. 
 I also lightly added some color to the fabric itself. 
 So there you have it. 
Challenge #19. 
The first of 2015!
Please make sure to leave all the other members of the Curiosity Crew some love...
I feel so very blessed to be on this journey with them! 
AND we ALL feel so very blessed that you open yourselves up to creating art, 
sharing it, sharing the love of all things TIM and most of all inspiring us with your creative uniqueness! 
I also want to thank Linda Ledbetter for all the time and energy she puts in to make this challenge run smoothly...she is an amazing beautiful soul! 
AND thank you to you all for all the lovely comments! I hope to get back to being able to respond...I have been reading them and loving them, I am sure most of you have been in the chaos of the holiday season and understand that time is just so limited at that time of year! 
BUT we are now welcoming 2015 and I cannot wait to see what all of you create!!!!

AND if you would like to get your very own hands on some of the supplies I used here you can find them at Inspiration Emporium! if you use the code "inkgirl" you will get 10% off your order! 
How fabulous is that? 
If your local you can always some see me at She Scrapbooks and find some inky goodness as well! 
Till next time....