Clear Block Stamping Technique

I was finally able to upload my video to YouTube! It only took me two days, 8 or 9 upload tries lasting hours and hours and hours just to get an ‘error occurred’ when it would almost be completely uploaded! I live in an area where I don’t have broadband and I even have to keep my cell phone in the kitchen window to have a signal. We are currently waiting on Starlink to be available in our area, which hopefully is only a few more months away! This will provide higher upload speeds and so that will definitely help when I do have videos to share.

Speaking of videos, here is the video that should have been with my previous post. Make sure to watch throughout for Tips & Tricks! I’ve been stamping and creating for 13 years (this month) and I have definitely learned a thing or two along the way! In fact, I just celebrated my 10th Anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator this past March 28! WOW! I signed up as a Demo so I could take advantage of buying SU products at a discount not to mention that I LOVE Stampin’ Up! Products!

Visit my previous post HERE for card details and products used for the cards you see in my video!

As you can tell, I’m still new to doing videos! Plus I cringe every time I watch a replay! LOL! Hey . . . at least I’m trying and that is what counts in the end! Right?! BTW click HERE for The Absorber XL Drying Chamois (image below) you see me using in my video! It’s 29″ x 18″ and I cut quite a few 9″ x 7″ pieces from it! Yes, it will stain but I find that rinsing it and/or soaking it in cold water for just a bit keeps it looking better and smelling fresher! I have used the one in the video so many times yet it still looks decent and still smells just fine. It’s worth the extra little expense and it will last a long, long time. The Simply Shammy is also great product by Stampin’ Up! and I use it as well. It depends on what I’m doing as to which one I end up using and sometimes I’m using both! 


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Life is full of big adventures that are best experienced together! This month’s The Adventure Begins Paper Pumpkin Kit helps you celebrate those exciting new chapters in the most creative of ways with enough supplies to create twelve motivating cards plus coordinating envelopes, all featuring the exciting colors of nature. Share this kit with your family and friends about to embark on a new journey and make connections while you explore and discover new levels of your creativity! Click HERE for more information and/or to sign up! 


I’m excited to share with you a new line of creative products called the Kits Collection by Stampin’ Up! These kits have taken the guess work out of creativity and done the hard parts so you get to do the fun stuff, CRAFT! Each kit is all-inclusive and includes the predesigned projects, preprinted pieces, and even the adhesives you need to complete the projects. Some kits the stamping is done for you! Kits are great for the beginning crafter but even avid crafters love these kits! This is NOT a subscription and has a low price point. These kits also make great gifts!

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How Sweet is Lovely As a Tree & Sale-A-Bration!

Happy Birthday Card, Lovely As a Tree, hand stamped, #tonyadenton #soinkingsweet

Who DOESN’T LOVE Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set!! I sure hope this stamp set doesn’t retire when the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog is released June 1st! I have used the stamp set for Christmas cards, Sympathy cards, Fall & Thanksgiving cards, and of course Masculine Birthday cards and this is one of them. I know you would LOVE this stamp set too! In fact, Hope Clutts (My neighbor down the road, hello neighbor! LOL!) just ordered this stamp set from me last month. I know she is going to LOVE IT!

I used Chocolate Chip card stock for the base of my card. I also stamped this lovely Pine tree (I think it’s a Pine tree! How about you?) in Chocolate Chip. The second layer of my card is Old Olive card stock, my go to green plus it goes beautifully with Chocolate Chip. I actually stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Archival Basic Black. It works GREAT for sentiments such as this one.

Now to explain how I did the circular part in Olive Olive. I punched out a 2 1/2″ Circle Punch (retired) out of a piece of card stock for my template. You can use the Layering Circles Framelits to do this as well. Hence the reason the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch was retired when this NEW framelit was released in the current catalog. I positioned the punched out circular area over the Whisper White card stock where I thought I would like it best and then sponged Olive Olive in a circular motion. EASY PEASY! I love those Stamping Sponges. I cut them into quarters to do this technique.

On my main birthday card, I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from February’s Paper Pumpkin Kit. I really love the font. I also used two other stamps, see below. The first one is from Sincere Salutations (retired) and the next one is from Designer Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set (current). You can play with different sentiments with this type of card design. Which font style do you like best of the three sentiments? 

Happy Birthday Card, Lovely As a Tree, hand stamped, #tonyadenton #soinkingsweet

I'm so in love with Lovely As A Tree stamp set! It's so versatile!


Can you see the bumpiness underneath the Whisper White card stock on the first card that says Birthday Wishes? To keep that from happening to you, DON’T use the TomBow Liquid Glue. Use the Snail Adhesive. Since I messed up, I figured this would be a great learning tip for you. However, I did use the liquid glue to adhere the Old Olive layer to to the card base, which allows you a little wiggle room to get your layer on just right!




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Video! October’s Paper Pumpkin Kit!

I adore this month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit! In this kit there are 9 cards in 3 different sizes! Awesome! I also love the fresh, pretty colors of these cards. I can’t wait to assemble these cards and send them out! If you are someone who thinks they don’t have time to craft, then this is your answer. Everything you need in one simple box! It’s a time saver for sure! Check out the video below as well!

FYI: You can always change the look of your cards as you don’t have to assemble them as shown! In other words, you can apply your own creativity!


Here is October’s Paper Pumpkin Kit Video

TIP: In the video, you see a Stampin’ Spot (it’s the little inker) that is used to ink up the photopolymer stamps. I suggest you lay the acrylic block down with the stamp facing up and ink up the stamp in that manner. BTW, you receive a FREE acrylic block with your first subscription! Let me show what I’m talking about while at the same time showing the acrylic block, along with my treat bag from September’s Paper Pumpkin Kit. Isn’t it just the cutest?!


If you would LOVE to know more about how to become a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber, read my post from October 2nd or wait until tomorrow’s post! If you have any questions, please contact me! I would love to hear any and all comments as well!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!

Holidays are Coming with FMS204

I thought I would participate in another Freshly Made Sketches card challenge! I hope I make the deadline so here it goes! Since the holidays ARE coming, I’m using Lots of Joy Stamp Set (AC p.69 WM #138810 or CM #139468) along with Merry Moments DSP (#138450). My design totally didn’t turn out the way I had planned but that’s okay! Sometimes that happens. Although my original design didn’t work out, I’m pretty happy with my end result! I used Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow for my inking. I stepped it up with Cherry Cobbler Candy Dots (#130932). My CS choices are Crumb Cake and Old Olive. I hope you like my SWEET CREATION!


The layout from Freshly Made Sketches . . .


For those who are new to Stampin’ Up!, here is a little FYI on acronyms . . .

SU – Stampin’ Up!

DSP – Designer Series Paper

AC – Annual Catalog

WM – Wood Mount

CM – Clear Mount

CS – Card Stock

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Retired But Not Forgotten – Happiest Birthday Wishes

I entered a card layout challenge last week when I saw this sketch. It had been a LONG time since I had participated in a card challenge (like I’ve done a marathon of them)! All of my SU products I used for my card were retired BUT you can use this layout, as I have, as an inspiration to utilize what you have in your craft room! It’s really so much fun to produce your own card when you have a layout such as this one. I love how this turned out! I also got creative with the ribbon hanging from behind the button and managed to add a third streamer to it! SWEET! I just had a random thought, this embellishment reminds me of those great big football mums that are popular during football homecoming games for the girls! It makes me homesick for Friday Night Football games in Texas! Like I said, a random thought!


The layout from Freshly Made Sketches . . .

FMS Final 202-001

I loved the layout and DSP (Designer Series Paper) so much that I had to make a few more and then I ran out of buttons! So I pulled out my Pansy Punch (#130698) and some Pearls (#119247), which are NOT retired, and changed it up a bit! In hindsight, perhaps I should have changed out the polka dot ribbon banner with a coordinating green card stock (CS) banner in it’s place! Oh well! I still love it!


Tips for Mailing Card with Embellishments:

  • When mailing a card that has certain embellishments, I like to add a layer of cut computer paper (4 x 5 1/4) in front of the card face to protect it inside the envelope.
  • When mailing a card that has a bulky embellishment(s) i.e. large buttons, mail it as NON-MACHINABLE! Postage is just slightly higher. I still add a layer of paper to protect the card front inside the envelope.
  • I have also mailed cards in padded mailing envelopes (which SU retired ours) that had really bulky embellishments. It does cost more but so worth it to protect your card.