Jul 11 2014

Relocating … Hot, Hot, Hot!

Yes, just as the name ‘Texas Rubber and Ink!‘ implies … I’m in Texas.
And Summer has definitely arrived.

For those who might not have been here before (or yet), during a typical Texas Summer, you can expect humidity by the buckets full, and heat that causes thermometers to climb toward the top of the tube. I liken it to Florida … minus the persistant rain showers.

I’ve been working at a feverish stampin’ pace in an effort to get swaps created for the annual July crush of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators spilling out of Salt Lake City’s hotels like happy little trick-or-treaters being let loose on all neighborhoods at once!

Mass Production … in a tidied up photo op
Well … it’s all relocated nowOUT of the studio.  …sigh…
I’ve made countless trips in and out to get supplies, then get forgotten supplies, sit down in the house – only to realize that I need to make another trip to the studio.  (Yay!  Steps count on the FitBit!!)
This is what happens when your air conditioner dies a quick but miserable death in the heart of a Texas Summer.
From Millan.Net
Lucky am I that the A/C works fine in the house.  But the estimated replacement of the air handler portion in the studio attic would pay for about 2 trips to convention with expenses included such as air fare, hotel, + food. 

Hmmmmmmm . Looks like I’ve got my next year’s work “cut out for me” now!   Yeeeeeeeeeeeeehawwwwwwwwwwwww!! I’m headed to the right place to keep the happy mojo in motion!  (And the new A/C will be installed next week.  Whew!!)

Just let me know if you’d like to join the delightful Texas Rubber and Ink team!  Contact me any time, and I’ll save a spot just for you!

Inky {{{hugs}}},

My Stampin’ Up! Website

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Jul 08 2014

Tuesday’s Specials!

Welcome to Tuesday!   Tuesdays are always lots of fun!
Because each Tuesday, Stampin’ Up! shares a brand new round of weekly specials!   Let’s check out this week’s specials below.

Pssssssssssssssst! When ordering, remember that during July, order 3 packs of Designer Series Paper and select a 4th package for FREE!

Artisan Label Punch
Artisan Label Punch  

Price: $15.95 $11.96
Gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil
Gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil 

Price: $10.95 $8.21
Retro Fresh This and That Journal
Retro Fresh This And That Journal  

Price: $10.95 $8.21
Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape
Retro Fresh This And That Washi Tape  

Price: $4.95 $3.71
Silver 1/8 Ribbon
Silver 1/8″ Ribbon  

Price: $4.95 $3.71
Smoky Slate 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Smoky Slate 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon  

Price: $8.95 $6.71
Sweet Shop Kit -- Digital Download
Sweet Shop Kit – Digital Download  

Price: $9.95 $5.97

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Jul 07 2014


It seems that practically as soon as I posted here yesterday … my day was no longer in ‘my control’.

My phone was (1) either ringing or (2) receiving texts at a near-record pace for a supposedly “quiet” Sunday afternoon.  If I wasn’t talking to callers, I was replying to texts.  I even had to ask one speedy-texter to please wait until I finished up a call!

When it rains … it pours.   But it was actually a dry day here in N. Texas. ;)

Then I received a notice that friends would be stopping in for a little break on their drive North from the southernmost area of Texas.

… …Wait just a dog-gone minute … …

So now add in a dust cloth and a quick broom to the aforementioned rash of activity … pronto!

But don’t forget dinner either.   That was settled with a brief trip about 1.5 miles down the road.  Whew!

So …

Guess what’s on my agenda for today????

Looks eerily familar doesn’t it?

And oh yes …. The answer to yesterday’s question was/is:

  • Picture me at the Big Shot, cutting out all of the above … plus more elements to cut as well.
  • Yes, my friends, THIS is what convention swapping does to otherwise-basically-rational people!

Happy New Week to You!

Oh …. if you’re working on swaps too, just bring’em over & we’ll have a swappin’ assembly day!   ;)


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Jul 06 2014

What Time Is It?

It’s Crankin’ Time in the studio!


Can you guess what I’m doing today?



Multiple Choice:

  1. “mass production”
  2. laughing at scissors
  3. lots of Big Shot play time
  4. all of the above

Psssssssssssst! My afternoon is definitely planned!


Inky {{{hugs}}},




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Jul 04 2014

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Happy Birthday, America!

I’m truly blessed and proud to be an American!
I’m forever thankful to all who have served our country to provide the liberty and freedoms enjoyed by all Americans.

So naturally, it’s with great joy, and a humble heart that I proclaim
Happy Happy Birthday, America!


May God continue to bless America!

I invite you to visit me at Texas Rubber & Ink!


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Jun 05 2014

Colors, Colors! Your Favorite Color?

Now that everyone has settled in with their lovely new SU cattys-in-hand, let’s get back into some new stampin’ fun!

The Creative Crew was challenged with:  CCREW0614DF DSP/Color Focus: Show us your favorite color. Try it in a color combo you haven’t used before!

Color challenges can be lots of fun … especially when you have to ‘stretch’ a little to make your natural choices blend in with the guidelines!  If you haven’t given one a try, then this one would be a perfect start!

I’ve always been a pinks, purply & some greens kinda girl.   So when I first heard just the ‘name’ of the new In Color, ‘Blackberry Bliss’ ….. I already knew that it was for me.  A done deal for sure.  Then I saw it IRL (in real life) and practically squealed out loud!

Oh yes … back to the challenge:
Yep!  My starting point was with a brand new awesome sheet of Blackberry Bliss C/S in hand.  Then I browsed through my hanging files of all other SU cardstocks, picking one up & putting it back, until it was right in front of me …. Soft Sky!  I loved it at first sight.
My large scalloped border die was still on my table, and I wondered if I could work that into the card … and it wasn’t long before I could see it all in my mind and simply had to finish it up!  One bitty rhinestone dots the ‘i’ in ‘friend’ for a bit of glam to add to the wonderful sheen & subtle sparkle of the Shimmery White cardstock.
I hope you like it!

From Millan.Net And now I have an update from here at Texas Rubber & Ink!

From Millan.Net Welcome, welcome to Julie Scaparra and to Sue Barnett!  I’m so tickled to have both you join Texas Rubber & Ink! as well as the Stampin’ Up! family, to share the joys of creativtity!

And to my readers, we’d be delighted to welcome you to our group as well.  Check out this ‘Join My Team’ information for the latest scoop!  Then I welcome to send an email so I can answer any of your questions, and hopefully squeal out loud with your delight as well!   … [ texasgrammyx2@yahoo.com ]


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