Wednesday, April 6, 2016


A few weeks ago, I read Lydia's, Understand Blue blog, where she wrote about her major de-stashing project in her craft room.

I told her it made me cry a little.

But one of the things she mentioned that resonated, was that she had been holding on all that stuff over guilt.

That stuck with me.  I've always KNOWN that I have stuff I should get rid of, because I'm just not using anymore, or just have no interest in using at all.  I've been pondering that guilt and the prospect of a purge ever since.

I've been a Papertrey Ink addict since early 2008.   ADDICT.  I loved their stamps, their blogs...  and I'd get sucked in every. stinkin. time!   I'm always known what I like to create...  there are certain styles that I just don't enjoy doing.  But that's not to say I don't love the results when other people do them.

So each month, I would buy something that deep down I "knew" wasn't really my thing, because I loved what someone else had done with it.   And, I hoped that if I only had "THAT THING", that perfect thing...  surely I would become good at "shabby-chic", grunge, mix and match-y die cutting, using felt... insert whatever style here.  And of course I also expected that the ambition and talent to do those things would come certainly come in the the mail, too.

But it didn't.  But I kept all these things anyway.  For later.  Just in case.  Maybe I would try it again, right?


So welcome to my de-stash.  It's time.  MORE than time.   I am freeing myself from guilt and freeing up some valuable real estate in my bins and on my desk for the things I do love to use.

So here's the list:  A ton of Papertrey Ink, and a few random things at the end.

You can click on the stamp set title to see the Papertrey Ink site images.  If you'd like to see the condition of my particular set that you might be interested in, email me, and I can send you a pic.  I'd really prefer to ship only in the US, but I will consider international, but I will have to charge actual shipping...  which is ridiculously expensive.

You can reach me by Facebook Messenger (search Chris Dayton - my profile pic has a gray/white cat) or email me:

I'll do my very best to respond to emails and messages in the order of arrival.  If you are wishing to purchase, please give me your list and email address in the message, and I'll invoice you through Paypal.  Prices are below, plus shipping charge of $2.75 for the first item; add 75 cents for additional items.

Thanks for looking...  Maybe you can help me re-home some of these.  ;)

A Cheerful Heart $20
The Amazeing Stamp Set $16

Baby Face (vault) $15
Background Basics: Herringbone $12
Background Basics: Rainbows $12
Background Basics: Striped Sweater $12
Background Basics: Wrought Iron (vault) $18
Baker’s Dozen, plus dies and cake plate dies $42
Banner Day Sentiments plus dies $5 
Big Ticket Basics and Additions set plus die $42
Birthday Style, plus dies $18
Boy Basics: Frog and Rocket plus dies $13
Button Boutique and dies $24
Celebrations (vault set) with die $25
Chair-ished $10
Clip Tips, plus dies $15
Comfort Food + additions and dies $17
Desktop File PLUS all three Desktop File dies. $32
Drips and Dribbles $10
Egg Hunt plus egg die $22
Everyday Treats (vault) $22
Faux Ribbon (vault) $22
Falling Leaves (vault) $10
Flipping Out, plus 2 sets of dies $22
Four Square and Die $20
Framed Out series  - complete set of twelve, including all dies. $50
Garden Grace, plus dies $26
Gracious Vases, Mega Gracious vases and dies (vault) $40
Gratitude Journal (vault set) $24
Halloween pin-ups mini kit (stamps/dies/papers never used) $35
Happy New Year $10
Happy Day and die $20
Happy Spooky, plus dies $16
Haunted Borders plus dies $20
Heart Squared plus die $6
Hello Sunshine, plus dies $20
Just Smile, plus dies $22
Little Labels and Jar Labels dies $15
Lock & Key and dies (vault) $20
Love Birds and dies (vault) $15
Love Notes, plus dies $20
Love You to Pieces: Airplane with dies and full paper pack $30
Love You to Pieces: Fox with additions set, dies and full paper pack $32
Made of Snow (vault) $24
Make a Wish plus dies $22
Mod Squad (vault) $22
Mini Scrapbook Series: Library Ledger plus Library Card tag die (partial set: die lines only; no sentiments included) $12
Mini Scrapbook Series: Tabs and tab die (partial set: numbers not included) $8
Out on a Limb, plus sentiment set $36
Papertray (vault) $15
Party Poppers plus dies (vault) $18
Peace Be Still, plus dies $18
Ribbon Tails (vault) $12
School Time (vault) $24
Sentiment Signs $18
Simple Little Things (exclusive 2007 anniversary set) $25
Simple Valentine (vault) $24
Snowflake Medley, plus dies $22
Splat $10
Spooky Sweets (vault) $22
Spooky Sweets II plus dies (vault) $25
Stained Glass, plus dies $18
Stitched Sentiments plus In Stitches dies $24
Sweet Cheeks (partial set - Missing the Hey there, sweet cheeks sentiment) $7
Sweet Spring (vault) and Christmas label die $17
Take Three: Spring (vault), plus die $20
The Best is Yet to Be and dies $20
Tree Tops and dies $10
Trendy Tree Tops and dies $16
Wildflower Garden (vault) $24
Winter Woods $20
Winterberry, plus dies $15
Wishes Come True, plus dies $13
World’s Greatest (vault), plus die $25

Instant Photo Pullout die with matching envelopes (29 cream, 30 white) $35
Oopsie Daisy die $8
Loopsy-Daisy dies $14
One Liners dies $10
Sequin dies $3
Shape up series: Sweater $10

Random other non-PTI stuff:

CTMH A Little Everything $10
CTMH All Decked Out $10
CTMH Classic Capital Alphabet stamps $10
CTMH Let It Snow $6
CTMH Piece of Cake $10
CTMH My One and Only $10
CTMH With Love $10
Hero Arts Beach Fun $10
Hero Arts Colored Layering Bird $10
Hero Arts Sew Stylish $10
Little B number dies $5
Little B pennant dies $10
Mama Elephant My Sunshine $10
Mama Elephant Festive Mice $10
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits $10

Suzy Favorites and Revealing My Secret Obsession

I was going to save this for next week for my Suzy Blog day.  But since this is the start of the SUZY FAVORITES for Anniversary month, I decided to blog it early.  Check out the SUZY FAVORITES  here on her Facebook Page.

But here's a secret.

I have a secret obsession.

Dr. Seuss.

I  LOVE those books.  Seriously love them.  The stories, the colorful whimsy of the artwork.  The original animated The Grinch That Stole Christmas is my all time favorite movie...  I read and read those books to my kids, that I have them near memorized.   I'll be reading them to my sweet little bitty twins soon, too.

So when Suzanne revealed her April release, all I could see in this new Wispy Chrysanthemum stamp, was TRUFFULA TREES!!!!

I know, these stamps are out of stock right now, they are THAT cool and obviously I'm not the only one choosing them as favorites.  But don't worry, they will be back soon!

Now about those Truffula Trees...
The Truffula Trees are from the Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax.  Although it is not my favorite book, (that would be The Sneetches),  it does have a wonderful story and beautiful artwork.

So anyway.   This stamp...  I know it's a flower.  But my mind works differently.  Stubbornly.  Obstinately.

To me, it's not a flower.  It's trees.  Truffula trees...  And this turned out to be my favorite So Suzy Stamps card, thus far.

Here's some detail.  And details.  

Truthfully,  I experimented with making this card a few times.  I stamped and heat embossed the flowers and tried Zig markers on A2 sized paper.  Meh.  Not crisp enough, nor big enough to create a whole Seuss-y scene.

I tried my tube watercolors on a 5x7 card front.  But that seemed too "flat".  The stamp detail was disappearing and it just didn't have that Seuss quality.

So I went to my Copics.  

I stamped the flowers first and then the World of Reality stamp with Memento ink onto a 5x7 piece of Hammermill 80# Digital Cover paper.  (love that stuff for Copics).  I left this one in my MISTI to use again! You'll see why in a bit.  

Then I used a 0.3mm Copic Mutiliner to sketch in the rest of the scene.  Then I just colored.  

Once my panel was done and dry, I put it back into my MISTI and stamped it again with Versamark Ink to darken and crisp up the sentiment.  Then, I trimmed just a touch off the edges and glued it to a 5x7 card base with a very thin black mat.

It's my favorite.

What is your favorite So Suzy Stamps card???  Go to her Facebook Group page to enter yours!

Friday, April 1, 2016

So Suzy Stamps April Release!!

Hello everyone!  I've been a little busy with family things this past week and haven't been posting much lately.   I hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend, and enjoyed a wonderful weekend filled with family and food!  We sure did.

Today is April 1st, and that means Release Day at So Suzy Stamps!   And this release is all about spring!!

Unfortunately, due to some unavoidable delays, Suzanne didn't receive her stamp order in time to allow shipping for her Design Team to find them in our mailboxes before the release, so I am improvising, or maybe it's called cheating, (with permission, of course), today with my release post.

We as design team members have access to her stamp print proofs early on in the month prior, so I was able to choose this image, Blowing Flower Tree, to use today.

Since I didn't have the actual stamp, I resized and printed the proof image, then foiled it with my Minc using Minc Teal reactive foil.  I then trimmed my foiled image panel to 4" x 5 1/2'.

I then hand cut some wavy masks out of 1" Post-It Tape and adhered them to my panel.  I used these masks to sponge in some areas of color using Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks and a sponge blending tool.

I moved the masks to create the different areas of color.  I wanted to echo the breezy feel of the main image in the ground and the sky.

Once my ink was dry, I used my MISTI to add the Spring Time Hugs sentiment.

I then glued my panel to a darker teal card base.  I then added the dots of color to the center of the swirling flowers with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I love these Crystal Drops.  You just squeeze out a drop of the thick liquid and let it dry.  It takes a few hours to dry, but you end up with these amazing enamel dots!

Here is the finished card:

Make sure you check out the new release at So Suzy Stamps today.  I can't wait to actually stamp the new florals!

In other general life news...  I have my lovely six pound assistant with me today, as I write this blog post.  He's been hanging out with nana a few days this week.  He's been a hungry little pooping machine today, and of course just when I try to put him to work, what happens??  

He falls asleep on the job.  LOL

I love him so.  

I can't wait until his brother can come hang out with us in my craft room, too.  Hopefully he will be home from the hospital soon.  He's so close!  Really close to being released.  Maybe even today or tomorrow!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.  I'm taking a couple days off to celebrate my niece's wedding this weekend.  It will be fun! 

Until next time!