Paper Pumpkin at HALFOFF!

Love to papercraft but don’t have lots of space to store products, or time to come up with ideas? Then Paper Pumpkin is for you! Fun kits that come right to your door! You and your friends can sign up at 50% off right now and get together for a little crafting fun every month! I’m looking for 6 more subscribers! Go to, select me as your demonstrator, use the halfoff code, and get ready to have some fun! (I have seen September’s kit and it is fun, fun, fun! You won’t want to miss it!) Think Fall, think caramel apples, think gifts for neighbors, friends, and coworkers! The Holidays are coming and there are sure to be some fun Holiday projects in upcoming kits! Sign up before September 10th to get in on the HALFOFF FUN!

You’ve Got This with Archival Ink

You’ve Got This with Archival Ink
You’ve Got This Stamp Set • Kraft and Shimmery White Cardstock • Cherry On Top Designer Washi Tape • Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad® • Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Soft Sky and Tangelo Twist Classic Stampin’ Ink® Refills • Linen Thread • Aqua Painters®

Archival Ink is permanent and perfect for watercoloring techniques. Use archival ink pads to stamp your images, and then use Blender Pens or Aqua Painters® to add color.  Our new Basic Black Archival Ink Pad will be available to order on September 1st!

What is Archival Ink?

Archival ink is an ink which is designed to resist fading and weathering. In order to endure over time, an ink must have two main properties. One is the ability to resist fading. Over time, many inks start to slowly fade away, first turning brown and then later almost disappearing completely. Remember the difficulty we had with our past Basic Black ink changing color so fast and not looking black?  Secondly, an archival ink must also remain fast to the page so that exposure to moisture will not cause the ink to run. This is what makes an archival ink ideal for watercoloring.
Archival inks can be dye inks or pigment inks. Pigment ink is permanent, colorfast, stays bright, and is durable, but does not dry quickly making it necessary to heat dry with our embossing guns in our card making. Our new archival ink is dye based and will dry quickly on your card. Dye based inks will remain colorfast for only so long, but most are strong enough to last a few generations so you won’t have to worry about your creations fading into oblivion right away! They will bring pleasure to your recipients for many years to come!
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Stamping in a New Place!

Well, after living in Denver, Iowa for 20 years, we have had to move 4 hours to the western side of the state to Le Mars, Iowa. My husband moved in June, we found this home in October, and I followed him with the stuff in November. After eight months we have finally settled in. All the boxes are emptied and stuff put away. There are still more walls to paint, landscaping to do, etc. But that always seems to be the case no matter what, so hopefully, those things will become the occassional weekend project rather than the daily chore it has been since November 14th! (Well, really since June of last year, because we had to do a ton of work at the old homestead to get it ready for sale!) It was a busy Spring and Summer as we had two homes to take care of with four hours in between them. It made for some long days going back and forth! Thank goodness the Denver home sold and we closed on July 17th. I miss the old homestead. I miss all my family, friends, neighbors, and customers back there and look forward to the opportunities that I have to go back and see them! I just had my grand annual open house back home at the Comfort Suites and it was great to see everyone! So, after not blogging for over a year, I am going to try to get back in the groove of things here. I’m still stamping, just in a new place! Hopefully, I will find some stampers here in my new town! Thanks for checking in on me and hopefully I will get photos of all my swaps from convention and the cards from my display boards posted here for you to enjoy in the weeks to come!