2015 - A New Year

Welcome!  I hope you and your family enjoyed the Christmas holiday and are welcoming in a wonderful new year!

I thought it was high time I stop by and revive the blog!  There has been big news behind the scenes at Inky Antics.  My boss, creative director Jackie Wamhoff, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and I could not be more thrilled for her and her husband!  Little Will is a very lucky little one and they are going to be over-the-moon wonderful parents :) .

I have also added the latest Inky Antics catalog to the sidebar!  I am SO happy with my new collection and I hope you enjoy it too.  I cannot pick a favorite - these animals are all special to me, and the sentiment and font choices are stunning.  They have tracks, too - a little bit of fun for accents, borders, backgrounds, etc.

View Nature's Wonders in this new edition:


In my absence from the blog, I've also been venturing into new media including polymer clay, metal embossing, and most recently I took a short class in pyrography!  It's all been a lot of fun to learn, and I'll be sharing some of those art projects with you here on the STS blog, too. 

I'm excited to be adding some variety to Shady Tree Studio and to be able to share that with all of you.  Page tabs under my blog header and links in the sidebar will be coming soon.  I may even knock myself out and finally start adding labels to my posts ;) .

So... thank you for stopping by and I look forward to exploring stamping and other artistic pursuits with you in 2015!

New Discount Code

Hi  Blog Friends!


I hope to be back soon with projects I've been working on and some new designs from Inky Antics... but for now - there's a new code in the sidebar for 10% off at Perfect Paper Crafting:  nbaier


A special offer for the month of November:  A free cutting mat with every order over $20!

Bye for now :) .

New Catalog is here!

Welcome, blogland friends!

The new catalog is hot off the press, and you'll find a link right over here -----> .

Today, I'm happy to share a card made with one of my favorite stamps, from the new cling-mounted rubber collection, Beautiful Backgrounds.  Introducing, Woodland Background:

I love the versatility of this stamp collection - 
it can be a background in the truest sense of the word, 
creating a great landscape for other stamps and sentiments; 
elements can be featured like the yellow bird in the previous post; 
and I love this spotlighting technique. 

Here, a few elements were emphasized by coloring 
with alcohol markers. 
A little sponging around the edges 
enhances the effect. 

And be sure to check out the rocker style stamper from Inky Antics.
I used that tool with all of these stamps and love it.

Along with the SIX new 5-1/2 x 5-1/2" cling-mounted rubber 
Beautiful Backgrounds stamps, there are four sets, 
each with three "strips,"
which coordinate with the backgrounds. 
I'll share more about those later, 
but be sure to check out the catalog link at the top of the sidebar!

AND ... for your coordinated sayings, Inky Antics has provided
two photopolymer stamp sets with terrific sentiments:

 I hope you enjoy the new catalog as much as we enjoy
bringing you new designs for your projects!  

I'll be back soon - thanks for stopping by!

New Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps

I've had a bit of a vacation, haven't I?  Summer is like that, and I know it is for you, too - but I'm excited to show you a sampling from my recent release at Inky Antics.  They are in stock now at Ellen Hutson LLC, and be sure to check with your local stamping/scrapping store!  Also, they will soon be available on the Inky Antics website.  

This is a pretty special group of stamps because there are six 5-1/2 x 5-1/2" cling-mounted rubber "background" stamps, and four sets of coordinating "strips" that measure 1-1/4 x 5-3/8" .  So many design possibilities!   Unlike a lot of background stamps that are simply a pattern, these are standalone images unto themselves.  So you can easily use them as a background because their size will fill your card base area, or use them as a main image for your project.

So today, I'll introduce my yellow bird, some flowers and butterflies :).

 This was the first card idea I had after drawing this stamp, Bird Background. 
Although it's hard to resist coloring in these line drawings, 
I love how the detail looks simply stamped, and couldn't wait to "pop up" 
this little bird.   The coordinating strip is a stamp from a trio
of strips called Small Blooms and Butterflies.

Bird Background:

Small Blooms and Butterflies:

As I'm sure you've guessed, there is also a 
Large Blooms and Butterflies stamp, 
so you'll have just the right proportion for your creations:

So speaking of butterflies, 
here's another fun way to use the strips:

Here I've used the Large Blooms and Butterflies strip cut into 
three squares, and a main image from another of our "background" stamps, 

Butterfly Background:

This is definitely an appropriate one as butterfly season is upon us!
I just love to see them fluttering by on warm summer days.  

As you can see, lots of detail that looks great colored 
but also is interesting enough to leave simply stamped
with maybe a pop of color.   I look forward to showing you
more of this collection with other techniques in the coming weeks.

Thank you for visiting, and I'll do my best to be back again soon!

~ Take care and happy stamping ~

Water's Edge - On the Dock

Hello Friends!

Well, it seems to me that it's high time to post on the ol' blog, right?   The first flurry of what felt like allergies turned into the worst cold I can remember - wiped me out for a week.  Then the real allergies kicked in and family events kept me hopping.  And a really terrific reason why I haven't posted in awhile is that I have been working on NEW STAMPS!  I'm SO excited about what's coming up later this summer - I'd say it's my favorite collection yet, but then I think I say that every time.

For now, I want to share a few of my favorite cards from my last batch, of scenic silhouettes.

Something about this color combination just makes me happy - 
very cool, watery, clean and sharp,
and the touch of green and gold with a pop of red 
add just enough warmth.  

I colored the scene with alcohol markers and added a smidge
of glitter pen which goes nicely with those glittery dots.

With all of the asymmetric layers, I wanted to stabilize it with
some horizontal lines.  I took black striped washi tape 
but layered it on white cardstock so it would stand out.
And nothing says nautical like stripes :) .

And more stripes in very "signal flag" colors :) .
Besides the navy, red and yellow washi tape, 
trimming the sentiment mat at the edge gives it a stripey look, too.

 Here's a more feminine take on the scene with
a fabric/button embellishment, a soft marbled mat, 
and some very elegant washi tape in silver. 

To brighten it up a bit with that darker purple base,
I let the sentiment panel do double duty as a wide
layer behind the image panel.

Lighter colors for the image coordinate with 
all of the more gentle, relaxing and feminine touches.

I hope you enjoyed today's water scene cards!  I will do my best to be back again soon - thanks so much for visiting :) .