Kind of Eclectic…

During the Salt Lake City Convention we attended many classes and made lots of projects with new products.  Here is a card we made in one class…


Isn’t it pretty?  I think this stamp set is as versatile and Gorgeous  Grunge which is one of my favorite sets.  But I decided to remake this card when I got home and “gussie” it up a bit…


Yes! I like the way it looks with the layers.  It’s hard for me to make a single layered card.  So you can see here I’ve added three layers and some embossing and pearls.  A girl’s got to have pearls.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits if you’d like to make a similar card…


  • Paper:  Tangerine Twist, Sahara Sand, Hello Honey, Vellum and Whisper White cardstock.
  • Ink:  Sahara Sand, Mellow Moss, Hello Honey and Tangerine Twist
  • Stamps:  Kind of Eclectic
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Pearls, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly Punch, Honey Comb EF


  • 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ White cardstock, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Tangerine Twist layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • White layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Sahara Sand layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Final White layer is 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″
  • The largest white layer is embossed with Honey Comb EF.  The final white layer is lightly colored with Sahara Sand ink that has been brushed over raised image of embossing folder.  Then all stamping was done over background.  A little adhesive in the center will hold loops of linen thread before added sentiment banner.  Add flowers and butterfly last.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you always find something to inspire you in your own creations.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Have only one rule…Be your wild courageous, brilliant self every single day, no matter what!”

My fingers stay inky…and I’m oh so HaPpY!



Gussied Up Door…

Here’s a photo of my hotel door during the Salt Lake City SU! Convention…


I placed this dry erase board on my door so other demo’s could leave me messages.  I also had a magnetic cup with my business cards attached…and it worked!

Lots of people including a couple of little kids left me messages and took my contact information.  I used the new stamp/framelit set Flower Flair.  I had everything stamped and punched out and just assembled the board after check in. I printed Rambling Rose on photo paper and added the color swipes with the Work of Art stamp set.

The board was attached to the door with temporary adhesive strips and didn’t damage the door at all.

Now the board is on display in my studio.  The “Scatter Kindness” quote is from one of my customers.  She had that quote incorporated into her personal monogram stamp…and I loved it.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”My dentist told me I need a crown.  I was like “I know, right?”

I’m back into the ink…and oh so HaPpY!

Good Bye Salt Lake City….

It was the best of times…and not a minute to spare.  Sleep?  Absolutely not!  From the first day to the last it was a wonderful adventure shared with friends.

This is a pic of two friends I made this spring in Tucson while attending an Ink Big Academy (Lisa Pretto) retreat…


This is Sue Parker (my blog designer) and Peggy Porter.  Don’t we look all fresh and excited on this first morning?

So we have our coffee and breakfast bars and go across the street to the convention center.  As soon as you enter this very large facility you can hear the hum of voices.  It sounds like a beehive and it’s almost vibrating with excitement waiting for the doors to the mainstage to open.  And then the doors roll up and there are hundreds of SU! employees forming a line of applause and high five’s as each demonstrator enters.  Amazing!

Here’s a shot entering the convention center and coming down the escalator to the hum of the crowd…


and into the mainstage area…


Then Shelli Gardner walks out looking like “all that” and the crowd goes wild.  She is amazing.  One of the highlights of my trip was meeting her and getting this pic…


Oh happy day!  After the opening session we were scheduled in classes all through the day and even from 7-9 that night.  Sue and I even attended a class on Wednesday night where we made eight projects in two hours.  Pretty good if I do say so myself.  We finished our Make ‘n Takes and attended breakout sessions and walked and walked.  One day I logged on my counter almost 20,000 steps!

Here are a couple of other photos…


A selfie with Sarah, Shelli’s daughter, who was working in one of the Demonstrator Resource Booths showing how to use new product from the Holiday Catalog.


Meeting Ann Schach was so much fun…I have adored her blog and it was great to meet her.  She was a presenter in one of the breakout sessions.


This is funny…a nice backdrop for photo ops but I had to climb up on this stool in this skirt…not pretty.  And, I do hate to have my pic taken anyway.

So it went and was over in a flash.  There was so much to learn and see and do and believe me we tried to do it all.  Next year I hope to take a group with me to experience this great adventure. Want to go with me?  Contact me and I’d be happy to share with you.

Here is how we ended up the last night…tired but happy for the time together.


Just hanging in the Marriott lobby trying to find the energy to go pack for home.  From left:  Sue Parker, me, Kim Quade, Wendie Waldman, Gena Contor and Peggy Portor.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Do more of what makes you HaPpY!”

Get inky…you will be HaPpY!

Gifting Friends…

image These letters measure about 5″ high and were made for some of my SU! Friends I made in Tucson this past spring.  I wanted to give them something special when I saw them again in Salt Lake City for the annual SU! Convention.

The letters were purchased and covered with the new paper stack Designer series paper.  I put the paper on with ModPodge and added the punched flowers and linen thread.

I’m sitting at the airport on my way home from SLC verrrrry early in the morning.  Taking home many sweet memories and LOTS of ideas and inspiration I can’t wait to share.

heres my “B-ism” for today…”Don’t think of the rain as raining on your parade…think of it as watering your garden!”

I’ll be inky real soon…and I’ll be so HaPpY!

Flowers for Friends…

imageToday I will give  the girls the little gift box I posted yesterday.  We are all at together again here in Salt Lake City at SU!’s National Convention and tonight is Awards Night. Maybe they will wear them to the event.  Here are the pin/clip flowers…


Hope they like them!

having a ball at Salt Lake City…

get inky…you’ll be HaPpY!


Gifts for Friends…

Happy HuMp Day!

So….while traveling today I’m guessing it won’t ruin the surprise if I show you one of the gifts I’ve made for friends I will see today in Salt Lake City…



These craft boxes measure just under 4″ x 4″ and are so easy to decorate with any of SU!’s DSP.  Here I have taken out a circle opening in the top and added a window sheet.  The saying is attached to one of the box flaps inside so that it will show through the window.  The flower from Stippled Rose is “fussy cut” , add a few pearls and some Pear Pizazz satin ribbon and of course Linen Thread to “Gussie up ” this little gift box!

But what is inside?  Well, check back tomorrow and I’ll show you!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”A great many things can be resolved with kindness, even more with laughter…but there are just some things that require cake!”

Today is a great day…I’ll be inky later and lovin’ it!

Zoo Baby Stampede…

Recently I posted a card similar to this one, but decided to show you this Convention Swap 2014 card front to show you how changing up colors can make a completely different look…


And, you could also use this same card for a birthday by adding a number where the “boy” and “girl” appears.  They are just so cute in person.  If you are interested in making this card, look under Babies & Kids category in the left column.  I posted the directions last week.

Tonight I will finish packing for Convention 2014 and will be up bright and early, 4:45 am and off to the airport.  I’ll post pictures each day from the convention for you so be sure to check back each day.  I’ll also be showing gifts I’ve made and more swaps.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Google MUST be a woman because it knows everything!”

I’m still inky…and very HaPpY!

World Traveler…

Masculine cards are a challenge for most of us…me included.  When I first saw the Traveler stamp set in the new catalog, I knew my masculine challenge was over.  Here’s the “man card”…


Love how this turned out.  In person the ship circle is up on dimensionals and that’s hard to see in the photo but it adds to the texture of the whole front.  I plan to make several masculine cards with this set to share with you.  Here’s the “Stuff ‘N Digits” on this one for you…


  • Paper:  Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Whisper White, Silver Foil and Real Red cardstock.
  • Ink:  Memento Black and Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Traveler, Endless Birthday Wishes (sentiment) and Choose Happiness
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Tiny Star Punch, Linen Thread, Circles Framelits, Stylish Stripes EF and circle punch


  • Base card is Basic Black 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Lost Lagoon layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • Pool Party layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″

This was a pretty fast card to put together… a nice one to have on hand.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”There is no force equal to that of a determined woman.”

And I am determined to finish packing for Salt Lake City and relax a bit before leaving really early Wednesday morning.  There will be very little sleep there!

I’m sure inky…and I’m Happy!


Bright Wedding Wishes…

It had been some time since we had been to a wedding…they are really different these days.  Not so stuffy and lots more fun!  So I made this card for the happy couple…


Now that will perk you up, right?  Of course, I did have to add the traditional pearls, but otherwise I think it’s pretty hip.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you if you’d like to create something similar…


  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Endless Birthday Wishes (sentiment) and I Like You
  • Tools and Embellishments:  1/4″ Pool Party cotton ribbon, Pearls, Oval Framelits and Linen thread


  • Bermuda Bay base card is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Pool Party layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The Real Red oval is cut with the largest in the set
  • The Whisper White layer is the second largest oval in the set
  • After coloring with Blendability Pens the Whisper White layer was glued to the red and the double layer was placed on the Pool Party layer with dimensionals.

The was a fun and pretty quick card to put together.  I love coloring with the “Blendies”!

Here’s your B-ism for today…”Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.”

Well…I’m in good shape then ’cause I’m HaPpY all the time ’cause my fingers are inky!

Monogram Stamp Happiness…

Finally!  This monogram stamp had to be reordered for corrections and arrived today.  So, instead of working on convention swaps…guess what I’m doing?



Yep, I’ve stopped all production to get 120 Hope Note cards stamped, folded and packed in these boxes.



Here’s a shot of the monogram stamp…



So all’s well that ends well and these babies will be delivered tomorrow.  Then I will be back on schedule.


Back getting inky…and yep, I’m so HaPpY!