A Little Surprise…Inside

Sending beautiful cards is what we all strive to do…and SU! makes that so easy to do.  But it’s that little surprise inside that makes that gorgeous card even more special…

Here’s the card…


Gorgeous, right!  Now here’s the surprise inside…


Now I’d say that’s a pretty nice surprise to pop up inside.  The Watercolor Wings bundle that includes the framelits to cut out these beautiful images made this possible.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White Cardstock and Neutrals Designer Series Paper Pack Basic Grey
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Watercolor Wings and Birthday Blossoms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Watercolor Wings Framelits, Silver Thread, Lots of Labels Framelits, Decorative Label Punch and Window Sheet


  • The Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ Attached to base with adhesive
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ Attached to Bermuda Bay layer with adhesive
  • The blossoms and leaves from the Birthday Blossoms set are stamped with Memento Black on scrap Whisper White, colored with Aqua Painter and reinker then “fussy cut”.  Everything is placed in upper left corner with adhesive except the last bloom.  Attach dimensionals on back, loop your Silver Thread as to make a large bow, twist in center and attach to dimensionals before laying down on card.  Once the flower is placed, you can fidget with the thread to spread it out to look interesting.
  • Stamp sentiment on a piece of scrap Whisper White and cut out with the size framelit you need for the space.  Cut another piece with same framelit out of Bermuda Bay.  Cut this in half and attach at each end of the sentiment piece.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4 1/8″ x 9 1/2″, score at 5 1/2″ (to be placed at centerfold of card) 7″ and 8 1/2″ (make a mountain fold at the 7″ score and punch with Decorative label punch to the halfway mark on the punch.  With glue dots add a 4″ x 1″ piece of Window Sheet inside the mountain fold. (Check out the inside photo again)
  • With adhesive attach the Bermuda Bay piece you just made to inside of card, matching the 5 1/2″ score lines.  The mountain fold will stand up and the last inch of the cardstock should be attach with adhesive.  This gives you a place to add your butterfly.
  • Stamp and cut out two identical butterflies.  Add glue dots to the back side of one butterfly, place on one side of the window sheet and add the second butterfly to the back.  How easy was that little surprise?
  • Now add a piece of DSP 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ over the inside back of the card front to cover the piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock.
  • Add a 4 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ piece of DSP to the inside of the card  over the Bermuda Bay layer with adhesive
  • Add a piece of Whisper White cardstock over the DSP 4 1/3″ x 3 1/2″ for your message.

This card is sure to be a welcome surprise to whoever you might send it to…and you can say “awwwe, it’s nothing!”

Sure hope you enjoyed this little tutorial.  The Bundle pricing on the Watercolor Wings set makes this a real deal.  If you’d like to order the bundle to be delivered to your door, here’s the product #139424 on page 75 of the annual catalog.  Just click the “shop now” star and you’ll have it at your door this week!  If you have questions, shoot me an email or comment.  Need a catalog?  Let me know…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


A cow minion…bahahahah!

I’m so HaPpY…cause I’m stamping!



Can You Case It #80 – Sketch

It’s Sunday and time for the first challenge after Stampin’ Up!’s national convention in Salt Lake City.  Today we have a sketch challenge.  We all hope you will play along by going to for the sketch and inspiration.  You have until noon Friday, July 31st to enter.

Here’s my creation…


and a little peek at the inside…


This masculine stamp set just intrigues me and especially the fox.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Basic Grey, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock, plus Designer Series Neutrals DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  The Wilderness Awaits
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Burlap Ribbon, Greeting Thinlets, 1 3/8″ and 1 1/2″ Square Punch


  • The Basic Grey base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ and attached to base card with a layer of fun foam underneath to lift this layer with Tomboy Glue
  • The Basic Black squares are 1 1/2″ and the Whisper White squares at 1 3/8″
  • Stamp just the heads of each animal with Memento Black on the Whisper White squares and then attach with adhesive to Basic Black 1 1/2″ squares.  Add dimensionals to each square and spaced evenly at top 1/3 of card front
  • Cut the Burlap ribbon 4″ and fray the edges to create a fringed edge and attach to bottom of card front with Tomboy Glue
  • Cut “cheers” with thinlet from Basic Black add to burlap with small dots of Tomboy Glue on back.  Place a stack of acrylic blocks over the sentiment until it drys.
  • Inside there are three layers and a stamp of the whole fox (he’s my favorite)

This card may look a little complicated but honestly it goes together easily.  Hope you enjoyed and you’ll jump over to and enter your creation based on this week’s sketch.  It’s fun, I promise!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Hope your fingers are inky like mine…and you are HaPpY!




Just In Time For Fall…

Here’s a sneak peek (well…I don’t know how sneaky it is since it was shown at convention) but you might not have been there and this was just too pretty not to feature here on my blog.  I knew the instant I saw it that this wreath would be on my door this fall…


Gorgeous, right!  This picture doesn’t do it justice…it really impressive in person.  Here’s a close up…


The leaves and stamp set used to made this wreath can be found in a money-saving bundle on page 88 of the annual catalog.  The pine cone is created using the smallest leaf and gluing it to an egg-shaped (think small bird egg) Styrofoam.  The small ball shape is the Newsprint DSP.  When I get mine made it will be posted here.

If you’d like to order the bundle on page 88 of the annual catalog and save 15%, the product number is #140235.  Just click on the “shop now” star and you’ll have this set in a snap.  All on-line orders are appreciated and acknowledged with a personal gift from me.  You will be able to start your own door wreath this week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Since I’m 4’11” on a good day…this one is funny to me.

Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!



Convention Swaps…

It was just yesterday that I first had a chance to go thru my general swaps from Salt Lake City.  There are some amazing works of art here this year.  I thought it would be fun to show you some of them.

This year butterflies were everywhere…


This is an amazing swap if only for all the steps it took to make it.  I can’t imagine the production time put into it.  There’s embossing, punching, stamping and layering.  The most unfortunate thing is there was no identification on the back.  Do you see the lace insert behind the small butterfly punch out?  Whoever made this swap did tons of work.  I’m so glad I received one.


This one I know was created by Dawn Bourgette at Dawn’s Creative Chalet.  I love the monochromatic color scheme, all the layers and the embellishing.  This is my favorite new In-color…


No butterfly here, but aren’t the colors so pretty.  I love everything about this card.  And that flower had to be “fussy cut”…can you imagine doing that for a swap?   Not only that … there’s the sweetest note on the back saying this is ready to mount on your favorite cardstock color and base.  It was created by Bobbi Jackson in Arkadelphia, AR.  Love the cheesecloth in the background too.  Did you notice that?


One more butterfly with Dazzling Diamonds and no identification on the back either.  I liked this card though, not only the color combination but the reversed hello with the little bit of bling.  Too bad I can’t credit the creator.

There were some pretty outstanding masculine cards in my collection this year too.  That’s pretty unusual.  I hope to get the chance to show some of them to you later this week.

Hope your week so far has been fabulous.  I’m still trying to catch up, but it’s all good.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Shoe Box Swap…

There were four of us in our group who wanted to do a Shoe Box Swap at convention.  So we gathered on the last night in the lobby of the Marriott and stamped away.


Please keep in mind this is late at night and we have had no sleep for four or five days.  Now we look pretty good, right?  We just set up in the lobby of the Marriott and had ourselves a great time.  What was even more fun was the people who stopped by we got to meet when they wanted to see what we were making.  From the left is Sue Parker, moi, Peggy Powers and Jeanne Moss.

So here’s what we made excluding mine since I showed that in a previous post.  In the photo we are actually putting my kit together.

Here’s Sue’s card…


Of course it is adorable.  I haven’t done it yet, but the seeds are supposed to be coated with Crystal Effects.  The seeds are rain drops from the Tree Builder Punch.  The lines on the watermelon rind are from Gorgeous George Set as are the splats on the meat of the watermelon.  I like the way she rounded opposite corners too.

Here’s Jeanne’s card…


This cutie is made with the Floral Wings set.  The color choice is so striking and the flower base is stamped once on the card and once on a scrap and “fussy cut”.  The vase is then set up on dimensionals after you stamp the flowers.  The polka dot DSP is attached to the Basic Black layer then both layers are attached to the card front on dimensionals after attaching the 1/4″ Real Red ribbon on the first Whisper White layer which is also set up on dimensionals.  How sweet is this card?

Last but not least is Peggy’s card…


I don’t have this stamp set…but now I’m definitely ordering it after making this card.  Its the Garden in Bloom Set.  I just love all the layering and using the coordinating DSP from English Garden.  I’m supposed to add some Two-Way Glue and bling to the centers of the flowers which I haven’t done yet.

We had such a good time with this Shoe Box Swap that we decided to do a virtual swap together.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Hope you are not tired of seeing projects from convention.  I’m planning to show some of my favorite swaps and then samples from the new Holiday Catalog too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I’ll never make that stop after seeing the new catalog…

Get inky…Be HaPpY!




Convention Classes

There are so many things to show you from convention and all the activities that surround the corporate events.

Tuesday night less than two hours after arriving in Salt Lake City, Stamp Across America held a class with eight cards made in two hours.  Each card was designed and instructed.  When you finished one card, you traveled to the next table, card and instructor.

Several of us had signed up for the Tuesday night and 8 a.m. class on Wednesday.  Here are a few samples I thought you might enjoy…


Love how the sparkles show up in this photo and how she had us trim the top two petals off the flower.  Makes the bloom a little more interesting.  Now look inside when you untie the cording…


Clever, right?  I hope to make my own version of this card and share the directions with you…so stay tuned for that one.  Maybe I’ll make a Christmas one since my preorder will be here Friday!


This was one of my favorites…The technique used was the painter’s tape to create the background.  Love that fox stamp, the silver thread, the simplicity and the color combo.  Perfect masculine card…


Another cute and clever card…the flower pot is made with the smallest envelope liner framelit.  Rather than chocolate the flower pot could hold a gift card…because the chocolate is gone!


The is my favorite stamp set Awesomely Artistic.  The  Delightful Dijon pleated layer is actually paper with the fibers broken down and placed on top of pleated Mint Macaron Lace.  The button with Linen Thread is the cherry on top.

All in all between the two classes we made 16 cards and had a great time both classes.

Here’s another photo of some of the gals in our group…


This was actually taken during the class.  You can see how the tables were set up.  Lots of fun!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


We did a lot of laughing last week…so I’m in great shape.

Get those fingers inky…you WILL be HaPpY!


The Party’s Over…

But it was so much fun!  There is so much I’d like to share with you.  Feels really good talking to you since I’ve missed posting the last three days.  Hope you missed me a little too… Before convention I shared my roomie gift that was given to my roomies at convention.  Today I’d like to share the roomie gifts I received…they are amazing. jeanne Isn’t that the cutest?  This great gift for Christmas was made by Jeanne Moss.  She has used the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder for the Whisper White background.  The two  green trees are attached flat and the red tree is lifted with dimensionals with a Vintage Faceted Button and White Baker’s Twine.  The “joy” is Cherry Cobbler and matches the frame perfectly.  Jeanne told me she found the frame at a “dollar” store and ditched the glass.  This art piece fits inside a box used for stamp sets. peggys This sweet gift was made by Peggy Powers.  You can tell by the container of ribbon pictured beside the paint can that its a quart can (I think).  Awesome gift!  Inside (I should have taken a photo of the inside) there are travel sized toiletries, a small magnetic notebook with matching pen and a cute card holder with gift cards for Subway and my FAV Starbucks!  Peggy says she used the White Jute Ribbon but cut it a smaller width for the top and bottom trim, plus separated the individual strands to use behind that gorgeous butterfly and for the small bow.  She shared that her husband picked up a case of these cans at a construction site for FREE!  A stamper can think of many things to do with a paint can for heaven’s sake. bulletinbd Sue Parker (SparkledWeb) made this adorable little bulletin board (it fits inside a Paper Pumpkin box).  She doubled the thickness so she could attach the Watermelon Wonder Lace between the layers and so the cute little thumbtacks made from the In-Color Blossoms wouldn’t extend from the back.  She even included a picture of the two of us from a previous SU! gathering and the convention logo from this year’s event.  Adding the flowers in more of the In-Colors is just the cherry on top.  I love this little bulletin board and think it would make a wonderful pre-teen girls’ gift. Traveling yesterday from Salt Lake City was an adventure…my initial flight leaving SLC was delayed and set the day up for what might have been an overnight stay in Atlanta.  However, with much huffing and puffing and running in wedge heels with no back (giggles for those watching I’m sure) I made it to my connection as the last boarding passenger.  Whew! Thought I’d take a nap from SLC to Atlanta (even bought a pillow and blanket) but this awesome demo from Cummings, Ga., sat next to me and well…you know we started talking and before I knew it the trip was over. Here’s a pic of some of us the first day of convention waiting for the first general session… sueshot All relaxed and ready for fun. Tomorrow I’d like to share some of the notable swaps I received and examples of cards from the Stamp Across American class we attended Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  There are sure to be some ideas that will inspire your creations. The night before leaving for convention, the order from July classes arrived and that day this months’ Paper Pumpkin arrived (love it!) and were left in the box sitting on one of the table tops.  Now all the materials, swag, samples and prize patrol gifts are also on another table top.  Can I just tell you this studio is a mess!  I’ll be back tomorrow with more inspiring ideas for you. Here’s your “B-ism” for today… minion19

Have a great day…Get Inky…Be HaPpY!


Inside Convention Bag…

Were you wondering what was inside the gift for my roomies?

Here you go…


A set of notecards personalized with their first name in watercolor.  And…



A little sweetie bag and a book marker.

These were fun to make and much appreciated.

We are having such a good time here in Salt Lake City.  One of my stamping buddies made Founder’s Curcle tonight.  Big surprise for her, so we have been celebrating this evening.  Here we are waiting for the session to begin…



All in all it was a great night.  CoNgRaTs Dawn!

get those fingers inky…Be HaPpY!



Roomie Gifts…

Making a little special “something” for your roomies at convention is traditional.

today I’ll show you what I made for my roomies and later I’ll show you gifts I received.

Here’s one of mine…


“Sweetums” put the handles from the hardware store on for me.mmthen the new Timeless Elegance DSP was used to line the case with a little marker coloring on one of the designs. Mother case straps are Watermelon Wonder with stitching.mmthe postage stamps are retired but fit the project so I used them.

A little initial tag and and some pretty Watermelon Wonder Lace trim are added to personalize the gift.

ill show you the gifts inside in tomorrow’s post. Hope you will stop by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Having the the best time ever here in Salt Lake City.

Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!


Salt Lake City Swaps…

Today is the day…off to Salt Lake City and  I’m so excited to see so many friends I’ve met over the years.  And SWAP with them!

Here’s one of the swaps for this week…


Yes, it is a repeat of the Mint Macaron tunnel card, but this is only a single layer for swapping.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Delightful Dijon and Whisper White cardstock, plus In-Color DSP Pack
  • Ink:  Delightful Dijon and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Amazingly Artistic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread (of course!) and Basic Pearls


  • The base Delightful Dijon is 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ stamped in Delightful Dijon and Soft Suede with several stamps from stamp set to create a background
  • The small vertical Delightful Dijon layer is 2″ x 4″
  • The DSP script layer is 1 7/8″ x 3 7/8″, attached to the vertical Delightful Dijon layer with adhesive.
  • Add a crisscross of Linen Thread to the bottom of this layer with Adhesive
  • Add this layer to the left side of the card front with adhesive
  • The small layer is 2″ x 2 1/4″ Delightful Dijon
  • The DSP layer is 1 7/8″ x 2 1/8″ attached to cardstock layer with adhesive and to card front overlapping vertical layer with dimensionals
  • The “friend” layer is stamped on Whisper White cardstock scrap and “fussy cut” , add Basic Pearl then attached to smaller layer with dimensionals

What a fun card to make.  I will try to show you some of the other swaps going with me to SLC.  Also the “roomie” and “friends” gifts I plan to give.

There will be snapshots posted on my business facebook page (Rambling Rose Studio) daily for those of you interested in the happenings I’m experiencing at convention.  Here on my blog I hope to show you swaps I receive and samples from the boards at convention for your inspiration.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I so do this when a good old country song comes on the radio…maybe I’ll do it today on the plane! (laughing like a Minion.)

See you on the flip side…Get inky…Be HaPpY!