Birthday Punches…

Here is another card taught in the Stamp Across America class in Salt Lake City.  This was a great class with eight projects in two hours.  You moved at your own pace from table to table as you finished each piece.  I thought this one would make a great masculine birthday which for some of us can be challenging…


Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you …


  • Paper:  Lost Lagoon and Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon (great combination!)
  • Stamps:  Tag Talk (page 66)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bracket Label, Star Punch, Rhinestones, Lost Lagoon Satin Ribbon and Zig Zag Embossing Folder


  • The base card of Lost Lagoon is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ and embossed with Zig Zag EF then place the Lost Lagoon ribbon at center horizontally.  Adhere this piece to front of card base.
  • Stamp center piece once in Blackberry Bliss and once in Lost Lagoon on Whisper White cardstock.  Cut out the Blackberry Bliss “birthday” and add this piece to the Lost Lagoon piece after it has been punched.
  • Stamp  the other two images.
  • Punch stamped images with Bracket Punch plus three Lost Lagoon punches.
  • Cut the center from each Lost Lagoon piece and adhere to back of stamped images top and bottom.
  • Punch and place stars and add Rhinestones.
  • Place all pieces over ribbon with dimensionals.

I liked this card and am glad I can share it with you.  Hope this will inspire you in some way to create your own masterpiece.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Life’s a ride.  You’ve got to buy a ticket and keep going around til they kick you off.”

Let’s get inky…and be HaPpY!




Smiling Hedgehogs…

Yep, if the Koala Bear wasn’t cute enough for you, how about these adorable little hedgehogs?  Can you look at this card and not smile?


Now today I used the Grey Blendability Pens to color everything and like the look I achieved.  Like most of us I’m still practicing with them and learning what works best with which stamp set.

This is another single stamp set found on page 113 of the annual catalog and I just couldn’t resist.  This is the perfect sentiment for so many situations that many of us find ourselves in these days.  Maybe you could use a card like this one…here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Hello Honey, Smokey Slate cardstock.  Flower Pot DSP
  • Ink:  Blendability Pens Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Smokey Slate and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  A Little Smile
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight Seam Binding


  • Base card of Daffodil Delight is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Flower Pot DSP is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Smoky Slate layer is cut 1/8″ larger than the Whisper White layer
  • The Whisper White layer is cut after coloring.
  • Place a band of the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding around the DSP layer before attaching to card front.
  • After coloring the stamped image with Blendability Pens, attach to Smoky Slate layer and add at an angle on card front with dimensionals.
  • Add Daffodil Delight bow.

I’m in love with this little stamp and feel it will come in handy so many time and maybe bring a smile to someone’s life who is facing a difficult situation.

Glad you stopped by today…hope you come back often and always leave with a little inspiration.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”I’m fairly certain given a cape and a nice tiara I could save the world.”

Like always, I’m inky…and I’m HaPpY!

Koala Thinking of You…

How many times could you use a card like this cute little Koala?


Is he adorable or what?  There are so many times I need a card just like this.  I’m so glad I went to the Stamp Across America class at convention where I made a card similar to this one.  Of course I had to put a little of my spin on it and added some Crystal Effects to his nose and some ribbon and linen thread.  That just seemed to make it even cuter!

This is a single stamp found on page 113 of the annual catalog.  I just couldn’t resist that little bear.  Would you like to make this card or one similar?  Well, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Tangelo Twist and Whisper White cardstock plus Flower Pot DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Yellow, Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Kind Koala
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Tangelo Twist Ribbon and Linen Thread, Crystal Effects and Lovely Lace EF


  • Base card Crumb Cake 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Tangelo Twist layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Flower Pot DSP is 3″ x 4 1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 2 3/4″ x 4″
  • Color with markers everything on the stamp except the koala and stamp on Whisper White layer.
  • Stamp the koala in Memento Black two times on Crumb Cake.  Cut out just the koala and then just the koala face.
  • Attach the whole koala to fit the colored stamp on the Whisper White.  Add the face with dimensionals and then the Crystal Effects to his nose.  Let dry.
  • Run the Tangelo Twist layer through the Big Shot in the Lovely Lace EF.  Attach Tangelo Twist ribbon around this layer and then attach layer to card front.
  • If the koala’s nose is dry, attach the Whisper White layer to the Flower Pot DSP and then attached this layer to the card front with dimensionals.
  • Add Tangelo Twist bow to front made with Linen thread.
  • I also embossed just the flap of the envelop with the Lovely Lace EF.

Hope you are inspired to create something beautiful today.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Contribute your unique gift to the world.”

Are you inky and HaPpY?…I am!

Birthday Box Surprise…


Wouldn’t this be the best gift for someone special?  It holds several cards and envelopes that can be used for many different occasions.  It’s actually made from the Gift Card Envelope Pack on page 194 of the annual catalog.  With just three strategically placed score lines, you can make a box that fits the cards exactly.  But, it’s the decorating that creates the fun!

This was one of the projects we made at convention. Want the Stuff ‘N Digits for this project?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Gift Card Enclosure Pack, Lost Lagoon CS, Gold Glimmer Paper, White Cardstock, Notecard set (page 194), Orange Strip DSP is a sneak peak from the Holiday Catalog
  • Ink:  Real Red, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Amazing Birthday (page 48)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Star Framelit, White Baker’s Twine, Banner Framelit


  • Really there are no digits as the notecards are premade and all the words were cut from stamps in the set.

Can you see this as a treat bag for Halloween?  Hostess gifts?  Thanks you gift given in a cellophane bag (that’s decorated, of course!)  Oh the uses for this little pouch.

I have soooo many Christmas projects to show you but have held back from posting them until at least August when the new Holiday catalog will go live and you can begin ordering from it on August 28th.  As many times as I have complained about the “box” stores putting their holiday products out the first of June, it felt wrong to be posting Christmas in July, too.  However, this week is the first of August so expect lots of holiday ideas coming your way!

So happy you have stopped by my blog today.  Hope I have inspired you in some big or small way to masterpiece creations of your own.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”We must absolutely do what we love or we run the risk of doing nothing at all.”

Honestly, I am doing what I love!  If you are interested in making wonderful, creative friends and creating beautiful things with Stampin’ Up! products, contact me and I’ll be so happy to help you in any way I can.

I’m inky…and I’m HaPpY!


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!