Have you ever worked on a card idea and it not come together?  Today’s post took three tries before posting.  It came down to the best color for the word “hello”…first it was Mossy Meadow, then black and finally Whisper White.

Here’s the card…


and here’s the inside of the card…


and you can see the envelope flap matches the card.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Shimmery White Cardstock, Birthday Bouquet DSP and a small piece of Watercolor paper
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight and Mossy Meadow
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Hello Thinlets, White Embossing Powder, Journal Pen


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Polka Dot Mossy Meadow DSP is 5 1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The three DSP panels are 1 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ attached to card front with adhesive evenly spaced.
  • Stamp blooms on Shimmery White Cardstock with VersaMark, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Wet blooms with an Aqua Painter filled with water, then use reinker and a small round paint brush to color blooms and leaves.  Keep you color light and go back with reinker to shade portions of petals.  Make a Watermelon Wonder and a Pool Party bloom and “fussy cut”.
  • Place blooms on right side of card front with Tombow Glue.  Some leaves were cut away for better placement.
  • Wet a small piece of water color paper with water and paint with Watermelon Wonder and Mossy Meadow lightly.  Trim to 3″ x 1″.  Tag one end.  Use journaling pen to “stitch” around edges in black.  Attach to card front with Tombow.
  • Cut “hello” from Thick Whisper White and White fun foam and glue together.  Add to card front over watercolor paper with Tombow Glue.
  • Inside there is a 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ DSP layer with a 3″ x 4 1/2″ layer of Whisper White.  A small piece of the painted water color paper was added and a “fussy cut” flower from same DSP on card front.
  • The envelope flap was covered with the Mossy Meadow DSP to coordinate with the card.
  • The inside sentiment was purposely left blank until mailing the card.

Hope you enjoyed this post today.  Your presence here is most appreciated.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I think so!…

I’m so inky…and HaPpY!



Birthday Box…

This box being posted today was started last week with the hope it would be finished and posted before leaving for our big family long weekend…but that didn’t happen!

But it’s just as pretty today and there are tons of pictures to show you how it was made so that hopefully you’ll be inspired by the end of this post to create your own gift box.

The actual box portion excluding the lids measures 4″ x 4″ x 2″ deep.  The top and bottom pieces are 4 1/2″ square.

Here’s a pic of the cardboard pieces you will need…


I used the cardboard piece in a DSP package to cut and score these pieces.  Once you have the box base cut, scored and the tabs trimmed, add tear tape to each tab and fold to the inside to create your box base.


The 4 1/2″ squares are the bottom and lid and the 4″ square scored at 1″ and 3″ is the hinge that allows the top to open and close.

Here’s a pic of the DSP pieces you need…


The pink stripes measure 5 1/2″ square, the 4″ DSP are the inside of the top and bottom lids and the six 2″ x 4″ DSP pieces are the inside and outside side pieces for the box base plus two pieces for the inside and outside middle of the hinge piece.

Here’s a pic of the bottom lid being glued together with Tombow glue…


The corners have been snipped so the fold over will be neater.  Here’s a pic with the 4″ DSP cover…


This ribbon was cut 32″ and 12″ was left on one side which will be your front.  Cover the hinge piece in the center section with DSP on both sides and glue to box base with Tombow.  Now glue 2 x 4 DSP pieces to inside  and outside sides of box base.  Glue box base to bottom lid right over the ribbon being sure the hinge is opposite the 12″ piece of ribbon.


Cover the lid the same way as the bottom gluing the 5 1/2″ square DSP on one side and then the ribbon to the lid center. Then glue the hinge and last adding the 4″ square DSP layer.



Your box should not look like this…


Here’s your box!  Now let’s decorate the top…


On this box top are flowers made with the Botanical Builder Framelits using Mossy Meadow for the leaves, Pool Party, Blushing Bride and Whisper White for the blooms and Basic Black for the stamens.


Isn’t it just sweet?  This particular box has a special place to be, but I see many more in my mind…can’t you?

Hope you enjoyed this project and you are inspired.  I’d love to see what you create…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Yep, that’s the truth!

Come on and get inky with me…Be HaPpY!





Celebrating Family…

We had such a good time this last weekend celebrating Lyla’s ninth birthday and getting to see both of “the littles” play ball.  Of course I missed creating and sharing with all of you…but,

Since there is not a project to share today, here’s a couple of pics of the weekend and then tomorrow I’ll be back with another box with directions and lots of pictures to show you how its made.

Here is Lyla at her softball game…


Cheering like crazy in the dugout and then up to bat…


This was a line drive double and a RBI!

Jameson was playing in a tournament in a town about an hour away…


and here’s what happened…


Triple with two RBI’s!


In the end his team lost the tournament by one run.  Two days of playing so well.  So the coach (my son, Jeff) talked to them afterwards about how proud he was of them and how well they had played.

Then we rode home to share dinner and birthday cake…


It was a great time with family and creating sweet memories.  Hope you’ll stop by tomorrow…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Now I can get inky…and Be HaPpY!




Get Well Sooner…

Here’s a shimmery get well card with a big “pick me up” attitude…


Wouldn’t that cheer you up?  And the nice thing is, this card is pretty quick and easy to make…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Blushing Bride and Whisper White Cardstock, plus Vellum Cardstock
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Pear Pizzaz, Melon Mambo
  • Stamps:  Rose Wonder, Greatest Greetings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Black Embossing Powder, 5/8″ Blushing Bride Seam Binding, Linen Thread


  • The 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Blushing Bride base card is scored at 4 1/4″
  • Cut the Vellum (cardstock weight) 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  Rub with Embossing Buddy.  Stamp image in VersaMark, sprinkle with Black Embossing Powder and heat from the back.  Check to be sure all the powder has melted before painting.
  • On the back side of Vellum color the rose Melon Mambo and the leaves Pear Pizazz markers.  On the front side color everything with Clear Wink of Stella then add Gold Wink of Stella to every other petal.  Isn’t that pretty?
  • Now stamp your sentiment on scrap Whisper White and trim.  Add to scrap Blushing Bride and trim.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Run a strip of adhesive at the back top of the Vellum.  Cut the seam binding and attach ends at back.  Add adhesive over ribbon and then add this layer to card front.
  • Make a couple of loops each side for bow and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.

May make a few more of these in different color combos…how about blue with silver embossing powder?  Or…

Well, that’s for another day.  Got to get busy and clean some of these surfaces in my studio…it is a hot mess in here!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


who me?

I’m inky…and HaPpY!


So Sorry…

Today’s post is another sympathy card using Stephanie Fischer’s video on monochromatic coloring which I love but need to spend more time practicing the method in different colors…

Here’s today’s post…


Isn’t this technique dramatic?  You choose a cardstock color and use the color of the cardstock as your lightest shade when painting in your petals.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits on how I made this card…


  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay
  • Stamps:  Blended Bloom and Greatest Greeting (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Thick Bermuda Bay Twine, small round paint brush and White Gel Pen


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″.  Stamp bloom in Memento Black.  Color each petal in Pool Party leaving the turned edges free of any ink.  Using Bermuda Bay as the darkest color and add where shading lines can be seen.  You can go over where the Bermuda Bay color ends with Pool Party to make a smoother transition.  I used a journaling pen after all the painting was done the emphasize the shading lines and the stamens.  Use the white gel pen to highlight the center.
  • “Fussy cut” a portion of the Bermuda Bay layer away then add to Basic Black layer with adhesive.  Cut a piece of Basic Black Cardstock 4″ x 1″ and layer a Whisper White strip 4″ x 1/2″ over the black with adhesive.  Attach this strip to bottom of card layers.
  • Add Bermuda Bay twine around this part of the card and then add all layers to card front with glue.
  • Stamp “So Sorry” on scrap of Whisper White. Trim. Add to a scrap of Bermuda Bay and trim.  Punch a hole in top corner and tie to card front with twine bow.

Here’s a peek at the inside…


I should have made several of these to have on hand and to practice this method on different cardstock colors.  Time…no time.

Hope you enjoyed seeing this method and I’ve inspired you to give it a try.  There is no wrong way.  You couldn’t make two identical ones if you tried.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Ahhh…yes so it is!

But I’m inky and HaPpY!





Pugs and Kisses…

We all need kid cards…and I find them the most fun to make.  This may be only the second time this set has seen ink but now it will be on my desk for much more use.

How cute is this birthday card?


I have someone in mind for this card and she’s going to love it.  And finally got around to using this Sunburst Thinlet Die…love it!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight Cardstock plus Watermelon Wonder DSP and School Days DSP
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Hot Diggity Dog
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Sunburst Thinlet Die, Scalloped Circle Punch, Circle Framelits, Watermelon Wonder PomPom (retired) and 1/8″ Blue Satin Ribbon


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Watermelon Wonder layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The School Days DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ and attached to Watermelon Wonder layer with adhesive
  • The Sunburst was cut from Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder DSP and glued together a little offset then glued to  Watermelon Wonder and School Days layers with adhesive. Trim sunburst with snips from back them add all layers to card front with adhesive.
  • Punch the scallop circle from Watermelon Wonder DSP.  Cut the Whisper White circle from Circles Framelits.  Stamp body of pup in Basic Black.  Add rhinestones to collar and using a light blue marker add shadows around feet.  Stamp pup head on scrap Whisper White and “fussy cut”.  Add to body with dimensionals.  Cut one pompom and glue in place to mimic a ball.
  • Stamp sentiments on scrap Whisper White and cut to fit words.  Add Watermelon Wonder to back of each sentiment and attach to card front with dimensionals.
  • Make and tie blue bow to top sentiment.
  • Inside there is a Watermelon Wonder layer 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ with a Whisper White layer on top 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.

This was so much fun to make that the stamp set has been left out for more ideas for birthdays and possibly for pet sympathy cards.

Hope you are having a wonderful day…thanks for stopping by for a little inspiration!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Different is amazing!

Come get inky…Be HaPpY!



Swallowtail Sparkle…

Last week was definitely not the normal week.  We had two friends who passed away and one with major surgery.  The sympathy section of my stash was depleted and its always best to have those on hand for when you need them.

If you have every lost someone close to you and received a handmade, heartfelt card, you know well how much it means to you.

Here’s the first to replenish the sympathy section of my cards kept on hand…


There is just hardly a way to catch the shimmer from the Wink of Stella Clear and Gold used on this butterfly.  It’s quite stunning in person.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight Cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Island Indigo and Basic Grey (which looks black)
  • Stamps:  Rose Wonder (sentiment), Swallowtail Butterfly
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Clear and Gold Wink of Stella, Framelit from Rose Wonder (sentiment)


  • The Bermuda Bay base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer was cut 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The Swallowtail was stamped with Memento Black ink half on and half off the cardstock.  All the painting was done with a small round brush and reinkers.  Some of the shade lines were reinforced with a journaling black pen when the image was dry.  Shake the Wink of Stella pens as you work over the image.  Gold was used on the Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie and Clear everywhere else.
  • “Fussy Cut” a portion of the butterfly and attach to card front with glue.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Bermuda  Bay along with framelit frame, then cut out.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a layer of Daffodil Delight 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ with a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ layer of Whisper White for your personal message.

Since the butterfly is a symbol of hope, this seems the perfect card to send for sympathy.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And I will be getting up very early tomorrow too!

Inky fingers will make you HaPpY!



…is gonna be alright.  To be told that when you are going through a hard time can be priceless.  Love this stamp set included in this month’s Paper Pumpkin.  So many appropriate sentiments for difficult life happenings.

Here’s today’s post…


and here is a peek at the inside…


Do you like this sentiment?  It’s hopeful…I think that’s what I like about it.  This will be a good stamp set for “Hope Notes” we make for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Watermelon Wonder and Basic Black
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Island Indigo and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin, Botanical Blooms (stamens)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Botanical Builder Framelits, Circle Flip Framelits (sentiment) and On Film Framelits (frame)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Cut frame from Basic Black (if you don’t have this framelit, you can cut a piece of Basic Black 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and cut away a 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ square)
  • Draw a pencil line on the card front of the inside space of the frame so you know where to place your flowers.  Post it note the margins on the left and bottom of the pencil mark.  Cut two flowers from the post it note for masking.  Stamp one flower and cover with mask.  Stamp second flower and cover with mask, then stamp last flower and uncover everything…magic!  I love masking!!!
  • You can cut a second frame from fun foam and attach to back of frame with glue and to card front with glue or use dimensionals.  Be sure to erase your pencil lines from card front before adding frame.
  • Stamp one more flower and “fussy cut” to add outside of frame with dimensionals.  Cut leaves from Mossy Meadow with Botanical Builder Framelits and add with glue.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Whisper White and cut with framelit.  Cut a second shape from Watermelon Wonder to add to back of sentiment and to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ layer of Basic Black added with adhesive.  A Whisper White layer 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ was stamped with one flower at the top right corner and leaves added with glue.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.

Sweetums and I are leaving tomorrow for St. Petersburg, FL to celebrate one of the “littles” birthday.  Miss Lyla is turning nine…what a cute age.  She is one of those kids that has a “happy heart” that you love to be around…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


To Lyla!

I’m really inky…and HaPpY!




My Little Artist…

This stamp set has been on my desk far too long without seeing ink.  Today it was christened with a certain little girl in mind who will tell you “I am an artist you know.”…


A few months ago I watched a video by Lydia Fiedler where she used this stamp set.  I couldn’t find that video now if I wanted, but remembered enough to put this together.  I may draw with pencil some glasses and go over it with my journal pen…Lyla wears glasses.  The bling is totally her!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black and Thick Whisper White Chardstock
  • Ink:  Island Indigo, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette (cheeks), Going Gray and Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamps:  Talented Trio, Awesomely Artistic (wall splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Small round paint brush, Rhinestones


  • The Watermelon Wonder base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.  Add post it notes to mask where you want your wall corner and sponge with Going Gray.  Move post it notes to opposite side of where you just sponged and sponge again.  Do the same with the floor lines.  Stamp girl with Memento Black Ink.  Stamp flower headband on scrap Whisper White, color with Watermelon Wonder marker add glue to back and set in hair.  Add rhinestone to flower center.  Color cheeks with Pink Pirouette marker.  Wet apron with water and then a bit of Island Indigo reinker.  Add rhinestones to bottom cuff of pants.
  • With watered down Island Indigo reinker add shadow around feet.
  • Stamp Watermelon Wonder and Island Indigo splats on “wall”.
  • Attach this layer to card front with adhesive.
  • Inside there is a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Basic Black layer with a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ Whisper White layer attached with adhesive.  Add a splat or two in Island Indigo and Watermelon Wonder at the bottom right corner.

Think this card will be sent next time good news from school or softball field are shared…she will love it!

Here’s you “B-ism” for today…


Especially with the “to do” list growing by leaps and bounds.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Welcome Neighbor…

The welcoming committee in my little community delivers a basket including a bottle of wine.  Since I serve on this committee and help deliver the packets, I try to make something that hopefully will show my passion for papercrafting and instigate a conversation.  We will be delivering these this week…


a little closer look at the tags…


These were fun to make and really didn’t take all that long once the idea came to me.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand (purple tags) and Thick Whisper White (green tags) plus Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms, Gorgeous Grunge (splats), Watercolor Wishes (kit), Grateful Bunch (lace)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Small Oval Punch, Ornate Tag Topper Punch, 1/8″ Silver and Old Olive Organza ribbon, Bitty Butterfly Punch


  • The base tags were cut 2″ x 4 1/4″…you can get 10 tags from one piece of cardstock
  • Sponge tags, stamp with Gorgeous Grunge splats, lace stamp at bottom, “hello” over lace, flower and just anything else you’d like on the tag in Mossy Meadow and Rich Razzleberry.  The “hello” and splats were stamped in Early Espresso.
  • Punch out Mossy Meadow or Rich Razzleberry small ovals and stamp “for you” on Sahara Sand or Whisper White and sponge after punching with small oval punch.
  • On Sahara Sand or Whisper White sponge in Rich Razzleberry or Mossy Meadow and Daffodil Delight.  Add “splats” in Early Espresso and punch out Bitty Butterflies.
  • Attach solid ovals to stamped ovals with glue and add to tag with dimensionals.
  • Add punched butterflies with glue dots where you like them.
  • Add 16″ of ribbon through tag top for attaching to bottle or for whatever you might be using them on.

What a beautiful day…I’m having a hard time bringing myself in from the outside to even post these tags.  Everything is in bloom!

Hope you will be enjoying a nice weekend wherever you are…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


HaPpY Day!