Poppies and Best Wishes…

Today’s project is for a couple of upcoming classes.  These girls have been coming for quite a while and like to do at least one card with layers and bling…who am I kidding, I like layers and bling, too!

This card was almost totally “cased” from Narelle Farrigua.  I fell in love with it at first sight…everything about it.  So thank you Narelle all the way from the US to you!  Here’s the card I made…


Don’t you just love this card?  This one has 13 layers!  That should make everybody happy including me.  It would be perfect for a wedding or anniversary, but with a change of sentiment this card would work for many other occasions.  What to give this one a try?  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla cardstock.  Sweet Sorbet (I have two packs left I’m hoarding) DSP
  • Ink:  Sahara Sand, Smokey Slate (sentiment) and Summer Starfruit
  • Stamps:  Poppy Parade Background and Express Yourself
  • Tools and Embellishments:  1 1/2″ and 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Bitty Banners and Hearts A Flutter Framelits, Pearls and Linen Thread.


  • Are you ready?  There are lots…Sahara Sand card base is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.
  • First Very Vanilla layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • Sahara Sand layer is 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″
  • Second Very Vanilla layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • DSP layer is 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″
  • The horizontal DSP is 2″ x 4 1/8″
  • The vertical bottom layer of Sahara Sand is 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • The Very Vanilla layer for stamping is 2 1/8″ x 4 1/8″

Whew!  If you like layers like I do, you are happy.  The Poppies are stamped a second time and the flowers painted with blender pens and fussy cut to layer over stamped image.

If you want to know how to get that varied Linen Thread bow…there’s a video for that I recorded not too long ago called Beautiful Bows.

I do hope this card inspires you on some level and you’ll give it a try.  I’d love to see what you create.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”If you believe you can, you’re already half way there.”

Get inky…Be happy!


My Cup of Tea…and You

This sweet little card is one of the projects we will be making in tonight’s Ink ‘N Stamp 101 Class and I think they are going to love it.  Here’s the card…


It’s a little more than a 101 class would normally do, but they are coming for the second time and they all did so well the first time that I feel comfortable they will not have a problem creating this card.  No pearls (whew!) or linen thread?  Well, I don’t want to overwhelm them all at once.  We will get there pretty soon.  Would you like to make this card?  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Baked Brown Sugar and Very Vanilla cardstock, Etcetera Designer Series Paper
  • Stamps:  Tea Party
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Baked Brown Sugar and Gumball Green


  • 4 1/4″ x 11″ Baked Brown Sugar scored at 5 1/2″
  • Very Vanilla layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″

Hope this inspires you to make a Tea Party card, too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it.  It just blooms.”

I’m really inky and happy…

Tools and Embellishments:  Banner Framelits, Oval Framelits

Here Comes Peter Cottontail…

It is going to be 29 degrees here tonight (goodbye hostas, azaleas and dogwoods) but I feel like a Spring project will help warm things up…so that’s what I have for you today.  I totally “cased” this project from Mary Fish’s blog, but changed it up a bit because I knew you would love it.  Thank you Mary!

Here’s the little Peter Cottontail project…


So darn cute, right?  A nice treat for any Easter basket, or brunch or luncheon as part of your table setting.  You could always add a tag with a name.  I actually gave one of these at book club this week and added a “thank you” tag for the hostess.

Interested in the Stuff ‘N Digits?  I’ll give those to you today and later this week if I can get all my “kitting” done for three classes this week, I plan to make a video for you of this cute lil’ cottontail so be sure to stop back by this week.  Here’s the Stuff  ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Soft Sky, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White and Pistachio Green cardstock
  • Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Stamps:  None!
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Scallop Tag Topper Punch,  Extra Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch and 3/4″ Circle Punch.  Designer Frames EF, Fringe Scissors, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Circle Framelits (smallest),  5/8″ Organza Ribbon, Linen Thread.


  • 2″ x 11″ Soft Sky cardstock punched each end with Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
  • Score @4 3/8″ and 6 3/8″
  • Emboss at each end with Frames EF, punch center out with Extra Large Oval Punch
  • 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Soft Sky cardstock, scored at 3/4″ all four sides.  Cut tabs same direction on two opposite sides of square.  Punch hole center of square with smallest circle framelit.
  • Glue dots on all tabs, sticky tape two opposite box sides.  Put box together and place in bottom of tag cardstock.
  • Tie top of tags together with 5/8″ Organza Ribbon and Linen Thread.  Place grass and treat inside.


Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”A wink is worth a thousand words.”

Get inky…Be happy!

Tucson Gift…

What an inspiring weekend I just spent in Tucson at an InkBig Academy presentation.  We heard presentations from Mary Fish, Janet Wakeland, Brian King, Lisa Pretto and SU! Corporate even came and presented information about how Paper Pumpkin is performing and what to expect in the future…great kits coming!  They previewed the April PP kit with us and I know all of you who receive the Paper Pumpkin kits are going to love it.  I hope they ordered extras because I know I’d like more than one of this set.

If you haven’t signed up, what’s keeping you?  Less than $20 a month for a box of “happy” right at your door.  You get a welcome gift and you can cancel at any time.  You can sign up on my blog by clicking on the Paper Pumpkin logo to the right.  Come on…jump in.  You will be so glad you did.

While in Tucson I finally got to meet the infamous Sue Parker of The Sparkled Web who worked with me to design my blog…which I love.  We have talked all through the end of last summer until now and finally got to meet in Tucson.  I posted while I was gone the little gift I gave her…but she brought me one too!  Here’s her sweet gift…


Isn’t that the cutest?  I know the quality of the picture isn’t the best because I took this in my hotel room and them had to take it apart to get it home…I didn’t think security would let me carry this through (picky).  I love this!  Sue said the idea came from her upline and they had made these in class.  I am so “casing” this little box for my classes, too.  In my mind there are several ideas jumping around to use this cute carry box.  Thanks Sue!

If you are interested in making this box, be sure to check back and I’ll be able to give you dimensions and directions.

Thought you would like to see some other pictures from Tucson since I promised I’d share…


This is Brian King from Atlanta.  He was one of the first demos I met while waiting in the lobby for Sue to arrive.  He is a “tall drink of water” and as nice as can be.  I call this the tall and the short of Tucson.


This is Sue!  Having breakfast before the day of presentations got started…


“Wearing a New Hat” and being silly.  Part of Mary Fish’s presentation which was excellent.  She changed everybody’s vocabulary.


Yikes!  Janet Wakeland of Remarkably Created and me!  Her presentation was amazing…


To be fair, this was taken at the end of the day and we were exhausted, especially Mary as she had hosted activities and presented.  But, I couldn’t come home without a photo op with Mary.


Dinner out with new friends Kim, Wendie, Gena, Sue and me at the Pita Jungle (great food) cool night by the fireplace.  Just doesn’t get much nicer than this.  When SU! Demos get together, there is never a lull in the conversation.

The good byes at the brunch on Sunday morning were bitter sweet…but ALL of us will be at convention in July and we can do it all over again…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Surround yourself with people who make you happy!”

Be inky…Be happy



Tucson Swap…

It’s always nerve wracking to me when I go to a SU! event and there is a swap involved.  I languish over ideas (the hardest part to me), order supplies and then meticulously go about creating what I hope will be a “WOW” swap.

Having said all that, the best part is you come home with so many new ideas from others’ swaps, and that makes it well worth all the worry and effort you put into yours.  I wanted to show you the stages of putting together my Tucson swap…first you come up with an idea, then you start an assembly line like this…


and then this…


Oops! that doesn’t look like much.  So then you stamp…


Then watercolor…


Add some layering and ribbon…


And finally you have your swap…


Whew!  I’m not sure about the “WOW” factor, but hopefully they will stand up favorably with the others.  Would you like to try this card?  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake cardstock.  Watercolor paper.
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizazz
  • Stamp:  Blessed Easter and Perfect Pennants (sentiment)
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Scallop Trim Border, 5/8″ White Organza Ribbon, Linen Thread, Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, Pearls and Script EF


  • This swap is just a card front which is normal for a swap, but if you’re making a card, cut your cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and score at 4 1/4″.  The Coastal Cabanna layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ and the Rich Razzleberry layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ and emboss with Script embossing folder.  Attach layers to card.  The tag is 2″ x 4 1/2″ punched with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  The watercolor paper is 1 1/2″ x 3 3/8″.  I spritzed the watercolor paper to dampen and used an Aqua Painter with water and a few drops of Coastal Cabana to swish across the paper.  Let dry and stamp with StazOn Black.  Blender pen the image with ink pads and Rich Razzleberry and Pear Pizazz.  You need to use Tomboy Glue to adhere the watercolor paper to the tag after you have punched and fastened the scallop border because watercolor paper is stubborn!  The tag is put on the card front with dimensionals.

Hope you feel inspired to create a card similar to this one.  I would be flattered.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”If you can’t make it better…laugh at it.”—Erma Bombeck

Be inky…Be Happy


Gifting a New Friend…

I met Sue on the internet.  That sounds a little intriguing and scary.  You see I had been looking for over a year for a blog designer because I knew that would help me share what I love but I also knew it was way over my head to do on my own.  Sue was recommended by someone whose blog I had started following,  I loved the look and layout…so I asked…  Who designed your blog?  That’s how we met and that was last summer.

By September through countless hours on her part and mine my blog was born…and it did feel like a birth!  Since then Sue has been available to help when I messed up or didn’t understand to get my blog to do what I wanted.  We’ve developed a friendship even though we have never met.

Tomorrow in Tucson we will meet and spend the weekend together at the Tucson Demonstrator Retreat…you see, Sue is also a SU! demonstrator.  I am so excited to spend “REAL” time with her at this retreat and just having a good time.  In celebration of that meeting and all the work behind us, I have made this little gift for her that I know she will appreciate because she’s a demo, too.

Here’s her gift…


and what’s inside…


I hope she likes it.  I’m posting this to run on Saturday when I know she will already have her gift and to not spoil the surprise.  Inside are six cards and matching envelopes with three different sentiments and subtle differences on the fronts.  It was made with her in mind and many thank yous for all her efforts to make my blog look and work as well as it does.  Thank you Sue Parker!

Just know while you are reading this if you are a blog follower or someone who comes to my monthly classes, I will come home with tons of ideas and energy to share with you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”If you want to fly, harness your power to your passion.”

I’m probably not inky…but definitely happy right now!

Simple…And Beautiful

I love layers (that’s an understatement believe me) and the more embellishments the happier.  But, sometimes simple well-designed cards will make me pause and consider how peaceful and beautiful simple can be.  That was the case when I saw Frances Martin make this card and I have almost totally “cased” her design for an upcoming class (thank you Frenchie!).  I’m sure all the girls will love this design and hopefully my color combination.

Here’s the card…


Pretty sure you could use this card as is for many occasions, but the sentiment certainly could be changed to fit whatever your occasion is.  If you’d like to give this one a try, here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock

Ink:  Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana and Early Expresso

Stamps:  Flower Shop and Regarding Dahlias (sentiment)

Tools and Embellishments:  Pansy Punch, Apothecary Accents Framelits


5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Crumb Cake cardstock, scored at 4 1/4″.  Crisp Cantaloupe layer measures 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″.  The Very Vanilla layer measures 5 1/4″ x 4″.  Attach the Very Vanilla layer to the Crisp Cantaloupe layer before cutting with the Apothecary Framelit.  Attach the large layer to the Crumb Cake card with dimensionals.  Stamp your sentiment on the framelit layer and add double dimensionals to the back before attaching to the card.  This lifts this layer above the larger layer.  Stamp you choice of flowers on Very Vanilla and punch with Pansy Punch and attach some with adhesive and some with dimensionals to give subtle texture.  Don’t forget to make a matching layer inside the card and use your flowers on the envelope, too!

I plan to make more of these in different color combinations.  Hope you are inspired to create this simple card.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”How’s your day?  :-) or :-(    …you get to pick!”

I’m off to Tucson tomorrow for a demo retreat…so excited to meet everybody and learn new things!  I’ll post pics when I get back.  Stop by the blog because I have posts ready for you while I’m gone.

Be inky…be happy…

Video II…Building A Spring Fence Gate

Did you watch the video yesterday?  The first video in this two video presentation had the most views I have ever had in one day…Yippee!  Today’s video shows how to make two different fence gates and builds on the instruction in the first video.  I realize the first video is a tad bit long (I really try to keep my videos under 10 minutes) but it does contain a lot of basic information.

So let’s build another Spring fence gate…

If you have watched both videos, you are probably ready to get started on your own creation.  Need supplies?  No problem.  Just click on the “Shop Now” star to the right and you can have everything sent right to your door.

Questions?  Please send me an email and I will reply as soon as possible.  I’d love to see what you create.  Send me pics!  I may highlight your art on my blog and send you something special in the mail.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

Creative mind…inky fingers…happy person!

Video…Building A Spring Fence…


Promises are promises so today is the first of two videos on building a Spring fence gate.  This one is 21 minutes long (you could have a cuppa!).  I will post the second video tomorrow so after that you’ll know more than you’d ever want to know about building a Spring fence gate.  Ready?  Let’s get to it…

Just a note…after you cut your “planks”, be sure to sponge your plank edges with the Basic Gray ink to give your gate more dimension.  I forgot to do that in the video, but do mention and show that in tomorrow’s video.  Do you feel like building?  I’d love to see what you create.  Feel free to send me your pics.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”All you need is love…and a tiara…and maybe a cookie.”

Are you inky like me?  Happy stampin’…

One More Spring Fence…

Hope you aren’t tired of these Spring fence gates…the ideas just keep coming and I wanted to share.  I have prepared one fence gate video and almost finished the second which I will show in two consecutive days this week.  It might be more than you ever wanted to know about gates.

The gate I’m showing today kept me awake last night figuring out in my head how I would put it together.  It’s the first thing I did today.  This gate will be included on one of the videos.  Here’s the photo…


A variation on the one I showed earlier, but I loved the way it turned out.  If you’re interested in building your own Spring fence gate, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits to get you started…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party cardstock
  • Ink:  Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Real Red and Basic Gray
  • Stamps:  Hardwood (background) and Petite Petals
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Petite Petal Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Oval Framelit,  1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Bird Builder Punch (leaves), Pearls (flower centers and gate knob) and Cloud EF


  • Basic card base in Whisper White is 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″.  The Pool Party layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ embossed with Cloud EF.  The Whisper White (gate) layer started out at 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Stamped in Basic Gray with the Hardwood background stamp…love this stamp!!  Decide how tall you want your fence to be and cut at the bottom.  Keep this piece to make your crossbars.  Thread your “fence gate” through the large oval to achieve the curved top (this step is explained and illustrated on video). With the 1 3/4″ circle punch, punch at the top of your gate.
  • Then cut your “gate” into 1″ pieces.  If you want to be able to see through your gate like mine, trim the two side pieces 1/4″.  Sponge all edges of the fence pieces with Basic Gray (this step is really important to achieve depth).   With dimensionals build your gate on the Pool Party (cloud) layer starting with the two sides and spacing the two center pieces.  Place your crossbars.  Is that cute or what?

After that it is just decorating your Spring gate in the colors and the way you want it to look.  I hope you enjoy building these gates as much as I have.  I just can’t seem to quit building them.  Now that I’ve finished this one, maybe I can sleep tonight.  If you do build a gate, send me an email  with pic so I can share it.

Be sure to check back this week for the two videos on gate building.  Sometimes it just helps to “see” someone stamp instead of looking at pics.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Sometime the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.  Tiptoe if you must, but take the step.”

I’m very inky today…and lovin’ it!