Leadership Roomie Gifts…

My two roomies at Leadership 2015 are both coming in from Arizona and I’ve have arrived first.  We have been talking about this week for months.  Almost since the national convention last July in Salt Lake City.

I can show you today before they get here what I have made for them as a gift (they won’t see this post til later)…


The flower is a pin and inside is…


A set of monogrammed notecards.  I posted the directions on these notecards earlier this week.  I’ll answer the one question everybody asked…that is not burlap ribbon behind the monogram, but drywall tape from the hardware store painted with a Blendability Pen.  It’s sticky on the back and makes a great background piece!

Sure hope they like their gifts.  They should be here soon and we’ll be off and running for three glorious WARM days in Orlando.  Be sure and check back to see all the fun.

Would you like to be here?  Well…you could.  There is always room for you on my team!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!

Hope Note Thanks…

After eight of my “stampin’ peeps” showed up one Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago to make 100 Hope Notes in one afternoon, I wanted to send them a thank you note for helping me supply these notes to our local women’s breast cancer center.  So what to make and how to say such a big thanks?

Here’s the card I finally came up with and I just hope my note to each conveyed how much I appreciate all their help…


Guess this would make an excellent Valentine card, but in this case it’s just filled with love for each of them.  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits in case you’d like to make some Valentine cards…


  • Paper:  Whisper White and Real Red cardstock.
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Hello Life
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Real Red Satin Ribbon, Hello You Thinlets, Transfer Adhesive Sheets and Hearts and Stars Stencil


  • The base Whisper White card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Real Red layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Using Real Red ink and a sponge with the Hearts Stencil, ink the Whisper White layer
  • Add the stamped Whisper White layer to the Real Red layer.
  • Stamp the love with Memento Black
  • Cut two “hello” from Whisper White and Transfer Adhesive Sheets.  Pull off the protective sheet on one piece and add to the top of the second “hello”
  • Add this piece to the Whisper White layer.
  • Tie the satin ribbon at the top of these two layers before adding to the card front.

Hope you caught a little inspiration here today.  Be sure and stop back by tomorrow to see what’s going on in the studio.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!

Birthday Surprise…

This card was made for the Can You Case It administrator, Eva Bussom, to celebrate her birthday last week.  She works so hard to keep CYCI growing and I am honored to serve on the design team.  So it had to be a special card, right?

Here is the card…


and a view of the inside…


I don’t know about you, but when I’m making a card for another SU! Demo, I try to make it as close to perfect as I can.  Nerve racking is what it is.  Hard to think of a design they haven’t seen and everything looks crooked.

So I decided to forget all that and try a technique I hadn’t done in forever and use my favorite color combination which is blues and greens together.  It turned out being fun to put together and I forgot to worry about anything else.

The background technique is called Bokeh (for directions on this technique check here).  Now here is the Stuff ‘N Digits on this card…


  • Paper:  Night of Navy, Pear Pizazz, Whisper White, Basic Black cardstock and watercolor paper.
  • Ink:  VersMark plus Blendability Pens Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy (medium color of each)
  • Stamps:  FREE SAB Big Day
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, White Craft Ink, Window Sheet


  • The base card of Pear Pizazz is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Night of Navy layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The watercolor layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • The vertical Pear Pizazz layer is 2 1/2″ x 5″
  • The vertical Whisper White layer is 2 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • The vertical Basic Black layer is 2 1/8″ x 4 5/8″
  • The horizontal Pear Pizazz layer is 2 1/4″ x 1 1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 2 1/8″ x 1 1/8″
  • The Basic Black layer is 1″ x 2″
  • The watercolor background layer instructions can be found here.
  • Use your Embossing Buddy and go over both pieces of Basic Black.  Stamp each piece with VersaMark ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Using your Blendability Pens, color your stamped piece with the brush end with broad strokes.  The ink will not show on the black cardstock.
  • Now attach the Night of Navy cardstock to the card front and the Bokeh watercolor paper on top of that (Fast Fuze)
  • Attach all your vertical layers and attach to card front with dimensionals.
  • Attach all your horizontal layers and place double dimensionals on the left side and single on the right where it overlaps the vertical layer.

Well, I really like this color combo so I was happy with the end result.  Maybe you like purples and pinks, or reds with coral.  Get some watercolor paper and just play with the colors you like.  After it’s dry, sponge on the White Craft Ink and stamp the Gorgeous Grunge stamp with VersaMark and sprinkle with White embossing powder and heat…Ta Da!  it’s gorgeous…

I always say time playing in my studio is better than any drug you could give me…I loose all track of time, worries drift away and I never even get hungry!  That is saying something.

So tomorrow I leave for the SU! Leadership Conference in Orlando.  It will be so nice to be warm and I’m so excited to reconnect with my SU! friends and meet some I’ve never met but only talked with online.  Oh the fun!

I’ll be sure to not forget you and post some pics so you can see everything.  If you’d like to be part of these fun events…well, there’s always room for you on my team no matter where you may live.  Drop me a note and I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be Happy!





Bokeh Birthday…CYCI#54

New techniques are fun to try and today’s post is a new one for me.  One of our Design Team Members at Can You Case It? was celebrating a birthday and this card seemed perfect for her.  Have you tried the Bokeh technique?

Here is the card…


Isn’t it fun?  I used watercolor paper on this one, but I’ve also used white cardstock with sponges and that works too.  Backgrounds that have depth are fun to build and add interest to your card front.

Do you feel inspired to give this a try?  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Watercolor paper, Basic Black, Whisper White and Pear Pizazz cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Craft White and Pear Pizzaz
  • Stamps:  Butterfly Basics and Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Butterfly Framelit, Linen Thread, VersaMark Ink, White Embossing Powder, Blendability Pens Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral medium shades, window sheet, circle punches and Rhinestone


  • The base card of Pear Pizazz is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Watercolor paper is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • The sentiment layer is 2 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ Basic Black and 2 1/8″ x 1 1/8″ Whisper White
  • Cut your butterfly from Basic Black.  Use the negative from the butterfly to trace onto Vellum and “fussy cut” the vellum.
  • Attach the two butterflys with a glue dot.  Add the rhinestone and linen thread to the top with glue dot
  • If you are using watercolor paper, spritz it wet with water and drip Pear Pizazz, Pool Party and Crushed Curry reinker over the wet surface.  To move the ink around you can spritz again over the ink until you like the effect.
  • Use your heat gun or leave to dry.
  • Punch your window sheet with three sizes of circles.  Using a sponge and White Craft Ink sponge lightly the large circle only all over the background.  Now using the medium punched circle, sponge with ink a little darker than the large circles.  Last, sponge the small circles the darkest.  Overlapping the sponged circles adds to the effect.
  • Now with the Gorgeous Grunge dots, stamp with VersaMark all over the background piece, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Assemble your layers.

I love the effect of the background and hope Kim liked it too.  If you’d rather just use Whisper White cardstock instead of watercolor paper. you can sponge your background colors first and continue with the circles and Gorgeous Grunge stamp.

We had a beautiful, sunny day today so Zoe and I took a long walk.  We didn’t see the eagle today, but did see him on yesterday’s walk.  We walked right under the tree he was sitting in and he never moved except to turn his head to watch us pass.  How cool is that?

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


Exactly…maybe just trying a new technique is just that!

I’m inky…and HaPpY!



Thinking of you…

There are times when family or friend is going through a really hard time and it’s just so hard to know what to do to help them.

This easel with the Sheltering Tree stamp turned out to be something a little better than a card or flowers in this case.  Here is the easel…


This easel and canvas were bought at Hobby Lobby.  I’ve used regular ink pads and a Aqua Painter to smooth some of the ink.  The sentiment was stamped with Memento Black.  I’ve done a little shading on the tree trunk and used the flower cluster stamp to add the pinks some of which are stamped off.

Flowers would fade and a card would eventually be put in a box or thrown out, but this little easel of art might sit out for a long time bringing back memories.

Hope you are enjoying a warm and cozy weekend with all this bad weather spread across the country.  I’m knee deep with Leadership preparations and looking forward to the warm weather in Orlando this week.  If you are going, I hope to see you there.  Be sure to say “hi”!

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


Sounds good to me…

I’m inky…and HaPpY!

Sending Sympathy…

Unfortunately this month I have needed three sympathy cards.  Stampin’ Up! has so many beautiful stamps and sentiments and I’m always grateful I can personally make a card for someone who is suffering a loss.

This is one of those cards…


And here is a shot of the inside of the card…


Did you notice the background on the card front?  It’s called the Bokeh (Bo-kah’) technique.  Here I’ve used watercolor paper, but you can use cardstock just as well.  I just happen to love watercolor paper and the effects that can be achieved melting colors together.  And what about the flower?  Yes, another simple technique that produces extraordinary results.

I’ll give you instructions for both here in the Stuff ‘N Digits…


  • Paper:  Black, Pear Pizazz and White cardstock (if you don’t want to use watercolor paper)
  • Ink:  Memento Black and VersMark
  • Stamps:  Butterfly Basics
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, Blendability Pens


  • The Black card base is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Pear Pizazz layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Watercolor layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • The vertical Pear Pizazz layer is 2″ x 4 3/4″
  • The vertical black layer is 1 7/8″ x 4 5/8″
  • The horizontal black layer is 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″
  • The horizontal Pear Pizazz layer is 1 3/8″ x 2 1/8″
  • The Horizontal watercolor layer is 1 1/4″ x 2″
  • Attach the Pear Pizazz 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ to black card front
  • The watercolor sheet was 5 x 7 and I trimmed it after wetting it completed with spritzing with water and dropping reinker on the wet paper, then re-spritzing until I liked the blended colors. I used Pear Pizazz, Crushed Curry and Pool Party reinkers.  You can speed up drying time by heating with heat gun.
  • Once the paper is dry, make a stencil using window sheets of three circle sizes.  Using a sponge dauber and White Craft ink pad make the larger circles first and overlap the next size circle then add the smaller circles.  You can certainly do more circles than I show here.  It makes a beautiful background of muted color.
  • When the watercolor paper was dry from the Bokeh technique,  I stamped with VersMark and the Gorgeous Grunge dot stamp, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heated.
  • You should have pieces of your watercolor paper that were trimmed to use for the sentiment and inside the card.
  • Now for the vertical layer stamp the image with VersaMark, sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat.
  • Use your choice of Blendability colors and with the brush end color over your image.  You do not have to be careful, the color does not show on the black only on the embossed image.  And the color really pops!
  • Now layer up your vertical pieces and attach with dimensionals.
  • Layer up your horizontal piece, wrap with linen thread, place two single dimensionals on the right side and double dimensionals on the left side.
  • Finish with the inside of the card.

The Bokeh technique is addictive.  I have pieces of watercolor paper drying all over my table tops.  Each one is entirely different not only in color but how much craft ink was used.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Just a note:  If you decide to try this technique on cardstock, use sponges and your ink pads and just overlap you color as you sponge.

This is kind of a long post of directions, but sometimes we just need to try something different.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  It is a cold and rainy day here…perfect for stamping in my studio!

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!

Tree Swing Hope Note…

This is the last of the five Hope Note designs and one of my favorite stamp sets ever.  Trees with or without leaves fascinate me and the sentiments in this set are awesome.  Here’s today’s card…


Yes, I cut my photopolymer stamp sentiment apart…I know, I know…many of you are now hyperventilating.  You can always place them right back together on an acrylic block and it works just like it was intended.  I just intend otherwise sometimes (lots of times).

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for this sweet little card…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard, Wild Wasabi, Strawberry Slush and Whisper White cardstock.
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Memento Black, Soft Suede and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread


  • The Wild Wasabi layer is 4 7/8″ x 3 3/8″ and is attached to the notecard front.
  • The Strawberry Slush layer is 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 1/2″ x 3″
  • Stamp your tree in Soft Suede, the grass in Pear Pizazz and the leaves in Blushing Bride.  Stamp the leaves again in Strawberry Slush slightly off the first leaf stamping.
  • Stamp the swing in Memento Black and the sentiment.
  • Attach the Linen Thread with adhesive and crisscross in front.  Now attach the Whisper White stamped layer to the card front.
  • Inside the card the rest of the sentiment is stamped in Memento Black.

This is the last Hope Note.  They have been in the works since before Christmas and I hope are on their way to easing some of the confusion, frustration and overwhelming feelings a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient might be feeling.

My walk today will be ever so cold.  What happened to that nice 60 degree weather we were enjoying?  Nevermind, next week I’ll be at Leadership in Orlando and I’m pretty sure it will be at least 60 degrees!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


That just makes you want to say “hmmmmm”, doesn’t it?

Always write to me if you have a question about any of my projects.  There is always room for you on my team no matter where you may live!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!

True Blue Hope Note…

Today’s post is another Hope Note designed for the local women’s breast cancer center.  This Painted Petals stamp set certainly has come in handy for me since it arrived.  I can’t count how many cards I’ve created with it.


Blue and green is my favorite color combination…it’s so soothing.  I’d have all blue flowers in my yard if I knew how to do it.  Wouldn’t that be gorgeous?  Maybe a little white here and there would be nice.

That flower you see peeking into the photo is one of the blooms from the Build A Bouquet Kit in the new Occasions Catalog.  Got it finished and I’m planning a kit class next month to make it.  That should be lots of fun…we can make our own spring!

Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits for this little notecard?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake notecard, Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Pool Party and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Painted Petals
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Old Olive Seam Binding (retired), Pearls, Ovals Framelits and Dots Embossing Folder (retired)


  • The 3 1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake notecard is covered with a layer of Pool Party that has been embossed and is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is cut with the second from center oval framelits
  • Stamps the blooms with Pool Party and Pear Pizazz and attach with dimensionals to Pool Party layer
  • Tie seam binding around lower part of Pool Party layer and attach with adhesive
  • There is a layer of Whisper White on the inside for writing on stamped with a single bloom to coordinate with the front of the card

There’s one more Hope Note to show you and then we will move on to some different type of projects and some new and fun techniques.  So I hope you will stop by each day and that you will always find some inspiration for your own creations.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope you are having the best day ever…we are STILL having wonderful spring-like weather.

Get inky…Be HaPpY!

Sweet Monogram Magic…

Did you miss this stamp set in the new Occasions Catalog?  I’ve been having so much fun with it and have so many plans for it.  Here’s an example of one of the projects I’ve been working on…


This is my monogram of course, but did you notice the stencil behind the letters?  And do you know what the material is behind the monogram?  You know I’ve been stamping for more years than I want to count and I STILL learn something new all the time.  Thank you Brian King for the stencil idea and Frances Martin for the drywall tape idea!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecard, Whisper White and Old Olive cardstock.
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Almost Gray, Mossy Meadow and Strawberry Slush, plus medium gray Blendability Pen
  • Stamps:  Sophisticated Serifs
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Artisan Embellishment Kit, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder and Drywall Tape (hardware store)


  • Embossed the front of your 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecard
  • Cut 5″ from the roll of drywall tape, lay it on scrap and color it with the medium gray Blendability Pen.  Remove about 4 vertical strands to “fringe” and center on card front
  • Cut the Old Olive layer
  • Stamp the frame from the Sophisticated Serifs set in Smoky Slate on White cardstock.
  • With the laser cut from the Artisan Embellishment Kit, stencil the background of the monogram layer with Going Gray.
  • Place your monogram on an acrylic block using lines from your pad to align and stamp center of monogram layer
  • Use the Old Olive and Strawberry Slush markers to paint the flower stamp and place to the left of the large letter in center.

There is a list here on my desk of all the projects and ideas I have for this set.  It’s amazing!

We have another day with above 60 degree weather…that’s five in a row!  I’m headed out for my walk with Zoe and enjoy every minute of it.  Hope it’s a little spring like where you are too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And even after that…

I’m seriously inky…and HaPpY!

Tiny Tulip Hope Note…

Here is the third Hope Note I’ve posted this week, made by many of my stampin’ peeps.  We get together about once a quarter to make these notes of hope for the local women’s breast cancer center.  I’ve talked about this program with each posting and I have received many comments from stampers all over this country who are asking for information to implement this program where they live.

Isn’t that amazing?  Don’t think these little notes don’t make a difference not only in the lives of those who receive them, but also in the lives of those who make them and give them.  It’s a beautiful circle of love and caring for others.  I absolutely love being even a small part of that circle.

So here is today’s card which I have labeled Tiny Tulip Hope Note…


How sweet is that?  The little tulips just fit inside the Fun Frames Embossing Folder.  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake Notecard, Whisper White cardstock and Best Year Ever DSP
  • Ink:  Pear Pizazz and Calypso Coral
  • Stamps:  Painted Petals
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine, Fancy Frames EF


  • 3 1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake notecard
  • The DSP layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 2 7/8″ x 4 3/8″, inside the card there is another Whisper White layer this size
  • The Whisper White stamped layer which is attached with dimensionals is 1 3/8″ x 2″
  • Attach the DSP layer to the card front.
  • Center the EF on the Whisper White layer and run through Big Shot
  • Stamp the 1 3/8″ x 2″ layer and attach to the center of embossed layer
  • Add Baker’s Twine bow.

It was amazing to watch my stampin’ peeps walk in my studio and sit down with a kit they had never seen and set to work without any instruction whatsoever.  Can you do that?  See a card you admire and take it apart in your mind and then recreate it in your studio?  It’s a gift we all share…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


But don’t look nearly as good in them…

Get inky…Be HaPpY!