Painting With Reinker…

And a fancy corner fold card to boot!  Can you stand it?

So I’ve been showing you some of my water coloring but using well…water colors.  Today I’ve used the new in-color Watermelon Wonder reinker to color this “You’ve Got This” stamp set flower.

Want to see?  Here you go…


This is such a simple way to get your feet wet (pun intended) water coloring and build your confidence.  I inked the stamp with the ink pads (you can do that and not worry too much about over lap) then spritzed the inked stamp about three times before stamping on water color paper.  Hold the stamp there just a bit to allow the ink to soak the paper.  Then pull the color into the white areas with an aqua painter filled with water.

Once you have all the Watermelon done, move to the Cucumber Crush and fill in that area.  Want to add contrast with some darker areas?  Dip your aqua painter into some reinker you have dropped on an acrylic block and shade away!

The sentiment background was done the opposite way with the same colors.  I spritzed the paper first and used my aqua painter to drop reinker on the wet water color paper.  You can move the color around with your aqua painter or let the wet paper do all the work.  Once dry, stamp your sentiment.

Now for the corner fold card.  I looked it up on YouTube and watched this clip here.  See if it helps you.

The mat behind the flower is 2 3/4″ square and the water color paper is 2 1/2″ square.

Inside the card which shows from the front the matting is 5 1/4″ x 4″ Black and 5″ x 3 3/4″ white.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

If you are considering becoming a Stampin’ Up demo, I’d be happy to help you.  Send me an email or leave me a comment.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Close the door…move forward.

Let’s get inky…and Be HaPpY!


Bagging It…Beautifully!

Did you see the new tool in the soon to go “live” catalog?  I’m all about tools…I love tools and this one caught my eye right away.  It’s called the Gift Bag Punch Board and it’s on page 150 of the new catalog.

Since as Demos we can order early and this product was on our “sneak peek” list, I was all over it.  And I’ve had time to work with it, conquer the learning curve and help you.

Here’s a sample of the small, medium and large bag…


Each of these were made from Designer Series Paper, but you could also use cardstock.  There are five punches to make the tabs to close the bottom of the box and a reverse punch for making evenly spaced holes at the top of the bag for tying a ribbon closure.  It took me three tries to get it right.  So start with some copy paper while your are learning.  What threw me off was the side scoring…so pay particular attention to that and you should be fine.

You can make your box as tall as you like (I’m thinking wine bottles) and you’ll need sticky tape to keep it sturdy and closed.

The really fun part is in the decorating.  You can see I have decorated for three different occasions.  The small bow punch really came in handy, too.  And how about that “Bonnie” flower.  That was quickly made with tissue paper, and the floral frames collection framelits with two crossing staples in the center (five layers scrunched together).

As you look through the new catalog, take a look at some of the tools.  They will serve you for years of projects.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Build A Cake…

Taking a little break from all the water coloring (not really, I’m doing it on the side and not showing you) to showcase new product from the new annual catalog that will be “live” on June 2nd.

The Build A Birthday Cake is a cute and versatile set that I’ve enjoyed working with this week.  Here’s my first card (really it’s a notecard)…


There are several new products here so let’s get right to the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Memento Black and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Build A Birthday, the “happy” is from a Photopolymer Alphabet
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  In-Color Blossom Accents, Paper Doily, Bohemian Washi Tape and Decorative Dots EF


  • The base card is a 3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″, embossed with Decorative Dots EF
  • The Basic Black layer is 3 1/8″ x 4 3/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 3″ x 4 1/4″
  • Attach the embossed Bermuda Bay layer to notecard.
  • Stamp the cake stand in Pool Party and add a small piece of doily
  • Add three layers of Washi Tape then stamp banner at top of cake and sentiment in Memento Black just over that
  • If you have the photopolymer alphabet set, stamp “happy” in banner.  This could be done with a journal pen too…or not at all.
  • Add the Blossom accents to the bottom cake layer.

Now this set does have three stamps for the cake layers, but I wanted to use that beautiful Washi Tape instead.  These same three stamps can also be used to make candles.  Check back and I’ll show you a card using them for candles.  Really cute!

Always when new product is released my head spins thinking of ways to use each set and how they might be mixed.  I try to keep my head buried and work out all my ideas before checking out everybody else’s.  Then I see what they are doing and think…”Why didn’t I think of that?”  It’s all good though and I’m glad to CASE someone or be CASED.  We all win in the end.

Do you have your new catalog yet?  What is your number one pick?

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


A favorite…

Come get inky with me…and Be HaPpY!



Masculine Cards…

As I posted yesterday, this past Saturday I visited a fellow demo, Diane Eure.  She invited me to participate in one of her monthly classes.

Totally loved going to someone else’s class and just creating with a kit provided.  How wonderful is that?  Even better…all three projects were masculine cards.  I was so happy as they are a nemesis for me sometimes.

Here’s what we created…


Isn’t that striking with the Moon Lake stamp set?  Here the second…


This would be perfect for Father’s Day…and the third…


Sooooo nice.  I loved visiting with Diane and her stampin’ peeps.  These cards have sparked some ideas for me which I hope to be able to share soon.  Do you have problems making masculine cards?

Since these are not my own creations it would be hard for me to give Stuff ‘N Digits for them.  If you have any specific questions, leave me a comment and I’ll try my best to answer.

All my catalogs have gone out.  Hope everyone will enjoy going through and oohing and ahhing over the new products.  I’d love to hear what your personal favorite is.  And if you need a catalog…let me know that too!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


You gotta love Dora and I’m so like her….

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Thank You Hostess Gift…

It doesn’t happen often, but this weekend I got to attend a Stampin’ Up! Class and did not have to prepare a dang thing!

Diane Eure answered a blanket email I sent out to demonstrators in my area…I think there were 18.  I introduced myself and asked if they would like to gather, meet and share.  My thought was we could support each other and share ideas…

I was so excited waiting to see the response.  Diane was the only one…but she was a good one!  That was over a year ago.

Since then we have traveled to a SU! event together in Atlanta and she has attended one of my classes to see how I handle them.  And one of my Hope Note events, too.

Now it was my turn to go to one of Diane’s monthly classes and meet some of her peeps.

Here is a little gift I made for her to thank her for the invite…


and the notecards inside…


She really seemed to like the gift and I was glad to be able to thank her.  It felt so relaxing to attend a class and just sit and follow instructions.  I’ll share the three masculine cards we made tomorrow.

Here’s some Stuff ‘N Digits for you on the bag (I’m pretty sure you can manage the cards.  I have some Washi Tape on the envelopes, too)


  • Paper:  Cardstock of your choice (I used Blackberry bliss here) and Designer Series Paper that coordinates (I used Bohemian)
  • Ink:  Whatever coordinates with your paper choice (I used Pool Party and Blackberry Bliss)
  • Stamps:  Your Perfect Day  and Alphabet
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments: Ball and chain (box store), Itty Bitty Flower Punch, 1″ Scallop Circle Punch, Little Bow Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Teeney Silver Brads


  • DSP bag body is 12″ x 3 1/2″
  • Two cardstock strips 1/2″ x 12″ for trim around
  • Base is cardstock 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, scored at 1/2″ on all sides.  Cut one scoreline at each corner, burnish all scores and fold to make bag base.  I used glue dots to attach each corner
  • Handles are 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ scored in center.  Add sticky strip to within 1/2″ each end and fold leaving ends open to attach to bag.
  • Add sticky strip to inside bottom of DSP.  Start at center back of bag base and attach.
  • Add sticky strip to second 12″ piece and attach to top of bag.
  • Add handles with piercing tool and teeny brads.
  • Make your initial and add to handles with Ball ‘n Chain
  • Make your little bow and attach at side of base.

Was that easy or what?  Once you make one, you’ll be churning these little bags out easily.  Just get it cut out and follow one direction at a time.  It will all make sense then.

So if you’d like to have a party and invite your friends for a little stamping demonstration and some fun…call me and I’ll make you one of these cute hostess gift, too!

So glad you stopped by today.  Be sure to come back tomorrow to see what we made at Diane’s class.

I know you will be disappointed to hear, we are in the middle of some severe thunderstorms and I cannot upload any images.  I’ll make up for it tomorrow, I promise!

Get Inky…Be HaPpY!




Can You Case It Challenge #70 – May Flowers



Many times a challenge with get you out of your box to try something new and that’s great.  But this week’s challenge is right up my alley…I LOVE flowers and have tons of flower stamps.

Here’s my entry for CYCI#70…


Ah, yes, a no line watercolor flower…who would have guessed I’d come up with that?  I have fallen in love with this technique.  Did you ever do a paint-by-number painting when you were young?  I loved those sets and could entertain myself for hours.  This is similar, but you get to pick your colors!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…


  • Paper:  Pool Party cardstock, Newsprint DSP and watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight.  Actually, I will probably add a sentiment in Memento Black when I use this one.
  • Stamps:  Indescribable Gift (Retiring end of May)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Watercolor Set and Brush


  • The Pool Party base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Watercolor layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Stamp your image on the watercolor paper in Daffodil Delight.  When you watercolor the lines will disappear.  I like to paint wet-on-wet, meaning I use my brush and dampen one petal or leaf at a time, then pick up some watercolor and just touch it to the paper to see how it reacts.  You can tip your paper in different directions to spread the color.  You can also go in with just a damp brush and move the color where you want it.
  • Once all is painted and dried, I outline with the small Project Life Journal Pen or a Micron Pen for details.  Finally, I will wet my brush with water and a good amount of paint and splash it across my painting.  Magic!
  • Dry your masterpiece with the heat gun and while it’s warm, lay the largest acrylic block on it and let it cool.
  • Attach all your layers to the card front.
  • Make that gorgeous linen bow.  You can find a video here on how to make it.

I always sign my paintings in an inconspicuous place…can you find it?

Tootle on over to and enter the challenge this week.  I know you can make a May flower…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get those fingers inky…Be HaPpY!


Perfect Petals Thank Yous…

Did you do like me and hoard these last two pages of the Perfect Petals Designer Series Paper?  I just knew I’d find the right place to use them.

What could be better than sharing with my stamping peeps?…

So I cut these two sheets into panels for card fronts and here is what I made…


and here’s a close up of one of them…


Do you recognize that squiggly border?  I found it on the new catalog cover and just had to give it a try.  It’s kind of cute don’t you think?

So if you (like me) have been hoarding this beautiful paper, this might convince you to give it up for a better use.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for these cards…


  • Paper:  Pool Party and Basic Black cardstock, plus Perfect Petals DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizazz inside
  • Stamps:  You’ve Got This (in new catalog) and Painted Petals (inside card)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Small Project Life Journaling Pen


  • The Pool Party base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Adhere the Basic Black layer to the card front
  • Cut your card front and using your journaling pen, doodle you way around all the flowers and leaves.  If you have room for a border, check the new catalog for a great idea.
  • Add your DSP to the Basic Black layer
  • Inside there is a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Whisper White piece that was stamped with a couple of flowers to the far right.  You could doodle around on this panel too to coordinate with your card front.  It is addictive!

I hope this post inspires you to see your DSP in a different light and don’t be like me and hoard it.

This week I got the sweetest note from Mary Havlovic who is also a demonstrator.  We met at the January Leadership conference in Orlando this year.  I asked to swap with her and she hadn’t brought swaps.  I asked her to take one anyway.  Not only did I get a swap from her this week but the sweetest note, too.  Here’s her card…


Just one of the many reasons I love my job…it’s the little things.  Thank you so much Mary for your message and your beautiful card.

Lots of new product projects this week…stay turned.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Oh words…I do love me some Minions!

Get inky with me…Be HaPpY!




Sprinkles of Life…

Yay!  Here’s a post with new toys that arrived Tuesday.  Not only do I love the versatility of this set, I even love the name of the set…

So, let’s jump right in…


Now there’s some new products…actually, everything here is new.  This set is called Sprinkles of Life and has so many cute images and sayings AND it has a coordinating punch!  The best part is $3 of every purchase of this set goes to the Ronald McDonald House.  That suits me just fine.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Very Vanilla, Early Expresso and Hello Honey cardstock
  • Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Memento Black, Soft Suede and Cucumber Crush
  • Stamps:  Sprinkles of Life and You’ve Got This (background)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Tree Builder Punch and Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim


  • The 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 Whisper White layer is 3 1/2″ x 5″
  • Stamp the background in Watermelon Wonder on the Whisper White layer
  • Stamp the ice cream cone on Hello Honey with Soft Suede and “fussy cut”.
  • Stamp the Happy Birthday in Memento Black on Whisper White scrap, trim and tag one end.  Set aside.
  • Punch three “ice cream” scoops, one in Watermelon Wonder, one in Very Vanilla and one in Early Expresso.
  • Stamp the sprinkles on the  Watermelon Wonder scoop in Versamark then Early Expresso, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat.
  • Stamp candle on Whisper White scrap in Cucumber Crush and “fussy cut”  Stamp flame on Hello Honey and punch.  Set aside.
  • Now let’s put this cute card together…Attach cone with adhesive to bottom center of card front.
  • Add chocolate layer with several single dimensionals.
  • Add Vanilla layer with double dimensionals.
  • Add Watermelon Wonder layer with triple dimensionals.
  • Cut the candle at an angle at the bottom.  Add flame with Tomboy glue then to top of stack with Tomboy
  • Add the “happy birthday” with single dimensional.
  • Cut a piece of Watermelon lace and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach each end to back side of card.

Honestly, I don’t know of any age group that wouldn’t enjoy receiving this card.  There are several other sayings you could use too.

And, while I’m being honest… before I actually had my hands on the new products I was sure Cucumber Crush was my favorite (I love greens) and believe it or not that Mint Macaron would be my least favorite.  NOT!  What turned out to be my favorite color was the Mint Macaron.  Isn’t that funny?  Remember Baja Breeze?  To me it’s a green version of that retired color.

And how about that gorgeous lace?  It’s available in every new incolor!

Hope you enjoyed this diversion from all the water coloring this week.  For my peeps…your order will be here Monday afternoon.  I already have your catalogs ready for you.  See you sometime next week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


You’ve Got This…

And you NEED to get this stamp…it is beautiful and the sentiment and font are amazing.

Been playing with some of my new toys and loving every minute of this job!

Here’s my card for today…


Can you stand one more water color?  I promise tomorrow my post will not be water colored, but I do hope I’ve inspired some of you to give this method a try.

This new stamp set is called “You’ve Got This” and includes a stamp with that sentiment along with the one I’ve used today and even one more.  The DSP in the background is from the Designer Series Paper Set “Bohemian”.  Aren’t those rich colors?

And the base cardstock is the new Mint Macron which I initially thought I wouldn’t like, but when it arrived yesterday…it was my favorite!  Go figure…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits on this card for you…


  • Paper:  Mint Macron and Basic Black cardstock, Watercolor and Bohemian DSP
  • Ink:  Momento Black and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  You’ve Got This
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  watercolor set,  small Project Life journaling pen or Micron pen and black fun foam


  • The Mint Macron cardstock is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The first Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The second Basic Black layer is 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″
  • The watercolor layer is 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • Attach the Basic Black and DSP layers to the card front.
  • Watercolor the image after stamping on watercolor paper with Daffodil Delight.  As you color, the lines will be incorporated into the colors.  Once your image is dry (I use my heat gun to straighten my paper and dry) use the small Project Life journal pen or a Micron Pen to add any details and outlines that you want for dimension.  It’s magic!
  • Once your masterpiece is all dry, attach to Basic Black with Tomboy Glue, then attach to card front with a layer of black fun foam and Tomboy Glue…or dimensionals.
  • Inside I have a piece of Basic Black cardstock 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″ under Whisper White layer that is 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and added a small strip of the DSP to the bottom to coordinate with the card front.
  • Maybe I’ll line the envelope with the DSP too…yep, that’s going to happen.

Can’t you just think of the many life situations where this card and especially this sentiment would be perfect?  Me too!

Hope you are getting ready for a fabulous weekend of stamping fun.  I’ll be back tomorrow with more new products for you…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Let’s stamp and Be HaPpY!


Mojo Monday Entry…

Had every intention to post this card yesterday.

Then I lost the no line circle…looked forever and never found it.

Went to Plan “B” and repainted that circle for today’s post.

Honestly, how can you lose something like that you just had a minute ago?

So here is the card I had planned to show you yesterday…today.


This is my third try at no line water coloring.  Loving it!  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…


  • Paper:  Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White cardstock, plus watercolor paper and Painted Petals Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Memento Black (sentiment)
  • Stamps:  Peaceful Petals and Happy Watercolor
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Circle Framelits, watercolors and brushes.


  • The Blackberry Bliss base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The DSP layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and attached to card front with adhesive
  • The vertical DSP layer is 1 1/2″ x 5 3/8″, the Blackberry Bliss vertical layer is 1 5/8″ x 5 3/8″.  Attach to DSP with Tombow Glue
  • The two smaller circles are 1″ cut in half.  Attach with Tombow.
  • The Horizontal DSP layer is 1″ x 4 1/8″.  The Blackberry Bliss horizontal layer is 1 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.  Attach to DSP with Adhesive and to card front with Tombow Glue.
  • The largest Circle of watercolor paper is 2 1/2″.  Use the circle framelit that will give you the best look.  Stamp your image on watercolor paper with Daffodil Delight and paint with watercolors then detail with black pen.  Attach to card front with fun foam cut the same size as background piece.
  • The sentiment is 1 3/4″ stamped on watercolor paper with Memento Black and attached to Blackberry Bliss background.  Attach to card front with three stacked dimensionals.
  • Inside I have a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ Whisper White layer with a DSP strip at the bottom to coordinate with the card front.

This sketch layout was this week’s Mojo Monday where I plan to post this.  I though it was an interesting layout and love the way this DSP worked so well.  It’s only available til the end of the month in case you need it.

So….the big brown truck came again today with my new product order….squeal!!!  Tomorrow’s post should be a good one.  Be sure to stop by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Get inky…Be HaPpY!