Spooky Mantle…

Do you like Halloween?  Some do and some don’t.  I’m one of those who love it in a cute spooky way.  We get about 50 kids each year Trick or Treating and it’s just so much fun seeing all the kids in their creative costumes.

Needless to say, around my house its always decorated, plus we put spooky lights and other things in our yard leading up to the door.  The kids love it.

Here are a couple of shots of a banner that’s on my mantle plus some Halloween candles that coordinate.


and this one…


The banner spells out Spooky with big burlap bows at each end.  I find it hard and next to impossible to get a good pic of a banner…but you get the jest.

Here are the candles…


These were made last year.  That’s what is great about making this type of decoration…you can reuse it again.

Maybe you saw something here today that inspires a creation of your own…I hope so.  Thanks for stopping by.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


I’m just a little inky…but a lot HaPpY!

Gift Card Dress Up…

imageGift cards not only make our holiday shopping easier…lots of people actually prefer gift cards to gifts.  Since we do everything “gussied Up” with our SU! products…why not gift cards?

Here’s one idea…


Isn’t this cute?  This card would say “I cared enough to “gussie it up” just for you!  Want the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler, and Under the Tree Specialty DSP plus Nordic Noel DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  The TO From stamp is in Festival of Trees
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread (of course!), Gift Card Envelope and Trim Die, Tiny Brads. Banner Framelit Die, Stars Embossing Folder


  • The Base Baked Brown Sugar card is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, single layer
  • The Under the Tree Specialty paper is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The Cherry Cobbler Banner is the second biggest in the Banner Framelit Die set then embossed with the Stars EF
  • Attach the folded gift card envelope with the punched circles and brads and close with Linen Thread.
  • The tag is part of the gift card die set and is stamped and attached with dimensionals.

Isn’t that easy?  There will definitely be some of these under my tree…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Yep, definitely had a day or two like that…

I’m inky…and HaPpY!


Box It In Stars…

There’s a new kit from Stampin’ Up! just in time to box up those special gifts for the holidays or decorate you tree and home.  It’s called Many Merry Stars (#138104, $25.95) and I’ve never seen a kit like this in my years at SU!

This kits makes 26 stars!…in six different sizes from 2″ to 15″.  The boxes make great stand alone decorations or tree ornaments, but my favorite is a gift topper rather than a bow.  It’s just so stinkin’ cute.  For lots and lots of ideas check the Stampin’ Up! Pinterest site at  Get ready for your socks to blow off.  Here’s a video to give you an even better idea about star boxes and how to make them.  Everything and I mean everything is included in the kit with supplies left over.  Enjoy!

Isn’t that fun?  This Many Merry Stars kit is on my counter and in the process of being created.  Look at all this stuff…


Hope you have been inspired by something on my blog today.  If you’d like to have this kit delivered to your door, just click on the “Order” button and ZIP it’s on its way.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”If you leave a trail of glitter, you will never be forgotten!”

No problem here…I not only leave a trail but carry a cloud of glitter around me like the Peanuts character with the dust cloud.  It’s a great life!

Get inky…be HaPpY!

Merry in Blue…

This set was given out at the Salt Lake City Convention in July.  At first glance my impression was…nice.  But after using the Thanks with the beautiful curling vines and the “thumping” technique in three pretty fall colors, I fell in love with it.  There are lots of examples on Pinterest and Stampin’ Connection, but I try to use my sets for the first time before looking at all the samples.  If you missed the Thanks card with the “thumping” technique, just click the holiday button and scroll down.  There’s also a video on the “thumping”  technique here. Here is the Merry in Blue card… IMG_1786 Isn’t that fun?  When I get caught up for the holidays (who am I kidding?) the Valentine stamp is at the top of my list.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you on this card… Stuff:

  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Lost Lagoon cardstock plus All Is Calm DSP
  • Ink:  Sahara Sand, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Seasonally Scattered
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread (of course), Frosted Sequins and All Is Calm Snowflakes


  • Base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • The first Lost Lagoon layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The DSP is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The smaller Lost Lagoon layer is 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • The Whisper White cardstock layer is 4 3/8″ x 3 3/8″.  There is another set of layers this size inside the card with a couple of sequins to coordinate with the front of the card
  • The Merry stamp was first covered with Sahara Sand ink then “thumped” with markers of the other three colors.  Huff the stamp to remoisten if necessary before stamping
  • Ta-Da!  Don’t you just love it?  I’m pretty sure you could never produce two that looked exactly the same, but they are all always beautiful!
  • Attach the Whisper White layer to the smaller Lost Lagoon layer and tie with Linen Thread.  The “how to” for the linen thread look is included on the “thumping” video, too.
  • Don’t forget to attach your pretty snowflake.  This whole layer is up on dimensionals.

Hope you enjoyed this post today and gathered some sort of inspiration for creations of your own.  Thanks so much for stopping by. Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Life is supposed to be FUN…the JOY is in the journey!” I’m always having fun because my fingers are always INKY and that makes me HaPpY!

Gold Christmas Cheer…

Hope everyone is having a great Friday and plans for the weekend that make you happy.  Me?  I’m headed to the Great Smoky Mountains to meet with some friends from New Jersey.  We have a full long weekend planned and I can’t wait.

The mountains should be full of color and I’ll share pics with you in the next couple of days.

Today I’m showing a gorgeous gold embossed Christmas card that was created especially for a customer who was looking for a card idea.  She picked one out of the Holiday catalog and I’ve embellished it (seriously?…imagine that!) just a little.  Here’s her card…

Simple but very impressive in person…love that Filigree Frame Embossing Folder.  This card can be found on page 8.  I’ve added an extra layer of Cherry Cobbler to set off the embossing layer.  Hope she likes it.  Here is a list of the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…



  • Paper:  Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler cardstock
  • Ink:  VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Cheerful Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Filigree Frame Embossing Folder, Pearls, Gold Embossing Powder, Darkest Red Blendability Pen


  • The base Very Vanilla cardstock is cut 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Cherry Cobbler layer is cut 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The top Very Vanilla layer is cut 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • There is also two layers inside the card…Cherry Cobbler 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and Very Vanilla layer 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″
  • Emboss the top Very Vanilla layer with the Filigree Frame EF.
  • Stamp this layer with the Cheerful Christmas stamp in VersaMark ink and cover with gold embossing powder then heat
  • Color five pearls with darkest red Blendability Pen and place on this same layer.
  • Attach the top Very Vanilla layer to the Cherry Cobbler layer.  Attach these two layers to the card front.
  • Don’t forget your personalized stamp for the back and be sure to emboss just the envelop flap with the same embossing folder.

This card would be a really easy one to mass produce.  If you didn’t want to use the pearls and maybe incur extra postage, you could always use the gold sequins in their place.

I’m so glad you stopped by today and I hope you found something inspiring.  Have a great weekend…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…bowl

Sounds like a plan to me…

Yep, I’m inky…and HaPpY!

Pine Cone Video…

See?   I delivered!  Told you yesterday I would have this video up today for all those who contacted me about how to make the pine cone from the Spiral Flower Die and here it is!

Believe it or not some though the pine cone was real…how sweet is that?  Before I add the video…here are a couple more examples of the pine bough and pine cone.  You could make this for a gift for under $10.

Here is the silver one…


This frame was bought at a box store for less than $10.  The polka dots were added with brushed silver cardstock to the mat.

Now here is a gold one…


This frame already had the gold polka dots.  Since I didn’t have any brushed gold cardstock, I used Baked Brown Sugar on this one.

Now here’s the video…I hope you all feel inspired to make tons of these pine cones…enjoy!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”What’s the difference between a Northern fairy tale and a Southern fairy tale?  A Northern fairy tale begins like this:  ‘Once upon a time’.  A Southern fairy tale begins like this:  ‘Y’all ain’t gonna believe this’!”

Just a little jibe at my Northern friends…

I’m inky…and you know I’m HaPpY!


Pine Cones in Snow…

This simple project turned out so well…better than I had at first imagined…I thought you would like to see it and maybe make it yourself.

Even though the title is pine cones in snow…the cone is actually the spiral flower die modified a little.  Over the weekend I watched a video by Tim Holtz (ever heard of him?).  He has his own line of everything artsy and is an amazing artist himself.  He was making these pine cones with a new pine cone die he has.  The whole time I watched I was thinking….hmmmmm.  So I punched out a Baked Brown Sugar flower and used my 1/8″ circle punch to take out the center of each “petal” and started sponging and manipulating the paper around a toothpick.  Here’s what happened…


This I liked!  So here is the end result.  This frame is from the April Paper Pumpkin kit…


Isn’t that simple and pretty?  You could keep this little frame out all winter long instead just over the Holidays.  Not to worry…a video is already in the works for you.

Are you enjoying beautiful fall weather where you are?  I’m having a hard time staying inside.  It is so gorgeous here in the south.  Got a trip to the mountains planned for this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Were you inspired in some way?  I hope so…then my day is complete.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”Life isn’t about finding yourself…Life is about creating yourself!”

I’m a work in progress…how about you?

Whatever…I’m inky and HaPpY!

Video…Thump It!

So last week I posted a card using the “thumping” technique and had lots of comments about how to do it.  So today I’m posting this video that will answer all your questions and show you just how easy this technique is but how beautiful the results.

Here’s the card I showed last week and it’s also the one on the video…


My class “Peeps” will recognize this as the thank you card this month for their orders.  Here is the video for you…

Isn’t that fun?  I hope you will give this technique a try.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”I really feel for the trees this time of the year.  At least when I went through “the change” nothing fell off!”

Are you smiling?

I’m inky…and I’m HaPpY!


Curvy Keepsake…

You’ve surely seen so many versions of this adorable box die.  It’s everywhere on the internet, Pinterest and blogs.  So I just had to had my two cents worth…

Here’s one I’ve made and then made up kits so when the g’kids get here they can make one for each place setting at the Thanksgiving table.  They will love making these…


Yep, little Tom Turkey.  Some of the feathers were left over from the Paper Pumpkin this month so I decided to include them in this project.  The kids are going to love making these…they go together in a snap!

Here’s one for the Christmas tree I spotlighted last week (I’m still adding decorations to that little tree)…


Elegant, yes?  And it looks so pretty with all the blues, greens and silver on the tree.  And…one more ornament…


Another ornament that lights up and it’s oh so pretty with the White embossing and pearls.

Honestly, I think this little die will come in handy for so many different occasions that it is well worth its price.  I’m already looking forward to my creations the g’kids will make.

Do you need the Stuff ‘N Digits?…here you go…


  • Paper:  This little box takes a whole sheet of 8 1/2 x 11.  I just cut it in half and cut both pieces at the same time.
  • Ink:  Of course it depends on what you are making.  The only ink I used on these three was VersaMark with White Embossing Powder on the lighted one.
  • Stamps:  On the lighted one I used Letterpress Winter for the little wreath
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Use double stick tape on the bottom of the box.  Use any embellishment that fits your occasion.  The sky is the limit!


  • There really aren’t any specific digits.  I did use two  1 1/4″ punched  circles to “sandwich” the feathers before attaching to the box.

This die box can be addictive.  I had to stop myself from making more critters, gift boxes, favors, etc.  You see what I mean?

If you have been inspired today to create something of your own, my job here is done…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Get at least eight hours of beauty sleep…nine if you’re ugly!”…Betty White

Did you smile?

I’m inky…and HaPpY…how about you?

A Slice of Life…

We are enjoying a beautiful fall now that the rain has finally stopped and today was a great day for a convertible ride with the fur babies…


And…we are ready for Halloween.  These pumpkins I think are three or four years old when SU! offered this Halloween decoration.  An oldie but goodie…not me!  the pumpkins.  And I’m holding Willis (who will not look at a camera) and Miss Zoe.  They have been all bathed up and are ready for a ride.  I should have gotten the doors behind me in the shot because the Halloween beaded spider wreaths are up too!

But here is my project to show you today.  Do you get Paper Pumpkin?  Yes…well I know you were excited this month.  And if you don’t…what are you waiting for?  Click on the Paper Pumpkin picture on the right side of this blog and get going.  You don’t want to miss another month.  They are simply terrific.  Here is October’s Paper Pumpkin…


Is that adorable?  I plan to place little goodies in each slice and use them at my Thanksgiving table.  Here’s what I’m hoping…that SU! will offer a die to cut these pie slice boxes in the SAB catalog the first of the year.  Nobody has said a word to me, but boy! would I love that.  Can’t you just see this at showers, birthdays and Christmas?  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that wish.

I hope you are enjoying some beautiful fall weather wherever you are too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”When I told you I was normal, I may have slightly exaggerated.”

I’m smiling…slightly my foot!  I’m inky…and HaPpY!