Just A Note…

How cute is this card and message?


This card would make a nice addition to your stash under “All Occasion”.  Inside by adding a happy birthday, or thank you or even thinking of you, you’d have a card ready.  And while writing this post it occurred to me that if this card was made with the new designer series paper Urban Underground, you would have an amazing masculine card too!

Having had the experience just this morning of needing a masculine card…this would have been the perfect card.  I’ll be posting one for you soon.  I so need to replenish my masculine stash!

Here’s another view of today’s post…


Here you can see the flowers do have dimension…”fussy cut” from DSP, rounded on foam mat and applied with dimensionals.


And a peek inside…


Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this little cutie…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla Cardstock, plus Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper and Silver Foil
  • Ink:  Early Espresso and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases (sentiment, cover) Feather Together (sentiment, inside)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Ribbon, Scalloped Top Punch


  • The base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Watermelon Wonder layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″.  As I look at this card today, I would suggest rounding the corners of this piece.  Attach to DSP layer with SNAIL at an angle.
  • The Silver Foil layer is 2″ x 2-1/4″.  Punch with Scallop Top Punch and score at 1″ from straight side.  Attach to top of Crumb Cake layer with SNAIL.  Add a piece of ribbon that coordinates with the DSP you are using.  Add sentiment to center of Crumb cake.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 3/8″ x 3-1/4″ and attach to bottom of Crumb Cake with SNAIL.
  • “Fussy cut” flowers from DSP.  Add the first two with SNAIL and give dimension to the last flower by lying it  right side down on Stamping Pierce Mat and rub in circles with round blunt end to give dimension.  Add to other flowers with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a layer of Watermelon Wonder 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The DSP layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White layer is 2-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Flowers are “fussy cut”, rounded on Piercing Mat and attached with dimensionals.

So yesterday was Kit Class here at Rambling Rose Studio and the kit chosen this month was the Oh So Succulent kit on page 22 of the Occasions Catalog…

There was nothing difficult about this kit and once started we decided to “decorate” our succulents with some different kinds of ink treatments before putting them together.

Here’s Jan stamping the banner…


And here’s Carol showing off her potted succulents (she had plenty left over to decorate some frames she had)…


and a close up (pardon the creative mess!)…


For those who want to know, the container was purchased at Hobby Lobby, $9.99).  Spaces between flowers were filled in with gift filler from Hobby Lobby.

Hope your day is awesome!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



But do stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!


Just Because…

Today’s post could be a Valentine…even though it is not in the traditional red/pink color combo.  It could be a birthday card.  Or maybe a “just because” card to say I love you…


and a peek inside…


Did you notice the envelope peeking out underneath?

Over the weekend one afternoon was spent playing with water color paper, a water spritzer and Ken Oliver’s Color Burst pigment.   Pieces of water color paper in every imaginable combination of colors were lying on all surfaces of the studio.  They were left to dry overnight and I couldn’t wait to get up the next morning to check out the colors and some of the techniques I used for textures.

Today’s flower is a result of that day’s experiments.  And it just happens to look well with SU!’s Calypso Coral ink and Seam Binding Ribbon.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Blushing Bride Cardstock, plus Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Calypso Coral
  • Stamps:  Special Reason and Gorgeous Grunge (splats) and Gift of Love (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Calypso Coral Seam Binding (retired), Linen Thread, coordinating thinlits to Special Reason Stamp Set


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Blushing Bride layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Cut flower using flower thinlit at bottom right corner.  Also cut out two leaves and another small leaf from scrap Whisper White.  Stamp sentiment in bottom right corner with Archival Basic Black.  Stamp flower on post it note and “fussy cut” for a mask.  Lay mask over flower and stamp “splats” in Calypso Coral at an angle.  Remove mask.
  • Cut a small piece of DSP and attach behind leaves with multipurpose glue.  If you have water colored a piece for the flower, attach with multipurpose glue behind the flower.
  • Add a band of ribbon at top and attach at back with SNAIL.  Make a bow with several loops tying center with Linen Thread.  Attach to band with glue dots.
  • Add strips of adhesive to back of this layer and attach over Blushing Bride layer.  Add small leaf cut out to front with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the Blushing Bride layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a layer of Whisper White 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ on top.  The flower was cut from water color paper and “fussy cut” then added to bottom right corner with multipurpose glue.  Add “splats” in Calypso Coral at an angle from bottom right corner.
  • The envelope was taken apart and the smaller flower was cut out.  The same piece of water color paper was added with multipurpose glue to inside of envelope then the sides were reattached with SNAIL.  Just a little something extra to make Hallmark take notice…

Look for more projects made with splashes of water color coming in the days ahead.  It sure is nice to have them on hand a ready to go…

Thanks so much for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


especially the latter.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!


Heartfelt Sympathy…

There have been many posts on this blog with sympathy cards over time, and to me its important to remember friends when they are going through a difficult time.  A word of comfort and encouragement can mean so much.  If you have been on the receiving end, I’m sure you would agree with me.

So today’s post is a sympathy card made with new product (with the exception of the sentiments)…


and it opens like a wedding card recently posted…


and then…


Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla Cardstock, plus Falling In Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Rose Wonder and Feather Together (sentiments)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/8″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, So in Love coordinating Thinlits, Special Reason coordinating thinlits


  • Let’s build the larger card first…Cut Very Vanilla CS 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • Cut two pieces of Sahara Sand  4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.  Attach one to front of card and one inside right with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut two pieces of DSP 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach to top of Sahara Sand layers with SNAIL.
  • Cut one of the large floral piece from Sahara Sand and attach to left side of card front with multipurpose glue.  Add a band of Very Vanilla 1/8″ Satin Ribbon to left side using a thin line of multipurpose glue on inside front and a glue dot in center under ribbon band on front of card.  Make bow with several loops of ribbon and tie center with Linen Thread.  Add to center of card front ribbon band with glue dots.
  • Alrighty…let’s make the smaller card.  Cut a piece of Sahara Sand 3-5/8″ x 6- 1/4″, scored at 3-1/8″.
  • Cut two pieces of Very Vanilla 3-1/2″ x 3″.  Attach with multipurpose glue on front and inside.  Remember the fold of this card is backward from the normal card fold when placing paper layers.
  • Cut a two pieces of Sahara Sand 3-3/8″ x 2-7/8″. Attach one multipurpose glue over Very Vanilla layer inside card.
  • Cut Special Reason large flower in bottom right corner of second piece of Sahara Sand.  Stamp sentiment from Feather Together in Early Espresso.  Add to front of small card with multipurpose glue over Very Vanilla layer.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 3-1/4″ x 2-3/4″.  Attach over Sahara Sand layer inside with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Very Vanilla 3-1/8 x 2-5/8″.  Stamp sentiment from Rose Wonder in Early Espresso.  Cut smaller flower with Special Reason from Sahara Sand and “fussy cut”.  Add in top left corner with multipurpose glue.
  • Glue back of small card and add to larger card so front overlaps larger card front from the right side.

Sahara Sand is my new favorite neutral color!

Hope your weekend will be awesome.  I will talk to you again on Monday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



Hugs & Kisses…

All paper artist are working fast and furious to be ready for Valentines…almost like we were for Christmas.  Valentines is not my favorite holiday, but it comes in a close second and heaven knows there are projects on every surface in my studio in various stages of completion.

One of my “peeps” makes 30+ table favors each month for a ladies luncheon and she is always looking for new ideas.  Recently I offered a Valentine matchbox idea to her and promised I’d post the box with directions.  Well I’d better get my bum in gear or she won’t need them!

The size of the box was determined by cutting one of SU!’s Whisper White notecards in half to use as the Valentine card on top of the box…


Here’s a different view…


plenty of room inside to write a love note…  And a close up…


a little kiss inside.

This may be a heavy photo post, but may make it easier for those of you who haven’t made a matchbox before.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock, Gold Foil and Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Sealed With Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Baker’s Twine, Sealed With Love Thinlits
  • Digits
  • Let’s build the inside box first.  Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 5″.  Score on all sides 3/4″.  Your piece should look like this…


  • Cut the tabs on each end and slightly trim the one side…


  • Burnish all fold lines with bone folder and put Tear “n Tape on each tab.  Fold tabs inside to create box.
  • To make the cover that slides over the box, cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 6-3/4″.  Score on the long side at 3/4″, 3-1/4″, 4″, 6-1/2″


  • Place Tear ‘n Tape on 1/4″ score tab. Burnish all score lines and tuck 1/4″ tab behind the first 3/4″ score.
  • Cut (2) DSP 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ and attach to this piece.  Cut (2) DSP 3/4″ x 3-3/8″ and attach to this piece.
  • Cut (2) DSP 3/4″ x 2-3/8″ for ends of box.  Slide box inside cover.
  • Cut a 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard in half to make two 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ cards for box top.
  • Decorate your Valentine with a piece of DSP 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″.  Cut heart border from Thick Whisper White and trim to fit box cover.  Attach with SNAIL to right side.  Cut one envelope, one small note from Whisper White.  Cut hearts from Real Red.  Cut envelope flap liner from DSP, cut arrow from Gold Foil
  • Fill your sweet note box with candy.

Hope you give this matchbox a try.  You can make it any size your need.

Another historical day…how many presidents have I seen sworn into office…lots.  God bless America!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And stay inky…you are sure to be HaPpY!


Jar o’ Succulents…

Why not put succulents in a jar?  These will look perfect without any water or sunshine…but will surely brighten someone’s special day!


Check out the envelope flap…


See?  The succulents really are inside the jar…and a close up of the Linen Thread Bow…


The Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper pulls all the colors together for you…


In this close up you can see the dimension of the jar and lid…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugar Plum and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugar Plum, Old Olive, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate and Tip Top Taupe
  • Stamps Oh So Succulent and Jar of Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Window Sheet, Everyday Jar Framelits, Strip Adhesive


  • The Tip Top Taupe base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Sweet Sugar Plum layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The checked DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 3″ attached to top of Sweet Sugar Plum layer with SNAIL
  • The flowered DSP is 3-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ attached to card front and overlapping checked layer with SNAIL
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White stamp jar lid and jar using Smoky Slate.  Cut out with coordinating framelits.  Use center of jar framelit to cut away inside jar.  Cut another jar from scrap Thick Whisper White with framelit.  Do not stamp this jar.  Cut another jar out of Window Sheet.
  • Glue Window Sheet jar to back of stamped jar with multipurpose glue.  Let dry.   Wrap Linen Thread three times around stamped jar and attach at back with glue dots.  Place Strip Adhesive around all back edges and set aside.
  • Add Strip adhesive to jar lid and attach to card front at an angle top left of card front.
  • Now let’s plant those succulents on the cut out jar that is not stamped…yet.  I stamped three plants one Rich Razzleberry, and two Mint Macaron and Old Olive and cut these three out with coordinating framelits.  On the jar itself stamps one large Rich Razzleberry plant bottom right, one Tip Top Taupe in bottom left and the spikey plant above.  With dimensionals add the cut out plants and place them where you like them.  Remove protective paper from edges of stamped jar and place over the jar with the stamped plants.  How cute is that?
  • Add the jar ‘o succulents to the card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The sentiment was stamped in Rich Razzleberry and hand cut with snips.  Use SNAIL to add to card front.
  • For the Linen Bow you can create your own or check my video on YouTube here.
  • Inside there is a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ layer of Sweet Sugar Plum with a Whisper White layer 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ on top.  I stamped one Rich Razzleberry plant in lower right corner.
  • On the envelope a layer of DSP was added with SNAIL to the flap to coordinate with card front.

While making this card I decided to make a real jar of succulents using the stamp set and framelits.  I’ll show you that in the next few days.  It needs a little more work yet.

So are all of you enjoying Sale-A-Bration and the free goodies?  I’d love to know what your favorite FREE set or product is…

How your day has been awesome.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


move it.

Be HaPpY…get those fingers inky!



Thank You Peeps…

When I deliver orders to my “peeps”, there is always a little thank you tucked inside the bag.  Always something different and always made from the heart to let them know how much I appreciate their support of this job I love so much.

Today’s post is a note card using the Tie Dyed and Custom Tee stamp sets…


Those tie dyed shirts just make me giddy!

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


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecards and Pool Party  and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Smoky Slate and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Tie Dyed, Custom Tee
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Tee Thinlits, wet wipes to make ink well for tie dyeing


  • Cut the Pool Party CS 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ and attach to front of 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard with SNAIL
  • Cut the top Whisper White layer 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamp sentiment at bottom with Early Espresso and attach to Pool Party layer with SNAIL
  • Stamp Tee Shirt on scrap of Whisper White with Smoky Slate and cut with coordinating thinlit.
  • Stamp collar on scrap on scrap of Whisper White with Calypso Coral and cut with coordinating thinlit.
  • In one side of an empty stamp container place two wet wipes folded in half.  Add several drops of Daffodil Delight reinker to wet wipes, then Pool Party and last Calypso Coral.  Tap the stamp up and down in the same spot on the wet wipe to keep your colors “true”, then stamp front of Tee Shirt.  Add “vintage” stamp to Tee Shirt with Early Espresso and glue collar to top.  Add Tee Shirt at an angle to card front with dimensionals.

Here’s what your wet wipe station should look like…


Had you used the wet wipe technique before?  It works perfectly for these tie dyed stamps.

There are so many ideas for these two sets…I’m sure you will be seeing them in the coming days.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Keep yourself inky…you’ll be HaPpY!




Our 50th Anniversary…

It’s true…Sweetums and I have been married 50 years next month!  We have had the most incredible, lucky life together…

A card kept sneaking into my mind to make for him, but finding the right time to be able to create it was difficult.  Life kept getting in the way.

But this week there was an afternoon open when he was playing golf and I had nothing pressing and it was the perfect time to devote to this special card for him…


I knew it should look vintage and of course have gold included.  The new Falling in Love Designer Series Paper had the perfect design…


It opens like this…


to reveal the inside.  I hope to include a photo on the left side.  You can see the envelope was treated with the same vintage theme.  Here’s a close up…


He always appreciates my designs and I just know he will love this card and it will make my heart happy to give it to him!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Gold Foil plus Falling in Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Sahara Sand, VersaMark Clear
  • Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic, Butterfly Basics and Number of Years
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Lace Doilies, 1/8″ Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Large Numbers Framelits, Gold Baker’s Twine, Linen Thread


  • The Sahara Sand base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The smaller Very Vanilla card is 8″ x 3-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4″
  • Let’s work on the larger card first.  Cut two pieces of DSP 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.  Sponge all edges with Sahara Sand and attach to both sides inside the larger card with SNAIL.  On the front of the larger card cut the DSP 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Sponge all edges with Sahara Sand.  Cut a piece of Gold Foil 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″  Attach to card front with multipurpose glue.  Add sponged DSP on top with SNAIL.
  • Now lets work on the small card.  Attach to larger card inside with multipurpose glue so that it opens from left to right or opposite most cards.
  • On the inside small panel cut a piece of DSP 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ and attach with SNAIL.  Cut Very Vanilla CS 3″ x 3-1/2″. Attach over DSP layer with SNAIL.  Cut a piece of Lace Doily to fit bottom right corner and sponge with Sahara Sand.  Attach with sponge and multipurpose glue.
  • On the right panel inside the smaller card cut a piece of DSP 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Sponge edges with Sahara Sand and stamp a collage using Sahara Sand and stamps from Awesomely Artistic and Butterfly Basics stamp sets.  Attach to panel with SNAIL.
  • Now for the front of the smaller card cut a piece of Gold Foil 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 3-1/8″ x 3-5/8″.  Sponge edges with Sahara Sand and use the same stamp sets to stamp collage with Sahara Sand.  Glue these two layers together with SNAIL.  Add a band of 1/8″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon to left side and attach on back with SNAIL.   Add these two layers to front of smaller card with multipurpose glue.
  • Make a bow with several loops of Very Vanilla Ribbon and tie off in center with Linen Thread.  Add to ribbon band with glue dots.  Cut numbers from Gold Foil and add to card front with multipurpose glue.  Stamp “TH” just above and to the right of the number.
  • Cut a banner from Gold Foil.  Stamp “anniversary” in VersaMark on scrap of Very Vanilla, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat.  Glue together with multipurpose glue leaving the gold layer showing at top.  Add to card front with strip of adhesive.
  • The envelope was treated like the layers, sponging edges with Sahara Sand and collaging the whole surface.

What a special celebration we will have and I know Sweetums will love his anniversary card.  We plan several trips this year in celebration…

Thanks so much for stopping by today for this post.  Hope you are having an awesome day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


or end.

I’m inky…and HaPpY!


Shaker Bee…

Dragonflies and Bumble Bees…two of my favorite bugs!  So the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Bundle was at the top of my first order from the Occasions Catalog.  And it hasn’t disappointed…

Today I have a bumble bee shaker card for you…


here’s a peek inside…


Did you notice the coordinating envelope?  When we have classes here at Rambling Rose Studio, finishing your card with a coordinating envelope is always included because personally I think it shows extra care taken to make the project personal.

Here’s a close up…


These sequins are retired, but I had them in my stash and thought they looked perfect with this Designer Series Paper.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Daffodil Delight Cardstock, plus Falling in Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams, Butterfly Basics (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (retired), Stitched Circles Framelits, Scalloped Circles Framelits, Window Sheet, Strip Adhesive, Sequins


  • The Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, folded, scored and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach a band of ribbon at the back of this layer and then to the Daffodil Delight layer with SNAIL.
  • Make several loops for increasing size and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach over band slightly left with glue dots.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Very Vanilla and cut out with Stitched Circles Die.  Attach to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut Daffodil Delight scalloped circle.  Choose a circle size for center and cut away center of Daffodil Delight scalloped circle.  Cut a Very Vanilla Stitched Circle slightly smaller than scalloped circle and use the same smaller circle framelit used on the center of Daffodil Delight circle to cut away center of Very Vanilla stitched circle.  Glue this frame together.  Cut a piece of Window Sheet with same stitched circle framelit and glue to back of frame.  Stamp bumble bee in Archival Basic Black ink and set aside to dry.  This will smear if it isn’t dry so be careful.
  • While your bumble bee circle is drying, cut a circle of Very Vanilla the same size as Window Sheet.  Stamp dots in Soft Sky and Daffodil Delight on one side.
  • Add strip adhesive to the back of circle with Window Sheet.  Lay face down and pull away protective paper.  Add a spoonful of sequins and then apply stamped circle over strip adhesive.  Glue this shaker circle to front of card with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a Daffodil Delight layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a DSP layer 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ on top and finally a Very Vanilla layer 3″ x 4″.  Glue inside card with SNAIL
  • On the cover of the envelope add Soft Sky dots to one side along with some Daffodil Delight dots.  Stamp bumble bee in Archival Basic Black on top.

I’ve just got to make more bumble bee cards…this is a really pretty stamp!

Being a holiday today makes for a quiet day with no mail or deliveries.  Tomorrow I travel to Nashville for the day, but I have already posted a very special project for you so be sure to stop by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


like today.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



Dragonfly Art…

Home again from visiting “the littles” and miss them already!  And the flight home was uneventful but late, of course!

Flying is just such an uncomfortable experience anymore.  Never have I seen seats that had straighter backs and absolutely no cushioning at all.  I’m 4’11” and it was a challenge for me to fold myself into that contraption they sell as a “seat”!  But arriving in one hour and nine minutes on a trip that takes 9 hours (if you’re lucky) to drive sends me to the airport every time…

My first day home and I couldn’t wait to get to my studio.  I had spent my down time drawing sketches of ideas in my planner.   Here’s one of them…


and another angle…


So you can see the dimension of the frame and dragonfly.  The water color piece was a leftover from another project.  Generally I paint a whole piece of water color paper and save the scraps.  They do come in handy.

You might be able to see the “sparkle” on the dragonfly a little better in this shot…


You knew I had to get a little sparkly in there.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black Cardstock, Vellum and water color paper
  • Ink:  Real Red and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams and Gorgeous Grunge (splat)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Scalloped Square Framelits Dies, Stitched Framelits Dies, Dragonfly Thinlits, Gently Falling Embossing Folder


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment at lower left in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp Real Red splats so that they will show after frame is put in place.  Run through Big Shot with Gently Falling EF.  Attach to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the Basic Black Scalloped frame that measures 3″ x 3″.  The Whisper White frame is a little over 2-1/2″.  Use a smaller square framelit to cut out the center of the Whisper White piece.  You could use anything for the background of the frame…even DSP or stamp a small collage would be nice too.  I just happened to have this piece of water color paper painted.  Glue these three pieces together and place at top right corner of card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The detailed dragonfly was cut from the Valentine Paper Stack and the top layer of dragonfly was stamped with Archival Basic Black on cardstock Vellum and cut with framelit.  Run a bead of multipurpose glue down the center of the DSP dragonfly and place the vellum dragonfly on top.   The wings were painted with Clear Wink of Stella and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. (I had to do it!)  Add a strip of adhesive on the bottom and place on card front.  You can bend the wings a little to give more dimension.
  • Inside there is a piece of Real Red 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a piece of Whisper White 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″.  I stamped the corresponding sentiment in Basic Black, add a splat of Real Red at the bottom and ran just the bottom inch or so through the Gently Falling EF.
  • You can see the envelope was treated to the Gently Falling EF too to correspond to the card front.

So I’m looking forward to getting back into my grove this week.  Hope you’ll stop back by…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


be HaPpY in it and get yourself inky!




What Day is it…

Today’s post was sent to a blog reader from a random drawing selection.  I had promised to send a gift made personally and this is what was sent…


Hoping Rosemary has received her gift and this post isn’t ruining her surprise.  Thought this little desk calendar would be useful in her stamping space.

Because I gave away the only catalog I had with me (I’m still with “the littles” in Florida) I don’t have the exact name of the stamp set.  But it is in the Occasion Catalog with coordinating framelits and it is awesome!  I’ve seen so many really cute and clever things made with this set.

I can give you the dimensions to the calendar stand…

The Thick Whisper White base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored on the long side at 4″, 8″, 9″ and 10″.  Make the 9″ score a valley fold and the 8″ and 10″ mountian folds.  Attach the last inch fold to the top of the card piece and stand it up.

The Calypso Coral cardstock is 4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.

The DSP layers are 3-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached with SNAIL, and 3-7/8″ x 1-3/4″ for the top layer attached with SNAIL.

The calendars I ordered from  The cardstock behind the calendar was cut 1/8″ wider than the calendar.

The T-Shirt was stamped on scrap of Thick Whisper White in Smoky Slate and cut out with framelit.

The T-Shirt message was stamped in Calypso Coral.

The T-Shirt collar was stamped in Calypso Coral and cut with framelit and attached with a piece of dimensional.

The T-Shirt was added to top of calendar with multipurpose glue

So today is going home day.  One more school pick up and one more after school treat before I leave.  It’s been fun to be  involved in their daily activities and be here when they get home.  Of course the amazing warm, no humidity weather has been pretty nice too.


Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Stay inky my friend…be HaPpY!