Can You Case It #77

So today is Sunday and that means the Can You Case It Challenge.  This week we had a sketch to challenge us.

And here’s my interpretation of the sketch…


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


  • Paper:  Heavy Weight Whisper White, Basic Black and Bermuda Bay cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black and Water Colors
  • Stamps:  Best Thoughts
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Micron Ink Pen and Rhinestone Jewels

Digits ‘N Directions

  • The Heavy Weight Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The black panels are 4 1/8″ x 1 5/8″
  • The Whisper White panels are 4″ x 1 1/2″
  • The Whisper White 4″ x 4 1/2″ layer was stamped and colored before cutting into the three 1 1/2″ pieces
  • Add layers to card front with adhesive
  • Stamp butterfly on scrap paper, color and “fussy cut” before adding to card front with dimensionals.
  • Add Rhinestones colored with permanent marker

Hope you will join in the fun this week at and add your creation to the board before noon on Friday.  Winners are announced the following Friday.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get those fingers inky and Be HaPpY!



Get Well Soon…

When you need a get well card it helps if its already handy.  Which this wasn’t and it needed to already be in the mail,,,so I made more than one.


Unfortunately I need two this week.  As soon as I saw this single stamp, watercolor came to mind.  So here I’ve used watercolor pencils, but if you want to use reinker, I’m pretty sure that would work too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you cause this one has got to get into the mailbox…


  • Paper:  Heavy Weight Whisper White, Real Red and Basic Black cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, water color pencils
  • Stamps:  Get Well Soup
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Painter, Water Color Pencils


  • The Heavy Weight Whisper White cardstock base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Real Red cardstock layer is 5 1/4″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 1/8″ x 4″
  • The water color layer is 5″ x 3 7/8″
  • Stamp the image with Memento Black and heat to be sure it’s dry before you watercolor
  • Layer all your layers using Tomboy Glue.

Here’s hoping these get well wishes do the trick!

Thanks for stopping by today…have an awesome day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me and Be HaPpY!




Last Best Thoughts…

So today will be the last post using the Best Thoughts stamp set…at least for a while.  This set has been so enjoyable to work with.

Today’s card is the opposite of what has been shown the last couple of days.  No water color paper today…how about black?


Talk about reversing the technique…this one was stamped with White Craft Ink, sprinkled with White Embossing Powder and heated.  The coloring was done with Luminance 6901 Permanent Pencils.  Used on black the color is striking.

The green 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ mat is Mint Macaron and the Basic Black cardstock layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.  There is a 4″ x 5 1/8″ piece of black foam behind the green layer to lift this image off the card front.

Since this is the last in this series, feel free to try these techniques and let me know how you like them.  I’d love to see what you create.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



And Then This Happened…

You know powdering up just one piece of watercolor paper wasn’t going to work…oh no!  Here’s another experiment with a different color combo.  Can you see how the color explodes in the background?


What an explosion of happy colors…

Like yesterday’s card the watercolor paper was spritzed with water to get it wet after blowing dry pigment from the color burst bottles.  A little bit goes a long way.  You can always add more pigment after the explosion happens if you want to add an addition bit of color somewhere.

Once this was dry (you know I heated it with the heat gun) the image was stamped in Tuxedo Black as was the sentiment.  I confess to using the MISTI to get my sentiment positioned straight and really inked well.  Some water was sprayed on a small amount of the green pigment on my palette to give the leaves their green.  Added a little yellow the same way to the leaves and some of the petals.  A white gel pen was used for highlights.

Tomorrow I have one more card to show you with everything in reverse.  Interesting…hope you can stop by.

Lots of times you hear about “the littles” which are the youngest g’kids.  Rarely do I get to see “the BIGS” which are the oldest g’kids.  They are young adults with busy, fun-filled lives.  They live 125 miles away.  Last week was highlighted by an overnight visit from Kendall.

We drank coffee and talked, went shopping and to lunch and then to Starbucks for even more coffee.  Here she is taking a selfie (because most of you know I can’t take a selfie)…


Just wanted you meet this little bug…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky and Be HaPpY!



I’m in Love…

With watercolor!  This is one of my favorite cards ever…

Here’s what I’m talking about…


What a joy this was to work with.  The watercolor paper was lightly sprayed with Ken Oliver’s Color Burst powder and spritzed with water for the background effect.  I used the Ultramarine Blue and Pthalo Green in the lower corner and Alizarin Crimson at the top.  Once the color had “burst” I sprayed on some Lemon Yellow at the center of the card.

Because I couldn’t wait for it to dry, I used the heat gun.  Then stamped the flower in Memento Black.  I extended the stem with a black Micron pen.  I sprayed a small amount of the Pthalo Green on a palate and added water to paint the leaves and stem.  While it was still wet, a bit of Lemon Yellow was added to the leaves.

To be sure I didn’t ruin this background, the MISTI was used to add the sentiment from Best Thoughts.

A little Linen Thread was added to the bottom and then this watercolor paper was added to Basic Black with Tomboy Glue and weighted until dry to be sure the paper didn’t warp and come lose.

Both layers were added to the Heavy Weight Whisper White cardstock cut 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″

This card is so impressive in person…it’s the reaction of the Color Burst with the water and the texture of the watercolor paper. I’m in love!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Oh my word…that’s funny!

Inky fingers…will make you HaPpY!


You Make My Heart Sing…

This was the sketch for Paper Players this week and it is a good one…so I decided to see what would evolve.  Here’s what happened…


and the inside…


Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy cardstock, plus English Garden DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Timeless Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Circle Framelits, White Gel Pen, Banner Punch and Silver Thread, 1″ circle punch


  • The Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Night of Navy layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The horizontal Night of Navy layer is 1 3/4″ x 4″ “stitched” with white gel pen.
  • The horizontal DSP layer is 1 1/2″ x 4″, punched with Banner Punch
  • Cut the Night of Navy circle 2″
  • Cut the DSP circle with the next smallest circle and attach to navy circle with adhesive and to card front with dimensionals.
  • Add Night of Navy layer to card f ront.
  • Add DSP layer on top of the navy layer.
  • Add horizontal Night of Navy layer just below half-way line
  • Add DSP layer stamped with sentiment.
  • Add adhesive to back of circle layer and place Linen Thread and Silver Thread then add to card front after measuring and cutting the right side to be flush with the card front and not covering any of the sentiment.
  • Inside there is a 3 1/2″ x 4″ Night of Navy with a 3 3/8″ x 3 7/8″ Whisper White layer.
  • Add a strip of the brown DSP and punch a flower with a 1″ circle punch.
  • The envelope was also lines with the blue DSP to coordinate.

This card wasn’t put up on the Paper Players site because my files are always too big.  Bet there’s a way to fix that…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Lyla’s Notes…

So when “the littles” were here a week ago and we were playing in the studio, Lyla saw the notecards I posted yesterday and mentioned she’d like some notes of her own.

So this is what happened…


If you ask Lyla what her favorite color is, she will tell you “magenta”.  Seriously?  These colors aren’t magenta by any stretch, but she will like the ombre effect achieved with these colors.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits on these little “Lyla Notes”…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard, plus heavy weight Whisper White cardstock and Crisp Cantaloupe.
  • Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe and Blushing Bride, plus Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Epic Alphabet, Layered Letters Alphabet and Tin of Cards
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  None


  • The Crisp Cantaloupe layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ attached with adhesive to the 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecard
  • The Heavy Weight Whisper White cardstock is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • Everything in Memento Black was stamped first and heat dried to be sure it wouldn’t smudge.
  • The different colored rectangles were stamped last.
  • The stamped layer was put on the card front with Tomboy because it is heavy and I wanted to be sure it stayed put.
  • You can see the envelope has a coordinating letter in the corner.

I sure hope she is excited when these arrive in her mailbox.  Kids LOVE to get mail…

Things here in the studio are chaotic to say the lest…lots of projects on every surface getting ready for two classes and convention.  It’s all good stuff though…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope that made you smile…

Get those fingers inky…Be HaPpY!



Can You Case It #76 – In Color Challenge

It’s Sunday…and that means another challenge at  This week the color challenge is using the new in-colors.  Hope you will play along…

Here’s my card…


I’m in love with this World of Thanks stamp…there’s so much you could do with it.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you.


  • Paper:  Whisper White regular and thick cardstock, Pretty Petals DSP, Basic Black and Watermelon Wonder cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamps:  World of Thanks
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder markers, 1 1/4″, 1″ and 1/2″ Circle punches, In Color Blossom Accents


  • The Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The DSP is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • The thick Whisper White layer is 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″
  • Stamp the image with just the type you want to be black.  If you have a MISTI you can clean your stamp and color the type you want in a different color and stamp.  If not, after getting your black type inked you can color the addition type with markers and “huff” on your stamp really well before stamping.
  • Punch your Watermelon Wonder circles and sponge edges.  I used fun foam between these layers as you can see in the close up.


  • Attach all your layers to the card front.
  • Inside I have a small piece of the DSP to coordinate with the card front.

Hope you enjoyed this card and will come and play along at Can You Case It this week.  You have until Friday at noon to get your entry posted.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



Thinking of You…

Everyday there are cards going out in my mailbox.  That’s what I do, right?  Sometimes though life is tough and you just want someone going through hard times to know you are thinking of them.  So I made myself (heaven forbid! cause I almost never get around to myself) a set of these “thinking of you” cards.

You will  have to forgive me for using a set that retired, but I found a framelit for it online and just had to use it.  You could always substitute one of the four alphabets on pages 132-133 in the new catalog.  In fact, I have a set in the works for Lyla (one of the “littles”) using the Epic alphabet…I’ll show that to you later this week.

Here’s the card…


This was created using the 3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard, 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ Bermuda Bay layer and 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ Whisper White layer.

The “thinking of you” sentiment is from the Sheltering Tree stamp set.

Just an idea if you, like me, sometimes need a card that works for some of life’s bumps.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


In this crazy world we live in today this seemed appropriate…

Let’s be HaPpY with inky fingers!




Timeless Love…

There’s this special couple I have known for over 40 years.  When we bought our first house, they bought the house next door and it was their first house too.

July 1st is their wedding anniversary and today’s card post will be winging it’s way to them in the mail tomorrow.  Not to worry…neither of them reads my blog.

Here’s their card…


and here is the inside…


Now the new heavy weight Whisper White cardstock was used for this card.  It is amazing!   I had someone ask me if you could REALLY tell the difference…Oh Yeah you can!

So here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you on this card…


  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay and Heavy Whisper White cardstock.
  • Ink:  Memento Black and watercolor
  • Stamps:  Timeless Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Watercolor brush pens (not Aqua Painters), small journaling pen for outlining petals.


  • The Whisper White heavy cardstock base is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Heavy Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The flower image was stamped twice in Memento Black to form a wreath and painted with watercolor brush pens.  You could use the Aqua Pen and ink for a softer look. The petals were outlined in black.   A little light grey shading at the bottom of the wreath to “ground” it so it doesn’t look like it’s floating away.
  • The sentiment was stamped in Memento Black…love this font!

Did you like this one?  It sure was fun to color.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Ah…yes, it does!

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!