White Christmas Snowman…

I’m in love with the notecards as the base for my Christmas cards…at least some of my cards.  Today I’ve used the White Christmas stamp set and the Crumb Cake notecards to make a winter scene.

Here’s the card…


This little card is adorable and goes together pretty fast…in case you are behind and need some cards fast.  Interested?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake notecards, Real Red, Soft Sky, Whisper White cardstock plus Vellum cardstock and Glimmer Paper scraps for banners.
  • Ink:  VersaMark and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  White Christmas and Gorgeous Grunge (snow)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/8″ Silver Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Banner Punch and Framelit


  • The base notecard is 3 1/2″ x 5″.
  • The Real Red layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • The cardstock Vellum layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • Stamp your White Christmas tree stamp and snowman and the Gorgeous Grunge spots for snow in VersaMark
  • Cover with White Embossing Powder and heat
  • Cut your banners and attach with glue dots
  • Cut a 6″ piece of silver ribbon and attach on back with adhesive or glue dots
  • Place glue dots on back of Vellum behind stamped images so they won’t show and attach to Soft Sky layer
  • Attach these two layers to the Real Red layer and then to the base card.
  • On the inside I have a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ Real Red layer with a 2 3/8″ x 3 1/8″ Whisper White layer on top with just the snowman stamped with Memento Black Ink in the bottom right corner.
  • On the envelope I stamped two trees and the spots for snow with VersaMark, covered with White Embossing Powder then heated.

Fast, right?  Cute?  Yep…  So that’s my solution for anyone who might be a little bit behind…like me!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I’m knee deep in the kitchen preparing for all my family to arrive for Thanksgiving.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


As many of you stamping peeps may be traveling this holiday…safe travels.

Can you cook with inky fingers?…yep, and be HaPpY!



Smoky Mountain Fun…

On a recent fall trip to the Great Smoky Mountains to meet our old friends and neighbors from New Jersey, we toured Cades Coves, ate some amazing food and shopped our “wazoo’s” off!

So, of course, I wanted to capture some of the fun in pictures and share them in my Project Life App.  That’s right, this was done from my IPhone with the Project Life App in about five minutes.  Here’s one of the pages…


Now I just need to have this page printed and I’m done.  My thought was to make my friend Sandy a small scrapbook of our trip.  It’s seldom we can get together, so the memories are extra sweet.

The download for Project Life is free.  If you want additional page layouts and the decorative cards, they can be purchased for $1.99 for lots of cards to be used over and over.  It’s pretty slick…

So glad you have stopped by today.  At my house we are getting ready for family to start arriving later today through Wednesday night for Thanksgiving.  It’s my favorite holiday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope you are inky today…and HaPpY!

Ho Ho Ho…A Little Technique

Another notecard sized Christmas card today with a little technique you might like to use.  It’s simple, quick and impressive…what could be better than that?

Here’s the card…


Why is it so hard to photograph sparkle!  Gah!…this card is snowy and sparkly in person…small but packs a lot of bling for its size.  Look a little closer and you’ll notice there is an embossed frame around the square opening.  How do you get that?  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake notecard & envelope, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock plus Silver Glimmer Paper and Trim the Tree DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black and Real Red
  • Stamps:  White Christmas and Get Your Santa On (sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge (snow)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Square Framelits, Real Red Marker, VersaMark, Dazzling Diamonds


  • The Real Red layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Pick two sizes from the Square Framelits set.  Place the smaller framelit cutting edge down on top of your Real Red and the larger square framelit over the smaller with cutting edge up.  Run through the Big Shot.
  • See…the smaller framelit cut your opening and the larger framelit embossed your card front.  Sweet!
  • Now on Whisper White stamp your snow scene with Memento Black ink.  Stamp over your image with the Gorgeous Grunge dots (snow) with VersaMark, add Dazzling Diamonds and heat with heating gun.
  • With your Real Red marker color your red bird stamp in and maybe add some red to the scarf on the snowman.
  • Cut this image out with the larger of the two framelits and attach to the back of the Real Red layer with Dimensionals.
  • Stamp your sentiment with Memento Black on Whisper White and tag the one end.  Cut your Glimmer paper 1/4″ larger and tag one end.  Use Tomboy Glue to adhere layers and Dimensionals to add to card front.
  • Isn’t it the cutest?  Inside I have a layer of Real Red behind a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ of Whisper White.
  • The envelope flap uses a piece of the Trim the Tree DSP in Real Red.

Hope you enjoyed this little project and technique and are inspired to give it a try.  The opening doesn’t have to be square…you can use any shape framelit you have!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I’m inky…and soooo HaPpY!

Light My Christmas…

Here is another gift under $10 idea…and it’s so handy, too!  Many of us run in so many different friend circles…classes, book clubs, yoga classes, neighbors and on and on…I’d like to gift all of them even in a small way because they all add so much to my everyday life.  Are you the same way?

There are several posts on my blog (look under Holiday or 3-D Projects) that show how to make some really thoughtful gifts from the heart…and without cooking!  Today’s project is one of those heartfelt gifts…


This is one of the new LED candles that uses batteries but is really wax like a regular candle.  This could be used all winter long and reused again next holiday season.

Are you interested in how to make this?  Here you go..


  • Paper:  White tissue paper
  • Ink:  Old Olive and Early Expresso
  • Stamps:  Ornamental Pine
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Cherry Cobbler Linen Ribbon, All Is Calm Snowflake, Linen Thread


  • Cut your tissue paper the size of your candle height and half the diameter
  • Ink your stamp with Old Olive and Early Express and stamp
  • Trim loosely around your stamped image and place on your candle.
  • Heat with your heat gun moving it as soon as you see it has melted into the candle.
  • Use your glue pen over your image where you’d like to see sparkle…for me that’s everywhere, but you decide.
  • Tie your ribbon and add your snowflake with the Linen Thread.

You are finished!  Light your candle and enjoy…

You have to admit this is a great gift.  Be sure to check back for more heartfelt gifts under $10.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Here’s your “B-ism”…


Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!


His and Hers…

It’s their birthday just days apart and they are husband/wife and really good friends for a long time.  So I decided to challenge myself to make them both birthday cards from the same stamp set…and make hers girly and his masculine. Can it be done?   Yep…



This is his…the set is An Amazing Birthday.  Definitely masculine, right? Now here is hers…


This is my kind of girly with lots of bling!  She will love it.  The color combinations are the most obvious nods to male or female, and I love that this set works either way.  Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits for these two cards?

Here you go…

His Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White and Marina Mist cardstock.  The DSP is from the Trim the Tree DSP Stack
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Memento Black
  • Stamps:  An Amazing Birthday
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments: 1 1/4″ and 1″ Circle Punch, Banner Punch, Banner Framelits, Linen Thread and Stars  and Stylish Stripes Embossing Folders


  • The base card of Crumb Cake 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 DSP layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • The Real Red Banner cut from the Banner Framelit and then embossed with Star EF
  • Attach Linen Thread before attaching to card front.
  • Marina Mist banner cut with framelit and embossed with Stylish Stripes EF
  • Stamp the lines banner and cut by fussy cutting.
  • Color the stamps with all markers and stamp on Whisper White.  Cut out each color individually.
  • Now stamp with Memento Black on stripped banner.  Add the colored Happy Birthdays with dimensionals.
  • Stamp the “It’s for you” on Whisper White in Marina Mist and then Crushed Curry.  Punch with 1 1/4″ circle punch and 1″ circle punch.  Add with dimensional
  • Before attaching the It’s For You circle to card front add a dimensional top and bottom on back and place over the Linen Thread.
  • Punch out banners and attach with glue dot.

Hers  Stuff

  • Paper:  Pool Party, Blushing Bride and Whisper White cardstock.  Silver Glimmer paper.
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride,  Lost Lagoon and Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  An Amazing Birthday
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1 1/2″ and 1″ Circle Punch, Banner Framelits, Pool Party Embossing Powder, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon and Rhinestones


  • The Pool Party base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Silver Glimmer is cut 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Blushing Bride layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
  • The Silver Glimmer banner was cut with framelits and attached to card front with Tomboy Glue
  • The sentiment banner is colored with markers and stamped on Whisper White
  • The second banner was cut with the same banner framelit and trimmed so that it is slightly smaller than the first
  • Attach Silver Ribbon before attaching to card front.
  • Stamp the circle stamp with Versamark and sprinkle with Pool Party Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Punch with 1 1/4″ circle punch and attach with dimensionals.

After I took this photograph I added rhinestones to the little birthday cake…I can’t help myself!

Isn’t this fun to do?  Try picking out one of you stamp sets and challenging yourself to making two very different cards with the one set.  You may just be surprised what you create.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Oh I hope so…this week last year I lost my younger sister.

Thanks goodness I can be inky…and HaPpY!

Paper Pumpkin Oh My!…

Last November when the My Paper Pumpkin arrived I remember doing a little dance.  It was just so darn cute when that little string of garland stars popped out of the box…how cute!  I remember thinking they will never “out do” this package.

Was I ever wrong.  This November when that little red box popped up in my mailbox (yesterday) I had actually avoided seeing anyone else’s on the net on purpose cause I wanted it to be a surprise…I’ll never grow up!  This year’s November Paper Pumpkin is even better.  Not only do you get twelve beautiful, double gift tags, but eight gorgeous Christmas cards with plenty of supplies left over.

Here’s my Paper Pumpkin all ready…




These are assembled pretty much like the instructions that come with the kit.  I did use the negative from the large snowflake to stencil the envelopes and some of the extra snowflakes glued to the ends of the cording.  Loving this set and the stamps (there are six of them) are cute, too.

I’m thinking of giving subscriptions to Paper Pumpkin to a couple of people on my list.  I know the will love getting that cute little red box every month!

If you aren’t receiving MPP each month, you can sign up by clicking the MPP logo on my blog page.  You can cancel at any time or preorder for up to a year.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Here’s your “B-ism” on this bright but cold day… house

Hope you are having a HaPpY inky day…

Teenie Tiny Wishes…

This is the cleverest idea I found on Sam Donald’s blog from the UK and I just had to give them a try.  She is so nice to give the measurements…thanks Sam!

These little tiny gift bags measure 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.  What’s inside is a secret because they are meant for my stampin’ peeps for Christmas, but this bag was the perfect size for what’s inside.

Here is the bag…


These little jewels are pretty fast to make and would make a great container for so many little things for Christmas…I’m thinking jewlry, bling…little things like that.  Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  I’ve used the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper (the size is perfect)
  • Ink:  Old Olive and Real Red
  • Stamps:  This is the PL set Holiday Cheer
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Organza Ribbon, hole punch for ribbon, 1″ circle punch and 1 1/4″ scallop circle punch and sticky stripe tape


  • Cut your DSP to 4 1/2″ x 6″
  • On the long side score at 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • On the short side score at 1″ and 3 1/2″
  • Burnish all score lines with bone folder
  • Cut on both long sides from the edge to the first score line.
  • Place sticky strip along one side and one bottom flap.  Fold up and attach one side and the two bottom flaps.
  • More sticky strip on the other side and fold together.
  • Now pinch the sides and top together and punch a hole through both sides at the same time.
  • Thread one end of your ribbon from front to back, over the back edge and through the front from inside the bag.  Now you have both ends at the front and can tie your bow.  Clever!
  • Stamp, punch and adhere you little tag.

Isn’t it cute?

I’ve made so many of these I’m pretty sure I could do this in my sleep.  Hope you are inspired to give this a try and have been inspired by something you’ve seen here today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!

Many Merry Stars Magic…

It took a couple of weeks before the Many Merry Stars package was opened….but once it was WOW is all I can say.  The stars were a breeze to put together and decorating them was really fun.  Here is what the package looks like before you start working with it…


Everything you need with all the adhesive already in the places it needs to be.  Pretty slick, right?  So here are a couple of ideas to use the stars you might like other than the ones previously posted…


Stack them into Christmas trees to decorate your table and use the smaller ones (sitting in the dish) for place markers.  These were glued with hot glue.  And then…


Make a mantle banner.  This was pretty easy to do…just punched holes through the top and threaded the cord that came with the kit.  This banner could be used in many places.  Then there’s this…


A three-dimensional door wreath.  The base is a circle of cardboard cut from the kit packaging and covered with burlap ribbon.  Like we did last spring with the flower wreath.  The stars are all hot glued.  Maybe three smaller stars hanging at different levels from the wreath would be cute.  Maybe I’ll do that and see how it looks.  Just a random thought.

In a previous post some of the bigger stars were made into gift toppers instead of using bows and some were the actual gift box!  This is a great set.  They will only be available while supplies last so here’s the product information for you…#138104, $26.95.  You can order online on this blog by clicking the “Shop Now” star to the right and you’ll have them at your door in no time.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And boy have we had some really cold weather here in the south…brrrr!  Sure hope it warms up for Thanksgiving.

If your fingers are inky…you are HaPpY!

Thanksgiving Clean & Simple…

This card was made for a Can You Case It Challenge #45 called “Thanksgiving Clean & Simple”.  You know clean and simple is HARD for me…I like layers and bling and linen thread and bows…

There is a real genius in making clean and simple cards and I’m glad to participate in these challenges to drag me out of my box sometimes.  Here is what I came up with…


Used my favorite stamping technique…masking.  There is just magic in taping off an open area and stamping, splatting and spritzing like crazy then removing the tape for a crisp and clean image.  There may be hope for me yet.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Watercolor paper and Blackberry Bliss cardstock
  • Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive and Tangelo Twist plus Memento Black
  • Stamps:  For All Things
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Washi or Painter’s tape for masking, Dimensionals


  • The Blackberry Bliss base card is cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The watercolor paper is 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Tape the edges of your watercolor paper to leave the clean margin you want.  Stamp the leaf with one of the colors and spritz the stamp with water before stamping.  Finish stamping with this color.
  • Clean your stamp and move to the next color and repeat with spritzing before stamping.
  • Mix water with some reinker, I used Blackberry Bliss here, and tap the brush on your finger over the watercolor paper.  Use as much or as little as you like.
  • You can dry with your heat gun.
  • Remove the tape for the magic to happen!
  • Adhere the watercolor paper to the card front with Dimensionals.

Now that’s a clean and simple card to me and I actually really like it.  So glad you stopped by my blog today.  I hope you’ll give this technique a try…pretty sure you’ll like it.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope your fingers are inky like mine…then I know you are HaPpY!



Love Birds…

Sometimes I’m asked my favorite stamping technique.  It’s masking!  Absolutely my favorite out of all the techniques out there.  Why?  It’s magic…

Today’s card post is inspired by Kelly Acheson.  Her card was done in red, black and white maybe for Valentine’s…but, I needed a golden anniversary card so I switched it up and here is what I came up with…


Isn’t this perfect for a wedding or anniversary?  With the gold embossing and gold foil it makes a perfect golden wedding anniversary card.  But, you know you could make this for a wedding in all black, white and silver and then use the colors of the wedding for the birds.  There are so many options…and my mind wanders (as usual).

So would you like to have the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Whisper White cardstock and Gold Foil Paper
  • Ink:  Lost Lagoon,  VersaMark, Crumb Cake
  • Stamps:  Seasonally Scattered and World of Dreams
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon, Gold  and Early Expresso Embossing Powders, Crystal Effects and Decorative Dots Embossing Folder


  • The base Whisper White card is 11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Gold Foil layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The top Whisper White layer is 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″
  • Emboss the Gold Foil layer and attach to card front
  • I used Washi tape to mask the edges of the top layer before sponging the edges in a circular motion with Crumb Cake, but you could also use painter’s tape.
  • Stamp the Love stamp at the bottom of the masked area with VersaMark and sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat
  • Stamp the birds and next stamp in VersaMark and sprinkle with Early Express embossing powder and heat
  • Stamp the birds on scrap cardstock in Lost Lagoon and “fussy cut”.
  • Tie a knot in the center of a piece of gold satin ribbon and attach the ends to the back.
  • Attach Lost Lagoon birds with a piece of a dimensional.
  • Attach this whole layer to card with dimensionals.
  • Cover the birds only with Crystal Effects and let dry (maybe even over night to be sure)

Pretty sure this card will be made again and again…especially with Valentine’s coming up.  Hope this post has inspired so ideas for you too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


No problem here…usually covered with Dazzling Diamonds anyway.

I’m inky…really! and HaPpY!