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A Big Change…

For me that is…today I stepped down as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

This decision has been a long time coming.  I will miss talking to all of you.  Your support of my blog has been amazing to me and I want you to know I cherish each one of my readers and your sweet comments.

Coincidently, today my blog hits went over 1,000,000!  That is stunning…

Whatever your creative journey is, I wish you success and happiness.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Love,

B!

B

Best Thanks…

Continuing with the background party theme (we made these in a video shown “live” on the Rambling Rose Studio facebook page), here’s a thank you card that will not be forgotten…

Look at all that texture in the background in decilious Lemon Lime Twist…

Watercolor paper makes a big difference in textural results.

A little (or a lot) bling and some pretty ribbon tidy this one all up.

Do you, like me have thank you cards you want to send?   Lots of them I bet.  Well here’s one idea for you…

StuffN Digits

Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock and watercolor paper

Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist

Stamps:  Happy Wishes, Cake Soiree

ToolsN Embellishments:  Self Adhesive Sequins, Aqua Painter, Low Tack Artist Tape, Saran Wrap, Embellishment kit from Cake Cafe (2018 Occasions Catalog)

Digits

The Thick Whisper White card base is 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”.  Score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4“

The watercolor layer is 4” x 5-1/4”.  Attach paper to clip board with low tack tape to create a masked border.

Wet surface with water spritzer or Aqua Painter.  Drop Lemon Lime Reinker on wet paper with Aqua Painter brush loaded with ink here and there and let the watercolor paper do its thing.  You can spritz with more water to move the color or remove color with a tissue.

While the watercolor paper is still really wet, place a piece of scrunched up clear wrap paper on top.  Press it down then let it dry.

Once dry remove the clear wrap paper and add “splats” of color by loading the brush of the Aqua Painter with reinker and flicking color by using the lid.  Reload brush and add as much color as you like.  Let dry.

Stamp sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist.  I used a stamp positioner and stamped several times to get a dark image.

Add embellishment from Cake Soiree embellishments with glue dots.

Add several Self Adhesive Sequins.

Tie a knot in ribbon and attach at back of watercolor paper with SNAIL.

Add watercolor paper to card front with multipurpose glue.  Weight the paper while it drys.

Inside there is a layer of Lemon Lime Twist CS 3-3/8” x 4-3/8” attached with SNAIL.

A layer of Thick Whisper White 3-1/4” x 4-1/4” was attached over Lemon Lime Twist CS with SNAIL.

This will be posted later today and we travel back to reality.

Thanks for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today..

I must be really precious…

B!

 

B

Party Pandas…

Ahhh..the day AFTER!  Whew…we actually made it.  

So today’s post even though I’ve made it a birthday card here, could also celebrate the new year and to me it is nongender specific…

You know I love these pandas…and I love they are FREE too!

Cartwheeling across the page…

And a peek inside…

I could use a pack of this designed card.  I’d have to take a day to just make that background over and over and then there’s all that fussy cutting.  Uh, no!  Like I’ve said many times, making multiples is not my forte…

But if you’d like to make this card, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus watercolor paper

Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist Market and Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist Reinkers

Stamps:  Panda Party

Tools ‘n Embellishments:   Self Adhesive Sequins, Glimmer Paper (retired) but you can color Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper any color with your markers to match your card, low tack tape for border, Aqua Painter, coarse salt

Digits

The Lemon Lime Twist base card is 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”.  Score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4”

The watercolor paper is 4” x 5-1/4”.  Place watercolor paper on a clip board with low tack tape creating a border.

Spritz or paint the watercolor surface with water.  Drop reinker on the paper by loading the Aqua Painter brush with reinker and just touching the really wet watercolor paper here and there.  Repeat with second color.

While still wet, sprinkle wet surface with coarse salt and let dry.

Stamp three pandas on Thick Whisper White CS in Archival Basic Black ink.  I cut the hat off the stamp and replaced it on the acrylic block when I needed it.  You can also just not ink the hat.  I drew the line back at the top of his head with a journal pen.  Fussy cut the pandas.

Stamp the balloon on Glimmer Paper (color with marker) and fussy cut.

Knock the salt off the dried watercolor paper.

Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.

Add pandas with dimensionals in three stages of cartwheel.

Stamp balloon (I have this cut away from the sitting panda so I can use it anywhere).

Add glimmer balloon over balloon stamp with dimensional.

Add self adhesive sequins,

Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4” x 4-1/4”.

Add fussy cut panda with multipurpose glue.

The envelope also had a stamped panda in the lower left corner and a hand doodled border.

What a wonderful, warm (we’re in Florida) Christmas we had…perfect!  I so hope your Christmas was too.

Here’s your “Bism” for today…

Seriously…

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!

 

B

HaPpY Christmas…

Hope your Christmas Day will be filled with sweet memories…

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!…

 

B!

 

B

Pyrex Pile Up…

Do you remember your mother or grandmother’s Pyrex or Corningware ovenware?  That’s what the bowls in the stamp set Fruit Basket reminded me of…

Now I know the Corningware was blue and white, but the Pyrex bowls were in happy colors so that’s what was used here.

A wonkie little border seemed perfect.

Here are the inks used.

and a peek inside…

Lots of memories using these bowls in another time, so this card could be called retro.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecards and Lemon Lime Twist and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Lemon Lime Twist, Pumpkin Pie and Going Grey
  • Stamps:  Fruit Basket
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Blender Pen, .005 Black Micron Pen, Post It Note or Masking Paper

Digits

  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4-7/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached to notecard with SNAIL.
  • The Top Thick Whisper White layer is 4-3/4″ x 3-1/4″. Mark a light pencil line around the edge to create a 1/4″ border.
  • Stamp bottom bowl in Tempting Turquoise.  Overstamp bowl with same ink using outline bowl stamp. Make a mask by stamping on Post It Note or Masking Paper and fussy cutting.  Cover Turquoise bowl with mask and stamp Lemon Lime Twist bowl at angle.  Stamp in same ink color with outline bowl stamp.
  • Remove mask from Turquoise bowl and cover Lemon Lime Twist bowl then stamp Pumpkin Pie bowl.  Overstamp Pumpkin Pie bowl with same color and bowl outline stamp.
  • Remove mask.
  • Make a curvy line around border following light pencil line.  Add three circles at each corner.  Add three dots each side of border randomly.  Erase pencil line.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Stamp one bowl inside lower right corner.
  • Add stamped layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • You could add a bowl to the envelope to coordinate with the card front.

These bowls make me happy…lots of fun memories in the kitchen.

If you are reading this, it’s Friday afternoon and I am well on my way to Florida.  I will post again next week.  Plan to enjoy Christmas to the fullest with my family.  I hope you will be doing the same.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

by this time I’m sure it is!

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!

B

Crumb Cake ‘n Snow…

Using white Craft Ink or Opaque White Watercolor on Crumb Cake is a favorite technique.  It just looks so nice!

So I’ve paired that thought and put the Waterfront stamp set to use again to make this winter scene…

Love that snowy look on Crumb Cake CS!

A glamour close up…

And, of course, a pretty bow!

Seriously this card could be used for Christmas but it works for a winter birthday or sympathy or thinking of you card too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist and Mossy Meadow
  • Stamps:  Waterfront
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Painter, diluted Craft White Ink or Opaque White Watercolor, 3/8″ Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon, Linen Thread

Digits

  • The Crumb Cake base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″.
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″
  • The top Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp the moon and ground snow first with Opaque White Watercolor or diluted Craft White Ink.
  • Stamp trees using Mossy Meadow across front and continue behind first row of trees without reinking so the trees get lighter and lighter in the distance.  You can change to Lemon Lime Twist in the background too.  I did both on this card.  Be sure to get a partial tree over the moon.
  • Load up the brush of your Aqua Painter and using the lid, flip the brush so the white goes all over this layer.  The Craft Ink takes a while to dry so don’t smear your snow flakes!
  • Add the stamped layer to the Lemon Lime Twist layer with SNAIL.
  • Add a strip of ribbon around the top of these two layers and fasten with SNAIL.
  • Make a bow with several loops then tie center with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • I haven’t placed any sentiment here but probably will when I know where and to whom it’s going.
  • The envelope was stramped with fading trees to coordinate with the card front.

Hope all your holiday preparations are coming to an end and you will be able to relax and enjoy your friends and family.  If you are traveling like me…safe travels to and home!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I’m all for twinkling toes!

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!

B

Holiday Thanks…

There will be many thanks posted for kindnesses shown during the holiday.  Creating cards for that purpose has been on my mind and creative table lately.

If you also need this type of card, here’s an idea for you…

Wowzers!  Those colors are bright and cheery.

I love seam binding ribbon!

All kinds of texture going on in the background.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Charming Cafe’ (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Calypso Coral Seam Binding (retired), Linen Thread, Aqua Painter

Digits

  • The watercolor paper is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″.  For a video showing this background being made, go to my Rambling Rose Studio Facebook page, click on video posted 12-3-17.  Sometimes just seeing t done helps.  Spritz the watercolor paper until it’s wet.  You can brush over it with an Aqua Painter or any small brush.  Add reinker color (add drops to an acrylic block or the ink pad lid and pick up with brush) with a brush and let the colors “bloom”.  Let dry.
  • Emboss the lower half of watercolor paper with Petal Pair EF.
  • Add a piece of ribbon around then fasten with SNAIL in the back.
  • Make several loops with ribbon then tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach over ribbon band with glue dots.
  • Add watercolor piece to notecard front with Multipurpose Glue and weight down until dried.

Send your cheer-me-up note to someone on your list and make their day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

cookie is always good.

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!

B

Winter’s Night…

Continuing to work with the Waterfront stamp set, today’s post is a cold winter’s night scene.

Like yesterdays reflection post, this card would be perfect for all occasions including Christmas, masculine birthday, sympathy and thinking of you…

This card was stamped on Night of Navy, but I also made one on Dapper Denim.

A glamour close up…

That moon is just peeking over the tree tops.

There is no masking to create this scene and you will be surprised how quickly this card comes together.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Night of Navy Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Waterfront
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Silver Baker’s Twine, Opaque White Watercolor or White Craft Ink Refill

Digits

  • The Night of Navy base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score, bold and burnish at 4-1/4″.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The top Night of Navy layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Paint the moon/sun stamp with White Opaque Watercolor or White Craft Ink thinned with water and stamp in position.  Let dry or heat dry.
  • Stamp trees in Archival Basic Black one full strength and several times going upwards without reinking across the middle 1/3 of the card front.  Try to get some tree tops over part of the moon.
  • Using a small paint brush or Aqua Painter add your “snow” to the ground stamp at the tree bases.  You can add additional snow where you feel it needs it.
  • I used an Aqua Painter loaded with the opaque white watercolor and the lid to splatter the whole card front.  Let dry.
  • Add Silver Baker’s Twine to bottom of card front.  Add to card base using multipurpose glue and weight til dry.

How easy and how beautiful is that?  I’ll have more samples with this little set in coming weeks.  I think I’m in love with this set!

Three days and counting…we are leaving at 4 a.m. Friday morning to spend Christmas with our son’s family which includes “the littles”!  Am I ready?  Nooooooooo.  But I will be!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

nothing worse than a twisted tutu!

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!

B

Reflective Landscape…

You may have flipped right past this little stamp set on page 48 in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  This set was inspired by the Million Sales Achiever, Connie Heisey and it is a gem!

Using the new product, Brusho made this landscape appear as if it had been hand painted.

Yesterday on the Rambling Rose Studio Facebook page I demonstrated this landscape in a “live” video that is still available to see.

Only three of the Brusho color crystals were used for this landscape.

This would be an excellent sympathy card or masculine birthday card too.  Later this week there will be another landscape totally different from this one to show you why I think this little set is such a gem.  I’m planning my February “Inky Fingers” class around this set…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Tranquil Tide Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Waterfront
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Small Round Paint Brush, Brusho Color Crystals

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″.
  • The Tranquil Tide layer is 5-1/2″ x 4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The watercolor paper is 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″.  The elements are added in layers then left to dry before adding layers over them.  So the sun was stamped with water and Yellow Color Crystals were dropped into the water.  Next was the mountain in the background added the same way using the Green Color Crystals.  Next would be the Prussian Blue mountain then the green ground (mix some yellow crystals with blue on an acrylic block with water to create this green).  Use the same mixed green for the trees.
  • Add some blue crystal to a block with water to dilute to a lighter blue and color in the sky and water areas.  Once dry add a watery sun by diluting the yellow on the stamp in the water.  Use paint brush to add reflection of sun.  Stamp trees on a piece of window sheet or plastic wrapper to stamp the reflection of the trees.  It should be much lighter than the original trees.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Add this layer to card front with multipurpose glue and weight down until dry.

If all this sounds too much, go to the Rambling Rose Studio Facebook page and take a look at the “live” video.  Sometimes just seeing something done makes it so much easier to visualize.

I am so close to having everything ready for Christmas…good thing since we are leaving Friday to celebrate with our son and his family which includes “the littles”.

Hope you are seeing light at the end of your tunnel too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Two puppies in the globe!  Do you think the “princess” got a new puppy?

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!

B

Suite Celebration…

That is not a typo in the title of this post.  Still celebrating by using the Cake Soiree Suite of products.  There’s just so many possibilities here…

It all starts with that “smooshed” background…

A glamour close up.

This ribbon is super nice for bow making.

And a peek inside.

The sentiment “celebrate” was used and the inside left blank because I may want to use this card as a birthday, anniversary or wedding.  Another reason this set is so versatile.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Berry Burst and Silver Foil Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Old Olive and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Cake Soiree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Berry Burst 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon, Linen Thread, Sweet Cake Framelits Dies, Low Tack Tape, Spritzer, Blends Pens or Markers

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″
  • The Berry Burst layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Watercolor paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Add low tack tape around edges of watercolor paper to create a 1/4″ border.  Add Pool Party and Berry Burst ink to an “E” Acrylic Block with markers or ink pad and spritz with water.  Smoosh block onto watercolor paper and lift after giving the ink time to be absorbed.
  • Cut a piece of Berry Burst Metallic Trimmed Ribbon 5-1/2″ then add around bottom of watercolor paper at the 1-1/4″ mark attaching at back with SNAIL.  Add this layer to card front with multipurpose glue and weight the layers down while drying.
  • Cut the cake stand from Silver Foil Cardstock.
  • Make a bow with several loops tying in the center with Linen Thread.
  • Stamp cake on scrap Thick Whisper White with Archival Basic Black.  Color with markers or Blends Pens.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Thick Whisper White with Archival Basic Black and trim.  Tag one end.  Stamp flower outlines with Powder Pink and Berry Burst just off the paper.
  • Add cake stand to card front with multipurpose glue just outside the taped border with multipurpose glue.  Weight the piece to dry.
  • Add bow to stand base with glue dots.
  • Add cake to stand with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Berry Burst layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp larger flower and mask.  Stamp two smaller flowers and leaves before removing mask.  Add to Berry Burst layer with SNAIL.
  • The Flowers could also be added to the envelope front and colored to coordinate with the card.

This year I intend to be much more organized.  Did I hear sniggering?  Seriously!  I don’t want to be scrambling for a card when I need it.

It’s Friday!  Hope your weekend will be filled with everything you want to do and nothing you don’t.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

for me that would be watercoloring.

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!

 

B