A Snowy Noel…

Sometimes while working on an idea, another idea pops up…and that’s exactly what happened while making this card.  Got it all finished and then thought, “hmmmm…wonder what it would look like if I did this?”  Good grief…off on another tangent.

So I decided to show you both finishes and let you decide which you liked better…

It all starts with a water colored background…


Love that water colored background and the snowy effect which is much more visible in person than photography.

and the inside looks like this…


and I loved both until this happened…


Sparkly snow…yep, I like that too.  So which do you like better?

Just in case you’d like to give this card a try, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Water color paper, Old Olive and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  White Craft Ink, Soft Sky, Old Olive and Basic Black Archival
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches (you could substitute Lovely As A Tree) and Christmas Pines (sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge (splat stamp)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Dazzling Diamonds, Aqua Painter, Mod Podge, White Embossing Powder and Acrylic Block E


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Old Olive layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Water color layer is 5″ x 3-3/4″.  Using the Aqua Painter and reinker in the ink pad lid add a wash of Soft Sky to two thirds surface of acrylic block E and Olive to bottom one third of block.  Spritz block lightly with water and place on water color paper with pressure.  Let dry.  Stamp trees in Archival Black and let dry.  Stamp sentiment in Old Olive.  Stamp “snow” with White Craft Ink and sprinkle with White EP and heat.  If you like it nice and clean looking, you are done!  If you need a little more, brush entire piece of water color paper lightly with Mod Podge and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  Don’t get all giddy on me…but it is pretty isn’t it?
  • Inside the Old Olive layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and the top layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Use a smaller block for background or freehand to coordinate with card front

We are supposed to get rain this evening…I can’t even remember what it looks, smells or sounds like it’s been so long since it has rained here.  Maybe I’ll go out and do a rain dance to be sure it gets here.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Gold On Gold…

So yesterday I told you I had made a mistake on the card posted, but challenged you to find it…

Here’s that card…


The “mistake” was made while embossing the gold pine boughs.  Some of the VersaMark Ink and Gold EP got on the Gold Foil and made a nice impression where I didn’t want it.  Those impressions were covered up with the white pine boughs.  But I loved the effect of the Gold EP on the Gold Foil.

So I made this…


and loved it!  So I shared this technique of embossing on Foil with a live video on facebook today.  This card is fairly simple and fast to make and would be an excellent mass produced card.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Gold Foil
  • Ink:  VersaMark and Basic Black Archival or StazOn Black
  • Stamps:  Christmas Pines and Greetings From Santa
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Gold Embossing Powder, Adhesive Strips


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • The Gold Foil layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-7/8″.  Stamp pine boughs and pine cones with VersaMark leaving room at top of this layer for bow and at bottom for sentiment.  Sprinkle with Gold EP and heat from the back of Gold Foil paper.  Stamp greeting at lower left corner (I only used part of this sentiment)  Let this ink dry.  Make double loops with sating ribbon and tie off in center with Linen Thread.  Add to top of pine boughs and pine cones with Glue Dots.
  • Add Gold Foil layer to Thick Whisper White layer with Multipurpose Glue.  Add these two layers to card front with Adhesive Strips.
  • Inside there is a Gold Foil layer 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Thick Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ on top.
  • How easy was that?  And such an elegant Christmas card…

Tomorrow’s post will give you a choice for the card front…Clean, crisp watercolor or sparkly, snow scene.  Be sure to stop by.

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Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


never quit.

Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!


Gold Elegance…

Today’s card is elegant…entirely in gold and white.  I love the simple look of this card and I’ll tell you while making this card an idea popped into my head because of a mistake I thought I had made.  Be sure to check back tomorrow to see that mistake…

Here’s today’s post and I’m pretty sure you will never see the mistake.


I totally forgot to take a pic of the inside, but it’s a gold layer with a white layer that is embossed with gold pine boughs in the lower right corner to coordinate with the card front.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Gold Foil
  • Ink:  VersaMark and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Christmas Pines and Holly Berry Happiness
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Embossing Powder, Pretty Pines Thinlits


  • The Thick Whisper White base card I 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″.  Stamp left of top center in VersaMark Ink with pine bough stamp, sprinkle with Gold EP and heat.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black Ink at lower right corner.
  • The Gold Foil layer is 5″ x 2-1/2″ attached to card from slightly lower than center with Multipurpose Glue.
  • The White layer is 4-3/4″ x 2-1/4″ attached to Gold Foil with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Cut large and small bow and two pine cones from Gold Foil with Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Cut one each of three pine boughs plus one other smaller piece from Thick Whisper White.  Add a dab of glue and press in one pine bough, another dab and repeat until all boughs are placed.  Glue pine cones together and add over boughs with Multipurpose Glue.  Add smaller bow to larger with Glue Dot and both bows to card front with a piece of dimensional.

It literally took longer to come up with the idea for this card than to make it.  I’d love to mass produce this one, but not sure I’d want to cut out all those pine cones and boughs.  I do really like this card though.

So be sure to check in tomorrow and I’ll show you my mistake and what I was able to do with it…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I love talking to “the littles”…

Are you inky?   Good, let’s be HaPpY!




Birthday Roses…

The month of November is a B-I-G birthday month for me…so big I’ve started half way through October planning all the special cards that need to be made.

Today’s post is one of those cards…


and inside it looks like…


I love the rustic feel of this card with the woodgrain and distressing and you can always put blues and browns together for a nice color combination…and in this case a pop of yellow.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar (I know it’s retired, but I liked this brown with this blue), Soft Sky Cardstock
  • Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms, Woodgrain (background), Timeless Texture and Timeless Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Distressing Tool for edge distressing, Aqua Painter


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Baked Brown Sugar layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Soft Sky layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp Woodgrain background in Baked Brown Sugar and the edges with Timeless Texture border stamp in Baked Brown Sugar.  Distress edges and attach to card front with SNAIL
  • The next horizontal Soft Sky layer is 5″ x 2-1/2″, stamped with Woodgrain background stamp in Baked Brown Sugar and Timeless Texture border stamp.  Distress edges and attach to card front with SNAIL
  • The next horizontal Baked Brown Sugar layer is 2-1/8″ x 4-3/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White layer is 2″ x 4-5/8″.  Drawn border freehand in Baked Brown Sugar and stamp sentiment.  Stamp rose on scrap Thick Whisper White and “fussy cut” just the rose.  Using reinker in stamp pad lid and Aqua Painter, paint rose in Daffodil Delight and shade with Crushed Curry.  When dry lay face down on sponge mat and using a round ended pen or stylus break down the fibers so that the rose curls up a bit.  Add double dimensionals to back.  Stamp the whole rose again on scrap and “fussy cut”.  Add a light shade of Baked Brown Sugard to leaves.  Attach to card front with SNAIL.  Add painted rose over this layer using dimensionals you’ve already placed on back.
  • The Linen Thread bow video can be found here.
  • Inside the Soft Sky layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Stamp like front layers for background and distressing
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 3″.  Stamp sentiment in Baked Brown Sugar.  Stamp small flower from Timeless Love to the right of sentiment and color with a light shade of Baked Brown Sugar.  Stamp flower again on scrap and color with Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry.  Fussy cut and add over stamped image with double dimensionals.  The border is hand drawn with Baked Brown Sugar marker.

This card was fun to make….just took my time and enjoyed creating it.

We just got home last night.  We drove to St. Louis and spent some touring time there and loved the city.  Took tours of the Budweiser Brewery, the Cardinals baseball park, Baseball Village, the Arch, City Museum and ate amazing food.  Then we came down to Nashville to celebrate friend’s 50th anniversary…sweet memories there!  Then took my granddaughter to dinner before coming home.  What a nice trip and the weather was perfect.

Hope your weekend was fabulous too.  Thanks for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Pumpkin Treats…

Are you ready for Halloween with special treats for special trick or treaters?  I do have a head start with the Paper Pumpkin from last month (one of my all time favorites), but I need many more than 16.

Today I’m posting my customer “thank you’s” which happen to be baby pumpkins filled with treats…


Aren’t they cute?  I hope they like them…

Here’s the simple Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Your favorite DSP or Cardstock and Whisper White and Old Olive Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Spooky Fun
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits, Festive Flower Punch, Ribbon (retired)


  • Cut two Curvy Keepsake pieces and glue at base.  Fill a small cello bag with treats for inside box, place at base and fold two handle sides up and slide each side over handles.  Done!  Cut two Old Olive leaves with flower punch.  I spritzed them with water and scrunched them up to give some texture and hot glued them at top.  The swirl of green is maybe 1/8″ x 4″.  Use the bone folder to break down fibers, spritz with water and wrap around a pencil to dry.  Hot glue to leaves.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap and punch.  Punch a hole in one end to thread ribbon through, then tie on handles.

All done!  How cute is that!  Maybe some of these in holiday colors filled with treats will find their way to the craft booth too.

This has been a fun week of posting.  Hope you have found something to inspire your creative journey.  Have a great rest of the weekend…I’ll see you back here on Monday.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


no problem.

Let’s get inky together…and be HaPpY!


Gift Card Cuties…

At some point I know it was mentioned I am participating in a craft show this year…yikes!  Am I ready?  Noooooo!  But I have been working on some cute items that just may be available at my booth…

I’m calling these Gift Card Cuties…


I like giving gifts cards actually…and receiving them.  There are many I like to remember at the holidays even if it is only in a small way like a gift card.  These little guys are pretty darn easy to put together and I’ve used all of the Christmas Cookie Cutter critters on them.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Soft Suede Cardstock, plus Warmth and Cheer PaperStack
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Use almost any stamps you have.  Here I have used a retired coffee cup and the Christmas Cookie Cutter set
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Oval Punch, Cookie  Cutter Builder Punch, Tear Tape


  • The base is 4″ x 11″, scored at 3″ 5-1/2″ and 8″.  Make a mountain with the center fold.  Inside that mountain place Tear Tape flush with sides except centerfold side and glue mountain together.  Use large oval punch to make a partial oval punch.  Trim remaining two straight sides (either side of oval opening) about 1/8″ so that gift card can slip inside.  Fold like a book.  Decorate front of holder with a piece of Real Red Cardstock 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ and DSP on top of that 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.
  • Inside this holder there is a piece of Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ with a stamp of Christmas wishes.
  • The Belly Band is 1″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 3-1/8″ and 6-1/4″.  Wrap card and secure with SNAIL by overlapping edges in back.
  • The moose was stamped on Soft Suede and cut out with thinlit.  Added to card belly band with dimensionals. Pom Pom was glued with Multipurpose Glue.  The coffee cup was stamped on Crumb Cake, Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock and each piece was fussy cut and glued together.  It’s really cute in person.  Perfect for those coffee shop gift cards…

I’ve made so many of these in every possible way.  Sure hope they are a hit at the craft show.  We made them in classes this month too and everyone was surprised how easy they were to make.  If you have never made one of these, I hope you will give them a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a peek.

Here’s your “B-ism” today…


I love coffee.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Moonlight Reindeer…

Have you ever experienced a “fortunate 0opsie” while working on a project?  Happens to me all the time…as with today’s post I’m calling Moonlight Reindeer using the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set…


Unless I tell you, I doubt you’d ever pick out the “oopsie” because it looks so much better than if I intentionally tried to do it.  It’s the snow in the trees.  After stamping them I immediately stamped the snow flakes with VersaMark and sprinkled the whole card front with White Embossing Powder.  Dumping the embossing powder…what to my surprise!…the embossing powder also stuck to the Archival Basic Black Ink because it had not quite dried.  Love the effect and probably couldn’t have done it better…might help you out somewhere along the line…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar and Dapper Denim Cardstock, plus Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Santa’s Sleigh, Thoughtful Branches and Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp for snow
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  VersaMark Ink, White Embossing Powder, sponge and 1-1/2″ circle punch


  • The Thick Whisper White card base is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Dapper Denim layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Punch circle from post it note to mask moon.  Sponge Dapper Denim over top of layer.  Remove mask and stamp trees with Basic Black and snow with VersaMark Ink.  Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Magic!  Cut a piece of Dazzling Diamonds 5-1/4″ x 1-3/4″ and hand cut curves.  Attach to layer with Multipurpose Glue.  Stamp reindeer on Baked Brown Sugar with Early Espresso then cut with thinlit.  Add some “snow” on him with Versamark Ink on “splat” stamp, sprinkle with White EP and heat.  Add reindeer with dimensionals to layer so the reindeer appears in the moon.  Stamp wreath in Old Olive and cut with thinlit.  Slit with scissors and slide around reindeer neck using a glue dot to hold.  Attach this layer to Dapper Denim layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • The sentiment is a layer of Dapper Denim 3-1/8″ x 5/8″ and the Whisper White layer is stamped in Basic Black 5/8″ x 3″ attached to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is  a layer of Dapper Denim 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a Whisper White layer 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ with the matching sentiment to the front.

It’s true that your mistakes can sometimes create a happy ending…we do it all the time in  my classes!

Hope you are enjoying beautiful fall weather or what ever season you might be having in your neck of the woods…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Get inky…Be HaPpY!



Watercolor Get Well…

Did I ever mention I’m a yogi?  For almost nine years now.  And in my weekly classes there is this sweet, gentle man who has been attending as long as I have.  This is a big class but many of us have become friends over the years.  Recently we found out he was ill and likely won’t be returning.

So today’s post is a card made for him from our class.  Everyone will write a special message to him and then it will be hand delivered…


The autumn colors were fun to work with on watercolor paper and Ken Oliver’s Color Burst powder.  Such beautiful effects with so little effort…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Black and Real Red Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches, Totally Trees and Greatest Greetings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Real Red Baker’s Twine, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon) Alizarin Crimson, Orange and Lemon Yellow, Acrylic Block “H”


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5-1/8″ x 3-3/8″
  • The Real Red layer is 5″ x 3-1/4″”
  • The Watercolor layer is 4-7/8″ x 3-1/8″.  Spray the three colors across the “H” acrylic block horizontally and spritz with water.  Let the colors blend a bit then stamp and hold in place on watercolor paper with pressure long enough to give the color and water time to be absorbed by the paper.  Let dry…(you can use a heat gun, and if the paper curls or bows, run the heat on the opposite side).  Stamp trees from Thoughtful Branches and Totally Trees in Basic Black.  Attach all layers with Multipurpose Glue.  Run Baker’s Twine around layers and attach at back with SNAIL  Place all layers on card toward the top.
  • Stamp sentiment in Basic Black in lower right corner.

Here’s hoping sweet Joe will be back in yoga class doing the Warrior Pose!

Be sure to stop back by, I have some projects for my craft booth to show you, a pretty and a little different Christmas card and a thank you gift for my stampin’ peeps.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


for sweet Joe.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Yellow Roses for 50 Years…

Today’s card is for a really special couple celebrating 50 years of marriage.  I so enjoyed making this card for them…


and here’s the inside…


I love making cards for any occasion, but something magical happens when I make a card with someone special in mind.  All the memories and experiences we’ve shared over the years are built into the card using paper, ink, bling (of course!) and sticking it all together with Glue Dots!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you just in case you need an anniversary or wedding card…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White (I love this paper!)
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  En Francias (retired, background), Gorgeous Grunge (background), Birthday Blooms and Timeless Love (sentiment and small flowers)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight 5/8″ Seam Binding, Distressing Tool for paper edges, Linen Thread, Gold Wind of Stella


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/8″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The first Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp background in Smoky Slate and over stamps with Daffodil Delight and Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp.  Distress edges and attach to card front with SNAIL.
  • The second smaller Thick Whisper White layer is 2-3/4″ x 4″.  Stamp sentiment in Smoky Slate.  The border was hand drawn with Smoky Slate marker small end.  Add to card front with Adhesive Strips or double dimensionals.  Both large and small flowers were stamped on scrap Thick Whisper White and colored with Daffodil Delight Reinker dropped in stamp pad lid.  Use Aqua Painter and water to apply ink to flowers.  Add Crushed Curry to centers.  Maybe leave the flipped edges in a lighter shade.  Add Crushed Curry at petal bases.  Fussy cut large and small flowers.  Use the large end of your stylus or anything with a round smooth surface and work the back of these flowers lying on your sponge mat to break down fibers and give a rounded effect from the front.  Add double dimensionals to the back.  Gold Wink of Stella was added to flower centers.  Stamp the entire large flower on scrap Thick Whisper White in Smoky Slate and fussy cut.  Add painted flower on top with double dimensionals the add both layers to card front.
  • Make triple loops with ribbon and tie off in center with Linen Thread.  Add at base of larger flower with Glue Dots.  There are glue dots at the ribbon ends too to hold them in place.  The edges were frayed to repeat paper distressing.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 2-3/4″ x 4″ with distressed edges.  Add sentiment in Smoky Slate.  The small flowers were stamped on scrap, colored with Aqua Painter leaving leaves unpainted like the card front.  Fibers were also broken down from back to give rounded effect.  Add to card with double dimensionals.

I really love this card, but I’ll be honest with you…it’s the second one I made.  The first got chopped up and some of the pieces were used on this one.  I just thought the first one looked too plain.  If I were to make this one again, I might place a layer of Daffodil Delight behind the first layer to just peek out a smidge…what do you think?

Yesterday I had one of my biggest classes ever and did we ever have fun!  There were three “newbies” in the group, but they weren’t “newbies” for long.  My seasoned stampers drew them under their angel wings and guided them through their first class.  They did amazing because I can tell you we didn’t do “beginner” projects.  So fun watching someone stamp for the first time…never gets old to me!

Hope you are having the best day and something you’ve seen here today inspires you in your own creative journey…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


oh yes.

Let’s be HaPpY with inky fingers!


Watercolor Wishes…

This girl was WAY OUT of her comfort zone today…I DID MY FIRST LIVE FB VIDEO!  And, it was fun.  So many times I’m asked to show a technique because many or most of us learn by “seeing” something done more than by ready directions.

While I gladly give the Stuff ‘N Digits to all my projects, I felt it would be fun to pop in every once in a while with a technique video.  Here’s the project I showed in the video yesterday…


and a peek inside…


The watercolor technique was the video feature and the piece on the table is the one in the video.  I wanted the fall watercolored leaves to be the focal point of this card so I kept it fairly simple (for me anyway…no Linen Thread, bows or sequins!) and I really like it.  This is another “all occasion” card good to have in your stash…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this Z-Fold card…


  • Paper:  Watercolor, Thick Whisper White, Old Olive Cardstock, plus Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves and Thoughtful Branches (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Pen (thin tipped)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 2-1/8″ and 4-1/4″ on the long side.
  • The vertical Old Olive layer is 2″ x 5-3/8″ attached with Multipurpose Glue
  • The Rich Razzleberry DSP layer is 1-7/8″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Old Olive with SNAIL.
  • The horizontal Old Olive layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/4″ attached to front panel with Multipurpose Glue.
  • The Watercolor layer is 3″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp leaves in Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.  Stamp some full strength then color with Aqua Pen and others stamp off first to get a lighter shade.  Let ink dry before over stamping if you do not want colors to bleed together.  Attach to Old Olive layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Inside the card the Old Olive layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with Multipurpose Glue.  The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.  The watercolor layer is 3″ x 4-1/8″ stamped and water colored exactly like the cover piece but leaving room for a message.  Placement is directly behind front panel using Multipurpose Glue.

Hope your weekend was just what you needed to start your week with a bang!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


yep, you do.

So let’s get inky together and Be HaPpY!