Gold Christmas Cheer…

Hope everyone is having a great Friday and plans for the weekend that make you happy.  Me?  I’m headed to the Great Smoky Mountains to meet with some friends from New Jersey.  We have a full long weekend planned and I can’t wait.

The mountains should be full of color and I’ll share pics with you in the next couple of days.

Today I’m showing a gorgeous gold embossed Christmas card that was created especially for a customer who was looking for a card idea.  She picked one out of the Holiday catalog and I’ve embellished it (seriously?…imagine that!) just a little.  Here’s her card…

Simple but very impressive in person…love that Filigree Frame Embossing Folder.  This card can be found on page 8.  I’ve added an extra layer of Cherry Cobbler to set off the embossing layer.  Hope she likes it.  Here is a list of the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…



  • Paper:  Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler cardstock
  • Ink:  VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Cheerful Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Filigree Frame Embossing Folder, Pearls, Gold Embossing Powder, Darkest Red Blendability Pen


  • The base Very Vanilla cardstock is cut 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Cherry Cobbler layer is cut 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The top Very Vanilla layer is cut 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • There is also two layers inside the card…Cherry Cobbler 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and Very Vanilla layer 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″
  • Emboss the top Very Vanilla layer with the Filigree Frame EF.
  • Stamp this layer with the Cheerful Christmas stamp in VersaMark ink and cover with gold embossing powder then heat
  • Color five pearls with darkest red Blendability Pen and place on this same layer.
  • Attach the top Very Vanilla layer to the Cherry Cobbler layer.  Attach these two layers to the card front.
  • Don’t forget your personalized stamp for the back and be sure to emboss just the envelop flap with the same embossing folder.

This card would be a really easy one to mass produce.  If you didn’t want to use the pearls and maybe incur extra postage, you could always use the gold sequins in their place.

I’m so glad you stopped by today and I hope you found something inspiring.  Have a great weekend…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…bowl

Sounds like a plan to me…

Yep, I’m inky…and HaPpY!

Pine Cone Video…

See?   I delivered!  Told you yesterday I would have this video up today for all those who contacted me about how to make the pine cone from the Spiral Flower Die and here it is!

Believe it or not some though the pine cone was real…how sweet is that?  Before I add the video…here are a couple more examples of the pine bough and pine cone.  You could make this for a gift for under $10.

Here is the silver one…


This frame was bought at a box store for less than $10.  The polka dots were added with brushed silver cardstock to the mat.

Now here is a gold one…


This frame already had the gold polka dots.  Since I didn’t have any brushed gold cardstock, I used Baked Brown Sugar on this one.

Now here’s the video…I hope you all feel inspired to make tons of these pine cones…enjoy!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”What’s the difference between a Northern fairy tale and a Southern fairy tale?  A Northern fairy tale begins like this:  ‘Once upon a time’.  A Southern fairy tale begins like this:  ‘Y’all ain’t gonna believe this’!”

Just a little jibe at my Northern friends…

I’m inky…and you know I’m HaPpY!


Pine Cones in Snow…

This simple project turned out so well…better than I had at first imagined…I thought you would like to see it and maybe make it yourself.

Even though the title is pine cones in snow…the cone is actually the spiral flower die modified a little.  Over the weekend I watched a video by Tim Holtz (ever heard of him?).  He has his own line of everything artsy and is an amazing artist himself.  He was making these pine cones with a new pine cone die he has.  The whole time I watched I was thinking….hmmmmm.  So I punched out a Baked Brown Sugar flower and used my 1/8″ circle punch to take out the center of each “petal” and started sponging and manipulating the paper around a toothpick.  Here’s what happened…


This I liked!  So here is the end result.  This frame is from the April Paper Pumpkin kit…


Isn’t that simple and pretty?  You could keep this little frame out all winter long instead just over the Holidays.  Not to worry…a video is already in the works for you.

Are you enjoying beautiful fall weather where you are?  I’m having a hard time staying inside.  It is so gorgeous here in the south.  Got a trip to the mountains planned for this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Were you inspired in some way?  I hope so…then my day is complete.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”Life isn’t about finding yourself…Life is about creating yourself!”

I’m a work in progress…how about you?

Whatever…I’m inky and HaPpY!

Video…Thump It!

So last week I posted a card using the “thumping” technique and had lots of comments about how to do it.  So today I’m posting this video that will answer all your questions and show you just how easy this technique is but how beautiful the results.

Here’s the card I showed last week and it’s also the one on the video…


My class “Peeps” will recognize this as the thank you card this month for their orders.  Here is the video for you…

Isn’t that fun?  I hope you will give this technique a try.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”I really feel for the trees this time of the year.  At least when I went through “the change” nothing fell off!”

Are you smiling?

I’m inky…and I’m HaPpY!


Curvy Keepsake…

You’ve surely seen so many versions of this adorable box die.  It’s everywhere on the internet, Pinterest and blogs.  So I just had to had my two cents worth…

Here’s one I’ve made and then made up kits so when the g’kids get here they can make one for each place setting at the Thanksgiving table.  They will love making these…


Yep, little Tom Turkey.  Some of the feathers were left over from the Paper Pumpkin this month so I decided to include them in this project.  The kids are going to love making these…they go together in a snap!

Here’s one for the Christmas tree I spotlighted last week (I’m still adding decorations to that little tree)…


Elegant, yes?  And it looks so pretty with all the blues, greens and silver on the tree.  And…one more ornament…


Another ornament that lights up and it’s oh so pretty with the White embossing and pearls.

Honestly, I think this little die will come in handy for so many different occasions that it is well worth its price.  I’m already looking forward to my creations the g’kids will make.

Do you need the Stuff ‘N Digits?…here you go…


  • Paper:  This little box takes a whole sheet of 8 1/2 x 11.  I just cut it in half and cut both pieces at the same time.
  • Ink:  Of course it depends on what you are making.  The only ink I used on these three was VersaMark with White Embossing Powder on the lighted one.
  • Stamps:  On the lighted one I used Letterpress Winter for the little wreath
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Use double stick tape on the bottom of the box.  Use any embellishment that fits your occasion.  The sky is the limit!


  • There really aren’t any specific digits.  I did use two  1 1/4″ punched  circles to “sandwich” the feathers before attaching to the box.

This die box can be addictive.  I had to stop myself from making more critters, gift boxes, favors, etc.  You see what I mean?

If you have been inspired today to create something of your own, my job here is done…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Get at least eight hours of beauty sleep…nine if you’re ugly!”…Betty White

Did you smile?

I’m inky…and HaPpY…how about you?

A Slice of Life…

We are enjoying a beautiful fall now that the rain has finally stopped and today was a great day for a convertible ride with the fur babies…


And…we are ready for Halloween.  These pumpkins I think are three or four years old when SU! offered this Halloween decoration.  An oldie but goodie…not me!  the pumpkins.  And I’m holding Willis (who will not look at a camera) and Miss Zoe.  They have been all bathed up and are ready for a ride.  I should have gotten the doors behind me in the shot because the Halloween beaded spider wreaths are up too!

But here is my project to show you today.  Do you get Paper Pumpkin?  Yes…well I know you were excited this month.  And if you don’t…what are you waiting for?  Click on the Paper Pumpkin picture on the right side of this blog and get going.  You don’t want to miss another month.  They are simply terrific.  Here is October’s Paper Pumpkin…


Is that adorable?  I plan to place little goodies in each slice and use them at my Thanksgiving table.  Here’s what I’m hoping…that SU! will offer a die to cut these pie slice boxes in the SAB catalog the first of the year.  Nobody has said a word to me, but boy! would I love that.  Can’t you just see this at showers, birthdays and Christmas?  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that wish.

I hope you are enjoying some beautiful fall weather wherever you are too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”When I told you I was normal, I may have slightly exaggerated.”

I’m smiling…slightly my foot!  I’m inky…and HaPpY!

Christmas Cheer…

Here is a sweet card that would mail flat and is easy to assemble…


What do you think?  The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper doesn’t show up that well in the photo, but it is gorgeous.  I like it so much better than the silver for some things.   Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Pool Party cardstock, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Vellum cardstock and Nordic Noel DSP
  • Ink:  VersMark
  • Stamps:  Cheerful Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basic Rhinestones, White Embossing Powder, Linen Thread and Filigree Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder


  • The Pool Party base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Vellum is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • The two strips of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper were 1″ x 5 1/4″
  • Adhere the two Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper to the top and bottom of the DSP so that it shows 1/8″
  • Emboss the Vellum with the Filigree Frame EF
  • Stamp Christmas Cheer stamp in center of frame with VersaMark, sprinkle with White EP and heat
  • Attach Vellum to DSP layer with glue dots and add Linen thread and bow.
  • Add Rhinestones
  • You’ll notice I also embossed the envelope with the Filigree EF to coordinate.

That’s it…you are done!  I like this card and think I’ll make more of them.

Here is your “B-ism” For today…”You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

Inky is what I am…and HaPpY!


Christmas in the Neighborhood…

This might be it!…I mean I’ve been looking for a card for friends in my little neighborhood and I think this one is it.  This is the Holiday Home  set and it seems perfect for friends who live in your neighborhood.

Here’s the card…


Ideally I like to keep my cards flat, so I may delete the silver pearls or find a replacement for them.  I colored them with my lightest gray Blendability Pen and they look silver.  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Real Red, Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate and Mossy Meadow
  • Stamps:  Holiday Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Pearls and Holiday Home framelits


  • The Pool Party base card was cut 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Whisper White “snow” layer was cut 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper was cut 5 1/2″ x 2″
  • The two layers were hand cut at the same time.  Then I glued the glimmer paper to the back of the Whisper White cardstock offset toward the top.
  • Glue both layers to the card front.  Stamp the two trees in Old Olive and the flying Santa with Lost Lagoon.
  • On scrap Whisper White cardstock stamp one house in Smoky Slate, one in Lost Lagoon and one in Old Olive and cut out  each house with framelits
  • Add the Christmas lights to the smaller house stamped in Lost Lagoon.  Add the wreath to the Old Olive tall thin house with Mossy Meadow and color in dots with Real Red marker
  • Stamp a Real Red heart on scrap Whisper White cardstock and one evergreen tree in Old Olive and fussy cut.
  • Add the Real Red heart to the front of the Smoky Slate house with a dimensional.
  • Add the evergreen tree next to the stamped tree with dimensional.
  • Stamp the roof of each house on the back of a piece of the glimmer paper and cut out just the portion you want to use for snow on the roof.  Glue with Tomboy glue
  • Color pearls with lightest Smoky Slate Blendability Pen
  • Add sentiment with Memento Black ink.
  • Inside this card I have a 3 1/2 x 4 1/2″ Whisper White layer with the tall Old Olive house with the wreath stamped on it plus the sentiment Merry Christmas.
  • Also, coordinated the envelope with the same stamped house image on the lower left corner.

The new Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper is just beautiful!  I like it so much better for snow.  You’ll have to give this a try…I know you will love it.

Hope you are inspired to give this card or something similar a try.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”If you stumble, make it part of the dance.”

I’m inky….yep, I’m sure HaPpY!

Thinking Snowman…

Doesn’t the little snowman look like he’s thinking about those cardinals in the tree?  He’s just so fat and cute.  This whole set gives you so many possibilities to work with.  Here’s the card…


This set is called White Christmas and I’ve used it not only for Christmas cards but for tags, ornaments and thank you cards for after the holidays.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper,  3 1/2″ x 5″ notecard, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Cherry Cobbler and Coastal Cabana
  • Stamps:  White Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler and Coastal Cabana markers, Aqua Painter, Glue Stick and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter


  • The base of this card is a notecard 3 1/2″ x 5″
  • The Cherry Cobbler layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • Stamp the trees and the snowman.
  • Using the Aqua Painter with water and a few drops of ink, paint the background above the horizon line and let dry
  • Stamp the birds with Cherry Cobbler and color the snowman’s carrot nose, hat and scarf
  • Add glue with glue pen to trees, snowman and foreground.
  • Stamps sentiment in Memento Black and trim.  Add to card with dimensionals.

Hope you enjoyed this sweet little card and you saw something here today that inspires you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Sprinkle sparkles wherever you go!”

I have no problem doing that…I usually have Dazzling Diamonds all over me…

Along with inky fingers…but I’m HaPpY!

Frost on the Pumpkin…

We are having changes in our weather here in the south and I know it won’t be long before there will be frost on the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch.  Here are the last three pages to my little desk calendar that I started almost a year ago with my g’daughter.  We had so much fun working on them that this year I have one for each of the girls who will be at my house for Thanksgiving.  Hoping to have kits pretty much set up for each one so we can all finish a 2015 calendar together.

This is especially important this year since my daughter and son-in-love will be leaving next year for middle Europe for three years,  The calendar I think will give us a sweet memory of the day we created it together.

Here are the last three months…



Definitely some frost on these pumpkins.  Using the masking technique (my favorite) with the Lovely as A Tree and Fall Fest stamp sets.



Yes, in November all our trees are usually bare just like this.  I’ve used the White Christmas stamp set for this one.



The Ornamental Pine stamp set finished off the year in style.  I love this set.  A little frost here and a retired embossing folder adds some snow.

So now the challenge is to make four calendar kits between now and Thanksgiving so we will all have our own desk calendar and maybe have started a new family tradition.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”Enjoy the journey”.

I’m sure inky…and very HaPpY!