Love Is In the Air…

Here’s another sneak peek at a new product available in January that just screamed “use me”!


After this card was finished, the UPS truck arrived with the Designer Series Paper that coordinates with this stamp set and thinlits…so you know there will be another card soon.  It’s amazing how intricate the hot air balloon thinlit is and how easily it cut through the Silver Foil.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…


  • Paper:  Soft Sky, Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Crisp Cantaloupe, Blushing Bride Cardstock, plus Silver Foil
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Birthday Banners and Sealed with Love (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Up and Away Thinlits Dies, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Bunch of Banners Framelits


  • The Soft Sky base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Cut the clouds from card front Soft Sky layer with Up and Away Thinlits.
  • Attach the Whisper White layer behind the Soft Sky card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut the color bands of the balloon from (starting at bottom) Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Cantaloupe Crisp and Blushing Bride.  Attach to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut balloon frame from Silver Foil and attach over layered colors with small dots of multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp banner and sentiment on scrap Whisper White in Basic Black and cut with banner framelit.  Trim away right tagged side and punch a hole in right side.  Run Baker’s Twine around balloon and through hole in banner.  Tie with bow.  Attach banner with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a Real Red layer 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ with a Whisper White layer on top 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.

Wouldn’t it be nice to receive this card “just because”?

If you’ve been a reader for a bit, you’ve probably been introduced to one of my furbabies, Zoe.  She’s a Jack Russell Terrier who just turned 12 this past summer…but don’t tell her that.  She has lots of toys that used to be stuffed.  As soon as she gets a new one, she flattens it.  Her toy basket is full of flattened toys.  But she pulls out her favorites almost every day to play with.  Here’s what happened to the reindeer I bought her today…Does she look like she’s laughing?


Hope your day is full of promise and fun.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!





A Love Note…

Do you remember in elementary school making a Valentine mailbox?  All the kids in your class would drop a card inside and some of the messages ended with “check yes or no”?

Pretty soon Valentine love notes will be all digital…

But today we can enjoy making those love notes and sending them to all the special people in our lives.  Here’s one that will work for almost anyone on your list…


Isn’t that heart border pretty? …and so easy to do.  Inside the small envelope is a small love note that says, “I love you”.  How sweet is that?  If you were making these with your kids or g’kids, you could just make the 3″ square with the envelope and love note inside.  Simple!

Either way, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock, plus Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Real Red, Blushing Bride and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Sealed with Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/2″ Seam Binding (retired), Linen Thread, Stitched Squares Framelits, Scalloped Square Framelits, Love Notes Framelits


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • Cut front edge with hearts border framelit.  I trimmed away the edge on the right side of the hearts because they weren’t trimmed evenly.
  • Add a piece of DSP on the card front 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ with SNAIL.
  • Cut a Real Red Scalloped square and a Thick Whisper White stitched square to fit over the Real Red square.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on Whisper White layer.  Attach squares together with SNAIL and to card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut envelope from scrap Whisper White attaching corners with glue dots.  Cut envelope flap liner from DSP and attach to envelope flap with SNAIL.  Add to card front squares bottom center with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp small hearts in Blushing Bride and Real Red (use markers to color) on scrap Whisper White and cut with framelit.  Stamp “I Love You” sentiment on this small note and slide into envelope.
  • Inside there is a 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ Real Red layer with a 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ Whisper White layer.  Stamp some hearts in Real Red and Blushing Bride in lower right corner and on envelope to coordinate.

Valentine’s, weddings and anniversary celebrations will be a snap with this bundle in your inventory.  This set you will use over and over all year long.

My stamping “peeps” will be coming over Monday for our annual Christmas party.  We are doing a “shoebox swap”, swapping and taking gifts under $10 and oh yes! eating our favorite holiday snacks brought by all.  Hot apple cider and lots of good cheer.  It will be a fun day here at the studio!  Wish you all could be here…how much fun would that be?

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


sounds reasonable.

Good time to stay inky and be HaPpPy!


All Occasion Dragonflies…

This will be my third post with the new Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  Honestly, there are so many more ideas for this bundle in my head I think I could do a couple of weeks without repeating myself.

But you want to see more new products from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration, right?

Alrighty then, this will be the last of the dragonfly series for now…but be prepared for more!


and inside looks like…


This card is a good example of how squirrely my mind gets while working on a card idea.  The truth is this piece of really pretty water color paper was lying on one of the table tops and it just kept calling to me.  When the idea came to do a flock (is it a flock?) of dragonflies in these gorgeous colors, my mind immediately jumped to building a background for them to fly on.  And then what sentiment and what about some glamour?

So here are the Stuff ‘N Digits to explain the process…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Emerald Envy Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Emerald Envy, Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams, Gorgeous Grunge (splats) and By The Tide (script)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Baker’s Twine Trio Pack Gold Cording, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Seasonal Decorative Masks, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst or SU! Reinker


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8
  • Spritz a piece of water color paper with water and spray Color Burst color pigment in your color choice and let the paper do the work for you.  If you don’t have the dry pigment, add drops of reinker in your color choice on the spritzed water color paper.  Let dry.  You can use Heat Gun.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp Gorgeous Grunge splats in Emerald Envy diagonally from bottom right corner twice.  Add a light layer of Soft Sky using Seasonal Decorative Mask and sponge to the background center right.  Add script from By The Tide in Archival Basic Black about 2/3 way up from bottom right side.  Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black to lower left side.  Attach this layer to the Emerald Envy layer with SNAIL.
  • Attach the gold cording around the top of these two layers with SNAIL.  Make a bow with several loops from gold cording and tie in center.  Attach to top center with glue dots.  Add to card front.
  • Cut the dragonflies from your water color paper and attach with small dots of multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and the Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.  A little bit of masking and sponging with Soft Sky and some Gorgeous Grunge splats in Emerald Envy at the bottom right will coordinate with the card front.  You could also add this to the envelope!

Building a multi-layered background for your stamping is a great way to create interest.  If you’ve never tried it, give it a go and see what you think.

Realizing there were daily complaints about the drought in our area, I am inclined not to mention we have gotten multiple inches of rain in the last week and things are floating away.  Just sayin’…

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope to see you here again tomorrow…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


does that mean you eventually grow up?

In the meantime…stay inky and HaPpY!



Dragonfly Dreams…

Believe it or not there are several birthdays on my calendar for this month and next…yikes!  You would think there would be stacks of cards around here wouldn’t you?  Nope…

So clear the table tops, lay aside all the Christmas stamps and DSP and make room for one of the new stamps sets for a January release…


And a peek inside…


There is a suggestion of movement in each layer…that will wake you up.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Emerald Envy and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper and Vellum Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Emerald Envy and Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Dragon Dreams
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Gold Cording (Holiday Catalog), Clear Wink of Stella, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Masking Tape (low tack) and Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Mask the shape with low tack tape (or remove some of the stickiness by bouncing the tape on your yoga pants…you know you have them on)  Spritz the card front with water and spray the colors you want to use. Here I used green, purple and yellow.  It just takes a small amount.  If the colors are not combining or you want a different effect, spray lightly with water again.
  • Now if you didn’t press your tape down securely all the way around or paint moves when you remove the tape, you may get the effect on my card.  I love the look, but if you want clean lines, just be sure to secure your tape edges.  Either way…it will be awesome!
  • Stamp your sentiment in Archival Basic Black at bottom left.
  • The Gold Cord was attached with a blob of multipurpose glue on the card front and laying down the cording in loops until I liked the way it looked.
  • To make the dragon fly layer on water color paper underneath the vellum layer, I had a piece of water color paper I colored when doing the masked shape.  Once dry, stamp the image in Archival Basic Black and cut with matching thinlit.  Attach to card front with dots of multipurpose glue.  Add Clear Wink of Stella to wings and dust with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.
  • Cut details dragon fly from Cardstock Vellum.  Paint wings with Clear Wink of Stella and dust with Dazzling Diamonds.  Attach over water colored dragon fly by adding a thin line of multipurpose glue to center of body.
  • Inside the Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″.  The wings color is Soft Sky with Emerald Envy around the edges (Rock ‘n Roll method) then the detail stamps over the wings in Archival Basic Black.

Are you multi-tasking all over the place getting ready for the holidays and still trying to keep up with your regular schedule and commitments?  The result seems to be light sleep and frayed nerves…I see it everywhere!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’m going to stay inky…and be HaPpY!



Watercolor Dragonfly…

A clean and simple design may be the hardest for me…even more than a masculine card.

But with this beautiful set that will be released in January clean and simple is easy…


How pretty is that dragon fly?  And here’s a peek inside…


Here in the South dragonflies are pretty common in summer time and they are really interesting to watch.

Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • Cut a piece of water color paper 4″ x 4-1/2″.  Spritz with water and apply Ken Oliver’s Color Burst pigment to paper.  Let dry.  Trim a 1/4″ x 4″ piece for inside card.
  • The top Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut dragonfly from this piece.  Attach water color paper to back of this piece.  Re-attach cut out dragonfly with small dots of Multipurpose Glue.  Add sentiment in Basic Black to card front.
  • Add sentiment to inside of card.
  • Add 1/4″ strip of water color paper at inside bottom.

How easy was that to create?  And it’s so dramatic in person.

I have placed my second order from the Occasions Catalog to be released January 1st.  All these new sets are so exciting to work with.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend doing whatever makes you HaPpY!  See you here on Monday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Inky fingers make me HaPpY!


Hooty Christmas Wishes…

Who loves owls?  Me!  And I bet you do too.  What could be cuter than two owls from the Cozy Critters stamp set?  Love that fox in this set too.

I created a small night scene for this nocturnal pair with some sponging, a big full moon and some stars and then added the happy greeting from the Greetings From Santa stamp set.

Maybe what gives it that little special “something” is the window sheet encased in the card front…


Aren’t they the cutest sitting there in the moonlight?  And here’s the card opened…


A little masking and out comes the moon and stars!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus By the Shore Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Cozy Critters and Greeting from Santa (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Window Sheet, Owl Punch, Confetti Stars Border Punch, Post It Note for masking, sponge, Circle Framlits and 1-3/4″ Circle Punch


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • Score card front at 2-3/4″.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 4-1/8″ x 2-5/8″ and attach to top card front with SNAIL.
  • Center a 3″ Circle Framelit over 2-3/4″ score line and cut card front and DSP at same time.
  • Cut a piece of window sheet 4″ x 2-5/8″.  Glue with Multipurpose Glue to inside top of card front.  Fold on score line and attach bottom of card front over window sheet with glue or SNAIL.
  • Using a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch cut a sheet of post it note.  Add the circle where you want your moon positioned on inside top of card.  Mask top and bottom.  Sponge Island Indigo with moon mask in place.
  • Remove moon mask and using the negative piece of post it, sponge moon with Daffodil Delight and More Mustard around edges.  Remove mask.
  • Punch stars from Whisper White and attach over sky using Multipurpose Glue.
  • Cut a 2-5/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of DSP for bottom of inside card and attach with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White 2-1/2″ x 4″.  Stamp sentiment and attach over DSP with SNAIL.
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp two owls and color with markers.  Stamp one branch in Old Olive.  Punch out owls and “fussy cut” branch.
  • Add branch and one owl with Multipurpose glue.  Add second owl with dimensionals placed on back of head.

The window with the night sky showing makes this card just a little something different.  I’m not sure I’d want to mass produce this card, but I’ll enjoy sending it to someone special who loves owls as much as me!

Got a little “day trip” planned tomorrow to a quaint little town for a Christmas celebration with a couple of friends in Franklin, Tennessee.  Ever been there?  It’s such a cute town especially at Christmastime.

Hope you will enjoy your weekend too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky and be HaPpY!


So In Love (again)…

My Christmas cards are made and half the envelopes have been addressed…but no two are alike.  Nope, no mass producing here because I’ve been making Christmas cards since August!

So you will understand when I tell you the post today is not a Christmas card?

Today the stamp set “So In Love” was used for a Valentine, wedding or anniversary card.  Or a card for anytime you just want to let someone know you love them.


and the inside looks like this…


An “anytime” I love you card…right?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Real Red and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  So In Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/2″ White Seam Binding, Circles and Squares Stitched Framelits, Linen Thread


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The first DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ .
  • Cut a piece of a different patterned DSP 1-3/4″ x 6″ and attach to first DSP diagonally with SNAIL.  Turn to back and trim corners.  Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Using Real Red Ink and stem with leaves stamp, create a wreath on a scrap of Thick Whisper White.  Add sentiment in center with Archival Basic Black Ink.  Cut out with Circles Stitched Framelit that fits your wreath best.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Make a multi-looped bow with ribbon and tie center with Linen Thread.  Attach to card front under wreath with Glue Dots.
  • Using Real Red Cardstock and a  Scalloped Square Framelit and a Stitched Square Framelit from Whisper White that will fit just inside the Scalloped square attached with SNAIL.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and attach to card inside with SNAIL.
  • The heart was cut from DSP and attached with SNAIL.

Real Red Ink and Whisper White Cardstock are a color combination that is always crisp, clean and pleasing to the eye.

Do you forgive me for not posting Christmas cards?  How many of you have already come up with the design, bought the supplies and at least have started producing your cards?  That’s what I thought.  If not, let me know.  I will send you ideas with your favorite current stamp set.

Today begins the Year End Sales at Stampin’ Up!  There are some REALLY good deals out there.  If you’d like to shop, click here.

Did you know Sale-A-Bration starts January 1st?  It is the best time of the year to become a SU! Demo with no obligations and all kinds of perks.  I’d be so happy to welcome you to our group, the Rambling Rose BUDS.  Have questions?  Leave me a message…

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky…be HaPpY!


So In Love…

It’s my guess most of you have either finished your own Christmas cards or at least have decided on the design and they are a work in progress.  So today I’d like to give you a peek at some more new products coming up January 1st…


and inside…


This just may be my anniversary card for Sweetums this February…I love everything about this card.  The watercoloring, stitched framelits and the sentiment.  This card combines two new sets and also new Designer Series Paper “Falling In Love”.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Blushing Bride, Basic Grey, and Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Water Color Paper and Falling In Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Strawberry Slush
  • Stamps:  Mediterranean Moments and So In Love (sentiments)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Oval Stitched Framelits, Silver Doily, 5/8″ Basic Grey Ribbon (retired), SU! Water Color Pencils and a small round water color brush


  • The Blushing Bride base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Designer Series Paper layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Silver Doily was attached to card front at right middle with Multipurpose Glue
  • The Basic Grey layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-5/8″.
  • The Water Color Paper layer is 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamped with Archival Basic Black, colored with SU! Water Color Pencils and painted with a small round brush and water.  Add to Basic Grey layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Add ribbon to right side and tie in knot.  Add layers to card front with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and Strawberry Slush on Thick Whisper White CS.  Cut out with Stitched Oval Framelit and attach top left with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Basic Grey layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-5/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White layer is 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and Strawberry Slush at top center.  Run SNAIL across back of 4″ of ribbon then lay down with pleats at bottom right.  Attach to Basic Grey layer with SNAIL.

We were up half the night as our weather alert alarms were very active with severe thunderstorms and tornado alerts.  You’ve probably seen the fire devastation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on the national news.  Those fires were fueled by strong wind sheers and of course the extreme drought suffered in this area since last spring…the perfect storm.  Gatlinburg is about a 90 minute drive from where we live and a popular tourist destination in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The first market experience is notched on my belt!  Two ten-hour days of “first” experiences.  I came home with very little product, which is good!  I met lots of new people including several who asked me to email my class schedule and gave away some catalogs.  My respect for festival and market vendors is at a new high…it is so much work before the event, during and after.  Would I do it again?  Ask me in a week or so…

Hope you liked this card today.  It would make a valentine, anniversary or even a wedding card I think.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Be sure to come back tomorrow and in the meantime….

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!



Feeling Neglected?

Here is what is happening…


I’ll be back tomorrow with a project for you.

Til then stay inky and HaPpY!


Need A Tissue?

Today’s post is another stocking stuffer or thoughtful gift for under $10.  It’s another project I’m taking to the Christmas Market this week..


All dresses up in Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and some pretty printed tissues too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock plus Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Framelits, Itty Bitty Flower Punches, Basic Rhinestones


  • For the box cut a piece of Thick Whisper White Cardstock 6-1/2″ x 8-1/4″.  Score on the 6-1/2″ side at 1″ and 5-1/2″.  Turn to the 8-1/4″ side and score at 1″, 4″, 5″, 8″.  Trim away small rectangles at last score line.  Cut tabs along 8-1/4″ sides.  Burnish all score lines.
  • Place tear tape along all tabs on top side including 1/4″ score where rectangles were trimmed away.  Add tear tap underneath first 3″ tab from  1/4″ score line .
  • The DSP measures (2) 4-1/4″ x 2-1/4″, (2) 4-1/4″ x 3/4″ and (2) at 2-1/4″ x 3/4″.  Add to flattened box with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Using Large Oval Punch, turn under 1/4″ and slide box in punch.  Keep the DSP covered oval for a gift tag.  Now remove protective cover from tape and fold box together, being sure to insert tissues before closing last side.
  • Punch an oval from Real Red Cardstock, then place larger Scalloped Oval around this punched oval opening and run through Big Shot to make an oval frame.  Use Multipurpose Glue to attach to tope of tissue box.

These were fun to make and I hope they sell well at the Market.  I’ll let you all know what the best sellers were.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky…be HaPpY!