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Poinsettia in Pink…

So let’s use the new Festive Flower Builder Punch and the stamp set, Reason for the Season, as they are intended today and see what happens…

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Wouldn’t this look pretty on a package this Christmas under your tree?  We could make them in colors to match our wrapping paper!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for this tag…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Heavy Whisper White, Blushing Bride,  and Mint Macaron
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Cucumber Crush and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Reason for the Season
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Festive Flower Builder Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Scallop Topper Punch, 1/8″ Striped Ribbon and Softly Falling EF

Digits

  • The Mint Macaron layer (I know it looks like Crumb Cake in pic, but it isn’t) cardstock tag base is 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, punched with the Scallop Topper Punch by centering the paper and sliding in a downward motion until it stops and punching.  Trim the top edge at the sides.
  • The Whisper White layer (I know it looks pink in the photo, but it isn’t really) is 2″ x 4″ punched with the Scallop Topper Punch and embossed with Softly Falling EF then attached to Mint Macaron with adhesive.
  • Cut 10″ of 1/8″ green ribbon and loop through tag opening at top.
  • Make your Blushing Bride poinsettia , stamping veins and sponging edges with Blushing Bride and assembling using hot glue.  The leaves are Mint Macaron, sponged and veined with Cucumber Crush and added with hot glue.
  • The flower center is Whisper White with a rhinestone colored with alcohol marker or permanent marker.
  • Add poinsettia to tag with hot glue.

Are you liking this Festive Flower Punch and how versatile it is?  Tomorrow I have a home décor piece made with this punch you might like so be sure to stop back by.

The studio “re-do” is almost complete…meaning all the painting (walls, woodwork and windows) are finished.  I can see the top of my counter and one other table but there are still supplies everywhere that need to find a home.  Have you ever repositioned every single thing in your craft space?

Hope to see you right back here tomorrow…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Get those fingers inky…and Be HaPpY!

 

B

Just For You Tag…

Here’s another project using the Festive Flower Builder Punch in a non poinsettia way…how about a sunflower?

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The Reason for the Season stamp set was used on this one as opposed to yesterday when the real red poinsettia was left unveined (is that a word?)  And the center stamen were quadrupled for a sunflower look too.

If you are looking for gift ideas under $10, this could be it.  With my coupon at Hobby Lobby the burlap frame was less than $6.  Decorate, slide in that personalized photo and you’ve got a hit.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crushed Curry, Early Expresso and Old Olive cardstock
  • Ink:  Crushed Curry and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Reason for the Season
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  In-color Blooms and frame of your choice and 1 1/2″ circle punch

Digits:

  • For this flower eight large petals and four medium petals plus two of the double center petals make this flower.  You can stamp the veins before or after you punch them.  Three Old Olive leaves.  Use a 1 1/2″ circle punch for the base.  Start by putting down some hot glue on the circle base and place four large petals you have curled with your bone folder and pinched at the center  in the hot glue at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.  Add more hot glue and repeat with the last four large petals placing them opposite the first petals.  More glue and place the four medium petals then the two center petals.  Punch out nine x’s, glue dot three together and hot glue to center of flower, repeat two times.  Add leaves to back with hot glue.

Easy peasy…

In case you are wondering…yes, I am still painting.  Well, not really.  The painting is finished.  Now to purge and put everything in its place.  I promise to do a short video tour within the week!  I know it’s fun to see someone else’s studio and how they store and use their “stuff” as Sweetums calls it.  With him helping me this week there was no way I could not pull everything out.  His eyes almost bugged out of his face!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Ah Ha!  Well, he sure found me working on mine!

I’ll be inky tomorrow…and HaPpY!

 

B

Let It Snow…

Not really, but today’s Christmas card does look like snow.  I know today was supposed to be a video on the fall wreath pieces, but I swear I can’t get to my video station.  Look at this mess…

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Sweetums and I started this project this past weekend by painting the stairway up to my studio and just kept going.  It has needed to be done for quite some time.  There just never seems to be the “right” time.  We are about 2/3 the way to completion.  Maybe I’ll do a little tour once everything is back in place.

But I do have lots of samples made up to show you.  Here’s today’s post…

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Doesn’t this new embossing folder look like falling snow?  Let’s look at the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Heavy Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red and Crushed Curry cardstock
  • Ink:  None yet (I’ll probably add a sentiment inside later)
  • Stamps:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Festive Flower Builder Punch (pg. 31 Holiday Catalog, #139682), Basic Rhinestones, Softly Falling Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Heavy Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.  Add to card front with adhesive
  • The second Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with Softly Falling embossing folder and added to the Real Red layer with adhesive.
  • Real Red, Old Olive and Crushed Curry cardstock was used with the Festive Flower Builder Punch.  I used hot glue because I don’t have patience to wait for Tomboy to dry and also with hot glue you get more dimension and a stronger flower.  There will be a video show how to make this poinsettia and several other flowers with this punch this week.  (Hope I can find it)
  • The poinsettia was added to the card front with hot glue.
  • This card could be mailed in a bubble envelope or you could make an envelope box with the envelope board…or you could hand deliver it too!

I’ve got to get back to purging and cleaning and painting.  Hope to get this project done this week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Right now I feel like laughing hysterically…

Maybe when I get inky again…I’ll be HaPpY!

B

And Then This Happened…

All crafters will empathize with me I know when you see this photo…

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What sane demo begins a project like this with tons of new product to show and three holidays looming…not to mention classes and an October Retreat Weekend in four weeks?

This one, that’s who!  What’s even worse … Sweetums is helping and he is aghast at the amount of “stuff” (as he calls it) in this fairly good-sized space.  It’s the prep time, work time and then purge and clean time that is taking so long.  The actual painting is a breeze…

All this to say there will be no project today but a video tomorrow showing details (pine cone and Newsprint DSP ball) for the fall wreath featured last week.  Enjoy and say a prayer Sweetums and I don’t have a knock down drag out while finishing this painting project.

In the end my studio with blissfully be Baja Breeze (my favorite SU! color ever!)

Here’s a “B-ism” for you today…

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I’m not inky but painty…but you can be HaPpY and inky!

B

Can You Case It #84…Sketch

It’s Sunday and time for another Can You Case It challenge.  This week we have a sketch and I feel safe using a pumpkin since this week September will begin and school is in session.  You can play along too…just go to canyoucaseit.com and pop your artwork in before noon this Friday.

Here’s my entry for this week’s challenge…

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Great colors for fall, right?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White cardstock, plus Into the Woods DSP
  • Ink:  Tangelo Twist and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin Business
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Into the Woods 3/8″ cotton ribbon

Digits:

  • The Very Vanilla base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Rich Razzleberry vertical layer is 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, attached to the card front with adhesive
  • The DSP is 3 3/8″ x 5 1/2″, attached to the card front with adhesive
  • Tie the ribbon around the card front and make a bow to the right side.
  • The square Razzleberry layer is 2 5/8″ square, attached to DSP layer
  • The DSP layer is 2 1/2″ attached with adhesive to Razzleberry layer and to card front with dimensionals over the ribbon to the left of the bow
  • The pumpkin is a two layer stamp with Memento Black and Tangelo Twist and “fussy cut” then attached to card front with dimensionals
  • Inside there is a layer 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Whisper White cardstock layered over a Rich Razzleberry layer 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you feel inspired to play along this week at Can You Case It.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Always…

Inky fingers will make you HaPpY!

B

Dove of Peace…

My first thoughts when I saw this stamp set at convention was first a card in all Very Vanilla embossed in gold…then another just like it but colored in Tempting Turquoise…then one embossed in silver on vellum and colored from the back…then.  See what happens with my mind and ideas?  Drives me nuts.

Today I’ve got the one in Very Vanilla and Tempting Turquoise with a little bling added (of course!)…

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Would you like to make something similar?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla cardstock, Gold Glimmer
  • Ink:  VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Dove of Peace
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Metallic Thread, Gold Embossing Powder, Blender Pen or Aqua Painter

Digits

  • The Tempting Turquoise base card if 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Gold Glimmer layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Stamp sentiment and dove in Versamark ink, add Gold Embossing Powder and heat.  Add several rounds of Gold Metallic thread under sentiment and secure with adhesive.  Add this layer to card front with Tomboy Glue.
  • Color the bird with Tempting Turquoise reinker and a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter (whichever you are more comfortable using)  Start with a light shade and go back and darken some areas while leaving others the lighter shade for dimension.
  • Inside I have a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla with a small piece of Gold Glimmer paper horizontally at the bottom.

Tip:  When using Glimmer Paper or any specialty paper for a card mat, cut out the center of the paper to use on other projects leaving just enough to show for the mat.

You won’t believe what Sweetums and I started today…painting my studio!  Good grief what was I thinking?

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Well…that was funny!

I’m all inky and painted different colors…but HaPpY!

 

B

Silent Night…

Can you tell I’m flipping all over the place with the three holidays coming up?  There is so much new product and I’m in a frenzy with ideas that can’t be produced fast enough.

Today’s post features the beautiful Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP used in the “herringbone” technique…

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This DSP was perfect for this technique…and so easy to do too.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Heavy Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil cardstock plus Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP
  • Ink:  New Archival Black Ink (pg. 19 Holiday Catalog), Mossy Meadow
  • Stamps:  Wonderland
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Banner Triple Punch (pg.165 Annual Catalog), Lots of Labels Framelits (pg. 173 Annual Catalog), Two-Way Glue Stick and Metallic Gold Thread (pg. 159 Annual Catalog)

Digits

  • The Heavy Whisper White base card is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Gold Foil layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″ to be the base of you herringbone layer.
  • Choose two dsp designs and cut into 1/2″ wide strips.  Add two-way glue to back and begin with one long piece anywhere on the  Whisper White 4″ x 5 1/4″ cardstock.  Leave the edges to trim when you have finished covering the whole piece. Turn your card 90 degrees and begin placing strips in a design pleasing to you.  When the cardstock is completely covered, turn it over to the back and trim all edges.  Add this layer to your gold foil layer with adhesive.
  • Cut a piece of Gold Foil 2″ x 4″, stamp with Black Ink and punch with Banner Triple punch.  Adhere to right side of your card front.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White and Basic Black with the Lots of Labels Framelit.  Cut the black layer in half and adhere to each end of the Whisper White layer.  Stamp Silent Night in Black and pine bough in Mossy Meadow.
  • Add a dimensional where you will place the sentiment on the card front.  Loop several layers with Gold Metallic Thread over the dimensional.
  • Add dimensionals to sentiment layer and add to card front over Gold Metallic Thread.
  • Inside the card I stamped the tree image in VersaMark and sprinkled with gold embossing powder.
  • It would be easy to use the trees again on the envelope to coordinate with the card or use the DSP on the envelope flap or as an envelope liner.

Hope you enjoyed this technique.  Look for a video on my facebook page (Rambling Rose Studio) in the next couple of days…

It’s Friday and date night at my house…dinner and a movie.  Have you seen Mission Impossible?  I didn’t expect to like it…but I did!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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although a short one…

Get inky this weekend…Be Happy!

 

 

B

Welcoming Wreath…

Today’s post will show the fall wreath I talked about yesterday.  The leaves on the fall napkin holder shown yesterday were left over from this project.

Here’s a shot of the front doors…yes, I have two doors and this does present a problem sometimes…

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Here’s a closer view…

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And some details…

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This is the wreath presented at convention on the big boards and fell head over heels for it.  I knew when I got home this would be one of my first projects…I mean it shot right to the top of the list.

Want some of the details?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Pool Party, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla cardstock, plus Newsprint DSP
  • Ink:  Early Expresso
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Leaflet Framelits, Dazzling Diamonds, 1″ wood balls, small wood egg (think bird egg), 12″ Styrofoam wreath, white polka dot burlap, wired burlap and Modge Podge

Digits

  • Stamp all leaves on different colors of cardstock and cut out (oh boy! this takes a while)  Cut out about 20 Chocolate Chip with smallest leaf for pine cones.  Cut out 3″ circles of Newsprint DSP for 1″ balls.
  • Wrap foam wreath with polka dot burlap using hot glue or metal pins to secure.  Make your burlap bow and set aside.
  • Add Modge Podge to 1″ circles and wrap with Newsprint DSP twisting loose ends together.  Add more Modge Podge over surface and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  Set these aside.
  • To make pine cones use your bone folder to curl each leaf.  Trim off stems.  Starting at smaller end of wood piece add one leaf at a time with hot glue, overlapping sides and alternating points as you move to a new row until you have the whole egg shape covered.  Add some Dazzling Diamonds to these too if you want.  (I love bling!)
  • Start at any point on your wreath and attach your burlap bow.  Begin by curling or bending or crushing your leaves and set them on your wreath with hot glue from either side of your bow.  Add your pine cones and your balls here and there.

Can you stand it?  This is just so pretty finished.  You are going to be so proud to hang these on your door or use them as a table centerpiece with candles.  Good part is…they can be used again and again.  I love when that happens!

I am planning a short video showing how to make the balls and pine cones.  Got to get to the store first and get the wood pieces.  So stay tuned for that.

Just like Hobby Lobby I have completely changed my house from summer to fall and Halloween.  Getting ready for those classes coming up.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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I’m inky…and HaPpY!

 

B

My Favorite Holiday…

Is Thanksgiving…Why?  A day devoted to family and good friends.  No gifts to buy just good food to eat and time spent together.  What could be better than that?

With my daughter and son-in-love in South Korea this year, Thanksgiving will be different.

There will be good food though and I’m inviting people I want to share the day with.  Here’s one way I’ll be decorating the table…

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I had watercolored paper with fall colors and cut them out tons of leaves for a door wreath.  There were lots of leaves left over so I made some napkin holders for the table.

Are you interested in making something similar for your Thanksgiving table?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock, Watercolor Paper and Into the Woods DSP (Holiday Catalog pg. 43
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Mossy Meadow and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Six Sayings (Holiday Catalog pg. 50)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Rich Razzleberry 3/8″ Cotton Ribbon,  Leaflets Framelits (Annual Catalog, pg. 172), Ornate Tag Topper (Annual Catalog, pg. 165), Stapler and Dazzling Diamonds

Digits

  • Cut your DSP 6″ x 6″ and fold over 1/2″ at top .
  • Cut 2 1/2″ x 6″ piece and 2 x 6″ piece and glue smaller piece to center of larger piece.  Add this piece to center of 6″ x 6″ piece with adhesive.
  • Add tear tape to one side of 6 x 6 piece and adhere to other side creating a tube.  With your stapler staple in the center of the bottom edge (opposite end from the 1/2″ fold over).  Your napkin will slide into this little bag.
  • Now cut your Very Vanilla 2″ x 4″ and punch with Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  I just tapped the different colors on the stamp with my ink pads starting with the Daffodil Delight so I wouldn’t get darker ink on that light colored pad.
  • Tie the Rich Razzleberry ribbon around the napkin holder and slide the tag over one ribbon end.
  • For the leaves I used water color paper and reinker just randomly added to the paper and spritz with water so the colors blend.  Cut with Leaflet Framelit.  Mine have a little Dazzling Diamonds on the surface (got to have that bling!)  Place the leaf just inside the ribbon.

Tomorrow I’ll show you the wreaths using the leaves…I already have them up on my door and it’s only August!  I love fall…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Get inky…Be HaPpY!

 

B

Happy Holiday Scenes…

Pages 10 and 11 of the Holiday Catalog stopped me in my tracks.  And so did the samples at convention.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on all these goodies and play!  And I have for hours of bliss and now can’t wait to show you what I’ve created and inspire you to make beautiful, happy scenes of your own.

This card combines  two stamp sets and framelits on those pages…

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Are you serious?  And it was much quicker than it might look too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Heavy Whisper White, Real Red cardstock, plus Designer Series Paper Home for Christmas
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Real Red and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Happy Scenes and Festive Fireplace
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Curvy Corner Trio Punch, Festive Fireside Framelits, Hearth and Home Thinlets, Gold Cording, Window Sheet

Digits:

  • The Heavy Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • The Real Red base of sentiment is 1″ x 3 1/4″, double punched at each end for threading cording
  • The sentiment layer is 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.
  • Cut two pieces of gold cording 5 1/2″ long.  Add a dimensional in center of red sentiment layer and crisscross cording at center point.  Add dimensionals to each end of Whisper White sentiment layer and adhere over red layer.  Run ends of cording through punched slots on red layer.
  • Add DSP layer to 4″ x 5 1/4″ red layer.  Add sentiment layer to bottom of these two layers and attach cording to back of large red layer with adhesive.  Now attach all these layers to card front.
  • The background for the window scene is 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″.. Stamp trees in Old Olive and add to top of card front with adhesive.
  • Cut the window with framelit and Heavy Whisper White.  Add a piece of window sheet 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ to back of window with Tomboy glue.  Now add window with dimensional edges to tree scene on card front.
  • Stamp wreath in Old Olive and add Real Red accents with marker.  Cut bow from Real Red with framelit and add to wreath with dimensional and the wreath to window with another dimensional.
  • Finish the inside with a layer of Real Red under a layer of Whisper White with your message.
  • You could use the same DSP for you envelope flap or line the inside to coordinate with your gorgeous card.
  • Don’t forget your personalized stamp on the back of the card!

Tip:   Including photos with Chiristmas cards is such a hot trend.    There is a Project Life framelit the exact size of a photograph you could use to make a frame for a family photo to include inside your card.  The framelit is on page 145 of the annual catalog.  You could have a Real Red layer or a pretty DSP layer and just cut the center out with the framelit and insert your photo.  Magic!

Today here we are enjoying one of those golden, clear and cool days…high 78 degrees!  Was it ever fun driving this morning with my top down…heaven.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Really?  Seriously?  Whatever!

I’m calm when I’m inky…Get Inky…Be HaPpY!

 

B