Stampin’ In Korea…

In the art district of Insa-Dong there is Korean art of every description…I found this area one of my favorite places.  Let me show you why…


Can you tell what he is doing?  He is carving me a stamp with a tree and my name and it is gorgeous…


He understood very little English, but was so eager to please.  I just hope I conveyed to him how much I loved his hand work…

here’s your “B-ism” for today…


If you think this is funny…we must be friends!


Korea Observation…

You can’t help but notice the children here…they are beautiful…and it seems the general population adores them.

Those I’ve seen are dressed “to the nines” and for the most part very well behaved…which makes them even more beautiful.


This little girl dressed in traditional ceremony costume was filming a group of street entertainers.  Notice the little one next to her.

And this little guy was getting street ice cream…


And here is another little girl I caught…


She was participating in a traditional street ceremony.

You could take pictures of them all day long, but I’m careful not to offend their parents.  Hopefully I will be able to record many more this week.

A study of Korean teenagers would be fascinating too!

Here’ your “B-ism” for today…





Life In South Korea…

 In the city of Seoul there are over 34 million people.  The traffic is crazy and noisy and there is a different smell around each corner.

My first dining experience was in a section of town called Itaewon.   The meals are served to share and your meat choice is cooked at your table on hot coals and vents are pulled down from the ceiling to prevent smoke.  Here’s a shot of me tiring kimchi for the first time…


Notice the the chop sticks?  I have more practice to do with them but managed to eat my meal.  A lot of the vegetables are pickled.  Here you added the meat to a leaf of lettuce then selected the vegetables over that and rolled up your lettuce leaf…it’s called beef and leaf.

Here’s a shot of the vegetables to be shared…


And a shot of the wait staff cooking our pork, garlic

and beef…


Outside we walked through the market.  An assortment of merchandise, people and food of every description.  Here are a few shots of what I saw…



Bar-B-Q hogs feet…oh yum.


Fish on a line.


And a local favorite…octopus.

Hope  you enjoyed this tour today and can stop by again for the adventures.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!


Let’s Do South Korea…

Traveling through time zones can mess with your mind…I mean 13 hours time difference is significant.

getting up at 1:30 a.m. To catch a shuttle to the airport then connecting with your son who is coming in from California was a nice surprise…


Jeff had come in on a “red eye” flight from San Francisco.  It was only 30 minutes together, but a bright spot in my traveling day.

i walked to his gate then it was this…


In an effort to stay awake coffe was my friend.  My flight left at 8:10 for Seattle where I’d pick up the flight to Seoul.  Flying first class was a treat.  Look at this little cocoon.  The seat totally recline to flat, a downy blanket and a full-sized pillow.  Bose headphones, slippers and a mask for sleeping…

imageEleven and a half hours later look who I found in the Seoul airport…


And the whole reason I’m here!…my daughter Kelly!

It’s been an amazing journey so far.  I hope you will stop by and see all I see while I’m here…

Here’s  your “B-ism” for today…image

Hope you are inky…


Parked in the Woods…

Today is my last post for a couple of weeks as I’m leaving early tomorrow for South Korea.  But I wanted to post this one last card using the Woodland Textured embossing folder.

This would make an excellent masculine greeting card…


You’ll notice there is no bling on this card but still the Woodland Textured embossing folder technique creates a magically scene.  If you haven’t tried this technique yet, there are direction here for you.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…


  • Paper:  Mossy Meadow, Real Red and Thick Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Mossy Meadow plus Early Express and Real Red markers
  • Stamps:  A Little Something (sentiment), the truck is from a retired SU! set called Countryside
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, 1 3/8″ 1 1/2″ and 1 3/4″ Circle Punch


  • The Mossy Meadow base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Real Red layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ attached with adhesive to base
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.  Mask the moon with the 1 3/4″ circle before embossing the inked embossing folder.  Color in the bark indents with Early Expresso marker and the truck with Real Red marker.  Add Linen Thread and attach to Real Red layer with Tombow Glue.
  • Stamp Sentiment in Memento Black and Mossy Meadow  on Whisper White then punch with 1 3/8″ circle punch.  Add to 1 1/2″ Mossy Meadow layer and attach with dimensionals.

If you haven’t tried this technique yet, you are in for a treat.  If you have this folder, play around with the stamps you have…you are going to love the results.

In the next two weeks if you are interested in seeing and experiencing South Korea with me, stop by as I will be posting almost each day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


It’s been like that the last few days…

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!



Rambling Rose Fall Retreat…

Here’s the one question that keeps popping up in my head…”Why did you wait so long to host a retreat?”  And the reason I keep asking myself that is this weekend I just enjoyed so much with my “stampin’ peeps” at my first ever Rambling Rose Studio Retreat.

Here’ a shot of the group as we began our creative weekend  journey…


This is the group freshly set up and sans Dazzling Diamonds.  From left:  Jan, Patty, Dawn, Moi, Pat, Barbara, Jeannette and Mary Pat.  Later we were dressed in pj’s, covered in Dazzling Diamonds and dimensional stickies but happy as pigs in mud.

We all made and presented a “shoe box” swap.  The variety was amazing in design and technique.  Here are a few samples for you…


Dawn had made a quilt design for us.  This was a new technique to many and everyone said they were going to try a Christmas quilt in the new DSP.  Me too!  I’ll share later.


A birthday card designed and presented by Janice.  Loved the color combo and the “Billie Bow”.


This  Christmas card was also a gift card holder presented by Jeanette.  Here’s a shot of the inside too…


Isn’t that beautiful?


Mary Pat presented this gorgeous fall card.


Dawn also brought this fun-fold, gift card holder.


Pat showed us how to make this layered card with a woodgrain background.


Barbara showed many of us for the first time how to “iris fold” this ornament.


And Patty “wowed” us with this “iris fold” tree.

In the evenings our hostess with the mostest, Fran Randolph, cooked our meals.  All I can say is we all wanted to take her home.  Here’s what dinner looked like…


I’m telling you our evening meals were to die for.  We had a full kitchen downstairs too and prepared and shared breakfast and lunch, but the evening meals were amazing.  Who am I kidding…we all gained a pound or two!  We pretty much grazed all day with a pot of coffee or a glass of wine.

My opening question remains…why did I wait so long to host a retreat?  Nevermind, I have another one rolling around in my mind and it’s not that far away…just sayin’.

Here’s the group hard at “work” saying see you next time…


Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


That’s all I’m going to say about that.

I’m glittery and inky…but this was the best weekend ever!  Be HaPpY!






Super Moon…Silent Night

Oh this embossing folder, Woodland Textured Impressions, it amazing and so versatile…I mean don’t even think you don’t need it!

Here’s a card I made after viewing Ann Craig’s video…


Sorry I couldn’t get all the sparkle to show in photo.  Would you like to know how to create this type of card too?  Here you go…

Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Mossy Meadow, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Lost Lagoon and Thick Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Early Expresso and Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Wonderland
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Woodland Textured Impressions EF, Dazzling Diamonds, Heat ‘N Stick Powder


  • The Mossy Meadow base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Dazzling Diamonds layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ attached to card front with Tombow Glue
  • The Lost Lagoon layer is 3 3/4″ x 5″ attached to card front with Tombow Glue
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.   Punch a 1 1/2″ circle from Post It note for moon and place on cardstock.  Paint the embossing folder side with the Sissix logo with Lost Lagoon for sky directly from ink pad to folder and the lower ground section with Smoky Slate.  Stamp the pine trees in Mossy Meadow directly over the sky and ground colors on the embossing folder.  Lay your cardstock inside the folder and run through Big Shot.  Oh my goodness…that is magic!  With your Early Express marker brush end, color in the bark indentions.
  • All the sentiment layer, Lost Lagoon 2 7/8″ x 7/8″, Whisper White 3/4″ x 2 5/8″  Add to card front with dimensionals.

This technique is amazing…give it a try and let your imagination run wild.

Today is the beginning of my first Rambling Rose Retreat in the mountains.  I’ll post pics tomorrow so be sure to stop by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Celebrating the Season…

Today’s card post is inspired by one I saw by Tina Lundin and uses some of my favorite SU! products.

Here’s my card…


These are my favorite things…Woodgrain background, Leaflits Framelits, Linen Thread and Happy Scenes stamp set.  All combined on one card…gorgeous.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Early Expresso, Pool Party, Mossy Meadow and Whisper White cardstock.
  • Ink:  Early Expresso, Pool Party, Old Olive and Tangelo Twist
  • Stamps:  Woodgrain background, Happy Scenes
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Leaflets Framelits, Linen Thread, Sponge, Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds


  • The Early Expresso base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Pool Party layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ added to card front with adhesive
  • The second Pool Party layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ stamped with Woodgrain background in Early Expresso and sponged with Early Expresso around edges.
  • Cut one leaf with Leaflets Framelits in Mossy Meadow and add to card front with adhesive.
  • Cut one leaf in Whisper White, sponge sky in Pool Party and grass in Old Olive then stamp with Memento Black and color leaves and pumpkins in with Tangelo Twist marker.  Add glue to pumpkins with glue pen and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  Attach over Mossy Meadow leaf with dimensionals
  • Make bow with Linen Thread.  You can watch my video on how to make this bow here.  Add to leaf stem with glue dots.
  • The sentiment Pool Party layer is 2 3/4″ x 3/4″.  The Whisper White layer is 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ stamped in Memento Black and attached with dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Bet that very thing happens this weekend at the Rambling Rose Retreat…

We will all be inky…and HaPpY with or without donuts!




BOO! to You…

This week’s Halloween posts have been fun…I love Halloween!  Do you dress up?  Lil’ goblins that come to my door will find me dressed for the occasion.  I have a skeleton shirt with a red beating (blinking light) heart and a funky black hat to wear.  I think they like that I dressed for Halloween and at least identify with a kindred spirit.

Here’s today’s post featuring an explosion card technique…


I’m thinking “the littles” will like this card too.  The best part is that this card is easy to make put presents with a punch!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Tangelo Twist and Basic Black cardstock plus Happy Haunting DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Howl-o-ween Treat
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Boo to You Framelits, Googlie Eyes, Spider Web Doilies, Thin Tip Glue Pen, Fun Foam and 2 1/2″ Circle punch


  • The Tangelo Twist base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ attached to the card front with adhesive
  • The Orange Spider Web design DSP is 5″ x 3 3/4″ attached to the Basic Black layer with adhesive
  • The Vanilla and black spider web DSP is 5″ x 3 3/4″ punched with the 2 1/2″ Circle punch.  Make small 1/4″ cuts all around perimeter of circle and fold or roll out.  Adhere to Orange Spider Web design DSP with adhesive.
  • Cut the center of Spider Web Doily.  Add to card front under the rolled DSP.  You can cut this circle to make it easier to place around the explosion circle.  Use Thin Tip Glue to attach.
  • Stamp owl in Memento Black onto background orange DSP and cut with framelit.  Also cut another owl in orange fun foam and attach to stamped image with Tombow Glue.  Add to center of circle with dimensionals.  Don’t forget your googlie eyes!
  • Cut “BOO!” with framelits in Basic Black.  Lay on your silicone mat and using the Thin Tip Glue Pen add glue to the top layer and let dry.  Turn over and add glue to back and apply to front of card.
  • This card is somewhat interactive with the eyes and inside I used the center of the Spider Web Doily set behind a piece of Whisper White.

Tomorrow’s post will move to the fall season and Thanksgiving until Tuesday.  Wednesday is the day I leave for South Korea to visit my daughter and son-in-love.  I’m so looking forward to this two week visit.  We haven’t seen each other for over six months and so much has happened in between.  I will post (maybe not daily) from South Korea and show you what I will be seeing for the first time.  So plan to stop by and travel with me.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Maybe as we grow older that’s why our eyesight gets weaker…

Are you inky?  Hope your are HaPpY!


Oh It Fits Alright…

This is one of those stamps that hit me hysterical at first sight.  Pretty sure this one will get lots of use year after year…


See what I mean?  Love this stamp.  Hope you enjoy the Stuff ‘N Digits…you know you have friends who would love this card too!


  • Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White and Crushed Curry cardstock and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  If the Broom Fits
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Cotton Ribbon Into the Woods, Linen Thread, Woodland Texture Impressions EF


  • The Rich Razzelberry base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ added to card front with adhesive
  • The Crushed Curry layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″, embossed with Woodland Texture Impressions
  • The small Basic Black layer is 3 1/8″ x 3 5/8″
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3″ x 3 1/2″ stamped with Memento Black.  Add this layer to the small Basic Black layer with adhesive.  Add dimensionals to the back of these two layers and add to the Crushed Curry layer.
  • Tie Into the Woods 3/8″ cotton ribbon around the bottom of Crushed Curry layer.  Add all these layers to big Basic Black layer with adhesive.
  • Stamp the middle broom or one of your choice on the back of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and “fussy cut”.   Tie a small piece of the cotton ribbon with Linen Thread in the center.  With your piercing tool unravel each end.  Add over the black stamped image with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment Basic Black layer is 2″ x 3/4″
  • The sentiment Thick Whisper White layer is 1 7/8″ x 5/8″ Stamped with half the sentiment copy.  Add ink to whole image then wipe off ink you don’t need with wet wipe and stamp.  The rest of the sentiment is on the inside of the card just for fun.  I will tell you I cut the sentiment away from the brooms with rubber scissors so that it stamps neater.  You can always add it back on your acrylic block if you need them to be together.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and that you have twisted friends like I do who will love this card.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Today is National Coffee Day and this seemed appropriate.  I had a Pumpkin Spice Latte after yoga class today to celebrate.  If you are a coffee lover too, I hope you celebrated with a special cup…

Now I’m inky…and HaPpY!