New Neighbor…

After watching construction of the new house next door since January…it’s finally finished and we are gaining a new neighbor!

We have met a couple of times and talked generally, but when I learned her husband died this summer while they were on vacation, I knew she might need our help…especially “Sweetums”.

Me?  I made her a welcome card…


See her faithful companion, Rocky’s, dog dish and bone?  Then when you open the front door…


This Sweet Home bundle is going to come in very handy in a lot of ways…I’m just sayin’.

So today I’m posting early because “sweetums” and I are going on a boat ride with friends to a great restaurant on the river about an hour away and have a nice evening ride back.  We sold our boat a couple of years ago so we are always eager to accept invitations from our boating friends to be on the water again.  Should be lots of fun.

So here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you on the “welcome” card for Julie…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Early Espresso and Crushed Curry Cardstock
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Real Red
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches (trees), Sweet Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Home Sweet Home Thinlets, Real Red Candy Dot, Sequins


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card base with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White top layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″, sponge the lower quarter with Pear Pizazz and Old olive around the edges and the remaining three quarters with Soft Sky ink.  Stamp the three trees with Soft Suede, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive (use “thumping” method to tap darker green in center of tree leaves)  Stamp house in Sahara Sand, door and stripes in Soft Suede.  Cut out house with door and window at same time.  Cut door frame and window frame from Early Espresso and glue to house with Multipurpose Glue.  Cut a piece of Crushed Curry to cover window opening from back.  Use door thinlet to cut a piece of Crushed Curry for inside the door.  Add a Real Red Candy dot for door knob.  Stamp roof frame in Soft Suede and “fussy” cut adding with glue to roof line.  Use Strip Adhesive to add house to card front.  Stamp banner, shade with Soft Suede, add “welcome” in Real Red and cut with thinlet.  Add over door with Strip Adhesive.
  • Stamp dog bowl in Soft Sky.  Cut heart from Real Red Cardstock and add to bowl.  Cut out with thinlit and add to card front with Multipurpose Glue.  Stamp and cut out bone.  Add to bowl with glue.
  • Add a few sequins to bling it up a bit.
  • Inside there is a Real Red layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a Whisper White layer that is 3″ x 4″

Julie and Rocky will be moving in Labor Day weekend…I think we will be great friends.

Hope your weekend is going great.  Remember, if you need any of these products you can shop from me right here on my blog by clicking on the “Shop Now” star to the right.  Please don’t shop as a guest as this will block me from sending you a personal thank you.  I had several orders last week and a few signed in as a guest with no name…frustrating as I REALLY appreciate all my customers and love sending them a personal thank you…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


See you on Monday…til then, Be inky, Be HaPpY!


It’s Almost Fall…Y’all!

This designer series paper I’ve used in my post today is the last piece.  I’ve saved it for something really special and today is the day…


Was this one of your favorite DSP’s in the Serene Scenery Paper Stack?  This is my last piece so I wanted to make it count.  And, of course, I couldn’t help but use this sentiment…my favorite season is almost here!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand and Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack (love this paper!)
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches, Sweet Home, Flourishing Phrases, Halloween Cookie Cutter
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Branches Thinlits, Home Framelits and Phrases Thinlits, Linen Thread,  Cookie Cutter Punch


  • The Sahara Sand base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Serene Scenery DSP is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • I used the “thumping” method (video here ) to color the leaves with the stamp from Thoughtful Branches, spritzed with water before stamping and cut out with coordinating Thinlit.  I made nine leaves.  Draw a light circle where you want your wreath positioned in pencil for a guide.  Glue four leaves evenly spaced with Multipurpose Glue.  Add five more leaves evenly spaced with a dimensional.  Cut five stems from Whisper White cardstock with Phrases Thinlit.  Cut each in half and use the top portion placed around the wreath with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Stamp scarecrow from Halloween Cookie Cutter with Basic Black on Thick Whisper White.  Color with markers and cut with Cookie Cutter Punch.  Add to center of wreath with dimensionals.  Stamp banner from Sweet Home set in Basic Black and cut with Framelit from Home Framelits.  Add sentiment from set or write with Micron Pen to personalize.  Add to scare crow with dimensionals.
  • Make bow with Linen Thread (video here) and add to bottom of wreath with glue dots.
  • The inside has a Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with two of the “thumped” leaves at the top left corner.

Hope you enjoyed my fall card today.  Are you looking forward to fall too?  We have had one of the hottest and driest summers on record here so believe me, we are all ready for the cool temps of fall.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Today is “National Dog Day” and although my Zoe doesn’t consider herself a dog by any means, here’s a pic of her where she lays each day next to the desk in my studio.  You have no idea how many times I fold that afghan and she pulls it down and makes a next for herself dragging it across the room to be next to my desk.  Love this little girl…


Get inky this weekend…Be HaPpY!



Halloween Bling…

When playing with the Haunted Halloween Neighborhood a couple of days ago, I felt time turning back the clock to early childhood.  Seriously, it was so much fun that I lost track of time and almost forgot about dinner!

Then today while making this post, it happened again…maybe there’s a time machine and in my studio I can slip in and out of it.  Back when we made so many things out of Shrinky Dink.  Look at these cute earrings, bracelet and backpack critters…


Oh boy are “the Littles” going to love these!  Think I’ll even make me some of those skeleton earrings!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  You need permanent ink markers or if you still have your Blendabilities Pens, use those.  StazOn Black
  • Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Halloween
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Ball ‘n Chain, earring base, jump rings, Shrinky Dink (all from Hobby Lobby) and Cookie Cutter Punch, Shipping Tape.


  • You can use either clear or white Shrinky Dink to stamp on.  Stamp your images in StazOn ink.  Color with permanent ink and cut with Cookie Cutter Punch.  If you need a hole for a jump ring, punch that before baking.
  • Use a piece of parchment paper on your cookie sheet, preheat to 325 degrees and place your pieces on the paper and in the oven.  Turn on your oven light and watch while they shrink.  They will curl up and then lay flat.  When they are flat, they are ready to come out of the oven.
  • Thread with a jump ring for earrings or bracelet.
  • For the backpack tags, stamp in Basic Black Ink  on front and back, color with your Stampin’ Up! Markers then punch with Cookie Cutter Punch.  Cover with clear shipping tape front and back.  Trim edges.  Thread with ball ‘n chain.  No baking here!

I haven’t had so much fun since two days ago…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


This is true.

If you are inky…you MUST be HaPpY!



Pumpkin Delivery…

In the fall when the pumpkins are gathered and the hay is felled and rolled…and Starbuck’s starts serving Pumpkin Spice Latte’s…I will be a HaPpY camper.

With that in mind, I made this post for today…


Here’s a peek inside the card…


This old truck speaks to me of fall hayrides and farmer’s delivering their pumpkin harvest to the market.  You’ll notice there isn’t a sentiment on the card, only because this card would serve for several occasions, especially masculine ones which I find challenging sometimes.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Basic Black and Soft Sky.
  • Stamps:  Country Livin’ and Spooky Fun (pumpkins) and Thoughtful Branches (trees)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack, Aqua Painter, 5/8″ Burlap, Halloween Scenes Edgelits


  • The Old Olive base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Crushed Curry layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Crushed Curry layer with SNAIL
  • The water color layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp truck on post it note paper and “fussy cut”.  Stamp truck in Basic Black, mask with post it paper, stamp trees.  Use Early Espresso for tree trunk and Old Olive with Mossy Meadow added to center with marker spritzed with water before stamping.  For the smaller trees ink with Old Olive and “thump” stamp with Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry.
  • Use reinkers to “paint” the truck with an Aqua Painter.  Start with light color and go back over for darker shades.    Paint windows and lights Soft Sky.  On scrap paper stamp pumpkins, paint with Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.  Cut one pumpkin away from group and place a deminsional on back.  Cut the bottom 1/3 from the other two pumpkins and add to back of truck with Multipurpose Glue.  Add last pumpkin with deminsional on top of the two pumpkins.  Paint the grass with Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.
  • Inside there is a layer of Rich Razzleberry 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Thick Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  The pumpkins were stamped and painted on scrap and cut with edgelits.  Add to card with dimensionals.  Use the Smoky Slate marker to add shadows at base.

My focus this week is Halloween, of course, and the fall season in general.  Fall is my favorite season of the year and I hope my posts and projects will convey that to you.

Always ask if you have a question about anything.  As always, if you don’t have a demonstrator and need product or help with a product let me know in the comment section.  You can purchase anything you see on my blog here by just clicking the “shop now” button.  If you need a copy of the annual or holiday catalog, let me know and I will be HaPpY to send you one!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I’ve got more passwords than I could ever keep up with!

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!



Haunted Houses…

There should be a law against someone having as good a time as I’ve had the last couple of days playing with the Home Sweet Home Framelits and a Halloween theme.  I’m guilty…lock me up!

First, let me say I absolutely love Halloween…love dressing up my house and me and seeing all the kids too.  For the kids that I know, they get really special treats which I hope to share with you in future posts just in case you like Halloween as much as I do.

Today though, I want to share this haunted house neighborhood…


Can you see the lights?  There’s one in each house (mounted underneath) and one between the trees in the graveyard.  Trying to take a picture was a little challenging, but seriously you should see how cute this is in lower light!

Here are a couple of close ups in case you’d like to make some haunted houses too…


Here’s the graveyard.  You can just see the light between the trees and the witch and ghost flying through the air are actually on pieces of window sheet…


This little house isn’t quite as spooky as its neighbor…but I love its little pumpkin patch.


But this little house has spider webs and ghosts.  I pulled the door open so you could see the light inside.

Here are some Stuff ‘N Digits for you but trust me, your creativity will go wild as you begin to create your neighborhood…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Spooky Fun and Sweet Home, Gorgeous Grunge on house roof tiles
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Halloween Scenes Edgelits, Window Sheet, Brick Embossing Folder


  • The whole thing sits on a box made from Basic Black cardstock 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 1″ on all sides, cut tabs and add Tear & Tape to attach tabs to sides.  The white border is Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut with the roof shingle thinlit and glued around.
  • Once your base is made, make your houses.  The directions with the Home Sweet Home Thinlits are simple.  (Tip:  cut your cardstock sheet in half lengthwise and you can fit both sides of the house.)  When you cut your house sides, be sure to place your door and window thinlits too.  One house is cut from Basic Gray which I ran through the Big Shot with the Brick Embossing Folder.  I used the Basic Black ink pad directly to the embossing folder to get the variation in color on the bricks..  Cut your roof shingles.  It takes ten for a whole roof.  Glue your tile layers together for each side of the roof then glue to house.
  • The funest (I know that’s not a word) part is decorating with all the spooky stuff.  Those pieces flying above roof tops and trees are attached to small strips of window sheet with the stamped piece glued to one end and the other glued to a tree or roof top.
  • Once you know where you’ll be placing your houses, punch a hole and stick the light through from the base bottom.  Add a little glue to bottom of house.
  • The fence was cut from Basic Gray and a larger area left at bottom so you can score and fold to make your fence stand up.  UseStrip Adhesive on the bottom of the fence ledge.  Color any white that may show with your Basic Gray marker.  The two trees were added the same way as the fence.  The gravestones were stamped and cut with thinlet.  They were also added with Strip Adhesive to create a graveyard.  The light was placed behind one of the trees which gives a great shadow when the light flickers.  The witch is added to the back tree with window sheet strip.
  • The “grass” was purchased at Hobby Lobby and glued with Multipurpose Glue.

You know I have to make another one…for “the Littles”.  They will love this at their house.  Once that is done…Oh! a Christmas Village complete with Santa’s sleigh!  See you later…I gotta go!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’m all black, purple and orange…but HaPpY!



Pine Bough Christmas…

Today’s post is a Christmas card made with products from the new Holiday Catalog … these products will be available on September 1st…


and here’s a peek inside…


This Pine Bough Embossing Folder makes a beautiful impression.  I’ve also used it on the envelope flap.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Dapper Denim and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Vellum, Water Color Paper and Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Dapper Denim and White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches and Hang Your Stocking (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Sequins, Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, White Embossing Powder, sequins and Aqua Painter.


  • The Dapper Denim base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Presents and Pinecones DSP is 5-1/2″ x 4″ attached to card front with SNAIL Adhesive
  • The center panel Dapper Denim is 3″ x 5-1/2″ attached to DSP with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • The Water Color paper is 2-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Spritz with water to dampen.  With an Aqua Painter and reinker paint three sections of color Sky Blue, Pool Party and Dapper Denim.  Use the Aqua Painter brush to blend colors where they meet.  Let dry or use heat gun.  Stamp trees from Thoughtful Branches with White Craft Ink and “snow” with Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp over all.  Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Attach to Dapper Denim layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • The Vellum layer is 2-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Stamp sentiment with Basic Black at bottom center.  When dry, run through Big Shot with Pine Bough EF.  Add Multipurpose Glue at top and attach over water color paper.  Add sequins.
  • Inside the DSP layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL Adhesive.  The Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ embossed in one corner with Pine Bough EF and attached to DSP layer with SNAIL.
  • Emboss the flap of your envelope with the Pine Bough EF.

You will be amazed how pretty the impression of this embossing folder is.

Seriously I need to quit making Christmas cards…all the Halloween goodies and stamps for fall are here and crying out for attention.  I’m in heaven here in my studio with all these new things to play with!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


There are so many projects going through my head, I think a circuit is tripped!

But I’m inky…and HaPpY!


Fall All Occasion…

Technically I could say this was my last Thoughtful Branches card this week because it is, but also included is Swirly Bird and Christmas Pines.  Whatever could that combination look like?


What do you think?  The sentiment was purposefully left off because even though this appears to be a fall card, it could be used for several different occasions…birthday, wedding, thank you, anniversary.  I need a box of these!

Here’s a peek inside…



The new Copper Foil paper and Metallic Thread certainly give this card elegance, not to mention the Copper Embossing Powder underneath.  I’m pretty sure there’s an addiction here…

So here are the final Stuff ‘N Digits using the Thoughtful Branches…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Copper Foil
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Old Olive and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches, Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Pretty Pines Thinlets, Thoughtful Branches Thinlets and Swirly Scribbles Thinlets, Copper Embossing Powder, Copper Metallic Thread


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Copper Foil layer is 4″ x 5-1/2″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Stamp Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp diagonally with VersaMark, sprinkle with Copper Embossing Powder and heat.  Add a blop of multipurpose glue  where your want the center of your work to be.  Add several loops of Copper Metallic Thread.  Cut two of the larger and one of the smaller pine boughs with the Pretty Pines Thinlets.  Add two spreading to the top and one to the bottom attaching with multipurpose glue.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White Cardstock use “thumping” technique with leaf stamp from Thoughtful Branches, spritz with water and stamp.  Make four and cut with Thoughtful Branches Thinlets.  Cut two branches from Thoughtful Branches Thinlets with Copper Foil and add to card front with multipurpose glue.  Add small leaves with dimentionals, two top and one bottom.  Cut swirl from Thick Whisper White using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlets.  Add to card front with small pieces of dimensionals here and there.  Cut one bow from Copper Foil with thinlet from Pretty Pines and attach with a dot of multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a layer of Copper Foil 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with multipurpose glue.  And a layer of Thick Whisper White 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ attached with multipurpose glue.  Add fourth leaf to bottom right corner with glue.

What a pretty card this would make for a fall wedding…different anyway.

Sure hope you’ve enjoyed this focus on the Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and thinlets.  Like Lovely As A Tree and Sheltering Tree, this will be a classic.  I do love trees though.  Remember this bundle is only available through the end of this month.  If you would like to order from me…yay!  Just click the “shop now” star to the right.  The order number is #144328 @$52 for the bundle including the thinlets.

Hope your weekend is going fabulous!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I’m inky and very HaPpY!


Snowy Christmas…

Did you expect a Christmas card and a snowy one at that with this Thoughtful Branches stamp set?  These trees make a snowy scene a snap…


I love how this card turned out…even better than I had imagined.

Here’s a peek inside…


One little trick to get the double matting on the oval and this card went together like a dream.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Basic Black, Soft Sky, VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches and Hang Your Stocking (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Layered Ovals Framelits, Swirly Bird Framelits, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Adhesive Strips, Swirly Squibbles Framelits


  • The 4-1/4″ x 11″ Thick Whisper White Cardstock was scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ .
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Place Whisper White layer over Dazzling Diamonds layer centered on magnetic platform.  Cut smallest oval through both layers.  Cut larger scalloped layer from top Whisper White layer only.  This gives you the double matting.
  • Using the Glimmer paper with the oval out, draw a light pencil line of the oval in the center of the card front.  Sponge Soft Sky over the area.  You don’t have to be careful as this will be covered by the Glimmer Paper.  Stamp several trees in Basic Black at different heights.  I used Gorgeous Grunge for snow flakes with VersaMark Ink and White Embossing Powder heated all over this oval.  Cut one of the Swirly Bird “waves” Framelits from Glimmer Paper  and add a piece to the bottom of the oval with multipurpose glue.
  • Now glue the Glimmer Paper to the card front.
  • Stamp sentiment and tree trunks in Basic Black then add leaves in Old Olive on top Whisper White layer with scalloped oval.  Run this top layer through Big Shot with Softly Falling EF.  Add Strip Adhesive around edges and add to card front over Glimmer Paper.
  • Inside cut a piece of Whisper White 2-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp one tree in Basic Black and Old Olive.  Add a piece of the “wave” framelit cut from Glimmer Paper with multipurpose glue.  Run through Big Shot with Softly Falling EF.  Add to inside of card placed to the left.
  • Now I know it doesn’t show, but an envelope was made with the same tree stamped on the lower left corner to coordinate with this card.

I want to make this card again and add a window sheet and those cute little snowballs for a shaker card.  This just may be my Christmas cards!

Tomorrow is the last in the series using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Thinlets.  Hopefully you feel as I do that this set is so versatile.  Be sure to order before the end of this month if you want this set.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I knew that.

If you are inky…you can’t help but be HaPpY!



Copper Tree Thanks…

Are you enjoying all the samples this week from this Thoughtful Branches set as much as I am making them?  I sure hope so.  My purpose is show how versatile this set is and to remind you this set is only available until the end of August.

Today’s post is a “thank you” card with a copper foil tree…


Here’s a peek inside…


With a change of sentiment, this design could work for several occasions.  Because of my color choices I’d probably use this card in the fall.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White Cardstpcl, Copper Foil, Vellum Cardstock and Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Thoughtful Branches Thinlets, Copper Embossing Powder, Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon, Large Oval Punch


  • The Peekaboo Peach base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Pumpkin Pie layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The DSP layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Cut tree from Copper Foil and attach to DSP with multipurpose glue.  Stamp ground lines in Basic Black at base of tree.  Cut tree leaves from Vellum Cardstock and attach over tree using small dots of multipurpose glue.  Punch one Copper Foil oval and one Thick Whisper White oval.  Stamp sentiment in VersaMark and cover with Copper EF and heat.  Glue ovals together and add a small piece of Peekaboo Peach ribbon to back.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Add DSP layer to card front with adhesive.
  • Inside there is a 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Pumpkin Pie with a Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.  Cut two Copper Foil  leaves and add with multipurpose glue or glue dots.

This is a fairly quick card to make and packs the “wow” factor with the cut out tree and leaves combined with the gorgeous Copper Foil.  The DSP creates a beautiful background.

I wonder how many people have this set or have ordered it.  In case you aren’t a demonstrator or don’t have a demo, I’d love for you to order this bundle from me.  Just click on the “shop now” star to the right.  The Thoughtful Branches Bundle order number is #144328 (stamp set and thinlets) and the price is $52 before tax and shipping.

We got rain last night!  Two and a half inches…how exciting since we are over a foot deficit in our annual rain.  This summer has really been a challenge with the heat and no rain.  I didn’t realize how nice rain sounded it had been so long…

Tomorrow’s post will feature this same set and another look completely.  How you stop by…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Quick like a bunny.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



Today’s post was also water colored like the pumpkin yesterday but turned upside down to create a hydrangea bloom in all their gorgeous colors.

Check yesterday’s post to see how to set up painting with reinker (

This and one other card were made for two new recruits to my team to congratulate them on the best decision they ever made…to become a demo!  I wrote them a heartfelt welcoming note inside on a post it note so that the card could be reused is they wanted.  These two have been coming to class for almost four years and have become dear friends to me.

Here’s their card…


Doesn’t that make a perfect hydrangea bloom?  The difference between the painting of the pumpkin yesterday and today is the Clear Wink of Stella pen was used as the paint brush along with the reinker to give an all over glow to the bloom.

I took a close up hoping you would be able to see all the blingy shine…


It really is difficult to show in a photo…but it just glimmers.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Water Color Paper, Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Copper Foil
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Perfect Plum, Sweet Sugar Plum, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, River Rock and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches and Floral Phrases (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Copper Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, Thoughtful Branches Thinlets and Copper Metallic Thread


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Copper Foil layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The top Whisper White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp sentiment in VersaMark at lower right corner, add Copper EP and heat.
  • Cut the leaves/stem and bloom from water color paper with coordinating Thinlets.  Do not punch out of water color paper.  Set up all your reinker colors.  Spritz the water color paper with water so that the cut outs are damp.  Use your Clear Wink of Stella Pen to add color.  Be sure to shake and have the well full so that the glimmer will mix with the reinker as you use it.  Start with your lightest color then go back and add some of the darker shade of that color.  Let dry.  At this point you could still add more Clear Wink of Stella if you wanted more glimmer.
  • Decide where the center of your bloom will be on your card front and add a dollop of multipurpose glue.  Make several loops of Copper Metallic Thread and add to this glue.  All small amounts of glue to stem and bloom and add to card front.
  • Make bow (video here) and attach to stem with glue dots.
  • Inside there is a layer of Copper Foil 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″

Personally I would send this card any season of the year, but it would be especially appropriate for spring.

Tomorrow let’s make a tree and a card to send in the summertime…be sure to stop by!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


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