Watercolor Nativity…

Watercoloring this embossed stamp image is fun, easy and pretty darn quick.  First saw this stamp set at Convention in SLC on a board and it took my breath away.  The design is stunning…



See what I mean?  The trees are just a beautiful compliment to the little manger scene.  The sky is diluted Lost Lagoon and the ground a wash of Crumb Cake.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon cardstock.  Gold Foil 12 x 12 sheet and watercolor paper.
  • Ink:  Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake
  • Stamps:  The Newborn King
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Dotted EF, Linen Thread, Brush (for watercoloring or Aqua Painter) Versamark  and Pewter Embossing Powder


  • The base card of Sahara Sand is 8 1/” x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Blackberry Bliss layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Gold Foil layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The Lost Lagoon layer is 3 3/4″ x 4 7/8″
  • The watercolor paper is 3 5/8″ x 4 3/4″
  • The last two layers are set up on dimensionals…besure to add your Linen Thread before attaching.
  • The stamp was stamped with Versamark and sprinkled with Pewter Embossing Powder then heated.
  • Make your “paint” with water and ink refills.  Make it light…you can always go back over it but you can’t take it off.

Do you like this technique?  Don’t be afraid to give it a try even if you’ve never watercolored.  It’s very forgiving…and remember, “It’s only paper!”

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Today…put on your awesome pants!”

You better believe I’m inky…and HaPpY!

A Christmas Note…

So today we are back to some of the new Christmas product from the new Holiday Catalog that goes “live” on August 28th.  This is the best holiday catalog ever…you are going to love all of it.  Hope you have saved your pennies…


This is a 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecard sized Christmas card.  And this is a photopolymer set so its so easy to see where you are stamping.  These houses are just so adorable…let’s build a village!

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard, Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper.  The gray stripped layer was left over from a notecard kit.
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzaz and Blendability Pens Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Coastal Cabana
  • Stamps:  Holiday Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Star Border Punch, Homemade Holiday Framelits, Silver Ribbon


  • The Stripped layer (you could substitute any DSP here) is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • The Pool Party layer is 3 1/8″ x 4 5/8″…be sure to attach your ribbon first before you adhere this layer to the card.
  • The Whisper White snow layer is 1 3/4″ x 4 5/8″ and I hand cut the slopes.
  • The Silver Glimmer paper was attached to the White and hand cut to match the slope.
  • The little house was colored with Blendability Pens and attached with dimensionals.

This made a really cute card.  There will be lots of playing with this stamp set.  The Halloween pieces are adorable.  Got to make a spooky house.  Also would be great for a new neighbor welcome or a “from our house to yours” card, too.  Oh, the fun!! Love my job…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Be the kind of person you want to meet.”

Today has been a VERY inky day…and I’m very HaPpY!


Flippin’ Butterflys…

One of the swaps from convention set up the idea for today’s card.  It was made by Nicole Gunderson and I just loved her concept and came up with this revision…


This card uses the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set which is one of my favorites right up there with Kinda Eclectic which is another favorite.  Of course, anytime there are butterflies involved…count me in!

This is a very versatile card…change up the sentiment and it could even pass for a child’s birthday or celebrate (anything)!  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you just in case you’d like to give this card a try and put your own spin on it…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Green and Daffodil Delight cardstock.
  • Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Green, Coastal Cabana and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge and Thank You photopolymer sets.
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bitty Butterfly Punch, Coastal Cabana Baker’s Twine and Rhinestones


  • The Whisper White card base is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Coastal Cabana layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The top Whisper White layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″

I’m so glad you stopped by the studio today to see what’s up.  Hope you have been inspired by this “Flippin’ Butterflies” card to create a masterpiece of your own.  Tomorrow we will explore more of the stamps sets from the Holiday Catalog so be sure to drop in.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Be kind.  For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

If ink on your fingers is an indication of your happiness…I’m very HaPpY!

A Secret About Me…

Let me just tell you this little secret…I LOVE Christmas.  Everything about it…the decorations, sending Christmas wishes, the cooking, wrapping, getting together with family and friends.  When the holidays are over, it takes a week or so to come down off the “holiday high”.  Do you feel the same way?

Here’s a card in serious contention for this year’s card…


and the inside…


There are three different stamp sets used here that blend together beautifully.  Notice, too, the envelope lining coordinating with the card.  Every year the search for the perfect card begins the end of summer…this might be the one!  But, with all the new products in the new SU! Holiday Catalog, the hunt continues…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Whisper White cardstock.  DSP is from All Is Calm.
  • Ink:  Memento Black.  Blendability Pens Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry
  • Stamps:  Wonderous Wreath (sentiment), Ornamental Pine and Christmas Bauble
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Versmark, Pewter Embossing Powder, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Crystal Effects


  • The Basic Gray card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Basic Gray layer is 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • The Smoky Slate layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″
  • The Christmas Bauble was stamped with Memento Black, color with Blendability Pens and “fussy cut”
  • The Ornamental Pine was stamped in Versamark and sprinkled with Pewter EP and heated

When you stamp do you stick to one stamp set or mix it up like this?  Hope this will inspire you to look at your stamp sets differently.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Working hard for something we don’t care about is called “stress”.  Working hard for something we love is call “passion”.

“Passion” is all over my fingers (ink)…and I’m so HaPpY!


Rainy Day…

This is the third and last card I’ll show from this stamp set…Life’s Adventure.  I love this set because it’s so versatile.  This is a hostess set that you can only get FREE by hosting a party or placing an order above $150.  Here’s the card for today…


This sentiment says it all…if you live long enough, you’re going to have those days.  Did you notice the DSP?  It’s actually from the All Is Calm Christmas paper, but it reminded me of rain drops.  And the background behind the fox?  I’ve used Crystal Effects to mimic rain and also on the paper pieced umbrella to make it look wet.

So, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you if you’d like to give this card a try…


  • Paper:  Whisper White and Lost Lagoon cardstock, All Is Calm DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black and Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Life’s Adventure
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Crystal Effects, Decorative Dots EF, Blendability Pens


  • The Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The first Whisper White layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″, embossed with Decorative Dots EF
  • The Lost Lagoon layer is 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • The All Is Calm DSP layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″
  • The last Whisper White layer is 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The sentiment banner is 5/8″ x 2 3/4″ for the Lost Lagoon layer and 1/2″ x 2 5/8″ for the sentiment
  • Stamp off the word “everyone” in Lost Lagoon, cut out and place on Memento Black sentiment banner with dimensionals
  • Stamp umbrella in Memento Black on DSP and cut out.  Attach with dimensionals.
  • After coloring the fox with Blendability Pens, add Crystal Effects to the background staggering your raindrops and to the umbrella.  Let dry for a while before touching.

Hope you enjoyed this post today.  This is a card I would keep on hand for all life’s unpredictable moments when it just might be the perfect card for someone.  Be sure to come back by tomorrow to see what’s going on in the studio.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”I NEVER lose…either I win or I learn.”

Make your day HaPpY…get those fingers inky!


New Neighbor Welcome…

In the my little community here we occasionally get new neighbors and I met Brenda soon after she moved in because she has a dachshund puppy and he loves my Zoe Jack Russell.  Walking by one day the dogs forced us to meet.  So today I mailed her this little welcome card to say I’m glad you’re here from Indiana and I  hope we become good friends…


This is a 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecard sized card from the Happenings Simply Created Kit.  It’s simple but I love the way it turned out.  I love any excuse to let people know what I do.

How do you let people know you are a “Creative Coach” in papercrafting?  During convention one idea was to carry “thank you”, “you are awesome” type cards with you and hand them out when you receive good service or just to brighten someone’s day.  You don’t always know how it is received, but it sure makes you feel good to share!

This card is pretty straight forward, but here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Notecards from Happenings Simply Created Kit, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock.  The Grey stripped paper is from the kit also.
  • Ink:  Real Red, Pear Pizazz and Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Life’s Adventure
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Inside I have two little hearts punched out with the Itty Bitty Heart Stamp


  • The Real Red layer is 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 2 5/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • Color the stamp with the three markers…be sure the “huff” the stamp well before stamping
  • Attach the hearts inside.  Done!

Hope you gained some inspiration from stopping by today.  Tomorrow I have another card using this same stamp set.  If you order from me and spend at least $150, you could get this stamp set free!  It’s one of the most versatile sets in the catalog.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”If showing up in a robe and tiara with a box of wine is wrong, then maybe I don’t fully comprehend how Casual Friday actually works.”

I’m inky today…and oh so HaPpY!

Life Is An Adventure…

And it really is an adventure especially when you step outside your comfort zone.  Next month I have many manly birthday cards to assemble.  So, here one checked off the list…


This hostess stamp set is just “the bomb”!  Three cards in a row I’ve made from this set… and I love bicycles anyway.  The yellow bike is sort of nongender, but the DSP seems more masculine to me.  I kind of like how this one turned out.  Should have taken a photo of the inside because I stamped and off-stamped a couple of times using the bike and it appears to be rolling across the paper.  You can see I’ve lined the envelope for that extra special touch.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand and Crushed Curry cardstock, DSP is Color Me Autumn
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Life’s Adventure
  • Embellishments ‘N Tools:  Oval Framelits, Blendability Pens, Linen Thread and Banner Framelit


  • The base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Crushed Curry cardstock is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8′
  • The DSP flag is cut with largest Banner Framelit
  • The bicycle is stamped in Memento Ink on the 3rd from smallest Oval Framelit and colored with Blendability Pens
  • The sentiment was stamped and flagged at one end, then just the word “adventure” inked in Crushed Curry and cut out to pop up with a dimensional,
  • The Linen Thread bow is the crowning embellishment.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I’ve been getting so much done in my studio with all my new catalog goodies and I can’t wait to share it all with you so be sure to come back tomorrow.  Hope you have been inspired in some way by what you’ve read or seen.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”God grant me a vacation to make bearable what I can’t change.  A friend to make it funny and the wisdom to never get my knickers in a knot because it solves nothing and makes me walk funny.”

Hope your fingers are inky…then I know you’re HaPpY!


Halloween Bling…

Bubble, bubble toil and trouble…let’s get ready for a spooky Halloween with the new Happy Halloween Wreath Kit.  I ordered two for my double doors and finished both of them in no time.  This is a fabulous kit!  Look at this beaded spider… image This spider took less than 30 minutes to make and I have never beaded anything.  Here’s a photo of the finished wreath…image

Isn’t that gorgeous.  In person it is all sparkly and fluffy and the glittered spider web is the perfect touch.  This is a great kit well worth the price.

I will be offering two classes on Monday, September 15th…one at 11 a.m. And one at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited to eight.  The wreaths will be ordered the first day they are available which is August 28th.  All reservations and payments must be in by that date. So don’t dawdle…get your reservation in before they close.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”You can’t repeat the same action and expect a different result.”

I’m not too inky from making the wreath…but I’m sure happy with the results!

Sweet Baby Siena…

One of the most wonderful things about being a Stampin’ Up! Demo is the relationships you develop with people you create with.  In my classes I have some of the most wonderful people…truly a delight to be in their company.  Last week one of my stamping friends had a very special, much anticipated baby girl, Siena Marie.  Here’s her pic…


I can just hear the collective “awwwww…”  Isn’t she gorgeous?  Well, I couldn’t let the occasion pass without some really girly SU! something.  Here’s one of the things I took to her house…


It’s hanging on my studio door here, but it’s now at Baby Siena’s house.  Using the Banners Framelits (largest) and the polka dot stencil I created the background for the Spiral Die Roses and leftover alphabet letters from a Paper Pumpkin came in real handy.  A little paper lace, pink ribbon tied with Linen Thread and pretty white satin ribbon and it all came together and looked so sweet.  This was a lot of fun to make.  I love when a project in my mind  just comes together like this one did.

Do you have special occasions coming up in your circle of friends and family?  Stampin’ Up! has so many kits, embellishments and product to help you create a one-of-a-kind gift or decoration to celebrate.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Think BIG, believe BIG, act BIG and the results will be BIG!”

Last night I scurried to book club after a busy class and brunch meeting in the afternoon to find my hands were embarrassingly inky…but I was HaPpY!

Christmas Cardinal…

This was a stamp we as demonstrators could preorder and I did as soon as it was available.  I love birds!  I’ve tried the Pointillism technique again and really like it.  Here’s the card…


I don’t know that I will make a bunch of these, but some special people on my card list will definitely see this card.  Once the bird is  colored with the Blendability Pens the rest of the cards is pretty simple to put together.  I may go back and add a small dot of Crystal Effects to just his eye.  It’s the little things, right!

Do you have this stamp?  It’s on page 26 of the Holiday Catalog and includes a smaller branch image for the inside of your card plus two script stamps with beautiful verses. Love it!  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you if you would like to give this card a try…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake cardstock, Watercolor paper and Red Glitter paper
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Beauty of the Season, Linen Background stamp (retired)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Two-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (snow) Blendability Pens (I used the Cherry Cobbler trio, the lightest orange and the darkest grey) Aqua Painter with Baja Breeze reinker


  • The Very Vanilla base card is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Red Glitter layer is 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • The Watercolor paper layer is 3 3/8″ x 5 1/8″

Tip:  To start my coloring of the cardinal with the Blendability Pens I used the lightest red and dotted the whole bird leaving light spaces at his chest and underbelly.  Followed with the medium red and then the darkest red and used it sparingly on the breast and belly to keep it lighter.  I then used the darkest gray and darkened the areas around his beak and any lines the artist made when creating the stamp.  Lastly I used the lightest orange on the chest and belly to fill in any spaces and on his beak and feet.

Always if you have questions about anything I show you, drop me a line and I’ll definitely answer it for you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…“We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”

Get Inky…Be HaPpY!