CYCI#63 Sketch Challenge…


This week at Can You Case It we have a sketch challenge and you are invited to play along.  You can post your creation up to noon this Friday.

Here is the card that came to me while walking one morning…


It’s the ruffles that I kept seeing in my mind.  In fact this week I have posted two cards with ruffled “skirts”.

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


  • Paper:  Blushing Bride, Basic Black and Very Vanilla cardstock plus Newsprint DSP
  • Ink:  Early Expresso and Crumb Cake
  • Stamps: En Francias (retired)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basic Pearls, Blossom Punch, Blushing Bride Satin Ribbon, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Venetian Crochet Trim amd Tasteful Trim BigZL Die, Blossom Flower Punch, 1/2″ circle punch


  • The Blushing Bride base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black Layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The stripped DSP is 2″ x 3″
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 4″
  • Use 1 1/2″ strips of the newsprint DSP and cut all at once.  Sponge scalloped edge with Crumb Cake ink.
  • Stamp background stamp on Very Vanills layer, sponge edges with Crumb Cake and distress the edges for a shabby chic look.  Turn down top left corner
  • Add Basic Black layer to card front with adhesive
  • Add stripped DSP to top left corner with adhesive
  • Add Very Vanilla layer and Basic Pearls to top left corner.
  • Starting at bottom of card run a line of adhesive and place first scalloped layer.  Add next layer making sure the scallops to not line up but alternate for six rows
  • Add the three layers of ribbon and trim at top of last scalloped layer
  • Flower is made by punching five flowers from the same DSP sheet, then punching a 1/2″ circle punch in center of each flower.  Sponge edges of each with Crumb Cake.  Cut between two petals and overlap with hot glue.  Next flower cut out one petal and overlap with hot glue.  Third flower cut out two petals and overlap with hot glue.  Fourth flower cut out three petals and overlap.  Curl two single petals for flower center and hot glue.  Use bone folder to curl petals.
  • Attach flower with hot glue to card front.

I seriously think you will love making this flower.  Try one in cardstock and in another favorite DSP.  They are addictive…

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  Hope you feel inspired to join in our blog with this sketch challenge.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


When I get that old I hope this is exactly what I am doing with my bestie!

I’m inky…and HaPpY!



Lydia’s Watercolor…

After three beautiful windows open spring days…

It’s winter again!

Good grief.

Back to the studio with all sorts of ideas swimming around.  The first piece of paper on my counter was this scrap from yesterday’s project…now look at it.


Yep…this idea came from reading Lydia Fielder’s blog this week and this little scrap seemed to be the perfect time to give it a try.  The watercolor was already on the paper so a little (not much really) Bokeh technique, some splatters with my paint brush, a little collage and spritzing my stamped image before stamping.  I’m kind of loving it…what do you think Lydia?

The sentiment has purposely been left off until time to use this card.  Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits?

Here you go…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Reinkers Pear Pizazz, Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana for water color background, Soft Suede, Old Olive and Strawberry Slush
  • Stamps:  Fabulous Florets and Summer Silhouettes
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, White Gel Pen and Fancy Fan EF


  • The Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The embossed layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Coastal Cabana layer is 4 5/8″ x 2 5/8″
  • The water color layer is 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Emboss the Whisper White layer with Fancy Fan EF and attach to card front.
  • Emboss the envelope flap to coordinate with card front.
  • Spritz the water color paper medium.  Drop watered down reinker on paper and let it spread.  Try not to overlap colors but let them run together.  Heat to dry.
  • Ink stamps and spritz with water before stamping.  If you want it to blur more, spritz stamp heavier or spritz paper after stamping.
  • Add background stamp from Summer Silhouettes in Soft Suede
  • Splatter water color paper with paint brush filled with Soft Suede
  • Add water color paper to Coastal Cabana with adhesive, add linen thread and add to card front with dimensionals
  • Make Linen Thread bow and add with glue dots.

This card would work well for many occasions, so I decided to leave off the sentiment until I need a card.  I do this often.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I need another hot drink to make it through this chilly day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


This just seemed so appropriate for today…

I’m inky…and HaPpY!




Graduation Day…

All the classes…and assignments.

Not to mention time spent cramming for exams.

And the money!

Finally graduation time is here…and it definitely deserves a special card…


This card seems nongender specific to me and the fat cotton twine resembles a tassle.  Love this Bokeh technique.  No matter the colors your choose or the way you put the ink to paper, it seems to turn out great.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one just in case you have a graduation this spring too.


  • Paper:  Pool Party, Crushed Curry and Whisper White cardstock, plus Watercolor paper
  • Ink:  White craft, Memento Black, Pool Party, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Adventure Awaits
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  InColor Thick Baker’s Twine (SAB), Window Sheet


  • The Crushed Curry 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″
  • The Watercolor layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The Window Sheet is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Spray the watercolor paper with a mister and water.  Drop the colors with an Aqua Painter and let them run.  Dry with Heat Gun.  Add different sized circles with White Craft ink and self made stencil by punching out different sized circles with circle thinlets.  Dry with heat gun
  • Stamp sentiment with Staz On Black ink on Window Sheet and let dry.
  • Add window sheet to water color paper with Fast Fuze (it doesn’t show)  Add this layer to Pool Party layer.
  • Tie Baker’s Twin around these layers then add to card front.
  • Inside I have a small piece of trimmed water color paper over Whisper White and Pool Party layers to coordinate with card front.

This should work really well for graduations, new jobs, travel adventures.  Yep, think I may make a few more of these for my stash.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get yourself inky…and Be HaPpY!


Washi Tape Birthday…

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could put a brick on their head?

G’kids I mean.

Lyla is one of my “littles” and she turns eight next month.

She weighed only 3 1/2 lbs. when she was born.

Today’s card was an idea running around in my head that has now come to fruition…


You can see the coordinating envelope and here’s a peek at the inside…


Just keeping Hallmark on their toes.

Lyla is a real “girly” girl.  She loves glitz, glimmer and bling.  So much so it seemed impossible the glitter in her hair during the holidays would be out by Easter!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White and Crushed Curry cardstock
  • Ink:  I’ll probably add a Happy Birthday sentiment to the inside in Calypso Coral or Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Just the sentiment
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Crushed Curry Cotton Twine, Bermuda Bay Sequin Yarn, Small Alphabet Framelits, Washi Tape


  • The Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Crushed Curry layer  is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Add five or six strips of your choice of Washi Tape
  • Cut name with alphabet framelits from this layer
  • Add Whisper White layer to Crushed Curry layer with adhesive or Tombow glue
  • Tie Crushed Curry twine around these two layers and add a strip of sequin yarn
  • Add these layers to card front with dimensionals
  • Add coordinating Washi Tape to inside of card and envelope.

Hope this inspires you to take this idea and make a creation of your own.  If you have questions, please leave me a comment.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


If you are from the South, you know this.  But if you are traveling through, you may want to take note.

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!




Embossed Wedding Wishes…


Oh Glory…another beautiful spring day.

There’s a nest with three eggs in the flower box next to the front door…Ginny Wrens, I think.

There’s a dove nest in the tall shrub next to the sidewalk.

And there’s a pair of nesting Cardinals in the Weeping Cherry tree just outside the window.

Love is in the air…

So today enjoy this wedding card for a couple who will also soon be nesting in their new home.


You can’t tell from the photo lighting, but this is a Very Vanilla layered card.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Ink:  Versamark
  • Stamps:  Lovely Amazing You (sentiment) and Indescribable Gift
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Gold filament from Metallic Baker’s Twine, Embossing Folders, Gold Embossing Powder, Linen Thread


  • The base Very Vanilla card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Cut 5  (3/4″ x 3 1/2″) Very Vanilla strips and emboss with 5 different EF of your choice.  Cut two strips down by 1/2″ and two more by 1″ and tag all 5 strips
  • Stamp flower in Versamark lightly and let dry a little before sprinkling with gold embossing power and heat.
  • Stamp sentiment over flower fully loaded with Versamark and add gold embossing powder and heat.
  • Add embossed strips to the right side of this layer.
  • Add a band of ribbon and attach with adhesive.
  • Attach this layer to card front.
  • Make bow and tie with linen thread.  Strip gold filament from Baker’s Twine and add to card front with glue dots randomly.
  • Attach bow over gold filament with glue dots.

This card works really well especially if you don’t have a clue what color the bride is using.  However, if you do know her colors, you could substitute the ribbon.

This spring is loaded with special occasions….that’s when I’m so glad I am a SU! demo cause I’ve got it covered and then some!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Have an awesome day…get inky and Be HaPpY!





Spring Windowbox…

Today it is spring outside…

Saturday it will be winter again.


So here’s a pretty spring window box with a cheery message that could be birthday, well wishes or any other kind of wishes you need to send (that’s why I love this stamp set and this font is fabulous!)


And here’s a little peek into the inside of this card…


and here’s a shot of the personalized stamp for the back…I have several but this is one of my favorites!


Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here they are for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo cardstock
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizazz, Mossy Meadow
  • Stamps:  Painted Petals, Basic Butterfly
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Wild Wasbi 5/8″ satin ribbon,


  • The Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Melon Mambo layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The window box is 1 1/4″ wide and 3 1/2″ long, angled in trimmer at the same point on each side to for sides
  • I sponged Basic Gray at the top to give some depth to the box
  • Stamp the stems and flowers several times  on the card front (some without reinking). Add a small amount of Melon Mambo to the Blushing Bride blooms.
  • Stamp some blooms and leaves “hanging” over the box edge.
  • Stamp the fern in Mossy Meadow to one side
  • Add box to card front with dimensionals
  • Tie ribbon around this layer only.
  • Add Melon Mambo to card front with dimensionals, then next layer with Tombow glue.  Weight this down for a little bit to be sure it stays straight.

You can see I have layered and stamped the inside of the card and the envelope to coordinate with the card front.  You know how I like to worry Hallmark…

Stamping all these spring flowers makes me happy.  Hope you will find some inspiration in this sample today too.  You can always leave me a comment if you have any questions.

Thanks for stopping by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!



Ruffled Hello…

Some days are diamonds…

Some days are stone.

Today is a big sparkly diamond!

Glorious sun and warm temps…long walk with Zoe noticing every plant is bursting with color.

After which a visit to the studio evolved into this sweet little spring card with a twirly skirt.


And here’s a little peek at the inside…


Just so you can see how the inside coordinates with the card front.  This takes just a few minutes to do and takes your cardmaking over the top.  You know Hallmark is quaking in their boots now!

This whole card came to me while walking…thinking of my littlest g’daughter, Lyla.  Her birthday is next month and she adores “twirly” skirts.  Me, I love bicycles and had to hunt this stamp set down.  It is retired but was just what I had in mind.  And there’s that basket of spring flowers and the bunny!

So here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla cardstock and Newsprint DSP
  • Ink:  VersaMark and various markers to color the image
  • Stamps:  Summer Afternoon, the sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin kit
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Scalloped Oval Punch, Essentials Piercing Mat, Bigz XL Tasteful Trim Die, Black Embossing Powder


  • The Blushing Bride base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Very Vanilla layers is 4″ x 4″
  • Pierce the Very Vanilla layer top and bottom.  Stamp image with VersaMark, sprinkle with Black EP and color with markers
  • Attach Vanilla layer to card front with adhesive and tie three wraps of Linen Thread to the left side
  • Cut Newsprint DSP with Tasteful Trim Die and sponge with Soft Suede.  Attach to card bottom in layers up to Linen Thread

Stamp sentiment in VersaMark and sprinkle with Black EP and heat.  Punch with Scalloped Oval Punch and attach with dimensionals

You can see a little peek of the inside where I used more DSP and some Linen Thread.

How do you get your ideas for cards or projects you make?  Sometimes they just come to me like today’s card, sometimes I sketch in a notebook I always carry with me if I get a wild hair while I’m out and about.  I do skim through Pinterest, Splitcoast or Stampin’ Connection, but never before going to bed or sleep will never come!

So glad you stopped by for a peek today.  Hope you feel inspired.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Get Inky…Get HaPpY!


Can You Case It #62…Designer’s Choice

March weather is fickle…one day it’s spring.

The next day is winter.

It’s maddening.

So let’s create together.

This week’s challenge at Can you Case It ( is a Designer’s Choice.  You can do that.  Make your favorite type of card and post it by Friday at noon.  Winners are announced and badges are awarded.  Be brave my little peep!

Here’s a card that incorporates the new Sheer Perfection Vellum.  You will be seeing several new projects featuring this new product…


The chocolate bunny is retired :-( but he was just so perfect for this Wisteria Wonder garden.  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Basic Black cardstock, plus Sheer Perfection Vellum Stack
  • Ink:  Early Expresso, Memento Black, Wisteria Wonder plus VersMark
  • Stamps:  Lovely Amazing You (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basic Pearls, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Linen Thread, Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding, Black Embossing Powder and Spring Flowers EF


  • The Basic Black base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Wisteria Wonder layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, embossed with Spring Flowers EF attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Whisper White layer is 3″ x 5 3/8″
  • Stamp sentiment on vellum layer in VersaMark and cover with black embossing powder and heat from the back.
  • The Sheer Perfection Vellum is 3″ x 5 3/8″, colored on back side with Wisteria Wonder marker then attached to Whisper White layer with Fast Fuze
  • Wrap Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding around bottom of vellum and attach with adhesive to back.  Add this layer to card front with dimensionals.
  •  Make bow and attach with glue dots.
  • Stamp bunny or whatever you choose on scrap Whisper White and “fussy cut”.  Add with dimensionals to card front overlapping vellum layer.
  • Punch flowers in Wisteria Wonder cardstock and add with glue dots.  Add basic pearls to centers of flowers and to the critter you made for card front.
  • Inside I have a layer of Whisper White.

This card will find its way into the mail system delivering Easter/Spring wishes to someone special.

Hope you are having an awesome day and feel inspired by something you have seen today.

Be sure to stop by again tomorrow…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!




No Calorie Birthday…

It’s your birthday and you’ve been waiting to have cake.

It IS your birthday and you’ve been dieting.

It is YOUR birthday…

Here’s what you do on your birthday … have your cake with NO calories!


That’s not cake you say?  Look inside…


Ahhh…there’s that cake with no calories!  And a flower pin to boot all wrapped in a 2″ x 2″ Kraft box.  How super cute is that!


And here’s what that cake looks like when the candle is lit.

Are you interested in how to make this little cutie?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • This 2 x 2 Kraft box was left over from the holidays.  You could make one with the Box Board (there’s a 2.5″ square box) or there is a 3 1/2″ box on page 209 of the annual catalog that would work.  You would just need to change the DSP measurements to fit that box.
  • Paper:  Painted Blooms DSP and Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow cardstock
  • Ink: Craft White
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Store bought battery candle (HL $9.99 for 12), Basic Pearls, Blackberry Bliss Cotton Twine, Linen Thread, Jewelry Pin, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, 1/2″ Circle and 1 1/2″ Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch, Blossom Punch, Woodgrain EF


  • For the “cake”…Punch 5 flowers with Itty Bitty Flower Punch and add small basic pearl to each.  Cut a strip of DSP 3/4″ x 6 1/2″.  Glue to “cake” sides with Tombow.
  • Punch a 1/2″ circle in a scrap of Blackberry Bliss, then use a 1 1/2″ circle punch and center over the 1/2″ opening and punch.  Use this for “cake” top.
  • Punch a scallop circle from Blackberry Bliss.  Use the Itty Bitty Flower punch to make opening for switch on bottom of “cake”.  Press the scallop over the bottom of the cake and pierce a hole for placement of flower punch.  Attach with Tombow glue.
  • Now decorate your “cake” with the flowers with pearls and some cotton twine around base.
  • Cut five DSP squares to fit the sides and top of your box and attach with Tombow glue.
  • The flower is five Blossom Punch Blackberry Bliss flowers. Sponge the edges with craft white ink.
  • Place a blob of hot glue on your silicone mat and add one layer with all petals.  Curve the petals with your bone folder first.
  • Cut a slit in the next layer and overlap one petal.  Curve with bone folder and add to glue over first layer.
  • Cut out one petal of next layer and overlap to create circle the remaining petals.  Curve with bone folder and add to second layer.
  • Cut out two petals of next layer and repeat prior layer instructions.
  • Cut out three petals of next layer and repeat.
  • Take single petal and curve with bone folder until you can curl it into itself.
  • Repeat with another single petal.
  • Add both single petals to center of flower.
  • The leaves are punched with large Oval Punch, trimmed to a point at one end freehand and run through Big Shot in Woodgrain EF
  • Punch a Blackberry Bliss Scallop Circle.  Glue leaves in place, then flower over leaves.
  • Glue jewelry pin to back.

Place “cake” in cake box, tie with coordinating ribbon and pin flower on top.

You are a genius!  What an awesome gift for someone special.  Once you have “baked” one of these little “cakes”, you will see it is an easy project to put together.

It’s just looks like a lot of instructions…

Hope you are inspired…my job is done here.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I don’t know why…since I don’t work anymore.  But the weekends still feel special to me!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!




Sheer Perfection Butterfly…

First day of Spring!!!  Are you dancing a jig or shoveling snow?

Isn’t it amazing how erratic the weather is this time of year when we are all so tired of winter cold?

But because we are stampers and creators of beautiful things our weather is always on the sunny side…

Today’s post is such a cutie and came together so easily…let me show you…


Blushing Bride sponged newsprint covered in pretty spring/summer butterflies.  It will be disappointing if Stampin’ Up! doesn’t continue with this stamped vellum…it’s gorgeous plain or colored.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard, Typeset DSP, Basic Black cardstock and Sheer Perfection Vellum Stack FREE with SAB order.
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Memento Black and various markers for coloring butterflies on back of vellum
  • Stamps:  Time to Celebrate (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Blushing Bride 1/4″ cotton ribbon, Linen Thread


  • 3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard
  • 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ Basic Black layer
  • 3 1/8″ x 4 5/8″ Newsprint DSP
  • 3″ x 4 1/2″ Sheer Perfection Vellum
  • Sentiment layer is 1/2″ x trimmed to word
  • Sponge the DSP with Blushing Bride
  • Color back of vellum with markers (I used Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss)
  • Attach Vellum to DSP with Fast Fuze (it doesn’t show)
  • Attach DSP and Vellum layer to Basic Black.
  • Wrap top of these three layers with ribbon and attach with adhesive.
  • Make a dab of Tombow glue where your bow will be and add loops of Linen Thread.
  • Make your bow and attach with glue dots or dimensional. (I have a video on YouTube making this type of bow if you want to take a look here)
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Whisper White, trim and tag one end.  Attach with dimensionals
  • Inside there is a small strip of the sponged newsprint to coordinate with the card front.
  • You can see the envelope has been stamped to hint at the card inside.

If you need to place an SAB order so you can get this Sheer Perfection Vellum FREE, click on the “Shop Now” star and it can be at your door pronto!  Remember, for every $50 you spend you can pick out one free product from the SAB catalog…yippee!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope it REALLY is spring where you are and you are creating beautiful things to spread happiness wherever you go.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


There is a big full moon tonight…be sure to take a look and enjoy.

I’m inky…and HaPpY!