Turkey Day Decor…

It’s been mentioned a couple of times on this blog…everyone is coming here to my house for Thanksgiving!…and I couldn’t be happier.  Already plans are flying through my head how to make this visit for everyone special.  Starting with the Thanksgiving table and/or mantle and the greeting at the front door…

Here is one sample…


Gotta love those feathers…right Justin Krieger?  These are actually on my mantle which is also decorated with a “Thankful” banner made last year with the Banner Kit.  Because you can reuse your decorations it gets easier each year to decorate around the house for each holiday.

Seriously doubt you need directions for these, the burlap ribbon is not SU! and the Chocolate Chip ribbon is retired.  The feathers are from the Four Feathers stamp set and the colors are Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist and Pewter Embossing on the small feather.  Hopefully this will give you some ideas and inspire you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”You can always tell who the strong women are…they are the ones you see building one another up instead of tearing each other down.”

Hope you found something inspiring today.

I’m inky…and HaPpY!

There Ought To Be A Law…

There sure should be a law that cute little grandsons can’t grow up. We are celebrating my youngest grandson’s birthday…he is turning six. This little guy is too pretty to be a boy. Great big brown eyes with the longest lashes you’ve ever seen. But since he insists on having another birthday I’ve made him this card…

And here are a couple of side views…


And the other side…


This was fun to put together thinking how much he will enjoy it.  There are three different stamp sets used here (I can’t seem to stick to just one), but there are all active sets and you could easily make this cowboy card in a box.  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Tangelo Twist cardstock.  Motley Monsters DSP.
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Tangelo Twist, Memento Black plus Blendability Pens Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and brown skin tones
  • Stamps:  Photopolymer Alaphabet, Photopolymer Yee Haw and Bootiful Occasions
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stars Framelits, Rhinestones, Linen Thread


  • The base card of Crumb Cake is 5 1/2″ x 9″.  If you need a tutorial on the card in the box technique, check out my YouTube video here.
  • The  DSP panels measure 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″.  The back panel is 5 1/” x 1 7/8″.
  • The scoring on the long side of the Crumb Cake panel is at 2 1/8″, 4 1/4″, 6 3/8″ and 8 1/2″

Once you get started decorating these boxes you will have so much fun.  The items inside the box are placed with Window Sheet pieces so the pieces seem to float.

If you watch the YouTube video and still have questions, be sure to leave me a message or email me.  I’m always happy to help you.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”Happiness is meeting an old friend after a long time and feeling that nothing has changed.”

This has been a very busy day in the studio and I’m very inky…but HaPpY!

So Many Thank Yous….

So if you read this blog this past couple of days you know this was a BIG weekend at my house.  My birthday was Friday and plans are to celebrate for at least another week!  Yesterday was my 50th high school reunion and I hosted a brunch for all the girls.  It turned out so nice.  But nothing like that comes off so well without lots of help…so I’ve made these thank you cards today to send to all those who helped made this weekend so successful…


Does this give you a hint?  Justin K. will be so proud of me using his feathers.  Here is the card…


My photography  skills are limited so the pewter embossing on the sentiment and the one feather doesn’t show well.  In person it’s quite shiny.  Here’s how this card was made…


Paper:  SU! Notecards for the base, Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe, Vellum and Whisper White cardstock.

Ink:  VersMark, Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay

Stamps:  Four Feathers, Gorgeous Grunge and Photopolymer Thank You (sentiment)

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stencil from Banner Kit for background, Pewter Embossing Powder and Linen Thread


The notecard measures 3 1/2″ x 5″

The Bermuda Bay layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″

The Whisper White layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″

Sponge the background with Cantaloupe Crisp using the Banner Kit Background stencil

Use the two stamps from Gorgeous Grunge for the splats in Bermuda Bay and the sprinkles in Tangelo Twist

Stamp the sentiment in VersaMark and add Pewter EP then heat

Stamp feathers on Crisp Cantaloupe CS in Tangelo Twist ink, on Whisper White in Bermuda Bay ink and in on Vellum CS in VersaMark coat with Pewter EP and heat.

Use Four Feathers Framelits to cut out feathers and add with glue dots

Make bow with Linen Thread and add with glue dots.

Hope you like these little thank you notes and you feel inspired to create your own.  If you don’t have this stamp/framelit set…it is a must have.  I’ll be posting another project with them tomorrow so be sure to stop by.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”So many ideas…so little time.”

Got a class tomorrow to prepare for so I’m inky…but HaPpY!

And…50 Years Later…

What a great day today…hosted all the girls from my high school,graduating class for a brunch before the reunion celebration tonight.  It’s times like this I’m so thankful I am a Stampin’ Up! Demo.  You will find all kinds of SU! Products in these photos.  Starting with the front door welcome…



And just inside a corsage for each person…


Here I used the 5/8″ Organza Ribbon, the Rotary Alphabet stamp to personalize each one and flagged the ends.  They are stuck in a styrofoam wreath with ribbon wrapped around but were pretty easy to find the right one.

and the food…


Do you notice the cording around the yogurt cups and the Washi Tape flags on the donut skewers.  There were also mini pancake stack with flagged Washi Tape skewers.  The napkins were stenciled in school letters and color using the Little Letters Thinlits, too.


then there was the Mimosa Bar with the SU! Banner…


Isn’t that fun?  That banner took all of 10 minutes to put together and there was also another matching banner over the fireplace mantle…again, done in a zip.  You gotta love SU!


So here’s a pic of the whole group…


It was a great day…B



Birthday Snapshot…

Every since the SLC convention when I met Lorri Heiling and she let me join her group as an “orphan” since I have no upline, I’ve wanted to make this card with this little camera.  She showed me a small scrapbook made with this and I just had to have it.  Isn’t that the way it goes?  But I do love this little single stamp.  Here’s a masculine (?) card for you…


Well…you might want to change up the pink on the camera but otherwise I think it would make a good masculine card.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White. Bermuda Bay, Basic Black cardstock.  Motley Monsters DSP
  • Ink:  Momento Black and Blendability Pens Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Snapshot and Just Sayin’ (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Just Sayin’ framelits, Linen Thread, Window Sheets, Crystal Effects, 1/8″ Black ribbon and ovals framelits


  • Whisper White cardstock base is 11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Bermuda Bay layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The dotted DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The Basic Black vertical layer is 2 1/4″ x 4″
  • The Bermuda Bay DSP vertical layer is 2 1/8″ x 3 7/8″
  • The oval framelits from the yellow DSP and Basic Black cardstock are #3 and #4 of the ovals framelits
  • The Snapshot stamp was stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Memento Black ink and colored with Blendability Pens
  • The stamp was used a second time to just get the lens portion of the stamp.  Color with pens and cut out just the lens.  Adhere lens to a small piece of Window Sheet with Crystal Effects and let dry.  Trim Window sheet.
  • Attached lens to camera with dimensionals.
  • Attach a small piece of ribbon on one side of camera for “handle”
  • Stamp sentiment on Whisper White and cut out with matching framelit to set.  Adhere with dimensionals
  • Assemble layers being sure to attach Linen Thread to vertical layer before attaching to card.

I know it’s hard to see the effect in the photo, but the window sheet and the lens on dimensionals adds so much to this card front.  Hope you will be inspired by something you have read or seen on my blog today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

Am I inky…you betcha, and I’m HaPpY, too!

Library Card Invitation…

This is a BIG weekend for me…not only is it my birthday week (yes, I said week) but it’s also my high school reunion.  Along with a couple of friends I am hosting a brunch for the girls in my class on the morning of the reunion and have been busy with lots of party things, but today I wanted to share the invitation with you.

This stamp set was given at the Salt Lake City Convention this year and I immediately knew not only that I would use this for the invitation but how it would look.  Don’t you love when that happens?  Here’s the invitation…


Of course the school colors are obviously orange and white but my original thought and intention was to make the invitation look like an old library card.  This is a 3 1/2″ x 5″ card (the size of our notecards) so the notecard envelopes were used.  What makes it so much fun is the Rotary Alphabet stamp.  To me it made the library card more obvious.

It’s great to be a SU! Demo when you’ve got a function coming up.  There are so many ideas to make it a special event.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits on how this invitation was put together…


  • Paper:  Whisper White and Tangelo Twist cardstock
  • Ink:  Tangelo Twist and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Holiday Invitation, Gorgeous Grunge and Rotary Alphabet
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White and Tangerine Two Tone Trim, 1/8″ hand held punch


  • The Tangelo Twist layer is 5″ x 3 1/2″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 7/8″ x 3 3/8″
  • Stamp the Whisper White layer with the Rotary stamp at the top to identify your event in Memento Black
  • Stamp the Holiday Invitation stamps that fit your occasion
  • Use the Rotary Alphabet to fill in information
  • Over stamp with Gorgeous Grunge splatter stamp in your colors
  • Adhere the Whisper White layer to the colored layer.
  • Punch each side about an inch down with the circle punch to hold your trim if you are using it.
  • You can tell from the photo I also used the splatter stamp and Alphabet stamp on the outside of the envelope to coordinate with the invitation.

Pretty simple but also unique to our event.  From the comments I’ve received so far it’s been a hit.  Hope you are inspired to make your next invitations to fit your occasion.

Be sure and stop back by this week to see some of the party decorations using Stampin’ Up!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Life is better when you are laughing.”

Probably be lots of laughing around here this weekend and happy smiles, but underneath that new manicure…ink!

Last Chance…

Today and tomorrow are the last two days before the Paper Pumpkin special of half price for the first two months goes away.  If you enter your subscription before the end of tomorrow you will receive the first two months at $10 rather than the $19.95!  What a deal!  You are not obligated to continue your subscription if you are not happy with the kits.

Here is what I made with my August Paper Pumpkin kit with lots of extra supplies left over…


Four gift enclosures with cute tab tying envelopes that match plus four full-sized cards with the same cute envelopes to match, too!  I have seen the Paper Pumpkin for September and it is not cards and ever so cute.

So don’t miss out on this deal for yourself or give it as a gift.  See that Paper Pumpkin logo in the right-hand column?  Just click on that and in just about 2 minutes you’ll be all signed up.  Be sure to use the code for the special deal HALFOFF2.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”A smile is the best thing to put on your face!”

Hope you will be a Paper Pumpkin too, then you’ll be inky like me…and HaPpY!

Merry ‘N Bright…

Here’s a technique found on Pinterest and thought it would look pretty on Brushed Silver cardstock.  Other than the “fussy cutting” this would be an easy card to mass produce with dramatic results.  Here’s the card…


Now the card on Pinterest was done on darker cardstock and was really dramatic so you might want to try that, but this Brushed Silver is really pretty in person and hard to catch with a camera.  Are you interested in trying this?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler and Brushed Silver cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, VersaMark and Blendability Pens Old Olive and Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Ornamental Pine and Good Greetings (sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge (snow)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1″ Sheer Cherry Cobbler Ribbon, All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments, White Embossing Powder, Linen Thread


  • The Basic Black base cardstock is cut 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Cherry Cobbler layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Brushed Silver layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • With VersaMark stamp the Pine Bough and the “snow” and coat with White Embossing Powder then heat
  • With Blendability Pens color 2/3 of the pine needles leaving the ends white.  Use all three Old Olive pens with darker color to center.  Use Smoky Slate to color branch.
  • Stamp pine cone twice on Brushed Silver with VersaMark and coat with White Embossing Powder, then heat and “fussy cut”
  • Attach Cherry Cobbler layer to card front.
  • Attach Cherry Cobbler Ribbon to top of Brushed Silver layer, tie snowflake with Linen Thread
  • Attach Brushed Silver layer to Cherry Cobbler layer.
  • Pine cones are attached with dimensionals.
  • Add your choice of sentiment to front with Memento Black ink.

Give this card a try…you will be really happy with the results.  Hope you have found a little inspiration from my post today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for the day…”A little glue and glitter and you can conquer the world!”

Had class this a.m. so you know I’m inky…but VERY HaPpY!




For A Friend…

Have you ever had a friend going through one of life’s really rough spots and felt totally useless to help?  This is where I am at the moment so this is the card that just evolved as I was thinking about her…


The set is called An Open Heart and seemed just perfect for what needed to be said.  Should you find yourself in the spot as me, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you if you’d like to give this card a try…


  • Paper:   Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon cardstock.  Flower Pot Designer Series Paper and Watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Lost Lagoon (sentiment) and reinker in an Aqua Painter for background painting.  Blendability Pens Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Flesh  and Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  An Open Heart
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Pearl, Oval Framelits, Aqua Painter


  • The Lost Lagoon base card is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Crushed Curry layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The dotted DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The vertical Lost Lagoon layer is 4″ x 2 1/2″
  • The vertical Crushed Curry DSP layer is 3 7/8″ x 2 3/8″
  • The Lost Lagoon oval is the next to the largest in the set
  • The watercolor paper oval is the next size down from the Lost Lagoon oval
  • The sentiment oval is the next to smallest oval in the set.

This card isn’t going to rock my friend’s world, but it may just offer a little ray of sunshine and let her know others are thinking of her and holding her close to their hearts.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Worry is like a rocking chair.  It will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”

Here’s to inky fingers…and staying HaPpY!



Boo to You…

With all the holidays coming up and the beginning of fall plus all the new Stampin’ Up! products in the Holiday Catalog, my mind is working in triple time.  Really finding it hard to even sleep that ideas aren’t popping up and keeping me awake.

Here’s one made while lying awake last night…


Isn’t she cute?  There’s an equally cute idea floating around for the lil’ guys too.  Be sure to check back if you’d like to see that.

The front of the Fry Box Die reminded me of the shape of an owl so she has wings, feathers from the Fan Framelit a little bill of a nose and funky eyes.  There are lots of projects made with this die yet to be tried.  If you’re interested in this little hoot owl, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Black, Chocolate Chip, Tangelo Twist and Whisper White cardstock.  Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.
  • Ink:  None!
  • Stamps:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Fry Box Bigz L Die, Stripped Scallop Thinlit, Tree Punch, 1/2″ & 3/4″ circle punch, several sizes of flower punches (your choice), Tangelo Twist 3/8″ stitched satin ribbon and pearls.


  • Cut the Crumb Cake cardstock with the Fry Box Die to make box.
  • Punch stripped DSP with Scallop Circle Punch and cut in half for wings.
  • Cut Scallops with Stripped Scallop Thinlit for chest feathers.
  • For nose use the Tree Punch and Tangelo Twist.  Place the cardstock in just the top portion of the punch for nose.
  • Punch black and white circles for one eye.
  • Using varying sizes of flower punches and the Motley Monsters DSP layer up a flower for the opposite eye.
  • The pearl eye centers were colored with darkest brown Blendability Pen.  You could also use Permanent Black pen.
  • Once assembled fill a clear pocket with treats and tie with the Tangelo Twist ribbon.

These would be perfect for those special Trick or Treaters on Halloween Night.  I plan to use one of my studio labels on the back so parents will know where the treats came from and just maybe entice a new stamper or two.  You never know!

What can you make with this little Fry Box?

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”Don’t wait for opportunity…Create it!”

Yep, I’m really inky…and REALLY HaPpY!