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Watercolor Orchid…

This stamp set was on my top ten priority list when the Annual Catalog was released this past summer.

So why has it taken me so long to ink it up?

You really don’t want to hear that list…it might just sound like whining!  But this week this set finally saw ink for the first time and I just couldn’t stop making flowers…

isn’t that awesome?

Perfect for my entry way…two home décor projects in one week?  What’s this world coming to?

What fun!  The secret is in the water color paper…

Here’s what I’m thinking…wouldn’t this make the best gift for someone in the hospital, nursing home or hostess thank you gift?  Well, anytime really but you certainly wouldn’t have any worries keeping these orchids alive.  The plant pictured is one I had that was finished blooming.  I always try to bring them back…NEVER works for me!

Here’s some tips in Stuff ‘N Digits if you’d like to challenge Mother Nature too…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Sweet Sugar Plum
  • Stamps:  Climbing Orchid
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Orchid Builder Framelits, Aqua Painter or Medium Round Brush

Digits

  • Work on one flower piece at a time.  Stamp the outline in Lemon Lime Twist on Water Color paper.
  • With brush and clean water move the ink to cover the piece.  Drop some Daffodil Delight reinker toward the center and let it “bloom” while the previous color is still wet.  Drop some Sweet Sugar Plum at the center and let it bloom.
  • Continue with each flower or flower piece.  Let dry completely.
  • Stamp outline stamp again in Lemon Lime Twist.  Stamp detail stamp in Lemon Lime Twist.
  • Cut out with Orchid Builder Framelits.  Using your bone folder, break down the paper fibers by curling the paper then assemble.
  • Here I used hot glue to attach the flowers to the stem.  Ouch!

There are already several projects in various stages of completion all over the studio.  Some cards and more arrangements, but smaller ones.  Orchids in different color combinations.  Have you researched all the different colors orchids come in?  I’ll share these with you soon…

It’s “hump” day and the weekend will be here before we know it…plan accordingly!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

waste of your time…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

It’s Fall Y’all…

My favorite time of the year…except maybe spring.  I love spring too.  Summer too if it doesn’t get too hot and winter if it’s not too awful cold.

But fall, seriously people who could not love fall?

So I made myself (this NEVER happens) a little home décor piece…

and another eclipse project for you.

A little “fussy” cutting to include the acorns.

Fall leaf colors done with the new “Blends” alcohol pens.

Can’t wait to add this to our living space for the fall season.

Do you ever make home décor pieces…for yourself?  I swear usually I give everything away, but not this time!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Sunflowers…Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze.  Leaves and acorns:  Blends Pens Old Olive, Daffodil Delight Light and Dark, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake plus Memento Black Ink
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest and Count My Blessings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Letters Framelits, Blends or Alcohol based pens, Fun Foam

Digits

  • The frame was purchased at Hobby Lobby and the opening is 6″ x 10″ ($13.95 less 40%) DEAL!  So the Thick Whisper White was cut 6″ x 10″.  The glass was thrown away.  Sometimes I save the glass to use as a painting palette, but there are too many here in the studio already.
  • The Leaves were stamped with Memento Black Ink.  Stamp a leaf on Post It Note and cut out for a mask.  Then stamp the center leaf, cover with mask and stamp the remaining two leaves on either side.  Remove mask.
  • Using the Blends Pens I colored the leaves individually finishing one before starting another.  Add the Daffodil Delight to the center, then the Dark Daffodil Delight around the edges.  Using the Light Daffodil Delight color over where the two colors meet to soften the color transition.  Add some Bermuda Bay here and there for interest.  You can go over this color with the Light Daffodil Delight and it turns a pretty shade of green and softens it a little.  The acorns and leaves were stamped and colored with the same pens excluding the Coastal Cabana on scrap Thick Whisper White and “fussy” cut.
  • Stamp a mask on Post It Note and cut out.  Stamp three sunflowers in the lower left corner.  After you stamp the first sunflower, cover with mask and stamp the remaining two.
  • Remove mask and add acorns with dimensionals.
  • Add a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back where the letters will be  on the stamped piece and run through Big Shot.  Add Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to back of Fun Foam and cut out letters again.
  • Place another sheet of cardstock behind your stamped piece for framing.  Add foam letters then the letters that have stamping on them over the top of the foam letters.  Add to frame and ENJOY!

This was fun to do and I’m sure I’ll enjoy seeing it in my home.  We should live with our art!

It’s so hard to wrap your mind around the Las Vegas massacre…unimaginable tragedy.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

B

Christmas Cheer…

Let’s face it…there are some people you want to give a gift card to for Christmas for so many reasons.  I’ll just say anyone over 11 or twelve can be a challenge…male or female.

Here’s an excellent solution to that problem for you, especially if that person is a coffee drinker…

A handmade gift card holder that works for male or female…

A close up showing the “ombre” effect on the sentiment.

Here’s a close up of the card holder just behind the card front.

Inside card close up.

If you have those on your list you are planning to give a gift card to, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits so you can make them feel extra special by including a handmade card just for them…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Pear Pizazz, Soft Sky, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Almost Navy, Real Red and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Coffee Café and  Merry Cafe
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Pretty Label Punch, Coffee Cups Framelits, Card Front Builder (holly leaves), small hole punch (berries), Ribbon (my seam binding ribbon is retired), 1-1/4″ Circle Punch

Digits

  • The Soft Sky base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score on the long edge at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″.  Fold and burnish with bone folder.
  • The Pear Pizazz layer inside the card is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The vertical piece of DSP is 1: x 4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Punch one Soft Sky and one Thick Whisper White label with Pretty Label Punch.
  • Cut the Soft Sky label in half and attach to back of Thick Whisper White layer with SNAIL.  Add over 1″ DSP with dimensionals.
  • Stamp on scrap Thick Whisper White small cup in Pear Pizazz.
  • With framelits cut the small cup, two sets of Pear Pizazz leaves.  Punch six Real Red “berries”.
  • Add leaves behind Pretty Label at top and bottom with glue dots.
  • Add “berries” at top right with multipurpose glue.
  • Add small cup to label with dimensionals.
  • Fold 2-3/4″ panel to the inside of the card.  Add a piece of DSP 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ with SNAIL.  Punch edge with 1-1/4″ circle punch.
  • On the front panel add a piece of DSP 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ with SNAIL.
  • Tie ribbon around this panel in a knot bow.
  • Stamp cup, lid and cup sleeve on scrap Thick Whisper White Cardstock in Early Espresso.  Cut out with framelits.  Cut out lid stir piece from Pear Pizazz.
  • Glue lid to Cup with multipurpose glue.  Add stir piece with glue dots.
  • Stamp sentiment on sleeve.  Use markers to color the word “Christmas” in Soft Sky then add just at the bottom Almost Navy.  Color the word “Cheer” in Pear Pizazz and add Old Olive at just the bottom.  Huff on your stamp really well and stamp.  Add sleeve to cup with SNAIL.
  • Add holly and berries to top and bottom of sleeve.
  • Add cup to front panel with dimensionals.

This particular gift card holder would work for male or female and especially if they are coffee drinkers.  Look at your DSP and make several of these.  You know they will come in handy!

Hope you are having a great start to your week even with the news this morning from Las Vegas.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

indeed.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

A “Deer” Christmas…

About this time of year many of us are looking for ideas and making decisions about how we will create our Christmas cards.  Then we collect our supplies and begin transforming ink and paper into our own beautiful creations…
Today’s post uses my favorite technique “masking” and includes some embossing for a simple but stunning Christmas card that I believe would be easy to mass produce.
Look what masking and sponging can do!
Add some embossing and a sentiment…
Some background texture with liquid glue that needs to dry for a bit.
and a peek inside.
This stamp set is one that must be earned and is only available until October 31st.  If you are interested in getting this set, let me know.  But there are so many other stamp sets that lend themselves to this type of card.
Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…
Stuff
  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Rich Razzleberry, and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Merry Patterns
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  VersaMark Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Thin Tipped Glue, Embossing Buddy
Digits
  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″
  • The Pool Party layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Lemon Lime Twist layer with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.
  • Use Embossing Buddy over area to be stamped with deer.  Then stamp deer in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Black EP and heat.
  • Mask the top and bottom borders with Post It Notes.
  • Sponge starting at the bottom with Lemon Lime Twist, Rich Razzleberry then Pool Party.  Blend where the colors meet.
  • Remove masks.
  • Add sentiment at lower left corner with Archival Basic Black then add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Add dots of glue over sponging.  Let dry completely or over night.
  • Inside there is a layer of Pool Party 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ attached over Pool Party layer with SNAIL.
  • Add evergreen sprig with Lemon Lime Twist stamping twice without reinking.
  • The envelope was also stamped with the same evergreen sprig in the same way on the lower left corner to coordinate with the card.
Hope you will give this masking technique a try and see if you like it.  It’s pretty impressive in person and so easy to do…
Do you have plans for this first full autumn weekend?
Here’s your “B-ism” for today…
make this happen.
Stay inky…Be HaPpY!
B

Masculine Birthday Wishes…

As promised last week, here is another masculine birthday card using the stamp set Feathered Together…

Once again vibrant colors because I think guys really do like color!

A glamour close up.  I made no attempt to line up the feathers evenly.

And a peek inside…

I do love this sentiment…so appropriate so many times.

So do you have a “big guy” with a birthday coming up?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Feathered Together
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  none!

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″.
  • The Basic Black layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • The first feather is Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze.
  • The second feather is Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.
  • The third feather is Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze and Real Red.
  • Add the feather outline to each feather with Archival Basic Black.
  • Add sentiment at center top with Archival Basic Black.
  • Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside  the Basic Black layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Stamp small feather in Real Red and add sentiment in Archival Black.  Add this layer over Basic Black layer with SNAIL.

Using the Thick Whisper White Cardstock makes this card feel expensive and well done.  The vibrant colors paired with the black is classic.

Have a great Thursday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

all those things…

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

 

B

Great Joy…

The sentiment on today’s card is a favorite for Christmas…”Good Tidings of Great Joy!”

And the technique called “eclipse” was used to lift the secondary message…

and another favorite…Lemon Lime Twist combined with Real Red.

Here’s a close up of the “lifted” eclipsed message and the doodled border.

From this angle the “lift” is more noticeable.

And a peek inside.

When I have shown this card to some of my stampers, they feel it’s much too complicated when first seeing it.  But once they realized how simple it actually is, they wanted to make one!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Real Red
  • Stamps:  Good Tidings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  .005 Black Micron Pen, White Fun Foam, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, Large Letters Framelits

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and Burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black at lower left corner.
  • Stamp holly two-step stamp at top right corner using the lighter color first and overstamping in darker shade.
  • Add doodle border with .005 Black Micron Pen.
  • Add a piece of 2″ x 4″ Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back of this layer where your letters will be cut.  Cut letters from this layer.
  • Place a piece of 2″ x 4″ Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back of a piece of white fun foam.  Cut the same letters from the white fun foam.
  • Attach the Thick Whisper White layer with the letters cut out on the card front with SNAIL.
  • Peel away the protective sheet on the back of the white fun foam and place on the card front.
  • Peel away the protective sheet on the back of the Thick Whisper White letters and place over the fun foam.
  • How cool is that?  Simple!
  • Inside there is a layer of Lemon Lime Twist 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Stamp the smaller holly stamp using the same ink as the card front.
  • The smaller holly sprig was also added to the lower left corner of the envelope to coordinate with the card front.

This technique is really simple but sure gives you the “WOW” factor.  Give it a try!

It’s Hump Day…hope yours is awesome!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

B

Christmas in Blue…

And green!  My favorite color combination.  So when the new stamp set Merry Patterns showed up at my door, here’s the first card made with it…

Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party!

Ah Ha!  I caught the glimmer in the candle flames.  That never happens…

That Soft Sky Seam Binding is retired but does blend well with the Pool Party.

And a peek inside.

This stamp set was created as a two-stamp technique.  The two candle patterns are actually two different stamps that fit together which makes it possible to use two colors easily.  Then just add the outline stamp.  Now I did do a little masking technique to get the look of the candles sitting on top of the greenery.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Merry Patterns
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Clear Wink of Stella, Ribbon

Digits

  • The Lemon Lime Twist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, folded, scored and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Pool Party layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Stamp the candle outline stamp on Post It note and fussy cut to create a mask.
  • Stamp the Lemon Lime Twist candle pattern stamp at top 1/3 of Thick Whisper White layer.  Follow with Pool Party and the second candle pattern stamp.  Lastly add the outline stamp in Archival Basic Black ink.  Cover with masking layer.
  • Stamp greenery in Lemon Lime Twist to the sides and underneath the candles.
  • Remove mask…love it!
  • Now stamp the patterned portion of the sentiment at bottom of layer in Pool Party.  Then add outline in Archival Basic Black.
  • Add Thick Whisper White layer to Pool Party layer with SNAIL.
  • Tie ribbon around bottom of these two layers then add to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a Pool Party layer 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp the greenery in lower right corner three times in Lemon Lime Twist without reinking.  Add to Pool Party layer with SNAIL.
  • The greenery was also used on the lower left corner of the envelope to coordinate with the card front.

This card has a nice fresh Christmasy look to it in person and it was REALLY easy to create.  Might be a contender for those making multiples for Christmas holidiays.  Would also make a great invitation for holiday gatherings….

How’s your Tuesday going?  Awesome I hope.  Had my first “read through” today practicing for OnStage SLC presentation.  Piece of cake!  Can’t wait to share will all of you!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Perk Up Buttercup…

Once again I offer you a masculine birthday card…and it has color!  So many masculine cards are neutrals and I’m pretty sure most boys/men like color.

So here’s my idea…

Now I would change up the doodle border for a masculine card, or you could do no border at all.

This close up shows some of the Micron Pen work as shadows on the cups.

And here’s a peek inside…

This card was made for someone special who loves coffee as much as I do and she will love the doodled border.  Pretty easy to change it out to the border used on the feather card here.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red and Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Merry Cafe’
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Black .005 Micron Pen

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White card base is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to the card front with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Draw a light pencil line where you’d like the bottom of the cups.  Four cups fit perfectly horizontally.  Stamp your cups.  Stamp your sentiment.
  • If you want to draw the border, practice a curvy line with a loop at the corners.  Go back and draw two loops like a figure 8 at the corners.  Add the dots here and there.  It’s your border and it will be perfect!
  • Add lines to one side of the cup and lid to create a shadow.
  • Add this layer to your card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ layer of Lemon Lime Twist attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is stamped with one cup and the cup is treated like those on the card front.  Add this layer with SNAIL.
  • A cup was also added to the lower left corner of the envelope to coordinate with the card front.  Or as Frances Martins says, “let the party begin with the envelope!”

I would love a stamp that said “buttercup” to go with this set…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep.

And come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Blog Anniversary…

This week will mark a blog anniversary for me and I thought it would be fun to post some of the amazing cards I received this week for my birthday….

I realize those two things aren’t related but I wanted to post an extra blog this week to feature these awesome cards I had received.

Because I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and make greeting cards and all sorts of paper art every day, it is an extra treat to received a handmade card in the mail!

Barbara Philpott friend and long time customer used my favorite color…green!

Dawn Benjamin neighbor, friend and customer created a dreamy card with this awesome background.

Carol Mitchell new neighbor, almost a sister and customer combined navy and Cajun Craze for a crisp clean look.

 

Wendie Waldman is a precious stamping friend from Silver City…we met at convention years ago.  Can’t wait to see her again in November!

Donna Jean Griffith is my new best friend from SU! Corporate.  She’s guiding me patiently by the hand through my first convention presentation.  Love that pop of Lemon Lime Twist!

Mary Pat Carden is a sweet friend and customer.  She makes the most amazing cards and almost anything else you can imagine.

 

Aren’t these colors gorgeous?  My favorite color combination from Jan who I have known and loved…well, forever!

 

Patty Hickman always surprises me with her creations.  Met her and Barbara at a SU! Regional four years ago and they have become dear friends I cherish.

And this bright and cheery card was made by Sue Parker who started me on this journey of blogging by creating this blog for me.  We were destined to become besties!

What a bright spot of cheery love these created in my kitchen to enjoy every day.  Now they are proudly displayed in my studio for all to enjoy.

Have an incredible Saturday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

it would be a week for me.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Feathered Birthday…

Today I’m sharing another masculine birthday card made especially for my son-in-love who will hopefully be home next week from South Korea to celebrate his birthday in the states!

He does not lack self confidence so I feel comfortable poking him a little…

It’s the sentiment here he will think is funny.

The close up shows a “doodled” border.

I think he will like it!

and a peek inside.

If you find making masculine cards as challenging as I do, maybe this one will help you out with your stash.  I have two more masculine cards coming up next week if you want to stop by.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Feathered Together
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Micron Pen Black .005

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The next Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  To get my border reasonably straight, I draw a light pencil line to follow.  Then with a black .005 Micron Pen I just go for it.  You can always practice a bit on your SU! pad before starting.  After the ink is dry, erase the pencil line.
  • Stamp the sentiment in Archival Basic Black in lower right corner.
  • Stamp three different colored feathers on scrap Thick Whisper White.  I go from light to dark.  Practice on your pad until you like your color combo.  Fussy cut three feathers.  The first feather is attached with multipurpose glue and the other two are on dimensionals.
  • Make a loop of Linen Thread and tie another short piece around to secure.  Add to card front with glue dot.
  • Inside the Basic Black layer is 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer was stamped in Archival Basic Black for the sentiment and Real Red for the small feather then attached with SNAIL.
  • I also stamped but forgot to photograph the envelope with a large feather in the lower left corner.

It’s Friday!!!  Hope you have wonder plans for this Autumn weekend.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B