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Enjoy Today…

There’s no other statement more poignant as “Enjoy Today”.  If we could just turn our worrying minds off and enjoy just this day and the moment…

The card today is a personal favorite not just because it has a water colored background and a fall theme (my favorite season!) but because of the sentiment…

The background was made using an acrylic block and Daffodil Delight reinker on water color paper.

Leaves were cut from a piece of watercolor paper treated with dry pigment sprayed with water.  The pieces were intentionally left in smallest leaf.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves and Climbing Orchids (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Copper Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, Acrylic Block “E”, Leaflets Framelits,  Seasonal Layers Framelits (smallest leaf), Aqua Painter or large round paint brush and Ken Oliver’s Color Burst Pigments


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • In order to have the water color leaves to cut out, you will need to prepare a piece of water color paper with Ken Oliver’s Color Burst or any other way you want to add color.  You could definitely use reinkers.  With the Color Burst you spritz the paper and blow the dry pigment on the paper and let them blend together.  It is amazing to watch.  You can always spritz more to move the color or add more pigment.  Once dry, cut out your leaves with Leaflets Framelits and Seasonal Layers Framelits.  I left the pieces in the smaller leaf but you could always remove them for a different look.
  • The water color layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Color your “E” Acrylic block with Daffodil Delight marker and spritz with water or drop a few drops of reinker on the block and color with an Aqua Painter then “stamp” the block on the water color paper.  Hold for a few seconds and lift.  I like to let the color dry naturally, but you can use your heat gun.
  • Once dry, stamp the sentiment at the top center with Archival Basic Black.
  • Add splatters of water with your Aqua Pen or a brush, sprinkle with Copper EP and heat.  When you use water with Embossing Powder it takes a little longer to melt…just sayin’
  • Add your leaves with multipurpose glue.
  • Add this layer over the Real Red layer with multipurpose glue and weight the paper with something heavy to hold it in place.  Water color paper warps so you need a good strong adhesive.
  • Add linen thread bow to stems.  YouTube Video on bow here.

Today is my first Skype rehearsal for OnStage presentation.  I’m a little nervous…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Inky fingers will make you HaPpY!


Life With Friends…

Having friends is a life journey.  You celebrate with them during happy times and hold them up when life is difficult.  Today I’m holding up a friend who lost her dad over the weekend.

I’ve included a book marker inside a sympathy card to remind her that her friends are thinking of her …

and the book marker…

And a peek inside.

Sympathy cards are never easy to make…but you need them when you need them.  I never seem to have them on hand.

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


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Count My Blessings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Scallop Top Punch, Linen Thread, Ribbon, “H” Block, “I” Block


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″.
  • The Flirty Flamingo layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Pumpkin Pie markers, color one side of the “I” Acrylic Block.  Spritz block and “stamp” in center of layer.  Hold for a few seconds to let ink absorb into cardstock.
  • Add sentiment and line art flower in Archival Basic Black.
  • Inside the Flirty Flamingo layer is 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Using the “H” Acrylic Block color the same as before, spritz with water and stamp toward the bottom of layer.
  • Add flower stamp in Archival Basic Black.
  • I decided to use water color paper for the book mark.  Cut a piece 2″ x 4″.  Punch one end with Scallop Topped Punch.  Using “H” Block paint with markers and spritz with water before stamping on water color paper.  Hold for a few seconds to give the ink time to be absorbed by the water color paper.  Add sentiment and flower in Archival Basic Black.  I used seam binding ribbon in Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral tied with Linen Thread.

We had Monday Morning Stamping Class here in the studio today and it was a doosie!  I think everyone was happy with their creations…

Thanks so much for stopping in today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Change is always good…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



Orchid Opulence…

Here is the orchid card I promised earlier this week when the orchid plant was posted (here).

This flower is incredibly easy to make.  The key or secret to the beautiful natural coloring is water color paper…

Should we water them?

Seriously the water color paper does all the work for you.

Showing the three layers…leaves, flower and flower centers.

and a peek inside.

So are you game to give this a try?  Do you have this bundle (yes! there are framelits to cut these posies out!) and haven’t used it yet?  Let’s make some flowers…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist and Sweet Sugar Plum
  • Stamps:  Climbing Orchids
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Orchid Builder Framelits, Aqua Painter or Medium Round Brush


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″ and burnish with Bone Folder.
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The top Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Stamp on water color paper the leaf, the line art large flower and the flower center in Lemon Lime Twist.  With a damp (not loaded with water) brush go over each image with a light hand to spread the color.  While the flower is still damp add some Crushed Curry by just touching the center of the flower.  If you flower is not wet enough for the color to “bloom”, add water around the edges of the Crushed Curry to encourage movement.  Now introduce the Sweet Sugar Plum to the center and let that color “bloom” too.  Let dry naturally.
  • Moisten each leaf the same way to move the line art color and dampen the leaf.  Introduce some Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry and let them “bloom” and dry naturally.
  • Moisten the flower centers and introduce Sweet Sugar Plum.  Let dry.
  • Once all the pieces are dry, over stamp flower with line art stamp again inked with Lemon Lime Twist and also the leaves.
  • Cut out all pieces with coordinating framelit.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black toward bottom of card.
  • Add stems to card front and attach flowers with dimensionals.  Add centers with dimensionals and leaves with glue dots behind flowers.
  • Inside the Lemon Lime Twist layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  The small flower was made exactly like the larger ones and attached with glue dots.

I have been researching orchids on Pinterest to see all the different color combinations this flower can produce.  Some really interesting color combinations!  But we all know we can make our flowers whatever color that suits us…so I hope you will give this a try.  I think you will be amazed.

It’s Friday!  How does that happen so quick?  Are you planning something special on this beautiful fall weekend?

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Mine have flown the coop today…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



Heartfelt Thanks…

The result from last week’s birthday surprises is a stack of thank you cards….fun to make and written with lots of gratitude and love.

I hadn’t planned on making two colors, but a phone call distracted me and the embossing paste dried.  So I made a new batch and started over.

I love the way some of the Calypso Coral hung out on my handmade stencil and transferred with the green.

I thought the contrasting colors would really pop…and they do!

Have you tried the Embossing Paste yet?  It is simple to use and easy to clean up with a little beforehand prep.  If you are using a reuseable stencil, have a small tray of water handy to drop it in.  You can also drop the Palette Knife in there too when you’re finished.

So let’s do this…

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  I used SU! 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecards, plus Old Olive and Pool Party Cardstock
  • Ink:  Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist
  • Stamps:  Oh So Eclectic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Embossing Paste, Palette Knife, Stencil, Seasonal Layers Framelits.   If you want to use the framelit to make your own stencil you’ll need the Eclectic Layers Thinlits and watercolor paper.  Thick Whisper White CS might work.


  • The Old Olive layer is 2-7/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL to Whisper White notecard.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 2-3/8″ x 4-1/4″.  With your water tray ready, mix a small amount of Embossing Paste with your choice of reinker.  Secure stencil in place over this layer.  Apply paste over stencil like icing a cake using the palette knife.  Scrape away any extra paste.  Drop stencil and palette knife in water tray.
  • Remove stencil and let dry.  This happens quickly.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White stamp flower in Pool Party and over stamp with line art in Tempting Turquoise or whatever color choices you have made.  Cut out with coordinating framelit.
  • Cut one stem from Seasonal Layers and one set of leaves from Eclectic Layers in Old Olive.  Add to card front with dots of multipurpose glue and weight it down with a block to dry.  You will need to trim “stem” to fit your card and flower.
  • Add flower with dimensionals.  Stamp sentiment on scrap Thick Whisper White in Tempting Turquoise and trim to 1/2″ x 1-1/2″.  Tag one end.  Add a Pool Party layer 5/8″ x 1-5/8″.  Tag one end.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Then add your own sweet personal thank you…

How your Friday is going super!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Yay!  Let it go…

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!



Hello Sunshine…

Today I’m going to keep it real and tell you this post today was a major fail in my book.  I often hear from those who attend my classes that they wouldn’t want to make me a card because mine are always so perfect…NOT!

A video popped up on facebook last week I think using shaving cream…I’m still looking for it and will post it when I find it (here it is!) and I couldn’t resist giving it a try.  She had used black reinker with her shaving cream and it was gorgeous; but I wanted to have a blue background to contrast with the sunflower.  There’s no telling how many I made and threw away.

But with persistence (the word stubborn might fit better here) I came up with this card.  I doubt it looks anything like the one on facebook…

Makes an interesting background for the focal point.


A glamour close up…

And a peek inside…

Lots of room for a message.

The more I look at this card the more I like it.  BUT when I do it again I’ll not use as much reinker maybe and use more VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder.  You’ll be seeing this technique again.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Old Olive and Crushed Curry Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest, Beautiful Bouquet (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Oval Punch, Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies, Linen Thread Clear Embossing Powder


  • The Crushed Curry base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • Use artist or painter’s tape to create a 1/4″ border on all sides.
  • Stamp sunflowers in layers of Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie.  When stamping the last layer add VersaMark to your stamp then load with ink color.  The centers are Early Espresso.  Don’t forget to load VeraMark ink first then stamp.  Cover with Clear EP and heat.
  • Mix reinker of your choice (I used Pacific Point here) with shaving cream.  It doesn’t take much shaving cream, maybe a couple of tablespoons.  Using a credit card or something similar, load up the shaving cream and scrap across card front until you have the background covered.
  • Remove tape and add to card front with multipurpose glue or SNAIL.
  • Cut stem and leaf from Seasonal Layers Framelits and Old Olive.  Add to card front with multipurpose glue, trimming away parts you don’t need.  I purposely left the pieces inside the leaf.
  • Stamp flower on scrap Thick Whisper White as before and fussy cut.  Add Versamark and Clear EP and heat.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Stamp sentiment in Early Espress on scrap of Thick Whisper White and punch with Oval Punch.  I scraped the edges across the ink pad.  Punch hole and tie Linen Thread bow.  Attach with dimensional.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp flower in lower right corner and attached with SNAIL.
  • You can see I also added a flower to the envelope.

Hope you are having an awesome Thursday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!






Copper Autumn…

Many of us love this time of year when cooler weather and pretty fall colors take the stage.  Just my thoughts as I put together this fall wreath…

Leaves from Painted Harvest Punch were made from a piece of water color paper “painted” in fall colors and then punched.

Touches of Texture stamped with VersaMark created the copper background.

Tranquil Tide woven ribbon and copper foil leaves here and there complete the fall feel.

And inside there’s lots of room for messaging…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla and Tranquil Tide Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumkin Pie, Real Red, Soft Suede and Tranquil Tide
  • Stamps:  Touches of Texture (splats), Painted Harvest (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water Spritzer, Leaf Punch, Woven Tranquil Tide Ribbon, Linen Thread, Copper Embossing Powder


  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Tranquil Tide layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment and Touches of Texture stamps in VersaMark, sprinkle with Copper EP and heat.
  • Add a band of Tranquil Tide woven ribbon over the sentiment with SNAIL.  Make bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • Dampen a piece of water color paper completely with water.  Add reinker with an Aqua Painter or brush letting the colors “bloom” together covering the surface of the paper.  Encourage movement with the water spritzer or tilt the paper so colors will run in all directions.  Let dry or heat.
  • Punch leaves from dried water color paper.  Cut a 2-1/2″ circle and temporarily attach to card front.  Add leaves around circle to create a wreath.  Remove punched circle.  Punch three copper foil leaves and cut off indivicual leaves.  Add with multipurpose glue to wreath here and there.
  • Inside the Tranquil Tide layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached with snail.  Add one leaf bunch with multipurpose glue at top right corner.

Now I’m thinking a Christmas wreath with these leaf punches…hmmmm.  The mind never rests.

“The Littles” and my son and daughter-in-love mandatorily evacuated their home in St. Petersburg yesterday.  Of course, Irma will not arrive in their neighborhood until tonight at high tide.  They are devastated and fully expect to go home to nothing as they live on the water.  We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.  As soon as they are able to get home, I feel sure Sweetums and I will be trucking it to Florida to see if we can help.  We have a generator and water pump in the back of the car and will pick up other supplies hard to find there before we leave.  I will keep you posted.

Tomorrow is class day here at Rambling Rose and it will be great to have all the girls here…a good distraction!

Hope you are safe and dry wherever you are…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today….

for real.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!