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Love Is In The Air…

Two weeks from today is Valentines…my second favorite “holiday”.  The first being Thanksgiving because I love having all my family in the house to just cook, eat and enjoy each other’s company.

Do you send Valentines?  How many opportunities will we get to tell those who are in our lives how much we care?

Today’s card is another one included in the Creative Convention by Rhonda Wade I watched on that icy, snowy weekend.  Coffee, jammies and some warm socks…heaven!

So if you do decide to send Valentines, here’s one that really packs a punch with not much to do…


Isn’t that leaf cut out striking?  It’s part of the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies Bundle and certainly gives this card that “wow” factor.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Real Red Cardstock plus Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Blooming Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Sweetheart Punch, Confetti Hearts Border Punch, Botanical Builder Framelits Dies


  • The Blushing Bride base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5 1/2″.
  • Cut the Thick Whisper White 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.   Place the leaf die at an angle and run through the Big Shot…gorgeous!  Attach to card front with adhesive or multipurpose glue.  Add sentiment in Basic Black.  Stamp heart in Real Red.  On a scrap of white stamp the heart again in Blushing Bride and punch with Sweetheart Punch.  Add over the Real Red heart with dimensionals.  Punch out some Real Red and Blushing Bride hearts from cardstock and add over the sentiment with small dots of multipurpose glue.
  • Add a piece of the DSP 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ on the Blushing Bride base card front with adhesive.
  • Add Thick Whisper White layer with cut out over this layer…stunning!
  • Inside there is a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ Whisper White layer with the a 1/2″  x 3 1/4″ piece of DSP at the bottom and a few little hearts in the lower right.

Other than for Valentines this card would be great for an anniversary or wedding too.  You wouldn’t have to change anything on the front but could add the appropriate greeting on the inside when needed.  I plan to make a few of these for my stash in different color combinations.

We are having another 60+ degree day today, but may pay for all this warm weather tomorrow when we are expecting thunder storms and then much cooler temps.  I have jonquils, daylilies and hostas peeking out already!  Come on spring!!!

Here’s a cute “B-ism” for Ground Hog Day…


Come get inky with me and…Be HaPpY!



The  Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits Dies have to be one of the best buys in the new Occasions Catalog.  Just looking at the samples on pages 10 and 11 give you tons of inspiration and ideas.

So today I thought I’d add my two cents worth with today’s card post…


This card will be made several times…I’m sure it will come in handy over and over again!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Blushing Bride Glimmer, Pool Party
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Number of Years and Timeless Textures
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Number Framelits, Fun Foam, Frog Tap or Post It Notes, Circle Framelits, Aqua Painter


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5 1/2″
  • The Pool Party layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to the card front with adhesive
  • The Thick Whisper White top layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Using Frog Tape (I recommend from any paint store) or post it notes, mask edges 1/4″ all around.  Tear a strip of Frog Tape and add at an angle at right side from top to bottom.  With Aqua painter and Pool Party reinker lightly color background.  Add some watered down Early Espresso to just the right edge and a little at the bottom.  Heat to dry.  Stamp background with Timeless Textures stamps, stamping off to mute the colors.  Stamp sentiment at bottom with first generation Early Espresso after removing tape from right side.  Cut numbers from fun foam and Blushing Bride Glimmer and glue together.  Add to card front.  Stamp sentiment on Thick Whisper White.  I used circle framelits to cut curve top and bottom on “Look Who’s Turning” and tagged the ends.  Add with dimensionals.  I used the ticket punch for “Again” (retired) but you could just as well use an oval or hand cut a rectangle around it.  Add both with dimensionals.
  • Add this layer to top of card front.

Hope you enjoyed this post today and feel inspired to give it a try.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Be HaPpY…Get Inky!




Storage Video…

Today’s post is a short video with a storage tip and a little surprise at the end.  I had to wait for all the burns to heal on my hands from cooking over the holidays and some pretty nail polish with bling!

Here’s the video…

Hope you enjoyed the video and that you stop back by tomorrow for more Occasions and Sale-A-Bration samples.

I want to point out two stamp sets in the free catalog that are only available for six weeks when they will be replaced with new products.  The Sky is the Limit on page 16 and Hello on page 19.  Just didn’t want you to miss out on either of these great sets…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me and let’s be HaPpY!


How satisfying it is to have an imagine in your head evolve into reality and be even better than you imagined it…that’s what happened today.

This week’s posts will focus on Halloween…which is a personal favorite.  Love seeing the kids come by asking for treats.  Most of them I know and make special treats for their bags.

But today’s bauble will be added to the Season to Season wreath as an embellishment…


See the glue string that caught the black glitter in the sky?  What a HaPpY accident that was!  Because of the reflection the spookiness is hard to see.  The trees are covered in black glitter and the bauble is filled with more black glitter.

Here is what it looks like adorning the Season to Season wreath found on page 6 of the Holiday Catalog…


Are you interested in the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


Paper:  Basic Black, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper and Thick Whisper White cardstock

Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Night of Navy

Stamps:  None

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Circles Collection Framelits, Sleigh Ride Edgelits,  orange fun foam (Hobby Lobby), black glitter (Hobby Lobby)


Cut the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with the largest scalloped framelit

Cut three Basic Black circles with the 4″ circle framelet then use the Sleigh Ridge framelit to cut the houses with one and two with the trees.

Add glue pen glue to just trees and sprinkle with black glitter.

Using your black pieces lay them over scrap Dazzling Diamonds and trace along landscape line with a marker.  Cut this scrap so that you can glue it with hot glue to the back of the black landscape and be able to see the glimmer from the front.

Cut two orange fun foam circles with 4″ framelit.  Lay each black layer over an orange fun foam circle and trace the landscape line then cut the fun foam along that line.  Add fun foam to back of each black layer (with the glitter layer already in place) with hot glue letting a little of the orange show along the line from the front.

With hot glue attach the three landscape layers together.

Cut one 4″ circle from Thick White cardstock.  Mask with a 1 3/8″ circle post it note before sponging with Daffodil Delight first, then Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Night of Navy.  Pull off mask (magic!) and glue landscape layers to this background.

Glue with hot glue to the scalloped Dazzling Diamonds layer.  With all layer lying flat, add more black glitter carefully on top.  Glue with hot glue the bauble to this layer being careful to place the ribbon holder at the top.

The bow is made from 5/8″ black sating ribbon and some 3/8″ Pumpkin Pie ribbon all tied together with Linen Thread and hot glued to the top of the bauble.  Silver Cording was looped through the opening for hanging.

These scenes are addictive.  Once you get started creating a scene, there are all kinds of additions you can add.

Yesterday Sweetums and I attended our favorite college for a football game with friends.  Beautiful fall day, excellent outcome of the game!

Here is a shot of us waiting for the band to do a preshow in the street outside the stadium.  102,000 crazy fans!

Hope you are finding joy in this season.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


and owning it!

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



Vintage Leaves Wreath Video…

Remember last week the post with this photo?


This was a close up of the Vintage Leaves fall wreath showing the pine cones and Dazzling Diamonds Newsprint balls.

Well, today the video has been made and uploaded for you.  You can see the video here.

Enjoy!…and send me questions if you have them through comments.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


It might work…

Are you inky and HaPpY?


And It’s Finished!

My studio redo was finished just in time for class on Monday…Whew!

Here’s a shot of some of the mayhem…


Ugh!  This is a bad memory.  Sweetums and I stayed the course and now we have this video to share…

Hope you enjoyed.  If you have a question, leave me a comment.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I’ll fight “the littles” to play!

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!



The Party’s Over…

But it was so much fun!  There is so much I’d like to share with you.  Feels really good talking to you since I’ve missed posting the last three days.  Hope you missed me a little too… Before convention I shared my roomie gift that was given to my roomies at convention.  Today I’d like to share the roomie gifts I received…they are amazing. jeanne Isn’t that the cutest?  This great gift for Christmas was made by Jeanne Moss.  She has used the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder for the Whisper White background.  The two  green trees are attached flat and the red tree is lifted with dimensionals with a Vintage Faceted Button and White Baker’s Twine.  The “joy” is Cherry Cobbler and matches the frame perfectly.  Jeanne told me she found the frame at a “dollar” store and ditched the glass.  This art piece fits inside a box used for stamp sets. peggys This sweet gift was made by Peggy Powers.  You can tell by the container of ribbon pictured beside the paint can that its a quart can (I think).  Awesome gift!  Inside (I should have taken a photo of the inside) there are travel sized toiletries, a small magnetic notebook with matching pen and a cute card holder with gift cards for Subway and my FAV Starbucks!  Peggy says she used the White Jute Ribbon but cut it a smaller width for the top and bottom trim, plus separated the individual strands to use behind that gorgeous butterfly and for the small bow.  She shared that her husband picked up a case of these cans at a construction site for FREE!  A stamper can think of many things to do with a paint can for heaven’s sake. bulletinbd Sue Parker (SparkledWeb) made this adorable little bulletin board (it fits inside a Paper Pumpkin box).  She doubled the thickness so she could attach the Watermelon Wonder Lace between the layers and so the cute little thumbtacks made from the In-Color Blossoms wouldn’t extend from the back.  She even included a picture of the two of us from a previous SU! gathering and the convention logo from this year’s event.  Adding the flowers in more of the In-Colors is just the cherry on top.  I love this little bulletin board and think it would make a wonderful pre-teen girls’ gift. Traveling yesterday from Salt Lake City was an adventure…my initial flight leaving SLC was delayed and set the day up for what might have been an overnight stay in Atlanta.  However, with much huffing and puffing and running in wedge heels with no back (giggles for those watching I’m sure) I made it to my connection as the last boarding passenger.  Whew! Thought I’d take a nap from SLC to Atlanta (even bought a pillow and blanket) but this awesome demo from Cummings, Ga., sat next to me and well…you know we started talking and before I knew it the trip was over. Here’s a pic of some of us the first day of convention waiting for the first general session… sueshot All relaxed and ready for fun. Tomorrow I’d like to share some of the notable swaps I received and examples of cards from the Stamp Across American class we attended Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  There are sure to be some ideas that will inspire your creations. The night before leaving for convention, the order from July classes arrived and that day this months’ Paper Pumpkin arrived (love it!) and were left in the box sitting on one of the table tops.  Now all the materials, swag, samples and prize patrol gifts are also on another table top.  Can I just tell you this studio is a mess!  I’ll be back tomorrow with more inspiring ideas for you. Here’s your “B-ism” for today… minion19

Have a great day…Get Inky…Be HaPpY!


Collapsing Box Tutorial…

As promised today’s post is a video tutorial on the Collapsing Box.

And here is another idea for the box if you are looking for one…


and a top view of the flower…


This was a fun one to make for a special birthday coming up next month.

You can find the tutorial here.  As a disclaimer I’d like to say I know there are only nine squares in the 12″ square cardstock.  Guess I was concentrating on the 12″ cardstock instead of the actual number of squares.  Enjoy!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


If only…

Let’s get inky…and Be HaPpY!


Pine Cone Video…

See?   I delivered!  Told you yesterday I would have this video up today for all those who contacted me about how to make the pine cone from the Spiral Flower Die and here it is!

Believe it or not some though the pine cone was real…how sweet is that?  Before I add the video…here are a couple more examples of the pine bough and pine cone.  You could make this for a gift for under $10.

Here is the silver one…


This frame was bought at a box store for less than $10.  The polka dots were added with brushed silver cardstock to the mat.

Now here is a gold one…


This frame already had the gold polka dots.  Since I didn’t have any brushed gold cardstock, I used Baked Brown Sugar on this one.

Now here’s the video…I hope you all feel inspired to make tons of these pine cones…enjoy!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”What’s the difference between a Northern fairy tale and a Southern fairy tale?  A Northern fairy tale begins like this:  ‘Once upon a time’.  A Southern fairy tale begins like this:  ‘Y’all ain’t gonna believe this’!”

Just a little jibe at my Northern friends…

I’m inky…and you know I’m HaPpY!



Great News &New Video…

This is a great little video from SU! on making flowers with filter paper.  Several of my customers have purchased the filter paper and this will give you all an idea of how to use it in a different way.  Here’s the video…

Isn’t that cute?  You could use these flowers in so many ways other than on gifts…like a wreath, a little box of flowers, and in a shadow box.  I love you can spritz them any color so they will match your project perfectly.

Great news…I had a new person join SU! under me today!  How exciting is that?  Welcome aboard Billie Rose (can you believe her name is Billie, too?) We look forward to playing (ahem?) working with you.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a project using the new stamp set Choose Happiness…one of my favorites.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”You are free to chose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.”

Believe me I’m inky…but real Happy!