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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…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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!

B

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…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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!

 

B

Blends Pens Acorns…

The new Blends Pens offered by Stampin’ Up! were the perfect medium to highlight the gorgeous Count My Blessings stamp set and I couldn’t wait to give them a try…

Be still my heart…

Glamour Close Up…

Love that Gingham Smoky Slate Ribbon.

And a peek inside.

This card I think would work for an Autumn greeting card, fall birthday or sympathy card.  A good one to have in my stash!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Smoky Slate and Basic Grey Cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Stamps:  Count My Blessings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Blends Pens, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Crumb Cake Duo Packs, .005 Black Micron Pen, Gingham Smoky Slate Ribbon, Linen Thread

Digits

  • The Smoky Slate base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″ and burnish with bone folder.
  • The Basic Grey 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″.  Stamp acorns in top right corner with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and the sentiment center left.  Let the ink dry.
  • I worked on one element at a time.  For the leaves I used the light Daffodil Delight first covering the image.  Then the darker Daffodil Delight around the edges.  Back over the entire leaf with the light, then added a touch of the Old Olive to the center lines.  For the acorns I used the light Daffodil on everything, dark Daffodil around edges and back over everything with the light shade to blend the edges.  At the acorn tops I started with the light Crumb Cake and added the dark around the edges then back over everything with the light.
  • I drew a light pencil line for the doodle border and just wiggled my way around twice.
  • Add to card front with SNAIL
  • Inside there is a 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ piece of Basic Grey layer attached with SNAIL and a layer of Thick Whisper White 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.
  • Stamp the acorn image again in the top right corner and repeat Blend Pens coloring.

It’s exciting to have our alcohol coloring pens back again.  They are awesome to color and play with!

I can’t believe it’s almost Friday again.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

exactly.

Keep those fingers 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

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

Fall Colors…

Once again today I’m using the stamp set from October’s Paper Pumpkin kit, but in an entirely different way than yesterday…

Colors of all…

Up close you can see the gold embossing on the leaf and silver embossing around the edges.

The dry embossed Layered Leaves was the perfect background.

And here the leaf stamp was inked in Daffodil Delight, then Pumpkin Pie around the edges and “thumped” with Pool Party.  This technique was also used on the envelope.

I do hope you got this stamp set, but if not, you may have an earlier leaf stamp set that you could substitute.  I needed a mail birthday card with a fall theme.  This set was perfect!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla and Early Espresso Cardstock
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  September Paper Pumpkin
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold and Silver Embossing Powde, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Early Espresso 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″.  Using the Layered Leaves EF run through Big Shot.  Add to card front with SNAIL.
  • The smaller of the Early Espresso layers is 3-3/8″ square.
  • The smaller of the Thick Very Vanilla layers is 3-1/4″ square.  Using VersaMark stamp leaf. Use Embossing Buddy to wipe surface.  Add Gold EP and heat.  Color leaf background in Daffodil Delight marker.  Color some of the area with Pumpkin Pie market right over the Daffodil Delight.  Color other areas with Pool Party marker right over the Daffodil Delight.
  • Add VersaMark to edges of this layer by scraping the edges across the ink pad.  Add Silver EP and heat.
  • Attach the leaf layer to the Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.
  • Add the leaf layer to card front using dimensionals..
  • The sentiment layer is Thick Very Vanilla CS and measures 5/8″ x 2-1/4″.  The Early Espresso layer is 1-3/4″ x 2-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso, tag the end of this layer and add the Very Vanilla layer to the Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Early Espresso layer is 5″ x 3-3/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 4-7/8″ x 3-5/8″.  Ink leaf stamp in all Daffodil Delight.  Add Pumpkin Pie ink straight from ink pad around edges.  Then “thump” Pool Party with marker.  Huff and stamp lower right corner inside.
  • Use this same stamping technique to stamp in the lower left corner of the Very Vanilla Envelope.

This card turned out perfectly for my male fall birthday.  Hope this might help you out too!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

must be cute!

And HaPpY!   Stay inky my friend…

B

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…

Stuff

  • 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.

Digits

  • 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!

 

B

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

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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…

always.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

 

 

B