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Pacific Point Fall…

Doors with color are my favorite.  Personally my door is red, but today I have a card for you to send out in the fall with a blue door…

A Pacific Point blue door…

I like the wreaths behind the lanterns.  The background was done on water color paper.

Side angle.  This door doesn’t open.

And a place to write your message inside.

I want to send this card to someone who has a birthday in the fall or as a Happy Thanksgiving card.  I need to put this one somewhere where I can find it.  Hmmm….

This bundle really has everything you need for these “door” cards for each season.  I do like the windows of the door punched out.  You could slip a piece of Daffodil Delight behind them to look like lights are on behind the door.  Just a random thought…you know how my mind jumps hither ‘n thither.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist, More Mustard, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Pacific Point
  • Stamps:  At Home With You
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  small round paint brush, At Home Framelits and Brick Wall Embossing Folder


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The water color paper background layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Color all of the water color paper with a light wash of Smoky Slate Reinker. and the bottom 1″ go over with with Soft Suede once the Smoky Slate has dried.  Add Smoky Slate ink to inside of Brick Wall Embossing Folder, add water color layer inside and run through Big Shot to get brick/block effect.  Add this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp two wreaths, two lanterns, one sign, one pumpkin/sunflower, one door and a welcome sign with Archival Basic Black on water color paper.  Using reinker and small round paint brush, paint each piece.  Use Pacific Point marker around window and door frame.  Cut all pieces out with coordinating framelits.
  • Stamp sign holder bow to from of door and add sign with dimensionals.  Add door to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Add wreaths to either side of door with multipurpose glue.
  • Add lanterns to either side of door over wreaths with dimensionals.
  • Add “welcome” mat under door with multipurpose glue.
  • Add pumpkins/sunflowers to one side of door with dimensionals.
  • Inside the card there is a Thick Whisper White layer 4″ x 5-1/4″ stamped with pumpkin/sunflowers in Archival Black and colored with brush/markers.  Be sure to add a shadow for the arrangement to sit on.

I really like the way the washed water color paper in the background “took” the embossing folder ink and impression.  Really adds to the overall effect of this card front.  Plus blue and orange or complimentary colors on the wheel and almost always look great together.

Hope your are having the best Thursday and have all your plans made for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And you can be HaPpY if your fingers are inky!





Yesterday I explained how I was sidetracked while working on this month’s Paper Pumpkin by a laser cut that I  thought would make a great stencil.

Immediately this soft pastel card was stuck in my head and there was nothing to do but stop and make it…happens  all.  the.  time.

So today I wanted to show you what I did with the laser cut…

Didn’t that just work out peachy?

Glamour close up…

I could have turned it over and used it as it was intended in the Paper Pumpkin Kit, but dang this just looked gorgeous…so I went with it!

There are really no Stuff ‘N Digits because this card base was in the kit.  I purposely left off a sentiment because this card could be used for so many different occasions.  A sentiment can always be added later…

Just thought I’d share…

Hope your are having an awesome day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


You can always be HaPpY with inky fingers!


Soft Sayings…

While preparing for an Open House and working on samples for the event, The Soft Sayings Card Kit was my next project.  My goal was to finish one card of each size and show how this set has everything you need…and I mean everything!  You can even reorder just the refill for much less than the original cost…I was all in!

Then as I was putting together the different cards, I ran into a side track with this one …

While I love this card, the laser cut overlay sent me into a spin.  Do you see what I see?  Well, probably not because my mind is kinetic energy jumping in all directions at once.

What I saw was a stencil.  So leaving my project on one table, I moved to another to make this…

This is exactly what I was seeing in my mind.  All soft colors for spring…

Glamour close up.

And a peek inside using just a portion of the “stencil”.

Over time I’ve learned to pay attention to those sidetracks and follow them to the end.  In most cases the results are just as envisioned.

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


  • Paper:  Powder Pink, Thick Whisper White and Old Olive Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Powder Pink, Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky and Old Olive, but Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Soft Sayings stamping kit
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stencil Brush or Sponge (I used brush), Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon


  • The Powder Pink base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Old Olive layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The water color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  I used low tack Artist Tape to attach the stencil to the water color paper.  Using a stencil brush apply color to each flower then the Old Olive to the spaces and leaves in between.  The stencil holds a border naturally.  Once the stenciling is done, add the sentiment (included in the Soft Sayings Kit) in Archival Basic Black.  Attach this layer over the Old Olive layer with SNAIL
  • Inside the Old Olive layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to the card with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stencil a portion  of the flowers on the bottom of this layer then attach over Old Olive layer with SNAIL.
  • The envelope was also stenciled using this same method to coordinate with the card front.

Love how this card turned out so soft and sweet.  Guess I ruined this laser piece for one of the kit cards, huh?  Nope.  Tomorrow I’ll show how this stencil morphed into a card all its own…

Lots of planning and creating going on in the studio getting ready for an Open House Catalog Party…lots of samples, door prizes, and refreshments. You can also pick up your new catalog with a little gift and there will me “Take ‘N Makes” for everyone with detailed directions to complete the projects.

Lots to do…hope I don’t get sidetracked again…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

oh yeah.

Come stamp with me…Be HaPpY!



Good Friends…

In this crazy world where everyone everywhere seems so angry about everything and life in general, I like to stop and think about my friends.  Some I’ve had most of my life and others have come in and out of my life when I needed them most.

We may not agree on everything…but we are still friends and connected by heartfelt sincerity.

Today’s post would be perfect to send to a friend to just let them know they are important to your life and you appreciate them for them!

Love this Lemon Lime Twist InColor combined with Dapper Denim…

Glamour close up showing the new Glimmer Enamel dots…

Side view showing layers and the surprise inside…

Bet you didn’t expect that!  How fun is this laurel wreath and pop up message?

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock plus Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Lovely Friends
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Lovely Laurel Thinlits, Glimmer Enamel Dots


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Dapper Denim 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 card front with SNAIL
  • The Color Theory DSP layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Stamp sentiment and dots with Archival Basic Black.  Attach to card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut leaves from Lemon Lime Twist using Thinlits.  Stamp flowers on scrap Thick Whisper White then cut with Thinlits.  Add leaves at bottom left and top right corners with multipurpose glue.  Add flowers over leaves using dimensionals.  Add three Glimmer Enamel Dots.
  • Cut laurel wreath with Thinlits from Lemon Lime Twist CS and banner from Thick Whisper White.  Stamp sentiment on banner.  Use Fast Fuze or Tear Tape to attach to center fold of card.  Cut label from Thick Whisper White using Thinlit for end openings at the same time.  Cut a second label from Lemon Lime Twist and attach behind the Whisper White layer with SNAIL.  Add inside card with dimensionals.

What a fun card this would be to receive in the mail.

Hope you have plans for the perfect weekend.  Always so much going on this time of year…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

HaPpY Friday!

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!


Tulip Note…

For Mother’s Day my son an daughter-in-love sent me tulips.  That’s so different from what I was thinking was inside the box and were they ever gorgeous once they had a good drink…

They just got prettier as each day went by.

Sooooo…when looking through all my new product, the set Tranquil Tulips caught my eye!

What a well designed stamp.  It makes one layer darker than the other without you doing a thing!

Glamour close up…

This view shows the dimension created by stamping on scrap, “fussy cutting” and adding with a dimensional to original flower.

and a peek inside.

Did you notice the background color Wisteria Wonder?  That color isn’t listed on the DSP packet, but I had some tucked back for who knows how long and decided to try it.  Then I found this Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding…mother load!  So I happily went to work and thoroughly enjoyed making this card and love the clean look of it.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder Cardstock plus Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonde and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Tranquil Tulips and stamp set from Soft Sayings Kit (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding (retired)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Wisteria Wonder layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to the card front with SNAIL
  • The bottom DSP layer is 2-1/2″ x 4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top DSP is 3-1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Wisteria Wonder layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/4″
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer I 3″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp stems in Old Olive and the large tulip in Wisteria Wonder and the smaller ones in Calypso Coral.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add a band of Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding around the bottom of this layer and attach in back with SNAIL.  Add the white layer to the Wisteria Wonder layer with SNAIL.
  • Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add this bow to ribbon band with glue dots.  Add these layers to card front at an angle.
  • Inside there is a layer of Wisteria Wonder 4″ x 5-1/4″ with a Whisper White layer 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ on top.  Add stems and flowers at lower right corner.
  • You can see there are also tulips stamped on the left side of the envelope to coordinate with the card front.

This stamp set is a hostess set…which means you can get it free with a $150 order!  Just sayin’…

This will be the first weekend in a month we don’t have plans!  I’m looking forward to some yard and flower garden time and maybe a nap!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Sweetums knows…he brings me a cup of black coffee bedside every. single. morning.

So get those fingers inky…you’ll be HaPpY!


Twice the Fun…

Recently a friend of mine became a grandmother for the first time…with TWINS!

We have all enjoyed waiting with her for the arrival…which happened this past weekend six weeks early.  Both babies are doing well and she is beyond words excited to welcome this little girl and boy to her world.

To celebrate their arrival I will be giving her this frame to proudly display their first pictures…

This frame will hold three 4″ x 6″ photos, but I chose to add their names to the center panel.

Their cute little names were cut from Designer Series Paper Birthday Memories with the Little Letters Framelits Dies.

This little retro “cutie” was cut from the same DSP using a framelit for her…

And this little foxy friend carrying his welcoming banner was also cut from the same DSP with a framelit.

This was a fun project completed in an afternoon thinking how amazing it will be to bring home two little babies.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Birthday Delivery, Lovely Friends
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Little Letters Framelits, Birthday Friends Framelits, Blue & Pink water colors, Large Round Brush, Journaling Pen and frame from Big Box Store


  • Cut letters for name from DSP and another set from Thick Whisper White Cardstock and glue together with multipurpose glue.
  • The water color paper was cut to fit inside the center panel.  Wet one half of paper with water and apply water color.  Let the paper do most of the work for you.  Don’t worry about making the color solid.  A little variation in color is more interesting.  Once this half is dry repeat for the second color.  Let this dry completely before working with it.
  • Draw placement line for name (and maybe a date if you aren’t having twins) and add letter/numbers with multipurpose glue.  Stamp in center is from Lovely Friends.  I selectively inked just the “and” from one of the stamps and used the scroll from another.
  • Cut a set of balloons from DSP (just the balloons) and add to this panel.  Draw strings with a black journaling pen.  This panel was glued inside the center panel.  I then reinserted the piece of paper that came with the frame.  I would have cut a piece of cardstock, but it would have taken a 12 x 12 piece of Whisper White cardstock and I didn’t one…
  • The little girl, fox and banner were cut from the DSP using coordinating framelits.  Also cut the same images from Thick Whisper White Cardstock and glue together.  Fussy cut a set of balloons including strings from DSP.  Glue this cutout to a piece of Thick Whisper White with multipurpose glue and “fussy cut” .
  • Add all of these pieces to the frame front with Strip Adhesive.

Hope this post inspires you to create some home décor as a gift or for your own home.

My Mother’s Day weekend was filled with flowers…

Aren’t they gorgeous?  And babies…

A really special day…hope yours was too!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Dedicated to those of us who have lost our moms…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



Color Theory…

I’ll confess to having used paint chip samples from the paint store in my creative process from time to time.  I’m sure the staff wondered why I kept trying to match up my chip sample with cardstock, but no one every questioned me.

But now that is in the past.  SU! has released this creative, amazing designer series paper stack called Color Theory.  There are 48 (6″x6″) sheets of pure bliss to work with.  No more sneaking paint chip samples for me!

So I’ve combined this awesome paper with a new stamp set and a little bling (imagine that) to make this post for you…

Do you love the DSP?  And that new InColor  Berry Burst?  Heaven!

Glamour Close UP…

Side view…

and a peek inside!  How about that ribbon?  I couldn’t find a way to use it with this card, but you WILL be seeing more of this ribbon…it’s makes beautiful bows!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Berry Burst Cardstock, plus Color Theory Designer Series Paper Pack
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Pink Powder and Berry Burst
  • Stamps:  Lovely Friends
  • Embellishments:  Glitter Enamel Dots, Pretty Label Punch


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Berry Burst layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The DSP is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and attached DSP to card front with SNAIL.
  • Punch Pretty Label Punch and Thick Whisper White CS.  Stamp with Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Berry Burst.  Punch Pretty Label with Berry Burst CS and cut in half.  Add to back of Whisper White stamped piece with SNAIL so that the Berry Burst extends beyond the Whisper White edges on each side.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside cut a piece of the DSP 1/2″ x 5″ and add to left side with SNAIL.
  • Stamp sentiment at top with Berry Burst.
  • Repeat flower stamp from card front in lower right corner.
  • You can see the envelope also has a piece of the DSP down the left side attached with SNAIL.

This card was so easy to make and I just love the way it looks.  That color just pops!

Hope you are ready for your weekend.  I will be back on Monday with more new product.  Little Henry is visiting and Sweetums and I are keeping him while our g’daughter, Kendall, participates in her BFF’s wedding.  Have a great weekend!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

you will know.

But being inky and being HaPpY is always true!


Floating Daisies…

Did you see the post from yesterday?  If not, you might want to scroll down to read it as today’s post is a continuation of that project.

You see today’s project is the one I had on the table to work on when that dang chewing gum box caught my attention.  And this whole project started with a left over piece of cardstock with flowers from the Oh So Succulent Framelits cut out of it.  This may give you some idea how my chaotic mind wanders…

Here’s the piece of cardstock that started today’s post…

Looking at it I saw a pretty daisy background.  Do you see it or am I nuts?

Now do you see it?

And this is how it all turned out…

A Glamour close up…

And a side view.

and a peek inside where I used that piece of cardstock again.

So you see we can create designer series paper too!  In any event, I’m happy with the way this card turned out and I’m happy to share the Stuff ‘N Digits with you…


  • Paper:  Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Daisy Delight and Colorful Seasons
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Your handmade stencil, Daisy Punch, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Succulent Framelits Dies, Daubers, Stencil Brush


  • The Night of Navy base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Daffodil Delight 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″.  I made the stencil using the two smallest flowers framelits from Succulent Framelits (you could substitute any framelit) and stenciling it with Daffodil Delight ink using a stencil brush.  You could also brayer it, sponge it or brush on the ink.  Then attached this layer to the Daffodil Delight layer with SNAIL.
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 3″.  Add to bottom of card front with SNAIL
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 4″ x 1″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • Cut one branch using Seasonal Layers Die from Early Espress and attach to card from starting at top left corner at an angle to the right with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp sentiment in upper right corner in Night of Navy.
  • Stamp two daisies on scrap Thick Whisper White in Night of Navy.  Sponge Soft Sky around center and Daffodil Delight at center.  Punch out with punch and attach together with dimensional making sure the petals are in opposite positions.
  • Stamp two leaves on scrap Whisper White and “fussy cut”.  Add to card front with SNAIL.  Add daisy with another dimensional.
  • Inside the Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stencil just the bottom of this layer with Daffodil Delight and add to card inside with SNAIL.
  • You can almost see in the photo that the envelope is also stenciled along the left side.

Waiting for my g’daughter and her new son to arrive tonight.  They will be here until Sunday morning so you can expect some “Henry” pics…

Thanks for stopping by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Keep those fingers inky….be HaPpY!




Surprise Post…

Today’s post happened completely unplanned…While sitting and going over my sketches and deciding on what DSP and color combinations to use, I was simultaneously opening the last piece of chewing gum from a box pack when BOOM! the box caught my attention.  My attention span is super limited!

The box started looking like a business card holder to me…which would probably only occur to me, but hey, look what came from that idea…

Here’s the box unglued…

Does that look like a business card holder to you?   Stay with me here…

Here the box has been glued with multipurpose glue to the new Fresh Floral DSP in Lemon Lime Twist.  Cut around the box with snips.

Glue a piece of coordinating DSP to what was the dark green area of the inside of the box and trim around the box again.  Can you see it yet?

More multipurpose glue was added to the flaps and then folded up the box and just held it in place for a bit.

Add your business cards and maybe a little bling…

All ready!  These would make a sweet gift for your downline that has decided to take their demonstratorship to a business level!  I love this new green but I can totally see this in that Berry Burst too!

If you have any questions or comments, let me know.  There really isn’t a Stuff ‘N Digits for this project, but once that idea jumped in my head…everything else left!

Thanks for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

just another reason why so many cute shoes are necessary.

Get inky…Be HaPpY!




Powder Pink Birthday…

There is everything feminine about today’s post…I mean everything from the color, to the flowers and all the way to pretty ribbon and bows.

See?  How sweet is that in the new color Powder Pink?

And in this Glamour Close Up the flowers take the stage.

And a side view to show the dimension and layers.

Here’s a peek inside.

Do you have someone who is super feminine that would enjoy a “girlie” card.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits in case you need them.


  • Paper:  Powder Pink and Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Pack
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Label Me Pretty
  • Embellishments:  Pretty Label Punch, 5/8″ White Seam Binding (retired), Linen Thread, Dots Embossing Folder (retired), Strip Adhesive


  • The Powder Pink base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The DSP layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Powder Pink layer is 3″ x 4-1/4″.  Punch at top with Pretty Label Punch. Run through Big Shot with EF.  Attach a strip of ribbon around the bottom of this layer and attach with SNAIL.  Add Strip Adhesive around back edges.
  • Cut the Whisper White layer 2-7/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Lay the Powder Pink layer on top and light mark the punched opening.  Stamp image with Archival Basic Black and color in with markers.
  • Remove protective paper from Strip Adhesive and place Powder Pink layer over the stamped Whisper White layer.  Attach both layers to card front with SNAIL
  • Make a bow with several loops and tie center with Linen Thread.  Attach to ribbon band with glue dots.
  • Inside the Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The floral pattern was “fussy cut” and added at the lower left corner with SNAIL.
  • The envelope isn’t shown but the flap was cover with a coordinating piece of DSP.

If you have a “girlie girl’s” birthday coming up…well, here you go!

Hope you are enjoying some nice spring weather like we are here in the South…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and I’ve decided to do just that.

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!