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Fall Lantern…

Today’s post is another fall card perfect for the season or for someone having a birthday during the fall months.  I’ve always been in love with all kinds of lanterns and actually have one almost like this one hanging on my front porch…

I see this pop up and it just makes me smile…

You can see some of the layers in the close up shot…

 

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you just in case you are into the fall season like me…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock and Water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Seasonal Lantern
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large round water color brush, Early Espresso marker for splats, yellow and orange watercolors, Lantern Builder Framelits,  Strip Adhesive and Blender Pen

Digits

  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The water color layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Wet your watercolor paper leaving a white edge with no water.  Drop the orange color at the bottom and the yellow at the top and encourage them to meet in the middle.  Let dry then splatter with Early Espresso marker and add sentiment (I cut my stamp in two pieces) at top left corner in Archival Basic Black.  Add this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the largest lantern first from Thick Whisper White.  Stamp bow, berries/leaves, candle and gourds on scrap water color paper and paint with reinker in pad lid and a Blender Pen.  Cut out with coordinating framelits.
  • Add black pieces to solid white lantern.  Add a smudge of Daffodil Delight for candle “glow”.  Two of the gourds and the candle were added with multipurpose glue.  Everything else was added with dimensionals.
  • Add lantern to lower right corner of water colored piece with multipurpose glue and the whole layer to card front with Strip Adhesive.

There will be more cards made with this lantern for the holidays!

Hope your Wednesday is awesome.  You know mine will be as soon as I see my daughter walking toward me at the airport!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

the best day ever!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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It’s for Jack…

Last week I posted a card intended to go along with today’s post which is a gift celebrating a new grandbaby for really good friends.  The new baby boy’s name is Jack so I made this for his room…

There’s even the matching tag when this gets all wrapped up.

The bear is attached to the mat.

I’m in love with these little guys!

This frame is an 8 x 10 with a 5 x 7 opening in what was a plain white mat from Hobby Lobby.  It can stand up on a table top or be hung on the wall.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Water color paper 6″ x 8″
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slat and Powder Pink
  • Stamps:  A Little Wild and Letters for You
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Dauber, Little Loves Framelit Dies, Small Round Brush, Black Micron Pen and Water Colors

Digits

  • Make your water color paper at least 1″ larger than the mat opening.  Stamp the letters in Daffodil Delight that has been stamped off.  Stamp animals with Archival Basic Black.
  • Paint your letters first letting them dry and see if they need a second coat.  Once dry, outline with Black Micron Pen.
  • Stamp animals where they fit best for your name and color with reinkers listed above.  The bear was stamped on a water color paper scrap and cut out with the framelit.
  • The mat was dotted with a dauber and Smoky Slate and then the bear was placed in the lower left corner with multipurpose glue.

I hope this little frame will inspire you to make some personalized gifts for your family and friends.

Today Sweetums and I left to drive to Norfolk, VA, to pick up our daughter who is flying in from Seoul, SK, where she and her husband have been stationed for 2-1/2 years!  We are so excited to have her back in the states.  Still not sure when he will be able to follow, but we are hoping soon!

Thanks for stopping by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

today just might be that day!

Stay inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

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Autumn in Pink?

Well, sure you can have pink greetings in the fall season and maybe nobody will think you’re crazy.

I just love the way this little water color card came out.

a glamour close up…

A side view shows the “art” is lifted with Strip Adhesive.

Water color is a medium that takes patience and you’re always surprised by how it turns out when dried.  It can also be difficult if you don’t plan ahead for layering…

These two colors were left over on my palette after a water color online painting class and I just wet a piece of water color paper cut to card size and splashed it on when cleaning up one night.

The next day when I came into the studio I started working with the new Painted Harvest stamp set and this was my second card.  I hope you like it and if you’d like to try this technique, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large round water color brush, Black and Early Espresso markers and Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The water color paper is 3-5/8″ x 4-3/4″.  The water color was put on the water color paper really wet first one color and then the second.  I let them work on the paper lying flat and encouraged movement with a brush with just water.  Then I left it to dry overnight.  I know lots of people dry their paper, but you might be interrupting some great patterns that might not happen if you do.
  • Once your piece is dry, start with the base flower and Daffodil Delight, over stamp with Crushed Curry off setting the image.  Then with the detailed flower stamp add Pumpkin Pie.  Try inking with Cajun Craze just on the tips of the petals and around the center.  If you like it, do it one more time.
  • Stamp the center with Soft Suede and using Black marker add small dots around the perimeter of the centers.
  • Stamp greeting in Early Espresso.
  • Add to card front with Adhesive Strips.

How fun was that?  Wonder what blues would look like?  Oh! and that Lemon Lime Twist…I gotta go now.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

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Autumn Sun…

Is there anything prettier than a sunflower?  We are so lucky that five minutes down the road there are acres of sunflowers blooming every late summer.  They are magical to see and for me a magnet to try to draw and paint.

Recently I ran down the road (not literally) and for $15 they gave you a large plastic bucket to fill with however many sunflowers you could fit inside!  They also provided a sharp knife to cut the taller than me stalks.  I was in heaven.  Here is a photo quickly snapped to give you an idea of the beauty.

So when the Holiday Catalog was released a couple of weeks ago, you would have laughed to see me jump up and do my “HaPpY” dance…it’s not a pretty sight!

The preorder arrived yesterday afternoon…and yes, that’s the first stamp to see ink from the box.  Here’s my first sunflower card…

…and the sentiment is perfect!  Many of you know Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday.  What’s not to love about a holiday with no gifts and amazing food!

This is a two-step stamp stamped on wet water color paper in contrasting color.

Used the new leaf punch for some textural effect…and of course, the Linen Bow!

and a peek inside.  This leaf is “fussy cut”.

So if you love sunflowers as much as I do and you’d like to make this card, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Thick Whisper White and Early Espresso Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Early Espresso and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Leaf Punch, water spritzer, Strip Adhesive

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 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The water color layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Spray the paper to moisten thoroughly (wet but not puddling).  Stamp solid sunflower in Daffodil Delight.  Let the paper work for you.  Stamp leaf in Lemon Lime Twist.  While the paper is still damp, stamp the second more detailed sunflower over the first stamping in Crushed Curry and the leaf in Old Olive.  On scrap water color paper, moisten then stamp a second leaf like the one on the card front and also the fernlike leaf with Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.  If it’s too green, clean your detailed stamp and over stamp in Daffodil Delight.
  • Add punched leaf with “mini” dimensionals letting it fall off the right side a bit.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black once the water color paper is dry.  Add Linen Thread cross at bottom of this layer with SNAIL.  Attach bow with glue dots.  Video on making this bow here.
  • Add this layer to card front over Early Espresso layer with Strip Adhesive.
  • Inside the Early Espresso layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL over the Early Espresso layer.
  • Fussy cut “fernlike” leaf and add with glue dots.

It’s Friday and “date night” at my house.  Hope you have great plans for the weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

today…just today.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!

 

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Autumn in Red…

Working in watercolors is something I do often.  There are stacks of watercolor paper with my favorite color combinations and techniques.

Sometimes I’ll take a whole morning or day and just work creating panels of color and then let them dry to be used later.

And that’s exactly what happened today.  The air felt different this morning.  I know it’s still August and summer, but there is change in the air.  Which prompted me to pull out this color panel and make this autumn card for you today…

This panel had water droplets and salt added while wet.

See the interesting patterns created?

The entire front panel is raised with Adhesive Strips.

And this beautiful leaf was cut with the framelit from Seasonal Layers and the same color panel.

If you have watercolors, I hope you will be inspired to get them out and play with them.  And if you don’t, try some of these techniques with your reinkers.

Either way, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Feathered Together (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Watercolors (or reinker), Stitched Shapes Framelits, Seasonal Layers Framelits, Water color brush, salt, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Water Color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add sentiment at lower left corner in Archival Basic Black ink.  Then attach to card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • Color your water color paper panel with water to dampen, then drop colors and let them bloom and travel on your paper.  You can always add water to your brush and move the color more if you want.  While wet add clean drops of water then sprinkle with salt.  Let dry completely.
  • Decide on the size of your square and pick framelits to cut your “frame” from water color paper.  Cut square from dried color panel with largest square.  Add “frame” to color panel with multipurpose glue.  Add art piece to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut leaf from same color panel and add to card front over frame with mini dimensional.
  • Inside a strip from same color panel is added with multipurpose glue.

Isn’t that easy?  And this is a dramatic card in person which is always hard to capture in a photo.

Many of you know that my daughter and son-in-love are stationed in South Korea and have been there for the last 2-1/2 years.  Sweetums and I will be picking her up at the Norfolk, VA, airport this time next week!  We will be relieved to have her home and will continue to wait for SIL until the end of September.  While she says this has been a wonderful cultural experience of a lifetime, the current uncertainty with North Korea and China have ended this trip on a sour note.  Pray for all those who will remain in this chaotic state that common sense and calm reasoning will prevail.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

me too!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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Fall Door…

This week rain has arrived…much needed rain!  And with that came much cooler and less humid temperatures.  A welcome relief.

To tie into that “fall-ish” feeling today’s post features the At Home With You Bundle (stamps and framelits) with a fall feel.

Using unconventional greens for fall (Emerald Envy and Tranquil Tide).

All coloring was done with a Blender Pen to tip of marker or lid of ink pad.

In addition to a Thanksgiving card, this would be perfect for a fall birthday!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Tranquil Tide, Archival Basic Black and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  At Home With You
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  At Home Framelits Dies, Blender Pen

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Designer Series Paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • Stamp on scrap Thick Whisper White the door and welcome mat in Crumb Cake and the wreath and sunflowers in Archival Basic Black.  Color with Blender Pen picking up color from markers or ink pad lids.
  • Cut all pieces out with Framelit Dies.  Add door and welcome mat with SNAIL.  Add wreath and sunflowers with dimensionals.
  • I didn’t take a photo, but inside the sunflowers were stamped and colored and also on the lower left corner of the envelope.

My daisy post from yesterday and this card today were made in class yesterday.  I should have taken pictures of all the nature impressions they made too.  It was a good class!

Hope your Tuesday is awesome…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

especially for a friend today.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

 

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Stand Up Daisy…

Well…did that week ever go by fast!  Probably everyone’s vacation week seems a blur.  Hope you have missed me just a little…

Today I have a sweet stand up daisy card for you, perfect to sit on a desk or table top…

The beautiful Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper is a big plus when putting this idea together.

And the Daisy Punch doubled up creates the focal point.

Here you can see how the card unfolds to make a standing card.

And here the card is standing.

So fun and simple to make.  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight Cardstock, plus Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Daisy Delight and Birthday Blooms (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Daisy Punch, Faceted Gems, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits

Digits

  • The Daffodil Delight Cardstock is cut and scored as pictured (8-1/2″ x 11″) scored at 4-1/4″.  Cut away bottom 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece.

  • Cut a piece of Daisy Delight DSP 4″ x 5-1/4″ and attach with SNAIL as pictured here…

  • Using 2-1/2″ Stitched Square Framelit, cut square in front (fold flap at left under when running in Big Shot)
  • Using the same 2-1/2″ Stitched Square Framelit and the corresponding Scalloped Square Framelit, cut a “frame” from Daffodil Delight CS and add to front using multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp two daisies in Daffodil Delight on Thick Whisper White CS and punch with Daisy Punch.  Attach together with glue dot placing petals opposite each other.
  • Add two Thick Whisper White panels (4″ x 5-1/4″) inside the card as pictured below…

  • Add DSP 3/4″ x 4″ to top of first 4″ x 5-1/4″ Thick Whisper White panel with SNAIL.
  • Add punched daisy to center of frame with dimensional.  Tip:  You can curl the petals up or under with a bone folder.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black and small daisy to second piece of Thick Whisper White panel.
  • Fold “daisy” panel up and sentiment panel over to finish card.
  • The envelope had the same DSP on the flap and a small daisy on the lower left corner of the front.

Hope this post inspires you in some way.

I’ll share some pics of our annual “week before school starts” beach vacation with “the Littles”…

we enjoyed one beautiful sunset that was awesome!

I have a pic in this very spot of my oldest g’daughter made 10 years ago!

we played in the sand making sea creatures and sand castles…

wave tackling…

and body boarding.

and all too soon it was time to go home.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

dance on!

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

 

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Flabulous Flamingo…

My Stampin’ Up! friend Lisa Curcio posted recently she had earned the Thailand dream trip but ended up not being able to go.  Can you imagine?

On the day she made this announcement she posted a card using the new Fabulous Flamingo stamp set which inspired my post today for you…

A landscape created with post it note, sponge and ink.

a glamour close up…

Even though the masking makes it look like there are layers here, this card will mail flat.

Many times I’ve mentioned masking is my favorite stamping technique.  The card demonstrates an entire scene made with the masking technique.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Peek A Boo Peach, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo and Colorful Seasons (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  large post it note, 1-1/4″ circle punch, Sponge cut into four wedges

Digits

  • The Lemon Lime Twist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Basic Black CS 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″.  Tear the edge of maybe two Post It notes that will cover the width of the card front.  Punch a circle from sticky part of Post It Note and place where you want the sun/moon to be then add the first horizontal mask.  Sponge with Marina Mist, then Peek A Boo  Peach, Berry Burst and last Lemon Lime Twist.  While the moon/sun is still masked, sponge edge with Daffodil Delight.  Remove masks.
  • Stamp leaves in top two corners and grass/water and flamingo at bottom of card front in Archival Basic Black.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Inside there is a Basic Black layer 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • A thick Whisper White layer 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ is attached with SNAIL over the Basic Black layer.
  • On the envelope lower left corner stamp grass in Lemon Lime Twist stamping several times without reinking.

Hope you are having a fabulous Thursday and have had a chance to get inky.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

never.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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Metallic Burlap…

There’s no good reason why I’ve waited to get ink on this Burlap background stamp.  But now that I have, you can see it makes the perfect background for this metallic bouquet…

Silver , gold and copper flowers?…yep.

The Beautiful Bouquet stamp set combined with the Bouquet Bunch Framelits made putting this card together a breeze.

The 1/4″ Copper Trim ribbon makes a beautiful bow to hold the bouquet together.

This might make a nice Christmas card option and I could see using this as a wedding card too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Soft Suede Cardstock, plus Copper Foil.
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Archival Basic Black, VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet, Burlap Backgound
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold, Silver and Copper Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, 1/4″ Copper Trim, Bouquet Bunch Framelits

Digits

  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″.  Stamp background with Crumb Cake.  If you’d like your background softer, stamp off first.  Attach to card front with SNAIL.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White CS stamp flowers in VersaMark ink then cover with silver, copper and gold embossing powder and heat.  Cut out flowers, tag, bouquet wrap and a white sprig with Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  Cut two copper sprigs, cut stems from Soft Suede CS.
  • Assemble bouquet on card front using multipurpose glue, glue dots and dimensionals.  Add Copper Trim bow with glue dots.  Tie Linen Thread bow on tag and add with glue dot.
  • Inside the Crumb Cake layer if 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 1/4″ trim from front background along the bottom with SNAIL.
  • The envelope flap was also stamped with the Burlap background in Crumb Cake.

Hope your day is going fantastic…hump day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

What would you ask from her?

How about inky fingers…then you’ll be HaPpY!

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Nature’s Post…

You just can beat Mother Nature when it comes to beauty.  That’s why I’ve encouraged so many to give this Duoprinting technique a try…

Today’s post is an interesting negative effect I was able to get with this plant in one of my hanging baskets…

How sweet is that little plant?

This close up shows how moisture from the plant effected the water color paper when pressed through the Big Shot.

A side view…

and a peek inside.

So go out and seek interesting plants and give this a try.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Fresh Fig Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Fresh Fig…Mother Nature supplies the rest!
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread and a Big Shot

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Fresh Fig layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to base card with multipurpose glue
  • The water color layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ (cut two).  Stamp sentiment in upper right corner with Fresh Fig.  Fold a piece of copy paper in half and sandwich your plant between two pieces of water color paper and place inside the copy paper.  Run through Big Shot.  You will have a positive and negative print for two card fronts.
  • Crisscross Linen Thread at the bottom of this layer and attach with SNAIL.  Make bow and attach with glue dots.  YouTube video on bow here.  Add this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a layer of Fresh Fig 5-1/4″ x 4″ with a layer of Thick Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamped with sentiment and attached with SNAIL.

There is a stack of these nature duoprints in my studio that should last me for a while.  Give it a try…you’ll be addicted like me!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

 

You’ll already be wet…might as well get inky and be HaPpY!

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