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Sunflowers ‘N Coffee…

Two of my favorite things…Sunflowers and coffee.

In yesterday’s class here at Rambling Rose Studio we made the perfect card…for me anyway!

The Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper combines with the Coffee Café Stamp set and Coffee Cups Framelits Dies to create this card.

A glamour close up shot…

And wait til you see inside!

Ooooh!  I do love these sunflowers.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla and Early Espresso Cardstock, plus Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Coffee Café and Merry Cafe
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, Linen Thread

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 DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The smaller Early Espresso layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached to card front at an angle with SNAIL.
  • The Sunflower layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached to Early Espresso with SNAIL.
  • Stamp the cup on DSP in Early Espresso.  Stamp the cup lid, the sleeve and the heart on Thick Very Vanilla with Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie.
  • Cut out all these pieces (except the heart, it’s fussy cut) with Coffee Cups Framelits.
  • Glue with multipurpose glue the lid to the cup and the cup sleeve.
  • Tie Linen Thread around bottom of cup and add heart with punched hole for Linen Thread to run through.
  • Add dimensionals to back of cup and add to card front.
  • Inside the Early Espresso layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached to Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.
  • The DSP strip is 1/2″ x 3-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Fussy cut one full sunflower from DSP and add at bottom right corner with multipurpose glue.
  • There was a corner sunflower added to the Very Vanilla Envelope.

This is a great all occasion card to keep on hand especially in the fall months.

We have wonderful, blessed news that other than two trees down my son’s family residence is unharmed.  Whew!  What a relief.  Of course, there is no power so it’s hot and uncomfortable, but they feel so relieved!  And so do we!

Hope your Tuesday is going awesome!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ever.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

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Lego Wizard…

Next week is a special day for my g’son, Jameson.  He will turn nine…oh my goodness I’m not sure where that time has gone, but I can tell you it went by at lightening speed.

So what kind of a card do you make for a nine-year-old boy?

That was easy for me…you see he is a Lego Wizard!  Seriously people, he can take a Lego set for 14 and over and whip that sucker together without any help.  Me…I’d die of old age first.

Here’s his birthday card…(of course, he got a Lego set for his birthday too!)

Lego magic!

Really simple, but realistic and cute…

Three layers of black fun foam lift the number off the page.

And a peek inside…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush and Dapper Denim Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Number of Years
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Black Fun Foam, Hole Punch, Large Numbers Framelits

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut number with Large Number Framelits.  Cut three layers of black fun foam and glue together with White number on top with multipurpose glue.
  • Add sentiments in Archival Basic Black ink.
  • Add this top layer over the Real Red layer with SNAIL.  Glue number in place with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut “Legos” in your favorite colors.  Each lego is 3/4″ wide.  Starting at bottom 2-3/4″, 2″, 1-1/2″ and 1″ lengths for each color.  Punch 4, 6 or eight circles with hole punch and add to lego with glue dots.  Add legos stacked like a birthday cake with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Real Red 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″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and attach with SNAIL.

I’m hoping Jameson will think this card is really neat and he loves his new space ship lego set!

Keeping all our family and friends close to our hearts this weekend as we wait for Irma to pass.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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It’s The Little Things…

As stampers, when we give a gift (large or small), more is expected.  I mean a wine bottle in a bag just doesn’t measure up!

Recently I wanted to thank a fellow stamper and neighbor/friend who had babysat my furbabies while we visited family in California.  While wine from California was a treat, the packaging needed to be special.

It’s such a small thing, but adds so much…

Lots of background and texture interest.

Love the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle…

Wish I were organized enough to keep these on hand, but no, flying by the seat of my pants is usually what happens around here.  But if you’d like to keep some tags on hand, here is 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, Marina Mist, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies, 1-1/4″ and 1-1/2″ Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Scallop Topped Tag Punch, Navy Gingham Ribbon

Digits

  • Cut the Thick Whisper White CS 2″ x 4-1/4″.  Trim with Scallop Topped Tag Punch.
  • Wet a piece of water color paper and drop Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist Reinker with an Aqua Painter letting the paper do its work.  You can encourage movement with the Aqua Painter.  Let dry completely.  Cut a piece 1-7/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Cut with Scallop Topped Tag Punch.  Attach to Thick Whisper White CS with multipurpose glue.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White CS stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Punch out with 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.  Punch out 1-1/2″ piece of Lemon Lime Twist.  Add to back of sentiment with multipurpose glue.  Punch hole in to for Linen Thread bow.
  • Cut stems from Lemon Lime Twist with framelit.  Lay a piece of Linen Thread behind the stems before gluing to tag to be able to tie bow on top with the sentiment tag.  Add stems to tag with dots of multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp small group of flowers stamp using Pool Party marker over everything and then adding Bermuda Bay with marker using “thumping Technique”.  Huff before stamping.  Make three images.  Cut with framelit without lining up.  You just want those bits of color to show.  Add flowers to end of stems with dots of multipurpose glue.
  • Using Navy Gingham ribbon to tie to bag or bottle.

It is such a little thing, but it does let my friend know how much I appreciated her taking care of my furbabies…

We had temperatures in the high 40’s this morning!  And this day has been glorious.  Hope yours has been too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quilted Greetings…

Years ago I was a serious quilter and every time I see a quilt my heart yearns to find a pattern and go shopping for fabric.  The thing is,,, too many hobbies (there are many) create less time for so many things I’d like to do…maybe one day.

So when the Holiday Catalog was released, the Quilted Christmas bundle was #1 on my list.  I mean, how can you resist combining stamping and quilting?

Here’s one of many created with this set so far…

Isn’t that quilting Embossing Folder awesome?

If you are or want to be a quilter, this makes your heart sing!

Love Pool Party and Powder Pink color combo…

And this sentiment…perfect!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits just in case you are a quilter at heart too…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Powder Pink Cardstock
  • Ink:  Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Powder ink
  • Stamps:  Wood Words and Christmas Quilt
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Wood Crate Framelits Dies (tag) Linen Thread, Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon, Quilt Builder Framelits Dies

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Powder Pink layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Stamp stitched star in Smoky Slate centered at top of this layer.  Then stamp star in Powder Pink and Pool Party crisscrossing in center and lining up with stitches.
  • Cut out star with Framelits.  Add a band of the 1/2″ Powder Pink ribbon at the bottom of this layer with SNAIL.  Add layer to card front with SNAIL.  Add quilt pieces back into stitched star frame with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp “for you” in Smoky Slate on scrap Thick Whisper White CS then cut out with Wood Words framelit.
  • Make a bow with Powder Pink 1/2″ ribbon tying center with Linen Thread, add tag then continuing tying thread in bow.
  • Inside the Powder Pink layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Emboss just a portion at the bottom of this layer.  Add sentiment in Smoky Slate and attach over Powder Pink layer with SNAIL.
  • I also “quilted” the envelope flap for this card.

Next week I will share several more cards with you that are and are not quilted.  Love this set!

Sending you hugs and HaPpY thoughts for a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Take a double dose…of both!

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Spice…

I’m pushing it I know…BUT it’s almost pumpkin spice time and I have the perfect card for you if you are patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for the fall season to begin…

Who else is ready for their first pumpkin spice latte?

And this Coffee Break Designer Series Paper adds the spice this card needs to be over the top.

This card will be included in my classes this month…

So if you too are a big fan of coffee and especially seasonal coffee flavors, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Early Espresso Cardstock, plus Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso and Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Merry Cafe
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, Stitched Framelits Dies

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White 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 first DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The second Early Espresso layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached at an angle with SNAIL.
  • The second DSP layer is 3″ x 4″ attached over the Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.
  • The two DSP stitched circles are 2-3/8″ each.  Attach with SNAIL.
  • Stamp coffee cup on DSP with Early Espresso and the lid, straw, heart and sentiment on Thick Whisper White.  Add stripes in Pumpkin Pie to straw and leaves to sentiment.  Stamp heart in Soft Sky.  Cut all pieces with Coffee Cup Framelits.
  • Add sentiment layer to cup front with SNAIL.
  • Add straw to back of lid with glue dot.
  • Add heart to bottom of cup by attaching linen thread through punched hole in heart and attach with SNAIL at back of cup.
  • Add dimensionals to cup and lid before adding to card front.
  • Inside there is a 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ layer of Early Espresso added with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a 3/4″ x 4-3/8″ strip of DSP added to bottom with SNAIL.
  • I also covered the envelope flap with coordinating DSP and added coffee beans to lower left corner of envelope front.

With Hurricane Harvey blowing toward Texas today, all our thoughts, hugs and prayers are that everyone will be safe once the storm passes.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

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Customer Thanks…

Last week went by in a blur.  We traveled to Yorktown, VA, to pick up our daughter, Kelly, and help her get settled after 2-1/2 years in Seoul, South Korea.

Busy week, but she still hasn’t gotten her household goods shipment so it’s an air matterss and lawn chairs for now.  At least she did get her car!

Our drive home was eventful with traffic stop and go.  It seems the whole northeast was evacuating to parts of the south to view the total eclipse of the sun.  What a circus that was!

It’s good to be home and somewhat back in our groove.  Yesterday was really exciting viewing the eclipse here at 99%.  We witnessed the crickets and cicadas going nuts during the dark period and my two furbabies howling.  Just adding to the mystery…

Today I have the thank you notes that will be included in my order bags this month.  Thought it might be interesting to see how the process to create them began…

Here is one batch taped to a clip board.  Sea salt has been added just after dropping color on wet water color paper.  These need to dry normally before continuing.

and this is the final card.  Really simple.

In this close up you can see the salt technique and some splatters too.

I hope my customers will enjoy using this card.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper

Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie and Mellow Mambo

Stamps:  Painted Harvest

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Painter, masking tape, sea salt

Digits

Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, burnished and folded at 5-1/2″

Tape a border on 4″ x 5-1/4″ water color paper on all sides.

Wet water color paper and begin dropping colors with a brush (Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo Reinker) on the wet water color paper.  Let the paper and water do its own magic.  It’s fun sometimes to leave some white spaces.  Once the color has “bloomed” scatter sea salt over the areas you’d like texture.  Let dry normally.

Stamp base sunflower stamp in Daffodil Delight.  Over stamp (don’t necessarily line up petals) with Pumpkin Pie.  With the detailed sunflower stamp add Cajun Craze inking just the petal tips.

Add center stamp with Soft Suede.  You may need to stamp a second time.

You can use your Aqua Painter and pull some of the colors (like the Cajun Craze) toward the center.

Add splatters with Aqua Painter and Early Espresso reinker.  Let dry.

Remove border tape.

Add sentiment with Archival Basic Black.

Add water color layer to card front with multipurpose glue.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “Bism”…

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

 

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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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