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Life With Friends…

Having friends is a life journey.  You celebrate with them during happy times and hold them up when life is difficult.  Today I’m holding up a friend who lost her dad over the weekend.

I’ve included a book marker inside a sympathy card to remind her that her friends are thinking of her …

and the book marker…

And a peek inside.

Sympathy cards are never easy to make…but you need them when you need them.  I never seem to have them on hand.

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


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Count My Blessings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Scallop Top Punch, Linen Thread, Ribbon, “H” Block, “I” Block


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″.
  • The Flirty Flamingo 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″.  Using Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Pumpkin Pie markers, color one side of the “I” Acrylic Block.  Spritz block and “stamp” in center of layer.  Hold for a few seconds to let ink absorb into cardstock.
  • Add sentiment and line art flower in Archival Basic Black.
  • Inside the Flirty Flamingo layer is 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Using the “H” Acrylic Block color the same as before, spritz with water and stamp toward the bottom of layer.
  • Add flower stamp in Archival Basic Black.
  • I decided to use water color paper for the book mark.  Cut a piece 2″ x 4″.  Punch one end with Scallop Topped Punch.  Using “H” Block paint with markers and spritz with water before stamping on water color paper.  Hold for a few seconds to give the ink time to be absorbed by the water color paper.  Add sentiment and flower in Archival Basic Black.  I used seam binding ribbon in Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral tied with Linen Thread.

We had Monday Morning Stamping Class here in the studio today and it was a doosie!  I think everyone was happy with their creations…

Thanks so much for stopping in today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Change is always good…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



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…


  • 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


  • 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…


Keep those fingers inky…be HaPpY!


Watercolor Orchid…

This stamp set was on my top ten priority list when the Annual Catalog was released this past summer.

So why has it taken me so long to ink it up?

You really don’t want to hear that list…it might just sound like whining!  But this week this set finally saw ink for the first time and I just couldn’t stop making flowers…

isn’t that awesome?

Perfect for my entry way…two home décor projects in one week?  What’s this world coming to?

What fun!  The secret is in the water color paper…

Here’s what I’m thinking…wouldn’t this make the best gift for someone in the hospital, nursing home or hostess thank you gift?  Well, anytime really but you certainly wouldn’t have any worries keeping these orchids alive.  The plant pictured is one I had that was finished blooming.  I always try to bring them back…NEVER works for me!

Here’s some tips in Stuff ‘N Digits if you’d like to challenge Mother Nature too…


  • Paper:  Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Sweet Sugar Plum
  • Stamps:  Climbing Orchid
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Orchid Builder Framelits, Aqua Painter or Medium Round Brush


  • Work on one flower piece at a time.  Stamp the outline in Lemon Lime Twist on Water Color paper.
  • With brush and clean water move the ink to cover the piece.  Drop some Daffodil Delight reinker toward the center and let it “bloom” while the previous color is still wet.  Drop some Sweet Sugar Plum at the center and let it bloom.
  • Continue with each flower or flower piece.  Let dry completely.
  • Stamp outline stamp again in Lemon Lime Twist.  Stamp detail stamp in Lemon Lime Twist.
  • Cut out with Orchid Builder Framelits.  Using your bone folder, break down the paper fibers by curling the paper then assemble.
  • Here I used hot glue to attach the flowers to the stem.  Ouch!

There are already several projects in various stages of completion all over the studio.  Some cards and more arrangements, but smaller ones.  Orchids in different color combinations.  Have you researched all the different colors orchids come in?  I’ll share these with you soon…

It’s “hump” day and the weekend will be here before we know it…plan accordingly!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

waste of your time…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


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…


  • 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.


  • 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!



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


  • 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


  • 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…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!






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…


  • 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


  • 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…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



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…


  • 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


  • 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!





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…


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


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!



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…


  • 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


  • 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!



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…


  • 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


  • 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…


Stay inky…be HaPpY!