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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!

 

B

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!

 

B

Happy Memories…

Is there anything better than HaPpY Memories?  Especially on our birthday and those of family and friends…creating happy memories is what it’s all about.

The sentiment on today’s post inspired the card that evolved in my mind…

Love that pop of Berry Burst!

A glamour close up.

Showing the different layers and textures.

Was this ever a fun card to work on with the gorgeous Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper plus the Framelits!

Want to make something similar?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Thick Whisper White and Pool Party Cardstock, plus Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Oh So Eclectic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stitched Shapes Dies, Layering Circles Framelits, Eclectic Layers Thnlits, 1/2″ Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon

Digits

  • The Lemon Lime Twist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • The first layer of DSP is 4″ x 2-3/4″ attached to the left side of the Whisper White layer.
  • The two smaller coordinating pieces of DSP are 3/4″ x 5″ and 1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached to the first DSP layer with SNAIL horizontally.
  • Add a strip of Tranquil Tide Ribbon around center of these layers and tie a bow to the left side.  Attach all layers to base card with SNAIL.
  • Cut two Lemon Lime Twists leaf stems and add to back of 3″ scalloped Pool Party circle.  Add dimensional to the back and attach to right side of card front.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on Thick Whisper White and cut coordinating stitched circle framelit.  Use flower thinlet from Eclectic Layers Thinlits at right side of circle.  Add a piece of Berry Burst to back side of scalloped circle with SNAIL.  Add Stitched Circle over Scalloped Circle with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a layer of Thick Whisper White 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Cut the same flower from lower right corner and use the embossing leaves from this thinlits set to add leaves over flower.  Attached inside card with SNAIL.

I just love this sentiment…works for almost any occasion!

Lots going on here at the studio that I can’t wait to share…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

go there…

And stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Thinking of You…

“Thinking of You” I consider the perfect sentiment for what I call an “all occasion” card.

So today’s post along with this sentiment is also one more of my favorite “pressing” of nature cards (I have many now thanks to Lydia Fiedler!)…

These are very young and tender Japanese Maple leaves.  They turn green as they mature.

Look at all that intricate veining…

The water color paper had to be trimmed so the piece was used inside the card.

If you haven’t already, you need to try this technique with your Big Shot and any nature plant you want…it’s addictive!

Here’s your “Stuff ‘N Digits” for this post…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Old Olive, Basic Black and water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black (Mother Nature did all the rest!)
  • Stamps:  Colorful Seasons (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Old Olive layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The Basic Black layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The water color paper layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Sandwich your nature clipping between two pieces of water color paper.  Fold a piece of copy paper and add your water color “sandwich” inside.  Run through Big Shot between two cutting plates.  You will have a positive and negative image for your card making…both equally beautiful!  Add your sentiment in Archival Basic Black at lower left corner.
  • Layer the water color paper to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside I have a layer of Old Olive 1-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ and a piece of water color art 1-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached with multipurpose glue to each other and to inside of card.

You are going to love making these impressions and then creating the most beautiful all occasion cards.  What a great stash to have on hand.

Hope your day is awesome…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

smiling.

If you want to be HaPpY…try getting those fingers inky!

B

Customer Thanks…

With the delivery of each order bag for my customers, I always include a handmade card for their personal use.  Today’s post is a thank you card for my last class orders…

I’ll write a thank you note inside on a post it note of some kind so the card can be mailed…

and when planning the design use new products and techniques.

and a glamour close up!

The two stamps in this set are gorgeous to me.  I have used them even more than I thought.  On this particular one I tried watercolor pencil and thin tipped glue dew drops to create some drama…I love drama!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Floral Statements
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water Color Pencils, Thin Tipped Glue

Digits

  • The Crumb Cake CS base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The top layer on the card front is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp image in Archival Basic Black.  Be sure your ink pad has plenty of ink and when you stamp, hold the stamp for a few seconds to give all the ink time to release into the cardstock.  If for some reason you get a blank space, use your Journal Pen or Black Marker to touch up.
  • Use the White Water Color Pencil to color all images first.  Color the leaves with Old Olive, the flower centers with Daffodil Delight and the flower petals again with White Pencil.
  • Add an uneven number of dew drops here and there.  Be sure to let dry thoroughly.

The boldness and simplicity of this card makes it a favorite of mine!

My Tuesday (like all Tuesdays) started with yoga.  The rest of the day has been pretty darn good too.  Hope your Tuesday is fabulous!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

never.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Missing You…

Many of you know my daughter and son-in-love are stationed in Seoul, SK.  They have been there for almost 2 1/2 years now.  And even though Sweetums and I have both been over, that’s a long time to be away from home.

The good news is she will be headed home next month (YAY!) and he will follow six weeks later.  But there have been many times for all of us when today’s card would be so appropriate…

How sweet is this baby elephant?

The top Whisper White layer is from this month’s Paper Pumpkin…

The Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder adds some nice texture to the background on the card front and inside.

Any of the three baby animals in the A Little Wild set would work for this card.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Pool Party Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Pool Party, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  A Little Wild and Oh So Eclectic (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Border Stars Punch (retired), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder, Little Loves Framelits Dies, Aqua Painter and Adhesive Strips

Digits

  • The Pool Party base card also came from this month’s Paper Pumpkin but you can cut one at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Whisper White top layer measures 5-1/4″ x 4″.  The circle is 2″ wide if you need to cut one.  After adding the sentiment at lower left in Archival Basic Black, run this layer through Big Shot with Layered Leaves EF.
  • Cut a piece of water color paper 3″ square.  Using the Aqua Painter with water, wet the surface.  Add drops of Night of Navy and Pool party.  Tilt the paper if necessary to cover the square.  Let dry.
  • Punch stars with border punch and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Use multipurpose glue to add water color paper to back of embossed White layer.  Add stars with multipurpose glue.  Add this layer to the card front with Adhesive Strips.
  • Stamp elephant with Archival Basic Black ink on water color paper.  Use your Aqua Painter and work from the lid of the Smoky Slate ink pad to color the elephant.  Cut out with framelit and attach to front of card with dimensionals..
  • Inside there is a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Thick Whisper White CS that has been embossed just at the bottom with the Layered Leaves EF and attached to card inside with SNAIL.

We are taking “the Littles” to the beach in two weeks before they start their next year of school, so I think I’ll save this card to send to them after we come home.  We always miss them so much after we have spent time with them and I doubt we’ll see them again until Thanksgiving!

Hope you are having a wonderful, happy start to your new week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Come get inky with me in all colors…and be HaPpY!

B

Nature’s Palette…

Do you subscribe to Splitcoaststampers?  This week Lydia Fiedler was a guest there and showed a method to capture nature’s beauty and palette.

Her instructions were to find interesting plants or favorite ones and press them between water color paper or cardstock to achieve a positive and negative images.

I had to try it.  I mean Lydia is a hoot and always open for new techniques.  Her blog is Understandblue.com if you’d like to check it out.

Here’s the first image and card I made (there are many!)…

Ferns are a favorite for me and this one is a Japanese Painted Fern.  If you look closely you’ll see some reds and purples.

In this glamour close up you can see the colors better and of course, one of those pretty Linen Thread bows.

and a side view.

I got on a roll and made several of these.  I’ll share one or two next week that are interesting…especially the Dancing Fern!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you….

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White and Fresh Fig Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Archival Ink
  • Stamps:  Climbing Orchids (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Plant of your choice, Linen Thread

Digits

  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Fresh Fig layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″
  • The water color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Place your plant on one piece of water color paper and cover it with another piece of paper.  Fold a piece of copy paper in half and place the water color “sandwich” inside.  With one cutting pad down on Big Shot base add the “sandwich” and another cutting pad and run through Big Shot.  All Big Shots have their own tension.  If needed, add a shim for more pressure.
  • Remove “sandwich” from copy paper and plant from water color paper.  You may need to let it dry before removing if the color is smudging.  How much fun is that?  Instant beauty!  You will never get two alike.
  • Mount your water color paper with multipurpose glue or tear tape to the Fresh Fig layer.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Tie the Linen Thread bow and add all layers to the card front with multipurpose glue or tear tape.  If you need directions for bow, I have a video on YouTube here.
  • Inside there is a layer of Fresh Fig 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ with a layer of Thick Whisper White 3″ x 4″.

Another plant that came out well with this technique was a Japanese Maple.  I used new leaves that were red.  I have to show you that one next week.

Hope you are inspired to raid your garden and make some of the cards!

Have a great weekend…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

B

Amazing You…

Using the Grown With Love stamp set again today showing the versatility of this set…

And a glamour close up…

and a side view showing dimension.

I can imagine sending this card out for several different occasions, which is what makes it such a gem!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Powder Pink, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Grown With Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/2″ Finely Woven Powder Pink Ribbon, Garden Grown Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The first layer of Thick Whisper White is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • To make the scalloped rectangle, cut (2) 3″ scalloped squares.  Trim the scalloped edge off one square.  Overlapped trimmed square over second square and attach with multipurpose glue.  Add dimensionals to back.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White CS stime flower can in Powder Pink, Ink flower stamp with markers, huff and stamp.  Stamp a second time.  Cut pieces with Framelits.  Attach pieces to front of rectangle with dimensionals.  Cut heart piece and attach to flower can with multipurpose glue.
  • Tie Powder Pink 1/2″ ribbon to bottom of rectangle then attach to right on card front.
  • Inside there is a piece of DSP 1/2″ x 4-1/4″ attached at bottom with SNAIL.

This is the perfect card to have on hand as long as it’s a girl you need it for.  This just wouldn’t work for a guy card…

Hope your day has been perfect!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

And stay inky.  You’ll be HaPpY!

 

 
B

Artistic Love…

You can make a fantastic looking card in so little time.  All it takes is an amazing sentiment, gorgeous designer series paper and of course, Crinkled Seam Binding!

Here is my 20 minutes or less card…

In addition to the facts above, Thick Whisper White Cardstock is the one product that makes this card feel and look “special”.

I love seam binding!  The new crinkled seam binding is even better and ties into beautiful bows.

Here you can see there is an extra layer of Thick Whisper White behind the designer series paper.  Make a card with this extra layer and one without.  See which one you like better.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Peek A Boo Peach plus Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Just Add Text
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Peek A Boo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding,  Stitched Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The first Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x -5-1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ attached to the Thick Whisper White layer with SNAIL.  Tie a 15″ piece of Peek A Boo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding in a bow at the bottom of this layer.  Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut a Scalloped 2-1/4″ square from Peek A Book Peach CS.  Cut the coordinating size stitched square framelt from Thick Whisper White.  Stamp sentiment on this layer in Archival Basic Black.  Attach sentiment layer to scalloped square with SNAIL.  Add this combined square to card front bottom right over seam binding with dimensionals.
  • Inside at the bottom add a piece of DSP 1/2″ x 4″ at the bottom with SNAIL.

We made this card in class on Monday.  It was our last project and everyone seemed to really like how simple it was to put together and how pretty.  I like when that happens!

We’ve made it to “hump day” so it’s all down hill from today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ahhhhhh…

If you’re inky, you gotta be HaPpY!

B

Little Red Wagon…

Today’s post is another project we made in class on Monday here at Rambling Rose Studio.  Who doesn’t love a little red wagon?

How cute is that?

And a glamour close up…

and a side view to show dimension.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Real Red and Smoky Slate plus markers in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Grown With Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Garden Grown Framelits, 1/2″ Crinkled Night of Navy Seam Binding, Adhesive Strips, Mini Dimensionals, Blender Pen, Layering Squares Framelits, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The first Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ attached with SNAIL
  • Using the 2-1/4″ Scalloped Square Framelit cut two from Thick Whisper White.  Trim away one side of one square to delete one scallop.  Overlap with second square with multipurpose glue to create a scalloped rectangle.
  • Tie a 15″ piece of Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding and tie a bow around the left side of the rectangle.  Add Strip Adhesive to the back and attach over DSP on card front bottom right.
  • On a scrap of Thick Whisper White stamp wagon in Real Red.  Color fruit and vegetables plus sentiment on the stamp with markers.  Huff well before stamping.  Cut both pieces out with coordinating framelits..  Add to rectangle with big and small dimensionals to the right of the bow.
  • With Smoky Slate pad and Blender Pen add shadow under wagon.
  • Inside there is a 1/2″ x 5″ piece of the same DSP attached with SNAIL across the bottom
  • Everyone seemed to enjoy knowing how to build a rectangle to work with and not just squares.

Hope all is going well in you life and day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

i’m not buying.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

B