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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

Berry Burst Rose…

Today’s post is a project we will be making in class today.  The new color Berry Burst Reinker was used to water color the rose from Graceful Garden a couple of the new Embossing Folders for texture in the background.

I’m pretty stoked with the way it turned out and can’t wait to see how the class will respond to this card…

Isn’t that color delicious!

Reinker dropped on wet water color paper with White Embossing is so easy!

Did you notice the background texture?

This card went together in a snap.  The longest time was spent “fussy cutting” that rose and the embossing made that easy too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, and Berry Burst Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Berry Burst, Old Olive plus White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Graceful Garden
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon Berry Burst, White Embossing Powder, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Ruffled 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Berry Burst layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ embossed with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder and attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 2-1/8″ x 5-1/4″ embossed with the Ruffled 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder.  Tie Berry Burst Ribbon around the bottom of this layer and attach layer to left side of card front with Dimensionals.
  • Stamp rose with White Craft Ink on water color paper, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Wet the entire rose flower and with a wet small round brush, drop Berry Burst Reinker color in a few places.  Let the paper do its magic and add more color if needed.  Follow same instructions for coloring the stem and leaves with Old Olive Reinker.  Let dry.  Fussy Cut and add to Ruffled layer with multipurpose glue.  With Thin Tipped Glue add “dew drops” on the rose petals.  Be patient and let this dry!
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on scrap Thick Whisper White.  Add leaf stem in stamped off Old Olive.  Trim to 1/2″ x 1-1/2″.  Tag one end with snips.  Add to card front with glue dots.

I can’t wait to see what the girls will create tomorrow!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Lemon Twist…

Friends are so important to me and I have several I have known for 60 years.  Our lives pull us in different directions, but we have maintained our close relationship all through the years.

One of these friends (and she knows who she is) and I have always said to each other at different times in our lives “If Life Hands You Lemons…”

So naturally when the page turned on the new catalog and there was the stamp set Lemon Zest!  Of course I had to have it.

On a trip to Italy I remember the beautiful dishes and pottery with lemons and a beautiful color of blue.

Can you see the curve to the fruit?

Maybe you can see it better here…

and a peek inside.

This card will now go into the mail to that special friend.  She will know the minute she opens it who sent it and why.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Stamps:  Lemon Zest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Lemon Builder Punch, medium round water color brush, water colors, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The first Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Tape this paper to your work area.  Dampen with water and apply a pretty blue water color.  Let dry and remove tape.
  • Add the water color layer to the Whisper White layer with Tear Tape.
  • Add the double layer to the card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • On scrap water color paper stamp the lemons using Daffodil Delight.  Stamp off then add another layer of Daffodil Delight using the rock ‘n roll technique.  Stamp.  Use a wet brush to smooth and move the color until you are happy with it.
  • The green lemon was done with Lemon Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight as were the leaves.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on the yellow lemon.
  • Cut all pieces with punch.  Lay each piece on your piercing mat and use the large end of your scoring tool to break down the fibers until the piece curls.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside stamp the sentiment in Archival Basic Black and add the other half of the round lemon slice using dimensionals.

I love the way this card turned out and now that I’ve shared it with all of you, it will be mailed today!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Here’s mine 😉

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Checkered Hello…

Here’s that Floral Statements stamp set again.  People…this is a great set.  That means you NEED it in your stash!

This “hello” greeting covers so many occasions you might be sending someone a card.

And a little paste background in matching colors is the “cherry on top!”…

Now that’s a dramatic “hello”!

This close up highlights the embossing paste background and colored pencil work on the flowers.

Oh! and that new gingham ribbon!

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Pool Party, Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay,  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Floral Statements
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Embossing Paste, Palette Knife, Colored Pencils, White Embossing Powder, 1/2″ Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon, Linen Thread, Lots of Labels Framelits, Night of Navy Reinker

Digits

  • The Pool Party base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • Using the Pattern Party Decorative Mask over the card front and Embossing Paste with Night of Navy Reinker add, use the Palette Knife to add background texture.  Lift masks and let dry.  Be sure to clean all paste tools with water and it drys pretty fast.
  • Tie a piece of Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon around center of card front.  Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to left side of card front with glue dots.
  • Stamp sentiment in White Craft Ink on a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock.  Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Color all leaves and flowers with White pencil.  Add a light and dark shade of green to the leaves.  Add Yellow and Orange to flowers.  Smooth any lines with lighter color.
  • Cut the sentiment with framelit and also cut an extra piece from Night of Navy.  Cut the navy piece in half horizontally.  Trim points on sides.  Glue with SNAIL to the back of Bermuda Bay layer to create a shadow effect.
  • Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a layer of Night of Navy 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Add a Thick Whisper White layer 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with SNAIL.

Can you believe it’s Thursday already?  Where has this week gone?  With the beautiful summer weather we have had this year, it’s hard to stay inside.

Have an awesome day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

B