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Merry Quilted…

These little pizza sized boxes are awesome!  They are so easy to decorate and the inside is coated perfectly for Christmas treats.

Just couldn’t resist making one with the Christmas Quilt suite…

The green sprigs and miniature ornament fit perfectly!

And inside are 3″ x 3″ note cards with envelopes.

The inside lid seemed the best place to add a holiday message.  I can see a lot of these in my future…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you in case you see these little gift boxes in your future too…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Quilted Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Real Red
  • Stamps:  Christmas Quilt
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Mini Ornaments, Green Springs and Quilt Builder Framelit Dies, Linen Thread, hot glue and Mini Pizza Boxes

Digits

  • The lid top and inside the lid first layer of DSP is 3-3/8″ square and attached with SNAIL.
  • The second layer of DSP on the top lide is 3-1/4″ square.
  • The red star is cut with the framelit from the DSP and attached to the lid with dimensionals.
  • The green sprig was trimmed flat on the underneath side to be able to lie flat and attached with hot glue.
  • Tie a bow of Linen Thread around the top of the ornament and add to lid with hot glue.
  • The second Thick Whisper White layer on the inside lid is 2-5/8″ square.  Stamp message in Archival Basic Black before running through Big Shot in the Quilted EF then attach with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp four flowers in Real Red and Archival Basic Black.  Cut with framelit and add one to top left corner inside lid.
  • Cut three 3″ x 6″ pieces of Thick Whisper White, score, fold and burnish at 3″.
  • Cut three 2-7/8″ square pieces of Thick Whisper White.  Run through Big Shot with EF.  Attach to note card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut three Thick Whisper White stars with framelit and add to front of note cards with multipurpose glue.
  • Add one red flower to top of each note card with dimensionals.
  • Cut four pieces of DSP 3/4″ x 3-3/8″.  Attach to sides of box bottom and back of top lid since the flaps on the box top fold inside the box.

These would be great to make at a class that was product specific.

We are enjoying the rain again today (we really needed rain) and cool temperatures.  It seems to make both furbabies sleepy…all they do is nap!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

a good reminder with all the name calling these days.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

 

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Sunflower Box…

 

These little “pizza” shaped boxes make the cutest packaging for the 3″ x 3″ notecards inside.  You could just as easily place a yummy treat or a small gift inside too…

The box measures 3-1/2″ square and the inside of the box is coated and shiny.

Packed inside this Painted Harvest box are 3″ x 3″ notecards and envelopes.  Wouldn’t this make a nice hostess gift?

I didn’t use the salt technique on this one…just some splatters made with a paint brush.

Check out these cute boxes on page 44 of the Holiday Catalog and notice the coordinating stamp set too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for my pizza box…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Water Color Paper, Thick Whisper White and Early Espresso Cardstock, plus Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Round Brush or Aqua Painter, Linen Thread, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, hole punch and Whisper White 3″ x 3″ Envelopes

Digits

  • Cut DSP, (1) @3-3/8″ square, (4) @3/4″ x 3-3/8″.  Cut (1) Early Espresso @2-5/8″ square, (1) WaterColor @2-1/2″ square.
  • Wet Water Color square with Aqua Painter or spritzer.  Stamp base flower with Daffodil Delight.  If your piece is curling, spray the back of the square and it will straighten out.  Let dry naturally to get full “bloom” of reinker and water color paper.
  • Once dry, over stamp base flower in Daffodil Delight making sure the petals do not line up.  Stamp detailed stamp in Crushed Curry.  Ink just the tips of the detail stamp with Cajun Craze and stamp over Crushed Curry.  Do not line up petals.  Using your Aqua Painter or wet brush, pull the Cajun Craze color toward center of flower.  Stamp center with Soft Suede then Early Espresso.  Do not line up.
  • Load brush with Early Espresso and splatter the square.
  • Add painted square to Early Espresso square with multipurpose glue.
  • Add DSP to top of box and all four sides using multipurpose glue.
  • For the note cards cut three pieces of Thick Whisper White cardstock 6″ x 3″.  Score at 3″.  Cut the Early Espresso at 2-7/8″ square and the Water Color paper 2-3/4″ square.  Repeat sunflower and water color paper instructions.  Glue to top of notecard with multipurpose glue.
  • The sentiment is a piece of Thick Whisper White stamped in Early Espresso and trimmed to 3/8″ x 2-7/8″.  The Early Espresso layer is 1/2″ x 3″.  Glue together, tag one end and punch hole in one end.
  • Tie 3/4″ Burlap across the box top.  Add tag tied to Burlap Ribbon with Linen Thread.

These pizza boxes are awesome y’all!  I’ve already made two more in different themes.  Of course, for Christmas but also for shower mementos or wedding favors.  Love them!

I sure hope your Wednesday was worth getting up for…it’s hump day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

This one is for me today.

Come get inky with me…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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Baby Linton…

A friend was blessed with a new grandson named Linton.  To share in her family’s happiness I made a small gift for his nursery.

His nursery is done is blues and greys…

A glamour close up

An ombre effect on the letters add interest.  The background is a mottled grey.

And the sweet animals from A Little Wild stamp set were perfect.

Couldn’t find a box that would fit so it’s just wrapped and tied with a sweet tag.

The idea for this framed piece entered my head and all I needed was the perfect frame.  I’m not sure this one is perfect, but it is cute and the one I had in my head is not in this town!  Believe me, I looked…and looked!

If you’d like to make a similar piece here’s a couple of things to keep in mind.

Get your water colors out!  There’s so much you can do with them.

The 140 lb cold press paper was cut to fit the back of the mat.  Dampen the paper and apply your color with a large round brush.  Keep a tissue in your hand and dab here and there to remove some color to give a mottled look.

Cut a piece of water color paper wide and long enough for the letters and paint it the color of your choice.  Add the color along the bottom then dampen your brush and move the color up so that the bottom is more saturated with color than the top.  Let dry.  Cut out with Large Letters Framelits.  Cut out a second set of letters from water color paper using the Multipurpose Sticky Sheets.  Layer the water colored and plain letters together.

Add Artist tape across your background for a base line.  Add letters with multipurpose glue.

Stamp animals on water color paper with Archival Basic Black.  Give the animals a light coat of the color you want and let dry.  Tissue places that would normally round.  Add shadows with the same color around edges.  Add a little pink color to cheeks.  Let dry and cut with Framelits.

Add critters with dimensionals and multipurpose glue.

Put all layers inside frame and enjoy!

We have been out of town this week for some family and friend gatherings and are heading home today.  I’ll be back in the studio tomorrow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

The fireflies have arrived here in the South…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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Summertime…

Celebrating the first day of summer with you today and the longest daylight day of the year…

In my kitchen I keep a standing frame for my artwork.  The artwork is changed fairly often, but recently I realized there was nothing specific to the summer season.

That had to be changed so I got busy and created this light summer piece for today…

This frame was purchased at Hobby Lobby several years ago and it is a quirky size (6-1/4″ x 7-1/4″).  It also has corkboard inside it.  But it works great for what I intended to use it.  It fits nicely in a recipe holder on the counter.

This close up shows some of the texture in the background done with sponges and masking with a torn sheet of copy paper.

Love the cool drinks on the arm rests…

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Suede, Real Red and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo (grass & sand texture)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Large Letters Framelits, Swirly Scribbles Framelits, Sponges, Large Round Brush, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • Using Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut your background piece the size you need.  Tear a piece of copy paper on the long side to create a mask for your sponging.  Apply the mask about 2/3 up and sponge the Soft Sky.  Leave some areas without ink to appear as clouds.  Move the mask down another 1/3 of space and using Pool Party sponge this area.  At the bottom 1/3 I used Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight then stamped texture with Soft Suede using stamp from Fabulous Flamingo.
  • You can add texture to the water by placing the mask in different areas and just sponging along the edge.
  • Stamp the grass in Lemon Lime Twist and Emerald Envy at the right side.  Cut chairs from Thick Whisper White and add with multipurpose glue.  Cut the glasses and add a bit of color at the bottom and then use brush of Blender Pen to move the color up a little.  Add to arm rests on chairs with Mini Glue Dots.
  • The swirly sun was cut from a piece of colored water color paper I had lying around.  I liked the colors.  You could recreate this with reinker and a brush using Real Red and Daffodil Delight.  This piece was added with multipurpose glue.
  • The letters was cut from a piece of water color paper that I wet with water and added the color to one side and let it bleed or flow to the other by tipping the paper.  Gives you a graduated look with the color.  Let dry and cut with Large Letters Framelits.  The letters were added with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock the length of your background by 2″.  Tear the edge along one side.  Add to the bottom of your piece with Strip Adhesive.

This seems to really brighten my kitchen for this season.  Do you ever make a piece of art for your home and live with it?  Most of us create art pieces and give them away.  Maybe you could make a gift for yourself!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

make it memorable.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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Twice the Fun…

Recently a friend of mine became a grandmother for the first time…with TWINS!

We have all enjoyed waiting with her for the arrival…which happened this past weekend six weeks early.  Both babies are doing well and she is beyond words excited to welcome this little girl and boy to her world.

To celebrate their arrival I will be giving her this frame to proudly display their first pictures…

This frame will hold three 4″ x 6″ photos, but I chose to add their names to the center panel.

Their cute little names were cut from Designer Series Paper Birthday Memories with the Little Letters Framelits Dies.

This little retro “cutie” was cut from the same DSP using a framelit for her…

And this little foxy friend carrying his welcoming banner was also cut from the same DSP with a framelit.

This was a fun project completed in an afternoon thinking how amazing it will be to bring home two little babies.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Birthday Delivery, Lovely Friends
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Little Letters Framelits, Birthday Friends Framelits, Blue & Pink water colors, Large Round Brush, Journaling Pen and frame from Big Box Store

Digits

  • Cut letters for name from DSP and another set from Thick Whisper White Cardstock and glue together with multipurpose glue.
  • The water color paper was cut to fit inside the center panel.  Wet one half of paper with water and apply water color.  Let the paper do most of the work for you.  Don’t worry about making the color solid.  A little variation in color is more interesting.  Once this half is dry repeat for the second color.  Let this dry completely before working with it.
  • Draw placement line for name (and maybe a date if you aren’t having twins) and add letter/numbers with multipurpose glue.  Stamp in center is from Lovely Friends.  I selectively inked just the “and” from one of the stamps and used the scroll from another.
  • Cut a set of balloons from DSP (just the balloons) and add to this panel.  Draw strings with a black journaling pen.  This panel was glued inside the center panel.  I then reinserted the piece of paper that came with the frame.  I would have cut a piece of cardstock, but it would have taken a 12 x 12 piece of Whisper White cardstock and I didn’t one…
  • The little girl, fox and banner were cut from the DSP using coordinating framelits.  Also cut the same images from Thick Whisper White Cardstock and glue together.  Fussy cut a set of balloons including strings from DSP.  Glue this cutout to a piece of Thick Whisper White with multipurpose glue and “fussy cut” .
  • Add all of these pieces to the frame front with Strip Adhesive.

Hope this post inspires you to create some home décor as a gift or for your own home.

My Mother’s Day weekend was filled with flowers…

Aren’t they gorgeous?  And babies…

A really special day…hope yours was too!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Dedicated to those of us who have lost our moms…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

 

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Surprise Post…

Today’s post happened completely unplanned…While sitting and going over my sketches and deciding on what DSP and color combinations to use, I was simultaneously opening the last piece of chewing gum from a box pack when BOOM! the box caught my attention.  My attention span is super limited!

The box started looking like a business card holder to me…which would probably only occur to me, but hey, look what came from that idea…

Here’s the box unglued…

Does that look like a business card holder to you?   Stay with me here…

Here the box has been glued with multipurpose glue to the new Fresh Floral DSP in Lemon Lime Twist.  Cut around the box with snips.

Glue a piece of coordinating DSP to what was the dark green area of the inside of the box and trim around the box again.  Can you see it yet?

More multipurpose glue was added to the flaps and then folded up the box and just held it in place for a bit.

Add your business cards and maybe a little bling…

All ready!  These would make a sweet gift for your downline that has decided to take their demonstratorship to a business level!  I love this new green but I can totally see this in that Berry Burst too!

If you have any questions or comments, let me know.  There really isn’t a Stuff ‘N Digits for this project, but once that idea jumped in my head…everything else left!

Thanks for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

just another reason why so many cute shoes are necessary.

Get inky…Be HaPpY!

 

 

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Daisy Gift Bag…

Today’s post is another gift idea that would work for most occasions (just in case you get caught behind the ball rather than on it).  This would be the perfect gift bag to have on hand…

How pretty is that paper?  This bag is 3-3/4″ wide, 2″ deep and 9″ tall…

Glamour close up…

Side view showing embellishments.

You could definitely make this bag 12″ tall, but I used the extra DSP to make that border which is actually the flip side of this paper in the new Incolor, Tranquil Tide.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Tranquil Tide Cardstock, plus Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Tranquil Tide and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Delightful Daisy and Label Me Pretty
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gift Bag Punch Board, Hole Punch, Delightful Daisy Punch, Pretty Label Punch, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and 5/8″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and Linen Thread

Digits

  • Cut DSP 9″ on one side.  Follow directions on Gift Bag Punch Board for Large Bag.  Fold on all score lines and attach with Tear Tape or Fast Fuze.
  • Using Scallop Framelit from Seasonal Layers Thinlits cut one side of the 3″ piece you cut away from 12″ DSP paper.  Attach to top of gift bag with Tear Tape and score on existing score lines.
  • Punch two holes at top to thread ribbon through and tie in a knot.  Trim ends.
  • Stamp two daisies on scrap Thick Whisper White CS in Tranquil Tide and punch out with Delightful Daisy Punch.  Curl petals using bone folder.  Attach flowers with dimensional being sure to rotate the petals.  Add to bag with dimensionals.
  • Stamp border (Archival Basic Black) and sentiment (Tranquil Tide) on scrap Thick Whisper White.  Trim close to border with snips.  Punch another label from Tranquil Tide CS, punch both layers with small circle punch then layer together with dimensionals.  Thread with Linen Thread and loop around daisy.

Think I’ll go back through my DSP stash that is retiring and make up some of these bags to have on hand…

Today Sweetums and I are winging our way to New York City to meet up with our son’s family and surprise Lyla for her tenth birthday.  Our flight this morning was at 5:45 a.m.!  And I know we will be too excited to be tired.  I’ll post pics when I get home Monday.

You have a great weekend whatever your plans are!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Found this pillow while shopping last week.

Hope it brought a smile.  Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

 

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Wood Crate Notes…

This package today is the sweetest and most perfect hostess or small remembrance gift to have on hand….

all packaged up and ready for giving…

Glamour close up showing what looks like a stencil…

What’s inside…

The envelopes have coordinating pieces on them but I forgot to take a pic of that.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you though…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Pack, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, Calypso Coral, Old Olive and White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Daisy Delight, All Things Thanks, Flourishing Phrases, Feather Together
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Daisy Punch, Wood Words Framelits Dies, Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit (retired), 3-1/4″ square White Envelopes (non SU!)

Digits

  • Cut two Wood Crate pieces from Wood Texture DSP.  Stamp flowers on one side using White Craft ink.  Assemble crate using Tear Tape or Fast Fuze.  Takes two minutes to make.
  • Cut four 3″ x 6″ pieces of Thick Whisper White.  Score at 3″.  Punch three with Daisy Punch.  Cut three 3″ squares of DSP and attach behind card fronts on three of the note cards.  Add sentiment on all four card fronts.  Fussy cut the one yellow daisy from DSP and attach with multipurpose glue.  Inside there is another piece of DSP coordinating with the card front 3″ x 1/2″ attached at the bottom inside the card with SNAIL.
  • I had 3-1/4″ Whisper White notecards left over from earlier SU! days and used them.  However, if I had not had them, I would have made coordinating envelopes from the DSP using the Envelope Punch Board.  Easy Peasy!
  • For the packaging, I used 6″ x 8″ cello bags, filled the bottom with brown “grass” and tied the top with ribbon from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit.  The tag was made using the Wood Words Stamp Set and Framelits stamped in Calypso Coral.

Hope you enjoyed this hostess gift post and found something here today to inspire you in your creative journey!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

you choose.

I choose HaPpY and inky!

 

 

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Henry’s First Birthday…

Alright, I know he was just born, but this Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper just kept calling his name.  So…I made this 8″ x 8″ sampler to celebrate his first birthday next March!

Found this frame at Hobby Lobby on sale.  It’s the perfect size for a sampler!

Close up of each corner…

and the last close up…

Had I been making this same sampler for a girl, there is an image of a little girl on the DSP and a stamp for her back along with a bouquet of flowers.  Change the Real Red Cardstock to Powder Pink and leave everything else as is…

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

Stuff

  • Paper: Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper plus Real Red  and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Real Red and Pacific Point
  • Stamps:  Birthday Delivery, Number of Years (st after number one)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Balloons Honeycomb Embellishments, Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit (surprise banner), Birthday Friends Framelits Dies, Large Numbers Framelits

Digits

  • This “shadow” frame measures 8″ x 8″ inside.  Cut the background DSP 8″ x 8″ and attach with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the fox, Hip Hip Hooray banner, cake, gift box and birthday hat out of DSP using Birthday Friends Framelits Dies and set aside.
  • Fussy cut the bear, squirrel, turtle and bunny from DSP and set aside.
  • Using Large Numbers Framelits cut the number from DSP and Real Red Cardstock and set aside.
  • Stamp the word “surprise” in Pacific Point on banner from Cupcakes & Carousel Embellishment Kit.  Lay the banner on a piece of Real Red CS and draw around edges with pencil.  Fussy cut larger banner just outside pencil lines.  Glue these two banners together with SNAIL.  Add dimensionals to back and set aside.
  • Cut two Real Red CS pieces 3-3/4″ square.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 3-3/4″ x 2″.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 1-3/4″ square.
  • Cut two Whisper White CS pieces 3-5/8″ square.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 3-5/8″ x 1-7/8″.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 1-5/8″ square.
  • Attach all  pieces with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Cut two pieces of “grass” 3-5/8″ x 1″ or less adding freehand curves.  Attach to bottom of both 3-3/4″ square pieces.
  • Starting with top right corner and one of the 3-3/4″ squares, add fox to right of square along with banner using multipurpose glue.  Add gift box with dimensional.  Add decorated square to background square with multipurpose glue.
  • Add squirrel, turtle and bunny to one of the 3-3/4″ x 2″ rectangles with multipurpose glue.  Add had to bunny.  Add rectangle under fox square with multipurpose glue.
  • Add surprise banner under previous rectangle with dimensionals overlapping at top.
  • Add bear to left side of second 3-3/4″ square with multipurpose glue.  Add three honeycomb balloons and hand draw with journal pen strings from balloons to bear’s hands.  Add this square to bottom left corner of sampler.
  • Add second 3-3/4″ x 2″ rectangle with happy birthday over the bear square with multipurpose glue.
  • Add cake to one of the 1-3/4″ squares with dimensionals.  Add to top left corner of sampler with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the number from Real Red CS and DSP.  Stamp “st” in Real Red right top of square.  Glue together offsetting.  Add to second 1-3/4″ square with dimensionals.
  • Place inside shadow frame!

How much fun is that?  I think I will make a girl one too…it’s just too cute.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I.  LOVE.  SHOES.

And stamping…come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

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