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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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Farmer’s Market Crate…

There are so many times a small gift (hostess, thanks etc.) would be just the ticket…but what? …and how to package it?

Worry no longer my friend, SU! has come to the rescue with the new (available June 1st) Wood Words Stamp Set and Wood Crate Framelits Set…here’s just one idea of many I’ll be showing you…

A crate full of small notecards…

All packaged for giving…

How sweet is that little crate?  Over the next week or so I hope to show you just how versatile this set can be.  Lots of ideas coming your way!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red Cardstock and Wood Texture DSP Stack
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Real Red and Whisper White Craft
  • Stamps:  Wood Words
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Wood Crate Framelits Dies, Stitched Circle Framelits, 1/8″ Real Red Ribbon, 6″ x 8″ Cello Bag, Natural Grass, Florist Pick, White Embossing Powder

Digits

  • Cut two pieces of Wood Texture DSP.  Stamp flowers in Craft White Ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Put crate together with multipurpose glue or Tear Tape.  Cover bottom of crate with Natural Grass.
  • Stamp “farmer’s market” on Thick Whisper White and cut out with Stitched Circle Framelit.  Cut Real Red Circle with next biggest circle framelit.  Glue together with multipurpose glue and add to side of crate with dimensionals.
  • Stamp rooster in Real Red on Thick Whisper White CS and cut with coordinating framelit.  Glue to florist pick, straw, or anything that works for you.
  • Stamp “for you” on Thick Whisper White and cut out with framelit.  Thread with about 20″ of ribbon doubled.
  • The notecards are 6″ x 3″, scored at 3″.  Stamp fronts of each card then add inside crate.
  • Slip your crate inside the cello bag and tie with ribbon and tag.  Add rooster pick to top.
  • These would be great for hostess gifts or small gifts for customers birthday or “just because” you can gifts for anyone you like!

Over the weekend I participated in the Crazy Crafters International Blog Hop as the Guest Designer.  Did you see it?  I can’t tell you how much fun I had discovering which one of my posts were picked to CASE and how they were tweaked.  Some amazing designers in that group for sure!

Next weekend I’ve been invited to join the Autism Matters Blog Hop.  That post will go up Saturday and I hope each of you will stop by.

Now that the retiring list has been published, my studio is upside down with retiring stamps and products being pulled and for sale.  There are some absolute favorites in there for me, but boy of boy do we have some awesome stamps and products coming in June!

Hope everyone had a wonder Easter weekend sharing it with those you love.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

especially for Sandy Stott who is having surgery today at Johns Hopkins…

Are you inky?…then you must be HaPpY!

 

 

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Stampin’ Peeps in the House…

Despite the fact Sweetums and I just returned home late last night, today was the day for stamping here at the studio!  And what a day we had…it was a full house with no room to spare.  Why did I not think to make a picture?  …cause I was running around like a nut!

We had three”newbies” which the regulars immediately took under their wings to make them feel at  home.  My classes are not “101” classes by any stretch, but everyone finished with big smiles on their faces.  Just one reason I love this job!

I was going to show an Easter bunny card, but one of my “peeps” brought me a beautifully wrapped gift and I just had to show it to you…

Look at that sweet succulent place card holder!  It is made in a peat pot…how cute is that?

Wonder if I could talk her into six of them?  Just kidding… But this gives me lots of ideas (like I need that!) for ways to use this bundle.

Patty used moss to cover the surface of the pot and three succulent plants to fill the top.  Wouldn’t these make the perfect hostess gift?

Thanks so much Patty for your thoughtfulness…

Sweetums and I had a quick (and I do mean quick) trip to St. Petersburg this weekend to play with “the littles” and celebrate Sweetums’ birthday in style.  We got to see soccer practice with Lyla and baseball practice with Jameson…things we miss.

This Oh So Succulent Bundle on page 21 of the All Occasions Catalog is a classic…with no end to the ideas of projects you can create.  The Bundle #145184 is a “keeper” at $48.50.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ummmm…ok.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

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