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Archive for Gift Ideas – Page 2

Little Things…

Little things that come in small packages sometimes contain big surprises.  Today I’ll show you a small box that is not only pretty, but has room to spare for a BIG surprise…

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Can’t you just imagine an engagement ring in there?

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or a necklace or bracelet for Valentines?

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this framelit set can cut more than succulents…

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and the Stitched Squares Framelits (next to smallest one) fits the sides just right!

This box took me 30 minutes to make using four different framelit sets and I’m over the moon about giving it away.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pear Pizazz and Watermelon Wonder Cardstock

Ink:  Craft Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder

Stamps:  Window Shopping

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Rose Garden Thinlits, Succulent Framelits, Window Box Thinlits, Stitched Square Framelits, White Embossing Powder and Sponge Dauber

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  • Cut two Window Boxes (it will take most all of a single sheet of cardstock).  Cut both side tabs off one.
  • Cut design in top of one.  This will be the top of your box.  Cut two sides with heart design  (be sure the design is right side up).  Still working on just the top of the box, cut just the six sided part of the box top from Watermelon Wonder and trim just inside score lines.  Add underneath box top with multipurpose glue.  Burnish all score lines on this top piece with your bone folder and set aside.
  • Working with what will be the bottom of the box, cut side design in center panel (be sure the design is right side up).  Cut six Watermelon Wonder squares with next to smallest Stitched Framelit Die.  Add one behind each panel that has been cut with design using multipurpose glue.  With the other three squares, stamp design in Craft Whisper White Ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Add these panels to the outside of your box on the three panels that were not cut with a design.
  • Glue together with multipurpose glue or Tear ‘n Tape starting with the side taps of each box.  Then the tabs that will attach the top and bottom together.
  • Now let’s make that flower for the top.  Cut one of each size succulent in Thick Whisper White.  Using Sponge Dauber, add Watermelon Wonder to the tips of each petal on each piece.  Use a small circle of multipurpose glue in the centers of each layer to put together.  Now cut just the leaves from the Rose Garden Thinlits twice.  Trim if necessary and add to bottom of flower with multipurpose glue and to box top with hot glue.
  • I also cut just the six-sided piece in Watermelon Wonder, trimmed and added to the bottom of the box … makes it even sturdier.
  • Inside the box top would be a wonderful place to add a sentiment or banner with a sentiment.

I can tell you there are many more box ideas in my future…so if you like this set as much as I do…stay tuned!

Today is Friday and that is “date night” at my house.  We plan a dinner out and a movie.  315 channels and nothing to watch on TV!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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be proud.

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

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Hugs & Kisses…

All paper artist are working fast and furious to be ready for Valentines…almost like we were for Christmas.  Valentines is not my favorite holiday, but it comes in a close second and heaven knows there are projects on every surface in my studio in various stages of completion.

One of my “peeps” makes 30+ table favors each month for a ladies luncheon and she is always looking for new ideas.  Recently I offered a Valentine matchbox idea to her and promised I’d post the box with directions.  Well I’d better get my bum in gear or she won’t need them!

The size of the box was determined by cutting one of SU!’s Whisper White notecards in half to use as the Valentine card on top of the box…

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Here’s a different view…

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plenty of room inside to write a love note…  And a close up…

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a little kiss inside.

This may be a heavy photo post, but may make it easier for those of you who haven’t made a matchbox before.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock, Gold Foil and Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Sealed With Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Baker’s Twine, Sealed With Love Thinlits
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  • Let’s build the inside box first.  Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 5″.  Score on all sides 3/4″.  Your piece should look like this…

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  • Cut the tabs on each end and slightly trim the one side…

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  • Burnish all fold lines with bone folder and put Tear “n Tape on each tab.  Fold tabs inside to create box.
  • To make the cover that slides over the box, cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 6-3/4″.  Score on the long side at 3/4″, 3-1/4″, 4″, 6-1/2″

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  • Place Tear ‘n Tape on 1/4″ score tab. Burnish all score lines and tuck 1/4″ tab behind the first 3/4″ score.
  • Cut (2) DSP 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ and attach to this piece.  Cut (2) DSP 3/4″ x 3-3/8″ and attach to this piece.
  • Cut (2) DSP 3/4″ x 2-3/8″ for ends of box.  Slide box inside cover.
  • Cut a 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard in half to make two 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ cards for box top.
  • Decorate your Valentine with a piece of DSP 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″.  Cut heart border from Thick Whisper White and trim to fit box cover.  Attach with SNAIL to right side.  Cut one envelope, one small note from Whisper White.  Cut hearts from Real Red.  Cut envelope flap liner from DSP, cut arrow from Gold Foil
  • Fill your sweet note box with candy.

Hope you give this matchbox a try.  You can make it any size your need.

Another historical day…how many presidents have I seen sworn into office…lots.  God bless America!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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And stay inky…you are sure to be HaPpY!

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Pot ‘O Succulents…

 

First order of business is to announce the winner of a personal gift from me to one of my readers for commenting their “word” for 2017.  There were so many great ideas!  But the winner is…

  • Rosemary (rregan@bresnan.net)  CoNgRaTs Rosemary!  Send me an email at brm643@comcast.net with your mailing address.

My blog readers are just the sweetest and evidently all I needed to do was ask for you to visit my Rambling Rose Studio FB page and click “like” if you liked the page.  I have set a goal to reach 1000 in the month of January and many of you did visit.  Thanks so much!

This post today is exciting because the idea formed in my mind over the Christmas holiday while in Florida.  Ikea was on the “to do” list and some kind of flower pot was one of the items to be found.

Ikea is like a candy store…so many ideas are born and its a struggle to focus.  But the pot in mind was found and here’s what happened to it…

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A size reference would have been nice but I can tell you the top opening is 4″ and the height of the pot is 4-1/2″.

Here’s a couple of close up shots…

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and another angle…

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making this pot ‘o succulents gave me practice for a kit class later this month with the Vertical Garden Kit in the Occasions Catalog.  Of course, everything in the kit is precut for you which is really nice!

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The colors were the first consideration.  Every color of green was pulled, then branching out with Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral and even Tip Top Taupe.  There is one retired color here…can you find it?

It’s the little strip of circles sticking out here and there.  That is Starfruit…how many of you remember that color?  So many didn’t like it, but as green is a favorite, I loved it!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugar Plum, Calypso Coral (roses), Rich Razzleberry. Pool Party and Starfruit
  • Ink:  Craft White, Rich Razzleberry
  • Stamps:  Oh So Succulent and Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Spiral Flower Die (rose), Succulent Thinlits Dies, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, 4″ Styrofoam ball half (I found a green one), container and hot glue

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  • Glue the 4″ half Styrofoam ball in top of container.
  • Pick your cardstock colors and start cutting.  There are three large succulents different colors.  For the large pieces use two of four different thinlit die sizes.  There are four medium succulents.  To make a medium piece, do not use the largest succulent die.  There are three small succulents.  For these I used the three smallest dies.  Make three Calypso Coral roses and five of the circular strip pieces in Starfruit or any color you like in your stash.  Maybe Daffodil Delight or Crushed Curry.
  • White Craft Ink was used with the small stamp to add color to the tips of the layers on some and Rich Razzleberry on others.  Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp was used on some in Rich Razzleberry.
  • Use your bone folder to slightly curl each petal.  If you accidently chop off a piece, not to worry.  Plants are not perfect and besides you’ll never see it anyway.  Layer with multipurpose glue trying to twist each layer so that the petals do not align.  Build all your pieces then add them to the Styrofoam with hot glue.  I added the largest first, medium and small last.  Use the roses to fill spaces inbetween pieces.  Add circular strips here and there.
  • Cut a piece of Burlap ribbon to fit around container and hot glue.  Make a Burlap bow by looping four times and tying in center with Linen Thread.

Seriously, this piece could be used for your own home decoration (I plan to make an accompanying piece) or as a gift especially for someone in the hospital or nursing home as they take no care.

Can’t wait for the kit class later this month…

We are getting snow today…first of the winter so it’s a little exciting because snow is rare here.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Staying inky will make you HaPpY!

 

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2017 December – Calendar…

It’s time for the new year and we are so ready with our new 2017 handmade calendar.  Did you follow along?

This post has been so much fun to do and I know it will be special all year long.

Here’s December…

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Thanks goodness for Paper Pumpkin!  This turned out even better than I had hoped and seriously so easy…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar Papersource.com, cut outs SU! Paper Pumpkin
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Sequins

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  • Run the calendar page through Big Shot using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
  • Add the first row of houses framelit to page with multipurpose glue.
  • Add the second row of houses with dimensionals.
  • If you’d like to stamp a greeting on the snow layer, do it now.
  • Add the trees and snow with double dimensionals.

Seriously, did we just finish the last calendar page?  Let the HaPpY dance commence!

Tomorrow is New Years Eve.  I’m sending you the very best wishes for the new year and thank you so much for reading my blog!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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or tomorrow.

Let’s get inky together and be HaPpY!

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2017 November – Calendar…

Thanksgiving which falls in November is my favorite holiday…

So this month’s page had to be special too.

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I do love this page and it’s really quite striking and simple to make.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Calendar preprinted from Papersource.com plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Ken Oliver’s Color Burst pigment (Amazon), SU! Water Color Pencils, VersaMark Ink
  • Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Embossing Powder, Vintage Leaflits Framelits, Aqua Painter

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  • Spray a piece of water color paper with water liberally.  Add Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts.  I used yellow, red, purple and green.  Spray with more water if you want more movement of color.  Let dry.
  • Cut large maple leaf with Leaflits Framelits.
  • Stamp with Gorgegous Grunge splat stamp in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat..ahhhh!
  • Attach with multipurpose glue to calendar page.
  • Scribble a shadow with Smoky Slate water color pencil.  Use Aqua Painter to smooth.  I made six of these and on the first one my Aqua Painter picked up pigment from the leaf spreading it through my gray scribbles.  I liked it!  So all of the others were painted this same way.  Cool.

This is one of those happy mistakes that happen ever so often for me.

One more month to go…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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like family.

Get yourself inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

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2017 October – Calendar

For this month of the calendar I went back to the Holiday catalog and used some of my favorite Halloween stamps and framelits to create a spooky night scene…

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This month features one of my favorite stamping techniques…masking.  I sweat it creates magic every time!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar Papersource.com.  Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Peek A Boo Peach, Whisper White
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Sweet Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Halloween Scenes Edgelits, 1-1/2″ circle punch

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  • Punch circle from post it note and stick to calendar page upper left corner.  Mask printed calendar with post it notes.  Sponge back ground with Soft Sky ink.  Remove masks.  Using negative space mask for moon, sponge with Daffodil Delight.
  • Cut one house from Smoky Slate and trim away tabs.  Cut door and window.  Stamp spider web and roof line in Basic Black.  Cut a piece of Peek A Boo Peach and glue to back of window.  Attach to calendar with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp banner and sentiment on scrap Thick Whisper White and cut out with framelit.  Add over door of house with dimensionals.
  • Cut tree from Basic Black CS.  Add to calendar with multipurpose glue.

Pretty sure my “littles” will love this calendar page when October rolls around next year.

Two more months to go and this year of blogging will be history.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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seriously.

And get inky…be HaPpY!

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2017 September – Calendar…

September is the month of weather changes and cooler temperatures.  But in many places its the time of festivals and state fairs.  It’s also my birthday month and this page needed to be special…

How about this?

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This new set caught my attention in the 2017 Occasion Catalog…did you see the carousel horse?  Oh my!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar Papersource.com.  Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight plus Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Early Espresso and Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamps:  Carousel Birthday and Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  In Color Enamel Shapes, 1/2″ circle punch

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  • Cut the Designer Series Paper 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ attach to calendar page with SNAIL
  • Stamp Gorgeous Grunge in background a couple of times in Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamp carousel  and swirl designs on sides in Early Espresso over splats.
  • Stamp carousel on a scrap of Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder.  Now there are two thinlits in the Up & Away Thinlits Dies that will cut the cupcakes, but I “fussy cut” and made it one piece.  Either way, you need two cupcakes of each color.
  • Attach cupcakes with dimensionals.  Add enamel shapes to each.
  • Punch center of carousel with 1/2″ punch and add to center with dimensional.

Doesn’t this carousel just make you smile?  I like it and it’s my birthday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

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2017 August – Calendar

It’s summer time, scorching hot…what would taste REALLY good?  Ice cream!

The new stamp set Cool Treats and coordinating framelits Frozen Treats make the perfect combination for tasty summer treats…

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I ended up stamping direct to paper and not using the framelits yet (ideas are rampant), but look how great they turned out!  This set has everything right down to the cherry on top!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Papersource.com for preprinted calendar page
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Slush, Limeade, Old Olive and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Cool Treats
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Aqua Painter

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  • Stamp sentiment center top in Archival Basic Black
  • Stamp center treat in Strawberry Slush.  I went over the treat with Aqua Painter to smooth then stamped accent with Strawberry Slush.  Stamp stick with Crumb Cake.
  • Position and stamp other two treats.  One is Pumpkin Pie with Early Espresso and the other is Limeade with Old Olive.  Stamp sticks in Crumb Cake.
  • Using the Bermuda Bay water color pencil, scribble below and to one side of each treat.  Go over with Aqua Painter to smooth color.

They look fresh and good enough to lick don’t they?  I want to get the Designer Series Paper that coordinates with this set and make lots more cute cards.

It’s the day after…whew!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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cool.

Stay inky and HaPpY!

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2017 – July Calendar…

So succulent plants are a hot trend for 2017…I’ve heard this.  Personally, I absolutely love them and have several.

So what did SU! do?  They have new stamps sets, framelits and kits featuring succulents…

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I have a terrarium and it’s amazing.  It doesn’t have succulents in it but I promise it never needs a thing (water, food, etc.)!  Perfect plant.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for July…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar source Papersource.com
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Old OLive, Pear Pizazz, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Live, Love, Grow (pg. 147 Annual Catalog)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments: SU!  Water Color Pencils, Aqua Painter or Blender Pen

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  • Stamp sentiment upper left corner
  • Stamp Terrarium in Smoky Slate.
  • Stamp dirt in Crumb Cake and details in Early Espresso
  • Stamp tallest plant on right in Pear Pizazz and Old Olive.  Make a mask for this plant by stamping on post it note and “fussy cutting” image.
  • Cover tallest stamped plant with mask.
  • Stamp shortest plant in Mint Macaron and Pear Pizazz.  Make a mask for this plant by stamping on post it note and “fussy cutting” image.
  • Cover smallest stamped plant with mask.
  • Now stamp second tallest plant next to tallest plant in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  Remove mask from tallest plant.
  • Stamp last plant on left in Mossy Meadow
  • Remove mask from smallest plant
  • Using the Smoky Slate water color pencil, scribble some shadow lines under terrarium.  Wash over with Aqua Painter and water.

How quick was that for planting a terrarium?  Store your “fussy cutting” pieces in the stamp set container to be used again.

Thanks so much for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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celebrate.

Inky is HaPpY!

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2017 June – Calendar…

Taking a ride in a hot air balloon over Santa Fe is on my bucket list…

So when this new stamp set and coordinating thinlet set appeared in the 2017 Occasions Catalog, I was over the moon!

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How much fun would that be?  And on an “adorable” scale…I give this one a big fat TEN.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar page from Papersource.com.  Thick Whisper White, Peek A Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder Cardstock plus Carried Away Designer Series Paper.
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Up & Away Thinlits Dies

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  • Cut your Designer Series Paper 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″.  Attach to top of calendar with SNAIL
  • Cut hot air balloon from Thick Whisper White Cardstock and set aside.
  • Cut top two sections of balloon in Peek A Boo Peach
  • Cut bottom three pieces of hot air balloon and piece for basket from Watermelon Wonder
  • Dot multipurpose glue on back of Whisper White and add each piece starting at top.  Attach to calendar with multipurpose glue
  • Cut clouds from Thick Whisper White and add with dimensionals.

How cute is this calendar page…made in what, 15 minutes?

Thanks for stopping by today…hope your Christmas plans have all fallen into place and you can relax for a bit.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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and it does.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

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