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Friend Flowers…

Life would be so much less without friends.  We depend on our friends during difficult times and love sharing life’s joys with them.

I am so grateful to have really “old” friends (like grammar school!) and really “new” friends too.

So today’s post celebrates friendship…

A water color technique which I will reverse in another post this week…

a close up…

there’s a mistake here I will confess to “liking”…

The technique requires water color paper which I love working with because it does most of the work for you…and better!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits (including the confession)…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Penned & Painted and Suite Sentiments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water Spritzer

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The water color layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Spritz paper with water.  The more you want your color to “work” the more water.  Ink up the solid flower and leaf stamps and stamp wet water color paper.  Let the paper do its job for you then dry with heat gun if you don’t have the patience to wait (I never can)
  • Using the solid shading stamps for leaves and flowers stamp over dried ink.
  • Stamp Archival Basic Black outline over each flower and leaf.  Let dry or heat…you know what I do!
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Black and mount water color paper over Rich Razzleberry layer with multipurpose glue.

Did you find the oopsie?  After spritzing my water color paper and stamping the first flowers which I wanted across just the bottom of the card, I realized I had set the spritzer bottle half way on the top of the water color paper.  The bottle had residue from working with Ken Oliver’s Color Burst dry pigment on the bottom.  Ugh!  Just for the heck of it I spritzed the half circle of color and you can see the result…I loved it!

Just another example of how “mistakes” can sometimes be the beautiful opportunity you didn’t expect.  This card and technique are really fun.  I hope you will give it a try and let me know how you like it.

Sweetums is driving to Nashville today to pick up my daughter, Kelly.  She is coming to visit for a couple of days before she returns to Seoul, South Korea…and maybe catch up on her sleep.  I don’t know if he will be able to pry little Henry loose from her snuggles!  I’m so looking forward to our time together!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always a good forecast…

Keep those fingers inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

B

Easter Dogwood…

Recently cute bunnies were posted to celebrate the upcoming Easter season, but today’s post features spring dogwood blooms.

Have your dogwoods bloomed yet?  Mind are buds but will be in bloom before Easter.

Here’s today’s card…

and a close up…

peeking inside…

This is my first time using the water color pencils on Kraft Paper…I learned a few things and hope to do more this week, but thought this one turned out well.  I’m not sure if this is a dogwood bloom but it was close enough for me.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  1. Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Kraft Cardstock
  2. Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  3. Stamps:  Penned & Painted, Suite Sayings (sentiment) and Birthday Blooms (dots)
  4. Tools ‘n Embellishments:  Water Color Pencils, Blender Pen, Window Sheet

Digits

  1. The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  2. The Kraft Cardstock layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp leaves and flowers with outline stamp in Archival Basic Black.  Be sure to let this ink dry…it takes a bit.  Or you can heat it (like me!)  I have no patience…
  3. Color all images with White Water Color Pencil (your colors will be brighter).  Add Old OLive to leaves, Daffodil Delight to flower centers and Melon Mambo to shade from centers of flower petals out.  Smooth colors with Blender Pen.  Be sure to clean tip between each color change.
  4. Cut a window sheet 3-3/4″ x 5″ to use as a template to draw border skipping when you meet the leaves or flowers.  Add dots wherever you like them.
  5. Inside the card the border was drawn again and dots were added to coordinate with card front.

I’ve been playing around with this same set and water color paper.  If it turns out, I’ll post it next week.

  • I would be a poor SU! Demo if I didn’t tell you that until March 31st the best deal SU! makes is still effective.  You can become a demo (with absolutely no obligations to host parties or sell anything) and get $125 worth of product (anything in the catalog!) and only pay $99!  Whoa!  And not only that great deal, but you can pick out two additional stamp sets (anything in the catalog) for FREE!  Sounds like a “no brainer” right?  But the “cherry on top”?  You can be a Rambling Rose “BUD”, meet people all over the world and attend amazing SU! events.  Seriously, there are even more perks I can tell you about…we need to talk!  Remember, this is only available until this coming Friday.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ask me how I know…

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

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Reminiscing…

Last day of 2016.  It has been said you should never look back, but always move forward…

Excuse me if I disagree.  Sometimes it is important and necessary to look back.  How else are you to know how much you’ve grown?  And looking back you can take stock of those things that were a success and remember others that were not.

So today if you’ll indulge me, let’s take a sweeping view of 2016 posts.  I’ll pick my favorite from each month.  For those of you who have been reading this blog for a bit, I’m sure you might have a favorite or two.  I’d love to know if you can remember…

January 2016

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Emboss and bleach technique.

February 2016

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Masking and bokeh technique.

March 2016

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Botannical Gardens Framelits were a favorite.

April 2016

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3-D frame from a box for Lyla’s ninth birthday… with her new puppy Stitch.

May 2016

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These created a stir.

June 2016

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Sweetums loved this Father’s Day card.  I loved that DSP!

July 2016

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This was made to celebrate my son-in-love’s new command assignment.  Lots of response on this one.

August 2016

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Simple and interesting.

September 2016

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Thank you surprise for my “peeps” made big points on Pinterest.

October 2016

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Thoughtful Branches…how I loved this new set.

November 2016

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Loved this set at first sight.

December 2016

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I called this one rustic elegance.

This post has taken me hours…it was so much fun reminiscing through all the posts this year.  Next month I will pass the 1000 mark for posts in three years…that’s just amazing to me.

I’m sending each of you the warmest wishes for the new year and thank you so much for spending time with me on this blog.

Love to you all…

B!

 

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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…

Stuff

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

Digits

  • 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…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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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Stay inky and HaPpY!

B

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…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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

Digits

  • 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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