Archive for Holidays

Holiday Metallics…

Throwing caution to the wind, I followed an idea that came to me using a dark background with several shades of embossing powder.  See what you think…

Now that’s drama isn’t it?

This is another flat card with lots of eye candy.  Don’t get me wrong…I love layers!  But when you are mailing lots of cards, it can get expensive really quick.

This sentiment is retired, but there are several offerings in the Holiday Catalog that would be as pretty…I just don’t have them yet.

This is a two-step stamp so I used that to my advantage and created a background with Craft White Ink before stamping the wreath.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits if you’d like to give this one a try…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Early Espresso Cardstock, plus Gold Foil Cardstock
  • Ink:  Craft White, VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Feeling of Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White, Gold, Silver Embossing Powder, White Paint Pen, Embossing Buddy


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Gold Foil layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The Early Espresso layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Use your Embossing Buddy all over the surface of this layer.
  • Stamp the wreath background in Craft White Ink and dry with heat gun.  Stamp wreath in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Silver EP and heat.  Stamp berries in VersaMark around the wreath, sprinkle with Gold EP and heat.
  • Use the White Paint Pen to color bow and add highlights to berries.
  • Stamp sentiment at bottom of card front in White Craft Ink, sprinkle with White EP and heat.
  • Attach this layer over Gold Foil layer with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ layer of Gold Foil with a Thick Whisper White layer on top 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached with multipurpose glue.

Another dramatic but flat card for easy mailing during the holidays.

Hope you are having an awesome day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Have a good tone, but come back Monday!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!


Good Tidings…

So today I guess I’ll jump in like Hobby Lobby and Michaels who have had their Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween decorations up since the middle of June and show you a few Christmas card ideas…

Hope you don’t mind.

Love the traditional look of this one.

Lots going on with this single layered card.

and a peek inside!

I haven’t done this technique in quite a while and really enjoyed putting this card together in these traditional holiday colors.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Powder Pink, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Baked Brown Sugar (retired, you could substitute Crumb Cake)
  • Stamps:  Good Tidings and Sheet Music Background
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Black Micron Pen or Journaling Pen, Post It Notes, sponge


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The top front layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add Post It Notes to create border.  Stamp holly in Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.  Stamp berries in Powder Pink and Real Red.
  • Using sponge create background color.  Add music notes in Soft Suede.
  • Remove Post It Notes and stamp sentiment in Early Espresso in top left corner.
  • Add freestyle border with Micron or Journaling Pen.
  • Inside the technique was repeated using the smaller holly stamps.

This is a flat card with a lot of interest…but no extra postage!

I love the look of this technique and if you have never tried it, I hope you’ll give it a go.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep, so go for it!

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


Fall Lantern…

Today’s post is another fall card perfect for the season or for someone having a birthday during the fall months.  I’ve always been in love with all kinds of lanterns and actually have one almost like this one hanging on my front porch…

I see this pop up and it just makes me smile…

You can see some of the layers in the close up shot…


Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you just in case you are into the fall season like me…


  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock and Water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Seasonal Lantern
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large round water color brush, Early Espresso marker for splats, yellow and orange watercolors, Lantern Builder Framelits,  Strip Adhesive and Blender Pen


  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The water color layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Wet your watercolor paper leaving a white edge with no water.  Drop the orange color at the bottom and the yellow at the top and encourage them to meet in the middle.  Let dry then splatter with Early Espresso marker and add sentiment (I cut my stamp in two pieces) at top left corner in Archival Basic Black.  Add this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the largest lantern first from Thick Whisper White.  Stamp bow, berries/leaves, candle and gourds on scrap water color paper and paint with reinker in pad lid and a Blender Pen.  Cut out with coordinating framelits.
  • Add black pieces to solid white lantern.  Add a smudge of Daffodil Delight for candle “glow”.  Two of the gourds and the candle were added with multipurpose glue.  Everything else was added with dimensionals.
  • Add lantern to lower right corner of water colored piece with multipurpose glue and the whole layer to card front with Strip Adhesive.

There will be more cards made with this lantern for the holidays!

Hope your Wednesday is awesome.  You know mine will be as soon as I see my daughter walking toward me at the airport!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

the best day ever!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



Autumn in Pink?

Well, sure you can have pink greetings in the fall season and maybe nobody will think you’re crazy.

I just love the way this little water color card came out.

a glamour close up…

A side view shows the “art” is lifted with Strip Adhesive.

Water color is a medium that takes patience and you’re always surprised by how it turns out when dried.  It can also be difficult if you don’t plan ahead for layering…

These two colors were left over on my palette after a water color online painting class and I just wet a piece of water color paper cut to card size and splashed it on when cleaning up one night.

The next day when I came into the studio I started working with the new Painted Harvest stamp set and this was my second card.  I hope you like it and if you’d like to try this technique, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large round water color brush, Black and Early Espresso markers and Strip Adhesive


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The water color paper is 3-5/8″ x 4-3/4″.  The water color was put on the water color paper really wet first one color and then the second.  I let them work on the paper lying flat and encouraged movement with a brush with just water.  Then I left it to dry overnight.  I know lots of people dry their paper, but you might be interrupting some great patterns that might not happen if you do.
  • Once your piece is dry, start with the base flower and Daffodil Delight, over stamp with Crushed Curry off setting the image.  Then with the detailed flower stamp add Pumpkin Pie.  Try inking with Cajun Craze just on the tips of the petals and around the center.  If you like it, do it one more time.
  • Stamp the center with Soft Suede and using Black marker add small dots around the perimeter of the centers.
  • Stamp greeting in Early Espresso.
  • Add to card front with Adhesive Strips.

How fun was that?  Wonder what blues would look like?  Oh! and that Lemon Lime Twist…I gotta go now.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!



Autumn Sun…

Is there anything prettier than a sunflower?  We are so lucky that five minutes down the road there are acres of sunflowers blooming every late summer.  They are magical to see and for me a magnet to try to draw and paint.

Recently I ran down the road (not literally) and for $15 they gave you a large plastic bucket to fill with however many sunflowers you could fit inside!  They also provided a sharp knife to cut the taller than me stalks.  I was in heaven.  Here is a photo quickly snapped to give you an idea of the beauty.

So when the Holiday Catalog was released a couple of weeks ago, you would have laughed to see me jump up and do my “HaPpY” dance…it’s not a pretty sight!

The preorder arrived yesterday afternoon…and yes, that’s the first stamp to see ink from the box.  Here’s my first sunflower card…

…and the sentiment is perfect!  Many of you know Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday.  What’s not to love about a holiday with no gifts and amazing food!

This is a two-step stamp stamped on wet water color paper in contrasting color.

Used the new leaf punch for some textural effect…and of course, the Linen Bow!

and a peek inside.  This leaf is “fussy cut”.

So if you love sunflowers as much as I do and you’d like to make this card, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Thick Whisper White and Early Espresso Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Early Espresso and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Leaf Punch, water spritzer, Strip Adhesive


  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Early Espresso layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The water color layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Spray the paper to moisten thoroughly (wet but not puddling).  Stamp solid sunflower in Daffodil Delight.  Let the paper work for you.  Stamp leaf in Lemon Lime Twist.  While the paper is still damp, stamp the second more detailed sunflower over the first stamping in Crushed Curry and the leaf in Old Olive.  On scrap water color paper, moisten then stamp a second leaf like the one on the card front and also the fernlike leaf with Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.  If it’s too green, clean your detailed stamp and over stamp in Daffodil Delight.
  • Add punched leaf with “mini” dimensionals letting it fall off the right side a bit.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black once the water color paper is dry.  Add Linen Thread cross at bottom of this layer with SNAIL.  Attach bow with glue dots.  Video on making this bow here.
  • Add this layer to card front over Early Espresso layer with Strip Adhesive.
  • Inside the Early Espresso layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL over the Early Espresso layer.
  • Fussy cut “fernlike” leaf and add with glue dots.

It’s Friday and “date night” at my house.  Hope you have great plans for the weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

today…just today.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!



Metallic Burlap…

There’s no good reason why I’ve waited to get ink on this Burlap background stamp.  But now that I have, you can see it makes the perfect background for this metallic bouquet…

Silver , gold and copper flowers?…yep.

The Beautiful Bouquet stamp set combined with the Bouquet Bunch Framelits made putting this card together a breeze.

The 1/4″ Copper Trim ribbon makes a beautiful bow to hold the bouquet together.

This might make a nice Christmas card option and I could see using this as a wedding card too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Soft Suede Cardstock, plus Copper Foil.
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Archival Basic Black, VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet, Burlap Backgound
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold, Silver and Copper Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, 1/4″ Copper Trim, Bouquet Bunch Framelits


  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″.  Stamp background with Crumb Cake.  If you’d like your background softer, stamp off first.  Attach to card front with SNAIL.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White CS stamp flowers in VersaMark ink then cover with silver, copper and gold embossing powder and heat.  Cut out flowers, tag, bouquet wrap and a white sprig with Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  Cut two copper sprigs, cut stems from Soft Suede CS.
  • Assemble bouquet on card front using multipurpose glue, glue dots and dimensionals.  Add Copper Trim bow with glue dots.  Tie Linen Thread bow on tag and add with glue dot.
  • Inside the Crumb Cake layer if 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Add 1/4″ trim from front background along the bottom with SNAIL.
  • The envelope flap was also stamped with the Burlap background in Crumb Cake.

Hope your day is going fantastic…hump day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

What would you ask from her?

How about inky fingers…then you’ll be HaPpY!


Christmas Welcome…

Here it is Memorial Day Weekend and what am I doing posting a Christmas card?  I may have set a record for myself!

While working with this At Home With You Bundle, I couldn’t resist the Christmas decorations…you don’t mind, do you?  Maybe it will make you feel cooler.

Here’s the door…

Isn’t that a HaPpY door?

So this door is grey.  We’ve had a red and a blue door so far.  I tried to emulate stucco with the water color paper in the background.

Side view.  Lanterns, wreath, garland and package are all popped up with dimensionals.

And a peek inside.

There may be some other stamping peeps out there who will try this Christmas card in May…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Smoky Slate, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  At Home With You
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  At Home Framelits, small round paint brush


  • The Smoky Slate base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Starting 1″ from the bottom, wet the water color paper.  Using a small round brush, drop Smoky Slate reinker into water and randomly brush the ink.  On the bottom 1″ after the top has dried, wet this area and drop Smoky Slate and Soft Suede.  After this dries, used the edge of a Basic Black Ink Dot and swipe across this 1″ area for dimension.  Add this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • On Thick Whisper White CS stamp door in Archival Basic Black Ink.  Let dry.  Add reinker to Smoky Slate ink pad lid and paint just the door.  Use marker to trim around door and windows and door handle.  Cut out door with framelit and add to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • On scrap water color paper stamp garland, two lanterns, wreath, welcome mat and two presents.  Color all pieces with brush or marker then cut out with framelits.
  • Add all these pieces with dimensionals except the mat (use multipurpose glue)
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black and second gift with dimensional or SNAIL.

I’m just proud as a peacock to have made a Christmas card in May…this has to be a first!!!

Hope you have wonderful plans for your Memorial Day Weekend which will include a quiet remembrance for those who have passed while serving our country.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky…Be HaPpY!


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)…


  • 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


  • 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!


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


  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


  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!



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


Emboss and bleach technique.

February 2016


Masking and bokeh technique.

March 2016


Botannical Gardens Framelits were a favorite.

April 2016


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

May 2016


These created a stir.

June 2016


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

July 2016


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

August 2016


Simple and interesting.

September 2016


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


Loved this set at first sight.

December 2016


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…