Archive for Holidays – Page 2

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!


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…


  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar page from  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


  • 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…


and it does.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!


2017 May – Calendar…

By the time the month of May rolls around next year, we will all feel like kicking up our heels…

To highlight that spring feeling, the new stamp set Beautiful You was my choice.  This is certainly a unique stamp set for SU! and I’m loving it!


Doesn’t she look happy?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Source for preprinted calendar page is  The quality of the paper works well with ink, stamp, water color and brushes.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black (it’s water proof)
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and High Tide (water puddle)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Aqua Painter, Blender Pen or small round brush with water


  • Stamp girl in Archival Basic Black.
  • Stamp water image from High Tide stamp set at her feet.
  • Stamp sentiments.
  • Using the new SU! Water Color Pencils, color image.  I used Calypso Coral (lightly) for her skin.  Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso for her hat.  Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point for her dress.  And Baja Breeze for the water.  Some of the Melon Mambo was scribbled in the water to insinuate a reflection.

So many ideas for this set are waiting in line to be made.  I’ve just run out of time before traveling for Christmas.  My sketch book will be full by the time I return, so look for many more examples from this set coming soon.

Yesterday Sweetums and I traveled to Nashville to visit with “the biggles”.  It kills me I didn’t get a picture of Gavin (he’s really a good looking kid), but he was on a “short leash” and expected to be at work.  I did however, steal a quick one with Kendall (she’s having a baby in March!)…


Hope you will follow along as I post the remaining months to end the year…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



And whatever you do…stay inky and HaPpY!


2017 April – Calendar

Seriously…you didn’t think this calendar was going to be completed without these cute little chicks, did you?

April seemed the most appropriate month to add these feathered girls…


This will put a smile on my face all month long this spring.  Fortunately, this is mine because it has a oopsie.  But, hey, that’s life, right?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar from, Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Hello Chick and Birthday Banners (sentiment banner)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Aqua Painter


  • Stamp banner and sentiment on Thick Whisper White scrap and cut with Bunch of Banners Framelit…set aside.
  • Stamp chicks in Archival Basic Black ink (it is water proof)
  • Color chicks with Water Color Pencils.  I lay down all my colors at once, even the ground shadows, and then go over everything with the Aqua Painter cleaning brush on pad or paper towel between color changes.
  • Add sentiment banner to top right corner with dimensionals.

How easy was that month?   And, oh so cute!

Today is a travel day to Nashville to see “the biggles”, my oldest g’kids.  We are planning a lunch out and then a visit to see my g’daughters new digs and nursery!  Should be a great day…I may show pics tomorrow.

Hope you are finding an end to your holiday preparations and beginning to relax and enjoy the season.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Got to get a little ink on today…and Be HaPpY!



2017 March – Calendar…

March 2017 will be a HUGH month in our family…we are expecting an addition!  Since one of the calendar’s I’ve been working on will be for my granddaughter who is expecting, the month of March was made with a theme she likes and includes a frame for a picture of her new son and the sentiment “Hello Handsome” on just her calendar.


The other three calendar pages (I’m making four at once) look the same with the exception of the navy frame and sentiment.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Other than the calendar page which is from, $9.99, Dapper Denim, Thick Whisper White, Old Olive, Smoky Slate Cardstock
  • Ink:  Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sky and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Always an Adventure and Happy Happenings (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Outdoor Adventures Framelits, Window Sheet (if you are making a frame) and Scalloped Square Framelits


  • Cut a frame using the Scalloped Square Framelits using Dapper Denim CS.  Cut a piece of Window Sheet the size of the largest Framelit and glue to back of frame with multipurpose glue.  Add Adhesive strips on three sides on the back of the frame.  Set aside.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White stamp bear in Early Espresso, tent in Crumb Cake, two trees in Mossy Meadow, the hot air balloon in Real Red.  When cutting with framelits also cut clouds and tips of mountains.   Cut mountains from Smoky Slate and trees from Old Olive using framelits.  Once everything is cut, set aside.
  • Stamp “lake” in Soft Sky at bottom of blank space.  Add mountains in background.  Cut bottom edge of snow caps and glue to mountain tops with multipurpose glue.
  • Add row of trees cut from Old Olive CS over mountains with multipurpose glue.
  • Add tent to left side with multipurpose glue.
  • Add hot air balloon to top left corner with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp sentiment in top right corner with Archival Basic Black ink
  • Remove protective strip from adhesive on “frame” and add to calendar leaving opening at top.
  • Add one cloud to top left of frame with multipurpose glue
  • Add second cloud over hot air balloon with dimensional.
  • Add bear to bottom left corner of frame with multipurpose glue
  • Add two stamped trees to lower right corner of frame with multipurpose glue.

I’ll keep you posted on the arrival of this lil’ guy.  I know mom will be happy to slide his picture into this calendar frame come March.

My activities these last couple of days have been cook, cook, cook and wrap, wrap, wrap.  I think I’m done!  Whew!…not sure how things always get behind when it seems there are less sleeping hours and no “sit down” time.

Thanks for stopping by…here’s your “B-ism” for today…


how appropriate.

Stay HaPpY…get inky!




2017 February Calendar…

Are you running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off?  Me too!  Geez, things were supposed to be falling into place by now…

Three more days and my ducks better be in a row because we will be hitting the highway.  We will be keeping “the littles” the week after Christmas, but there are projects planned for you each day with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I’m pretty sure you will be as busy with your family as we will be with ours…

Today’s post is the month of February.  Did I tell you there are four of these calendars in the works at the same time?  Yep…


Awwww…isn’t that sweet?  The tiny note inside that cute envelope does slide out with a message.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ calendar from, Real Red and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Real Red and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Sealed With Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Square Stitiched Framelits, Square Scalloped Framelits


  • The DSP is 4-3/8″ x 4-1/4″ attached to calendar with SNAIL.
  • The Real Red Scalloped square is 2-3/4″ square attached with multipurpose glue.
  • The Thick Whisper White square was stamped with Basic Black and attached over the Real Red layer with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut one small envelope from Thick Whisper White and one envelope flap liner from DSP.  Attach liner with SNAIL and use glue dots to attach bottom of envelope after burnished well with bone folder.  Attach envelope to stitched Whisper White layer with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut inside message from Thick Whisper White.  Stamp solid hearts in Real Red and Blushing Bride using markers.  Stamp outline of hearts with Basic Black.  Pick one of the tiny messages and stamp in Basic Black.  Slip into envelope.
  • Add the “kiss” to the Valentine date on the calendar in Blushing Bride.

Once you get started with art for these calendar pages, it’s almost addictive.  This is our fourth year making these calendars so I’m guessing that makes it a “family tradition,” right?

Sweetums and I are enjoying our last weekend together cooking and wrapping, but today we’re going to take a break and go to the movies.  Tomorrow it will be way too cold to go out I think.

Hope you are enjoying preparing for your holiday fun too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Let’s get inky together…and be HaPpY!


Peeps Christmas “Shoebox”…

Today I’d like to highlight the “shoebox” swap we had yesterday in the studio with some of my stampin’ “peeps”…

It’s amazing we finished the desk calendar shown yesterday plus all these projects in a little over two hours so everyone went home with six pieces and all so different which really surprised all of us since there was no coordination at all beforehand.


This project was designed by Jeanette Stepanske who has been stamping for a little over a year.  She makes some of the most beautiful, personalized projects and constantly amazes me with her ideas.  This little “book” filled with peppermint M&Ms measures 3″ x 4″ and ties shut with ribbon.


Barbara Philpott  who is in my downline designed this 3-D tree ornament using the Star of Light stamps set.  Four stars were stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock, stamped and embossed with Copper Embossing Powder and cut out with Starlight Thinlits.  She scored each piece in the center then we folded, burnished and glued the pieces together including a loop of Copper Thread in the center before gluing the last section.  Mine immediately went on the tree!


and the inside…


We will all need “thank you” cards after the holidays are done and Jan Guider has designed a classic navy/white card combining embossing, with a Swirly Bird piece and the “thanks” thinlit then added punched and sponged flowers.  Add the bit of bling with the pearls and you have the perfect card.


How pretty is this New Year’s card?  Carol Mitchell designed this card for the group using the stamp set Here’s to Cheers.  Here’s a peek inside…


Perfect card for greeting the new year.  If I told you Carol has only been stamping for maybe four months…you’d probably not believe me…but it’s true!


How elegant and simple is this black/gold combination card?  Patty Hickman who is in my downline designed this card for the group.  She had already paper-pierced the front (thankgoodness!)  And here’s a peek inside…


Isn’t it pretty?  The black/vanilla color combination along with the gold is so striking in person.


And Dana Beaty who only be stamping for a couple of months brought everyone these chocolate/pecan pretzel treats.  We didn’t even have to make them…she did all the work for us!

So now you see what I mean when saying we had such an awesome collection of totally different projects to take home.  Not to mention the unbelievable food that was shared.  Turned out to be the best Christmas party in the history of Rambling Rose Studio!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these projects…wish you could have been here!


Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Hope you are inky like me…and HaPpY!




Christmas with the Peeps…

Today’s class was a special one.  The “peeps” all agreed last month that we would entertain each other with a “shoebox swap”, small gifts and lots of yummy sweet and savory food.

Here’s a pic I took just after we exchanged gifts and had tasted all the delicious food (I should have taken a pic of the table…it was loaded!)…


It’s hard around the holidays to find a date that works for all, but we set a date and stuck with it.  Look how neat everyone’s space is?  That didn’t last very long.  From left:  Jan, Dawn, Dana, Carol, Jeanette, Patty and Barbara.  What a great group!

Today I’ll show you my shoebox share and later this week the other projects we shared…


A small desk calendar for 2017 with a coordinating pen and on the back…


A post it note pad.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Real Red Cardstock plus Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Perfect Blend
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bic Pen, 2017 Calendar (Tayloredexpressions. com),


  • Cut your base cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score on the 11″ side at 4″, 8″, 9″ and 10″.  Burnish all folds making a “W” with the last three score lines, or mountain, valley, mountain if that’s easier to remember.  Attach last 1″ score to inside to create the calendar stand.  I used Tear Tape.
  • Cut a strip of your DSP 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ and a coordinating DSP 4-1/4″ x 1″.  Attach together with SNAIL then to bottom of one side of calendar stand.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock 1/4″ bigger  than your calendar on all sides.  Attach calendar to this piece of cardstock with SNAIL and then to calendar front over DSP with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock 1″ x 3″.  Wrap pen and make a crease in cardstock for the pen.  Then glue this piece together up to the crease line leaving room for pen to slip in.  Glue the pen holder to inside of calendar frame at front or back, whichever you prefer.
  • Glue post it note pad to back.
  • This calendar can be decorated with flowers, birds whatever you like.  Since I’m a coffee nut, we used the retired Perfect Blend stamp set to make the coffee mug and stamped our sentiment on the label.

The Bic pen was covered with a coordinating pattern using hot glue and slipped inside the holder.

Here’s a pic of a small gift given to each “peep” today…


and inside…


All in all it was a great day.  Our projects were quite varied (I’ll show them this week) and we didn’t even plan what each would bring.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you have checked out the year end sales at  Any of the products can be ordered from this blog site by clicking on the “shop now” star to the right…just sayin’!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


got mine on all the time.

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!


Hooty Christmas Wishes…

Who loves owls?  Me!  And I bet you do too.  What could be cuter than two owls from the Cozy Critters stamp set?  Love that fox in this set too.

I created a small night scene for this nocturnal pair with some sponging, a big full moon and some stars and then added the happy greeting from the Greetings From Santa stamp set.

Maybe what gives it that little special “something” is the window sheet encased in the card front…


Aren’t they the cutest sitting there in the moonlight?  And here’s the card opened…


A little masking and out comes the moon and stars!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus By the Shore Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Cozy Critters and Greeting from Santa (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Window Sheet, Owl Punch, Confetti Stars Border Punch, Post It Note for masking, sponge, Circle Framlits and 1-3/4″ Circle Punch


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • Score card front at 2-3/4″.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 4-1/8″ x 2-5/8″ and attach to top card front with SNAIL.
  • Center a 3″ Circle Framelit over 2-3/4″ score line and cut card front and DSP at same time.
  • Cut a piece of window sheet 4″ x 2-5/8″.  Glue with Multipurpose Glue to inside top of card front.  Fold on score line and attach bottom of card front over window sheet with glue or SNAIL.
  • Using a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch cut a sheet of post it note.  Add the circle where you want your moon positioned on inside top of card.  Mask top and bottom.  Sponge Island Indigo with moon mask in place.
  • Remove moon mask and using the negative piece of post it, sponge moon with Daffodil Delight and More Mustard around edges.  Remove mask.
  • Punch stars from Whisper White and attach over sky using Multipurpose Glue.
  • Cut a 2-5/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of DSP for bottom of inside card and attach with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White 2-1/2″ x 4″.  Stamp sentiment and attach over DSP with SNAIL.
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp two owls and color with markers.  Stamp one branch in Old Olive.  Punch out owls and “fussy cut” branch.
  • Add branch and one owl with Multipurpose glue.  Add second owl with dimensionals placed on back of head.

The window with the night sky showing makes this card just a little something different.  I’m not sure I’d want to mass produce this card, but I’ll enjoy sending it to someone special who loves owls as much as me!

Got a little “day trip” planned tomorrow to a quaint little town for a Christmas celebration with a couple of friends in Franklin, Tennessee.  Ever been there?  It’s such a cute town especially at Christmastime.

Hope you will enjoy your weekend too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky and be HaPpY!


Ballerina Christmas Ornament…

Last year I made several of these Christmas ornaments, just in a different kind of frame.  This frame can stand alone or hang from the tree…


and here’s one other color combination…


Now I’m aware this stamp set is retired (surely I’m not the only one who kept it), but when you are preparing for a Christmas Market, you pull everything out hoping you have just what people are looking for.

Last year I made so many of these and most were special orders.  I shipped many all over this country to surprise little ballerina’s everywhere…

These frames are not like the ones I had last year (cause I couldn’t find them anywhere), but I think I like these even better.  They can stand alone or hang which is kind of neat.  I found them at Michael’s in case you have one in your market.  They had squares too.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for today…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Pool Party Ink, Blushing Bride and Real Red Markers.
  • Stamps:  Totally Trees and Sparkly Season
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Frame, 1/4″ Pool Party Ribbon and Linen Thread


  • I used the paper insert from the frame to cut the shape from Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  Stamp ballerina a little off center in Basic Black.  Stamp ballerina on post it note and “fussy cut” a mask.  Cover the first ballerina with the post it note mask.
  • Stamp background in Pool Party.  Stamp tree twice.  Remove mask…magic!
  • Lay bottom 1/3 of background piece on Dazzling Diamonds and draw or cut around bottom edge.  Hand cut top of Dazzling Diamond piece with slope shape and use multipurpose glue to attach to stamped background.
  • Color skin, hair and tutu with markers.
  • Insert into frame and make multi-looped bow at bottom tied in center with Linen Thread and attached with hot glue.   Use 9″ of ribbon to loop and hot glue to back for hanging.

Sending you the best of wishes for a HaPpY Thanksgiving with friends and family…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Share some stamping with your family and Be HaPpY!


Market Tree Ornament…

Here is another idea for a thoughtful gift that I plan to have at the Christmas Market next week…


The nice thing about these frames is they can be hung from the tree or stand alone…


The frames were found at Michael’s.  Another good thing about these frame is they do not have glass but a window sheet.  You can delete the window sheet and make your insert/decoration three dimensional.

You can see I have used November’s Paper Pumpkin to create these ornament backgrounds.  How sweet is that?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  November Paper Pumpkin for blue insert, Real Red  and Old Olive Cardstock and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Blossom Punch, May Flowers Framelits, Christmas Stocking Thinlets, Real Red 1/2″ Satin Ribbon


  • Cut Glimmer Paper background.  This frame took 2-1/4″ square.  Cut blue insert from Paper Pumpkin 2-1/4″ and attach to Glimmer Paper with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut another 2-1/4″ square Glimmer Paper and hand cut in half making slopes.  Add one over blue layer with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut “Noel” from Real Red cardstock and add over Glimmer Paper with multipurpose glue.  Insert layered square inside frame.
  • Cut two sizes flower from Real Red and attach with dimensional.  Cut center from Glimmer Paper and attach with dimensional.
  • Cut two Old Olive leaf branches and attach to one corner of frame with hot glue.  Add flower over top with hot glue.
  • Cut a 9″ piece of ribbon and add to back of frame with hot glue for hanging ornament.

It has really gotten down to crunch time for the market and I have begun to price items and pack them.  I’ve got to find a place to stop making things because I want to create a “stamping area” where people can give stamping a try.  I hope to interest some potential customers and maybe even a new team member or two!

You may not know this, but I live in Chattanooga and if you have seen any national news today, you may have heard about the school bus wreck here yesterday afternoon.  What a tragedy and sad loss of life.  Keep these families close to your hearts…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


be kind.

Getting inky will make you HaPpY!