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Haunted Houses…

There should be a law against someone having as good a time as I’ve had the last couple of days playing with the Home Sweet Home Framelits and a Halloween theme.  I’m guilty…lock me up!

First, let me say I absolutely love Halloween…love dressing up my house and me and seeing all the kids too.  For the kids that I know, they get really special treats which I hope to share with you in future posts just in case you like Halloween as much as I do.

Today though, I want to share this haunted house neighborhood…


Can you see the lights?  There’s one in each house (mounted underneath) and one between the trees in the graveyard.  Trying to take a picture was a little challenging, but seriously you should see how cute this is in lower light!

Here are a couple of close ups in case you’d like to make some haunted houses too…


Here’s the graveyard.  You can just see the light between the trees and the witch and ghost flying through the air are actually on pieces of window sheet…


This little house isn’t quite as spooky as its neighbor…but I love its little pumpkin patch.


But this little house has spider webs and ghosts.  I pulled the door open so you could see the light inside.

Here are some Stuff ‘N Digits for you but trust me, your creativity will go wild as you begin to create your neighborhood…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Spooky Fun and Sweet Home, Gorgeous Grunge on house roof tiles
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Halloween Scenes Edgelits, Window Sheet, Brick Embossing Folder


  • The whole thing sits on a box made from Basic Black cardstock 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 1″ on all sides, cut tabs and add Tear & Tape to attach tabs to sides.  The white border is Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut with the roof shingle thinlit and glued around.
  • Once your base is made, make your houses.  The directions with the Home Sweet Home Thinlits are simple.  (Tip:  cut your cardstock sheet in half lengthwise and you can fit both sides of the house.)  When you cut your house sides, be sure to place your door and window thinlits too.  One house is cut from Basic Gray which I ran through the Big Shot with the Brick Embossing Folder.  I used the Basic Black ink pad directly to the embossing folder to get the variation in color on the bricks..  Cut your roof shingles.  It takes ten for a whole roof.  Glue your tile layers together for each side of the roof then glue to house.
  • The funest (I know that’s not a word) part is decorating with all the spooky stuff.  Those pieces flying above roof tops and trees are attached to small strips of window sheet with the stamped piece glued to one end and the other glued to a tree or roof top.
  • Once you know where you’ll be placing your houses, punch a hole and stick the light through from the base bottom.  Add a little glue to bottom of house.
  • The fence was cut from Basic Gray and a larger area left at bottom so you can score and fold to make your fence stand up.  UseStrip Adhesive on the bottom of the fence ledge.  Color any white that may show with your Basic Gray marker.  The two trees were added the same way as the fence.  The gravestones were stamped and cut with thinlet.  They were also added with Strip Adhesive to create a graveyard.  The light was placed behind one of the trees which gives a great shadow when the light flickers.  The witch is added to the back tree with window sheet strip.
  • The “grass” was purchased at Hobby Lobby and glued with Multipurpose Glue.

You know I have to make another one…for “the Littles”.  They will love this at their house.  Once that is done…Oh! a Christmas Village complete with Santa’s sleigh!  See you later…I gotta go!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’m all black, purple and orange…but HaPpY!



Framed for Me…

This week I made and posted a framed monogram for a sweet friend and neighbor who I wanted to thank for a favor.  It was made in colors she frequently decorates with which I love, but I wanted one for my house that coordinated with my colors…


Now these colors go perfectly in my house and the frame’s artwork resembles some of the flourishes Stampin’ Up! has available in stamps right now.

The frame came from Hobby Lobby and the opening is 4″ x 6″.   Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla and Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • Ink:  Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey
  • Stamps:  Letters to You, Floral Phrases and Timeless Textures
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Letters Alphabet


  • The Very Vanilla Cardstock was cut 4″ x 6″.  Using the border stamp from Timeless Textures in Smoky Slate stamp around all edges.
  • Using Mint Macaron stamp the roses from Floral Phrases in two places.
  • Use Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with the checked border in a couple of places, the cup bottom circles, polka dots and flourishes in a couple of corners.
  • Add some splatters to the center of piece in Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate.
  • Cut four “M”s from Mint Macaron cardstock.  Stamp the the letter in Mint Macaron on Mint Macaron cardstock and set aside.  Glue the other four “M”s together with multipurpose glue and add the stamped M on top.
  • Place stamped background inside frame and glue the stacked “M”s to the glass outside the frame with multipurpose glue.
  • This frame did have room for any dimension in the artwork so the stacked letters were placed outside.  Works fine for me!

We all make tons of cards and I find it refreshing to work on home décor pieces to decorate my home or give as gifts.

Hope you are planning a wonderful and hopefully cooler weekend.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


A belt?  Who heard of such a thing?

Get yourself inky…and Be HaPpY!



Seaside Sampler…

This past spring several of my stamping peeps and I shared art for a spring sampler.  I have to say it turned out so well and is one of my most treasured pieces.

But today I took the spring sampler down and hung up a new sampler for summertime.  Using the Designer Series Paper By the Shore and stamp set Seaside Shore in addition to Swirly Bird and Painter’s Palette.  I finished this sampler today and couldn’t wait to share…


  • I found this 10″ x 10″ frame last week at Hobby Lobby and knew it would work great for this project.  There is about a 1/2″ space between the glass and the back of the frame which makes it possible to create three dimensional squares.
  • The center measures 5″ x 5″ and each square is 2″ square.  You can see I used the Layered Square Framelits which made it easy to cut these out and know they were perfect.
  • The background is a single sheet from the DSP.  The different square highlight the variety of designs in the DSP.  Colors are Dapper Denim, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron and some Soft Suede.
  • In the center I used the easel frame from the set Painter’s Palette to create the sign in the sand.  And the little sail boat is from the set Swirly Birds.  Lots of small pieces stamped and “fussy cut” until I felt there were plenty of pieces to work with.
  • The small squares are Dapper Denim cut with the scalloped Layered Square Framelits and the DSP square were all cut with the corresponding straight square.

Here are a couple of close up shots of the squares in case you’d like to case.




I’m so glad this project was finished before summer ended.  I need more summer decorations…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


It’s so much more fun!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Thank You Gift…

Aren’t good neighbors the best?  I have a good friend who is also a neighbor who helped me a couple of weeks ago with my fur babies while I drove “the Littles” home.  Kept me from having to load them up in the car along with the kids and all their stuff.

So I have made a thank you gift for her to show my appreciation…


The initial of her last name is the same as mine.  Once I had this finished, I seriously considered keeping it!  But no, I can always make me another one and I know how much she loves this color combination.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Smoky Slate and Coastal Cabana
  • Stamps:  Timeless Textures, Floral Phrases, Touches of Texture and Letters to You
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Basic Pearls and Large Letters Framelits


  • The Frame is from Hobby Lobby and the opening is 7″ x 7″.  I took out the mat that had a 5″ x 5″ opening and used the whole 7″ x 7″ space.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock 7″ x 7″ and the Thick Whisper White 6″ x 6″.
  • There is space between the glass and the back of the frame so I could use some dimensional pieces.
  • I started by sponging the background of the Thick Whisper White piece with Coastal Cabana leaving the center the lightest color.  Then I used Timeless Texture border in Coastal Cabana all around the outside edges.
  • Stamped the rose from Floral Phrases in a couple of places with Coastal Cabana and the dots border in Real Red here and there plus the checks border from Timeless Textures in Smoky Slate here and there.
  • The Touches of Texture flower was stamped in the center in Basic Black, Daffodil Delight for the spots background and the flower petals.
  • The “M”s were cut from Bermuda Bay.  I used one of the floral designs and stamped over one “M” with Bermuda Bay for some texture.  Then I cut four more “M”s and glued them all together and then to the center of the piece.
  • Three Itty Bitty flowers were punched and placed with glue dots.  The centers are Basic Pearls colored with black permanent marker.
  • Glue the Whisper White layer to the Bermuda Bay layer with multipurpose glue and place inside frame.

This little project makes a great hostess gift…

Hope you enjoyed this project are having a great day.  We are suffering through another day of insufferable heat and humidity.  We may just get a break this weekend…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!


Shadow Box Card Swing…

Over the years (too many to mention) I have made more boxes and 3-D items than I can count.  But never a “shadow box card”…

Here’s my first one…


This is one of those projects you can get lost in…once the box is made, it’s all play time.

The inside of this card is 4 1/2″ square and was made with a 12″ square piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock.  The scoring is fairly simple, but the cutting of the corners need more attention.  I watched this YouTube video to be sure the corners were cut correctly.  Once you have made one…you too will want to make more.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  12″ square Crumb Cake Cardstock, plus Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach
  • Stamps: Sitting Here
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Itty Bitty Flower Punches, Bird Punch (leaves)


  • For your reference here are the score lines for all four sides of the 12″ cardstock piece:  3/4″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/4″ and 3″.
  • Once you have all these score lines in go back and score one side at the 3 3/4″ mark down to the second score line, turn 180 degrees and repeat these two score lines.
  • Watch the video about trimming all four corners and then burnish all score lines well with your bone folder.
  • Add your Fast Fuze or Tear Tape and begin folding your frame.
  • Cut a background for your frame (I used Very Vanilla cardstock here).  Do your stamping with the swing, color with Aqua Painter and Crumb Cake ink in pad lid.  Add shadows under the swing.  Now place inside your frame and enjoy decorating with the flowers, pillows and kitty or dog.  All of these pieces were stamped on Thick Whisper White, colored with markers and “fussy cut”.  Dry emboss on your sponge mat with a rounded pen or maybe the larger end of score tool to get dimension for each piece.  Add with Dimensionals.
  • All the flowers were punched and placed on mat.  I used smooth end of Piercing Tool to push in centers to give dimension and a journaling pen to add dots to centers.  Punch stems and leaves with Bird Punch from Mint Macaroon cardstock.  Lay stems down with dots of Tombow glue first.  Then add flowers with glue dots.  Add a couple of stems on the outside top right corner the same way.
  • The flower pot was added to the front of the frame with glue dots after dry embossing from back.

My little mind is very busy imagining these shadow frames for the holidays in various sizes.  What a nice gift that would make too!  Oh! what about a wedding or new baby?  Ahhh…it is maddening.

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did making it…I see many of these in my future!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


But she still got the prince!

Are you HaPpY?…get inky!



Shhhh…Yoga in Session

Did I ever mention I’m a yogi?  And for more than eight years I’ve gone to this sweet and wonderful yoga instructor.  All my strength and flexibility is gained from this class and it is amazing.

Every week we have class there are people who arrive late, climb all over those already set up and into their practice.  It is distracting and our sweet instructor is not one to turn anyone away no matter how late they arrive.

So tomorrow I’ll give her this sweet sign to post at the door…


It can hang like a plaque…


This plaque was made the same as the one shown a week or so ago.  You can see that here.

In the photo that shows the side view I was trying to show the Wink of Stella on the lifted butterfly and splatters over the surface.  This was stamped and colored over a retired DSP I had hoarded because I loved the color.

The finished surface of this plaque is 6 1/2″ square, one inch deep and has a duplicate square glued inside for stability.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  DSP of your choice which will make your color choice for you.  The letters are in Lost Lagoon and the boxes in Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Lost Lagoon.
  • Stamps:  En Francais, Nature Walk, Timeless Textures, Best Thoughts and Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Little Letters Framelits, hole punch and ribbon matching your color choice.  Here I’ve used Lost Lagoon.


  • The two boxes are 8 1/2″ square Thick Whisper White scored at 1″ on all sides.
  • Cut a 8 1/2″ square of your choice DSP and attach to one box with Tombow Glue.  Burnish score lines and cut tabs.
  • Do all stamping while the box is still flat.  Edges were stamped with Timeless Texture edge in Crumb Cake.  En Francais background stamp in Basic Black to right side.  Flourish and circles from Timeless Texture were also stamped in Crumb Cake.  Bee in Basic Black.  Stamp flower in Basic Black.  Add splats of Crumb Cake around flower bloom.
  • Cut letters from cardstock.  Draw pencil lines for placement and glue.  Add shadow with journaling pen to right of each letter.
  • Color flower in Baja Breeze and shade with Lost Lagoon.  Color leaves and stem with Old Olive.  You can also shade with marker of same color where you want the color more intense.
  • Stamp butterfly on scrap Whisper White.  Color and “fussy cut”.  Add Wink of Stella Clear.   Place butterfly with dimensionals.  Splatter surface with Wink of Stella.
  • Add tear tape to taps and fold into a box.   Punch two holes at top, thread ribbon inside and tie in a knot.   Fold second Whisper White square into a box the same way and insert like a box bottom into the stamped front.  Glue sides together with glue.

I love making these pieces for all kinds of uses.  This one just may improve our yoga class…

Loved stamping with some of my peeps today.  It’s fun showing all the new products and looking at the catalog together.  We lose all track of time!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



And if you’re inky…you are HaPpY!



Enjoy the Little Things…

Six days a week you will find a new project posted here…Often I’m asked, “where do you find inspiration?”  Everywhere!

Last weekend a friend and I went to the first every Strawberry Fields Guild open house.  Propped up against the wall on the floor was this artwork…


I would guesstimate it was 16″ x 20″ and I loved it!  I left it there on the floor and came home and made this…


What do you think?  This little beauty measures 6 1/2″ square and was made from two pieces of cardstock.

Here’s a side view so you can see the Wink of Stella Clear, the dimension of the butterfly and the depth of the plaque.  See those Wink of Stella splatters?


The splatters were a mistake.  Shaking the pen to keep the sparkle going the picture was splattered with Wink of Stella.  Knocked the breath out of me for a minute as this was the last thing before finishing.  Then I decided I loved the effect and splattered even more!

Are you interested in the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Peekaboo Peach
  • Stamps:  Clearly for You (retired, No.5), Nature Walk (retired, Bee), Timeless Textures (edges), Best Thoughts (large bloom), Birthday Blossoms (large leaves), Awesomely Artistic (ferns & group flowers), Layering Love (sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge (splats), En Francais (retired, printed text)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Washi Tape, Wink of Stella Clear, Ribbon or cord/twine for hanging, hole punch


  • Cut two 8 1/2″ square pieces of Thick Whisper White and score all sides 1″.  Cut one side of each tab.
  • Start by sponging the edges with Crumb Cake, then stamp edge from Timeless Textures around the edge and over the sponging.  Then add splats with Gorgeous Grunge and Crumb cake over that.
  • You can follow this example exactly or substitute stamps you may have I didn’t use.  I did use an Aqua Painter to lightly color with the lightest shade and once dry went over the image with the darker color where shadows would be.  Watermelon splats were added to the larger flower when dry with Gorgeous Grunge.
  • The butterfly was stamped, colored and “fussy cut” before adding with dimensional.  Add Wink of Stella on butterfly and splats if you want them.
  • Once all your stamping is done, add tear tape to each tab and fold into a box.  Do the same with the second 6 1/2″ square.  Run a coordinating Washi Tape around all four sides of your stamped “box”.  Lay the plain square inside the stamped square and punch two holes for the ribbon/cord to thread through.  Now remove the unstamped box and run the ribbon/ cording through the stamped box and the plain box tying a knot to secure. Place the two boxes together just like a gift box would close.

I am just so happy with this little plaque and hope to find more time to explore this type of project into gift sets with maybe a couple of smaller plaques that would coordinate.  My “to do” list just gets longer each day!

So my point is there is inspiration everywhere…

Today begins the Memorial Day Weekend where we honor those who serve and sacrifice for all of us.  Since we have a son-in-love who is currently serving in Seoul, South Korea, this holiday has special meaning.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


I sure hope so…

I’m inky…and HaPpY!





Amy’s Birthday Surprise…

My daughter-in-love’s birthday was yesterday so I waited to show you this project today so I wouldn’t ruin her surprise in the mail…


Wish I had thought to retake this with the photos I had of them inserted.  They were taken at Thanksgiving of their entire family including the new puppy…a French Bulldog named Stitch.  And I loved the saying included on the mat of this frame.  This frame measures 8″ x 23″ and was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Here’s a close up of the flowers created with the Botanical Builder Framelits…


Selecting colors is the hardest part of this project I think.  I wanted colors to coordinate with the colors of the mat and copy, but I also wanted the colors to go with her home décor.  They live in Florida so all the foliage and flowers are perfect.

Once you’ve decided on your color palette, cut twice as many of everything in all your colors (including white) that you think you will need including leaves.  You can save your leftovers for other projects…they come in handy!

Stamp and sponge the leaves and flowers that will need it all at one time.

Now you’ve got everything ready and you can relax and enjoy creating your “garden” at the top left and lower right corners.

The leaves were mostly mounted with Tombow Glue or glue dots right to the glass.  The flowers were built with glue dots and dimensionals.  Once your flower layers are all put together, place them on the glass with dimensionals in a formation that pleases your eye.  You just can’t mess us with these flowers…

Once the photos were in it was really cute.  She’s lucky to get it cause I almost kept it!

Hope your Tuesday has gone well so far.  Be sure to stop back by tomorrow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


What a nice thought…

If you are inky, you are HaPpY!


Birthday Bulletin Board…

Now everything is ready for Lyla’s birthday next weekend.  She will be so surprised to see this bulletin board for her room…


Here is the bulletin board pictured with the frame made from a box that started it all and the box from yesterday’s post to hold her push pins on the right.  Here’s a close up of the push pins…


She loves flowers and butterflies and the little pompoms are the cherry on top!  Here’s a close up of the name…


and a shot of the frame in case you missed that post…


This is a Kate Spade box that just couldn’t be thrown away and that’s Lyla and her buddy Stitch who adore each other.

This bulletin board is from Hobby Lobby and measures 36″ x 24″.  I used  Basic Black craft ink and a dauber to polka dot the frame.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for the name…


  • Paper:  Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White and Blushing Bride Cardstock and Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  none
  • Stamps:  Botanical Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Basic Pearls and Botanical Builder Framelits, Little Letters Framelits (retired)


  • The Basic Black layer is 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • The Watermelon Wonder layer is 6″ x 4″ attached to the Basic Black layer with Tear Tape
  • The DSP layer is 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ attached to Watermelon Wonder layer with Tear Tape
  • Cut letters with Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and attach to DSP layer using Thin Tip Glue
  • Punch leaves and flowers with Botanical Builder Framelits and arrange at top left corner
  • Punch a few Itty Bitty flowers, add pearl to center and attach with glue dots.

This has been a really fun project to make and Lyla will love this on the wall in her room.  I can hardly wait to give it to her.  Because she considers herself an artist, she will appreciate the love built into this gift.

We are enjoying a glorious day here and I hope you are too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Let’s get inky together and Be HaPpY!




Lyla’s Birthday Box…

Next week is one of the Littles birthday…Lyla will turn nine.  There have been a couple of projects in the works here in the studio and I’d love to show you this one…


That’s a shot of the top and here’s another angle…


and here’s the inside…


Pretty sure she will love this box…and what will be inside it too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Backing sheet from DSP pack and Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Thick Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Mossy Meadow and Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Botanical Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1 1/4″ Satin Watermelon Wonder Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Botanical Builder Framelits


  • From the DSP packing cardboard cut (2) 4 1/2″ squares.  Cut top DSP 5″ square and inside DSP 4 1/4″ square.  Cover one piece of cardboard with the DSP you want on top folding around and gluing with Tombow glue.  Add 4 1/4″ liner with glue.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon 26″ long and glue down center of the covered square leaving 9″ on one end.
  • Let’s make a hinge for our box.  Cut a 4″ x 3″ piece of Thick Whisper White and score at 1″ and 3″.  Burnish score lines.  Glue one side to bottom of box.
  • Let’s make the box…Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 6″ x 6″.  Score 1″ on all sides.  Snip one side of corner.  Burnish all score lines and using Tear Tape glue tabs inside box.  Let’s make a hinge for our box.  Cut a 4″ x 3″ piece of Thick Whisper White and score at 1″ and 2″ on the 3″ side.  Burnish score lines.  Glue one 1″ side to bottom of box.
  • Glue this box with hinge in place to the 4 1/2″ covered square you just made over the ribbon.  This is the bottom of the box.
  • Now let’s make the box top.  Cover top side with the DSP and glue to inside.  Glue ribbon and hinge to opposite side of box top then cover with 4″ DSP square.
  • Inside cut a 4″ square to cover the bottom of the inside.  Cut four 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ strips to glue to the sides of the inside of the box.
  • Cut four strips of DSP to cover the outside sides of your box.  Tie your ribbon in a bow to close.
  • Decorate the top with blooms and pearls.

I promise you this is an easy project.  Took me maybe one hour to make.  The flowers took longer that the box!

What could these be?


Tune in tomorrow for more projects for Lyla’s birthday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!