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Carousel Birthday Slider…

When I watched this video by Tanya DeRoy, I knew this slider card was going to be added to my list of favorite cards to make and give.  The step-by-step directions and photos below will help you to create this fun card.  But, if you’d like to watch Tanya’s YouTube video, you can find it here

Here’s the card…

How cute is that?  And…it is interactive.  When you pull the tap, the horse moves to reveal a birthday message.  Now I changed a few things from Tanya’s but either way it’s a fabulous card that is not gender or age specific.

Here’s a close up showing the sponging on edges and Silver Metallic embossing…

and showing the pull tab…

and a peek inside…

Let’s make this slider today…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla Cardstock plus Cupcakes & Carousel Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Calypso Coral plus you choice of colors for pony
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (sentiment), Carousel Birthday and Gorgeous Grunge (splat)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Accent Pearl, Decorative Label Punch. Word Window Punch (retired), VersaMark Ink, Silver Embossing Powder, Sponge, water color pencils or markers for pony, Adhesive Strips and Lots of Labels Framelits

Digits

  • The Peekaboo Peach base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Calypso Coral layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • The top DSP layer is 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ and the bottom DSP layer is 2″ x 5-1/4″.   Sponge edges with Early Espresso.   Attach the bottom DSP layer first on the Calypso Coral layer with SNAIL.  Stamp circus tents across the top DSP layer in Early Espresso.  The top DSP layer overlaps the lower layer.  Slide the Word Window Punch from the bottom of this layer all the way in and centered, punch.   Slide the Word Window punch to the right and line up the side of the layer with the side of the punch and punch again.  Then slide to the left and align the same way and punch.  Your piece should look like this…

  • Using the Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp and VersaMark, stamp all over this layer, sprinkle with Silver EP and heat.
  • Lay this layer over the card front and trace the opening in pencil.  Stamp sentiment centered in the space with Early Espresso.  Let dry then erase pencil marks.
  • Lets make the slider now.  Cut a piece of Peekaboo Peach 1-1/2″ x 5-3/8″.  Cut a piece of DSP 5-5/8″ x 3/4″, sponge edges with Early Espresso.  Attach the DSP to the center of the cardstock with SNAIL.  Using Lots of Labels Framelits cut one end only…Trim the DSP if needed at straight end.

  • Turn your card front face down and position your slider over the opening.  Using Adhesive Strips make a stop at the end of the slider and add strips on each side of the slider to create a channel for the slider to move in.  Then add adhesive strips around outside edges.  You card layer back should look like this…

  • Remove slider and attach this layer to card front.  Insert slider and add double dimensionals at the stop end.  Add Pearl or anything else you have to use as a decoration at the end of the slider.
  • To make the label at the top of the card, punch one layer in Calypso Coral with Decorative Label Punch and cut in half lengthwise.  Stamp sentiment in Calypso Coral on Peekaboo Peach CS and punch.  Sponge edges with Early Espresso.  Add the Calypso Coral pieces to back of sentiment with SNAIL positioning so they show at top and bottom.  If the side center points  of the Calypso Coral layers show, trim with snips.

  • Stamp Carousel Pony on scrap Thick Whisper White.  Color with markers or water color pencils.  Coat with Fine Tipped Glue and let dry.  Fussy Cut then add to double dimensionals at end of slider.  Position so that horse will slide easily past label at top of layer.

  • Inside the card cut a Calypso Coral layer 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.   Add the Calypso Coral layer with SNAIL.  Cut a Very Vanilla layer 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp the Very Vanilla layer sentiment in Calypso Coral and the tents in Early Espresso.  Sponge all edges with Early Espresso and add layer over Calypso Coral layer using SNAIL.
  • The envelope, which I haven’t shown was also stamped with the circus tents in the lower left corner with Early Espresso.

NOTE:  You will notice this card pulls to the right.  You could make it go either direction, but it just seemed more natural to me as the pony is facing that direction.

Isn’t that just cute and clever?

Yesterday my son was here on business and we were able to sneak in a lunch date.  He’s the dad of “the littles”.  Thought you might like to meet him…

His name is Jeff and this is a rare occasion.

Mother Nature pulled a trick on our Spring-like weekend and sent cool temps with rain today.  On the bright side it makes for a great stamping day!

Have a great rest of your weekend and I hope to see you back here on Monday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Keep those fingers inky…Be HaPpY!

 

 

 

B

Make A Wish…

On page 43 of the Occasions Catalog you will find the Window Shopping Bundle.  This is a classic set that will never go out of style and works for every single life event you can think of.

Earlier three different Window Shopping boxes have been featured…none of them faintly resemble the other.  But in addition to boxes that celebrate the event, cards of all kinds can also be made.  Demos have not been notified what products from the Occasions Catalog will carry over to the new annual catalog for 2017-2018, but I sure hope this one does.

Here’s a cherry birthday card that is non-gender or age specific…which are the best kind.

and a close up…

Love those candles…

and a peek inside…

This would be a great card for almost anyone I know.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Window Shopping, Wherever You Go (sun rays) and Feather Together (card front sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Window Box Thinlits Dies, Bermuda Bay Sequins

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card measures 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Cut candles using thinlit from Window Box.  Cut 1/8″ x 1-1/2″ pieces of cardstock (2) Calypso Coral, (1) Daffodil Delight, (1) Soft Sky and (1) Bermuda Bay.  Add these pieces using SNAIL or multipurpose glue to back of card so colors show through on candles.  Cut (1) piece of Daffodil Delight 1/4″ x 2″ and attach behind flame.  Stamp sunrise in Daffodil Delight over candle flames.  Add sentiment in Bermuda Bay.  Add sequins with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ attached to card base with SNAIL.
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached over the Daffodil Delight layer with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ attach over the Bermuda Bay layer with SNAIL
  • Stamp sentiment in Bermuda Bay and add sequins with multipurpose glue.

So if you agree this bundle makes great 3-D projects and cards, don’t wait to see if it is carried over.  You can click the “Shop Now” star and order this bundle at my online store.  The bundle number is 144743, $50.25 AND you will be eligible for a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift…how sweet is that?

I’ll have even more samples from this bundle in the next few days…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

Get inky…be HaPpY!

 

B

Foxy Gift Box…

I may have mentioned a time or two we are expecting a new baby in our family…Well, maybe I’ve mentioned it more than that but we are excited to meet this little guy next month.  My first great-grandchild is due March 20th.

Naturally I shared the Woodland themed shower invitations and today I’d like to share a gift box in the same theme made with the Window Box Bundle……….

The new Window Box Bundle is so versatile.  Recently I showed you a gift box that looked like this…

and last Friday I shared this box made into a tea light…

and today’s box looks like this…

Made with a woodland them for my g’daughters shower.  How different are these three boxes, right?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this box…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Smokey Slate, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White Cardstock, plus A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Foxy Friends
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments: Window Box Thinlits Dies, Stitched Square Framelits, White Thick Baker’s Twine

Digits

  • Cut two box sides from Smokey Slate CS.  Trim sides tabs from one box side only.  Turn the two box sides opposite each other (one top up and one top down).  Glue side tab of one box side to the side where you trimmed away a tab.
  • Burnish all score lines and begin gluing with multipurpose glue each tab in place.  Do not glue tabs of one box top so that you can open your box.
  • Cut three Calypso Coral and three Pool Party squares with Stitched Framelit gluing around the box sides.  Cut three DSP patterns and another three different patterns with the next smaller Stitched Square Framelit and glue over solid cardstock square around box.

  • Cut two box tops from DSP using the box framelit and glue to top of box inside and out.  The flags were “fussy cut” from DSP and glued to inside of box top.
  • Stamp fox on Whisper White CS with Calypso Coral.  I fussy cut the fox and then cut the head  away from the body.  The body was glued to top of box and the head was placed with dimensionals.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and heart in Calypso Coral then cut with framelit.  Attach to fox with White Thick Baker’s Twine
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on a scrap of Thick Whisper White CS.  Cut this piece with sentiment 5/8″ x 4-1/4″.  Score each side of sentiment and again 1/8″ from first score so that you can make this piece stand up using dimensionals.  Tag ends with snips.
  • The flags were “fussy cut” from DSP and glued behind sentiment.

I have no idea what will go into this box, but I know my g’daughter will love it.

Tomorrow I’ll share the thank you note cards made to coordinate with the woodland theme…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

 

B

Friends & Hearts…

There are so many different parts of my “job” I love and one of them is being able to make just a little something for a friend “just because”.  We don’t always need a reason for a thoughtful gift…

So I made this for a neighbor/friend I met only a year or so ago.  We just “clicked” and have so much in common…

Being as Valentine’s is next week, this seemed the perfect gift to share with her…

And a close up…

There aren’t many instructions for this one.  The frame is from Hobby Lobby and should fit in nicely with her home décor.  Hopefully she will use this each year at Valentine time.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Gray and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree and Hello Life (retired, sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Confetti Hearts Border Punch, Craft White Ink, small round brush

Digits

  • The open in this mat is 5″ x 5″ so I cut the Thick Whisper White 5-1/2″ square.
  • Stamp the tree image slightly left of center in Basic Gray.  With small round brush and Craft White Ink Refill, highlight left side of tree trunk and top side of limbs.  Let dry or heat.
  • Punch hearts with Confetti Hearts Border Punch with Real Red Cardstock.  Using Multipurpose Glue add hearts.  I kept the larger ones to the center and smaller hearts out.  Place a few hearts falling to the ground.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Run a bead of multipurpose glue around edges and place behind mat.

Classes today and Monday here at Rambling Rose Studio.  We are making some really pretty projects I hope everyone will be excited about.

Spring weather is back here in Tennessee…I’ll take it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

My two furbabies always dance with me rain or shine…

Stay inky…Be Happy!

B

Hello Succulents…

How many ways can you love a bundle?  The Oh So Succulent Bundle on page 21 of the Occasions Catalog has to be one of the top sellers in this catalog.  This bundle confirms my original thought when seeing it…there’s nothing you can’t make from paper…

Today’s post uses an old technique with a new product to perfection…

In the background is yet another project with this bundle…

Stamped or three dimensional this set is right on trend.

A close up of the coloring technique that keeps the colors vibrant on the Crumb Cake cardstock.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits on this card and the coloring technique…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake and Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Craft White
  • Stamps:  Oh So Succulent and Water Color Wishes Kit Stamp Set (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Succulent Framelit Dies, White Embossing Powder, Water Color Pencils and Black Micron Pen (size .005) or substitute Project Life Journaling Pen

Digits

  • The Crumb Cake base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Before attaching to card front over Whisper White with SNAIL, rub surface with “stamping Buddy” and stamp plants in bottom right corner with solid stamps (not outline) in Craft White Ink along with sentiment of your choice in Craft White Ink.  Cover with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Using SU! water color pencils, color plants.  I used Daffodil Delight with Old Olive for shading and Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry plus Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point.  I did not use water on this project, but there will be one in a day or two.
  • Lastly, the border is drawn by hand with a Black Micron pen and a window sheet cut 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Draw around any images that fall within that space.  Add dots to border
  • Inside the card there is a layer of Whisper White 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.

Without the layers of Craft White Ink and Embossing, you would not be able to maintain these vibrant colors.  It’s just a little bit of magic.

I want to say to all my blog readers…You are AWESOME!  I love all the comments and getting to know you and the types of projects you are interested in seeing and learning.  It’s such a help to me when searching for new ideas and it helps me learn new things too.

And know that there is always an open invitation for you to join my team.  In fact we have a virtual card making class and meeting (well…we will be chatting while we play) coming in the next couple of weeks.  Why not come along with us?  Signing up isn’t a life decision…it’s a no brainer!  Especially during the Sale-A-Bration months of January, February and March with free products and no obligations.  I’d love to talk to you if you are the least bit interested…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and grow!

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

B

Nashville Swapping…

Wouldn’t it be nice if I could share all my swaps from this weekend?  …they are amazing!  Thought I’d try to share these today and maybe more later in the week.

The one really bad thing about all three of these swaps is they did not contain a card with the designer’s information.  I’m hoping if any of them follow this blog, they will leave me a comment…

Isn’t this awesome?  This stand alone card will proudly sit on my studio desk…

As a big fan of the new succulent stamp set, this one really caught my eye.  Love the color combinations and texture created with the woodgrain and the framelit cut outs…

Several of us were talking in Nashville over the weekend and agreed this set is nongender specific or age either…that makes it a winner!  This fold along with the floating balloons created a stand out card for me…

It never ceases to amaze me how talented stampers are every time I attend a Stampin’ Up! event.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these swaps today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

maybe.

Be HaPpY…stay inky!

B

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…

Stuff

  • 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
  • Digits
  • 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!

B

Shaker Bee…

Dragonflies and Bumble Bees…two of my favorite bugs!  So the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Bundle was at the top of my first order from the Occasions Catalog.  And it hasn’t disappointed…

Today I have a bumble bee shaker card for you…

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here’s a peek inside…

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Did you notice the coordinating envelope?  When we have classes here at Rambling Rose Studio, finishing your card with a coordinating envelope is always included because personally I think it shows extra care taken to make the project personal.

Here’s a close up…

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These sequins are retired, but I had them in my stash and thought they looked perfect with this Designer Series Paper.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Daffodil Delight Cardstock, plus Falling in Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams, Butterfly Basics (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (retired), Stitched Circles Framelits, Scalloped Circles Framelits, Window Sheet, Strip Adhesive, Sequins

Digits

  • The Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, folded, scored and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach a band of ribbon at the back of this layer and then to the Daffodil Delight layer with SNAIL.
  • Make several loops for increasing size and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach over band slightly left with glue dots.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Very Vanilla and cut out with Stitched Circles Die.  Attach to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut Daffodil Delight scalloped circle.  Choose a circle size for center and cut away center of Daffodil Delight scalloped circle.  Cut a Very Vanilla Stitched Circle slightly smaller than scalloped circle and use the same smaller circle framelit used on the center of Daffodil Delight circle to cut away center of Very Vanilla stitched circle.  Glue this frame together.  Cut a piece of Window Sheet with same stitched circle framelit and glue to back of frame.  Stamp bumble bee in Archival Basic Black ink and set aside to dry.  This will smear if it isn’t dry so be careful.
  • While your bumble bee circle is drying, cut a circle of Very Vanilla the same size as Window Sheet.  Stamp dots in Soft Sky and Daffodil Delight on one side.
  • Add strip adhesive to the back of circle with Window Sheet.  Lay face down and pull away protective paper.  Add a spoonful of sequins and then apply stamped circle over strip adhesive.  Glue this shaker circle to front of card with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a Daffodil Delight layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a DSP layer 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ on top and finally a Very Vanilla layer 3″ x 4″.  Glue inside card with SNAIL
  • On the cover of the envelope add Soft Sky dots to one side along with some Daffodil Delight dots.  Stamp bumble bee in Archival Basic Black on top.

I’ve just got to make more bumble bee cards…this is a really pretty stamp!

Being a holiday today makes for a quiet day with no mail or deliveries.  Tomorrow I travel to Nashville for the day, but I have already posted a very special project for you so be sure to stop by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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like today.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

B

Dragonfly Art…

Home again from visiting “the littles” and miss them already!  And the flight home was uneventful but late, of course!

Flying is just such an uncomfortable experience anymore.  Never have I seen seats that had straighter backs and absolutely no cushioning at all.  I’m 4’11” and it was a challenge for me to fold myself into that contraption they sell as a “seat”!  But arriving in one hour and nine minutes on a trip that takes 9 hours (if you’re lucky) to drive sends me to the airport every time…

My first day home and I couldn’t wait to get to my studio.  I had spent my down time drawing sketches of ideas in my planner.   Here’s one of them…

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and another angle…

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So you can see the dimension of the frame and dragonfly.  The water color piece was a leftover from another project.  Generally I paint a whole piece of water color paper and save the scraps.  They do come in handy.

You might be able to see the “sparkle” on the dragonfly a little better in this shot…

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You knew I had to get a little sparkly in there.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black Cardstock, Vellum and water color paper
  • Ink:  Real Red and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams and Gorgeous Grunge (splat)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Scalloped Square Framelits Dies, Stitched Framelits Dies, Dragonfly Thinlits, Gently Falling Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment at lower left in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp Real Red splats so that they will show after frame is put in place.  Run through Big Shot with Gently Falling EF.  Attach to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the Basic Black Scalloped frame that measures 3″ x 3″.  The Whisper White frame is a little over 2-1/2″.  Use a smaller square framelit to cut out the center of the Whisper White piece.  You could use anything for the background of the frame…even DSP or stamp a small collage would be nice too.  I just happened to have this piece of water color paper painted.  Glue these three pieces together and place at top right corner of card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The detailed dragonfly was cut from the Valentine Paper Stack and the top layer of dragonfly was stamped with Archival Basic Black on cardstock Vellum and cut with framelit.  Run a bead of multipurpose glue down the center of the DSP dragonfly and place the vellum dragonfly on top.   The wings were painted with Clear Wink of Stella and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. (I had to do it!)  Add a strip of adhesive on the bottom and place on card front.  You can bend the wings a little to give more dimension.
  • Inside there is a piece of Real Red 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a piece of Whisper White 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″.  I stamped the corresponding sentiment in Basic Black, add a splat of Real Red at the bottom and ran just the bottom inch or so through the Gently Falling EF.
  • You can see the envelope was treated to the Gently Falling EF too to correspond to the card front.

So I’m looking forward to getting back into my grove this week.  Hope you’ll stop back by…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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be HaPpY in it and get yourself inky!

 

 

B

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…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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…

supplies

hmmmm…

Staying inky will make you HaPpY!

 

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