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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…


  • 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


  • 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!


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…


Be HaPpY…stay inky!


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…


Here’s a different view…


plenty of room inside to write a love note…  And a close up…


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…


  • 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…


  • Cut the tabs on each end and slightly trim the one side…


  • 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″


  • 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…


And stay inky…you are sure to be HaPpY!


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…


here’s a peek inside…


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…


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…


  • 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


  • 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…


like today.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



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…


and another angle…


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…


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

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • 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


  • 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…


be HaPpY in it and get yourself inky!




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 (  CoNgRaTs Rosemary!  Send me an email at 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…


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…


and another angle…


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!


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…


  • 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


  • 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…



Staying inky will make you HaPpY!



Cloud Nine Birthday…

This interactive birthday card was just a hoot to put together.  Even though I knew what it was supposed to do, I still squealed when it actually worked…

Here’s the card front…


How much fun are these hot air balloons?  When you slip off the belly band, you get this…


How much fun is that?  Of course, the Carried Away Designer Series Paper was awesome to work with.  This was my first twist/pop card so it took me about an hour to make.  I do think it would go much faster next time I make one.  You can watch videos on YouTube if you need that type of visual, but I will give you all the “digits” today and hope you’ll give it a try.  I would do a video for you, but I’m really behind from being gone a week and with the start of Sale-A-Bration and the new Occasions Catalog today I’m feeling like…eeeeekkkkk!

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


  • Paper:  Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White and Calypso Coral Cardstock, plus Carried Away Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Lift Me Up
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Up & Away Thinlets Dies


  • The Mint Macaron base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The DSP layer on the front cover is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the card base cut two DSP layers 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach with multipurpose glue to inside top and bottom.
  • For the belly band cut DSP 1-1/2″ x 13″.  Wrap around folded card and attach with SNAIL where the band overlaps.  With Thinlet Dies cut different colors for hot air balloon to match your DSP and one hot air balloon…mine is Night of Navy.  Sponge back of hot air balloon with multipurpose glue and arrange different colors over glue.  Glue balloon at an angle to belly band and set this piece aside.
  • Stamp front cover sentiment on scrap Whisper White and hand cut cloud shape.  Attach to lower right corner of card front with multipurpose glue.  Cut clouds and one of smallest balloons and attach to top of card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Let’s make the twist/pop mechanism.  Cut a piece of Mint Macaron CS 8″ x 3-1/2″.  Score at the short end at 1-3/4″ down the center.  With a pencil on the long end, mark at 2-1/4″ and 5-3/4″, turn to the other long end side and make the same marks.  Line up on score board one top mark and the opposite side bottom mark and score.  Do the same with the other side.  You have created an “x” pattern.  Fold the center fold in “mountain” fold.  Lay piece flat and fold each side of the “x” score lines toward you and burnish.  Be sure to burnish all these score lines really well.  Push the center folds to the center so that your piece looks like this…





  • Burnish well.
  • Lay your card base flat with inside showing.  Lay a ruler across your card so that you can see the center point.  You can mark that with an “x” because this will be covered anyway.  Add Tear ‘n Tape to both sides of triangle.  Remove protective paper from one side and align your twist/pop piece just below center point you marked and attach.  Now remove protective paper from other side and close your card.  Burnish front and back while closed.  Now open you card and you can see how this piece works.


  • Now let’s make the piece where your art will be.  Cut a piece of Mint Macaron 10″ x 3-1/2″.  Score on long side at 2-1/2″, 5″ and 7-1/2″.  Make the center score a “mountain” fold and the other two “valley” folds.


  • Lay your card flat and center this piece over the twist/pop piece.  Fold back the right panel.  See the rectangle in the twist/pop piece at the top?  Mark with and “x”.  Now fold back the left panel and mark the rectangle at the bottom with an “x”.  Add Tear ‘n Tape to these two rectangles.  Center your art piece panel over the twist/pop piece.  Hold in center and remove protective paper on the right and attach.  Repeat on the left.  Fold your card and burnish well.  Open it…Ta-Da!
  • Now all you do to finish is decorate your four panels and add pieces for writing your message.  I used a piece of DSP for my panels 3-3/8″ x 2-3/8.  At the bottom the Calypso Coral is 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ and the Whisper White is 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″.
  • Close your card and slip on the Belly Band.  Alright, take it off and watch it open again…and again…etc!  It’s really cool isn’t it?

If you have read all these directions and not just skipped to the “B-ism”, then I know you can do this card.  Take it one step at a time and enjoy the creative process.  You will be so proud of yourself.  There will be more posts with this technique and I will seriously try to get a video done…maybe “live”!  Wouldn’t that be fun.  But, if you want to watch a video on YouTube, search twist/pop card.

Woke up to no TV’s working…drives me nuts.  Not that I watch them past the news in the morning, but I like the noise in the background.  Try calling your service sometime…it’s an international experience!  If you need a catalog…let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  It is an exciting day at Stampin’ Up! as the new spring catalog is released today and it’s also the start of Sale-A-Bration where you can earn FREE product…YAY!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


what I need after that call that lasted 90 minutes…and they still don’t work.

But I can always get my fingers inky and Be HaPpY!


Winter Adventure…

There are several January birthdays on my calendar to celebrate…

Today the stamp set Always an Adventure and coordinating framelits Outdoor Adventure were put to use to create a winter scene that will work perfectly for those winter birthdays…


and a peek inside…


This really could work as a non-gender card.  And this stamp set is in the Annual SU! catalog on page 64…did you miss it?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate and Emerald Envy Cardstock, plus Carried Away Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Always an Adventure and Beautiful You (sentiment) from Occasions Catalog
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Outdoor Adventures Framelits, Stitched Framelit Circles, Wink of Stella and Dazzling Diamonds


  • The Thick Whisper White card base is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The background DSP is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The “sun” is the largest Stitched Circle Framelit attached to card front slightly left of center with SNAIL
  • Cut mountain range from Smoky Slate with framelit.  Trim at the bottom once you know where you want the peaks to be.  Add to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut snow caps for mountains by placing just the tips of the mountain range framelit over a scrap of Whisper White.  Trim bottom edge of snow cap then attach to mountain with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the  row of trees from Mint Macaron.  Trim the bottom once you know where you want the tree trops to be.  Add to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White CS 5-3/8″ x 2-1/4″.  Hand cut the slope horizontally.  Use one piece in front of the other and add to card front with SNAIL.  Add Clear Wink of Stella to top edge and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Cut three Emerald Envy trees with individual framelits.  Add two with multipurpose glue and one with a dimensional.

Since this is my first post of 2017 (I don’t post on Sundays), I have to ask…Did you make any New Years Resolutions?  Seriously…I don’t.  What I do is adopt a word for the year.  And this year there are actually two words…”Be Brilliant!”

If you were going to adopt a word for 2017, what would it be?  Leave me a comment and share your “2017 Word”.  I will pick one person for a personal gift from me to be announced on Friday.  This will be an honest random pick…maybe I’ll let Sweetums pick!

Hope your day is marvelous.  Remember the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration starts Wednesday!  If you need a catalog, let me know.  If you want to shop, you can click on the “shop now” star in the right column of this blog.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



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…




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!