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A Sweeter Life…

Tomorrow I will be MIA.  Sweetums and I will be trekking to Nashville to hang out with my daughter, g’daughter and new great g’son, Henry!  I will, however, have a post tomorrow for you to enjoy.

With all the meanness going on in the world, especially today in the UK, it’s nice to be able to step back and remember to enjoy life when you can.

And today’s post reminds me there are ways to make someone else’s day just a little sweeter…

and a close up…

making the cooking utensils dimensional…

and the inside layers…

In addition the envelope was lined with the gingham!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Sweet Sugar Plum Cardstock plus Oh So Succulent Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Perfect Mix
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Lace Doilies, Oval Framelits, Medium Hole Punch

Digits:

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • Make a pattern for this apron by cutting a piece of scrap cardstock 3-7/8″ x 5″.  Fold in half lengthwise and mark at 2-1/2″ from one end.  Using an Oval Framelit placed on the folded cardstock at the 2-1/2″ mark, cut through both layers to create the apron top.  Use this pattern piece to trace on DSP and cut out your apron.

  • Punch to holes at top of apron with Medium Circle Hole Punch.  Thread one end of 1/4″ Very Vanilla ribbon from back to front and tie a knot.  Thread through second hole from back and tie another knot.  This ribbon was about 5-1/2″ to begin with.
  • Cut another piece of DSP 2″ x 3-1/4″.  Add SNAIL to three sides leaving the top open and attach to front of apron.  Add contrasting DSP to top of pocket 1/4″ x 3-1/4″ with SNAIL.  Cut doily in half and add to front of pocket under DSP trim piece with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp oven mitts on contrasting DSP with Archival Basic Black and “fussy cut”.  Add one inside pocket and one outside pocket with dimensionals.
  • Add stitching around three sides of pocket with Basic Black Marker.
  • Stamp other utensils on scrap Thick Whisper White.  Color with Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride markers.  Fussy cut and add to apron pocket with dimensionals.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black at top left corner.
  • Add apron to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a layer of Sweet Sugar Plum 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attach on top with SNAIL.
  • The envelope was lined with the DSP gingham to coordinate with the card front.

Over the weekend I met some delightful stampers at a retreat and was thrilled to share how to make one of my cards with them…

Now that’s a group of “happy stampers”!

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

and keep those fingers inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

B

Happy Dance…

Then there are the times a friend has something so wonderful going on in their life…you just want them to know you are happy for them and send them this card…

Right?  Yesterday we were wishing for brighter days…and today we’re dancing in the street!  And so life goes.

A close up showing the masked area.  I used the same mask as yesterday’s card, just made the opening a little bigger to fit her into the opening.

In addition to the masking techniques there is also some paper piecing going on here with the umbrella from a different stamp.

It’s probably not so easy to see the envelope the card is sitting on has a matching flap of Designer Series Paper.

This is one reason I love this stamp set so much…It covers many of life’s journeys and has great sentiments to go along with the images.  It’s a classic!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White (I never use the other) Cardstock and Oh So Succulent Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Sweet Sugar Plum, Soft Sky, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You, Lovely As A Tree and Gorgeous Grunge (splat)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Copy paper for masking, sponge, Blender Pen, Post It Note

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Cut a piece of copy paper the same size.  Make a slit in the center with snips and tear away the center of this layer to create a shape suitable for your stamped image.  Add small amounts of SNAIL at four corners and around opening edge.  Take some of the sticky away with your fingers and lay this layer on top of Thick Whisper White layer.
  • Stamp image inside the opening in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp this image again on Post It paper and “fussy cut”.  Add SNAIL to back and adhere over image on Thick Whisper White layer.
  • Sponge background with Soft Sky.  Stamp Lovely As A Tree line of trees in Old Olive across the opening.
  • Add splats in Soft Sky and Gorgeous Grunge stamp.  I stamped and slide the stamp at an angle towards the left and down to resemble rain.  She is dancing in the rain, right?
  • Remove the girl mask.  Using a Blender Pen and Sweet Sugar Plum lightly color dress.  Go back and add extra color where indicated on the stamp.  Color skin lightly with Blushing Bride.  Color hat with Daffodil Delight.  I colored very light and went back and added more color.
  • Remove mask carefully to not tear your cardstock…MAGIC!  Do you love it?
  • Stamp umbrella from yesterday’s stamp on DSP and “fussy cut”.  Add with dimensionals above left hand.  Draw umbrella handle with Black marker (skinny end)
  • Inside the card add a strip of DSP 4-1/4″ x 1/2″ at the bottom.
  • Add a piece of DSP to the envelope flap.

It should be illegal to have as much fun as I’ve had making this set of cards for a friend.  I hope you are enjoying them too and feel inspired to give this a try…

Still no baby, but doctor appointment today!

Sweetums and I are going to dinner tonight (it’s Friday!) and to see The Shack.  I read the book a long time ago and I’m hoping the movie is as good as my imagination when reading it.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I just love that little dog…

And inky fingers with give you a HaPpY HeArT!

B

Brighter Days…

Have you ever wished you had the perfect card to send to a friend who is struggling with a difficult life journey?  Today’s post just might be the answer…

There are many artists blogs that I find always interesting, none more than Sandi McIver. Check out her blog here.   So one day watching one of her “live” videos, I love a card she was doing with the cowboy boots and a masked technique.  Anyone who knows me or follows this blog knows my favorite technique is masking!  So today’s card was inspired by Sandi’s technique not using cowboy boots but the Beautiful You stamp set…

Isn’t this sentiment perfect for so many difficult situations?

a little close up of the masked area…

and a peek inside…

Do you like this look?  I’ve made a set of these Beautiful You cards each with a different sentiment for a friend.  I can tell you Sandi’s cowboy boots looked awesome with a woodgrain in the background.  You may be able to see in the close up, I used the Lovely As A Tree for this card in the background.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Sahara Sand Cardstock, plus Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Sahara Sand, Old Olive,  Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and Gorgeous Grunge (splat) and Lovely As A Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Post It Note, Sponge, Blender Pen and Envelope Liner Framelit

Digits

  • The Sahara Sand base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Succulent Garden DSP is 4-1/8″ X 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut a piece of copy paper the same size as Whisper White.  Cut a slit in center and start tearing a shape big enough for the stamp to fit inside.  Add a small amount of SNAIL to back of copy paper at each corner and four places around center opening.  Be sure to take most of the sticky off with your fingers before attaching to your Whisper White layer.
  • Stamp girl in Archival Basic Black.  Then stamp again on Post It paper and “fussy cut”.  Save this piece in your stamp set container to be used again.  Cover the girl image with mask.  Use a sponge and lightly sponge over the entire area with both masks in place.  Ink Lovely as a tree with Old Olive and stamp.  Ink Gorgeous Grunge splat with Sahara Sand.  I stamped and pulled the stamp in one direction to create movement.  You don’t have to do this, but I like it.  Stamp umbrella  on DSP and “fussy cut”.  Glue over umbrella image.  Remove masking from girl and card front layer…Magic!!!!  Do you love the effect?
  • Now color her dress in Soft Sky with the Blender Pen, her skin with Blushing Bride (lightly) and her hair with Sahara Sand.
  • Add sentiment to top left.  Now add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a layer of Thick Whisper White 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a small strip of DSP added at the bottom with SNAIL.
  • You can see the envelope was lined with the same DSP.

There are two more cards to this set that I will share with you over the next two days using this same technique.  I hope you will give this a try if you haven’t tried it before and let me know if you like it.

We still have no baby…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Keep those fingers inky and you’ll be HaPpY!

 

B

Stampin’ Peeps in the House…

Despite the fact Sweetums and I just returned home late last night, today was the day for stamping here at the studio!  And what a day we had…it was a full house with no room to spare.  Why did I not think to make a picture?  …cause I was running around like a nut!

We had three”newbies” which the regulars immediately took under their wings to make them feel at  home.  My classes are not “101” classes by any stretch, but everyone finished with big smiles on their faces.  Just one reason I love this job!

I was going to show an Easter bunny card, but one of my “peeps” brought me a beautifully wrapped gift and I just had to show it to you…

Look at that sweet succulent place card holder!  It is made in a peat pot…how cute is that?

Wonder if I could talk her into six of them?  Just kidding… But this gives me lots of ideas (like I need that!) for ways to use this bundle.

Patty used moss to cover the surface of the pot and three succulent plants to fill the top.  Wouldn’t these make the perfect hostess gift?

Thanks so much Patty for your thoughtfulness…

Sweetums and I had a quick (and I do mean quick) trip to St. Petersburg this weekend to play with “the littles” and celebrate Sweetums’ birthday in style.  We got to see soccer practice with Lyla and baseball practice with Jameson…things we miss.

This Oh So Succulent Bundle on page 21 of the All Occasions Catalog is a classic…with no end to the ideas of projects you can create.  The Bundle #145184 is a “keeper” at $48.50.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ummmm…ok.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

B

Cherry On Top…

The Cool Treats stamp set is much like the Lift Me Up hot air balloon set in that they are both non-gender or age specific…Which means I find myself pulling them out more and more for cards.

The post today is also one we will be making in class on Monday…I’m pretty sure my stamping peeps will like this one.  It looks good enough to eat!

Seriously…can you think of anyone that wouldn’t like this type of card?  Me neither!

a close of the glue on the chocolate and cherry…

So let’s make one of these cards…

Here’s the Stuff “N Digits…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Chocolate Chip (of course!), Thick Whisper White, Pool Party, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso and Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, plus Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Cool Treats
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Thin Tipped Glue Pen, 1/2″ Pool Party Ribbon, Linen Thread and Frozen Treats Framelits Dies plus Corner Rounder

Digits

  • The Chocolate Chip base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The three DSP pieces on the card front are 1-1/2″ x 3-7/8″.  Round top and bottom outside corners on two of the three.  Add to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Pool Party layer is 5-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White layer is 1-5/8″ x 5-1/2″.  Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso and attach over top of Pool Party layer with SNAIL
  • Punch all pieces to build ice cream cone and cherry.  Add Thin Tipped Glue to cherry and Early Espresso pieces and set aside to dry.
  • Attach a band of ribbon around bottom of these two layers and attach inside with multipurpose glue.  SNAIL wouldn’t hold this ribbon.  Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach over ribbon band with glue dots.
  • Assemble ice cream cone with multipurpose glue.  Add to card front with dimensionals.  Add cherry with multipurpose glue at sentiment.
  • Inside there is a layer of Pool Party 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL and a layer of Thick Whisper White 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL over the Pool Party layer.  Add sentiment in Early Espresso.
  • It would be cute to add DSP to the flap of the envelope to coordinate with the card front too.

I hope you enjoyed this post today and I’d like to take a minute to thank those of you who have been so nice to order from my online store.  Hope you have all received your gift of appreciation in the mail.

Still no baby…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Hope you are staying inky and HaPpY!

B

Easter Basket Fun…

Starting to think toward Spring and all the fun of Easter baskets…so I took advantage of SU!’s Mini Egg Cartons on page 18 of the Occasions Catalog.  Do you realize these will be gone at the end of May?

Here’s one of the cartons all dressed up for Easter…

Now I didn’t color this carton, but have colored others (which I’ll show you in the next days) with a spritzer filled 3/4 full with rubbing alcohol and ten or so drops of reinker.  They look adorable as you will see, but I also love this natural color too.

A little close up shot…

And inside eggs filled with sweets for the sweet…

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Sweet Sugar Plum, and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Oh So Succulent Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Sweet Sugar Plum and Rich Razzleberry
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms (sentiment) and Best Birds (background)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Mint Macaron 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon, Lace Doily, Corner Rounder, Basic Pearls, Line Thread, Succulent Framelits Dies, Decorative Label Punch and Mini Egg Cartons.  From big box store:  grass and plastic eggs

Digits

  • The Sweet Sugar Plum layer on the egg carton top is 2-3/4″ square with corners rounded and attached to top with multipurpose glue.
  • The Oh So Succulent DSP is 2-5/8″ square with corners rounded and attached to Sweet Sugar Plum layer with SNAIL
  • The Lace Doily is attached on top of the DSP with multipurpose glue.
  • The Mint Macaron 5/8″ ribbon is tied around the top only.
  • The label is punched from Sweet Sugar Plum and cut in half.  Trim off center points on side.  Punch another label from Thick Whisper White.  Stamp background in Sweet Sugar Plum and dots from Birthday Blooms in Basic Black.  Add flowers in right bottom corner with reinking.  Add sentiment in Basic Black.  Add Basic Pearls and punch a hole to tie with Linen Thread to Mint Macaron ribbon.
  • With the Succulent Framelits cut four decreasing layers from Sweet Sugar Plum.  Sponge edges with Rich Razzleberry.  Glue layers together curling petal ends with bone folder before gluing.  Add Basic Pearl to center and I hot glued to top of Mint Macaron ribbon.
  • Add grass and plastic eggs filled with sweets to inside.

How cute is that?  I love this little carton!

We are having a really spring-like all-day rain and it’s perfect for a day spent in the studio.  I’ve been playing with several new ideas and technique I can’t wait to share with you so be sure to stop back by…

Or as they say here in the South, “Y’all come back now!”

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

If your fingers are inky…you got to be HaPpY!

B

Framed Succulents…

The Vertical Garden on page 22 of the Occasions Catalog caught me eye on the first pass through.  I mean who could not notice that kit?

So the kit was included on my first order and  instead of making the vertical garden I made this…well, maybe a couple or so of these.

and I loved it!  Then I remembered I had this frame just hanging around and thought how nice it would look with those succulents inside it…yep, bought another one!  But this project can be paired with the first one and looks so nice in the powder room.

See!  That frame was perfect…exactly what I needed to go with that pot.

Since I own the Spiral Flower Die, several more roses were made to fill in small spaces.

This dragon fly was just hanging out on one of the studio table tops, so he was popped up on a piece of Window Sheet to forever hover over this succulent garden.

Both of these projects now adorn the powder room for all to enjoy…

There really isn’t Stuff ‘N Digits for this post, but maybe a couple of tips…

To finish a framed piece like this one you’ll need:

  • An 8″ x 10″ opening frame
  • Stamps and Dies…Succulent Framelits Dies (there are some light green stem-like pieces here and there for texture at a different level), Dragonfly Die, Gorgeous Grunge (splats on plants) Oh So Succulent (tips of plants)
  • You’ll need a sponge if you want to darken the edges.  Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede was used here.
  • Hot glue gun to put plant layers together and add to frame.  These were glued directly to the glass

Questions?  Leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

Hope you enjoyed this personal project.  There may be more succulents in my future!  SU! was right on trend with this bundle!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

maybe?

Have a great day, stay inky and be HaPpY!

 

 

B

Celebrate With Color!

If your are going to celebrate, do it with abandon and in color I say.

Last Friday I forgot to tell you that post was my 1,000th post on this blog!  Woohoo for me!!

To celebrate that feat I have a colorful card for you today…

How is that for color?

What HaPpY colors, right?  And again, its non gender or age specific which is always a plus.  Love the deep impressions made with this embossing folder.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Real Red, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight plus Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Celebration Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon, Sponges or Daubers

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 SNAIL
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the celebrate embossing folder run the water color paper through Big Shot.  I used a Dauber (one for each color) and sponged Real Red, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight across the embossing.
  • Run a band of the Organza Ribbon around this layer attaching in back with SNAIL.  Tie the center on the front with Linen Thread.  Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach bow to front over band with glue dots.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.

This could serve as a wedding card and then you could sponge the front of the card with the colors the bride has picked for her special day.  Birthday, anniversary, new home, new job…the ideas are endless…celebrate everything!

Today was kit class here at the Studio.  So nice to have friends to stamp with on a cold rainy day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and stamping friends…they are nice!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Masking & Sponging Sunsets…

Remember earlier this week when I posted this card?…

and then many of you wrote asking for a video?

Here’s the video made for you today.  Please excuse Zoe’s barking toward the end…the “big brown truck” arrived and she can’t help herself.

 

Are you inspired to give this a try?  I’d love to hear from you and see what you create!

Hope your weekend is awesome…I’ll tell you about mine tomorrow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

B

Birthday Pop Up…

Sweetums birthday is coming in a couple of weeks so when I found Gemma Clarke’s video on how she made a pop up card, well…you know I had to give this a try.  And I can’t wait for him to open it either!

It looks not suspicious at all does it?  Just a little box with a surprise in it.

Once you pull the handle and slide the box top off, this box pops right out of the tray.  On three sides it spells out his name and the hot air balloon coordinates with the box cover.

a little close up.

You can watch the box in action by clicking on this file popupbox.

Now, seriously, how does someone ever come up with an idea like this?  For me I watched a youtube video by Gemma Clarke (www.madebygemmacrafts.co.uk)  and it was awesome.  I drew diagrams and took notes and no one was more surprised than me when it worked!  It was another one of those HaPpY dancing days.  Here’s what my notes looked like…

It would only make sense if you had seen the video…which is why I’m giving you the link to Gemma’s video here.

Here’s the Stuff…(Gemma’s got the Digits)

Stuff

  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Cardstock, plus Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Real Red, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Life Me Up, Birthday Banners
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Up & Away Thinlets Dies, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit, Metallic Shapes

Making this project was an adventure and it’s just so much fun learning something new.  Thank you Gemma for your inspiration!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

keep that in mind while you make this project…

I’m inky and HaPpY!

 

 

B