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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!

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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

Painted Posies…

I love nature and flowers in particular.  If you flipped through this blog (there’s over 1,000 posts!) you’d find a large percentage of the entries were flowers of one kind or another.

Today’s post highlights my favorite stamping technique (masking) and what many readers call a “Billie Bow”…

A little water coloring (also a fav)…

a close up…

Oooo!  that bow…(I’ll give you a video link in the directions)

There’s no  sentiment yet as I felt this card would work for several occasions and I’d hold out on that part for now.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, plus water color paper and Urban Underground Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  You’ve Got This, By the Tide (retired) background script
  • Tools ‘N Embellisments:  Linen Thread, Aqua Painter, Sponges, Zig Clear Color Real Brush, MISTI and Low Tack Artist Tape

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The designer series paper layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The water color paper layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Using one color at a time I started with the stem/leaves with the lightest green in my set and stamped the outline.  Leave this stamp positioned on the MISTI.  Using my Aqua Painter with a small amount of water, brush over the lines of the leaves and stems to move the color inside the lines. You can leave some white highlights here and there if you like.  Let dry.  Ink the stamp with a darker green and repeat with Aqua Painter but do not completely cover the lighter green.  Let dry.  Stamp again with the darker green.   Cut a mask for this set of leaves and stem from Post It note and apply while working on the second steam and leaves.
  • The blue flower was stamped in a light lavender and treated like the stems.  Then stamped again with the darker blue and pulled some of that color into the lavender leaving some highlights.  Let dry then stamp again with the dark blue.  Cut a mask for this flower from a post it note before stamping the second flower.  The same procedure to color the second flower.  I started with yellow and followed up with red.  Remove mask…magic happened!
  • Using Low Tack Artist Tape (I’ve tried them all and this works best for me) tape a background area leaving part of the flowers and stem outside the border.  Sponge background areas with Daffodil Delight and edges with Soft Suede lightly.  Add script with Soft Suede stamped off once.  Splatter background with Soft Suede marker.  Remove tape (this tape can be reused).
  • The water color paper was trimmed maybe a 1/4″ on the right side to expose part of a petal.  You don’t have to do this step, but I like it!
  • The Linen Thread was crisscrossed and attach at back of water color paper with SNAIL.  The bow was made and attached with glue dots.  A video to make this bow can be seen here.

This card was so much fun to make…I enjoyed trying this technique.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep.

Come get inky with me…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

Seaside Art…

It is amazing to me this stamp set is seeing ink for the first time…I mean, I loved this set from the “git go” and couldn’t wait to create with it.

What happened?  A lot of life and other creations!

But today I have a little Seaside Art to share…

Whoa!  Isn’t that fun?  I’ll give you all the Stuff ‘N Digits today and if there is enough interest I may make a video tutorial…

Here’s a different view and close up…

and from the top…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Baked Brown Sugar and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  High Tide and Wherever You Go (sunrays)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Sponge for each color, Artist Tape, Adhesive Strips
  • Here’s the tape I use for crisp edges every time…

  • Before starting this piece, a little practice on my grid paper gave me the confidence to go for it on my cardstock…

  • This is how I set up the cardstock with the Artist Tape…

  • Here I’m reusing the artist tape.  Taping down on the grid paper makes it easy to get perfect straight margins.

Digits

  • Cut the Thick Whisper White card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″
  • Cut the top layer of Thick Whisper White CS 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.  Tape to grid paper.  I taped in two squares of the grid paper on all sides (makes a nice border).
  • First stamp the lighthouse in Archival Basic Black positioned to the right side and almost to the bottom.  Let this dry!  Or heat to dry.  Stamp again on post it note and mask the lighthouse.  Leave this mask on until all sponging and stamping is done.  You are going to love taking this off…I bet you do a little HaPpY dance!
  • Start at the top with Marina Mist and a sponge.  Leave some areas white to indicate clouds.
  • Sponge Daffodil Delight next in a swirling motion and blend into the sky area.
  • The using Calypso Coral and masking a horizon line sponge blending into the Daffodil Delight a bit.
  • Turn the mask to cover the top and sponge Pool Party for the water.
  • At the bottom sponge Baked Brown Sugar blending into the Pool Party a bit.  I know this is a retired color.  Feel free to substitute.
  • Add mask at bottom of horizon line again and stamp a portion of the sun with Calypso Coral.  Stamp sunrays over sun.  Remove the horizon mask.
  • Stamp water waves on the Pool Party.
  • Stamp sand around lighthouse with full strength Baked Brown Sugar.
  • Stamp seaweed in lower left corner.
  • Stamp birds in sky.
  • With your Calypso Coral sponge add reflection in water.
  • Now for the fun.  Remove lighthouse mask and carefully remove border tape.
  • I know you’re dancing!
  • This piece was mounted on the card front with Adhesive Strips.  You can see I added my artist signature to the lower right corner.  You should do the same!

If you try this you will love it.  And I’d love to hear from you too!

Yesterday Sweetums and I traveled to Nashville to attend our g’daughter, Kendall’s, baby shower.  My daughter, who is currently living in Seoul, South Korea, attend via FaceTime.  Here’s a pic of both of them…

Kelly, my daughter, stayed and chatted with everyone there and was able to watch Kendall and Morgan open all their gifts….making lemonade from lemons!

We are going to have 70s temps all week.  I do believe Spring is here!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep.

Try this new technique…you’ll be HaPpY!

B

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

Your Heart & My Heart…

Today’s post is special…

It’s being sent to a friend who just lost her 16 year old sweet pet.  Many of us love our pets (me included big time) and losing them just leaves a big old hole in our hearts.

So I picked one of my favorite Hostess stamps sets from the Annual Catalog.  This sentiment is why I love it so much…

a close up of the masking technique…

I know I’ve mentioned it before…masking is my favorite technique…it’s magic!

This Natural White Cardstock has become a favorite too.  I like the contrast with the Crumb Cake sponging.

Here’s all the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Natural White, Soft Sky Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Gift of Love (Hostess)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Post It Notes, sponge, Sequins, Soft Sky Seam Binding (retired) Tip Top Taupe Lace (retired)

Digits

  • The Soft Sky base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Natural White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp the flower outline in Archival Basic Black on card front.  Stamp again on post it note and “fussy cut” for a mask.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.  This is a two-step stamp so stamp the flowers in Soft Sky and the leaves in Pear Pizazz.  Cover image with mask.  Add post it notes or any tape you might use to frame the flower and sponge with Crumb Cake.    Before removing masks, use the Soft Sky marker and holding the pen in one hand and the top in the other, flip specs of color over the sponging (see close up pic)  Remove both masks.  Do a HaPpY Dance!  It is magic isn’t it?
  • Now before attaching to card front add whatever ribbon/lace/Linen Thread you’d like to the bottom of this layer.  Then add Adhesive Strips around edge before attaching to card front to lift your artwork.  Add sequins with a dot of multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a layer of Crumb Cake 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a layer of Natural White 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.

So now that I’ve shown you this card I can get this in the mail.  This sweet couple is just devastated and I know their home just doesn’t feel the same without “Gracie”.

I did hear from one of the designers of the three cards I posted yesterday that were swaps from my weekend in Nashville.  Her name is Judy Grace.   Her card was the hot air balloons.

We have some severe weather headed our way today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

 

 

B

One for the Team…

My team is so special to me and occasionally I like to surprise them with a little something.  Who doesn’t like to get “happy” mail, right?

The Designer Series Paper Stack, Cupcakes & Carousels is amazing…had to reorder it, but I wanted to use it on these desk calendars…

team

Here’s a closer look…

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Tie Dyed T-Shirts…remember those?  Love that little stamp, too!

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On the back …

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pens to match…How fun is that?

Have you made these desk calendars before?  They really aren’t hard at all and are fun decorate.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Natural White and Bermuda Bay Cardstock, plus Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate,  Archival Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases (sentiment), Tie Dyed and Custom Tee
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  T-Shirt Builder Framelits Dies, Succulent Framelits Dies (flower on pen)  Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight pom-poms (retired), Stylish Stems Framelits (sentiment label), 1-1/4″ circle punch

Digits

  • The Natural White base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4″ x 4″, score at 1″, 2″ and 3″.  Make the 2″ score a mountain fold and the 1″ and 3″ valley folds.  Attach inside the folded base at bottom with multipurpose glue to create stand.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and attach to one side of base with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach with SNAIL over Bermuda Bay.
  • The calendars are 2-1/2″ x 3″ so the Bermuda Bay is 2-3/4″ x 3-1/4″  Attach together and to the bottom of card with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp T-shirt in Smoky Slate on Natural White CS.  Using a wet wipe folded in half twice and lying inside a stamp folder, drop reinker using Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay.

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  • This will be your stamp pad for the tie dyed stamp.  Stamp the T-shirt with this.  Add and words you like for the shirt in Archival Basic Black.  Also stamp a collar and small flower with Bermuda Bay on this scrap.  Cut out all with framelits.  Add collar to t-shirt with multipurpose glue.  Add dimensionals to back of t-shirt and add to top of card over calendar.
  • Cut sentiment base from Bermuda Bay.  Stamp “just a note” on scrap and cut with framelit  in Stylish Stems.  Glue together and on card back top.  Stamp flower on scrap and cut with framelit.  Add under sentiment with dimensional.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4″ x 5″.  Score three edges at 1/2″ and 1″.  Leave one edge unscored.  On the unscored edge punch with 1-1/4″ circle punch.  Burnish score lines.  Trim corner tabs…

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  •  Attach small tab in with glue dot.  Place glue dot on bottom of side tab and fold over bottom tab.  All multipurpose glue all around tabs and attach to back at bottom.  This box will hold 3″ post it notes
  • My pens are Bic Pens without the tops.  Cut DSP 2″ x 5″.  Using your bone folder curl the paper the way it will wrap the pen.  Add hot glue to one long edge and lay the pen on this line of glue.  Once dry, roll the pen in the paper.  At this point if you need to trim off some of the paper that’s fine.  Add hot glue to last edge and roll the pen to glue and hold til dry.  Punch flower from scrap Bermuda Bay and add to top of pen with hot glue.  If you don’t have the pom poms, maybe add a large pearl or rhinestone or anything else you like.
  • To hold the pen to the card, cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 1″ x 4″.  Wrap this around your pen and pinch together  so you know where to add hot glue.  Hot glue together leaving opening for pen.  Add more hot glue to one side and place behind front of card about half way up.  Insert pen.

These are really fun to make and useful too.  I’m sure they will enjoy receiving this little surprise in their mailboxes.

Well…I’m off to Nashville to attend a stamping event featuring Lisa Pretto.  Meeting up with some demo friends I haven’t seen in a bit so it should be lots of fun and no sleep!

Hope your weekend is all the fun you can handle…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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all.  the.  time…

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

 

B

Happy Birthday Gorgeous…

Today I’m using two of my favorite stamp sets together and trying a technique I found on Lydia Feidler’s blog (here) to create this birthday card…

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a close up…

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you can see there is also some paper piecing for her dress and umbrella in addition to the background which gives a sepia look to the overall card front.

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to achieve this background it helps to have a stamp repositioner like a stampa-ma-jig or a MISTI.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Natural White and Baked Brown Sugar (retired) Cardstock, plus water color paper and DSP of your choice for dress and umbrella paper piecing.  I used Carried Away Designer Series Paper on this card.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Baked Brown Sugar (retired) You could substitute with any other brown ink.
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  You could use an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen (I feel one is too wet and the other not wet enough, so I used a small round brush with some water spritzed on an Acrylic Block.  SU! Water Color Pencils

Digits

  • The Natural White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Baked Brown Sugar layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The water color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.   Stamp girl in foreground in Archival Basic Black ink.  Stamp again on post it note and fussy cut placing over girl on card front as a mask before stamping background.
  • Set up your MISTI with the Mediterranean Moment back ground stamp or your stampa-ma-jig and stamp the background scene in Baked Brown Sugar.  Use your choice to lightly moisten this area to blur the outlines and give a sepia look to the background.  Then reposition your stamp in the same place and re-stamp the background image.
  • Remove mask.  Stamp girl image on a scrap of DSP suitable for the umbrella and girl.  Cut out umbrella and attach over stamped image on card front with multipurpose glue.  Cut out just the dress from DSP scrap and apply over stamped image with multipurpose glue.  I used SU! water color pencils to color her hair with Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso and skin tones in a light shade of Calypso Coral.  Go over pencil markings with brush and water.
  • Stamp sentiment at top right with Baked Brown Sugar.
  • Inside there is a layer of Baked Brown Sugar 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL.  And a layer over that of Natural White that is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.

You have probably done each of these techniques (sepia and paper piecing) but maybe not together…

Lots going on in the studio today…baby shower invites are off in the postal system, team surprises are well underway, swaps have just a few steps left to be finished and tomorrow’s post is ready for photography…not to mention tomorrow at 11 a.m. (EST) I will be “live” on Rambling Rose Studio’s facebook page demonstrating water color backgrounds using Color Burst by Ken Oliver.  Hope you can tune in.  If you are one of my facebook followers, you should have received an event post last night.

If you aren’t…why not stop by and see if you like it at Rambling Rose Studio!

Something happened to our spring weather today…brrrr!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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I sure hope so.

Until tomorrow when my fingers really will be inky…you get inky and be HaPpY!

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Live With Passion…

Would you say you have a creative passion in your life?  If you do, you are one lucky person…

Today’s card directs you to live with passion, laugh out loud and love deeply.  Three excellent ideas for a happy life.

Here’s today’s card…

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Did those colors wake you up?  It was an experiment trying to get a loose sunset and position her to look like she’s kicking up water.  Whether I actually achieved that or not, I do like the end product.  This stamp set (Beautiful You) is just so versatile as is the High Tide set (birds).

This week, probably Friday but I’ll announce it on my facebook page as an event, I plan to show in a live video how I do these watercolor backgrounds…so stay tuned for that.  It has become a constant inquiry on this blog and it’s high time I just made time to show the steps and give some tips.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Whisper White, Natural White and Basic Black Cardstock, plus water color paper and Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and High Tide
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Strip Adhesive, Water Color Pencils, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst concentrated powder (Amazon)

Digits

  • The Natural White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The water color layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  This layer needs to be done at least a day prior to using it.  It should dry naturally.  Spritz water color paper with water and then spray your colors while it is wet.  If you want to move the color, spray more water.  Pick up the paper and let the color move around to create shades of different colors.  I try to limit myself to just three colors and let the water color paper and water do the magic.  You can also re-spritz and add more color or use a tissue to remove puddles.
  • Once your water color paper is dry, stamp the girl, sentiment and birds in Basic Archival Black.

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  • Stamp the girl on a piece of DSP that would work for a dress pattern.  Fussy cut the dress and attach over stamped image with multipurpose glue.  I added some shading with a darker colored water color pencil to her dress and hat.  Also Calypso Coral was used lightly for skin tones.  Add adhesive strip to the back of this piece and attach over Basic Black layer.

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  • Inside there is a layer of Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add a strip from the original water color paper at bottom with multipurpose glue.
  • You can see the birds were added to the envelope to coordinate with the card front.

This stamp set has seen a lot of ink.  Cards sent out using this stamp set have garnered praises from those who have received them…this one is a winner!

Lots of activity here at the studio…finishing 20+ baby shower invites, 25 swap cards for this weekend, planning classes for the following week and attending a stamping event in Nashville this weekend…not to mention a new project for each day in between.  Plenty of things to do and lots of new product to get it done with…heaven!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you might have learned something new or been inspired by what you’ve seen.  Thanks too for those of you who have shopped online with me!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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and it does.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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