Archive for New Techniques

OnStage SLC Swaps…

The tradition of swapping handmade cards at a Stampin’ Up! convention is a treasured ritual of those attending.  You can make as many or few as you want, but you don’t want to miss joining in on the fun.

This year I have 100 swaps to share (remember, I do not like to make multiples of anything!) and I will come home with 100 new ideas to share with my peeps.

Here is my swap for this 2017 OnStage Convention…

And my Wink of Stella is showing up…yay!

I doubt there will be another like it since I made the stamp using a die and fun foam.

Stamping and spritzing on watercolor paper is magic…just sayin’

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


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Tranquil Tide and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Merry Patterns
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon, Wink of Stella, Fun Foam, MISTI or Stamp Positioner, Water Spritzer


The Thick Whisper White base is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″

The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to base with SNAIL

To make your own stamp, cut two layers of fun foam for each die and glue together with multipurpose glue.

Cut watercolor paper 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Load your stamp with ink and spritz with water before stamping.  Using your spritzer add water to your image on the paper to promote “blooming” of color.  Set aside to dry.  You can soak up large drips with a tissue.

Once dry add Tranquil Tide ink to stamp, spritz with water and stamp just to the side of the previous trees.  Add a small amount of water to encourage the colors to move and mingle.  Let dry.

Add Old Olive ink to your stamp.  Do not spritz.  Stamp over your first Lemon Lime Twist trees.  Add Wink of Stella to just this tree after the ink drys.

Stamp sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist and Archival Basic Black.

Add ribbon/bow under sentiment and attach in back with SNAIL.

Glue watercolor paper to base with multipurpose glue and weight down the layers until dried.

I hope you will give this technique a try and let me know how you like it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I am so grateful to be where I am today…hope you are too!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



Heartfelt Thanks…

The result from last week’s birthday surprises is a stack of thank you cards….fun to make and written with lots of gratitude and love.

I hadn’t planned on making two colors, but a phone call distracted me and the embossing paste dried.  So I made a new batch and started over.

I love the way some of the Calypso Coral hung out on my handmade stencil and transferred with the green.

I thought the contrasting colors would really pop…and they do!

Have you tried the Embossing Paste yet?  It is simple to use and easy to clean up with a little beforehand prep.  If you are using a reuseable stencil, have a small tray of water handy to drop it in.  You can also drop the Palette Knife in there too when you’re finished.

So let’s do this…

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  I used SU! 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecards, plus Old Olive and Pool Party Cardstock
  • Ink:  Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist
  • Stamps:  Oh So Eclectic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Embossing Paste, Palette Knife, Stencil, Seasonal Layers Framelits.   If you want to use the framelit to make your own stencil you’ll need the Eclectic Layers Thinlits and watercolor paper.  Thick Whisper White CS might work.


  • The Old Olive layer is 2-7/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL to Whisper White notecard.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 2-3/8″ x 4-1/4″.  With your water tray ready, mix a small amount of Embossing Paste with your choice of reinker.  Secure stencil in place over this layer.  Apply paste over stencil like icing a cake using the palette knife.  Scrape away any extra paste.  Drop stencil and palette knife in water tray.
  • Remove stencil and let dry.  This happens quickly.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White stamp flower in Pool Party and over stamp with line art in Tempting Turquoise or whatever color choices you have made.  Cut out with coordinating framelit.
  • Cut one stem from Seasonal Layers and one set of leaves from Eclectic Layers in Old Olive.  Add to card front with dots of multipurpose glue and weight it down with a block to dry.  You will need to trim “stem” to fit your card and flower.
  • Add flower with dimensionals.  Stamp sentiment on scrap Thick Whisper White in Tempting Turquoise and trim to 1/2″ x 1-1/2″.  Tag one end.  Add a Pool Party layer 5/8″ x 1-5/8″.  Tag one end.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Then add your own sweet personal thank you…

How your Friday is going super!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Yay!  Let it go…

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!



Copper Autumn…

Many of us love this time of year when cooler weather and pretty fall colors take the stage.  Just my thoughts as I put together this fall wreath…

Leaves from Painted Harvest Punch were made from a piece of water color paper “painted” in fall colors and then punched.

Touches of Texture stamped with VersaMark created the copper background.

Tranquil Tide woven ribbon and copper foil leaves here and there complete the fall feel.

And inside there’s lots of room for messaging…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla and Tranquil Tide Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumkin Pie, Real Red, Soft Suede and Tranquil Tide
  • Stamps:  Touches of Texture (splats), Painted Harvest (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water Spritzer, Leaf Punch, Woven Tranquil Tide Ribbon, Linen Thread, Copper Embossing Powder


  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Tranquil Tide layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment and Touches of Texture stamps in VersaMark, sprinkle with Copper EP and heat.
  • Add a band of Tranquil Tide woven ribbon over the sentiment with SNAIL.  Make bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • Dampen a piece of water color paper completely with water.  Add reinker with an Aqua Painter or brush letting the colors “bloom” together covering the surface of the paper.  Encourage movement with the water spritzer or tilt the paper so colors will run in all directions.  Let dry or heat.
  • Punch leaves from dried water color paper.  Cut a 2-1/2″ circle and temporarily attach to card front.  Add leaves around circle to create a wreath.  Remove punched circle.  Punch three copper foil leaves and cut off indivicual leaves.  Add with multipurpose glue to wreath here and there.
  • Inside the Tranquil Tide layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached with snail.  Add one leaf bunch with multipurpose glue at top right corner.

Now I’m thinking a Christmas wreath with these leaf punches…hmmmm.  The mind never rests.

“The Littles” and my son and daughter-in-love mandatorily evacuated their home in St. Petersburg yesterday.  Of course, Irma will not arrive in their neighborhood until tonight at high tide.  They are devastated and fully expect to go home to nothing as they live on the water.  We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.  As soon as they are able to get home, I feel sure Sweetums and I will be trucking it to Florida to see if we can help.  We have a generator and water pump in the back of the car and will pick up other supplies hard to find there before we leave.  I will keep you posted.

Tomorrow is class day here at Rambling Rose and it will be great to have all the girls here…a good distraction!

Hope you are safe and dry wherever you are…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today….

for real.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!




Lego Wizard…

Next week is a special day for my g’son, Jameson.  He will turn nine…oh my goodness I’m not sure where that time has gone, but I can tell you it went by at lightening speed.

So what kind of a card do you make for a nine-year-old boy?

That was easy for me…you see he is a Lego Wizard!  Seriously people, he can take a Lego set for 14 and over and whip that sucker together without any help.  Me…I’d die of old age first.

Here’s his birthday card…(of course, he got a Lego set for his birthday too!)

Lego magic!

Really simple, but realistic and cute…

Three layers of black fun foam lift the number off the page.

And a peek inside…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush and Dapper Denim Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Number of Years
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Black Fun Foam, Hole Punch, Large Numbers Framelits


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut number with Large Number Framelits.  Cut three layers of black fun foam and glue together with White number on top with multipurpose glue.
  • Add sentiments in Archival Basic Black ink.
  • Add this top layer over the Real Red layer with SNAIL.  Glue number in place with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut “Legos” in your favorite colors.  Each lego is 3/4″ wide.  Starting at bottom 2-3/4″, 2″, 1-1/2″ and 1″ lengths for each color.  Punch 4, 6 or eight circles with hole punch and add to lego with glue dots.  Add legos stacked like a birthday cake with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Real Red layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and attach with SNAIL.

I’m hoping Jameson will think this card is really neat and he loves his new space ship lego set!

Keeping all our family and friends close to our hearts this weekend as we wait for Irma to pass.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky…be HaPpY!



It’s The Little Things…

As stampers, when we give a gift (large or small), more is expected.  I mean a wine bottle in a bag just doesn’t measure up!

Recently I wanted to thank a fellow stamper and neighbor/friend who had babysat my furbabies while we visited family in California.  While wine from California was a treat, the packaging needed to be special.

It’s such a small thing, but adds so much…

Lots of background and texture interest.

Love the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle…

Wish I were organized enough to keep these on hand, but no, flying by the seat of my pants is usually what happens around here.  But if you’d like to keep some tags on hand, here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies, 1-1/4″ and 1-1/2″ Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Scallop Topped Tag Punch, Navy Gingham Ribbon


  • Cut the Thick Whisper White CS 2″ x 4-1/4″.  Trim with Scallop Topped Tag Punch.
  • Wet a piece of water color paper and drop Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist Reinker with an Aqua Painter letting the paper do its work.  You can encourage movement with the Aqua Painter.  Let dry completely.  Cut a piece 1-7/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Cut with Scallop Topped Tag Punch.  Attach to Thick Whisper White CS with multipurpose glue.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White CS stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Punch out with 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.  Punch out 1-1/2″ piece of Lemon Lime Twist.  Add to back of sentiment with multipurpose glue.  Punch hole in to for Linen Thread bow.
  • Cut stems from Lemon Lime Twist with framelit.  Lay a piece of Linen Thread behind the stems before gluing to tag to be able to tie bow on top with the sentiment tag.  Add stems to tag with dots of multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp small group of flowers stamp using Pool Party marker over everything and then adding Bermuda Bay with marker using “thumping Technique”.  Huff before stamping.  Make three images.  Cut with framelit without lining up.  You just want those bits of color to show.  Add flowers to end of stems with dots of multipurpose glue.
  • Using Navy Gingham ribbon to tie to bag or bottle.

It is such a little thing, but it does let my friend know how much I appreciated her taking care of my furbabies…

We had temperatures in the high 40’s this morning!  And this day has been glorious.  Hope yours has been too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!













































Peace Wreath…

Today’s post uses a hand drawn border and another drippy water color…

There’s also some splattering, embossing and of course, that Linen Thread bow for good measure!

A glamour close up shows off the details…

The Linen Thread bow is the natural embellishment.

And inside…

Now I’m just gonna admit up front that the slight orange tinge you see on the card front was washed off the masking tape.  I was reusing the tape.  Not a bad look, but just keep that in mind if you are reusing your masking tape.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Old Olive and VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Silver Embossing Powder, .005 Black Micron Pen or Black Journal Pen, Small Brush


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Lemon Lime Twist 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″.  Tape a border on water color paper to a hard surface.  Wet the water color paper with a spritzer or brush.  Stamp base of wreath with Lemon Lime Twist and tilt the paper so the wreath runs down card front.  Let dry naturally.  Really…just go away and do something else for a bit.
  • Over stamp the wreath with the base stamp in Lemon Lime Twist.  Stamp detailed wreath in Emerald Envy once and again without lining up or reinking.  Add VersaMark dots around the wreath and sprinkle with Silver Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Stamp center of wreath in Old Olive or any of the green colors a couple of times…do not line up points.
  • Stamp sentiment in VersaMark and sprinkle with Silver Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Add splatters in color of your choice.
  • Remove masking and doodle a border with Micron Pen or Journaling Pen.
  • Make Linen Bow and add at top with glue dots.  For video on making the bow go here.
  • Inside the Lemon Lime Twist layer is 3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″ add with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamp wreath several times in different colors of green at lower left corner.  Add to card with SNAIL.
  • You could also add this wreath to your envelope front to coordinate with the card front.

This was so much fun to make and I can see myself mass producing this one.

Hope you and your family are enjoying a peaceful Labor Day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and I’ll need it as we’re flying in today from California on a “red eye”!

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!


Merry Cheer…

So yesterday we talked about making a tree stamp from the Build A Border Thinlits Dies with fun foam.  If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, you can see it here.

Today I’ve created a forest of Christmas trees in the snow made from Embossing Paste mixed with Dazzling Diamonds…Oh boy is this ever pretty in person!

Here’s the fun foam stamp again on water color paper all moody and drippy.

In this close up you get an idea of the dimension of the snow with the Embossing Paste.  The “snow” was made with Craft White Ink and a stylus.

I love this card, but truthfully if I were to remake it, I’d leave off the suggestions of the sun.  If you make this card, see what you think before adding the sun.

Alright, let’s get to those Stuff ‘N Digits so you can get started…


  • Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow (retired) you could substitute Always Artichoke
  • Stamps:  Lovely As A Tree, fun foam trees and Seasonal Lantern (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Craft White Ink, Round brush or Aqua Painter, masking or painter’s tape


  • The Lemon Lime Twist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Tape water color paper border onto a flat surface.  Wet the surface of the water color paper with a spritzer or brush.  Stamp a set of trees across the paper in Lemon Lime Twist.  Tilt paper so that color can “bloom” toward the bottom.  Let dry naturally and completely.
  • Stamp over trees again in Lemon Lime Twist with evergreen tree from Lovely As A Tree.  Over stamp again in Old Olive and then Mossy Meadow or any darker green.
  • Using brush, wet water color paper between trees and all of sky area.  Drop Marina Mist reinker in space between trees and tilt paper to let the color run toward the sky area.  You can encourage movement with a wet brush and add more color if you need it.  You can also create clouds with a smooshed tissue absorbing color here and there.  Let dry completely and naturally.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink
  • Mix a small amount of Embossing Paste with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds.  Add to tree limbs with the Piercing Tool or anything you feel comfortable working with.  Let dry.
  • Add snow in the sky and on trees with White Craft Ink refill.  This does take overnight to dry at least!
  • Add water color art to card front with multipurpose glue.

These are so much fun to make…but I wouldn’t want to mass produce them…no way!

We are expecting rain from Texas and Louisana this afternoon and tomorrow.  Nothing like what the folks in those states have experienced though.  What a tragedy.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky…Be HaPpY!


Pumpkin Spice…

Not too much longer and it will be pumpkin spice kind of weather and hopefully beautiful gold fall colors and cool temperatures…

Today’s post is a card for just those type of days…

Do you love the fall colors?  And that sentiment from Painted Harvest is my favorite!

I tried a torn edge on the watercolor paper and decided I liked it…

And in the close up you can see the Cajun Craze splatters.

Here’s how this all started…well, actually it started with a crazy idea I had one night when sleep wouldn’t come.  You’ll be proud of me for NOT getting up to immediately make this idea.

First I made my own stamp from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (because I forgot to order the bundle!…EEEEK).  Here’s what the stamp looks like…

Three layers of fun foam cut with the thinlits dies glued together to create a stamp.  Next step was this…

a piece of water color paper with taped borders, dampen with lots of water then stamp with Crushed Curry to create this row of trees.  Let dry naturally.

Now you’re ready for the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Marine Mist Cardstock, plus water color paper with torn edges
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Marina Mist
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest (sentiment), Lovely As A Tree
  • Tools:  Small round brush or Aqua Painter, fun foam, Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies, Artist or Painter’s tape, water spritzer


  • The Marina Mist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The water color paper is 5-1/4″ x 4″ (approximately after tearing).
  • Tape water color paper to a non porous board, tape borders with painter’s or masking tape.  Mist the water color paper with spritzer then stamp trees with Crushed Curry ink.  You can also spritz stamp after inking.  Tilt the water color paper so the color can run and “bloom”.  Let dry naturally.  Just go do something else for a bit.  It should be thoroughly dry before continuing.
  • Paint the sky area with water to dampen entire sky surface.  Drop Marina Mist Reinker with your brush in between trees and move the color by tilting your piece upside down.  The color should only go where you have dampened the water color paper.  You can add more color or move the color with you brush.  You can create clouds with a smooshed up tissue and picking up color while the sky is still damp.  Let dry.
  • The Lovely As A Tree Stamp was inked three different times.  Once with Crushed Curry, then Pumpkin Pie and last with Cajun Craze.  Before stamping each color on each tree, spritz the stamp with water.  It does not need to dry completely in between stamping these colors.  They should mingle.
  • Add the greeting in Early Espresso.
  • Add splatters with your brush and Cajun Craze reinker.
  • Let the piece dry completely before removing border tape.
  • Add this piece to card front with multipurpose glue.

This technique was so much fun, I decided to make a winter scene with snow.  I’ll post that later this week.  Hope you’ll give this a try!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Yep.  You best be moving…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



Flabulous Flamingo…

My Stampin’ Up! friend Lisa Curcio posted recently she had earned the Thailand dream trip but ended up not being able to go.  Can you imagine?

On the day she made this announcement she posted a card using the new Fabulous Flamingo stamp set which inspired my post today for you…

A landscape created with post it note, sponge and ink.

a glamour close up…

Even though the masking makes it look like there are layers here, this card will mail flat.

Many times I’ve mentioned masking is my favorite stamping technique.  The card demonstrates an entire scene made with the masking technique.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Peek A Boo Peach, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo and Colorful Seasons (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  large post it note, 1-1/4″ circle punch, Sponge cut into four wedges


  • The Lemon Lime Twist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Basic Black CS layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Tear the edge of maybe two Post It notes that will cover the width of the card front.  Punch a circle from sticky part of Post It Note and place where you want the sun/moon to be then add the first horizontal mask.  Sponge with Marina Mist, then Peek A Boo  Peach, Berry Burst and last Lemon Lime Twist.  While the moon/sun is still masked, sponge edge with Daffodil Delight.  Remove masks.
  • Stamp leaves in top two corners and grass/water and flamingo at bottom of card front in Archival Basic Black.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Inside there is a Basic Black layer 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • A thick Whisper White layer 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ is attached with SNAIL over the Basic Black layer.
  • On the envelope lower left corner stamp grass in Lemon Lime Twist stamping several times without reinking.

Hope you are having a fabulous Thursday and have had a chance to get inky.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky…be HaPpY!



Nature’s Post…

You just can beat Mother Nature when it comes to beauty.  That’s why I’ve encouraged so many to give this Duoprinting technique a try…

Today’s post is an interesting negative effect I was able to get with this plant in one of my hanging baskets…

How sweet is that little plant?

This close up shows how moisture from the plant effected the water color paper when pressed through the Big Shot.

A side view…

and a peek inside.

So go out and seek interesting plants and give this a try.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Fresh Fig Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Fresh Fig…Mother Nature supplies the rest!
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread and a Big Shot


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Fresh Fig layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to base card with multipurpose glue
  • The water color layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ (cut two).  Stamp sentiment in upper right corner with Fresh Fig.  Fold a piece of copy paper in half and sandwich your plant between two pieces of water color paper and place inside the copy paper.  Run through Big Shot.  You will have a positive and negative print for two card fronts.
  • Crisscross Linen Thread at the bottom of this layer and attach with SNAIL.  Make bow and attach with glue dots.  YouTube video on bow here.  Add this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a layer of Fresh Fig 5-1/4″ x 4″ with a layer of Thick Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamped with sentiment and attached with SNAIL.

There is a stack of these nature duoprints in my studio that should last me for a while.  Give it a try…you’ll be addicted like me!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


You’ll already be wet…might as well get inky and be HaPpY!