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Thinking of You…

“Thinking of You” I consider the perfect sentiment for what I call an “all occasion” card.

So today’s post along with this sentiment is also one more of my favorite “pressing” of nature cards (I have many now thanks to Lydia Fiedler!)…

These are very young and tender Japanese Maple leaves.  They turn green as they mature.

Look at all that intricate veining…

The water color paper had to be trimmed so the piece was used inside the card.

If you haven’t already, you need to try this technique with your Big Shot and any nature plant you want…it’s addictive!

Here’s your “Stuff ‘N Digits” for this post…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Old Olive, Basic Black and water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black (Mother Nature did all the rest!)
  • Stamps:  Colorful Seasons (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Old Olive layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The Basic Black layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The water color paper layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Sandwich your nature clipping between two pieces of water color paper.  Fold a piece of copy paper and add your water color “sandwich” inside.  Run through Big Shot between two cutting plates.  You will have a positive and negative image for your card making…both equally beautiful!  Add your sentiment in Archival Basic Black at lower left corner.
  • Layer the water color paper to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside I have a layer of Old Olive 1-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ and a piece of water color art 1-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached with multipurpose glue to each other and to inside of card.

You are going to love making these impressions and then creating the most beautiful all occasion cards.  What a great stash to have on hand.

Hope your day is awesome…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


If you want to be HaPpY…try getting those fingers inky!


Nature’s Palette…

Do you subscribe to Splitcoaststampers?  This week Lydia Fiedler was a guest there and showed a method to capture nature’s beauty and palette.

Her instructions were to find interesting plants or favorite ones and press them between water color paper or cardstock to achieve a positive and negative images.

I had to try it.  I mean Lydia is a hoot and always open for new techniques.  Her blog is if you’d like to check it out.

Here’s the first image and card I made (there are many!)…

Ferns are a favorite for me and this one is a Japanese Painted Fern.  If you look closely you’ll see some reds and purples.

In this glamour close up you can see the colors better and of course, one of those pretty Linen Thread bows.

and a side view.

I got on a roll and made several of these.  I’ll share one or two next week that are interesting…especially the Dancing Fern!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you….


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White and Fresh Fig Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Archival Ink
  • Stamps:  Climbing Orchids (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Plant of your choice, Linen Thread


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Fresh Fig layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″
  • The water color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Place your plant on one piece of water color paper and cover it with another piece of paper.  Fold a piece of copy paper in half and place the water color “sandwich” inside.  With one cutting pad down on Big Shot base add the “sandwich” and another cutting pad and run through Big Shot.  All Big Shots have their own tension.  If needed, add a shim for more pressure.
  • Remove “sandwich” from copy paper and plant from water color paper.  You may need to let it dry before removing if the color is smudging.  How much fun is that?  Instant beauty!  You will never get two alike.
  • Mount your water color paper with multipurpose glue or tear tape to the Fresh Fig layer.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Tie the Linen Thread bow and add all layers to the card front with multipurpose glue or tear tape.  If you need directions for bow, I have a video on YouTube here.
  • Inside there is a layer of Fresh Fig 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ with a layer of Thick Whisper White 3″ x 4″.

Another plant that came out well with this technique was a Japanese Maple.  I used new leaves that were red.  I have to show you that one next week.

Hope you are inspired to raid your garden and make some of the cards!

Have a great weekend…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



Standout HB…

The different techniques you can use with this framelit interested me…and I plan to use all of them!

This first technique where the words are popped out of the stamped art was somewhat (not too bad, I’ve done lots worse) was the first technique I tried…

And I had been waiting for a project using this stamp set…this seemed perfect!

This card gave me the perfect opportunity to use the newly available Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.

Is that a standout happy birthday or what?

And a peek inside…

Not to long ago I used this method with the Rose Wonder stamp set and framelits.  It turned out gorgeous, but I lost my mind placing all those little pieces back inside.  This one really wasn’t bad at all and I do love the effect.

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


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock
  • Ink:  Powder Pink, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake and Old Olive.
  • Stamps:  Graceful Garden
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Happy Birthday Thinlits,  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, small round brush or Blender Pen, ribbon (your choice, this Seam Binding is retired)


  • 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 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp rose image by “painting” stamp with markers.  Color all the rose Powder Pink first and all the leaves Lemon Lime Twist.  Then go back with Real Red and Old Olive and paint half of the image over the lighter color.  Use a small round brush with water or a Blender Pen to pull the color into the white spaces of the image.  I made a mask of the rose with post it note paper, covered the image and stamped the background with Crumb Cake stamped off once.
  • Cut a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet as big as the HB Thinlit.  Attach this sheet to back of stamped image.  Run through Big Shot with HB Thinlit on top.  Attach another piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to back of a piece of white fun foam and run through Big Shot.  Remove stamped HB image carefully from stamped layer keeping all background pieces.  Attach stamped piece to card front with SNAIL.  Attach fun foam inside cut out on card front.  Attach stamped HB over fun foam.  Add background pieces back in their place.  How pretty is that?
  • Now inside the Lemon Lime Twist layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attach over Lemon Lime Twist layer with SNAIL
  • Using the small rose stamp image and coloring with marker in the same way as the larger image, stamp in lower right corner and blend colors with small round brush or Blender Pen.
  • Forget to show the envelope, but the smaller rose was stamped again in the lower left corner to coordinate with the card front.

Right now I’m looking for a masculine image to repeat this technique.  I’ll be sure to share that with you too.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


Color Pencil Rose…

Yesterday I confessed the stencil paste was one of my favorite new products.  The first card I made after my order arrived, I used the paste.

Today’s post uses the new stencils and paste again along with the colored pencils and the Birthday Blooms stamp set.

The paste was colored using the Crumb Cake reinker…

This glamour close up shows the “dew” made with fine tipped glue applicator…

And a side view.  Do you love this ombré Lemon Lime Ribbon?

And a peek inside where I used the framelit sets to Colorful Season (branch) and Beautiful Bouquet (flowers)

So I’m in a REAL pickle…my electricity abruptly went off yesterday for two hours.  When I came into the studio to begin posting, my computer was blank!  I’ve tried everything I know to fix it with no success.

So for now I’ll have to try to post with my IPad and hope it goes well until we get this computer thing figured out…UGH!

Here’s the StuffN Digits for today’s card…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake and Calypso Coral Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Crumb Cake
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms, Beautiful Bouquet (sentiments)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/4″ Lemon Lime Twist Ombré Ribbon, Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives, Linen Thread, Seasonal Layers Framelits (branch) and Bouquet Bunch Framelits (flowers)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  The rose was stamped in lower left corner with Crumb Cake ink.  Mix a small amount of paste with Crumb Cake reinker.  Lay the stencil diagonally at top right corner and apply paste with knife.  Let dry.  Be sure to clean your stencil and knife right away.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black at lower right corner.
  • Using a white colored pencil, color all of the rose image.  This will keep your colors bright.  I used a light and dark shade of pink and the same for the green.  I left some of the white pencil showing,  Use two tones of a pretty blue to shadow the rose.
  • Before adding this layer over the Lemon Lime Twist, attach a band of the Ombré Lemon Lime Ribbon at the top attached at back with SNAIL.  Make several looped bow and tie center with Linen Thread.  Attach with glue dots.
  • Inside the Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black at top left.  Cut branch from Colorful Seasons Set in Lemon Lime Twist and add with multipurpose glue at an angle from mid left to lower right.  Cut two sets of flowers from Calypso Coral CS.  Cut one set in half and add to branch with multipurpose glue.

I hope you’ll give this paste a try.  It’s priced reasonably for all the fun you can have with it.

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Here’s your “Bism” for today…

Hope your day is inky and you are HaPpY!


Friend Flowers…

Life would be so much less without friends.  We depend on our friends during difficult times and love sharing life’s joys with them.

I am so grateful to have really “old” friends (like grammar school!) and really “new” friends too.

So today’s post celebrates friendship…

A water color technique which I will reverse in another post this week…

a close up…

there’s a mistake here I will confess to “liking”…

The technique requires water color paper which I love working with because it does most of the work for you…and better!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits (including the confession)…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Penned & Painted and Suite Sentiments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water Spritzer


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The water color layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Spritz paper with water.  The more you want your color to “work” the more water.  Ink up the solid flower and leaf stamps and stamp wet water color paper.  Let the paper do its job for you then dry with heat gun if you don’t have the patience to wait (I never can)
  • Using the solid shading stamps for leaves and flowers stamp over dried ink.
  • Stamp Archival Basic Black outline over each flower and leaf.  Let dry or heat…you know what I do!
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Black and mount water color paper over Rich Razzleberry layer with multipurpose glue.

Did you find the oopsie?  After spritzing my water color paper and stamping the first flowers which I wanted across just the bottom of the card, I realized I had set the spritzer bottle half way on the top of the water color paper.  The bottle had residue from working with Ken Oliver’s Color Burst dry pigment on the bottom.  Ugh!  Just for the heck of it I spritzed the half circle of color and you can see the result…I loved it!

Just another example of how “mistakes” can sometimes be the beautiful opportunity you didn’t expect.  This card and technique are really fun.  I hope you will give it a try and let me know how you like it.

Sweetums is driving to Nashville today to pick up my daughter, Kelly.  She is coming to visit for a couple of days before she returns to Seoul, South Korea…and maybe catch up on her sleep.  I don’t know if he will be able to pry little Henry loose from her snuggles!  I’m so looking forward to our time together!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always a good forecast…

Keep those fingers inky…you’ll be HaPpY!


Easter Dogwood…

Recently cute bunnies were posted to celebrate the upcoming Easter season, but today’s post features spring dogwood blooms.

Have your dogwoods bloomed yet?  Mind are buds but will be in bloom before Easter.

Here’s today’s card…

and a close up…

peeking inside…

This is my first time using the water color pencils on Kraft Paper…I learned a few things and hope to do more this week, but thought this one turned out well.  I’m not sure if this is a dogwood bloom but it was close enough for me.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  1. Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Kraft Cardstock
  2. Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  3. Stamps:  Penned & Painted, Suite Sayings (sentiment) and Birthday Blooms (dots)
  4. Tools ‘n Embellishments:  Water Color Pencils, Blender Pen, Window Sheet


  1. The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  2. The Kraft Cardstock layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp leaves and flowers with outline stamp in Archival Basic Black.  Be sure to let this ink dry…it takes a bit.  Or you can heat it (like me!)  I have no patience…
  3. Color all images with White Water Color Pencil (your colors will be brighter).  Add Old OLive to leaves, Daffodil Delight to flower centers and Melon Mambo to shade from centers of flower petals out.  Smooth colors with Blender Pen.  Be sure to clean tip between each color change.
  4. Cut a window sheet 3-3/4″ x 5″ to use as a template to draw border skipping when you meet the leaves or flowers.  Add dots wherever you like them.
  5. Inside the card the border was drawn again and dots were added to coordinate with card front.

I’ve been playing around with this same set and water color paper.  If it turns out, I’ll post it next week.

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Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ask me how I know…

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!


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…


  • 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


  • 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!


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…


  • 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


  • 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!



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…


  • 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


  • 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…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


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…


And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!