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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…


a close up…


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.


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…


  • 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


  • 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…


I sure hope so.

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


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…


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.


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


  • 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)


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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…


and it does.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



Yellow Roses for 50 Years…

Today’s card is for a really special couple celebrating 50 years of marriage.  I so enjoyed making this card for them…


and here’s the inside…


I love making cards for any occasion, but something magical happens when I make a card with someone special in mind.  All the memories and experiences we’ve shared over the years are built into the card using paper, ink, bling (of course!) and sticking it all together with Glue Dots!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you just in case you need an anniversary or wedding card…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White (I love this paper!)
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  En Francias (retired, background), Gorgeous Grunge (background), Birthday Blooms and Timeless Love (sentiment and small flowers)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight 5/8″ Seam Binding, Distressing Tool for paper edges, Linen Thread, Gold Wind of Stella


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/8″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The first Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp background in Smoky Slate and over stamps with Daffodil Delight and Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp.  Distress edges and attach to card front with SNAIL.
  • The second smaller Thick Whisper White layer is 2-3/4″ x 4″.  Stamp sentiment in Smoky Slate.  The border was hand drawn with Smoky Slate marker small end.  Add to card front with Adhesive Strips or double dimensionals.  Both large and small flowers were stamped on scrap Thick Whisper White and colored with Daffodil Delight Reinker dropped in stamp pad lid.  Use Aqua Painter and water to apply ink to flowers.  Add Crushed Curry to centers.  Maybe leave the flipped edges in a lighter shade.  Add Crushed Curry at petal bases.  Fussy cut large and small flowers.  Use the large end of your stylus or anything with a round smooth surface and work the back of these flowers lying on your sponge mat to break down fibers and give a rounded effect from the front.  Add double dimensionals to the back.  Gold Wink of Stella was added to flower centers.  Stamp the entire large flower on scrap Thick Whisper White in Smoky Slate and fussy cut.  Add painted flower on top with double dimensionals the add both layers to card front.
  • Make triple loops with ribbon and tie off in center with Linen Thread.  Add at base of larger flower with Glue Dots.  There are glue dots at the ribbon ends too to hold them in place.  The edges were frayed to repeat paper distressing.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 2-3/4″ x 4″ with distressed edges.  Add sentiment in Smoky Slate.  The small flowers were stamped on scrap, colored with Aqua Painter leaving leaves unpainted like the card front.  Fibers were also broken down from back to give rounded effect.  Add to card with double dimensionals.

I really love this card, but I’ll be honest with you…it’s the second one I made.  The first got chopped up and some of the pieces were used on this one.  I just thought the first one looked too plain.  If I were to make this one again, I might place a layer of Daffodil Delight behind the first layer to just peek out a smidge…what do you think?

Yesterday I had one of my biggest classes ever and did we ever have fun!  There were three “newbies” in the group, but they weren’t “newbies” for long.  My seasoned stampers drew them under their angel wings and guided them through their first class.  They did amazing because I can tell you we didn’t do “beginner” projects.  So fun watching someone stamp for the first time…never gets old to me!

Hope you are having the best day and something you’ve seen here today inspires you in your own creative journey…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


oh yes.

Let’s be HaPpY with inky fingers!


Watercolor Wishes…

This girl was WAY OUT of her comfort zone today…I DID MY FIRST LIVE FB VIDEO!  And, it was fun.  So many times I’m asked to show a technique because many or most of us learn by “seeing” something done more than by ready directions.

While I gladly give the Stuff ‘N Digits to all my projects, I felt it would be fun to pop in every once in a while with a technique video.  Here’s the project I showed in the video yesterday…


and a peek inside…


The watercolor technique was the video feature and the piece on the table is the one in the video.  I wanted the fall watercolored leaves to be the focal point of this card so I kept it fairly simple (for me anyway…no Linen Thread, bows or sequins!) and I really like it.  This is another “all occasion” card good to have in your stash…

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


  • Paper:  Watercolor, Thick Whisper White, Old Olive Cardstock, plus Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves and Thoughtful Branches (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Pen (thin tipped)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 2-1/8″ and 4-1/4″ on the long side.
  • The vertical Old Olive layer is 2″ x 5-3/8″ attached with Multipurpose Glue
  • The Rich Razzleberry DSP layer is 1-7/8″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Old Olive with SNAIL.
  • The horizontal Old Olive layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/4″ attached to front panel with Multipurpose Glue.
  • The Watercolor layer is 3″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp leaves in Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.  Stamp some full strength then color with Aqua Pen and others stamp off first to get a lighter shade.  Let ink dry before over stamping if you do not want colors to bleed together.  Attach to Old Olive layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Inside the card the Old Olive layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with Multipurpose Glue.  The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.  The watercolor layer is 3″ x 4-1/8″ stamped and water colored exactly like the cover piece but leaving room for a message.  Placement is directly behind front panel using Multipurpose Glue.

Hope your weekend was just what you needed to start your week with a bang!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


yep, you do.

So let’s get inky together and Be HaPpY!


Snowy Vintage Truck…

Masculine cards are a challenge…sometimes.  Whenever one is found with a different, interesting look to it…I have to make it.  Today’s post was taken from a video on youtube by Frances Martin…you can see it here.  She had learned the technique from someone on her team.  I just love hearing her talk…

Here’s today’s rusty old truck (I love trucks!) in a faux sepia tone complete with snow!


Do you find the “look” interesting?  And it’s really not hard at all to do…however, this one was made for a golfing buddy for Sweetums and he ended up not being able to give it to him because the White Craft Ink didn’t dry in time…just a heads up if you plan on making this one for someone special…Plan ahead!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake Cardstock.
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Basic Black and Craft White
  • Stamps:  Country Livin’, Thoughtful Branches and Fresh Fruit (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Gel Pen, Small round paint brush, toothpick and Aqua Painter


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″
  • The Soft Suede layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Stamp truck on post it note and “fussy cut” to create a mask.  Stamp truck on Crumb Cake in Basic Black and paint with Soft Suede ink from ink pad lid and an Aqua Painter.  Use Early Espresso for wood trim, box and wheel wells.  Cover with mask.  Stamp trees in Early Espresso across entire layer.  Using small paint brush and White Craft Ink inside ink pad lid, paint snow in foreground.  Here’s where I went wrong, I used the end of my paint brush to add snow to trees and truck.  In Frenchie’s video she used a toothpick.  I bet her card was dry long before mine.  Stamp sentiment in lower right corner with Early Espresso.  Let dry overnight to be sure you don’t smudge your snow.  I used a White Gel Pen to add falling snow slanted in one direction emulating blowing in the wind.  If you like it, add that too.
  • Add this layer to card front with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Inside there is a Soft Suede layer 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Whisper White layer on top 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.

I’m going to be looking for ways to use this technique again…I like it!

So all the news today is about the hurricane “Matthew”.  Hope everyone has been cautious and evacuated to safer places.  Of course, my son and family live in St. Petersburg, but they are expecting wind and rain only.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


we all see it.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY like me!


Botanical Watercolor…

If the choice had to be made for a favorite art medium…for me it would be watercolor.  The way color reacts on the paper is magic you couldn’t possibly recreate even if you tried.

Lately the Ken Oliver Color Burst bottles have been hanging out on my work table.  Hard to resist just a little swoosh of pigment and water …watercolor paper contact and then the magic.  Today’s post is the result of playing around mixing stamping techniques with the magic of watercolor…


and inside it looks like…


Could I recreate that beautiful color mix…no.  And all the white space keeps the focus right where I want it to be.

Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Butterfly Basics (large fern), Awesomely Artistic (medium/small ferns & postage) and By the Tide (postage/script)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Ken Oliver Color Burst (Amazon), Beautiful Pines Thinlits Dies, water spritzer and Size B Acrylic Block


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The first Thick Whisper White layer  is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • The top layer of watercolor paper is 3″ x 4-1/4″.  Blow a light layer of Violet on half of acrylic block and a light layer of Orange on the other.  Spritz with water and lay acrylic block on water color paper.  Press to distribute water and color.  Lift and let dry…you can use your heat gun.  (Tip:  if your paper bows, turn it over and heat from the back too to straighten).  Stamp script in Basic Black at the top left corner running off the water color paper.  Stamp one postage stamp on post it note paper and cute out mask.  Stamp and mask first postage stamp in Basic Black.  With mask still in place stamp two most postage stamps.  Stamp fern leaves in Old Olive with larger Whisper White layer underneath watercolor paper so fern image can over lap  running diagonally from bottom left corner to right top.  Because my colors were so dark, I decided to use one of the water colored pine boughs glued over stamped fern with Thin Tip Glue.  Add water color layer to larger layer with Strip Adhesive and both layer to card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3″ x 4″.  Stamp ferns on base card diagonally from lower right corner to upper left in Old Olive.  on 3 x 4 piece stamp postage images using the masking technique, one in Basic Black and one in OLd Olive.  Run edges across ink pad to color in Old Olive.   Attach to inside of card with SNAIL.
  • A sentiment was purposely left off this card…I can add it later depending on the circumstance.  This makes an excellent “all occasion” card to keep in your stash.

Anybody can do this type of water coloring and it is so satisfying to watch the reaction of ink, paper and water.  Makes you look at your acrylic blocks differently.

Looks as if the weekend will be dramatic up and down the East Coast…be safe!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Y’all come back tomorrow and in the meantime…be HaPpY!




Hello Sunshine…

And sunshine is just what we have had plenty of here in Tennessee for the last ten weeks…

Today’s post is a nod to my oldest g’daughter.  Sunshine is what I’ve always called her and so this card will be winging its way to her soon…


Here’s a close up of the word framelit cutout…


Isn’t that awesome?  And so easy to create.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Watercolor Wishes (sentiment) and Wherever You Go (sunshine)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Painter, Sunshine Wishes Framelits


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
  • The Watercolor layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Using reinker and an Aqua Painter work from darkest color to lightest, making sure the clean the brush of the Aqua Painter when changing colors.  Let the watercolor do its work by tilting the paper if you want that effect.  Let dry.
  • Stamp sunshine in Watermelon Wonder just below center of water colored layer.  Cut the word “sunshine” from the watercolor layer with framelit.  Stamp “hello” in Basic Black  over the cut out. Then attach this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut four more “sunshine’s” from Thick Whisper White.  Glue layers together with fine tipped glue or multipurpose glue with the water colored layer on top.  Attach to card front in the space it was cut from with multipurpose glue.

This is an awesome technique that gives you the “wow” effect with less work than you would think.

I didn’t show the envelope but it has a couple of layers of color with the sunshine stamped in Watermelon Wonder on top to coordinate with the card front.

I’m pretty sure my g’daughter will be impressed and maybe a little touched with the sentiment.  She’s pretty amazing…(she will never see this!)Kendall

We were getting a Starbuck’s “fix”…

Got lots of new projects for you coming up this week…so be sure to stop back by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’m HaPpY cause I’m inky!


Enjoy the Little Things…

Six days a week you will find a new project posted here…Often I’m asked, “where do you find inspiration?”  Everywhere!

Last weekend a friend and I went to the first every Strawberry Fields Guild open house.  Propped up against the wall on the floor was this artwork…


I would guesstimate it was 16″ x 20″ and I loved it!  I left it there on the floor and came home and made this…


What do you think?  This little beauty measures 6 1/2″ square and was made from two pieces of cardstock.

Here’s a side view so you can see the Wink of Stella Clear, the dimension of the butterfly and the depth of the plaque.  See those Wink of Stella splatters?


The splatters were a mistake.  Shaking the pen to keep the sparkle going the picture was splattered with Wink of Stella.  Knocked the breath out of me for a minute as this was the last thing before finishing.  Then I decided I loved the effect and splattered even more!

Are you interested in the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Peekaboo Peach
  • Stamps:  Clearly for You (retired, No.5), Nature Walk (retired, Bee), Timeless Textures (edges), Best Thoughts (large bloom), Birthday Blossoms (large leaves), Awesomely Artistic (ferns & group flowers), Layering Love (sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge (splats), En Francais (retired, printed text)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Washi Tape, Wink of Stella Clear, Ribbon or cord/twine for hanging, hole punch


  • Cut two 8 1/2″ square pieces of Thick Whisper White and score all sides 1″.  Cut one side of each tab.
  • Start by sponging the edges with Crumb Cake, then stamp edge from Timeless Textures around the edge and over the sponging.  Then add splats with Gorgeous Grunge and Crumb cake over that.
  • You can follow this example exactly or substitute stamps you may have I didn’t use.  I did use an Aqua Painter to lightly color with the lightest shade and once dry went over the image with the darker color where shadows would be.  Watermelon splats were added to the larger flower when dry with Gorgeous Grunge.
  • The butterfly was stamped, colored and “fussy cut” before adding with dimensional.  Add Wink of Stella on butterfly and splats if you want them.
  • Once all your stamping is done, add tear tape to each tab and fold into a box.  Do the same with the second 6 1/2″ square.  Run a coordinating Washi Tape around all four sides of your stamped “box”.  Lay the plain square inside the stamped square and punch two holes for the ribbon/cord to thread through.  Now remove the unstamped box and run the ribbon/ cording through the stamped box and the plain box tying a knot to secure. Place the two boxes together just like a gift box would close.

I am just so happy with this little plaque and hope to find more time to explore this type of project into gift sets with maybe a couple of smaller plaques that would coordinate.  My “to do” list just gets longer each day!

So my point is there is inspiration everywhere…

Today begins the Memorial Day Weekend where we honor those who serve and sacrifice for all of us.  Since we have a son-in-love who is currently serving in Seoul, South Korea, this holiday has special meaning.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


I sure hope so…

I’m inky…and HaPpY!





My Favorite Technique…

is masking!  And today’s post using masking in two different ways resulting in a novel finish.


The masking was reversed on the flower so a script could be added to the flower petals, then the flower was covered with glue and sponged with Pool Party.  If you look closely you can see the script in the background of the flower.

Here’s a pic of the inside where you can see the script better…


A sentiment was purposely left off the card so it can be used for several occasions later.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Timeless Elegance DSP
  • Ink:  Basic Black and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  En Francias (retired) and Birthday Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Pool Party Sparkle Ribbon, Linen Thread, Circles Framelits, Crystal Effects or Thin Tip Glue and Lovely Lace Embossing Folder


  • The Very Vanilla base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ embossed with Lovely Lace EF
  • The first Basic Black layer is 2 1/8″ x 5 1/4″ attached to DSP that is 2″ x 5 1/4″.  Attach these two layers 3/4″ in from left side of embossed Very Vanilla layer.
  • The second Basic Black layer is 1 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ attached to DSP that is 1 5/8″ x 4 3/8″.  Attach these two layers over the last vertical layer 1/2″ to the right with adhesive
  • The third Basic Black layer is 1 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ attached to DSP that is 1 5/8″ x 3 3/8″.  Attach these two layers 1/4″ to the left of the first layer and centered top to bottom.
  • The circle is cut with 2 1/2″ circle framelit.  Stamp flower on Post It note and be sure you have some of the sticky on back. Fussy cut flower from Post It.  Use the negative space layer over the 2 1/2″ circle and stamp flower in Basic Black.  While the mask is still in place, also stamp background script.  Remove mask and add a coat of glue to just the flower image.  Let dry.
  •  Place flower mask over image and sponge the outside area with a dauber and Pool Party ink.
  • Cut a circle “frame” using the 2 1/2″ circle framelit and the next smaller one.  Add this frame over stamped circle with glue.  Add dimensionals to back and add to top of all vertical layers.
  • Attach a piece of the ribbon to the back of all layers.  Add this stack of layers to card front with adhesive.
  • Loop ribbon and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • Inside the same masking technique was used for a partial image of the rose at the bottom right corner on a piece of 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Very Vanilla.  Attach to a layer of Basic Black 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″.  Add both layers to card.

Wouldn’t this make a pretty wedding card?  You could change the colors to coordinate with the bride’s choice for her wedding.  And you could add an envelope inside the card front for a gift card or check with the same DSP used on the card front.

Aren’t I just full of ideas today…it’s the way my mind runs 24/7.

Play around with these two masking techniques.  I’d love to see what you create…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Who doesn’t?

I’m playing in the ink…and HaPpY!


Joseph’s Coat Technique…

Today’s post is an easel card using the Joseph’s Coat Technique.  I watched Sandi MacIver on YouTube using this technique and couldn’t wait to give it a try…

Here’s how mine turned out and some tips for me to remember and you to consider if you would like to experiment like I did…


And here is a shot with the easel set up…


Would you like to know how this technique called Joseph’s Coat is done?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Water Color Paper, Daffodil Delight and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Water Color or Color Burst, Night of Navy, Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Butterfly Basics (sentiment), Awesomely Artistic (fern leaves), First Sight (flourish) and Watercolor Wings (butterfly)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bold Butterfly Framelits, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Clear Embossing Powder, Rhinestones, Label Framelit included in a flip card set, Navy permanent marker, Wind of Stella Clear, VersaMark


  • The Daffodil Delight base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and 2 3/4″ (fold back for card front to attach to)
  • You might want to do this part of the card the night before…Trim Water Color paper to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  If you are using Color Burst or regular Water Colors, mist liberally and drop or spray your color.  Tip:  Use light and bright colors on this layer.  Let dry thoroughly or over night.
  • Stamp flourish and butterfly in VersaMark, add clear embossing powder and heat.  Here I used Night of Navy stamp pad to drag over the water color paper.  Use a wet wipe to clear the embossed images.  Color over butterfly with Wink of Stella.  Add a piece of seam binding around and attach to back.  Loop bow and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • Stamp greeting on Whisper White and cut with framelit.  Cut another layer in Daffodil Delight and attach with adhesive and then to card front with dimensionals.
  • The Whisper White layer that attaches to the base card at the 2 3/4″ fold is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to the Whisper White with adhesive.
  • Attach the Water Color layer to Daffodil Delight layer with tear tape.
  • Inside there is a 3″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Thick Whisper White stamped in lower right corner with flourish in Night of Navy.  Two pieces of trimmed water color paper are glued at the bottom, then this layer is attached with adhesive to inside of card.
  • The butterfly was stamped in Night of Navy on Daffodil Delight with a coat of Wink of Stella Clear.  The top butterfly is cut with framelit from Pool Party and given a coat of Wink of Stella and attached to first butterfly with glue dots.  The assembled butterfly is attached to card inside with dimensional.  Color rhinestones and attach.

Because the sentiment is nonspecific, this card could be used for several occasions including birthday, get well, thanks, wedding, etc.

This technique gives you many layers of different colors.  Its interesting to see the light, bright colors show through the darker top color.  I hope you will be inspired to give this technique a try…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Look at that background…may be the same technique!

Get Happy…with inky fingers!