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Stenciling…

Yesterday I explained how I was sidetracked while working on this month’s Paper Pumpkin by a laser cut that I  thought would make a great stencil.

Immediately this soft pastel card was stuck in my head and there was nothing to do but stop and make it…happens  all.  the.  time.

So today I wanted to show you what I did with the laser cut…

Didn’t that just work out peachy?

Glamour close up…

I could have turned it over and used it as it was intended in the Paper Pumpkin Kit, but dang this just looked gorgeous…so I went with it!

There are really no Stuff ‘N Digits because this card base was in the kit.  I purposely left off a sentiment because this card could be used for so many different occasions.  A sentiment can always be added later…

Just thought I’d share…

Hope your are having an awesome day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

seriously…

You can always be HaPpY with inky fingers!

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Soft Sayings…

While preparing for an Open House and working on samples for the event, The Soft Sayings Card Kit was my next project.  My goal was to finish one card of each size and show how this set has everything you need…and I mean everything!  You can even reorder just the refill for much less than the original cost…I was all in!

Then as I was putting together the different cards, I ran into a side track with this one …

While I love this card, the laser cut overlay sent me into a spin.  Do you see what I see?  Well, probably not because my mind is kinetic energy jumping in all directions at once.

What I saw was a stencil.  So leaving my project on one table, I moved to another to make this…

This is exactly what I was seeing in my mind.  All soft colors for spring…

Glamour close up.

And a peek inside using just a portion of the “stencil”.

Over time I’ve learned to pay attention to those sidetracks and follow them to the end.  In most cases the results are just as envisioned.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Powder Pink, Thick Whisper White and Old Olive Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Powder Pink, Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky and Old Olive, but Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Soft Sayings stamping kit
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stencil Brush or Sponge (I used brush), Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon

Digits

  • The Powder Pink base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Old Olive layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The water color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  I used low tack Artist Tape to attach the stencil to the water color paper.  Using a stencil brush apply color to each flower then the Old Olive to the spaces and leaves in between.  The stencil holds a border naturally.  Once the stenciling is done, add the sentiment (included in the Soft Sayings Kit) in Archival Basic Black.  Attach this layer over the Old Olive layer with SNAIL
  • Inside the Old Olive layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to the card with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stencil a portion  of the flowers on the bottom of this layer then attach over Old Olive layer with SNAIL.
  • The envelope was also stenciled using this same method to coordinate with the card front.

Love how this card turned out so soft and sweet.  Guess I ruined this laser piece for one of the kit cards, huh?  Nope.  Tomorrow I’ll show how this stencil morphed into a card all its own…

Lots of planning and creating going on in the studio getting ready for an Open House Catalog Party…lots of samples, door prizes, and refreshments. You can also pick up your new catalog with a little gift and there will me “Take ‘N Makes” for everyone with detailed directions to complete the projects.

Lots to do…hope I don’t get sidetracked again…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

oh yeah.

Come stamp with me…Be HaPpY!

 

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Spotlight Tranquil Tide…

Last but certainly not least this week spotlighting the new InColors is Tranquil Tide.  How are these colors even named?  Because I am a “green” person, anything in that family is good for me.

Here’s my post highlighting not only the color but the Fresh Floral Designer Series Pack as well…

There are three InColors here…Pink Powder, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide.

Glamour close up…notice the bling?

Side view showing dimension and layers…

And a peek inside.

Every year I have a favorite new InColor, but this year I am more than pleased with all of them!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide Cardstock, plus Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper Stack and Vellum Cardstock
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Powder Pine, Tranquil Tide, VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Colorful Seasons
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stitched Ovals Framelits Dies, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Glitter Enamel Dots, Strip Adhesive, Clear Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The base Tranquil Tide layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add a little SNAIL to back of this layer and attach to Tranquil Tide layer temporarily.  Using 3-1/4″ Stitched Oval Framlit cut through both layers.  Separate layers and using the coordinating Scalloped Oval Framelit Die cut just the DSP layer.  Then attach these two layers together.  Add Strip Adhesive to back.
  • Cut chair from Lemon Lime Twist and add to card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Tranquil Tide 4-1/8″ x 1-1/2″.  Cut a piece of Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″.  Attach to CS with SNAIL.  Cut a piece of DSP 3-1/2″ x 1″ and attach with SNAIL to Whisper White.  Add all three layers to card front with SNAIL.
  • Place card front over base and lightly trace with pencil in top right and lower bottom of oval opening.  Remove and stamp branch in Soft Suede and flowers in Powder Pink.  Erase pencil marks.
  • Add oval layers to card front.
  • Cut a piece of Vellum Cardstock 7/8″ x 3-3/4″.  Add VersaMark then Tranquil Tide Ink to stamp then stamp on Vellum.  Cover with Clear EP and heat.  Add Glitter Enamel Dots to front and glue dots to back and place over oval opening on front of card.
  • Inside Cut a layer of DSp 3-1/2″ X 4-1/2″.  Cut a piece of Whisper White  2-5/8″ x 4″ and layer with SNAIL.  Cut a piece of DSP 1/2″ x 2-5/8″ and add to bottom of Whisper White with SNAIL.  Stamp branch and flowers to coordinate with card front.
  • You can see in the photos the envelope was stamped with the same branch and flowers.

We have had a really rainy couple of days, but nothing compared to what I see on the news for other places out west and north of here.  A really bright spot for today is HENRY (my new gg’son) is coming to visit for the night?  Be ready for some pics tomorrow for sure!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Keep it inky…Be HaPpY!

B

Spotlighting Fig…

What a classic color…Fig.  Maybe even a little formal.  And this fall will come in so handy creating those fall colors we all love.

Fig combined in beautiful patterns in the Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper Pack offers countless combinations for beautiful creations…

Great color combination, Fig and the Fresh Floral DSP.

A glamour close up showing the Stitched Framelits…

and a side view showing dimension and a hint of what’s inside…

and a peek inside.

This card with this sentiment would work well for a wedding, anniversary, sympathy or even birthday.  Change the sentiment and you can go in several different directions.  So I’m calling this an “all occasion” card!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you in case you need a card that works for lots of things…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, and Fig Cardstock, plus Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper Pack
  • Ink:  Fig, Sahara Sand and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Colorful Seasons
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, 5/8″ White Seam Binding (retired), Square Stitched Framelits Dies

Digits

  • The Fig base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Thick Whisper White CS layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The first DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The large scalloped fig square is 3″ square cut with the Stitched Framelit Dies.  The DSP large square is cut with the corresponding Stitched Square Framelit and attached to the Fig square with SNAIL then attached to card front at center top with SNAIL.
  • The lower rectangle is a piece of Whisper White 1-5/8″ x 4-1/8″ with a DSP piece 1-1/2″ x 4″ attached with SNAIL to Whisper White.  Add a band of ribbon attaching at back with SNAIL.  Make bow with several loops of ribbon and tie center with Linen Thread.  Attach layers to lower card front with SNAIL.  Add bow with glue dots .
  • The small square is a piece of Fig cut with  2-1/2″ Scalloped Framelit Die.  The Whisper White square is cut with the corresponding Stitched Framelit Die.  Stamp flowers in Fig and branch with Sahara Sand.  Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Attach squares together with SNAIL and to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Whisper White piece is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a small piece of Fig at the bottom 1/2″ x 3-1/2″ attached with SNAIL.  The floral design was “fussy cut” from DSP and add with SNAIL.
  • You can see the envelope was stamped with the same floral and branch to coordinate with the card front.

Hope your Thursday is going just the way you want it to go.  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

rarely.

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

 

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Autism Matters Blog Hop…

While attending OnStage Savannah and in the chaos of 450 demonstrators greeting each other, I ran into Lee Conrey of Jacksonville, Florida.  She was telling me all about this blog she was planning to raise funds for Autism Matters…and then she asked me to be part of the hop and help her raise funds.  Of course I said yes!

So many families suffer the effects of Autism.  Here is a fact you might not know…

Autism is more prevalent among children than diabetes, cancer and pediatric AIDS combined.

To help Lee I have opened a fund-raising page and I would be honored if you felt like helping too by donating to Autism Matters.  Here is the link:   http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/AutismSpeaksU/General?px=4259999&pg=personal&fr_id=2860.  All funds are directly deposited into the fund.  Thanks so much.

Here is a sweet post I made for today that uses the primary colors associated with Autism Matters…

The centers are just hot glue…

Glamour close up…

and a peek inside!

Today’s post is not about selling product but rather awareness of the struggle many have living with autism.  I’m hoping the connections to my blog will be helpful to Lee in her fund raising.  Thank you Lee for asking me to be part of your efforts.

Here are all the demonstrators participating in this fundraiser and blog.  I hope you’ll hop along and see all the amazing creations…

12- Monika Davis: https://monikastamp.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/autism-awareness-blog-hop

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

exactly.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!
11- Billie Moan

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Daisy Delight…

One of the perks of being a SU! Demo is attending events like OnStage and receiving for FREE new products from the upcoming annual catalog.  Lucky me traveled home with the Daisy Delight Bundle which consisted of the stamp set and coordinating punch.

HaPpY me!

To celebrate my good luck today’s post will feature this new stamp set with others to follow…

There is a big daisy stamp in this set, but there is also several small flowers too.  Actually, the pink ones are the big daisy centers.

Glamour close up…

Side view.

Yep it’s that bow.

And a peek inside.

Did I ever confess to you I’m a “control freak”?  Well I am.  I even like to control splatters on my pieces and that’s why I normally use the “splat” stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  Did you notice that set is retiring?  I almost fell off my chair! I will be ordering that set because the one I have is worn totally out…

Do you like this new set?  These smaller flower are just so sweet.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Soft Sky Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride and Basic Gray
  • Stamps:  Daisy Delight
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Seasonal Decorative Masks

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White CS is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Soft Sky layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to the card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Lay your mask diagonally on this layer and apply Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky and Pear Pizazz ink with brush, daubers, spritzer or brayer.  I used a brush here.  Stamp a group of stems in Pear Pizazz.  Add flowers in Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight and Blushing Bride.  I stamped off the base color first and stamped over the base full strength.  Add sentiment in Basic Gray.
  • Add splats with Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizazz markers.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • A video on making this Linen Thread bow can be found here.  Attach with glue dots.
  • Inside the Soft Sky layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a Thick Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp the single stem and flower in Soft Sky and Pear Pizazz.  Add some splatters with markers.  There is a corner with a small piece of masking.  The envelope was also masked and stenciled to coordinate with the card front.

My preorder of new products will be delivered tomorrow and I hope to make some samples to share with you over the weekend…so be sure to stop back by.  Tomorrow there will be an Easter post and Saturday a very special post as I will be the Guest Designer on the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop…eeekkk!!!

A couple of things I wanted to share with you…if you have ordered from me personally or online I am happy to supply you with a new annual catalog.  Also, if you haven’t looked over the retiring product list and you’d like to, go to billiemoan.stampinup.net and you will find everything listed there.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

moving forward…always.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

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Basket ‘O Flowers…

Continuing my theme of using the Basket Bunch Bundle for cards other than Easter…today I have a “just a note” card featuring a basket of daffodils…

Just the perfect note card for any time of the year…

a close up to show dimension…

glamour shot…

and a peek inside.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you….

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz, Archival Basic Black and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Basket Bunch and Flourishing Phrases (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basket Builder Framelits, Blender Pen, Doily Lace, Linen Thread and Daffodil Delight Marker

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Daffodil Delight 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″.  Stamp sentiment at bottom center with Archival Basic Black ink.  Stamp Three daffodils at top center and blend petals and centers with Blender Pen and Daffodil Delight ink.  Add 1/2 of Lace Doily (Very Vanilla side up) with multipurpose glue for the basket to sit on.
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp four daffodils and four leaves.  Color with Blender Pen and cut out with Basket Builder Framelits.
  • Stamp basket on Sahara Sand CS with Early Espresso and cut out with Basket Builder Framelit.  Cut whole basket out of Crumb Cake CS.  Attach these two layers with multipurpose glue and add dimensionals to the back.
  • Add leaves to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Add basket over lace doily and leaves.
  • Add three daffodils on dimensionals over leaves and basket.
  • Make multi-looped Linen Bow.  Video directions here.  Attach to card front with glue dots.
  • Inside there is a Daffodil Delight layer 4-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ with a layer of Whisper White 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ on top.  Add one leave to bottom right corner and a flower on a dimensional on top.
  • I have splattered Daffodil Delight on the card front and inside the card using my Daffodil Delight marker and cap.
  • The envelope was also splattered and stamped with the daffodil stamp to coordinate with the card front.

Today Sweetums (yes, he came with me) and I are spending the day as tourists to Savannah.  It’s be a while since we’ve been here.  Tomorrow he will play golf while I attend OnStage…fun weekend!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

listening.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY today!

B

Daffodil Delight…

Alright…so we have this REALLY cute bundle for Easter and I confess to not buying it right away.  Shocking I know.

But now that I do have it (not shocking), I find so many more uses for it than just for the Easter holiday…nothing against Easter.  I’ve made LOTS of Easter goodies with it, but look at what else you can do with it…

How sweet it that at any time of the year?

a little close up…

and a little dimension plus the coordinating envelope…

and a peek inside.

How often would you use a card like this?  Birthday?  Sympathy?  Get Well?  Difficult life situations?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Pear Pizazz and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Basket Bunch and Feather Together (sentiment…love this set and font!)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basket Builder Framelits, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (retired : ( ), Linen Thread and Blender Pen

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Daffodil Delight 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″.  Stamp sentiment at bottom center with Archival Basic Black ink.  Stamp stems in lower center in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp three flowers upper center and color in petals and centers with Blender Pen and Daffodil Delight ink.  Attach to card front with SNAIL
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp three more flowers and color in with Blender Pen.  Stamp four leaves and color in with Blender Pen and Pear Pizazz.  Cut all out with framelits.
  • Attach three leaves on card front over stems with multipurpose glue.  Attach two flowers with dimensionals over leaves.
  • Make a multi-looped bow and tie center with Linen Thread.  I swear when I go to OnStage this week and get the new annual catalog, the first page I’m turning to is the ribbon page and looking for seam binding!  Attach your bow with glue dots.
  • Inside the Daffodil Delight layer is 4-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ attached with SNAIL. The Whisper White layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.  Add the leaf with multipurpose glue and the flower with dimensional.
  • The envelope was stamped with the flower and color with Blender Pen to coordinate with the card front.

My studio is in chaos…literally!  Getting ready for a Stampin’ Up! event is a busy and exciting time.  I’m so looking forward to seeing friends I don’t get to see that often and meeting new ones this weekend in Savannah OnStage!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

And you can always be HaPpY by keeping those fingers inky!

B

Easter Flowers…

Today’s post is the opposite technique that I used on Monday to make this card…

So today I’ll show you how to spritz your inked stamp before stamping the water color paper for an entirely different look and you can decide which you like better…

Here’s the same stamp set using the opposite stamping technique (and different colors, of course)

a close up…

a little peek inside…

So what do you think?  This one is certainly crisper looking but still not fussy and exact.  Where the first one looks sort of dreamy to me.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Soft Sky Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Penned & Painted, Suite Sentiments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Window Sheet, water spritzer, journaling or micron pen

Digits

  • The Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Soft Sky layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Water color layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the solid stamp for each flower and leaf, ink up each stamp and spritz with water before stamping.  Stamp shading stamp for each flower and leaves.  Add outline stamp with Archival Basic Black.
  • Add sentiment with Archival Basic Black.
  • Cut your window sheet 3-3/4″ x 5″, place a small amount of SNAIL in center and take most of the sticky off with your fingers then place centered on this top layer.
  • With your journaling pen or micron pen draw a border on the card front skipping where the art interrupts the line.

Do you like this technique better?  Give them both a try and see the difference.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

like today.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

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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)…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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!

B