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OnStage Presentation…

The second card actually demonstrated while on stage was this one…

A little bit of spritzing the stamp after inking and the paper after stamping creates this fluid background and makes the elegant line art “pop”!

Some splattering and that Linen Bow add to the textural interest of this panel.

Layers, texture and embellishments…a good card recipe!

And a peek inside…

So if you were at OnStage Live SLC, you received this stamp set and maybe witnessed my presentation.  The sample this week will give you some ideas for your own creations.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Soft Sky Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Lovely Wishes and Music Notes background stamp
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water Spritzer, Linen Thread

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″
  • The first Soft Sky layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp Soft Sky by stamping off each time you stamp.  This will keep this layer in the background and not competing with your focal point.  Attach this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • The next Soft Sky layer is 2-3/8″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The next layer is watercolor paper 2-1/4″ x 5-1/8″.  Stamp Music Notes in Soft Sky.  Ink leaf shadow stamp in Lemon Lime Twist.  Spritz stamp before stamping.  Stamp a second shadow stamp underneath first. Spritz watercolor paper to “move” the ink.  Let dry.  Stamp shadow stamps again in Lemon Lime Twist.  Add Line art stamp with Archival Basic Black.  Add color to flowers in Soft Sky.  Splatter Lemon Lime Twist using marker or Aqua Painter.
  • Add this panel to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Make bow and attach with glue dots.  There is a video here to demonstrate this bow.
  • Inside the Soft Sky 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 leaf line art in Soft Sky and leaf shadow stamp in Lemon Lime Twist..  Add this layer to inside of card with SNAIL.

This was the last card demonstrated on stage.  The others were samples I had made previously and brought to show how versatile this stamp set can be.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

For those who are missing loved ones this Thanksgiving…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

B

Life With Friends…

Having friends is a life journey.  You celebrate with them during happy times and hold them up when life is difficult.  Today I’m holding up a friend who lost her dad over the weekend.

I’ve included a book marker inside a sympathy card to remind her that her friends are thinking of her …

and the book marker…

And a peek inside.

Sympathy cards are never easy to make…but you need them when you need them.  I never seem to have them on hand.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Count My Blessings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Scallop Top Punch, Linen Thread, Ribbon, “H” Block, “I” Block

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″.
  • The Flirty Flamingo layer 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″.  Using Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Pumpkin Pie markers, color one side of the “I” Acrylic Block.  Spritz block and “stamp” in center of layer.  Hold for a few seconds to let ink absorb into cardstock.
  • Add sentiment and line art flower in Archival Basic Black.
  • Inside the Flirty Flamingo layer is 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Using the “H” Acrylic Block color the same as before, spritz with water and stamp toward the bottom of layer.
  • Add flower stamp in Archival Basic Black.
  • I decided to use water color paper for the book mark.  Cut a piece 2″ x 4″.  Punch one end with Scallop Topped Punch.  Using “H” Block paint with markers and spritz with water before stamping on water color paper.  Hold for a few seconds to give the ink time to be absorbed by the water color paper.  Add sentiment and flower in Archival Basic Black.  I used seam binding ribbon in Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral tied with Linen Thread.

We had Monday Morning Stamping Class here in the studio today and it was a doosie!  I think everyone was happy with their creations…

Thanks so much for stopping in today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Change is always good…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

B

Saying Goodbye…

When my oldest g’daughter moved out on her own, she also adopted a cat she named “Duncan” from the local Nashville animal shelter.  And they were on their own just the two of them.

That fluffy little kitty grew into the most beautiful, sweet cat.  But he passed away suddenly this weekend and my g’daughter is heartbroken.  We are just never prepared to say goodbye to our pets.

This is Duncan.

So I made this card for Kendall and wrote to her from my heart because we all have experienced losing our best furry friend…

The cat punch had just been delivered, but this was not in my plans when I ordered it.

A glamour close up…

The envelope flap was covered in DSP to coordinate with the card front.

Using the left over ink from the card front inside the card.

Keep this card in mind when you need a sympathy card for someone’s furry friend…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay
  • Stamps:  Wood Words and Sorry for Everything (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Cat Punch

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The DSP layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp sentiment in Soft Suede.  Color flower stamp with Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay markers.  Huff on the stamp before stamping.
  • Punch the cat from this layer.  Glue this layer to the card front with SNAIL.
  • Punch four more cats from Thick Whisper White CS.  I used a small amount of multipurpose glue between layers and then put a small amount on the card front and placed the now single fate cat inside the punched opening.
  • Inside there is a 5″ -3-3/4″ piece of DSP with a Thick Whisper White CS layer on top.  All placed inside the card with SNAIL.  I huffed the Wood Word stamp again and stamped in the middle of the Whisper White layer.  It was faint enough to write my message over the top.
  • The envelope flap was also covered in the same DSP.

Life happens and as card makers we can always respond with just the right message for those we love.

Hope your Monday is super!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Keep those fingers inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

 

B

Autumn in Red…

Working in watercolors is something I do often.  There are stacks of watercolor paper with my favorite color combinations and techniques.

Sometimes I’ll take a whole morning or day and just work creating panels of color and then let them dry to be used later.

And that’s exactly what happened today.  The air felt different this morning.  I know it’s still August and summer, but there is change in the air.  Which prompted me to pull out this color panel and make this autumn card for you today…

This panel had water droplets and salt added while wet.

See the interesting patterns created?

The entire front panel is raised with Adhesive Strips.

And this beautiful leaf was cut with the framelit from Seasonal Layers and the same color panel.

If you have watercolors, I hope you will be inspired to get them out and play with them.  And if you don’t, try some of these techniques with your reinkers.

Either way, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Feathered Together (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Watercolors (or reinker), Stitched Shapes Framelits, Seasonal Layers Framelits, Water color brush, salt, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Water Color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add sentiment at lower left corner in Archival Basic Black ink.  Then attach to card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • Color your water color paper panel with water to dampen, then drop colors and let them bloom and travel on your paper.  You can always add water to your brush and move the color more if you want.  While wet add clean drops of water then sprinkle with salt.  Let dry completely.
  • Decide on the size of your square and pick framelits to cut your “frame” from water color paper.  Cut square from dried color panel with largest square.  Add “frame” to color panel with multipurpose glue.  Add art piece to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut leaf from same color panel and add to card front over frame with mini dimensional.
  • Inside a strip from same color panel is added with multipurpose glue.

Isn’t that easy?  And this is a dramatic card in person which is always hard to capture in a photo.

Many of you know that my daughter and son-in-love are stationed in South Korea and have been there for the last 2-1/2 years.  Sweetums and I will be picking her up at the Norfolk, VA, airport this time next week!  We will be relieved to have her home and will continue to wait for SIL until the end of September.  While she says this has been a wonderful cultural experience of a lifetime, the current uncertainty with North Korea and China have ended this trip on a sour note.  Pray for all those who will remain in this chaotic state that common sense and calm reasoning will prevail.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

me too!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

B

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…

Stuff

  • 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:

Digits

  • 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…

smiling.

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

B

Artistic Love…

You can make a fantastic looking card in so little time.  All it takes is an amazing sentiment, gorgeous designer series paper and of course, Crinkled Seam Binding!

Here is my 20 minutes or less card…

In addition to the facts above, Thick Whisper White Cardstock is the one product that makes this card feel and look “special”.

I love seam binding!  The new crinkled seam binding is even better and ties into beautiful bows.

Here you can see there is an extra layer of Thick Whisper White behind the designer series paper.  Make a card with this extra layer and one without.  See which one you like better.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Peek A Boo Peach plus Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Just Add Text
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Peek A Boo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding,  Stitched Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The first Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x -5-1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ attached to the Thick Whisper White layer with SNAIL.  Tie a 15″ piece of Peek A Boo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding in a bow at the bottom of this layer.  Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut a Scalloped 2-1/4″ square from Peek A Book Peach CS.  Cut the coordinating size stitched square framelt from Thick Whisper White.  Stamp sentiment on this layer in Archival Basic Black.  Attach sentiment layer to scalloped square with SNAIL.  Add this combined square to card front bottom right over seam binding with dimensionals.
  • Inside at the bottom add a piece of DSP 1/2″ x 4″ at the bottom with SNAIL.

We made this card in class on Monday.  It was our last project and everyone seemed to really like how simple it was to put together and how pretty.  I like when that happens!

We’ve made it to “hump day” so it’s all down hill from today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ahhhhhh…

If you’re inky, you gotta be HaPpY!

B

Berry Burst Rose…

Today’s post is a project we will be making in class today.  The new color Berry Burst Reinker was used to water color the rose from Graceful Garden a couple of the new Embossing Folders for texture in the background.

I’m pretty stoked with the way it turned out and can’t wait to see how the class will respond to this card…

Isn’t that color delicious!

Reinker dropped on wet water color paper with White Embossing is so easy!

Did you notice the background texture?

This card went together in a snap.  The longest time was spent “fussy cutting” that rose and the embossing made that easy too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, and Berry Burst Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Berry Burst, Old Olive plus White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Graceful Garden
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon Berry Burst, White Embossing Powder, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Ruffled 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Berry Burst layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ embossed with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder and attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 2-1/8″ x 5-1/4″ embossed with the Ruffled 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder.  Tie Berry Burst Ribbon around the bottom of this layer and attach layer to left side of card front with Dimensionals.
  • Stamp rose with White Craft Ink on water color paper, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Wet the entire rose flower and with a wet small round brush, drop Berry Burst Reinker color in a few places.  Let the paper do its magic and add more color if needed.  Follow same instructions for coloring the stem and leaves with Old Olive Reinker.  Let dry.  Fussy Cut and add to Ruffled layer with multipurpose glue.  With Thin Tipped Glue add “dew drops” on the rose petals.  Be patient and let this dry!
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on scrap Thick Whisper White.  Add leaf stem in stamped off Old Olive.  Trim to 1/2″ x 1-1/2″.  Tag one end with snips.  Add to card front with glue dots.

I can’t wait to see what the girls will create tomorrow!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Painted Rose…

Yesterday this stamp set arrived at my door…

and I’ve done nothing but play with it since!  These stamps give a beautiful, detailed image.

So here is one of the cards…(there will be others!)

I couldn’t help myself, I had to try water coloring it first…

A glamour close up…

And a peek inside.

There really aren’t a lot of Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…it’s pretty simply actually…

Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Floral Statements
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water color paint, Small brush, Low Tack Tape, Adhesive Strips, Black Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • The water color layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Use low tack tape around the edges of the water color paper.  Stamp image in Archival Basic Black, sprinkle immediately with Black EP and heat.  Choose from your water colors a dark and light green and the color for the roses in a dark and light color.  Add a light covering of water to an area and then the lighter color.  Continue to finish all areas with this light color.  Go back and add a small amount of the darker shade.  Let the damp water color paper do most of the work for you.  Add the darker shades indicated by the stamp designer and you will be pleased with your results.  Let all that dry.
  • Dampen all the background with a light amount of water.  Choose your background color and add it lightly first.  You can always use a tissue to remove color or create a mottled look to your background.  Let dry completely.
  • Add artwork layer to Basic Black layer with Tear Tape.  Add to card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • Don’t forget to sign your artwork!
  • Inside the Basic Black 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″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Color smaller rose stem with markers, huff before stamping.

I really hope you will give this technique with this stamp set (or any stamp) a try.  You will be amazed with your results.  If you remember to lightly dampen and apply color lightly.  It will always dry lighter and you can always add more color.

Well, dang, if it isn’t Friday again!  Have an awesome weekend!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ever.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY or make someone else HaPpY!

B

Birthday Background…

SU! has beautiful designer series paper, but sometimes it’s fun to create your own especially when a stamp set offers you the perfect stamp to make it with.  And that’s just what I’ve done today…

I love the background repeats not only the color but a smaller version of the focal point.

This close up shows details in the background and the main image.

A side view shows how the Adhesive Strips lift the water color and sentiment layers.

And a peek inside.

I’m loving working/playing with this stamp set.  The design is so intricate.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Berry Burst, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Archival Basic Black plus White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Graceful Garden
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Layered Square Framelits, 5/8″ Crinkled Berry Burst Seam Binding, Adhesive Strips, Small Round Brush, Embossing Buddy, White Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Berry Burst base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Berry Burst layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Use the Embossing Buddy all over the surface before stamping in Craft White Ink and sprinkling with White Embossing Powder and heating.  Attach to card front over Thick Whisper White layer with SNAIL.
  • The next Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.
  • The Berry Burst layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached to Whisper White layer with SNAIL.
  • The water color layer is 3″ x 4″.  Color the stamp image with Flirty Flamingo, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive markers.  I general cover the whole flower with the lighter Flirty Flamingo first and go back and add the Berry Burst here and there.  Same with the stem and leaves and the greens.  When you stamp on the water color paper, huff your image and hold it in place on the water color paper longer than normal to give the ink time to seep into the porus paper.  Go over the image with a small round brush and water to “move” the ink and fill in the spaces.  It’s always nice to leave a sparkle of white here and there.  Add the splatters with the Berry Burst marker using the top of the marker and flicking the brush end out over your work.
  • Attach the water color layer to the other two layers with Tear Tape.  Tie a piece of Berry Burst ribbon around the bottom of these three layers.  Add Adhesive strip to back of all three layers and place on card front centered.
  • Cut a scalloped square from Berry Burst.  Stamp sentiment on scrap Thick Whisper White CS and cut with cooresponding stitched square framelit.  Attach  together with SNAIL.  Add single dimensional where the card covers the artwork and double dimensionals where it doesn’t and attach at lower left corner of card front.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″attached with SNAIL.   Stamp the leaf using Lemon Lime Twist with Old Olive twice without reinking.

How much fun was that?  I hope you will be inspired to give these techniques a try.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I’ve been receiving lots of gifts lately…

Be inky…Be HaPpY!

B

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!

B