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Your Heart & My Heart…

Today’s post is special…

It’s being sent to a friend who just lost her 16 year old sweet pet.  Many of us love our pets (me included big time) and losing them just leaves a big old hole in our hearts.

So I picked one of my favorite Hostess stamps sets from the Annual Catalog.  This sentiment is why I love it so much…

a close up of the masking technique…

I know I’ve mentioned it before…masking is my favorite technique…it’s magic!

This Natural White Cardstock has become a favorite too.  I like the contrast with the Crumb Cake sponging.

Here’s all the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Natural White, Soft Sky Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Gift of Love (Hostess)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Post It Notes, sponge, Sequins, Soft Sky Seam Binding (retired) Tip Top Taupe Lace (retired)


  • The Soft Sky base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Natural White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp the flower outline in Archival Basic Black on card front.  Stamp again on post it note and “fussy cut” for a mask.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.  This is a two-step stamp so stamp the flowers in Soft Sky and the leaves in Pear Pizazz.  Cover image with mask.  Add post it notes or any tape you might use to frame the flower and sponge with Crumb Cake.    Before removing masks, use the Soft Sky marker and holding the pen in one hand and the top in the other, flip specs of color over the sponging (see close up pic)  Remove both masks.  Do a HaPpY Dance!  It is magic isn’t it?
  • Now before attaching to card front add whatever ribbon/lace/Linen Thread you’d like to the bottom of this layer.  Then add Adhesive Strips around edge before attaching to card front to lift your artwork.  Add sequins with a dot of multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a layer of Crumb Cake 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a layer of Natural White 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.

So now that I’ve shown you this card I can get this in the mail.  This sweet couple is just devastated and I know their home just doesn’t feel the same without “Gracie”.

I did hear from one of the designers of the three cards I posted yesterday that were swaps from my weekend in Nashville.  Her name is Judy Grace.   Her card was the hot air balloons.

We have some severe weather headed our way today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!




Emerald Envy Special Reason…

There are always little pieces of “this ‘n that” on my working surface.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to use it and just can’t make myself put it away…out of sight, out of mind.

One morning I came into the studio to check water color pieces colored the night before and left to dry.  You just never know what you will find the next day.  Lying there was a Whisper White square with the negative space from Stylish Stems Framelits.  And also lying there was this piece of water color from the night before.  Picking up the square piece and laying it over the water color I knew this had to make a card front some how.

This is what I would call an “all occasion” card…you name it, it will work…


isn’t that exquisite?  I can’t take a lot of credit for laying one piece of paper on top of another…but my goodness I do love this card.

Here’s the inside peek…


This was cut from the same piece of water color paper.

A close up…


So the moral to this story is sometimes a messy work surface gleans something beautiful!


Remember on Friday I will have a “live” video on facebook to demonstrate this water coloring technique.  It will be announced on facebook as an event to all those who are signed up on my facebook page called Rambling Rose Studio…just sayin’.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  This Whisper White, Emerald Envy Cardstock, plus Designer Series Color Pack and Water Color paper
  • Ink:  Emerald Envy
  • Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stylish Stems Framelits Dies, Emerald Envy Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Square Stitched Framelits, Square Scalloped Framelits and Ken Oliver’s Color Burst Dry Pigment (Amazon)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″.  Stamp the Gorgeous Grunge “splat” on the right side of the card front with Emerald Envy several times.
  • The first Emerald Envy layer is 2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ attached with SNAIL
  • The DSP layer is 2″ x 5-1/2″ attached over Emerald Envy layer with SNAIL
  • The two Emerald Envy Scalloped squares are  1-3/4″ and the Thick Whisper White Stitched Squares are the coordinating framelit.  Attach layers together and on the card front with SNAIL
  • The larger frame is 2-3/4″ square Emerald Envy scalloped square.  The water color piece and the Thick Whisper White piece are cut with the coordinating Stitched Square Framelit.  Using the large flower framelit from the Stylish Stems Dies, cut the Whisper White square, then layer over water colored square using multipurpose glue.  Now layer this piece over the Emerald Envy square using multipurpose glue.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Cut a piece of Emerald Envy ribbon 11″ wrap around left side of card front and attach ends together and to card front with SNAIL.  Make several loops of Emerald Envy ribbon and tie center with Linen Thread.  Add to front of card with glue dots.
  • Inside the Emerald Envy layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Whisper White layer on top that is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp once with Gorgeous Grunge “splat” in Emerald Envy.  Cut flower using the outline and the detailed flower framelit.  Add over splats with multipurpose glue.
  • When ready to use this card, I would add the sentiment inside….

So this week in addition to blogging each day, 22 baby shower invites were finished, 25 swaps for a stamping event this weekend, kits for a February class and gifts for team members are almost finished.  Whew!

We are having another 70 degree day and I’m off to the post office to mail the invites and enjoy the weather and ride with my top down…just because I can!

Here’s you “B-ism” for today…


in a sun spot.

I’m inky and HaPpY…are you?


Special Reason…

Here is another “all occasion” card similar to one posted earlier this week as a sympathy card, but this time in landscape mode rather than opening like a book…


and opened it looks like this…


you notice there is no sentiment inside so you could add that as the occasion dictated.


Did you notice the envelope?  So easy to do…


The Falling in Love Designer Series Paper just pulls this whole piece together…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla Cardstock, plus Falling in Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Feather Together (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Seam Binding (retired), Linen Thread, Stylish Stems Framelits


  • The Sahara Sand base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Blushing Bride layers (cut three) are 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to front and two inside panels with SNAIL
  • The DSP layers (cut three) are 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached over Blushing Bride layers with SNAIL
  • The smaller card is Blushing Bride CS cut at 3-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″.
  • Cut (2) Sahara Sand pieces 3-3/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Attach one inside the card with SNAIL.  Cut large flower with framelit in bottom right corner of second piece.  Stamp greeting over flower in Archival Basic Black.  Attach a band of seam bind around this piece and attach with SNAIL.  Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach bow over band with glue dots.
  • Inside the smaller card cut a piece of Very Vanilla CS 3-1/4″ x 4″.  Cut small flower in bottom right corner with framelit.  Add your sentiment to this layer.  Attach over Sahara Sand layer with SNAIL.
  • Attach this smaller card inside larger card with multipurpose glue so the smaller card can fold over the front cover of the larger card when it is closed.
  • For the envelope I used a bone folder to take the envelope apart.  Cut the smaller flower from the envelope in lower left corner.  Add a piece of 1-3/4″ square Blushing Bride CS inside the envelope with multipurpose glue.  Use SNAIL on envelope flaps to put back together.

Just this morning word came that 25 swaps cards would be needed Friday week…eeeekkkk!  That has thrown a wrench in my schedule as I am working on a commission piece to go into the mail the same day…Guess I better get my bum in gear!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!





Heartfelt Sympathy…

There have been many posts on this blog with sympathy cards over time, and to me its important to remember friends when they are going through a difficult time.  A word of comfort and encouragement can mean so much.  If you have been on the receiving end, I’m sure you would agree with me.

So today’s post is a sympathy card made with new product (with the exception of the sentiments)…


and it opens like a wedding card recently posted…


and then…


Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla Cardstock, plus Falling In Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Rose Wonder and Feather Together (sentiments)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/8″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, So in Love coordinating Thinlits, Special Reason coordinating thinlits


  • Let’s build the larger card first…Cut Very Vanilla CS 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • Cut two pieces of Sahara Sand  4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.  Attach one to front of card and one inside right with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut two pieces of DSP 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach to top of Sahara Sand layers with SNAIL.
  • Cut one of the large floral piece from Sahara Sand and attach to left side of card front with multipurpose glue.  Add a band of Very Vanilla 1/8″ Satin Ribbon to left side using a thin line of multipurpose glue on inside front and a glue dot in center under ribbon band on front of card.  Make bow with several loops of ribbon and tie center with Linen Thread.  Add to center of card front ribbon band with glue dots.
  • Alrighty…let’s make the smaller card.  Cut a piece of Sahara Sand 3-5/8″ x 6- 1/4″, scored at 3-1/8″.
  • Cut two pieces of Very Vanilla 3-1/2″ x 3″.  Attach with multipurpose glue on front and inside.  Remember the fold of this card is backward from the normal card fold when placing paper layers.
  • Cut a two pieces of Sahara Sand 3-3/8″ x 2-7/8″. Attach one multipurpose glue over Very Vanilla layer inside card.
  • Cut Special Reason large flower in bottom right corner of second piece of Sahara Sand.  Stamp sentiment from Feather Together in Early Espresso.  Add to front of small card with multipurpose glue over Very Vanilla layer.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 3-1/4″ x 2-3/4″.  Attach over Sahara Sand layer inside with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Very Vanilla 3-1/8 x 2-5/8″.  Stamp sentiment from Rose Wonder in Early Espresso.  Cut smaller flower with Special Reason from Sahara Sand and “fussy cut”.  Add in top left corner with multipurpose glue.
  • Glue back of small card and add to larger card so front overlaps larger card front from the right side.

Sahara Sand is my new favorite neutral color!

Hope your weekend will be awesome.  I will talk to you again on Monday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



Walking in the Rain…

Several people has posts the idea of masking in the Beautiful You stamps with the Mediterranean Moments stamps and I was just itching to try it.  It’s really hard sometimes when you have so much new product on hand to create all that you want to.

But I finally got to give this technique and try and if you have been reading this blog long, you must know “masking” is my very favorite stamping technique…it’s magic!

So here’s my Beautiful You girl walking in the rain right into the Mediterranean Moment…


and it’s raining inside too…


and a little different angle…


Of course, the water color pencils in SU! colors makes this even more fun.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla Cardstock and Water Color Paper plus Carried Away Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Pool Party, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You, Gorgeous Grunge (splat) and Mediterranean Moment
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Very Vanilla Seam Binding (retired), SU! Water Color Pencils, small round brush or Blender Pen


  • The Very Vanilla 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 water color paper layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.
  • Stamp umbrella girl in Archival Basic Black Ink on water color paper.  Stamp her again on a post it note and “fussy cut”.  Place the cut out over your stamped image on the water color paper.
  • Now with the mask in place, stamp the Mediterranean Moment scene right over the post it note mask in Archival Basic Black.  Remove the mask…MAGIC!  She’s right there on the street isn’t she?  Isn’t that just fun!
  • Try to color the background in lightly with Water Color Pencils and the girl with brighter colors so she can be the focal point.  Use your brush with water or a Blender Pen and go over all your pencil colors.  With the Gorgeous Grunge (splat) stamp, add rain with Pool Party ink.
  • Add water color paper over DSP with multipurpose glue.
  • Attach a band of ribbon along the left side.  Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach bow over band with glue dots.
  • Inside the DSP layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ with a Very Vanilla layer on top 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″.  Stamp “rain” on the Very Vanilla layer.
  • You can see in the photos the envelope flap was covered with the same DSP to coordinate with the card front.

We had class here today at Rambling Rose Studios.  I just love my peeps and they are also so appreciative of the work it takes to come up with new ideas and put kits together for them.

So I will be flying out tonight to go keep “the littles” until Friday, but there will be a new post for you each day.  I’ve been working really hard this week to cover my time away.  I’ll be checking each day to see how you like the projects.  Leave me a comment!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Stay inky…Be HaPpY!



All Occasion Dragonflies…

This will be my third post with the new Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  Honestly, there are so many more ideas for this bundle in my head I think I could do a couple of weeks without repeating myself.

But you want to see more new products from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration, right?

Alrighty then, this will be the last of the dragonfly series for now…but be prepared for more!


and inside looks like…


This card is a good example of how squirrely my mind gets while working on a card idea.  The truth is this piece of really pretty water color paper was lying on one of the table tops and it just kept calling to me.  When the idea came to do a flock (is it a flock?) of dragonflies in these gorgeous colors, my mind immediately jumped to building a background for them to fly on.  And then what sentiment and what about some glamour?

So here are the Stuff ‘N Digits to explain the process…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Emerald Envy Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Emerald Envy, Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams, Gorgeous Grunge (splats) and By The Tide (script)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Baker’s Twine Trio Pack Gold Cording, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Seasonal Decorative Masks, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst or SU! Reinker


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8
  • Spritz a piece of water color paper with water and spray Color Burst color pigment in your color choice and let the paper do the work for you.  If you don’t have the dry pigment, add drops of reinker in your color choice on the spritzed water color paper.  Let dry.  You can use Heat Gun.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp Gorgeous Grunge splats in Emerald Envy diagonally from bottom right corner twice.  Add a light layer of Soft Sky using Seasonal Decorative Mask and sponge to the background center right.  Add script from By The Tide in Archival Basic Black about 2/3 way up from bottom right side.  Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black to lower left side.  Attach this layer to the Emerald Envy layer with SNAIL.
  • Attach the gold cording around the top of these two layers with SNAIL.  Make a bow with several loops from gold cording and tie in center.  Attach to top center with glue dots.  Add to card front.
  • Cut the dragonflies from your water color paper and attach with small dots of multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and the Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.  A little bit of masking and sponging with Soft Sky and some Gorgeous Grunge splats in Emerald Envy at the bottom right will coordinate with the card front.  You could also add this to the envelope!

Building a multi-layered background for your stamping is a great way to create interest.  If you’ve never tried it, give it a go and see what you think.

Realizing there were daily complaints about the drought in our area, I am inclined not to mention we have gotten multiple inches of rain in the last week and things are floating away.  Just sayin’…

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope to see you here again tomorrow…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


does that mean you eventually grow up?

In the meantime…stay inky and HaPpY!



Dragonfly Dreams…

Believe it or not there are several birthdays on my calendar for this month and next…yikes!  You would think there would be stacks of cards around here wouldn’t you?  Nope…

So clear the table tops, lay aside all the Christmas stamps and DSP and make room for one of the new stamps sets for a January release…


And a peek inside…


There is a suggestion of movement in each layer…that will wake you up.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Emerald Envy and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper and Vellum Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Emerald Envy and Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Dragon Dreams
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Gold Cording (Holiday Catalog), Clear Wink of Stella, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Masking Tape (low tack) and Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Mask the shape with low tack tape (or remove some of the stickiness by bouncing the tape on your yoga pants…you know you have them on)  Spritz the card front with water and spray the colors you want to use. Here I used green, purple and yellow.  It just takes a small amount.  If the colors are not combining or you want a different effect, spray lightly with water again.
  • Now if you didn’t press your tape down securely all the way around or paint moves when you remove the tape, you may get the effect on my card.  I love the look, but if you want clean lines, just be sure to secure your tape edges.  Either way…it will be awesome!
  • Stamp your sentiment in Archival Basic Black at bottom left.
  • The Gold Cord was attached with a blob of multipurpose glue on the card front and laying down the cording in loops until I liked the way it looked.
  • To make the dragon fly layer on water color paper underneath the vellum layer, I had a piece of water color paper I colored when doing the masked shape.  Once dry, stamp the image in Archival Basic Black and cut with matching thinlit.  Attach to card front with dots of multipurpose glue.  Add Clear Wink of Stella to wings and dust with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.
  • Cut details dragon fly from Cardstock Vellum.  Paint wings with Clear Wink of Stella and dust with Dazzling Diamonds.  Attach over water colored dragon fly by adding a thin line of multipurpose glue to center of body.
  • Inside the Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″.  The wings color is Soft Sky with Emerald Envy around the edges (Rock ‘n Roll method) then the detail stamps over the wings in Archival Basic Black.

Are you multi-tasking all over the place getting ready for the holidays and still trying to keep up with your regular schedule and commitments?  The result seems to be light sleep and frayed nerves…I see it everywhere!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’m going to stay inky…and be HaPpY!



Mediterranean Watercolor…

Well…we survived our “home alone” Thanksgiving…

Was it as much fun as being with “the Littles” and all our family?  Well…no.

But it really wasn’t a bad day all in all.  I would describe it as quiet, but not in a bad way.  We cooked (Sweetums smoked a turkey breast) and I made all the sides … just much small amounts than usual.

Then a neighbor called and invited us to desert…that was nice.  Then a cousin happened to call and was in town…so they dropped by for a visit.  And the 70 degree weather was really nice too so we took advantage of the golf course being closed and took a long walk with the furbabies.  Nice day all in all.

Today has been spent reorganizing.  Monday is the Christmas Market and I’ve decided there is enough product for that and the studio needed cleaning for a fresh start in December and the upcoming Sale-A-Bration event starting January 1st.

But there was time this morning for a cuppa and a little water coloring to share with you this afternoon…


Isn’t this the prettiest stamp?  Reminds me of a walk way we saw in Capri…  I just had to try water coloring with my new pencils.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock plus Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black Ink
  • Stamps:  Mediterranean Moments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Small Round Brush


  • 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 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Water Color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp image in Archival Basic Black.  Using water color pencils enjoy coloring image.  With a small round brush and some water, go over each color one at a time cleaning your brush between color changes.  Once dry, you can always add color, while wet you can delete color with water and a tissue.  It’s so much fun to play with.
  • Add water color paper to card front with multipurpose glue.  Set an acrylic block or book on top until glue dries.

Did you shop this Black Friday?  In the store or online?  I have definitely taken advantage of SU! deals this week…and a few other things for Christmas online.  I’d never go shopping in crowds…never!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope you have time to get inky and …Be HaPpY!


Autumn Wishes…

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday…no shopping, wrapping and tree decorating.  Just simply sharing a great meal with family and friends and enjoying each other’s company.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

So today’s post is a nod to Thanksgiving and will be sent to those I will not get to see this year…


a peek inside…


This greeting from Paisleys & Posies works perfectly with the Woodland Embossing Folder, Sheltering Tree and Vintage Leaves.

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


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Emerald Green Cardstock, plus Watercolor Paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Sheltering Tree and Paisleys & Posies
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst Pthalo Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow and Alizarin Crimson, Woodland Embossing Folder, Vintage Leaves Framelits, Clear Wink of Stella


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Emerald Green layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso in bottom left corner.  Run through Big Shot with Woodland EF.  Mark tree indentions with Early Espresso marker.
  • On a piece of Watercolor paper spray the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and spritz with  water.  You can take color off with a paper towel, turn the paper to encourage colors to interact and even add more of a color before or after the paper dries.  The colors will lighten slightly when dry.  Cut the largest leaf framelit from Vintage Leaves.  Stamp tree from Sheltering Tree set with Early Espresso.  Paint leaf with Clear Wink of Stella.  Add leaf to card front with dimensionals.  Wink of Stella was also dropped over the entire card front.  Add bow to leaf with glue dots.  Video for bow is here.
  • Inside there is a layer of Emerald Green 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Very Vanilla layer on top 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp half of tree in Early Espresso and add small leaf (made the same as the large leaf) with SNAIL.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope your day like mine includes inky fingers and being HaPpY!



Thinking of You…

These cards are never easy, but having been on the other end to receive sympathy cards, I know how much they mean.

Of course, this card could definitely be used for several occasions in this season…especially for the Thanksgiving Holiday…


and the inside peek…


It isn’t shown, but the envelope flap is also covered with the same Designer Series Paper…you know Hallmark hates us, right?

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla Cardstock, Gold Foil and Petals and Paisley’s DSP and water color paper
  • Ink:  Soft Suede and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves and Feather Together (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellihments:  Baker’s Twine Trio Pack, Thoughtful Branches Thinlits, Various Embossing Folders, Vintage Leaves Thinlits, Large Oval Punch


  • The Very Vanilla base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Gold Foil layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with Multipurpose Glue
  • The DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ attached to the Gold Foil layer with SNAIL.  Punch out five Very Vanilla ovals with Large Oval Punch.  Emboss each one with a different EF.  Sponge edges with Soft Suede.  Glue together with glue dots with one oval centered and others leaning slightly at top.  Add to card front with double dimensionals.  Cut stem with tree trunk thinlit from Thoughtful Branches set.  Emboss with Woodgrain EF.  Attach to back of pumpkin at a slight angle with glue dots and a dimensional.  The leaf was cut with Vintage Leaves Thinlits and attached with a dimensional.  I had watercolored an entire page with fall colors and let it dry, then cut out as many leaves as I could fit on the page.  Tie the gold twine doubled around stem.
  • Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso on a Very Vanilla scrap.  Cut to 2-1/2″ x 3/4″.  Sponge edges with Soft Suede.  Attach with single dimensionals.
  • Inside the 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ DSP layer is covered with a 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla.  A small strip of DSP is attached to right side.
  • As mentioned above, the envelope flap was also covered with the same DSP.  Just takes it up a notch or two…

Sure hope you don’t need a sympathy card, but this would be a great card for your “all occasion” or “sympathy” stash.

Did you see the announcement from SU! about the November Paper Pumpkin?  They are giving us a sneak peek at the box and it’s BLUE!


And telling us this months’ Paper Pumpkin is not one you want to miss…(well, I don’t want to miss any of them!)  As long as you order before November 10th, you can see what’s inside.  To order, just click on the Paper Pumpkin logo in the right column of this blog page.  It’s fast, it’s easy and you can drop out any time.

Can you believe (other than packing) I’m all ready for OnStage?  Can’t wait to see so many of my stamping friends again and to watch my team enjoy this international event!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


oh how I remember…

I’m REALLY inky…and very HaPpY!