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A Big Change…

For me that is…today I stepped down as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

This decision has been a long time coming.  I will miss talking to all of you.  Your support of my blog has been amazing to me and I want you to know I cherish each one of my readers and your sweet comments.

Coincidently, today my blog hits went over 1,000,000!  That is stunning…

Whatever your creative journey is, I wish you success and happiness.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…




Best Thanks…

Continuing with the background party theme (we made these in a video shown “live” on the Rambling Rose Studio facebook page), here’s a thank you card that will not be forgotten…

Look at all that texture in the background in decilious Lemon Lime Twist…

Watercolor paper makes a big difference in textural results.

A little (or a lot) bling and some pretty ribbon tidy this one all up.

Do you, like me have thank you cards you want to send?   Lots of them I bet.  Well here’s one idea for you…

StuffN Digits

Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock and watercolor paper

Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist

Stamps:  Happy Wishes, Cake Soiree

ToolsN Embellishments:  Self Adhesive Sequins, Aqua Painter, Low Tack Artist Tape, Saran Wrap, Embellishment kit from Cake Cafe (2018 Occasions Catalog)


The Thick Whisper White card base is 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”.  Score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4“

The watercolor layer is 4” x 5-1/4”.  Attach paper to clip board with low tack tape to create a masked border.

Wet surface with water spritzer or Aqua Painter.  Drop Lemon Lime Reinker on wet paper with Aqua Painter brush loaded with ink here and there and let the watercolor paper do its thing.  You can spritz with more water to move the color or remove color with a tissue.

While the watercolor paper is still really wet, place a piece of scrunched up clear wrap paper on top.  Press it down then let it dry.

Once dry remove the clear wrap paper and add “splats” of color by loading the brush of the Aqua Painter with reinker and flicking color by using the lid.  Reload brush and add as much color as you like.  Let dry.

Stamp sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist.  I used a stamp positioner and stamped several times to get a dark image.

Add embellishment from Cake Soiree embellishments with glue dots.

Add several Self Adhesive Sequins.

Tie a knot in ribbon and attach at back of watercolor paper with SNAIL.

Add watercolor paper to card front with multipurpose glue.  Weight the paper while it drys.

Inside there is a layer of Lemon Lime Twist CS 3-3/8” x 4-3/8” attached with SNAIL.

A layer of Thick Whisper White 3-1/4” x 4-1/4” was attached over Lemon Lime Twist CS with SNAIL.

This will be posted later today and we travel back to reality.

Thanks for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today..

I must be really precious…




HaPpY Christmas…

Hope your Christmas Day will be filled with sweet memories…

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!…





Exciting Promises…

Here’s a little tease and a promise of exciting things to come…

Oh my whatever could this be?  There are so many new products and so many possibilities to share with you.

Stay tuned!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I’m pretty good at waddlin’

Consider joining my January class…products should be ordered January 3-5th.  Details are here.

Remember this Tuesday you can reserve order the new Stamparatus stamp positioner.  Come to my blog and click on the “Shop Now” star or go to  This is a must have tool for stampers!

Come stamp with me…Be HaPpY!


Stash Bashers…

This is what HaPpY looks like.  During my presentation I was explaining my reaction when I was called and asked if I would like to present at this years’ OnStage Live in SLC.  But this is what you can look like if you win my blog giveaway this week.  I will pick a commenter between today and Friday to give away the stamp set, Lovely Wishes, I received at OnStage.  I will ask Sweetums to pick one at ramdom and announce the winner Friday in my blog post.  So comment to win!

Just when you thought you had your stash under control…  You know you took those two days and went through all your stamps and reorganized them so that you could find them easily.  Then this happens…

Stampin’ Up! rolls out their new 2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration stamps too!  To buy or not to buy?  Are you kidding me?  Look at some of these displays that were in Salt Lake City…

Picture Perfect Party Suite…all  attendees received this stamp set so I’ll be posting with this one soon.

Lots of Happy Card Kit.  This is one of the prettiest kits I’ve seen yet.  Hope to do a kit class with this one in January!


Oh boy!  Move over Chip and Joanna…we have a sliding barn door set called Barn Door that has a set of framelits and comes in a bundle!


Charming Café.  One of my very favorite stamp sets…and it has framelits and comes in a bundle too!

Another example from Charming Café.  Can you tell I love it?


This shows all the framelits in Charming Café.


This was another favorite Bundle/Suite called Petal Passion.  The stamp set and bundle is called Petal Palette.


The remaining samples all come from the Sweet Soiree Suite.  This suite is loaded with absolutely everything you every dreamed of having to support a bundle.  First thing ordered!

These sequins are self adhesive!

Birthday cake or wedding…got you covered.

Gorgeous Designer Series Paper for box and gift making.

There’s an Embossing Folder too!

Can you stand it?

And the big news was the release of the new stamp positioner from SU! called Stamparatus.  You can see it in action here.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

this is a personal favorite!

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!




Salt Lake City…

There are no words to describe sleeping in your own bed…just sayin’

But the six-day trip to Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Live was so inspirational, informative and down right fun that all the sleep deprivation and exhaustion are so worth it.

There are so many things I want to share with you, but photos need to be taken of swaps (they are unbelievable) and also photos set up for the projects presented.  I think they will start being posted tomorrow if things go well this afternoon.  So stay tuned for that.

I do have some photos of my presentation and a short video given to me by a friend in the audience (thanks Jeanne!) to share today.

Please don’t feel I’m self promoting.  It was an awesome and humbling experience to be a presenter this year.  So I hope you won’t mind if I share that with you…

presentation clip here

After this presentation Stampin’ Up! gave everyone at the event the stamp set from this presentation.  How much fun is that?

I think tomorrow the ban is lifted and samples from the new 2018 Occasions Catalog can be shared.

This experience was way out of my comfort box.  It was an incredible amount of time and work on my part and Stampin’ Up’s, but after it was over I was so glad to have had the opportunity to share what I love to do anyway.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


Snowy Night…

Created my own snowy night scene…so peaceful.  And the nicest place to be on a night like this?  In front of a cozy fire with your honey, some hot apple cider and a good favorite movie.

How shimery is that?

How lucky was I to catch the glimmer from the Wink of Stella and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter paper…

And a peek inside…

The foundation for this card is watercolor paper…it all starts there.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Tranquil Tide Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black.  I used watercolors but you could substitute reinker in Pacific Point, Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry.
  • Stamps:  Quilted Christmas (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Card Front Builder Framelits, 1-1/2″ Circle Punch, Aqua Painter, White Paint Pen or Art Masking Liquid to make snow and Clear Wink of Stella. If you have watercolors, here are the sky colors I used Ultramarine Blue, Ultramarine Violet and Phthalo Green plus Pool Party 1/4″ Glimmer Ribbon


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″, fold and burnish with bone folder.
  • The Tranquil Tide layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The watercolor paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add low tack tape around watercolor paper to create a border.    If you are using a masking liquid apply now.  With your Aqua Painter wet just where you want the sky color to go.  Add your colors in stripes across horizontally and let the watercolor paper do the work for you.  Let the paper dry naturally.  When dry add your snow with white paint pen if you didn’t using masking liquid.
  • Add Clear Wink of Stella to the sky area.
  • Cut a 1-1/2″ circle from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Using the tree framelit cut the top of two trees from this circle.
  • Cut three trees using framelit from Tranquil Tide CS.  Cut just the tops of the tree trees from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
  • Stamp sentiment at lower left corner in Archival Basic Black.  Remove masking liquid if you used it.
  • Attach “moon” with multipurpose glue to right side.  Add trees inside circle with multipurpose glue.
  • Add Glimmer tree tops to left snow bank.
  • Add ribbon to top attaching behind with SNAIL.
  • Add watercolor layer to card front with multipurpose glue and weight it down.
  • Inside the Tranquil Tide 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″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black, then attach with SNAIL
  • Add tree in lower right corner with SNAIL.

I love this card…I love the colors and the atmosphere created.  It really is peaceful!

The posts of this week are ready and I can’t wait to share them with you, so I hope you will stop by each day to take a look.

What a beautiful, cool and clear fall day today.  Hope your day is awesome too!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

every.  single.  day.

Come get inky with me….be HaPpY!



A “Deer” Christmas…

About this time of year many of us are looking for ideas and making decisions about how we will create our Christmas cards.  Then we collect our supplies and begin transforming ink and paper into our own beautiful creations…
Today’s post uses my favorite technique “masking” and includes some embossing for a simple but stunning Christmas card that I believe would be easy to mass produce.
Look what masking and sponging can do!
Add some embossing and a sentiment…
Some background texture with liquid glue that needs to dry for a bit.
and a peek inside.
This stamp set is one that must be earned and is only available until October 31st.  If you are interested in getting this set, let me know.  But there are so many other stamp sets that lend themselves to this type of card.
Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…
  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Rich Razzleberry, and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Merry Patterns
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  VersaMark Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Thin Tipped Glue, Embossing Buddy
  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″
  • The Pool Party layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Lemon Lime Twist layer with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.
  • Use Embossing Buddy over area to be stamped with deer.  Then stamp deer in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Black EP and heat.
  • Mask the top and bottom borders with Post It Notes.
  • Sponge starting at the bottom with Lemon Lime Twist, Rich Razzleberry then Pool Party.  Blend where the colors meet.
  • Remove masks.
  • Add sentiment at lower left corner with Archival Basic Black then add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Add dots of glue over sponging.  Let dry completely or over night.
  • Inside there is a layer of Pool Party 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ attached over Pool Party layer with SNAIL.
  • Add evergreen sprig with Lemon Lime Twist stamping twice without reinking.
  • The envelope was also stamped with the same evergreen sprig in the same way on the lower left corner to coordinate with the card.
Hope you will give this masking technique a try and see if you like it.  It’s pretty impressive in person and so easy to do…
Do you have plans for this first full autumn weekend?
Here’s your “B-ism” for today…
make this happen.
Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

Hello Sunshine…

Today I’m going to keep it real and tell you this post today was a major fail in my book.  I often hear from those who attend my classes that they wouldn’t want to make me a card because mine are always so perfect…NOT!

A video popped up on facebook last week I think using shaving cream…I’m still looking for it and will post it when I find it (here it is!) and I couldn’t resist giving it a try.  She had used black reinker with her shaving cream and it was gorgeous; but I wanted to have a blue background to contrast with the sunflower.  There’s no telling how many I made and threw away.

But with persistence (the word stubborn might fit better here) I came up with this card.  I doubt it looks anything like the one on facebook…

Makes an interesting background for the focal point.


A glamour close up…

And a peek inside…

Lots of room for a message.

The more I look at this card the more I like it.  BUT when I do it again I’ll not use as much reinker maybe and use more VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder.  You’ll be seeing this technique again.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Old Olive and Crushed Curry Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest, Beautiful Bouquet (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Oval Punch, Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies, Linen Thread Clear Embossing Powder


  • The Crushed Curry base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • Use artist or painter’s tape to create a 1/4″ border on all sides.
  • Stamp sunflowers in layers of Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie.  When stamping the last layer add VersaMark to your stamp then load with ink color.  The centers are Early Espresso.  Don’t forget to load VeraMark ink first then stamp.  Cover with Clear EP and heat.
  • Mix reinker of your choice (I used Pacific Point here) with shaving cream.  It doesn’t take much shaving cream, maybe a couple of tablespoons.  Using a credit card or something similar, load up the shaving cream and scrap across card front until you have the background covered.
  • Remove tape and add to card front with multipurpose glue or SNAIL.
  • Cut stem and leaf from Seasonal Layers Framelits and Old Olive.  Add to card front with multipurpose glue, trimming away parts you don’t need.  I purposely left the pieces inside the leaf.
  • Stamp flower on scrap Thick Whisper White as before and fussy cut.  Add Versamark and Clear EP and heat.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Stamp sentiment in Early Espress on scrap of Thick Whisper White and punch with Oval Punch.  I scraped the edges across the ink pad.  Punch hole and tie Linen Thread bow.  Attach with dimensional.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp flower in lower right corner and attached with SNAIL.
  • You can see I also added a flower to the envelope.

Hope you are having an awesome Thursday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!






Birthday Surprise…..

Just let me apologize for not posting yesterday (I will do an extra post on Saturday).  I had every intention of posting.  The project was done, photographed and written…just needed to go over it for any corrections.

But you see yesterday was my birthday and it started off grand with my normal Tuesday morning Yoga class.  Then a best friend took me out for a Pumpkin Spice Latte…cant’ miss that!

Then another good friend who is also a neighbor, asked me out for lunch/dinner mid afternoon.  Shoot, Sweetums was in Florida helping the kids and they lunch/dinner was perfect!

Are you seeing a pattern here?  Surprises all of them.

Just as I got home the door bell rang and standing there was my sweet g’daugher from Nashville!  She was holding a bouquet of sunflowers and she brought little Henry and his dad!  You could have knocked me over with a feather…

We visited and played with Henry…so cute and enjoyed a piece of birthday cake made by a friend (pumpkin cake with maple syrup icing)  Oh my goodness!

By the time everyone was gone, it was way to late to post.

Here’s the gorgeous flowers I received…one from my daughter in Virginia and the sunflowers from Kendall.

And cards!  Receiving cards is just the best and they are all amazing!

About a week old here…

and yesterday!

So for today I’ll post this pic of Henry and me and bring you another project tomorrow.  I sure did enjoy squeezing this sweet little boy…He is so HaPpY!

Thanks so much for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky…be HaPpY!