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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!


Autumn Sun…

Is there anything prettier than a sunflower?  We are so lucky that five minutes down the road there are acres of sunflowers blooming every late summer.  They are magical to see and for me a magnet to try to draw and paint.

Recently I ran down the road (not literally) and for $15 they gave you a large plastic bucket to fill with however many sunflowers you could fit inside!  They also provided a sharp knife to cut the taller than me stalks.  I was in heaven.  Here is a photo quickly snapped to give you an idea of the beauty.

So when the Holiday Catalog was released a couple of weeks ago, you would have laughed to see me jump up and do my “HaPpY” dance…it’s not a pretty sight!

The preorder arrived yesterday afternoon…and yes, that’s the first stamp to see ink from the box.  Here’s my first sunflower card…

…and the sentiment is perfect!  Many of you know Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday.  What’s not to love about a holiday with no gifts and amazing food!

This is a two-step stamp stamped on wet water color paper in contrasting color.

Used the new leaf punch for some textural effect…and of course, the Linen Bow!

and a peek inside.  This leaf is “fussy cut”.

So if you love sunflowers as much as I do and you’d like to make this card, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Thick Whisper White and Early Espresso Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Early Espresso and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Leaf Punch, water spritzer, Strip Adhesive


  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Early Espresso layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The water color layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Spray the paper to moisten thoroughly (wet but not puddling).  Stamp solid sunflower in Daffodil Delight.  Let the paper work for you.  Stamp leaf in Lemon Lime Twist.  While the paper is still damp, stamp the second more detailed sunflower over the first stamping in Crushed Curry and the leaf in Old Olive.  On scrap water color paper, moisten then stamp a second leaf like the one on the card front and also the fernlike leaf with Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.  If it’s too green, clean your detailed stamp and over stamp in Daffodil Delight.
  • Add punched leaf with “mini” dimensionals letting it fall off the right side a bit.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black once the water color paper is dry.  Add Linen Thread cross at bottom of this layer with SNAIL.  Attach bow with glue dots.  Video on making this bow here.
  • Add this layer to card front over Early Espresso layer with Strip Adhesive.
  • Inside the Early Espresso layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL over the Early Espresso layer.
  • Fussy cut “fernlike” leaf and add with glue dots.

It’s Friday and “date night” at my house.  Hope you have great plans for the weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

today…just today.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!



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…


  • 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


  • 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!



A Rose for Patty…

Today’s post is not a stamping project…imagine that!

But it is connected to stamping by a friendship made over the years I’ve been a demonstrator with fellow demo, Patty Bennett.  A sweeter person you will not find.

Patty has been a demo over 20 years, a recently celebrated million dollar seller and has a gardening green thumb you wouldn’t believe.

So Patty shares with us her beautiful flowers from her garden from time to time and we all marvel.  Not too long ago she shared a single rose in full bloom and explained it was her mother’s favorite and the name of this rose was Whiskey Mac Rose.  When I saw it, I knew I had to try to draw and paint it.  Here’s her photo…

See what I mean?

So I did…draw and paint it and I’d like to share that with you today…

What a good time I had painting this, and even though Mother Nature just cannot be captured, it was fun trying.

Next week I will be traveling and taking a break from my blogging activities.  I will miss talking with you each day and sharing ideas, but hope to return with renewed energy and ideas.

The new Holiday Catalog was released to us yesterday and I couldn’t be more excited.

Hope your week is awesome…talk to you on the flip side!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky, be HaPpY…see you next week!


Enjoy Today…

Does your normal schedule just get whacked in the summertime?  There has been nothing normal about this summer so far.  And I don’t mean bad things are happening…just LOTS of things are happening.

Even with all the planning, planners and memory joggers there are times when it’s a struggle to keep up.  And you know what happens?  We forget to enjoy the day.

So today’s post is a reminder for me and maybe for you…

The Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder plays background for the Oh So Eclectic flowers.

And a closer look shows the Window Sheet and flowers on the inside too.

And a pretty Crinkled Night of Navy Seam Binding bow adds another dimension.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for today’s post…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White plus Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pear Pizazz, Smoky Slate and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Oh So Eclectic and Climbing Orchid (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding, Linen Thread, White Craft Ink, White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Eclectic Layers Thinlets, Window Sheet


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • Using the Pinewood Plank EF with Smoky Slate ink rubbed on the raised edge (Sizzix logo side) place the card front inside and emboss.  Immediately clean your EF with wet wipe.
  • Cut at 2-1/4″ from the 5-1/2″ fold line.
  • Cut a piece of Window Sheet 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Add SNAIL underneath the top front 2-1/4″ fold over and slide the window sheet under this fold over.  Press to be sure it is attached well.
  • Cut a 1-1/2″ piece from the remaining embossed panel and add to bottom of Window Sheet using SNAIL.Wipe front of window sheet with your Embossing Buddy.  Stamp sentiment in Craft White Ink on Window Sheet.  Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat using the low setting on your heat gun.  You can heat from back side too.
  • Cut a piece of the graduated navy DSP 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ and attach to inside of card with SNAIL.
  • Stamp flowers on scrap Thick Whisper White.  You’ll need three of each size in Berry Burst, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight.  Stamp two leaf and stems in Pear Pizzaz.  Cut all out with Thinlets.  Add to top front with multipurpose glue, single dimensional and double dimensionals at top and multipurpose glue at bottom and inside card.
  • Make a bow with several loops, tying center with Linen Thread.  Add to top of card front with glue dots.

So my thought for the day to myself is to enjoy this day and I offer that to you too!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

life changers both.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!