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Yes it was hot (and dry!) but the OnStage Event in Atlanta this weekend was a hugh success.  The Rambling Rose “BUDS” attended with all kinds of energy and enthusiasm.  The whole adventure we tackled as a group and it proved to be all we hoped for and more.

Now that I’ve traveled home though,  the exhaustion set in.  So I decided to relive the event with you and share what we did on both days in photos.  Want to come with me?

Thursday afternoon, Barbara Philpott and I arrived earlier in the afternoon and scoped out the event sights and schedule for Friday morning.  We didn’t want to miss a dang thing.  Once everyone from my group arrived, we set out for the Cheesecake Factory for an amazing dinner and to catch up.  We capped our dinner with a wine toast and then hit the bed for a really early morning.

Here we are bright and early and ready to go…


(Barbara Philpott, Pat Brown, me and Lisa-Kaye Kingsley)

During sign in for the WCMD2016-Atlanta we met up with Jeanne Moss and her downline Dawn from Kentucky and settled in for a day of interesting presentations, door prizes and of course, swapping…


Jeanne is teasing me about my height (dis)advantage.

And below Pat and Barbara are excited to finally swap all those cards they have slaved over…(there were 186 people in this swap!)


Friday night (we are still going strong 12 hours later!) we are completing ten “Shoe Box” Swaps.  Do we even look tired?  Noooooo…..


At this event we also each made one 3-D item to swap and I thought I’d show you just a small portion of what was there…it was amazing!


How about this choo choo train!


How pretty is this curvy keepsake box by Debbie Dean?


Or this window candle/treat bag?


This measures 3 x 5″…would make a great “technique” book for my peeps.


Loved this desk calendar especially in the Petals & Paisley’s DSP


Last year I made blue/silver half ornaments like these, but I love the Christmas Pines inside!


This accordion folded book held pockets for all sorts of list making for the holidays.  Sorry I didn’t get a shot of the front cover…it was adorable.  It is made from manila file folders and decorated with Candy Cane Lane DSP with 3″ pockets…really cute!

and one more…


And this last one was really clever and I plan to make some of these for the craft show coming up.  She used an acrylic picture frame for the base of her desk calendar and decorated it.  I know this shot isn’t the best, but I really liked this idea.

So you get the picture…there were at least another 150 3-D projects to see.  Like I said…”So much eye candy!”

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!




Team Gift Bags…

Now that we are already at the OnStage Event, it’s safe to go ahead and post the gift bags for my team.  These will be left for them to find in the hotel room…


These bags were decorated with the Petals & Paisley’s Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It’s covered up in the photo, but each has their initial embossed in gold on Gold Foil and all is tied with the coordinating 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack.

Never mind the bag…what’s inside you ask?


These shirts were made for me by my good friend Tamra (who is attending the Australia event).  I think the girls will love these!


Tamra also made these engraved Bone Folders for me…I know they will use them everyday and also the Stampin’ Up! foldable trash bin.


And these personalized journals for note taking at OnStage with a cute pen to match.  I did personalize each one with their initials embossed in gold.

These were fun to make and plan for and will be even more fun to give.  We will all be “stylin’ and profilin'” in our Rambling Rose BUDS shirts!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


coffee nose snort.

You know we are all inky today…and HaPpY!






Birthday Boots….

This is a BIG birthday month for me with several masculine birthdays.  So today’s post is for Sweetums’ brother (he doesn’t read my blog) whose birthday is coming up next week while I’ll be away…


I love this card and especially these old boots!  While I was working with this card, several other ideas popped up.  When that happens, I don’t trust myself to remember so I stop and sketch it.  I’m pretty sure you will see more of these boots.  And that old truck in this set is one of my favorites!

Here’s a peek inside…


A little something, something inside to coordinate with the card front and the envelope too!  Hallmark eat your heart out!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Country Livin’, Gorgeous Grunge (splats), Live, Love, Grow (plants)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Seasonal Decorative Masks, Neutral Candy Dots, 1″ Square Punch, Aqua Painter


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Early Espresso layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The Soft Suede layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached to Early Espresso layer with multipurpose glue
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Using a sponge and Soft Sky ink with the Seasonal Decorative Mask add color just to the side where the boots will be placed.  Add splats with Early Espresso.  Add grass in Pear Pizazz and Old Olive for second layer.  Attach this layer to Early Espresso layer with multipurpose glue
  • On a scrap of water color paper stamp boots with Archival Black Ink.  Using your ink pad lid as a palatte and an Aqua Painter add Crumb Cake to boots and shade with Soft Suede.  “Fussy Cut” and add double dimensionals to back.  Place over grass.
  • Stamp three desert plants in Pear Pizazz and Old Olive and “fussy cut”.  Add two larger plants inside boots with one dimensional.  Add smaller plant in center with double dimensionals.
  • Loop Linen Thread several times around two fingers.  Cut a small piece and wrap several times around loop and tie in knot.  Add to card front with glue dot.
  • Punch a 1″ square and cut in half.  Add to two top corners with multipurpose glue.  Add Early Espresso Candy Dot

I know there is fussy cutting, but seriously, this is a really nice looking masculine card.  Maybe make several for your stash…I sure plan to!

Two days and counting to OnStage Atlanta!  I’m so excited to share this experience with three of my team.  They have no idea what they have in store for them!

Did you see the new product announced by Stampin’ Up! today?  No?  Check my facebook page @Rambling Rose Studio.  Oh my goodness…I have been hoping for these stitched framelits.  Mine are already ordered!


And Discounts on these current products just for the month of November…


Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


If you are inky…you are HaPpY!


Christmas Birdhouse…

The Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper is adorable.  I think its been used in almost every project this week but used in a different way each time.

Today’s post involves a little “fussy cutting”, but well worth the time.  Look at this birdhouse…


cute, right!  You could leave off the candy canes if you wanted to keep it simple.  Here’s a peek inside…


Plenty of room for your personal holiday wishes.  Didn’t get a picture of the envelope, but the flap was embossed with Gently Falling EF too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Early Espresso and Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black and Real Red
  • Stamps:  Christmas Magic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Tiny Tag Punch (retired), Thoughtful Branches Thinlits, Cupcake Punch, Gently Falling Embossing Folder


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Real Red layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ embossed with Gently Falling EF and attached to Real Red layer with SNAIL
  • Fussy cut the smaller of the two birdhouses from Candy Cane Lane DSP.  Add dimensionals to back.  Cut a piece of Early Espresso Cardstock 1/8″ x 2-1/2″.  Attach to center of Thick Whisper White layers with multipurpose glue.  Add birdhouse to top.
  • Punch cupcake bottom from Early Espresso and attach dimensionals to back.  Add at bottom of birdhouse “pole”.
  • Cut smaller of two bow thinlits in Thoughtful Branches and attach to pole with glue dot.
  • Stamp sentiment and punch.  Also punch out a Real Red tag.  Attach with glue dots.
  • Cut our red bird with Thoughtful Branches bird thinlet and attach with glue dot.
  • Inside there is a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Real Red Layer with a 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ Whisper White layer on top.  Cut out second red bird and attach at bottom with glue dot.  Add sentiment at top with Real Red INk.
  • Emboss envelope flap with Gently Falling EF by folding the flap only inside the EF.

In my efforts to be ready for my team and the OnStage event in Atlanta next week….eeeeek! I have finished my swaps for the WCMD2016-Atlanta (a Brian King event) and my shoebox swap for ten.  Oh happy day!  Now my pillow gifts for my team need some work and then swaps for the main event on Saturday haven’t even been started….goodness!  Plenty to do this weekend and maybe through Monday.

I do have great projects planned for my blog next week, including another three calendar pages which have surprised me how popular they are.  Many of you must be planning to stamp calendars for Christmas gifts!

You have a wonderful weekend and I’ll talk to you again on Monday as I don’t post on Sunday.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


thank goodness.

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!


Yellow Roses for 50 Years…

Today’s card is for a really special couple celebrating 50 years of marriage.  I so enjoyed making this card for them…


and here’s the inside…


I love making cards for any occasion, but something magical happens when I make a card with someone special in mind.  All the memories and experiences we’ve shared over the years are built into the card using paper, ink, bling (of course!) and sticking it all together with Glue Dots!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you just in case you need an anniversary or wedding card…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White (I love this paper!)
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  En Francias (retired, background), Gorgeous Grunge (background), Birthday Blooms and Timeless Love (sentiment and small flowers)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight 5/8″ Seam Binding, Distressing Tool for paper edges, Linen Thread, Gold Wind of Stella


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/8″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The first Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp background in Smoky Slate and over stamps with Daffodil Delight and Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp.  Distress edges and attach to card front with SNAIL.
  • The second smaller Thick Whisper White layer is 2-3/4″ x 4″.  Stamp sentiment in Smoky Slate.  The border was hand drawn with Smoky Slate marker small end.  Add to card front with Adhesive Strips or double dimensionals.  Both large and small flowers were stamped on scrap Thick Whisper White and colored with Daffodil Delight Reinker dropped in stamp pad lid.  Use Aqua Painter and water to apply ink to flowers.  Add Crushed Curry to centers.  Maybe leave the flipped edges in a lighter shade.  Add Crushed Curry at petal bases.  Fussy cut large and small flowers.  Use the large end of your stylus or anything with a round smooth surface and work the back of these flowers lying on your sponge mat to break down fibers and give a rounded effect from the front.  Add double dimensionals to the back.  Gold Wink of Stella was added to flower centers.  Stamp the entire large flower on scrap Thick Whisper White in Smoky Slate and fussy cut.  Add painted flower on top with double dimensionals the add both layers to card front.
  • Make triple loops with ribbon and tie off in center with Linen Thread.  Add at base of larger flower with Glue Dots.  There are glue dots at the ribbon ends too to hold them in place.  The edges were frayed to repeat paper distressing.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 2-3/4″ x 4″ with distressed edges.  Add sentiment in Smoky Slate.  The small flowers were stamped on scrap, colored with Aqua Painter leaving leaves unpainted like the card front.  Fibers were also broken down from back to give rounded effect.  Add to card with double dimensionals.

I really love this card, but I’ll be honest with you…it’s the second one I made.  The first got chopped up and some of the pieces were used on this one.  I just thought the first one looked too plain.  If I were to make this one again, I might place a layer of Daffodil Delight behind the first layer to just peek out a smidge…what do you think?

Yesterday I had one of my biggest classes ever and did we ever have fun!  There were three “newbies” in the group, but they weren’t “newbies” for long.  My seasoned stampers drew them under their angel wings and guided them through their first class.  They did amazing because I can tell you we didn’t do “beginner” projects.  So fun watching someone stamp for the first time…never gets old to me!

Hope you are having the best day and something you’ve seen here today inspires you in your own creative journey…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


oh yes.

Let’s be HaPpY with inky fingers!


New Baby Bundle…


New Baby Bundle!

Posted: 15 Sep 2016 03:00 AM PDT

If you know someone expecting a baby, this bundle with a “baby napping” plaque to hang outside the door and the coordinating gift box and matching thank you notes will be a welcome gift for the new mom.



New Baby Bundle SP



This great baby project comes to you designed by Billie!

Billie Moan




To get the instructions for Billie’s project, just subscribe to September (or one of our 3, 6 or 12 month discounted packages!)! And if you have a minute, please leave Billie a comment on her project!


Have a great crafting day!




Winter Bird…

This will be a quick post today because my family (son from Florida and daughter from South Korea) have surprised me for my birthday and showed up in my driveway this morning!  Totally surprised…

But I wanted to post this pretty winter bird scene for you today…


Isn’t that soft and pretty…just like a fresh snow in the morning before anything tracks it up.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Real Red, Basic Black and Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Christmas Pines (sentiment), Thoughtful Branches (bird)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Halloween Scenes Edgelits, Gently Falling Embossing Folder, sponges and Clear Wink of Stella, Thoughtful Branches Thinlit


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″.
  • The top layer of Thick Whisper White is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Sponge Sky Blue then Blushing Bride for background color.  Stamp sentiment in top right corner in Basic Black.  Run through Big Shot with Gently Falling EF.
  • Cut tree from Thick Whisper White and attach to sponged layer with Multipurpose Glue.  Sponge lightly at bottom of tree with Sky Blue.
  • Cut a piece of 4″ x 2″ Thick Whisper White.  Tear one edge.  Sponge with Sky Blue and attach on top of tree layer with Multipurpose Glue.  Add Clear Wink of Stella to tree and torn edge.
  • Stamp bird in Real Red on Whisper White scrap and cut with Thoughtful Branches Thinlit.  Add to card front with dimensional.  Use journaling pen to make a few seeds in the snow.
  • Add top layer to card front with dimensionals.
  • The inside has a layer of Thick Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ sponged Sky Blue at the bottom, stamp bird with Real Red and embossed with Gently Falling EF just at the bottom.  Attach to card with Multipurpose Glue.

I saw this idea from Becky at Inking Idaho, but changed the orientation from landscape to portrait, colors and sentiment.  But the original idea is hers.  Thanks Becky!

Hope you are planning a great weekend.  I will be having the best time ever with my family.  Can you believe it?

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I doubt I’ll be inky this weekend…but I’ll be HaPpY!


Autumn Wreath…CPC

This month I will be guest designing on Craft Project Central…imagine that!  My project is due to be released on September 15th, but there are new projects released by talented designers every few days…here is today’s project…

Get ready for those cool autumn days with bright beautiful leaves tumbling down with this lovely set of four gift cards and a matching box. Each contains a beautiful autumn wreath featuring the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set. This would make a quick and easy class project or hostess gift! Make one to gift to a friend or keep it just for yourself.


This lovely project was designed by Amanda! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Amanda a comment on her project.

If you would like to subscribe to the September edition of Craft Project Central and get 10 wonderful tutorials for only $10 then

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Copper Tree Thanks…

Are you enjoying all the samples this week from this Thoughtful Branches set as much as I am making them?  I sure hope so.  My purpose is show how versatile this set is and to remind you this set is only available until the end of August.

Today’s post is a “thank you” card with a copper foil tree…


Here’s a peek inside…


With a change of sentiment, this design could work for several occasions.  Because of my color choices I’d probably use this card in the fall.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White Cardstpcl, Copper Foil, Vellum Cardstock and Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Thoughtful Branches Thinlets, Copper Embossing Powder, Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon, Large Oval Punch


  • The Peekaboo Peach base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Pumpkin Pie layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The DSP layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Cut tree from Copper Foil and attach to DSP with multipurpose glue.  Stamp ground lines in Basic Black at base of tree.  Cut tree leaves from Vellum Cardstock and attach over tree using small dots of multipurpose glue.  Punch one Copper Foil oval and one Thick Whisper White oval.  Stamp sentiment in VersaMark and cover with Copper EF and heat.  Glue ovals together and add a small piece of Peekaboo Peach ribbon to back.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Add DSP layer to card front with adhesive.
  • Inside there is a 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Pumpkin Pie with a Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.  Cut two Copper Foil  leaves and add with multipurpose glue or glue dots.

This is a fairly quick card to make and packs the “wow” factor with the cut out tree and leaves combined with the gorgeous Copper Foil.  The DSP creates a beautiful background.

I wonder how many people have this set or have ordered it.  In case you aren’t a demonstrator or don’t have a demo, I’d love for you to order this bundle from me.  Just click on the “shop now” star to the right.  The Thoughtful Branches Bundle order number is #144328 (stamp set and thinlets) and the price is $52 before tax and shipping.

We got rain last night!  Two and a half inches…how exciting since we are over a foot deficit in our annual rain.  This summer has really been a challenge with the heat and no rain.  I didn’t realize how nice rain sounded it had been so long…

Tomorrow’s post will feature this same set and another look completely.  How you stop by…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Quick like a bunny.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Holiday Jars of Love…

Now I know there are people all over this country who use Mason jars for canning.  But here in the South we use them for everything…iced tea and lemonade, flower vases, trinket holders, organizing…well, you get the picture.

So when I first saw the Jars of Love stamp set WITH the matching framelits, they couldn’t get here fast enough.

So yesterday I used this set for the “Best Fishes” card which I adore.  Today let’s do a little holiday cheer in a jar…


I know there are a lot of jars there, but I couldn’t stop.  Here’s a peek at the inside…


awww…isn’t that little jar just the cutest?

This would be a little time consuming to make in multiples, but a few for special friends might be in order.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red  and Smoky Slate Cardstock
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate, Real Red, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black and Emerald Envy
  • Stamps:  Jars of Love, Embellished Christmas (sentiments and holly), Birthday Banners (candles)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Everyday Jars Framelits, Gold Wink of Stella and Holly Embossing Folder


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with multipurpose glue
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.  Emboss with Holly EF.  Attach to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp in Smoky Slate on scrap Whisper White one big, one medium and two small jars.  Stamp on scrap Smoky Slate four jar lids.  Stamp bow in Real Red on Real Red cardstock four times.  Cut all out with framelits.
  • Stamp four candles on Whisper White in Real Red and Peekaboo Peach flames.  “Fussy cut”
  • Stamp Holly sprig twice on Whisper White and “fussy cut” making four small sprigs.
  • Stamp “ribbon” in Real Red on each jar at the top.
  • Glue on lids and add bow with sprig to each jar.  Trim candle to fit jar and glue in place.
  • Add the big jar first with multipurpose glue to card front then the medium jar with dimensionals and the small jar with the adhesive strip.
  • Inside the Real Red layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and the Whisper White layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Glue together and inside card.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and add small jar.

After looking at the new Holiday Catalog this afternoon…I might have been on the right track with this card…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


not a good idea at all…

But if you are inky…well, you’ll be HaPpY!