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Archive for Thoughts – Page 2

Extra Special Birthday…

Everyday (except Sundays) I create a new card or home décor project or 3-D art piece…every.  day.

There are a couple of things I love about that commitment and one I don’t…

I love to create a piece for a special specific person.  So much thought goes into a piece like that.

I DO NOT like to mass produce anything.  But when a Stampin’ Up! event comes up and swapping is part of the event, then mass producing is necessary.  So that’s what I’ve been doing a lot of this week…

They are a work in progress…

So once the swaps were done it was a joy to make today’s post for an upcoming birthday…

It never occurred to me how much I’d love this Designer Series Paper initially.  The idea to use it this way has been rolling around in my mind at first sight of it.

Glamour close up…

The embossing of the hearts was meant to suggest quilting.

and a peek inside…

I love all the designs in this pack (well…most of them) but especially the gingham!  I have four packs of this DSP and not a single piece of gingham anywhere.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Oh So Succulent Designer’s Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1″ Square Punch or Framelit and Falling Petals Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Tip Top Taupe base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The top Thick Whisper White square layer is 3-3/8″ square.
  • The Tip Top Taupe square layer is 3-1/4″ square.  Attach this layer to the Whisper White square layer with SNAIL.
  • Punch 12 (1″ square) pieces of the DSP.  Arrange 1″ squares on top of Tip Top Taupe square and attach with multipurpose glue.  This gives you a little time to move or adjust the square if you need to.  Run this square through the Big Shot in the Falling Petals EF.  Attach all three layers to top of card front with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment layers are Thick Whisper White 1″ x 3-3/8″, Tip Top Taupe layer is 7/8″ x 3-1/4″ and the top Whisper White layer is 3/4″ x 3-1/8″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and cut piece 3/4″ x 3-1/8″.  Add this piece to the next two layers and add to bottom of card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with three blocks added at the bottom of this layer and attached inside card with SNAIL
  • The envelope flap was covered in matching DSP to coordinate with card front.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you found something here to inspire you in your creations.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

And always stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

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Friend Flowers…

Life would be so much less without friends.  We depend on our friends during difficult times and love sharing life’s joys with them.

I am so grateful to have really “old” friends (like grammar school!) and really “new” friends too.

So today’s post celebrates friendship…

A water color technique which I will reverse in another post this week…

a close up…

there’s a mistake here I will confess to “liking”…

The technique requires water color paper which I love working with because it does most of the work for you…and better!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits (including the confession)…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Penned & Painted and Suite Sentiments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water Spritzer

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The water color layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Spritz paper with water.  The more you want your color to “work” the more water.  Ink up the solid flower and leaf stamps and stamp wet water color paper.  Let the paper do its job for you then dry with heat gun if you don’t have the patience to wait (I never can)
  • Using the solid shading stamps for leaves and flowers stamp over dried ink.
  • Stamp Archival Basic Black outline over each flower and leaf.  Let dry or heat…you know what I do!
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Black and mount water color paper over Rich Razzleberry layer with multipurpose glue.

Did you find the oopsie?  After spritzing my water color paper and stamping the first flowers which I wanted across just the bottom of the card, I realized I had set the spritzer bottle half way on the top of the water color paper.  The bottle had residue from working with Ken Oliver’s Color Burst dry pigment on the bottom.  Ugh!  Just for the heck of it I spritzed the half circle of color and you can see the result…I loved it!

Just another example of how “mistakes” can sometimes be the beautiful opportunity you didn’t expect.  This card and technique are really fun.  I hope you will give it a try and let me know how you like it.

Sweetums is driving to Nashville today to pick up my daughter, Kelly.  She is coming to visit for a couple of days before she returns to Seoul, South Korea…and maybe catch up on her sleep.  I don’t know if he will be able to pry little Henry loose from her snuggles!  I’m so looking forward to our time together!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always a good forecast…

Keep those fingers inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

B

Down the Rabbit Hole…

WE HAVE A BABY!!!

 

Everybody loves bunnies this time of the year.  I actually sent a video of two baby bunnies munching on snacks to my daughter-in-love and asked if “the littles” could have a bunny for Easter.  Her response was emphatic…and negative!

So I will content myself with these cute bunnies jumping into their rabbit holes as thank yous to my peeps this month…

How cute is that?

and they multiplied!

Those rosebuds were so popular (I loved them) and I have hoarded them all this time.  They were spritzed with Blushing Bride…

Would you like one of these notecards?  I’d be happy to send you one to thank you for your online order.  Just click the “shop now” star in the right column and shop to your heart’s content!

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard, Blushing Bride, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock
  • Ink:  None!
  • Stamps:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Scalloped Squares Framelits, Stitched Circle Framelits, Oval and Small Oval Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (retired).  You could substitute a cotton ball or white pom-pom for his tail if you didn’t hoard the roses like I did

Digits:

  • Cut Blushing Bride Scalloped Square from Blushing Bride and emboss with your choice of EF.  Add to top front of notecard with multipurpose glue or SNAIL
  • Cut the larger Stitiched Circle from Basic Black with Framelit and add to card front with multipurpose glue
  • Cut the smaller circle using Stitched Circle Framelits and Thick Whisper White CS.  Add over Basic Black circle with dimensionals.
  • Punch two Thick Whisper White ovals with Oval Punch (or framelits if you have those) and two Blushing Bride ovals using the Small Oval Punch (or framelit).  Glue the smaller oval on top.  Add “toes” with Basic Black Marker.  Use multipurpose glue to add feet to white circle.
  • Add tail of your choice…I’m smiling as I type this!

I have traveled to Seiverville, TN to attend a retreat with Jackie Bultje (The Pampered Stamper) and will return tomorrow with all the excitement of the weekend.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

all.  the.  time…

But I’m inky and HaPpY!

 

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Brighter Days…

Have you ever wished you had the perfect card to send to a friend who is struggling with a difficult life journey?  Today’s post just might be the answer…

There are many artists blogs that I find always interesting, none more than Sandi McIver. Check out her blog here.   So one day watching one of her “live” videos, I love a card she was doing with the cowboy boots and a masked technique.  Anyone who knows me or follows this blog knows my favorite technique is masking!  So today’s card was inspired by Sandi’s technique not using cowboy boots but the Beautiful You stamp set…

Isn’t this sentiment perfect for so many difficult situations?

a little close up of the masked area…

and a peek inside…

Do you like this look?  I’ve made a set of these Beautiful You cards each with a different sentiment for a friend.  I can tell you Sandi’s cowboy boots looked awesome with a woodgrain in the background.  You may be able to see in the close up, I used the Lovely As A Tree for this card in the background.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Sahara Sand Cardstock, plus Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Sahara Sand, Old Olive,  Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and Gorgeous Grunge (splat) and Lovely As A Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Post It Note, Sponge, Blender Pen and Envelope Liner Framelit

Digits

  • The Sahara Sand base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Succulent Garden DSP is 4-1/8″ X 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut a piece of copy paper the same size as Whisper White.  Cut a slit in center and start tearing a shape big enough for the stamp to fit inside.  Add a small amount of SNAIL to back of copy paper at each corner and four places around center opening.  Be sure to take most of the sticky off with your fingers before attaching to your Whisper White layer.
  • Stamp girl in Archival Basic Black.  Then stamp again on Post It paper and “fussy cut”.  Save this piece in your stamp set container to be used again.  Cover the girl image with mask.  Use a sponge and lightly sponge over the entire area with both masks in place.  Ink Lovely as a tree with Old Olive and stamp.  Ink Gorgeous Grunge splat with Sahara Sand.  I stamped and pulled the stamp in one direction to create movement.  You don’t have to do this, but I like it.  Stamp umbrella  on DSP and “fussy cut”.  Glue over umbrella image.  Remove masking from girl and card front layer…Magic!!!!  Do you love the effect?
  • Now color her dress in Soft Sky with the Blender Pen, her skin with Blushing Bride (lightly) and her hair with Sahara Sand.
  • Add sentiment to top left.  Now add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a layer of Thick Whisper White 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a small strip of DSP added at the bottom with SNAIL.
  • You can see the envelope was lined with the same DSP.

There are two more cards to this set that I will share with you over the next two days using this same technique.  I hope you will give this a try if you haven’t tried it before and let me know if you like it.

We still have no baby…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Keep those fingers inky and you’ll be HaPpY!

 

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Antique Rose #TGIFC96

Today’s post is answering the challenge at TGIFChallenges to create a card inspired by Bibi Cameron.  All I can say is, “Wow!” after perusing her blog here.

If you’d like to join the challenge too, here’s the link.

Inspired by all I saw there, this card was created…

 

and a close up

She has some beautiful samples and I’d encourage you to check out her blog.

This card was made yesterday when I didn’t know there would be a beautiful rose arrangement waiting for me on the breakfast table this morning!  Today is mine and Sweetums’ 50th wedding anniversary!  How did that even happen?  The rose in the top pic is one from the arrangement…

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Calypso Coral Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms and En Francais (retired background)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Green, Lt. Green, Yellow, Carmine Red, Pink & Black, Low Tack Masking Tape, Small Tipped Aqua Painter, MISTI

Digits

  • Cut the Thick Whisper White Cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″ and score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″
  • Cut Calypso Coral layer 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and attach to card front with SNAIL
  • Cut water color paper 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Put water color paper in MISTI and place rose stamp on card front and press with cover.  Ink just the leaves of the stamp with Lt. Green.  Color leaves in with Aqua Painter.  Heat dry.  Ink just leaves with darker green and stamp.  Use Aqua Painter to move color.  Heat dry.  Restamp leaves with darker green for distinct outlines.  Clean stamp.  Ink just blooms with yellow and stamp.  Move color with Aqua Painter leaving a few areas uncolored.  Ink blooms with pink and stamp.  Move color with Aqua Painter holding out uncolored areas.  Repeat with Carmine Red.  Heat dry.
  • Apply low tack tape around flower letting parts stay outside masked area.  Sponge lightly with Daffodil Delight and then just edges (not flower) with Soft Suede.  Stamp Soft Suede on acrylic block and use Aqua Painter to thin slightly.  Add to brush and add splats to card front.  I tried to keep mine inside the masked area…didn’t happen!  Heat dry.
  • Apply Soft Suede to background script stamp and stamp three places inside masking.
  • Remove the masking…do your Happy dance!  Then position the sentiment on the card front inside the MISTI and stamp with Soft Suede as many times as needed to get a clean image.
  • Add water color piece to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Mask a small area inside the card and create just the background from the front of the card.  Maybe treat the envelope the same way…

Sweetums and I will be celebrating this evening with a nice dinner out…

Have an awesome weekend…see you on Monday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

seriously.

I’m still inky…and HaPpY!

B

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…

Stuff

  • 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)

Digits

  • 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…

always.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

 

 

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Stampin’ in Nashville…

Last week I mentioned that I would be traveling to Nashville Friday to attend an InkBig Academy event with Lisa Pretto…what a great day it was!

First to see lots of stampers I’ve met at different events over the years and to spend quality time with Jeanne Moss who I met at a Leadership gathering four years or so ago.  Jeanne also brought Ann Burnham with her, a fairly new recruit who seemed delighted with the event too.

Lisa does an amazing job sharing information that can drive your stamping business to a new level using your loves and strong points.  I came home with pages of notes and ideas.  This was my second InkBig Academy event (Tucson, Arizona was my first three years ago) and I feel it was time and money well spent.  No…Lisa didn’t pay me to say anything (I doubt she reads my blog).

Since I got home last night late and the day yesterday was chocked full, I thought I’d drop in today (I don’t normally post on Sunday) and share with you some of the treats, goodies and Make ‘N Takes which were fabulous!

Here are three of the “goodies”, plus our water bottles were decorated and I even won a door prize which is the DSP you color and doilies!  If you have ever hosted an event, you know how much work goes into these pieces.  There was a beautiful and delicious Vanilla/Butter Cream cupcake in the “You’re Sweet” holder.

Here are three Make ‘N Takes using the Cool Treats Stamp Set and Frozen Treats Framelits…

Love this color combination!

I loved the framelit that gave the cone texture…clever layout too!

Those “sprinkles” are just too cute.

All of these cards are non-gender specific and really could work for any age group too.  In my book that makes a “winner” stamp set that can be used over and over in so many ways.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these samples.  I have three more Make ‘N Takes to share plus some of my card swaps that I know you will enjoy…

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday…we are giving a dinner for some friends so I’ll have to watch at least half of the game.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

hahaha!  no i’m not (either one!)

But I will be inky and HaPpY!

B

Water Color Sympathy…

A “thinking of you” card could cover many circumstances in our lives…but most commonly is used for sympathy.  But to me this card would work for someone newly diagnosed or recovering from treatments or surgery.  When life closes in and we lose control of our daily routines, a well-timed “thinking of you” card is really appreciated.

It would be helpful if we all had a stash of this type of card so that we can respond quickly when these situations occur.

Today’s card is fairly easy to put together but at the same time conveys the message we are aware and concerned…

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a little different view…

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and a bow close up…

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if you haven’t watched it before, here’s the video on YouTube.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Marina Mist and Rich Razzleberry
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, “I” Acrylic Block, Mint Macaron, Marina Mist and Rich Razzleberry Markers, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Mint Macaron base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Water Color layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  With markers ink the surface of the “I” Acrylic block Mint Macaron, Marina Mist and Rich Razzleberry letting the colors blend where they meet.  Spritz the colors with water and apply block to surface of water color paper pressing and holding for a few seconds.  Lift straight up and let dry.
  • Once dry stamp Sheltering Tree with Archival Basic Black and sentiment at top right.  Criss-cross Linen Thread and attach at back with SNAIL.  Make bow as per video and attach at cross point with glue dots.  Add Adhesive Strip to all edges and a piece in center back of water color paper.  Add to card front.
  • Inside there is a piece of Rich Razzleberry 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a piece of Whisper White added that is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  A small strip of the trimmed water color paper was added at the bottom of Whisper White.
  • You can see the envelope was stamped with the Sheltering Tree and another piece of trimmed water color paper added at the bottom to coordinate with the card front.

We are enjoying what feels like spring weather here in the South and I even put my top down on my car today!  Yippee!

Thanks for stopping by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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hard but true.

Stay inky and be HaPpY!

B

Tasty Truck Treats…

Some of us are mature enough and lucky enough to remember the bell or music that announced the ice cream truck was coming down the road…what a mad dash to find the coins before he arrived.  Sweet memories…

So when this cute little FREE stamp showed up in the Sale-A-Bration catalog, I was alllllll over it…

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The Cupcakes & Carousel Designer Series Paper Stack seemed the perfect background for this card.  And a little special treatment for the awning on the truck…

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The awning was stamped on the DSP and “fussy cut” then added to the card front with strip adhesive.

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And a little peek inside…

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Did you notice the envelope?  Just a little more fussy cutting…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Bermuda Bay Cardstock, plus Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack and water color paper

Ink:  Archival Basic Black

Stamps:  Tasty Truck

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stampin’ Up! Water Color Pencils, Blender Pen

Digits

The Very Vanilla base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″

The first Bermuda Bay layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL

The first DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Bermuda Bay layer is SNAIL

The vertical Bermuda Bay layer is 1-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached to left of card front

The DSP layer is 1-3/4″ x 4″ attached to Bermuda Bay layer with SNAIL.

The water color paper is 4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp truck in Basic Black.  The road is the stamp from Lighthouse set in Smoky Slate.

The truck was colored with SU! Water Color pencils and then I used a Blender Pen.  The shadow was made with Smoky Slate pencils and smoothed with Blender Pen.

Stamp awning on piece of DSP and “fussy cut”.  Add to truck with strip adhesive.

The border is hand drawn with journal pen.

Stamp sentiment on scrap Very Vanilla and punch (the one I used is retired) and punch another in Bermuda Bay.  Offset with SNAIL and add to card front with dimensionals.

Inside the DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ and the Very Vanilla layer is 3-5/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp cupcakes at bottom

Add DSP to flap of envelope to coordinate with card front.

We’ve had a great day today (me and “the littles”) interrupted by school of course.  Ice cream snack after school, bike riding after homework and then we worked on their journals…

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I brought them some glue and embellishments.  They look really serious don’t they?

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Hahaha!

Get inky…be HaPpY!

B

Feeling Neglected?

Here is what is happening…

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a project for you.

Til then stay inky and HaPpY!

B