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Savannah OnStage…

Now we are home and a good night’s sleep has occurred and my Monday Morning class is done, I thought it might be fun to share some memories from this weekend’s OnStage Event in Savannah, Georgia.

First let me say the city itself is a great place to visit.  What nice people, good food (can you say gopher?), perfect weather, lots of history learned using on/off trolley…I could go on and on.  So good choice for an event.

You work so hard before and event like this.  You really want to make the most of the trip and experience.  So swaps were mass produced (which I hate to mass produce) but meeting so many talented stampers is well-worth the effort.  I will share many of the swaps I received with you today and tomorrow.  My peeps loved looking through them today at class.

So what does it look like inside one of the events with 450 stampers busily making Make’n Takes?

This is the quietest you will see 450 stampers, and it sounds just like a beehive buzzing too!

And one of the great things about an event like this is being with friends you don’t see that often and meeting one for the first time…

This is Diane Eure…we live in the same town but she still works full time.  From what I hear she will soon be blessed with more time to stamp.

This is Jeanne Moss from Elizabethtown, Ky.  We’ve been to several events together but it’s the only time we get to see each other.

And this is Penny Knowles.  We have talked to each other on Stampin’ Connection for a long time and finally met each other in Savannah!

The swaps in Savannah were awesome and I’d like to share some of them with you today…

Terri Sanders, Tallahassee, FL

Robbie Chandler, Quincy, FL

Cindy Clements, Lake Winnebago, MO

Debbie Moczek, Sarasota, FL

Jeanne Moss, Elizabethtown, KY

Tomorrow I will show you more of the samples.  After seeing the new catalog and all the demonstrations and sample boards, I need to clean out some of my retired stamps to make room for the new ones I’ve already ordered…imagine that!

The next Stampin’ Up Event will be in Salt Lake City in November.  Want to go with me?  Let’s talk…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Ummmm…that about covers it…but I’m HaPpY!

B

Savannah OnStage Swap…

We made it!  Sweetums and I got here Thursday night and spent all day Friday touring around the magical city…it is gorgeous.  Not to mention the weather is pretty awesome too.  Don’t come in August, but now is great!

Today’s post is the swap card made for The SU! Savannah OnStage Event…I got 50 made and had to be satisfied with that…

It all started like this…50 water colored butterflies.  But look who helped me…

Yep,  Sweetums guarded by Zoe worked with me to get these swaps finished.  How sweet is that?

Here’s the final edition…

Of course none of the butterflies are the same because I painted pages of water color paper…

A glamour shot…

Hopefully next week I can get photos made of the swaps I receive and share them with you here…It’s always so much fun to see what everyone chooses to make.

Hope you enjoyed this card today.  I’ll be back with you on Monday and share more projects and ideas with you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

B

Basket ‘O Flowers…

Continuing my theme of using the Basket Bunch Bundle for cards other than Easter…today I have a “just a note” card featuring a basket of daffodils…

Just the perfect note card for any time of the year…

a close up to show dimension…

glamour shot…

and a peek inside.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you….

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz, Archival Basic Black and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Basket Bunch and Flourishing Phrases (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basket Builder Framelits, Blender Pen, Doily Lace, Linen Thread and Daffodil Delight Marker

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment at bottom center with Archival Basic Black ink.  Stamp Three daffodils at top center and blend petals and centers with Blender Pen and Daffodil Delight ink.  Add 1/2 of Lace Doily (Very Vanilla side up) with multipurpose glue for the basket to sit on.
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp four daffodils and four leaves.  Color with Blender Pen and cut out with Basket Builder Framelits.
  • Stamp basket on Sahara Sand CS with Early Espresso and cut out with Basket Builder Framelit.  Cut whole basket out of Crumb Cake CS.  Attach these two layers with multipurpose glue and add dimensionals to the back.
  • Add leaves to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Add basket over lace doily and leaves.
  • Add three daffodils on dimensionals over leaves and basket.
  • Make multi-looped Linen Bow.  Video directions here.  Attach to card front with glue dots.
  • Inside there is a Daffodil Delight layer 4-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ with a layer of Whisper White 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ on top.  Add one leave to bottom right corner and a flower on a dimensional on top.
  • I have splattered Daffodil Delight on the card front and inside the card using my Daffodil Delight marker and cap.
  • The envelope was also splattered and stamped with the daffodil stamp to coordinate with the card front.

Today Sweetums (yes, he came with me) and I are spending the day as tourists to Savannah.  It’s be a while since we’ve been here.  Tomorrow he will play golf while I attend OnStage…fun weekend!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

listening.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY today!

B

Thanks a Bunch!

Earlier this week I posted a card using the Basket Bunch Bundle and talked about how this set can be used for some many other things than what it appears.

Here’s another example…

How cute is that?

carrot close up…

Glamour side shot showing dimension…

There have been a “bunch” of these made around here because I know these can be used all year long.  What a great gift to give someone too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ SU! Whisper White Notecards/Envelopes, plus Pear Pizazz and Thick Whisper White Cardstock.
  • Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Archival Basic Black and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Basket Bunch
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basket Builder Framelits and Blender Pen

Digits

  • The Pear Pizazz layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″ attached to the notecard with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black center bottom and attach over Pear Pizazz layer with SNAIL
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp carrots using Pumpkin Pie and Pear Pizazz markers.  Color in carrot with Blender Pen and ink pad.
  • Cut carrots with framelit.
  • Attach first two carrots to card front center with multipurpose glue and third carrot in center using dimensional.
  • Inside I stamped one carrot in the top left corner.
  • The envelope was also stamped with carrots in the lower left corner to coordinate with the card front.

Easy, simple and cute…doesn’t get any better!

Today is a travel day to Savannah for the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Event.  Sure hope we get through Atlanta with all the traffic problems…ugh!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

attitude adjustment.

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!

B

Friendly Bumble Bee…

Today’s card is one of my favorites.  I like the way it folds together, I love the designer series paper and bumble bees are one of my favorite things on this earth because of the work they do (worker bees) and the fact they are not aerodynamically designed to fly…but do!

Here’s the card…

There’s that gingham!  I hope the new annual catalog has more…

Glamour close up…love that bee!

Do you like the opening?  The flower on the front holds the card closed.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Oh So Succulent Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams, Sweet Sentiments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Succulent Framelits Dies, Basic Pearls

Digits

  • The Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 8-1/4″, scored at 2-3/4″.  The front flap DSP is 2-1/2″ x 4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Inside the larger card the DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The smaller Whisper White card is 8-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, folded at 4-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment and bee in Archival Basic Black.  Add 1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of DSP with SNAIL at bottom.
  • The front of this smaller card has a layer of DSP 3-1/4″ x 4″ attached with SNAIL.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  On scrap Whisper White CS stamp base bee in Smoky Slate and overstamp detail bee in Archival Basic Black.  Cut out with thinlit and attach with dimensional.  Color Basic Pearls with Black Permanent Marker and attach.  Fold smaller card over larger card flap.
  • Cut three Whisper White flowers with Succulent Framelits and glue together with glue dots.  Add a Pearl to center and attach with dimensional on larger card flap postioned so the smaller card will slide under the flower and hold it closed.

Pretty simple card with a wow presentation!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

that’s my story…

Come get inky with me and be…HaPpY

 

B

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!

 

B

Daffodil Delight…

Alright…so we have this REALLY cute bundle for Easter and I confess to not buying it right away.  Shocking I know.

But now that I do have it (not shocking), I find so many more uses for it than just for the Easter holiday…nothing against Easter.  I’ve made LOTS of Easter goodies with it, but look at what else you can do with it…

How sweet it that at any time of the year?

a little close up…

and a little dimension plus the coordinating envelope…

and a peek inside.

How often would you use a card like this?  Birthday?  Sympathy?  Get Well?  Difficult life situations?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Pear Pizazz and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Basket Bunch and Feather Together (sentiment…love this set and font!)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basket Builder Framelits, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (retired : ( ), Linen Thread and Blender Pen

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment at bottom center with Archival Basic Black ink.  Stamp stems in lower center in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp three flowers upper center and color in petals and centers with Blender Pen and Daffodil Delight ink.  Attach to card front with SNAIL
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp three more flowers and color in with Blender Pen.  Stamp four leaves and color in with Blender Pen and Pear Pizazz.  Cut all out with framelits.
  • Attach three leaves on card front over stems with multipurpose glue.  Attach two flowers with dimensionals over leaves.
  • Make a multi-looped bow and tie center with Linen Thread.  I swear when I go to OnStage this week and get the new annual catalog, the first page I’m turning to is the ribbon page and looking for seam binding!  Attach your bow with glue dots.
  • Inside the Daffodil Delight layer is 4-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ attached with SNAIL. The Whisper White layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.  Add the leaf with multipurpose glue and the flower with dimensional.
  • The envelope was stamped with the flower and color with Blender Pen to coordinate with the card front.

My studio is in chaos…literally!  Getting ready for a Stampin’ Up! event is a busy and exciting time.  I’m so looking forward to seeing friends I don’t get to see that often and meeting new ones this weekend in Savannah OnStage!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

And you can always be HaPpY by keeping those fingers inky!

B

Rad Dad…

Did you miss me yesterday?  That’s the first post I’ve missed in over a year…but it was for a good reason.  Look at this little bean…

I drove my daughter Kelly back to Nashville to stay a few more days before she has to head home to Seoul.  We took a little shopping trip to a majestic yarn store and “little bean” went with us!  How cute are he and my g’daughter Kendall?

By the time I got home (the traffic was unbelievable) it was too late to post.  But what I have to show you today is worth the wait!

Combining a couple of stamp sets…

A little close up…

Using that apron pattern I made last week for the girlie apron…

and a peek inside.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Real Red, Kraft, Thick Whisper White and Silver Foil Cardstock
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Nailed It and Custom Tee
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Journaling or Micron Pen for stitching, Build It Framelits Dies, Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Oval Dies, Sponge

Digits

  • The Real Red 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″ x 5-1/4″, sponge edges with Early Espresso and run through Big Shot with Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Add to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut a piece of Kraft CS 3-7/8″ x 4-7/8″.    Mark each long side with a pencil at 2-1/2″.  Use a large Oval Framelit to cut away the sides lining up with pencil mark.  Sponge edges with Early Espresso.  Stamp screws at top for buttons and sentiment from Custom Tee in Early Espresso.
  • Cut apron pockets from Kraft CS 2″ x 3-1/2″.  Score center at 1-3/4″.  Sponge edges with Early Espresso.  Add stitching with journaling or Micron Pen.  Add to apron front with SNAIL
  • Cut out a Real Red hexagon using framelits.  Stamp sentiment on Kraft CS and hand cut around image.  Add to top of Real Red with SNAIL and to card front at lower right corner with dimensionals.
  • Cut a hammer, wrench and screw driver from Silver Foil.  Cut hammer and screw driver handle from Real Red CS.  Stamp handles with Archival Basic Black and add to tools with multipurpose glue.  Place tools inside pockets with multipurpose glue (wrench) and dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a layer of Kraft CS 4-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ with a Whisper White layer 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ that has been sponged with Early Espresso attached on top with SNAIL and added to inside of card with SNAIL.  Cut a piece of Real Red CS 1/2″ x 4-5/8″ and add to bottom of Whisper White layer with SNAIL.  Cut a screw and a bolt from Silver Foil CS and add over Real Red strip with multipurpose glue.

I’m telling you good masculine stamp sets don’t come along all that often.  This one will be gone the end of May!  Don’t miss this bundle#144735 @$43.00.  You can order from me by clicking on the “shop now” star in the right hand column on this blog.

So Sale-A-Bration is over for another year…what an exciting time it was too.  I hope you got all the freebie stamp sets and products you wanted.

Next weekend I will be traveling to Savannah, GA., to attend SU! OnStage!  Can I even tell you how much I need to get done for that event, plus the Monday I get home will be a class day!  It will be fun sharing all the excitement of the weekend with my peeps!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

remember this.

I’ll be VERY inky this week…but HaPpY!

B

For Dad…

Yesterday I said wedding season is coming and we need to be prepared…but Father’s Day will also be here before you know it.

And the Nailed It stamp set comes to the rescue with all those cut tools…so today’s post is a pair of jeans with some tools attached and a message on the pocket…

Check out the close up…

A retired background stamp called Netting was used to give texture to the jeans.  And how about that tag on the pocket?

and here you can peek a bit inside.

Did I have fun making this card…yes!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Dapper Denim, Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Kraft and Silver Foil Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Dapper Denim
  • Stamps:  Nailed It and Netting (background)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Journaling Pen (for stitching), Build It Framelits Dies, Urban Underground Washi Tape

Digits

  • The Dapper Denim base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • Stamp card front with Netting Background stamp or substitute any stamp you have to give texture to jeans in Dapper Denim.
  • Cut a piece of Kraft Cardstock 3/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Attach 1/2″ from top of card front with SNAIL
  • Cut two 1/2″ x 1-1/2″ pieces of Dapper Denim.  Add background texture and stitch lines on sides with journaling pen or Micron Pen.  Attach over “belt” with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Kraft Cardstock 3-1/4″ x 3″.  On the 3-1/4″ side mark the center with pencil.  Mark 1″ up on each side and use these points on your trimmer to make the point of the pocket.  Lining up the center point with the side point.
  • Add stitching around three sides of pocket with journaling pen.
  • Stamp sentiment in center with Archival Basic Black
  • Add Washi tape “tag” to left side of pocket.
  • Cut a piece of Kraft Cardstock 1-1/4″ x 2″.  Add stitching to both long sides and fold in center.  Attach to right side of pocket with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Add pocket to card front with dimensionals.
  • Cut one hammer, one wrench and a screw driver from Silver Foil.  Cut one hammer handle and one screw driver handle from Real Red Cardstock.  Attach handles with multipurpose glue.
  • The hammer is attached with dimensionals after sliding through holder.  The wrench and later the screw driver were attached with SNAIL inside the pocket.
  • The inside of the card has a Thick Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a band of the background stamped at the bottom in Dapper Denim.

Love how this card turned out.  Remember the kitchen apron posted late last week?  I used that same template and created a work bench apron using the Kraft Cardstock.  I hope to post that the first of next week.

Hope you enjoyed this post and feel inspired by what you’ve seen.  Remember Friday is the last day of Sale-A-Bration!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always

If you’re inky…you’re HaPpY!

B

Easter Flowers…

Today’s post is the opposite technique that I used on Monday to make this card…

So today I’ll show you how to spritz your inked stamp before stamping the water color paper for an entirely different look and you can decide which you like better…

Here’s the same stamp set using the opposite stamping technique (and different colors, of course)

a close up…

a little peek inside…

So what do you think?  This one is certainly crisper looking but still not fussy and exact.  Where the first one looks sort of dreamy to me.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Soft Sky Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Penned & Painted, Suite Sentiments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Window Sheet, water spritzer, journaling or micron pen

Digits

  • The Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Soft Sky layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Water color layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the solid stamp for each flower and leaf, ink up each stamp and spritz with water before stamping.  Stamp shading stamp for each flower and leaves.  Add outline stamp with Archival Basic Black.
  • Add sentiment with Archival Basic Black.
  • Cut your window sheet 3-3/4″ x 5″, place a small amount of SNAIL in center and take most of the sticky off with your fingers then place centered on this top layer.
  • With your journaling pen or micron pen draw a border on the card front skipping where the art interrupts the line.

Do you like this technique better?  Give them both a try and see the difference.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

like today.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

B