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Berry Burst Rose…

Today’s post is a project we will be making in class today.  The new color Berry Burst Reinker was used to water color the rose from Graceful Garden a couple of the new Embossing Folders for texture in the background.

I’m pretty stoked with the way it turned out and can’t wait to see how the class will respond to this card…

Isn’t that color delicious!

Reinker dropped on wet water color paper with White Embossing is so easy!

Did you notice the background texture?

This card went together in a snap.  The longest time was spent “fussy cutting” that rose and the embossing made that easy too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, and Berry Burst Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Berry Burst, Old Olive plus White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Graceful Garden
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon Berry Burst, White Embossing Powder, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Ruffled 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Berry Burst layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ embossed with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder and attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 2-1/8″ x 5-1/4″ embossed with the Ruffled 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder.  Tie Berry Burst Ribbon around the bottom of this layer and attach layer to left side of card front with Dimensionals.
  • Stamp rose with White Craft Ink on water color paper, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Wet the entire rose flower and with a wet small round brush, drop Berry Burst Reinker color in a few places.  Let the paper do its magic and add more color if needed.  Follow same instructions for coloring the stem and leaves with Old Olive Reinker.  Let dry.  Fussy Cut and add to Ruffled layer with multipurpose glue.  With Thin Tipped Glue add “dew drops” on the rose petals.  Be patient and let this dry!
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on scrap Thick Whisper White.  Add leaf stem in stamped off Old Olive.  Trim to 1/2″ x 1-1/2″.  Tag one end with snips.  Add to card front with glue dots.

I can’t wait to see what the girls will create tomorrow!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

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Baby Linton…

A friend was blessed with a new grandson named Linton.  To share in her family’s happiness I made a small gift for his nursery.

His nursery is done is blues and greys…

A glamour close up

An ombre effect on the letters add interest.  The background is a mottled grey.

And the sweet animals from A Little Wild stamp set were perfect.

Couldn’t find a box that would fit so it’s just wrapped and tied with a sweet tag.

The idea for this framed piece entered my head and all I needed was the perfect frame.  I’m not sure this one is perfect, but it is cute and the one I had in my head is not in this town!  Believe me, I looked…and looked!

If you’d like to make a similar piece here’s a couple of things to keep in mind.

Get your water colors out!  There’s so much you can do with them.

The 140 lb cold press paper was cut to fit the back of the mat.  Dampen the paper and apply your color with a large round brush.  Keep a tissue in your hand and dab here and there to remove some color to give a mottled look.

Cut a piece of water color paper wide and long enough for the letters and paint it the color of your choice.  Add the color along the bottom then dampen your brush and move the color up so that the bottom is more saturated with color than the top.  Let dry.  Cut out with Large Letters Framelits.  Cut out a second set of letters from water color paper using the Multipurpose Sticky Sheets.  Layer the water colored and plain letters together.

Add Artist tape across your background for a base line.  Add letters with multipurpose glue.

Stamp animals on water color paper with Archival Basic Black.  Give the animals a light coat of the color you want and let dry.  Tissue places that would normally round.  Add shadows with the same color around edges.  Add a little pink color to cheeks.  Let dry and cut with Framelits.

Add critters with dimensionals and multipurpose glue.

Put all layers inside frame and enjoy!

We have been out of town this week for some family and friend gatherings and are heading home today.  I’ll be back in the studio tomorrow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

The fireflies have arrived here in the South…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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Lemon Twist…

Friends are so important to me and I have several I have known for 60 years.  Our lives pull us in different directions, but we have maintained our close relationship all through the years.

One of these friends (and she knows who she is) and I have always said to each other at different times in our lives “If Life Hands You Lemons…”

So naturally when the page turned on the new catalog and there was the stamp set Lemon Zest!  Of course I had to have it.

On a trip to Italy I remember the beautiful dishes and pottery with lemons and a beautiful color of blue.

Can you see the curve to the fruit?

Maybe you can see it better here…

and a peek inside.

This card will now go into the mail to that special friend.  She will know the minute she opens it who sent it and why.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Stamps:  Lemon Zest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Lemon Builder Punch, medium round water color brush, water colors, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The first Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Tape this paper to your work area.  Dampen with water and apply a pretty blue water color.  Let dry and remove tape.
  • Add the water color layer to the Whisper White layer with Tear Tape.
  • Add the double layer to the card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • On scrap water color paper stamp the lemons using Daffodil Delight.  Stamp off then add another layer of Daffodil Delight using the rock ‘n roll technique.  Stamp.  Use a wet brush to smooth and move the color until you are happy with it.
  • The green lemon was done with Lemon Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight as were the leaves.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on the yellow lemon.
  • Cut all pieces with punch.  Lay each piece on your piercing mat and use the large end of your scoring tool to break down the fibers until the piece curls.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside stamp the sentiment in Archival Basic Black and add the other half of the round lemon slice using dimensionals.

I love the way this card turned out and now that I’ve shared it with all of you, it will be mailed today!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Here’s mine 😉

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

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Denim Pocket Rose….

Earlier this week I posted the Pocket ‘O Posies using this same stamp set.  Today I have the cutest card (I know my preteen g’daughter would love it) using the same set.

Just shows the versatility when working with this or any stamp set.  I wanted some bling and lace and a little sparkle…

Got the bling and the sparkle and even the lace…

The glasses have a film of Thin Tipped Glue…

A side view to show the layers…

And a peek inside.

This card was fun to make.  The most time consuming part was coloring the rose.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Dapper Denim and Calypso Coral Cardstock plus Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack and Pool Party Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Pocketful of Sunshine and Graceful Garden (rose)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Very Vanilla Lace Trim, Rhinestones, Thin Tipped Glue, Pocket Framelit Dies, Colored Pencils, Tiny Tag Punch (retired)

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Dapper Denim layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to the card front with SNAIL
  • The DSP layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Pool Party Glimmer paper is 1/2″ x 5″.
  • The vertical Dapper Denim layer is 2-1/4″ x 5″.  Attach glimmer paper to back left side of this layer.
  • The DSP layer is 2-1/8″ x 4-7/8″ attached to Dapper Denim layer with SNAIL
  • Add this triple layer to the right of center on the card front.
  • Stamp sunglasses on Calypso Coral CS, cut with framelit and add Thin Tipped Glue to lens.  Let dry.
  • Cut a pocket from Dapper Denim using Framelit.  Stamp with stitched stamp in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp rose in Archival Basic Black.  Color rose and leaves with white colored pencil.  Add color with two shades (light and dark) of greens and whatever color you want your rose to be.
  • Add rhinestones to stitch line.
  • Glue lace to back edge of pocket using multipurpose glue.
  • Add pocket to card front with Strip Adhesive or dimensionals.
  • Add stamped tag and Rhinestone to glasses.  Add glasses to pocket with SNAIL.
  • Inside the Dapper Denim layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.  The Glimmer paper is 1/2″ x 4-1/2″.  Glue to back of Dapper Denim on left side.
  • The Whisper White layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • Stamp sentiment in Basic Archival Balck.
  • Add DSP layer at the bottom that is 1/2″ x 4-3/8

Of course, you could always tuck a little $$ inside the pocket too!

Hope you are having an awesome day…

Here’s your “B-ism” for this Wednesday…

I’m so there.

Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!

 

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Hummingbird in Flight…

You knew there had to be a hummingbird card after the butterfly last week…

Today’s card is vertical rather than horizontal like last week and using the Strip Adhesive makes it easier to pull the insert.

Easy to slide and watch the magic…

Glamour close up…

and a side view showing the dimension.

I can’t wait to send this card to someone and hear their reaction!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay
  • Stamps:  You Move Me and Tabs for Everything
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Precision Cutting Plate, 1/2″ Woven Fresh Fig Ribbon, Linen Thread,  Move Me Thinlets, Tab Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Cut half circle at top using thinlet from Move Me Thinlits
  • The Sweet Sugar Plum layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Cut shutter frame slightly higher than center point.  Stamp background with Archival Basic Black using flower center stamp.  Wrap a piece of Fresh Fig Ribbon around bottom of layer attaching in back with SNAIL.  Make a bow with several loops tying center with Linen Thread.  Attach over ribbon band with glue dots.
  • Stamp flowers and leaves on scrap Thick Whisper White CS and cut out with Move Me Thinlits.  Attach flowers with multipurpose glue and dimensionals.
  • Add Strip Adhesive to sides and bottom of this layer and attach to Whisper White base card.
  • The Thick Whisper White insert is 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamp the bird with beak stamp in Bermuda Bay a little lower than center point.  Stamp the other bird in Pool Party lining it up to stamp where there are no bars showing.
  • Punch the tab with Tab Punch from Fresh Fig CS scrap.  Stamp on Whisper White with stamps from Tabs for Everything and punch out with 3/4″ Circle Punch.  Add to one side of Fresh Fig tab with SNAIL.  Add to top of insert with SNAIL.

Are you ready to smile?  Slide your bird up and down to see it fly!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you have found some inspiration for your own art creations!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I love minions.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

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Pocket ‘O Posies…

Here’s a great idea for those gift cards we all like to give and receive to make them even more special…

Is that cute or what?  A little girl’s birthday party treat, bridal shower, gift card packaging…

A glamour close up…

And a side view…

I promise these are soooo easy to put together.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Fresh Fig, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Old Olive Cardstock, plus Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Powder Pink, Fresh Fig and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bird Punch (leaves, retired), Rhinestones, Label Punch, Fresh Fig 1/2″ Ribbon, Sunshine Pocket Framelits, 1-1/2″ Circle Punch

Digits

  • Working with a half sheet of Fresh Fig, cut two pockets.  Add Tear Tape to flaps on one pocket and attach the pockets together.
  • Cut a strip 1/2″ x 11″.  Add Tear Tape around sides of pocket.  Start at bottom point, up one side, leave the handle and back down the other side.
  • Cut two pockets from DSP.  Stamp with Stitch stamp in Fresh Fig.  Cut off tabs and add to front and back of pocket with SNAIL.
  • Add a line of Rhinestones along stitch line on front of pocket.
  • Stamp flower and sentiment on scrap Whisper White.  Trim or punch.  Add to pocket with glue dots.
  • Cut a 5″ piece of Fresh Fig Ribbon and staple to left top corner of pocket.
  • Punch two leaves from Old Olive CS and add over ribbon with glue dots.
  • Punch a 1-1/2″ circle from Calypso Coral.  Cut in a spiral.  Roll from outside to center of circle.  Attach with hot glue and add to pocket with hot glue.

How quick was that?  Fill that sucker up and go impress somebody!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

no worries.

Hope you are inky like me and HaPpY!

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All A Flutter…

Alright, I bet you have seen the cards where the image appears to move.  I can tell you the first time I saw this stamp set in motion was at OnStage in Savannah this past Spring.  We were all “ooing and ahhing” when it was demonstrated.  I couldn’t wait to make a card with it.

However, this set was not on the demonstrator pre-order, so I had to wait until the first week of June.

Here’s a little video…

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This is an awesome interactive card!

Waiting to fly…

A glamour close up

The new Circle Tab Punch and the stamp set Tabs for Everything make the perfect tab to pull to make the butterfly flutter.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Old Olive, Pool Party Cardstock plus Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  You Move Me and Tabs for Everything
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Circle Tab Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Move Me Thinlits Dies, Linen Thread, 3/8″ Pool Party Ribbon,

Digits

  • The Pool Party base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • Cut the shutters and the tab opening with thinlit dies.  Use the Precision Plate for the shutter opening.  Add Strip Adhesive along the left side and along the right side of the shutter opening and at the right card side.  This creates a channel for the butterfly to move easily up and down.
  • Color the sentiment stamp with marker and stamp on scrap Thick Whisper White CS.  Trim to 1-1/8″ x 2-5/8″.  Add under shutter with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Old Olive CS 2″ x 4″.  Cut the DSP 1-7/8″ x 3-7/8″.  Add to Old Olive with SNAIL.  Add a piece of ribbon to top of this layer attaching with SNAIL at back.  Make a bow with several loops tying in center with Linen Thread.  Add over ribbon band with glue dots.  Add both layers to card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut butterfly from Thick Whisper White using thinlits.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Cut the butterfly panel 3″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp larger butterfly slightly lower than center in darkest color.  Add lighter color aligning in the spaces between the darker shade.  If you don’t get it perfect, the butterfly will still fly…not to worry.
  • Punch the tab with Tab Punch from Calypso Coral.  Stamp on scrap Whisper White the arrow and the word “this”.  Punch with 3/4″ circle punch and add to tab with SNAIL.  Add tab to top of butterfly piece with SNAIL.

For the biggest smile, pull the butterfly up and watch it flutter!

I’m not sure who designs these stamps, but I’m pretty sure they are amazing people.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

so don’t

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

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Checkered Hello…

Here’s that Floral Statements stamp set again.  People…this is a great set.  That means you NEED it in your stash!

This “hello” greeting covers so many occasions you might be sending someone a card.

And a little paste background in matching colors is the “cherry on top!”…

Now that’s a dramatic “hello”!

This close up highlights the embossing paste background and colored pencil work on the flowers.

Oh! and that new gingham ribbon!

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Pool Party, Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay,  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Floral Statements
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Embossing Paste, Palette Knife, Colored Pencils, White Embossing Powder, 1/2″ Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon, Linen Thread, Lots of Labels Framelits, Night of Navy Reinker

Digits

  • The Pool Party base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • Using the Pattern Party Decorative Mask over the card front and Embossing Paste with Night of Navy Reinker add, use the Palette Knife to add background texture.  Lift masks and let dry.  Be sure to clean all paste tools with water and it drys pretty fast.
  • Tie a piece of Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon around center of card front.  Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to left side of card front with glue dots.
  • Stamp sentiment in White Craft Ink on a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock.  Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Color all leaves and flowers with White pencil.  Add a light and dark shade of green to the leaves.  Add Yellow and Orange to flowers.  Smooth any lines with lighter color.
  • Cut the sentiment with framelit and also cut an extra piece from Night of Navy.  Cut the navy piece in half horizontally.  Trim points on sides.  Glue with SNAIL to the back of Bermuda Bay layer to create a shadow effect.
  • Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a layer of Night of Navy 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Add a Thick Whisper White layer 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with SNAIL.

Can you believe it’s Thursday already?  Where has this week gone?  With the beautiful summer weather we have had this year, it’s hard to stay inside.

Have an awesome day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

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Coffee & a Friend…

One of my favorite things to do is meet a friend at the coffee shop for hot coffee and a long chat.  This happens often!

So today I toast my coffee buds with this post…

I’d like to mention these coffee cups were painted with dried up coffee!

A glamour close up…

Lots of layers and texture.

and a peek inside…

It took forever for the coffee to dry up so that these cups could be “painted” with coffee.  But you don’t have to use coffee, the lids were stamped off in Crumb Cake and look just fine.  I would also mention the sentiment.  I cut the stamp in half!   Oh my lordy…did you pass out?  It can easily be put together on an acrylic block and look just fine…not to worry.

So if you’d like to make this card…let’s get started!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and water color paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
  • Stamps:  Coffee Cafe
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Classic Weave Soft Sky Ribbon, Linen Thread, Corrugated Elements, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Coffee Cup Framelits

Digits

  • The Soft Sky base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Early Espresso layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ attached to Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.
  • The Coffee Ring DSP layer is 1-1/4″ x 5″ attached to bottom of DSP layer with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Soft Sky Ribbon and attach at back with SNAIL.
  • Make a bow with several loops tying center with Linen Thread and attach to left side with glue dots.
  • Stamp two cups on water color paper in stamped off Crumb Cake.  Add sentiments in Early Espresso.  Cut out cup with Coffee Cups Framelits.  Tie Linen Thread around tops of cups.  Add corrugated hearts with dimensionals.  Punch four Itty Bitty flowers in Powder Pink.  Add dimension to each by pushing the smooth end of paper piercer in centers while on foam mat.  Attach together with glue dots and to card front over hearts with glue dots. Add cups at an angle to right side of card front with dimensionals.
  • The lids were stamped in Crumb Cake on water color paper and smoothed with a brush and water.  Once dry, coat with Thin Tipped Glue and let dry.  Once dry add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Early Espresso layer is 4-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The DSP strip is 1/2″ x 4-5/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Cut coffee beans from DSP and attach with SNAIL.

This card is a favorite for me not just because I’m a coffee addict/lover, but also the soft colors and dimension.  Love this DSP!

Hope your Wednesday will be awesome…make sure!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

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Bricks & Roses…

Here comes that Floral Statement and Embossing Paste again…but this time in a pretty pink!

Roses and bricks in pretty pinks.  I want to do another using just the gray cardstock.  These colors looked great when done on gray.

A glamour close up showing the brick work and colored pencil work…

A side view to show texture…

and a peek inside…

This card was finished very much like the one on Friday with Embossing Paste and Embossing Powder along with Colored Pencils.  Lots of fun to do…hope you’ll give it a try and enjoy your results.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Powder Pink, Rose Red, Smoky Slate and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Craft White, Powder Pink, Rose Red, Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive markers
  • Stamps:  Floral Statements
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, Colored Pencils, Linen Thread, Pink Ribbon, Embossing Paste, Masks and Palette Knife

Digits

  • The Powder Pink base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Rose Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.  Add Brick mask and apply Embossing Paste with Palette Knife.  Let dry.  Clean tools immediately.
  • Stamp with Craft White Ink on Smoky Slate Cardstock, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat. Give all images a coat of White Colored Pencil before adding any color.  This will keep your colors vibrant when they are added.  Color all images with a light and dark shade of a color for the rose and the leaves.  Fussy cut image.
  • Add a piece of ribbon along the bottom edge of the Rose Red layer and attach with SNAIL.  Make a bow with several loops, tie in center with Linen Thread and add to card Rose Red layer with glue dots.  Add fussy cut sentiment with dimensionals.
  • Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside the Rose Red layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Color just the small rose on the stamp with markers and add to bottom of Whisper White layer cut 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Add this layer to card with SNAIL.

Add this texture and dimension to a card is so easy and looks awesome.  If you haven’t tried it yet, I hope you will.

Have a great Tuesday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yum.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B