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Stamping With A Framelit…

Really?

Stamping with a framelit seems impossible.  What really happened was I made a stamp using fun foam and a framelit to create a stamp that looks like this…

Pretty, right?  I’ll try to show you the Wink of Stella in another shot, but just wanted you to see the “stamp” that was used.

and the inside and dimension…

You can see there is a small piece of the water colored paper inside to coordinate with the card front.

How I wish I were a better photographer…Wink of Stella can be a stinker to photograph.  Trust me, this butterfly is so beautiful and sparkly in person.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight Cardstock plus Water color paper.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  All Things Thanks, Touches of Texture
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Wink of Stella (Gold), Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon) and Fun Foam (Hobby Lobby)

Digits

  • Let’s color the 4″ x 6″ piece of water color paper first.  The only two colors I used were Lemon Yellow and Alizarin Crimson.  I started with the yellow and sprayed the water color paper, then added the red pigment before spritzing with water.  Let this dry well.
  • Now to make your own stamp.  Cut three butterflies from Fun Foam and glue together with multipurpose glue.  Add a small amount of glue to one side of stamp so that it will cling to your acrylic block well.

  • Stamp the new stamp on the water colored paper with Archival Basic Black ink and cut out with the Bold Butterfly Framelit.  Add the Gold Wink of Stella without going over the black ink.
  • The base Thick Whisper White card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer 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″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp the spray of dots from Touches of Texture at bottom right corner a couple of times in Daffodil Delight.
  • Add a piece of Adhesive Strip down center of Butterfly and attach over dots at bottom right.  Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a Daffodil Delight layer 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a Whisper White layer over that 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  The Touch of Texture dots stamps was used at the bottom of the Whisper White layer in Daffodil Delight.  A small strip of the water colored paper was attached across the bottom to coordinate with the card front.

Thanks for stopping in today to take a peek.  This post may give you an idea or two about how you use your framelits…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

oh yeah.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Framed Succulents…

The Vertical Garden on page 22 of the Occasions Catalog caught me eye on the first pass through.  I mean who could not notice that kit?

So the kit was included on my first order and  instead of making the vertical garden I made this…well, maybe a couple or so of these.

and I loved it!  Then I remembered I had this frame just hanging around and thought how nice it would look with those succulents inside it…yep, bought another one!  But this project can be paired with the first one and looks so nice in the powder room.

See!  That frame was perfect…exactly what I needed to go with that pot.

Since I own the Spiral Flower Die, several more roses were made to fill in small spaces.

This dragon fly was just hanging out on one of the studio table tops, so he was popped up on a piece of Window Sheet to forever hover over this succulent garden.

Both of these projects now adorn the powder room for all to enjoy…

There really isn’t Stuff ‘N Digits for this post, but maybe a couple of tips…

To finish a framed piece like this one you’ll need:

  • An 8″ x 10″ opening frame
  • Stamps and Dies…Succulent Framelits Dies (there are some light green stem-like pieces here and there for texture at a different level), Dragonfly Die, Gorgeous Grunge (splats on plants) Oh So Succulent (tips of plants)
  • You’ll need a sponge if you want to darken the edges.  Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede was used here.
  • Hot glue gun to put plant layers together and add to frame.  These were glued directly to the glass

Questions?  Leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

Hope you enjoyed this personal project.  There may be more succulents in my future!  SU! was right on trend with this bundle!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

maybe?

Have a great day, stay inky and be HaPpY!

 

 

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Painted Posies…

I love nature and flowers in particular.  If you flipped through this blog (there’s over 1,000 posts!) you’d find a large percentage of the entries were flowers of one kind or another.

Today’s post highlights my favorite stamping technique (masking) and what many readers call a “Billie Bow”…

A little water coloring (also a fav)…

a close up…

Oooo!  that bow…(I’ll give you a video link in the directions)

There’s no  sentiment yet as I felt this card would work for several occasions and I’d hold out on that part for now.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, plus water color paper and Urban Underground Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  You’ve Got This, By the Tide (retired) background script
  • Tools ‘N Embellisments:  Linen Thread, Aqua Painter, Sponges, Zig Clear Color Real Brush, MISTI and Low Tack Artist Tape

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The designer series paper layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The water color paper layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Using one color at a time I started with the stem/leaves with the lightest green in my set and stamped the outline.  Leave this stamp positioned on the MISTI.  Using my Aqua Painter with a small amount of water, brush over the lines of the leaves and stems to move the color inside the lines. You can leave some white highlights here and there if you like.  Let dry.  Ink the stamp with a darker green and repeat with Aqua Painter but do not completely cover the lighter green.  Let dry.  Stamp again with the darker green.   Cut a mask for this set of leaves and stem from Post It note and apply while working on the second steam and leaves.
  • The blue flower was stamped in a light lavender and treated like the stems.  Then stamped again with the darker blue and pulled some of that color into the lavender leaving some highlights.  Let dry then stamp again with the dark blue.  Cut a mask for this flower from a post it note before stamping the second flower.  The same procedure to color the second flower.  I started with yellow and followed up with red.  Remove mask…magic happened!
  • Using Low Tack Artist Tape (I’ve tried them all and this works best for me) tape a background area leaving part of the flowers and stem outside the border.  Sponge background areas with Daffodil Delight and edges with Soft Suede lightly.  Add script with Soft Suede stamped off once.  Splatter background with Soft Suede marker.  Remove tape (this tape can be reused).
  • The water color paper was trimmed maybe a 1/4″ on the right side to expose part of a petal.  You don’t have to do this step, but I like it!
  • The Linen Thread was crisscrossed and attach at back of water color paper with SNAIL.  The bow was made and attached with glue dots.  A video to make this bow can be seen here.

This card was so much fun to make…I enjoyed trying this technique.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

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Celebrate With Color!

If your are going to celebrate, do it with abandon and in color I say.

Last Friday I forgot to tell you that post was my 1,000th post on this blog!  Woohoo for me!!

To celebrate that feat I have a colorful card for you today…

How is that for color?

What HaPpY colors, right?  And again, its non gender or age specific which is always a plus.  Love the deep impressions made with this embossing folder.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Real Red, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight plus Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Celebration Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon, Sponges or Daubers

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8 x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the celebrate embossing folder run the water color paper through Big Shot.  I used a Dauber (one for each color) and sponged Real Red, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight across the embossing.
  • Run a band of the Organza Ribbon around this layer attaching in back with SNAIL.  Tie the center on the front with Linen Thread.  Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach bow to front over band with glue dots.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.

This could serve as a wedding card and then you could sponge the front of the card with the colors the bride has picked for her special day.  Birthday, anniversary, new home, new job…the ideas are endless…celebrate everything!

Today was kit class here at the Studio.  So nice to have friends to stamp with on a cold rainy day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and stamping friends…they are nice!

Stay inky…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!

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Masking & Sponging Sunsets…

Remember earlier this week when I posted this card?…

and then many of you wrote asking for a video?

Here’s the video made for you today.  Please excuse Zoe’s barking toward the end…the “big brown truck” arrived and she can’t help herself.

 

Are you inspired to give this a try?  I’d love to hear from you and see what you create!

Hope your weekend is awesome…I’ll tell you about mine tomorrow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

B

Birthday Pop Up…

Sweetums birthday is coming in a couple of weeks so when I found Gemma Clarke’s video on how she made a pop up card, well…you know I had to give this a try.  And I can’t wait for him to open it either!

It looks not suspicious at all does it?  Just a little box with a surprise in it.

Once you pull the handle and slide the box top off, this box pops right out of the tray.  On three sides it spells out his name and the hot air balloon coordinates with the box cover.

a little close up.

You can watch the box in action by clicking on this file popupbox.

Now, seriously, how does someone ever come up with an idea like this?  For me I watched a youtube video by Gemma Clarke (www.madebygemmacrafts.co.uk)  and it was awesome.  I drew diagrams and took notes and no one was more surprised than me when it worked!  It was another one of those HaPpY dancing days.  Here’s what my notes looked like…

It would only make sense if you had seen the video…which is why I’m giving you the link to Gemma’s video here.

Here’s the Stuff…(Gemma’s got the Digits)

Stuff

  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Cardstock, plus Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Real Red, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Life Me Up, Birthday Banners
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Up & Away Thinlets Dies, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit, Metallic Shapes

Making this project was an adventure and it’s just so much fun learning something new.  Thank you Gemma for your inspiration!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

keep that in mind while you make this project…

I’m inky and HaPpY!

 

 

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All Things Thanks…

Before orders are delivered from the studio, always there is a small surprise inside each order bag to let my customers know how much they are appreciated.  For those ordering online, a small gift of thanks is in the mail…

Today’s post is just that…a thank you.

Inside is a personal note written on a Post It Note so the card can be used at a later date.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard and Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Calypso Coral
  • Stamps:  All Things Thanks
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  VersaMark Ink and White Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″ attached to the Whisper White Notecard with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″.  Stamp sentiment in VersaMark centered on this piece.  Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Using a kraft mat (Amazon, 18″ x 18″) I stamped each color down on the mat several times almost touching at the center.  Spritz with water and apply cardstock.  Lift and add more color where white is showing.  You can heat to dry and reapply more color.
  • Wipe with tissue to remove any color on sentiment.
  • Add to card front with SNAIL
  • Add sequins with multipurpose glue.

These cards are put into clear envelopes and dropped into order bags.

A little something is always fun to make for my customers and I know the gift is always appreciated.

Hope you day is awesome.  I’ve been doing “housewifey” things most of the day and it feels good to be done!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

take it to heart.

I’ll be inky…and HaPpY!

B

Celebrate Everyday…

Today’s card post would be perfect to send for so many different occasions…it’s a great one to have on hand.

If you haven’t seen the video on how to use dry pigment color and are interested, check my Rambling Rose Studio Facebook page and look under videos.  That was filmed “live” a week or so ago.  And while you are there, click on the “like/follow” button.  I need 44 more “likes” to reach a goal I had set for myself!

Here’s today’s card…

and a close up of the water color paper…

A turn your head view…

and one more…

A day to celebrate could be just about anything don’t you think?  Sometimes I will take an afternoon and devote my time to creating just backgrounds in some of my favorite color combinations.  One of my favorite techniques is using water color paper, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon) and a water spritzer.  This is an easy technique (check out the video) and creates beautiful backgrounds that cannot be duplicated…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  So In Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Emerald Envy Satin Ribbon, Window Box Thinlits Dies, Adhesive Strip

Digits

  • Cut the Thick Whisper White CS base 4-1/4″ x 11″, score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″
  • Cut another piece of Thick Whisper White 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Punch Window Box top at top center of this piece.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Cut a piece of Emerald Envy Ribbon 7″ and tie a loose knot in center.  Add SNAIL to each end and attach at back of this layer.
  • Using water color paper and a spritzer moisten the paper well and blow the dry pigment on the paper in any direction and color that you love.  Let dry.  Cut a piece 3-1/2″ square and attach to back of die cut.  Attach this layer to the card front with Adhesive Strips.
  • Inside I place a small 4-1/4″ x 1/2″ piece of the watercolored paper.

So do you agree this would be a good all occasion card to have on hand?

After all those directions yesterday on the Seaside piece, this one is fairly simple but no less dramatic.

Go watch that video…I can’t do it cause I hate listening to myself talk…yak, yak, yak!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and everyday.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

B

Seaside Art…

It is amazing to me this stamp set is seeing ink for the first time…I mean, I loved this set from the “git go” and couldn’t wait to create with it.

What happened?  A lot of life and other creations!

But today I have a little Seaside Art to share…

Whoa!  Isn’t that fun?  I’ll give you all the Stuff ‘N Digits today and if there is enough interest I may make a video tutorial…

Here’s a different view and close up…

and from the top…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Baked Brown Sugar and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  High Tide and Wherever You Go (sunrays)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Sponge for each color, Artist Tape, Adhesive Strips
  • Here’s the tape I use for crisp edges every time…

  • Before starting this piece, a little practice on my grid paper gave me the confidence to go for it on my cardstock…

  • This is how I set up the cardstock with the Artist Tape…

  • Here I’m reusing the artist tape.  Taping down on the grid paper makes it easy to get perfect straight margins.

Digits

  • Cut the Thick Whisper White card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″
  • Cut the top layer of Thick Whisper White CS 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.  Tape to grid paper.  I taped in two squares of the grid paper on all sides (makes a nice border).
  • First stamp the lighthouse in Archival Basic Black positioned to the right side and almost to the bottom.  Let this dry!  Or heat to dry.  Stamp again on post it note and mask the lighthouse.  Leave this mask on until all sponging and stamping is done.  You are going to love taking this off…I bet you do a little HaPpY dance!
  • Start at the top with Marina Mist and a sponge.  Leave some areas white to indicate clouds.
  • Sponge Daffodil Delight next in a swirling motion and blend into the sky area.
  • The using Calypso Coral and masking a horizon line sponge blending into the Daffodil Delight a bit.
  • Turn the mask to cover the top and sponge Pool Party for the water.
  • At the bottom sponge Baked Brown Sugar blending into the Pool Party a bit.  I know this is a retired color.  Feel free to substitute.
  • Add mask at bottom of horizon line again and stamp a portion of the sun with Calypso Coral.  Stamp sunrays over sun.  Remove the horizon mask.
  • Stamp water waves on the Pool Party.
  • Stamp sand around lighthouse with full strength Baked Brown Sugar.
  • Stamp seaweed in lower left corner.
  • Stamp birds in sky.
  • With your Calypso Coral sponge add reflection in water.
  • Now for the fun.  Remove lighthouse mask and carefully remove border tape.
  • I know you’re dancing!
  • This piece was mounted on the card front with Adhesive Strips.  You can see I added my artist signature to the lower right corner.  You should do the same!

If you try this you will love it.  And I’d love to hear from you too!

Yesterday Sweetums and I traveled to Nashville to attend our g’daughter, Kendall’s, baby shower.  My daughter, who is currently living in Seoul, South Korea, attend via FaceTime.  Here’s a pic of both of them…

Kelly, my daughter, stayed and chatted with everyone there and was able to watch Kendall and Morgan open all their gifts….making lemonade from lemons!

We are going to have 70s temps all week.  I do believe Spring is here!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep.

Try this new technique…you’ll be HaPpY!

B