Smilin’ Hearts…

We are all in the mailing business…right?  I mean we make cards and mail smiles and hugs to other people’s mailboxes and hopefully bring some happiness into someone’s life.  Right?

Well, this week I got the sweetest mail…want to see?


It was actually delivered!  Now that’s happiness and hugs in the mailbox from Lyla…

Today’s card started out with a color combination and a stamp set and turned into this…


and here’s a shot of the inside…


If you are wondering about the inside sentiment, I’ll confess my stamp dropped off my block and ruined the inside layer.  But you can see I saved the day!  There is always a fix for a “whoopsie”!

The color combination is what was in my head and the fact that I hadn’t been able to work with the Timeless Textures nearly as much as I wanted.  The colors are Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder and Calypso Coral.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Blushing Bride and Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Suite Sayings, Blooming Birthday (sentiments) and Timeless Textures
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Sponges (2), 1/4″ Cotton Blushing Bride and 5/8″ Calypso Coral Seam Binding, Itty Bitty Heart Punch, sequins, Linen Thread, Circle Card Thinlets


  • The Blushing Bride base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Watermelon Wonder layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Cut post it note with thinlet and add to mask.  Sponge card front with Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral.  Leave mask on while stamping Timeless Textures around edges in Watermelon Wonder.  I used the edge stamp around the layer.  Remove mask and stamp sentiment in Early Espresso.  Punch three hearts and add under sentiment.  Add three sequins.  Layer ribbon and attach at back of layer and then add layer to card front over the Watermelon Wonder layer with adhesive.
  • Make bow doubling ribbon and looping a couple of times.  Tie with Linen Thread in center and add to card front with glue dots.

At this point I was loving how this looked so I made a couple of layers for the inside and sponged, stamped and attached with adhesive.

Sometimes every once in a while an ideas turns out even better that you imagined.

So now that I’ve talked to you today, I’m going out for a walk with Zoe in this beautiful spring weather we have been waiting for.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Do you know how many times I’ve been called “Bossy Billie”?  Now I know…

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!




  1. My computer is so frustrating at times. I wrote a fairly long note to you, put in the code, clicked “submit” and got an error message from AOL. Ugh!! That happens occasionally and those are the days I don’t comment on your creations. Back to today’s blog, I think it is wonderful the post office delivered a handwritten note to you from little Lyla. How very sweet. I love the bright colors you used in today’s card and all the other elements. So beautiful! You mentioned your stamp fell off and made a whoopsie on the inside of your card. I got a tip from someone’s blog to cover acrylic blocks with vinyl (purchased at Amazon, etc.) and it works like magic. I’m thrilled with the results. I still have whoopsies, but for other reasons now. Lol. Your “b-ism” today is perfect. I’m so glad you are enjoying your wonderful day. I’m keeping my fingers crossed this goes through.

    • The message, like Lyla’s, found its way to me. You are so sweet to comment on my posts. I’ll give the vinyl a try. When I teach classes there are always “misstamps” so I always tell them there’s a fix for that because I’ve probably made that same misstamps myself!…B!

  2. My mother always said I shouldn’t put pink and red together, but you did it beautifully. Love your card and the colors!!!

    • Some reds and pinks go so well together to my eye…so maybe our moms weren’t always right ,…B!