Special Happy Birthday…

Yes, we did get snow!  And no, there’s not enough to even make a snow ball much less a snowman.  And…it was 13 degrees this morning…seriously!

But also beautiful and very quiet…


So what to do but snuggle in with good hot coffee and go to work in my jammies…I love my job!

Today I’ve been preparing for classes making up kits and reorganizing some things as I have to clean off the table tops now…and it’s been a while.  Can you say “mess”?

With all that going on I still prepared a post for you with the Oh So Succulent stamp set and coordinating framelits dies…and they are not succulents at all…


and a peek inside…


Did you notice the envelope?  And one more angle…


Lots of subtle textures.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla and Smoky Slate cardstock, plus water color paper and Carried Away Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral and Pool Party plus Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Oh So Succulent
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Succulent Framelits Dies, 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Lace Doilies, Dots Embossing Folder (retired)…you could substitute the Falling Petals EF on pg 51


  • The Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Smoky Slate layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • The DSP layer is 3″ x 4-1/2″.  I found the center point on one short side and cut a slit up from that point 3/4″.  The using large blade scissors, cut from one corner to slit and other corner to slit to create tagged bottom.  Glue with multipurpose glue to embossed Smoky Slate layer.  Add a band of 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon to top and attach with snail.  Add this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Make yourself a dedicated sponge wedge with a clip at top for multipurpose glue.  Using your silicon mat place a small amount of multipurpose glue on mat surface.  Lay doily face down and use sponge to add glue to back.  A little goes a long way.  Apply doily to card front centered and just below ribbon band.


  • Stamp “flowers” in Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach and Mint Macaron on water color paper.  Add outline in same color.  Cut with coordinating framelits.  All the blue/green pieces are glued down with multipurpose glue and the Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral are on dimensionals.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on scrap Whisper White.  Trim close to words and tag one end.  Add to card front with glue dot.
  • Loop 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon several times and tie off in center with Linen Thread.  Add over band with glue dots.
  • Inside there is a layer of DSP 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a Very Vanilla layer on top 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″.  On small Peekaboo Peach flower is placed at bottom right corner with multipurpose glue.
  • The envelope flap was covered in the same DSP to coordinate with the card front.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


and it’s too dang cold.

But I’m inky and HaPpY!






  1. Oh Billie your B-ism is spot on today! After having -34 for several nights & below xero for high temps during the day I’m so over winter! I love your card today & loved the card from yesterday too. I can hardly wait to see what my surprise is from you! Stay warm!

    • Woo-wee that’s really cold Rosemary. Our temps are anywhere near that. That’s for stopping by today!…B!

  2. Love this card, Billie, with the Smoky Slate background, the doily and the brightly colored flowers. The ribbon tied with linen thread adds a nice touch. The envelope with brighten someone’s day even before they see the pretty card. Love the “b-ism”. We got about 3″ of snow and our temp is 17 and feels like 3…but we have electric and all our gadgets work. Some neighbors had a potluck dinner tonight, which we enjoyed very much. Being able to walk there was a treat.

    • Wow! You got out in 3 degree weather? I’m in awe…we are at 13 this morning without any wind chill. I just can stand to be that cold. Lots of hot coffee and snuggle clothes for me!…B!

    • It was cold, but little wind. We only have to walk a couple of houses up the street. We had a great dinner with 21 of our neighbors. Now it is 19 feels like 0. Glad we don’t have to be out today. It’s cold all over. Where my ticket to an island when I need it most!! On the bright side, as long we have electricity, I’m fine with the cold. The sun is very bright on the snow this morning. Take care, Billie.

    • I got your ticket to warm weather…leaving tonight to fly down to Florida to watch “the littles” this week. You can enjoy that cold weather for me!…B!

    • I’m so glad you got the ticket to sunny Florida. That will be a nice reprieve from this cold weather. We choose to stay in Del in the winter where our “toys” and comfy chairs are. We have found you have to go down toward Miami before the weather stays warm most of the winter. As I recall your family is on or near the Gulf coast and I think it is usually warmer than the Daytona Beach area. I wish you the best weather you can imagine and lots of fun with the “littles”. I just checked and it is 23 and feels like 14 now, but by Thursday it is supposed to high of 59, which will be a heatwave!!Enjoy yourself. Be safe.

    • Thanks HJ…it is supposed to be in the mid to high 60s here in Tennessee all week…so I suppose it will be in the 80s in St. Pete. Poor me!…B!

    • You may not come back to Tennessee until spring!! But 60 isn’t a bad temp for winter. Have a wonderful and uneventful trip.