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Autumn Sun…

Is there anything prettier than a sunflower?  We are so lucky that five minutes down the road there are acres of sunflowers blooming every late summer.  They are magical to see and for me a magnet to try to draw and paint.

Recently I ran down the road (not literally) and for $15 they gave you a large plastic bucket to fill with however many sunflowers you could fit inside!  They also provided a sharp knife to cut the taller than me stalks.  I was in heaven.  Here is a photo quickly snapped to give you an idea of the beauty.

So when the Holiday Catalog was released a couple of weeks ago, you would have laughed to see me jump up and do my “HaPpY” dance…it’s not a pretty sight!

The preorder arrived yesterday afternoon…and yes, that’s the first stamp to see ink from the box.  Here’s my first sunflower card…

…and the sentiment is perfect!  Many of you know Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday.  What’s not to love about a holiday with no gifts and amazing food!

This is a two-step stamp stamped on wet water color paper in contrasting color.

Used the new leaf punch for some textural effect…and of course, the Linen Bow!

and a peek inside.  This leaf is “fussy cut”.

So if you love sunflowers as much as I do and you’d like to make this card, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Thick Whisper White and Early Espresso Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Early Espresso and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Leaf Punch, water spritzer, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Early Espresso layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The water color layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Spray the paper to moisten thoroughly (wet but not puddling).  Stamp solid sunflower in Daffodil Delight.  Let the paper work for you.  Stamp leaf in Lemon Lime Twist.  While the paper is still damp, stamp the second more detailed sunflower over the first stamping in Crushed Curry and the leaf in Old Olive.  On scrap water color paper, moisten then stamp a second leaf like the one on the card front and also the fernlike leaf with Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.  If it’s too green, clean your detailed stamp and over stamp in Daffodil Delight.
  • Add punched leaf with “mini” dimensionals letting it fall off the right side a bit.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black once the water color paper is dry.  Add Linen Thread cross at bottom of this layer with SNAIL.  Attach bow with glue dots.  Video on making this bow here.
  • Add this layer to card front over Early Espresso layer with Strip Adhesive.
  • Inside the Early Espresso layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL over the Early Espresso layer.
  • Fussy cut “fernlike” leaf and add with glue dots.

It’s Friday and “date night” at my house.  Hope you have great plans for the weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

today…just today.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!

 

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Autumn in Red…

Working in watercolors is something I do often.  There are stacks of watercolor paper with my favorite color combinations and techniques.

Sometimes I’ll take a whole morning or day and just work creating panels of color and then let them dry to be used later.

And that’s exactly what happened today.  The air felt different this morning.  I know it’s still August and summer, but there is change in the air.  Which prompted me to pull out this color panel and make this autumn card for you today…

This panel had water droplets and salt added while wet.

See the interesting patterns created?

The entire front panel is raised with Adhesive Strips.

And this beautiful leaf was cut with the framelit from Seasonal Layers and the same color panel.

If you have watercolors, I hope you will be inspired to get them out and play with them.  And if you don’t, try some of these techniques with your reinkers.

Either way, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Feathered Together (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Watercolors (or reinker), Stitched Shapes Framelits, Seasonal Layers Framelits, Water color brush, salt, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Water Color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add sentiment at lower left corner in Archival Basic Black ink.  Then attach to card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • Color your water color paper panel with water to dampen, then drop colors and let them bloom and travel on your paper.  You can always add water to your brush and move the color more if you want.  While wet add clean drops of water then sprinkle with salt.  Let dry completely.
  • Decide on the size of your square and pick framelits to cut your “frame” from water color paper.  Cut square from dried color panel with largest square.  Add “frame” to color panel with multipurpose glue.  Add art piece to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut leaf from same color panel and add to card front over frame with mini dimensional.
  • Inside a strip from same color panel is added with multipurpose glue.

Isn’t that easy?  And this is a dramatic card in person which is always hard to capture in a photo.

Many of you know that my daughter and son-in-love are stationed in South Korea and have been there for the last 2-1/2 years.  Sweetums and I will be picking her up at the Norfolk, VA, airport this time next week!  We will be relieved to have her home and will continue to wait for SIL until the end of September.  While she says this has been a wonderful cultural experience of a lifetime, the current uncertainty with North Korea and China have ended this trip on a sour note.  Pray for all those who will remain in this chaotic state that common sense and calm reasoning will prevail.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

me too!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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Fall Door…

This week rain has arrived…much needed rain!  And with that came much cooler and less humid temperatures.  A welcome relief.

To tie into that “fall-ish” feeling today’s post features the At Home With You Bundle (stamps and framelits) with a fall feel.

Using unconventional greens for fall (Emerald Envy and Tranquil Tide).

All coloring was done with a Blender Pen to tip of marker or lid of ink pad.

In addition to a Thanksgiving card, this would be perfect for a fall birthday!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Tranquil Tide, Archival Basic Black and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  At Home With You
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  At Home Framelits Dies, Blender Pen

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″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • Stamp on scrap Thick Whisper White the door and welcome mat in Crumb Cake and the wreath and sunflowers in Archival Basic Black.  Color with Blender Pen picking up color from markers or ink pad lids.
  • Cut all pieces out with Framelit Dies.  Add door and welcome mat with SNAIL.  Add wreath and sunflowers with dimensionals.
  • I didn’t take a photo, but inside the sunflowers were stamped and colored and also on the lower left corner of the envelope.

My daisy post from yesterday and this card today were made in class yesterday.  I should have taken pictures of all the nature impressions they made too.  It was a good class!

Hope your Tuesday is awesome…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

especially for a friend today.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

 

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Flabulous Flamingo…

My Stampin’ Up! friend Lisa Curcio posted recently she had earned the Thailand dream trip but ended up not being able to go.  Can you imagine?

On the day she made this announcement she posted a card using the new Fabulous Flamingo stamp set which inspired my post today for you…

A landscape created with post it note, sponge and ink.

a glamour close up…

Even though the masking makes it look like there are layers here, this card will mail flat.

Many times I’ve mentioned masking is my favorite stamping technique.  The card demonstrates an entire scene made with the masking technique.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Peek A Boo Peach, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo and Colorful Seasons (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  large post it note, 1-1/4″ circle punch, Sponge cut into four wedges

Digits

  • The Lemon Lime Twist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Basic Black CS 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″.  Tear the edge of maybe two Post It notes that will cover the width of the card front.  Punch a circle from sticky part of Post It Note and place where you want the sun/moon to be then add the first horizontal mask.  Sponge with Marina Mist, then Peek A Boo  Peach, Berry Burst and last Lemon Lime Twist.  While the moon/sun is still masked, sponge edge with Daffodil Delight.  Remove masks.
  • Stamp leaves in top two corners and grass/water and flamingo at bottom of card front in Archival Basic Black.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Inside there is a Basic Black layer 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • A thick Whisper White layer 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ is attached with SNAIL over the Basic Black layer.
  • On the envelope lower left corner stamp grass in Lemon Lime Twist stamping several times without reinking.

Hope you are having a fabulous Thursday and have had a chance to get inky.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

never.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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Metallic Burlap…

There’s no good reason why I’ve waited to get ink on this Burlap background stamp.  But now that I have, you can see it makes the perfect background for this metallic bouquet…

Silver , gold and copper flowers?…yep.

The Beautiful Bouquet stamp set combined with the Bouquet Bunch Framelits made putting this card together a breeze.

The 1/4″ Copper Trim ribbon makes a beautiful bow to hold the bouquet together.

This might make a nice Christmas card option and I could see using this as a wedding card too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Soft Suede Cardstock, plus Copper Foil.
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Archival Basic Black, VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet, Burlap Backgound
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold, Silver and Copper Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, 1/4″ Copper Trim, Bouquet Bunch Framelits

Digits

  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″.  Stamp background with Crumb Cake.  If you’d like your background softer, stamp off first.  Attach to card front with SNAIL.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White CS stamp flowers in VersaMark ink then cover with silver, copper and gold embossing powder and heat.  Cut out flowers, tag, bouquet wrap and a white sprig with Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  Cut two copper sprigs, cut stems from Soft Suede CS.
  • Assemble bouquet on card front using multipurpose glue, glue dots and dimensionals.  Add Copper Trim bow with glue dots.  Tie Linen Thread bow on tag and add with glue dot.
  • Inside the Crumb Cake layer if 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Add 1/4″ trim from front background along the bottom with SNAIL.
  • The envelope flap was also stamped with the Burlap background in Crumb Cake.

Hope your day is going fantastic…hump day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

What would you ask from her?

How about inky fingers…then you’ll be HaPpY!

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Nature’s Post…

You just can beat Mother Nature when it comes to beauty.  That’s why I’ve encouraged so many to give this Duoprinting technique a try…

Today’s post is an interesting negative effect I was able to get with this plant in one of my hanging baskets…

How sweet is that little plant?

This close up shows how moisture from the plant effected the water color paper when pressed through the Big Shot.

A side view…

and a peek inside.

So go out and seek interesting plants and give this a try.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Fresh Fig Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Fresh Fig…Mother Nature supplies the rest!
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread and a Big Shot

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Fresh Fig layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to base card with multipurpose glue
  • The water color layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ (cut two).  Stamp sentiment in upper right corner with Fresh Fig.  Fold a piece of copy paper in half and sandwich your plant between two pieces of water color paper and place inside the copy paper.  Run through Big Shot.  You will have a positive and negative print for two card fronts.
  • Crisscross Linen Thread at the bottom of this layer and attach with SNAIL.  Make bow and attach with glue dots.  YouTube video on bow here.  Add this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a layer of Fresh Fig 5-1/4″ x 4″ with a layer of Thick Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamped with sentiment and attached with SNAIL.

There is a stack of these nature duoprints in my studio that should last me for a while.  Give it a try…you’ll be addicted like me!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

 

You’ll already be wet…might as well get inky and be HaPpY!

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Happy Memories…

Is there anything better than HaPpY Memories?  Especially on our birthday and those of family and friends…creating happy memories is what it’s all about.

The sentiment on today’s post inspired the card that evolved in my mind…

Love that pop of Berry Burst!

A glamour close up.

Showing the different layers and textures.

Was this ever a fun card to work on with the gorgeous Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper plus the Framelits!

Want to make something similar?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Thick Whisper White and Pool Party Cardstock, plus Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Oh So Eclectic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stitched Shapes Dies, Layering Circles Framelits, Eclectic Layers Thnlits, 1/2″ Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon

Digits

  • The Lemon Lime Twist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • The first layer of DSP is 4″ x 2-3/4″ attached to the left side of the Whisper White layer.
  • The two smaller coordinating pieces of DSP are 3/4″ x 5″ and 1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached to the first DSP layer with SNAIL horizontally.
  • Add a strip of Tranquil Tide Ribbon around center of these layers and tie a bow to the left side.  Attach all layers to base card with SNAIL.
  • Cut two Lemon Lime Twists leaf stems and add to back of 3″ scalloped Pool Party circle.  Add dimensional to the back and attach to right side of card front.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on Thick Whisper White and cut coordinating stitched circle framelit.  Use flower thinlet from Eclectic Layers Thinlits at right side of circle.  Add a piece of Berry Burst to back side of scalloped circle with SNAIL.  Add Stitched Circle over Scalloped Circle with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a layer of Thick Whisper White 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Cut the same flower from lower right corner and use the embossing leaves from this thinlits set to add leaves over flower.  Attached inside card with SNAIL.

I just love this sentiment…works for almost any occasion!

Lots going on here at the studio that I can’t wait to share…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

go there…

And stay inky…be HaPpY!

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Thinking of You…

“Thinking of You” I consider the perfect sentiment for what I call an “all occasion” card.

So today’s post along with this sentiment is also one more of my favorite “pressing” of nature cards (I have many now thanks to Lydia Fiedler!)…

These are very young and tender Japanese Maple leaves.  They turn green as they mature.

Look at all that intricate veining…

The water color paper had to be trimmed so the piece was used inside the card.

If you haven’t already, you need to try this technique with your Big Shot and any nature plant you want…it’s addictive!

Here’s your “Stuff ‘N Digits” for this post…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Old Olive, Basic Black and water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black (Mother Nature did all the rest!)
  • Stamps:  Colorful Seasons (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Old Olive layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The Basic Black layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The water color paper layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Sandwich your nature clipping between two pieces of water color paper.  Fold a piece of copy paper and add your water color “sandwich” inside.  Run through Big Shot between two cutting plates.  You will have a positive and negative image for your card making…both equally beautiful!  Add your sentiment in Archival Basic Black at lower left corner.
  • Layer the water color paper to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside I have a layer of Old Olive 1-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ and a piece of water color art 1-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached with multipurpose glue to each other and to inside of card.

You are going to love making these impressions and then creating the most beautiful all occasion cards.  What a great stash to have on hand.

Hope your day is awesome…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

smiling.

If you want to be HaPpY…try getting those fingers inky!

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Customer Thanks…

With the delivery of each order bag for my customers, I always include a handmade card for their personal use.  Today’s post is a thank you card for my last class orders…

I’ll write a thank you note inside on a post it note of some kind so the card can be mailed…

and when planning the design use new products and techniques.

and a glamour close up!

The two stamps in this set are gorgeous to me.  I have used them even more than I thought.  On this particular one I tried watercolor pencil and thin tipped glue dew drops to create some drama…I love drama!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Floral Statements
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water Color Pencils, Thin Tipped Glue

Digits

  • The Crumb Cake CS base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The top layer on the card front is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp image in Archival Basic Black.  Be sure your ink pad has plenty of ink and when you stamp, hold the stamp for a few seconds to give all the ink time to release into the cardstock.  If for some reason you get a blank space, use your Journal Pen or Black Marker to touch up.
  • Use the White Water Color Pencil to color all images first.  Color the leaves with Old Olive, the flower centers with Daffodil Delight and the flower petals again with White Pencil.
  • Add an uneven number of dew drops here and there.  Be sure to let dry thoroughly.

The boldness and simplicity of this card makes it a favorite of mine!

My Tuesday (like all Tuesdays) started with yoga.  The rest of the day has been pretty darn good too.  Hope your Tuesday is fabulous!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

never.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

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Amazing You…

Using the Grown With Love stamp set again today showing the versatility of this set…

And a glamour close up…

and a side view showing dimension.

I can imagine sending this card out for several different occasions, which is what makes it such a gem!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Powder Pink, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Grown With Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/2″ Finely Woven Powder Pink Ribbon, Garden Grown Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The first layer of Thick Whisper White is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • To make the scalloped rectangle, cut (2) 3″ scalloped squares.  Trim the scalloped edge off one square.  Overlapped trimmed square over second square and attach with multipurpose glue.  Add dimensionals to back.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White CS stime flower can in Powder Pink, Ink flower stamp with markers, huff and stamp.  Stamp a second time.  Cut pieces with Framelits.  Attach pieces to front of rectangle with dimensionals.  Cut heart piece and attach to flower can with multipurpose glue.
  • Tie Powder Pink 1/2″ ribbon to bottom of rectangle then attach to right on card front.
  • Inside there is a piece of DSP 1/2″ x 4-1/4″ attached at bottom with SNAIL.

This is the perfect card to have on hand as long as it’s a girl you need it for.  This just wouldn’t work for a guy card…

Hope your day has been perfect!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

And stay inky.  You’ll be HaPpY!

 

 
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