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Celebrating the first day of summer with you today and the longest daylight day of the year…

In my kitchen I keep a standing frame for my artwork.  The artwork is changed fairly often, but recently I realized there was nothing specific to the summer season.

That had to be changed so I got busy and created this light summer piece for today…

This frame was purchased at Hobby Lobby several years ago and it is a quirky size (6-1/4″ x 7-1/4″).  It also has corkboard inside it.  But it works great for what I intended to use it.  It fits nicely in a recipe holder on the counter.

This close up shows some of the texture in the background done with sponges and masking with a torn sheet of copy paper.

Love the cool drinks on the arm rests…

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Suede, Real Red and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo (grass & sand texture)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Large Letters Framelits, Swirly Scribbles Framelits, Sponges, Large Round Brush, Strip Adhesive


  • Using Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut your background piece the size you need.  Tear a piece of copy paper on the long side to create a mask for your sponging.  Apply the mask about 2/3 up and sponge the Soft Sky.  Leave some areas without ink to appear as clouds.  Move the mask down another 1/3 of space and using Pool Party sponge this area.  At the bottom 1/3 I used Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight then stamped texture with Soft Suede using stamp from Fabulous Flamingo.
  • You can add texture to the water by placing the mask in different areas and just sponging along the edge.
  • Stamp the grass in Lemon Lime Twist and Emerald Envy at the right side.  Cut chairs from Thick Whisper White and add with multipurpose glue.  Cut the glasses and add a bit of color at the bottom and then use brush of Blender Pen to move the color up a little.  Add to arm rests on chairs with Mini Glue Dots.
  • The swirly sun was cut from a piece of colored water color paper I had lying around.  I liked the colors.  You could recreate this with reinker and a brush using Real Red and Daffodil Delight.  This piece was added with multipurpose glue.
  • The letters was cut from a piece of water color paper that I wet with water and added the color to one side and let it bleed or flow to the other by tipping the paper.  Gives you a graduated look with the color.  Let dry and cut with Large Letters Framelits.  The letters were added with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock the length of your background by 2″.  Tear the edge along one side.  Add to the bottom of your piece with Strip Adhesive.

This seems to really brighten my kitchen for this season.  Do you ever make a piece of art for your home and live with it?  Most of us create art pieces and give them away.  Maybe you could make a gift for yourself!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

make it memorable.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



HaPpY New Year…

You’ve heard the story if you’ve been a reader for long…making calendars with my family has become a tradition.  This year was a little bit different, but the calendars are made and will be delivered at Christmastime.

It might be fun to end this blogging year with a new calendar page for each month of 2017.  Any of these calendar pages could easily be made into a card or scrapbook page…

January 2017


One of the hottest products this year was this embossing folder  of what I call White Birch Trees.  Demos all over the world are so creative and resourceful and began using it as a painting palette for objects in the background.  Love the technique and felt it was the perfect way to begin the new year…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  The blank calendars were ordered online from  They measure approximately 4-1/2″ X 5-1/2″ with the majority of the space open for art work.  They come with a Lucite case that doubles as the calendar holder and are usually priced at $9.99.  (They are probably on sale right now)
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Chocolate Chip
  • Stamps:  Country Livin’ and Thoughtful Branches
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Birch Embossing Folder, Blender Pen


  • None!  You don’t have to measure or cut a darn thing!
  • Stamp the truck from Country Livin’ on a post it note and “fussy cut” out.
  • Ink the truck from Country Livin’ in Archival Basic Black and stamp on back side of embossing folder (the side where the background is raised)
  • Cover truck with post it note mask.
  • Ink up the background side of the Embossing Folder with Soft sky first, then Marina Mist with the truck mask in place.  Seriously, don’t give it a thought how your color goes on…it will looks good in the background!
  • With the mask still in place, stamp the evergreen trees in Mossy Meadow in the background.  Remove mask.
  • Place your calendar face down on the ink…remember the trees are upside down on the embossing folder so place your calendar accordingly.  Run through Big Shot.
  • Color your truck with a Blender Pen and Reinker.  Leave some white space where the bumpers are rounded and on the hood.  Be sure to color all four tires (I used Smoky Slate)!  A little Soft Sky on the windows and the chrome in Smoky Slate.
  • Is that magic or what?  Now using Chocolate Chip marker, color in some of the indents in the bark of the trees.
  • Your January calendar is done!

This is a great project to do with family or friends.  We usually all pile in the studio and work on our calendars together.  Or you could gift the calendar all at once or send  a page a month!  In any event the person receiving this gift can’t not think of you all year long…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



for sure.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


Shadow Box Card Swing…

Over the years (too many to mention) I have made more boxes and 3-D items than I can count.  But never a “shadow box card”…

Here’s my first one…


This is one of those projects you can get lost in…once the box is made, it’s all play time.

The inside of this card is 4 1/2″ square and was made with a 12″ square piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock.  The scoring is fairly simple, but the cutting of the corners need more attention.  I watched this YouTube video to be sure the corners were cut correctly.  Once you have made one…you too will want to make more.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  12″ square Crumb Cake Cardstock, plus Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach
  • Stamps: Sitting Here
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Itty Bitty Flower Punches, Bird Punch (leaves)


  • For your reference here are the score lines for all four sides of the 12″ cardstock piece:  3/4″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/4″ and 3″.
  • Once you have all these score lines in go back and score one side at the 3 3/4″ mark down to the second score line, turn 180 degrees and repeat these two score lines.
  • Watch the video about trimming all four corners and then burnish all score lines well with your bone folder.
  • Add your Fast Fuze or Tear Tape and begin folding your frame.
  • Cut a background for your frame (I used Very Vanilla cardstock here).  Do your stamping with the swing, color with Aqua Painter and Crumb Cake ink in pad lid.  Add shadows under the swing.  Now place inside your frame and enjoy decorating with the flowers, pillows and kitty or dog.  All of these pieces were stamped on Thick Whisper White, colored with markers and “fussy cut”.  Dry emboss on your sponge mat with a rounded pen or maybe the larger end of score tool to get dimension for each piece.  Add with Dimensionals.
  • All the flowers were punched and placed on mat.  I used smooth end of Piercing Tool to push in centers to give dimension and a journaling pen to add dots to centers.  Punch stems and leaves with Bird Punch from Mint Macaroon cardstock.  Lay stems down with dots of Tombow glue first.  Then add flowers with glue dots.  Add a couple of stems on the outside top right corner the same way.
  • The flower pot was added to the front of the frame with glue dots after dry embossing from back.

My little mind is very busy imagining these shadow frames for the holidays in various sizes.  What a nice gift that would make too!  Oh! what about a wedding or new baby?  Ahhh…it is maddening.

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did making it…I see many of these in my future!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


But she still got the prince!

Are you HaPpY?…get inky!



Love Framed…

Today’s project is the type I love to do…3-D, Home Décor.  If you are a demo, you’ll likely recognize the design.  When the Succeed Magazine arrived last month, the framed piece on the cover spoke to me.

Here’s my take on that project…


Before you ask I’ll tell you the frame has a stand in the back where it can sit on a table or shelf or you can hang it.  Found it at Hobby Lobby and would have bought more but this was the only one they had.  The clip would allow for seasonal changes to the look…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you.


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand and Whisper White cardstock, plus Going Places and Wildflower Fields DSP and Vellum
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Going Global
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread (I go through yards), World Traveler Embossing Folder, Butterfly Thinlets, Hearts Framelits or Punch



  • The background DSP measures 6″ x 7″
  • The second DSP measures 5″ x 6″ attached to background DSP with adhesive
  • The Sahara Sand layer measures 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ attached to background layers with dimensionals after embossing with World Traveler EF
  • Add a couple of dimensionals to the center of these background layer and twirl some Linen Thread loops around and attach to dimensionals
  • Cut a piece of dark DSP 4 1/2″ x 2″ and tag each end.  Attach to Sahara Sand layer with dimensionals.  In the center of this layer add a 1/2″ piece of Whisper White and a 3/8″ piece of the first background paper with adhesive.  Tag each end to match larger piece.
  • Cut largest butterfly once and two of the next smaller butterfly thinlet, one in Whisper White.  Attach butterflies with glue dots.
  • Cut heart from Vellum with framelits or punch (whichever you have).  Attach with glue dots to top of butterfly layer.
  • Stamp love on Whisper White and “fussy cut”.  Attach with glue dots bending in center for dimension.

Once all the pieces were cut, this beauty went together in no time.  I’m thinking this project is staying in my family room and I’ll change out the artwork with the season or to showcase a favorite photo.

Hope your schedule  has opened up some as we get closer to Christmas and all your projects are finished.  Make some sweet memories and enjoy!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Let’s get inky together…and Be HaPpY!





Mini Series, Part III

Third day of the Mini Masterpiece series of flowers and birds…

Tomorrow I will show a photo of the finished piece along with the last mini.

Here’s the one for today…


Adding dimension to these little art pieces is the most fun for me.  The little wren’s next is made from “grass” that was soaked in water, squished together and dried.  Some trimming had to happen for it to fit the branch, but I love the way it turned out.

There just happens to be a momma wren in the flower box on the front porch and she’s very protective every time we go out the door!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Daffodil Delight and Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Pear Pizazz, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede and Calypso Coral plus Memento Black
  • Stamps:  An Open Heart
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Brown “grass”, Crystal Effects and Blender Pen


  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 3 5/8″ x 2 5/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 3/8″ x 2 3/8″
  • Stamp the bird on scrap Whisper White with Memento Black and color with markers and Blender Pens.  After drying “fussy” cut and add Crystal Effects.  Let dry.
  • Stamp branch on Whisper White layer and color with Blender Pens and markers
  • Soak your “grass” for the nest and squish together.  You can use your heat gun to dry.  Add to branch with hot glue and trim if needed.
  • Add bird with dimensionals
  • Attach layers together.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the last of the series and a photo of the finished frame.  Hope you can stop back by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And there’s a good reason why I haven’t this week.  I’ll tell you later…

I’m inky…and HaPpY!



Mini Masterpiece, Series II

Still wondering around in the world of “mini’s” today and have the second in this series of four to show you today.  Remember, we decided to make the finished piece all about Spring with birds and flowers.

Here is today’s mini…


This little number uses a retired background stamp (En Francias, they should bring this one back) and a couple of flowers from Bloom With Hope.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Pear Pizazz and Baked Brown Sugar cardstock.
  • Ink:  Versamark and Strawberry Slush and Pear Pizazz markers
  • Stamps:  En Francias and Bloom With Hope
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, White Embossing Powder, Chalk Marker and White Gel Pen


  • The Pear Pizazz layer is 2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″
  • The Baked Brown Sugar layer is 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Stamp the Baked Brown Sugar layer with the background stamp and Versamark, then sprinkle with white EP and heat
  • Stamp over the background stamp with the Bloom With Hope and Versamark, sprinkle with White EP and heat
  • Where you want color, fill in with White Chalk Marker, then color with regular ink markers
  • Add highlights with White Gel Pen including the spray of pollen coming from each flower
  • Make your Linen Thread bow (see my YouTube directions here) and attach with glue dots.
  • Adhere the two layers together.

This is one of my favorite of the mini’s.  Hope you like it too.  Stop by tomorrow to see the third in this series.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Yep…pretty good advice there.

Get inky…Be HaPpY!