Archive for Autumn

Copper Autumn…

Many of us love this time of year when cooler weather and pretty fall colors take the stage.  Just my thoughts as I put together this fall wreath…

Leaves from Painted Harvest Punch were made from a piece of water color paper “painted” in fall colors and then punched.

Touches of Texture stamped with VersaMark created the copper background.

Tranquil Tide woven ribbon and copper foil leaves here and there complete the fall feel.

And inside there’s lots of room for messaging…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla and Tranquil Tide Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumkin Pie, Real Red, Soft Suede and Tranquil Tide
  • Stamps:  Touches of Texture (splats), Painted Harvest (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water Spritzer, Leaf Punch, Woven Tranquil Tide Ribbon, Linen Thread, Copper Embossing Powder


  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Tranquil Tide layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment and Touches of Texture stamps in VersaMark, sprinkle with Copper EP and heat.
  • Add a band of Tranquil Tide woven ribbon over the sentiment with SNAIL.  Make bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • Dampen a piece of water color paper completely with water.  Add reinker with an Aqua Painter or brush letting the colors “bloom” together covering the surface of the paper.  Encourage movement with the water spritzer or tilt the paper so colors will run in all directions.  Let dry or heat.
  • Punch leaves from dried water color paper.  Cut a 2-1/2″ circle and temporarily attach to card front.  Add leaves around circle to create a wreath.  Remove punched circle.  Punch three copper foil leaves and cut off indivicual leaves.  Add with multipurpose glue to wreath here and there.
  • Inside the Tranquil Tide layer is 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 one leaf bunch with multipurpose glue at top right corner.

Now I’m thinking a Christmas wreath with these leaf punches…hmmmm.  The mind never rests.

“The Littles” and my son and daughter-in-love mandatorily evacuated their home in St. Petersburg yesterday.  Of course, Irma will not arrive in their neighborhood until tonight at high tide.  They are devastated and fully expect to go home to nothing as they live on the water.  We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.  As soon as they are able to get home, I feel sure Sweetums and I will be trucking it to Florida to see if we can help.  We have a generator and water pump in the back of the car and will pick up other supplies hard to find there before we leave.  I will keep you posted.

Tomorrow is class day here at Rambling Rose and it will be great to have all the girls here…a good distraction!

Hope you are safe and dry wherever you are…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today….

for real.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!




Pumpkin Spice…

Not too much longer and it will be pumpkin spice kind of weather and hopefully beautiful gold fall colors and cool temperatures…

Today’s post is a card for just those type of days…

Do you love the fall colors?  And that sentiment from Painted Harvest is my favorite!

I tried a torn edge on the watercolor paper and decided I liked it…

And in the close up you can see the Cajun Craze splatters.

Here’s how this all started…well, actually it started with a crazy idea I had one night when sleep wouldn’t come.  You’ll be proud of me for NOT getting up to immediately make this idea.

First I made my own stamp from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (because I forgot to order the bundle!…EEEEK).  Here’s what the stamp looks like…

Three layers of fun foam cut with the thinlits dies glued together to create a stamp.  Next step was this…

a piece of water color paper with taped borders, dampen with lots of water then stamp with Crushed Curry to create this row of trees.  Let dry naturally.

Now you’re ready for the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Marine Mist Cardstock, plus water color paper with torn edges
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Marina Mist
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest (sentiment), Lovely As A Tree
  • Tools:  Small round brush or Aqua Painter, fun foam, Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies, Artist or Painter’s tape, water spritzer


  • The Marina Mist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The water color paper is 5-1/4″ x 4″ (approximately after tearing).
  • Tape water color paper to a non porous board, tape borders with painter’s or masking tape.  Mist the water color paper with spritzer then stamp trees with Crushed Curry ink.  You can also spritz stamp after inking.  Tilt the water color paper so the color can run and “bloom”.  Let dry naturally.  Just go do something else for a bit.  It should be thoroughly dry before continuing.
  • Paint the sky area with water to dampen entire sky surface.  Drop Marina Mist Reinker with your brush in between trees and move the color by tilting your piece upside down.  The color should only go where you have dampened the water color paper.  You can add more color or move the color with you brush.  You can create clouds with a smooshed up tissue and picking up color while the sky is still damp.  Let dry.
  • The Lovely As A Tree Stamp was inked three different times.  Once with Crushed Curry, then Pumpkin Pie and last with Cajun Craze.  Before stamping each color on each tree, spritz the stamp with water.  It does not need to dry completely in between stamping these colors.  They should mingle.
  • Add the greeting in Early Espresso.
  • Add splatters with your brush and Cajun Craze reinker.
  • Let the piece dry completely before removing border tape.
  • Add this piece to card front with multipurpose glue.

This technique was so much fun, I decided to make a winter scene with snow.  I’ll post that later this week.  Hope you’ll give this a try!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Yep.  You best be moving…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



Autumn Birthday Wishes….

Those birthdays just keep coming inspite of the arrival of the Christmas season this week…I mean Black Friday does come this week, right?

Today’s post is one of my all-time favorites…


Isn’t it just so “autumn-y” and colorful?  And I love using this Floral Thinlet in a less formal way than maybe it was intended.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Water color paper, Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Early Espress Ink and Ken Oliver’s Color Burst
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves and Build a Birthday (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Line Thread, Details Floral Thinlits, Leaflets Framelits


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red Cardstock is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 6″.  Moisten paper with spritzer or brush and add Red, Green and Yellow colorburst powder.  Let the water color paper do its thing and either add more water, color or delete color with a tissue until you like the way it looks.  Let dry or use heat gun.  Cut a 1/4″ strip off bottom to use on the card front.  Cut a piece that measures 4″ x 3-1/4″.  Use the remaining water colored paper to cut three leaves with Leaflets Framelits.  Stamp leaves with Early Espresso ink.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut with Floral Thinlet at top only.  Attach water colored piece to the back of this layer with multipurpose glue.  Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add water colored strip at bottom of Thinlet cut with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Attach the three leaves together and then to card front.  Add Linen Thread bow (video here) with Glue Dots.
  • Inside there is a 3″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Whisper White over a 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″ piece of Real Red.  Add leaf at bottom left corner.

This is a great birthday card for anyone’s Autumn birthday.

So today is the 24-Hour Flash Sale and then there is a week of sales.  I hope if you decide to enjoy the sale you will purchase from my blog by clicking on the “Shop Now” star!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


not. even. close.

So let’s just get inky…and Be HaPpY!


Autumn Wishes…

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday…no shopping, wrapping and tree decorating.  Just simply sharing a great meal with family and friends and enjoying each other’s company.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

So today’s post is a nod to Thanksgiving and will be sent to those I will not get to see this year…


a peek inside…


This greeting from Paisleys & Posies works perfectly with the Woodland Embossing Folder, Sheltering Tree and Vintage Leaves.

Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Emerald Green Cardstock, plus Watercolor Paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Sheltering Tree and Paisleys & Posies
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst Pthalo Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow and Alizarin Crimson, Woodland Embossing Folder, Vintage Leaves Framelits, Clear Wink of Stella


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Emerald Green layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso in bottom left corner.  Run through Big Shot with Woodland EF.  Mark tree indentions with Early Espresso marker.
  • On a piece of Watercolor paper spray the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and spritz with  water.  You can take color off with a paper towel, turn the paper to encourage colors to interact and even add more of a color before or after the paper dries.  The colors will lighten slightly when dry.  Cut the largest leaf framelit from Vintage Leaves.  Stamp tree from Sheltering Tree set with Early Espresso.  Paint leaf with Clear Wink of Stella.  Add leaf to card front with dimensionals.  Wink of Stella was also dropped over the entire card front.  Add bow to leaf with glue dots.  Video for bow is here.
  • Inside there is a layer of Emerald Green 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Very Vanilla layer on top 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp half of tree in Early Espresso and add small leaf (made the same as the large leaf) with SNAIL.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope your day like mine includes inky fingers and being HaPpY!



Autumn Dinner…

Tomorrow is September 1st…almost fall, right?  Thinking forward to November and Thanksgiving, I’ve made some pretty table pieces to make each guest feel special…


Its hard to tell from this photo, but I did want to show a close up.  Here’s how it might look on your table…


Now before you ask, the small frame is from Hobby Lobby.  The overall size is 4-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Inside measures 2-1/2″ x 2″.  They look nice on the table and would make a nice hostess gift if you wanted to give them as gifts to each guest.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Copper Foil, Thick Whisper White and Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  Plus White packing sheet found in DSP.
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive
  • Stamp:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Burlap ribbon, Rose Wonder Framelit, Aqua Painter, Water Spritzer


Napkin Rings

  • Cut a piece of white packing sheet from DSP 1-3/4″ x 6-1/2″.  Cut a piece of DSP 1-3/4″ x 6″.  Glue DSP to packing sheet flush at one end.  Add glue to 1/2″ where DSP does not cover and glue together in a circle.
  • Cut one of each of the pine boughs from Thick Whisper White cardstock.  Remove thinlit but leave pine bough in cardstock.  Using a water spritzer and your Aqua Painter with Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive ink…spritz boughs with water, add Daffodil Delight ink to painter and lightly go over each bough.  Follow with a brushing of Pear Pizazz and then Old Olive down the centers.  Dry with heat gun and remove from paper.  Glue the three boughs together at stem end.
  • Cut two pine cones from Copper Foil.  Glue together at an angle then to the stem end of the pine boughs.  Make bow from Linen Thread and glue to top of pine cones.
  • Cut a piece of Burlap Ribbon 7″ and glue one end to center of napkin ring.  Fold the opposite end under 1/2″ and glue over opposite end.
  • Add pine boughs and cones to front center of Burlap Ribbon.

Seating Placement Frame

  • Cut a piece of DSP 2-1/2″ x 2″ for frame background.  Cut a Copper Foil background piece using Rose Wonder Framelit and glue to background DSP centered.  I realize the punch I used here for the name is retired, but any shape (could be oval) could be substituted.  Place all inside frame.
  • Make another pine bough and cone piece exactly like the one for the napkin ring and glue (I used hot glue) to top left corner of frame.

I plan to make a set of these for a Christmas Craft Fair I finally got in after applying for two years.  If they don’t sell, I’ll keep them!

Later this week I’ve got some more 3-D paper art projects to share with you…be sure and stop by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



You got to get inky to be HaPpY!



Sparkly Thankful…

This card is inspired by Sandi MacIver.  After watching her video here…I had to give this a try and maybe add a little sparkle too!


This embossing folder in the Holiday Catalog (Woodland Textured Impression, #139673, $8.50) has become a sensation on Pinterest and Instagram.  Honestly, there are so many things you can do with it, but after seeing Sandi’s video I couldn’t wait to make this card.  Can you see the bling (Dazzling Diamonds) all over the background?  It is so sparkly in person.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon,  Hello Honey, Crumb Cake, Gold Foil, Thick Whisper White cardstock and Vellum cardstock
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Memento Black, Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Six Sayings, Vintage Leaf
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Cording, Vintage Leaf Framelits, Dazzling Diamonds, Aqua Painter, Woodland Textured EF


  • The Mossy Meadow base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Lost Lagoon layer is 4 1/8″  5 3/8″ attach to card front with adhesive
  • The Gold Foil layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ attached to Lost Lagoon layer with adhesive
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.  Run this layer through your Big Shot with the Woodland Textured EF.
  • Place a dime sized VersaMark on wax paper or old embellishment lid and “paint” your tree trunks with VersaMark then add Clear Embossing Powder and heat.  Don’t force the VersaMark into the bark indentions.
  • Take out your Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede ink pads and squeeze the top to the bottom while closed to transfer ink to the lid.  Open all pads and with your Aqua Painter filled with water paint the open spaces between trees with these colors starting with the blue for sky and move down.  Use the Soft Suede at the bottom and go over bark to let the color fill in the indentions.  Shade one side of the trunks with the Soft Suede.
  • Let dry.  I used Heat and Stick and Dazzling Diamonds over the colored landscape and heated for some sparkle.  Add to card front with Tombow Glue.
  • Cut the Vellum 1 1/2″ x 5 1/8″.  Stamp “Thankful” in VersaMark and sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat.  I usually heat from the back of the Vellum.  Attach this layer to the card front with Glue Dots.
  • Take your Gold Cording and loop in graduating loops at least three times and attach with small piece of scotch tape then to card front with glue dot.
  • Stamp three leaves, cut with framelits and attach to card front over Gold Cording with Glue Dots.

Play around with this technique.  Maybe try using watercolor paper and see how you like it.  Use different colors.  It’s all good and so much fun.

Almost ready for the Rambling Rose Retreat in the mountains this weekend.  We are all so excited to be there!.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I plan on looking ugly all weekend…never get out of my pj’s and NO makeup!  Yay!

I’ll be inky…and HaPpY!



Autumn Lantern…

What a wonderful project for you today inspired by Lea Denton at


Following her directions this lantern went together easily and was such a joy to decorate for an Autumn table.  Are there more to come?…Oh, Yeah!  Here is what it looks like on the table…


has two videos on her blog giving details instructions.  I will make a video with my next lantern which will be for the winter season.  Can you think of occasions where you could use a piece like this?  Wedding receptions, showers, birthdays…really any kind of celebration.

Here are tips for you if you decide to make this lantern by watching the video…


  • You will need two pieces of 12″ x 12″ cardstock for the lantern base cut 11 5/8″ x 6 1/2″.  Score on the short side at 3″ and 4 1/2″.  Mark (with your stylus) at 1 1/2″ and 6″.
  • Turn to the long side and score at 3″, 8″ and 11″
  • Look at diagram below for score lines of top.  Using the two marks you made, a ruler and your stylus make the two peaks for the top.
  • Burnish all score lines
  • Cut out four window frames with Hearth & Home Thinlets Die
  • Cut out eight window ledges with Hearth & Home Thinlets Die
  • Cut out four 2 3/8″ x 3 1/4″ pieces of vellum and stamp with your choice of design and ink.  I used Craft White and the Autumn scene from Happy Scenes stamp set.
  • Here is a diagram of the scores and cuts of both pieces of cardstock for lantern base that may help you..


  • Glue with Tombow Glue your two lantern cardstock pieces together.
  • Glue your vellum to back of window frames and then to lantern.
  • Add ledges with Tombow Glue to top and bottom of each side lining up so that the longest side extends over the edge.  What you are making here is a frame top and bottom not a window ledge.
  • Glue your top peaks together two at a time with Tombow Glue.
  • Decorate to your heart’s content!  I used the new punch Festive Flower and Gold Cording with Gold Glimmer and Brushed Gold cardstock with one of those new framed pearls for the center.
  • Add your flicker candle to the bottom flap with dimensionals so it will stay in place and Enjoy!

This may look complicated but if you prepare your windows and get the cutting and stamping done ahead, it should go together smoothly.

Next week this time I will be hosting a Rambling Rose Retreat in the mountains.  Preparations have been going on for quite some time and now that it’s almost here, packing has begun in earnest.  Next week there will be a couple of posts from and about the retreat…so stay tuned for that.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!