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Foxy Thank You…

If you have been following along, there have been several posts related to the anticipated arrival of our newest addition to the family in March.  Today I’ll share the set of “thank you” notes made to coordinate with the theme of my g’daughter’s nursery and shower including the invitations she and I worked on together…

Using her “woodland” theme, here are the note cards…

and a close up…

I will tell you I did use the MISTI tool to stamp the sentiment and tree at the same time.  Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry a similar tool (maybe in the future?) but it has made this project so much easier and faster not mention perfectly aligned and stamped.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 5″ notecards, plus Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Pear Pizazz, Archival Basic Black and Calypso Coral
  • Stamps:  Foxy Friends and All Things Thanks
  • Tools:  Micron Black .005 Pen, Window Sheet


  • Stamp the tree at lower left corner in Pear Pizazz and sentiment centered top in Archival Basic Black.
  • Cut a piece of Window Sheet 2-5/8″ x 4″.  Center this sheet over card front and mark in pencil all four corners.  Using the .005 Black Micron Pen (you could substitute the Project Life Journaling Pen) draw the loops at each corner then connect with wavy line.  Where images are met, skip the border line and start again after image.
  • Stamp fox on scrap Thick Whisper White CS in Calypso Coral and face features in Archival Basic Black.  Fussy cut the image and attach to card front overlapping the tree with dimensionals.

Hopefully I can share pictures of the occasion with you early next week.

So today is Valentines…do you have any special plans?  Sweetums and I are cooking a meal together and maybe sharing something very chocolate!

Look what is blooming in my front yard!…

These are so dainty…maybe 5″ tall.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

all.  the.  time.

And keep those fingers inky…you’ll be HaPpY!


ETA 3/20/17…

That’s right…estimated time of arrival is March 20th!  I’m talking about a baby addition to our family that will make some aunts, some uncles, grandmother and father.  For me…great grandmother!  Sweetums and I are over the moon excited to meet this little guy who has already been named Henry David Young.

So it seemed natural that I would help my granddaughter, Kendall, with some baby shower invitations.  We went through a mock-up and tweaks here and there until she was happy with the design.  Here’s what we came up with…


Isn’t that the cutest?  Kendall has chosen woodland forest theme for her nursery and decorated it herself.  It is just the sweetest thing and perfect for a little guy to come home to.

Here’s a peek inside…


You can only imagine I’m sure,  how much fun these were to make.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake 3-1/2″ x 5″ Notecards/Envelopes, Thick Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate and Old Olive Cardstock, plus Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Always An Adventure
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Outdoor Adventure Framelits, Rotating Alaphabet Stamp


  • The Thick Whisper White layer on front panel of Crumb Cake notecard is 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Dapper Denim layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″.  Cut Clouds at top of this layer then attach over Whisper White layer with SNAIL
  • Cut trees from Old OLive and mountains from Smoky Slate.  Add mountains then trees with multipurpose glue.  Cut “snow” for mountains from Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper and add to tops of three mountains with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp on scrap Whisper White the bear in Early Espresso and cut with coordinating framelit.  Using sponge mat and rounded end of pen or piercer tool, lay bear face down and soften fibers in paper to give a rounded effect to bear.  Add to lower right side with dimensional.
  • Stamp road sign in Crumb Cake on scrap Whisper White CS and cut with coordinating framelit.  Set Rotating Alaphabet Stamp with the word “baby”, then stamp with Archival Basic Black Ink on top of road sign.  Add to card front at lower left side with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the first layer is Dapper Denim and measures 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″.  Attached with SNAIL.
  • The Whisper White layer measures 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″.  The lines were stamped with a really old retired SU! stamp.  You could type this information up on your computer and print out to add to the inside.  Mine were handwritten with invitation information.  The word “shower” was set up just like the “baby” on the card front with the Rotating stamp.  Cut arrow from Dapper Denim scraps and add with multipurpose glue.

Here are a couple of shots of Henry’s room so you can see how these invitations imitate the décor…



So with eight weeks to go, we are all sitting on “ready!”

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



And to stay HaPpY …you need to be inky!



Baby Love…

Today I confess this Baby Bear stamp has not been in my possession more than an hour…but I did have this frame all ready just waiting to make my sweet teddy bear and sit him on this shelf…


Wouldn’t this be the sweetest gift for a new mother expecting a baby girl?  And the baby kitty and bunny just make it that much cuter.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…if you need directions fro the shadow box frame, you can find them here…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo Cardstock plus Playful Palette and Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Smoky Slate…plus Daffodil Delight and Soft Sky Markers
  • Stamps:  Festive Fireplace (shelf), Baby Bear and Made With Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Small Bow Punch, Hearth & Home Thinlets Die (shelf), oval piercing pattern, Decorative Label Punch


  • This shadow box was made with Rose Red Cardstock 12″ x 12″.  The opening measures 4-1/2″ square.
  • The Playful Palette DSP in the background is 4-1/2″…I had to trim mine a smidge to keep it from buckling.  Attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and color with markers.  Use piercing pattern for oval, then punch with Decorative Label Punch.  Add to background with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the shelf twice in Soft Suede and cut with thinlet in Home & Hearth.  Cut the ends off each shelf and overlap to the width of the frame then glue together with multipurpose glue.  Add to shadow frame with Stampin’ Strip.
  • Stamp bunny and kitty with Basic Black and use Aqua Painter to lightly color leaving some white highlights with Smoky Slate (kitty) and Soft Suede (bunny).  Fussy cut and add to shelf with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Three-step stamp the baby bear.  I used Crumb Cake stamped off for the first stamp, Crumb Cake straight up for second stamp and Early Espress for the last stamp.  Magic!  The bear was then “fussy cut” and added to the shadow box shelf with Stampin’ Strips because they are just a little fatter than the dimensionals.
  • Stamp the bow with Blushing Bride and “fussy cut”.  Add to baby bear with glue dots.
  • The bigger bow on the top of the frame was punched from Pop of Pink DSP and added with glue dots.

Man!  I wish I knew more people having babies…I feel like making all sorts of baby cards with this set.  Think I’ll try some wedding cards after I made a baby boy shadow box.  Unfortunately this will all have to wait until I get back from watching my g’son play in his first state baseball tournament…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Love me some coffee…

Be HaPpY!…get inky!



It’s the Little Things…

The sentiment on the inside of today’s card post read, “Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart.”  Awwww…can you stand it?  Take a peek…


This one would make a cute baby card for a little girl.  Let’s take a peek at the inside…


Love it!  Done in blues this would make a cute little boy card too.  You are going to kill me…this card uses three stamp sets, two punches and a good look at the new specialty DSP called Pop of Pink.  It was so much fun to make!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Basic Black and Thick Whisper White cardstock plus Pop of Pink Specialty DSP
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Love You Lots, Layering Love (inside sentiment) and Thoughtful Banners (front sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, White Seam Binding, Duet Banner Punch, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Circles Framelits (retired), Aqua Pen


  • Punch smallest balloon from DSP.  Add three dimensionals to back and cover front with Crystal Effects or glue from thin tip bottle and let dry out of the way.
  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The first Basic Black layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ attached to the card front with adhesive.
  • The Melon Mambo layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″ attached with adhesive over the Basic Black layer
  • The first horizontal Basic Black layer is 2 1/8″ x 5″ with a DSP layer 2″ x 4 7/8″ attached with adhesive.  Attach these two layer to card front about 1/2″ from bottom of card.
  • The second horizontal Basic Black layer is 1 7/8″ x 4 5/8″ with a DSP layer 1 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ attached with adhesive.  Attach these two layers to card front about 1/2″ from top of card and overlapping the first two layers.
  • The last Horizontal Basic Black layer is 1 7/8″ x 3 1/8″ with a DSP layer 1 3/4″ x 3″ attached with adhesive.  Wrap a piece of seam binding around the left end and attach to back with adhesive.  Attach these two layers to card front about 1/4″ from the bottom.
  • On a scrap of Thick Whisper White stamp the elephant with Basic Black.  Cut out with whatever circle punch or framelit.  This one is 2 1/2″ round.  Dampen the image with water from an Aqua Pen then use ink from lid of Smoky Slate.  Leave some areas with no color.  Come back and darken areas indicated by designer’s shade marks.  Add a little Melon Mambo lightly to the cheek area.  Awww…  I have cut fun foam with same framelit and glued to back of the elephant then to the card.
  • If your balloon is dry, pace where you want it and dry a line to trunk and add a small bow with a journal pen.
  • Stamp your banner punch and sentiment on scrap and punch.  I used the Melon Mambo marker to color stripes.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Make loops with seam binding and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add over previously place seam binding with glue dot.
  • Inside there is a Basic Black layer 3″ x 4 1/2″ with a 2 7/8″ x 4 3/8″ piece of Whisper White attached with adhesive.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and add heart with Melon Mambo.  Attach to inside of card with adhesive.

I do love this little card…wish somebody would have a little girl so I could send it out.  Seriously though, I think this card could also be used for a birthday…you having one?

Hope you enjoyed seeing products from the new catalog used on this little card.  This is such an exciting time of the year!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Oh my goodness this is so true…what would we do without our girl friends?

I’m inky…and HaPpY!



Hoppy Baby…

A new baby…is there anything sweeter?  Calls for the sweetest baby card ever…


That little bunny just melts my heart!  This card sketch was in my emails and I immediately sketched into my plans for the week.  It’s interesting isn’t it?  Stampin’ Up! has such great designer series papers…it makes coordinating simple.

Here’s the inside…


This stamp set, Made With Love, also has a kitten and baby deer with the best greetings to go along with them.

So, just in case you are expecting a bundle of love or know someone who is, here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Shimmery White Cardstock plus Love Blossoms DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizazz and Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Made With Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Blushing Bride 1/8″ Ribbon, Linen Thread, 1/2″ Circle Punch and Small Scallop Circle Punch, Circle Framelits, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Basic Pearls and Happy Hearts Embossing Folder


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.
  • The Blushing Bride layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ attached to card front with adhesive.
  • The Whisper White layers is 3 3/4″ x 5″ embossed with Happy Hearts Embossing Folder
  • The first DSP layer is 2″ x 5″ attached to Whisper White layer 1/2″ from left edge with adhesive
  • The second DSP layer is 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and the Whisper White layer is 1 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ attached together with adhesive and to Whisper White embossed layer with adhesive
  • The third DSP layer is 1 1/2″ x 4″ attached to a Whisper White layer that is 1 5/8″ x 4 1/8″ then both layers are attached to Whisper White layer with adhesive.
  • Attach a strip of ribbon around all these layers with adhesive.  Now attach this multi-layered piece on top of the Blushing Bride layer on card front with adhesive.
  • Cut a circle with Circle Framelits 2 3/4″ in diameter from Shimmery White Cardstock.  Stamp just the bunny image slightly off center.  Add water to image with small paint brush and use watered down Crumb Cake to color bunny while still wet. Leave the tail and inside the ear white.  Moisten the sky area and use Soft Sky to paint.  Do the same with grass and Pear Pizazz.  Add this layer to card front with dimensionals.
  • Punch Scallop circle in Blushing Bride.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and punch with 1/2″ Circle Punch.  Attach to Blushing Bride circle with Tombow glue.  Add two Basic Pearls to left side of sentiment.  Add to card front circle with dimensional.
  • Punch two Itty Bitty Flowers in Blushing Bride, add pearls to centers and to card front with glue dots.
  • Loop Blushing Bride ribbon and tie with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • The inside layers are 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Blushing Bride and 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ Whisper White layered together with adhesive.  Stamp sentiment and bird in Basic Black.  Color bird with Daffodil Delight with reinker.
  • The envelope flap was given a coordinating DSP flap.

Several of these in different nursery colors would be an excellent idea.  It’s all abut Time Management!

Well, it’s Friday and the start to a wonderful spring weekend.  There’s so much to do outside I don’t even know where to start…just pick a corner and start!

Hope you are planning a great weekend too…thanks for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


The trick is to remember them!

Are you HaPpY?  Get yourself inky!



Here’s another idea for the Easter Lamb stamp set that makes this set much more versatile than it appears…


To welcome a new little one, the baby shower, announcements and a birthday.  This little set will definitely come in handy.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock. Plus Have A Cuppa DSP (bet you didn’t think that?)
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Blushing Bride and Bermuda Bay
  • Stamps:  Easter Lamb and Suite Sayings (sentiment)  Oh so cute!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Ok I admit I am a hoarder of yards of Vanilla Flower Trim.  Seriously I have four packs!  But look …you can color it with reinker to match your project!  Large Oval Punch, Linen Thread, Ovals Framelits and 1/4″ Pool Party ribbon.  You could use white seam binding…pretty!


  • The Pool Party base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • The DSP is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″.  Use the larger oval framelit to cut toward the top of this piece, then attach to card front with adhesive.
  • Use one smaller oval framelit placed inside the oval already cut and run through Big Shot.  There’s your window all framed for you…
  • Stamp the lamb on scrap Whisper White in Basic Black ink and color inside ears and cheeks with Blushing Bride and a Blender Pen.  Attach with glue dots inside card peeking through the window.
  • Spritz your flower with water and add a couple of drops of Bermuda Bay reinker.  Use a paper towel to remove extra ink.  Dry with heat gun if you can’t wait for it to dry…that’s me!  Make bow loops and tie with Linen Thread in center.  Add flower with glue dots and then glue dot bow under window.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Whisper White in Basic Black ink and punch with Large Oval Punch.  Add to card front below bow with adhesive.

This has been a crazy day and I’m sliding in here by the skin of my teeth.  Hope you like today’s project and you are getting your fingers inky this weekend.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Have you ever laughed hysterically and cried at the same time?

Let’s get inky together and Be HaPpY!



Peek-A-Boo Elephant…

Taking a break from the Rose Wonder set today to show you a baby card using the Playful Pals stamp set and Pyramid Pal Thinlets…


Awwww…isn’t he the cutest little thing?  One of my very best friends is expecting her first grandson in March.  She was the one who always said “I don’t want grandchildren.”  She has worked with children all her professional life and felt they were her grandchildren.

I’d shake my head at her and say, “You have no idea what your are saying!”  Now she’s gone all gaga on us…

Today is the baby shower and the framed animals posted earlier this week is one of my gifts.  The new lil’ guy’s nursery is in an animal theme as are all my gifts so this works perfectly!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard, Garden Green cardstock plus Cherry On Top DSP Stack
  • Ink:  Basic Gray and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Playful Pals, Tin of Cards (border squiggles) and Sweet Sayings (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Pyramid Pals Thinlets Dies


The base card is 3 1/2″ x 5″

  • The Garden Green layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Stamp border first.  Cut out one side of pyramid box and cut off one triangle.  Cut ears from contrasting paper…remember, turn the paper over to cut one of the ears!  Stamp the trunk with Basic Gray.  I used tear tape for three sides of triangle, stuck down at the bottom only so the ears could be placed correctly, then stuck down the triangle sides.  Add trunk with glue dots or multipurpose glue.   Stamp sentiment at top with Basic Black.  The grass was cut and placed down with a dimensional strip.
  • Now stamp the eyes and cut out with thinlets.   Place with a piece of dimensional.  Is he cute or what?

You know how I went nutso making the pyramid animals…now there will be lots of kiddo cards with animals for Valentines, birthdays, etc…I love my job!

Hope you enjoyed this post and also the weekend…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


It’s a thought…

Get inky this weekend…Be HaPpY!



Spring Party Favors…

Today there will be a party at Rambling Rose Studio hosted by one of my stampin’ peeps.  She has five long time friends in from out of town.  They are spending several days together and she wanted them to experience her new love of stamping.

I told her SURE!  Bring those girls over and we’ll stamp away…

To celebrate their introduction into the stamping world, I’ve prepared three projects and made them these sweet spring favors…


You think they will like them?  Inside is Ghiradelli chocolate square (what’s not to like about that?) and the flower you see at the top is a pen stuck inside.  These would be perfect at a child’s birthday, a tea or shower.

Want the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Best Year Ever DSP, Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Calypso Coral
  • Stamps:  Cheerful Critters, hearts are from stamps in January Paper Pumpkin
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Artisan Embellishment Kit, banners (January Paper Pumpkin), Mini Treat Bag Thinlets, Pansy Punch (tops of pens), Daffodil Delight 5/8″ Satin Ribbon



  • I’ll just tell you to make your treat bags first based on the directions that come with the thinlet.
  • Stamp and color your critters.  They are mounted on banners left over from January PP, but you could use a 2″ x 5″ piece of cardstock and tag the ends with the Scallop Tag Topper instead.  Fill your bags and staple the hearts and banner to treat bag.
  • Embellish with pieces from Artisan Kit
  • The pen flowers are four Pansy punches.  Make an “X” in the center to fold over your pen.  Hot glue scrunching each one a little less.  Tie ribbon to hide your hot glue mess (well mine was messy)

These really didn’t take much time to make and I think they will be the perfect memento for the girls to take home with them.

Tomorrow I’ll show the hostess gift and maybe some photos of the event so be sure to stop back by.

Thanks for stopping by today…hope you have been inspired.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Take one and spread it around…it’s better than make up!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Baby Bundle…

Today’s post is a CASe from a card Shelli demonstrated at Leadership last month.  I wanted this stamp anyway, but after I saw her card, it just had to be in my stash.  Here’s the card…


Are you going “awwwww”…well, that’s exactly what I did when I first saw this stamp.  Of course, this is a bee, but mine doesn’t have wings anymore…snip, snip.  They can always be put back in case they are needed though.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you just in case you’d like to make a similar card…


  • Paper: Crumb Cake Notecard, Calypso Coral and Whisper White cardstock, plus Best Year Ever  and Sweet Dreams DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black plus Daffodil Delight and flesh Blendies
  • Stamp:  Baby Bumblebee
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Calypso Coral Pom Pom Trim, Crisp Cantaloupe Cotton Twine


  • The Calypso Coral layer is 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 4 5/8″ x 3 1/8″
  • Attach Calypso Coral layer and DSP layer to card front.
  • Cut a 3″ square for “blanket”.  Fold the right side corner towards the center folding back point.   Fold the bottom corner up toward center. Fold the left side corner to center and wrap to back attaching with glue dot.
  • Stamp baby on scrap of Whisper White in Memento Black ink.  Color stripes with Blendie.  Cut out leaving a 1″ tab at bottom.
  • Place inside blanket and attach head with dimensional.  Attach Pom Pom with glue dot over the baby’s head.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap and trim ends with Hexagon Punch.  Layer with a Calypso Coral layer behind.
  • Attach baby/blanket with glue dots and sentiment with dimensional to card front.
  • Attach cotton twine with glue dot.

Quick and sweet.  Perfect for gift enclosure, would make an excellent baby shower invite or welcome baby card.

Today was a class day for me so it’s been quite busy but lots of fun.  I’ll show the cards we did in the next few days.  Each one had a specific technique to highlight the card.  I think everyone learned at least one new technique today and seemed to really enjoy themselves.  Fun for me too!

How is you day been?  Hope you had an excellent weekend and got your week off to a great start today.  Be sure to stop back by tomorrow to see what’s going on here at RRS…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


The UPS truck causes great commotion at my house ’cause the two fur babies go wild.  They love the driver but hate the truck…

Go get yourself inky…and Be HaPpY!



Sweet Baby Siena…

One of the most wonderful things about being a Stampin’ Up! Demo is the relationships you develop with people you create with.  In my classes I have some of the most wonderful people…truly a delight to be in their company.  Last week one of my stamping friends had a very special, much anticipated baby girl, Siena Marie.  Here’s her pic…


I can just hear the collective “awwwww…”  Isn’t she gorgeous?  Well, I couldn’t let the occasion pass without some really girly SU! something.  Here’s one of the things I took to her house…


It’s hanging on my studio door here, but it’s now at Baby Siena’s house.  Using the Banners Framelits (largest) and the polka dot stencil I created the background for the Spiral Die Roses and leftover alphabet letters from a Paper Pumpkin came in real handy.  A little paper lace, pink ribbon tied with Linen Thread and pretty white satin ribbon and it all came together and looked so sweet.  This was a lot of fun to make.  I love when a project in my mind  just comes together like this one did.

Do you have special occasions coming up in your circle of friends and family?  Stampin’ Up! has so many kits, embellishments and product to help you create a one-of-a-kind gift or decoration to celebrate.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Think BIG, believe BIG, act BIG and the results will be BIG!”

Last night I scurried to book club after a busy class and brunch meeting in the afternoon to find my hands were embarrassingly inky…but I was HaPpY!