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Carousel Birthday Slider…

When I watched this video by Tanya DeRoy, I knew this slider card was going to be added to my list of favorite cards to make and give.  The step-by-step directions and photos below will help you to create this fun card.  But, if you’d like to watch Tanya’s YouTube video, you can find it here

Here’s the card…

How cute is that?  And…it is interactive.  When you pull the tap, the horse moves to reveal a birthday message.  Now I changed a few things from Tanya’s but either way it’s a fabulous card that is not gender or age specific.

Here’s a close up showing the sponging on edges and Silver Metallic embossing…

and showing the pull tab…

and a peek inside…

Let’s make this slider today…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla Cardstock plus Cupcakes & Carousel Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Calypso Coral plus you choice of colors for pony
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (sentiment), Carousel Birthday and Gorgeous Grunge (splat)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Accent Pearl, Decorative Label Punch. Word Window Punch (retired), VersaMark Ink, Silver Embossing Powder, Sponge, water color pencils or markers for pony, Adhesive Strips and Lots of Labels Framelits


  • The Peekaboo Peach base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Calypso Coral layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • The top DSP layer is 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ and the bottom DSP layer is 2″ x 5-1/4″.   Sponge edges with Early Espresso.   Attach the bottom DSP layer first on the Calypso Coral layer with SNAIL.  Stamp circus tents across the top DSP layer in Early Espresso.  The top DSP layer overlaps the lower layer.  Slide the Word Window Punch from the bottom of this layer all the way in and centered, punch.   Slide the Word Window punch to the right and line up the side of the layer with the side of the punch and punch again.  Then slide to the left and align the same way and punch.  Your piece should look like this…

  • Using the Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp and VersaMark, stamp all over this layer, sprinkle with Silver EP and heat.
  • Lay this layer over the card front and trace the opening in pencil.  Stamp sentiment centered in the space with Early Espresso.  Let dry then erase pencil marks.
  • Lets make the slider now.  Cut a piece of Peekaboo Peach 1-1/2″ x 5-3/8″.  Cut a piece of DSP 5-5/8″ x 3/4″, sponge edges with Early Espresso.  Attach the DSP to the center of the cardstock with SNAIL.  Using Lots of Labels Framelits cut one end only…Trim the DSP if needed at straight end.

  • Turn your card front face down and position your slider over the opening.  Using Adhesive Strips make a stop at the end of the slider and add strips on each side of the slider to create a channel for the slider to move in.  Then add adhesive strips around outside edges.  You card layer back should look like this…

  • Remove slider and attach this layer to card front.  Insert slider and add double dimensionals at the stop end.  Add Pearl or anything else you have to use as a decoration at the end of the slider.
  • To make the label at the top of the card, punch one layer in Calypso Coral with Decorative Label Punch and cut in half lengthwise.  Stamp sentiment in Calypso Coral on Peekaboo Peach CS and punch.  Sponge edges with Early Espresso.  Add the Calypso Coral pieces to back of sentiment with SNAIL positioning so they show at top and bottom.  If the side center points  of the Calypso Coral layers show, trim with snips.

  • Stamp Carousel Pony on scrap Thick Whisper White.  Color with markers or water color pencils.  Coat with Fine Tipped Glue and let dry.  Fussy Cut then add to double dimensionals at end of slider.  Position so that horse will slide easily past label at top of layer.

  • Inside the card cut a Calypso Coral layer 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.   Add the Calypso Coral layer with SNAIL.  Cut a Very Vanilla layer 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp the Very Vanilla layer sentiment in Calypso Coral and the tents in Early Espresso.  Sponge all edges with Early Espresso and add layer over Calypso Coral layer using SNAIL.
  • The envelope, which I haven’t shown was also stamped with the circus tents in the lower left corner with Early Espresso.

NOTE:  You will notice this card pulls to the right.  You could make it go either direction, but it just seemed more natural to me as the pony is facing that direction.

Isn’t that just cute and clever?

Yesterday my son was here on business and we were able to sneak in a lunch date.  He’s the dad of “the littles”.  Thought you might like to meet him…

His name is Jeff and this is a rare occasion.

Mother Nature pulled a trick on our Spring-like weekend and sent cool temps with rain today.  On the bright side it makes for a great stamping day!

Have a great rest of your weekend and I hope to see you back here on Monday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Keep those fingers inky…Be HaPpY!





Make A Wish…

On page 43 of the Occasions Catalog you will find the Window Shopping Bundle.  This is a classic set that will never go out of style and works for every single life event you can think of.

Earlier three different Window Shopping boxes have been featured…none of them faintly resemble the other.  But in addition to boxes that celebrate the event, cards of all kinds can also be made.  Demos have not been notified what products from the Occasions Catalog will carry over to the new annual catalog for 2017-2018, but I sure hope this one does.

Here’s a cherry birthday card that is non-gender or age specific…which are the best kind.

and a close up…

Love those candles…

and a peek inside…

This would be a great card for almost anyone I know.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Window Shopping, Wherever You Go (sun rays) and Feather Together (card front sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Window Box Thinlits Dies, Bermuda Bay Sequins


  • The Thick Whisper White base card measures 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Cut candles using thinlit from Window Box.  Cut 1/8″ x 1-1/2″ pieces of cardstock (2) Calypso Coral, (1) Daffodil Delight, (1) Soft Sky and (1) Bermuda Bay.  Add these pieces using SNAIL or multipurpose glue to back of card so colors show through on candles.  Cut (1) piece of Daffodil Delight 1/4″ x 2″ and attach behind flame.  Stamp sunrise in Daffodil Delight over candle flames.  Add sentiment in Bermuda Bay.  Add sequins with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ attached to card base with SNAIL.
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached over the Daffodil Delight layer with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ attach over the Bermuda Bay layer with SNAIL
  • Stamp sentiment in Bermuda Bay and add sequins with multipurpose glue.

So if you agree this bundle makes great 3-D projects and cards, don’t wait to see if it is carried over.  You can click the “Shop Now” star and order this bundle at my online store.  The bundle number is 144743, $50.25 AND you will be eligible for a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift…how sweet is that?

I’ll have even more samples from this bundle in the next few days…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…be HaPpY!



Live With Passion…

Would you say you have a creative passion in your life?  If you do, you are one lucky person…

Today’s card directs you to live with passion, laugh out loud and love deeply.  Three excellent ideas for a happy life.

Here’s today’s card…


Did those colors wake you up?  It was an experiment trying to get a loose sunset and position her to look like she’s kicking up water.  Whether I actually achieved that or not, I do like the end product.  This stamp set (Beautiful You) is just so versatile as is the High Tide set (birds).

This week, probably Friday but I’ll announce it on my facebook page as an event, I plan to show in a live video how I do these watercolor backgrounds…so stay tuned for that.  It has become a constant inquiry on this blog and it’s high time I just made time to show the steps and give some tips.


Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Natural White and Basic Black Cardstock, plus water color paper and Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and High Tide
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Strip Adhesive, Water Color Pencils, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst concentrated powder (Amazon)


  • The Natural White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The water color layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  This layer needs to be done at least a day prior to using it.  It should dry naturally.  Spritz water color paper with water and then spray your colors while it is wet.  If you want to move the color, spray more water.  Pick up the paper and let the color move around to create shades of different colors.  I try to limit myself to just three colors and let the water color paper and water do the magic.  You can also re-spritz and add more color or use a tissue to remove puddles.
  • Once your water color paper is dry, stamp the girl, sentiment and birds in Basic Archival Black.


  • Stamp the girl on a piece of DSP that would work for a dress pattern.  Fussy cut the dress and attach over stamped image with multipurpose glue.  I added some shading with a darker colored water color pencil to her dress and hat.  Also Calypso Coral was used lightly for skin tones.  Add adhesive strip to the back of this piece and attach over Basic Black layer.


  • Inside there is a layer of Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add a strip from the original water color paper at bottom with multipurpose glue.
  • You can see the birds were added to the envelope to coordinate with the card front.

This stamp set has seen a lot of ink.  Cards sent out using this stamp set have garnered praises from those who have received them…this one is a winner!

Lots of activity here at the studio…finishing 20+ baby shower invites, 25 swap cards for this weekend, planning classes for the following week and attending a stamping event in Nashville this weekend…not to mention a new project for each day in between.  Plenty of things to do and lots of new product to get it done with…heaven!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you might have learned something new or been inspired by what you’ve seen.  Thanks too for those of you who have shopped online with me!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


and it does.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



The World Goes Round…

First let me say I watched a video by Tanya DeRoy (see her blog here) from Australia and knew I had to make this “twirl” card using the Carousel Birthday stamp set.

Using her dimensions I created this birthday card that could easily be made into a Valentine or Anniversary card with a change of sentiment…you make my world go round.


The belly band dresses up the card front and hints at the inside…


When opened and set up as an easel card, the carousel pony twirls several times…


you can see the ferris wheel and circus tents in the background…


a side view gives you more details.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, and Early Espresso Cardstock, plus Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Carousel Birthday
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Thread, Circle Framelits, Gold Metallic Stars, Fine Tip Glue, Lots of Labels Framelits


  • Cut one piece of Calypso Coral CS 5″ x 10″, score at 5″
  • Cut one piece of Calypso Coral 5-1/2″, score at 5″ on long side.  Add Tear ‘n Tape to this 1/2″ score.
  • Here is how these two pieces attach:


  • You can see the center is a layer of Early Espresso 4-7/8″ square attached with SNAIL and the DSP layer is 4-3/4″ square attached over Early Espresso with snail.  This is the card front when closed.
  • To make the opening for the pony, add a layer of Very Vanilla 4-7/8″ square with SNAIL.  Add a layer of Early Espress over the Very Vanilla 4-3/4″ square with SNAIL.  Then add a layer of DSP 4-5/8″ square with just a touch of SNAIL  to hold it on top of Early Espresso.
  • Now using your Circle Framelit (2-7/8″) placed in center of  layered square, run through Big Shot.  Probably you will only remove the DSP and Early Espresso layers.  Replace framelit and run again.  You will probably just get the Very Vanilla layer.  Run again to cut the final layer.  Now remove the DSP layer and cut again with scalloped Circle Framelit that is just slightly bigger.  This will give you the dark Early Espresso showing.  Hold this DSP layer to the side.
  • Stamp pony on scrap Very Vanilla with Archival Basic Black.  Now stamp pony on window sheet and turn onto Very Vanilla and press to make an opposite image of the pony.  Color with Watercolor Pencils and blend with Blender Pen.  Fussy cut both ponies and lay them on silicon mat.  Cover with glue using Fine Tip Glue.  Let dry thoroughly.


  • Cut a piece of Gold Thread about 6-1/2″.  Cover the back of one of the ponies with multipurpose glue and lay Gold thread down center from top to bottom.  Add second pony on top with multipurpose glue.  Let dry.
  • Add Fast Fuse or Tear ‘n Tape to back of DSP square at top and bottom of circle.  Center pony inside opening and attach thread in adhesive at top and bottom.  Add SNAIL to add edges and around circle and place over the Early Espresso layer.
  • The other side of card looks like this…


  • For the center square add a layer of Very Vanilla 4-7/8″ square with SNAIL
  • Add a layer of Early Espresso 4-3/4″ square on top of Very Vanilla with SNAIL.
  • Add a layer of DSP 4-5/8″ square on top.  Stamp ferris wheel in Early Espresso slightly lower than center top to bottom and centered side to side.  Stamp ferris wheel on post it note and “fussy cut” for a mat.  Mat the wheel and stamp several tents in Archival Basic Black.  Remove mat.  Add Gold Metallic Stars to each cart on the wheel.
  • The easel holder is a layer of DSP 1-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ attached with SNAIL at the bottom of the last card square.  Stamp sentiment colored with markers on scrap Very Vanilla.  Trim and layer over Early Espresso slightly wider with SNAIL.  Tag ends and add to DSP layer with dimensionals.  Stamp swirls over sentiment in Early Espresso.
  • To make the belly band, cut a piece of Early Espresso CS 11″ x 1-1/2″.  Cut a (2) pieces of DSP 1-1/4″ x 6″.  Add to Early Espresso with SNAIL.  Stamp sentiment on scrap Very Vanilla using markers to color and cut with smallest Lots of Labels Framelit.  Cut the next size framelit from Early Espresso and layer with SNAIL.  Add this piece to center of band.  Fold around closed card and attach with SNAIL.
  • To set up pony to spin, turn in one direction as many times as you like and fold to next square to keep it from spinning, then close cover and add belly band.

Somebody is going to love receiving your card!  I know this seems like a lot of directions, but if you take it one panel at a time, you’ll be so happy with the result.  This was my first time making a card like this and I thoroughly enjoyed the process.

Hope your weekend is just what you need…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


not today.

Cause I’m inky…and HaPpY!




Jar o’ Succulents…

Why not put succulents in a jar?  These will look perfect without any water or sunshine…but will surely brighten someone’s special day!


Check out the envelope flap…


See?  The succulents really are inside the jar…and a close up of the Linen Thread Bow…


The Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper pulls all the colors together for you…


In this close up you can see the dimension of the jar and lid…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugar Plum and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugar Plum, Old Olive, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate and Tip Top Taupe
  • Stamps Oh So Succulent and Jar of Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Window Sheet, Everyday Jar Framelits, Strip Adhesive


  • The Tip Top Taupe base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Sweet Sugar Plum layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The checked DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 3″ attached to top of Sweet Sugar Plum layer with SNAIL
  • The flowered DSP is 3-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ attached to card front and overlapping checked layer with SNAIL
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White stamp jar lid and jar using Smoky Slate.  Cut out with coordinating framelits.  Use center of jar framelit to cut away inside jar.  Cut another jar from scrap Thick Whisper White with framelit.  Do not stamp this jar.  Cut another jar out of Window Sheet.
  • Glue Window Sheet jar to back of stamped jar with multipurpose glue.  Let dry.   Wrap Linen Thread three times around stamped jar and attach at back with glue dots.  Place Strip Adhesive around all back edges and set aside.
  • Add Strip adhesive to jar lid and attach to card front at an angle top left of card front.
  • Now let’s plant those succulents on the cut out jar that is not stamped…yet.  I stamped three plants one Rich Razzleberry, and two Mint Macaron and Old Olive and cut these three out with coordinating framelits.  On the jar itself stamps one large Rich Razzleberry plant bottom right, one Tip Top Taupe in bottom left and the spikey plant above.  With dimensionals add the cut out plants and place them where you like them.  Remove protective paper from edges of stamped jar and place over the jar with the stamped plants.  How cute is that?
  • Add the jar ‘o succulents to the card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The sentiment was stamped in Rich Razzleberry and hand cut with snips.  Use SNAIL to add to card front.
  • For the Linen Bow you can create your own or check my video on YouTube here.
  • Inside there is a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ layer of Sweet Sugar Plum with a Whisper White layer 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ on top.  I stamped one Rich Razzleberry plant in lower right corner.
  • On the envelope a layer of DSP was added with SNAIL to the flap to coordinate with card front.

While making this card I decided to make a real jar of succulents using the stamp set and framelits.  I’ll show you that in the next few days.  It needs a little more work yet.

So are all of you enjoying Sale-A-Bration and the free goodies?  I’d love to know what your favorite FREE set or product is…

How your day has been awesome.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


move it.

Be HaPpY…get those fingers inky!



Thank You Peeps…

When I deliver orders to my “peeps”, there is always a little thank you tucked inside the bag.  Always something different and always made from the heart to let them know how much I appreciate their support of this job I love so much.

Today’s post is a note card using the Tie Dyed and Custom Tee stamp sets…


Those tie dyed shirts just make me giddy!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecards and Pool Party  and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Smoky Slate and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Tie Dyed, Custom Tee
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Tee Thinlits, wet wipes to make ink well for tie dyeing


  • Cut the Pool Party CS 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ and attach to front of 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard with SNAIL
  • Cut the top Whisper White layer 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamp sentiment at bottom with Early Espresso and attach to Pool Party layer with SNAIL
  • Stamp Tee Shirt on scrap of Whisper White with Smoky Slate and cut with coordinating thinlit.
  • Stamp collar on scrap on scrap of Whisper White with Calypso Coral and cut with coordinating thinlit.
  • In one side of an empty stamp container place two wet wipes folded in half.  Add several drops of Daffodil Delight reinker to wet wipes, then Pool Party and last Calypso Coral.  Tap the stamp up and down in the same spot on the wet wipe to keep your colors “true”, then stamp front of Tee Shirt.  Add “vintage” stamp to Tee Shirt with Early Espresso and glue collar to top.  Add Tee Shirt at an angle to card front with dimensionals.

Here’s what your wet wipe station should look like…


Had you used the wet wipe technique before?  It works perfectly for these tie dyed stamps.

There are so many ideas for these two sets…I’m sure you will be seeing them in the coming days.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Keep yourself inky…you’ll be HaPpY!




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!





Dazzling Dragonfly…

Before talking about today’s post, I want to thank all of you for stopping by yesterday and giving me the biggest response on my blog to date!  What an awesome day…  It may have been the 19 second video on my Rambling Rose Studio facebook page that caused the big numbers.  If you do facebook, I would love you to take a look at this page and “like” it.  I’m trying to reach 1,000 likes and I am REALLY close…

Today’s post will highlight the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle on page 26 of the new Occasions Catalog that went “live” yesterday.

Here’s a close up of the dragonfly…


How gorgeous is she?  It has to be a girl cause she’s covered in gold and Dazzling Diamonds…

We haven’t had any sun lately and when photographing I’d rather use natural light, so my attempts at lighting and trying to catch the shimmer of this dragonfly weren’t even close to how sparkly she really is.


and a little different angle…


Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Mint Macaron, Dapper Denim, Vellum and Whisper White Cardstock, plus Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Mint Macaron, Dapper Denim, Archival Basic Black, Emerald Envy and VersaMark Ink
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams, Gorgeous Grunge (splat)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits  Dies, Gold Baker’s Twine, Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Wink of Stella, Dazzling Diamonds


  • The Mint Macaron base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Dapper Denim layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The water color layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.
  • Using a size “E” acrylic block and Mint Macaron ink pad, ink up one side of block.  Spritz lightly with water and place on top of water color paper.  Give it a couple of seconds to soak into the paper and remove block.  Let dry or use heat gun.  Using the Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp and Dapper Denim ink pad, stamp two or three splats diagonally.  Using Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim ink, stamp larger spots over background.
  • Using Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp and VersaMark ink, stamp over background.  Stamp sentiment in VersaMark.   Sprinkle all with Gold Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Place a blob of multipurpose glue on the paper where you want to start your Gold Baker’s Twine (or you could substitute Gold Metallic Thread) and start making loops going over the glue blob to keep everything placed.
  • Cut one Gold Foil dragonfly.  Stamp one dragonfly in Archival Basic Black on Vellum Cardstock and cut with coordinating thinlet.  Add a line of multipurpose glue down the center of the Gold Foil dragonfly and place the Vellum dragonfly on top.  Add a strip of adhesive on the underside of the Gold Foil dragonfly.  Brush Clear Wink of Stella over the wings and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  Isn’t she beautiful?  Add to water color paper card front over Baker’s Twine loops.
  • Add water color layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside I have a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Dapper Denim with a 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of Whisper White on top.  The bottom of the top layer has the larger dots in Emerald Envy.

So yesterday SU! had an equipment failure right in the middle of launching the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration.  I can only imagine the “hustle” to get the system up and running…but they did and I bet the orders were almost enough to crash the system again.  This new catalog is awesome.

Let me know if you need a catalog and I’ll be happy to send them to you.  If you need to place an order, feel free (and make my day!) to order by clicking on the “shop now” star in the right column of this blog site.

We are supposed to get snow to and tomorrow and I sure hope we do…I had to stop at the grocery store and I swear everybody and their mother was there…seriously!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’ll be HaPpY all year cause I’ll be inky!



Cloud Nine Birthday…

This interactive birthday card was just a hoot to put together.  Even though I knew what it was supposed to do, I still squealed when it actually worked…

Here’s the card front…


How much fun are these hot air balloons?  When you slip off the belly band, you get this…


How much fun is that?  Of course, the Carried Away Designer Series Paper was awesome to work with.  This was my first twist/pop card so it took me about an hour to make.  I do think it would go much faster next time I make one.  You can watch videos on YouTube if you need that type of visual, but I will give you all the “digits” today and hope you’ll give it a try.  I would do a video for you, but I’m really behind from being gone a week and with the start of Sale-A-Bration and the new Occasions Catalog today I’m feeling like…eeeeekkkkk!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…


  • Paper:  Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White and Calypso Coral Cardstock, plus Carried Away Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Lift Me Up
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Up & Away Thinlets Dies


  • The Mint Macaron base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The DSP layer on the front cover is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the card base cut two DSP layers 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach with multipurpose glue to inside top and bottom.
  • For the belly band cut DSP 1-1/2″ x 13″.  Wrap around folded card and attach with SNAIL where the band overlaps.  With Thinlet Dies cut different colors for hot air balloon to match your DSP and one hot air balloon…mine is Night of Navy.  Sponge back of hot air balloon with multipurpose glue and arrange different colors over glue.  Glue balloon at an angle to belly band and set this piece aside.
  • Stamp front cover sentiment on scrap Whisper White and hand cut cloud shape.  Attach to lower right corner of card front with multipurpose glue.  Cut clouds and one of smallest balloons and attach to top of card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Let’s make the twist/pop mechanism.  Cut a piece of Mint Macaron CS 8″ x 3-1/2″.  Score at the short end at 1-3/4″ down the center.  With a pencil on the long end, mark at 2-1/4″ and 5-3/4″, turn to the other long end side and make the same marks.  Line up on score board one top mark and the opposite side bottom mark and score.  Do the same with the other side.  You have created an “x” pattern.  Fold the center fold in “mountain” fold.  Lay piece flat and fold each side of the “x” score lines toward you and burnish.  Be sure to burnish all these score lines really well.  Push the center folds to the center so that your piece looks like this…





  • Burnish well.
  • Lay your card base flat with inside showing.  Lay a ruler across your card so that you can see the center point.  You can mark that with an “x” because this will be covered anyway.  Add Tear ‘n Tape to both sides of triangle.  Remove protective paper from one side and align your twist/pop piece just below center point you marked and attach.  Now remove protective paper from other side and close your card.  Burnish front and back while closed.  Now open you card and you can see how this piece works.


  • Now let’s make the piece where your art will be.  Cut a piece of Mint Macaron 10″ x 3-1/2″.  Score on long side at 2-1/2″, 5″ and 7-1/2″.  Make the center score a “mountain” fold and the other two “valley” folds.


  • Lay your card flat and center this piece over the twist/pop piece.  Fold back the right panel.  See the rectangle in the twist/pop piece at the top?  Mark with and “x”.  Now fold back the left panel and mark the rectangle at the bottom with an “x”.  Add Tear ‘n Tape to these two rectangles.  Center your art piece panel over the twist/pop piece.  Hold in center and remove protective paper on the right and attach.  Repeat on the left.  Fold your card and burnish well.  Open it…Ta-Da!
  • Now all you do to finish is decorate your four panels and add pieces for writing your message.  I used a piece of DSP for my panels 3-3/8″ x 2-3/8.  At the bottom the Calypso Coral is 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ and the Whisper White is 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″.
  • Close your card and slip on the Belly Band.  Alright, take it off and watch it open again…and again…etc!  It’s really cool isn’t it?

If you have read all these directions and not just skipped to the “B-ism”, then I know you can do this card.  Take it one step at a time and enjoy the creative process.  You will be so proud of yourself.  There will be more posts with this technique and I will seriously try to get a video done…maybe “live”!  Wouldn’t that be fun.  But, if you want to watch a video on YouTube, search twist/pop card.

Woke up to no TV’s working…drives me nuts.  Not that I watch them past the news in the morning, but I like the noise in the background.  Try calling your service sometime…it’s an international experience!  If you need a catalog…let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  It is an exciting day at Stampin’ Up! as the new spring catalog is released today and it’s also the start of Sale-A-Bration where you can earn FREE product…YAY!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


what I need after that call that lasted 90 minutes…and they still don’t work.

But I can always get my fingers inky and Be HaPpY!


Beautiful You…

Today’s post was inspired by Buffy Cooper…thanks Buffy!  And I have to tell you this stamp set, Beautiful You, in the Occasions Catalog that goes “live” tomorrow is awesome…if you like/love it, you should order it now because I can definitely see this one selling out…just sayin’.


and a peek inside…


Notice the coordinating envelope?  And the sponging on the background of the designer series paper?  She looks like she’s dancing in a dream…love!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla Cardstock, plus Falling in Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Lace Doilies, Falling in Love Embellishments, Lace Trim


  • The Sahara Sand base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Blushing Bride layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using a doily and a sponge with Sahara Sand ink pad, sponge over the doily making a light pattern in the background.
  • Finish sponging the whole doily with Sahara Sand ink and then cut in half and then cut one half into quarters.  Attach the quarters to the top right and left bottom corners with multipurpose glue (you can sponge a light coat on the back by placing a small amount on your silicon mat)
  • Add image and sentiment with Archival Basic Black ink.  Glue this layer to the Blushing Bride layer with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the lace 16″.  Wrap at bottom of the two layers and pull each end through the embellishments until it’s snug.  Add a glue dot under embellishments and maybe each end of the lace.  Add this piece to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Using the SU! water color pencils, color hat Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso for shading, the dress Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo for shading and her arms and legs a light shade of Calypso Coral.  Blend with Blender Pen, Aqua Painter or small round brush and water.
  • Inside the Blushing Bride layer is 3-3/8 x 4-3/8 and the Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add the other half of the doily you sponged with Sahara Sand with a sponge and a small amount of multipurpose glue on your silicon mat.  Works like a charm.
  • Sponge a Very Vanilla envelope with a doily and Sahara Sand ink pad.

We are having unusually warm weather for January (mid 60s today) and just south of us tornados are happening.  The weather has really been strange this past year…

If you would like to buy the supplies to make this card, I’d really appreciate your shopping in my store by clicking on the “shop now” star in the right column.

Tomorrow is a BIG day with the Occasions Catalog going “live” and the free products in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Yippee!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


and a lot of them.

Stay inky and Be HaPpY!