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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!


Winter Adventure…

There are several January birthdays on my calendar to celebrate…

Today the stamp set Always an Adventure and coordinating framelits Outdoor Adventure were put to use to create a winter scene that will work perfectly for those winter birthdays…


and a peek inside…


This really could work as a non-gender card.  And this stamp set is in the Annual SU! catalog on page 64…did you miss it?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate and Emerald Envy Cardstock, plus Carried Away Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Always an Adventure and Beautiful You (sentiment) from Occasions Catalog
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Outdoor Adventures Framelits, Stitched Framelit Circles, Wink of Stella and Dazzling Diamonds


  • The Thick Whisper White card base is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The background DSP is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The “sun” is the largest Stitched Circle Framelit attached to card front slightly left of center with SNAIL
  • Cut mountain range from Smoky Slate with framelit.  Trim at the bottom once you know where you want the peaks to be.  Add to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut snow caps for mountains by placing just the tips of the mountain range framelit over a scrap of Whisper White.  Trim bottom edge of snow cap then attach to mountain with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the  row of trees from Mint Macaron.  Trim the bottom once you know where you want the tree trops to be.  Add to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White CS 5-3/8″ x 2-1/4″.  Hand cut the slope horizontally.  Use one piece in front of the other and add to card front with SNAIL.  Add Clear Wink of Stella to top edge and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Cut three Emerald Envy trees with individual framelits.  Add two with multipurpose glue and one with a dimensional.

Since this is my first post of 2017 (I don’t post on Sundays), I have to ask…Did you make any New Years Resolutions?  Seriously…I don’t.  What I do is adopt a word for the year.  And this year there are actually two words…”Be Brilliant!”

If you were going to adopt a word for 2017, what would it be?  Leave me a comment and share your “2017 Word”.  I will pick one person for a personal gift from me to be announced on Friday.  This will be an honest random pick…maybe I’ll let Sweetums pick!

Hope your day is marvelous.  Remember the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration starts Wednesday!  If you need a catalog, let me know.  If you want to shop, you can click on the “shop now” star in the right column of this blog.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Stay inky…be HaPpY!


Carousel Birthday…

The post shown today is not what was planned at all.  What was planned was another hot air balloon card using the coordinating designer series paper that just arrived.

But walking in the studio a package of Lace Doilies was lying on the table with the Carousel Birthday stamp set and WHAM! an idea jumped inside my head.  There was no going back…

So here’s today’s post…


You see it?  How cute is that?  And I have to tell you this paper stack called Cupcakes and Carousels is some of the best I’ve seen from SU!  The color combos and designs on this paper are awesome.

Here’s a peek inside…


The sentiments and fonts are perfect for this set.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla and Bermuda Bay Cardstock, plus Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Carousel Birthday
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Metallic Enamel Shapes (annual catalog), Baker’s Twine Trio Pack (Holiday Catalog), Lace Doilies (Occasions Catalog), Scalloped Circles Framelits


  • The Very Vanilla base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Bermuda Bay layer with SNAIL.  Stamp carousel in Early Espresso slightly off center at top.
  • Cut Scalloped Bermuda Bay circle and stamp carousel in Early Espresso.  The stand of the carousel doesn’t all fit at the bottom, but that’s ok because you have the stand already on the card front.  Attach this scalloped circle to card front with dimensionals aligning at the bottom with previously stamped carousel.
  • Cut away the outside layer of the doily and attach with dots of multipurpose glue over the Bermuda Bay scalloped circle.
  • Stamp the carousel again on scrap Bermuda Bay.  “Fussy Cut” the cupcakes and attach over doily with dimensionals.  Add gold enamel dots on the cupcakes.  Punch out the center of the last carousel you stamped and attach at center with dimensional.  Love it!
  • Now cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 1-3/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp sentiment slightly to the right.  Attach to Bermuda Bay piece with SNAIL.  Add Gold Baker’s Twine several times around this piece to the right.  Make a bow with several loops and tie in center.  Add to card front with glue dots.  Add entire piece to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside the Bermuda Bay layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a Very Vanilla layer over that 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Add a strip of DSP at bottom.  Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso.
  • The envelope was lined with a coordinating pattern from the same paper stack.

Whew!  Now that idea is a reality, I’ll make that hot air balloon card for you.

Hope your weekend is spent doing whatever makes you happy.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


deep breath…enjoy!

Take time to get those fingers inky and … Be HaPpY!


Masculine Birthday Feathers…

This stamp set has been in the studio maybe a month…with NO ink being applied!  What’s up with that?  I love feathers and need more masculine cards in my stash.

So today even though the Christmas Market is still very much on my mind, this card finally saw ink today…


Did those colors wake you up?

Here’s the inside peek…


There are a few more ideas for this set coming up…it’s really a three-step set so you know I’ve got to give that a try.

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


  • Paper:  Water Color Paper, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Soft Suede Cardstock
  • Ink:  White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Feather Together and Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, White Embossing Powder, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon)


  • The Soft Suede base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Crumb Cake horizontal layer is 5-3/8″ x 2-5/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The Water Color layer is 5-1/4″ x 2-1/2″.  I used a big piece of water color paper and spritzed it with water then sprayed the color burst using Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson and Violet.  I let the colors blend and the water color paper do its job.  Sometimes I re-spritz with water and sometimes I use a Kleenex to take water away.  Just remember it will dry lighter.  I left this sheet overnight and cut the 5-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ piece the next day.  But now I have a big sheet of these big bold colors to work with left over.  Can you say dragon fly?  Attach this piece on top of the Crumb Cake piece with multipurpose glue.
  • Rub Stamping Buddy over cardstock where sentiment will be stamped so you will get a nice clean image.  Stamp sentiment in Craft White Ink and sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Inside the Crumb Cake layer is 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.  The small band of water colored paper is 5-1/4″ x 1/4″

There’s another idea rolling around in my head that includes these feathers with those cowboy boots…that’s going to happen!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Remember you can shop 24/7 by clicking the “Shop Now” star in the column to the right.  It’s always much appreciated and acknowledged personally.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



If you are inky…you’ll always be HaPpY!




Birthday Boots….

This is a BIG birthday month for me with several masculine birthdays.  So today’s post is for Sweetums’ brother (he doesn’t read my blog) whose birthday is coming up next week while I’ll be away…


I love this card and especially these old boots!  While I was working with this card, several other ideas popped up.  When that happens, I don’t trust myself to remember so I stop and sketch it.  I’m pretty sure you will see more of these boots.  And that old truck in this set is one of my favorites!

Here’s a peek inside…


A little something, something inside to coordinate with the card front and the envelope too!  Hallmark eat your heart out!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Country Livin’, Gorgeous Grunge (splats), Live, Love, Grow (plants)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Seasonal Decorative Masks, Neutral Candy Dots, 1″ Square Punch, Aqua Painter


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Early Espresso layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The Soft Suede layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached to Early Espresso layer with multipurpose glue
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Using a sponge and Soft Sky ink with the Seasonal Decorative Mask add color just to the side where the boots will be placed.  Add splats with Early Espresso.  Add grass in Pear Pizazz and Old Olive for second layer.  Attach this layer to Early Espresso layer with multipurpose glue
  • On a scrap of water color paper stamp boots with Archival Black Ink.  Using your ink pad lid as a palatte and an Aqua Painter add Crumb Cake to boots and shade with Soft Suede.  “Fussy Cut” and add double dimensionals to back.  Place over grass.
  • Stamp three desert plants in Pear Pizazz and Old Olive and “fussy cut”.  Add two larger plants inside boots with one dimensional.  Add smaller plant in center with double dimensionals.
  • Loop Linen Thread several times around two fingers.  Cut a small piece and wrap several times around loop and tie in knot.  Add to card front with glue dot.
  • Punch a 1″ square and cut in half.  Add to two top corners with multipurpose glue.  Add Early Espresso Candy Dot

I know there is fussy cutting, but seriously, this is a really nice looking masculine card.  Maybe make several for your stash…I sure plan to!

Two days and counting to OnStage Atlanta!  I’m so excited to share this experience with three of my team.  They have no idea what they have in store for them!

Did you see the new product announced by Stampin’ Up! today?  No?  Check my facebook page @Rambling Rose Studio.  Oh my goodness…I have been hoping for these stitched framelits.  Mine are already ordered!


And Discounts on these current products just for the month of November…


Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


If you are inky…you are HaPpY!


Snowy Vintage Truck…

Masculine cards are a challenge…sometimes.  Whenever one is found with a different, interesting look to it…I have to make it.  Today’s post was taken from a video on youtube by Frances Martin…you can see it here.  She had learned the technique from someone on her team.  I just love hearing her talk…

Here’s today’s rusty old truck (I love trucks!) in a faux sepia tone complete with snow!


Do you find the “look” interesting?  And it’s really not hard at all to do…however, this one was made for a golfing buddy for Sweetums and he ended up not being able to give it to him because the White Craft Ink didn’t dry in time…just a heads up if you plan on making this one for someone special…Plan ahead!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake Cardstock.
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Basic Black and Craft White
  • Stamps:  Country Livin’, Thoughtful Branches and Fresh Fruit (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Gel Pen, Small round paint brush, toothpick and Aqua Painter


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″
  • The Soft Suede layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Stamp truck on post it note and “fussy cut” to create a mask.  Stamp truck on Crumb Cake in Basic Black and paint with Soft Suede ink from ink pad lid and an Aqua Painter.  Use Early Espresso for wood trim, box and wheel wells.  Cover with mask.  Stamp trees in Early Espresso across entire layer.  Using small paint brush and White Craft Ink inside ink pad lid, paint snow in foreground.  Here’s where I went wrong, I used the end of my paint brush to add snow to trees and truck.  In Frenchie’s video she used a toothpick.  I bet her card was dry long before mine.  Stamp sentiment in lower right corner with Early Espresso.  Let dry overnight to be sure you don’t smudge your snow.  I used a White Gel Pen to add falling snow slanted in one direction emulating blowing in the wind.  If you like it, add that too.
  • Add this layer to card front with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Inside there is a Soft Suede layer 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Whisper White layer on top 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.

I’m going to be looking for ways to use this technique again…I like it!

So all the news today is about the hurricane “Matthew”.  Hope everyone has been cautious and evacuated to safer places.  Of course, my son and family live in St. Petersburg, but they are expecting wind and rain only.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


we all see it.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY like me!


Fruit Stand Birthday…

This Designer Series Paper didn’t appeal to be right away.  It’s so hard to evaluate DSP by looking in the catalog, but several projects on Pinterest caught me eye so next thing I know Mr. Brown brings me a package of Fruit Stand DSP…

Several projects have come from that package each one better than the next.  Today’s post is a favorite…


See?  Was I right?  It’s just cute, perky and HaPpY…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper, Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black and Flirty Flamingo
  • Stamps:  Fresh Fruit
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Blushing Bride Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Circle Framelit, Project Life Corner Rounder, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″.  Round all corners with Project Life Corner Rounder.
  • The top Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.  Round all corners.  Run through Big Shot with Large Polka Dot EF.  Attach to card front with adhesive…I used multipurpose glue.
  • The first DSP layer is 5-1/4″ x 2-1/4″.  Round all corners and attach to card front top with adhesive.
  • The half circle was made with the second largest circle in the framelit set and attached to card front with adhesive.
  • The sentiment layer is 1-5/8″ x 3-1/4″, round bottom corners.  Stamp sentiment and run through Big Shot with Large Polka Dot EF.  Attach to card front with adhesive.
  • Cut a 6″ piece of seam binding, fold so ends are not even and glue to card front where you want your bow.  Place a dimensional where your bow will be placed and loop several times with Linen Thread then attach to dimensional.  Loop seam binding several times making each loop a little larger til you have three loops each side.  Pinch and tie in center with Linen Thread and add over dimensional with glue dots.  Trim ends if you have to…I like mine kind of wild and uneven.
  • Inside there is a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White layer with just the bottom third embossed.  Add to card with adhesive.  Cut two strips of DSP and add to left side with adhesive.
  • You could also use the DSP to the envelope flap or make a liner for the envelope.

I admit this card just make me HaPpY!

Hope you are having a wonderful day and you found something here to inspire you in your creations…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!