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Merry Quilted…

These little pizza sized boxes are awesome!  They are so easy to decorate and the inside is coated perfectly for Christmas treats.

Just couldn’t resist making one with the Christmas Quilt suite…

The green sprigs and miniature ornament fit perfectly!

And inside are 3″ x 3″ note cards with envelopes.

The inside lid seemed the best place to add a holiday message.  I can see a lot of these in my future…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you in case you see these little gift boxes in your future too…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Quilted Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Real Red
  • Stamps:  Christmas Quilt
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Mini Ornaments, Green Springs and Quilt Builder Framelit Dies, Linen Thread, hot glue and Mini Pizza Boxes


  • The lid top and inside the lid first layer of DSP is 3-3/8″ square and attached with SNAIL.
  • The second layer of DSP on the top lide is 3-1/4″ square.
  • The red star is cut with the framelit from the DSP and attached to the lid with dimensionals.
  • The green sprig was trimmed flat on the underneath side to be able to lie flat and attached with hot glue.
  • Tie a bow of Linen Thread around the top of the ornament and add to lid with hot glue.
  • The second Thick Whisper White layer on the inside lid is 2-5/8″ square.  Stamp message in Archival Basic Black before running through Big Shot in the Quilted EF then attach with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp four flowers in Real Red and Archival Basic Black.  Cut with framelit and add one to top left corner inside lid.
  • Cut three 3″ x 6″ pieces of Thick Whisper White, score, fold and burnish at 3″.
  • Cut three 2-7/8″ square pieces of Thick Whisper White.  Run through Big Shot with EF.  Attach to note card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut three Thick Whisper White stars with framelit and add to front of note cards with multipurpose glue.
  • Add one red flower to top of each note card with dimensionals.
  • Cut four pieces of DSP 3/4″ x 3-3/8″.  Attach to sides of box bottom and back of top lid since the flaps on the box top fold inside the box.

These would be great to make at a class that was product specific.

We are enjoying the rain again today (we really needed rain) and cool temperatures.  It seems to make both furbabies sleepy…all they do is nap!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

a good reminder with all the name calling these days.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



Birthday Pop Up…

Sweetums birthday is coming in a couple of weeks so when I found Gemma Clarke’s video on how she made a pop up card, well…you know I had to give this a try.  And I can’t wait for him to open it either!

It looks not suspicious at all does it?  Just a little box with a surprise in it.

Once you pull the handle and slide the box top off, this box pops right out of the tray.  On three sides it spells out his name and the hot air balloon coordinates with the box cover.

a little close up.

You can watch the box in action by clicking on this file popupbox.

Now, seriously, how does someone ever come up with an idea like this?  For me I watched a youtube video by Gemma Clarke (  and it was awesome.  I drew diagrams and took notes and no one was more surprised than me when it worked!  It was another one of those HaPpY dancing days.  Here’s what my notes looked like…

It would only make sense if you had seen the video…which is why I’m giving you the link to Gemma’s video here.

Here’s the Stuff…(Gemma’s got the Digits)


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Cardstock, plus Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Real Red, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Life Me Up, Birthday Banners
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Up & Away Thinlets Dies, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit, Metallic Shapes

Making this project was an adventure and it’s just so much fun learning something new.  Thank you Gemma for your inspiration!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

keep that in mind while you make this project…

I’m inky and HaPpY!




Foxy Gift Box…

I may have mentioned a time or two we are expecting a new baby in our family…Well, maybe I’ve mentioned it more than that but we are excited to meet this little guy next month.  My first great-grandchild is due March 20th.

Naturally I shared the Woodland themed shower invitations and today I’d like to share a gift box in the same theme made with the Window Box Bundle……….

The new Window Box Bundle is so versatile.  Recently I showed you a gift box that looked like this…

and last Friday I shared this box made into a tea light…

and today’s box looks like this…

Made with a woodland them for my g’daughters shower.  How different are these three boxes, right?

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


  • Paper:  Smokey Slate, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White Cardstock, plus A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Foxy Friends
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments: Window Box Thinlits Dies, Stitched Square Framelits, White Thick Baker’s Twine


  • Cut two box sides from Smokey Slate CS.  Trim sides tabs from one box side only.  Turn the two box sides opposite each other (one top up and one top down).  Glue side tab of one box side to the side where you trimmed away a tab.
  • Burnish all score lines and begin gluing with multipurpose glue each tab in place.  Do not glue tabs of one box top so that you can open your box.
  • Cut three Calypso Coral and three Pool Party squares with Stitched Framelit gluing around the box sides.  Cut three DSP patterns and another three different patterns with the next smaller Stitched Square Framelit and glue over solid cardstock square around box.

  • Cut two box tops from DSP using the box framelit and glue to top of box inside and out.  The flags were “fussy cut” from DSP and glued to inside of box top.
  • Stamp fox on Whisper White CS with Calypso Coral.  I fussy cut the fox and then cut the head  away from the body.  The body was glued to top of box and the head was placed with dimensionals.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and heart in Calypso Coral then cut with framelit.  Attach to fox with White Thick Baker’s Twine
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on a scrap of Thick Whisper White CS.  Cut this piece with sentiment 5/8″ x 4-1/4″.  Score each side of sentiment and again 1/8″ from first score so that you can make this piece stand up using dimensionals.  Tag ends with snips.
  • The flags were “fussy cut” from DSP and glued behind sentiment.

I have no idea what will go into this box, but I know my g’daughter will love it.

Tomorrow I’ll share the thank you note cards made to coordinate with the woodland theme…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!





Little Things…

Little things that come in small packages sometimes contain big surprises.  Today I’ll show you a small box that is not only pretty, but has room to spare for a BIG surprise…


Can’t you just imagine an engagement ring in there?


or a necklace or bracelet for Valentines?


this framelit set can cut more than succulents…


and the Stitched Squares Framelits (next to smallest one) fits the sides just right!

This box took me 30 minutes to make using four different framelit sets and I’m over the moon about giving it away.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pear Pizazz and Watermelon Wonder Cardstock

Ink:  Craft Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder

Stamps:  Window Shopping

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Rose Garden Thinlits, Succulent Framelits, Window Box Thinlits, Stitched Square Framelits, White Embossing Powder and Sponge Dauber


  • Cut two Window Boxes (it will take most all of a single sheet of cardstock).  Cut both side tabs off one.
  • Cut design in top of one.  This will be the top of your box.  Cut two sides with heart design  (be sure the design is right side up).  Still working on just the top of the box, cut just the six sided part of the box top from Watermelon Wonder and trim just inside score lines.  Add underneath box top with multipurpose glue.  Burnish all score lines on this top piece with your bone folder and set aside.
  • Working with what will be the bottom of the box, cut side design in center panel (be sure the design is right side up).  Cut six Watermelon Wonder squares with next to smallest Stitched Framelit Die.  Add one behind each panel that has been cut with design using multipurpose glue.  With the other three squares, stamp design in Craft Whisper White Ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Add these panels to the outside of your box on the three panels that were not cut with a design.
  • Glue together with multipurpose glue or Tear ‘n Tape starting with the side taps of each box.  Then the tabs that will attach the top and bottom together.
  • Now let’s make that flower for the top.  Cut one of each size succulent in Thick Whisper White.  Using Sponge Dauber, add Watermelon Wonder to the tips of each petal on each piece.  Use a small circle of multipurpose glue in the centers of each layer to put together.  Now cut just the leaves from the Rose Garden Thinlits twice.  Trim if necessary and add to bottom of flower with multipurpose glue and to box top with hot glue.
  • I also cut just the six-sided piece in Watermelon Wonder, trimmed and added to the bottom of the box … makes it even sturdier.
  • Inside the box top would be a wonderful place to add a sentiment or banner with a sentiment.

I can tell you there are many more box ideas in my future…so if you like this set as much as I do…stay tuned!

Today is Friday and that is “date night” at my house.  We plan a dinner out and a movie.  315 channels and nothing to watch on TV!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


be proud.

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!



Love in a Box…

Yesterday a roomful of stamping peeps were treated with these Valentine “love” boxes filled with sweet treats and given with lots of love…




Just a little something to let them know how much I appreciate their friendship and the opportunity to share with them this paper art, stamping obsession I have.

These 4″ x 4″ boxes with the clear slip on cover are the perfect size to fill with sweet treats packed in a cellophane bag, both items are offered in the annual Stampin’ Up! catalog.

The Designer Series Paper is the Sending Love Paper Stack on pg 15 of the new Occasions Catalog cut 2″ x 6″ (it takes two pieces to wrap the box).  The sweet treats were packages inside cello bags offered in the Annual Catalog.  Slip on the clear box cover and tie your bow on top.

Here I’ve used several different SU! Ribbons from my stash and added the tag made with the Scalloped and Stitched Circle Framelits Dies.

The Sentiment was stamped with the Sealed with Love Stamp Set on page 15 of the Occasions Catalog including the “kiss”. I used Real Red and Blushing Bride ink and tied it on with Linen Thread.

Today I am in Florida with “the Littles”.  Woke them up this morning (they were asleep when I arrived last night) to take them to school.  We made a deal for after school this afternoon.  They made promises of things they would do and I promised to take them for ice cream.  Mom moms are allowed to do that!

The weather here is amazing.  In fact I told the kids I was going swimmming today.

Hope you are having an awesome day…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


You’re welcome.

Inky fingers = HaPpY!


Where’s My Purse?

Let me just say…I watched Sacha Van der Kerkhof’s video (here) and had to give these cute purses a try.  Remember that craft show I entered?  Well, it is looming and these purses seemed a good fit for the market traffic I expect to be there.


Cute or what?

Here’s a close up of the plaids…


These were all made with the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack.


And these were made with the Candy Cane Lane DSP.  Each little purse has a coordinating card inside for that special message.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White and color cardstock of your choice and Designer Series Paper of your choice
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Holly Berry Happiness, Christmas Magic (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Iced Rhinestones, Holly Berry Builder Punch, Layered Ovals Framelits, Layered Squares Framelits, Bail ‘n Chain (Hobby Lobby), Tags & Labels Framelits


First we need to make the box/bag inside.  Cut your cardstock 2-3/4″ x 6-1/4″.  On the short side score at 3/4″.  On the long side score at 2″, 3″, 5″ and 6″.  Score at 2-1/2″ down one inch and the same at 5-1/2″.  With a straight edge lined up from bottom of 1″ score to 3/4″ score to corner at 2″ then again at opposite corner at 3″ score.  Make the same two score lines between 5″ and 6″ score lines.


Trim taps like this…


Add Tear Tape on right side to 1/4″ score and underneath one of the larger flaps.


Fold and attach at side.  Fold all bottom flaps inside box and attach with the tear tape flap.  Pinch sides to make box/bag for inside.


  • Now that you’ve made one…you can see how simple it really is.  Now let’s get that cute purse made…
  • Cut two of the largest ovals from cardstock.  Cut two of the next size of the Layered Ovals from your DSP.  Cut two small ovals from cardstock and two next smallest ovals from DSP.  Cut two strips 7″ x 3/8″ from cardstock.
  • Glue cardstock and DSP ovals together with Multipurpose Glue.  Add glue to one side of box/bag and press one glued oval to it making sure it is centered and not sticking out at the bottom.  Glue the second large oval to the opposite side.
  • Curl your small oval with bone folder to soften the fibers, fold in half and crease.  Add glue to 1/2 of cardstock side and place at top center of one oval to overlap to second oval.  Add Velcro button to close purse and Rhinestone to top of closure.
  • Place a piece of Tear Tape on same side, each end of handles.  Curl slightly with bone folder.  Attach to each end of same oval.  Repeat for other oval.  We have a purse!
  • Now for the tag…I used a framelit from Tags and Labels  Framelits.  If you were going to make a tag, this one measures 1″ x 1-1/2″.  Punch a hole for chain.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.  Stamp, punch and glue holly and berries.  Add to purse handle with chain.  (I had to shorten mine considerably for it to look right.
  • Inside I used a 1-3/4″ square framelit for the back and 1-1/2″ square for Whisper White.  Glue together.  Add a small strip of coordinating cardstock at bottom.

Could you imagine money in here?…or an engagement ring?  Or special earrings?  Girl…I can imagine lots of great things inside this tiny purse!  How about a note “We are going on a cruise!”  Hahahaha…I do have an imagination!

Sure hope these will prove me right and be a good seller at the craft show.

For all of you who are faithful readers…Saturday (which is normally not a big blog reading day) was my biggest day ever!  And I almost didn’t post those calendar pages because I wasn’t sure you would enjoy them.  Boy!  was I ever wrong.  Not only that, but many asked to see the rest of the pages too.  I am in the process of rearranging my posting schedule to include the rest of the calendar pages one day a week for the next three weeks.  Hope you enjoy…

We had a kit class at the studio today…and it was a hit!  So much so we are planning another one next month.  It’s just fun to be together getting our craft on…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Stay inky…stay HaPpY!



Halloween Treats…

We talked about this month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit the other day (Saturday, I think) and I promised to show you how I used my kit…


The measurements for the box were on Pinterest, and then I watched several videos…and then just went for it.  The first box got thrown away, but this one I like.

The most important thing is to get your measurements right and it almost puts itself together.  So I’ve cut the box out of copy paper (because score marks on Basic Black are hard to see) and taken a photo after all the trimming is done…

  • Here are the beginning measurements:  Cut your cardstock 4″ x 11″.
  • On the long side score at 1/2″, 1-3/4″, 4-1/4″, 5-1/2″.
  • On the short side score at 1-1/4″ and 2-3/4″.
  • Turn back to the long side and at the 8″ mark score to the horizontal score line, skip the center and score again from horizontal score line to edge of paper.
  • Trim your end corners and score lines so that your cardstock looks like this…


  • Punch a 1″ circle in the center of space after the 1/2″ score line.  Cut away the two 1/2″ corners and two sides starting at the 8″ mark to the end of the piece.
  • Place Tear Tape on first two long tabs.
  • Burnish all score lines horizontal and vertical.
  • Fold from the 1/2″ score line end up, tucking in all tabs leaving the Tear Tape tab for last.  Remove paper and seal the sides.
  • Your box is done!
  • Here’s the dimensions for the sides, front and back of the box…
  • Front and back cardstock 1-3/8″ x 2-3/8″, DSP 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″
  • Sides cardstock 1-1/8″ x1-3/8″, DSP 1″ x 1-1/4″
  • The top of the box will fit into the Scalloped Tag Punch if you want to use ribbon at the top of the box.
  • Treats were put inside the container and decorated as instructed in the Paper Pumpkin Kit.

I’m thinking my little trick or treaters will like this treat!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


nobody you know.

So get inky…Be HaPpY!



Sweets “For You”…

Have you noticed these new window sheet boxes on page 176 of the new catalog?  There are 16 boxes to a package for $7.50.  I have so many ideas running through my head using them, but today I’ve made a sweet treat box for you…



How cute is that?  Wouldn’t they be clever as wedding/shower favors?  And secret sweets at Christmastime?  This little treasure contains two Salted Carmel Truffles.

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


  • Paper:  Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White Cardstock, plus Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry and Mint Macaron
  • Stamps:  Blooms & Wishes
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Mini Striped Mint Macaron Ribbon, Layering Squares Framelits, Clear Tiny Treat Boxes


  • Cut your DSP paper for the top layer 1-3/4″ x 10″ and 2″ x 10″ for the bottom contrasting layer and attach together with adhesive.
  • Fold your box on all score lines closing the bottom and top.  I used Tear Tape to attach the DSP to the sides of the box leaving the top open.  Just run the Tear Tape along each long edge then overlap ends.
  • Add goodies inside box.
  • Tie a piece of Mint Macaron 5/8″ Mini Striped ribbon with a bow at top.
  • Using the Layering Squares and Rich Razzleberry cut one scalloped square.  Stamp small wreath shape with Mint Macaron on Whisper White and sentiment over top in Rich Razzleberry.  Cut out with Layering Squares to fit your first Rich Razzleberry square and attach with adhesive.  Punch hole in one corner and thread one end of tied ribbon through hole.

How easy was that?…and it’s so dang cute!  The hardest part was not eating the Salted Carmel Truffles…well, maybe there should have been three in the box!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Every. Single. Day.

Have a great rest of the weekend…Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Lyla’s Birthday Box…

Next week is one of the Littles birthday…Lyla will turn nine.  There have been a couple of projects in the works here in the studio and I’d love to show you this one…


That’s a shot of the top and here’s another angle…


and here’s the inside…


Pretty sure she will love this box…and what will be inside it too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Backing sheet from DSP pack and Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Thick Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Mossy Meadow and Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Botanical Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1 1/4″ Satin Watermelon Wonder Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Botanical Builder Framelits


  • From the DSP packing cardboard cut (2) 4 1/2″ squares.  Cut top DSP 5″ square and inside DSP 4 1/4″ square.  Cover one piece of cardboard with the DSP you want on top folding around and gluing with Tombow glue.  Add 4 1/4″ liner with glue.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon 26″ long and glue down center of the covered square leaving 9″ on one end.
  • Let’s make a hinge for our box.  Cut a 4″ x 3″ piece of Thick Whisper White and score at 1″ and 3″.  Burnish score lines.  Glue one side to bottom of box.
  • Let’s make the box…Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 6″ x 6″.  Score 1″ on all sides.  Snip one side of corner.  Burnish all score lines and using Tear Tape glue tabs inside box.  Let’s make a hinge for our box.  Cut a 4″ x 3″ piece of Thick Whisper White and score at 1″ and 2″ on the 3″ side.  Burnish score lines.  Glue one 1″ side to bottom of box.
  • Glue this box with hinge in place to the 4 1/2″ covered square you just made over the ribbon.  This is the bottom of the box.
  • Now let’s make the box top.  Cover top side with the DSP and glue to inside.  Glue ribbon and hinge to opposite side of box top then cover with 4″ DSP square.
  • Inside cut a 4″ square to cover the bottom of the inside.  Cut four 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ strips to glue to the sides of the inside of the box.
  • Cut four strips of DSP to cover the outside sides of your box.  Tie your ribbon in a bow to close.
  • Decorate the top with blooms and pearls.

I promise you this is an easy project.  Took me maybe one hour to make.  The flowers took longer that the box!

What could these be?


Tune in tomorrow for more projects for Lyla’s birthday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


No Calorie Cake…

It’s your birthday and you want a big, beautiful piece of cake?  I’ve got you covered…


I can guarantee nothing will show up on your bathroom scales and you can enjoy this little piece of wonderful for as long as you like.  Here’s a view of the back…


In my quirky imagination this is red velvet cake…just because I love it.  And here’s a top view…


When planning this post I checked the catalog to remember what this framelit set was called and realized it is part of a project kit…you shouldn’t miss this one.  Even the candle and bow are included in this framelit set.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder and Real Red cardstock
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Sweet Stack (comes with Sweet Stack Project Kit pg. 152 annual catalog)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Cutie Pie Thinlets, Spiral Rose Die,


  • Using Cutie Pie thinlets cut and assemble your “box”  using Chocolate Chip cardstock.
  • Create your cake layers using Cherry Cobbler, cut and add two to each side of box.
  • Stamp greeting in Early Espresso and cut with framelit.  Add to top with glue.
  • Make bow for back side of box.  Stamp Very Vanilla with Real Red to make “icing” then attach bow with glue dots.
  • Make candle using Very Vanilla cardstock.  Cut two and glue just the candle stick and flame together.  Color with markers Real Red and Daffodil Delight.  Open base and glue to top of box with glue (I used hot glue)
  • Make a Real Red, Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder rose.  The leaves I used were on my desk since Christmas Paper Pumpkin so I used them.  You could punch leaves from Bird Punch from Old Olive.  Glue your leaves around the candle then add roses with hot glue on top.

These boxes are really fun to make for special birthdays.

This will be another busy week around the studio with another private party this Wednesday…with a great bunch of ladies.  It’s all fun!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!