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All A Flutter…

Alright, I bet you have seen the cards where the image appears to move.  I can tell you the first time I saw this stamp set in motion was at OnStage in Savannah this past Spring.  We were all “ooing and ahhing” when it was demonstrated.  I couldn’t wait to make a card with it.

However, this set was not on the demonstrator pre-order, so I had to wait until the first week of June.

Here’s a little video…


This is an awesome interactive card!

Waiting to fly…

A glamour close up

The new Circle Tab Punch and the stamp set Tabs for Everything make the perfect tab to pull to make the butterfly flutter.

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


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Old Olive, Pool Party Cardstock plus Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  You Move Me and Tabs for Everything
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Circle Tab Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Move Me Thinlits Dies, Linen Thread, 3/8″ Pool Party Ribbon,


  • The Pool Party base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • Cut the shutters and the tab opening with thinlit dies.  Use the Precision Plate for the shutter opening.  Add Strip Adhesive along the left side and along the right side of the shutter opening and at the right card side.  This creates a channel for the butterfly to move easily up and down.
  • Color the sentiment stamp with marker and stamp on scrap Thick Whisper White CS.  Trim to 1-1/8″ x 2-5/8″.  Add under shutter with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Old Olive CS 2″ x 4″.  Cut the DSP 1-7/8″ x 3-7/8″.  Add to Old Olive with SNAIL.  Add a piece of ribbon to top of this layer attaching with SNAIL at back.  Make a bow with several loops tying in center with Linen Thread.  Add over ribbon band with glue dots.  Add both layers to card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut butterfly from Thick Whisper White using thinlits.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Cut the butterfly panel 3″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp larger butterfly slightly lower than center in darkest color.  Add lighter color aligning in the spaces between the darker shade.  If you don’t get it perfect, the butterfly will still fly…not to worry.
  • Punch the tab with Tab Punch from Calypso Coral.  Stamp on scrap Whisper White the arrow and the word “this”.  Punch with 3/4″ circle punch and add to tab with SNAIL.  Add tab to top of butterfly piece with SNAIL.

For the biggest smile, pull the butterfly up and watch it flutter!

I’m not sure who designs these stamps, but I’m pretty sure they are amazing people.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

so don’t

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!


Butterfly Birthday…

So this week when I highlighted the new InColor, Lemon Lime Twist, I also confessed how at first sight my thought was, “this color will look amazing with black!”…and it does.

Here’s another example…

Paired up with black and the Butterfly Basics stamp set it’s “winner, winner, chicken dinner!”

Glamour close up showing those Glitter Enamel Dots…B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!

And a side view showing the layers and dimension with an inside sneak peek…

And inside an itty bitty butterfly.

Everyday I make something…every. single.  day.  But some days its much easier than others and things just seem to flow together.  Today is one of those days…Yippee!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Smoky Slate, Lemon Lime Twist, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate, Lemon Lime Twist and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Butterfly Basics
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Glitter Enamel Dots, Bold Butter Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Black Patterned Washi Tape
  • Digits
  • The Smoky Slate base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4″ x 5-1/2″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.  Stamp the flower, netting, postage stamp at lower right corner with Smoky Slate that has been stamped off.  Add two stripes of black patterned Washi tape.  Add spatters with Lemon Lime Twist marker and lid.  Add sentiment with Archival Basic Black at top left corner.  Cut one Lemon Lime Twist butterfly and one Basic Black sectioned butterfly.  Attach together with glue dots or multipurpose glue.  At to card front at lower right corner with dimension strip in center so that wings are free.  Add this layer to top of Lemon Lime Twist layer with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a layer of Lemon Lime Twist with a layer of Whisper White.  Repeat Smoky Slate stamps in lower right corner and add some splats with Lemon Lime Twist marker.  Stamp small butter fly stamp with Archival Basic Black on Lemon Lime Twist scrap and punch.  Add inside over stamps/splatter with glue dots.
  • The envelope has a strip of Washi Tape with some of the stamps and splatter repeated to coordinate with card front.

Hope this card inspires you in your creative journey.

Oh!…I almost forgot.  I promised you a pic of Henry today…

Just can’t get much cuter than that!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and every day.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!




Stamping With A Framelit…


Stamping with a framelit seems impossible.  What really happened was I made a stamp using fun foam and a framelit to create a stamp that looks like this…

Pretty, right?  I’ll try to show you the Wink of Stella in another shot, but just wanted you to see the “stamp” that was used.

and the inside and dimension…

You can see there is a small piece of the water colored paper inside to coordinate with the card front.

How I wish I were a better photographer…Wink of Stella can be a stinker to photograph.  Trust me, this butterfly is so beautiful and sparkly in person.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight Cardstock plus Water color paper.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  All Things Thanks, Touches of Texture
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Wink of Stella (Gold), Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon) and Fun Foam (Hobby Lobby)


  • Let’s color the 4″ x 6″ piece of water color paper first.  The only two colors I used were Lemon Yellow and Alizarin Crimson.  I started with the yellow and sprayed the water color paper, then added the red pigment before spritzing with water.  Let this dry well.
  • Now to make your own stamp.  Cut three butterflies from Fun Foam and glue together with multipurpose glue.  Add a small amount of glue to one side of stamp so that it will cling to your acrylic block well.

  • Stamp the new stamp on the water colored paper with Archival Basic Black ink and cut out with the Bold Butterfly Framelit.  Add the Gold Wink of Stella without going over the black ink.
  • The base Thick Whisper White card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp the spray of dots from Touches of Texture at bottom right corner a couple of times in Daffodil Delight.
  • Add a piece of Adhesive Strip down center of Butterfly and attach over dots at bottom right.  Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a Daffodil Delight layer 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a Whisper White layer over that 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  The Touch of Texture dots stamps was used at the bottom of the Whisper White layer in Daffodil Delight.  A small strip of the water colored paper was attached across the bottom to coordinate with the card front.

Thanks for stopping in today to take a peek.  This post may give you an idea or two about how you use your framelits…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

oh yeah.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!


Dramatic, Clean & Simple…

I’d be the first to admit that clean and simple is a struggle.  It’s not that I don’t like that type of card…I do!  But creating one means a brain freeze for me.

However, encouraged by the reaction from my peeps in class last week when we created a similar clean and simple card, led me to  create this one for you today…


Ah, yes, Washi Tape and Gorgeous Grunge splats…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red and Vellum Cardstock
  • Ink:  Dapper Denim, Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Timeless Textures and Thoughtful Banners (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bitty Butterfly, Elegant Butterfly, Floral Affection Embossing Folder, Affectionately Yours Washi Tape, Corner Rounder


  • The Thick Whisper White Cardstock base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″
  • The top Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp Dapper Denim splats from Gorgeous Grunge, the square and dots border stamps from Timeless Textures in Basic Black.
  • Punch one Real Red Bitty Butterfly and one Elegant Butterfly plus another Bitty Butterfly in Vellum Cardstock.  Add all three to Floral Affection Embossing Folder and emboss.  Layer with glue dots with Vellum in center.  Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to back.
  • Add Washi Tape to card front.  Add layered butterfly to card front.
  • Stamp sentiment in Basic Black ink.
  • Add this top layer to card front using new Stampin’ Strips…they are amazing!
  • Inside I have a couple of Dapper Denim splats in lower right corner and one Bitty Butterfly in Real Red attached with multipurpose glue.

How quick was that?  And I really like it…hope you do too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Inky fingers are a little thing…

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Just A Note…

Today was a day dedicated to being in the studio and so far it has been the best day ever!  Every surface in this studio is a mess, but I have produced a bunch of very different projects.

The card posted today is a thank you card placed in order bags being picked up as I write…


I suppose these could be used for just about anything with the right sentiment inside except maybe masculine…and they are so much fun to make.  They are the same color combo as the card posted yesterday…love it!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Basic Black and Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamps:  Picture Perfect (sentiment) and Work of Art
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basic Pearls, Butterfly Thinlets


  • Cut a 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ piece of Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  Stamp the brush strokes in Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Watermelon Wonder in the center.  Add sentiment in Basic Black to right bottom corner.
  • Cut the butterfly from this layer.  Add stamped layer to notecard with dimensionals.  Add butterfly with dimensionals and Basic Pearls (nine of them) to center of butterfly.
  • Done!

Isn’t that a dramatic effect with so little work?  Love when that happens…

Now to get a surface cleared to start a project for the welcome packets for new neighbors in our little community.  We’ve had a population explosion since the first of the year and I need 20 tags by tomorrow!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


A party seems like a good idea…I’ll stamp invitations!

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!



Flippin’ Butterfly…

There are lots of “flippin'” cards on Pinterest in all shapes and sizes, but spring seems the perfect time to make a “flippin’ butterfly” card with the Watercolor Wings set on page 75 of the Annual Catalog…


and here’s a shot of the card open…


Did you notice the butterfly stamp on the inside?  That was made by using the framelit to cut two fun foam butterflies and glue them together to use as a stamp.  It works great!  Not sure how long it will last, but as long as I have the framelit I can make another stamp.  You have got to give this a try.

Now let’s make this flippin’ butterfly card together…

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Whisper White
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Watercolor Wings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Pool Party Glitter Ribbon, Linen Thread, Bermuda Bay Sequins,  Fluttering Embossing Folder, Butterfly Thinlits Dies and Bold Butterfly Framelits


  • The Bermuda Bay base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″.  Using Bold Butterfly Framelits cut half of the butterfly on front panel.  You can accomplish this by centering the butterfly framelit over the 2 1/8″ scored line and slightly toward the top of card.  Place the top cutting pad at the 2 1/8″ score line and covering just the first panel.  You will just be cutting half of the butterfly from the card front.  Emboss front panels of card with Fluttering Embossing Folder.
  • Stamp on scrap Whisper White the base butterfly in Bermuda Bay and over stamp in Early Espresso the wings and body in center.  Cut out with Bold Butterfly Framelit fold the card closed and attach butterly to card front covering the cut out piece and second panel of card front.
  • Make bow with 3/8″ Pool Party Glitter Ribbon and tie with Linen Thread.  Cut a 2″ piece of sequins and attach to center of butterfly with glue dots.  Add bow over sequins with glue dots.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Whisper White in Early Espresso and punch out.  Punch out Pool Party scrap and attach behind stamped sentiment.  Add glue to half of the back of this piece and attach to first panel.
  • Inside there is a piece of Pool Party 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ attached with adhesive, and a piece of Whisper White 5 1/4″ x 4″ attached to that with adhesive.  Stamp base butterfly with Bermuda Bay.  You might want to make a pencil mark with the front butterfly down to know where to place the inside butterfly so it will be covered up when the card is closed.  With the fun foam handmade stamps from the butterfly framelit add over base butterfly in Bermuda Bay…magic!  Now add your sentiment in the center of the butterfly in Early Espresso.  Add some dots here and there in Early Espresso and a few sequins for fun!

So now this is my favorite card…until the next one.  I want to make this in some other color combinations…ideas are spinning.  And I’ve got another wow technique to share inspired by Frances Martin I’m pretty sure you will love…there are not enough hours in the day!

Got to get reset in my studio from class this morning for another one on Monday morning.  Then houseguests this week and a supper to cook for book club…all fun stuff!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I love this…you may like them, but I can’t stand squirrels.  I’m pretty sure they think they are being funny turning circles in the middle of the road…I hear them sniggering when I pass!

I’m really inky today…and HaPpY!




Can You Case It #66…Designer’s Choice



Now here’s a challenge I can jump right into…no Quick & Clean today.  Designer’s Choice!

Unlimited, layers, embellishments and techniques…right up my alley.

So here’s what happened…


Oh…this was fun to make.  It could have been a shaker card, but that thought didn’t come until everything was put together.  It is a good thought though.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock plus watercolor paper and vellum cardstock for butterfly
  • Ink:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe, Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Basic Butterfly
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Square Framelits, Window Sheet, Basic Pearls, Gold Thread from Metallic Baker’s Twine, Butterfly Framelits, Spring Flowers Embossing Folder, black and white sheet of foam


  • The Melon Mambo base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Blushing Bride layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Starting with the first two layers, cut the white foam sheet (trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4″) and Blushing Bride layer with the third largest square framelit.
  • Emboss the Blushing Bride layer with the Spring Flower EF and glue to the white foam sheet.  Trim any foam that may be showing around edges.
  • Stamp a collage on the top half of the Whisper White layer with the Basic Butterfly stamp set in Melon Mambo, Blushing Bridge, Daffodil Delight and Memento Black.
  • Place the Whisper White layer on the card front with adhesive.
  • Glue the foam and Blushing Bride layer next.
  • Cut a black foam piece and a Basic Black cardstock with the #2 and #3 square framelit to make a frame.
  • Cut a piece of window sheet with the #2 framelit and glue to black foam frame, then glue black cardstock to top of window sheet.
  • Now glue this “frame” to the Blushing Bride layer
  • Punch out a vellum cardstock butterfly with framelit.
  • I had a piece of watercolor paper on my desk with the Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo colors on it that I cut the base butterfly from.  Just wet the paper and drop colors with a wet brush and let them run together and dry.
  • Stamp the smaller butterfly with Memento Black on Vellum cardstock and cut out with framelit.
  • Add the vellum butterfly to the watercolor butterfly with dimensional, then the smaller butterfly with glue dots, then the Basic Pearls.
  • Before adding the butterfly to the frame with glue dots, pull the gold thread from the Baker’s Twine and add it to the window with a couple of glue dots.
  • I purposely didn’t add a sentiment for this obviously “girly” card because it could be used for several different occasions.
  • Decorate a Whisper White panel for the inside and the envelope to coordinate with the card front and don’t forget your personalized stamp on the card back.

Here’s a side view where you can see the gold thread and window…


You are invited to play along this week with your creation.  Go to and play along…you have until Friday at noon!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…





Vintage Birthday…

Today’s card is a CASEd card from Krista Frattin at Stampin’ Dolce.  She serves on the Artisan Design team for Stampin’ Up! and I just loved her card.  Just made a couple of tweaks to make it my own.  Thanks so much Krista!

This card will be a class card tomorrow and I think these “newbies” will enjoy making this card…


Isn’t that soft and pretty?  And, yes, I did cut out all their butterflies for them.  They are “newbies” and I really don’t want to overwhelm them too much.

Want the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder and Vellum cardstock
  • Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizazz and Crumb Cake
  • Stamps:  Basic Butterfly
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basic Pearls (colored with Blendabilities), Sahara Sand Lace Trim, Venetian Crochet Trim, Crumb Cake Seam Binding


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Inside there is a 3 1/2″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White stamped to coordinate with the card front.
  • Stamp your sentiment and border stamp with Elegant Eggplant
  • Stamp the fern in Pear Pizazz a couple of times without reinking.  The net background and the round post stamps in Crumb Cake
  • Attach the two trims with adhesive and the seam binding with glue dots.
  • Offset the Wisteria Wonder butterfly with dimensionals so the vellum butterfly appears.  Color pearls before attaching.
  • Don’t forget to add some stamping inside and on your envelope…

This should be a great card for beginners and should also mail easily.

I hope you are having an awesome day and that you have seen something inspiring on my blog today.  Be sure to stop back by…there are some awesome projects coming up.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Am I ever turning a page this week…explanation coming!

Get yourself inky….Be HaPpY!




Stunning Black ‘N Gold…

The idea for today’s post came from a shopping spree last week in a boutique when I spotted a really beautiful botanical framed piece on a shelf.  I just couldn’t get that piece out of my mind (I think I still have one).  Here is what came out of that crazy, creative session…


and a little close up…


I had the frame (Hobby Lobby) so it took no time to put this together.  I didn’t put the glass back in because I like the texture created by the gold embossing powder.  Really do like how this turned out and actually like it better that the one I saw in the boutique!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Black cardstock, Gold Glimmer, and Gold Foil
  • Ink:  Versamark
  • Stamps:  Build A Bouquet and Butterfly Basics
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Sequins (tail), Gold Embossing Powder


  • The opening on this mat is 4″ x 4″ so I cut the Black cardstock 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • Stamp the background from Build A Bouquet with VersaMark, sprinkle with Gold EP and heat.
  • Stamp the fern and the little postal stamp from Butterfly Basics in VersaMark, sprinkle with Gold EP and heat.
  • Take your frame apart and slide your stamped piece behind the mat and attach with tape.  Remove the glass (you could use this for a paint palette).
  • Attach the large Gold Glimmer and Gold Foil butterflies together with a dimensional.
  • Attach the smaller Black cardstock and Gold Foil butterflies together with a dimensional.
  • Attach all four butterflies together with yet another dimensional and then to the stamped piece with glue dots.
  • Add a folded piece of the gold sequins behind the butterfly with glue dots for a tail.

Home décor pieces are projects I love to do and I actually have this one displayed in my house right now.  Since I saved so much money on that other boutique piece, I think a new pair of shoes is calling my name!

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and will check out pieces you see and think about how you might recreate them.

Thanks for stopping by…hope you are inspired!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope you are inky…and HaPpY like me!


Butterfly Thanks…

All of us will need thank you cards after the holidays, so here is an idea for you from the new Occasions Catalog…


Is that butterfly gorgeous or what?  And the sentiment that goes with this stamp set…priceless.  I see a lot of butterflies going out in the mail. Me will be using this set in my January classes…just sayin’

here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


Paper:  Whisper White and Blushing Bride cardstock

Ink:  Pear Pizzaz, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride

Stamps:  Butterfly Basics

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, PL Corner Rounder, Dazzling Diamonds and White Craft ink


Base card of Whisper White is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″

Blushing Bride layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″

Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″

Round bottom corners on all three layers

Adhere Blushing Bride layer to card front

Stamp background on Whisper White layer and use water diluted Soft Suede refill with wet paint brush to add drips and drapes to background.

Add sentiment with Soft Suede ink

Wrap Linen Thread around bottom of this layer and attach to Blushing Bride layer with dimensionals

Use “honeycomb” stamp to stamp White Craft ink on a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock before die cutting butterfly.  While the ink is still wet, sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.

Trace around die cut butterfly on vellum and “fussy cut” butterfly. Use Blushing Bride marker or pink Blendies Pen to color back side of vellum

Attach the two butterflies with a dimensional and another dimensional to front of card

Don’t forget to finish the inside of card, envelope and your personalized stamp to the back of your beautiful art piece!

I’m in St. Pete, FL with the “littles” and loving every minute.

here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I’m not inky today…but still HaPpY!