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Studio Christmas…

Today was the day I celebrated Christmas with my peeps.  Many of them have been stamping buds for years and we’ve all grown in our artist abilities over that time.  Some are newbies but we all pull them right in to celebrate the art of paper and all the delightful things made with it.

Here’s the group working hard on desk calendars in the studio before our “lunch” break (do sweet things count as lunch?  Wait!  We had Chicken Salad Sandwiches)…

And a couple of individual shots…

Ahhh…it’s those tiny details…

Everyone got the new catalog…

Lunch break…see there were even veggies!

Cute toppers on this one…

Patty Hickman made these note holders for everyone.

And Carol Mitchell created these festive hot pads for all.

We have all learned so much from each other over time freely sharing our talents with each other.  Barbara Philpott (who I met at a regional SU! function here in town five years ago) gave me this shadow box with snowflake lights…

It measures 8″ x 8″.  Gorgeous!

And these cards were found after everyone had left…

Naturally I couldn’t get the sparkle from the landscape “snow” to show…

Pretty stenciling in Emerald Envy paired with metallic silver…

Welcoming Christmas door with textured background.

It is true that if you teach a class, you learn so much because you have to grow and show new and interesting pieces each class.  I’ve been teaching classes for almost nine years so you’d think all has been learned by now.  Paper art is ever evolving and offers new products and techniques all the time.  You have to be willing to grown and change and just enjoy the ride!

Hope your Monday as been as bright and fun as mine has been…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



Blog Anniversary…

This week will mark a blog anniversary for me and I thought it would be fun to post some of the amazing cards I received this week for my birthday….

I realize those two things aren’t related but I wanted to post an extra blog this week to feature these awesome cards I had received.

Because I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and make greeting cards and all sorts of paper art every day, it is an extra treat to received a handmade card in the mail!

Barbara Philpott friend and long time customer used my favorite color…green!

Dawn Benjamin neighbor, friend and customer created a dreamy card with this awesome background.

Carol Mitchell new neighbor, almost a sister and customer combined navy and Cajun Craze for a crisp clean look.


Wendie Waldman is a precious stamping friend from Silver City…we met at convention years ago.  Can’t wait to see her again in November!

Donna Jean Griffith is my new best friend from SU! Corporate.  She’s guiding me patiently by the hand through my first convention presentation.  Love that pop of Lemon Lime Twist!

Mary Pat Carden is a sweet friend and customer.  She makes the most amazing cards and almost anything else you can imagine.


Aren’t these colors gorgeous?  My favorite color combination from Jan who I have known and loved…well, forever!


Patty Hickman always surprises me with her creations.  Met her and Barbara at a SU! Regional four years ago and they have become dear friends I cherish.

And this bright and cheery card was made by Sue Parker who started me on this journey of blogging by creating this blog for me.  We were destined to become besties!

What a bright spot of cheery love these created in my kitchen to enjoy every day.  Now they are proudly displayed in my studio for all to enjoy.

Have an incredible Saturday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

it would be a week for me.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!


Nashville Swapping…

Wouldn’t it be nice if I could share all my swaps from this weekend?  …they are amazing!  Thought I’d try to share these today and maybe more later in the week.

The one really bad thing about all three of these swaps is they did not contain a card with the designer’s information.  I’m hoping if any of them follow this blog, they will leave me a comment…

Isn’t this awesome?  This stand alone card will proudly sit on my studio desk…

As a big fan of the new succulent stamp set, this one really caught my eye.  Love the color combinations and texture created with the woodgrain and the framelit cut outs…

Several of us were talking in Nashville over the weekend and agreed this set is nongender specific or age either…that makes it a winner!  This fold along with the floating balloons created a stand out card for me…

It never ceases to amaze me how talented stampers are every time I attend a Stampin’ Up! event.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these swaps today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Be HaPpY…stay inky!


Stampin’ in Nashville…

Last week I mentioned that I would be traveling to Nashville Friday to attend an InkBig Academy event with Lisa Pretto…what a great day it was!

First to see lots of stampers I’ve met at different events over the years and to spend quality time with Jeanne Moss who I met at a Leadership gathering four years or so ago.  Jeanne also brought Ann Burnham with her, a fairly new recruit who seemed delighted with the event too.

Lisa does an amazing job sharing information that can drive your stamping business to a new level using your loves and strong points.  I came home with pages of notes and ideas.  This was my second InkBig Academy event (Tucson, Arizona was my first three years ago) and I feel it was time and money well spent.  No…Lisa didn’t pay me to say anything (I doubt she reads my blog).

Since I got home last night late and the day yesterday was chocked full, I thought I’d drop in today (I don’t normally post on Sunday) and share with you some of the treats, goodies and Make ‘N Takes which were fabulous!

Here are three of the “goodies”, plus our water bottles were decorated and I even won a door prize which is the DSP you color and doilies!  If you have ever hosted an event, you know how much work goes into these pieces.  There was a beautiful and delicious Vanilla/Butter Cream cupcake in the “You’re Sweet” holder.

Here are three Make ‘N Takes using the Cool Treats Stamp Set and Frozen Treats Framelits…

Love this color combination!

I loved the framelit that gave the cone texture…clever layout too!

Those “sprinkles” are just too cute.

All of these cards are non-gender specific and really could work for any age group too.  In my book that makes a “winner” stamp set that can be used over and over in so many ways.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these samples.  I have three more Make ‘N Takes to share plus some of my card swaps that I know you will enjoy…

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday…we are giving a dinner for some friends so I’ll have to watch at least half of the game.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

hahaha!  no i’m not (either one!)

But I will be inky and HaPpY!



Last day of 2016.  It has been said you should never look back, but always move forward…

Excuse me if I disagree.  Sometimes it is important and necessary to look back.  How else are you to know how much you’ve grown?  And looking back you can take stock of those things that were a success and remember others that were not.

So today if you’ll indulge me, let’s take a sweeping view of 2016 posts.  I’ll pick my favorite from each month.  For those of you who have been reading this blog for a bit, I’m sure you might have a favorite or two.  I’d love to know if you can remember…

January 2016


Emboss and bleach technique.

February 2016


Masking and bokeh technique.

March 2016


Botannical Gardens Framelits were a favorite.

April 2016


3-D frame from a box for Lyla’s ninth birthday… with her new puppy Stitch.

May 2016


These created a stir.

June 2016


Sweetums loved this Father’s Day card.  I loved that DSP!

July 2016


This was made to celebrate my son-in-love’s new command assignment.  Lots of response on this one.

August 2016


Simple and interesting.

September 2016


Thank you surprise for my “peeps” made big points on Pinterest.

October 2016

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Thoughtful Branches…how I loved this new set.

November 2016


Loved this set at first sight.

December 2016


I called this one rustic elegance.

This post has taken me hours…it was so much fun reminiscing through all the posts this year.  Next month I will pass the 1000 mark for posts in three years…that’s just amazing to me.

I’m sending each of you the warmest wishes for the new year and thank you so much for spending time with me on this blog.

Love to you all…




Smile Alert!…

A whole set of Whisper White note cards were transformed into adorable, silly thank you notes…which will come in handy after Christmas and even before.  They will spread smiles near and far when opened, and my job will be done.

Here’s what they look like…


Would they put a smile on your face?  While water coloring each chickie, I couldn’t help but keep a smile on my face…and I water colored 20 of them!

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Note Cards, Real Red Cardstock plus Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Hello Chick …background chicken wire stamp is retired SU! but you could substitute the current Woodgrain background stamp.
  • Tool’s ‘N Embellishments:  Water Color Pencils, 1/8″ Real Red Ribbon, Punch or Framelit shape to cut out sentiment, Stitched Square Framelits, and Scalloped Square Framelits.  I used the Ticket Punch here.  You could use an Aqua Painter, Blender Pen or small round brush for painting.


  • The 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Note Card front was stamped with chicken wire background stamp in Archival Basic Black.
  • The Real Red Cardstock was cut with the Scalloped Square Framelit and attached to card front with dimensionals.
  • The Water Color Paper was cut with the Stitched Square Framelits.  Stamp image with Archival Basic Black.  Color images with Water Color Pencils and use your choice to paint with water.  Scribble some color around feet and paint.  This “grounds” your image.  Colors I used are Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Re.
  • Attach Water Color Paper to Real Red Cardstock with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp off before stamping background on scrap Whisper White CS with Archival Basic Black.  Stamp sentiment over this background and cut with shape of your choice.  Add to card front with multipurpose glue.  Make a small bow and attach at bottom corner with glue dot.

Tomorrow there will be several of these in mailboxes written with sincere thanks and hoping to bring smiles wherever they go!

We are having a frigid day here but when I see the weather up north and in the Midwest, I’ll not complain.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


decisions, decisions.

Have a HaPpY inky day!


Froggie Went A Courtin’…

Yesterday’s post was Lyla’s (one of the littles) Valentine and today’s post will be Jameson’s.  Somebody needs to come and take this bundle away from me because there is no where to stop once you start making these adorable animals…


Seriously cute, right?  He will love this and the chocolate inside the box too.  There will also be an animal for all my peeps at classes this weekend.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard, Whisper White, Real Red, Pistacho Pudding (grass) and Cucumber Crush Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black and Cucumber Crush marker
  • Stamps:  Playful Pals and Greatest Greetings (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Itty Bitty Heart Punch, Pyramid Pals Thinlets Dies


  • The Cucumber Crush layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ attached to the notecard with adhesive
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Stamp sentiment at top with Basic Black.  Stamp eyes on Whisper White, cut out with thinlet and color lids with Cucumber Crush marker.  Cut two legs and one box side from Cucumber Crush.   Glue with multipurpose glue the legs underneath and at sides of one triangle cut from box side and then attach this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.  Stamp head with Basic Black on green and cut out with thinlet.  Attach to top of triangle body with dimensional.  Add eyes to head with dimensionals.  Stamp box on Real Red and cut with thinlet.  Add to frog with dimensionals.
  • Use the grass thinlet with a littler green (I had a scrap of Pistacho Pudding) and attach at bottom with a cut strip of dimensional.
  • Attach Whisper White layer to card front your choice of adhesive.  I tend to use multipurpose glue on cardstock but not DSP as it wrinkles and shows.

Are you in love yet?  I really like these animal cards for kids and baby showers…

Now I think I’ll build an animal kingdom just for fun…they make me smile!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Now that my kids are grown…I think this is hysterical!

I’m inky and HaPpY!




Flowering Fields Thanks…

First day back in the studio and it feels fantastic!  A little overwhelmed with all the mess the studio was left in initially, but within an hour or two had it back in workable condition.

Now it’s Sale-A-Bration time and there are so many new stamp sets and framelits, Designer Series Paper and embellishments to play with.  Where to start?

With thank you cards, of course.  There will be many of these going in the mail this week.  Here’s one of them…


So light, spring-y and simple.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  SU! 3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecards, Mint Macaron an Thick Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Flowering Fields and Rose Wonder (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Rose Garden Thinlets, Aqua Painter


  • The Mint Macaron layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ attached to notecard with adhesive
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Stamp center flower on post it and cut out.  Stamp center flower then cover with post it note mask.  Now stamp two other flower stamps on each side of center flower.  Remove mask and color with markers.  Using an Aqua Painter and Soft Sky ink, lightly color around flower group.  Add this layer on top of Mint Macaron layer with adhesive.
  • Stamp border and sentiment on Thick Whisper White and cut with matching thinlet.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Stamp butterfly on scrap paper, color with markers and “fussy cut”.  Add to sentiment layer with glue dot.

My “thank you” list is long so there are lots of this type of card to show you this week using all new products from the new Occasion and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  Hope you can stop by each day for a visit and enjoy.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Isn’t this funny?  And, so true!

Are you inky!…then you must be HaPpY!


Convention Swaps…

It was just yesterday that I first had a chance to go thru my general swaps from Salt Lake City.  There are some amazing works of art here this year.  I thought it would be fun to show you some of them.

This year butterflies were everywhere…


This is an amazing swap if only for all the steps it took to make it.  I can’t imagine the production time put into it.  There’s embossing, punching, stamping and layering.  The most unfortunate thing is there was no identification on the back.  Do you see the lace insert behind the small butterfly punch out?  Whoever made this swap did tons of work.  I’m so glad I received one.


This one I know was created by Dawn Bourgette at Dawn’s Creative Chalet.  I love the monochromatic color scheme, all the layers and the embellishing.  This is my favorite new In-color…


No butterfly here, but aren’t the colors so pretty.  I love everything about this card.  And that flower had to be “fussy cut”…can you imagine doing that for a swap?   Not only that … there’s the sweetest note on the back saying this is ready to mount on your favorite cardstock color and base.  It was created by Bobbi Jackson in Arkadelphia, AR.  Love the cheesecloth in the background too.  Did you notice that?


One more butterfly with Dazzling Diamonds and no identification on the back either.  I liked this card though, not only the color combination but the reversed hello with the little bit of bling.  Too bad I can’t credit the creator.

There were some pretty outstanding masculine cards in my collection this year too.  That’s pretty unusual.  I hope to get the chance to show some of them to you later this week.

Hope your week so far has been fabulous.  I’m still trying to catch up, but it’s all good.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Shoe Box Swap…

There were four of us in our group who wanted to do a Shoe Box Swap at convention.  So we gathered on the last night in the lobby of the Marriott and stamped away.


Please keep in mind this is late at night and we have had no sleep for four or five days.  Now we look pretty good, right?  We just set up in the lobby of the Marriott and had ourselves a great time.  What was even more fun was the people who stopped by we got to meet when they wanted to see what we were making.  From the left is Sue Parker, moi, Peggy Powers and Jeanne Moss.

So here’s what we made excluding mine since I showed that in a previous post.  In the photo we are actually putting my kit together.

Here’s Sue’s card…


Of course it is adorable.  I haven’t done it yet, but the seeds are supposed to be coated with Crystal Effects.  The seeds are rain drops from the Tree Builder Punch.  The lines on the watermelon rind are from Gorgeous George Set as are the splats on the meat of the watermelon.  I like the way she rounded opposite corners too.

Here’s Jeanne’s card…


This cutie is made with the Floral Wings set.  The color choice is so striking and the flower base is stamped once on the card and once on a scrap and “fussy cut”.  The vase is then set up on dimensionals after you stamp the flowers.  The polka dot DSP is attached to the Basic Black layer then both layers are attached to the card front on dimensionals after attaching the 1/4″ Real Red ribbon on the first Whisper White layer which is also set up on dimensionals.  How sweet is this card?

Last but not least is Peggy’s card…


I don’t have this stamp set…but now I’m definitely ordering it after making this card.  Its the Garden in Bloom Set.  I just love all the layering and using the coordinating DSP from English Garden.  I’m supposed to add some Two-Way Glue and bling to the centers of the flowers which I haven’t done yet.

We had such a good time with this Shoe Box Swap that we decided to do a virtual swap together.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Hope you are not tired of seeing projects from convention.  I’m planning to show some of my favorite swaps and then samples from the new Holiday Catalog too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I’ll never make that stop after seeing the new catalog…

Get inky…Be HaPpY!