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Peeps Christmas “Shoebox”…

Today I’d like to highlight the “shoebox” swap we had yesterday in the studio with some of my stampin’ “peeps”…

It’s amazing we finished the desk calendar shown yesterday plus all these projects in a little over two hours so everyone went home with six pieces and all so different which really surprised all of us since there was no coordination at all beforehand.


This project was designed by Jeanette Stepanske who has been stamping for a little over a year.  She makes some of the most beautiful, personalized projects and constantly amazes me with her ideas.  This little “book” filled with peppermint M&Ms measures 3″ x 4″ and ties shut with ribbon.


Barbara Philpott  who is in my downline designed this 3-D tree ornament using the Star of Light stamps set.  Four stars were stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock, stamped and embossed with Copper Embossing Powder and cut out with Starlight Thinlits.  She scored each piece in the center then we folded, burnished and glued the pieces together including a loop of Copper Thread in the center before gluing the last section.  Mine immediately went on the tree!


and the inside…


We will all need “thank you” cards after the holidays are done and Jan Guider has designed a classic navy/white card combining embossing, with a Swirly Bird piece and the “thanks” thinlit then added punched and sponged flowers.  Add the bit of bling with the pearls and you have the perfect card.


How pretty is this New Year’s card?  Carol Mitchell designed this card for the group using the stamp set Here’s to Cheers.  Here’s a peek inside…


Perfect card for greeting the new year.  If I told you Carol has only been stamping for maybe four months…you’d probably not believe me…but it’s true!


How elegant and simple is this black/gold combination card?  Patty Hickman who is in my downline designed this card for the group.  She had already paper-pierced the front (thankgoodness!)  And here’s a peek inside…


Isn’t it pretty?  The black/vanilla color combination along with the gold is so striking in person.


And Dana Beaty who only be stamping for a couple of months brought everyone these chocolate/pecan pretzel treats.  We didn’t even have to make them…she did all the work for us!

So now you see what I mean when saying we had such an awesome collection of totally different projects to take home.  Not to mention the unbelievable food that was shared.  Turned out to be the best Christmas party in the history of Rambling Rose Studio!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these projects…wish you could have been here!


Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Hope you are inky like me…and HaPpY!




Hooty Christmas Wishes…

Who loves owls?  Me!  And I bet you do too.  What could be cuter than two owls from the Cozy Critters stamp set?  Love that fox in this set too.

I created a small night scene for this nocturnal pair with some sponging, a big full moon and some stars and then added the happy greeting from the Greetings From Santa stamp set.

Maybe what gives it that little special “something” is the window sheet encased in the card front…


Aren’t they the cutest sitting there in the moonlight?  And here’s the card opened…


A little masking and out comes the moon and stars!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus By the Shore Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Cozy Critters and Greeting from Santa (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Window Sheet, Owl Punch, Confetti Stars Border Punch, Post It Note for masking, sponge, Circle Framlits and 1-3/4″ Circle Punch


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • Score card front at 2-3/4″.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 4-1/8″ x 2-5/8″ and attach to top card front with SNAIL.
  • Center a 3″ Circle Framelit over 2-3/4″ score line and cut card front and DSP at same time.
  • Cut a piece of window sheet 4″ x 2-5/8″.  Glue with Multipurpose Glue to inside top of card front.  Fold on score line and attach bottom of card front over window sheet with glue or SNAIL.
  • Using a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch cut a sheet of post it note.  Add the circle where you want your moon positioned on inside top of card.  Mask top and bottom.  Sponge Island Indigo with moon mask in place.
  • Remove moon mask and using the negative piece of post it, sponge moon with Daffodil Delight and More Mustard around edges.  Remove mask.
  • Punch stars from Whisper White and attach over sky using Multipurpose Glue.
  • Cut a 2-5/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of DSP for bottom of inside card and attach with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White 2-1/2″ x 4″.  Stamp sentiment and attach over DSP with SNAIL.
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp two owls and color with markers.  Stamp one branch in Old Olive.  Punch out owls and “fussy cut” branch.
  • Add branch and one owl with Multipurpose glue.  Add second owl with dimensionals placed on back of head.

The window with the night sky showing makes this card just a little something different.  I’m not sure I’d want to mass produce this card, but I’ll enjoy sending it to someone special who loves owls as much as me!

Got a little “day trip” planned tomorrow to a quaint little town for a Christmas celebration with a couple of friends in Franklin, Tennessee.  Ever been there?  It’s such a cute town especially at Christmastime.

Hope you will enjoy your weekend too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky and be HaPpY!


Ballerina Christmas Ornament…

Last year I made several of these Christmas ornaments, just in a different kind of frame.  This frame can stand alone or hang from the tree…


and here’s one other color combination…


Now I’m aware this stamp set is retired (surely I’m not the only one who kept it), but when you are preparing for a Christmas Market, you pull everything out hoping you have just what people are looking for.

Last year I made so many of these and most were special orders.  I shipped many all over this country to surprise little ballerina’s everywhere…

These frames are not like the ones I had last year (cause I couldn’t find them anywhere), but I think I like these even better.  They can stand alone or hang which is kind of neat.  I found them at Michael’s in case you have one in your market.  They had squares too.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for today…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Pool Party Ink, Blushing Bride and Real Red Markers.
  • Stamps:  Totally Trees and Sparkly Season
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Frame, 1/4″ Pool Party Ribbon and Linen Thread


  • I used the paper insert from the frame to cut the shape from Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  Stamp ballerina a little off center in Basic Black.  Stamp ballerina on post it note and “fussy cut” a mask.  Cover the first ballerina with the post it note mask.
  • Stamp background in Pool Party.  Stamp tree twice.  Remove mask…magic!
  • Lay bottom 1/3 of background piece on Dazzling Diamonds and draw or cut around bottom edge.  Hand cut top of Dazzling Diamond piece with slope shape and use multipurpose glue to attach to stamped background.
  • Color skin, hair and tutu with markers.
  • Insert into frame and make multi-looped bow at bottom tied in center with Linen Thread and attached with hot glue.   Use 9″ of ribbon to loop and hot glue to back for hanging.

Sending you the best of wishes for a HaPpY Thanksgiving with friends and family…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Share some stamping with your family and Be HaPpY!


Of Mice and Candles…

Do you like my title today?  John Steinbeck and especially his book, Of Mice and Men are favorites of mine since high school and I couldn’t resist the pundit on the book title.

Today we have mice marching bravely around the base of Christmas candles.  More product for the Christmas Market…


Here is one batch all packaged and ready to go including the coordinating tags…


A close up without the packaging.  And…


a decorating mouse (he is on both sides).  And…


A singing mouse.  Plus…


A red bird in the Sheltering Tree.

These were fun to do…have you ever applied art to a candle?    It’s not hard at all.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  White Tissue wrapping paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, plus markers in the colors you like.
  • Stamps:  Well any of them…but I used the set Merry Mice and Sheltering Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Any size white unscented candle, heat gun, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Real Red Stitched Edge Ribbon


  • Stamp your choice of art on white wrapping tissue paper with Archival Black Ink.  On the back of the stamped image color with markers.
  • Trim away excess paper close to your image.
  • Place image on candle and begin to heat with Heat Gun.  You can see when the tissue paper melts into the candle.  Don’t linger in one spot or you’ll melt your candle and it will look “wonky”!
  • If you want to apply Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, heat image and immediately sprinkle with glitter.  Some of it will stick.
  • Make a tag with whatever stamp set you used.
  • I used the large wine bottle cello bags to package the candles (trim the bag top after placing candle inside) and tied with Real Red Stitched Edge Ribbon sliding the tag over the ribbon ends.

Here’s hoping those stopping by my space at the market will like these little Christmas mice as much as I do…

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


coffee every day.

And inky fingers too so you will be extra HaPpY!





Stocking Stuffer Treats…

Still working on products to present at the craft show … in less than two weeks!  More than likely after this craft show is done I will be glad that I participated…but right now…EEEK!

My inventory grows a little each day.  Never will I get done what I had planned.  I have such a new respect for those that do shows on a regular basis…the preparation is grueling.

That’s all the whining for today because I wanted to show you this stocking stuffer made from a small coffee cup…


What to charge?   I have no idea, but if there are any left, they will come in handy for Christmas.  I’ve made plenty…


Inside are white chocolate peppermint and dark chocolate Kisses.

If you need something similar to this for some of your holiday projects, the cups were ordered from Amazon and the most inexpensive straws I found were at Wally World (30 for $.97).

To make a pattern, one of the cups was disassembled and used for a template (add 1/4″ to length for gluing).  My hot glue gun came in handy here.

The Real Red ribbon is retired, but there were two spools left here.

The “merry” tag was made using a stamp from Hang Your Stocking using the Real Red marker and inking only the word merry.  The tags are 1/4″ x 2″.  One end was tagged and the other curled with bone folder to break down the fibers and help the tag wind around the straw.

After the cups were filled the whole treat cup was placed in a cello bag for display.

This weekend and Monday are my monthly classes.  I always look forward to seeing my peeps and they are always excited to see the projects to be made.  In addition I have all my swaps and goodies from OnStage Atlanta last weekend to share with them.  Oh the fun!

Enjoy your weekend and remember you can shop from this blog 24/7 by clicking on the “Shop Now” star in the right column.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


and ink on your fingers will make you HaPpY!


Christmas Boots…

If you were planning to make a stamped Christmas card, the Country Livin’ set probably wouldn’t be your first choice…

But the contradiction of old beat up cowboy boots and glittery decorations can make an interesting combination….


Concentrating on catching the sparkle in the tree decorations, I neglected to notice the shadows across the card until cropping this photo.  And I decided I liked the shadows for the dramatic effect they lend to the shot.  To offset the well-worn boots, I used Clear Wink of Stella on the decorations and gold twine for the lasso rope.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Soft Suede and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Archival Black
  • Stamps:  Country Livin’, Jar of Cheer and Hang Your Stocking (sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Clear Wink of Stella, Gold Baker’s Twine, Seasonal Decorative Masks, Aqua Painter


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Soft Suede layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to Rich Razzleberry layer with SNAIL
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″.  With dotted mask add Rich Razzleberry with sponge lightly toward the center right.  Add splats with Soft Suede and sentiment in Rich Razzleberry at top left.  Attach to Soft Suede layer with SNAIL.
  • Stamp boots and decorations on water color scrap with Archival Black ink.  Paint boots with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede and “fussy cut”.  Add to card front with double dimensionals.  Paint decorations and cut (I used Old Olive, Real Red, Pacific Point and Rich Razzleberry)  Add Clear Wink of Stella to all.  Add to card front with single dimensionals at top of boots and lower right corner.  Make a loop with Gold Baker’s twine and add to card front with glue dots.

Once again I think the elegant decorations and well-worn boots are a perfect match!  Love those boots!

Having attended the SU! OnStage event this last weekend, demonstrators had three days to order some of the merchandise from the new Occasions Catalog.  I got everything!  I just couldn’t help it.  You will not believe the new products and the “freebies” too!  It will be next week before my order arrives, but I’ll share with you soon after…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


today especially.

But we can always be inky…and HaPpY!


OnStage Swap…

Planning for OnStage meant coming up with a “wow” swap.  I mean you are swapping with other very creative demos and you just want your swap to stand out a little.

So I agonized and sketched, ordered product, cut layers, masked, cut thinlit embellishments, embossed, added pearls and glimmer paper and hoped this card would stand up or out…


Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate Cardstock plus Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Craft White Ink and Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches, Totally Trees, Santa’s Sleigh and Gorgeous Grunge (snow)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, Basic Pearls, Aqua Painter


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Basic Gray layer is 4 x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with Multipurpose Glue
  • The Smoky Slate layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Stamp sleigh in Basic Black.  Stamp on Post It Note and cut out with thinlit to use as a mask.  Mask sleigh and stamp trees twice in Basic Black.  Stamp Totally Trees stamp in Craft White Ink twice, remove mask and stamp “snow” with Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp in White Craft Ink.  Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Add Smoky Slate reinker with Aqua Painter to the sleigh.  Cut a piece of Dazzling Diamonds  Glimmer Paper 1″ x 5-1/8″ and cut in half lengthwise making curves.  Place at bottom of Smoky Slate layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Cut wreath from Old Olive cardstock with thinlit, stamp with wreath stamp in Old Olive.  Cut bow from Real Red and attach to wreath with glue dot.  Add to sleigh with glue dot.
  • Add this top layer to card front with Multipurpose Glue.

These will be given out at Brian King’s WCMD2016-Atlanta on Friday and at the main event on Saturday.  I made 100 and wish I could have made more.  But, I will be bringing home 100 swaps from other creative people to share with you!

Hope you are having a great day.  I will be posting from the event tomorrow “live” on my facebook page and with photos on my blog so be sure to stop by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I’ve got inky fingers…and I’m so HaPpY!


Rustic Merry Christmas…

Three days and counting…OnStage Atlanta is right around the corner!  Am I ready you ask?  Kinda…sorta.

But at this point I’m feeling very confident all my ducks will be in a row on Thursday before heading off to Atlanta…I’m close, really close.

But this weeks’ posts are beautiful and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.  Today’s post I’m calling “Rustic Merry Christmas” because some elements are tattered and rustic, while others are very elegant.  Always an interesting combination…


Woodgrain, tattered and distressed edges give this card a rustic look as do the swirly bird swirls in Baked Brown Sugar.  While the 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon and sequins along with the Gold Foil layer lend a more elegant look.  I love this combination…

Here’s a peek inside…


Smaller and more simple pieces coordinate with the card cover leaving plenty of room for your personal holiday message.

If you like the rustic/elegant combo, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow Cardstock, plus Gold Foil
  • Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Woodgrain (background), Timeless Textures (distressed border)  Hang Your Stocking (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Linen Threa, 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon, Gold Sequins and Gold Embossing Powder


  • The Basic Black base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Gold Foil layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with Multipurpose Glue
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp Woodgrain background in Baked Brown Sugar.  Stamp edges with Timeless Textures stamp and Baked Brown Sugar.  Distress edges.  Attached to Gold Foil layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Cut one Swirly Bird wreath in Baked Brown Sugar and one in Gold Foil.  Add Gold Foil first to card front with small dots of Multipurpose Glue.  Add Baked Brown Sugar swirly over Gold Foil Swirly slightly askew with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Cut six or seven pine boughs in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  Add to left side of swirls with Multipurpose Glue.  Cut two Whisper White mistletoe pieces over pine boughs.
  • Make double loops with Gold 5/8″ Satin Ribbon and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to side of wreath with Glue Dots.
  • Stamp sentiment in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Add three gold sequins to card front.
  • Inside the Gold Foil layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ attached with Multipurpose Glue.  The Thick Whisper White layer is 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Cut two small swirly’s one in Gold Foil and one in Baked Brown Sugar.  Cut one pine bough and add to bottom right corner with Multipurpose Glue.

I drew this card out in my planner last night deciding on colors and stamps.  Then when I get into my studio, the card goes together much faster.  Tomorrow’s post and Wednesday’s are already sketched in my book for you.  On Thursday I’ll share my “Roomie Gift Bags” for On Stage including what’s inside (I hope they will like them!), Friday I’ll share my swap card for OnStage and Saturday I’ll post snapshots and maybe a “live” feed from OnStage.  Next week I’ll post some of my favorite swaps received for you to enjoy.  The talent and creativity always amazes…

Hope your day is going well.  We are experiencing another record-breaking temperature of 90 degrees on Halloween!… and still no rain in sight.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


today is the day.

Have a HaPpY HaLlOwEeN!


Christmas Birdhouse…

The Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper is adorable.  I think its been used in almost every project this week but used in a different way each time.

Today’s post involves a little “fussy cutting”, but well worth the time.  Look at this birdhouse…


cute, right!  You could leave off the candy canes if you wanted to keep it simple.  Here’s a peek inside…


Plenty of room for your personal holiday wishes.  Didn’t get a picture of the envelope, but the flap was embossed with Gently Falling EF too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Early Espresso and Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black and Real Red
  • Stamps:  Christmas Magic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Tiny Tag Punch (retired), Thoughtful Branches Thinlits, Cupcake Punch, Gently Falling Embossing Folder


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Real Red layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ embossed with Gently Falling EF and attached to Real Red layer with SNAIL
  • Fussy cut the smaller of the two birdhouses from Candy Cane Lane DSP.  Add dimensionals to back.  Cut a piece of Early Espresso Cardstock 1/8″ x 2-1/2″.  Attach to center of Thick Whisper White layers with multipurpose glue.  Add birdhouse to top.
  • Punch cupcake bottom from Early Espresso and attach dimensionals to back.  Add at bottom of birdhouse “pole”.
  • Cut smaller of two bow thinlits in Thoughtful Branches and attach to pole with glue dot.
  • Stamp sentiment and punch.  Also punch out a Real Red tag.  Attach with glue dots.
  • Cut our red bird with Thoughtful Branches bird thinlet and attach with glue dot.
  • Inside there is a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Real Red Layer with a 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ Whisper White layer on top.  Cut out second red bird and attach at bottom with glue dot.  Add sentiment at top with Real Red INk.
  • Emboss envelope flap with Gently Falling EF by folding the flap only inside the EF.

In my efforts to be ready for my team and the OnStage event in Atlanta next week….eeeeek! I have finished my swaps for the WCMD2016-Atlanta (a Brian King event) and my shoebox swap for ten.  Oh happy day!  Now my pillow gifts for my team need some work and then swaps for the main event on Saturday haven’t even been started….goodness!  Plenty to do this weekend and maybe through Monday.

I do have great projects planned for my blog next week, including another three calendar pages which have surprised me how popular they are.  Many of you must be planning to stamp calendars for Christmas gifts!

You have a wonderful weekend and I’ll talk to you again on Monday as I don’t post on Sunday.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


thank goodness.

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!


Jar of Chocolates…

Here is another item being considered for my craft show booth next month.  I keep demoing projects and need to get busy making multiples of my favorites.

Yesterday we had a “Kit Class” here in the studio so I tested this jar of chocolates out on the girls and it had a positive response.  I think it tested out at 90% in the polls…but who can trust polls these days?


And once you slide off the Santa belly band, it looks like this…


Who doesn’t like chocolate?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you in case you think this might make a small thoughtful gift or stocking stuffer you can use…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock, plus Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate, Real Red
  • Stamps:  Jar of Love and Petite Pairs (sentiment, retired)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Real Red Baker’s Twine, Small Oval Punch, 1/2″ and 1-1/4″ Square Punch, Window Sheet, 2″ x 6″ cello bags. Corner Rounder Punch (Project Life),Everyday Jar Framelits


  • The Crumb Cake container base is 4″ x 6-1/2″, scored at 3″ and 3-1/2″.  Round outside corners with Corner Rounder.
  • The DSP layer is 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″, round outside corners and attach to front cover with adhesive.  Cut with Everyday Jar Framelits using the inside of jar framelit at an angle cutting through DSP and cardstock.
  • Stamp large jar on scrap Whisper White and cut with coordinating framelit from Everyday Jar Framelits, the cut out inside of jar with second framelit.  Cut another jar from Window Sheet and attach to back of Whisper White CS jar with Multipurpose Glue. Add bow to top with Real Red Baker’s Twine.   Attach finished jar to cover with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Stamp sentiment in Real Red on scrap Whisper White and punch with Small Oval Punch.  Punch a hole in one end to attach to Real Red Baker’s Twine bow.
  • The Santa’s belt belly band is 3/4″ x 8″ wrapped around covers and overlap ends.  Attach with adhesive.  Punch one Basic Black 1-1/4″ square and one Dazzling Diamond 1/2″ square.  Glue small square over larger square with Multipurpose Glue and then to center of belly band on front cover.
  • Inside the Hershey’s mini bars have been wrapped with a 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of DSP attached with SNAIL.  Insert four mini bars in cello bag, close bag with glue dot and add inside covers with SNAIL.
  • Slide on Santa’s belt and you are done!

Tomorrow I will feature three more pages to the desk calendar as promised.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky…and HaPpY!