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Stampin’ Peeps in the House…

Despite the fact Sweetums and I just returned home late last night, today was the day for stamping here at the studio!  And what a day we had…it was a full house with no room to spare.  Why did I not think to make a picture?  …cause I was running around like a nut!

We had three”newbies” which the regulars immediately took under their wings to make them feel at  home.  My classes are not “101” classes by any stretch, but everyone finished with big smiles on their faces.  Just one reason I love this job!

I was going to show an Easter bunny card, but one of my “peeps” brought me a beautifully wrapped gift and I just had to show it to you…

Look at that sweet succulent place card holder!  It is made in a peat pot…how cute is that?

Wonder if I could talk her into six of them?  Just kidding… But this gives me lots of ideas (like I need that!) for ways to use this bundle.

Patty used moss to cover the surface of the pot and three succulent plants to fill the top.  Wouldn’t these make the perfect hostess gift?

Thanks so much Patty for your thoughtfulness…

Sweetums and I had a quick (and I do mean quick) trip to St. Petersburg this weekend to play with “the littles” and celebrate Sweetums’ birthday in style.  We got to see soccer practice with Lyla and baseball practice with Jameson…things we miss.

This Oh So Succulent Bundle on page 21 of the All Occasions Catalog is a classic…with no end to the ideas of projects you can create.  The Bundle #145184 is a “keeper” at $48.50.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!




While running through Hobby Lobby the other day (imagine that!) they were stocking shelves with these Lucite letters.  Stopped me dead in my tracks.  So I got a couple…well, a few.  And decided to practice on the B since I knew it would be staying with me…


Look!  A Christmas “B”.  I was just thinking how cute a letter for each member of a family on the mantle where the stockings are hung…. or the word “merry” or “hohoho”.  My mind works in spirals…

This Lucite letter measures 3-1/2″ x 5″.  One piece of 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper would cover four letters.

Here are a few Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Designer Series Paper (your choice) and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Sky Blue and Real Red
  • Stamps:  Christmas Magic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Aqua Painter, Water Spritzer, Modge Podge


  • Trace your letter lightly in pencil with right side facing up.  Fussy Cut letter.  Coat letter lightly with Modge Podge using a sponge brush then lie the letter on top.  Remember you have a window of time to shift the letter into perfect placement.  Let dry.
  • Cut pine boughs using all three lengths from Thick Whisper White scrap.  Remove die but leave the cut out in the paper while you paint with reinkers.  Spritz with water lightly.  Make a pass with Daffodil Delight, then Pear Pizazz and finally Old Olive mainly just down the centers of the boughs.  Dry with heat gun and glue together at base spreading the ends a bit.
  • Stamp the bell on scrap Thick Whisper White in Basic Black.  Use your Aqua Painter to paint the bell lightly with Smoky Slate.  Leave a shine spot with no paint.  Add a little more Smoky Slate where shadows are indicated.  Add a small amount of Sky Blue.  Paint the bow with Real Red lightly and go back to darken shadow areas.  Fussy cut bell/bow.  Lie flat face down on Piercing Mat and use the large end of Stylus to make circles on the back of the bell to break down the fibers and give dimension to the bell.  Add two dimensionals to back.
  • Use hot glue to attach the pine boughs where they make most sense on your letter.  Add bell at base of boughs.

How many projects can you think of for these letters?  How about spelling out “thanks” for Thanksgiving dinner?  Celebrate?  There are probably endless ideas.  What a great hostess gift too!

Hope your plans for this Labor Day weekend holiday will be filled with sweet memories.  I will hopefully see you right back here on Monday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I’d rather my house be not quite so clean…

Besides, you should see my studio.  But I’m inky and HaPpY!



Framed for Me…

This week I made and posted a framed monogram for a sweet friend and neighbor who I wanted to thank for a favor.  It was made in colors she frequently decorates with which I love, but I wanted one for my house that coordinated with my colors…


Now these colors go perfectly in my house and the frame’s artwork resembles some of the flourishes Stampin’ Up! has available in stamps right now.

The frame came from Hobby Lobby and the opening is 4″ x 6″.   Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla and Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • Ink:  Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey
  • Stamps:  Letters to You, Floral Phrases and Timeless Textures
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Letters Alphabet


  • The Very Vanilla Cardstock was cut 4″ x 6″.  Using the border stamp from Timeless Textures in Smoky Slate stamp around all edges.
  • Using Mint Macaron stamp the roses from Floral Phrases in two places.
  • Use Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with the checked border in a couple of places, the cup bottom circles, polka dots and flourishes in a couple of corners.
  • Add some splatters to the center of piece in Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate.
  • Cut four “M”s from Mint Macaron cardstock.  Stamp the the letter in Mint Macaron on Mint Macaron cardstock and set aside.  Glue the other four “M”s together with multipurpose glue and add the stamped M on top.
  • Place stamped background inside frame and glue the stacked “M”s to the glass outside the frame with multipurpose glue.
  • This frame did have room for any dimension in the artwork so the stacked letters were placed outside.  Works fine for me!

We all make tons of cards and I find it refreshing to work on home décor pieces to decorate my home or give as gifts.

Hope you are planning a wonderful and hopefully cooler weekend.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


A belt?  Who heard of such a thing?

Get yourself inky…and Be HaPpY!



Seaside Sampler…

This past spring several of my stamping peeps and I shared art for a spring sampler.  I have to say it turned out so well and is one of my most treasured pieces.

But today I took the spring sampler down and hung up a new sampler for summertime.  Using the Designer Series Paper By the Shore and stamp set Seaside Shore in addition to Swirly Bird and Painter’s Palette.  I finished this sampler today and couldn’t wait to share…


  • I found this 10″ x 10″ frame last week at Hobby Lobby and knew it would work great for this project.  There is about a 1/2″ space between the glass and the back of the frame which makes it possible to create three dimensional squares.
  • The center measures 5″ x 5″ and each square is 2″ square.  You can see I used the Layered Square Framelits which made it easy to cut these out and know they were perfect.
  • The background is a single sheet from the DSP.  The different square highlight the variety of designs in the DSP.  Colors are Dapper Denim, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron and some Soft Suede.
  • In the center I used the easel frame from the set Painter’s Palette to create the sign in the sand.  And the little sail boat is from the set Swirly Birds.  Lots of small pieces stamped and “fussy cut” until I felt there were plenty of pieces to work with.
  • The small squares are Dapper Denim cut with the scalloped Layered Square Framelits and the DSP square were all cut with the corresponding straight square.

Here are a couple of close up shots of the squares in case you’d like to case.




I’m so glad this project was finished before summer ended.  I need more summer decorations…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


It’s so much more fun!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Baby Love…

Today I confess this Baby Bear stamp has not been in my possession more than an hour…but I did have this frame all ready just waiting to make my sweet teddy bear and sit him on this shelf…


Wouldn’t this be the sweetest gift for a new mother expecting a baby girl?  And the baby kitty and bunny just make it that much cuter.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…if you need directions fro the shadow box frame, you can find them here…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo Cardstock plus Playful Palette and Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Smoky Slate…plus Daffodil Delight and Soft Sky Markers
  • Stamps:  Festive Fireplace (shelf), Baby Bear and Made With Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Small Bow Punch, Hearth & Home Thinlets Die (shelf), oval piercing pattern, Decorative Label Punch


  • This shadow box was made with Rose Red Cardstock 12″ x 12″.  The opening measures 4-1/2″ square.
  • The Playful Palette DSP in the background is 4-1/2″…I had to trim mine a smidge to keep it from buckling.  Attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and color with markers.  Use piercing pattern for oval, then punch with Decorative Label Punch.  Add to background with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the shelf twice in Soft Suede and cut with thinlet in Home & Hearth.  Cut the ends off each shelf and overlap to the width of the frame then glue together with multipurpose glue.  Add to shadow frame with Stampin’ Strip.
  • Stamp bunny and kitty with Basic Black and use Aqua Painter to lightly color leaving some white highlights with Smoky Slate (kitty) and Soft Suede (bunny).  Fussy cut and add to shelf with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Three-step stamp the baby bear.  I used Crumb Cake stamped off for the first stamp, Crumb Cake straight up for second stamp and Early Espress for the last stamp.  Magic!  The bear was then “fussy cut” and added to the shadow box shelf with Stampin’ Strips because they are just a little fatter than the dimensionals.
  • Stamp the bow with Blushing Bride and “fussy cut”.  Add to baby bear with glue dots.
  • The bigger bow on the top of the frame was punched from Pop of Pink DSP and added with glue dots.

Man!  I wish I knew more people having babies…I feel like making all sorts of baby cards with this set.  Think I’ll try some wedding cards after I made a baby boy shadow box.  Unfortunately this will all have to wait until I get back from watching my g’son play in his first state baseball tournament…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Love me some coffee…

Be HaPpY!…get inky!



Birthday Bulletin Board…

Now everything is ready for Lyla’s birthday next weekend.  She will be so surprised to see this bulletin board for her room…


Here is the bulletin board pictured with the frame made from a box that started it all and the box from yesterday’s post to hold her push pins on the right.  Here’s a close up of the push pins…


She loves flowers and butterflies and the little pompoms are the cherry on top!  Here’s a close up of the name…


and a shot of the frame in case you missed that post…


This is a Kate Spade box that just couldn’t be thrown away and that’s Lyla and her buddy Stitch who adore each other.

This bulletin board is from Hobby Lobby and measures 36″ x 24″.  I used  Basic Black craft ink and a dauber to polka dot the frame.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for the name…


  • Paper:  Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White and Blushing Bride Cardstock and Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  none
  • Stamps:  Botanical Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Basic Pearls and Botanical Builder Framelits, Little Letters Framelits (retired)


  • The Basic Black layer is 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • The Watermelon Wonder layer is 6″ x 4″ attached to the Basic Black layer with Tear Tape
  • The DSP layer is 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ attached to Watermelon Wonder layer with Tear Tape
  • Cut letters with Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and attach to DSP layer using Thin Tip Glue
  • Punch leaves and flowers with Botanical Builder Framelits and arrange at top left corner
  • Punch a few Itty Bitty flowers, add pearl to center and attach with glue dots.

This has been a really fun project to make and Lyla will love this on the wall in her room.  I can hardly wait to give it to her.  Because she considers herself an artist, she will appreciate the love built into this gift.

We are enjoying a glorious day here and I hope you are too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Let’s get inky together and Be HaPpY!




Shall We Have Tea?…

This set was my #1 choice the first time I laid eyes on it in Orlando last November…seriously, who wouldn’t like this set?  Then the sentiment was in another set (Balloon Celebrations, really!).  Why this sentiment isn’t with this set is a mystery to me…but together they are just a little bit of magic…


This frame is 5″ x 5″ and will be sitting in my kitchen if you want to come over for tea or coffee and see it…

You will all ask me where the frame came from…Hobby Lobby $5.99 with their 40% savings coupon.

Now I have placed the Designer Series Paper behind the glass, but not any of the teapot pieces.  I do this all the time so I can build layers and texture into a framed design.  I just stick the pieces on the glass with glue dots or dimensionals…I’ve been known to use glue too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

  • Let’s do the sentiment oval first.  I “fussy cut” the flower, stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso and punched with Scallop Oval Punch.  The large Oval Punch was used for the DSP in the background.  Attach these two layers with adhesive.  Add as many dimensionals as you want to the back of this piece.  Add the cut flower to the front with a dimensional.
  • The tea bag was cut from tissue paper doubled.  Hold together with a glue dot.  Cut a small piece of Baker’s Twine and staple to the tea bag.
  • Cut the teapot out with Cups & Kettle Framelits and Mint Macaron cardstock.  Cut another teapot out of fun foam and glue cardstock pieces to corresponding fun foam.  “Fussy cut” another flower and add to front of teapot with glue.  Glue the Baker’s Twine stapled to tea bag to back of teapot.
  • Cut the smoke coming out of teapot from Whisper White cardstock and fun foam and glue together.
  • Cut a portion of a doily and add to glass with a small amount of glue here and there.  Glue the teapot over doily and the smoke coming from spout.
  • Add the sentiment oval over the teapot.

This was such a fun piece to put together and I’m already thinking of ways to make it cuter and to match my daughter-in-love’s new kitchen décor.

Mother Nature is reminding us she is in charge of the seasons and it’s still March today.  Makes for a really good stamping day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get those fingers inky…Be HaPpY!


Spooky Mantle…

Do you like Halloween?  Some do and some don’t.  I’m one of those who love it in a cute spooky way.  We get about 50 kids each year Trick or Treating and it’s just so much fun seeing all the kids in their creative costumes.

Needless to say, around my house its always decorated, plus we put spooky lights and other things in our yard leading up to the door.  The kids love it.

Here are a couple of shots of a banner that’s on my mantle plus some Halloween candles that coordinate.


and this one…


The banner spells out Spooky with big burlap bows at each end.  I find it hard and next to impossible to get a good pic of a banner…but you get the jest.

Here are the candles…


These were made last year.  That’s what is great about making this type of decoration…you can reuse it again.

Maybe you saw something here today that inspires a creation of your own…I hope so.  Thanks for stopping by.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


I’m just a little inky…but a lot HaPpY!


A Slice of Life…

We are enjoying a beautiful fall now that the rain has finally stopped and today was a great day for a convertible ride with the fur babies…


And…we are ready for Halloween.  These pumpkins I think are three or four years old when SU! offered this Halloween decoration.  An oldie but goodie…not me!  the pumpkins.  And I’m holding Willis (who will not look at a camera) and Miss Zoe.  They have been all bathed up and are ready for a ride.  I should have gotten the doors behind me in the shot because the Halloween beaded spider wreaths are up too!

But here is my project to show you today.  Do you get Paper Pumpkin?  Yes…well I know you were excited this month.  And if you don’t…what are you waiting for?  Click on the Paper Pumpkin picture on the right side of this blog and get going.  You don’t want to miss another month.  They are simply terrific.  Here is October’s Paper Pumpkin…


Is that adorable?  I plan to place little goodies in each slice and use them at my Thanksgiving table.  Here’s what I’m hoping…that SU! will offer a die to cut these pie slice boxes in the SAB catalog the first of the year.  Nobody has said a word to me, but boy! would I love that.  Can’t you just see this at showers, birthdays and Christmas?  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that wish.

I hope you are enjoying some beautiful fall weather wherever you are too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”When I told you I was normal, I may have slightly exaggerated.”

I’m smiling…slightly my foot!  I’m inky…and HaPpY!


Sweet Baby Siena…

One of the most wonderful things about being a Stampin’ Up! Demo is the relationships you develop with people you create with.  In my classes I have some of the most wonderful people…truly a delight to be in their company.  Last week one of my stamping friends had a very special, much anticipated baby girl, Siena Marie.  Here’s her pic…


I can just hear the collective “awwwww…”  Isn’t she gorgeous?  Well, I couldn’t let the occasion pass without some really girly SU! something.  Here’s one of the things I took to her house…


It’s hanging on my studio door here, but it’s now at Baby Siena’s house.  Using the Banners Framelits (largest) and the polka dot stencil I created the background for the Spiral Die Roses and leftover alphabet letters from a Paper Pumpkin came in real handy.  A little paper lace, pink ribbon tied with Linen Thread and pretty white satin ribbon and it all came together and looked so sweet.  This was a lot of fun to make.  I love when a project in my mind  just comes together like this one did.

Do you have special occasions coming up in your circle of friends and family?  Stampin’ Up! has so many kits, embellishments and product to help you create a one-of-a-kind gift or decoration to celebrate.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Think BIG, believe BIG, act BIG and the results will be BIG!”

Last night I scurried to book club after a busy class and brunch meeting in the afternoon to find my hands were embarrassingly inky…but I was HaPpY!