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Roomie Gifts…

Today is a travel day to Salt Lake City.  Since my son was flying to SLC today too, our flights will hook up in Atlanta.  One-on-one time with adult child…Yay!  It just never happens anymore.

Tomorrow I will be gifting these 2018 desk calendars to my roomies and some others…

They are the size of a normal vertical greeting card.

Of course I had to add the “Billie Bow”!

The “stand” helps to keep the calendar upright.

Do you need small gifts for the holidays or maybe a craft show booth?  These make sweet, useful gifts…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Cardstock, plus Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Coffee Cafe’
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, Linen Thread, 2018 preprinted calendar, Gold Library Clips


  • The Thick Whisper White card base is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″, fold and burnish with Bone Folder
  • The Early Espresso layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.
  • The small Early Espresso layer is 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ attached center bottom of card front with SNAIL.
  • I printed my own calendar, but have in the past ordered them preprinted $4 for 10 calendars here.  Attach to Early Espresso with SNAIL.  Add gold library clip at top .
  • The cup lid, heart and sleeve were stamped on Thick Whisper White and cut out with coordinating framelit die.
  • The cup was stamped on Crumb Cake in Early Espresso and cut out with coordinating framelit die.
  • Tombow glue lid to cup.  Tie a piece of Linen Thread around lid to add heart.  Make bow (see video here) and attach to lid with glue dots.
  • The “stand” is 4-1/4″ x 3″ of Thick Whisper White scored on long side at 1/2″, 1-1/2″ and 2-1/2″.  Mountain fold and attach with Tear Tape on the 1/2″ tab to the inside front and back of card.

How easy was that?  And it’s the gift that keeps on giving…All.  Year.  Long.

Hope you enjoyed this little calendar and you’ll come back each day to view the projects I have planned for this week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope you are hanging with me this exciting week and keeping your fingers inky…be HaPpY!


One for the Team…

My team is so special to me and occasionally I like to surprise them with a little something.  Who doesn’t like to get “happy” mail, right?

The Designer Series Paper Stack, Cupcakes & Carousels is amazing…had to reorder it, but I wanted to use it on these desk calendars…


Here’s a closer look…


Tie Dyed T-Shirts…remember those?  Love that little stamp, too!


On the back …


pens to match…How fun is that?

Have you made these desk calendars before?  They really aren’t hard at all and are fun decorate.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Natural White and Bermuda Bay Cardstock, plus Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate,  Archival Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases (sentiment), Tie Dyed and Custom Tee
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  T-Shirt Builder Framelits Dies, Succulent Framelits Dies (flower on pen)  Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight pom-poms (retired), Stylish Stems Framelits (sentiment label), 1-1/4″ circle punch


  • The Natural White base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4″ x 4″, score at 1″, 2″ and 3″.  Make the 2″ score a mountain fold and the 1″ and 3″ valley folds.  Attach inside the folded base at bottom with multipurpose glue to create stand.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and attach to one side of base with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach with SNAIL over Bermuda Bay.
  • The calendars are 2-1/2″ x 3″ so the Bermuda Bay is 2-3/4″ x 3-1/4″  Attach together and to the bottom of card with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp T-shirt in Smoky Slate on Natural White CS.  Using a wet wipe folded in half twice and lying inside a stamp folder, drop reinker using Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay.


  • This will be your stamp pad for the tie dyed stamp.  Stamp the T-shirt with this.  Add and words you like for the shirt in Archival Basic Black.  Also stamp a collar and small flower with Bermuda Bay on this scrap.  Cut out all with framelits.  Add collar to t-shirt with multipurpose glue.  Add dimensionals to back of t-shirt and add to top of card over calendar.
  • Cut sentiment base from Bermuda Bay.  Stamp “just a note” on scrap and cut with framelit  in Stylish Stems.  Glue together and on card back top.  Stamp flower on scrap and cut with framelit.  Add under sentiment with dimensional.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4″ x 5″.  Score three edges at 1/2″ and 1″.  Leave one edge unscored.  On the unscored edge punch with 1-1/4″ circle punch.  Burnish score lines.  Trim corner tabs…


  •  Attach small tab in with glue dot.  Place glue dot on bottom of side tab and fold over bottom tab.  All multipurpose glue all around tabs and attach to back at bottom.  This box will hold 3″ post it notes
  • My pens are Bic Pens without the tops.  Cut DSP 2″ x 5″.  Using your bone folder curl the paper the way it will wrap the pen.  Add hot glue to one long edge and lay the pen on this line of glue.  Once dry, roll the pen in the paper.  At this point if you need to trim off some of the paper that’s fine.  Add hot glue to last edge and roll the pen to glue and hold til dry.  Punch flower from scrap Bermuda Bay and add to top of pen with hot glue.  If you don’t have the pom poms, maybe add a large pearl or rhinestone or anything else you like.
  • To hold the pen to the card, cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 1″ x 4″.  Wrap this around your pen and pinch together  so you know where to add hot glue.  Hot glue together leaving opening for pen.  Add more hot glue to one side and place behind front of card about half way up.  Insert pen.

These are really fun to make and useful too.  I’m sure they will enjoy receiving this little surprise in their mailboxes.

Well…I’m off to Nashville to attend a stamping event featuring Lisa Pretto.  Meeting up with some demo friends I haven’t seen in a bit so it should be lots of fun and no sleep!

Hope your weekend is all the fun you can handle…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


all.  the.  time…

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!




Foxy Desk Calendar…

You may have caught the live Facebook video on this masculine desk calendar.  What a nerve wracking thing to do…I’ll get better at it I promise.  My excuses to not do it are:  bad hair day, fingernails aren’t polished except with ink, I’m in my pj’s…well, you get the picture.  I always mess up somehow and you are always still encouraging!

My intention was to highlight the new Water Color Pencils that will be available in the new Occasions Catalog in SU! colors!  Was I ever excited when those babies were announced at OnStage…and I was given a box of them!

Here’s a small sample using the water color pencils and showing a masculine desk calendar made for the Christmas Market show in less than two weeks.  Am I ready?…maybe.


I gave directions earlier this week on making this desk calendar and also gave them again today on the Facebook video.  It’s the fox, the water color pencils and the fact that masculine can be gorgeous too that I wanted to share.

Here’s a close up of the fox…


This is a great stamp from the set The Wilderness Awaits and those water color pencils are magic.  The Designer Series Paper is from the paper stack Warmth & Cheer.

When I made the first masculine desk calendar, I gave it to Sweetums for his opinion and asked if he would put one like it on his desk.  Yep!  So I’ve made several more to take to the Market.  I’ll let you know how they sell…

Did you hear the new Stitched Framelits are on backorder?  I knew they were going to be a big hit.

Hope you enjoyed this water color post.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!


Desk Calendar Gift…

Today’s post is another project made for this month’s craft show.  Another piece I have no idea what to charge.  Approximately $4.50 in materials and not too time consuming to make either.

These desk calendars (there are several in different DSP) were shown to some of my peeps today at class.  This seemed to be a popular item.  Any suggestions on price?

If they don’t sell well, there are several on my list I know would put these to good use…


The Petals & Paisleys Designer Series Paper really makes this piece…love!

Flower embellishment close up…


Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits just in case you have a craft show and need an inexpensive gift item that is actually useful…


  • Paper:  Petals & Paisleys DSP, Mint Macaron Cardstock and Copper Foil
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  Falling Flowers
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  May Flowers Framelits, 2017 calendar, 3″ x 3″ Post It Note, Bic Pen, 5″ x 7″ Acrylic Photo Frame


  • The background DSP is 5″ x 7″.  The horizontal DSP layr is 1-1/2″ x 7″.  Slide this into acrylic frame.
  • The pen cover is 5″ x 1-1/2″ hot glued to pen.  The holder is 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.  Glue together leaving enough room for pen to slide in.  Glue to back of background with multipurpose glue.  It looks much more finished if the pen holder paper matches the back of the background paper.


  • Glue 3″ x 3″ Post It note to left side with hot glue.
  • Glue 2-1/4″ x 3″ calendar to right side centered in space.
  • Stamp three sets of  leaves in Mint Macaron on Mint Macaron Cardstock.  Cut out with framelits.  Glue with hot glue to top center of acrylic frame.
  • Cut one Copper Foil flower with framelit and hot glue over center of leaves.
  • Cut two flowers from DSP.  Break down fibers and curl edges with bone folder.  Attach with dimensional.
  • Cut one flower center from DSP and attach with dimensional.

Here’s what it looks like all packaged…


This is the large cello bag for wine or champagne bottles.

There are some other pieces I’d like to share with you this week so I hope you will stop back by…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


thank goodness.

We had class today, so everybody went home inky and HaPpY!



Promised Calendar Pages…

Here are three more of the calendar pages promised last week based on the response from last Saturday’s post…biggest day ever!

I’ll remind you these calendars were purchased preprinted on a very nice letterpress paper ( and stamped.  This has been a family project done Thanksgiving weekend.  I would provide the calendars and we would all pile in my studio and knock them out.  Talk about a “holy moly” mess!  But the memories are worth it.

So here are July, August and September…


Two and Three-step stamping.  Both pieces were “fussy cut” and given a coat of Crystal Effects and popped up on dimensionals.


One stamped in Early Espresso and one stamped in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, “fussy cut” and popped up on dimensionals.


Love this old truck.  I’ve used it even more than I originally thought I would.

Empty or stamped, these calendars make great gifts for the holidays.

Here’s your “B-ism” or today…



Be inky…Be HaPpY!


Family Traditions & Memories…

From the backseat Lyla said to Jameson, “Wasn’t this the best day ever?”  “Yeah”, he said.

Isn’t that what life is all about?  Creating memories…especially as a family?

We had been to a wall/rock climbing center and afterwards went for a nice dinner.  It wasn’t really all that remarkable, but the memory will be.

So along those lines of creating memories, I’d like to share a tradition we started in our family.

Making desk calendars together for the new year.  Lots of stamping, glittering, gluing and embossing along with everyday chatter and remembering what happening in that month last year and planning memories to be made in the new year.

This year was especially bittersweet for many reasons, but a big one was that my daughter and son-in-love were being deployed to South Korea and we knew they would not be home for Thanksgiving this year.  As it turned out, she didn’t get her calendar finished.  Last week it was finished and shipped to South Korea.  She seemed really tickled to receive it in the mail this week when we talked on FaceTime (I love Facetime!)

Here are the months finished and shipped to her…






Do you have family traditions?  Thank you for letting me share one of our family traditions with you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And great memories will be created…

Get inky…Be HaPpY!