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Today’s post was sent to a blog reader from a random drawing selection.  I had promised to send a gift made personally and this is what was sent…

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Hoping Rosemary has received her gift and this post isn’t ruining her surprise.  Thought this little desk calendar would be useful in her stamping space.

Because I gave away the only catalog I had with me (I’m still with “the littles” in Florida) I don’t have the exact name of the stamp set.  But it is in the Occasion Catalog with coordinating framelits and it is awesome!  I’ve seen so many really cute and clever things made with this set.

I can give you the dimensions to the calendar stand…

The Thick Whisper White base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored on the long side at 4″, 8″, 9″ and 10″.  Make the 9″ score a valley fold and the 8″ and 10″ mountian folds.  Attach the last inch fold to the top of the card piece and stand it up.

The Calypso Coral cardstock is 4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.

The DSP layers are 3-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached with SNAIL, and 3-7/8″ x 1-3/4″ for the top layer attached with SNAIL.

The calendars I ordered from Tayloredexpressions.com.  The cardstock behind the calendar was cut 1/8″ wider than the calendar.

The T-Shirt was stamped on scrap of Thick Whisper White in Smoky Slate and cut out with framelit.

The T-Shirt message was stamped in Calypso Coral.

The T-Shirt collar was stamped in Calypso Coral and cut with framelit and attached with a piece of dimensional.

The T-Shirt was added to top of calendar with multipurpose glue

So today is going home day.  One more school pick up and one more after school treat before I leave.  It’s been fun to be  involved in their daily activities and be here when they get home.  Of course the amazing warm, no humidity weather has been pretty nice too.

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Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Yep.

Stay inky my friend…be HaPpY!

 

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2017 December – Calendar…

It’s time for the new year and we are so ready with our new 2017 handmade calendar.  Did you follow along?

This post has been so much fun to do and I know it will be special all year long.

Here’s December…

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Thanks goodness for Paper Pumpkin!  This turned out even better than I had hoped and seriously so easy…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar Papersource.com, cut outs SU! Paper Pumpkin
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Sequins

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  • Run the calendar page through Big Shot using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
  • Add the first row of houses framelit to page with multipurpose glue.
  • Add the second row of houses with dimensionals.
  • If you’d like to stamp a greeting on the snow layer, do it now.
  • Add the trees and snow with double dimensionals.

Seriously, did we just finish the last calendar page?  Let the HaPpY dance commence!

Tomorrow is New Years Eve.  I’m sending you the very best wishes for the new year and thank you so much for reading my blog!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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or tomorrow.

Let’s get inky together and be HaPpY!

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2017 November – Calendar…

Thanksgiving which falls in November is my favorite holiday…

So this month’s page had to be special too.

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I do love this page and it’s really quite striking and simple to make.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Calendar preprinted from Papersource.com plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Ken Oliver’s Color Burst pigment (Amazon), SU! Water Color Pencils, VersaMark Ink
  • Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Embossing Powder, Vintage Leaflits Framelits, Aqua Painter

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  • Spray a piece of water color paper with water liberally.  Add Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts.  I used yellow, red, purple and green.  Spray with more water if you want more movement of color.  Let dry.
  • Cut large maple leaf with Leaflits Framelits.
  • Stamp with Gorgegous Grunge splat stamp in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat..ahhhh!
  • Attach with multipurpose glue to calendar page.
  • Scribble a shadow with Smoky Slate water color pencil.  Use Aqua Painter to smooth.  I made six of these and on the first one my Aqua Painter picked up pigment from the leaf spreading it through my gray scribbles.  I liked it!  So all of the others were painted this same way.  Cool.

This is one of those happy mistakes that happen ever so often for me.

One more month to go…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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like family.

Get yourself inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

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2017 October – Calendar

For this month of the calendar I went back to the Holiday catalog and used some of my favorite Halloween stamps and framelits to create a spooky night scene…

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This month features one of my favorite stamping techniques…masking.  I sweat it creates magic every time!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar Papersource.com.  Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Peek A Boo Peach, Whisper White
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Sweet Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Halloween Scenes Edgelits, 1-1/2″ circle punch

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  • Punch circle from post it note and stick to calendar page upper left corner.  Mask printed calendar with post it notes.  Sponge back ground with Soft Sky ink.  Remove masks.  Using negative space mask for moon, sponge with Daffodil Delight.
  • Cut one house from Smoky Slate and trim away tabs.  Cut door and window.  Stamp spider web and roof line in Basic Black.  Cut a piece of Peek A Boo Peach and glue to back of window.  Attach to calendar with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp banner and sentiment on scrap Thick Whisper White and cut out with framelit.  Add over door of house with dimensionals.
  • Cut tree from Basic Black CS.  Add to calendar with multipurpose glue.

Pretty sure my “littles” will love this calendar page when October rolls around next year.

Two more months to go and this year of blogging will be history.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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seriously.

And get inky…be HaPpY!

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2017 September – Calendar…

September is the month of weather changes and cooler temperatures.  But in many places its the time of festivals and state fairs.  It’s also my birthday month and this page needed to be special…

How about this?

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This new set caught my attention in the 2017 Occasion Catalog…did you see the carousel horse?  Oh my!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar Papersource.com.  Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight plus Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Early Espresso and Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamps:  Carousel Birthday and Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  In Color Enamel Shapes, 1/2″ circle punch

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  • Cut the Designer Series Paper 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ attach to calendar page with SNAIL
  • Stamp Gorgeous Grunge in background a couple of times in Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamp carousel  and swirl designs on sides in Early Espresso over splats.
  • Stamp carousel on a scrap of Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder.  Now there are two thinlits in the Up & Away Thinlits Dies that will cut the cupcakes, but I “fussy cut” and made it one piece.  Either way, you need two cupcakes of each color.
  • Attach cupcakes with dimensionals.  Add enamel shapes to each.
  • Punch center of carousel with 1/2″ punch and add to center with dimensional.

Doesn’t this carousel just make you smile?  I like it and it’s my birthday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

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2017 August – Calendar

It’s summer time, scorching hot…what would taste REALLY good?  Ice cream!

The new stamp set Cool Treats and coordinating framelits Frozen Treats make the perfect combination for tasty summer treats…

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I ended up stamping direct to paper and not using the framelits yet (ideas are rampant), but look how great they turned out!  This set has everything right down to the cherry on top!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Papersource.com for preprinted calendar page
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Slush, Limeade, Old Olive and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Cool Treats
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Aqua Painter

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  • Stamp sentiment center top in Archival Basic Black
  • Stamp center treat in Strawberry Slush.  I went over the treat with Aqua Painter to smooth then stamped accent with Strawberry Slush.  Stamp stick with Crumb Cake.
  • Position and stamp other two treats.  One is Pumpkin Pie with Early Espresso and the other is Limeade with Old Olive.  Stamp sticks in Crumb Cake.
  • Using the Bermuda Bay water color pencil, scribble below and to one side of each treat.  Go over with Aqua Painter to smooth color.

They look fresh and good enough to lick don’t they?  I want to get the Designer Series Paper that coordinates with this set and make lots more cute cards.

It’s the day after…whew!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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cool.

Stay inky and HaPpY!

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2017 – July Calendar…

So succulent plants are a hot trend for 2017…I’ve heard this.  Personally, I absolutely love them and have several.

So what did SU! do?  They have new stamps sets, framelits and kits featuring succulents…

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I have a terrarium and it’s amazing.  It doesn’t have succulents in it but I promise it never needs a thing (water, food, etc.)!  Perfect plant.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for July…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar source Papersource.com
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Old OLive, Pear Pizazz, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Live, Love, Grow (pg. 147 Annual Catalog)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments: SU!  Water Color Pencils, Aqua Painter or Blender Pen

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  • Stamp sentiment upper left corner
  • Stamp Terrarium in Smoky Slate.
  • Stamp dirt in Crumb Cake and details in Early Espresso
  • Stamp tallest plant on right in Pear Pizazz and Old Olive.  Make a mask for this plant by stamping on post it note and “fussy cutting” image.
  • Cover tallest stamped plant with mask.
  • Stamp shortest plant in Mint Macaron and Pear Pizazz.  Make a mask for this plant by stamping on post it note and “fussy cutting” image.
  • Cover smallest stamped plant with mask.
  • Now stamp second tallest plant next to tallest plant in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  Remove mask from tallest plant.
  • Stamp last plant on left in Mossy Meadow
  • Remove mask from smallest plant
  • Using the Smoky Slate water color pencil, scribble some shadow lines under terrarium.  Wash over with Aqua Painter and water.

How quick was that for planting a terrarium?  Store your “fussy cutting” pieces in the stamp set container to be used again.

Thanks so much for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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celebrate.

Inky is HaPpY!

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2017 June – Calendar…

Taking a ride in a hot air balloon over Santa Fe is on my bucket list…

So when this new stamp set and coordinating thinlet set appeared in the 2017 Occasions Catalog, I was over the moon!

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How much fun would that be?  And on an “adorable” scale…I give this one a big fat TEN.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar page from Papersource.com.  Thick Whisper White, Peek A Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder Cardstock plus Carried Away Designer Series Paper.
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Up & Away Thinlits Dies

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  • Cut your Designer Series Paper 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″.  Attach to top of calendar with SNAIL
  • Cut hot air balloon from Thick Whisper White Cardstock and set aside.
  • Cut top two sections of balloon in Peek A Boo Peach
  • Cut bottom three pieces of hot air balloon and piece for basket from Watermelon Wonder
  • Dot multipurpose glue on back of Whisper White and add each piece starting at top.  Attach to calendar with multipurpose glue
  • Cut clouds from Thick Whisper White and add with dimensionals.

How cute is this calendar page…made in what, 15 minutes?

Thanks for stopping by today…hope your Christmas plans have all fallen into place and you can relax for a bit.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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and it does.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

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2017 May – Calendar…

By the time the month of May rolls around next year, we will all feel like kicking up our heels…

To highlight that spring feeling, the new stamp set Beautiful You was my choice.  This is certainly a unique stamp set for SU! and I’m loving it!

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Doesn’t she look happy?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Source for preprinted calendar page is Papersource.com.  The quality of the paper works well with ink, stamp, water color and brushes.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black (it’s water proof)
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and High Tide (water puddle)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Aqua Painter, Blender Pen or small round brush with water

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  • Stamp girl in Archival Basic Black.
  • Stamp water image from High Tide stamp set at her feet.
  • Stamp sentiments.
  • Using the new SU! Water Color Pencils, color image.  I used Calypso Coral (lightly) for her skin.  Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso for her hat.  Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point for her dress.  And Baja Breeze for the water.  Some of the Melon Mambo was scribbled in the water to insinuate a reflection.

So many ideas for this set are waiting in line to be made.  I’ve just run out of time before traveling for Christmas.  My sketch book will be full by the time I return, so look for many more examples from this set coming soon.

Yesterday Sweetums and I traveled to Nashville to visit with “the biggles”.  It kills me I didn’t get a picture of Gavin (he’s really a good looking kid), but he was on a “short leash” and expected to be at work.  I did however, steal a quick one with Kendall (she’s having a baby in March!)…

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Hope you will follow along as I post the remaining months to end the year…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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shhhhhhhh,

And whatever you do…stay inky and HaPpY!

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2017 April – Calendar

Seriously…you didn’t think this calendar was going to be completed without these cute little chicks, did you?

April seemed the most appropriate month to add these feathered girls…

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This will put a smile on my face all month long this spring.  Fortunately, this is mine because it has a oopsie.  But, hey, that’s life, right?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar from Papersource.com, Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Hello Chick and Birthday Banners (sentiment banner)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Aqua Painter

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  • Stamp banner and sentiment on Thick Whisper White scrap and cut with Bunch of Banners Framelit…set aside.
  • Stamp chicks in Archival Basic Black ink (it is water proof)
  • Color chicks with Water Color Pencils.  I lay down all my colors at once, even the ground shadows, and then go over everything with the Aqua Painter cleaning brush on pad or paper towel between color changes.
  • Add sentiment banner to top right corner with dimensionals.

How easy was that month?   And, oh so cute!

Today is a travel day to Nashville to see “the biggles”, my oldest g’kids.  We are planning a lunch out and then a visit to see my g’daughters new digs and nursery!  Should be a great day…I may show pics tomorrow.

Hope you are finding an end to your holiday preparations and beginning to relax and enjoy the season.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Got to get a little ink on today…and Be HaPpY!

 

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