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Easter Flowers…

Today’s post is the opposite technique that I used on Monday to make this card…

So today I’ll show you how to spritz your inked stamp before stamping the water color paper for an entirely different look and you can decide which you like better…

Here’s the same stamp set using the opposite stamping technique (and different colors, of course)

a close up…

a little peek inside…

So what do you think?  This one is certainly crisper looking but still not fussy and exact.  Where the first one looks sort of dreamy to me.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Soft Sky Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Penned & Painted, Suite Sentiments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Window Sheet, water spritzer, journaling or micron pen


  • The Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Soft Sky layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Water color layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the solid stamp for each flower and leaf, ink up each stamp and spritz with water before stamping.  Stamp shading stamp for each flower and leaves.  Add outline stamp with Archival Basic Black.
  • Add sentiment with Archival Basic Black.
  • Cut your window sheet 3-3/4″ x 5″, place a small amount of SNAIL in center and take most of the sticky off with your fingers then place centered on this top layer.
  • With your journaling pen or micron pen draw a border on the card front skipping where the art interrupts the line.

Do you like this technique better?  Give them both a try and see the difference.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

like today.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



Easter Dogwood…

Recently cute bunnies were posted to celebrate the upcoming Easter season, but today’s post features spring dogwood blooms.

Have your dogwoods bloomed yet?  Mind are buds but will be in bloom before Easter.

Here’s today’s card…

and a close up…

peeking inside…

This is my first time using the water color pencils on Kraft Paper…I learned a few things and hope to do more this week, but thought this one turned out well.  I’m not sure if this is a dogwood bloom but it was close enough for me.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  1. Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Kraft Cardstock
  2. Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  3. Stamps:  Penned & Painted, Suite Sayings (sentiment) and Birthday Blooms (dots)
  4. Tools ‘n Embellishments:  Water Color Pencils, Blender Pen, Window Sheet


  1. The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  2. The Kraft Cardstock layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp leaves and flowers with outline stamp in Archival Basic Black.  Be sure to let this ink dry…it takes a bit.  Or you can heat it (like me!)  I have no patience…
  3. Color all images with White Water Color Pencil (your colors will be brighter).  Add Old OLive to leaves, Daffodil Delight to flower centers and Melon Mambo to shade from centers of flower petals out.  Smooth colors with Blender Pen.  Be sure to clean tip between each color change.
  4. Cut a window sheet 3-3/4″ x 5″ to use as a template to draw border skipping when you meet the leaves or flowers.  Add dots wherever you like them.
  5. Inside the card the border was drawn again and dots were added to coordinate with card front.

I’ve been playing around with this same set and water color paper.  If it turns out, I’ll post it next week.

  • I would be a poor SU! Demo if I didn’t tell you that until March 31st the best deal SU! makes is still effective.  You can become a demo (with absolutely no obligations to host parties or sell anything) and get $125 worth of product (anything in the catalog!) and only pay $99!  Whoa!  And not only that great deal, but you can pick out two additional stamp sets (anything in the catalog) for FREE!  Sounds like a “no brainer” right?  But the “cherry on top”?  You can be a Rambling Rose “BUD”, meet people all over the world and attend amazing SU! events.  Seriously, there are even more perks I can tell you about…we need to talk!  Remember, this is only available until this coming Friday.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ask me how I know…

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!


We Have a Baby!!!

Yes, we do have a new member to our family, born on his due date…

How cute is he?  Meet Henry David Young, 6 lbs. 11 oz., 18 1/2″ tall!


Now that I shared that very important update, here’s another “bunnie” card for this spring season…

It would be easy to change this girl bunny to a boy by using Soft Sky Cardstock for the scalloped square and the bow placed at the bunny’s neck.

a little close up.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard, Blushing Bride and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Oh So Succulent Designer Series Paper.
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Square Scalloped Framelits, Bow Builder Punch,  Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Hearts Framelits, Sponge Dauber, Googlie Eyes, Medium Hole Punch, Basic Black Marker or Journaling Pen and Floral Affection Embossing Folders


  • Using Floral Affection EF, add impress to lower front of card.
  • Cut the Scalloped Square Blushing Bride background piece.  Attach to top of notecard.
  • Punch two Whisper White ovals and two Blushing Bride small ovals.  Attach together with SNAIL.
  • Cut Whisper White heart with framelit and turn upside down.  Add Basic Black nose punched with medium hole punch with multipurpose glue or glue dot.
  • Add Blushing Bride cheeks using sponge dauber and whiskers with Basic Black marker or journaling pen.
  • Add googlie eyes (any big box store sells these) with multipurpose glue.
  • Add multipurpose glue to bottom of ears and attach to back of heart.
  • Punch bow and assemble.  Add to point of heart for a girl or to bottom of face for a boy.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

be unstoppable.

And inky.  Always be inky and you’ll be HaPpY!



Down the Rabbit Hole…



Everybody loves bunnies this time of the year.  I actually sent a video of two baby bunnies munching on snacks to my daughter-in-love and asked if “the littles” could have a bunny for Easter.  Her response was emphatic…and negative!

So I will content myself with these cute bunnies jumping into their rabbit holes as thank yous to my peeps this month…

How cute is that?

and they multiplied!

Those rosebuds were so popular (I loved them) and I have hoarded them all this time.  They were spritzed with Blushing Bride…

Would you like one of these notecards?  I’d be happy to send you one to thank you for your online order.  Just click the “shop now” star in the right column and shop to your heart’s content!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard, Blushing Bride, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock
  • Ink:  None!
  • Stamps:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Scalloped Squares Framelits, Stitched Circle Framelits, Oval and Small Oval Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (retired).  You could substitute a cotton ball or white pom-pom for his tail if you didn’t hoard the roses like I did


  • Cut Blushing Bride Scalloped Square from Blushing Bride and emboss with your choice of EF.  Add to top front of notecard with multipurpose glue or SNAIL
  • Cut the larger Stitiched Circle from Basic Black with Framelit and add to card front with multipurpose glue
  • Cut the smaller circle using Stitched Circle Framelits and Thick Whisper White CS.  Add over Basic Black circle with dimensionals.
  • Punch two Thick Whisper White ovals with Oval Punch (or framelits if you have those) and two Blushing Bride ovals using the Small Oval Punch (or framelit).  Glue the smaller oval on top.  Add “toes” with Basic Black Marker.  Use multipurpose glue to add feet to white circle.
  • Add tail of your choice…I’m smiling as I type this!

I have traveled to Seiverville, TN to attend a retreat with Jackie Bultje (The Pampered Stamper) and will return tomorrow with all the excitement of the weekend.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

all.  the.  time…

But I’m inky and HaPpY!



You’re A Good Egg…

It feels like time is passing so quickly with Spring and Easter approaching and there are so many things to share with you…

In the fun class on Monday we did make one Easter Bunny card that everyone seems to really like.  No stamps involved!  Maybe tomorrow that one will get posted.

But today it’s an Easter Egg…

How sweet is that?  Do you recognize the “swoosh”?

A closer view might help…

That butterfly embossing is just the right texture.

Pretty sure someone will ask about the basket prop…it’s from last spring using the crate die.  That Designer Series Paper was one of my favorites.  I’m still hoarding two or three packs of it!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Perfect Plum, Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Painter’s Palette (Swoosh)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Flourish Thinlits, Fluttering Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Ovals Stitched Framelits


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Blushing Bride layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ .  Cut Stitched Oval from center of this layer then emboss bigger piece with Fluttering  Embossing Folder and attach over Blushing Bride layer with multipurpose glue.
  • Using the “swoosh” stamp and Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Perfect Plum and Blushing Bride stamp the oval piece.  Attach inside oval space with dimensionals.
  • Cut small flower from Flourish Thinlits set from Thick Whisper White scrap.  Color stem and leaves with Mint Macaron and flowers with Perfect Plum.  Tie a small bow on stem with Linen Thread and attach to oval with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a Blushing Bride layer 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a Whisper White layer on top 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″

This would make a sweet card for a spring birthday, a get well cheery card or, of course, an Easter card.

Still no g’grandbaby!  We are definitely on baby alert around here…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and I want it all.

Keep those fingers inky and stay HaPpY!



Easter Blessings…

A sweet Easter card today to wish you and your a blessed Easter…


These ovals from a previous project sure came in handy for this card masquerading as Easter Eggs…I love when that happens!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush Cardstock, plus various patterns in DSP for eggs.
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush and Melon Mambo
  • Stamps:  Suite Sayings (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Oval Framelits, Linen Thread, Fringe Scissors, 5/8″ White Satin Ribbon, Happy Patterns Stencils, Stencil brush


  • The Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Melon Mambo layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″.  Using stencil and brush start with Daffodil Delight, to Cucumber Crush to Melon Mambo for the background.  Stamp sentiment in VersaMark and sprinkle with Black Embossing Powder and heat.  Add “eggs” along bottom edge with adhesive and trim from back.
  • Cut a piece of Cucumber Crush 4 1/8″ x 1 1/4″.  Cut along one edge with Fringe Scissors.  Add this piece to bottom of White layer then add to Melon Mambo layer.
  • Cut a piece of 5/8″ White Satin ribbon and attach at back over the “grass”.  Make loops for bow and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add this bow to bottom right of card front.  Add all layers to base card.

Another day spent working outdoors…it’s amazing how much there is to do in the spring.  We may have a dead River Birch tree that needs to come down…oh joy!

Have a wonderful Easter and I’ll see you the first of the week…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Well…inky actually.

But I’m always HaPpY!



Spring Eggs…

Before I get into today’s post I want to say a great big thank you to all my post readers…yesterday was the highest number of readers ever achieved in one day since the beginning of my blog a little over two years ago!  Whew…I was totally blown away when I saw the number over coffee this morning…Thank you all so much…xoxoxo!

Now let me show you this sweet spring basket shown on Splitcoaststampers yesterday made by Betty Traciak…thanks Betty!


Do you follow SplitCoaststampers?  Here’s a link to this post and all the directions…

Just a few tips…

  • This project takes a little over one and half sheets of Designer Series Paper.  Remember to turn your favorite pattern inside when making the basket box.
  • Use tear tape for strength.
  • Add your tag and “grass” and fill with all those spring goodies for your favorite person.

This would be the perfect hostess gift for almost any occasion, hospital visit rather than flowers that die anyway, spring table centerpiece…well, you get the picture…it’s a keeper.

There will be more of these in my future for sure…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Of course if you are inky…you will always be HaPpY!


Easter Peek…

This little lamb is perfect for the Easter season and today he is just peeking to say Happy Easter…


Doesn’t he just look cute peeking out?  I just couldn’t resist making this sweet card and hope those that receive it will feel the blessings of the season.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Love Blooms DSP Stack
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Easter Lamb
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/2″ White Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Small Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Framelits and a rose from a retired embellishment kit.


  • The Thick Whisper white base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Cut the top layer DSP 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.  With the second oval framelit in the set cut the DSP with the framelit positioned toward the top.  Add this layer to the card front.
  • Now place the smallest oval in the set inside the oval already cut and run through Big Shot.  This should give you the frame for the lamb to peek through.
  • Stamp the lamb on scrap white and “fussy cut”.  Color inside ears and cheeks with a blender pen and Blushing Bride ink.  Place glue dots on the front of lamb and position inside the card front.
  • Make white seam binding bow and tie with Linen Thread.  Glue flower with glue dots to bow and then to card front with glue dots.
  • Stamp greeting on scrap white and punch with Small Oval Punch.  Punch Blushing Bride layer with Scallop Oval Punch and adhere to greeting with adhesive and to card front under bow.

This was just the stamp I needed but I can see many other uses for it especially for baby cards, tags, announcements, baby showers and birthday cards.

Yesterday I asked what DSP had been used on Sweetums birthday card and the first person to get the answer was Sue Dillon.  I’ve asked her to send me her mailing address so I can get a card in the mail to her.  Thanks for all your responses…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Inky fingers will make you HaPpY!


Here Comes Peter…

Cottontail!  Yep, Easter is right around the corner and this little guy was made for a private party of friends coming next week.  This group has been friends for decades and I get to see them once a year as they celebrate their friendship with a stamping party here at the studio.

My question is … what should I get to fill the bunny?


Here’s her cottontail…


Just too much cuteness…

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Basic Black cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black Marker
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Circle Framelits, Small Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch and 1″ Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Heart Punch, Curvy Keepsake Die, Linen Thread, Pink Ribbon and Honeycomb


  • The bunny is made with the Curvy Keepsake Box Die.  Cut two from the Thick Whisper White.  You can go ahead and adhere the bottoms together and fold the sides over the handle.
  • Cut the following from Blushing Bride:  two small ovals, one heart and the largest scalloped circle in the framelit set (base)
  • Cut the following from Thick Whisper White:  two scalloped ovals, two 3/4″ eyes, two 1″ circle (cheeks), two 1″ circles (feet)
  • Cut the following from Basic Black, two 1/2″ circles (eyes)
  • Glue the Blushing Bride small ovals to the Whisper White scalloped ovals.  Bend back at one end and add to box with glue.  Tip one ear end forward.
  • Tie your pink bow and add to base of one ear with glue dots.
  • Add the Basic Black 1/2″ circles to the 3/4″ white circles, add a bit of sparkle to the eyes with white gel pen then add eyes to the face with glue.
  • Sponge the edges of two of the 1″ white circles with Blushing Bride.  Add whiskers with Black marker.  Add cheeks to face with dimensionals.
  • Add Blushing Bride heart between cheeks with a dimensional.
  • Add black marks to last two 1″ white circles for toes and then to base of box with glue.
  • Add a cottontail to back with a white or pink honeycomb.
  • Add grass to Blushing Bride scalloped circle with hot glue and the box to the circle over the grass with hot glue.

Now what should we put inside?  The box can still be opened and closed.

This box is easy to put together once you have all the pieces punched out.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


It happens…

My fingers are inky so you know I’m HaPpY!


Happy Easter Egg…

Ahhhh…spring!  Seriously feel the change in the sunlight slant and temperatures.  Not to mention all of nature preparing to burst in riots of color.

So today I’ve made you an Easter card with the subtle colors of spring and all kinds of texture…


Would you like to see inside?

Here you go…


This card just went together by itself…sometimes its like that and I love when that happens.

I’ll try to remember how this one went together and give you the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Mint Macaron, Thick Whisper White, Blushing Bride cardstock
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Easter Lamb (sentiment) and Botanical Blooms.  Oh! and Gorgeous Grunge (love that stamp!)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, Basic Pearls, Oval Framelits, Bloomin’ Heart Framelit


  • The Thick Whisper White card base is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Mint Macaron layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached with adhesive to card front
  • The top Whisper White layer is 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ .  Cut oval with framelit and emboss with dots EF.  Attach to Mint Macaron layer with adhesive.
  • Cut heart with Bloomin’ Heart Framelit from Thick Whisper white.  Then cut oval from heart.  Cut a Blushing Bride oval and attach lace oval with adhesive.  Using glue or adhesive place egg inside oval on card front.
  • Punch out three Mint Macaroon leaves (one small, two large) one white leaf and an assortment of pink and white flowers.  Attach the flower layers together and top with pearls.  Add stamped leaves to card front then flowers on top.
  • Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso and cut to make two pieces to stack.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Scatter some pearls on the card front.
  • Using Gorgeous Grunge and Early Espresso stamp a background then add a bloom and a leaf…perfecto!

I’m so happy you stopped by today…and I do hope you found some inspiration in something you saw or read today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Let’s chase them together…come get inky with me and Be HaPpY!