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Rad Dad…

Did you miss me yesterday?  That’s the first post I’ve missed in over a year…but it was for a good reason.  Look at this little bean…

I drove my daughter Kelly back to Nashville to stay a few more days before she has to head home to Seoul.  We took a little shopping trip to a majestic yarn store and “little bean” went with us!  How cute are he and my g’daughter Kendall?

By the time I got home (the traffic was unbelievable) it was too late to post.  But what I have to show you today is worth the wait!

Combining a couple of stamp sets…

A little close up…

Using that apron pattern I made last week for the girlie apron…

and a peek inside.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Real Red, Kraft, Thick Whisper White and Silver Foil Cardstock
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Nailed It and Custom Tee
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Journaling or Micron Pen for stitching, Build It Framelits Dies, Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Oval Dies, Sponge


  • The Real Red base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″, sponge edges with Early Espresso and run through Big Shot with Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Add to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut a piece of Kraft CS 3-7/8″ x 4-7/8″.    Mark each long side with a pencil at 2-1/2″.  Use a large Oval Framelit to cut away the sides lining up with pencil mark.  Sponge edges with Early Espresso.  Stamp screws at top for buttons and sentiment from Custom Tee in Early Espresso.
  • Cut apron pockets from Kraft CS 2″ x 3-1/2″.  Score center at 1-3/4″.  Sponge edges with Early Espresso.  Add stitching with journaling or Micron Pen.  Add to apron front with SNAIL
  • Cut out a Real Red hexagon using framelits.  Stamp sentiment on Kraft CS and hand cut around image.  Add to top of Real Red with SNAIL and to card front at lower right corner with dimensionals.
  • Cut a hammer, wrench and screw driver from Silver Foil.  Cut hammer and screw driver handle from Real Red CS.  Stamp handles with Archival Basic Black and add to tools with multipurpose glue.  Place tools inside pockets with multipurpose glue (wrench) and dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a layer of Kraft CS 4-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ with a Whisper White layer 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ that has been sponged with Early Espresso attached on top with SNAIL and added to inside of card with SNAIL.  Cut a piece of Real Red CS 1/2″ x 4-5/8″ and add to bottom of Whisper White layer with SNAIL.  Cut a screw and a bolt from Silver Foil CS and add over Real Red strip with multipurpose glue.

I’m telling you good masculine stamp sets don’t come along all that often.  This one will be gone the end of May!  Don’t miss this bundle#144735 @$43.00.  You can order from me by clicking on the “shop now” star in the right hand column on this blog.

So Sale-A-Bration is over for another year…what an exciting time it was too.  I hope you got all the freebie stamp sets and products you wanted.

Next weekend I will be traveling to Savannah, GA., to attend SU! OnStage!  Can I even tell you how much I need to get done for that event, plus the Monday I get home will be a class day!  It will be fun sharing all the excitement of the weekend with my peeps!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

remember this.

I’ll be VERY inky this week…but HaPpY!


For Dad…

Yesterday I said wedding season is coming and we need to be prepared…but Father’s Day will also be here before you know it.

And the Nailed It stamp set comes to the rescue with all those cut tools…so today’s post is a pair of jeans with some tools attached and a message on the pocket…

Check out the close up…

A retired background stamp called Netting was used to give texture to the jeans.  And how about that tag on the pocket?

and here you can peek a bit inside.

Did I have fun making this card…yes!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Dapper Denim, Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Kraft and Silver Foil Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Dapper Denim
  • Stamps:  Nailed It and Netting (background)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Journaling Pen (for stitching), Build It Framelits Dies, Urban Underground Washi Tape


  • The Dapper Denim base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • Stamp card front with Netting Background stamp or substitute any stamp you have to give texture to jeans in Dapper Denim.
  • Cut a piece of Kraft Cardstock 3/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Attach 1/2″ from top of card front with SNAIL
  • Cut two 1/2″ x 1-1/2″ pieces of Dapper Denim.  Add background texture and stitch lines on sides with journaling pen or Micron Pen.  Attach over “belt” with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Kraft Cardstock 3-1/4″ x 3″.  On the 3-1/4″ side mark the center with pencil.  Mark 1″ up on each side and use these points on your trimmer to make the point of the pocket.  Lining up the center point with the side point.
  • Add stitching around three sides of pocket with journaling pen.
  • Stamp sentiment in center with Archival Basic Black
  • Add Washi tape “tag” to left side of pocket.
  • Cut a piece of Kraft Cardstock 1-1/4″ x 2″.  Add stitching to both long sides and fold in center.  Attach to right side of pocket with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Add pocket to card front with dimensionals.
  • Cut one hammer, one wrench and a screw driver from Silver Foil.  Cut one hammer handle and one screw driver handle from Real Red Cardstock.  Attach handles with multipurpose glue.
  • The hammer is attached with dimensionals after sliding through holder.  The wrench and later the screw driver were attached with SNAIL inside the pocket.
  • The inside of the card has a Thick Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a band of the background stamped at the bottom in Dapper Denim.

Love how this card turned out.  Remember the kitchen apron posted late last week?  I used that same template and created a work bench apron using the Kraft Cardstock.  I hope to post that the first of next week.

Hope you enjoyed this post and feel inspired by what you’ve seen.  Remember Friday is the last day of Sale-A-Bration!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


If you’re inky…you’re HaPpY!


Z-Fold Pop Out For Dad…

It’s Mothers’ Day weekend and hopefully we all have our ducks in a row for this weekend.  Is it too early to think about Fathers’ Day in three short weeks?  Here’s an idea for you …


It’s a Z-Fold Pop Out card…here’s a pic of it opened…


Slick, right?  Something a little different for dear old dad.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon and Very Vanilla Cardstock plus Going Global DSP
  • Ink:  Pear Pizazz, Smoky Slate, Baked Brown Sugar and Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  In the Meadow
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Square Framelits Dies, Woodgrain Embossing Folder


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.  Inside front of card 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Lay on but do not attach inside piece to card front and cut window with framelit.  Emboss card front only then attach inside piece with tear tape or glue.
  • Cut a piece of Very Vanilla with same framelit and attach one of the Crumb Cake pieces from card front to back with adhesive.
  • Stamp deer on a post it note and cut out being sure to keep some of the sticky on back.  Fussy cut for a mask.  Stamp deer on Very Vanilla lined piece and cover with mask.  Stamp mountains in Smoky Slate.  Color tree with Smoky Slate marker and Pear Pizazz marker and stamp.  Remove mask.
  • With a Aqua Painter or small round brush and water lightly color in deer.  Add shadows by brushing across stamp pad for additional color.  Use the lid of Soft Sky and color in sky in background lightly.
  • The inside Very Vanilla piece if 5 1/4″ x 6 3/8.  Score at 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″ on the long edge.  Fold into a Z.  Attach one panel to back inside of card, fold and shut card.  Add tear tape to right back side and lay in card front window.
  • Punch a 1″ circle and attach to left back side of deer square.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Very Vanilla and punch (your choice of punch, this one if retired)  Punch another in Lost Lagoon and attach to back then to card front with dimensionals.
  • Stamp another tree on the inside back panel.
  • Cut DSP panel 2″ x 5″ and attach to center panel.

Think I will hold this card back and give to Sweetums next month.  My goodness I’ve planned ahead…wonders never cease!

Make your mom feel special if you are lucky enough to still have her with you and I hope your family makes you feel just as wonderful!  Have a great weekend and I’ll see you again on Monday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!




Best Dad…Ever!

Actually, Mothers’ Day cards should be the post today (always behind) but instead here’s a Fathers’ Day card for those who will be celebrating next month…


and here’s the inside for you…


This card was made with the same sketch as yesterday’s baby card post.  It’s a great layout for using up your favorite DSP or scraps.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Lost Lagoon and Very Vanilla Cardstock plus Going Places DSP
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Open Sea, Best Dad Ever (sentiment, retired) and Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, Candy Dots, Circle Framelits, Argyle Embossing Folder


  • The Lost Lagoon base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The first DSP layer is 5 1/4″ x 2″ attached with adhesive to Very Vanilla layer about 1/2″ from the left side.
  • The second DSP layer is a 1 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ attached with adhesive to a Very Vanilla layer 1 7/8″ x 4 7/8″.  Attach to card front about 1/2″ to the right of the first DSP layer and centered from top to bottom.
  • The third DSP layer is 1 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ attached with adhesive to a Very Vanilla layer 1 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ then this layer is attached with adhesive to the card front centered from top to bottom and 1/4″ in from the left side of the first Very Vanilla layer.
  • Place a piece of burlap ribbon around these layers and attach at back slightly down from the center.  Add all these layers to card front.  Tie Linen Thread around Burlap ribbon.
  • The 2 3/4″ circle from Very Vanilla Cardstock is sponged with Lost Lagoon and Daffodil Delight.  Stamp world in center with Mossy Meadow.  Add splats with Gorgeous Grunge in Soft Suede.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Cut a piece of Lost Lagoon 1 3/4″ x 7/8″.  Tag one end.  Cut a piece of Very Vanilla 1 5/8″ x 3/4″, stamp sentiment and sponge edges.  Tag end.  Attach to Very Vanilla layer  and add with dimensionals (one dimensional on the right side and two stacked on the left side).  Add three candy dots to right edge.
  • Inside the DSP layer is 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and the Very Vanilla layer is 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″.  Attach inside card with adhesive.

Hope this will give you some inspiration not only for this card layout, but specifically for Fathers’ Day cards.

Have a great rest of the weekend.  See you on Monday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I do love to read…

And stamp!  Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Can You Say Masculine Birthday?…

Here’s the broken record…three masculine cards in a row.  I’m so pleased with all of them because I do find masculine cards challenging sometimes.  Maybe these ideas will inspire you will your own creations.

Here’s today’s card…


Isn’t that an awesome man card?  I tried not to get too over “grungy” but thought a little was alright.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla and Bermuda Bay Cardstock
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay,  Early Expresso, Soft Suede and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Dictionary and World Map Backgrounds, Traveler and Build A Birthday (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Mini Brads


  • The Very Vanilla base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Very Vanilla top layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The smaller Bermuda Bay layer is 2 7/8″ x 2 3/8″
  • The smaller Very Vanilla layer is 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″
  • Mask with post it note the right side and stamp with Dictionary background in Early Expresso then sponge with Soft Suede.
  • Remove mask and add reverse mask (the one you tore off) and stamp the World Map background inked with Bermuda Bay and Old Olive.
  • Add sentiment with Early Expresso
  • Remove mask and tie a know in three strands of Linen Thread, attach ends to back with adhesive.
  • Stamp ship in Bermuda Bay and attach to Bermuda Bay layer.  Using Piercing Tool add three mini brads
  • Attach this layer with dimensionals.
  • Inside I have a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Bermuda Bay layer with a 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ Very Vanilla layer stamped with a little of the World Map background at the bottom.

Hope you like this card and it inspires you to even greater creations.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!



Oh Daddy!…

Here’s one more idea for a Father’s Day card you might like…


Another shirt!  But this time rather than a cute bow tie, a conventional tie with a tie clasp.  Do you love this shirt?  It’s the new Bohemian DSP as is the tie.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay and Whisper White Cardstock plus the Bohemian DSP
  • Ink:  I used Memento Black for the sentiment inside
  • Stamps:  Whatever set you like the sentiment for the inside
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Ball ‘n Chain (bought at Hobby Lobby), Mini Brads


  • The Bermuda Bay base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The DSP on the card front is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The DSP for the tie is 4″ square
  • The DSP for the tiny tie inside is 2″ square
  • For the shirt, find the center point at the top and mark with pencil.  Score 1/2″ across top.  Cut in 1″ from each side.  Fold top corner to center line on both sides…your shirt collar is formed.  Do not attach yet.
  • Let’s make a tie.  Fold your 4″ square by placing it down in a diamond shape (points at top and side).  Fold one side point to the other to give you a center line.  Open up and lie the side you want to see face down.  With the square lying like a box now (not diamond) fold one side to the center line and crease.  Fold the opposite side in and crease.  Fold in both sides again and crease.  Now fold down from the top 1 1/4″  (we are building a knot here)  Fold up 1/3 of the “knot” and then one more time.  Pull 1/3 to back and secure with glue dot. Add your ball ‘n chain for a tie clasp look with glue dots.  How does your tie look?  Attach it to shirt with three glue dots a little above the score line.
  • Add dimensionals 1/2″ in on each collar and attach.
  • Pierce holes and add mini brads for a button down look.
  • Repeat these same steps for the little tie inside with the 2″ square.

Inside I have a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Whisper White layer and the tiny tie.  Here’s what that looks like…


I love this masculine card!  I just may be getting the hand of the masculine card thingie…

There’s one more to show you this week.  Three masculine cards in one week is a record for me.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


My “littles” love to find these, make a wish and blow!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Happy Dad’s Day…

With Father’s Day coming up fast here’s an idea that might be just what you are looking for…


What do you think?  Do you recognize the Paper Pumpkin card from this month’s kit?  I loved the colors and just spiffed it up a bit for a really nice Father’s Day card or with a change of sentiment it would make a masculine birthday card, too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Bermuda By, Whisper White cardstock plus Paper Pumpkin card.
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist, Delightful Dijon and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Best Dad Ever (retired)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread


  • The Bermuda Bay layer behind the stamped image is 3 1/8″  square
  • The Whisper White layer is 3″ square
  • The Whisper White layer behind the Paper Pumpkin DSP is 4 1/4″ x 1 3/4″
  • Stamp your image on the square cardstock and layer with Bermuda Bay.  Attach to card front with dimensionals
  • Layer the DSP with the Whisper White layer.  Gather three 5″ pieces of Linen Thread and tie a lose knot in the center.  Attach to back of Whisper White with adhesive.
  • Stamp “Best Dad Ever” sentiment on tag from Paper Pumpkin and tie with a bow to Linen Thread already attached to card front.
  • Inside I have a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ layer of Bermuda Bay with a Whisper White layer 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ to write a message.

I really like the way this card turned out and feel I’ve made good use of this month’s Paper Pumpkin.

Hope you enjoyed!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And if it has fruit and nuts…call it healthy!

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



Another Masculine Card?

Before launching into the adorable masculine card, there is some fantastic news to share…are you ready?  Today this blog will have recorded over 100,000 hits!!!  That’s probably no big deal to some who have huge blogs, but for a relative “newbie” to the blog world it is AMAZING.  Thank you so much for stopping by each day…

Now for that adorable masculine card.  Yep…I can’t believe it either…for me this is epic!  This type of masculine card is all over Pinterest and several of the blogs I watch, so I decided to make my own. Here you go…


I added the breast pocket and hankie just for fun.  This would be perfect for Father’s Day and it’s certainly simple to make but gives a big impact especially if you have just the right DSP for the jacket.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Soft Suede and Whisper White cardstock.  Plus Adventure Bound DSP Stack
  • Ink:  Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Any sentiment for inside card
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Candy Dots, Bow Builder Punch and Early Expresso Marker


  • The Soft Suede base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″
  • The DSP layer is 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • The pocket is 7/8″ x 1 1/4″
  • The “hankie” is a 1″ square folded like a napkin
  • Attach the small Whisper White layer to the card front
  • Cut the DSP layer in half lengthwise.  Fold back center lapels.  Overlap in center when attaching to the front of card.
  • You can color your Candy Dots with either Blendability Pen or Permanent Markers then add to jacket front.
  • Fold “hankie” and attach with glue dot.
  • Add stitching to pocket with Early Expresso marker and attach over hankie with dimensional.
  • Inside you will need a layer of Whisper White for your sentiment.

Can you see this jacket in pretty spring colors for a little guy for Easter?  Or for a new baby boy?  My masculine stash will have both…

Remember Sale-A-Bration will end on March 31st.  Did you see the four new FREE gifts?  Let me know if I can help you in any way.  And, remember there is always room for you on my team!

Have an awesome day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


For me it’s a necessity…truly, I would just shrivel up and die!

So I’m inky…and HaPpY!