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Sweet New Baby Art…

Becoming a new grandmother is one of life’s experiences where words simply can’t describe the love that fills your heart.  A very special friend of mine is looking forward to this experience in a few short weeks!

Learning from her that the new parents are planning a grey nursery with an animal theme gave me the idea for this framed piece…


It’s hard to tell from the photo…the size of the frame is 8 1/2″ x 12″.  Sweetums asked is the frame going to be painted?  Geez…no, it came that way from Hobby Lobby.

Do you zentangle?  This is an amazing art form that is new to me, but because doodling comes naturally to many, you’ll find it fun and relaxing.  The name was freehand in pencil, water colored and then outlined and zentangled with a  Micron pen on watercolor paper.  Next water was added under each letter and color was added to run off the page.

Now for the SU! part…All the animals are SU! stamps (Zoo Babies and Oh, Whale!).  Each animal was stamped in Daffodil Delight lightly for an outline.  Water coloring and outlining with a Micron pen finished off most of them.  Because of the type of frame, there was room for some dimension to the animals.

The giraffe is actually “fussy cut” and added over the painting.


The elephant has a jeweled blanket up on dimensionals as is the bird.  The head of the lion was also “fussy cut”.


This was fun to do and a challenge at the same time.  Here’s hoping the new mom and dad will like it enough to hang in the lil’ guy’s room.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


Let’s get inky and…Be HaPpY!




Framed Seasons…

This framed cork board is one of my favorite things in the kitchen.  Each season the art changes…and sometimes there’s new art for a special holiday or birthday.


The frame itself came with the corkboard (from Hobby Lobby) and the opening is a little odd, 8″ x 9″…but I just cut my watercolor paper in this case to fit.  Its really easy to put together and I just wish I could capture with the camera all the glitter on the trees and ice.

Here’s how to make this little framed piece of art…

Cut your watercolor paper to fit your frame (here it’s 8″ x 9″).  With an Aqua Painter and watered down Tomboy Multipurpose Glue, add splatters on the top 2/3 of the paper.  Sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  Let dry.

Wet the paper by spraying or brushing with water.  Using a large round brush touch the paper here and there with reinker and let the water do the work for you.  I used Night of Navy reinker and Pool Party.  You want to leave white space at the bottom for the skating rink and leave some in the sky too.  Let dry.

Once dry (you can heat it if you are impatient…who me?…yes, YOU!) stamp with Basic Black using the Lovely As A Tree set above the white.  Make a couple of rows of trees that are not identical.  Your background is complete.

Stamp the two trees from Lovely As A Tree on Thick Whisper White or watercolor paper and “fussy cut”.

The skating couple is from a retired SU! set called Winter Post.  I stamped them on watercolor paper and used markers to color them.  Fussy cut and covered with Crystal Effects.  You REALLY need to let this one dry!

Add your trees to background with dimensionals and the skating couple too.  Dilute the glue again and brush over trees, ice, and the two rows of trees.  Sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  It’s sparkly!

We are all busy making cards and tags and wrapping…oh my goodness it makes me nuts to think about it.  But, you know what?  Every once in a while it’s good to stop and savor this time of year and make something…just for you…that you can bring back out year after year.  Be good to yourself…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I love this one…

Are you HaPpY?…come get inky with me!


Let It Snow!…

In keeping with the gift for under $10 today’s post is a keeper!  Not only will it make a hostess gift that can be reused year after year and for the whole winter season.  You wouldn’t have to put this one away after Christmas…


Isn’t that the cutest snow family?  I felt like I was playing paper dolls again…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Pacific Point cardstock and Vellum cardstock
  • Ink:  Real Red, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Tangelo Twist, Pool Party and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Snow Place and Reason for the Season
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  VersaMark, White Embossing Powder, Crystal Effects, Seam Binding Ribbon, Linen Thread, Iced Rhinestone, Frosted Sequin charm, Festive Flower Builder Punch and Dazzling Diamonds.  The frame is from a past mother’s day Paper Pumpkin and the opening is 4″ x 4″.


  • The background is 4″ x 4″.  Stamp snow in VersaMark, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Sponge Pool Party over all making it darker around top edges.
  • Cut two strips of Thick Whisper White, one 4″ x 1 1/2″ and one 4″ x 2″.  Tear one long edge, coat with Two-Way Glue pen and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  Add bigger strip first with dimensionals.  Add shorter strip with Tomboy Glue just along the bottom edge.
  • Stamp and cut out your own “snow family” and dress them up.  I added Crystal Effects to his hat, her ear muffs and berries and the little ones bow.  The mom and dad are added behind the taller strip with dimensionals.  The little one slips under the lower strip with a dimensional behind her had to hold her in place.
  • Cut a strip of Thick Whisper White 4″ x 3/4″, stamp with sentiment and flag one end.  Cut a piece of Pacific Point (or whatever color you are using) 4 1/8″ x 7/8″ and flag one end.  Layer together with adhesive, add snow charm and glue to frame with hot glue.
  • Stamp Vellum cardstock with VersaMark and flower stamps from Reason for the Season, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Punch with Festive Flower Builder Punch.  Add glue with Two Way Glue Pen, sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds and build flower with eight large petals, eight small petals and two center petals.  Add Iced Rhinestone in center.
  • Make a “Billie Bow” (instructions here) with seam binding of your choice.  Add to top left corner with hot glue then add flower just underneath the bow.

If I can find a frame similar to this one, I’ll make more of these for Christmas and the winter season.  These would make a thoughtful hostess gift.

Be sure to turn your clocks back tomorrow night and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Are you inky?  Then you are HaPpY!



Hearts ‘N Flowers…

Today is all hearts and flowers here.  See…


Yep, we are celebrating our anniversary today…and it’s snowing like mad so we went out for an early movie and a late lunch/dinner before the snow started to celebrate.  Here’s a pic of us on our wedding day…


Ah, yes, seems like yesterday.  But I can remember even the smallest details and it sure wasn’t yesterday, but 48 years ago!  And, yes, I did marry at ten…

However, I did manage to make the gold card you see above and the framed art was made last year.  This frame is really a corkboard and I have created artwork that I change out for each season and some holidays.  I add to my collection every year.  Normally I keep this frame on one of the kitchen counters so it can be enjoyed.  Tomorrow I am changing it to a spring art piece!  Ignoring the snow we are having this evening.

Thanks for stopping by today…I’ll be back tomorrow with more stamping for you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I recommend this “B-ism” all the time…

Get Inky…Be HaPpY!



Pine Cones in Snow…

This simple project turned out so well…better than I had at first imagined…I thought you would like to see it and maybe make it yourself.

Even though the title is pine cones in snow…the cone is actually the spiral flower die modified a little.  Over the weekend I watched a video by Tim Holtz (ever heard of him?).  He has his own line of everything artsy and is an amazing artist himself.  He was making these pine cones with a new pine cone die he has.  The whole time I watched I was thinking….hmmmmm.  So I punched out a Baked Brown Sugar flower and used my 1/8″ circle punch to take out the center of each “petal” and started sponging and manipulating the paper around a toothpick.  Here’s what happened…


This I liked!  So here is the end result.  This frame is from the April Paper Pumpkin kit…


Isn’t that simple and pretty?  You could keep this little frame out all winter long instead just over the Holidays.  Not to worry…a video is already in the works for you.

Are you enjoying beautiful fall weather where you are?  I’m having a hard time staying inside.  It is so gorgeous here in the south.  Got a trip to the mountains planned for this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Were you inspired in some way?  I hope so…then my day is complete.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”Life isn’t about finding yourself…Life is about creating yourself!”

I’m a work in progress…how about you?

Whatever…I’m inky and HaPpY!


A Witches Kitchen…

Here’s a quick trick for you for the Halloween season.  In the kitchen I have a cookbook easel that sits on my counter.  After seeing a similar project on Frances Martin’s site, I decided to chuck the cookbook (I use my Ipad most of the time for recipes anyway) and put up some art for the season.


Witches Brew DSP framed home art

In the Holiday catalog on page 21 (#132195 $10.95) there is a package of DSP called Witches’ Brew.  In that set is a blackboard sheet with all kinds of Halloween art.  Got this lil’ corkboard frame at HL (50% off!) and colored with markers on the DSP.  Cut it to fit my new frame and I was done!  Isn’t it cute?  I plan to change the art each month with whatever inspires me.  If you’d like to make one of these, click the shop now button and you’ll have this paper in a snap.

This would be a great gift to yourself, but what about for the Christmas season?  For under $20 you could give someone a great gift of your art and inspiration.  Maybe just make a change for each season rather than monthly.  I’m scouring my list to see who I think would like one of these.  Hmmmmm…(bet I get comments now!)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend and that you are inspired to try something similar to this project for someone you love.

Here’s my “B-ism” for today…”New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”

Come back tomorrow for a new technique.  Go get inky…