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Lemon Twist…

Friends are so important to me and I have several I have known for 60 years.  Our lives pull us in different directions, but we have maintained our close relationship all through the years.

One of these friends (and she knows who she is) and I have always said to each other at different times in our lives “If Life Hands You Lemons…”

So naturally when the page turned on the new catalog and there was the stamp set Lemon Zest!  Of course I had to have it.

On a trip to Italy I remember the beautiful dishes and pottery with lemons and a beautiful color of blue.

Can you see the curve to the fruit?

Maybe you can see it better here…

and a peek inside.

This card will now go into the mail to that special friend.  She will know the minute she opens it who sent it and why.

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


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Stamps:  Lemon Zest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Lemon Builder Punch, medium round water color brush, water colors, Strip Adhesive


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The first Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Tape this paper to your work area.  Dampen with water and apply a pretty blue water color.  Let dry and remove tape.
  • Add the water color layer to the Whisper White layer with Tear Tape.
  • Add the double layer to the card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • On scrap water color paper stamp the lemons using Daffodil Delight.  Stamp off then add another layer of Daffodil Delight using the rock ‘n roll technique.  Stamp.  Use a wet brush to smooth and move the color until you are happy with it.
  • The green lemon was done with Lemon Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight as were the leaves.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on the yellow lemon.
  • Cut all pieces with punch.  Lay each piece on your piercing mat and use the large end of your scoring tool to break down the fibers until the piece curls.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside stamp the sentiment in Archival Basic Black and add the other half of the round lemon slice using dimensionals.

I love the way this card turned out and now that I’ve shared it with all of you, it will be mailed today!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Here’s mine 😉

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


Coffee & a Friend…

One of my favorite things to do is meet a friend at the coffee shop for hot coffee and a long chat.  This happens often!

So today I toast my coffee buds with this post…

I’d like to mention these coffee cups were painted with dried up coffee!

A glamour close up…

Lots of layers and texture.

and a peek inside…

It took forever for the coffee to dry up so that these cups could be “painted” with coffee.  But you don’t have to use coffee, the lids were stamped off in Crumb Cake and look just fine.  I would also mention the sentiment.  I cut the stamp in half!   Oh my lordy…did you pass out?  It can easily be put together on an acrylic block and look just fine…not to worry.

So if you’d like to make this card…let’s get started!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and water color paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
  • Stamps:  Coffee Cafe
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Classic Weave Soft Sky Ribbon, Linen Thread, Corrugated Elements, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Coffee Cup Framelits


  • The Soft Sky base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Early Espresso layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ attached to Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.
  • The Coffee Ring DSP layer is 1-1/4″ x 5″ attached to bottom of DSP layer with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Soft Sky Ribbon and attach at back with SNAIL.
  • Make a bow with several loops tying center with Linen Thread and attach to left side with glue dots.
  • Stamp two cups on water color paper in stamped off Crumb Cake.  Add sentiments in Early Espresso.  Cut out cup with Coffee Cups Framelits.  Tie Linen Thread around tops of cups.  Add corrugated hearts with dimensionals.  Punch four Itty Bitty flowers in Powder Pink.  Add dimension to each by pushing the smooth end of paper piercer in centers while on foam mat.  Attach together with glue dots and to card front over hearts with glue dots. Add cups at an angle to right side of card front with dimensionals.
  • The lids were stamped in Crumb Cake on water color paper and smoothed with a brush and water.  Once dry, coat with Thin Tipped Glue and let dry.  Once dry add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Early Espresso layer is 4-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The DSP strip is 1/2″ x 4-5/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Cut coffee beans from DSP and attach with SNAIL.

This card is a favorite for me not just because I’m a coffee addict/lover, but also the soft colors and dimension.  Love this DSP!

Hope your Wednesday will be awesome…make sure!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!




Good Friends…

In this crazy world where everyone everywhere seems so angry about everything and life in general, I like to stop and think about my friends.  Some I’ve had most of my life and others have come in and out of my life when I needed them most.

We may not agree on everything…but we are still friends and connected by heartfelt sincerity.

Today’s post would be perfect to send to a friend to just let them know they are important to your life and you appreciate them for them!

Love this Lemon Lime Twist InColor combined with Dapper Denim…

Glamour close up showing the new Glimmer Enamel dots…

Side view showing layers and the surprise inside…

Bet you didn’t expect that!  How fun is this laurel wreath and pop up message?

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock plus Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Lovely Friends
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Lovely Laurel Thinlits, Glimmer Enamel Dots


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Dapper Denim layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Color Theory DSP layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Stamp sentiment and dots with Archival Basic Black.  Attach to card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut leaves from Lemon Lime Twist using Thinlits.  Stamp flowers on scrap Thick Whisper White then cut with Thinlits.  Add leaves at bottom left and top right corners with multipurpose glue.  Add flowers over leaves using dimensionals.  Add three Glimmer Enamel Dots.
  • Cut laurel wreath with Thinlits from Lemon Lime Twist CS and banner from Thick Whisper White.  Stamp sentiment on banner.  Use Fast Fuze or Tear Tape to attach to center fold of card.  Cut label from Thick Whisper White using Thinlit for end openings at the same time.  Cut a second label from Lemon Lime Twist and attach behind the Whisper White layer with SNAIL.  Add inside card with dimensionals.

What a fun card this would be to receive in the mail.

Hope you have plans for the perfect weekend.  Always so much going on this time of year…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

HaPpY Friday!

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!


Friend Flowers…

Life would be so much less without friends.  We depend on our friends during difficult times and love sharing life’s joys with them.

I am so grateful to have really “old” friends (like grammar school!) and really “new” friends too.

So today’s post celebrates friendship…

A water color technique which I will reverse in another post this week…

a close up…

there’s a mistake here I will confess to “liking”…

The technique requires water color paper which I love working with because it does most of the work for you…and better!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits (including the confession)…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Penned & Painted and Suite Sentiments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water Spritzer


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The water color layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Spritz paper with water.  The more you want your color to “work” the more water.  Ink up the solid flower and leaf stamps and stamp wet water color paper.  Let the paper do its job for you then dry with heat gun if you don’t have the patience to wait (I never can)
  • Using the solid shading stamps for leaves and flowers stamp over dried ink.
  • Stamp Archival Basic Black outline over each flower and leaf.  Let dry or heat…you know what I do!
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Black and mount water color paper over Rich Razzleberry layer with multipurpose glue.

Did you find the oopsie?  After spritzing my water color paper and stamping the first flowers which I wanted across just the bottom of the card, I realized I had set the spritzer bottle half way on the top of the water color paper.  The bottle had residue from working with Ken Oliver’s Color Burst dry pigment on the bottom.  Ugh!  Just for the heck of it I spritzed the half circle of color and you can see the result…I loved it!

Just another example of how “mistakes” can sometimes be the beautiful opportunity you didn’t expect.  This card and technique are really fun.  I hope you will give it a try and let me know how you like it.

Sweetums is driving to Nashville today to pick up my daughter, Kelly.  She is coming to visit for a couple of days before she returns to Seoul, South Korea…and maybe catch up on her sleep.  I don’t know if he will be able to pry little Henry loose from her snuggles!  I’m so looking forward to our time together!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always a good forecast…

Keep those fingers inky…you’ll be HaPpY!


Always There…

Showcasing more of the upcoming product in the new catalog today…


This DSP is from Affectionately Yours and the banner and sentiment stamps will also be in the new catalog available June 1st.  Here’s a peek at the inside of this card…


Don’t you love the sentiment?  This will be a card to send over and over to friends.  And you’ve got to love those chubby kitties made with the owl and bird punches.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


Paper:  Thick Whisper White. Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach and Crumb Cake cardstock, plus Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Crumb Cake, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron and Basic Black

Stamps:  Sheltering Tree, Thoughtful Banners and Love You Lots (sentiment)

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bird Punch (tails), Owl Punch, Hearth & Home Thinlets Die (ledge), Duo Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Gently Falling Embossing Folder


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The DSP layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″, stamp leaves from Sheltering Tree several times in Mint Macaron then over stamp with Cucumber Crush.  Emboss with Gently Falling EF.  Punch ledge from Crumb Cake.  Using ink from the lid of the Crumb Cake ink pad with a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter, paint a shadow on the ledge.  Attach to card front with Adhesive Strips.
  • Punch an owl from two DSP.  Cut the ears off and reset with glue closer together to look like a kitty.  Attach a couple of Adhesive Strips to back and set them on the ledge slightly leaning toward each other.  Punch the limb from Bird Punch and trim for a tail.  Attach with glue.
  • Stamp banner in Basic Black on scrap of Whisper White.  Stamp sentiment inside.  Cut with Duet Banner Punch and attach to card front with Adhesive Strips.
  • Punch flowers, use your foam pad and piercing tool end to give them dimension then attach with glue dots.
  • Inside the DSP layer is 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and the top Whisper White layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″.  Attach to inside of card with adhesive.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and add flower with glue dot.

Seriously this card makes me smile.

Hope you are planning a fun weekend doing exactly what you want to do.

Here’s you “B-ism” for today…


Me on Saturday morning talking to Sweetums…

Make plans this weekend to get inky…Be HaPpY!


Friendship Blooms…

What would our lives be like if we didn’t have friends?  Empty.  Every chance, every occasion is a good time to tell a friend how much they mean to you and your life.

Here’s a perfect card for that message…


And this is all new product from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog for spring starting January 5th!  How about those framelits?  Lovely…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso and Mint Macron cardstock, plus Botanical Gardens DSP
  • Ink:  Mint Macron, Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Botanical Blooms and Bloomin’ Love (sentiment)
  • Tools:  Botanical Builder Framelits, Corner Rounder Punch


  • The Thick Whisper White cardstock is 11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″, punch lower corners with Corner Rounder Punch
  • The dark DSP layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The top DSP layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Mint Macron layer is 2″ x 5 1/4″ cut with the leaf framelit and attached to card front with adhesive
  • Cut the Cajun Craze cardstock with the large bloom framelit, the center from Early Espresso.  Glue to card front with glue dot and add center with glue dot.
  • Stamp two leaves with Mint Macron then cut with framelit from Mint Macron cardstock.  Break down fibers with bone folder and crush a little for texture before adding behind flower with glue dots.
  • Stamp sentiment with Early Espresso on Thick Whisper White trim and tag at one end.  Add to card front with glue dots.

This whole Botanical Gardens Suite on pages 26 and 27 of the Occasions Catalog is amazing…I had to have it all!  Well…you know what?  I forgot to get that Washi Tape…hmmmmm.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Inky fingers…will make you HaPpY!




Blowing In the Wind…

After trimming this piece of water colored paper down to fit a card, it looked like a summer stormy sky to me.  And since we are supposed to have weather this evening similar to what Kentucky suffered yesterday…this post seemed appropriate for today.

Here’s the card…


This background was created with the dry pigment from Ken Oliver called Color Burst available in six colors sprinkled on water color paper and spritzed with water.  Then let the color and paper do the work.  Does this resemble a stormy sky to you?  We all see differently.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Pool Party, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White cardstock, plus cold pressed water color paper.
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Memento Black and Versamark  ink
  • Stamps:  Amazingly Artistic (tag background and sentiment) Summer Silhouette and Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basic Pearls, Lots of Labels Framelits, Linen Thread and White Embossing Powder

Digits ‘N Directions

  • The Pool Party base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Watercolor layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • After you have made you background, stamp the flowers and grunge with VersaMark, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Attach the Basic Black layer with adhesive and the water color layer with Tomboy Glue
  • Cut the Bermuda Bay layer with the Lots of Layers Framelit and add Basic Pearls
  • Cut a smaller layer in Whisper White with the same framelit and stamp with Pool Party ink.  Attach to Bermuda Bay layer with adhesive.
  • Stamp the frame image from Amazingly Artistic in Bermuda Bay, add sentiment in Memento Black.
  • Place a dimensional in center and loop Linen Thread to create loops.  Add two more dimensionals to back and attach to label layer.
  • Inside I have a 3 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ Whisper White layer with a strip of the trimmed water color paper added with adhesive.

These water color backgrounds are so addictive and so much fun to work with after they have worked their magic and dried.

Yesterday two more Minions were added to my little desk family…a pirate and an English solider…too cute.  I finally caved and gave one that is a duplicate to Zoe (my Jack Russell).  She wanted one so bad and wouldn’t quit begging.  Now she carries it all over the house with it screaming MONDAY!  Here’s a pic…


There’s no way you are getting that little Minion away from her…

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to check back again tomorrow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


That just seemed to be the one for today…

I’m inky…and HaPpY!







Can You Case It #75…Sketch Challenge

It’s Sunday and that means the Can You Case It Challenge.  Today we have a sketch challenge.  If you’d like to see what the rest of the designer’s have created go to for inspiration.  Then be inspired to use the sketch for you own creation and link it up before noon Friday to play along.

Here’s my piece…


There’s lots of new product used here so let’s get started with the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Mint Macaron and Basic Black cardstock, heavy weight Whisper White, water color paper, plus Pretty Petals DSP Pack
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Mint Macaron, Sky Blue, Going Gray, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Endless Thanks, Awesomely Artistic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Circles Framelits, Linen Thread, Brick Wall Embossing Folder


  • The Mint Macaron base card is 11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The DSP is 5 3/8″ x 2″
  • The heavy weight Whisper White is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/4″
  • The circles dies are the 3rd and 4th sizes
  • Attach the DSP to the right side of the card front with adhesive
  • Using Going Gray, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Sky Blue ink the side of the embossing folder with the bricks not mortar and emboss the heavy weight Whisper White.  Trim right side so the DSP will show on the card front.  Add crisscross of Linen Thread with adhesive.  Attach to card front with adhesive or Fast Fuse.
  • Cut larger circle from Basic Black and add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Stamp flower background and lightly color with Sky Blue and Pear Pizazz with Blender Pen or Aqua Painter.  Keep the color light.Add ferns in Mint Macaron. Cut out with smaller circle framelit.  Cut a piece of fun foam the same size and liquid glue to back and then to Basic Black circle on card front.
  • Stamp banner and sentiment on scrap and “fussy cut”.  Curl slightly with bone folder and add to card front with dimensionals.

Hope you enjoyed this card and it will inspire you to play along at

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I would NEVER do such a thing…

Get inky…Be HaPpY!