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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!