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Foxy Gift Box…

I may have mentioned a time or two we are expecting a new baby in our family…Well, maybe I’ve mentioned it more than that but we are excited to meet this little guy next month.  My first great-grandchild is due March 20th.

Naturally I shared the Woodland themed shower invitations and today I’d like to share a gift box in the same theme made with the Window Box Bundle……….

The new Window Box Bundle is so versatile.  Recently I showed you a gift box that looked like this…

and last Friday I shared this box made into a tea light…

and today’s box looks like this…

Made with a woodland them for my g’daughters shower.  How different are these three boxes, right?

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

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  • Paper:  Smokey Slate, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White Cardstock, plus A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Foxy Friends
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments: Window Box Thinlits Dies, Stitched Square Framelits, White Thick Baker’s Twine

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  • Cut two box sides from Smokey Slate CS.  Trim sides tabs from one box side only.  Turn the two box sides opposite each other (one top up and one top down).  Glue side tab of one box side to the side where you trimmed away a tab.
  • Burnish all score lines and begin gluing with multipurpose glue each tab in place.  Do not glue tabs of one box top so that you can open your box.
  • Cut three Calypso Coral and three Pool Party squares with Stitched Framelit gluing around the box sides.  Cut three DSP patterns and another three different patterns with the next smaller Stitched Square Framelit and glue over solid cardstock square around box.

  • Cut two box tops from DSP using the box framelit and glue to top of box inside and out.  The flags were “fussy cut” from DSP and glued to inside of box top.
  • Stamp fox on Whisper White CS with Calypso Coral.  I fussy cut the fox and then cut the head  away from the body.  The body was glued to top of box and the head was placed with dimensionals.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and heart in Calypso Coral then cut with framelit.  Attach to fox with White Thick Baker’s Twine
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on a scrap of Thick Whisper White CS.  Cut this piece with sentiment 5/8″ x 4-1/4″.  Score each side of sentiment and again 1/8″ from first score so that you can make this piece stand up using dimensionals.  Tag ends with snips.
  • The flags were “fussy cut” from DSP and glued behind sentiment.

I have no idea what will go into this box, but I know my g’daughter will love it.

Tomorrow I’ll share the thank you note cards made to coordinate with the woodland theme…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

 

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One for the Team…

My team is so special to me and occasionally I like to surprise them with a little something.  Who doesn’t like to get “happy” mail, right?

The Designer Series Paper Stack, Cupcakes & Carousels is amazing…had to reorder it, but I wanted to use it on these desk calendars…

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Here’s a closer look…

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Tie Dyed T-Shirts…remember those?  Love that little stamp, too!

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On the back …

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pens to match…How fun is that?

Have you made these desk calendars before?  They really aren’t hard at all and are fun decorate.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Natural White and Bermuda Bay Cardstock, plus Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate,  Archival Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases (sentiment), Tie Dyed and Custom Tee
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  T-Shirt Builder Framelits Dies, Succulent Framelits Dies (flower on pen)  Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight pom-poms (retired), Stylish Stems Framelits (sentiment label), 1-1/4″ circle punch

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  • The Natural White base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4″ x 4″, score at 1″, 2″ and 3″.  Make the 2″ score a mountain fold and the 1″ and 3″ valley folds.  Attach inside the folded base at bottom with multipurpose glue to create stand.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and attach to one side of base with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach with SNAIL over Bermuda Bay.
  • The calendars are 2-1/2″ x 3″ so the Bermuda Bay is 2-3/4″ x 3-1/4″  Attach together and to the bottom of card with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp T-shirt in Smoky Slate on Natural White CS.  Using a wet wipe folded in half twice and lying inside a stamp folder, drop reinker using Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay.

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  • This will be your stamp pad for the tie dyed stamp.  Stamp the T-shirt with this.  Add and words you like for the shirt in Archival Basic Black.  Also stamp a collar and small flower with Bermuda Bay on this scrap.  Cut out all with framelits.  Add collar to t-shirt with multipurpose glue.  Add dimensionals to back of t-shirt and add to top of card over calendar.
  • Cut sentiment base from Bermuda Bay.  Stamp “just a note” on scrap and cut with framelit  in Stylish Stems.  Glue together and on card back top.  Stamp flower on scrap and cut with framelit.  Add under sentiment with dimensional.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4″ x 5″.  Score three edges at 1/2″ and 1″.  Leave one edge unscored.  On the unscored edge punch with 1-1/4″ circle punch.  Burnish score lines.  Trim corner tabs…

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  •  Attach small tab in with glue dot.  Place glue dot on bottom of side tab and fold over bottom tab.  All multipurpose glue all around tabs and attach to back at bottom.  This box will hold 3″ post it notes
  • My pens are Bic Pens without the tops.  Cut DSP 2″ x 5″.  Using your bone folder curl the paper the way it will wrap the pen.  Add hot glue to one long edge and lay the pen on this line of glue.  Once dry, roll the pen in the paper.  At this point if you need to trim off some of the paper that’s fine.  Add hot glue to last edge and roll the pen to glue and hold til dry.  Punch flower from scrap Bermuda Bay and add to top of pen with hot glue.  If you don’t have the pom poms, maybe add a large pearl or rhinestone or anything else you like.
  • To hold the pen to the card, cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 1″ x 4″.  Wrap this around your pen and pinch together  so you know where to add hot glue.  Hot glue together leaving opening for pen.  Add more hot glue to one side and place behind front of card about half way up.  Insert pen.

These are really fun to make and useful too.  I’m sure they will enjoy receiving this little surprise in their mailboxes.

Well…I’m off to Nashville to attend a stamping event featuring Lisa Pretto.  Meeting up with some demo friends I haven’t seen in a bit so it should be lots of fun and no sleep!

Hope your weekend is all the fun you can handle…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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all.  the.  time…

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

 

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Little Things…

Little things that come in small packages sometimes contain big surprises.  Today I’ll show you a small box that is not only pretty, but has room to spare for a BIG surprise…

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Can’t you just imagine an engagement ring in there?

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or a necklace or bracelet for Valentines?

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this framelit set can cut more than succulents…

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and the Stitched Squares Framelits (next to smallest one) fits the sides just right!

This box took me 30 minutes to make using four different framelit sets and I’m over the moon about giving it away.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pear Pizazz and Watermelon Wonder Cardstock

Ink:  Craft Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder

Stamps:  Window Shopping

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Rose Garden Thinlits, Succulent Framelits, Window Box Thinlits, Stitched Square Framelits, White Embossing Powder and Sponge Dauber

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  • Cut two Window Boxes (it will take most all of a single sheet of cardstock).  Cut both side tabs off one.
  • Cut design in top of one.  This will be the top of your box.  Cut two sides with heart design  (be sure the design is right side up).  Still working on just the top of the box, cut just the six sided part of the box top from Watermelon Wonder and trim just inside score lines.  Add underneath box top with multipurpose glue.  Burnish all score lines on this top piece with your bone folder and set aside.
  • Working with what will be the bottom of the box, cut side design in center panel (be sure the design is right side up).  Cut six Watermelon Wonder squares with next to smallest Stitched Framelit Die.  Add one behind each panel that has been cut with design using multipurpose glue.  With the other three squares, stamp design in Craft Whisper White Ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Add these panels to the outside of your box on the three panels that were not cut with a design.
  • Glue together with multipurpose glue or Tear ‘n Tape starting with the side taps of each box.  Then the tabs that will attach the top and bottom together.
  • Now let’s make that flower for the top.  Cut one of each size succulent in Thick Whisper White.  Using Sponge Dauber, add Watermelon Wonder to the tips of each petal on each piece.  Use a small circle of multipurpose glue in the centers of each layer to put together.  Now cut just the leaves from the Rose Garden Thinlits twice.  Trim if necessary and add to bottom of flower with multipurpose glue and to box top with hot glue.
  • I also cut just the six-sided piece in Watermelon Wonder, trimmed and added to the bottom of the box … makes it even sturdier.
  • Inside the box top would be a wonderful place to add a sentiment or banner with a sentiment.

I can tell you there are many more box ideas in my future…so if you like this set as much as I do…stay tuned!

Today is Friday and that is “date night” at my house.  We plan a dinner out and a movie.  315 channels and nothing to watch on TV!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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be proud.

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

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2017 December – Calendar…

It’s time for the new year and we are so ready with our new 2017 handmade calendar.  Did you follow along?

This post has been so much fun to do and I know it will be special all year long.

Here’s December…

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Thanks goodness for Paper Pumpkin!  This turned out even better than I had hoped and seriously so easy…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar Papersource.com, cut outs SU! Paper Pumpkin
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Sequins

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  • Run the calendar page through Big Shot using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
  • Add the first row of houses framelit to page with multipurpose glue.
  • Add the second row of houses with dimensionals.
  • If you’d like to stamp a greeting on the snow layer, do it now.
  • Add the trees and snow with double dimensionals.

Seriously, did we just finish the last calendar page?  Let the HaPpY dance commence!

Tomorrow is New Years Eve.  I’m sending you the very best wishes for the new year and thank you so much for reading my blog!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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or tomorrow.

Let’s get inky together and be HaPpY!

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2017 November – Calendar…

Thanksgiving which falls in November is my favorite holiday…

So this month’s page had to be special too.

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I do love this page and it’s really quite striking and simple to make.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Calendar preprinted from Papersource.com plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Ken Oliver’s Color Burst pigment (Amazon), SU! Water Color Pencils, VersaMark Ink
  • Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Embossing Powder, Vintage Leaflits Framelits, Aqua Painter

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  • Spray a piece of water color paper with water liberally.  Add Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts.  I used yellow, red, purple and green.  Spray with more water if you want more movement of color.  Let dry.
  • Cut large maple leaf with Leaflits Framelits.
  • Stamp with Gorgegous Grunge splat stamp in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat..ahhhh!
  • Attach with multipurpose glue to calendar page.
  • Scribble a shadow with Smoky Slate water color pencil.  Use Aqua Painter to smooth.  I made six of these and on the first one my Aqua Painter picked up pigment from the leaf spreading it through my gray scribbles.  I liked it!  So all of the others were painted this same way.  Cool.

This is one of those happy mistakes that happen ever so often for me.

One more month to go…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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like family.

Get yourself inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

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2017 October – Calendar

For this month of the calendar I went back to the Holiday catalog and used some of my favorite Halloween stamps and framelits to create a spooky night scene…

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This month features one of my favorite stamping techniques…masking.  I sweat it creates magic every time!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar Papersource.com.  Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Peek A Boo Peach, Whisper White
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Sweet Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Halloween Scenes Edgelits, 1-1/2″ circle punch

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  • Punch circle from post it note and stick to calendar page upper left corner.  Mask printed calendar with post it notes.  Sponge back ground with Soft Sky ink.  Remove masks.  Using negative space mask for moon, sponge with Daffodil Delight.
  • Cut one house from Smoky Slate and trim away tabs.  Cut door and window.  Stamp spider web and roof line in Basic Black.  Cut a piece of Peek A Boo Peach and glue to back of window.  Attach to calendar with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp banner and sentiment on scrap Thick Whisper White and cut out with framelit.  Add over door of house with dimensionals.
  • Cut tree from Basic Black CS.  Add to calendar with multipurpose glue.

Pretty sure my “littles” will love this calendar page when October rolls around next year.

Two more months to go and this year of blogging will be history.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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seriously.

And get inky…be HaPpY!

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2017 September – Calendar…

September is the month of weather changes and cooler temperatures.  But in many places its the time of festivals and state fairs.  It’s also my birthday month and this page needed to be special…

How about this?

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This new set caught my attention in the 2017 Occasion Catalog…did you see the carousel horse?  Oh my!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar Papersource.com.  Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight plus Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Early Espresso and Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamps:  Carousel Birthday and Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  In Color Enamel Shapes, 1/2″ circle punch

Digits

  • Cut the Designer Series Paper 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ attach to calendar page with SNAIL
  • Stamp Gorgeous Grunge in background a couple of times in Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamp carousel  and swirl designs on sides in Early Espresso over splats.
  • Stamp carousel on a scrap of Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder.  Now there are two thinlits in the Up & Away Thinlits Dies that will cut the cupcakes, but I “fussy cut” and made it one piece.  Either way, you need two cupcakes of each color.
  • Attach cupcakes with dimensionals.  Add enamel shapes to each.
  • Punch center of carousel with 1/2″ punch and add to center with dimensional.

Doesn’t this carousel just make you smile?  I like it and it’s my birthday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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pop.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

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2017 August – Calendar

It’s summer time, scorching hot…what would taste REALLY good?  Ice cream!

The new stamp set Cool Treats and coordinating framelits Frozen Treats make the perfect combination for tasty summer treats…

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I ended up stamping direct to paper and not using the framelits yet (ideas are rampant), but look how great they turned out!  This set has everything right down to the cherry on top!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Papersource.com for preprinted calendar page
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Slush, Limeade, Old Olive and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Cool Treats
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Aqua Painter

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  • Stamp sentiment center top in Archival Basic Black
  • Stamp center treat in Strawberry Slush.  I went over the treat with Aqua Painter to smooth then stamped accent with Strawberry Slush.  Stamp stick with Crumb Cake.
  • Position and stamp other two treats.  One is Pumpkin Pie with Early Espresso and the other is Limeade with Old Olive.  Stamp sticks in Crumb Cake.
  • Using the Bermuda Bay water color pencil, scribble below and to one side of each treat.  Go over with Aqua Painter to smooth color.

They look fresh and good enough to lick don’t they?  I want to get the Designer Series Paper that coordinates with this set and make lots more cute cards.

It’s the day after…whew!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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cool.

Stay inky and HaPpY!

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2017 – July Calendar…

So succulent plants are a hot trend for 2017…I’ve heard this.  Personally, I absolutely love them and have several.

So what did SU! do?  They have new stamps sets, framelits and kits featuring succulents…

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I have a terrarium and it’s amazing.  It doesn’t have succulents in it but I promise it never needs a thing (water, food, etc.)!  Perfect plant.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for July…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar source Papersource.com
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Old OLive, Pear Pizazz, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Live, Love, Grow (pg. 147 Annual Catalog)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments: SU!  Water Color Pencils, Aqua Painter or Blender Pen

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  • Stamp sentiment upper left corner
  • Stamp Terrarium in Smoky Slate.
  • Stamp dirt in Crumb Cake and details in Early Espresso
  • Stamp tallest plant on right in Pear Pizazz and Old Olive.  Make a mask for this plant by stamping on post it note and “fussy cutting” image.
  • Cover tallest stamped plant with mask.
  • Stamp shortest plant in Mint Macaron and Pear Pizazz.  Make a mask for this plant by stamping on post it note and “fussy cutting” image.
  • Cover smallest stamped plant with mask.
  • Now stamp second tallest plant next to tallest plant in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  Remove mask from tallest plant.
  • Stamp last plant on left in Mossy Meadow
  • Remove mask from smallest plant
  • Using the Smoky Slate water color pencil, scribble some shadow lines under terrarium.  Wash over with Aqua Painter and water.

How quick was that for planting a terrarium?  Store your “fussy cutting” pieces in the stamp set container to be used again.

Thanks so much for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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celebrate.

Inky is HaPpY!

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2017 June – Calendar…

Taking a ride in a hot air balloon over Santa Fe is on my bucket list…

So when this new stamp set and coordinating thinlet set appeared in the 2017 Occasions Catalog, I was over the moon!

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How much fun would that be?  And on an “adorable” scale…I give this one a big fat TEN.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar page from Papersource.com.  Thick Whisper White, Peek A Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder Cardstock plus Carried Away Designer Series Paper.
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Up & Away Thinlits Dies

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  • Cut your Designer Series Paper 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″.  Attach to top of calendar with SNAIL
  • Cut hot air balloon from Thick Whisper White Cardstock and set aside.
  • Cut top two sections of balloon in Peek A Boo Peach
  • Cut bottom three pieces of hot air balloon and piece for basket from Watermelon Wonder
  • Dot multipurpose glue on back of Whisper White and add each piece starting at top.  Attach to calendar with multipurpose glue
  • Cut clouds from Thick Whisper White and add with dimensionals.

How cute is this calendar page…made in what, 15 minutes?

Thanks for stopping by today…hope your Christmas plans have all fallen into place and you can relax for a bit.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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and it does.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

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