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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

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  • 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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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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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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Stay inky…be HaPpY!

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2017 May – Calendar…

By the time the month of May rolls around next year, we will all feel like kicking up our heels…

To highlight that spring feeling, the new stamp set Beautiful You was my choice.  This is certainly a unique stamp set for SU! and I’m loving it!

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Doesn’t she look happy?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Source for preprinted calendar page is Papersource.com.  The quality of the paper works well with ink, stamp, water color and brushes.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black (it’s water proof)
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and High Tide (water puddle)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Aqua Painter, Blender Pen or small round brush with water

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  • Stamp girl in Archival Basic Black.
  • Stamp water image from High Tide stamp set at her feet.
  • Stamp sentiments.
  • Using the new SU! Water Color Pencils, color image.  I used Calypso Coral (lightly) for her skin.  Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso for her hat.  Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point for her dress.  And Baja Breeze for the water.  Some of the Melon Mambo was scribbled in the water to insinuate a reflection.

So many ideas for this set are waiting in line to be made.  I’ve just run out of time before traveling for Christmas.  My sketch book will be full by the time I return, so look for many more examples from this set coming soon.

Yesterday Sweetums and I traveled to Nashville to visit with “the biggles”.  It kills me I didn’t get a picture of Gavin (he’s really a good looking kid), but he was on a “short leash” and expected to be at work.  I did however, steal a quick one with Kendall (she’s having a baby in March!)…

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Hope you will follow along as I post the remaining months to end the year…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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shhhhhhhh,

And whatever you do…stay inky and HaPpY!

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2017 April – Calendar

Seriously…you didn’t think this calendar was going to be completed without these cute little chicks, did you?

April seemed the most appropriate month to add these feathered girls…

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This will put a smile on my face all month long this spring.  Fortunately, this is mine because it has a oopsie.  But, hey, that’s life, right?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar from Papersource.com, Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Hello Chick and Birthday Banners (sentiment banner)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Aqua Painter

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  • Stamp banner and sentiment on Thick Whisper White scrap and cut with Bunch of Banners Framelit…set aside.
  • Stamp chicks in Archival Basic Black ink (it is water proof)
  • Color chicks with Water Color Pencils.  I lay down all my colors at once, even the ground shadows, and then go over everything with the Aqua Painter cleaning brush on pad or paper towel between color changes.
  • Add sentiment banner to top right corner with dimensionals.

How easy was that month?   And, oh so cute!

Today is a travel day to Nashville to see “the biggles”, my oldest g’kids.  We are planning a lunch out and then a visit to see my g’daughters new digs and nursery!  Should be a great day…I may show pics tomorrow.

Hope you are finding an end to your holiday preparations and beginning to relax and enjoy the season.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Got to get a little ink on today…and Be HaPpY!

 

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2017 March – Calendar…

March 2017 will be a HUGH month in our family…we are expecting an addition!  Since one of the calendar’s I’ve been working on will be for my granddaughter who is expecting, the month of March was made with a theme she likes and includes a frame for a picture of her new son and the sentiment “Hello Handsome” on just her calendar.

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The other three calendar pages (I’m making four at once) look the same with the exception of the navy frame and sentiment.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Other than the calendar page which is from Papersource.com, $9.99, Dapper Denim, Thick Whisper White, Old Olive, Smoky Slate Cardstock
  • Ink:  Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sky and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Always an Adventure and Happy Happenings (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Outdoor Adventures Framelits, Window Sheet (if you are making a frame) and Scalloped Square Framelits

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  • Cut a frame using the Scalloped Square Framelits using Dapper Denim CS.  Cut a piece of Window Sheet the size of the largest Framelit and glue to back of frame with multipurpose glue.  Add Adhesive strips on three sides on the back of the frame.  Set aside.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White stamp bear in Early Espresso, tent in Crumb Cake, two trees in Mossy Meadow, the hot air balloon in Real Red.  When cutting with framelits also cut clouds and tips of mountains.   Cut mountains from Smoky Slate and trees from Old Olive using framelits.  Once everything is cut, set aside.
  • Stamp “lake” in Soft Sky at bottom of blank space.  Add mountains in background.  Cut bottom edge of snow caps and glue to mountain tops with multipurpose glue.
  • Add row of trees cut from Old Olive CS over mountains with multipurpose glue.
  • Add tent to left side with multipurpose glue.
  • Add hot air balloon to top left corner with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp sentiment in top right corner with Archival Basic Black ink
  • Remove protective strip from adhesive on “frame” and add to calendar leaving opening at top.
  • Add one cloud to top left of frame with multipurpose glue
  • Add second cloud over hot air balloon with dimensional.
  • Add bear to bottom left corner of frame with multipurpose glue
  • Add two stamped trees to lower right corner of frame with multipurpose glue.

I’ll keep you posted on the arrival of this lil’ guy.  I know mom will be happy to slide his picture into this calendar frame come March.

My activities these last couple of days have been cook, cook, cook and wrap, wrap, wrap.  I think I’m done!  Whew!…not sure how things always get behind when it seems there are less sleeping hours and no “sit down” time.

Thanks for stopping by…here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Stay HaPpY…get inky!

 

 

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HaPpY New Year…

You’ve heard the story if you’ve been a reader for long…making calendars with my family has become a tradition.  This year was a little bit different, but the calendars are made and will be delivered at Christmastime.

It might be fun to end this blogging year with a new calendar page for each month of 2017.  Any of these calendar pages could easily be made into a card or scrapbook page…

January 2017

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One of the hottest products this year was this embossing folder  of what I call White Birch Trees.  Demos all over the world are so creative and resourceful and began using it as a painting palette for objects in the background.  Love the technique and felt it was the perfect way to begin the new year…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

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  • Paper:  The blank calendars were ordered online from Papersource.com.  They measure approximately 4-1/2″ X 5-1/2″ with the majority of the space open for art work.  They come with a Lucite case that doubles as the calendar holder and are usually priced at $9.99.  (They are probably on sale right now)
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Chocolate Chip
  • Stamps:  Country Livin’ and Thoughtful Branches
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Birch Embossing Folder, Blender Pen

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  • None!  You don’t have to measure or cut a darn thing!
  • Stamp the truck from Country Livin’ on a post it note and “fussy cut” out.
  • Ink the truck from Country Livin’ in Archival Basic Black and stamp on back side of embossing folder (the side where the background is raised)
  • Cover truck with post it note mask.
  • Ink up the background side of the Embossing Folder with Soft sky first, then Marina Mist with the truck mask in place.  Seriously, don’t give it a thought how your color goes on…it will looks good in the background!
  • With the mask still in place, stamp the evergreen trees in Mossy Meadow in the background.  Remove mask.
  • Place your calendar face down on the ink…remember the trees are upside down on the embossing folder so place your calendar accordingly.  Run through Big Shot.
  • Color your truck with a Blender Pen and Reinker.  Leave some white space where the bumpers are rounded and on the hood.  Be sure to color all four tires (I used Smoky Slate)!  A little Soft Sky on the windows and the chrome in Smoky Slate.
  • Is that magic or what?  Now using Chocolate Chip marker, color in some of the indents in the bark of the trees.
  • Your January calendar is done!

This is a great project to do with family or friends.  We usually all pile in the studio and work on our calendars together.  Or you could gift the calendar all at once or send  a page a month!  In any event the person receiving this gift can’t not think of you all year long…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

 

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Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

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Christmas with the Peeps…

Today’s class was a special one.  The “peeps” all agreed last month that we would entertain each other with a “shoebox swap”, small gifts and lots of yummy sweet and savory food.

Here’s a pic I took just after we exchanged gifts and had tasted all the delicious food (I should have taken a pic of the table…it was loaded!)…

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It’s hard around the holidays to find a date that works for all, but we set a date and stuck with it.  Look how neat everyone’s space is?  That didn’t last very long.  From left:  Jan, Dawn, Dana, Carol, Jeanette, Patty and Barbara.  What a great group!

Today I’ll show you my shoebox share and later this week the other projects we shared…

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A small desk calendar for 2017 with a coordinating pen and on the back…

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A post it note pad.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Real Red Cardstock plus Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Perfect Blend
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bic Pen, 2017 Calendar (Tayloredexpressions. com),

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  • Cut your base cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score on the 11″ side at 4″, 8″, 9″ and 10″.  Burnish all folds making a “W” with the last three score lines, or mountain, valley, mountain if that’s easier to remember.  Attach last 1″ score to inside to create the calendar stand.  I used Tear Tape.
  • Cut a strip of your DSP 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ and a coordinating DSP 4-1/4″ x 1″.  Attach together with SNAIL then to bottom of one side of calendar stand.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock 1/4″ bigger  than your calendar on all sides.  Attach calendar to this piece of cardstock with SNAIL and then to calendar front over DSP with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock 1″ x 3″.  Wrap pen and make a crease in cardstock for the pen.  Then glue this piece together up to the crease line leaving room for pen to slip in.  Glue the pen holder to inside of calendar frame at front or back, whichever you prefer.
  • Glue post it note pad to back.
  • This calendar can be decorated with flowers, birds whatever you like.  Since I’m a coffee nut, we used the retired Perfect Blend stamp set to make the coffee mug and stamped our sentiment on the label.

The Bic pen was covered with a coordinating pattern using hot glue and slipped inside the holder.

Here’s a pic of a small gift given to each “peep” today…

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and inside…

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All in all it was a great day.  Our projects were quite varied (I’ll show them this week) and we didn’t even plan what each would bring.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you have checked out the year end sales at stampinup.com.  Any of the products can be ordered from this blog site by clicking on the “shop now” star to the right…just sayin’!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

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Need A Tissue?

Today’s post is another stocking stuffer or thoughtful gift for under $10.  It’s another project I’m taking to the Christmas Market this week..

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All dresses up in Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and some pretty printed tissues too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock plus Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Framelits, Itty Bitty Flower Punches, Basic Rhinestones

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  • For the box cut a piece of Thick Whisper White Cardstock 6-1/2″ x 8-1/4″.  Score on the 6-1/2″ side at 1″ and 5-1/2″.  Turn to the 8-1/4″ side and score at 1″, 4″, 5″, 8″.  Trim away small rectangles at last score line.  Cut tabs along 8-1/4″ sides.  Burnish all score lines.
  • Place tear tape along all tabs on top side including 1/4″ score where rectangles were trimmed away.  Add tear tap underneath first 3″ tab from  1/4″ score line .
  • The DSP measures (2) 4-1/4″ x 2-1/4″, (2) 4-1/4″ x 3/4″ and (2) at 2-1/4″ x 3/4″.  Add to flattened box with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Using Large Oval Punch, turn under 1/4″ and slide box in punch.  Keep the DSP covered oval for a gift tag.  Now remove protective cover from tape and fold box together, being sure to insert tissues before closing last side.
  • Punch an oval from Real Red Cardstock, then place larger Scalloped Oval around this punched oval opening and run through Big Shot to make an oval frame.  Use Multipurpose Glue to attach to tope of tissue box.

These were fun to make and I hope they sell well at the Market.  I’ll let you all know what the best sellers were.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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