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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!


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…


  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar page from  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


  • 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…


and it does.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!


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!


Doesn’t she look happy?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Source for preprinted calendar page is  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


  • 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!)…


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

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



And whatever you do…stay inky and HaPpY!


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…


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…


  • Paper:  Preprinted calendar from, 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


  • 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…



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



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.


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…


  • Paper:  Other than the calendar page which is from, $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


  • 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…


how appropriate.

Stay HaPpY…get inky!




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


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


  • Paper:  The blank calendars were ordered online from  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


  • 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…



for sure.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


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!)…


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…


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


A post it note pad.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • 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),


  • 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…


and inside…


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  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…


got mine on all the time.

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!


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..


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

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • 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


  • 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…


Stay inky…be HaPpY!



Jingle Bell Owl…

Did I mention I have a craft show coming up?  I thought so…

Today’s post is another one for the show, but it would make a thoughtful gift for so many others in our daily lives we’d like to show merry wishes for during the holidays…not to mention it would also make an excellent stocking stuffer too!


I’m calling it the Jingle Bell Owl for obvious reasons.  This card is really a match book design…


and tucked inside is…


Chocolate, of course!

Do you have people in your life that would appreciate this small remembrance?  Or stockings to stuff?

Well, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Real Red and Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie And Real Red
  • Stamps:  Cozy Critters and Hang Your Stocking (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon, Linen Thread, Mini Jingle Bells, Owl Punch, 2″ x 6″ cello bag


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 1-1/2″, 6-1/2″, and 7-1/2″
  • The panels on the 1-1/2″ panel are  Real Red 4″ x 1-1/4″ and DSP 3-7/8″ x 1-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.  Staple at center bottom of this panel.
  • The top panel layers are Real Red 4″ x 3-1/4″ and the DSP 3-7/8″ x 3-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.  Wrap panel with 3/4″ Ribbon and tie in a know.  The bells were threaded onto a piece of Linen Thread.  I punch a small hole in Real Red cardstock and then punched the smallest square punch I had to thread the Linen Thread through and tie a know to hold the bells at the end.  Tie a bow around the 3/4″ ribbon with the Linen Thread.
  • Stamp the owl on scrap Whisper White and color with markers.  Add double dimensionals to the back so he will sit a little higher than the sentiment.
  • Stamp the sentiment in Real Red on Whisper White cardstock and punch with whatever punch or framelit you have.  The one I used is retired.  Cut an additional Real Red layer and cut it in half horizontally.  Attach to back of Whisper White.  Add to card front with single dimensionals.
  • The Hershey mini bars were covered with a piece of DSP 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ then placed in 2″ x 6″ cello bag and add to the inside with glue dots.

I’m hoping these will fly off my display table at the craft show…

It’s Friday again!  Whew…I have no idea where this week went.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


not. a. chance.

I’ll be inky though…and HaPpY!


Where’s My Purse?

Let me just say…I watched Sacha Van der Kerkhof’s video (here) and had to give these cute purses a try.  Remember that craft show I entered?  Well, it is looming and these purses seemed a good fit for the market traffic I expect to be there.


Cute or what?

Here’s a close up of the plaids…


These were all made with the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack.


And these were made with the Candy Cane Lane DSP.  Each little purse has a coordinating card inside for that special message.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White and color cardstock of your choice and Designer Series Paper of your choice
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Holly Berry Happiness, Christmas Magic (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Iced Rhinestones, Holly Berry Builder Punch, Layered Ovals Framelits, Layered Squares Framelits, Bail ‘n Chain (Hobby Lobby), Tags & Labels Framelits


First we need to make the box/bag inside.  Cut your cardstock 2-3/4″ x 6-1/4″.  On the short side score at 3/4″.  On the long side score at 2″, 3″, 5″ and 6″.  Score at 2-1/2″ down one inch and the same at 5-1/2″.  With a straight edge lined up from bottom of 1″ score to 3/4″ score to corner at 2″ then again at opposite corner at 3″ score.  Make the same two score lines between 5″ and 6″ score lines.


Trim taps like this…


Add Tear Tape on right side to 1/4″ score and underneath one of the larger flaps.


Fold and attach at side.  Fold all bottom flaps inside box and attach with the tear tape flap.  Pinch sides to make box/bag for inside.


  • Now that you’ve made one…you can see how simple it really is.  Now let’s get that cute purse made…
  • Cut two of the largest ovals from cardstock.  Cut two of the next size of the Layered Ovals from your DSP.  Cut two small ovals from cardstock and two next smallest ovals from DSP.  Cut two strips 7″ x 3/8″ from cardstock.
  • Glue cardstock and DSP ovals together with Multipurpose Glue.  Add glue to one side of box/bag and press one glued oval to it making sure it is centered and not sticking out at the bottom.  Glue the second large oval to the opposite side.
  • Curl your small oval with bone folder to soften the fibers, fold in half and crease.  Add glue to 1/2 of cardstock side and place at top center of one oval to overlap to second oval.  Add Velcro button to close purse and Rhinestone to top of closure.
  • Place a piece of Tear Tape on same side, each end of handles.  Curl slightly with bone folder.  Attach to each end of same oval.  Repeat for other oval.  We have a purse!
  • Now for the tag…I used a framelit from Tags and Labels  Framelits.  If you were going to make a tag, this one measures 1″ x 1-1/2″.  Punch a hole for chain.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.  Stamp, punch and glue holly and berries.  Add to purse handle with chain.  (I had to shorten mine considerably for it to look right.
  • Inside I used a 1-3/4″ square framelit for the back and 1-1/2″ square for Whisper White.  Glue together.  Add a small strip of coordinating cardstock at bottom.

Could you imagine money in here?…or an engagement ring?  Or special earrings?  Girl…I can imagine lots of great things inside this tiny purse!  How about a note “We are going on a cruise!”  Hahahaha…I do have an imagination!

Sure hope these will prove me right and be a good seller at the craft show.

For all of you who are faithful readers…Saturday (which is normally not a big blog reading day) was my biggest day ever!  And I almost didn’t post those calendar pages because I wasn’t sure you would enjoy them.  Boy!  was I ever wrong.  Not only that, but many asked to see the rest of the pages too.  I am in the process of rearranging my posting schedule to include the rest of the calendar pages one day a week for the next three weeks.  Hope you enjoy…

We had a kit class at the studio today…and it was a hit!  So much so we are planning another one next month.  It’s just fun to be together getting our craft on…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Stay inky…stay HaPpY!



Santa’s Comin’ to Town…

Today’s project is one I’ve been excited to show you.  Remember last week I mentioned getting ready for a craft show (it’s taken two years to get into this show)?  Well…I’ve been working like a fiend making all sorts of paper art and this project will be used as a drawing giveaway to collect contact info from those that fill out the form…


The opening in this 8″ x 10″ frame is 4″ x 6″.  Fortunately there is space between the glass and mat so a dimensional project works perfect.  Here’s a couple of close up shots…


What fun to fill the sleigh…


and Santa’s sack!

My original plan was to make a basket of stamping supplies as the giveaway (personally I’d like that) but considering the traffic at this show, this will probably be more popular.

Just to answer what I assume will be the number one question…the frame is from Hobby Lobby priced at $13.99 and 40% off.  So, I’ve got about $8 in the frame.  If I were selling this at this particular market, I’d price it at $25.

So, would you like some Stuff ‘N Digits for this one?   Here you go…


  • Paper:  Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Soft Suede, Real Red, Pear Pizazz, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Silver Foil Cardstock, plus Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Real Red, Basic Black Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Santa’s Sleight, Father Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Santa’s Sleight Thinlit Dies, Linen Thread


  • Let’s start with the background and come forward.  The Candy Cane Lane DSP was cut slightly larger than the 4″ x 6″ opening and glued to the sheet inside the frame right over the picture they had in the frame.  Perfect positioning.
  • The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper was cut 6″ x 3″ and then hand cut and attached at bottom with Adhesive Strip.
  • The trees were stamped on Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizazz, cut with Thinlit and one attached with Multipurpose Glue and the other with dimensionals.  I purposely set them to be outside the framed area at the top.
  • Cut the Real Red sleigh, cut the base sleigh from Soft Suede and the blades from Silver Foil.  Attach with Multipurpose Glue to build your sleight.  Stamp and cut your packages, stocking and teddy bear from DSP and Whisper White cardstock.  Don’t forget your bows!  Attach with Multipurpose Glue to back side of sleigh or with dimensionals…whatever looks best to you.  Attach sleigh over trees at an angle with Adhesive Strip.
  • Stamp and cut out two reindeer plus one wreath and bow.  Attach one reindeer with Multipurpose Glue and the other just in front and maybe out of the frame slightly with Strip Adhesive.  Cut wreath in one place and slip over neck of first reindeer.  Attach glue dot to back.  Add bow with glue dot.  Wrap Linen Thread around the first reindeer’s neck and tie, then loop around second reindeer, thread through hole on sleigh and glue dot to the sleigh.  Isn’t this looking cute?
  • Now finish with Santa’s bag.  Stamp on Whisper White with Basic Black.  Color with markers and Blender Pen, fussy cut and add just outside frame with dimensionals.

This was so much fun to make…I was doing a little dance all over the studio!

More projects this week I’m excited to show you so be sure to stop by…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


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At least I’m inky and HaPpY!