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Lovely Wishes Class…

Beginning in January 2018, Rambling Rose Studio will offer a product-based class (more details to follow) and this stamp set (Lovely Wishes) and these projects will be part of that class.

So I thought it would be fun to show you these projects today so you can see what type of things we will be making together …

A gift bag, box and coordinating card!

Good things come in small packages…

This coordinating pocket card…

And this matching gift bag.

If you decide to take the class, you’ll order your supplies (I’ll post the list) and they will be delivered directly to you.  For the months of January – March when Sale-A-Bration will be going on. supplies will run approximately $50 which will allow you to receive FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog when you order.

Once you have placed your order using that month’s Host Code, two things will happen: 1) your name will be added to a closed Facebook Page where you will be able to view a video I’ve made to describe how to make all the projects shown and 2) I will mail to you all the project’s precut supplies prepared and ready for you to start stamping.  Your supply package will also include a personal thank you card from me to you.

How fun is that?  The Facebook Page will be open to you as long as you are enrolled in that month’s class.  You can watch the video as many times as you like and make your projects when it’s convenient for you.

Because this stamp set will not be available (it’s brand spanking new people!) until January 1st, closing date for placing your order will be January 5th.  Once your order goes in, your supplies from me will be mailed.  The Facebook Class will go “live” on January 19th and run for one month.

This is a new adventure for me and I’m so excited to share it with you.  We will be able to stamp together every single month!

There will be more information in the weeks ahead that will include the Host Code and your invitation to join the class Facebook Page.

So let’s step out of the ‘comfort zone box’ together and go on this new adventure.  I’m glad to answer any questions left in comments or emailed to me.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

i’m ready…are you?

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!




Peeps Christmas “Shoebox”…

Today I’d like to highlight the “shoebox” swap we had yesterday in the studio with some of my stampin’ “peeps”…

It’s amazing we finished the desk calendar shown yesterday plus all these projects in a little over two hours so everyone went home with six pieces and all so different which really surprised all of us since there was no coordination at all beforehand.


This project was designed by Jeanette Stepanske who has been stamping for a little over a year.  She makes some of the most beautiful, personalized projects and constantly amazes me with her ideas.  This little “book” filled with peppermint M&Ms measures 3″ x 4″ and ties shut with ribbon.


Barbara Philpott  who is in my downline designed this 3-D tree ornament using the Star of Light stamps set.  Four stars were stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock, stamped and embossed with Copper Embossing Powder and cut out with Starlight Thinlits.  She scored each piece in the center then we folded, burnished and glued the pieces together including a loop of Copper Thread in the center before gluing the last section.  Mine immediately went on the tree!


and the inside…


We will all need “thank you” cards after the holidays are done and Jan Guider has designed a classic navy/white card combining embossing, with a Swirly Bird piece and the “thanks” thinlit then added punched and sponged flowers.  Add the bit of bling with the pearls and you have the perfect card.


How pretty is this New Year’s card?  Carol Mitchell designed this card for the group using the stamp set Here’s to Cheers.  Here’s a peek inside…


Perfect card for greeting the new year.  If I told you Carol has only been stamping for maybe four months…you’d probably not believe me…but it’s true!


How elegant and simple is this black/gold combination card?  Patty Hickman who is in my downline designed this card for the group.  She had already paper-pierced the front (thankgoodness!)  And here’s a peek inside…


Isn’t it pretty?  The black/vanilla color combination along with the gold is so striking in person.


And Dana Beaty who only be stamping for a couple of months brought everyone these chocolate/pecan pretzel treats.  We didn’t even have to make them…she did all the work for us!

So now you see what I mean when saying we had such an awesome collection of totally different projects to take home.  Not to mention the unbelievable food that was shared.  Turned out to be the best Christmas party in the history of Rambling Rose Studio!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these projects…wish you could have been here!


Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Hope you are inky like me…and HaPpY!




Team Gift Bags…

Now that we are already at the OnStage Event, it’s safe to go ahead and post the gift bags for my team.  These will be left for them to find in the hotel room…


These bags were decorated with the Petals & Paisley’s Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It’s covered up in the photo, but each has their initial embossed in gold on Gold Foil and all is tied with the coordinating 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack.

Never mind the bag…what’s inside you ask?


These shirts were made for me by my good friend Tamra (who is attending the Australia event).  I think the girls will love these!


Tamra also made these engraved Bone Folders for me…I know they will use them everyday and also the Stampin’ Up! foldable trash bin.


And these personalized journals for note taking at OnStage with a cute pen to match.  I did personalize each one with their initials embossed in gold.

These were fun to make and plan for and will be even more fun to give.  We will all be “stylin’ and profilin'” in our Rambling Rose BUDS shirts!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


coffee nose snort.

You know we are all inky today…and HaPpY!






Sally’s Birthday Surprise…

You just never know when and where you might meet someone you feel you’ve known your whole life…I mean like sisters from another mother.  That’s just what happened last August on the beach while on vacation.  Sweetums and I met Bill and Sally and we’ve been fast friends ever since.

Sally even decided to start stamping and joined my team…

To celebrate her birthday today I sent her this package just to let her know we were thinking of her…


All done in her favorite color combination and birthday cake with no calories.  The lanyard I know she will use with new snips and a little nosegay of roses she can pin to her blouse or jacket.

Here is a close up the of corsage of roses…


And the lanyard was packaged like florist might …


She’s already texted me and seemed really please with her surprise so I’m not ruining anything by posting this today.

The card included was posted on my blog and can be found under the “Birthday” button in the left column on this page.  The lanyard I purchased.

The birthday cake was made with the Cutie Pie Framelits and the roses with the Spiral Flower Die.  Her colors are Mint Macaron, Soft Sky and Pool Party.  The roses were hot glued to a scalloped circle of Mint Macaron and a jewelry pin hot glued to the back.  A little looped piece of Mint Macaron lace ribbon was tucked in one side for sweetness!

We plan to meet again at the beach this August…I bet this year we will be stamping at the beach too!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Happens to me every time…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



The Party’s Over…

But it was so much fun!  There is so much I’d like to share with you.  Feels really good talking to you since I’ve missed posting the last three days.  Hope you missed me a little too… Before convention I shared my roomie gift that was given to my roomies at convention.  Today I’d like to share the roomie gifts I received…they are amazing. jeanne Isn’t that the cutest?  This great gift for Christmas was made by Jeanne Moss.  She has used the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder for the Whisper White background.  The two  green trees are attached flat and the red tree is lifted with dimensionals with a Vintage Faceted Button and White Baker’s Twine.  The “joy” is Cherry Cobbler and matches the frame perfectly.  Jeanne told me she found the frame at a “dollar” store and ditched the glass.  This art piece fits inside a box used for stamp sets. peggys This sweet gift was made by Peggy Powers.  You can tell by the container of ribbon pictured beside the paint can that its a quart can (I think).  Awesome gift!  Inside (I should have taken a photo of the inside) there are travel sized toiletries, a small magnetic notebook with matching pen and a cute card holder with gift cards for Subway and my FAV Starbucks!  Peggy says she used the White Jute Ribbon but cut it a smaller width for the top and bottom trim, plus separated the individual strands to use behind that gorgeous butterfly and for the small bow.  She shared that her husband picked up a case of these cans at a construction site for FREE!  A stamper can think of many things to do with a paint can for heaven’s sake. bulletinbd Sue Parker (SparkledWeb) made this adorable little bulletin board (it fits inside a Paper Pumpkin box).  She doubled the thickness so she could attach the Watermelon Wonder Lace between the layers and so the cute little thumbtacks made from the In-Color Blossoms wouldn’t extend from the back.  She even included a picture of the two of us from a previous SU! gathering and the convention logo from this year’s event.  Adding the flowers in more of the In-Colors is just the cherry on top.  I love this little bulletin board and think it would make a wonderful pre-teen girls’ gift. Traveling yesterday from Salt Lake City was an adventure…my initial flight leaving SLC was delayed and set the day up for what might have been an overnight stay in Atlanta.  However, with much huffing and puffing and running in wedge heels with no back (giggles for those watching I’m sure) I made it to my connection as the last boarding passenger.  Whew! Thought I’d take a nap from SLC to Atlanta (even bought a pillow and blanket) but this awesome demo from Cummings, Ga., sat next to me and well…you know we started talking and before I knew it the trip was over. Here’s a pic of some of us the first day of convention waiting for the first general session… sueshot All relaxed and ready for fun. Tomorrow I’d like to share some of the notable swaps I received and examples of cards from the Stamp Across American class we attended Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  There are sure to be some ideas that will inspire your creations. The night before leaving for convention, the order from July classes arrived and that day this months’ Paper Pumpkin arrived (love it!) and were left in the box sitting on one of the table tops.  Now all the materials, swag, samples and prize patrol gifts are also on another table top.  Can I just tell you this studio is a mess!  I’ll be back tomorrow with more inspiring ideas for you. Here’s your “B-ism” for today… minion19

Have a great day…Get Inky…Be HaPpY!


Graduation Gift…

What a glorious Easter weekend…warm sunshine, full moon and flowers popping out everywhere.

But today it is raining and I have retreated to my favorite spot for some planning and creating.

Lots of planning and not much creating so far.

There will be lots of occasions coming up…graduations, weddings, birthdays.

One graduation in particular was on my mind so this happened…


and all packaged up it looked like this…


Even the box is handmade!  These notes were made using SU! notecards which I find to be excellent quality paper.  I confess to using the MISTI to mass produce this set of cards which saved me time and money and gave me perfect alignment every time.

Haven’t heard of the MISTI?  You can google it or go to YouTube and search for it.  It is an amazing stamping tool.

Do you have lots of occasions popping up this spring and summer?  Let’s plan ahead together and get them covered with some beautiful handmade gifts.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you on this one which could also serve as a wedding shower gift for the bride’s thank you notes or a wedding gift with her new initial…


  • Paper:  SU! Whisper White notecards and DSP to match your choice of colors (envelope liner), Crumb Cake cardstock and Window Sheet (box)
  • Ink:  Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizazz, Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Sophisticated Serifs and Your Perfect Day and Gorgeous Grunge and Crazy About You  (tag)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ satin ribbon…(What? no pearls, no linen thread?)


  • Line your envelopes with your choice of DSP to match your color choices
  • Stamp the wreath twice with a little offset in Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizazz
  • Add your letter choice in Lost Lagoon, then the small leaf to the left side of the initial
  • Inside the card I used Crazy About You set to say Graduation Thanks
  • Don’t forget your personalized stamp on the back of the notecard.
  • The box is made from window sheets and Crumb Cake cardstock and measures 8 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
  • Score 1 1/2″ on all sides, cut tabs to first score line, burnish with bone folder, add sticky tape to tabs and place inside box and fold up side all four sides.
  • Cut, score and attach the same way for the window sheet for the top of the box.

Well…there’s one occasion and gift ready for next month…but my list is just a little longer than that.  So I’ll be giving you more ideas in the days to come.

Be sure to stop by for a little inspiration and planning.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Well…there you go!

Let’s get inky together…and Be HaPpY!



Olaff and Chocolate…

We have some of the cutest kids in our neighborhood and before I leave to see the “littles” in St. Petersburg, I wanted to leave them a little treat for their stockings.  My initial idea was to make Olaff and include some chocolate.

Here’s my attempt at an Olaff tag…


Are you giggling?  Me too!  I just couldn’t get him to look like that lovable little guy in the movie.  So I made a “Uie” (better known as a U turn) and came up with these…


They may not look like Olaff, but since they are wrapped chocolate nuggets they will taste good and I love their little hats.  Here is how they were wrapped for giving…


Are you interested in the Stuff ‘N Digits to make these…here you go (they really do make up fast)…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Black, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party cardstock plus Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  none
  • Stamps:  none
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1 1/4″ Cherry Cobbler Linen Ribbon, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Washi Tape, Cello Bags, Itty Bitty Label Punch, Googly eyes, 1/8″ square punch and Scallop Topper Punch


  • 5 1/2″ x 2″ Pool Party for base
  • 1 1/2″ x 3″ Whisper White to cover nuggets.  Use Fast Fuse to adhere covers.
  • Add red Washi Tape to bottom edge of one nugget and a “button”
  • To center nugget add two “buttons”
  • Top nugget draw a smile with journaling pen, hand cut a Pumpkin Pie nose and attach with Tombow,  attach Googly eyes
  • The hats are the fingers of childrens’ glove.  You can get a pair at the $$ store for .99  Aren’t they the cutest?
  • Attach the two bottom nuggets to base.  Add dimensional to hat section to attach.
  • Place in 4″ x 10″ cello bags.
  • The tag is a 2″ x 4″ Cherry Cobbler
  • Add a 1″ x 4″ Whisper White layer to top with Tombow
  • Punch with Scallop Topper Punch
  • Add two “buttons”
  • The belt is 2″ x 1/2″  Adhere with Tombow
  • Tombow the Glimmer label to center of belt and 1/2″ black square to center of “buckle”
  • Add 1/2″ x 2″ Glimmer strip to bottom.

Things are getting finished and packaged in my studio the last couple of days.  Christmas cards are mailed.  Lots of cleaning up and some cooking left to do and we’ll be ready to head south for a week or so.

I’ll be relieved to have finished all these projects and rest my mind for a bit.  I know the “littles” will keep us on the run with all the fun things we hope to do with them while we are there and they are out of school.

Hope you are realizing the end to your planning and hard work too.  Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


So while I’m in Florida I’ll enjoy the warmer temperatures for a bit.

I’m still inky…and HaPpY!



Light My Christmas…

Here is another gift under $10 idea…and it’s so handy, too!  Many of us run in so many different friend circles…classes, book clubs, yoga classes, neighbors and on and on…I’d like to gift all of them even in a small way because they all add so much to my everyday life.  Are you the same way?

There are several posts on my blog (look under Holiday or 3-D Projects) that show how to make some really thoughtful gifts from the heart…and without cooking!  Today’s project is one of those heartfelt gifts…


This is one of the new LED candles that uses batteries but is really wax like a regular candle.  This could be used all winter long and reused again next holiday season.

Are you interested in how to make this?  Here you go..


  • Paper:  White tissue paper
  • Ink:  Old Olive and Early Expresso
  • Stamps:  Ornamental Pine
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Cherry Cobbler Linen Ribbon, All Is Calm Snowflake, Linen Thread


  • Cut your tissue paper the size of your candle height and half the diameter
  • Ink your stamp with Old Olive and Early Express and stamp
  • Trim loosely around your stamped image and place on your candle.
  • Heat with your heat gun moving it as soon as you see it has melted into the candle.
  • Use your glue pen over your image where you’d like to see sparkle…for me that’s everywhere, but you decide.
  • Tie your ribbon and add your snowflake with the Linen Thread.

You are finished!  Light your candle and enjoy…

You have to admit this is a great gift.  Be sure to check back for more heartfelt gifts under $10.

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


Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!