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Painted Posies…

I love nature and flowers in particular.  If you flipped through this blog (there’s over 1,000 posts!) you’d find a large percentage of the entries were flowers of one kind or another.

Today’s post highlights my favorite stamping technique (masking) and what many readers call a “Billie Bow”…

A little water coloring (also a fav)…

a close up…

Oooo!  that bow…(I’ll give you a video link in the directions)

There’s no  sentiment yet as I felt this card would work for several occasions and I’d hold out on that part for now.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, plus water color paper and Urban Underground Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  You’ve Got This, By the Tide (retired) background script
  • Tools ‘N Embellisments:  Linen Thread, Aqua Painter, Sponges, Zig Clear Color Real Brush, MISTI and Low Tack Artist Tape


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The designer series paper layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The water color paper layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Using one color at a time I started with the stem/leaves with the lightest green in my set and stamped the outline.  Leave this stamp positioned on the MISTI.  Using my Aqua Painter with a small amount of water, brush over the lines of the leaves and stems to move the color inside the lines. You can leave some white highlights here and there if you like.  Let dry.  Ink the stamp with a darker green and repeat with Aqua Painter but do not completely cover the lighter green.  Let dry.  Stamp again with the darker green.   Cut a mask for this set of leaves and stem from Post It note and apply while working on the second steam and leaves.
  • The blue flower was stamped in a light lavender and treated like the stems.  Then stamped again with the darker blue and pulled some of that color into the lavender leaving some highlights.  Let dry then stamp again with the dark blue.  Cut a mask for this flower from a post it note before stamping the second flower.  The same procedure to color the second flower.  I started with yellow and followed up with red.  Remove mask…magic happened!
  • Using Low Tack Artist Tape (I’ve tried them all and this works best for me) tape a background area leaving part of the flowers and stem outside the border.  Sponge background areas with Daffodil Delight and edges with Soft Suede lightly.  Add script with Soft Suede stamped off once.  Splatter background with Soft Suede marker.  Remove tape (this tape can be reused).
  • The water color paper was trimmed maybe a 1/4″ on the right side to expose part of a petal.  You don’t have to do this step, but I like it!
  • The Linen Thread was crisscrossed and attach at back of water color paper with SNAIL.  The bow was made and attached with glue dots.  A video to make this bow can be seen here.

This card was so much fun to make…I enjoyed trying this technique.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



Last day of 2016.  It has been said you should never look back, but always move forward…

Excuse me if I disagree.  Sometimes it is important and necessary to look back.  How else are you to know how much you’ve grown?  And looking back you can take stock of those things that were a success and remember others that were not.

So today if you’ll indulge me, let’s take a sweeping view of 2016 posts.  I’ll pick my favorite from each month.  For those of you who have been reading this blog for a bit, I’m sure you might have a favorite or two.  I’d love to know if you can remember…

January 2016


Emboss and bleach technique.

February 2016


Masking and bokeh technique.

March 2016


Botannical Gardens Framelits were a favorite.

April 2016


3-D frame from a box for Lyla’s ninth birthday… with her new puppy Stitch.

May 2016


These created a stir.

June 2016


Sweetums loved this Father’s Day card.  I loved that DSP!

July 2016


This was made to celebrate my son-in-love’s new command assignment.  Lots of response on this one.

August 2016


Simple and interesting.

September 2016


Thank you surprise for my “peeps” made big points on Pinterest.

October 2016

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Thoughtful Branches…how I loved this new set.

November 2016


Loved this set at first sight.

December 2016


I called this one rustic elegance.

This post has taken me hours…it was so much fun reminiscing through all the posts this year.  Next month I will pass the 1000 mark for posts in three years…that’s just amazing to me.

I’m sending each of you the warmest wishes for the new year and thank you so much for spending time with me on this blog.

Love to you all…




Mediterranean Watercolor…

Well…we survived our “home alone” Thanksgiving…

Was it as much fun as being with “the Littles” and all our family?  Well…no.

But it really wasn’t a bad day all in all.  I would describe it as quiet, but not in a bad way.  We cooked (Sweetums smoked a turkey breast) and I made all the sides … just much small amounts than usual.

Then a neighbor called and invited us to desert…that was nice.  Then a cousin happened to call and was in town…so they dropped by for a visit.  And the 70 degree weather was really nice too so we took advantage of the golf course being closed and took a long walk with the furbabies.  Nice day all in all.

Today has been spent reorganizing.  Monday is the Christmas Market and I’ve decided there is enough product for that and the studio needed cleaning for a fresh start in December and the upcoming Sale-A-Bration event starting January 1st.

But there was time this morning for a cuppa and a little water coloring to share with you this afternoon…


Isn’t this the prettiest stamp?  Reminds me of a walk way we saw in Capri…  I just had to try water coloring with my new pencils.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock plus Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black Ink
  • Stamps:  Mediterranean Moments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Small Round Brush


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Water Color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp image in Archival Basic Black.  Using water color pencils enjoy coloring image.  With a small round brush and some water, go over each color one at a time cleaning your brush between color changes.  Once dry, you can always add color, while wet you can delete color with water and a tissue.  It’s so much fun to play with.
  • Add water color paper to card front with multipurpose glue.  Set an acrylic block or book on top until glue dries.

Did you shop this Black Friday?  In the store or online?  I have definitely taken advantage of SU! deals this week…and a few other things for Christmas online.  I’d never go shopping in crowds…never!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope you have time to get inky and …Be HaPpY!


Grateful For You…

Continuing with the fall theme for this week, today’s post is a part freehand watercolor and stamping too…


and here’s a peek inside…


This was a nice relaxing watercolor to do with a leaf I brought home from a morning walk.  It just occurred to me I’d like to sit down and try to paint the colors I saw there.  Leaves in the fall fascinate me with their color combinations.

If you like to sketch and have just a beginner’s watercolor set…you could certainly paint your own.  If not, the maple leaf in the Vintage Leaves set would also work for the front of this card.  Use the archival Basic Black or Daffodil Delight if you don’t want the lines and use a leaf for your color inspiration.  Just give it a try…you don’t have to show it to a soul.  But I bet you will want to.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red Cardstock plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black (all other colors are watercolors, but you could certainly use reinkers too)
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves and Grateful Bunch (sentiment, I only used part of the sentiment) and Birthday Blooms (for you inside sentiment), Gorgeous Grundge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Leaflets Framelits, small round brush and watercolors (optional)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 2-1//8″ and 4-1/4″.  Fold normally at 4-1/4″ then fold 2-1/8″ back against the card front.
  • The Real Red layer is 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.  Add Multipurpose Glue to the folded back piece only and add the Real Red layer on top.
  • The Watercolor paper layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″.  If you are drawing your leaf freehand, you might want to use a colored pencil in one of the colors you plan to use in the leaf.  Add water to just the background and add color of choice.  Let dry or heat.  Start with your lightest color choice (I used a warm yellow) to paint your leaf.  Let dry or heat.  Add colors you see in your leaf including any holes.  Add veining in a darker shade.  I outlined my leaf with a micron pen.  Add shading using a combination of colors in your leaf.    Splatters were added using the splats from Gorgeous Grundge and Real Red.  Done!
  • Stamp sentiment in Basic Black on scrap of Thick Whisper White and cut out with framelit.  Also cut a leaf from Real Red.  Layer with Multipurpose Glue and add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Real Red layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Whisper White layer is 5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.
  • On scrap of Thick Whisper White stamp leaf in Basic Black.  Use colors similar to the one on card front.  Add splatters in Real Red and attach with dimensionals.  This creates the “stop” for your easel.

Give this card a try…I know you will be HaPpY with the results!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


sick to death of all this hogwash.

So stay inky and Be HaPpY!



Pumpkin Spice…

So today’s post using Thoughtful Branches stamp set and thinlets turns the blooms upside down and water colored to make a pumpkin for the fall season…

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Who knew…right?

Here’s a peek inside…


Oh this card was so much fun to work on…of course, fall is my very favorite season.

Here is how I set up to do the water coloring…


I’m starting here because it’s the first thing you need to do so the ink can dry.  I’m working on a craft sheet purchased at Amazon so the surface can just be wiped clean (Arts & Crafts, Ranger 15″ x 18″ Inkssentials Craft Sheet)

  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive
  • Aqua Painter
  • Spritzer filled with water
  • Water Color Paper cut with thinlets
  • Spritz paper really damp.  Use Crumb Cake on stem and leaves.  Leave some white space.  Add Pear Pizazz the Old Olive.  Use darker colors towards bottom of leaves and one side of stem.  Start the “pumpkin” with Daffodil Delight, then Pumpkin Pie leaving a bright spot toward the center and making the orange darker on the right side.  Using your fingernail at the end of the marker, flick specks of color from Cajun Craze and Old Olive on the pumpkin and leaves.  Use Gold Wink of Stella all over the pumpkin and leaves.

Here’s what your piece might look like now…


Let this dry…you can heat gun it! (Just sayin!)

Now here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits with all supplies listed…


  • Paper:  Water Color, Thick Whisper White and Sahara Sand Cardstock, plus Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches and Layering Love (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Thoughtful Branches Thinlets, Gold Wink of Stella, Aqua Painter, Spritzer


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/2″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Sahara Sand layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in top left corner with Basic Black ink.  Stamp “grass” stamp lower left corner for pumpkin to rest on in Early Espresso.  Add to card front with adhesive.
  • Once all the negative pieces have been removed from stem, leaves and pumpkin, trim part of the stem and the leaves so you can place them properly using glue.  I had a piece of watercolor paper left over so I curled it and added to stem.  Use pieces of dimensional or strip adhesive on the bottom and sides to adhere pumpkin letting the center bow up a bit when attaching.  Here’s a close up of the pumpkin…


and how it bows out a bit…


  • Inside I’ve added a strip of the DSP and the sentiment in Basic Black.

Wouldn’t this make a great fall card?  And the water coloring with ink is so easy.  Seriously, there are no mistakes…just different colored pumpkins!

I’m loving focusing on this set and hope you’ll stop back by tomorrow when we flip this stamp over and make something entirely different and for a different season.

Remember, this set is only available until the end of the month or while supplies last.  Thanks to all who ordered yesterday from my site…much appreciated.  Here’s the ordering info for you…Thoughtful Branches Bundle, #144328, $52.  With the popularity of this set and the impending deadline, the sooner you order… the better!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I would die of a heart attack anyway…

I’m so inky…and HaPpY!