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Koala Thinking of You…

How many times could you use a card like this cute little Koala?


Is he adorable or what?  There are so many times I need a card just like this.  I’m so glad I went to the Stamp Across America class at convention where I made a card similar to this one.  Of course I had to put a little of my spin on it and added some Crystal Effects to his nose and some ribbon and linen thread.  That just seemed to make it even cuter!

This is a single stamp found on page 113 of the annual catalog.  I just couldn’t resist that little bear.  Would you like to make this card or one similar?  Well, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Tangelo Twist and Whisper White cardstock plus Flower Pot DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Yellow, Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Kind Koala
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Tangelo Twist Ribbon and Linen Thread, Crystal Effects and Lovely Lace EF


  • Base card Crumb Cake 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Tangelo Twist layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Flower Pot DSP is 3″ x 4 1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 2 3/4″ x 4″
  • Color with markers everything on the stamp except the koala and stamp on Whisper White layer.
  • Stamp the koala in Memento Black two times on Crumb Cake.  Cut out just the koala and then just the koala face.
  • Attach the whole koala to fit the colored stamp on the Whisper White.  Add the face with dimensionals and then the Crystal Effects to his nose.  Let dry.
  • Run the Tangelo Twist layer through the Big Shot in the Lovely Lace EF.  Attach Tangelo Twist ribbon around this layer and then attach layer to card front.
  • If the koala’s nose is dry, attach the Whisper White layer to the Flower Pot DSP and then attached this layer to the card front with dimensionals.
  • Add Tangelo Twist bow to front made with Linen thread.
  • I also embossed just the flap of the envelop with the Lovely Lace EF.

Hope you are inspired to create something beautiful today.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Contribute your unique gift to the world.”

Are you inky and HaPpY?…I am!


Choose Happiness…

OK, before I get started with my post today, look what Mr. Brown brought this afternoon….


Holy Moly!  Now I have ALL the Stampability Pen colors.  I think my favorite is going to be the Calypso Coral (at least this week).  Yippee Skippee!  I will be coloring everything in sight now.

AND, the other major news announcement is this is my 200th! post.  That’s unbelievable to me.  I started this blog the end of last September and all I can say is I have loved every minute making, photographing and posting all 200 projects for you.

Now for today’s post… this card is made with the Blendability Pens and the new Gold Soiree Foil DSP.  Here’s the card…


There is no sentiment on this one, but this card could be used for multiple occasions so the sentiment will be added when I use it.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits if you’d like to create a card similar to this one…


  • Paper:  Tangelo Twist, Whisper White and Gold Foil cardstock plus Gold Soiree DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Choose Happiness (love this set!)
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Sequins, Rhinestones, Calypso Coral Seam Binding, Linen Thread, On Film Framelit and Blendability Pens


  • Base card Tangelo Twist 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • First layer of DSP is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The vertical section is 2 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ Tangelo Twist, DSP is 2″ x 3 3/4″
  • The horizontal Tangelo Twist layer is 1/8″ larger than the ON Film die frame
  • The Whisper White layer was cut to fit the back of the frame.  The flower was “fussy cut” and placed just a little outside of the frame.

Hope you will feel inspired to use this post to create of masterpiece of your own.  I love that you stopped by today and hope you will come back often.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.”

Yep, I’m really inky…but HaPpY!


Hello Dahlia…

Here’s another example of the Blendability Pens and a new framelit die called Striped Scallop…


What doesn’t really show up in the photo (because I’m a lousy photographer) is that the dahlia base is up on dimensionals and then I stamped and colored the image again cutting out just the center of the flower and placing that layer on dimensionals, too.  In person…it’s awesome if I do say so myself!  Did you notice the rhinestones on the flower petals?  They were colored to match with the Blendability Pen I used for the flower.  Maybe looks like dew drops?

The background of the card front is dressed up with the Striped Scallop Framelit.  You can place your paper on top of one of the adhesive sheets (page 204), place the framelit on top of the cardstock and run all of the layers through the Big Shot.  What you have is an art piece ready to place down on your card front.  Magic!  Now I know lots of people use wax paper with this framelit die but I found my embossing buddy bounced around on the cutting side of the framelit works like a charm.  Either way, you’ll get a clean cut that removes easily.  Little tip from someone who has tried it the hard way.

You probably noticed the envelop that coordinates with the card front.  Here is the inside of this card…


Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits if you’d like to create this card or one similar to it…


  • Paper:  Hello Honey, Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock and Lullaby DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Regarding Dahlias
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Scallop Topper Punch, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Rhinestones, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch and Blendability Pens


  • Base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″ Hello Honey Cardstock scored at 5 1/2″
  • Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The Striped Scallop die was trimmed slightly
  • The black tag was made with a 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ piece punched each end with Scallop Topper Punch

Hope you enjoyed this post and will come back again soon.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Never get too big for your britches.”

If you are inky…you are HaPpY!



When I Need A Friend…

You are there!  Love this stamp set called Choose Happiness and today’s card just happened while I was playing around.  It always surprises me when that happens.  Here’s the card… IMG_1155 It’s an unusual color combination, I know, but it grew on me as I was working on this card.  The inside of the card also coordinates with the card cover as does the envelope.  There are three different stamps sets represented here, one of which is retired (sorry, French Foliage, I love that script).  Have you made one of these layered cards?  It’s really a great effect that’s easy to do.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you… Stuff:

  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum and Baked Brown Sugar cardstock
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Baked Brown Sugar, Perfect Plum and Wild Wasabi
  • Stamps:  Choose Happiness, Gorgeous Grunge, French Foliage
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Ovals Framelits, Neutrals Candy Dots, Pearls, Vanilla Seam Binding and Linen Thread


  • Cut Baked Brown Sugar 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″
  • Perfect Plum layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • Very Vanilla layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″‘
  • Cut two Very Vanilla ovals and two Perfect Plum ovals one size bigger than each Vanilla oval
  • With a little adhesive in the center of the 5 1/4″ x 4″ Very Vanilla layer, place largest Vanilla oval
  • Add a little adhesive to the center of this oval and place the smaller Vanilla oval on top
  • With these three Very Vanilla layers together, stamp all your background stamps
  • To assemble, place Perfect Plum layers under the Vanilla ovals.
  • Add the flay stamp with candy dot.
  • Fussy Cut the bird and add pearl for his eye.
  • Stamp sentiment on a strip of 3/4″ Very Vanilla, add Grunge in Baked Brown Sugar
  • Flag one end of strip and separate the paper layers at the opposite end, curl in opposite directions.
  • Add Very Vanilla Seam Binding with Linen Thread.

Hope you enjoyed this card today and you are going to have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and come back often.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing.”

Getting ready for national convention so I’m VERY inky and VERY HaPpY!


Choose Happiness…

When I first got my hands on the new catalog and had time to go through it, there were three stamps sets that I knew instantly I wanted.  Does that happen for you?  I like almost all of them but sometimes a set just stops me in my tracks.

Today’s card uses one of those sets…it’s called Choose Happiness.  Here’s the card…


While playing with ideas for the layout of this card, I was flipping through the DSP Paper Stack All  A Bloom and this pattern just screamed happiness to me.  This stamp set also contains a beautiful script saying I plan to use next.  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card in case you’d like to give it a try…


  • Paper:  Strawberry Slush and Whisper White DSP, All A Bloom Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding
  • Stamps:  All A Bloom
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Apothecary Accents Framelits, Starburst Framelits, Linen Thread, Pearls, Crystal Effects (on the bird)


  • The Strawberry Slush cardstock is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The Apothecary Accents framelit was cut out twice in Strawberry Slush and one piece was cut in half and glued a little outside on each side to create a background for the sentiment.
  • Banners were cut from strips of DSP and cardstock and the ends punched with a square punch
  • The white layer over the DSP starburst framelit is punched with a 2 1/2″ punch
  • After stamping the bird in Blushing Bride, it was “fussy cut” and covered in Crystal Effects.  After it dried it was attached with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Be sure to come back often to see what’s new here at Rambling Rose Studio.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Always remember…it’s better to arrive late than to arrive ugly.”

Hope your are inky and you chose to be HaPpY today!


Video…Building A Spring Fence…


Promises are promises so today is the first of two videos on building a Spring fence gate.  This one is 21 minutes long (you could have a cuppa!).  I will post the second video tomorrow so after that you’ll know more than you’d ever want to know about building a Spring fence gate.  Ready?  Let’s get to it…

Just a note…after you cut your “planks”, be sure to sponge your plank edges with the Basic Gray ink to give your gate more dimension.  I forgot to do that in the video, but do mention and show that in tomorrow’s video.  Do you feel like building?  I’d love to see what you create.  Feel free to send me your pics.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”All you need is love…and a tiara…and maybe a cookie.”

Are you inky like me?  Happy stampin’…


From the Heart…

Just the card when you need a birthday, sympathy, get well or thinking of you…and the colors taken directly from the Watercolor Wonder DSP make it simple to put together.  This card was inspired by one I saw on Diana Gibbs’ blog at Stamping With Di (thanks, Diana!) Here’s the card…


There are several features on this card using new products from the Celebrate the Everyday catalog that may be new to you.  The basic card is Whisper White with a Bashful Blue layer embossed with the Fancy Fan EF (embossing folder).  The smaller layer across the lower front is Whisper White cut with the tiny scallop rotary wheel on the SU! paper trimmer.  I love how dainty it is.  The layer over this one is from the Watercolor Wonder DSP.  I think I’ve mentioned every side of this paper is so pretty and it all coordinates.  I cut the doily in half and placed behind the tag to set it up as the focal point of the card.  The tag was made with the new Tag Topper Punch and I repeated the tiny scallops on the tag.  The stamp set is from the Happy Watercolor set and I used a blender pen to add color to the orchids.

This will be a busy weekend with two classes booked full and I’m hosting our neighborhood book club Monday evening.  Still lots to finish up but I always find time to get in my studio to create.

Hope you enjoyed this card and this post will inspire you to create your own masterpiece.  Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today:  Be the reason someone smiles today.”

Do you think this ink on my fingers is eatable?





Christmas Paper Pumpkin….

You may not be a monthly Paper Pumpkin subscriber, but if you are, I know you must have LOVED this month’s project.  If you don’t subscribe (it’s $19.95 per month and you received a kit with supplies to make a suggested project), this month’s project may just send you over the fence.  Here’s what I made with my kit…actually, I made four of them.

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See the garland of stars?  Oh my goodness…I freaked out when I saw those, and I have plenty left over for later.  This is a great advertisement for Paper Pumpkin.  I just love getting a little surprise each month.

If you would like to sign up, just click on the Paper Pumpkin logo to the right and you will have one in your mailbox before you know it.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Do not let life pass you by.  Get up, dress up and show up!”

I dressed up and showed up in my studio today.  I’ll show you more projects this week.


A Flippin’ Birthday…

My bestie’s birthday was this week and I just wanted to give her a really special card.  We meet at Starbucks whenever we can fit it into our schedules so this interactive birthday card with a gift card tucked inside was just the ticket.  The surprise happens when you open the card and the gift card pops up out of a pocket.  I think she really liked it.

Here’s her card…


And the inside with the gift card surprise…


Do you not love this stamp set?  And the doily made the perfect table cover.  Here is a list of the supplies used just in case you’d like to CASE this card.

  • Stamps:  Perfect Blend and Banner Greetings
  • Ink:  Early Expresso and Staz On Black
  • Paper:  Eastern Elegance DSP, Smokey Slate CS, Crushed Curry CS
  • Tools:  Label Bracket Punch

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Practice happy thinking everyday.”

Hope it makes you as happy as it makes me to get your fingers inky every day.