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Stampin’ Peeps in the House…

Despite the fact Sweetums and I just returned home late last night, today was the day for stamping here at the studio!  And what a day we had…it was a full house with no room to spare.  Why did I not think to make a picture?  …cause I was running around like a nut!

We had three”newbies” which the regulars immediately took under their wings to make them feel at  home.  My classes are not “101” classes by any stretch, but everyone finished with big smiles on their faces.  Just one reason I love this job!

I was going to show an Easter bunny card, but one of my “peeps” brought me a beautifully wrapped gift and I just had to show it to you…

Look at that sweet succulent place card holder!  It is made in a peat pot…how cute is that?

Wonder if I could talk her into six of them?  Just kidding… But this gives me lots of ideas (like I need that!) for ways to use this bundle.

Patty used moss to cover the surface of the pot and three succulent plants to fill the top.  Wouldn’t these make the perfect hostess gift?

Thanks so much Patty for your thoughtfulness…

Sweetums and I had a quick (and I do mean quick) trip to St. Petersburg this weekend to play with “the littles” and celebrate Sweetums’ birthday in style.  We got to see soccer practice with Lyla and baseball practice with Jameson…things we miss.

This Oh So Succulent Bundle on page 21 of the All Occasions Catalog is a classic…with no end to the ideas of projects you can create.  The Bundle #145184 is a “keeper” at $48.50.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ummmm…ok.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

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Cherry On Top…

The Cool Treats stamp set is much like the Lift Me Up hot air balloon set in that they are both non-gender or age specific…Which means I find myself pulling them out more and more for cards.

The post today is also one we will be making in class on Monday…I’m pretty sure my stamping peeps will like this one.  It looks good enough to eat!

Seriously…can you think of anyone that wouldn’t like this type of card?  Me neither!

a close of the glue on the chocolate and cherry…

So let’s make one of these cards…

Here’s the Stuff “N Digits…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Chocolate Chip (of course!), Thick Whisper White, Pool Party, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso and Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, plus Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Cool Treats
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Thin Tipped Glue Pen, 1/2″ Pool Party Ribbon, Linen Thread and Frozen Treats Framelits Dies plus Corner Rounder

Digits

  • The Chocolate Chip base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The three DSP pieces on the card front are 1-1/2″ x 3-7/8″.  Round top and bottom outside corners on two of the three.  Add to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Pool Party layer is 5-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White layer is 1-5/8″ x 5-1/2″.  Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso and attach over top of Pool Party layer with SNAIL
  • Punch all pieces to build ice cream cone and cherry.  Add Thin Tipped Glue to cherry and Early Espresso pieces and set aside to dry.
  • Attach a band of ribbon around bottom of these two layers and attach inside with multipurpose glue.  SNAIL wouldn’t hold this ribbon.  Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach over ribbon band with glue dots.
  • Assemble ice cream cone with multipurpose glue.  Add to card front with dimensionals.  Add cherry with multipurpose glue at sentiment.
  • Inside there is a layer of Pool Party 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL and a layer of Thick Whisper White 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL over the Pool Party layer.  Add sentiment in Early Espresso.
  • It would be cute to add DSP to the flap of the envelope to coordinate with the card front too.

I hope you enjoyed this post today and I’d like to take a minute to thank those of you who have been so nice to order from my online store.  Hope you have all received your gift of appreciation in the mail.

Still no baby…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Hope you are staying inky and HaPpY!

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Black & White Sympathy…

This card was inspired by one of Kylie Bertucci’s that was found on Pinterest.  You can check out her blog here.

Sympathy cards are not my speciality, but when you need one it is nice to have them on hand.  I think Kylie’s card was Crumb Cake and she used different stamps in the background, but the white flower in the foreground was what really caught my eye…

and a close up…

 

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms,  Butterfly Basics
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Don’t faint…None!

Digits

  • The Basic Grey 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 Smoky Slate layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment, ferns and other background stamps.  Stamp rose on scrap Thick Whisper White and “fussy cut”.  Carefully breakdown paper with bone folder so flower will curl slightly.  Add to card front with lots of dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a layer of Basic Black 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • On top of that layer add a Thick Whisper White layer 4″ x 5-1/4″ with SNAIL.  The sentiment “For some things there are just no words” is stamped in Basic Black at top leaving plenty of room for a personal message.

Just to set the record straight, I did also make a hot air balloon for the second “little”, but since I had posted a similar one a few weeks ago, didn’t show his.  But here it is …

I think he will like this one…more his colors!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

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Easter Basket Fun…

Starting to think toward Spring and all the fun of Easter baskets…so I took advantage of SU!’s Mini Egg Cartons on page 18 of the Occasions Catalog.  Do you realize these will be gone at the end of May?

Here’s one of the cartons all dressed up for Easter…

Now I didn’t color this carton, but have colored others (which I’ll show you in the next days) with a spritzer filled 3/4 full with rubbing alcohol and ten or so drops of reinker.  They look adorable as you will see, but I also love this natural color too.

A little close up shot…

And inside eggs filled with sweets for the sweet…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Sweet Sugar Plum, and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Oh So Succulent Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Sweet Sugar Plum and Rich Razzleberry
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms (sentiment) and Best Birds (background)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Mint Macaron 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon, Lace Doily, Corner Rounder, Basic Pearls, Line Thread, Succulent Framelits Dies, Decorative Label Punch and Mini Egg Cartons.  From big box store:  grass and plastic eggs

Digits

  • The Sweet Sugar Plum layer on the egg carton top is 2-3/4″ square with corners rounded and attached to top with multipurpose glue.
  • The Oh So Succulent DSP is 2-5/8″ square with corners rounded and attached to Sweet Sugar Plum layer with SNAIL
  • The Lace Doily is attached on top of the DSP with multipurpose glue.
  • The Mint Macaron 5/8″ ribbon is tied around the top only.
  • The label is punched from Sweet Sugar Plum and cut in half.  Trim off center points on side.  Punch another label from Thick Whisper White.  Stamp background in Sweet Sugar Plum and dots from Birthday Blooms in Basic Black.  Add flowers in right bottom corner with reinking.  Add sentiment in Basic Black.  Add Basic Pearls and punch a hole to tie with Linen Thread to Mint Macaron ribbon.
  • With the Succulent Framelits cut four decreasing layers from Sweet Sugar Plum.  Sponge edges with Rich Razzleberry.  Glue layers together curling petal ends with bone folder before gluing.  Add Basic Pearl to center and I hot glued to top of Mint Macaron ribbon.
  • Add grass and plastic eggs filled with sweets to inside.

How cute is that?  I love this little carton!

We are having a really spring-like all-day rain and it’s perfect for a day spent in the studio.  I’ve been playing with several new ideas and technique I can’t wait to share with you so be sure to stop back by…

Or as they say here in the South, “Y’all come back now!”

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

If your fingers are inky…you got to be HaPpY!

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Interesting Background…

Ideally, card backgrounds should add interest but not take away from the focal point of the card.

It’s so much fun creating backgrounds.  Today’s post is one of my favorites…

It would be hard to outshine that floral focal point.

Lots of texture going on in this close up…

And a peek inside…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Smoky Slate and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  VersaMark and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Feather Together (sentiment), Delicate Details (background)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Clear Embossing Powder, Stylish Stems Framelits Dies, Stampamajig or MISTI, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst, Lace Embossing Folder (retired)

Digits

  • The Smoky Slate base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Smoky Slate layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using all the Delicate Details stamps with VersaMark Ink stamp one half then the other half of this layer.  Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and heat.  You can align these stamps on the largest acrylic block placed on grid paper.  You can use a stampamajig or a MISTI to get your image straight.  Adhere to card front with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White sentiment piece is 1-1/2″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp sentiment first in Archival Basic Black, then emboss.  The one I used is retired but it matched the lace background so perfectly, I had to use it.  You can certainly substitute with whatever you have in you stash.  Attach to card front with SNAIL
  • The water colored paper in the background of the flower was made by spritzing water color paper with water and spraying with Ken Oliver’s Color burst.  Some days I just make sheets of this type of water colored paper so that I have them on hand when working on a project.  Cut the flower from Smoky Slate, and the background from the solid flower die.  Attach together with Thin Tipped Glue and to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the card you can see I did a reverse of the card front flower using a piece of the same water colored paper attached over a piece of Whisper White CS that is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL

This is a good “all occasion” card to have in your card file.  The sentiment could be anything, but you do have to commit to a sentiment while making this card because of the embossing.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and you have been inspired by something you have seen or read.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep.

Come get inky with me…stay HaPpY!

 

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Shadowy Note…

Every day I learn something new about this wonderful world of ink, paper and stamps…and I love it!

Coming into my studio I always feel a rush of anticipation and yes, happiness.  That saying at the end of each post every day is so true…”if your fingers are inky…you are HaPpY!”  And it may not be cheaper than an antidepressant medication, but it sure can spread your sparkle everywhere you go.

Today’s post was an experiment…I wanted to use white on Crumb Cake (which I love) and create a simple shadow effect…

Mission accomplished!

And while working on this project, I decided to “doodle” a border…too much fun!

And a peek inside…

Simple card…here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White and Early Espresso Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Crumb Cake plus Craft White Ink
  • Stamps:  Floral Phrases,  Birthday Blooms (border dots)  and Flourishing Phrases (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder.

Digits

  • The Crumb Cake base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Early Espresso layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp floral design in bottom right corner in White Craft Ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • You can use your Stampamajig to position the second floral stamping just to the left and top of the embossed image and stamp with Crumb Cake.  Wipe away any ink that might be on the embossed image with a wet wipe or paper towel.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black at top left corner.
  • Cut a piece of window sheet the size you’d like your border to be.  Center on paper and lightly draw where the corners are in pencil.  Starting in one corner make a loop and make a wavy line to the next corner, make a single loop and continue around for the border.  If your border crosses the image, skip to the space beyond the art.  Go back and draw the loops of a small bow to either side of the single corner loops.  Add dots.  Doesn’t that just add some whimsy to the look?  If you’ve never doodled a border before, draw the corners on your practice pad and do just that…practice!
  • Inside there is a layer of Early Espresso 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp floral image at top in Crumb Cake and attach to Early Espresso layer with SNAIL
  • Forgot to take a pic of the envelope, but I doodled this same border on the face of the envelope to coordinate with the card.

It’s Saturday morning and we are off to Nashville to see my daughter (who flew in from Seoul) and my g’daughter (who is expecting a baby any day now).  This will be a HaPpY day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

counting.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

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Mixing It Up #GDP076

Today’s project will be entered into the Global Design Challenge #076.  The challenge is to case Kylie Bertucci’s project in any way…card design, color combo or using the same stamp set.

Here’s Kylie’s  card…

So I flipped her design and came up with this…

I”ve been dying to get ink on this stamp set!  Isn’t it cute?

It’s a little bit retro which is why I was attracted to it initially.

The mixing bow and mixer were colored with Water Color Pencils, smoothed with the white pencil and covered in Thin Tipped Glue before “fussy cutting”…

Inside the mitt was stamped on the Designer Series Paper and “fussy cut”…

This was a fun challenge to take part in.  If you would like the info to participate (there’s a new one each week), here’s the link.

Now for the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Craft 12″ x 12″, Sweet Sugar Plum and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Perfect Mix
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:   Lace Doilies, 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Thin Tipped Glue

Digits

  • The Craft base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.  Stamp card front with mitt and Archival Basic Black ink.
  • The Sweet Sugar Plum layer is 3-3/8″ x 5-1/2″
  • The Succulent Garden DSP is 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ attached to Sugar Plum layer with SNAIL.  Add a band of the 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon 1-1/2″ from left side with SNAIL.  Make several loops with ribbon and tie center with Linen Thread.  Add over band of ribbon with glue dots.  Add this layer to card front 1/4″ from bottom with SNAIL.
  • Cut a lace doily in half and add to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp mixing bowl and mixer on scrap Thick Whisper White CS.  Color with Watercolor Pencils.  I then smoothed the colors with the White Water Color Pencil.  Add Thin Tipped Glue to all surfaces of stamped images and let dry.  Fussy cut bowl and mixer and add to card front with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is stamped and trimmed to 5/8″ x 3/4″.  The Sweet Sugar Plum is 3/4″ x 7/8″.  Add at an angle with dimensionals next to bow.
  • Inside the Sweet Sugar Plus layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached to card with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached to Sweet Sugar Plum layer with SNAIL
  • Stamp the mitt on the DSP and “fussy cut”.  Add at bottom right corner of layers with SNAIL

Well…it’s Friday again!  You know what that means.  It’s “date night” at my house which means dinner out and maybe a movie if we can find one we haven’t seen.

Thanks so much for stopping in today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

 

 

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Stamping With A Framelit…

Really?

Stamping with a framelit seems impossible.  What really happened was I made a stamp using fun foam and a framelit to create a stamp that looks like this…

Pretty, right?  I’ll try to show you the Wink of Stella in another shot, but just wanted you to see the “stamp” that was used.

and the inside and dimension…

You can see there is a small piece of the water colored paper inside to coordinate with the card front.

How I wish I were a better photographer…Wink of Stella can be a stinker to photograph.  Trust me, this butterfly is so beautiful and sparkly in person.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight Cardstock plus Water color paper.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  All Things Thanks, Touches of Texture
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Wink of Stella (Gold), Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon) and Fun Foam (Hobby Lobby)

Digits

  • Let’s color the 4″ x 6″ piece of water color paper first.  The only two colors I used were Lemon Yellow and Alizarin Crimson.  I started with the yellow and sprayed the water color paper, then added the red pigment before spritzing with water.  Let this dry well.
  • Now to make your own stamp.  Cut three butterflies from Fun Foam and glue together with multipurpose glue.  Add a small amount of glue to one side of stamp so that it will cling to your acrylic block well.

  • Stamp the new stamp on the water colored paper with Archival Basic Black ink and cut out with the Bold Butterfly Framelit.  Add the Gold Wink of Stella without going over the black ink.
  • The base Thick Whisper White card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp the spray of dots from Touches of Texture at bottom right corner a couple of times in Daffodil Delight.
  • Add a piece of Adhesive Strip down center of Butterfly and attach over dots at bottom right.  Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a Daffodil Delight layer 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a Whisper White layer over that 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  The Touch of Texture dots stamps was used at the bottom of the Whisper White layer in Daffodil Delight.  A small strip of the water colored paper was attached across the bottom to coordinate with the card front.

Thanks for stopping in today to take a peek.  This post may give you an idea or two about how you use your framelits…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

oh yeah.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Framed Succulents…

The Vertical Garden on page 22 of the Occasions Catalog caught me eye on the first pass through.  I mean who could not notice that kit?

So the kit was included on my first order and  instead of making the vertical garden I made this…well, maybe a couple or so of these.

and I loved it!  Then I remembered I had this frame just hanging around and thought how nice it would look with those succulents inside it…yep, bought another one!  But this project can be paired with the first one and looks so nice in the powder room.

See!  That frame was perfect…exactly what I needed to go with that pot.

Since I own the Spiral Flower Die, several more roses were made to fill in small spaces.

This dragon fly was just hanging out on one of the studio table tops, so he was popped up on a piece of Window Sheet to forever hover over this succulent garden.

Both of these projects now adorn the powder room for all to enjoy…

There really isn’t Stuff ‘N Digits for this post, but maybe a couple of tips…

To finish a framed piece like this one you’ll need:

  • An 8″ x 10″ opening frame
  • Stamps and Dies…Succulent Framelits Dies (there are some light green stem-like pieces here and there for texture at a different level), Dragonfly Die, Gorgeous Grunge (splats on plants) Oh So Succulent (tips of plants)
  • You’ll need a sponge if you want to darken the edges.  Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede was used here.
  • Hot glue gun to put plant layers together and add to frame.  These were glued directly to the glass

Questions?  Leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

Hope you enjoyed this personal project.  There may be more succulents in my future!  SU! was right on trend with this bundle!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

maybe?

Have a great day, stay inky and be HaPpY!

 

 

B

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…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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…

yep.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B