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Market Tree Ornament…

Here is another idea for a thoughtful gift that I plan to have at the Christmas Market next week…


The nice thing about these frames is they can be hung from the tree or stand alone…


The frames were found at Michael’s.  Another good thing about these frame is they do not have glass but a window sheet.  You can delete the window sheet and make your insert/decoration three dimensional.

You can see I have used November’s Paper Pumpkin to create these ornament backgrounds.  How sweet is that?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  November Paper Pumpkin for blue insert, Real Red  and Old Olive Cardstock and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Blossom Punch, May Flowers Framelits, Christmas Stocking Thinlets, Real Red 1/2″ Satin Ribbon


  • Cut Glimmer Paper background.  This frame took 2-1/4″ square.  Cut blue insert from Paper Pumpkin 2-1/4″ and attach to Glimmer Paper with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut another 2-1/4″ square Glimmer Paper and hand cut in half making slopes.  Add one over blue layer with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut “Noel” from Real Red cardstock and add over Glimmer Paper with multipurpose glue.  Insert layered square inside frame.
  • Cut two sizes flower from Real Red and attach with dimensional.  Cut center from Glimmer Paper and attach with dimensional.
  • Cut two Old Olive leaf branches and attach to one corner of frame with hot glue.  Add flower over top with hot glue.
  • Cut a 9″ piece of ribbon and add to back of frame with hot glue for hanging ornament.

It has really gotten down to crunch time for the market and I have begun to price items and pack them.  I’ve got to find a place to stop making things because I want to create a “stamping area” where people can give stamping a try.  I hope to interest some potential customers and maybe even a new team member or two!

You may not know this, but I live in Chattanooga and if you have seen any national news today, you may have heard about the school bus wreck here yesterday afternoon.  What a tragedy and sad loss of life.  Keep these families close to your hearts…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


be kind.

Getting inky will make you 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!


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…


no comment.

At least I’m inky and HaPpY!



While running through Hobby Lobby the other day (imagine that!) they were stocking shelves with these Lucite letters.  Stopped me dead in my tracks.  So I got a couple…well, a few.  And decided to practice on the B since I knew it would be staying with me…


Look!  A Christmas “B”.  I was just thinking how cute a letter for each member of a family on the mantle where the stockings are hung…. or the word “merry” or “hohoho”.  My mind works in spirals…

This Lucite letter measures 3-1/2″ x 5″.  One piece of 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper would cover four letters.

Here are a few Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Designer Series Paper (your choice) and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Sky Blue and Real Red
  • Stamps:  Christmas Magic
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Aqua Painter, Water Spritzer, Modge Podge


  • Trace your letter lightly in pencil with right side facing up.  Fussy Cut letter.  Coat letter lightly with Modge Podge using a sponge brush then lie the letter on top.  Remember you have a window of time to shift the letter into perfect placement.  Let dry.
  • Cut pine boughs using all three lengths from Thick Whisper White scrap.  Remove die but leave the cut out in the paper while you paint with reinkers.  Spritz with water lightly.  Make a pass with Daffodil Delight, then Pear Pizazz and finally Old Olive mainly just down the centers of the boughs.  Dry with heat gun and glue together at base spreading the ends a bit.
  • Stamp the bell on scrap Thick Whisper White in Basic Black.  Use your Aqua Painter to paint the bell lightly with Smoky Slate.  Leave a shine spot with no paint.  Add a little more Smoky Slate where shadows are indicated.  Add a small amount of Sky Blue.  Paint the bow with Real Red lightly and go back to darken shadow areas.  Fussy cut bell/bow.  Lie flat face down on Piercing Mat and use the large end of Stylus to make circles on the back of the bell to break down the fibers and give dimension to the bell.  Add two dimensionals to back.
  • Use hot glue to attach the pine boughs where they make most sense on your letter.  Add bell at base of boughs.

How many projects can you think of for these letters?  How about spelling out “thanks” for Thanksgiving dinner?  Celebrate?  There are probably endless ideas.  What a great hostess gift too!

Hope your plans for this Labor Day weekend holiday will be filled with sweet memories.  I will hopefully see you right back here on Monday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I’d rather my house be not quite so clean…

Besides, you should see my studio.  But I’m inky and HaPpY!



Holiday Thank You II…

So yesterday I posted a girlie thank you note…today I have a more masculine one.  Now there’s no excuse to not send your thanks for all those gifts you receive…


I like this one…and I’ll probably use it after the holidays too.  Later this week I’ll post some for the younger kids.  A notecard gift box would make the perfect stocking stuffer for young or mature.  I’ve got a cute idea for the note card holder I’ll share with you too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake notecard, Winter Wonderland DSP, Early Espresso and Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Acorny Thank You, Cottage Greetings (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Acorn Builder Punch, Linen Thread, Gold Embossing Powder, Project Life Journal Pen and square framelits


  • The Crumb Cake notecard is 3 1/2″ x 5″.
  • The Early Espresso layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ attached to the notecard with adhesive
  • The Whisper White layer is 3″ x 4 1/2″.  Build your acorn using the DSP and the Acorn Builder Punch to punch out the top.  Stamp the bottom of the acorn on Early Espresso with VersaMark ink, sprinkle with Gold EP, heat and punch out.  Layer the acorn top and the bottom with adhesive and attach to Whisper White layer with dimensionals.  Using the square framelits, place the largest one you can use over the acorn and draw a line around the inside of the framelit beginning at one side of the acorn and stopping at the other.  Add sentiment with Early Espresso.
  • Attach the Whisper White layer over the Early Espresso layer.
  • I have a video on how to make this bow here.

We are having tons of rain…which makes a great stamping day for me!  A little coffee…a little stamping.  Perfect!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I should read this every…single…day.

If you are inky…you are HaPpY!



Thinking Ahead…

This week is convention (I’m leaving tomorrow!…not packed! eeek!) and we will be receiving the new Holiday Catalog.  I can’t wait to see the holiday products for this year.

So I decided to make a holiday card and feel the cold since it’s almost 100 degrees here today.

Here’s the card…


Makes me feel cooler and calmer…I like it!

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


  • Paper:  Watercolor paper, Gold Foil Sheets, Blackberry Bliss cardstock
  • Ink:  Versamark, Watercolor Dry Pigment Color Burst
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree, Greetings of the Season and Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White and Gold Embossing Powder


  • The Blackberry Bliss base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Gold Foil layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″, attached to card front with adhesive or Tombow Glue
  • The Watercolor paper is 5 1/4″ x 4″, sprinkled with dry pigment and spritzed with water.
  • Stamp Sheltering Tree and Gorgeous Grunge (snow) in Versamark, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Stamp sentiment in Versamark, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Power and heat.
  • Add watercolor layer to Gold Foil layer with Tombow Glue.  Place a weight over the card until dry.  Watercolor paper likes to bow up.

Hope you enjoyed this little jump into the holiday season.  I’ll be back to summer tomorrow.  Just a little reprieve from this heat.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


That one made me smile…

Got to get the old ironing board out.  Probably have to knock the cob webs off of it.  Packing!

Got to get the ink off my fingers for a few days…but you go right ahead and …Be HaPpY!


Naughty or Nice…

The card I’m posting today is one I made for my “stampin’ peeps” and for the Can You Case It #50 Challenge.  The CYCI Challenge was open to the designer’s interpretation of “Holiday”.  Here’s my card…


Loved using my Blendie Pens and Mustach Framelit with a little bling.  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Base card is 3 1/2″ x 5″ SU! notecard, plus Whisper White and Coastal Cabana cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper (hat jewels)
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight Blendie Pens
  • Stamps:  Santa Stache
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stache Framelit, Dazzling Diamonds, Glue Pen, 1/8″ Circle Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits


  • Base card 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecard
  • Coastal Cabana layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Whisper White layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • Stamp and color nutcracker on Whisper White layer
  • Punch hat “jewels” from glimmer paper and Tombow to hat
  • Stamp mustache on scrap, cut with framelit, add glue from pen and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.
  • Add stache to card front with dimensionals
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Whisper White and cut with smallest Bitty Banner Framelit
  • Cut from scrap Coastal Cabana cardstock the larger banner
  • Glue sentiment to Coastal Cabana with Tombow and attach to card front with dimensionals

Love how this little card came together with this stamp and the sentiment.  Hope my “stampin’ peeps” liked it too.

Are you ready yet?  I had to be today ’cause we are leaving in the morning.  So it’s been a made dash all day long.  I’ll be traveling all day tomorrow but I do have a post ready for you with a project you are going to love from the new Occasions Catalog.  Do you have yours yet?  Picked out your favorites?  Stop by tomorrow and check out one of my favorites…I have lots!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Many of us carry sweet memories this time of the year of those we miss…me too.

Guess I’ll have to wash the ink off to travel…But I’ll be planning new projects to share with you.




Toast the Holidays…

Are you buzzing around trying to finish crafting, wrapping, cooking, etc…all at the same time?  Just know, dear heart, you are not alone.  There are millions of us in the same boat.  But I decided today that what I’ve done so far just may be enough.  No one will know about all the projects still on my table unfinished.  They will just think I’m awesome for what I have done.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Whew!  I feel better.

I do have just a couple more holiday themed projects to share before jumping into new products from the new Occasions catalog.  Here’s today’s card for you…


Do you recognize the card base?  It’s from the Watercolor Winter Card Kit that I just didn’t get finished and I’ve had it since the July convention!  Oh my word…it’s not that I didn’t love it, but there was so much new product  at the time I couldn’t get to everything.

All the parts will come in handy just like they did today.  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Watercolor Winter Card Kit base, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black and Blendabilities Pens Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Flesh
  • Stamps:  Making Spirits Bright
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stars Framelits


  • The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer measures 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • The Cherry Cobbler layer is 4 3/8″ x 3 1/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 1/4″ x 3″
  • Two nesting stars that fit card front.
  • Using Tombow attach Glimmer paper to base card and Cherry Cobbler layer on top.
  • Stamp sentiment in top right corner of Whisper White layer and attach with Tombow
  • Stamp image on Whisper White star in Memento Black and color with Blendie Pens
  • Attach Cherry Cobbler star to card front with dimensionals and Whisper White star on top with dimensionals
  • I cut the stamp sentiment away from the image with rubber scissors and used them independently.  This allows you to use the image or sentiment easier.  They can always be place back together on an acrylic block for a single stamp image.

This card is very blingie which I like…and it is fast to put together too.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you be back every day as I share my creations with you.  If you leave my blog inspired…I’ve done my job!

Here’s my “B-ism” for today…


Well…maybe a combination of Dazzling Diamonds and glitter…but surely not dust!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Christmastime Luminary…

This is one of my favorite projects ever…and I  hope you like it as much.  This idea came to me from Monika Moritz.  Originally I made one very similar to hers and then branched out to the one I’m showing you today.

Here’s a pic for you…


This is the one made from Monika’s post.  Isn’t it the cutest?  Thank you Monika for sharing your creation.  And here is the one I came up with…


I’m thinking you might want to give this a try so I made a video for you and here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you too…

For the Sky Blue one cut your cardstock 8 1/2″ x 7″.

Score on the long side at 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″

Turn and score on the shorter side at 2″

Now go to the video and watch just how fast this little cutie goes together.  If you want a bigger luminary, cut the sides 2 1/2″ wide.  Your base piece would measure 10 1/2″ x 7″.  Score at 2 1/2″, 5″, 7 1/2″ and 10″.  Turn and score at 2 1/2″.

I’m thinking my “Littles” would like this beside their bed on Christmas Eve.

I’m so glad you stopped by today.  Do you feel inspired to give this one a try?  There are just so many ways these luminaries could be used…wedding, showers, table décor…(you get the jest).

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Oh my word!  My finger will never be a normal color and my make up is all glittered!

But, I’m inky…and HaPpY!



Wrap It Up…

It may seem too early to you, but around here there is some Christmas present wrapping going on.  And this year Stampin’ Up! has so many new products to help “gussie up” your packages.

There’s wrapping paper this year…you can use the patterned side or the plain side to stamp on if you want.  There’s the Bigz Bow Die that is to “die for”…love this die!  Then the new Many Merry Stars kit that makes 26 star boxes that are so versatile.  They can be stacked on your mantle, strung together for a banner, glued to a wreath form to create a beautiful three-dimensional wreath, stacked horizontally to create star trees and even for package toppers instead of a bow.

Today I’d like to show you four different packaging ideas made from new SU! product.  Here’s the first package…


Here is one of the new patterns in the wrapping paper.  I decided to use the pattern and made a bow with the Bigz Bow Die out of the same paper.  The newspaper print star and the red stars are from Many Merry Stars Kit.  The tag is also in the kit stamped with the Merry Everything stamp set.

Here’s another packaging idea…


This is the Tag A Bag Gift Box.  I used white craft ink to stamp the polka dots on the plastic cover that just slips over the box base.  Inside are two of the tea lights made with the Wondrous Wreath Bundle (check Holiday or 3-D projects for tea lights)

Here is a package topped with a star box rather than a bow…


Now wouldn’t you like to give a package like that to someone?  The box underneath is the Extra Large Gift Box.  This box and the one above can be found on page 200 of the annual catalog.

One more thing…


Any of the star boxes in the Many Merry Stars Kit can be made into a gift box by using the Star Framelits to cut out an opening before you put it together.  Cut the next biggest star out of matching or contrasting paper and attach with a brad so it will swing open but when it’s closed, will cover the opening.  Slick, right?  I knew you’d like that one.

There are so many more ideas for gift wrapping, I just hope I can fit it all in before Christmas…stay tuned!

Hope you are inspired by something you’ve seen today.  I really appreciate your stopping by.

Here is you “B-ism” for today…


Good advice for all of us…

I’m Inky…and HaPpY!