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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…

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Have a great day, stay inky and be HaPpY!

 

 

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Friends & Hearts…

There are so many different parts of my “job” I love and one of them is being able to make just a little something for a friend “just because”.  We don’t always need a reason for a thoughtful gift…

So I made this for a neighbor/friend I met only a year or so ago.  We just “clicked” and have so much in common…

Being as Valentine’s is next week, this seemed the perfect gift to share with her…

And a close up…

There aren’t many instructions for this one.  The frame is from Hobby Lobby and should fit in nicely with her home décor.  Hopefully she will use this each year at Valentine time.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Gray and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree and Hello Life (retired, sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Confetti Hearts Border Punch, Craft White Ink, small round brush

Digits

  • The open in this mat is 5″ x 5″ so I cut the Thick Whisper White 5-1/2″ square.
  • Stamp the tree image slightly left of center in Basic Gray.  With small round brush and Craft White Ink Refill, highlight left side of tree trunk and top side of limbs.  Let dry or heat.
  • Punch hearts with Confetti Hearts Border Punch with Real Red Cardstock.  Using Multipurpose Glue add hearts.  I kept the larger ones to the center and smaller hearts out.  Place a few hearts falling to the ground.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Run a bead of multipurpose glue around edges and place behind mat.

Classes today and Monday here at Rambling Rose Studio.  We are making some really pretty projects I hope everyone will be excited about.

Spring weather is back here in Tennessee…I’ll take it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

My two furbabies always dance with me rain or shine…

Stay inky…Be Happy!

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Pot ‘O Succulents…

 

First order of business is to announce the winner of a personal gift from me to one of my readers for commenting their “word” for 2017.  There were so many great ideas!  But the winner is…

  • Rosemary (rregan@bresnan.net)  CoNgRaTs Rosemary!  Send me an email at brm643@comcast.net with your mailing address.

My blog readers are just the sweetest and evidently all I needed to do was ask for you to visit my Rambling Rose Studio FB page and click “like” if you liked the page.  I have set a goal to reach 1000 in the month of January and many of you did visit.  Thanks so much!

This post today is exciting because the idea formed in my mind over the Christmas holiday while in Florida.  Ikea was on the “to do” list and some kind of flower pot was one of the items to be found.

Ikea is like a candy store…so many ideas are born and its a struggle to focus.  But the pot in mind was found and here’s what happened to it…

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A size reference would have been nice but I can tell you the top opening is 4″ and the height of the pot is 4-1/2″.

Here’s a couple of close up shots…

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and another angle…

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making this pot ‘o succulents gave me practice for a kit class later this month with the Vertical Garden Kit in the Occasions Catalog.  Of course, everything in the kit is precut for you which is really nice!

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The colors were the first consideration.  Every color of green was pulled, then branching out with Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral and even Tip Top Taupe.  There is one retired color here…can you find it?

It’s the little strip of circles sticking out here and there.  That is Starfruit…how many of you remember that color?  So many didn’t like it, but as green is a favorite, I loved it!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugar Plum, Calypso Coral (roses), Rich Razzleberry. Pool Party and Starfruit
  • Ink:  Craft White, Rich Razzleberry
  • Stamps:  Oh So Succulent and Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Spiral Flower Die (rose), Succulent Thinlits Dies, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, 4″ Styrofoam ball half (I found a green one), container and hot glue

Digits

  • Glue the 4″ half Styrofoam ball in top of container.
  • Pick your cardstock colors and start cutting.  There are three large succulents different colors.  For the large pieces use two of four different thinlit die sizes.  There are four medium succulents.  To make a medium piece, do not use the largest succulent die.  There are three small succulents.  For these I used the three smallest dies.  Make three Calypso Coral roses and five of the circular strip pieces in Starfruit or any color you like in your stash.  Maybe Daffodil Delight or Crushed Curry.
  • White Craft Ink was used with the small stamp to add color to the tips of the layers on some and Rich Razzleberry on others.  Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp was used on some in Rich Razzleberry.
  • Use your bone folder to slightly curl each petal.  If you accidently chop off a piece, not to worry.  Plants are not perfect and besides you’ll never see it anyway.  Layer with multipurpose glue trying to twist each layer so that the petals do not align.  Build all your pieces then add them to the Styrofoam with hot glue.  I added the largest first, medium and small last.  Use the roses to fill spaces inbetween pieces.  Add circular strips here and there.
  • Cut a piece of Burlap ribbon to fit around container and hot glue.  Make a Burlap bow by looping four times and tying in center with Linen Thread.

Seriously, this piece could be used for your own home decoration (I plan to make an accompanying piece) or as a gift especially for someone in the hospital or nursing home as they take no care.

Can’t wait for the kit class later this month…

We are getting snow today…first of the winter so it’s a little exciting because snow is rare here.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Staying inky will make you HaPpY!

 

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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…

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

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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…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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…

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be kind.

Getting inky will make you HaPpY!

 

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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…

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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…

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What fun to fill the sleigh…

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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…

Stuff

  • 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

Digits

  • 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…

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no comment.

At least I’m inky and HaPpY!

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Shhhh…Yoga in Session

Did I ever mention I’m a yogi?  And for more than eight years I’ve gone to this sweet and wonderful yoga instructor.  All my strength and flexibility is gained from this class and it is amazing.

Every week we have class there are people who arrive late, climb all over those already set up and into their practice.  It is distracting and our sweet instructor is not one to turn anyone away no matter how late they arrive.

So tomorrow I’ll give her this sweet sign to post at the door…

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It can hang like a plaque…

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This plaque was made the same as the one shown a week or so ago.  You can see that here.

In the photo that shows the side view I was trying to show the Wink of Stella on the lifted butterfly and splatters over the surface.  This was stamped and colored over a retired DSP I had hoarded because I loved the color.

The finished surface of this plaque is 6 1/2″ square, one inch deep and has a duplicate square glued inside for stability.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  DSP of your choice which will make your color choice for you.  The letters are in Lost Lagoon and the boxes in Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Lost Lagoon.
  • Stamps:  En Francais, Nature Walk, Timeless Textures, Best Thoughts and Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Little Letters Framelits, hole punch and ribbon matching your color choice.  Here I’ve used Lost Lagoon.

Digits

  • The two boxes are 8 1/2″ square Thick Whisper White scored at 1″ on all sides.
  • Cut a 8 1/2″ square of your choice DSP and attach to one box with Tombow Glue.  Burnish score lines and cut tabs.
  • Do all stamping while the box is still flat.  Edges were stamped with Timeless Texture edge in Crumb Cake.  En Francais background stamp in Basic Black to right side.  Flourish and circles from Timeless Texture were also stamped in Crumb Cake.  Bee in Basic Black.  Stamp flower in Basic Black.  Add splats of Crumb Cake around flower bloom.
  • Cut letters from cardstock.  Draw pencil lines for placement and glue.  Add shadow with journaling pen to right of each letter.
  • Color flower in Baja Breeze and shade with Lost Lagoon.  Color leaves and stem with Old Olive.  You can also shade with marker of same color where you want the color more intense.
  • Stamp butterfly on scrap Whisper White.  Color and “fussy cut”.  Add Wink of Stella Clear.   Place butterfly with dimensionals.  Splatter surface with Wink of Stella.
  • Add tear tape to taps and fold into a box.   Punch two holes at top, thread ribbon inside and tie in a knot.   Fold second Whisper White square into a box the same way and insert like a box bottom into the stamped front.  Glue sides together with glue.

I love making these pieces for all kinds of uses.  This one just may improve our yoga class…

Loved stamping with some of my peeps today.  It’s fun showing all the new products and looking at the catalog together.  We lose all track of time!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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everyday…

And if you’re inky…you are HaPpY!

 

B

Enjoy the Little Things…

Six days a week you will find a new project posted here…Often I’m asked, “where do you find inspiration?”  Everywhere!

Last weekend a friend and I went to the first every Strawberry Fields Guild open house.  Propped up against the wall on the floor was this artwork…

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I would guesstimate it was 16″ x 20″ and I loved it!  I left it there on the floor and came home and made this…

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What do you think?  This little beauty measures 6 1/2″ square and was made from two pieces of cardstock.

Here’s a side view so you can see the Wink of Stella Clear, the dimension of the butterfly and the depth of the plaque.  See those Wink of Stella splatters?

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The splatters were a mistake.  Shaking the pen to keep the sparkle going the picture was splattered with Wink of Stella.  Knocked the breath out of me for a minute as this was the last thing before finishing.  Then I decided I loved the effect and splattered even more!

Are you interested in the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Peekaboo Peach
  • Stamps:  Clearly for You (retired, No.5), Nature Walk (retired, Bee), Timeless Textures (edges), Best Thoughts (large bloom), Birthday Blossoms (large leaves), Awesomely Artistic (ferns & group flowers), Layering Love (sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge (splats), En Francais (retired, printed text)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Washi Tape, Wink of Stella Clear, Ribbon or cord/twine for hanging, hole punch

Digits

  • Cut two 8 1/2″ square pieces of Thick Whisper White and score all sides 1″.  Cut one side of each tab.
  • Start by sponging the edges with Crumb Cake, then stamp edge from Timeless Textures around the edge and over the sponging.  Then add splats with Gorgeous Grunge and Crumb cake over that.
  • You can follow this example exactly or substitute stamps you may have I didn’t use.  I did use an Aqua Painter to lightly color with the lightest shade and once dry went over the image with the darker color where shadows would be.  Watermelon splats were added to the larger flower when dry with Gorgeous Grunge.
  • The butterfly was stamped, colored and “fussy cut” before adding with dimensional.  Add Wink of Stella on butterfly and splats if you want them.
  • Once all your stamping is done, add tear tape to each tab and fold into a box.  Do the same with the second 6 1/2″ square.  Run a coordinating Washi Tape around all four sides of your stamped “box”.  Lay the plain square inside the stamped square and punch two holes for the ribbon/cord to thread through.  Now remove the unstamped box and run the ribbon/ cording through the stamped box and the plain box tying a knot to secure. Place the two boxes together just like a gift box would close.

I am just so happy with this little plaque and hope to find more time to explore this type of project into gift sets with maybe a couple of smaller plaques that would coordinate.  My “to do” list just gets longer each day!

So my point is there is inspiration everywhere…

Today begins the Memorial Day Weekend where we honor those who serve and sacrifice for all of us.  Since we have a son-in-love who is currently serving in Seoul, South Korea, this holiday has special meaning.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…

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I sure hope so…

I’m inky…and HaPpY!

 

 

 

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Amy’s Birthday Surprise…

My daughter-in-love’s birthday was yesterday so I waited to show you this project today so I wouldn’t ruin her surprise in the mail…

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Wish I had thought to retake this with the photos I had of them inserted.  They were taken at Thanksgiving of their entire family including the new puppy…a French Bulldog named Stitch.  And I loved the saying included on the mat of this frame.  This frame measures 8″ x 23″ and was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Here’s a close up of the flowers created with the Botanical Builder Framelits…

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Selecting colors is the hardest part of this project I think.  I wanted colors to coordinate with the colors of the mat and copy, but I also wanted the colors to go with her home décor.  They live in Florida so all the foliage and flowers are perfect.

Once you’ve decided on your color palette, cut twice as many of everything in all your colors (including white) that you think you will need including leaves.  You can save your leftovers for other projects…they come in handy!

Stamp and sponge the leaves and flowers that will need it all at one time.

Now you’ve got everything ready and you can relax and enjoy creating your “garden” at the top left and lower right corners.

The leaves were mostly mounted with Tombow Glue or glue dots right to the glass.  The flowers were built with glue dots and dimensionals.  Once your flower layers are all put together, place them on the glass with dimensionals in a formation that pleases your eye.  You just can’t mess us with these flowers…

Once the photos were in it was really cute.  She’s lucky to get it cause I almost kept it!

Hope your Tuesday has gone well so far.  Be sure to stop back by tomorrow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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What a nice thought…

If you are inky, you are HaPpY!

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Spring Sampler Happiness…

Today’s post has been in the works for a couple of months and I’m so excited to share it with you today.

I have the best “peeps” anywhere…a couple of months ago I suggested we make a 12 x 12 sampler and swap 3 x 3 cards.  None of them has ever participated in a swap but they readily agreed.

It was decided we would use a 3 x 3 Blushing Bride base for each sampler and then decorate in a spring theme using the color palette from the Designer Series Paper Birthday Blooms.  That was all the direction given.

Each person purchased their own 12 x 12 frame.  Mine looked like this yesterday…

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But look at it today!…

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Isn’t that the cutest?  They seemed to have so much fun swapping and couldn’t wait to get home and put their frames together too.

You can see from the first to the second photo I changed the background on mine.  However, it’s just DSP inside the frame so it can be changed over and over again.  The 3 x 3 cards are glue dotted to the glass…also easy to change up.

Here’s a bad shot (backlighting) of today’s group intensely working on their projects.  The group over the weekend was just as pleased with their swaps.  They have already stated they would like to make one for the summer season!

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Hope you enjoyed seeing this project and that you might be inspired to make a sampler for the spring season…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Come get inky with us…and Be HaPpY!

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Framed Love…

Thinking ahead to April when Lyla (one of “the littles”) will be celebrating her 9th birthday, I’ve made her a frame for her desk with a picture of her and her best buddy, Stitch…

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Is that just adorable or what?  He is just a baby and they are inseparable.

The “frame” really isn’t a frame at all.  It is a Kate Spade window box that held 18 pretty push pins.  It was just so well made I felt it could be repurposed as a frame.  But what kicks it up a notch or two are the Botanical Builder Framelits.

You could make this with any frame you find at Hobby Lobby or wherever you buy your frames.

Here are a few Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black and Old Olive cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Perfect Picture (sentiment)  Isn’t that sentiment perfect for this picture?
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Botanical Builder Framelits, 1″ Watermelon Wonder Satin Ribbon, 1″ Watermelon Wonder Lace Trim, Large Number Framelits

Digits

  • If you are making a frame from a box like I did, glue the 1″ Watermelon Wonder ribbon around the sides of the box top first.
  • Make two bows, one satin and one lace using Linen Thread to tie them at centers.  Glue with hot glue gun the lace ribbon toward the front edge and the satin ribbon just behind the lace one.
  • Using the Botanical Builder Framelits and all the cardstock colors, cut out lots of flowers and leaves and “build” your blooms.  Everything was attached to the frame with hot glue gun to keep it strong.
  • Stamp the banner and sentiment in Basic Black on Thick Whisper White and cut with framelit from Large Numbers Framelits.  Cut another banner in Watermelon Wonder and set behind the Whisper White.  Attach to frame bottom with hot glue.

This was such a fun project and came together quickly.  Lyla and I had gone shopping last Saturday while I was in Florida at this amazing shop a friend took me to called Whim So Doodle and that’s where I picked up the Kate Spade push pins.  Lucky me the box was so cute… as were the pins.

This week Sally Atchley from St. Petersburg, Florida joined my team…I’m so excited for her and that we will share our passion for creating beautiful things with stamps.  We met at the beach last summer where we were both entertaining our grandkids the last week before school started and have been fast friends every since.  We are planning another summer at the beach this year too!  It amazes me how stamping has lead me on new paths and sweet friendships.

Have to mention that my daughter has arrived in the states (after a grueling travel schedule) from South Korea and will be here two weeks!  HaPpY dance all over the place…

Hope you are enjoying your day and creating beautiful things…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Get inky…Be HaPpY!

 

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