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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!



Framed for Me…

This week I made and posted a framed monogram for a sweet friend and neighbor who I wanted to thank for a favor.  It was made in colors she frequently decorates with which I love, but I wanted one for my house that coordinated with my colors…


Now these colors go perfectly in my house and the frame’s artwork resembles some of the flourishes Stampin’ Up! has available in stamps right now.

The frame came from Hobby Lobby and the opening is 4″ x 6″.   Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla and Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • Ink:  Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey
  • Stamps:  Letters to You, Floral Phrases and Timeless Textures
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Letters Alphabet


  • The Very Vanilla Cardstock was cut 4″ x 6″.  Using the border stamp from Timeless Textures in Smoky Slate stamp around all edges.
  • Using Mint Macaron stamp the roses from Floral Phrases in two places.
  • Use Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with the checked border in a couple of places, the cup bottom circles, polka dots and flourishes in a couple of corners.
  • Add some splatters to the center of piece in Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate.
  • Cut four “M”s from Mint Macaron cardstock.  Stamp the the letter in Mint Macaron on Mint Macaron cardstock and set aside.  Glue the other four “M”s together with multipurpose glue and add the stamped M on top.
  • Place stamped background inside frame and glue the stacked “M”s to the glass outside the frame with multipurpose glue.
  • This frame did have room for any dimension in the artwork so the stacked letters were placed outside.  Works fine for me!

We all make tons of cards and I find it refreshing to work on home décor pieces to decorate my home or give as gifts.

Hope you are planning a wonderful and hopefully cooler weekend.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


A belt?  Who heard of such a thing?

Get yourself inky…and Be HaPpY!



Seaside Sampler…

This past spring several of my stamping peeps and I shared art for a spring sampler.  I have to say it turned out so well and is one of my most treasured pieces.

But today I took the spring sampler down and hung up a new sampler for summertime.  Using the Designer Series Paper By the Shore and stamp set Seaside Shore in addition to Swirly Bird and Painter’s Palette.  I finished this sampler today and couldn’t wait to share…


  • I found this 10″ x 10″ frame last week at Hobby Lobby and knew it would work great for this project.  There is about a 1/2″ space between the glass and the back of the frame which makes it possible to create three dimensional squares.
  • The center measures 5″ x 5″ and each square is 2″ square.  You can see I used the Layered Square Framelits which made it easy to cut these out and know they were perfect.
  • The background is a single sheet from the DSP.  The different square highlight the variety of designs in the DSP.  Colors are Dapper Denim, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron and some Soft Suede.
  • In the center I used the easel frame from the set Painter’s Palette to create the sign in the sand.  And the little sail boat is from the set Swirly Birds.  Lots of small pieces stamped and “fussy cut” until I felt there were plenty of pieces to work with.
  • The small squares are Dapper Denim cut with the scalloped Layered Square Framelits and the DSP square were all cut with the corresponding straight square.

Here are a couple of close up shots of the squares in case you’d like to case.




I’m so glad this project was finished before summer ended.  I need more summer decorations…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


It’s so much more fun!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Birthday Bulletin Board…

Now everything is ready for Lyla’s birthday next weekend.  She will be so surprised to see this bulletin board for her room…


Here is the bulletin board pictured with the frame made from a box that started it all and the box from yesterday’s post to hold her push pins on the right.  Here’s a close up of the push pins…


She loves flowers and butterflies and the little pompoms are the cherry on top!  Here’s a close up of the name…


and a shot of the frame in case you missed that post…


This is a Kate Spade box that just couldn’t be thrown away and that’s Lyla and her buddy Stitch who adore each other.

This bulletin board is from Hobby Lobby and measures 36″ x 24″.  I used  Basic Black craft ink and a dauber to polka dot the frame.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for the name…


  • Paper:  Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White and Blushing Bride Cardstock and Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  none
  • Stamps:  Botanical Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Basic Pearls and Botanical Builder Framelits, Little Letters Framelits (retired)


  • The Basic Black layer is 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • The Watermelon Wonder layer is 6″ x 4″ attached to the Basic Black layer with Tear Tape
  • The DSP layer is 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ attached to Watermelon Wonder layer with Tear Tape
  • Cut letters with Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and attach to DSP layer using Thin Tip Glue
  • Punch leaves and flowers with Botanical Builder Framelits and arrange at top left corner
  • Punch a few Itty Bitty flowers, add pearl to center and attach with glue dots.

This has been a really fun project to make and Lyla will love this on the wall in her room.  I can hardly wait to give it to her.  Because she considers herself an artist, she will appreciate the love built into this gift.

We are enjoying a glorious day here and I hope you are too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Let’s get inky together and Be HaPpY!




Lyla’s Birthday Box…

Next week is one of the Littles birthday…Lyla will turn nine.  There have been a couple of projects in the works here in the studio and I’d love to show you this one…


That’s a shot of the top and here’s another angle…


and here’s the inside…


Pretty sure she will love this box…and what will be inside it too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Backing sheet from DSP pack and Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Thick Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Mossy Meadow and Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Botanical Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1 1/4″ Satin Watermelon Wonder Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Botanical Builder Framelits


  • From the DSP packing cardboard cut (2) 4 1/2″ squares.  Cut top DSP 5″ square and inside DSP 4 1/4″ square.  Cover one piece of cardboard with the DSP you want on top folding around and gluing with Tombow glue.  Add 4 1/4″ liner with glue.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon 26″ long and glue down center of the covered square leaving 9″ on one end.
  • Let’s make a hinge for our box.  Cut a 4″ x 3″ piece of Thick Whisper White and score at 1″ and 3″.  Burnish score lines.  Glue one side to bottom of box.
  • Let’s make the box…Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 6″ x 6″.  Score 1″ on all sides.  Snip one side of corner.  Burnish all score lines and using Tear Tape glue tabs inside box.  Let’s make a hinge for our box.  Cut a 4″ x 3″ piece of Thick Whisper White and score at 1″ and 2″ on the 3″ side.  Burnish score lines.  Glue one 1″ side to bottom of box.
  • Glue this box with hinge in place to the 4 1/2″ covered square you just made over the ribbon.  This is the bottom of the box.
  • Now let’s make the box top.  Cover top side with the DSP and glue to inside.  Glue ribbon and hinge to opposite side of box top then cover with 4″ DSP square.
  • Inside cut a 4″ square to cover the bottom of the inside.  Cut four 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ strips to glue to the sides of the inside of the box.
  • Cut four strips of DSP to cover the outside sides of your box.  Tie your ribbon in a bow to close.
  • Decorate the top with blooms and pearls.

I promise you this is an easy project.  Took me maybe one hour to make.  The flowers took longer that the box!

What could these be?


Tune in tomorrow for more projects for Lyla’s birthday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Box It In Stars…

There’s a new kit from Stampin’ Up! just in time to box up those special gifts for the holidays or decorate you tree and home.  It’s called Many Merry Stars (#138104, $25.95) and I’ve never seen a kit like this in my years at SU!

This kits makes 26 stars!…in six different sizes from 2″ to 15″.  The boxes make great stand alone decorations or tree ornaments, but my favorite is a gift topper rather than a bow.  It’s just so stinkin’ cute.  For lots and lots of ideas check the Stampin’ Up! Pinterest site at  Get ready for your socks to blow off.  Here’s a video to give you an even better idea about star boxes and how to make them.  Everything and I mean everything is included in the kit with supplies left over.  Enjoy!

Isn’t that fun?  This Many Merry Stars kit is on my counter and in the process of being created.  Look at all this stuff…


Hope you have been inspired by something on my blog today.  If you’d like to have this kit delivered to your door, just click on the “Order” button and ZIP it’s on its way.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”If you leave a trail of glitter, you will never be forgotten!”

No problem here…I not only leave a trail but carry a cloud of glitter around me like the Peanuts character with the dust cloud.  It’s a great life!

Get inky…be HaPpY!