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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!



Autumn Dinner…

Tomorrow is September 1st…almost fall, right?  Thinking forward to November and Thanksgiving, I’ve made some pretty table pieces to make each guest feel special…


Its hard to tell from this photo, but I did want to show a close up.  Here’s how it might look on your table…


Now before you ask, the small frame is from Hobby Lobby.  The overall size is 4-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Inside measures 2-1/2″ x 2″.  They look nice on the table and would make a nice hostess gift if you wanted to give them as gifts to each guest.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Copper Foil, Thick Whisper White and Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  Plus White packing sheet found in DSP.
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive
  • Stamp:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Burlap ribbon, Rose Wonder Framelit, Aqua Painter, Water Spritzer


Napkin Rings

  • Cut a piece of white packing sheet from DSP 1-3/4″ x 6-1/2″.  Cut a piece of DSP 1-3/4″ x 6″.  Glue DSP to packing sheet flush at one end.  Add glue to 1/2″ where DSP does not cover and glue together in a circle.
  • Cut one of each of the pine boughs from Thick Whisper White cardstock.  Remove thinlit but leave pine bough in cardstock.  Using a water spritzer and your Aqua Painter with Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive ink…spritz boughs with water, add Daffodil Delight ink to painter and lightly go over each bough.  Follow with a brushing of Pear Pizazz and then Old Olive down the centers.  Dry with heat gun and remove from paper.  Glue the three boughs together at stem end.
  • Cut two pine cones from Copper Foil.  Glue together at an angle then to the stem end of the pine boughs.  Make bow from Linen Thread and glue to top of pine cones.
  • Cut a piece of Burlap Ribbon 7″ and glue one end to center of napkin ring.  Fold the opposite end under 1/2″ and glue over opposite end.
  • Add pine boughs and cones to front center of Burlap Ribbon.

Seating Placement Frame

  • Cut a piece of DSP 2-1/2″ x 2″ for frame background.  Cut a Copper Foil background piece using Rose Wonder Framelit and glue to background DSP centered.  I realize the punch I used here for the name is retired, but any shape (could be oval) could be substituted.  Place all inside frame.
  • Make another pine bough and cone piece exactly like the one for the napkin ring and glue (I used hot glue) to top left corner of frame.

I plan to make a set of these for a Christmas Craft Fair I finally got in after applying for two years.  If they don’t sell, I’ll keep them!

Later this week I’ve got some more 3-D paper art projects to share with you…be sure and stop by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



You got to get inky to be HaPpY!



Hostess Gift…

If you read yesterday’s post, you knew today’s post would be the hostess gift for a stamping party held yesterday given by one of my stampin’ peeps in my studio.  I can report the event was a success!

Here is the hostess I gave to Jeanette…


Oh, I think she loved it.  There are some 3 x 3 notecards in the “berry basket” and the Calypso flower on top has a pin back so she can wear that and then of course, she got one of the flower pens too plus some chocolate!  What’s not to like, right?

I’ll give you some general information about what is included in this photo because today it’s more Stuff than Digits…

The pen flower directions were included in yesterdays post.

The pin poppy was made with Calypso Coral and Black cardstock and cut with the Bouquet Bigz L Die.  I’ve hot glued this together on a silicon pad, added the Scallop Circle Punch to the back and a jewelry pine all hot glued.  It went together in a snap.

The basket was made with the Berry Basket Die in Crumb Cake cardstock and embellished with the doily, basic pearls, white cotton twine and butterfly framelit.  There are two of them attached.

I used the For Peeps’ Sake stamp set to make some cute 3 x 3 notecards with envelopes.

A little basket filler and some chocolate complete the perfect hostess gift.

Be sure to come back by tomorrow for another gift idea that is bitter sweet for me…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


The girls who came today are all long time friends and today they take home much more than a party favor.  They all have a sweet memory to cherish.

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!


Best Hostess Gift…

This project came to me in a flash and I just had to stop everything else and make it.  A more perfect hostess gift would be hard to top, especially for the price.  Here’s the gift… IMG_1031 It’s a set of coasters in a storage box.  Perfect for outside entertaining this time of year.  And, they have cork on the coaster backs and the bottom of the storage box… IMG_1033   Here’s a shot of all six coasters..   . IMG_1035 Each coaster is signed and dated to make them a little more special.  I’ve used the Blendabilities …my technique is getting better I think.  If I hear from enough of my stamping peeps who come to all classes, I may just do a class to make this project. There really isn’t much Stuff ‘N Digits to give you but here goes… Stuff:

  • Paper:  Black and White cardstock, Neutrals Paper Pack DSP
  • Ink:  All available Blendability colors
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Cork board from box store, Modge Podge, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon, Corner Rounder


  • Coaster fronts were cut 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, round corners.  Coaster board is also cut 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.
  • Box is a piece of black cardstock 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″, scored at 1 1/2″ on each side.
  • Cut tabs on box base and adhere corners with sticky strip.
  • The side DSP pieces measure:  White 1 3/8″ x 4 1/8″, DSP 1 1/4″ x 4″ on all four sides
  • The box base is a piece of cardboard in notecard package cut to 5 1/2″ square.
  • Cut DSP 6 1/2″ square and cover cardboard with ModPodge and DSP.  Cut a 4 1/2″ square corkboard to cover bottom of box base.
  • Adhere box base to box with ModPodge and place something inside to weight it down until it drys.
  • Tie ribbon around box using adhesive to keep it in place.
  • Once you have stamped with Memento Ink the Blended Bloom stamp on a piece of White cardstock 4 1/4″ square and colored with Blendability Pens, adhere cardstock to corkboard 4 1/4″ square piece.  I used Tomboy glue for this.  Be sure to spread it all over the paper and weight it down to dry.
  • Put a coat of ModPodge over you beautiful work of art AFTER you have signed and dated it.

Hope you enjoyed this little “hostess gift” project.  If you are in my class groups and are interested in a class featuring this gift, let me know.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody!”

Inky fingers…smile on my face!