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Wood Crate Notes…

This package today is the sweetest and most perfect hostess or small remembrance gift to have on hand….

all packaged up and ready for giving…

Glamour close up showing what looks like a stencil…

What’s inside…

The envelopes have coordinating pieces on them but I forgot to take a pic of that.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you though…


  • Paper:  Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Pack, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, Calypso Coral, Old Olive and White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Daisy Delight, All Things Thanks, Flourishing Phrases, Feather Together
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Daisy Punch, Wood Words Framelits Dies, Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit (retired), 3-1/4″ square White Envelopes (non SU!)


  • Cut two Wood Crate pieces from Wood Texture DSP.  Stamp flowers on one side using White Craft ink.  Assemble crate using Tear Tape or Fast Fuze.  Takes two minutes to make.
  • Cut four 3″ x 6″ pieces of Thick Whisper White.  Score at 3″.  Punch three with Daisy Punch.  Cut three 3″ squares of DSP and attach behind card fronts on three of the note cards.  Add sentiment on all four card fronts.  Fussy cut the one yellow daisy from DSP and attach with multipurpose glue.  Inside there is another piece of DSP coordinating with the card front 3″ x 1/2″ attached at the bottom inside the card with SNAIL.
  • I had 3-1/4″ Whisper White notecards left over from earlier SU! days and used them.  However, if I had not had them, I would have made coordinating envelopes from the DSP using the Envelope Punch Board.  Easy Peasy!
  • For the packaging, I used 6″ x 8″ cello bags, filled the bottom with brown “grass” and tied the top with ribbon from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit.  The tag was made using the Wood Words Stamp Set and Framelits stamped in Calypso Coral.

Hope you enjoyed this hostess gift post and found something here today to inspire you in your creative journey!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

you choose.

I choose HaPpY and inky!




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!


Framed Seasons…

This framed cork board is one of my favorite things in the kitchen.  Each season the art changes…and sometimes there’s new art for a special holiday or birthday.


The frame itself came with the corkboard (from Hobby Lobby) and the opening is a little odd, 8″ x 9″…but I just cut my watercolor paper in this case to fit.  Its really easy to put together and I just wish I could capture with the camera all the glitter on the trees and ice.

Here’s how to make this little framed piece of art…

Cut your watercolor paper to fit your frame (here it’s 8″ x 9″).  With an Aqua Painter and watered down Tomboy Multipurpose Glue, add splatters on the top 2/3 of the paper.  Sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  Let dry.

Wet the paper by spraying or brushing with water.  Using a large round brush touch the paper here and there with reinker and let the water do the work for you.  I used Night of Navy reinker and Pool Party.  You want to leave white space at the bottom for the skating rink and leave some in the sky too.  Let dry.

Once dry (you can heat it if you are impatient…who me?…yes, YOU!) stamp with Basic Black using the Lovely As A Tree set above the white.  Make a couple of rows of trees that are not identical.  Your background is complete.

Stamp the two trees from Lovely As A Tree on Thick Whisper White or watercolor paper and “fussy cut”.

The skating couple is from a retired SU! set called Winter Post.  I stamped them on watercolor paper and used markers to color them.  Fussy cut and covered with Crystal Effects.  You REALLY need to let this one dry!

Add your trees to background with dimensionals and the skating couple too.  Dilute the glue again and brush over trees, ice, and the two rows of trees.  Sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  It’s sparkly!

We are all busy making cards and tags and wrapping…oh my goodness it makes me nuts to think about it.  But, you know what?  Every once in a while it’s good to stop and savor this time of year and make something…just for you…that you can bring back out year after year.  Be good to yourself…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I love this one…

Are you HaPpY?…come get inky with me!


Let It Snow!…

In keeping with the gift for under $10 today’s post is a keeper!  Not only will it make a hostess gift that can be reused year after year and for the whole winter season.  You wouldn’t have to put this one away after Christmas…


Isn’t that the cutest snow family?  I felt like I was playing paper dolls again…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Pacific Point cardstock and Vellum cardstock
  • Ink:  Real Red, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Tangelo Twist, Pool Party and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Snow Place and Reason for the Season
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  VersaMark, White Embossing Powder, Crystal Effects, Seam Binding Ribbon, Linen Thread, Iced Rhinestone, Frosted Sequin charm, Festive Flower Builder Punch and Dazzling Diamonds.  The frame is from a past mother’s day Paper Pumpkin and the opening is 4″ x 4″.


  • The background is 4″ x 4″.  Stamp snow in VersaMark, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Sponge Pool Party over all making it darker around top edges.
  • Cut two strips of Thick Whisper White, one 4″ x 1 1/2″ and one 4″ x 2″.  Tear one long edge, coat with Two-Way Glue pen and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  Add bigger strip first with dimensionals.  Add shorter strip with Tomboy Glue just along the bottom edge.
  • Stamp and cut out your own “snow family” and dress them up.  I added Crystal Effects to his hat, her ear muffs and berries and the little ones bow.  The mom and dad are added behind the taller strip with dimensionals.  The little one slips under the lower strip with a dimensional behind her had to hold her in place.
  • Cut a strip of Thick Whisper White 4″ x 3/4″, stamp with sentiment and flag one end.  Cut a piece of Pacific Point (or whatever color you are using) 4 1/8″ x 7/8″ and flag one end.  Layer together with adhesive, add snow charm and glue to frame with hot glue.
  • Stamp Vellum cardstock with VersaMark and flower stamps from Reason for the Season, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Punch with Festive Flower Builder Punch.  Add glue with Two Way Glue Pen, sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds and build flower with eight large petals, eight small petals and two center petals.  Add Iced Rhinestone in center.
  • Make a “Billie Bow” (instructions here) with seam binding of your choice.  Add to top left corner with hot glue then add flower just underneath the bow.

If I can find a frame similar to this one, I’ll make more of these for Christmas and the winter season.  These would make a thoughtful hostess gift.

Be sure to turn your clocks back tomorrow night and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Are you inky?  Then you are HaPpY!