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A “Deer” Christmas…

About this time of year many of us are looking for ideas and making decisions about how we will create our Christmas cards.  Then we collect our supplies and begin transforming ink and paper into our own beautiful creations…
Today’s post uses my favorite technique “masking” and includes some embossing for a simple but stunning Christmas card that I believe would be easy to mass produce.
Look what masking and sponging can do!
Add some embossing and a sentiment…
Some background texture with liquid glue that needs to dry for a bit.
and a peek inside.
This stamp set is one that must be earned and is only available until October 31st.  If you are interested in getting this set, let me know.  But there are so many other stamp sets that lend themselves to this type of card.
Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…
  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Rich Razzleberry, and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Merry Patterns
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  VersaMark Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Thin Tipped Glue, Embossing Buddy
  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″
  • The Pool Party layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Lemon Lime Twist layer with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.
  • Use Embossing Buddy over area to be stamped with deer.  Then stamp deer in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Black EP and heat.
  • Mask the top and bottom borders with Post It Notes.
  • Sponge starting at the bottom with Lemon Lime Twist, Rich Razzleberry then Pool Party.  Blend where the colors meet.
  • Remove masks.
  • Add sentiment at lower left corner with Archival Basic Black then add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Add dots of glue over sponging.  Let dry completely or over night.
  • Inside there is a layer of Pool Party 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ attached over Pool Party layer with SNAIL.
  • Add evergreen sprig with Lemon Lime Twist stamping twice without reinking.
  • The envelope was also stamped with the same evergreen sprig in the same way on the lower left corner to coordinate with the card.
Hope you will give this masking technique a try and see if you like it.  It’s pretty impressive in person and so easy to do…
Do you have plans for this first full autumn weekend?
Here’s your “B-ism” for today…
make this happen.
Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

Brighter Days…

Have you ever wished you had the perfect card to send to a friend who is struggling with a difficult life journey?  Today’s post just might be the answer…

There are many artists blogs that I find always interesting, none more than Sandi McIver. Check out her blog here.   So one day watching one of her “live” videos, I love a card she was doing with the cowboy boots and a masked technique.  Anyone who knows me or follows this blog knows my favorite technique is masking!  So today’s card was inspired by Sandi’s technique not using cowboy boots but the Beautiful You stamp set…

Isn’t this sentiment perfect for so many difficult situations?

a little close up of the masked area…

and a peek inside…

Do you like this look?  I’ve made a set of these Beautiful You cards each with a different sentiment for a friend.  I can tell you Sandi’s cowboy boots looked awesome with a woodgrain in the background.  You may be able to see in the close up, I used the Lovely As A Tree for this card in the background.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Sahara Sand Cardstock, plus Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Sahara Sand, Old Olive,  Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and Gorgeous Grunge (splat) and Lovely As A Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Post It Note, Sponge, Blender Pen and Envelope Liner Framelit


  • The Sahara Sand base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Succulent Garden DSP is 4-1/8″ X 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut a piece of copy paper the same size as Whisper White.  Cut a slit in center and start tearing a shape big enough for the stamp to fit inside.  Add a small amount of SNAIL to back of copy paper at each corner and four places around center opening.  Be sure to take most of the sticky off with your fingers before attaching to your Whisper White layer.
  • Stamp girl in Archival Basic Black.  Then stamp again on Post It paper and “fussy cut”.  Save this piece in your stamp set container to be used again.  Cover the girl image with mask.  Use a sponge and lightly sponge over the entire area with both masks in place.  Ink Lovely as a tree with Old Olive and stamp.  Ink Gorgeous Grunge splat with Sahara Sand.  I stamped and pulled the stamp in one direction to create movement.  You don’t have to do this, but I like it.  Stamp umbrella  on DSP and “fussy cut”.  Glue over umbrella image.  Remove masking from girl and card front layer…Magic!!!!  Do you love the effect?
  • Now color her dress in Soft Sky with the Blender Pen, her skin with Blushing Bride (lightly) and her hair with Sahara Sand.
  • Add sentiment to top left.  Now add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a layer of Thick Whisper White 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a small strip of DSP added at the bottom with SNAIL.
  • You can see the envelope was lined with the same DSP.

There are two more cards to this set that I will share with you over the next two days using this same technique.  I hope you will give this a try if you haven’t tried it before and let me know if you like it.

We still have no baby…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Keep those fingers inky and you’ll be HaPpY!



Masking + 3-Step Stamping…

Today’s post uses a FREE set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog…you can’t buy it but can earn it by spending $50 on Stampin’ Up! products.  This is a 3-step stamp and I have used a little masking to create a bouquet.

Here’s the card…


This is one of Stampin’ Up!’s 3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecards.  The font and size are perfect for these smaller cards and I love the sentiments in this set.

I was able to give this little bouquet more interest by stamping the blue flower first and masking before stamping the other two.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecard, Honey Dijon  cardstock and watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Honey Dijon, Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Soft Sky, Pool Party and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  What I Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Round Watercolor Brush


  • The Honey Dijon layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • The Watercolor layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Stamp the blue flower outline on post it note paper and “fussy cut”.  Stamp the first step of the blue flower in Soft Sky, the second layer in Pool Party and the outline in Basic Black.  Cover with post it mask.  Stamp the first stamp in Daffodil delight and the second with Honey Dijon and the last with Basic Black being sure to overlap the mask.  The colors for the pink are Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo.  Remove the mask and add leaves with Pear Pizazz and the sentiment in Basic Black.  Splatter using the Melon Mambo and brush…or Gorgeous Grunge if you are OCD.  Add the watercolor layer to the Honey Dijon layer with adhesive.  Wrap the lower portion of this layer with linen thread and then a bow.  Add this layer to card front with adhesive.

So now that we are in Sale-A-Bration time there are several deals you should know about.  First, if you sign up for three months of Paper Pumpkin, you can choose a free items from the catalog.  Be aware that there are two stamp sets in the Free catalog that will only be available for six weeks…page. 16 and page 19

And, if you spend $300 in a quarter in Stampin’ Up! product…why don’t you join my team?  You will always save 20 percent on your order and you can immediately order $155 worth of product for $99.  You never have to hold a class or a party to sell anything.  You win and win again…and we can go to SU! events together too!  There are lots more benefits and honestly, no catches anywhere.  What is holding you back?  Call me, text me…let’s talk!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Never even enters my mind…anything is possible!

I’m inky today…and HaPpY!


Lotus Bloom Times Three…

Remember I’ve said many times my favorite stamping technique is masking?  Today is an example.  I love this stamp.  I mean who would ever think of making a three-step stamp with shadows of a flower?  So…if you love an image, make more of them!  Here’s my card…


And this is a notecard not a full-sized greeting card.  This is a gorgeous stamp and FREE, too!

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard (SU!), Birthday Bash Specialty DSP
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Pear Pizzaz and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Lotus Blossom
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread and Best Day Ever Accessory Pack


  • The DSP layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • Stamp the center flower first.
  • Stamp the flower image on a piece of copy paper and “fussy cut” just inside the line of the image.
  • Place a little adhesive on the back of the copy paper.  Take some of the sticky off with your finger and then cover your first stamped bloom.
  • Now stamp your two other flowers and remove the mask.  Oh Yes!  It is magic…
  • Stamp your stems.  I usually stamp off on the solid stem and then stamp the textured stem in full ink.  Gives a little dimension.
  • Now stamp your sentiment in Memento Black.
  • Criss-cross tie your linen thread around the Whisper White layer.  Add button with glue dots.
  • Layer the Whisper White layer over the DSP.
  • Add the combined layers to the card front with dimensionals.

Nice, quick and so pretty.  Have you gotten this FREE set yet?

On my walk today I saw a beautiful American Bald Eagle who has been hanging around the golf course here and feeding from the ponds.  Today I just happened to have my phone with me and got this shot before he flew away…


I know it’s not the best shot, but it is so thrilling to see him/her each time.  It may not look like it in this shot, but this is a BIG bird!  Its wingspan is amazing in flight.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope your day is bright and cheery…thanks for stopping by!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!