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Tulip Note…

For Mother’s Day my son an daughter-in-love sent me tulips.  That’s so different from what I was thinking was inside the box and were they ever gorgeous once they had a good drink…

They just got prettier as each day went by.

Sooooo…when looking through all my new product, the set Tranquil Tulips caught my eye!

What a well designed stamp.  It makes one layer darker than the other without you doing a thing!

Glamour close up…

This view shows the dimension created by stamping on scrap, “fussy cutting” and adding with a dimensional to original flower.

and a peek inside.

Did you notice the background color Wisteria Wonder?  That color isn’t listed on the DSP packet, but I had some tucked back for who knows how long and decided to try it.  Then I found this Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding…mother load!  So I happily went to work and thoroughly enjoyed making this card and love the clean look of it.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder Cardstock plus Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonde and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Tranquil Tulips and stamp set from Soft Sayings Kit (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding (retired)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Wisteria Wonder layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to the card front with SNAIL
  • The bottom DSP layer is 2-1/2″ x 4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top DSP is 3-1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Wisteria Wonder layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/4″
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer I 3″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp stems in Old Olive and the large tulip in Wisteria Wonder and the smaller ones in Calypso Coral.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add a band of Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding around the bottom of this layer and attach in back with SNAIL.  Add the white layer to the Wisteria Wonder layer with SNAIL.
  • Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add this bow to ribbon band with glue dots.  Add these layers to card front at an angle.
  • Inside there is a layer of Wisteria Wonder 4″ x 5-1/4″ with a Whisper White layer 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ on top.  Add stems and flowers at lower right corner.
  • You can see there are also tulips stamped on the left side of the envelope to coordinate with the card front.

This stamp set is a hostess set…which means you can get it free with a $150 order!  Just sayin’…

This will be the first weekend in a month we don’t have plans!  I’m looking forward to some yard and flower garden time and maybe a nap!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Sweetums knows…he brings me a cup of black coffee bedside every. single. morning.

So get those fingers inky…you’ll be HaPpY!


Shadowy Note…

Every day I learn something new about this wonderful world of ink, paper and stamps…and I love it!

Coming into my studio I always feel a rush of anticipation and yes, happiness.  That saying at the end of each post every day is so true…”if your fingers are inky…you are HaPpY!”  And it may not be cheaper than an antidepressant medication, but it sure can spread your sparkle everywhere you go.

Today’s post was an experiment…I wanted to use white on Crumb Cake (which I love) and create a simple shadow effect…

Mission accomplished!

And while working on this project, I decided to “doodle” a border…too much fun!

And a peek inside…

Simple card…here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White and Early Espresso Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Crumb Cake plus Craft White Ink
  • Stamps:  Floral Phrases,  Birthday Blooms (border dots)  and Flourishing Phrases (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder.


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Early Espresso layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp floral design in bottom right corner in White Craft Ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • You can use your Stampamajig to position the second floral stamping just to the left and top of the embossed image and stamp with Crumb Cake.  Wipe away any ink that might be on the embossed image with a wet wipe or paper towel.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black at top left corner.
  • Cut a piece of window sheet the size you’d like your border to be.  Center on paper and lightly draw where the corners are in pencil.  Starting in one corner make a loop and make a wavy line to the next corner, make a single loop and continue around for the border.  If your border crosses the image, skip to the space beyond the art.  Go back and draw the loops of a small bow to either side of the single corner loops.  Add dots.  Doesn’t that just add some whimsy to the look?  If you’ve never doodled a border before, draw the corners on your practice pad and do just that…practice!
  • Inside there is a layer of Early Espresso 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp floral image at top in Crumb Cake and attach to Early Espresso layer with SNAIL
  • Forgot to take a pic of the envelope, but I doodled this same border on the face of the envelope to coordinate with the card.

It’s Saturday morning and we are off to Nashville to see my daughter (who flew in from Seoul) and my g’daughter (who is expecting a baby any day now).  This will be a HaPpY day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky…be HaPpY!


Fall Note…

Do you hand write notes or do you drop an email or message?  There’s just something so personal about a handwritten note arriving in your mailbox…

Shannon West at SU! Corporate started a movement earlier this year calling it #IMBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK.  It went viral from the first day.  Why is that?  Maybe we all need to stop doing everything digital and bring life’s events back to a personal experience.

So back in the spring I decided to promote this idea by sending personal notes to people I know.  And, giving as gifts a set of note cards when the occasion was right.  The feedback has been amazing to me.  People have been so appreciative.

The post today is one of those cards…


and an inside peek…


This card has a fall look and should be in the mail soon.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock plus Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Sahara Sand
  • Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases and Sweet Home (banner)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Flourish Thinlits, Linen Thread


  • The Sahara Sand base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL to card front
  • The DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ attached with SNAIL to Rich Razzleberry layer
  • Cut five flower stems from Rich Razzleberry.  Make a light circle in pencil (I used a roll of Washi Tape) to follow when gluing stems on card front.  Stamp banner and sentiment in Basic Black on Whisper White and cut with banner thinlit.  Shade with Sahara Sand Ink and a Blender Pen.  Attach in center of wreath with dimensionals.
  • Stamp sentiment at lower right in Basic Black.
  • Cut border and three leaves from Rich Razzleberry – save one for inside card.  Attach with glue.
  • Make linen thread bow and attach with glue dots.  See video here.
  • Inside there is a Rich Razzleberry layer 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Whisper White layer on top 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Glue Rich Razzleberry leaf at bottom right corner.

This little note will be off tomorrow to thank or encourage….check your mailbox!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Get Inky…Be HaPpY!



A “B” Note…

This is the best day ever…playing with new toys in the studio and lovin’ it!

Personally I needed some notecards for myself.   I’m always making sets for others and my stash had run out.

So….The new large letters, square framelits and Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper to the rescue!


Once I had all the materials out, I made several of these and they really didn’t take that long.  They sure do come in handy!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecards, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo and Whisper White Cardstock, plus Fruit Stand DSP
  • Ink:  Flirty Flamingo
  • Stamps:  Letters for You
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Layering Squares Framelits, InColor Enamel Shapes, 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon, Itty Bitty Flower Punch (retired)


  • The Watermelon Wonder layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″.
  • The DSP layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ attached to the Watermelon Wonder layer with adhesive.
  • Cut a piece of 5/8″ ribbon and attach with adhesive at the bottom of these two layers.  Attach layers and ribbon to notecard front with adhesive.  Cut a small piece of ribbon and run under the piece, tie and trim.
  • Cut the scallop square from Watermelon Wonder with Layering Squares Framelit.  Stamp letter on Thick Whisper White Cardstock in Flirty Flamingo and attach with adhesive to scallop square.  Punch a flower in Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder and add with glue dots to your letter.  Place Enamel Shape in centers.  I used the adhesive strips to attach the letter square to the card front because I like the height they give…but you could use dimensionals single or doubled.
  • And you can see small strips of DSP were glued with multipurpose glue to the envelope…

So glad to have these ready to use…what demonstrator runs out of cards?  Well…we do!

All the beds have been stripped and the house dug through for a good cleaning since “the Littles” left.  We are about to get back to normal here.  It’s good and bad…and too darn quiet!  They are off today on the Disney Cruise so I’m sure they aren’t missing me nearly as  much.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


All.  night.  long.  I love minions!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Just A Note…

Today was a day dedicated to being in the studio and so far it has been the best day ever!  Every surface in this studio is a mess, but I have produced a bunch of very different projects.

The card posted today is a thank you card placed in order bags being picked up as I write…


I suppose these could be used for just about anything with the right sentiment inside except maybe masculine…and they are so much fun to make.  They are the same color combo as the card posted yesterday…love it!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Basic Black and Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamps:  Picture Perfect (sentiment) and Work of Art
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basic Pearls, Butterfly Thinlets


  • Cut a 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ piece of Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  Stamp the brush strokes in Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Watermelon Wonder in the center.  Add sentiment in Basic Black to right bottom corner.
  • Cut the butterfly from this layer.  Add stamped layer to notecard with dimensionals.  Add butterfly with dimensionals and Basic Pearls (nine of them) to center of butterfly.
  • Done!

Isn’t that a dramatic effect with so little work?  Love when that happens…

Now to get a surface cleared to start a project for the welcome packets for new neighbors in our little community.  We’ve had a population explosion since the first of the year and I need 20 tags by tomorrow!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


A party seems like a good idea…I’ll stamp invitations!

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!