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Be HaPpY…

Everyday this mantra is sent to you along with the suggestion that inky fingers will make you HaPpY.  And it’s true!  Better than any antidepressant on the market I always say.

You can only imagine my delight when first seeing this new stamp set…

And that’s not all either.  This set comes in two boxes with all kinds of sentiments to go with “happy” and “best”…genius!

To introduce this set on my blog for the first time these two “happy” cards were made for you…

Showcasing the new self-adhesive sequins…

Both notecards are watercolored, but in different ways.  This is one of my “go to” doodled borders.

Watercolored “blooms” create interest in the background.

There are five other sentiments for use with the word “happy” plus the second set is “Best” and there are eight sentiments for that set.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for these two HaPpY notecards…


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecards and Basic Black Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Happy Wishes
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  .005 Black Micron Pen (doodled border), self-adhesive sequins, Blends Pens, Low Tack Artist Tape, Aqua Painter or Medium Round Brush, VersaMark, Black Embossing Powder


  • The Basic Black CS layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″ attached to Whisper White Notecard with SNAIL.
  • The water color paper is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″.  Make a 1/4″ border with low tack tape on one piece of water color paper.  Wet the exposed surface with spritzer or brush.  I used watercolor (Ultramarine Blue) and just touched the wet paper with a brush loaded with color and let it bloom.  Start light, you can always add more color.  To removed color use a scrunched up tissue and blot.  Let dry.
  • For the other card I use applied a light coat of Daffodil Delight reinker using the Aqua Painter and let it dry.
  • Remove the tape and stamp sentiment in VersaMark ink, sprinkle with black Embossing Powder and heat.  This was done on blue card only.  The flowers were colored with Blends Pens.
  • Attach to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • For the yellow background card once dry, lightly draw a line where you want your border.  Draw two squiggly black lines over the pencil.  Add three dots evenly spaced.  See?  I knew you could do it!  Use a soft eraser to eliminate pencil lines.
  • The sentiment on this card was stamped in Archival Basic Black and the flowers were colored with Blends Pens.
  • Add those self-adhesive sequins and you are done.

There is one sentiment in the “happy” set that reads “you make me so”.  These would make great thank you cards for use after the holidays.

Are you running here and there, cleaning house and cooking in preparation for Christmas?  Does you mind keep running in high gear when you lay your head down?  Problems we all share this time of year.  Wish I had a solution because I’m right there with you.

So my BIG announcement on Monday this week was well received and I’ve been working and planning for the coming months’ online classes.  Won’t it be fun?  We get to stamp together!  It will be just like you are here in the studio with me…Oh! what fun…

We have another day in the high 60s again.  I’m loving it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



On The Move…

My oldest g’daughter just moved into her first apartment with no roommate.  She is our family “flower child” and so I made her these cards to send to her friends…


This looks just like something she would send.  I’m not sure she checks my blog that often, so she will be surprised when these arrive in the mail.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake notecards, Real Red and Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Basic Black and Crumb Cake
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Ride (In the New Occasion Catalog!)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Painter


  • The notecard is 3 1/2″ x 5″ in Crumb Cake
  • The Real Red layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ attached to notecard with adhesive
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Stamp all images with Basic Black.  I used the lid of each color’s stamping pad with reinker and an Aqua Painter to painter everything except the Real Red and I used a marker for those places.  Stamp the sentiment in Basic Black and attach to Real Red layer with adhesive.

I just know she and her cat “Duncan” are having a great time getting settled in their new home.  I can’t wait to see it myself.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And it’s been that kind of day so far…my computer is driving me nuts!

I need to get these fingers inky…and Be HaPpY!



Hope Note Night…

I thought I’d give you a break from the tag/ornaments and show you what happened last night…

Last night was Hope Note night…where we make 100 notecards in one night to donate to the local Women’s Cancer Center.  Generally I make up the five kits of 20 cards each and we sit and put them together after sharing dinner together.

Last evening was just a little cool so we took advantage and had our dinner outside by the fire…perfect!

Then we came up to the studio and got to work.  It took us a little over two hours to finish…the time flew.


These two gentle hearts are my staunchest supporters…and not just because they are both cancer survivors.  Wanda Davis on the left here has been coming to my classes for a long time and has grown so much with her stamping art.  Dawn Benjamin (on the right) is a team member here at Rambling Rose and lives right across the street!  She even designed one of the Hope Notes and kitted it for me…that’s a friend!

Here’s Dawn’s card…


Both Dawn and Wanda say they have kept all the cards they received during their recovery because they meant so much to them.  We decided our cards were triple blessed…we are blessed for making them, the survivor who writes the card to the newly diagnosed cancer patient is blessed and lastly the recipient is blessed when receiving the card.

Here is another card we completed last night…


These card ideas could be helpful if you are planning to make cards as a gift package.  I hope you can tell Hope Notes are close to my heart.

There are three more designs I’ll share with you in the coming week…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Have a HaPpY weekend!



Lyla’s Notes…

So when “the littles” were here a week ago and we were playing in the studio, Lyla saw the notecards I posted yesterday and mentioned she’d like some notes of her own.

So this is what happened…


If you ask Lyla what her favorite color is, she will tell you “magenta”.  Seriously?  These colors aren’t magenta by any stretch, but she will like the ombre effect achieved with these colors.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits on these little “Lyla Notes”…


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard, plus heavy weight Whisper White cardstock and Crisp Cantaloupe.
  • Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe and Blushing Bride, plus Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Epic Alphabet, Layered Letters Alphabet and Tin of Cards
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  None


  • The Crisp Cantaloupe layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ attached with adhesive to the 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecard
  • The Heavy Weight Whisper White cardstock is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • Everything in Memento Black was stamped first and heat dried to be sure it wouldn’t smudge.
  • The different colored rectangles were stamped last.
  • The stamped layer was put on the card front with Tomboy because it is heavy and I wanted to be sure it stayed put.
  • You can see the envelope has a coordinating letter in the corner.

I sure hope she is excited when these arrive in her mailbox.  Kids LOVE to get mail…

Things here in the studio are chaotic to say the lest…lots of projects on every surface getting ready for two classes and convention.  It’s all good stuff though…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope that made you smile…

Get those fingers inky…Be HaPpY!



Wedding Shower Gift…

Who stayed up late last night to watch Wisconsin and Duke?

I lost my bet…

Wedding showers are so much fun … here’s a great gift idea for the bride…


Do you remember how exciting it was to write your new name over and over in every conceivable way.  What bride wouldn’t want a set a thank you notes with her new initial? With that in mind and weddings in my future, this sweet notecard was born.  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you in case you have a wedding or two coming up…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight cardstock
  • Ink:  Versmark
  • Stamps:  Sophisticated Serifs and Your Perfect Day
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, Pool Party EP,  Basic Pearls, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine, Crochet Trim, Pool Party Reinker


  • Stamp the Crumb Cake notecard twice with the wreath stamp from Your Perfect Day turning the stamp the second time.
  • Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Stamp your initial in Versamark and sprinkle with Pool Party EP then heat.
  • Punch flowers in colors of your choice, with the end of your piercing tool push flower into your foam mat to curl.  Add to wreath with glue dot and add Basic Pearl to centers.
  • The Crochet Trim was dyed with Pool Party reinker and dried before attaching.
  • Wrap the card with Baker’s Twine and tie bow off center.
  • Don’t forget your personalized stamp on the back.

This working ahead of events and making special handmade gifts is encouraging.  Let’s make some special Mother’s Day gifts together, too.  My mom has passed away, but sending cards and gifts to my sisters, friends, daughter and daughter-in-love will keep me busy.

Hope to see you back here tomorrow.  Hope you feel inspired by something you’ve seen today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…




Let’s get busy…and get inky…to be HaPpY!


Notes of Hope…

In a post earlier this week a different Hope Note was posted and the program was explained.  Today’s post is another Hope Note that will be completed this Sunday afternoon for delivery on Monday to the Memorial Women’s Cancer Center in my hometown.  Because we have two survivors in our group and survivors write in these donated note cards to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients words of comfort and wisdom, I am totally dedicated to this program we started last year.

Here  is today’s card…


Simple, serene and striking this Lotus stamp which is FREE in the SAB catalog will appeal to most.  Of course more importantly will be the words written inside.  I’ve talked with survivors who have received these cards and they speak of enormous gratitude from the heart.

You could probably figure out the Stuff ‘N Digits on this card, but I’ll post them just in case…


  • Paper:  SU! Whisper White Notecard, Silver Foil DSP plus Birthday Bash Speciality DSP and Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento  Black, Pool Party and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Lotus Blossom and Crazy About You (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine


  • The Silver Foil is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • The Birthday Bash DSP is 3 1/8″ x 4 5/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 2 7/8″ x 4 3/8″
  • Stamps the three Lotus stamps (I always stamp off the last layer before applying to paper), then the stem I stamp off the solid first stamp and then the textured layer in full color.
  • Add the “you” to the “just be” and ink with Memento Black
  • Tie a knot in the baker’s twin and with your piercing tool on your SU! mat rake the tool through the twine to unwind.
  • Attach twine with glue dot.

When I talk about this “Hope Note” program I always invite questions from anyone who would be interested in starting a program like this in your hometown.  I would be happy to share information and my experiences that may make the process easier for you.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


hahaha…everyone seems to be dieting this month.

Get those fingers inky…you’ll be HaPpY and won’t have time to worry about being hungry!