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Studio Christmas…

Today was the day I celebrated Christmas with my peeps.  Many of them have been stamping buds for years and we’ve all grown in our artist abilities over that time.  Some are newbies but we all pull them right in to celebrate the art of paper and all the delightful things made with it.

Here’s the group working hard on desk calendars in the studio before our “lunch” break (do sweet things count as lunch?  Wait!  We had Chicken Salad Sandwiches)…

And a couple of individual shots…

Ahhh…it’s those tiny details…

Everyone got the new catalog…

Lunch break…see there were even veggies!

Cute toppers on this one…

Patty Hickman made these note holders for everyone.

And Carol Mitchell created these festive hot pads for all.

We have all learned so much from each other over time freely sharing our talents with each other.  Barbara Philpott (who I met at a regional SU! function here in town five years ago) gave me this shadow box with snowflake lights…

It measures 8″ x 8″.  Gorgeous!

And these cards were found after everyone had left…

Naturally I couldn’t get the sparkle from the landscape “snow” to show…

Pretty stenciling in Emerald Envy paired with metallic silver…

Welcoming Christmas door with textured background.

It is true that if you teach a class, you learn so much because you have to grow and show new and interesting pieces each class.  I’ve been teaching classes for almost nine years so you’d think all has been learned by now.  Paper art is ever evolving and offers new products and techniques all the time.  You have to be willing to grown and change and just enjoy the ride!

Hope your Monday as been as bright and fun as mine has been…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



Panda Rockettes…

What could be cuter than a line up of dancing pandas?  These little guys are ready to high kick just like the Rockettes…

How cute are they?  Once again the magic of masking is in force here.

And those background trees?  Where did they come from?

And a peek inside.

And the best thing about this set?  It’s FREE!

Yep, this set is in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog that goes “live” January 3rd.  Not to be missed!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one (I will be “live” on the Rambling Rose Studio facebook page Sunday afternoon demonstrating this week’s two panda cards.  Be sure to “like” the page so you will be notified):


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Party Pandas and Season of Whimsy (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Masking Paper or Post It Note, Smoky Slate Market, Card Front Builder Framelits, Fun Foam


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″.
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Cut two masking pandas from Masking Paper or Post It Note.  Stamp first panda in Archival Basic Black in center of layer.  Mask this panda then stamp the second panda to the right or left of the center panda and mask this one too.
  • Make your own tree stamp from the tree framelit in Card Front Builder Framelit Dies by cutting two of each tree from Fun Foam.  Glue the layers together with multipurpose glue.  Add a dab of multipurpose glue to one side of the fun foam to make it tacky so it will stick to Acrylic Block.

  • How fun is that?  Now ink the trees in Lemon Lime Twist then add Tranquil Tide to one side of the trees.  Spritz with a little water and stamp over the two masked pandas.
  • Remove the mask that isn’t in the center and cover the third panda.  Repeat the above instructions to add trees behind all the pandas.
  • Remove all masks.  Save them with your stamp set to reuse.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black at top right.
  • Add shadows under each panda with Smoky Slate Market.
  • Inside there is a layer of Lemon Lime Twist 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a Thick Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ on top.  Stamped with two of the trees from the card front inked and spritzed in the same way.
  • These trees could also be added to the envelope to coordinate!

Hope to see you Sunday Afternoon…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

thank goodness!

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



Brusho Peace…

The recipe of water, Brusho Colour Crystals and watercolor paper is magic!  You can work like a free spirit with wild abandon or much more structured with a brush…either way the results are really magically…

Today’s post is a little more structured with a maintained border…

Does this look magical to you?  To me it suggests movement and atmosphere…

Lots of snow.

The watercolor panel was add to the card front with Strip Adhesive.

The Sheltering Tree was stamped just outside the border once the background was dry.

Here’s my suggestion if you are planning to invest in the Brusho Colour Crystals.  Commit to using several watercolor panels to experiment with.  Create panels with and without borders to see which way you like them best…no right or wrong here.  Try lying down the crystals on the panel and spritzing with water and reversing that procedure.  Which way do you get the best results?

Now I know the colours come with instructions not to open the bottles.  Really!  Seriously?  Whatever, I opened all the bottles and did not punch a hole in the top.

I’ll confess to being a control freak…no lie!  So I use a small dry brush (it’s really just an old brush) like a small shovel and scoop crystals onto the brush and tap the brush handle with my index finger to add colour exactly where I want it.  Call me a rebel.  Don’t be afraid to give it a try.

Would I do a class in my studio with this product…uh, no!  But I do plan on making several videos.  Generally my “live” videos are on Sunday afternoons through my Rambling Rose Studio facebook page.  Be sure to “like” the page so you will be notified when videos are being shown.

Alright.  Are you ready for some Stuff ‘N Digits on this card?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree and Christmas Quilt (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  VersaMark, White Embossing Powder, White Paint Pen and Opaque White Watercolor, Low Tack Artists Tape. Smoky Slate Marker


  • The Thick Whisper White card base is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The watercolor paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  With low tack tape, tape watercolor paper to a clip board.  Burnish borders to keep watercolor from seeping under the tape.
  • Spritz the watercolor paper and be sure the entire surface is good and wet but not running off the paper.  You can smooth over the surface with an Aqua Painter if you want.
  • Here I used Yellow, Gamboge and Prussian Blue.  Where you see green is where the yellows mixed with the blue.  The Prussian Blue is intense so start lightly with the crystals.  Give the colours time to blend and encourage more blending with your water spritzer at this point.  You can touch the edges to soak up extra water that collect at the edges.
  • Let dry completely.
  • Stamp sentiment in VersaMark at right bottom corner,  sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat set.
  • Stamp Sheltering Tree stamp at left bottom corner just outside the border at bottom and left side in Early Espresso.
  • With a White Paint Pen add “snow” to the right side of tree and tops of branches.  Add dots with paint pen for snow.  If you want more snow in a variety of sizes, use an old brush and dip into a white opaque water color and splatter more snow.
  • Isn’t it magical?
  • Add this panel once dry to the card front using Strip Adhesive.

I hope you enjoyed this post and it will inspire you to give this new product a try.  Enjoy playing with it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

will do!

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!




So everyone knows now that Stampin’ Up! has added a dry color pigment to our product line.  I couldn’t be happier…Happy dance!

Page 26 of the Occasions Catalog shows using Brusho to create backgrounds…and they do that beautifully.  But today’s post shows another way to use this new product.

The Sheltering Tree stamp creates the focal point for this landscape on watercolor paper.

This close up shot shows the Clear Wink of Stella added after the colors were dry.

The colors seem to explode on the wet watercolor paper.

This medium is going to be hot.  It is so much fun to play with and the results are amazing.  Now I know the catalog shows punching holes in the container lid, but you have much more control of where the color lands if you use a small dry brush kind of like a shovel, scoop up some crystals and tap your index finger lightly on the brush handle directly over the area you want the color to be.

Probably going to do another “live” video on my facebook page to demonstrate…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…


  • Paper:  This Whisper White and Dapper Denim Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso and Archival Basic Black plus Smoky Slate Marker
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Brusho Crystal Colour Yellow, Gamboge, Prussian Blue, Moss Green, Clear Wink of Stella, Small dry brush, palette knife, Aqua Painter, Adhesive Strips


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The watercolor paper is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″.
  • Stamp Sheltering Tree slightly off center.
  • With Aqua Painter filled with water wet the area where you want the leaves on the tree.  Using small dry brush and Yellow Crystals scoop colour onto brush and tap the brush handle lightly with your index finger.  Reload brush and continue adding the amount of yellow you want.  The shake the yellow crystal back into contain and close.  Repeat with the Gamboge crystals over the same area.  You can also spritz to move the colors once on the paper.  Let tree dry.  Add Clear Wink of Stella on the tree leaves.
  • Wet the sky area and repeat the dry brush technique to add Prussian Blue to sky.  This color is intense and doesn’t take as many crystals.  If you want, you can remove some color with a wadded tissue to create clouds.
  • Wet the area at the bottom leaving a dry area between ground and tree leaves.  Add Moss Green crystals.  While this is still wet, use your palette knife or the edge of a credit card and pull lines up from the wet color to create more texture that resembles grass.
  • Once the ground color is dry, use your Smoky Slate marker to add a tree trunk shadow.
  • This layer was added to the card front with Adhesive Strips.
  • The Thinking of You sentiment was stamped in Archival Basic Black on scrap Thick Whisper White, trimmed and added with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a layer of Dapper Denim 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a layer of Whisper White over it 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″

Hopefully I’ll be able to get a video done with this product soon.  There will be another Brusho post this week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

good to know…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!




Sweet Soiree…


This suite of products has every possible embellishment, and on this card I used several…did I over do it?  There’s no “over doing” when it comes to embellishments!  The more the merrier…

Oh shoot!  I forgot the sequins…(kidding)

There are several layers in this background…maybe a Sunday afternoon video?

Gold is back in the fashion world and in stamping too!

And a peek inside.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pool Party and Gold Foil Cardstock plus Vellum and Watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Tranquil Tide plus VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Cake Soiree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/8″ Gold Ribbon, Linen Thread, Sweet Cake Framelits Dies, Gold Embossing Powder, Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks, sponge dauber


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″.
  • The Gold Foil layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with multipurpose glue.
  • The watercolor layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  With Tranquil Tide and Pool Party Ink Pad, cover the surface of a “F” Acrylic Block.  Spritz with water and “stamp” the watercolor paper.  Leave in place a few seconds to give the paper time to absorb the color.  Lift straight up.  Gorgeous! Right?
  • Using the rose stencil from the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks and a sponge dauber with Tranquil Tide ink add three roses to the lower right corner.  Make the middle rose full size and tuck the other two behind the corner rose.
  • Add splats of VersaMark Ink (I used the “splat” stamp from Gorgeous Grunge set), sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat.  Add rose leaves with VersaMark ink, sprinkle and heat.
  • Isn’t that a beautiful three-layer background?
  • Cut several leaves in Pool Party, Vellum, and Gold Foil.  Cut two Gold Foil and one Pool Party rose.  If you add the Self-Adhesive paper to the back of what you are cutting out, all these pieces can be peeled and laid down in a snap.
  • Cut tag from Thick Whisper White CS.  Add roses in Tranquil Tide and sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add a small piece of Gold Foil behind the bottom portion of the tag.  Tie several loops of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon with Linen Thread and add to top of tag with glue dots.  Add tag to card front with dimensionals at top left corner.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  The Gold Foil is 1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with multipurpose glue.  The two roses were added by using Self Adhesive paper on back of cardstock before cutting out the images.
  • As you can see in the first photo, the envelope was stamped with the flower from the Lots of Happy Card Kit and colored with Blend Pens.  Just a little something to start the party on the envelope!

There is a lot going on with this card and I believe it works because it is basically monochromatic.  If there were several strong colors used, it just wouldn’t work a well.  I hope to do a Sunday afternoon “live” video on this background…maybe this week.  You can always check my facebook page, Rambling Rose Studio, for helpful short videos.

Winter has decided to arrive this evening…our warm weather has disappeared with lots of rain….

Are you planning to reserve a Stamping Up! Stamparatus today at 2 p.m. MT?  I will be in line as I was unsuccessful last time.  You can shop from here by clicking on the “Shop Now” button.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

especially the last part…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



A Panda Hello…

It won’t be long before Sale-A-Bration begins…January 3rd!  And this sweet little stamp set in today’s post can be yours FREE!

The day this set was presented in Salt Lake City two card ideas immediately popped into my mind and both will be spotlighted here this week.  Here’s today’s spotlight…

Did I hear a collective awwww?  Isn’t he the cutest?

The stamp actually has a balloon attached to his paw, but I cut that off.  Yikes you say?  You can always replace it on an Acrylic Block.

Did you notice the envelope in the first pic?

And the second thing that this set brought to mind at first sight is Lyla, my g’daughter.  She loves animals and stuffed animals and these pandas are right up her alley.

So today’s card will be flying to her house tomorrow because she loves getting snail mail.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this notecard…


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard, Lemon Lime Twist and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide
  • Stamps:  Panda Party
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Card Front Builder Framelits (to make fun foam stamp for trees), .005 Black Micron Pen, fun foam


  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″ attached to notecard with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White CS layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-5/8″.  Cut away the balloon and string from the stamp.  If you can’t bring yourself to do that (it’s a tool!) then try coloring the stamp with the Black Marker.  Placement is in lower left corner.  Cut a mask of the panda and cover stamped image.
  • Use the tree framelits from Card Front Builder Framelits and cut two fun foam trees for each then glue together with multipurpose glue.  If you add a tad of glue to the side that will attach to acrylic block, they will stick just fine.  Ink with Lemon Lime Twist and “edge” ink with Tranquil Tide.  Spritz a couple of times with water and stamp with mask in place.  Let dry and remove mask.  Magic!!!

  • The “hello” sentiment came from a Paper Pumpkin stamped in Archival Basic Black.
  • Draw a border lightly in pencil then doodle two overlapping squiggly lines around border skipping where stamping gets in your path.
  • Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • You can see in the photo the stamping was repeated on the envelope…I just know Lyla will love this!

Later this week there will be a line of dancing pandas that will warm your heart.

Hope you enjoyed this sweet card.

Yesterday I did a “live” video demonstration on my facebook page Rambling Rose Studio if you missed it, it’s still there.

Hope your Monday is awesome…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I especially like #1 and #7…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!





Exciting Promises…

Here’s a little tease and a promise of exciting things to come…

Oh my whatever could this be?  There are so many new products and so many possibilities to share with you.

Stay tuned!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I’m pretty good at waddlin’

Consider joining my January class…products should be ordered January 3-5th.  Details are here.

Remember this Tuesday you can reserve order the new Stamparatus stamp positioner.  Come to my blog and click on the “Shop Now” star or go to  This is a must have tool for stampers!

Come stamp with me…Be HaPpY!


Best Friends…

Again today my post highlights a new stamp set available January 1st to customers, but  available today if you are a demonstrator.  Just a little perk of being a demo.

And the best part about this stamp set is it is FREE!  This is one of the sets in the Sale-A-Bration catalog and it is a great versatile set.

Here is today’s post…

Is that a shaker card?  Yep.

And that gorgeous Designer Series Paper…

Glamour close up.

And a peek inside.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Berry Burst, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper and Silver Foil
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Happy Wishes
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Blends Pens or Markers, Square Shapes Framelits, Window Sheets, Self-Adhesive Sequins, Loose Sequins (these are from October Paper Pumpkin, Berry Burst Metallic Trim Ribbon, Silver Baker’s Twine, Adhesive Strips


  • The Berry Burst base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Silver Foil layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The DSP layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White square is 3″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and color flowers with Blends Pens or Markers.  Attach to card front at center top with SNAIL.
  • The Berry Burst Scalloped Square is 3″.  Cut a piece of Window Sheet 3″ square and add to back side of scalloped square with multipurpose glue.  Add Adhesive Strips over the window sheet.  Add loose sequins to card front and lay the scalloped square down at an angle to trap the loose sequins.
  • Make three loops with Berry Burst Metallic trimmed ribbon then tie with Silver Baker’s Twine.
  • Stamp “friends” in Archival Basic Black on Thick Whisper White then trim to 5/8″ x 2-1/2″.  Tag one end.  Cut a piece of Berry Burst 1″ x 2-1/2″ then add to back of friends tag with SNAIL.  Tag one end.  Add this tag to card front with SNAIL.  Add ribbon to left side with glue dots.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White piece is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Small strips of DSP were add with multipurpose glue crisscrossing at bottom left corner.
  • Self-adhesive sequins were added to the DSP layer.

I can tell you this Designer Series Paper in person is stunning.

Thanks so much for stopping by today…enjoy your weekend!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



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!



Sweet Soiree…

This Friday will be the first opportunity for SU! Demos to order the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs and I can’t wait.

The sooner I have them in my hot little hands, the sooner my “peeps” will have their copies too.

And you are going to just die when you see this great big, gorgeous ‘knock your socks off’ suite called Sweet Soiree.  It has everything you could possibly want to coordinate with the stamp set.

So at Salt Lake City we did have Make ‘N Takes…so much fun to stamp with a big room of stampers.  The sound effect was like a beehive buzzing.  And the chocolate…there’s always the smell of chocolate in the air.

I brought this one home and ‘gussied it up’ a bit when my first order arrived.  Did I say first order?  Guess there’s more than one…

This ribbon is dreamy…

A little fussy cutting on the tag.

These silver foil boxes and designer series paper are part of the suite.

There were options to buy products in this suite separately or just buy the whole suite.  You’ll guess which I did as work continues on samples from this suite in the days ahead…

Inside this gift package pictured there is shredded paper in colors to match the DSP (Berry Burst, White and Silver Foil)…they think of everything don’t they?

Making this sweet packaging was a snap with the Silver Mini Gable Boxes.

  • Just cut a piece of DSP 2″ x 12″ to add to the box sides, stuff the box with your gift and shreds, make a box with several loops with the Berry Burst Metallic-Edge Ribbon then tie in the center with the Silver Bakers Twine.
  • Tie the box closed with more ribbon.
  • The gift tag was made with Thick Whisper White Cardstock 2″ x 3-1/2″ and punched with Scallop Top Punch.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  The strip of Cardstock at the bottom was cut 2″ x 1/4″ and attached with SNAIL.
  • The flower was fussy cut from the Designer Series Paper called Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP and attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Tie the tag to the ribbon with the Silver Bakers Twine and add bow with glue dots.

There just can’t be anyone (female at least) who wouldn’t love to receive this gift packaging!  And wouldn’t they be perfect at a bridal shower or reception as thank you gifts?

Any there’s so much more to this suite.  I am so excited to share more projects with you so I hope you will stop by each day.

So if you are one of my “peeps” (meaning you have ordered from me in the last year) and you would like a copy of the two new catalogs which go ‘live’ on January 1st, let me know and I will get a copy to you.  Who doesn’t want FREE stamps?

It is 65 degrees here today!  I’m loving it…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!