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Stash Bashers…

This is what HaPpY looks like.  During my presentation I was explaining my reaction when I was called and asked if I would like to present at this years’ OnStage Live in SLC.  But this is what you can look like if you win my blog giveaway this week.  I will pick a commenter between today and Friday to give away the stamp set, Lovely Wishes, I received at OnStage.  I will ask Sweetums to pick one at ramdom and announce the winner Friday in my blog post.  So comment to win!

Just when you thought you had your stash under control…  You know you took those two days and went through all your stamps and reorganized them so that you could find them easily.  Then this happens…

Stampin’ Up! rolls out their new 2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration stamps too!  To buy or not to buy?  Are you kidding me?  Look at some of these displays that were in Salt Lake City…

Picture Perfect Party Suite…all  attendees received this stamp set so I’ll be posting with this one soon.

Lots of Happy Card Kit.  This is one of the prettiest kits I’ve seen yet.  Hope to do a kit class with this one in January!

 

Oh boy!  Move over Chip and Joanna…we have a sliding barn door set called Barn Door that has a set of framelits and comes in a bundle!

 

Charming Café.  One of my very favorite stamp sets…and it has framelits and comes in a bundle too!

Another example from Charming Café.  Can you tell I love it?

 

This shows all the framelits in Charming Café.

 

This was another favorite Bundle/Suite called Petal Passion.  The stamp set and bundle is called Petal Palette.

 

The remaining samples all come from the Sweet Soiree Suite.  This suite is loaded with absolutely everything you every dreamed of having to support a bundle.  First thing ordered!

These sequins are self adhesive!

Birthday cake or wedding…got you covered.

Gorgeous Designer Series Paper for box and gift making.

There’s an Embossing Folder too!

Can you stand it?

And the big news was the release of the new stamp positioner from SU! called Stamparatus.  You can see it in action here.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

this is a personal favorite!

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

B

SLC Swaps…

Attending a Stampin’ UP! event is all about the people you meet.  We all share so much in common and know each other most of the time through social media.  So to meet face-to-face and exchange hugs means energy is everywhere at the event.  And it keeps us together and coming back year after year.

Another perk of attending SU! events is the swaps!  Right?  I mean time was seriously an issue for me prior to leaving, but I wouldn’t miss swapping for anything however many I can make.

Of course you want your swaps to be your best work and that’s why I’d like to share some of the swaps I received with you today and maybe more later this week.  I think you will enjoy seeing the variety of the creations…

Sandy Amoling, Attleboro, MA

Mary Haugen

Anne Steinmetz, Peoria, AZ

Robin Myren, Pennsburg, PA

Kathy Hilden, Selby Twp., MI

Pat Brannin

Andrea Tracy Tucker

Darlene Boardman, San Antonio, TX

Christine Kolly, Rochester Hills, MI

Denise Waddell

Ann Craig, Monash, ACT

Inez Oberg, Grandville, MI

How awesome are these swaps?  And from all over the country and even out of this country too.  Sharing these with my peeps and customers is a big part of why I swap too.  They so enjoy seeing all the creativity and glean ideas for their own creations.

This is why I say the SU! experience is about the people.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these swaps today.  Tomorrow I will begin posting the projects made and presented at SLC using a brand new stamp set from the January Occasion Catalog.  So I hope you will plan to stop by…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

good thought to remember at the beginning of the holiday season…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Salt Lake City…

There are no words to describe sleeping in your own bed…just sayin’

But the six-day trip to Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Live was so inspirational, informative and down right fun that all the sleep deprivation and exhaustion are so worth it.

There are so many things I want to share with you, but photos need to be taken of swaps (they are unbelievable) and also photos set up for the projects presented.  I think they will start being posted tomorrow if things go well this afternoon.  So stay tuned for that.

I do have some photos of my presentation and a short video given to me by a friend in the audience (thanks Jeanne!) to share today.

Please don’t feel I’m self promoting.  It was an awesome and humbling experience to be a presenter this year.  So I hope you won’t mind if I share that with you…

presentation clip here

After this presentation Stampin’ Up! gave everyone at the event the stamp set from this presentation.  How much fun is that?

I think tomorrow the ban is lifted and samples from the new 2018 Occasions Catalog can be shared.

This experience was way out of my comfort box.  It was an incredible amount of time and work on my part and Stampin’ Up’s, but after it was over I was so glad to have had the opportunity to share what I love to do anyway.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ever.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Roomie Frames…

There is a group coming together in Salt Lake City this week who keep in touch with each other, lift and encourage each other, but only see one another maybe once a year if we are lucky.  And this is the week!

There will be laughter and there will be no sleep.  We will catch up with each other’s lives and share our own.  This will be a magical week of friendships.

So I’ve made this sweet little framed Christmas ornament for “the group” and hope they will hang it on their tree each year and remember all the fun we’ve had together.

The opening measures 2″ x 3″ (about a business card size)

A little Wink of Stella adds bling.

See that tiny little snowman?

I’ll tell you right up front I found these frames at Hobby Lobby and scooped them up knowing exactly what I would do with them.

The background is done on watercolor paper using the same technique as was explained here.

Here’s the rest of the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, plus Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Tranquil Tide
  • Stamps:  I made the tree stamp using the trees from Card Front Builder Framelits Dies.  I cut two sets from Fun Foam and glued them together with multipurpose glue.
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon, Linen Thread, Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments, Duo Banner Punch, Card Front Builder Framelit Dies, Hometown Greetings Framelit Dies, Silver Sparkle Ribbon (retired)

Digits

  • The watercolor paper measurement will depend on your specific frame.  Mine were 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Stamp trees using method referred to earlier here.
  • Cut the snow scene from Thick Whisper White CS using the Hometown Greetings Framelits Dies and trim to fit your frame.  Color your trees, house and door using reinker.
  • Add pieces inside your frame.
  • Make a bow with Lemon Lime Twist ribbon tying center with Linen Thread.  Cut Boxwood Wreaths in two pieces then add at bottom of frame with hot glue.  Add bow with hot glue over these boxwoods.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on scrap Thick Whisper White then punch with Due Banner Punch.  Also Punch a banner from Lemon Lime Twist CS and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Attach all three together with multipurpose glue and add to top corner of frame with hot glue.
  • Add a loop of ribbon at the top center back with hot glue for tree hanging.

My wish is “the group” will enjoy these little mementos for years to come and they will bring a smile to their faces remembering how much fun we had together.

Hope your Thursday is awesome!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I’ll need this when I get home!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!

 

 

B

OnStage SLC Swaps…

The tradition of swapping handmade cards at a Stampin’ Up! convention is a treasured ritual of those attending.  You can make as many or few as you want, but you don’t want to miss joining in on the fun.

This year I have 100 swaps to share (remember, I do not like to make multiples of anything!) and I will come home with 100 new ideas to share with my peeps.

Here is my swap for this 2017 OnStage Convention…

And my Wink of Stella is showing up…yay!

I doubt there will be another like it since I made the stamp using a die and fun foam.

Stamping and spritzing on watercolor paper is magic…just sayin’

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Tranquil Tide and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Merry Patterns
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon, Wink of Stella, Fun Foam, MISTI or Stamp Positioner, Water Spritzer

Digits

The Thick Whisper White base is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″

The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to base with SNAIL

To make your own stamp, cut two layers of fun foam for each die and glue together with multipurpose glue.

Cut watercolor paper 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Load your stamp with ink and spritz with water before stamping.  Using your spritzer add water to your image on the paper to promote “blooming” of color.  Set aside to dry.  You can soak up large drips with a tissue.

Once dry add Tranquil Tide ink to stamp, spritz with water and stamp just to the side of the previous trees.  Add a small amount of water to encourage the colors to move and mingle.  Let dry.

Add Old Olive ink to your stamp.  Do not spritz.  Stamp over your first Lemon Lime Twist trees.  Add Wink of Stella to just this tree after the ink drys.

Stamp sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist and Archival Basic Black.

Add ribbon/bow under sentiment and attach in back with SNAIL.

Glue watercolor paper to base with multipurpose glue and weight down the layers until dried.

I hope you will give this technique a try and let me know how you like it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I am so grateful to be where I am today…hope you are too!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

B

Roomie Gifts…

Today is a travel day to Salt Lake City.  Since my son was flying to SLC today too, our flights will hook up in Atlanta.  One-on-one time with adult child…Yay!  It just never happens anymore.

Tomorrow I will be gifting these 2018 desk calendars to my roomies and some others…

They are the size of a normal vertical greeting card.

Of course I had to add the “Billie Bow”!

The “stand” helps to keep the calendar upright.

Do you need small gifts for the holidays or maybe a craft show booth?  These make sweet, useful gifts…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Cardstock, plus Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Coffee Cafe’
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, Linen Thread, 2018 preprinted calendar, Gold Library Clips

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White card base is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″, fold and burnish with Bone Folder
  • The Early Espresso layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.
  • The small Early Espresso layer is 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ attached center bottom of card front with SNAIL.
  • I printed my own calendar, but have in the past ordered them preprinted $4 for 10 calendars here.  Attach to Early Espresso with SNAIL.  Add gold library clip at top .
  • The cup lid, heart and sleeve were stamped on Thick Whisper White and cut out with coordinating framelit die.
  • The cup was stamped on Crumb Cake in Early Espresso and cut out with coordinating framelit die.
  • Tombow glue lid to cup.  Tie a piece of Linen Thread around lid to add heart.  Make bow (see video here) and attach to lid with glue dots.
  • The “stand” is 4-1/4″ x 3″ of Thick Whisper White scored on long side at 1/2″, 1-1/2″ and 2-1/2″.  Mountain fold and attach with Tear Tape on the 1/2″ tab to the inside front and back of card.

How easy was that?  And it’s the gift that keeps on giving…All.  Year.  Long.

Hope you enjoyed this little calendar and you’ll come back each day to view the projects I have planned for this week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

never.

Hope you are hanging with me this exciting week and keeping your fingers inky…be HaPpY!

B

falala…

Here’s another idea for an elegant Christmas card that’s easy to put together if you get in a pinch…

See what I mean?

These Foil Snowflakes are pretty even from the back…

I almost put the word “cheers” on the front until I found this one.  Cheers would be good for birthday or new years.

And a peek inside.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock, plus Gold Foil Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  October Paper Pumpkin Set
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Faceted Gems, Foil Snowflakes, word die of your choice mine is retired, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

Digits

  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″, fold and burnish with a Bone Folder.
  • The top Basic Black layer is 3-5/8″ square attached with dimensionals
  • The Gold Foil layer is 3″ square attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Add the foil snowflake so that the back is showsing.  I used small dots of multipurpose glue to attach.  Add Faceted Gem to center.
  • The lower Basic Black layer is 3-1/2″ x 1-3/8″ attached to card front with dimensionals.
  • The Gold Foil layer is 3-3/8″ x 1-1/4″ attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut two word dies from Thick Very Vanilla adding Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to back before die cutting.  Peel protective paper from one word and lay on top of the other.  Peel protective paper from bottom layer and add to card front.
  • Inside the Basic Black layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add to card with SNAIL.
  • Cut one foil snowflake in half and add to bottom of this layer gold side up.  I used small dots of multipurpose glue for this.

Hope you enjoyed this post.  I’m doing all my last minute packing and leaving at stupid o’clock in the morning.  Flying is such a hassle anymore.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and making you stronger.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Snowflakes ‘n Gingham?

Mixing snowflakes and gingham?  Sure!  Why not?

This reminds me of wearing cowboy boots with lace…always a good look!

Glamour close up shot…

That snowflakes are just gorgeous.

and a peek inside.

Actually this card is very easy to make and would make a good choice for multiples…not that I like making multiples!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Smoky Slate Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and VersaMark Ink
  • Stamps:  Hearts Come Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon, Linen Thread, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, Silver Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″.  Score at 4-1/4″, fold and burnish with a Bone Folder.
  • Cut the lower edge of the base card and at the same time add the line of dots.
  • Cut one set of Thick Whisper White snowflakes.  I laid these flakes upside down on my Silicon Craft Sheet and ran SNAIL on the back.  You could also add a strip of Adhesive Paper to the back of the cardstock before cutting out the flakes. Trim at sides.  Add flakes over the bottom of the card front..
  • Use Embossing Buddy before applying VersaMark Ink for sentiment. Sprinkle with Silver Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Add a band of Smoky Slate Gingham just below the line of dots using SNAIL.
  • Make several loops with the gingham ribbon and tie center with Linen Thread then add over band at left side with glue dots.  I have a video on YouTube here showing steps to make a bow like this.
  • Inside the Smoky Slate layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment and attach over Smoky Slate with SNAIL.

See?  This really is a very simple card.

It’s Friday again and we are having 75 degree gorgeous fall weather.  Now that I have everything made and pretty much packed for OnStage Convention in Salt Lake City next week, I hope to relax and enjoy the week with Sweetums.

How your weekend plans are awesome…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

This speaks to me today…

Stay REALLY inky and be REALLY HaPpY!

 

 

B

A Vision In Gold…

This monochromatic Christmas card may be traditional but still carries a punch…

maybe it’s the snowflakes…

or maybe it’s the gold satin ribbon…

whatever it is…it works!

and a peek inside.

Yesterday I gathered up all the Christmas cards made so far (no duplicates) and there are 33!  I think two a day might be the rule for the next month!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Gold Foil Cardstock plus Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Hearts Come Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, Linen Thread

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score, fold and burnish with Bone Folder at 4-1/4″.
  • Cut two pieces of Gold Foil.  One at 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and the second at 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ for the inside.
  • Cut top DSP layer at 3-3/4″ x 1-3/4″.  Add to Gold Foil layer at top with SNAIL.
  • Cut lower DSP layer at 3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ and add at bottom of Gold Foil layer with SNAIL.
  • Add snowflakes cut from Gold Foil.  I used SNAIL.  Trim sides.
  • Wrap a band of ribbon around this layer where the two DSP patterns overlap.  Attach on back with SNAIL.
  • Add Gold Foil/DSP layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Make a bow with several loops then tie center with Linen Thread.  Add to bank at right with glue dots.
  • Inside SNAIL smaller Gold Foil layer down centered.  Cut Thick Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black then add with SNAIL over Gold Foil.
  • Cut one snowflake from Gold Foil and add with SNAIL to bottom right corner.

So I have two more posts before leaving for convention in Salt Lake City.  I’ve prepared three more to run next week, but don’t have one ready for Friday of next week yet.  Would you rather I prepare a normal post or have a live session/interview (with other demos) on Friday from convention?  I’ll go with the vote!  This will also tell me who reads to the end of the post!!!!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

exactly.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Elegant Neutrals…

I do love color but sometimes just neutrals with maybe a little bling works great for an elegant look…

well…maybe a lot of bling!

Love all the texture…

This one won’t cost extra postage either.

And a peek inside.

Seriously I’m not an elegant person, but sometimes it’s fun to shoot for it.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and Copper Foil
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and VersaMark Ink
  • Stamps:  Watercolor Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/8″ Gold Ribbon, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets Dies, Gold and Silver Embossing Powders, Textured Snowflake Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Basic Black base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score and fold at 5-1/2″ with a bone folder.
  • Cut a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • Cut a piece of Copper Foil 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Emboss in center with Textured Snowflake Embossing Folder.  Sand just the raised snowflake slightly.  Swipe entire piece with Archival Basic Black Ink Pad.  Let dry.  Add  VersMark with the ink pad all over panel.  Sprinkle with Gold and Silver Embossing Powders and heat.  Add this panel to the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with multipurpose glue and weight these layers down until dry.
  • Cut 7 snowflakes with Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets Dies.  Glue together with glue dots or multipurpose glue to make 3 sets of two and a single flake for the card inside.
  • Cut three lengths of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon.  Attach at back with Tear Tape and on card front with glue dot.  Add more Tear Tape to back and add this panel to card base.  Attach three sets of snowflakes at end o 3/8″ ribbon with glue dots.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  With Multipurpose Glue add 1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper at bottom of layers.  Add single snowflake with glue dot over strip.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • This snowflake could be embossed on the left side of the envelope to coordinate with the card front.

Everything from my studio is packed and ready to fly next week.  Now to catch up on house chores, grocery shopping and cooking for Sweetums and then pack for myself.  This time next week I’ll be in Lydia’s class and loving it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

It’s going to be an awesome month…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B