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Rustic Merry Christmas…

Three days and counting…OnStage Atlanta is right around the corner!  Am I ready you ask?  Kinda…sorta.

But at this point I’m feeling very confident all my ducks will be in a row on Thursday before heading off to Atlanta…I’m close, really close.

But this weeks’ posts are beautiful and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.  Today’s post I’m calling “Rustic Merry Christmas” because some elements are tattered and rustic, while others are very elegant.  Always an interesting combination…


Woodgrain, tattered and distressed edges give this card a rustic look as do the swirly bird swirls in Baked Brown Sugar.  While the 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon and sequins along with the Gold Foil layer lend a more elegant look.  I love this combination…

Here’s a peek inside…


Smaller and more simple pieces coordinate with the card cover leaving plenty of room for your personal holiday message.

If you like the rustic/elegant combo, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow Cardstock, plus Gold Foil
  • Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Woodgrain (background), Timeless Textures (distressed border)  Hang Your Stocking (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Linen Threa, 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon, Gold Sequins and Gold Embossing Powder


  • The Basic Black base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Gold Foil layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with Multipurpose Glue
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp Woodgrain background in Baked Brown Sugar.  Stamp edges with Timeless Textures stamp and Baked Brown Sugar.  Distress edges.  Attached to Gold Foil layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Cut one Swirly Bird wreath in Baked Brown Sugar and one in Gold Foil.  Add Gold Foil first to card front with small dots of Multipurpose Glue.  Add Baked Brown Sugar swirly over Gold Foil Swirly slightly askew with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Cut six or seven pine boughs in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  Add to left side of swirls with Multipurpose Glue.  Cut two Whisper White mistletoe pieces over pine boughs.
  • Make double loops with Gold 5/8″ Satin Ribbon and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to side of wreath with Glue Dots.
  • Stamp sentiment in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Add three gold sequins to card front.
  • Inside the Gold Foil layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ attached with Multipurpose Glue.  The Thick Whisper White layer is 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Cut two small swirly’s one in Gold Foil and one in Baked Brown Sugar.  Cut one pine bough and add to bottom right corner with Multipurpose Glue.

I drew this card out in my planner last night deciding on colors and stamps.  Then when I get into my studio, the card goes together much faster.  Tomorrow’s post and Wednesday’s are already sketched in my book for you.  On Thursday I’ll share my “Roomie Gift Bags” for On Stage including what’s inside (I hope they will like them!), Friday I’ll share my swap card for OnStage and Saturday I’ll post snapshots and maybe a “live” feed from OnStage.  Next week I’ll post some of my favorite swaps received for you to enjoy.  The talent and creativity always amazes…

Hope your day is going well.  We are experiencing another record-breaking temperature of 90 degrees on Halloween!… and still no rain in sight.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


today is the day.

Have a HaPpY HaLlOwEeN!


Birthday Roses…

The month of November is a B-I-G birthday month for me…so big I’ve started half way through October planning all the special cards that need to be made.

Today’s post is one of those cards…


and inside it looks like…


I love the rustic feel of this card with the woodgrain and distressing and you can always put blues and browns together for a nice color combination…and in this case a pop of yellow.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar (I know it’s retired, but I liked this brown with this blue), Soft Sky Cardstock
  • Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms, Woodgrain (background), Timeless Texture and Timeless Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Distressing Tool for edge distressing, Aqua Painter


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Baked Brown Sugar layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Soft Sky layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp Woodgrain background in Baked Brown Sugar and the edges with Timeless Texture border stamp in Baked Brown Sugar.  Distress edges and attach to card front with SNAIL
  • The next horizontal Soft Sky layer is 5″ x 2-1/2″, stamped with Woodgrain background stamp in Baked Brown Sugar and Timeless Texture border stamp.  Distress edges and attach to card front with SNAIL
  • The next horizontal Baked Brown Sugar layer is 2-1/8″ x 4-3/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White layer is 2″ x 4-5/8″.  Drawn border freehand in Baked Brown Sugar and stamp sentiment.  Stamp rose on scrap Thick Whisper White and “fussy cut” just the rose.  Using reinker in stamp pad lid and Aqua Painter, paint rose in Daffodil Delight and shade with Crushed Curry.  When dry lay face down on sponge mat and using a round ended pen or stylus break down the fibers so that the rose curls up a bit.  Add double dimensionals to back.  Stamp the whole rose again on scrap and “fussy cut”.  Add a light shade of Baked Brown Sugard to leaves.  Attach to card front with SNAIL.  Add painted rose over this layer using dimensionals you’ve already placed on back.
  • The Linen Thread bow video can be found here.
  • Inside the Soft Sky layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Stamp like front layers for background and distressing
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 3″.  Stamp sentiment in Baked Brown Sugar.  Stamp small flower from Timeless Love to the right of sentiment and color with a light shade of Baked Brown Sugar.  Stamp flower again on scrap and color with Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry.  Fussy cut and add over stamped image with double dimensionals.  The border is hand drawn with Baked Brown Sugar marker.

This card was fun to make….just took my time and enjoyed creating it.

We just got home last night.  We drove to St. Louis and spent some touring time there and loved the city.  Took tours of the Budweiser Brewery, the Cardinals baseball park, Baseball Village, the Arch, City Museum and ate amazing food.  Then we came down to Nashville to celebrate friend’s 50th anniversary…sweet memories there!  Then took my granddaughter to dinner before coming home.  What a nice trip and the weather was perfect.

Hope your weekend was fabulous too.  Thanks for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Woodgrain Christmas…

Today’s card is cozy and rustic with evergreens and berries and satin bows and sequins…


Right?  A little rustic and then throw in the bling.  Here’s a peek at the inside verse…


Love this verse.

Putting rustic edges and woodgrain against pieces that are more formal like satin ribbon and sequins is one of my favorite things to do when planning a new card…it works for me!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits in case it works for you too…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Real Red, Whisper White and Pear Pizazz Cardstock.
  • Ink:  Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Hang Your Stocking and Holly Berry Happiness (sentiments), Woodgrain (background) and Timeless Textures (background)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits (wreath), Pretty Pines Thinlits (pine boughs and white mistletoe and Flourish Thinlits (red berries), sequins


  • The Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Soft Suede layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The first Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp woodgrain background in Soft Suede, add Timeless Textures border around edges.  Rough up all edges then attach over Soft Suede layer with SNAIL or Multipurpose Glue.
  • The second Very Vanilla layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Repeat background steps from previous layer.  Cut wreath from Soft Suede with Swirly Scribbles Thinlit and attach with small amount of Multipurpose Glue or Thin Tip Glue.  Cut five pine boughs from Pear Pizazz.  Pick a point at left center and add a blob of Multipurpose Glue.  Set three pine boughs toward the bottom center and two boughs toward the top center.  Cut two red berry stems and set with Multipurpose glue one top and one bottom.  Cut two white mistletoe and add one to top and one to bottom.
  • Make bow by looping sating ribbon four times and tying off in center with Linen Thread.  Attach at left center with Multipurpose Glue or Glue Dots.  Add several sequins here and there.  Add sentiment in Soft Suede under wreath.  Distress all side edges.  Attach to card front with Adhesive Strips.
  • Inside the Soft Suede layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Add sentiment in Soft Suede and attach to Very Vanilla with SNAIL.

I have some 5/8″ silver satin ribbon and thinking about making one of these in Whisper White and silver and grey.  Sounds pretty but we’ll see.

Gorgeous fall day here in Tennessee…still no rain though.  Not whining, these new cooler temps are awesome!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Let’s be HaPpY and inky together!


“Thanks” Scarecrow…

Now that my normal stamping classes are done this month and my BIG birthday has passed into the sunset…I’ve got lots of “thanking” to do!

Here’s a start to my thank you cards…


Isn’t this little cookie cutter scarecrow just the cutest?  I thought he would look nice on my fall thank you notes…and it gave me a chance to make some woodgrain background in fall colors…

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake Note Card, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry and Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Basic Black Ink Pads and Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride markers.  I used my Blush Blendability Pen, but if you don’t have that try crumb cake and add the color with a Blender Pen to keep it light so the Blushing Bride cheeks will show.
  • Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas, Thoughtful Banners (sentiment), Woodgrain (background) and Timeless Textures
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Duet Banner, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch


  • Cut the Soft Suede layer 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ attached to 3-1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake Notecard with SNAIL
  • Cut the Crushed Curry layer 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamp Woodgrain background stamp with Early Espresso.  Add border using Timeless Textures and Early Espresso ink.  Distress edges with distressing tool, scissors held in “v” shape or finger nails.  Don’t be afraid to add tears here and there.
  • Stamp and punch banner.  Add Pumpkin Pie marker to flagged ends.  Add to card front top with dimensionals.
  • Cut one large Swirly from Soft Suede.  Attach to bottom of card front with Thin Tipped Glue or Multirpurpose Glue.
  • Stamp, color and punch scarecrow.  Add several dimensionals to back.  Loop Linen Thread several times on back of scarecrow then attach at an angle over Swirly.

This cute little guy is going to help me let everyone know how much I appreciate them this month.

Are you watching football today?  My Tennessee VOLS won today…Yay!  Have a great weekend and I hope to see you here again on Monday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Did you notice the moon last night?

Yep I’m inky…and HaPpY!