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Henry’s First Birthday…

Alright, I know he was just born, but this Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper just kept calling his name.  So…I made this 8″ x 8″ sampler to celebrate his first birthday next March!

Found this frame at Hobby Lobby on sale.  It’s the perfect size for a sampler!

Close up of each corner…

and the last close up…

Had I been making this same sampler for a girl, there is an image of a little girl on the DSP and a stamp for her back along with a bouquet of flowers.  Change the Real Red Cardstock to Powder Pink and leave everything else as is…

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


  • Paper: Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper plus Real Red  and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Real Red and Pacific Point
  • Stamps:  Birthday Delivery, Number of Years (st after number one)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Balloons Honeycomb Embellishments, Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit (surprise banner), Birthday Friends Framelits Dies, Large Numbers Framelits


  • This “shadow” frame measures 8″ x 8″ inside.  Cut the background DSP 8″ x 8″ and attach with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the fox, Hip Hip Hooray banner, cake, gift box and birthday hat out of DSP using Birthday Friends Framelits Dies and set aside.
  • Fussy cut the bear, squirrel, turtle and bunny from DSP and set aside.
  • Using Large Numbers Framelits cut the number from DSP and Real Red Cardstock and set aside.
  • Stamp the word “surprise” in Pacific Point on banner from Cupcakes & Carousel Embellishment Kit.  Lay the banner on a piece of Real Red CS and draw around edges with pencil.  Fussy cut larger banner just outside pencil lines.  Glue these two banners together with SNAIL.  Add dimensionals to back and set aside.
  • Cut two Real Red CS pieces 3-3/4″ square.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 3-3/4″ x 2″.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 1-3/4″ square.
  • Cut two Whisper White CS pieces 3-5/8″ square.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 3-5/8″ x 1-7/8″.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 1-5/8″ square.
  • Attach all  pieces with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Cut two pieces of “grass” 3-5/8″ x 1″ or less adding freehand curves.  Attach to bottom of both 3-3/4″ square pieces.
  • Starting with top right corner and one of the 3-3/4″ squares, add fox to right of square along with banner using multipurpose glue.  Add gift box with dimensional.  Add decorated square to background square with multipurpose glue.
  • Add squirrel, turtle and bunny to one of the 3-3/4″ x 2″ rectangles with multipurpose glue.  Add had to bunny.  Add rectangle under fox square with multipurpose glue.
  • Add surprise banner under previous rectangle with dimensionals overlapping at top.
  • Add bear to left side of second 3-3/4″ square with multipurpose glue.  Add three honeycomb balloons and hand draw with journal pen strings from balloons to bear’s hands.  Add this square to bottom left corner of sampler.
  • Add second 3-3/4″ x 2″ rectangle with happy birthday over the bear square with multipurpose glue.
  • Add cake to one of the 1-3/4″ squares with dimensionals.  Add to top left corner of sampler with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the number from Real Red CS and DSP.  Stamp “st” in Real Red right top of square.  Glue together offsetting.  Add to second 1-3/4″ square with dimensionals.
  • Place inside shadow frame!

How much fun is that?  I think I will make a girl one too…it’s just too cute.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And stamping…come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Seaside Sampler…

This past spring several of my stamping peeps and I shared art for a spring sampler.  I have to say it turned out so well and is one of my most treasured pieces.

But today I took the spring sampler down and hung up a new sampler for summertime.  Using the Designer Series Paper By the Shore and stamp set Seaside Shore in addition to Swirly Bird and Painter’s Palette.  I finished this sampler today and couldn’t wait to share…


  • I found this 10″ x 10″ frame last week at Hobby Lobby and knew it would work great for this project.  There is about a 1/2″ space between the glass and the back of the frame which makes it possible to create three dimensional squares.
  • The center measures 5″ x 5″ and each square is 2″ square.  You can see I used the Layered Square Framelits which made it easy to cut these out and know they were perfect.
  • The background is a single sheet from the DSP.  The different square highlight the variety of designs in the DSP.  Colors are Dapper Denim, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron and some Soft Suede.
  • In the center I used the easel frame from the set Painter’s Palette to create the sign in the sand.  And the little sail boat is from the set Swirly Birds.  Lots of small pieces stamped and “fussy cut” until I felt there were plenty of pieces to work with.
  • The small squares are Dapper Denim cut with the scalloped Layered Square Framelits and the DSP square were all cut with the corresponding straight square.

Here are a couple of close up shots of the squares in case you’d like to case.




I’m so glad this project was finished before summer ended.  I need more summer decorations…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


It’s so much more fun!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Spring Sampler Happiness…

Today’s post has been in the works for a couple of months and I’m so excited to share it with you today.

I have the best “peeps” anywhere…a couple of months ago I suggested we make a 12 x 12 sampler and swap 3 x 3 cards.  None of them has ever participated in a swap but they readily agreed.

It was decided we would use a 3 x 3 Blushing Bride base for each sampler and then decorate in a spring theme using the color palette from the Designer Series Paper Birthday Blooms.  That was all the direction given.

Each person purchased their own 12 x 12 frame.  Mine looked like this yesterday…


But look at it today!…


Isn’t that the cutest?  They seemed to have so much fun swapping and couldn’t wait to get home and put their frames together too.

You can see from the first to the second photo I changed the background on mine.  However, it’s just DSP inside the frame so it can be changed over and over again.  The 3 x 3 cards are glue dotted to the glass…also easy to change up.

Here’s a bad shot (backlighting) of today’s group intensely working on their projects.  The group over the weekend was just as pleased with their swaps.  They have already stated they would like to make one for the summer season!


Hope you enjoyed seeing this project and that you might be inspired to make a sampler for the spring season…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with us…and Be HaPpY!


Flowering Fields Sampler…

Found this sampler idea on Stamping Connection (a demo perk for sure!) and just had to give it a try.  I CASED this from Michelle Gleeson at Stampin’ Mojo…thanks Michelle!  My colors are different but I loved her version too…


And here’s a shot of the inside of the card…


Do you love this at first glance?  Maybe you’d like to give it a try and add your own spin to it too.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand cardstock
  • Ink:  Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo
  • Stamps:  Field of Flowers, Paper Pumpkin sentiment and Timeless Textures
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread


  • The Very Vanilla base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Sahara Sand layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Very Vanilla rectangles are 1 1/8″ x 1 3/8″ cut nine.  Use stamps from Timeless Textures and Sahara Sand to stamp backgrounds.  Stamp various flowers from Field of Flowers in Soft Suede and color with markers…Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo.
  • Cut sentiment strip from Very Vanilla 1/2″ x 3 5/8″.  Stamp background in Sahara Sand and sentiment in Soft Suede to the left.
  • Start placing rectangles on card front at top left.  Lay all rectangles down and the strip to be sure of placement before beginning to glue.
  • Make Linen Bow (see how here) and add to card front with glue dot.
  • Inside stamp dots from Timeless Textures in Sahara Sand and add one flower stamp of your choosing in bottom right corner.  I also added some background stamping and a flower on the Very Vanilla envelope.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  It has been a busy, delightful day here in the studio with the second annual “Girlfriends” class…only one of which is a stamper.  They have all been friends for decades and set aside a week each year to come together to celebrate their friendship.  They are all a hoot!  I caught this photo before they left this afternoon…


Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Seems perfectly normal to me…

Get those fingers inky…Be HaPpY!




Sweet Baby Sampler…

Oh how I love babies…so I’m delighted to finally use my Zoo Babies stamp set to make this sweet sampler…


Isn’t that the sweetest thing?  I did use the new Lullaby DSP from the new catalog and took all my color selections from that paper for the background to the embellishments.  Are you ready to make a sampler?  They are amazingly easy but are time consuming if you have to fussy cut lots of pieces…which you usually do.  But it is so worth all your work and effort in the end.  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Lullaby DSP, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pool Party cardstock
  • Stamps:  Zoo Babies
  • Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Hello Honey, Memento Black, and Soft Suede
  • Tools and Embellishments:  OK I used a few retired stamp sets for the backgrounds of the individual rectangles but you should look for tiny stamp images for the backgrounds and stamp off to keep the background…well, in the background! New Bakers Twine in Pool Party and Crisp Cantaloupe, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Pearls and one odd button sliding around in the bottom of my drawer.  Works though.  Crystal Effects on all the animals.  A small section of the paper lace on the elephant.  The scalloped rectangle is an old die, but you could use the wavy blade or scallop blade on your SU! cutter to make these.


  • This frame was bought at a box store and measures 5 x 7.
  • The background DSP is 5 x 7
  • The first layer of the rectangle is 2 x 1 1/2″, the top layer is 1 7/8″ x 1 3/8″
  • All the rectangles and artwork are placed on the outside of the glass.  If you lay you glass down on the SU! paper pad, it’s very easy to get your pieces lined up perfectly.

Have fun putting your baby zoo together.  Leave me a message if you have questions.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”Believe you can and you are half way there!”

Get inky…Be happy!