Archive for Seasonal


Celebrating the first day of summer with you today and the longest daylight day of the year…

In my kitchen I keep a standing frame for my artwork.  The artwork is changed fairly often, but recently I realized there was nothing specific to the summer season.

That had to be changed so I got busy and created this light summer piece for today…

This frame was purchased at Hobby Lobby several years ago and it is a quirky size (6-1/4″ x 7-1/4″).  It also has corkboard inside it.  But it works great for what I intended to use it.  It fits nicely in a recipe holder on the counter.

This close up shows some of the texture in the background done with sponges and masking with a torn sheet of copy paper.

Love the cool drinks on the arm rests…

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Suede, Real Red and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo (grass & sand texture)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Large Letters Framelits, Swirly Scribbles Framelits, Sponges, Large Round Brush, Strip Adhesive


  • Using Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut your background piece the size you need.  Tear a piece of copy paper on the long side to create a mask for your sponging.  Apply the mask about 2/3 up and sponge the Soft Sky.  Leave some areas without ink to appear as clouds.  Move the mask down another 1/3 of space and using Pool Party sponge this area.  At the bottom 1/3 I used Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight then stamped texture with Soft Suede using stamp from Fabulous Flamingo.
  • You can add texture to the water by placing the mask in different areas and just sponging along the edge.
  • Stamp the grass in Lemon Lime Twist and Emerald Envy at the right side.  Cut chairs from Thick Whisper White and add with multipurpose glue.  Cut the glasses and add a bit of color at the bottom and then use brush of Blender Pen to move the color up a little.  Add to arm rests on chairs with Mini Glue Dots.
  • The swirly sun was cut from a piece of colored water color paper I had lying around.  I liked the colors.  You could recreate this with reinker and a brush using Real Red and Daffodil Delight.  This piece was added with multipurpose glue.
  • The letters was cut from a piece of water color paper that I wet with water and added the color to one side and let it bleed or flow to the other by tipping the paper.  Gives you a graduated look with the color.  Let dry and cut with Large Letters Framelits.  The letters were added with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock the length of your background by 2″.  Tear the edge along one side.  Add to the bottom of your piece with Strip Adhesive.

This seems to really brighten my kitchen for this season.  Do you ever make a piece of art for your home and live with it?  Most of us create art pieces and give them away.  Maybe you could make a gift for yourself!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

make it memorable.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!



Friend Frame…

Every grandmom has bragging rights to their g’kids…and I have a really good friend (for over 50 years) that I am giving this frame to so she can display her pride and joy.


The actual photo slips behind the snow and trees.  The frame I found at Walmart.  They only had one or I would have bought all they had.  I think she will love this…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Real Red and Thick Whisper White cardstock plus Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper
  • Ink:  Old Olive and Real Red
  • Stamps:  Festive Fireplace (wreath), Happy Scenes (trees)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Little Letter Thinlets, Tree Punch and balsam wood triangles are from PL but you could substitute Crumb Cake or Kraft Paper


  • The Real Red is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and just clips in place.
  • The Glimmer Paper was hand cut and glued at the bottom edge only.  The trees were stamped on Whisper White, “fussy cut” and glued to back of “snow”.
  • The banner was made with Linen Thread hot glued to frame. The red banners were scored at top and bent over the Linen Thread and glued in place.  The wood and/or Crumb Cake or Kraft paper was glued on top of Real Red.  Letters were cut  from Real Red cardstock and glued in place.
  • The wreath was stamped in Old Olive and cut with matching framelit.  The red berries were put in by hand with a Real Red marker.

I so wish I had more of these frames.  There would be one in my house for sure…and a different banner for each season!  I’m on the lookout…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Oh how at 4’11” I can sooooo relate!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Season to Season…

Last week the night before leaving for a week long retreat with “the littles”…this arrived… and I had to make it right then.  I mean there was still packing to do.  But noooooo, I turned off the iron and turned on the hot glue gun.

And this happened.


This wreath was presented at Convention and I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  It comes with three different ribbons, one for Halloween, one for  Thanksgiving (burlap) and a Cherry Cobbler ribbon for Christmas.  Pieces to make a banner for each season are also included.

It took me an hour with a hot glue gun to finish this cutie off.  I’m thinking kit class!  What a great gift this would make too.  It’s on page 6 of the Holiday Catalog (#139645. $27.00) Love it!

Today is an absolutely amazing day at my house for my little family.  My daughter who is stationed in South Korea with her hubby had been diagnosed with stage II thyroid cancer about six weeks ago.  She had surgery last night to remove the tumor, her thyroid and some soft tissue, but her lymph nodes were clear!  There will be one radiation treatment (a pill) in three weeks and she will stay in isolation for three days.  What a relief after weeks of tests for her.  It’s hard being half a world away…

So, like I said, today is an amazing day…hope yours is too!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Live each day to the fullest…

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!