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You’re A Good Egg…

It feels like time is passing so quickly with Spring and Easter approaching and there are so many things to share with you…

In the fun class on Monday we did make one Easter Bunny card that everyone seems to really like.  No stamps involved!  Maybe tomorrow that one will get posted.

But today it’s an Easter Egg…

How sweet is that?  Do you recognize the “swoosh”?

A closer view might help…

That butterfly embossing is just the right texture.

Pretty sure someone will ask about the basket prop…it’s from last spring using the crate die.  That Designer Series Paper was one of my favorites.  I’m still hoarding two or three packs of it!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Perfect Plum, Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Painter’s Palette (Swoosh)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Flourish Thinlits, Fluttering Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Ovals Stitched Framelits


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Blushing Bride layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ .  Cut Stitched Oval from center of this layer then emboss bigger piece with Fluttering  Embossing Folder and attach over Blushing Bride layer with multipurpose glue.
  • Using the “swoosh” stamp and Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Perfect Plum and Blushing Bride stamp the oval piece.  Attach inside oval space with dimensionals.
  • Cut small flower from Flourish Thinlits set from Thick Whisper White scrap.  Color stem and leaves with Mint Macaron and flowers with Perfect Plum.  Tie a small bow on stem with Linen Thread and attach to oval with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a Blushing Bride layer 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a Whisper White layer on top 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″

This would make a sweet card for a spring birthday, a get well cheery card or, of course, an Easter card.

Still no g’grandbaby!  We are definitely on baby alert around here…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and I want it all.

Keep those fingers inky and stay HaPpY!



Stampin’ Peeps in the House…

Despite the fact Sweetums and I just returned home late last night, today was the day for stamping here at the studio!  And what a day we had…it was a full house with no room to spare.  Why did I not think to make a picture?  …cause I was running around like a nut!

We had three”newbies” which the regulars immediately took under their wings to make them feel at  home.  My classes are not “101” classes by any stretch, but everyone finished with big smiles on their faces.  Just one reason I love this job!

I was going to show an Easter bunny card, but one of my “peeps” brought me a beautifully wrapped gift and I just had to show it to you…

Look at that sweet succulent place card holder!  It is made in a peat pot…how cute is that?

Wonder if I could talk her into six of them?  Just kidding… But this gives me lots of ideas (like I need that!) for ways to use this bundle.

Patty used moss to cover the surface of the pot and three succulent plants to fill the top.  Wouldn’t these make the perfect hostess gift?

Thanks so much Patty for your thoughtfulness…

Sweetums and I had a quick (and I do mean quick) trip to St. Petersburg this weekend to play with “the littles” and celebrate Sweetums’ birthday in style.  We got to see soccer practice with Lyla and baseball practice with Jameson…things we miss.

This Oh So Succulent Bundle on page 21 of the All Occasions Catalog is a classic…with no end to the ideas of projects you can create.  The Bundle #145184 is a “keeper” at $48.50.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…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!


Tea Table Favor…

Wouldn’t it be fun this spring to hold a tea or spring luncheon with some of your besties…maybe outdoors?  Maybe make it really girly and dress up the table with these sweet little butterfly boxes holding treats for each guest or use them as place cards…or both!


Sweet, right?  Here’s a view from the top…


You could always write names on the tag and use on the table at each place setting.  I absolutely love to decorate a table for a small gathering.  Here’s an example of a little girls’ tea party birthday for Lyla (one of “the littles”) when she was six…


Here I used the manikin form with tutu as the place card, little purses with treats inside and a faux cake and candle for each place setting.  Worked perfectly with great grandmothers handmade lace table cover and tiny tea sets.  So fun…

So back to our pretty butterfly box…can you imagine these as shower (wedding/baby) treats?  Or even with bird seed or a small gift inside at a wedding table?

Let’s see how easy these are to mass produce with these Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Vellum and color of your choice or event cardstock
  • Ink:  Dots color of your choice to coordinate with event and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  the “for you” sentiment comes from Birthday Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Labels Framelits, Butterfly Thinlets, Curvy Keepsake Thinlet and Elegant Butterfly Punch, Window Sheet, dauber, Itty Bitty Flower Punch


  • Cut two curvy box sides from Thick Whisper White.  Place dots with dauber in your choice of color on the outside of each box side.  Cut window with framelet on one box side.  Glue bases together with glue.  Glue window sheet on inside of side with framelit cut out.  Safe piece cut from window for label.
  • Cut three of the larger butterflies…one from your color choice of cardstock and one from a DSP and one from Vellum cardstock.  Punch one of the smaller butterflies from the Vellum.  Cut all butterflies in half.  Start gluing to one side of handle opening with cardstock, Vellum, DSP and last the smallest butterfly.  Repeat on other side of handle opening.  Pull the handle through to close the box.  Oh!  so cute!
  • Now punch your sweet little flowers with a pearl in center.  Stamp or write a name on your tag.  Punch a hole and tie on handles with Linen Thread.  Add the three little flowers with glue dots.

Done!  Really simple, right?  The hardest part is getting all the pieces cut.  A little assembly line action and you and your “besties” can knock these out in no time…

Thanks so much from dropping by today.  Hope your week has gotten off to a grand start…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’m inky…and HaPpY!



Spring Eggs…

Before I get into today’s post I want to say a great big thank you to all my post readers…yesterday was the highest number of readers ever achieved in one day since the beginning of my blog a little over two years ago!  Whew…I was totally blown away when I saw the number over coffee this morning…Thank you all so much…xoxoxo!

Now let me show you this sweet spring basket shown on Splitcoaststampers yesterday made by Betty Traciak…thanks Betty!


Do you follow SplitCoaststampers?  Here’s a link to this post and all the directions…

Just a few tips…

  • This project takes a little over one and half sheets of Designer Series Paper.  Remember to turn your favorite pattern inside when making the basket box.
  • Use tear tape for strength.
  • Add your tag and “grass” and fill with all those spring goodies for your favorite person.

This would be the perfect hostess gift for almost any occasion, hospital visit rather than flowers that die anyway, spring table centerpiece…well, you get the picture…it’s a keeper.

There will be more of these in my future for sure…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Of course if you are inky…you will always be HaPpY!


Spring Windowbox…

Today it is spring outside…

Saturday it will be winter again.


So here’s a pretty spring window box with a cheery message that could be birthday, well wishes or any other kind of wishes you need to send (that’s why I love this stamp set and this font is fabulous!)


And here’s a little peek into the inside of this card…


and here’s a shot of the personalized stamp for the back…I have several but this is one of my favorites!


Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here they are for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo cardstock
  • Ink:  Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizazz, Mossy Meadow
  • Stamps:  Painted Petals, Basic Butterfly
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Wild Wasbi 5/8″ satin ribbon,


  • The Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Melon Mambo layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The window box is 1 1/4″ wide and 3 1/2″ long, angled in trimmer at the same point on each side to for sides
  • I sponged Basic Gray at the top to give some depth to the box
  • Stamp the stems and flowers several times  on the card front (some without reinking). Add a small amount of Melon Mambo to the Blushing Bride blooms.
  • Stamp some blooms and leaves “hanging” over the box edge.
  • Stamp the fern in Mossy Meadow to one side
  • Add box to card front with dimensionals
  • Tie ribbon around this layer only.
  • Add Melon Mambo to card front with dimensionals, then next layer with Tombow glue.  Weight this down for a little bit to be sure it stays straight.

You can see I have layered and stamped the inside of the card and the envelope to coordinate with the card front.  You know how I like to worry Hallmark…

Stamping all these spring flowers makes me happy.  Hope you will find some inspiration in this sample today too.  You can always leave me a comment if you have any questions.

Thanks for stopping by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!



Ruffled Hello…

Some days are diamonds…

Some days are stone.

Today is a big sparkly diamond!

Glorious sun and warm temps…long walk with Zoe noticing every plant is bursting with color.

After which a visit to the studio evolved into this sweet little spring card with a twirly skirt.


And here’s a little peek at the inside…


Just so you can see how the inside coordinates with the card front.  This takes just a few minutes to do and takes your cardmaking over the top.  You know Hallmark is quaking in their boots now!

This whole card came to me while walking…thinking of my littlest g’daughter, Lyla.  Her birthday is next month and she adores “twirly” skirts.  Me, I love bicycles and had to hunt this stamp set down.  It is retired but was just what I had in mind.  And there’s that basket of spring flowers and the bunny!

So here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla cardstock and Newsprint DSP
  • Ink:  VersaMark and various markers to color the image
  • Stamps:  Summer Afternoon, the sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin kit
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Scalloped Oval Punch, Essentials Piercing Mat, Bigz XL Tasteful Trim Die, Black Embossing Powder


  • The Blushing Bride base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Very Vanilla layers is 4″ x 4″
  • Pierce the Very Vanilla layer top and bottom.  Stamp image with VersaMark, sprinkle with Black EP and color with markers
  • Attach Vanilla layer to card front with adhesive and tie three wraps of Linen Thread to the left side
  • Cut Newsprint DSP with Tasteful Trim Die and sponge with Soft Suede.  Attach to card bottom in layers up to Linen Thread

Stamp sentiment in VersaMark and sprinkle with Black EP and heat.  Punch with Scalloped Oval Punch and attach with dimensionals

You can see a little peek of the inside where I used more DSP and some Linen Thread.

How do you get your ideas for cards or projects you make?  Sometimes they just come to me like today’s card, sometimes I sketch in a notebook I always carry with me if I get a wild hair while I’m out and about.  I do skim through Pinterest, Splitcoast or Stampin’ Connection, but never before going to bed or sleep will never come!

So glad you stopped by for a peek today.  Hope you feel inspired.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Get Inky…Get HaPpY!


Can You Case It #62…Designer’s Choice

March weather is fickle…one day it’s spring.

The next day is winter.

It’s maddening.

So let’s create together.

This week’s challenge at Can you Case It ( is a Designer’s Choice.  You can do that.  Make your favorite type of card and post it by Friday at noon.  Winners are announced and badges are awarded.  Be brave my little peep!

Here’s a card that incorporates the new Sheer Perfection Vellum.  You will be seeing several new projects featuring this new product…


The chocolate bunny is retired 🙁 but he was just so perfect for this Wisteria Wonder garden.  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Basic Black cardstock, plus Sheer Perfection Vellum Stack
  • Ink:  Early Expresso, Memento Black, Wisteria Wonder plus VersMark
  • Stamps:  Lovely Amazing You (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basic Pearls, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Linen Thread, Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding, Black Embossing Powder and Spring Flowers EF


  • The Basic Black base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Wisteria Wonder layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, embossed with Spring Flowers EF attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Whisper White layer is 3″ x 5 3/8″
  • Stamp sentiment on vellum layer in VersaMark and cover with black embossing powder and heat from the back.
  • The Sheer Perfection Vellum is 3″ x 5 3/8″, colored on back side with Wisteria Wonder marker then attached to Whisper White layer with Fast Fuze
  • Wrap Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding around bottom of vellum and attach with adhesive to back.  Add this layer to card front with dimensionals.
  •  Make bow and attach with glue dots.
  • Stamp bunny or whatever you choose on scrap Whisper White and “fussy cut”.  Add with dimensionals to card front overlapping vellum layer.
  • Punch flowers in Wisteria Wonder cardstock and add with glue dots.  Add basic pearls to centers of flowers and to the critter you made for card front.
  • Inside I have a layer of Whisper White.

This card will find its way into the mail system delivering Easter/Spring wishes to someone special.

Hope you are having an awesome day and feel inspired by something you have seen today.

Be sure to stop by again tomorrow…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!




Hello Sunshine…

I’m so ready for spring nd my wishing just may come true tomorrow…from the 20’s to the 60’s.  Unbelievable.  But you will hear no complaining here.

In celebration of what I know is coming, here is a pretty spring flower card with a little twist for you…


Bright.  Springy.  And look inside…


Aha…a little surprise.  This Z-fold card is interactive and pretty dang easy to make.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Hello Honey and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Stippled Rose and Project Life So You (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon, Ovals Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Oval Punch and Basic Pearls


  • The Daffodil Delight base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″, Embossed with Perfect Polka Dot EF
  • I used the third from center oval from the framelits to make the opening on this layer and the card front.  I attached the Whisper White layer to the card and cut both at the same time.
  • The layer inside the card is 5″ x 6″, scored with the 6″ side up on your scoring tool at 2″ and 4″.
  • To make the Daffodil Delight “frame” for the front of the card, use two framelits at the same time.  Attach to card front with Tombow.
  • Stamp the three stippled roses on Whisper White and “fussy” cut.  Stamp three leaf pairs and cut them out too.
  • Attach with glue dots the Daffodil Delight ribbon to the Whisper White oval.  Attach the Daffodil Delight rose to this oval with Tombow.
  • Mountain and Valley fold the inside piece.
  • Stamp the rose bud to the inside piece before attaching with adhesive to the back panel.
  • Close the card front and attach Whisper White oval with attached rose to inside panel.  Attach a three inch piece of ribbon to the left side.
  • Stamp sentiment in Memento Black on Daffodil Delight and punch with Oval Punch.  Add three Basic Pearls and adhere with dimensionals to card front.
  • Working from the front of the card, attach two other roses and leaves.
  • This card doesn’t open like some others that open all the way because the roses keep it from doing that, but it does open.  Hold the ribbon and pull the back of the card.
  • The envelope was lined and stamped too.

This card should brighten anyone’s day no matter what time of year, but especially now as spring is just around the corner.

Don’t forget to change your clocks tomorrow night to spring forward.  Most states will be changing to Daylight Savings Time…Yay!

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


Get yourself inky….Be HaPpY!

Add Basic Pearls to rose centers and to sentiment oval.



It’s Spring!…

Well…If I could make it so it would be.  But at least today’s card is “spring-y”.

Here’s my card…


This was fun to put together and makes me happy just to look at it…nice and cheery.  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you just in case you’d like some spring sunshine at your house too…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Crushed Curry and Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP
  • Ink:  Pistachio, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Daffodil Deligh
  • Stamps:  Crazy About You
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/4″ Crushed Curry Ribbon, Hello Thinlits


  • The base Whisper White card is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Crush Curry layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Irresistibly Yours DSP is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Sponge the DSP with the four colors
  • Run this layer through Big Shot with Hello Thinlits
  • Tie 1/4″ ribbon around this layer, then attach to Crushed Curry layer
  • Stamp “Spring” just below “hello”
  • Attach combined layers to front of Whisper White cardstock
  • Nice and easy and oh so pretty…I did finish the inside with a couple of layers and lined the envelope with a pretty yellow dsp.  I’d love to get this card in my mailbox!

We are having some spring-like weather here in the south….teasing us I think, but I’ll take it.  Got four classes coming up next week so plenty to do.  How your week is lining up to be stellar!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Are you giggling?

I’m inky…and HaPpY!