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Basket ‘O Flowers…

Continuing my theme of using the Basket Bunch Bundle for cards other than Easter…today I have a “just a note” card featuring a basket of daffodils…

Just the perfect note card for any time of the year…

a close up to show dimension…

glamour shot…

and a peek inside.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you….


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz, Archival Basic Black and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Basket Bunch and Flourishing Phrases (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basket Builder Framelits, Blender Pen, Doily Lace, Linen Thread and Daffodil Delight Marker


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Daffodil Delight 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″.  Stamp sentiment at bottom center with Archival Basic Black ink.  Stamp Three daffodils at top center and blend petals and centers with Blender Pen and Daffodil Delight ink.  Add 1/2 of Lace Doily (Very Vanilla side up) with multipurpose glue for the basket to sit on.
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp four daffodils and four leaves.  Color with Blender Pen and cut out with Basket Builder Framelits.
  • Stamp basket on Sahara Sand CS with Early Espresso and cut out with Basket Builder Framelit.  Cut whole basket out of Crumb Cake CS.  Attach these two layers with multipurpose glue and add dimensionals to the back.
  • Add leaves to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Add basket over lace doily and leaves.
  • Add three daffodils on dimensionals over leaves and basket.
  • Make multi-looped Linen Bow.  Video directions here.  Attach to card front with glue dots.
  • Inside there is a Daffodil Delight layer 4-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ with a layer of Whisper White 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ on top.  Add one leave to bottom right corner and a flower on a dimensional on top.
  • I have splattered Daffodil Delight on the card front and inside the card using my Daffodil Delight marker and cap.
  • The envelope was also splattered and stamped with the daffodil stamp to coordinate with the card front.

Today Sweetums (yes, he came with me) and I are spending the day as tourists to Savannah.  It’s be a while since we’ve been here.  Tomorrow he will play golf while I attend OnStage…fun weekend!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope you are inky and HaPpY today!


Daffodil Delight…

Alright…so we have this REALLY cute bundle for Easter and I confess to not buying it right away.  Shocking I know.

But now that I do have it (not shocking), I find so many more uses for it than just for the Easter holiday…nothing against Easter.  I’ve made LOTS of Easter goodies with it, but look at what else you can do with it…

How sweet it that at any time of the year?

a little close up…

and a little dimension plus the coordinating envelope…

and a peek inside.

How often would you use a card like this?  Birthday?  Sympathy?  Get Well?  Difficult life situations?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Pear Pizazz and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Basket Bunch and Feather Together (sentiment…love this set and font!)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basket Builder Framelits, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (retired : ( ), Linen Thread and Blender Pen


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Daffodil Delight 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″.  Stamp sentiment at bottom center with Archival Basic Black ink.  Stamp stems in lower center in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp three flowers upper center and color in petals and centers with Blender Pen and Daffodil Delight ink.  Attach to card front with SNAIL
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp three more flowers and color in with Blender Pen.  Stamp four leaves and color in with Blender Pen and Pear Pizazz.  Cut all out with framelits.
  • Attach three leaves on card front over stems with multipurpose glue.  Attach two flowers with dimensionals over leaves.
  • Make a multi-looped bow and tie center with Linen Thread.  I swear when I go to OnStage this week and get the new annual catalog, the first page I’m turning to is the ribbon page and looking for seam binding!  Attach your bow with glue dots.
  • Inside the Daffodil Delight layer is 4-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ attached with SNAIL. The Whisper White layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.  Add the leaf with multipurpose glue and the flower with dimensional.
  • The envelope was stamped with the flower and color with Blender Pen to coordinate with the card front.

My studio is in chaos…literally!  Getting ready for a Stampin’ Up! event is a busy and exciting time.  I’m so looking forward to seeing friends I don’t get to see that often and meeting new ones this weekend in Savannah OnStage!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

And you can always be HaPpY by keeping those fingers inky!


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!