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From the Heart…

Just the card when you need a birthday, sympathy, get well or thinking of you…and the colors taken directly from the Watercolor Wonder DSP make it simple to put together.  This card was inspired by one I saw on Diana Gibbs’ blog at Stamping With Di (thanks, Diana!) Here’s the card…


There are several features on this card using new products from the Celebrate the Everyday catalog that may be new to you.  The basic card is Whisper White with a Bashful Blue layer embossed with the Fancy Fan EF (embossing folder).  The smaller layer across the lower front is Whisper White cut with the tiny scallop rotary wheel on the SU! paper trimmer.  I love how dainty it is.  The layer over this one is from the Watercolor Wonder DSP.  I think I’ve mentioned every side of this paper is so pretty and it all coordinates.  I cut the doily in half and placed behind the tag to set it up as the focal point of the card.  The tag was made with the new Tag Topper Punch and I repeated the tiny scallops on the tag.  The stamp set is from the Happy Watercolor set and I used a blender pen to add color to the orchids.

This will be a busy weekend with two classes booked full and I’m hosting our neighborhood book club Monday evening.  Still lots to finish up but I always find time to get in my studio to create.

Hope you enjoyed this card and this post will inspire you to create your own masterpiece.  Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today:  Be the reason someone smiles today.”

Do you think this ink on my fingers is eatable?





Happy Watercolor…


I’m just loving this designer series paper called Watercolor Wonder.  The worst thing about it is both sides of every sheet is so pretty I’m having a difficult time deciding which side to use.  It’s a given there will be another order of this paper!

Today I’ve made a sympathy card, but you could just as easily use this card for birthday, get well or just thinking of you.  The stamp set that coordinates with this paper is amazing!  I can look like a sophisticated artist with just a stamp…This card was inspired by a layout by Fran Sabad at

sympathyHere is a list of the Stuff and Digits for this card:

  • Paper:  Gumball Green cardstock, Bashful Blue cardstock and Watercolor Wonder DSP
  • Stamps:  Happy Watercolor and Simply Sketched
  • Ink:  Gumball Green, Bashful Blue, Staz On Black and Perfect Plum
  • Embellishments:  Pearls, Linen Thread

The Size of Things:

  • 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card
  • 1st layer:  cardstock 2 3/4″ x 4 1/8″
  •                    DSP  2 5/8″ x 4″
  • 2nd layer:  cardstock 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  •                      DSP 2 1/8″ x 4 3/8″

Are you inspired?  I need to keep some sympathy cards on hand…cause when you need them, you need them!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today:  “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” …John Pierpont Morgan

I’m inky, inky, inky and lovin’ it!



A Word for the New Year…


I was inspired after reading Kimberly VanDiepen’s post at, where she has started 2014 with a word to describe the year. She chose the word “determined”.  She had very good reasons for choosing that word and she inspired me to think ahead and choose a word for myself.  I chose the word “kind”.

After witnessing the kindnesses shown to my younger sister, Cookie, as she struggled over the last seven years with Alzheimer’s and especially this past November when she passed away, I want to be able to show that heartfelt kindness to whoever may need it this year.  Maybe it will just be a warm smile in passing, a wink in an uncomfortable situation or something much bigger.

To honor this small decision for 2014 I created this framed word and have it displayed where I will see it daily.  I plan to write it on my weekly calendar and anywhere else I think of to remind me how important it is to show kindness.  Here is the frame…


The background paper and the words were made using the Watercolor Wonder DSP.  The banners were made with the Sale-A-Bration stamp set Banner Blast and coordinating Banner punch.  The green chevron paper is the only thing behind the glass.  Everything else is stuck to the glass.  This project works well for what I intended, but wouldn’t it be cute with a message of love or a person’s initials or name?  So many possibilities.

Hope I’ve inspired you to choose a word for 2014 and display it.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today:  “Sometimes when I open my mouth my mother comes out.”

I’m inky and happy…



Received some of the new product from the Celebrate the Everyday catalog.  As a demonstrator we can order product ahead of the catalog release…just a little perk (just sayin’…).


I’m way behind writing thank you’s in remembrance of my sister and for the holidays.  This new DSP (designer series paper) set called Watercolor Wonder (#132994) is so pretty…every sheet.  So I had a problem deciding which side of the paper to use.  I like all of them.  Colors that coordinate with this paper are Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White.

In this sample I used one of the blank notecards and dressed it up with Smoky Slate cardstock layered behind a sample from the Watercolor Wonder DSP.  For the tag I used Smoky Slate cut slightly larger than the Whisper White cardstock and punched each separately in the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (#133324, $22.95).  After stamping the sentiment from the photopolymer Thank You set, I layered them, placed them on the card with dimensionals and added the linen and satin (retired) ribbon.  Banners stitched at the top left were punch with the new Banner Punch (FREE and included in the Sale-A-Bration catalog).  The envelope was lined using the middle liner framelit in the matching dsp.  Inside it has a small strip of the dsp at the bottom and the sentiment that reads “so much”.

Once the first card was finished, it was simple and pretty fast to make up a set for my own use.  This would make a wonderful gift set for someone who has experienced a loss, just married or maybe a new baby.  Great to have on hand.  Don’t ask me why I don’t have a stash standing by.

Do you have a stash of thank you cards on hand?  Maybe I’ve inspired you to make that happen so you won’t get caught empty handed like me.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today:  “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” …Eckhart Tolle

Inky fingers mean a happy heart!