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OnStage Card…

Beginning today until I run out of samples, every day will be a sample card made for my OnStage presentation.  Today’s post is one of the cards demonstrated during the presentation…

Building a background and keeping it simple…

and a peek inside.

You will love creating this background.  No two ever alike and always perfect!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Black and Crushed Curry Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black plus reinkers Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Lovely Wishes
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, 3/8″ Mini Chevron Crushed Curry, Artist Low Tack Tape, Clip board, Aqua Painter, water spritzer

Digits

  • The Crushed Curry base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″.
  • The Basic Black layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut the watercolor paper 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Tape to a clip board with Low Tack Artist tape creating a 1/2″ border.  Be sure to rub along the edge of the tape so that watercolor cannot slip under the tape.
  • Spitz watercolor paper with water and spread with Aqua Painter to be sure the surface is uniformly wet.  Add Flirty Flamingo by picking up color with Aqua Painter and just touching the wet watercolor paper in several places.  Just watch that color “bloom”!  Repeat with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.  If you want the colors to blend more, just spritz more water.  You can tilt the board to blend colors.  Let this layer dry naturally.
  • Remove Low Tack Tape.  Stamp the sentiment and line art in Archival Basic Black going just outside the boarder with the line art.  Add a band of the Crushed Curry ribbon attached on back with SNAIL.
  • Make bow by creating several loops and tying off in center with Linen Thread.  Add to ribbon band with glue dots.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  The strip of watercolor paper was trimmed from another piece lying on my tabletop.

When demonstrating on stage I found myself spritzing the cameraman several times.  I’m righthanded and he was standing over my left shoulder.  He was a good sport about it though.

Hope you will give this a try…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

As many of us travel to enjoy Thanksgiving with family or prepare to host our families, remember when you start to stress that you are also very blessed.

Keep those fingers inky…Be HaPpY!

 

B

Hearts Come Home…

Blog winner announcement!!!  The winner of the new stamp set used in my OnStage presentation is…

Amy Sabol

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!  Amy, email me @brm643@comcast.net and I will get that stamp set in the mail to you!

This will be a special Christmas in my little family because little Henry will experience his first Christmas and we get to share that sweet memory.  He has just recently learned to crawl so he is a busy little guy.  Oh what fun!

He and his little family will be here for Thanksgiving next week.  In addition it will also be his mommy’s birthday!  So I made this framed piece for her to decorate for the holidays.  I even put her name on the Bakery as she hopes to open one some day…

The art space measures 5″ x 10″.

In this close up you can see her name on the bakery awning…

The lettering is much more prominent when viewed from this angle.

In this shot you can see the Dazzling Diamonds in the trees.  I would have used Wink of Stella but went through two pens finishing my swaps for OnStage and haven’t ordered replacements yet.

Do you have someone on your gift list that might enjoy a similar framed holiday piece?  This town scene took some planning and masking to keep certain objects in front of others, but it was so much fun to build this little town scene!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits just in case you’d like to build a town too!

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Tranquil Tide
  • Stamps:  Joy to the World (sentiment & Santa) and In the City
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Dazzling Diamonds, Large Letters Framelits, Aqua Painter, Fun Foam, Masking or Post It Notes, Card Front Builder Framelits (trees), a frame of your choice.  The one used here is from Hobby Lobby and the opening is 5″ x10″.

Digits

  • I stamped everything that would need a mask first and cut them out.  I used masking sheets, but you could substitute Post It Notes.
  • Cut your Thick Whisper White Cardstock the size of your frame.
  • Plan your stamping so you know what will be held out for masking.  For instance in this piece the little truck was the first thing stamped and then masked.
  • Secondly the buildings were stamped then masked.
  • The third layer was the trees.  The trees were cut out of Fun Foam using the Card Front Builder Framelits and used as stamps to create the background.  One line of trees were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and the second line was stamped off before stamping.  We made a forest!
  • And the last stamping was the sentiment and Santa.
  • Once all your stamping is done, add Adhesive Sheet to back of this stamped piece before cutting out letters.  Line letters on piece and cut with Large Letters Framelits.
  • Add Adhesive Sheets to back of Fun Foam and cut all letters you need.  Add stamped letter to top of Fun Foam Letter by removing protective sheet.
  • Add a piece of cardstock to the back of your stamped piece in a color that coordinates with what you have stamped.  It does show through a little when finished.  Now add your Fun Foam/stamped letters to the stamped piece and then add the finished stamped piece to a frame.

Is it gorgeous?  I bet it is!

What a fun project this was and this Eclipse Technique is really easy to do.  Give it a try!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

this makes me smile.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Framing Christmas…

The Eclipse technique really caught on this year even though it is making a return visit to the stamping world.

But with the total eclipse we had earlier this year, it just seems right to end the year with an eclipse Christmas.

Several of these framed Christmas home décor pieces will find their way into friends and loved ones homes during the holidays…

Everyone will want to know where the frame came from…Hobby Lobby.  And the opening is 5″ x 10″.

The raised letters were done with Fun Foam.

Had to get a shot with the Dazzling Diamonds doing its thing.

I just love this technique!

Now I’ve made these with the letters spelling “joy” and “Noel” too.  You’re only limited by the opening in the frame.  This frame did have glass, but that was discarded.

If you find a frame you can’t resist, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this technique…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstick
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Powder Pink, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Good Tidings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Dazzling Diamonds Powder, Large Letters Framelits, Fun Foam (1/8″ thick), Self Adhesive Sheets

Digits

  • The opening to this frame is 5″ x 10″.  Cut your Thick Whisper White to the dimensions of your frame opening.
  • Stamp all your holly and berry stamps after positioning where you want your sentiment to be.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Give it a few minutes to dry or it might smudge.
  • Add a piece of Self Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Fun Foam.  Cut your letters from this section so that all the letters have Adhesive Sheet on the back.
  • Draw a light pencil line across the stamped piece where you want the bottom of the letters to be.  Add Adhesive Sheet to the back of this stamped piece where the letters will be cut.  Lay this piece on your Magnetic Board and place your Framelits for each letter for spacing.  In the case where you might have double letters like I did here, add the Fun Foam just for placement and remove before cutting letters.  Cut letters out.
  • Add the stamped letter to the Fun Foam letter by removing the protective sheet.  You will need a backing sheet attached to the back of your stamped piece.  Removed protective covering from Fun Foam letters and add back into place on the stamped piece.  Because the center of my “R” letter had stamping on it, I included them.  If the centers of your letters do not have stamping on them, make your backing piece the cardstock color your are using and it can show through where letters have openings.  Like an “O” or “B” for example.
  • Once you have all the letters placed, add some water to a blob of multipurpose glue and apply where your want the Dazzling Diamonds Powder.  Sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.
  • Add to frame and you are done!

This would make the perfect hostess gift!

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe all the comments!  I WILL answer all of them, but not until we pick a winner tomorrow so that all will be included.  I plan to number each one and let Sweetums pick a number then announce the winner in tomorrow’s post!  Good Luck!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

all of these things…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

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Stash Bashers…

This is what HaPpY looks like.  During my presentation I was explaining my reaction when I was called and asked if I would like to present at this years’ OnStage Live in SLC.  But this is what you can look like if you win my blog giveaway this week.  I will pick a commenter between today and Friday to give away the stamp set, Lovely Wishes, I received at OnStage.  I will ask Sweetums to pick one at ramdom and announce the winner Friday in my blog post.  So comment to win!

Just when you thought you had your stash under control…  You know you took those two days and went through all your stamps and reorganized them so that you could find them easily.  Then this happens…

Stampin’ Up! rolls out their new 2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration stamps too!  To buy or not to buy?  Are you kidding me?  Look at some of these displays that were in Salt Lake City…

Picture Perfect Party Suite…all  attendees received this stamp set so I’ll be posting with this one soon.

Lots of Happy Card Kit.  This is one of the prettiest kits I’ve seen yet.  Hope to do a kit class with this one in January!

 

Oh boy!  Move over Chip and Joanna…we have a sliding barn door set called Barn Door that has a set of framelits and comes in a bundle!

 

Charming Café.  One of my very favorite stamp sets…and it has framelits and comes in a bundle too!

Another example from Charming Café.  Can you tell I love it?

 

This shows all the framelits in Charming Café.

 

This was another favorite Bundle/Suite called Petal Passion.  The stamp set and bundle is called Petal Palette.

 

The remaining samples all come from the Sweet Soiree Suite.  This suite is loaded with absolutely everything you every dreamed of having to support a bundle.  First thing ordered!

These sequins are self adhesive!

Birthday cake or wedding…got you covered.

Gorgeous Designer Series Paper for box and gift making.

There’s an Embossing Folder too!

Can you stand it?

And the big news was the release of the new stamp positioner from SU! called Stamparatus.  You can see it in action here.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

this is a personal favorite!

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

B

SLC Swaps…

Attending a Stampin’ UP! event is all about the people you meet.  We all share so much in common and know each other most of the time through social media.  So to meet face-to-face and exchange hugs means energy is everywhere at the event.  And it keeps us together and coming back year after year.

Another perk of attending SU! events is the swaps!  Right?  I mean time was seriously an issue for me prior to leaving, but I wouldn’t miss swapping for anything however many I can make.

Of course you want your swaps to be your best work and that’s why I’d like to share some of the swaps I received with you today and maybe more later this week.  I think you will enjoy seeing the variety of the creations…

Sandy Amoling, Attleboro, MA

Mary Haugen

Anne Steinmetz, Peoria, AZ

Robin Myren, Pennsburg, PA

Kathy Hilden, Selby Twp., MI

Pat Brannin

Andrea Tracy Tucker

Darlene Boardman, San Antonio, TX

Christine Kolly, Rochester Hills, MI

Denise Waddell

Ann Craig, Monash, ACT

Inez Oberg, Grandville, MI

How awesome are these swaps?  And from all over the country and even out of this country too.  Sharing these with my peeps and customers is a big part of why I swap too.  They so enjoy seeing all the creativity and glean ideas for their own creations.

This is why I say the SU! experience is about the people.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these swaps today.  Tomorrow I will begin posting the projects made and presented at SLC using a brand new stamp set from the January Occasion Catalog.  So I hope you will plan to stop by…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

good thought to remember at the beginning of the holiday season…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Salt Lake City…

There are no words to describe sleeping in your own bed…just sayin’

But the six-day trip to Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Live was so inspirational, informative and down right fun that all the sleep deprivation and exhaustion are so worth it.

There are so many things I want to share with you, but photos need to be taken of swaps (they are unbelievable) and also photos set up for the projects presented.  I think they will start being posted tomorrow if things go well this afternoon.  So stay tuned for that.

I do have some photos of my presentation and a short video given to me by a friend in the audience (thanks Jeanne!) to share today.

Please don’t feel I’m self promoting.  It was an awesome and humbling experience to be a presenter this year.  So I hope you won’t mind if I share that with you…

presentation clip here

After this presentation Stampin’ Up! gave everyone at the event the stamp set from this presentation.  How much fun is that?

I think tomorrow the ban is lifted and samples from the new 2018 Occasions Catalog can be shared.

This experience was way out of my comfort box.  It was an incredible amount of time and work on my part and Stampin’ Up’s, but after it was over I was so glad to have had the opportunity to share what I love to do anyway.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ever.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Roomie Frames…

There is a group coming together in Salt Lake City this week who keep in touch with each other, lift and encourage each other, but only see one another maybe once a year if we are lucky.  And this is the week!

There will be laughter and there will be no sleep.  We will catch up with each other’s lives and share our own.  This will be a magical week of friendships.

So I’ve made this sweet little framed Christmas ornament for “the group” and hope they will hang it on their tree each year and remember all the fun we’ve had together.

The opening measures 2″ x 3″ (about a business card size)

A little Wink of Stella adds bling.

See that tiny little snowman?

I’ll tell you right up front I found these frames at Hobby Lobby and scooped them up knowing exactly what I would do with them.

The background is done on watercolor paper using the same technique as was explained here.

Here’s the rest of the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, plus Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Tranquil Tide
  • Stamps:  I made the tree stamp using the trees from Card Front Builder Framelits Dies.  I cut two sets from Fun Foam and glued them together with multipurpose glue.
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon, Linen Thread, Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments, Duo Banner Punch, Card Front Builder Framelit Dies, Hometown Greetings Framelit Dies, Silver Sparkle Ribbon (retired)

Digits

  • The watercolor paper measurement will depend on your specific frame.  Mine were 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Stamp trees using method referred to earlier here.
  • Cut the snow scene from Thick Whisper White CS using the Hometown Greetings Framelits Dies and trim to fit your frame.  Color your trees, house and door using reinker.
  • Add pieces inside your frame.
  • Make a bow with Lemon Lime Twist ribbon tying center with Linen Thread.  Cut Boxwood Wreaths in two pieces then add at bottom of frame with hot glue.  Add bow with hot glue over these boxwoods.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on scrap Thick Whisper White then punch with Due Banner Punch.  Also Punch a banner from Lemon Lime Twist CS and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Attach all three together with multipurpose glue and add to top corner of frame with hot glue.
  • Add a loop of ribbon at the top center back with hot glue for tree hanging.

My wish is “the group” will enjoy these little mementos for years to come and they will bring a smile to their faces remembering how much fun we had together.

Hope your Thursday is awesome!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I’ll need this when I get home!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!

 

 

B

OnStage SLC Swaps…

The tradition of swapping handmade cards at a Stampin’ Up! convention is a treasured ritual of those attending.  You can make as many or few as you want, but you don’t want to miss joining in on the fun.

This year I have 100 swaps to share (remember, I do not like to make multiples of anything!) and I will come home with 100 new ideas to share with my peeps.

Here is my swap for this 2017 OnStage Convention…

And my Wink of Stella is showing up…yay!

I doubt there will be another like it since I made the stamp using a die and fun foam.

Stamping and spritzing on watercolor paper is magic…just sayin’

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Tranquil Tide and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Merry Patterns
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon, Wink of Stella, Fun Foam, MISTI or Stamp Positioner, Water Spritzer

Digits

The Thick Whisper White base is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″

The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to base with SNAIL

To make your own stamp, cut two layers of fun foam for each die and glue together with multipurpose glue.

Cut watercolor paper 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Load your stamp with ink and spritz with water before stamping.  Using your spritzer add water to your image on the paper to promote “blooming” of color.  Set aside to dry.  You can soak up large drips with a tissue.

Once dry add Tranquil Tide ink to stamp, spritz with water and stamp just to the side of the previous trees.  Add a small amount of water to encourage the colors to move and mingle.  Let dry.

Add Old Olive ink to your stamp.  Do not spritz.  Stamp over your first Lemon Lime Twist trees.  Add Wink of Stella to just this tree after the ink drys.

Stamp sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist and Archival Basic Black.

Add ribbon/bow under sentiment and attach in back with SNAIL.

Glue watercolor paper to base with multipurpose glue and weight down the layers until dried.

I hope you will give this technique a try and let me know how you like it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I am so grateful to be where I am today…hope you are too!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

B

Roomie Gifts…

Today is a travel day to Salt Lake City.  Since my son was flying to SLC today too, our flights will hook up in Atlanta.  One-on-one time with adult child…Yay!  It just never happens anymore.

Tomorrow I will be gifting these 2018 desk calendars to my roomies and some others…

They are the size of a normal vertical greeting card.

Of course I had to add the “Billie Bow”!

The “stand” helps to keep the calendar upright.

Do you need small gifts for the holidays or maybe a craft show booth?  These make sweet, useful gifts…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Cardstock, plus Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Coffee Cafe’
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, Linen Thread, 2018 preprinted calendar, Gold Library Clips

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White card base is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″, fold and burnish with Bone Folder
  • The Early Espresso layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.
  • The small Early Espresso layer is 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ attached center bottom of card front with SNAIL.
  • I printed my own calendar, but have in the past ordered them preprinted $4 for 10 calendars here.  Attach to Early Espresso with SNAIL.  Add gold library clip at top .
  • The cup lid, heart and sleeve were stamped on Thick Whisper White and cut out with coordinating framelit die.
  • The cup was stamped on Crumb Cake in Early Espresso and cut out with coordinating framelit die.
  • Tombow glue lid to cup.  Tie a piece of Linen Thread around lid to add heart.  Make bow (see video here) and attach to lid with glue dots.
  • The “stand” is 4-1/4″ x 3″ of Thick Whisper White scored on long side at 1/2″, 1-1/2″ and 2-1/2″.  Mountain fold and attach with Tear Tape on the 1/2″ tab to the inside front and back of card.

How easy was that?  And it’s the gift that keeps on giving…All.  Year.  Long.

Hope you enjoyed this little calendar and you’ll come back each day to view the projects I have planned for this week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

never.

Hope you are hanging with me this exciting week and keeping your fingers inky…be HaPpY!

B

falala…

Here’s another idea for an elegant Christmas card that’s easy to put together if you get in a pinch…

See what I mean?

These Foil Snowflakes are pretty even from the back…

I almost put the word “cheers” on the front until I found this one.  Cheers would be good for birthday or new years.

And a peek inside.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock, plus Gold Foil Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  October Paper Pumpkin Set
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Faceted Gems, Foil Snowflakes, word die of your choice mine is retired, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

Digits

  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″, fold and burnish with a Bone Folder.
  • The top Basic Black layer is 3-5/8″ square attached with dimensionals
  • The Gold Foil layer is 3″ square attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Add the foil snowflake so that the back is showsing.  I used small dots of multipurpose glue to attach.  Add Faceted Gem to center.
  • The lower Basic Black layer is 3-1/2″ x 1-3/8″ attached to card front with dimensionals.
  • The Gold Foil layer is 3-3/8″ x 1-1/4″ attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut two word dies from Thick Very Vanilla adding Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to back before die cutting.  Peel protective paper from one word and lay on top of the other.  Peel protective paper from bottom layer and add to card front.
  • Inside the Basic Black layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add to card with SNAIL.
  • Cut one foil snowflake in half and add to bottom of this layer gold side up.  I used small dots of multipurpose glue for this.

Hope you enjoyed this post.  I’m doing all my last minute packing and leaving at stupid o’clock in the morning.  Flying is such a hassle anymore.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and making you stronger.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B