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You’re In My Thoughts…

Alright…I’ll be really honest with all of you.  I resisted this stamp set originally because I was disappointed in the way it was presented to demonstrators.

This stamp set will only be available until the end of the month.  Then all these fabulous samples started to appear on Pinterest and Stampin’ Connection and I just couldn’t resist any longer.

So since I’m already behind with this set and its only available for such a short time AND because I’ve fallen head over heels with it, I’m going to feature it all this week and show how it can be used in every season of the year.

Today, though I needed a sympathy card.  It works for that too…


The stamp set is Thoughtful Branches.  Here’s a peek at the inside…


With a little VersaMark and White Embossing Powder you could add “snow” to the branches, but here I’ve added a second tree to shadow the other.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Early Espresso and Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches and Layering Love (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread Thoughtful Branches coordinating thinlet set


  • The Sahara Sand base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Early Espresso layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″ attached to the Early Espresso layer with adhesive.  Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso.  Cut two trees with thinlet one in Early Espresso and one in Sahara Sand.  Using multipurpose or thin tipped glue, offset trees and glue together.  Add to DSP with glue.
  • Attach several rounds of Linen Thread around the bottom of these two layers, then attach to card front with glue.
  • Make linen thread bow…video instructions here.
  • Inside the Early Espresso layer is 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ attached to card with adhesive
  • The Sahara Sand layer is 4-1/4′ x 3-1/4″ attached to Early Espresso layer with adhesive.
  • Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso.
  • Add a 3-1/4″ x 1-1/2″ strip of DSP to left side.
  • Cut two leaves one in Sahara Sand and one in Early Espresso.  Glue together slightly offset and then to top left corner.

Hope you enjoyed this post today and the ones to follow.  Not one looks anything like the other.  They will represent every season and then some.

If interested in ordering, this set can be ordered as a bundle (stamp set and thinlets) the cost is $52.  Order #144328.  With the popularity of this set and the impending deadline, the sooner you order the better.

And, of course, I’d love for you to order from me…just click on the “shop now” star to the right of this post.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’m inky…and HaPpY!



Touches of Texture…

When it comes time to send a sympathy card, I’m all over it because I’ve been on the other side of that card and know how much it means to receive a heartfelt card when your heart is broken.

Usually I have these cards on hand but made this one today for a sweet friend who lost his dad yesterday.  Hope he feels the love…


and here is the inside with space for a nice note…


You can see in this picture how the envelope was stamped to coordinate with the card.

This is a fun technique with a little “wow” power too!  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Soft Sky Cardstock
  • Ink:  Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Touch of Texture and Rose Wonder (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Frog Tape, Sponge Dauber or sponge wedge


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • The Soft Sky layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to the card front with adhesive
  • The top Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the tape, tape a section on the front of the card about 2″ wide.  Using the sponge of your choice sponge in the taped off area with Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky.  Tip:  BE SURE to peel the tape careful.  DO NOT pull as this may tear your cardstock. 
  • Stamp the Soft Sky flower and the splats in Sweet Sugarplum then add the bloom outline stamp in Basic Black and the stem of the flower.
  • Tip:  I use a MISTI to add sentiments to my cards (saves me so many times having to re-do a card).  Add sentiment in Basic Black.
  • Inside there is a layer of Soft Sky 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a Whisper White top layer 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ added with adhesive.  Repeat sponging technique.  Tip:  you can reuse your tape.
  • On the envelope only one piece of tape was used and the same sponging technique repeated.  The flower was added like the one on the card front.

I love this masking and sponging technique…so many possiblilities!

Are you ready for today’s B-ism?  Here you go…


This is so true.

Let’s get inky together…and be HaPpY!



Elegant Sympathy…

Sometimes while working on an idea for a card I get so excited to see it finished…ever feel that way?

Today’s post is one of those cards…in my head it was perfect, but sometimes that’s hard to bring to life.  Not this time…


I’m in love with the framelit set that goes with the Best Birds stamp set.  This looks like a “Jenny Wren” to me and seemed to be just the right touch to add to the Washi tape and sentiment.  And the verse on the inside that coordinates with this sympathy sentiment from Flourishing Phrases is so heartwarming and sweet…couldn’t have said it better!

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


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Dapper Denim and Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Best Birds and Flourishing Phrases
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape, Birds & Blooms Thinlets Dies


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • The Dapper Denim and top Whisper White layers are 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Cut bird from top Whisper White layer.  Add a small piece of Flirty Flamingo over the tummy of the back of the bird.  Glue the Whisper White and the Dapper Denim layers together with multipurpose glue.  Add the bird with the Flirty Flamingo back to the Whisper White layer with small dots of multipurpose glue.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and add three pieces of Washi Tape.
  • Add layers to base card with Adhesive Strips.
  • Inside there is a layer of Dapper Denim 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with adhesive.
  • Cut a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Whisper White.  Add verse in Basic Black and attach over Dapper Denim layer with adhesive.
  • Not showing is the envelope which has Washi Tape down the left side to coordinate with the card.

I’m not anxious to use this card, but when the time comes I know it will be tenderly received.

Had comments on the “B-ism” yesterday…so here is today’s.


Come on weekend…

Be HaPpY…Get Inky!


My Favorite Technique…

is masking!  And today’s post using masking in two different ways resulting in a novel finish.


The masking was reversed on the flower so a script could be added to the flower petals, then the flower was covered with glue and sponged with Pool Party.  If you look closely you can see the script in the background of the flower.

Here’s a pic of the inside where you can see the script better…


A sentiment was purposely left off the card so it can be used for several occasions later.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Timeless Elegance DSP
  • Ink:  Basic Black and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  En Francias (retired) and Birthday Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Pool Party Sparkle Ribbon, Linen Thread, Circles Framelits, Crystal Effects or Thin Tip Glue and Lovely Lace Embossing Folder


  • The Very Vanilla base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ embossed with Lovely Lace EF
  • The first Basic Black layer is 2 1/8″ x 5 1/4″ attached to DSP that is 2″ x 5 1/4″.  Attach these two layers 3/4″ in from left side of embossed Very Vanilla layer.
  • The second Basic Black layer is 1 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ attached to DSP that is 1 5/8″ x 4 3/8″.  Attach these two layers over the last vertical layer 1/2″ to the right with adhesive
  • The third Basic Black layer is 1 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ attached to DSP that is 1 5/8″ x 3 3/8″.  Attach these two layers 1/4″ to the left of the first layer and centered top to bottom.
  • The circle is cut with 2 1/2″ circle framelit.  Stamp flower on Post It note and be sure you have some of the sticky on back. Fussy cut flower from Post It.  Use the negative space layer over the 2 1/2″ circle and stamp flower in Basic Black.  While the mask is still in place, also stamp background script.  Remove mask and add a coat of glue to just the flower image.  Let dry.
  •  Place flower mask over image and sponge the outside area with a dauber and Pool Party ink.
  • Cut a circle “frame” using the 2 1/2″ circle framelit and the next smaller one.  Add this frame over stamped circle with glue.  Add dimensionals to back and add to top of all vertical layers.
  • Attach a piece of the ribbon to the back of all layers.  Add this stack of layers to card front with adhesive.
  • Loop ribbon and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • Inside the same masking technique was used for a partial image of the rose at the bottom right corner on a piece of 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Very Vanilla.  Attach to a layer of Basic Black 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″.  Add both layers to card.

Wouldn’t this make a pretty wedding card?  You could change the colors to coordinate with the bride’s choice for her wedding.  And you could add an envelope inside the card front for a gift card or check with the same DSP used on the card front.

Aren’t I just full of ideas today…it’s the way my mind runs 24/7.

Play around with these two masking techniques.  I’d love to see what you create…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Who doesn’t?

I’m playing in the ink…and HaPpY!


Get Well Sooner…

Here’s a shimmery get well card with a big “pick me up” attitude…


Wouldn’t that cheer you up?  And the nice thing is, this card is pretty quick and easy to make…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Blushing Bride and Whisper White Cardstock, plus Vellum Cardstock
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Pear Pizzaz, Melon Mambo
  • Stamps:  Rose Wonder, Greatest Greetings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Black Embossing Powder, 5/8″ Blushing Bride Seam Binding, Linen Thread


  • The 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Blushing Bride base card is scored at 4 1/4″
  • Cut the Vellum (cardstock weight) 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  Rub with Embossing Buddy.  Stamp image in VersaMark, sprinkle with Black Embossing Powder and heat from the back.  Check to be sure all the powder has melted before painting.
  • On the back side of Vellum color the rose Melon Mambo and the leaves Pear Pizazz markers.  On the front side color everything with Clear Wink of Stella then add Gold Wink of Stella to every other petal.  Isn’t that pretty?
  • Now stamp your sentiment on scrap Whisper White and trim.  Add to scrap Blushing Bride and trim.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Run a strip of adhesive at the back top of the Vellum.  Cut the seam binding and attach ends at back.  Add adhesive over ribbon and then add this layer to card front.
  • Make a couple of loops each side for bow and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.

May make a few more of these in different color combos…how about blue with silver embossing powder?  Or…

Well, that’s for another day.  Got to get busy and clean some of these surfaces in my studio…it is a hot mess in here!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


who me?

I’m inky…and HaPpY!


So Sorry…

Today’s post is another sympathy card using Stephanie Fischer’s video on monochromatic coloring which I love but need to spend more time practicing the method in different colors…

Here’s today’s post…


Isn’t this technique dramatic?  You choose a cardstock color and use the color of the cardstock as your lightest shade when painting in your petals.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits on how I made this card…


  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay
  • Stamps:  Blended Bloom and Greatest Greeting (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Thick Bermuda Bay Twine, small round paint brush and White Gel Pen


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″.  Stamp bloom in Memento Black.  Color each petal in Pool Party leaving the turned edges free of any ink.  Using Bermuda Bay as the darkest color and add where shading lines can be seen.  You can go over where the Bermuda Bay color ends with Pool Party to make a smoother transition.  I used a journaling pen after all the painting was done the emphasize the shading lines and the stamens.  Use the white gel pen to highlight the center.
  • “Fussy cut” a portion of the Bermuda Bay layer away then add to Basic Black layer with adhesive.  Cut a piece of Basic Black Cardstock 4″ x 1″ and layer a Whisper White strip 4″ x 1/2″ over the black with adhesive.  Attach this strip to bottom of card layers.
  • Add Bermuda Bay twine around this part of the card and then add all layers to card front with glue.
  • Stamp “So Sorry” on scrap of Whisper White. Trim. Add to a scrap of Bermuda Bay and trim.  Punch a hole in top corner and tie to card front with twine bow.

Here’s a peek at the inside…


I should have made several of these to have on hand and to practice this method on different cardstock colors.  Time…no time.

Hope you enjoyed seeing this method and I’ve inspired you to give it a try.  There is no wrong way.  You couldn’t make two identical ones if you tried.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Ahhh…yes so it is!

But I’m inky and HaPpY!





Swallowtail Sparkle…

Last week was definitely not the normal week.  We had two friends who passed away and one with major surgery.  The sympathy section of my stash was depleted and its always best to have those on hand for when you need them.

If you have every lost someone close to you and received a handmade, heartfelt card, you know well how much it means to you.

Here’s the first to replenish the sympathy section of my cards kept on hand…


There is just hardly a way to catch the shimmer from the Wink of Stella Clear and Gold used on this butterfly.  It’s quite stunning in person.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight Cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Island Indigo and Basic Grey (which looks black)
  • Stamps:  Rose Wonder (sentiment), Swallowtail Butterfly
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Clear and Gold Wink of Stella, Framelit from Rose Wonder (sentiment)


  • The Bermuda Bay base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer was cut 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The Swallowtail was stamped with Memento Black ink half on and half off the cardstock.  All the painting was done with a small round brush and reinkers.  Some of the shade lines were reinforced with a journaling black pen when the image was dry.  Shake the Wink of Stella pens as you work over the image.  Gold was used on the Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie and Clear everywhere else.
  • “Fussy Cut” a portion of the butterfly and attach to card front with glue.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Bermuda  Bay along with framelit frame, then cut out.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a layer of Daffodil Delight 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ with a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ layer of Whisper White for your personal message.

Since the butterfly is a symbol of hope, this seems the perfect card to send for sympathy.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And I will be getting up very early tomorrow too!

Inky fingers will make you HaPpY!


Sahara Sand Color Wash…

Last week there was a post similar to today’s card but done in Smoky Slate and with a different stamp.  This technique was inspired by a card Sandi MacIver posted which I loved.

Here’s a different look at the technique…


The Smoky Slate card was striking, but this one seems much warmer to me.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Watercolor paper, Basic Black and Sahara Sand Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black, StazOn Black and VersaMark Ink
  • Stamps:  Timeless Textures, First Sight and Best Thoughts
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, White Craft Ink or White Gel Pen, Journaling Pen, Bleach and small round brush


  • The Sahara Sand base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card with glue
  • The watercolor paper is 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Start by wetting your watercolor paper thoroughly.  Drop Sahara Sand reinker with a wet brush all over the paper.  There should be no white spaces just a variation of Sahara Sand.  Dry with heat gun front and back to straighten paper.  Stamp Flower in StazOn Black Ink.
  • With a clean wet brush go over petals.  Then use reinker to darken each petal at centers and where indicated by stamp.  Dry.  With a couple of drops of bleach and your small round brush, touch the edges of each petal until you like the way it looks.  Now use your black journaling pen to go over any stamp lines that may need to be darkened.  Add white dots to stamens.
  • Stamp dots in Basic Black and the sentiment too.  Add the flourish stamp in VersaMark and sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Add words “kindred spirits” after stamping off here and there.  Add some white “three-dot clusters” here and there on card front.  Let dry.
  • Add watercolor layer to card front with glue or tear tape to be sure it will stay together.
  • Inside I have a Basic Black layer with a Whisper White layer over it for message writing.

I hope this post will inspire you to give this technique a go…it is interesting to watch the watercolor paper work with the water, reinker and bleach.

Yesterday was a “blow your mind” day on my blog with so many readers from so many different countries writing to me about the sampler featured yesterday.  My peeps are going to be so proud when I share that with them.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Who needs clothes?

Are you HaPpY?  …get inky!


Sepia Sympathy…

After watching one of Sandi MacIver’s video’s on sepia watercoloring, I just had to give it a try.  She used a warm brown and it was gorgeous, but I wanted to try this technique with Smoky Slate…


This technique incorporates several different techniques and was really fun to watch it evolve into this unusual collage-like card.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, and Basic Black Cardstock plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate, Basic Black, VersaMark and StazOn Black
  • Stamps:  Helping Me Grow and Timeless Textures
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, sponge, White Gel Pen, small paint brush, bleach and Aqua Painter


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive.
  • The Water color paper is 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Using the Aqua Painter filled with water, wet the entire surface of water color paper.  Use ink smushed into ink pad lid and Aqua Painter to add color all over the wet water color paper.  Don’t leave any bright white spaces.  Dry with heat gun front and back to straighten paper.
  • Using StazOn Black ink stamp flower image to dried water color paper.  Color image lightly with ink in lid and Aqua Painter.  Go back and deepen some of the colors in flower centers and wherever you feel appropriate.  Using a tiny bit of bleach and small paint brush, tip the flower petal edges and any place you would like to highlight.  I used a journaling pen to re-establish some black lines in center and highlighted areas.  Using a white gel pen add dots to flower centers and here and there on background.
  • Stamp dotted background in Basic Black.  Stamp flourish in VersaMark and sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Stamp words on background after stamping off first.
  • Stamp sentiment in VersaMark, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  I outlined one side of each letter with my journaling pen to strengthen the sentiment.

Can you see this done in other colors?  Me too!  And I can’t wait to give them all a try.  You can watch Sandi’s video on youtube if that will help you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And be convincing for heavens sake!

Come get inky with me and Be HaPpY!



Bloomin’ Birthday II…

So here is another card made with the same stamp set as yesterday’s post…but look how different!


Right?  Last week I watched Janet Morrow use this technique.  I had these Thick Whisper White cards cut with the Real Red layer left over from making my family Christmas cards.  So I gave it a try and loved it.  Its an old but classic technique.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red cardstock plus Birthday Blossoms DSP
  • Ink:  Basic Black and VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Painter, Linen Thread and Clear Embossing Powder


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Real Red layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ attached to card front with adhesive.  Stamp image in VersaMark and coat with Clear Embossing Powder and heat.  Fill your Aqua Painter with bleach and mark this painter with permanent ink dedicated to bleach.  Get your brush wet by squeezing on a paper towel then paint in the open areas of the leaves and flowers.  The embossing powder will hold the liquid in place.  Go do something else and let this dry well.  Add sentiment in Basic Black ink.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 1 3/4″ x 4 1/8″.
  • The DSP layer is 1 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ attached to Whisper White layer with adhesive.
  • Wrap several times around with Linen Thread.  Make bow (youtube directions here) and attach with glue dots.

This old technique works really well on dark colored cardstock.  Give it a try…I think you’ll like it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!