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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!




Friendship Is…

Today’s card is simple…and can be used for so many different occasions…


A box full of these would be nice to have on hand…as a thank you, sympathy, thinking of you….Well, you see what I mean.  And its simple, right?

This background technique is always a hit in class.  It’s amazing the different effects you can get with a little ink and spritzing with water on an acrylic block.  Never get the same results twice!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight cardstock (I love the new thick white cardstock, so elegant)
  • Ink:  Early Espresso and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree (A classic!)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments: “H” acrylic block


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″.  Ink the “H” acrylic block and spritz with water about 6″ away at least three times and press and hold on the paper.  Lift straight up…magic!  Let this dry (you can heat if you want) then stamp the tree and sentiments with Early Espresso.  You could lift this layer with dimensionals if you wanted.

What a simple card.  This is a good one to keep in you stash.  Different colors would be cool too.

Do you have a fur baby?  I know many stampers share their stamping space with one kind or another.  Here’s my little Zoe who is twelve but acts like two taking a little nap on her blanket which she pulls down each afternoon and wads up.  It takes five minutes at least to make this bed!


Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Have a great weekend…inky fingers will make you HaPpY!



Holiday Sympathy…

While most of us are running around like a “chicken with its head cut off” this time of year, some are experiencing one of life’s saddest times.  And it’s times like this we need to stop…and let them know we are walking with them.

Today’s card post is a sympathy card…


Thanksgiving three years ago I said good bye to my younger sister…so I know personally how much it means to receive words of comfort and encouragement…especially during a holiday celebration.

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


  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake notecard plus Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive and Thick Whisper White
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves and Best Thoughts
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Leaflets Framelits and Woodland Textured Impressions Folder


  • The Blackberry Bliss layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ adhered to the Crumb Cake notecard with adhesive
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3″ x 4 1/2″ stamp sentiment in Basic Black and embossed with Woodland Textured EF attached to Blackberry Bliss layer with adhesive after wrapping Linen Tread at bottom of layer.
  • The leaves were stamped on Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive and cut with Leaflets Framelits.  Attached with adhesive for the first leaf and dimensionals for the second leaf.

Today let’s be happy our life is ordinary without drama and encourage those who are dealing with tragic losses especially during this holiday season.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…and Be HaPpY!






Sympathy Thoughts…

Sadly today I needed a sympathy card and as usual didn’t have one that seemed just right.  But after a little thought came up with this one…


This seemed perfect for the occasion and the time of year.  Do you keep all occasions on file for use in a situation like this?  I really need to work on that.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight and Early Expresso
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Painter and Linen Thread


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The layer is 3 3/4″ x 5″.  Use painter’s tape to mask the left side of the top layer and the bottom.  Sponge Daffodil Delight starting at the lower left corner and lighten as you go up the layer.  Use your Aqua Painter and the lid of the Early Expresso to water down ink just a little.  Tap against a pencil over the layer with the Aqua Painter to get the background dots.  Over stamp the tree image with the Early Expresso. Remove the painter’s tape and stamp sentiment at the bottom right in Early Expresso.
  • Add several rounds of Linen Thread under the sentiment.  Add this layer to card front with dimensionals or mounting tape.

I’m off to watch my favorite college team play this afternoon and hope they play well enough to win.  Got baked beans in the over after taking out an apple tart made earlier.  Sweetums has burgers on the grill.

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful fall weekend wherever you are.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!