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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!



Autumn Dinner…

Tomorrow is September 1st…almost fall, right?  Thinking forward to November and Thanksgiving, I’ve made some pretty table pieces to make each guest feel special…


Its hard to tell from this photo, but I did want to show a close up.  Here’s how it might look on your table…


Now before you ask, the small frame is from Hobby Lobby.  The overall size is 4-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Inside measures 2-1/2″ x 2″.  They look nice on the table and would make a nice hostess gift if you wanted to give them as gifts to each guest.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Copper Foil, Thick Whisper White and Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  Plus White packing sheet found in DSP.
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive
  • Stamp:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Burlap ribbon, Rose Wonder Framelit, Aqua Painter, Water Spritzer


Napkin Rings

  • Cut a piece of white packing sheet from DSP 1-3/4″ x 6-1/2″.  Cut a piece of DSP 1-3/4″ x 6″.  Glue DSP to packing sheet flush at one end.  Add glue to 1/2″ where DSP does not cover and glue together in a circle.
  • Cut one of each of the pine boughs from Thick Whisper White cardstock.  Remove thinlit but leave pine bough in cardstock.  Using a water spritzer and your Aqua Painter with Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive ink…spritz boughs with water, add Daffodil Delight ink to painter and lightly go over each bough.  Follow with a brushing of Pear Pizazz and then Old Olive down the centers.  Dry with heat gun and remove from paper.  Glue the three boughs together at stem end.
  • Cut two pine cones from Copper Foil.  Glue together at an angle then to the stem end of the pine boughs.  Make bow from Linen Thread and glue to top of pine cones.
  • Cut a piece of Burlap Ribbon 7″ and glue one end to center of napkin ring.  Fold the opposite end under 1/2″ and glue over opposite end.
  • Add pine boughs and cones to front center of Burlap Ribbon.

Seating Placement Frame

  • Cut a piece of DSP 2-1/2″ x 2″ for frame background.  Cut a Copper Foil background piece using Rose Wonder Framelit and glue to background DSP centered.  I realize the punch I used here for the name is retired, but any shape (could be oval) could be substituted.  Place all inside frame.
  • Make another pine bough and cone piece exactly like the one for the napkin ring and glue (I used hot glue) to top left corner of frame.

I plan to make a set of these for a Christmas Craft Fair I finally got in after applying for two years.  If they don’t sell, I’ll keep them!

Later this week I’ve got some more 3-D paper art projects to share with you…be sure and stop by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



You got to get inky to be HaPpY!



A Slice of Life…

We are enjoying a beautiful fall now that the rain has finally stopped and today was a great day for a convertible ride with the fur babies…


And…we are ready for Halloween.  These pumpkins I think are three or four years old when SU! offered this Halloween decoration.  An oldie but goodie…not me!  the pumpkins.  And I’m holding Willis (who will not look at a camera) and Miss Zoe.  They have been all bathed up and are ready for a ride.  I should have gotten the doors behind me in the shot because the Halloween beaded spider wreaths are up too!

But here is my project to show you today.  Do you get Paper Pumpkin?  Yes…well I know you were excited this month.  And if you don’t…what are you waiting for?  Click on the Paper Pumpkin picture on the right side of this blog and get going.  You don’t want to miss another month.  They are simply terrific.  Here is October’s Paper Pumpkin…


Is that adorable?  I plan to place little goodies in each slice and use them at my Thanksgiving table.  Here’s what I’m hoping…that SU! will offer a die to cut these pie slice boxes in the SAB catalog the first of the year.  Nobody has said a word to me, but boy! would I love that.  Can’t you just see this at showers, birthdays and Christmas?  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that wish.

I hope you are enjoying some beautiful fall weather wherever you are too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”When I told you I was normal, I may have slightly exaggerated.”

I’m smiling…slightly my foot!  I’m inky…and HaPpY!


The Lil’ Light Shines…

There have been many of these little curvy boxes posted, but the first one I saw with a glowing tea light was from Eva Bussom and I just loved it.

These just may be the place settings for my Thanksgiving table this year since all my family will be here.  The kids will love them I know.


Is that not the cutest?  Can you see the little flickering tea light inside?  There are a couple of framelit sets used and some embossing, but seriously they do go together so fast.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Cardstock Vellum for the box.  For the pumpkin and leaves I used cardstock scraps in Autumn colors, but you could also use DSP.
  • Ink:  None!
  • Stamps:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit, Fun Fall Framelits, Linen Thread


  • Cut a piece of Vellum cardstock in half diagonally and cut out two of the Curvy Keepsake pieces.  Follow directions on packaging to attach.
  • Using Chevron EF emboss both pieces before attaching together
  • With the Fun Fall Thinlits cut leaves from scrap cardstock or DSP and adhere together with glue dots to Pumpkin.
  • Before putting your box together with the handles, insert your tea light.
  • Attach the pumpkin and leaves with Linen Thread to the handles and add your name.

I’ve been working on more pieces for the Thanksgiving table and will share those with you in the next days…so be sure to stop back by.

I know we are all working on Halloween treat bags and home decorating, but it’s never too early to think ahead for the next two holidays.  I’m here to inspire you in your creative journey…hope you feel inspired!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Magic is believing in yourself.  If you can do that, you can do anything!”

Oh boy, am I inky…and HaPpY!


Turkey Day Decor…

It’s been mentioned a couple of times on this blog…everyone is coming here to my house for Thanksgiving!…and I couldn’t be happier.  Already plans are flying through my head how to make this visit for everyone special.  Starting with the Thanksgiving table and/or mantle and the greeting at the front door…

Here is one sample…


Gotta love those feathers…right Justin Krieger?  These are actually on my mantle which is also decorated with a “Thankful” banner made last year with the Banner Kit.  Because you can reuse your decorations it gets easier each year to decorate around the house for each holiday.

Seriously doubt you need directions for these, the burlap ribbon is not SU! and the Chocolate Chip ribbon is retired.  The feathers are from the Four Feathers stamp set and the colors are Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist and Pewter Embossing on the small feather.  Hopefully this will give you some ideas and inspire you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”You can always tell who the strong women are…they are the ones you see building one another up instead of tearing each other down.”

Hope you found something inspiring today.

I’m inky…and HaPpY!