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Oh! Paper Pumpkin…

Surely everyone has their Paper Pumpkins by now and I’m not spoiling the surprise for anyone…I love a surprise in the mail!

This month’s Paper Pumpkin is Awesome!!!  Loved all the stamps and goodies.  Directions were great…but I had something else in mind.

See my whole family will be here for Thanksgiving…EEEKKK!  So excited.  So I decided to make place cards for my table first….

And this is what they look like.  Six of the boxes were trimmed to make twelve placecards.  Love them!  Just trim off the two ends of each box.  Trim the sides so you have two pieces.  Score in the center, fold and decorate….so easy and pretty!

Look at all those placecards ready to go.  Now there are a couple of things you might notice in this photo.  First there is a clothes pin missing…more on that.  And there’s one blank card.  You see my oldest g’son has announced he is bringing a “friend” and knowing him, I thought it might be wise to wait to inscribe the name…

And the missing clothes pin?

Let me tell you, if you twist that little buggar there is no tomorrow!  I have great respect for whoever is sitting on a production line making these.  No tongue in the right place is going to help you.  I finally broke out laughing thinking of Lucy and Ethel on the candy production line!

Even after finishing the placecards I still had product left to make this…

Six gift cards and two gift boxes…I had to stamp the large leaf on two of the envelopes and fussy cut for my place cards or there would have been eight gift cards.

Here’s a glamour close up of the cards…

All in all this month’s Paper Pumpkin is a Winner!

Did you see the announcement about the October and November Paper Pumpkins?

Hope you are having a Marvelous Monday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

If your fingers are inky…you’ll be HaPpY!


My Favorite Holiday…

Is Thanksgiving…Why?  A day devoted to family and good friends.  No gifts to buy just good food to eat and time spent together.  What could be better than that?

With my daughter and son-in-love in South Korea this year, Thanksgiving will be different.

There will be good food though and I’m inviting people I want to share the day with.  Here’s one way I’ll be decorating the table…


I had watercolored paper with fall colors and cut them out tons of leaves for a door wreath.  There were lots of leaves left over so I made some napkin holders for the table.

Are you interested in making something similar for your Thanksgiving table?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock, Watercolor Paper and Into the Woods DSP (Holiday Catalog pg. 43
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Mossy Meadow and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Six Sayings (Holiday Catalog pg. 50)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Rich Razzleberry 3/8″ Cotton Ribbon,  Leaflets Framelits (Annual Catalog, pg. 172), Ornate Tag Topper (Annual Catalog, pg. 165), Stapler and Dazzling Diamonds


  • Cut your DSP 6″ x 6″ and fold over 1/2″ at top .
  • Cut 2 1/2″ x 6″ piece and 2 x 6″ piece and glue smaller piece to center of larger piece.  Add this piece to center of 6″ x 6″ piece with adhesive.
  • Add tear tape to one side of 6 x 6 piece and adhere to other side creating a tube.  With your stapler staple in the center of the bottom edge (opposite end from the 1/2″ fold over).  Your napkin will slide into this little bag.
  • Now cut your Very Vanilla 2″ x 4″ and punch with Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  I just tapped the different colors on the stamp with my ink pads starting with the Daffodil Delight so I wouldn’t get darker ink on that light colored pad.
  • Tie the Rich Razzleberry ribbon around the napkin holder and slide the tag over one ribbon end.
  • For the leaves I used water color paper and reinker just randomly added to the paper and spritz with water so the colors blend.  Cut with Leaflet Framelit.  Mine have a little Dazzling Diamonds on the surface (got to have that bling!)  Place the leaf just inside the ribbon.

Tomorrow I’ll show you the wreaths using the leaves…I already have them up on my door and it’s only August!  I love fall…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!



Can You Case It #82…

Another Sunday and another challenge from Can You Case It with an interesting sketch.  Every week these challenges force me out of my box to create something new…it’s fun.  You are invited to play along … just go to and enter your art before noon on Friday.

Here’s my art for this week…


Here’s a card to celebrate my most favorite holiday…Thanksgiving.  And the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Soft Suede and Heavy Whisper White Cardstock plus Into the Woods DSP
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Thankful Forest Friends
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Circle Framelits, Into the Woods Cotton Ribbon


  • The Soft Suede base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″
  • The Woodgrain DSP is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and is attached to the card front with adhesive
  • The Rich Razzleberry DSP is 2 1/2″ x 5 3/8″ with Into the Woods 3/8″ cotton ribbon attached to each side with tear adhesive then attached over the woodgrain dsp with tear adhesive.
  • The square sentiment is 2″ square and the Rich Razzleberry is 2 1/8″ square.  The sentiment was colored with markers and attached with adhesive.
  • Choose the circle framelit that fits the design you’d like on your circle from the dsp and add another circle slightly larger for the back.  Attach this layer to card front with dimensionals.
  • Add one dimensional on the back of the square piece where it overlaps the circle and two dimensionals on the remaining three corners.  Attach to card front.
  • Inside I have a 3 1/2″x 4 1/2″ layer of Whisper White.  I cut half of the design in the circle from the front of the card and attached at the top of the inside layer with adhesive to coordinate with the card front.
  • I’ll probably line the envelope with some dsp from this same pack.

If you feel inspired to use this cards as a sketch for your own creation, we’d love to see it at this week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Oh my goodness…I crack myself up!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!



Thanksgiving Review…

It’s good to be back after a couple of days enjoying my family for Thanksgiving.  This was an especially special Thanksgiving for us as my daughter and son-in-love are moving overseas for three years…it will be some time before we are all together again.

We made the best of the time…most of us participated in a 5 or 3 mile “Turkey Trot” run on Thanksgiving morning.  Epic!  Then a quick trip to the local Krispy Kreme to reward ourselves before heading back to cook dinner. IMG_0148


The next day the boys went on a guided fly fishing expedition and the girls enjoyed  a leisurely morning coffee before some spa time and shopping.  Here’s the girls…


and here is the catch of the day by my oldest grandson, Gavin…



Spent some precious time in the studio with the “Littles” creating place cards for the Thanksgiving table and an ornament made for mom and dad.  Here we are at work..


So you can see our Thanksgiving was wonderful and I hope yours was too.

Tomorrow I have a luminary to show you so be sure to check back in. Here is your “B-ism” for today…


I’m back with the inky fingers today…and HaPpY!


Thanksgiving Clean & Simple…

This card was made for a Can You Case It Challenge #45 called “Thanksgiving Clean & Simple”.  You know clean and simple is HARD for me…I like layers and bling and linen thread and bows…

There is a real genius in making clean and simple cards and I’m glad to participate in these challenges to drag me out of my box sometimes.  Here is what I came up with…


Used my favorite stamping technique…masking.  There is just magic in taping off an open area and stamping, splatting and spritzing like crazy then removing the tape for a crisp and clean image.  There may be hope for me yet.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Watercolor paper and Blackberry Bliss cardstock
  • Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive and Tangelo Twist plus Memento Black
  • Stamps:  For All Things
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Washi or Painter’s tape for masking, Dimensionals


  • The Blackberry Bliss base card is cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The watercolor paper is 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Tape the edges of your watercolor paper to leave the clean margin you want.  Stamp the leaf with one of the colors and spritz the stamp with water before stamping.  Finish stamping with this color.
  • Clean your stamp and move to the next color and repeat with spritzing before stamping.
  • Mix water with some reinker, I used Blackberry Bliss here, and tap the brush on your finger over the watercolor paper.  Use as much or as little as you like.
  • You can dry with your heat gun.
  • Remove the tape for the magic to happen!
  • Adhere the watercolor paper to the card front with Dimensionals.

Now that’s a clean and simple card to me and I actually really like it.  So glad you stopped by my blog today.  I hope you’ll give this technique a try…pretty sure you’ll like it.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope your fingers are inky like mine…then I know you are 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!