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Exciting Promises…

Here’s a little tease and a promise of exciting things to come…

Oh my whatever could this be?  There are so many new products and so many possibilities to share with you.

Stay tuned!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I’m pretty good at waddlin’

Consider joining my January class…products should be ordered January 3-5th.  Details are here.

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Come stamp with me…Be HaPpY!

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Autumn Sun…

Is there anything prettier than a sunflower?  We are so lucky that five minutes down the road there are acres of sunflowers blooming every late summer.  They are magical to see and for me a magnet to try to draw and paint.

Recently I ran down the road (not literally) and for $15 they gave you a large plastic bucket to fill with however many sunflowers you could fit inside!  They also provided a sharp knife to cut the taller than me stalks.  I was in heaven.  Here is a photo quickly snapped to give you an idea of the beauty.

So when the Holiday Catalog was released a couple of weeks ago, you would have laughed to see me jump up and do my “HaPpY” dance…it’s not a pretty sight!

The preorder arrived yesterday afternoon…and yes, that’s the first stamp to see ink from the box.  Here’s my first sunflower card…

…and the sentiment is perfect!  Many of you know Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday.  What’s not to love about a holiday with no gifts and amazing food!

This is a two-step stamp stamped on wet water color paper in contrasting color.

Used the new leaf punch for some textural effect…and of course, the Linen Bow!

and a peek inside.  This leaf is “fussy cut”.

So if you love sunflowers as much as I do and you’d like to make this card, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Thick Whisper White and Early Espresso Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Early Espresso and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Leaf Punch, water spritzer, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Early Espresso layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The water color layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Spray the paper to moisten thoroughly (wet but not puddling).  Stamp solid sunflower in Daffodil Delight.  Let the paper work for you.  Stamp leaf in Lemon Lime Twist.  While the paper is still damp, stamp the second more detailed sunflower over the first stamping in Crushed Curry and the leaf in Old Olive.  On scrap water color paper, moisten then stamp a second leaf like the one on the card front and also the fernlike leaf with Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.  If it’s too green, clean your detailed stamp and over stamp in Daffodil Delight.
  • Add punched leaf with “mini” dimensionals letting it fall off the right side a bit.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black once the water color paper is dry.  Add Linen Thread cross at bottom of this layer with SNAIL.  Attach bow with glue dots.  Video on making this bow here.
  • Add this layer to card front over Early Espresso layer with Strip Adhesive.
  • Inside the Early Espresso layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL over the Early Espresso layer.
  • Fussy cut “fernlike” leaf and add with glue dots.

It’s Friday and “date night” at my house.  Hope you have great plans for the weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

today…just today.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!

 

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Autumn in Red…

Working in watercolors is something I do often.  There are stacks of watercolor paper with my favorite color combinations and techniques.

Sometimes I’ll take a whole morning or day and just work creating panels of color and then let them dry to be used later.

And that’s exactly what happened today.  The air felt different this morning.  I know it’s still August and summer, but there is change in the air.  Which prompted me to pull out this color panel and make this autumn card for you today…

This panel had water droplets and salt added while wet.

See the interesting patterns created?

The entire front panel is raised with Adhesive Strips.

And this beautiful leaf was cut with the framelit from Seasonal Layers and the same color panel.

If you have watercolors, I hope you will be inspired to get them out and play with them.  And if you don’t, try some of these techniques with your reinkers.

Either way, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Feathered Together (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Watercolors (or reinker), Stitched Shapes Framelits, Seasonal Layers Framelits, Water color brush, salt, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Water Color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add sentiment at lower left corner in Archival Basic Black ink.  Then attach to card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • Color your water color paper panel with water to dampen, then drop colors and let them bloom and travel on your paper.  You can always add water to your brush and move the color more if you want.  While wet add clean drops of water then sprinkle with salt.  Let dry completely.
  • Decide on the size of your square and pick framelits to cut your “frame” from water color paper.  Cut square from dried color panel with largest square.  Add “frame” to color panel with multipurpose glue.  Add art piece to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut leaf from same color panel and add to card front over frame with mini dimensional.
  • Inside a strip from same color panel is added with multipurpose glue.

Isn’t that easy?  And this is a dramatic card in person which is always hard to capture in a photo.

Many of you know that my daughter and son-in-love are stationed in South Korea and have been there for the last 2-1/2 years.  Sweetums and I will be picking her up at the Norfolk, VA, airport this time next week!  We will be relieved to have her home and will continue to wait for SIL until the end of September.  While she says this has been a wonderful cultural experience of a lifetime, the current uncertainty with North Korea and China have ended this trip on a sour note.  Pray for all those who will remain in this chaotic state that common sense and calm reasoning will prevail.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

me too!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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Missing You…

Many of you know my daughter and son-in-love are stationed in Seoul, SK.  They have been there for almost 2 1/2 years now.  And even though Sweetums and I have both been over, that’s a long time to be away from home.

The good news is she will be headed home next month (YAY!) and he will follow six weeks later.  But there have been many times for all of us when today’s card would be so appropriate…

How sweet is this baby elephant?

The top Whisper White layer is from this month’s Paper Pumpkin…

The Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder adds some nice texture to the background on the card front and inside.

Any of the three baby animals in the A Little Wild set would work for this card.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Pool Party Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Pool Party, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  A Little Wild and Oh So Eclectic (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Border Stars Punch (retired), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder, Little Loves Framelits Dies, Aqua Painter and Adhesive Strips

Digits

  • The Pool Party base card also came from this month’s Paper Pumpkin but you can cut one at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Whisper White top layer measures 5-1/4″ x 4″.  The circle is 2″ wide if you need to cut one.  After adding the sentiment at lower left in Archival Basic Black, run this layer through Big Shot with Layered Leaves EF.
  • Cut a piece of water color paper 3″ square.  Using the Aqua Painter with water, wet the surface.  Add drops of Night of Navy and Pool party.  Tilt the paper if necessary to cover the square.  Let dry.
  • Punch stars with border punch and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Use multipurpose glue to add water color paper to back of embossed White layer.  Add stars with multipurpose glue.  Add this layer to the card front with Adhesive Strips.
  • Stamp elephant with Archival Basic Black ink on water color paper.  Use your Aqua Painter and work from the lid of the Smoky Slate ink pad to color the elephant.  Cut out with framelit and attach to front of card with dimensionals..
  • Inside there is a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Thick Whisper White CS that has been embossed just at the bottom with the Layered Leaves EF and attached to card inside with SNAIL.

We are taking “the Littles” to the beach in two weeks before they start their next year of school, so I think I’ll save this card to send to them after we come home.  We always miss them so much after we have spent time with them and I doubt we’ll see them again until Thanksgiving!

Hope you are having a wonderful, happy start to your new week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Come get inky with me in all colors…and be HaPpY!

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Baby Linton…

A friend was blessed with a new grandson named Linton.  To share in her family’s happiness I made a small gift for his nursery.

His nursery is done is blues and greys…

A glamour close up

An ombre effect on the letters add interest.  The background is a mottled grey.

And the sweet animals from A Little Wild stamp set were perfect.

Couldn’t find a box that would fit so it’s just wrapped and tied with a sweet tag.

The idea for this framed piece entered my head and all I needed was the perfect frame.  I’m not sure this one is perfect, but it is cute and the one I had in my head is not in this town!  Believe me, I looked…and looked!

If you’d like to make a similar piece here’s a couple of things to keep in mind.

Get your water colors out!  There’s so much you can do with them.

The 140 lb cold press paper was cut to fit the back of the mat.  Dampen the paper and apply your color with a large round brush.  Keep a tissue in your hand and dab here and there to remove some color to give a mottled look.

Cut a piece of water color paper wide and long enough for the letters and paint it the color of your choice.  Add the color along the bottom then dampen your brush and move the color up so that the bottom is more saturated with color than the top.  Let dry.  Cut out with Large Letters Framelits.  Cut out a second set of letters from water color paper using the Multipurpose Sticky Sheets.  Layer the water colored and plain letters together.

Add Artist tape across your background for a base line.  Add letters with multipurpose glue.

Stamp animals on water color paper with Archival Basic Black.  Give the animals a light coat of the color you want and let dry.  Tissue places that would normally round.  Add shadows with the same color around edges.  Add a little pink color to cheeks.  Let dry and cut with Framelits.

Add critters with dimensionals and multipurpose glue.

Put all layers inside frame and enjoy!

We have been out of town this week for some family and friend gatherings and are heading home today.  I’ll be back in the studio tomorrow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

The fireflies have arrived here in the South…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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Lemon Twist…

Friends are so important to me and I have several I have known for 60 years.  Our lives pull us in different directions, but we have maintained our close relationship all through the years.

One of these friends (and she knows who she is) and I have always said to each other at different times in our lives “If Life Hands You Lemons…”

So naturally when the page turned on the new catalog and there was the stamp set Lemon Zest!  Of course I had to have it.

On a trip to Italy I remember the beautiful dishes and pottery with lemons and a beautiful color of blue.

Can you see the curve to the fruit?

Maybe you can see it better here…

and a peek inside.

This card will now go into the mail to that special friend.  She will know the minute she opens it who sent it and why.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Stamps:  Lemon Zest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Lemon Builder Punch, medium round water color brush, water colors, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The first Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Tape this paper to your work area.  Dampen with water and apply a pretty blue water color.  Let dry and remove tape.
  • Add the water color layer to the Whisper White layer with Tear Tape.
  • Add the double layer to the card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • On scrap water color paper stamp the lemons using Daffodil Delight.  Stamp off then add another layer of Daffodil Delight using the rock ‘n roll technique.  Stamp.  Use a wet brush to smooth and move the color until you are happy with it.
  • The green lemon was done with Lemon Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight as were the leaves.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on the yellow lemon.
  • Cut all pieces with punch.  Lay each piece on your piercing mat and use the large end of your scoring tool to break down the fibers until the piece curls.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside stamp the sentiment in Archival Basic Black and add the other half of the round lemon slice using dimensionals.

I love the way this card turned out and now that I’ve shared it with all of you, it will be mailed today!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Here’s mine 😉

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

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Painted Rose…

Yesterday this stamp set arrived at my door…

and I’ve done nothing but play with it since!  These stamps give a beautiful, detailed image.

So here is one of the cards…(there will be others!)

I couldn’t help myself, I had to try water coloring it first…

A glamour close up…

And a peek inside.

There really aren’t a lot of Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…it’s pretty simply actually…

Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Floral Statements
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water color paint, Small brush, Low Tack Tape, Adhesive Strips, Black Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • The water color layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Use low tack tape around the edges of the water color paper.  Stamp image in Archival Basic Black, sprinkle immediately with Black EP and heat.  Choose from your water colors a dark and light green and the color for the roses in a dark and light color.  Add a light covering of water to an area and then the lighter color.  Continue to finish all areas with this light color.  Go back and add a small amount of the darker shade.  Let the damp water color paper do most of the work for you.  Add the darker shades indicated by the stamp designer and you will be pleased with your results.  Let all that dry.
  • Dampen all the background with a light amount of water.  Choose your background color and add it lightly first.  You can always use a tissue to remove color or create a mottled look to your background.  Let dry completely.
  • Add artwork layer to Basic Black layer with Tear Tape.  Add to card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • Don’t forget to sign your artwork!
  • Inside the Basic Black layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Color smaller rose stem with markers, huff before stamping.

I really hope you will give this technique with this stamp set (or any stamp) a try.  You will be amazed with your results.  If you remember to lightly dampen and apply color lightly.  It will always dry lighter and you can always add more color.

Well, dang, if it isn’t Friday again!  Have an awesome weekend!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

ever.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY or make someone else HaPpY!

B

Summertime…

Celebrating the first day of summer with you today and the longest daylight day of the year…

In my kitchen I keep a standing frame for my artwork.  The artwork is changed fairly often, but recently I realized there was nothing specific to the summer season.

That had to be changed so I got busy and created this light summer piece for today…

This frame was purchased at Hobby Lobby several years ago and it is a quirky size (6-1/4″ x 7-1/4″).  It also has corkboard inside it.  But it works great for what I intended to use it.  It fits nicely in a recipe holder on the counter.

This close up shows some of the texture in the background done with sponges and masking with a torn sheet of copy paper.

Love the cool drinks on the arm rests…

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Suede, Real Red and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo (grass & sand texture)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Large Letters Framelits, Swirly Scribbles Framelits, Sponges, Large Round Brush, Strip Adhesive

Digits

  • Using Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut your background piece the size you need.  Tear a piece of copy paper on the long side to create a mask for your sponging.  Apply the mask about 2/3 up and sponge the Soft Sky.  Leave some areas without ink to appear as clouds.  Move the mask down another 1/3 of space and using Pool Party sponge this area.  At the bottom 1/3 I used Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight then stamped texture with Soft Suede using stamp from Fabulous Flamingo.
  • You can add texture to the water by placing the mask in different areas and just sponging along the edge.
  • Stamp the grass in Lemon Lime Twist and Emerald Envy at the right side.  Cut chairs from Thick Whisper White and add with multipurpose glue.  Cut the glasses and add a bit of color at the bottom and then use brush of Blender Pen to move the color up a little.  Add to arm rests on chairs with Mini Glue Dots.
  • The swirly sun was cut from a piece of colored water color paper I had lying around.  I liked the colors.  You could recreate this with reinker and a brush using Real Red and Daffodil Delight.  This piece was added with multipurpose glue.
  • The letters was cut from a piece of water color paper that I wet with water and added the color to one side and let it bleed or flow to the other by tipping the paper.  Gives you a graduated look with the color.  Let dry and cut with Large Letters Framelits.  The letters were added with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock the length of your background by 2″.  Tear the edge along one side.  Add to the bottom of your piece with Strip Adhesive.

This seems to really brighten my kitchen for this season.  Do you ever make a piece of art for your home and live with it?  Most of us create art pieces and give them away.  Maybe you could make a gift for yourself!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

make it memorable.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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Birthday Background…

SU! has beautiful designer series paper, but sometimes it’s fun to create your own especially when a stamp set offers you the perfect stamp to make it with.  And that’s just what I’ve done today…

I love the background repeats not only the color but a smaller version of the focal point.

This close up shows details in the background and the main image.

A side view shows how the Adhesive Strips lift the water color and sentiment layers.

And a peek inside.

I’m loving working/playing with this stamp set.  The design is so intricate.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Berry Burst, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Archival Basic Black plus White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Graceful Garden
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Layered Square Framelits, 5/8″ Crinkled Berry Burst Seam Binding, Adhesive Strips, Small Round Brush, Embossing Buddy, White Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Berry Burst base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Berry Burst layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Use the Embossing Buddy all over the surface before stamping in Craft White Ink and sprinkling with White Embossing Powder and heating.  Attach to card front over Thick Whisper White layer with SNAIL.
  • The next Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.
  • The Berry Burst layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached to Whisper White layer with SNAIL.
  • The water color layer is 3″ x 4″.  Color the stamp image with Flirty Flamingo, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive markers.  I general cover the whole flower with the lighter Flirty Flamingo first and go back and add the Berry Burst here and there.  Same with the stem and leaves and the greens.  When you stamp on the water color paper, huff your image and hold it in place on the water color paper longer than normal to give the ink time to seep into the porus paper.  Go over the image with a small round brush and water to “move” the ink and fill in the spaces.  It’s always nice to leave a sparkle of white here and there.  Add the splatters with the Berry Burst marker using the top of the marker and flicking the brush end out over your work.
  • Attach the water color layer to the other two layers with Tear Tape.  Tie a piece of Berry Burst ribbon around the bottom of these three layers.  Add Adhesive strip to back of all three layers and place on card front centered.
  • Cut a scalloped square from Berry Burst.  Stamp sentiment on scrap Thick Whisper White CS and cut with cooresponding stitched square framelit.  Attach  together with SNAIL.  Add single dimensional where the card covers the artwork and double dimensionals where it doesn’t and attach at lower left corner of card front.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″attached with SNAIL.   Stamp the leaf using Lemon Lime Twist with Old Olive twice without reinking.

How much fun was that?  I hope you will be inspired to give these techniques a try.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I’ve been receiving lots of gifts lately…

Be inky…Be HaPpY!

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Standout HB…

The different techniques you can use with this framelit interested me…and I plan to use all of them!

This first technique where the words are popped out of the stamped art was somewhat (not too bad, I’ve done lots worse) was the first technique I tried…

And I had been waiting for a project using this stamp set…this seemed perfect!

This card gave me the perfect opportunity to use the newly available Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.

Is that a standout happy birthday or what?

And a peek inside…

Not to long ago I used this method with the Rose Wonder stamp set and framelits.  It turned out gorgeous, but I lost my mind placing all those little pieces back inside.  This one really wasn’t bad at all and I do love the effect.

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

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock
  • Ink:  Powder Pink, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake and Old Olive.
  • Stamps:  Graceful Garden
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Happy Birthday Thinlits,  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, small round brush or Blender Pen, ribbon (your choice, this Seam Binding is retired)

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp rose image by “painting” stamp with markers.  Color all the rose Powder Pink first and all the leaves Lemon Lime Twist.  Then go back with Real Red and Old Olive and paint half of the image over the lighter color.  Use a small round brush with water or a Blender Pen to pull the color into the white spaces of the image.  I made a mask of the rose with post it note paper, covered the image and stamped the background with Crumb Cake stamped off once.
  • Cut a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet as big as the HB Thinlit.  Attach this sheet to back of stamped image.  Run through Big Shot with HB Thinlit on top.  Attach another piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to back of a piece of white fun foam and run through Big Shot.  Remove stamped HB image carefully from stamped layer keeping all background pieces.  Attach stamped piece to card front with SNAIL.  Attach fun foam inside cut out on card front.  Attach stamped HB over fun foam.  Add background pieces back in their place.  How pretty is that?
  • Now inside the Lemon Lime Twist layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attach over Lemon Lime Twist layer with SNAIL
  • Using the small rose stamp image and coloring with marker in the same way as the larger image, stamp in lower right corner and blend colors with small round brush or Blender Pen.
  • Forget to show the envelope, but the smaller rose was stamped again in the lower left corner to coordinate with the card front.

Right now I’m looking for a masculine image to repeat this technique.  I’ll be sure to share that with you too.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B