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Mediterranean Watercolor…

Well…we survived our “home alone” Thanksgiving…

Was it as much fun as being with “the Littles” and all our family?  Well…no.

But it really wasn’t a bad day all in all.  I would describe it as quiet, but not in a bad way.  We cooked (Sweetums smoked a turkey breast) and I made all the sides … just much small amounts than usual.

Then a neighbor called and invited us to desert…that was nice.  Then a cousin happened to call and was in town…so they dropped by for a visit.  And the 70 degree weather was really nice too so we took advantage of the golf course being closed and took a long walk with the furbabies.  Nice day all in all.

Today has been spent reorganizing.  Monday is the Christmas Market and I’ve decided there is enough product for that and the studio needed cleaning for a fresh start in December and the upcoming Sale-A-Bration event starting January 1st.

But there was time this morning for a cuppa and a little water coloring to share with you this afternoon…


Isn’t this the prettiest stamp?  Reminds me of a walk way we saw in Capri…  I just had to try water coloring with my new pencils.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock plus Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black Ink
  • Stamps:  Mediterranean Moments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Small Round Brush


  • 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 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Water Color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp image in Archival Basic Black.  Using water color pencils enjoy coloring image.  With a small round brush and some water, go over each color one at a time cleaning your brush between color changes.  Once dry, you can always add color, while wet you can delete color with water and a tissue.  It’s so much fun to play with.
  • Add water color paper to card front with multipurpose glue.  Set an acrylic block or book on top until glue dries.

Did you shop this Black Friday?  In the store or online?  I have definitely taken advantage of SU! deals this week…and a few other things for Christmas online.  I’d never go shopping in crowds…never!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope you have time to get inky and …Be HaPpY!


Autumn Birthday Wishes….

Those birthdays just keep coming inspite of the arrival of the Christmas season this week…I mean Black Friday does come this week, right?

Today’s post is one of my all-time favorites…


Isn’t it just so “autumn-y” and colorful?  And I love using this Floral Thinlet in a less formal way than maybe it was intended.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Water color paper, Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Early Espress Ink and Ken Oliver’s Color Burst
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves and Build a Birthday (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Line Thread, Details Floral Thinlits, Leaflets Framelits


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red Cardstock is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 6″.  Moisten paper with spritzer or brush and add Red, Green and Yellow colorburst powder.  Let the water color paper do its thing and either add more water, color or delete color with a tissue until you like the way it looks.  Let dry or use heat gun.  Cut a 1/4″ strip off bottom to use on the card front.  Cut a piece that measures 4″ x 3-1/4″.  Use the remaining water colored paper to cut three leaves with Leaflets Framelits.  Stamp leaves with Early Espresso ink.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut with Floral Thinlet at top only.  Attach water colored piece to the back of this layer with multipurpose glue.  Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add water colored strip at bottom of Thinlet cut with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Attach the three leaves together and then to card front.  Add Linen Thread bow (video here) with Glue Dots.
  • Inside there is a 3″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Whisper White over a 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″ piece of Real Red.  Add leaf at bottom left corner.

This is a great birthday card for anyone’s Autumn birthday.

So today is the 24-Hour Flash Sale and then there is a week of sales.  I hope if you decide to enjoy the sale you will purchase from my blog by clicking on the “Shop Now” star!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


not. even. close.

So let’s just get inky…and Be HaPpY!


Santa’s Truck…

What if Santa drove a truck instead of a sleigh?  Maybe somewhere in the world he does.

We used to have a really old red Chevy truck.  It had holes in the floor boards and a stick shift in the floor.  Some of my favorite Saturday mornings were spent in that truck traveling to a nursery to buy plants for our lawn.

But today’s Santa has a snazzy green one…


This card uses a combination of three different stamp sets and some masking to create a winter scene.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red and Basic Black Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree, Country Livin’ and Father Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Satin Ribbon (retired), small round paint brush, Linen Thread


  • The Thick Whisper White card base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Old Olive layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Cherry Cobbler layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Old Olive layer with SNAIL.
  • The Basic Black layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached to Cherry Cobbler layer with SNAIL.
  • The water color paper is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp the Father Christmas slightly off center with Archival Basic Black.  Stamp Father Christmas on copy paper and fussy cut for a mask.  Attach mask and stamp truck in black ink.  Stamp truck on copy paper and fussy cut for a mask.  Leave the Santa and truck masks down while you stamp tree.  Remove all masks…magic!
  • I used the new SU! water color pencils to color just some of the image.  I did not color the small items in Santa’s arms.  If you do not have water color pencils, you could use a Blender Pen with reinker.  The result would be similar.
  • Add a strip of Cherry Cobbler ribbon around bottom of water color paper.  Make a three increasing loops for bow and tie off in center with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • The water color layer was added to the card front with multipurpose glue.

Do you have a busy weekend planned just before Thanksgiving?  I’ll be in the line at the grocery store in case you need me…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Stay inky…Be HaPpY!


Stitched Thanks…

Here’s my honest confession…several times before SU! came out with their Stitched Framelits (both online and at the store) I almost bought another line of stitched framelits.  They were calling my name big time.  So when SU! came out with the announcement they were releasing three shapes of stitched framelits in the 2017 catalog BUT you could buy them this month only, I just bet I was the first order they received!

They arrived the first of this week and it has been so much fun playing around with them.  I have found they work especially well on foil and Thick Whisper White and beautifully on water color paper.

Today I’m posting a thank you card for all those presents we receive during the holidays using the Square Stitched Framelits…


This card is a good example of Gold Foil, Thick Whisper White and water color paper reaction to the stitching.  I’d like to have a set of these for myself, but I do think a set of these cards would be a thoughtful gift for the holidays.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecards, Gold Foil, Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock and water color paper.
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves and Happy Happenings (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Square Stitched Framelits, Aqua Painter


  • To the front of the 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard, I used the largest frame for the Gold Foil, the next square for Thick Whisper White and the next frame for the Watercolor paper.  The Real Red layer measures 1-3/4″ square.
  • Attach the Gold Foil layer to card front with multipurpose glue.  Attached Thick Whisper White layer next with multipurpose glue.  Add the Real Red layer on top of the Whisper White with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp one leaf at a time.  Stamp one full strength and the second without reinking.  Color within lines with Aqua Painter.  If you do not want any intermingling of colors, wait for ink to dry before starting your second color.  Personally, I love to see the flow of color.  But I know some of us are perfectionist…not naming anyone here!
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Inside I did add one leaf at the bottom right corner.

If you, like me, have been waiting for SU! to release stitched framelits and want them before next June…this month is your chance to have them now.  And I know we all want it NOW!  Here’s the order code #145372, Ovals, Circles and Square $30.   And if you don’t have a demonstrator you already work with, I’d love for you to order them from me by clicking on the “Shop Now” star in the right column of this blog.  You can have your stitched framelits at your door in no time at all!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



And I’m very inky and HaPpY!


Autumn Wishes…

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday…no shopping, wrapping and tree decorating.  Just simply sharing a great meal with family and friends and enjoying each other’s company.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

So today’s post is a nod to Thanksgiving and will be sent to those I will not get to see this year…


a peek inside…


This greeting from Paisleys & Posies works perfectly with the Woodland Embossing Folder, Sheltering Tree and Vintage Leaves.

Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Emerald Green Cardstock, plus Watercolor Paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Sheltering Tree and Paisleys & Posies
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst Pthalo Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow and Alizarin Crimson, Woodland Embossing Folder, Vintage Leaves Framelits, Clear Wink of Stella


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Emerald Green layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso in bottom left corner.  Run through Big Shot with Woodland EF.  Mark tree indentions with Early Espresso marker.
  • On a piece of Watercolor paper spray the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and spritz with  water.  You can take color off with a paper towel, turn the paper to encourage colors to interact and even add more of a color before or after the paper dries.  The colors will lighten slightly when dry.  Cut the largest leaf framelit from Vintage Leaves.  Stamp tree from Sheltering Tree set with Early Espresso.  Paint leaf with Clear Wink of Stella.  Add leaf to card front with dimensionals.  Wink of Stella was also dropped over the entire card front.  Add bow to leaf with glue dots.  Video for bow is here.
  • Inside there is a layer of Emerald Green 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Very Vanilla layer on top 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp half of tree in Early Espresso and add small leaf (made the same as the large leaf) with SNAIL.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope your day like mine includes inky fingers and being HaPpY!



Christmas Boots…

If you were planning to make a stamped Christmas card, the Country Livin’ set probably wouldn’t be your first choice…

But the contradiction of old beat up cowboy boots and glittery decorations can make an interesting combination….


Concentrating on catching the sparkle in the tree decorations, I neglected to notice the shadows across the card until cropping this photo.  And I decided I liked the shadows for the dramatic effect they lend to the shot.  To offset the well-worn boots, I used Clear Wink of Stella on the decorations and gold twine for the lasso rope.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Soft Suede and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Archival Black
  • Stamps:  Country Livin’, Jar of Cheer and Hang Your Stocking (sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Clear Wink of Stella, Gold Baker’s Twine, Seasonal Decorative Masks, Aqua Painter


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Soft Suede layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to Rich Razzleberry layer with SNAIL
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″.  With dotted mask add Rich Razzleberry with sponge lightly toward the center right.  Add splats with Soft Suede and sentiment in Rich Razzleberry at top left.  Attach to Soft Suede layer with SNAIL.
  • Stamp boots and decorations on water color scrap with Archival Black ink.  Paint boots with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede and “fussy cut”.  Add to card front with double dimensionals.  Paint decorations and cut (I used Old Olive, Real Red, Pacific Point and Rich Razzleberry)  Add Clear Wink of Stella to all.  Add to card front with single dimensionals at top of boots and lower right corner.  Make a loop with Gold Baker’s twine and add to card front with glue dots.

Once again I think the elegant decorations and well-worn boots are a perfect match!  Love those boots!

Having attended the SU! OnStage event this last weekend, demonstrators had three days to order some of the merchandise from the new Occasions Catalog.  I got everything!  I just couldn’t help it.  You will not believe the new products and the “freebies” too!  It will be next week before my order arrives, but I’ll share with you soon after…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


today especially.

But we can always be inky…and HaPpY!


A Snowy Noel…

Sometimes while working on an idea, another idea pops up…and that’s exactly what happened while making this card.  Got it all finished and then thought, “hmmmm…wonder what it would look like if I did this?”  Good grief…off on another tangent.

So I decided to show you both finishes and let you decide which you liked better…

It all starts with a water colored background…


Love that water colored background and the snowy effect which is much more visible in person than photography.

and the inside looks like this…


and I loved both until this happened…


Sparkly snow…yep, I like that too.  So which do you like better?

Just in case you’d like to give this card a try, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Water color paper, Old Olive and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  White Craft Ink, Soft Sky, Old Olive and Basic Black Archival
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches (you could substitute Lovely As A Tree) and Christmas Pines (sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge (splat stamp)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Dazzling Diamonds, Aqua Painter, Mod Podge, White Embossing Powder and Acrylic Block E


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Old Olive layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Water color layer is 5″ x 3-3/4″.  Using the Aqua Painter and reinker in the ink pad lid add a wash of Soft Sky to two thirds surface of acrylic block E and Olive to bottom one third of block.  Spritz block lightly with water and place on water color paper with pressure.  Let dry.  Stamp trees in Archival Black and let dry.  Stamp sentiment in Old Olive.  Stamp “snow” with White Craft Ink and sprinkle with White EP and heat.  If you like it nice and clean looking, you are done!  If you need a little more, brush entire piece of water color paper lightly with Mod Podge and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  Don’t get all giddy on me…but it is pretty isn’t it?
  • Inside the Old Olive layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and the top layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Use a smaller block for background or freehand to coordinate with card front

We are supposed to get rain this evening…I can’t even remember what it looks, smells or sounds like it’s been so long since it has rained here.  Maybe I’ll go out and do a rain dance to be sure it gets here.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Botanical Watercolor…

If the choice had to be made for a favorite art medium…for me it would be watercolor.  The way color reacts on the paper is magic you couldn’t possibly recreate even if you tried.

Lately the Ken Oliver Color Burst bottles have been hanging out on my work table.  Hard to resist just a little swoosh of pigment and water …watercolor paper contact and then the magic.  Today’s post is the result of playing around mixing stamping techniques with the magic of watercolor…


and inside it looks like…


Could I recreate that beautiful color mix…no.  And all the white space keeps the focus right where I want it to be.

Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Butterfly Basics (large fern), Awesomely Artistic (medium/small ferns & postage) and By the Tide (postage/script)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Ken Oliver Color Burst (Amazon), Beautiful Pines Thinlits Dies, water spritzer and Size B Acrylic Block


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The first Thick Whisper White layer  is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • The top layer of watercolor paper is 3″ x 4-1/4″.  Blow a light layer of Violet on half of acrylic block and a light layer of Orange on the other.  Spritz with water and lay acrylic block on water color paper.  Press to distribute water and color.  Lift and let dry…you can use your heat gun.  (Tip:  if your paper bows, turn it over and heat from the back too to straighten).  Stamp script in Basic Black at the top left corner running off the water color paper.  Stamp one postage stamp on post it note paper and cute out mask.  Stamp and mask first postage stamp in Basic Black.  With mask still in place stamp two most postage stamps.  Stamp fern leaves in Old Olive with larger Whisper White layer underneath watercolor paper so fern image can over lap  running diagonally from bottom left corner to right top.  Because my colors were so dark, I decided to use one of the water colored pine boughs glued over stamped fern with Thin Tip Glue.  Add water color layer to larger layer with Strip Adhesive and both layer to card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3″ x 4″.  Stamp ferns on base card diagonally from lower right corner to upper left in Old Olive.  on 3 x 4 piece stamp postage images using the masking technique, one in Basic Black and one in OLd Olive.  Run edges across ink pad to color in Old Olive.   Attach to inside of card with SNAIL.
  • A sentiment was purposely left off this card…I can add it later depending on the circumstance.  This makes an excellent “all occasion” card to keep in your stash.

Anybody can do this type of water coloring and it is so satisfying to watch the reaction of ink, paper and water.  Makes you look at your acrylic blocks differently.

Looks as if the weekend will be dramatic up and down the East Coast…be safe!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Y’all come back tomorrow and in the meantime…be HaPpY!




Grateful For You…

Continuing with the fall theme for this week, today’s post is a part freehand watercolor and stamping too…


and here’s a peek inside…


This was a nice relaxing watercolor to do with a leaf I brought home from a morning walk.  It just occurred to me I’d like to sit down and try to paint the colors I saw there.  Leaves in the fall fascinate me with their color combinations.

If you like to sketch and have just a beginner’s watercolor set…you could certainly paint your own.  If not, the maple leaf in the Vintage Leaves set would also work for the front of this card.  Use the archival Basic Black or Daffodil Delight if you don’t want the lines and use a leaf for your color inspiration.  Just give it a try…you don’t have to show it to a soul.  But I bet you will want to.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red Cardstock plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black (all other colors are watercolors, but you could certainly use reinkers too)
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves and Grateful Bunch (sentiment, I only used part of the sentiment) and Birthday Blooms (for you inside sentiment), Gorgeous Grundge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Leaflets Framelits, small round brush and watercolors (optional)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 2-1//8″ and 4-1/4″.  Fold normally at 4-1/4″ then fold 2-1/8″ back against the card front.
  • The Real Red layer is 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.  Add Multipurpose Glue to the folded back piece only and add the Real Red layer on top.
  • The Watercolor paper layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″.  If you are drawing your leaf freehand, you might want to use a colored pencil in one of the colors you plan to use in the leaf.  Add water to just the background and add color of choice.  Let dry or heat.  Start with your lightest color choice (I used a warm yellow) to paint your leaf.  Let dry or heat.  Add colors you see in your leaf including any holes.  Add veining in a darker shade.  I outlined my leaf with a micron pen.  Add shading using a combination of colors in your leaf.    Splatters were added using the splats from Gorgeous Grundge and Real Red.  Done!
  • Stamp sentiment in Basic Black on scrap of Thick Whisper White and cut out with framelit.  Also cut a leaf from Real Red.  Layer with Multipurpose Glue and add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Real Red layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Whisper White layer is 5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.
  • On scrap of Thick Whisper White stamp leaf in Basic Black.  Use colors similar to the one on card front.  Add splatters in Real Red and attach with dimensionals.  This creates the “stop” for your easel.

Give this card a try…I know you will be HaPpY with the results!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


sick to death of all this hogwash.

So stay inky and Be HaPpY!




Today’s post was also water colored like the pumpkin yesterday but turned upside down to create a hydrangea bloom in all their gorgeous colors.

Check yesterday’s post to see how to set up painting with reinker (

This and one other card were made for two new recruits to my team to congratulate them on the best decision they ever made…to become a demo!  I wrote them a heartfelt welcoming note inside on a post it note so that the card could be reused is they wanted.  These two have been coming to class for almost four years and have become dear friends to me.

Here’s their card…


Doesn’t that make a perfect hydrangea bloom?  The difference between the painting of the pumpkin yesterday and today is the Clear Wink of Stella pen was used as the paint brush along with the reinker to give an all over glow to the bloom.

I took a close up hoping you would be able to see all the blingy shine…


It really is difficult to show in a photo…but it just glimmers.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Water Color Paper, Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Copper Foil
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Perfect Plum, Sweet Sugar Plum, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, River Rock and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches and Floral Phrases (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Copper Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, Thoughtful Branches Thinlets and Copper Metallic Thread


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Copper Foil layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The top Whisper White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp sentiment in VersaMark at lower right corner, add Copper EP and heat.
  • Cut the leaves/stem and bloom from water color paper with coordinating Thinlets.  Do not punch out of water color paper.  Set up all your reinker colors.  Spritz the water color paper with water so that the cut outs are damp.  Use your Clear Wink of Stella Pen to add color.  Be sure to shake and have the well full so that the glimmer will mix with the reinker as you use it.  Start with your lightest color then go back and add some of the darker shade of that color.  Let dry.  At this point you could still add more Clear Wink of Stella if you wanted more glimmer.
  • Decide where the center of your bloom will be on your card front and add a dollop of multipurpose glue.  Make several loops of Copper Metallic Thread and add to this glue.  All small amounts of glue to stem and bloom and add to card front.
  • Make bow (video here) and attach to stem with glue dots.
  • Inside there is a layer of Copper Foil 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″

Personally I would send this card any season of the year, but it would be especially appropriate for spring.

Tomorrow let’s make a tree and a card to send in the summertime…be sure to stop by!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Buy new ones!

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!