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2017 May – Calendar…

By the time the month of May rolls around next year, we will all feel like kicking up our heels…

To highlight that spring feeling, the new stamp set Beautiful You was my choice.  This is certainly a unique stamp set for SU! and I’m loving it!


Doesn’t she look happy?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Source for preprinted calendar page is  The quality of the paper works well with ink, stamp, water color and brushes.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black (it’s water proof)
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and High Tide (water puddle)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, Aqua Painter, Blender Pen or small round brush with water


  • Stamp girl in Archival Basic Black.
  • Stamp water image from High Tide stamp set at her feet.
  • Stamp sentiments.
  • Using the new SU! Water Color Pencils, color image.  I used Calypso Coral (lightly) for her skin.  Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso for her hat.  Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point for her dress.  And Baja Breeze for the water.  Some of the Melon Mambo was scribbled in the water to insinuate a reflection.

So many ideas for this set are waiting in line to be made.  I’ve just run out of time before traveling for Christmas.  My sketch book will be full by the time I return, so look for many more examples from this set coming soon.

Yesterday Sweetums and I traveled to Nashville to visit with “the biggles”.  It kills me I didn’t get a picture of Gavin (he’s really a good looking kid), but he was on a “short leash” and expected to be at work.  I did however, steal a quick one with Kendall (she’s having a baby in March!)…


Hope you will follow along as I post the remaining months to end the year…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



And whatever you do…stay inky and HaPpY!


Smile Alert!…

A whole set of Whisper White note cards were transformed into adorable, silly thank you notes…which will come in handy after Christmas and even before.  They will spread smiles near and far when opened, and my job will be done.

Here’s what they look like…


Would they put a smile on your face?  While water coloring each chickie, I couldn’t help but keep a smile on my face…and I water colored 20 of them!

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Note Cards, Real Red Cardstock plus Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Hello Chick …background chicken wire stamp is retired SU! but you could substitute the current Woodgrain background stamp.
  • Tool’s ‘N Embellishments:  Water Color Pencils, 1/8″ Real Red Ribbon, Punch or Framelit shape to cut out sentiment, Stitched Square Framelits, and Scalloped Square Framelits.  I used the Ticket Punch here.  You could use an Aqua Painter, Blender Pen or small round brush for painting.


  • The 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Note Card front was stamped with chicken wire background stamp in Archival Basic Black.
  • The Real Red Cardstock was cut with the Scalloped Square Framelit and attached to card front with dimensionals.
  • The Water Color Paper was cut with the Stitched Square Framelits.  Stamp image with Archival Basic Black.  Color images with Water Color Pencils and use your choice to paint with water.  Scribble some color around feet and paint.  This “grounds” your image.  Colors I used are Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Re.
  • Attach Water Color Paper to Real Red Cardstock with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp off before stamping background on scrap Whisper White CS with Archival Basic Black.  Stamp sentiment over this background and cut with shape of your choice.  Add to card front with multipurpose glue.  Make a small bow and attach at bottom corner with glue dot.

Tomorrow there will be several of these in mailboxes written with sincere thanks and hoping to bring smiles wherever they go!

We are having a frigid day here but when I see the weather up north and in the Midwest, I’ll not complain.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


decisions, decisions.

Have a HaPpY inky day!


Hey Chick…

Now SU! has never asked me…but I’d love to design a stamp set.  If that ever happens, it will bring a smile to your face just like the one today makes me smile every time I see it…


Now seriously…you smiled didn’t you?  Here’s a peek inside…


This one kills me!  And this set is FREE…yippee!

I can think of a whole bunch of sentiments to go with these gals.  I’ll give you one, “Do these feather’s make my butt look big?”  I could fill up a container with them if they’d let me.  What would you have them say?  Maybe we’ll collect them and send them in…you never know!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Real Red, Thick Whisper White (I never use the original Whisper White) Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Water Color Pencils
  • Stamps:  Hello Chick
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  The Chicken Wire background is an old retired SU!, Scalloped Square Framelits, Ticket Punch, Real Red Baker’s Twine, Linen Thread and Aqua Painter or small round brush


  • The Sahara Sand base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • Use the plain square framelit that measures 1-1/4″ or the punch for the three openings on the card front.  You can lightly draw the squares in pencil if that helps space them evenly before cutting or punching.
  • If you don’t have the Chicken Wire (I’ve been using SU! products since the late 90s) try the Woodgrain background stamp and what ever appeals to you.  Mine background is stamped in Archival Basic Black.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White CS 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.  Lay behind the card front and lightly trace squares for stamping chicks.  Stamp alternating positions in Archival Basic Black.
  • Now the fun is using the new Water Color Pencils.  Here are the colors I used:  Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Sky.  I used the small Aqua Painter (I normally use a small round brush) and it worked great.  A Blender Pen works too!
  • Once the chicks are dry, attach the Whisper White layer behind the card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut three frames in Real Red using the Scalloped Squares Framelits and attach with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp off your background stamp using Basic Black before stamping on scrap Whisper White.  Punch with Ticket Punch or whatever shape you have.  Attach with dimensionals.
  • Loop several Real Red Bakers Twine and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach with glue dot on sentiment punch.
  • Inside cut a larger Real Red Scalloped Square and add a smaller layer of Whisper White cut with Scalloped Framelit Squre.
  • Stamp a chick in the bottom right corner…she’s photo bombing!  Color with Water Color Pencils.  Attach to Real Red square with SNAIL and to inside of card with SNAIL.

These feathered divas will see lots of ink in the future…

Hope you are having an awesome day and will plan to stop by tomorrow to see the notecard set made with these girls.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


even chicken feathers.

Be inky…Be HaPpY!


All Occasion Dragonflies…

This will be my third post with the new Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  Honestly, there are so many more ideas for this bundle in my head I think I could do a couple of weeks without repeating myself.

But you want to see more new products from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration, right?

Alrighty then, this will be the last of the dragonfly series for now…but be prepared for more!


and inside looks like…


This card is a good example of how squirrely my mind gets while working on a card idea.  The truth is this piece of really pretty water color paper was lying on one of the table tops and it just kept calling to me.  When the idea came to do a flock (is it a flock?) of dragonflies in these gorgeous colors, my mind immediately jumped to building a background for them to fly on.  And then what sentiment and what about some glamour?

So here are the Stuff ‘N Digits to explain the process…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Emerald Envy Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Emerald Envy, Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams, Gorgeous Grunge (splats) and By The Tide (script)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Baker’s Twine Trio Pack Gold Cording, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Seasonal Decorative Masks, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst or SU! Reinker


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8
  • Spritz a piece of water color paper with water and spray Color Burst color pigment in your color choice and let the paper do the work for you.  If you don’t have the dry pigment, add drops of reinker in your color choice on the spritzed water color paper.  Let dry.  You can use Heat Gun.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp Gorgeous Grunge splats in Emerald Envy diagonally from bottom right corner twice.  Add a light layer of Soft Sky using Seasonal Decorative Mask and sponge to the background center right.  Add script from By The Tide in Archival Basic Black about 2/3 way up from bottom right side.  Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black to lower left side.  Attach this layer to the Emerald Envy layer with SNAIL.
  • Attach the gold cording around the top of these two layers with SNAIL.  Make a bow with several loops from gold cording and tie in center.  Attach to top center with glue dots.  Add to card front.
  • Cut the dragonflies from your water color paper and attach with small dots of multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and the Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.  A little bit of masking and sponging with Soft Sky and some Gorgeous Grunge splats in Emerald Envy at the bottom right will coordinate with the card front.  You could also add this to the envelope!

Building a multi-layered background for your stamping is a great way to create interest.  If you’ve never tried it, give it a go and see what you think.

Realizing there were daily complaints about the drought in our area, I am inclined not to mention we have gotten multiple inches of rain in the last week and things are floating away.  Just sayin’…

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope to see you here again tomorrow…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


does that mean you eventually grow up?

In the meantime…stay inky and HaPpY!



Dragonfly Dreams…

Believe it or not there are several birthdays on my calendar for this month and next…yikes!  You would think there would be stacks of cards around here wouldn’t you?  Nope…

So clear the table tops, lay aside all the Christmas stamps and DSP and make room for one of the new stamps sets for a January release…


And a peek inside…


There is a suggestion of movement in each layer…that will wake you up.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Emerald Envy and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper and Vellum Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Emerald Envy and Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Dragon Dreams
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Gold Cording (Holiday Catalog), Clear Wink of Stella, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Masking Tape (low tack) and Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon)


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Mask the shape with low tack tape (or remove some of the stickiness by bouncing the tape on your yoga pants…you know you have them on)  Spritz the card front with water and spray the colors you want to use. Here I used green, purple and yellow.  It just takes a small amount.  If the colors are not combining or you want a different effect, spray lightly with water again.
  • Now if you didn’t press your tape down securely all the way around or paint moves when you remove the tape, you may get the effect on my card.  I love the look, but if you want clean lines, just be sure to secure your tape edges.  Either way…it will be awesome!
  • Stamp your sentiment in Archival Basic Black at bottom left.
  • The Gold Cord was attached with a blob of multipurpose glue on the card front and laying down the cording in loops until I liked the way it looked.
  • To make the dragon fly layer on water color paper underneath the vellum layer, I had a piece of water color paper I colored when doing the masked shape.  Once dry, stamp the image in Archival Basic Black and cut with matching thinlit.  Attach to card front with dots of multipurpose glue.  Add Clear Wink of Stella to wings and dust with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.
  • Cut details dragon fly from Cardstock Vellum.  Paint wings with Clear Wink of Stella and dust with Dazzling Diamonds.  Attach over water colored dragon fly by adding a thin line of multipurpose glue to center of body.
  • Inside the Emerald Envy layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″.  The wings color is Soft Sky with Emerald Envy around the edges (Rock ‘n Roll method) then the detail stamps over the wings in Archival Basic Black.

Are you multi-tasking all over the place getting ready for the holidays and still trying to keep up with your regular schedule and commitments?  The result seems to be light sleep and frayed nerves…I see it everywhere!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’m going to stay inky…and be HaPpY!



Bonjour Beautiful…

Those water color pencils were calling my name again today…in addition to a new stamp set that will be introduced in the Occasions Catalog in January…


This stamp set was designed by a fellow demonstrator and the whole set is stunning.  Each stamp is so well designed and gives you a detailed European/Mediterranean scene.  You could create a set of note cards with different scenes (which is what I plan to do).

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


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard, Melon Mambo and Basic Black Cardstock, plus water color paper.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black (important when you are using water)
  • Stamps:  Mediterranean Moments and Happy Happenings (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Watercolor Pencils, Sticky Strips, Small Round Paint Brush


  • To the front of a 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard, add a layer of Melon Mambo 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″ with SNAIL
  • The Basic Black layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-5/8″ attached to the Melon Mambo layer with Sticky Strips
  • The Water color layer is 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamp image and sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Use SU! Water Color Pencils to color and then go over each color with small round paint brush and water.  Let dry then add to Basic Black layer with multipurpose glue.

This seemed to be a good card to end the week with.  One more week of Market creations to finish so I will be busy this week in addition to a class on Monday and of course, Thanksgiving this week too!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you are having an awesome weekend!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


sleep is overrated.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!



Foxy Desk Calendar…

You may have caught the live Facebook video on this masculine desk calendar.  What a nerve wracking thing to do…I’ll get better at it I promise.  My excuses to not do it are:  bad hair day, fingernails aren’t polished except with ink, I’m in my pj’s…well, you get the picture.  I always mess up somehow and you are always still encouraging!

My intention was to highlight the new Water Color Pencils that will be available in the new Occasions Catalog in SU! colors!  Was I ever excited when those babies were announced at OnStage…and I was given a box of them!

Here’s a small sample using the water color pencils and showing a masculine desk calendar made for the Christmas Market show in less than two weeks.  Am I ready?…maybe.


I gave directions earlier this week on making this desk calendar and also gave them again today on the Facebook video.  It’s the fox, the water color pencils and the fact that masculine can be gorgeous too that I wanted to share.

Here’s a close up of the fox…


This is a great stamp from the set The Wilderness Awaits and those water color pencils are magic.  The Designer Series Paper is from the paper stack Warmth & Cheer.

When I made the first masculine desk calendar, I gave it to Sweetums for his opinion and asked if he would put one like it on his desk.  Yep!  So I’ve made several more to take to the Market.  I’ll let you know how they sell…

Did you hear the new Stitched Framelits are on backorder?  I knew they were going to be a big hit.

Hope you enjoyed this water color post.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!


Masculine Birthday Feathers…

This stamp set has been in the studio maybe a month…with NO ink being applied!  What’s up with that?  I love feathers and need more masculine cards in my stash.

So today even though the Christmas Market is still very much on my mind, this card finally saw ink today…


Did those colors wake you up?

Here’s the inside peek…


There are a few more ideas for this set coming up…it’s really a three-step set so you know I’ve got to give that a try.

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


  • Paper:  Water Color Paper, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Soft Suede Cardstock
  • Ink:  White Craft Ink
  • Stamps:  Feather Together and Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, White Embossing Powder, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon)


  • The Soft Suede base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Crumb Cake horizontal layer is 5-3/8″ x 2-5/8″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue
  • The Water Color layer is 5-1/4″ x 2-1/2″.  I used a big piece of water color paper and spritzed it with water then sprayed the color burst using Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson and Violet.  I let the colors blend and the water color paper do its job.  Sometimes I re-spritz with water and sometimes I use a Kleenex to take water away.  Just remember it will dry lighter.  I left this sheet overnight and cut the 5-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ piece the next day.  But now I have a big sheet of these big bold colors to work with left over.  Can you say dragon fly?  Attach this piece on top of the Crumb Cake piece with multipurpose glue.
  • Rub Stamping Buddy over cardstock where sentiment will be stamped so you will get a nice clean image.  Stamp sentiment in Craft White Ink and sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Inside the Crumb Cake layer is 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.  The small band of water colored paper is 5-1/4″ x 1/4″

There’s another idea rolling around in my head that includes these feathers with those cowboy boots…that’s going to happen!

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Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



If you are inky…you’ll always be HaPpY!