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Winter Fashion…

Today I’m having fun with the Christmas Patterns stamp set and dressing the reindeer in winter sweaters with a twist…

Are you smiling?  I hope so…

Glamour close up.

Cold nose kisses.

And a peek inside.

See Santa’s reindeers can make a winter fashion statement too.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Tranquil Tide and Powder Pink Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Early Espresso and Tranquil Tide
  • Stamps:  Christmas Patterns and Christmas Lamppost (bow)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  “E” Acrylic Block, Card Front Builder Framelits, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper, Christmas Lamppost Thinlit Dies (bow), Pool Party Sequins


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.  Score at 4-1/4″, fold and burnish with bone folder.
  • The Tranquil Tide layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • Color the surface of the “E” Acrylic Block with Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Tranquil Tide.  Spritz with water and “smoosh” onto the center of the watercolor paper.  Hold for a few seconds to give the ink time to be absorbed by the watercolor paper.  Let dry.
  • Cut a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″.  Hand cut curves on one side and attach at the bottom of the watercolor paper layer.
  • Add sentiment in upper right corner in Archival Basic Black.
  • Cut three trees from Tranquil Tide CS and attach to left side of this layer using multipurpose glue.
  • Add sequins with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp the reindeer in Early Espresso and “fussy cut”.
  • Stamp the sweater on scrap Thick Whisper White in Lemon Lime Twist and “fussy cut”.  Add sweater to reindeer with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp reindeer again with Early Espresso on vellum and immediately transfer the image to a scrap of Thick Whisper White.  If the color isn’t even, use the marker and color in the legs and head.  The body will be covered by the sweater anyway.  Fussy cut leaving off the antlers.
  • Stamp sweater on scrap Thick Whisper White in Powder Pink and fussy cut.  Add to doe with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp bow from Christmas Lamppost on Powder Pink CS and cut out with framelit.  I cut away the bow “tails” before attached to sweater with glue dot.
  • Add dimensionals to backs of reindeer and doe and place on card front with their noses touching.  Sweet!
  • Inside the Tranquil Tide layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″. Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add tree cut from Tranquil Tide with multipurpose glue at lower right corner.  Did you notice I stamped the inside sentiment in the wrong direction?  It’s been a day!

Hope your day has been awesome.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

then you know.

Keep those fingers inky…be HaPpY!


Reindeer Fashion…

In my world reindeers would wear cozy sweaters in the winter in the latest fashion colors like Lemon Lime Twist!

So I created this Christmas card in vibrant nontraditional colors just so his sweater would make a fashion statement…

And snow would be all glittery like Clear Wink of Stella…

Even the trees shine…

In this side view you can see he has been “lifted” from the page with dimensionals and his sweater is also a separate piece.

and a peek inside.

Now I’ll just confess I love to “fussy cut” but this one is a challenge with those antlers.  I do love the way they look though.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Early Espresso, Old Olive and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, plus watercolor paper and gold foil
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Flirty Flamingo
  • Stamps:  Merry Patterns and Christmas Quilt (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Clear Wink of Stella, Card Front Builder Framelits and “E” Acrylic Block and Aqua Painter


  • The Lemon Lime Twist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″, fold and burnished with bone folder.
  • The Early Espresso layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The watercolor paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using Aqua Painter and reinker “paint” one side of the “E” Acrylic Block with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Flirty Flamingo.  Spritz with water and stamp on the watercolor paper.  Add pressure for a few seconds to give the ink time to absorb into the watercolor paper and lift.  Let dry naturally.
  • While the background is drying, cut trees from Old Olive CS.  Don’t forget the single tree inside.  Paint with Clear Wink of Stella.
  • Stamp reindeer and sweater on scrap Thick Whisper White and “fussy cut”.
  • Cut small gold foil reindeer and set aside for the inside of the card.
  • Add Wink of Stella to background of watercolor paper by flipping the brush or slinging on the color.
  • Add sentiment in upper right corner with Early Espresso.
  • Attach watercolor background over the Early Espresso layer with multipurpose glue and weight down to dry.
  • Add three trees using multipurpose glue.
  • Add sweater to reindeer with multipurpose glue and reindeer to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Early Espresso layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached over Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.
  • Add final tree  and gold reindeer to lower right corner with multipurpose glue.

Here it is Friday and another gorgeous fall weekend to enjoy!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!




Whimsical Christmas…

Seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child is magical…we should always remember the magic we felt as a child and remember how we tried to create that magic for our own kids.

And Christmas with a little whimsy is fun and that’s just what I saw the first time I saw the stamp set Seasons of Whimsy.  How fun is this stamp set?

Cute right?

A glamour close up….

love this background and so easy to make!!

and a peek inside…

There’s certainly unconventional color here for Christmas, but it works!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, and Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Seasons of Whimsy
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/8″ gold metallic ribbon, Iridescent Sequins, “E” Acrylic Block, spritzer and markers


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score and fold at 5-1/2″ then burnish with bone folder.
  • The Flirty Flamingo layer is 4-1/4″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The watercolor paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  “Color” an “E” Acrylic Block with your Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Pumpkin Pie Markers.  Spritz with water and stamp the watercolor paper.  Let the ink soak in the paper for a few seconds and then remove.  If you still want to move the color, spritz the water color paper but try to maintain your border.
  • Once the ink is dry, stamp the ornaments in staggered positions.  Then stamp the bow/string.  I placed post it notes over the border at the top to mask that area.  Tip:  if your bow doesn’t quite meet the ornament hook, use a black Micron Pen to connect.
  • Stamp sentiment at the bottom.
  • Add sequins here and there.
  • Inside the Flirty Flamingo layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp one ornament at lower right corner and then bow/string.  Attach to Flirty Flamingo layer with SNAIL.
  • The envelope also has an ornament in the lower left corner with the bow/string running to the top.

I love this little whimsical card…it’s so me!

It’s almost Friday again…seriously, people, where does the time go?

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

one of each please.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


Watercolor Orchid…

This stamp set was on my top ten priority list when the Annual Catalog was released this past summer.

So why has it taken me so long to ink it up?

You really don’t want to hear that list…it might just sound like whining!  But this week this set finally saw ink for the first time and I just couldn’t stop making flowers…

isn’t that awesome?

Perfect for my entry way…two home décor projects in one week?  What’s this world coming to?

What fun!  The secret is in the water color paper…

Here’s what I’m thinking…wouldn’t this make the best gift for someone in the hospital, nursing home or hostess thank you gift?  Well, anytime really but you certainly wouldn’t have any worries keeping these orchids alive.  The plant pictured is one I had that was finished blooming.  I always try to bring them back…NEVER works for me!

Here’s some tips in Stuff ‘N Digits if you’d like to challenge Mother Nature too…


  • Paper:  Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Sweet Sugar Plum
  • Stamps:  Climbing Orchid
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Orchid Builder Framelits, Aqua Painter or Medium Round Brush


  • Work on one flower piece at a time.  Stamp the outline in Lemon Lime Twist on Water Color paper.
  • With brush and clean water move the ink to cover the piece.  Drop some Daffodil Delight reinker toward the center and let it “bloom” while the previous color is still wet.  Drop some Sweet Sugar Plum at the center and let it bloom.
  • Continue with each flower or flower piece.  Let dry completely.
  • Stamp outline stamp again in Lemon Lime Twist.  Stamp detail stamp in Lemon Lime Twist.
  • Cut out with Orchid Builder Framelits.  Using your bone folder, break down the paper fibers by curling the paper then assemble.
  • Here I used hot glue to attach the flowers to the stem.  Ouch!

There are already several projects in various stages of completion all over the studio.  Some cards and more arrangements, but smaller ones.  Orchids in different color combinations.  Have you researched all the different colors orchids come in?  I’ll share these with you soon…

It’s “hump” day and the weekend will be here before we know it…plan accordingly!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

waste of your time…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


Sunflower Box…


These little “pizza” shaped boxes make the cutest packaging for the 3″ x 3″ notecards inside.  You could just as easily place a yummy treat or a small gift inside too…

The box measures 3-1/2″ square and the inside of the box is coated and shiny.

Packed inside this Painted Harvest box are 3″ x 3″ notecards and envelopes.  Wouldn’t this make a nice hostess gift?

I didn’t use the salt technique on this one…just some splatters made with a paint brush.

Check out these cute boxes on page 44 of the Holiday Catalog and notice the coordinating stamp set too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for my pizza box…


  • Paper:  Water Color Paper, Thick Whisper White and Early Espresso Cardstock, plus Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Round Brush or Aqua Painter, Linen Thread, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, hole punch and Whisper White 3″ x 3″ Envelopes


  • Cut DSP, (1) @3-3/8″ square, (4) @3/4″ x 3-3/8″.  Cut (1) Early Espresso @2-5/8″ square, (1) WaterColor @2-1/2″ square.
  • Wet Water Color square with Aqua Painter or spritzer.  Stamp base flower with Daffodil Delight.  If your piece is curling, spray the back of the square and it will straighten out.  Let dry naturally to get full “bloom” of reinker and water color paper.
  • Once dry, over stamp base flower in Daffodil Delight making sure the petals do not line up.  Stamp detailed stamp in Crushed Curry.  Ink just the tips of the detail stamp with Cajun Craze and stamp over Crushed Curry.  Do not line up petals.  Using your Aqua Painter or wet brush, pull the Cajun Craze color toward center of flower.  Stamp center with Soft Suede then Early Espresso.  Do not line up.
  • Load brush with Early Espresso and splatter the square.
  • Add painted square to Early Espresso square with multipurpose glue.
  • Add DSP to top of box and all four sides using multipurpose glue.
  • For the note cards cut three pieces of Thick Whisper White cardstock 6″ x 3″.  Score at 3″.  Cut the Early Espresso at 2-7/8″ square and the Water Color paper 2-3/4″ square.  Repeat sunflower and water color paper instructions.  Glue to top of notecard with multipurpose glue.
  • The sentiment is a piece of Thick Whisper White stamped in Early Espresso and trimmed to 3/8″ x 2-7/8″.  The Early Espresso layer is 1/2″ x 3″.  Glue together, tag one end and punch hole in one end.
  • Tie 3/4″ Burlap across the box top.  Add tag tied to Burlap Ribbon with Linen Thread.

These pizza boxes are awesome y’all!  I’ve already made two more in different themes.  Of course, for Christmas but also for shower mementos or wedding favors.  Love them!

I sure hope your Wednesday was worth getting up for…it’s hump day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

This one is for me today.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



Autumn in Pink?

Well, sure you can have pink greetings in the fall season and maybe nobody will think you’re crazy.

I just love the way this little water color card came out.

a glamour close up…

A side view shows the “art” is lifted with Strip Adhesive.

Water color is a medium that takes patience and you’re always surprised by how it turns out when dried.  It can also be difficult if you don’t plan ahead for layering…

These two colors were left over on my palette after a water color online painting class and I just wet a piece of water color paper cut to card size and splashed it on when cleaning up one night.

The next day when I came into the studio I started working with the new Painted Harvest stamp set and this was my second card.  I hope you like it and if you’d like to try this technique, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large round water color brush, Black and Early Espresso markers and Strip Adhesive


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The water color paper is 3-5/8″ x 4-3/4″.  The water color was put on the water color paper really wet first one color and then the second.  I let them work on the paper lying flat and encouraged movement with a brush with just water.  Then I left it to dry overnight.  I know lots of people dry their paper, but you might be interrupting some great patterns that might not happen if you do.
  • Once your piece is dry, start with the base flower and Daffodil Delight, over stamp with Crushed Curry off setting the image.  Then with the detailed flower stamp add Pumpkin Pie.  Try inking with Cajun Craze just on the tips of the petals and around the center.  If you like it, do it one more time.
  • Stamp the center with Soft Suede and using Black marker add small dots around the perimeter of the centers.
  • Stamp greeting in Early Espresso.
  • Add to card front with Adhesive Strips.

How fun was that?  Wonder what blues would look like?  Oh! and that Lemon Lime Twist…I gotta go now.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!



Kitty Portrait…

Just an hour’s ride on the ferry from the port in Sorrento is the Isle of Capri.  It is the most magical place I have visited so far.  This new stamp set, Mediterranean Moments reminds me of places there and brings back such wonderful memories.  May be why I love it so much.

Today’s post is a note card with a kitty portrait…I also love cats.


It would not be uncommon to see this scene traveling to small towns in Italy.  And in Pompei it is the stray dogs…

There’s not much Stuff ‘N Digits to give, but here it is …

Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  3-1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake Notecard, Gold Foil and Watercolor Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Happy Happenings (sentiment) and Mediterranean Moments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  SU! Water Color Pencils, small round brush


  • The Gold Foil layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ attached to Crumb Cake Notecard with multipurpose glue
  • The Water Color layer is 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamp sentiment and image with Archival Basic Black Ink.
  • Using SU! watercolor pencils add color to image.  With water and small round brush, blend colored pencil.  Once dry (colors dry lighter than when wet) you can always add more color or darker shading.  You can also delete color while wet with a tissue or even re-wet an area and remove color with a tissue.  Play around with it…
  • Add the dried water color paper to the Gold Foil with Multipurpose Glue.

This is my last day working on Market products.  Tomorrow I can set up for early Monday morning.  Then this studio is getting a major clean up and organizing!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend…and I’ll see you back here on Monday.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Totally Trees Thanks…

It is no secret I like trees…Lovely As A Tree, Thoughtful Branches, Totally Trees…I love them all.  I mean there’s so much you can do with them in a background or foreground.  Heck they can be the focus of your work.

You can decorate them, take leaves off or add them in colors or leave the simple leafless tree.

Today’s post is made with Totally Trees.  Love this set…


Perfect for fall but you could just as easily make them summer or spring trees…or leave them naked!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake Notecard, Rich Razzleberry Cardstock and Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Dapper Denim, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Totally Trees and Grateful Bunch
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Wink of Stella and Aqua Painter


  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″ attached to Crumb Cake notecard with SNAIL
  • The water color paper layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″.  Stamp several of the ground stamp at bottom.  Use an Aqua Painter to blend color.  Stamp Tree tops in colors then add tree limbs in Basic Black.  Splatter entire layer with Gold Wink of Stella.  Add to Rich Razzleberry layer with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a 3″ x 4-1/2″ layer of Rich Razzleberry with a Whisper White layer 2-7/8″ x 4-3/8″.  The matching inside sentiment is stamped in Basic Black and one Rich Razzleberry tree in the lower right corner.

A simple sweet thank you with a fall pop of color.

It’s Friday!…again!  Seems to me it’s Friday and before I can turn around it’s Friday again.  Maybe I’m running in circles.  Lots going on in the Studio these days.  Got a Kit Class coming up this week, swaps to make for OnStage-Atlanta, team goodies to complete, swaps and shoebox for Brian King’s WCMD2016-Atlanta, a daily blog to fill…not to mention the three holidays looming.

Sweetums and I are going to dinner and a movie tonight.  We did our civil duty today and voted…the lines were looooonnnnggg!  I’ve decided not to listen to any more of the political rhetoric…I’ve done all I can do.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


oh good grief…this made me laugh out loud.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!


Hello Sunshine…

And sunshine is just what we have had plenty of here in Tennessee for the last ten weeks…

Today’s post is a nod to my oldest g’daughter.  Sunshine is what I’ve always called her and so this card will be winging its way to her soon…


Here’s a close up of the word framelit cutout…


Isn’t that awesome?  And so easy to create.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Watercolor Wishes (sentiment) and Wherever You Go (sunshine)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Painter, Sunshine Wishes Framelits


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
  • The Watercolor layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Using reinker and an Aqua Painter work from darkest color to lightest, making sure the clean the brush of the Aqua Painter when changing colors.  Let the watercolor do its work by tilting the paper if you want that effect.  Let dry.
  • Stamp sunshine in Watermelon Wonder just below center of water colored layer.  Cut the word “sunshine” from the watercolor layer with framelit.  Stamp “hello” in Basic Black  over the cut out. Then attach this layer to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut four more “sunshine’s” from Thick Whisper White.  Glue layers together with fine tipped glue or multipurpose glue with the water colored layer on top.  Attach to card front in the space it was cut from with multipurpose glue.

This is an awesome technique that gives you the “wow” effect with less work than you would think.

I didn’t show the envelope but it has a couple of layers of color with the sunshine stamped in Watermelon Wonder on top to coordinate with the card front.

I’m pretty sure my g’daughter will be impressed and maybe a little touched with the sentiment.  She’s pretty amazing…(she will never see this!)Kendall

We were getting a Starbuck’s “fix”…

Got lots of new projects for you coming up this week…so be sure to stop back by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’m HaPpY cause I’m inky!


Thoughts For You…

Can you stand another bird card?  I mean this stamp set is another favorite from all the new products for me.  We feed, water and love watching all the birds in our little backyard and garden…


and a little close up..


I just love how clean and simple this card is.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Pool Party Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Best Birds and Gorgeous Grunge (splatter)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Sequins, Birds and Blooms Thinlits and Linen Thread


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
  • The Pool Party layer is 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The top Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add background from Best Birds with Daffodil Delight.  Add splatters with Gorgeous Grunge stamp in Pool Party.  Color small flower with Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede markers and stamp.  Add sentiment with Basic Black.  Add sequins with multipurpose glue.  Tip:  It is more pleasing to the eye to use uneven numbers when placing sequins.  Stamp the bird on watercolor paper in Basic Black.  Using an Aqua Painter with water and the lid of stamping pad, add Pool Party to top of bird and Flirty Flamingo to bottom.  Add Daffodil delight for beak and a little wash of Daffodil over the wing.  Cut out with Thinlit.
  • Place a deminsional on the card front where bird will be.  Add loops of Linen Thread looping back over the dimensional to hold in place.  Add dimensionals to back of bird and add to card front.
  • Inside there is a layer of Pool Party 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ with a Whisper White layer on top 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″.

This is a great all occasion card to have in your stash…birthday, thanks, sympathy, get well…

So yesterday my son-in-love arranged for Sweetums to play golf with a general.  He said the course was so lush, in the mountains and beautiful.  He enjoyed a great day of golf and lunch with Gen. Puster from Fort Knox, Kentucky.


I think Gen. Puster is pointing out a hidden green.  You know…he never told me who won.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


To honor my two grandpups…Dutch and Stitch

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!