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Stamping With A Framelit…


Stamping with a framelit seems impossible.  What really happened was I made a stamp using fun foam and a framelit to create a stamp that looks like this…

Pretty, right?  I’ll try to show you the Wink of Stella in another shot, but just wanted you to see the “stamp” that was used.

and the inside and dimension…

You can see there is a small piece of the water colored paper inside to coordinate with the card front.

How I wish I were a better photographer…Wink of Stella can be a stinker to photograph.  Trust me, this butterfly is so beautiful and sparkly in person.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight Cardstock plus Water color paper.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  All Things Thanks, Touches of Texture
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Wink of Stella (Gold), Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon) and Fun Foam (Hobby Lobby)


  • Let’s color the 4″ x 6″ piece of water color paper first.  The only two colors I used were Lemon Yellow and Alizarin Crimson.  I started with the yellow and sprayed the water color paper, then added the red pigment before spritzing with water.  Let this dry well.
  • Now to make your own stamp.  Cut three butterflies from Fun Foam and glue together with multipurpose glue.  Add a small amount of glue to one side of stamp so that it will cling to your acrylic block well.

  • Stamp the new stamp on the water colored paper with Archival Basic Black ink and cut out with the Bold Butterfly Framelit.  Add the Gold Wink of Stella without going over the black ink.
  • The base Thick Whisper White card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Stamp the spray of dots from Touches of Texture at bottom right corner a couple of times in Daffodil Delight.
  • Add a piece of Adhesive Strip down center of Butterfly and attach over dots at bottom right.  Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a Daffodil Delight layer 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a Whisper White layer over that 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  The Touch of Texture dots stamps was used at the bottom of the Whisper White layer in Daffodil Delight.  A small strip of the water colored paper was attached across the bottom to coordinate with the card front.

Thanks for stopping in today to take a peek.  This post may give you an idea or two about how you use your framelits…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

oh yeah.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!


Water Color Sympathy…

A “thinking of you” card could cover many circumstances in our lives…but most commonly is used for sympathy.  But to me this card would work for someone newly diagnosed or recovering from treatments or surgery.  When life closes in and we lose control of our daily routines, a well-timed “thinking of you” card is really appreciated.

It would be helpful if we all had a stash of this type of card so that we can respond quickly when these situations occur.

Today’s card is fairly easy to put together but at the same time conveys the message we are aware and concerned…


a little different view…


and a bow close up…


if you haven’t watched it before, here’s the video on YouTube.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits…


  • Paper:  Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Marina Mist and Rich Razzleberry
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, “I” Acrylic Block, Mint Macaron, Marina Mist and Rich Razzleberry Markers, Strip Adhesive


  • The Mint Macaron base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Rich Razzleberry layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Water Color layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  With markers ink the surface of the “I” Acrylic block Mint Macaron, Marina Mist and Rich Razzleberry letting the colors blend where they meet.  Spritz the colors with water and apply block to surface of water color paper pressing and holding for a few seconds.  Lift straight up and let dry.
  • Once dry stamp Sheltering Tree with Archival Basic Black and sentiment at top right.  Criss-cross Linen Thread and attach at back with SNAIL.  Make bow as per video and attach at cross point with glue dots.  Add Adhesive Strip to all edges and a piece in center back of water color paper.  Add to card front.
  • Inside there is a piece of Rich Razzleberry 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a piece of Whisper White added that is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  A small strip of the trimmed water color paper was added at the bottom of Whisper White.
  • You can see the envelope was stamped with the Sheltering Tree and another piece of trimmed water color paper added at the bottom to coordinate with the card front.

We are enjoying what feels like spring weather here in the South and I even put my top down on my car today!  Yippee!

Thanks for stopping by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


hard but true.

Stay inky and be HaPpY!


Watercolor Dragonfly…

A clean and simple design may be the hardest for me…even more than a masculine card.

But with this beautiful set that will be released in January clean and simple is easy…


How pretty is that dragon fly?  And here’s a peek inside…


Here in the South dragonflies are pretty common in summer time and they are really interesting to watch.

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


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • Cut a piece of water color paper 4″ x 4-1/2″.  Spritz with water and apply Ken Oliver’s Color Burst pigment to paper.  Let dry.  Trim a 1/4″ x 4″ piece for inside card.
  • The top Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut dragonfly from this piece.  Attach water color paper to back of this piece.  Re-attach cut out dragonfly with small dots of Multipurpose Glue.  Add sentiment in Basic Black to card front.
  • Add sentiment to inside of card.
  • Add 1/4″ strip of water color paper at inside bottom.

How easy was that to create?  And it’s so dramatic in person.

I have placed my second order from the Occasions Catalog to be released January 1st.  All these new sets are so exciting to work with.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend doing whatever makes you HaPpY!  See you here on Monday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Inky fingers make me HaPpY!


Swallowtail Sparkle…

Last week was definitely not the normal week.  We had two friends who passed away and one with major surgery.  The sympathy section of my stash was depleted and its always best to have those on hand for when you need them.

If you have every lost someone close to you and received a handmade, heartfelt card, you know well how much it means to you.

Here’s the first to replenish the sympathy section of my cards kept on hand…


There is just hardly a way to catch the shimmer from the Wink of Stella Clear and Gold used on this butterfly.  It’s quite stunning in person.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight Cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Island Indigo and Basic Grey (which looks black)
  • Stamps:  Rose Wonder (sentiment), Swallowtail Butterfly
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Clear and Gold Wink of Stella, Framelit from Rose Wonder (sentiment)


  • The Bermuda Bay base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Daffodil Delight layer was cut 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The Swallowtail was stamped with Memento Black ink half on and half off the cardstock.  All the painting was done with a small round brush and reinkers.  Some of the shade lines were reinforced with a journaling black pen when the image was dry.  Shake the Wink of Stella pens as you work over the image.  Gold was used on the Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie and Clear everywhere else.
  • “Fussy Cut” a portion of the butterfly and attach to card front with glue.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Bermuda  Bay along with framelit frame, then cut out.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a layer of Daffodil Delight 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ with a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ layer of Whisper White for your personal message.

Since the butterfly is a symbol of hope, this seems the perfect card to send for sympathy.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And I will be getting up very early tomorrow too!

Inky fingers will make you HaPpY!