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Shut the Door!

The new At Home With You stamp set caught me eye at first look.  Why?  I love doors…of all kinds.  When w travel, I always come home with pictures of doors and sometimes even paint them.  Don’t ask me why…it happens!

So this set intrigued me and I was excited to spend a whole day playing with all the different looks you can create with it.  It has everything to take you through each season and then some.

Here’s my first try…

I made the door red because my front door is red…of course it is!

You can cut the framelit so the front door opens and offers a message, but you don’t have to.

You can see how this one layers up and check out the brick embossing…

Wouldn’t this card be fun to send to someone new in the neighborhood?

I’ll have several different doors to show you in the next days, but here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake
  • Stamps:  At Home With You
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  At Home Framelits Dies, Brick Wall Embossing Folder


  • The 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Crumb Cake base card was scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Wood Texture DSP layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.  Run this piece through Big Shot using the Brick Wall EF then attach to card front with SNAIL
  • The darker Wood Texture DSP was cut 4-1/8″ x 1″ and attached at bottom of card front with SNAIL
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White CS stamp two doors, a wreath, one sign and two flower pots in Archival Basic Black.  Cut out with matching framelits.  Stamp “congrats” on sign.
  • The door was “painted” with Real Red reinker and a small round brush (you could use Aqua Painter) using water and reinker in stamp pad lid.  The door frame was “painted” with Crumb Cake the same way.  Cut this door with extra framelit so the door will open.  Cut door windows with framelit.
  • On the second door frame stamp the sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Attach the “painted” door over the sentiment piece with SNAIL.  Add door to card front with dimensionals.
  • Color wreath and two flower pots with Real Red, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight markers.  Add wreath to door with dimensionals.  Add flower pot on floor to right of door.
  • Stamp door mat on Crumb Cake with Archival Basic Black, cut out with framelit.  I “painted” around the edges with the paint brush and some Crumb Cake reinker.  Add to card front with multipurpose glue or SNAIL.
  • Stamp sign string on door front under wreath.  Add “congrats” sign with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Color second flower pot with markers.  Before attaching to bottom right corner with dimensionals, add a small base of Crumb Cake with brush or marker to sit the pot on.  Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black at top center.  Add layer to inside card with SNAIL

I have loved working with this stamp set.  Of course, being a “door” person makes it perfect for me.  You’ll be seeing a couple of seasonal doors in the next couple of days…even Christmas!

Hope your “hump” day is special…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come back tomorrow and see the next door.  In the meantime, stay inky and Be HaPpY!


New Neighbor…

After watching construction of the new house next door since January…it’s finally finished and we are gaining a new neighbor!

We have met a couple of times and talked generally, but when I learned her husband died this summer while they were on vacation, I knew she might need our help…especially “Sweetums”.

Me?  I made her a welcome card…


See her faithful companion, Rocky’s, dog dish and bone?  Then when you open the front door…


This Sweet Home bundle is going to come in very handy in a lot of ways…I’m just sayin’.

So today I’m posting early because “sweetums” and I are going on a boat ride with friends to a great restaurant on the river about an hour away and have a nice evening ride back.  We sold our boat a couple of years ago so we are always eager to accept invitations from our boating friends to be on the water again.  Should be lots of fun.

So here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you on the “welcome” card for Julie…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Early Espresso and Crushed Curry Cardstock
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Real Red
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches (trees), Sweet Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Home Sweet Home Thinlets, Real Red Candy Dot, Sequins


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card base with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White top layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″, sponge the lower quarter with Pear Pizazz and Old olive around the edges and the remaining three quarters with Soft Sky ink.  Stamp the three trees with Soft Suede, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive (use “thumping” method to tap darker green in center of tree leaves)  Stamp house in Sahara Sand, door and stripes in Soft Suede.  Cut out house with door and window at same time.  Cut door frame and window frame from Early Espresso and glue to house with Multipurpose Glue.  Cut a piece of Crushed Curry to cover window opening from back.  Use door thinlet to cut a piece of Crushed Curry for inside the door.  Add a Real Red Candy dot for door knob.  Stamp roof frame in Soft Suede and “fussy” cut adding with glue to roof line.  Use Strip Adhesive to add house to card front.  Stamp banner, shade with Soft Suede, add “welcome” in Real Red and cut with thinlet.  Add over door with Strip Adhesive.
  • Stamp dog bowl in Soft Sky.  Cut heart from Real Red Cardstock and add to bowl.  Cut out with thinlit and add to card front with Multipurpose Glue.  Stamp and cut out bone.  Add to bowl with glue.
  • Add a few sequins to bling it up a bit.
  • Inside there is a Real Red layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a Whisper White layer that is 3″ x 4″

Julie and Rocky will be moving in Labor Day weekend…I think we will be great friends.

Hope your weekend is going great.  Remember, if you need any of these products you can shop from me right here on my blog by clicking on the “Shop Now” star to the right.  Please don’t shop as a guest as this will block me from sending you a personal thank you.  I had several orders last week and a few signed in as a guest with no name…frustrating as I REALLY appreciate all my customers and love sending them a personal thank you…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


See you on Monday…til then, Be inky, Be HaPpY!


Welcome Neighbor…

The welcoming committee in my little community delivers a basket including a bottle of wine.  Since I serve on this committee and help deliver the packets, I try to make something that hopefully will show my passion for papercrafting and instigate a conversation.  We will be delivering these this week…


a little closer look at the tags…


These were fun to make and really didn’t take all that long once the idea came to me.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Sahara Sand (purple tags) and Thick Whisper White (green tags) plus Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss Cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms, Gorgeous Grunge (splats), Watercolor Wishes (kit), Grateful Bunch (lace)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Small Oval Punch, Ornate Tag Topper Punch, 1/8″ Silver and Old Olive Organza ribbon, Bitty Butterfly Punch


  • The base tags were cut 2″ x 4 1/4″…you can get 10 tags from one piece of cardstock
  • Sponge tags, stamp with Gorgeous Grunge splats, lace stamp at bottom, “hello” over lace, flower and just anything else you’d like on the tag in Mossy Meadow and Rich Razzleberry.  The “hello” and splats were stamped in Early Espresso.
  • Punch out Mossy Meadow or Rich Razzleberry small ovals and stamp “for you” on Sahara Sand or Whisper White and sponge after punching with small oval punch.
  • On Sahara Sand or Whisper White sponge in Rich Razzleberry or Mossy Meadow and Daffodil Delight.  Add “splats” in Early Espresso and punch out Bitty Butterflies.
  • Attach solid ovals to stamped ovals with glue and add to tag with dimensionals.
  • Add punched butterflies with glue dots where you like them.
  • Add 16″ of ribbon through tag top for attaching to bottle or for whatever you might be using them on.

What a beautiful day…I’m having a hard time bringing myself in from the outside to even post these tags.  Everything is in bloom!

Hope you will be enjoying a nice weekend wherever you are…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


HaPpY Day!




New Neighbor Welcome…

In the my little community here we occasionally get new neighbors and I met Brenda soon after she moved in because she has a dachshund puppy and he loves my Zoe Jack Russell.  Walking by one day the dogs forced us to meet.  So today I mailed her this little welcome card to say I’m glad you’re here from Indiana and I  hope we become good friends…


This is a 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecard sized card from the Happenings Simply Created Kit.  It’s simple but I love the way it turned out.  I love any excuse to let people know what I do.

How do you let people know you are a “Creative Coach” in papercrafting?  During convention one idea was to carry “thank you”, “you are awesome” type cards with you and hand them out when you receive good service or just to brighten someone’s day.  You don’t always know how it is received, but it sure makes you feel good to share!

This card is pretty straight forward, but here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Notecards from Happenings Simply Created Kit, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock.  The Grey stripped paper is from the kit also.
  • Ink:  Real Red, Pear Pizazz and Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Life’s Adventure
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Inside I have two little hearts punched out with the Itty Bitty Heart Stamp


  • The Real Red layer is 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 2 5/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • Color the stamp with the three markers…be sure the “huff” the stamp well before stamping
  • Attach the hearts inside.  Done!

Hope you gained some inspiration from stopping by today.  Tomorrow I have another card using this same stamp set.  If you order from me and spend at least $150, you could get this stamp set free!  It’s one of the most versatile sets in the catalog.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”If showing up in a robe and tiara with a box of wine is wrong, then maybe I don’t fully comprehend how Casual Friday actually works.”

I’m inky today…and oh so HaPpY!