As you can see, I went with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, with a touch of gold. The card base is Whisper White Thick Cardstock, with a layer of the Holiday Foil Vellum (attached with glue dots under the trees so you can't see them!). I die cut a circle from Red Glimmer Paper using the Circles Framelits, then cut it in half and added the "Joy" die cut from Gold Foil Paper. The "Joy" is also adhered with glue dots, and the glimmer paper is adhered using Tear & Tape. Another quick and easy card! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi
As you can see, it's a pretty simple sketch, so I tried to stay true to that. Here's my card:
I'm not sure what happened to the color in this photo - the others I took at the same time are much more true -- but you can get the idea. The card was created with just two colors, Whisper White and Pacific Point. The Whisper White layer was stamped with the star from You're So Sweet, and the die cut is the star from the Mini Treat Bag framelits set. I backed it with a piece of the Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper, and added the Pacific Point stitched satin ribbon to hold the tag. A very quick and easy card! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi
Hello and welcome back! It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted, and now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to get working on some Christmas cards. Today's card is a combo for the sketch challenge at Pals Paper Arts and the remix challenge at TGIF.
So here is my card:
I created this card on a base of Whisper White Thick Cardstock, layered it with Soft Sky, then a Whisper White layer embossed with the "vintage" Snow Burst embossing folder. The snowflake is stamped on Soft Sky with Soft Sky ink and punched out with the Flower Medallion punch. The sentiment is stamped on Soft Sky with Pool Party ink. For some added interest and bling, there is some silver sequin trim, a small silver metallic doily, and a large rhinestone jewel (from my stash of retired products).
Here's a better view of the doily under the snowflake. This card went together very quickly and would be easy to replicate in batches. Maybe it will be one of the cards I send out this year. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi P.S. - I've also entered this card into the Tic Tac Toe challenge at The Paper Players this week. Can you tell which way I was able to make the tic tac toe?
Hello and welcome back! Today's card is not for a challenge - it's for my nephew, who is getting married this weekend! This has been a busy year for wedding cards for me. So here is the card:
This was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest, but I made a few tweaks. The base is Whisper White Thick Cardstock (love that stuff!). The top layer is regular Whisper White cut with the Hexagon Hive Thinlit and stamped with some little images from the "vintage" Tiny Tags set. The perfectionist in me had to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get those little stamps set just right!
Can you believe how similar that little motif is to the one on the invitation? Serendipity! The middle layer is Basic Black cardstock, with the "vintage" Dictionary stamp inked with Versamark and heat embossed with silver powder. A silver satin ribbon bow and a few tags from the Tiny Tags are beautiful additions to the card. The front panel is popped up with dimensionals. We'll be hitting the road tomorrow to head to the wedding in Ohio. I was stumped for a gift and then my husband suggested we start distributing his grandmother's china to the great-grandchildren. Ross and Kayla will be getting the first two place settings, packed in this fancy box.
I picked this up at Hobby Lobby today, and used my 40% off coupon. I never shop without it! I already had the white tulle, and purchased a roll of black tulle (50% off!). I was originally going to just tie it up around the box, but then I thought it would be nice if they could open it without messing up the bow, so the box and the lid were "tulle-ed" separately. I got really ambitious and lined the inside with felt, and then made felt bags for the different types of pieces to protect them, both for the drive and for storage.
The bags are hard to see, with those 25 sheets of tissue paper bunched up in there, but everything is snug in the box. Good thing too, because this box is heavy. It's amazing how much a few pieces of china weighs! That's it for today. I'm really looking forward to seeing family this weekend! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi
Some dear friends were just blessed with a new granddaughter - she's the first baby girl in 7 generations! I think she deserves a beautiful card, don't you? Here's what I came up with:
The card was created on a base of Whisper White Thick Cardstock - I'm so glad we have this now! No more floppy white cards! The three pink panels are from the "vintage" Nursery Nest DSP. I wish we still had something with these "perfect for baby card" colors. The image and sentiment are from the retired Baby Prints stamp set and stamped in Blushing Bride. The "feet" are grounded with a circle of Early Espresso. Some touches of gold were added in the heart, the button and the sequins.
Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the color challenge at Fab Friday.
I don't usually send Halloween cards, but this one might just have to go in the mail to someone...
I started with a base of Very Vanilla cardstock, then added a layer of Bermuda Bay and a layer from the Happy Haunting DSP in the current Holiday Catalog. The jack-o'lanterns are from the "vintage" Fall Fest stamp set and were cut out with the matching Fun Fall Framelits. They were stamped in Tangelo Twist onto Tangelo Twist cardstock, with Basic Black faces. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped in Basic Black on Very Vanilla, with additional banners of Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay. I used the small Banner Punch to notch the ends of the banners before adding the Bermuda Bay taffeta ribbon bow. That's all for today. I hope you like this card! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi
Hello and welcome back! Today's project started out as a going-away thank you gift for a special person, so it turned out to be perfect for the TGIFC Challenge this week!
Here's the first photo of my project, with more to follow, along with explanations and instructions:
Our church's pastor of care ministries is moving to North Carolina, and today is her last day with us. She has gotten me through some rough times over the past several years, and I cherish her friendship. I am very thankful that she has been in my life, so a simple going-away card was not going to cut it! So I turned the card into a mini album!
I got the idea from Pinterest (don't we all?!), from Sarah Willis. You can find her tutorial here. I wanted something a bit smaller, so I made mine using 4 note card envelopes. My inspiration for this album was the Banner Blessings photopolymer stamp set, but I wanted to expand on that. I stamped each of the images from Banner Blessings onto Whisper White cardstock and fussy-cut them out. They were layered onto various shapes and then attached to cards made from the old Sale-a-Bration Irresistably Yours DSP which were sponged with matching inks. Tabs made from matching ribbons were stapled to the cards, which were then backed with matching solid cardstock. Each one was tucked into one of the envelopes, and those were also embellished. Here is what the rest of the album looks like:
All of the sentiments on the envelope pages were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder. The sentiments on the front and inside back covers were embossed with white embossing powder, as were the vellum flowers on the front cover. So here are the numbers for my version of the envelope mini album: The base was cut 5-3/8" x 7-7/8" and scored on the long side at 3-5/16" and 3-15/16". The layers on the envelopes are: color cardstock 3" x 5", white cardstock 2-3/4" x 4-3/4", DSP 2-5/8" x 4-5/8". For the front and inside back cover, the white cardstock layer is 3-1/4" x 5-1/4" and the smaller layer is 3-1/8" x 5-1/8". The insert cards are 3" x 4-7/8". The following products used are all retired Stampin' Up!: Pretty in Pink cardstock; Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz chevron ribbon; Melon Mambo and Marina Mist organza ribbon; Melon Mambo and Marina Mist dotted ribbon; Daffodil Delight stitched grosgrain ribbon; Irresistibly Yours, Polka Dot Parade, Sunshine & Sprinkles, and Nursery Nest DSP; old-style Brights Designer Buttons; Rhinestone Brads; Large Pearl Jewels; Hearts Framelits; and the Petal Potpourri stamp set. All current products will appear below. I hope Patsy likes this album. I'm sure going to miss her! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi
Hello and welcome back! Today's card is a birthday card I made for a very special person - our church choir director. Her birthday was on Thursday and we had a little celebration after rehearsal. Naturally, I volunteered to provide a card for everyone to sign. Here's what I made:
Her favorite colors are pink and black, and I wanted the card to have a vintage feel, so some of the products I used were "vintage" Stampin' Up! It's a bit bigger than a standard card - 5 inches by 7 inches - to allow everyone to have room to write a message. The base is Very Vanilla, with Basic Black and Blushing Bride layers. The music notes in the background are from an old Stampin' Wheel and the sentiment is from Endless Birthday Wishes. The little music note paper clip came from my stash, as did all of the ribbon (Very Vanilla seam binding, Blushing Bride chevron, and Basic Black taffeta). You can see my ribbon stash here.
A few months ago, I unmounted all of my wheel stamps and mounted them onto cling foam. They are much easier to use and take up a lot less space in my craft room!
The card was a hit with the choir members and with the director. Happy birthday, Jen!
Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the color challenge at Can You Case It.
And here's my entry:
My son is headed to a wedding this weekend and this card is for the newlyweds. I was inspired by their wedding invitation, which you can see part of in this picture:
With the shades of green in the invitation, it was perfect for this challenge. I built my card on a Wild Wasabi cardstock base. The main layer is Watercolor Paper stamped with the "vintage" Distressed Dots background stamp. I inked the stamp with Wild Wasabi and then randomly sponged on some Garden Green and Island Indigo. I stamped it onto the paper, then spritzed it with water to soften the background. The hearts from the Watercolor Words stamp set were stamped in Island Indigo onto Watercolor Paper and spritzed, then fussy cut. The Wild Wasabi ribbon was wrapped around the layer and tied in a knot and the hearts were attached with dimensionals. The "love" was cut from Island Indigo cardstock using the Expressions thinlits and attached with the mini stapler. A few sequins were added for a bit of bling. I wish I were going to this wedding - I have a feeling it will be unique! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi
Hello and welcome back! It's been over a week since I posted, but I had a bit of a blitz before that. I think I must have worn myself out! Anyhoo, I'm back today with a card for the sketch challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.
So here's today's card:
This is a pretty simple card with minimal stamping, but lots of layers. The card base is Whisper White Thick Cardstock, layered with Pool Party and embossed Bermuda Bay. I added a circle of Cherry on Top DSP layered with Crushed Curry, then stamped the sentiment on Whisper White and layered that with Watermelon Wonder. The sentiment is stapled onto the card, and voila! Done! I've made a couple of these for upcoming birthdays, so they'll be going into the mail tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi
This card was created on a Very Vanilla base. I added a layer that was embossed with the Honeycomb embossing folder, then wrapped with Old Olive Bakers Twine. The three hexagons were stamped in three different colors, then attached to the card front with dimensionals, as was the circle punched sentiment. Quick and easy! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi
Hello and welcome back! Today's card is inspired by the sketch challenge at the Paper Craft Crew and the color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. My son is headed off to a wedding in Tennessee at the end of the month, so this card will be going to the bride & groom.
So, without further ado, here is the card:
As with the last wedding card I made (you can see it here), this is a square card. The base is Night of Navy, with a layer of gold striped Fancy Foil Vellum. I added glue dots under the stripes in the corners to hold the vellum to the base. The banner is cut from Soft Sky cardstock. The navy motif is from the Everything Eleanor stamp set and was fussy cut. A Gold Glimmer Paper scallop circle was added to the end. The hearts were punched out of Gold Foil Paper and the sentiment on the banner is from the Big News stamp set. I hope the newlyweds like this card, and I hope you do too! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi
Hello and welcome back! I had a pretty busy weekend, but it's time to get back to creating! Today's card is for the color challenge at Pals Paper Arts. I've always liked Sahara Sand as a neutral card base and Blackberry Bliss is a lovely shade of purple, but Always Artichoke is a color I rarely use. Not sure why; it's just not a go-to color for me.
So here is today's card:
As I mentioned, I used Sahara Sand as a base, and stamped the small flowers from the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set with Sahara Sand as well to create a background. The sentiment is stamped in Always Artichoke onto a Tea Lace Doily, which was mounted onto a circle of Always Artichoke cardstock before attaching to the card front with dimensionals. It's hard to see that Artichoke circle, but it's there. That doily needed a little bit of support! A strip of Blackberry Bliss cardstock is tied with a piece of "vintage" Always Artichoke seam binding. I like the clean and simple look of this card, and will probably make a few for my stash. Unfortunately, I'm afraid I'll be needing them before too long. :( Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi
Hello and welcome back! I have another challenge combo today - a card inspired by the color challenge at Fab Friday, the sketch challenge at The Paper Players, and the card maker's choice challenge at Stamp Ink Paper. It's always fun to try and mashup the challenges!
So here is today's card:
I created this card on a Very Vanilla base, stamping the acorns in Soft Suede to create a background. The Soft Suede DSP is from the collection from a couple of years ago, and the Rich Razzleberry button also came from my retired stash. I added piercing on the Rich Razzleberry strips for a little bit of texture. All in all, a pretty simple card. I didn't even use any die cuts or punches!
Hello and welcome back! I'm really on a roll lately - this is my 6th blog post in 9 days! Today's card was inspired by the "All About the Base!" challenge at The Paper Plunge, the sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, and the designers choice challenge at Can You Case It.
So here is the card:
The sketch showed a square card, and even though I usually make a standard A2 card, I decided to try to stay true to the sketch. I already had a piece of the Whisper White Thick Cardstock cut to 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", and not wanting to waste any of it, I scored it at 3 inches and adapted it by adding the embossed layer. I used the "vintage" Festive Flurry framelits to cut the snowflakes out of the Soft Sky square, then embossed it with the Softly Falling embossing folder.
It's hard to see in the pictures, but I used a sponge dauber and Whisper White Craft Ink to bring out the embossed snow. After attaching the embossed layer to the card front, I inlaid two of the stamped snowflakes on the card front, then added the third to the inside of the card through the cutout, popping it up with a Stampin' Dimensional.
I stamped the front sentiment from the "vintage" Greetings of the Season stamp set and used one of the Chalk Talk framelits to cut it out. To get the look for the sentiment piece, I covered the back with Fast Fuse, then took a piece of the white jute ribbon and separated the fibers to get the threads. I just looped them and stuck them on the back, then attached it to the front of the card with dimensionals. I hope you like today's card! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! --Cindi