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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

JAI 381 - Happy Retirement

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the challenge at Just Add Ink.


And here is today's card:



I had also planned to enter this card in the sketch challenge at Paper Craft Crew, but I just missed the deadline. Oh, well...

I don't usually make square cards but the PCC sketch was square, so here we are! The first image that came to my mind was the flower pot from A Flower for All Seasons, so I wanted to find two more images that coordinated with it, but would fit on smaller circles. I think these work okay. The single flower is from Grateful Bunch and the ladybug is from Sharing Sweet Thoughts. All images were colored in with Stampin' Write markers because I haven't received my new Stampin' Blends yet. I backed the sentiment piece with a bit of old ribbon to make it stand out a bit more, then added the gold sequins for some bling. One of my high school friends just retired after working for the government for almost 40 years, so I think I'll be sending this off to her.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp sets - A Flower for All Seasons, Grateful Bunch, Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Whisper White, Crushed Curry, So Saffron Cardstock; Color Theory DSP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Real Red Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories - Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon (retired), Metallics Sequin Assortment (retired)
Tools - Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Washi Tape Punch (retired), Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, October 15, 2017

SIP 120 - Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the color challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.


I have to say that these colors scream "Halloween" to me, but I don't send Halloween cards and since I just made one yesterday for another challenge, I needed to go in a different direction. And then I thought, "These colors are perfect for cake icing," so I pulled out the Icing on the Cake stamp set and made this:



The shell borders are the perfect size to frame the top layer of the card, and look great in that Lemon Lime Twist. The flowers and sentiment are stamped in Pumpkin Pie (my favorite orange shade!), but how to add the black was eluding me. Then it hit me - add a layer under the cake for a cake board! I wish I had some black glimmer paper - that would have been perfect! 

The flowers and leaves were fussy cut and added to the top, and I added a flower to the front of the envelope as well. I usually forget about the envelope, but stamping it adds a nice touch.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set - Icing on the Cake
Paper - Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist
Tools - Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, October 14, 2017

WWYS 137 & CTD 464 - Trick or Treat!

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the challenges at What Will You Stamp? and Color Throwdown


And here is today's card:



This was a pretty simple card - it would be good for a workshop or class. I used Sahara Sand (taupe) for the card base, and added layers of Basic Black and Very Vanilla, with a strip from the Spooky Night DSP. I added some background texture with a stamp from Spooky Cat stamped in Sahara Sand. The cats were punched from Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie and the faces were stamped in Whisper White Craft and Memento Tuxedo Black.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set - Spooky Cat
Paper - Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black cardstock; Spooky Night DSP
Ink - Sahara Sand, Whisper White Craft, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Cotton Ribbon (retired)
Tools - Cat Punch, Washi Tape Punch (retired), SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Friday, October 13, 2017

PP 365 - Happy Birthday!

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the color challenge at The Paper Players.



And here is today's card:



For this card, I decided to use the Oh So Eclectic stamp set and coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits. I hadn't used them before, so I was a bit surprised to see that the die that cuts out the "snowflake" pattern does not cut it out from the paper, it just cuts the inside of the shape. So, I cut it from the background and then cut another from the Crushed Curry cardstock, trimmed it out, and placed it on top for some contrast. I love the subtle embossed leaves from that die set - at least I did know about those! :)

These colors are perfect for a fall birthday card, and I have someone in mind to receive this one!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp sets - Oh So Eclectic, Birthday Banners
Paper - Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock; Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso cardstock
Ink - Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker
Tools - Big Shot, Eclectic Layers Thinlits, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, October 8, 2017

SIP 119, FMS 307 & CC&S 243 - Get Well

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is a triple challenge combo - the anything goes challenge at Stamp Ink Paper, the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, and the color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.




And here is today's card:



One of my friends just had knee replacement surgery this week, so I needed a card for her. I know exactly how she feels - it's been 11 months since I had mine done. 

Somewhere this week, I saw a sample using the inlaid die cut technique, so I thought I'd try it for this card. It takes a little bit of patience but it wasn't too bad. The dies I used were not very detailed so that helped!

I'll be dropping this off with my friend this afternoon, with some flowers to brighten her day.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set - Weather Together
Paper - Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, and Early Espresso cardstock
Ink - Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories - Witches Brew Washi Tape (retired)
Tools - Big Shot, Umbrella Weather Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, October 5, 2017

AYSI 159 & CTS 241 - It's a Good Day!

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the collection challenge at As You See It and the sketch challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.



And here is today's card:


The first product that came to mind when I was considering the sketch and the stripes in the collection was the retired Stylish Stripes embossing folder. I embossed a strip of Night of Navy cardstock, then sponged Whisper White Craft Ink on the stripes to bring them out. My only regret is that the strip of cardstock wasn't quite long enough to reach all the way to the end of the card. Oh, well...

I wanted to keep the card monochromatic, so my accents are in Marina Mist. I love the Stitched Shapes Framelits - it seems like I use them on most of my cards! That little bit of stitching detail adds just the right touch.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set - Best Birds
Paper - Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Night of Navy, Marina Mist, and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink - Night of Navy, Whisper White Craft
Accessories - Regals Collection Brads (retired)
Tools - Big Shot, Stylish Stripes TIEF (retired), Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Birds & Blooms Thinlits, Tags & Labels Framelits (retired), Sponge Daubers, Paper Piercer, SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, September 29, 2017

SIP 118 & PCC 261 - Thank You Gift Box

Hello and welcome back! Today's project is for the "anything but a card" challenge at Stamp Ink Paper and the color challenge at Paper Craft Crew.







And here is today's project:


I've had this stamp set for almost a year and had not yet inked it up, so the SIP challenge offered the perfect opportunity. I have to say that the colors in the PCC challenge were not something I would have come up with on my own, so this project was a bit of a stretch!

I used Cajun Craze cardstock to create the box, added the Lemon Lime Twist in the ribbon, stamping, and inserts inside the box, and stamped the main part of the sentiment in Tranquil Tide.  I also added some stamping on the sides of the box with Tranquil Tide, but didn't stamp until the box was already assembled, so that didn't go as well as I'd hoped. Note to self: plan all stamping BEFORE assembly! :)


I popped up the sentiment on top of the box and threaded the ribbon underneath and tied the bow. The center of the sentiment was fussy cut and popped up with the Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. I love these little buggers!

Technique tip - To round the corners on the sentiment piece, I used the punch on the back side of the Envelope Punch Board.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set - Window Shopping
Paper - Cajun Craze, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White cardstock
Ink - Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide
Accessories - Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon
Tools - Big Shot, Precision Plate, Window Box Thinlits, Envelope Punch Board, Multi-purpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

PP 363 - Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the sketch challenge at The Paper Players.



And here is today's card:



As you can see, I turned the sketch on its side. I decided to go with a monochromatic look, which I think will work as a masculine card. The addition of the Lemon Lime Twist ribbon really pops against the Dapper Denim cardstock!

I embossed the "HAPPY" with the Celebrations Duo embossing folder, then used one of the stamps from the Happy Celebrations stamp set to stamp over the letters, revealing them. I used Dapper Denim, stamped off once. The stamping was a little blotchy, but I think it looks okay on this card. The crackle background from the Color Theory DSP Stack added the finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set - Happy Celebrations
Paper - Whisper White and Dapper Denim Cardstock, Color Theory DSP Stack
Ink - Dapper Denim
Accessories - Lemon Lime Twist 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon
Tools - Big Shot, Celebrations Duo TIEF, SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, September 14, 2017

FF 120 & CTS 238 - Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the color challenge at Fab Friday and the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.


And here is today's card:


It was a little tricky trying to get all four of these colors on a clean and simple card. I added the layer of Lemon Lime Twist under the stamped piece for a little dimension. The flourish is stamped off with Tranquil Tide, while the sentiment is stamped full strength. The little flowers are stamped in Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango on those colors and then die cut. It's hard to see, but I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the center of each flower.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp sets - Falling Flowers, Rose Wonder
Paper - Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink - Tranquil Tide, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango
Tools - Big Shot, May Flowers Framelits, SNAIL, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Glue

Thursday, September 7, 2017

AYSI 157 & TGIFC 123 - A Sympathy Card

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the sketch challenge at As You See It and the color challenge at TGIFC.


And here is today's card.



For this card, I went with a clean and simple look. I first tried stamping the background flourish with Peekaboo Peach but it was a bit too garish, and when I tried stamping off, it was too faint. I think the Soft Sky looks much better. I used the Peekaboo Peach for the die cut flower, layering two of them together. Once again, I pulled out my Stitched Shapes Framelits. They sure get a lot of use!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set - Flourishing Phrases
Paper - Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink - Early Espresso, Soft Sky
Accessories - Basic Pearl Jewels
Tools - Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Flourish Thinlits, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stamp-a-ma-Jig

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

JAI 375 - Happy Hello Cat

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the sketch challenge at Just Add Ink.



And here is today's card:




When the Fox Builder Punch came out last year, I was excited to see how creative many of my fellow demonstrators were with ways to use the punch and matching stamp set to create hundreds of different critters. The cat is an easy one! I pulled a couple of retired items out of my stash to make this card. 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp sets - Foxy Friends, Pretty Kitty
Paper - Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, and Pink Pirouette Cardstock; A Little Foxy DSP Stack (retired)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray Archival
Accessories - Calypso Coral Bakers Twine (retired)
Tools - Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, SNAIL, Tombow Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

TTTC013 & MtS 192 - A Combo Musical Card

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for two challenges - the challenge at Tic Tac Toe and the sketch challenge at Match the Sketch



And here is today's card:




For the Tic Tac Toe challenge, I used the right hand column of sequin, lace, and gold. The sequins are gold, as is the embossing on the lyre stamp. 




As an amateur musician, the Sheet Music stamp and the Musical Season stamp set really spoke to me. I expect to get lots of use out of them! (For those who may be interested, the tune on the Sheet Music stamp is Beethoven's "Fur Elise.")

I didn't add a sentiment to this card, but it could be used for lots of different occasions. It's pretty much gender neutral, so that's also a plus.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp sets - Musical Season, Sheet Music
Paper - Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock; Soft Suede and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink - Crumb Cake, Versamark
Accessories - Victoria Lace Trim (retired), Metallic Sequins (retired), Gold Embossing Powder
Tools - Big Shot, Musical Instruments Framelits, Heat Tool, SNAIL, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals 

Monday, September 4, 2017

CTD 458 - Congrats on Your New Home!

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the challenge at Color Throwdown, and here is the inspiration. 



And here is today's card:



I have some friends who have recently relocated from the Chicago suburbs to the Pacific Northwest. They are moving into their brand new home this weekend, so obviously, a card is in order!

I inked up the Home Life set for the first time to create this card. Because it is photopolymer, it's relatively easy to line up the three stamps, but it takes a little bit of work. This was my third try! I love that the coordinating framelits allow you to cut out many of the small flowers at one time to create some dimension on the card. The new Mini Stampin' Dimensionals also came in handy!

I hope my friends are happy in their new home - I can't wait to see the photos!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set - Home Life
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Vellum Cardstock; Subtles Patterns DSP (retired)
Ink - Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools - Big Shot, Welcome Home Framelits, Brick Wall TIEF, SNAIL, Tombow Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, September 3, 2017

CC&S 238 - Life is Beautiful

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the Timeless Tuesday double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches



And here is today's card:




Lucky for me that I have that large stash of retired products, because I was able to pull out all of the cardstock colors! Since the colors are retired, I decided to use current stamps and dies. The Eastern Beauty stamp set and coordinating Eastern Medallion Thinlits were perfect for this sketch. I love that the thinlits can be layered in many different ways and can be used with the Layering Circles too.

I hope you like this card!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set - Eastern Beauty
Paper - Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery (retired), Bashful Blue (retired), and Pretty in Pink (retired) cardstock
Ink - Basic Gray Archival
Accessories - Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools - Big Shot, Eastern Medallions Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits, SNAIL, Tombow Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Hidden Treasure!

Hello and welcome back! This card is a bonus this week - I was cleaning my stamp studio and found a stash of anniversary cards that I made back in February, but never mailed. Oops! They were not made for a challenge, so I never posted them, but here they are today!



As you can see, I was going for a rustic look. I don't even remember if I was inspired by something on Pinterest or if I just made it up myself. I have used the burlap before for die cuts. It cuts very well with the original steel-ruled Sizzix dies, but the framelits do a serviceable job as well. I needed to trim a bit where the die didn't cut all the way through, but it wasn't a deal breaker. I added the three trims tied together with linen thread and used a glue dot to attach it to the center of the heart. The simple "happy anniversary" sentiment is stamped inside.

So there's your bonus for this week - hope you like it! (and now I can mail these!)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set - So In Love (retired)
Paper - Crumb Cake Cardstock
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon (retired), Victoria Lace Trim (retired), 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, Burlap Fabric (non-Stampin' Up!)
Tools - Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits (retired), Woodgrain TIEF (retired), SNAIL, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots

FMS 303 - Happy Starbursts

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and here is the sketch. 



And here is today's card:



For this card, I dug back into my stash of retired products (which is way too big, BTW!). The only current item here is the Very Vanilla cardstock.

I wanted something that I could use for masculine cards, and I think this fills the bill. I'm planning to use it as a belated birthday card, but it would also be a nice thank you card.

I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set - Starburst Sayings (retired)
Paper - Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock; Coastal Cabana (retired), and Very Vanilla Cardstock, Retro Fresh DSP (retired)
Ink - Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar (retired), Coastal Cabana (retired)
Tools - Big Shot, Starburst Framelits (retired), SNAIL, Tombow Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, September 1, 2017

SIP 114 - Delightful Daisy Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the challenge at Stamp Ink Paper, and here's a copy of the sketch.  


And here is today's card:


When I originally ordered this Daisy bundle, the punch was on backorder, so I didn't work with it right away. Then I read about several people having trouble with the punch. Luckily when mine arrived, it worked just fine!

Even though it's starting to feel like fall, this is a very spring-like card. I stamped, punched, and layered two daisies, but I think I could have done three. The stamping was done with Crushed Curry on Daffodil Delight cardstock so the stamp would show better. I added a few layers and the sentiment banner to finish off the card.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp sets - Daisy Delight, Birthday Banners
Paper - Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, and Whisper White Cardstock, Delightful Daisy DSP
Ink - Crushed Curry, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories - Clear Faceted Gems
Tools - Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Daisy Punch, Banner Punch (retired), Tombow Glue, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

PP 359 - Best Fishes!

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the challenge at The Paper Players


And here is my card:


I've only inked up this stamp set once, but for some reason today, that goldfish called out to me! I'll be using this card as a belated birthday greeting, so I wanted to make the fish look like a gift sitting on a tabletop. The clouds in the background could be the sky or wallpaper. 

I created the piece for the sentiment by stamping "Best Fishes" and punching it out with the end of the new Everyday Label Punch, and then turning the piece around and punching it again to get the smaller shape. The "tablecloth" has been "blinged up" with some Wink of Stella. You can sort of see it in the photo below. It's really tricky to photograph Wink of Stella, but it adds so much to a card.



That's it for today -  thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set - Jar of Love
Paper - Soft Sky, Whisper White, and Rose Red cardstock, Whisper White Thick Cardstock
Ink - Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Tangerine Tango bakers twine (retired), Clear Wink of Stella
Tools - Big Shot, Everyday Jars Framelits, Ovals Collection Framelits (retired), Everyday Label Punch, Cloudy Day TIEF (retired), Sparkle TIEF, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, SNAIL, Fine-Tip Glue Pen

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Crocheting a temperature blanket - part 2

Hello and welcome back! It's hard to believe, but this is my 100th post! I think it's fitting that it is not a stamping-related post, but a personal one. You may remember that back in January, I posted about a blanket I was creating for my son and daughter-in-law for their first anniversary. (You can find that post HERE.) Anyway, their anniversary has come and gone, but I have finally finished the blanket! 

It turned out a bit bigger than I expected - I guess I crochet too loosely - but the blanket is more than 6 feet square! Lots of room for them to cuddle up under it when the weather turns cooler. But I couldn't get a picture of the whole thing together, so here are two pictures so you can see all the colors.



As you can see, it stretches a little more than end to end on this twin bed, and folded in half, covers it side to side as well.


I tried scrunching it up to get the whole thing in, but it didn't work very well! You can see the top corner where the blanket was started, then worked in diagonal rows to the bottom.


Here is the final corner with the red sparkly yarn for their anniversary. I also added this yarn for Christmas and Valentine's Day.

I had originally planned to edge the blanket with either white or off white, but since I had so much of the royal blue left over, I decided to use that instead.

I'm shipping it off to them tomorrow, and enclosing the two cards below to show them how the colors work.




The first is the color chart with samples of the yarn used, and the second is the temperature chart I used to determine the colors. I also wrote them a note on the back to explain it.

I don't think they'll be able to use it for a while, but I hope they like it!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi