Author Archives: Cindy

Make it Mine Monday: Avant Garden

Avant Garden.0117It’s another fun Make it Mine Monday.  This is a great little challenge for me.  This week I didn’t have any cards on hand that I knew I had CASEd so I went to the internet and started searching for a card to copy.

My favorite place to start looking for ideas is Pinterest.  Sheesh!  You can find almost anything there!  I came upon Mary Brown’s card that you see below and decided to go from there.

I really liked the way she grouped the flowers on her card and how she used only one color ccmc440for the flowers but stamped one off so that is where I began my card.

I could have used Real Red like Mary did on her card but after looking over all of my colors I decided on the seldom-used Rose Red for my card and paired it with the also seldom-used Basic Gray.  I’m really liking that color combination!  What do you think?

I went for the smaller 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ size for my card.  I didn’t want to deal with all of the extra white space on the card.  I’m starting to be ok with extra white space but just wasn’t feeling it for this card.

My images are stamped on Shimmery White card stock for some sparkle and when I didn’t think that was sparkly enough I went over my flowers with my Clear Wink of Stella pen.  You just can’t have enough sparkle, can you?  🙂

I’d like to challenge all of you to give Make it Mine Monday.  Ok…you can do it whenever you’d like but I think you should give it a try.  Find a card you like and switch it up.  I’d love to see what you come up with.  Send me both the card you’re copying and the one you came up with.  It will be fun to see what you all do!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Simple Remarkable You

Remarkable You.0816Another simple, yet elegant card perfect for my Card Buffet.  Don’t you just love the flower images in the Remarkable You stamp set?  All of the images are so beautiful.

You can pair almost any color with black and it looks great.  Black makes everything pop.  The beauty of a card like this is that you could pair the black with almost any other color and the card will be beautiful.

I wish Stampin’ Up! had black ribbon of some sort but I’m making due with the Basic Black Baker’s Twine.  I do double it a lot like I’ve done on this card and it works!  🙂

I did play with stamps a bit yesterday as well as work on cleaning my stamp room.  Unfortunately I didn’t get quite as much done as I would have liked.  Isn’t that how it always goes?  Ha!

I’m excited for our Stamp Camp meeting tonight to see what projects the other demos come up with.  I’m also anxious to see what they think about my projects.  Our Stamp Camp will be held on Saturday, February 25th so if you’re going to be in the Denver area and would like to attend just let me know!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Simple Saturday: Floral Phrases

Floral Phrases.1.0816It’s Simple Saturday!

This is one of the easy cards we made at our Card Buffet class this past week.  Three stamps on a piece of Shimmery White card stock.  Mount on Night of Navy.  Adhere to Night of Navy card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  That’s it!  You’re done!  It really can’t get much easier than that.

Ok…I guess you could just stamp the images on a single layer white card and be done but what’s the fun in that?  🙂

I’m still trying to kick this darn cold that’s lingering around.  The last couple of days I was feeling a little sluggish but yesterday I felt pretty good and got a lot accomplished.  I just sound terrible and am still quite congested.  I guess it’s that time of year though.  We usual return from our after-Christmas visit to MN with something.

I have done quite a bit of stamping in the past few days and am quite excited about some of my projects.  I had to make some swaps for our team swap as well as some samples for our Stamp Camp meeting on Sunday.  Don’t worry…I’ll definitely be sharing them with you at some point.

Hopefully I’ll get to play a little more today although there are a number of other things that I should probably be doing….but stamping is so much more fun!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

It’s Sale-a-bration Time

Have you been Sale-a-brating?  I love Sale-a-bration!  Who doesn’t like FREE stuff!  If you’re not familiar with Sale-a-bration let me tell you about it.  It’s a special time in Stampin’ Up!’s year where when you spend $50 on catalog products you can choose any item from the Sale-a-bration brochure for FREE!  Yep!  Spend $50 get a free item.  You can’t beat that!

There are 12 fabulous products for you to choose from!  Click on the Sale-a-bration Brochure at the right and see them all.   I know there will be at least one or two that you’ll have to have!  🙂

The video below highlights one of the new Sale-a-bration products.  It shows you the Pretty Pocket Card Kit.  What a fun and easy way to make some cute cards!

The great thing about Stampin’ Up! project kits is that you can always change them up and do something different with them.  If you feel you’re not creative enough or just don’t want to take the time to come up with an idea on your on just head on over to Pinterest!

sw_prettypocketcardkit_potw_jan1017Here’s a glimpse of some alternate ideas that Stampin’ Up! came up with.  Cute!

Take care.  Happy Stamping.  Let’s Sale-a-brate!

Blooms & Wishes

blooms-wishes-0816This is probably my favorite card from my Card Buffet classes this week.  You know….it’s PINK!  🙂

A girl’s gotta love Flirty Flaming, right?  Have you used this color combination before?  Flirty Flamingo and Peek-a-boo Peach?  They look pretty good together don’t they?

You know me….I have a hard time with random but I think I did a pretty good job on this card.  I just stamped some flowers full strength and some of them I stamped off before stamping on the card.  Easy peasy!

I have the cards planned for my Love & Friendship classes next week but my team has a meeting on Sunday to plan our next Stamp Camp.  That means I need to design a card or two for that meeting as well as design and make some cards for our team swap that are due that same day.  All this on top of three classes this week.  Yikes!  I think I’m going to be busy!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Make it Mine Monday: Vintage Leaves

vintage-leaves-1-1016-2Here’s a new weekly post for you.  Join me on Mondays to find out how a take someone else’s card and make it my own.

Today’s card is one we’ll be making in classes this week.  I usually don’t like to use the Big Shot in a Card Buffet but I couldn’t resist with this card.  I’m not sure what it is about this card but I really, really like it.  It could be the color combination, the bold leaf or maybe just the overall design.  Whatever the reason, this is the card I came up with after seeing the second card here in this post.

Looking at this second card you can see where I got stampin-up-vintage-leaves-gorgeous-grunge-mm-001-791x1024started.  I took the design and pretty much and left it as is.  It looks like I widened the focal piece  but other than that the card design is the same.

The next thing I did was change the color.  I’m weird but when I’m designing and know I want to use ribbon that’s where I start.  I look at all of my ribbons and pick something that will work with the design in my head.  On the original card I didn’t want to use the gold ribbon with the Tip Top Taupe ink so I used the Basic Black Baker’s Twine and Archival Basic Black Ink.    I also changed the color of the card itself from Mint Macaron to Pool Party.  Once I did that my card was born!  🙂

Can you see how easy it is to start with someone else’s card and make it your own?  With this card I basically just changed the colors and you can see what a difference that can make.  Join me again next Monday for another installment of Make it Mine!

Have  a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Card Buffet: Flourishing Phrases

flourishing-phrases-0816I have my card buffet scheduled for this week.  This is the third time I’m trying to hold this class.  I had to cancel twice already.  Third times the charm, right?

Naturally I came back from the MN Homeland with a cold and today I’m pretty miserable.  Stuffy head, can’t breath….you know how it is.  Anyway, I’m hoping I don’t have to cancel the class yet again!

For a Card Buffet class I’ve designed 8 easy cards.  You can come an make as many of any or all of the cards as you’d like.  The minimum cost for the class is $30 with each card over 8 only $2 a piece.  It’s a great way to build up that stash of cards for the year.

The great thing about these cards is that on most of them you can change out the sentiment for whatever occasion you need!  The hardest part about designing for this class was making sure I didn’t use the same colors on multiple cards (unless I have more than one ink pad of the same color!).  You also realize that easy, simple cards aren’t the easiest for me.  I don’t get too carried away when designing but I do love my Big Shot and I try not to use it for this class.  (Very Difficult!)

If you’re in the Denver area and want to join us on Tuesday or Wednesday let me know!  We’d love to have you join us!  🙂

Take care and Happy Stamping!

Windowbox Die Birthday Card

windowbox-die-swapIsn’t this a fun birthday card?  My down line and friend, Janet, made it for a swap we participated in.  She used some fun new items on it.  How many new items can you spot?

Well, maybe we should count how many items are NOT new!  Ha!  If I’m right, the only old items that I’m seeing are the card stock and the ink.

The designer paper is the new Tasty Treats Specialty DP.  The sentiment is from the Cool Treats stamp set. The row of candles is punched with the Candle Border Punch and the design is die cut from the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  Oh…the little beads are the new Sprinkles Embellishments!  Wow!  That’s a lot of new stuff!  Nice job Janet!  I can’t wait to recreate this card!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Suite Sentiments

suite-sentiments-1216Happy All Kings Day or First Day of Epiphany.  Since Christmas is officially over now it’s time to start thinking Valentines!  What?  Yes.  Valentines!  🙂

I designed this card in the middle of December for a swap.  When I was first trying to come up with an idea I was at a loss.  Then I started looking at the sentiments in the Suite Sentiments stamp set and had my brilliant idea.

So, maybe you don’t think this is as clever as I do but I’m thinking airmail….airplane.  BINGO!  There’s a little paper airplane in the Shooting Star stamp set that I knew would work perfectly!  Woo Hoo!  Of course I then had to figure out the actual design of the card and this is what I came up with.  Simple, yet adorable.  🙂

There is a die for the airplane which definitely made things easier.  I first embossed the plane on Real Red card stock with White Embossing Powder.  I did cut this one out right along the embossed outline of the plane.  Then I just die cut the plane from Whisper White card stock and adhered the two together.  It needed the extra border to show up on the designer paper.

My first valentine of the season.  I hope you like it! 🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

2017 Occasions Catalog

The new Occasions Catalog is here and after a frustrating day yesterday (see yesterday’s post) Stampin’ Up! is ready for you to check it out and place those orders!  You can check out the catalog here but the video below gives you a fun little overview of some of the fabulous items you’ll find in the catalog.  Enjoy!

Have a great at and Happy Stamping!

They’re Here!

The 2017 Occasions Catalog and the 2017 Sale-a-bration Brochure are here!  Woo Hoo!  New products!  I LOVE new products!  Have you checked them out?  Click on the link to the right and see what they’re all about!

If you’re on top of things and were trying to place an order this morning you may have had a small problem.  ALL of Stampin’ Up!’s systems were down.  Computer, phones, you name it.  The only way they could let us demonstrators know about it was through social media.  Yikes!

All is well now though so go ahead a place those orders!

hey-chick-1216As I’ve mentioned before, my favorite Sale-a-bration item is the Hey, Chick stamp set.  It’s TSC!  Too Stinkin’ Cute!  You can find it on page 17 of the Sale-a-bration Brochure.  This is a card I’ve previously posted and I can assure you that there will be more!

If you’ve already had a peek at the brochure have you picked out your favorite item?  I’d love to hear what your favorite its.  Leave a comment!

nailed-it-catalogOne of my favorite new items in the Occasions Catalog is the Nailed It stamp set and the COORDINATING Build It Framelits.  There are never enough products perfect the males in our lives.  Stay tuned for an adorable gift card holder that I made for Christmas with these products.

Do you have a favorite item in the Occasions Catalog?  Or maybe a favorite product suite?  Let me know!

The important questions is “Have you started your wish lists yet?”.  If not, get started!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Beautiful You

beautiful-you-1216The new Beautiful You stamp set that you’ll be able to find in Stampin’ Up!’s new Occasions Catalog starting tomorrow just called to me.  I don’t know why.  It’s not the usual type of stamp set that catches my eye.  I think that part of the reason I’m drawn to are the sayings.  Especially the one I used on this card.  Live, Laugh, Love is kind of my mantra.

The figure I used on this card is my favorite of the three different ones in the stamp set so I set out to design a card using it and my favorite saying from the set.  This is what I came up with.  A very simple design which I water colored.

I started with Shimmery White card stock, ink pads and my Aquapainter.  At first I tried coloring the image with my new Watercolor Pencils but as I mentioned yesterday I just haven’t quite mastered them yet.

Instead of inking the sentiment with both a black marker and a Bermuda Bay marker I first inked the stamp in the Bermuda Bay ink pad and then I used my black marker right over the Bermuda Bay ink.

I can’t wait to share the new Occasions Catalog with you tomorrow!  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping

Watercolor Pencils

There are so many great products in the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog that comes out in just a couple of days.  One of the products I was excited to check out were the Watercolor Pencils!  I’m so glad we have a new coloring option.  I really miss the Blendabilities Markers.  I’ve played a little bit with the pencils but I’m by no means an expert.  I need to work with them a little more.

Here’s a great video that gives you a little overview on how to use the pencils.  You’re definitely going to want to put them on your wish list!

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

Happy New Year!

new-yearHappy New Year!  Happy 2017!  Are you ready for the new year and all it has to offer?  Are you ready to try new things, meet new people and live life to it’s fullest?  That’s all any of us can do.  I hope you’re ready to embrace the new year as I am.

I’m going to work on taking my business to the next level and sharing more crafting ideas with you.  I want to do more business online as well as continue holding classes in my home and holding workshop/classes in your homes.  As with many people this time of year I also want to lose weight and get in shape.  I also want to make sure I appreciate what I have.  So let’s go!  Let’s get ‘er done this year!

One of the things I’m excited about in this new year is Stampin’ Up!’s upcoming (only a few more days!) Occasions Catalog.  There are some fantastic things in it and one of my favorites is the Birthday Bright Project Kit.  It’s the perfect way to get a head start on all of those birthdays you have on your calendar in the next few months.  Check out Stampin’ Up!’s video below.  I know you’re going to fall in love with this kit as much as I have!

You can purchase this fabulous kit starting on Wednesday, January 4th.  Don’t miss out!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Time is Running Out





Well, it’s the last day of 2016.  Are you sad to see it go or are you more than ready for the New Year?  I know that some people are more than ready for the new year.  They’ve had enough of 2016 and all it entailed.

Overall 2016 was pretty good to me.  I did lose a close friend to cancer but my family and I are all healthy and doing well.  I still love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and all it entails.  Best of all, I earned Stampin’ Up!’s Incentive Trip to Phuket Thailand next summer.  Woo Hoo!  Of course I couldn’t have done that without all of you so THANK YOU!


I’m hoping 2017 will be another good year both for my family and friends and for my business as well as for all of you.

Time may be running out for 2016 but there’s still a few more days to take advantage of Stampin’ Up’s Year-end Closeout deals.  There’s also only a few days left of the Holiday Catalog.  Look for the fabulous new Occasions Catalog on January 4th.

Have a great day!  Celebrate the end of 2016 safely and I’ll see you in the new year!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Happy Holidays!

christmas2016I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!  Our Christmas was good.  Too much food, more than enough gifts and great fellowship with family and friends!  This is a goofy picture of my boys and I.  The second picture is my baby kitty Tasha by the tree.  She really enjoyed her little catnip toys.  🙂

Did Santa bring you everything on your list?  It was a practical gift year for me.  Lots of things for the kitchen that needed replacing.  🙂

Now it’s time to start thinking about cleaning up from Christmas and packing for our trip to the MN Homeland to see family.

I should probably also start thinking about getting ready for the new Occasions Catalog christmas2016-1and SALE-A-BRATION!!  Woo Hoo!  I really wish I could have carved out more time to play with some of the new products from the publications.  Oh, well.  I’ll just have to do it when I return from the frigid Homeland.  Lucky for us it doesn’t look like the temperatures will be too low while we’re in town.

Are you ready for the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration?  Have you started making those wish lists?  You better get those lists made!  It all begins next week!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!



Grinch Tag

grinch-1116Christmas is almost here!  Yikes!  Are you ready?

Remember how I mentioned that I thought I was on top of my Christmas preparations but knew that I had to be missing something?  Well, I haven’t missed anything life threatening but little things are popping up here and there that could have gone a bit smoother.

I was watching TV with my husband the other day and in the middle of the show I shout “Crap!”.  I was getting my hair done the next day and I had forgotten to get my hairdresser a Christmas gift.  Lucky for me I had cards on hand and wrote her a check (which I’m assuming she’ll appreciate more than a box of candy…).  A little lame but it worked.

Then on another day we get yet another package from Amazon.  (I’m not sure we’d survive the holidays without Amazon Prime!).  Of course, like all of the other Amazon packages we’ve received it’s addressed to me.  The thing was, none of us were expecting a package.  Finally my husband and older son opened it and it’s a computer keyboard that my younger son wanted.  Well…my older son had already bought one for his brother.  Hmmm….  Ah…..I had given the same list to my sister-in-law when she asked for ideas for son #2.  Dang!  I blew it!  Of course, it’s not the end of the world, just a tad bit frustrating.

But on to today’s project!  Didn’t this little Grinch turn out rather cute?  Well, I suppose that the Grinch really isn’t cute but I think this tag turned out pretty well.  The only part I had to draw by hand was his mouth area.  The eye area is a stamp found in the Jar of Haunts stamp set.  It’s perfect for the Grinch!

I die cut an oval using the Layering Ovals Framelits for the face and for the mouth area I die cut a heart from the Sweet and Sassy Framelits.  I trimmed the heart a little to make it be a little less heart shaped then I drew the mouth area on it.

I stamped the eyes on the oval and then I stamped them again on a scrap of Crushed Curry card stock, cut them out and adhered them over the stamped image on the oval.

The little hat of course is punched from the Jolly Hat Builder Punch and the nose is a 1/4″ circle.

It’s a fun little tag if I do say so myself.  There’s still time to whip a couple of these up for those last minute packages.  🙂

Have a great day!  Don’t stress too much!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Totally Trees Beach

totally-trees-1216I guess I should have been looking at this card while we had our frigid cold snap last week!  This would have warmed me up….dreaming of sitting on a sandy beach with the sun shining down on me.  Oh, well.  I can dream now!  🙂

This warm and easy card was made using Stampin’ Up!’s Totally Trees stamp set.  I really like this set and am so sad that it will be gone as of January 4th.  Yes, it’s retiring along with the Holiday Catalog so if you want it, you better order it SOON!

I’m sad to see it go because I’m in love with this palm tree.  The other trees are very nice but this one makes me smile.  How can you not smile thinking of a warm beach (and possibly a frosty drink!)?   I’m pretty sure there’s more than a few of us who would like to be relaxing on a warm beach about now instead running around crazy trying to get ready for the holidays!  🙂

Don’t be sad that you’ve missed out on this stamp set and the others that are retiring as of January 4th.  You only have a few more weeks to get ’em before they’re gone!  Shop now!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Sneak Peek: Sealed With Love

sealedwithlovesu-1216Christmas is just a few short days away but have you started thinking about Valentines Day yet?  Ha!  Of course you haven’t unless you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and have a chance to play with some of the new products in the upcoming Occasions Catalog!  🙂

Stampin’ Up! posted this photo in our weekly email.  Aren’t these projects cute?  I have just a few more Christmas things to take care of this week and then I can sit down and play.  I do have my projects designed for my first two classes of 2017 but I’d like to just sit and make some cards for the fun of it!

The three projects in the photo use almost all of the products you can find in the Sending Love Suite.  There is an adorable stamp set with COORDINATING framelits, ribbon, embellishments and of course a Designer Series Paper Stack!  Plenty of fun products to make all of those Valentines you’re going to want to send out!  You can see them online starting on January 4th or let me know and I can pop a catalog in the mail for you now!  You’re going to love the new Occasions Catalog.  There’s a little something for everyone!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Washi Tape Thank You

endless-thanks-1016Is there still a cold spell in your neck of the woods?  We’re warming up a bit here in Denver and tomorrow we might hit 50 degrees!  That will feel so good after single-digit and below-zero temperatures!  🙂

This card feels warm and springy and will be perfect for those holiday thank you notes that you’ll want to send out.

It’s been so long since I actually designed this card that I’m not sure where I originally found the idea.  I know that I liked that the design used washi tape.  I love the look washi tape but can never really figure out how to incorporate it into my cards.  This was definitely a fun design.

I used the Endless Wishes stamp set on this card and it coordinated well with the Affectionately Yours washi tape.  I just love the font in this stamp set!

I started with the strips of washi tape.  To get the leaves peeking out from behind the tape I simple covered (masked) the tap with a piece of computer paper which is light-weight and thin.  You don’t want to use a thick piece of card stock because you may have trouble getting the image to stamp right next to your mask.

I did have to cut out the Calypso Coral florals by hand….no punches or dies for this.  🙁

I should try this design with some of the other washi tape sets.  I bet the card would look totally different.  Hmmm….

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!