Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fancy Friday - Inspiration Photo Challenge

Welcome back to the Fancy Friday Blog Hop!
My fancy friends and I are back with some NEW fancy friends too! We loved working with each other so much that we decided to continue on with an all new blog hop to inspire you in fun new ways! These are a group of past and current Artisans that have become fast friends thru the Artisan journey. Glad to have you here!
 Each month on the last Friday, we will bring to you new challenges of all kinds (color,sketch, stamp focus, etc)! This month we are having fun with a photo inspiration challenge! My creative challenge co-partner in crime Jen Timko created this fantastic collage of photos filled with Copper, Glass Jars, Succulents, Dapper Denim, Marquee, and Flowers. Very inspiring!
I started creating by grabbing all kinds of products inspired by the photos and some that I really wanted to work with - the Rose Garden Thinlits Die Cuts and Rose Wonder Stamp Set. I used a similiar technique found HERE to create the colored rose flower die cuts. The colors are Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride. I had fun using the Copper Metallic Thread for a background. Then I added the rose die cuts on top. I also embossed the lower part of the greeting with Copper Embossing Powder. Finished up with 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Copper Dotted Washi Tape (Affectionately Yours Washi) and Metallic Sequins.
Thanks for stopping by my post for the Fancy Friday blog hop!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy
Now move on to Joyce Fowler's GORGEOUS card by clicking on the next button below! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Stampin' Up Artisan Blog Hop - Sympathy Cards

Welcome back to the 2015-2016 Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
I am so blessed that I get to create and inspire with these amazing Stampin' UP products and share with you all here! Remember that every other Thursday, all 20 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Please keep hoppin' thru them all....you do not want to miss anyone of these amazing ladies!

This week we are showcasing our Artisan projects for the Stampin' UP Facebook Page this month. For this project, the team was to focus on the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and Flourish Framelits Die Cuts from the Annual catalog as well as some optional products from our Artisan products box like the 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper.
Sympathy cards are so hard to create when those heartbreaking events occur, so I created two cards to have in advance and I will probably make a few more of these since the font on this stamp is simply elegant and beautiful. I used the same color combo of Calypso Coral, Delightful Dijon, Dapper Denim and Whisper White for both cards. I also focused on using the negative and positive part of the die cut together.
Here I used the white on white approach and adding the pops of color. I actually used the larger floral die cut and one of the smaller floral die cut together on this layer. I still love the Decorative Label Punch for a quick layer. The saying and floral images from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set were stamped and then punched out. Add a piece of Delightful Dijon 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon under it and some of the Flourish Thinlits Die Cuts in the Calypso Coral cardstock behind it. I made a matching envelope with this pattern of the 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper and the Envelope Punch Board. 
Here I used the Calypso Coral for the card base and added the cut image layer on top. I added a strip of one of the pattern 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper. I continued to use the same Decorative Label Punch and Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set with the Dapper Denim 3/8" Ruched Ribbon and 2015-2017 In Color Doilies of Delightful Dijon. Then completed with another matching envelope with this time the same pattern as the strip on the card.

Back in July, I showed some more samples using this bundle as well! 
Thanks for stopping by here and if you leave a comment then thanks for truly making my day! I also wanted to say THANK YOU to all those that case my projects. I am completely honored when people do that and mention my name as the one who inspired them.

Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

Now on to one of my dearest friends.....Connie Collins! She will blow your mind!

Stampin' UP Supplies List
Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set 
Flourish Framelits Die Cuts
2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper
Whisper White Cardstock
Dapper Denim Cardstock and Ink
Calypso Coral Cardstock and Ink
Delightful Dijon Ink
Decorative Label Punch 
Delightful Dijon 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon
Dapper Denim 3/8" Ruched Ribbon
2015-2017 In Color Doilies
Big Shot
Envelope Punch Board

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Get Well with the Creation Station Blog Hop

The Creation Station Design and Blog Hop is back this month! I was beyond thrilled to be asked to join this group of talented women for a monthly blog hop to inspire you with creative top of the line projects with a theme from all around the globe! We hope that you hop thru each blog and leave comments as we all love to hear praise about our creations!

This month our theme was "Get Well" which lately I have been needing in abundance. Well once I got started then I could not stop, so continue on and see what I came up with!
 Some of my favorite things on this card:
The water colored dotted pattern paper from the Fruit Stand DSP in Flirty Flamingo. 
The striped Watermelon Wonder washi tape from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi TapeThe Sunshine Sayings Bundle where I used the Sunshine Sayings Stamp Set and greeting word from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Die Cut in Peekaboo Peach Ink on 2" circle punch of Whisper White Cardstock. Then added the three butterflies in Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and finished with the Solid Baker's Twine and Metallic Sequins in in Basic Black.
 Some of my favorite things on this card:
The Thoughtful Branches Bundle is clearly a winner! Have you seen all the samples out there? Why not one more? The flower blooms are die cut out of Whisper White Cardstock. I then cut the stem with leaves out of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock and sponged with Always Artichoke Ink. I also stamped the leaves stamp on the Sahara Sand Cardstock card base. I added the strip of Serene Scenery DSP to the one side. The greeting comes from Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink. For a punch of bright color, I added the Crushed Curry enamel heart shape and the Crushed Curry Baker's Twine. 
  Some of my favorite things on this card:
The poor doggie...created with the Fox Builder Punch and Soft Suede Cardstock, I just adore him. His ears are made from one of the parts in the punch. Then I punch Vellum Cardstock with the 2" Circle Punch. Ah yes, the cone of shame! LOL Another image from the Foxy Friends Stamp Set is the quote bubble with hearts that I stamped on and with Watermelon Wonder. The raindrop pattern background is from the A Little Foxy DSP Stack. The best part is the Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set! You could make up any greetings you want! The Solid Whisper White Baker's Twine completes the card.
 Some of my favorite things on this card:
This card is too funny! My friend Susan said it looked like a muppet character and then I began to think it might start talking to me! I used the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies with Emerald Envy cardstock, Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and Basic Black Cardstock. You cut just a part of the largest scribble to get the frowning mouth. I stamped the Here for You Stamp Set in both colors and placed both on the front of the card. To finish, embossed the Smoky Slate Cardstock with the Polka Dot TIEF and add Basic Black Baker's Twine.

So there you have it! Four very different Get Well cards! 
Thanks for stopping by my post for the Creations Station Blog Hop!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy
You saw Julie's awesome project before me and now move on to my sweet friend Holly's incredible project by clicking on the next button below! 
Julie Beltramo

Holly Stene

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop - Touch of Texture to Get Well


 Welcome BACK to the 2015-2016 Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
I am so blessed that I get to create and inspire with these amazing Stampin' UP products and share with you all here for another wonderful year! Remember that every other Thursday, all 20 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Please keep hoppin' thru them all....you do not want to miss anyone of these amazing ladies!

This week is an "open to create" week but to stay within the parameters of goodies from our Artisan box. I chose to use the beautiful Touches of Texture Stamp Set. It is a stamp set that I would not normally purchase. I was nervous and questioned where to begin so I just started stamping with the line art of the flowers.
If you follow our Artisan Blog Hop often, you will see that we are missing a team member this week. Inge Groot has been under the weather so I wanted to send her a get well card to cheer her up and just let her know I was thinking of her. This was the inspiration for my project this week - get well. Not sure I will send the mason jar all the way to the Netherlands but the card will definitely make it!
The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack has to probably be one of my most favorite DSP packs. I am in love with this Pool Party woodgrain pattern! The Touches of Textures Stamp set has the splatter image to color in the flowers. I just stamped with Crushed Curry Ink several times to color them in. So easy! I stamped the mixed alphabet letters image in Pool Party Ink for a layer. My favorite image in this stamp set is the splatter! Oh my good goodie goodness, it's perfect! I stamped it here with Crumb Cake Ink. I had to add the bee image from this stamp set as well because it plays on the "honey" in the gift jar so well. The ribbon is just a piece of the 5/8"  Burlap Ribbon and those new Delicate White Doilies adds a nice vintage touch. What is so great about this card is the Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set! You can make ANY greetings with this stamp set for this card. Even GET WELL!
And then came the matching tag....I took the large flower image from the Touch of Texture stamp set and stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then take Crushed Curry Ink and stamp the inside color image just three times while rotating it. I punched this out with the 2" Circle. Again the Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set is used to create the greeting on the tag. Just stamp closely together, hand cut out and use Stampin Dimensionals to add it to tag (or card). The 5/8" Burlap Ribbon makes a nice textured bow for the mason jar.
For you Mason Jar gift giving lovers, my Get Well Jar contains a bottle of honey, tea packets and a lemon. You could throw in a tissue packet, chap stick and a few candies for sore throats too! Perfect gift to cheer up anyone battling a cold or the flu!!!
Thanks for stopping by here and if you leave a comment then thanks for truly making my day!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

Now on to one of my dearest friends.....Connie Collins! She is one of a kind!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop - More Thoughtful Branches

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
We have an extra special blog hop for you today! We are introducing you some more samples with Stampin' Up's newest product bundle called Thoughtful Branches. Remember our first blog hop last month? Go HERE! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Please keep hoppin' thru them all....you do not want to miss any single one of these amazing samples!

Get the Limited Time Thoughtful Branches bundle before its gone! Available today August 2 thru August 31st only! If you earned in any coupons during the July Bonus days promotion, the Thoughtful Branches is a great choice to use it on! 

For these projects, I focused on creating a scenery settings with this Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and Beautiful Branches Thinlits. It's very easy to do with this bundle!
On the first card, I used the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with the bare tree images. To get the same Kraft color of the Kraft Cardstock, I used Soft Suede Ink stamped off once. The birds are stamped with Watermelon Wonder Ink for a pop of colors on this serene color theme. I added the FRIEND from Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp Set in Soft Suede. The THANK YOU greeting from the bundle was stamped in Mint Macaron Ink. This would be an easy card for beginners with lots of layers for easy assembly with a wow factor. 
 My next card is probably my favorite of the bunch! I had this in my head and it took me about 5 times to get the placement of each colored tree perfect. I would stamp the bare branch image first and then overlay with the foliage image. I used Smoky Slate Ink, Pool Party Ink, Mint Macaron Ink and Garden Green Ink on the trees. I just love this greeting from the bundle! I stamped it in Garden Green on Mint Macaron Cardstock and cut with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies. I added this on a Kraft cardstock base and the matching 5/8" Burlap Ribbon. Perfect for the intermediate stamper who wants a challenge in placing those trees in order!
For the last card, I was inspired by Stampin' UP's CEO Sara Douglass's LIVE Facebook video were she demonstrated a watercolor technique with this bundle. This was a more challenging card to create! I taped off the edges with spare washi tape to create the border around the Watercolor Paper. Then I would wet the area of the watercolor paper, ink up the stamp image and stamp. It would spread and then I would dry with my Heat Tool a bit. Moving to the next area and repeating the process. I used Garden Green Ink on the grass, Soft Suede Ink on the tree trunk, Delightful Dijon Ink on the tree leaves and Pool Party Ink with Mint Macaron Ink for the sky. This card is definitely for the advanced stamper but it is so fun! Branch out and try! (no pun intended)
This blog hop gave you 20+ more samples using this Thoughtful Branches Bundle
Be sure to go get it now! 

We thank you for all the wonderful comments and support! All of us on the Artisan Design Team have loved being a part of this special launch! Let us know if you bought the bundle!

Thanks for stopping by here today! Remember that usually every other Thursday, all 20 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Our next blog hop is just 2 days away!

Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

Now on to one of my dearest friends.....Connie Collins! She is one of a kind!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fancy Friday - Sunshine Sayings Bundle

Welcome back to the Fancy Friday Blog Hop!
My fancy friends and I are creating together again! These are a group of past and current Artisans that have become fast friends thru the Artisan journey.  Each month on the last Friday, we will bring to you new challenges of all kinds (color,sketch, stamp focus, etc)! 
 This month we were to pick a bundle from the Stampin' UP Annual Catalog to showcase! Did you know there are over 15 new bundles in there? I picked the Sunshine Sayings bundle from page 97. It includes the Sunshine Sayings Stamp Set and the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. Immediately, this bundle caught my eye when I took my first look at the catalog back in June. 
I mixed it with the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper (which is becoming a favorite DSP for me) and the color combo of Old Olive, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral.
With one piece of the 6 x 6 DSP, I was able to make a card and matching gift tag. The photo below shows the how you cut the 6 x 6 to achieve this. You probably could use many of the patterns from this stack in the same card layout. Maybe use the different words and greetings from the stamp set with different patterns of the paper and you have a card or club class. Everyone needs a matching card and gift tag to have on hand!
Here is the tag. Simple and easy to create. Just turn the paper over to reveal the pattern side. This will look great hanging from a kraft gift bag or our Petite Cafe Gift Bags.

Thanks for stopping by my post for the Fancy Friday blog hop!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy
You saw Joyce Fowler's bundle project before me and now move on to 
Krista Frattin's bundle project by clicking on the next button below! 


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop - Christmas in July

Welcome back to the 2015-2016 Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
I am so blessed that I get to create and inspire with these amazing Stampin' UP products and share with you all here! Remember that every other Thursday, all 20 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Please keep hoppin' thru them all....you do not want to miss anyone of these amazing ladies!
(Thank you all for the overwhelming response to our Artisan blog hop for the Thoughtful Branches Introduction!!! We were on cloud nine all day!!!)

This week we are showcasing our Artisan projects for the Stampin' UP Facebook Page this month. For this project, the team was to focus on "Christmas in July" using the Peace for Christmas Stamp Set and the This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper. Many papercrafters actually start making their numerous Christmas cards in the summer and for this reason, our team was given the task to showcase these amazing new products from the Stampin' UP Annual Catalog. It is a great idea to get them done before the mad rush of the holidays, so come get inspired!
Here is my main card design. Just 4 simple layers. I mixed the Peace for Christmas Stamp set with the Gold Metallic Foil Doilies, the Gold 1/4" Natural Trim Ribbon and the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. To get the different colored greenery, just stamp twice with Garden Green Classic Ink Pad to get a bold and then light color. I stamped the greeting first, next the greenery and then line up your Lots of Labels Framelit Dies and roll thru the Big Shot.
Then I took this lovely pattern from the This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper and made a custom envelope with the Envelope Punch Board. My flipgram shows how it works. I punched two holes near the point with the 1/8" circle handheld punch first. Then attach a length of the trim with glue dots to the bottom. Pull ribbon thru the holes and make a bow. Add your tag to complete your envelope gift package. You could add a giftcard inside the card and place in this envelope for an extra special Christmas surprise!
Here are some more card ideas using these same products. Don't forget to dress up those envelopes too! Just add a strip of the DSP and trim to the shape of the flap.

I must say this Christmas Designer Series Paper is fantastic! You get 4 sheets of each pattern and that is perfect to mass produce several Christmas cards. Be sure to order soon!

Thanks for stopping by here and if you leave a comment then thanks for truly making my day!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

Now on to one of my dearest friends.....Connie Collins! She will blow your mind!

Stampin' UP Supplies List
Peace for Christmas Stamp Set 
Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set
This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper
This Christmas 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock Pack
Basic Black Cardstock
Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes
Garden Green Classic Ink Pad and Write Marker
Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink Pad and Write Marker
Soft Suede Classic Ink Pad
Basic Black Archival Ink Pad
Metallic Foil Doilies
 Gold 1/4" Natural Trim Ribbon
Lots of Labels Framelits Dies
Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Big Shot
1/8" circle handheld punch
Envelope Punch Board