Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fancy Friday Blog Hop - Pretty Packages

Welcome to the FANCY FRIDAY BLOG HOP for a
"Pretty Packages" Challenge!
My fancy friends and I are BACK! 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! Each month on the last Friday, we will bring to you new challenges of all kinds (color,sketch, stamp focus, etc) that you can even participate in! This month we all wanted to make some pretty holiday packaging to inspire you because you know the holidays are just around the corner! LITERALLY! We hope you will join in on the fun and share with us if you do! Use #fancyfriday if you do share on social media!

For my pretty packages, I used the Stampin UP Festive Designer Kraft Paper Rolls. You get two rolls of printed kraft paper for a bargain price of $9.95! Did you know that you can also stamp on this double sided gift wrap? Gotta try that!
For this first package, I used the Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon and the Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon to make a layered bow. The tag is from the Note Tag punch. I cut an Old Olive Tree Punch shape in half to make it appears longer behind the tag. I used the Cheerful Tags Stamp Set and the Endless Wishes Stamp Set in Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. I added a little heart punch with Kraft Cardstock but left room to write my name or their name.

 For the second package, I recently saw the Whisper White 1/4" Sweater Trim yarn from last year's Holiday Catalog in the Clearance Section and bought two rolls for just 3.59 each. "Brown paper packages tied up with string...these are a few of my favorite things..."
I used some Gold 1/8" ribbon and Gold Sequin Trim to enhance the plain white yarn. I think the tag is my favorite! I used the Note Tag Punch again and the Cheerful Tag Stamp Set with Black Memento Ink. Then I punched just the bottom with the Confetti Star Punch. I punched a piece of the Gold Shimmer Paper with the Note Tag Punch and add it behind. The largest Star Framelits Die with the Gold Foil Sheet adds a perfect background layer.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspire you to get out your Stampin Up supplies and start creating some pretty packages!
Cindy

Now move on to the FABULOUS and FANCY 
Connie Collins by clicking on the next button below! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sending Simply Gratitude - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! We are on our November box from Stampin' UP. This box was full of Christmas kits and stamps from the Stampin' UP Holiday Catalog! I am so excited to share fun and seasonal projects to inspire you! Every Thursday of each week for one full year, all 16 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. Now on to my Stampin' UP Facebook project this week...my Simply Created Gratitude cards!
One look at this Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit and I knew that I want to ACTUALLY send them to people that are such a blessing in my life. To do that, I had to turn this "garland" kit into individual cards. It really was rather simple. I cut 8.5 x11 cardstock of Basic Gray, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Tangerine Tango, Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive into 4.25x5.5 bases with rounded corners at the bottom. Then assemble the pockets, add the numbers, an Autumn Wooden Elements leaf or acorn (I will missed these so much when the Holiday Catalog is over) and tie a bow with the twine from the kit.
Of course, I had to add some stamping along the way! I used the Gratitude for Days Photopolymer Stamp Set for the notecards and the Whisper White envelopes. I made my list of my top 10 blessings of this year and filled out the notecards with thoughts on how each of those people change my last year. With this kit, I could go to 30 blessings but I wanted to use 11-30 for birthday cards like my friend Mercedes did HERE. Love her gift card idea for this kit!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you to 
thank the people that mean so much to you! Tis the season to be thankful!
Cindy
You saw my friend, Becky Cowley before me and now move on to my friend, Helene Legrand by clicking on the next button below! Be sure to stop by all 16 of us!

Christmas Card 2014 - MDS Blog Hop

WELCOME TO THE MDS BLOG HOP!
A bunch of us have joined together to share our passion for digital designing with Stampin' UP's My Digital Studio.  These ladies are SERIOUSLY talented in MDS and I am thrilled to be on this Blog Hop with them! You will find us blog hopping on the 2nd and 4th THURSDAYS of each month! We are a little early this month due to the holidays! ALSO we have a guest blogger this month of November! MONIKA DAVIS She is my dear friend and my "partner in crime" with our MDS biz. Believe me, she knows her MDS! So this blog hop is all about WHAT YA DOING in MDS?
Seriously I was wondering what to do for this blog hop when I looked at my calendar and realized that it was NOVEMBER 16th! Thanksgiving is next week! HOLY MOLY! I needed to get my butt in gear and get a holiday card designed asap! I gotta get them into the printer to get back in time to send out BEFORE Christmas!
FRONT OF CARD
BACK OF CARD
I have been seeing alot of black, white, red and gold themed Christmas decorations out there! I find the color theme very elegant. So I was inspired by my visions of that decor for my design. To get the curve of white around the photo, I used the leaf punch blown up to get that perfect curve. You can see how I use it HERE as well on a calendar. I am also loving the long look of a postcard photo card. What is so great is that you get envelopes with these when you print thru Stampin UP! MDS print services! I plan to get this card printed for family, friends and church family this year so watch out some of you are getting a preview! LOL

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you to get your Christmas photo cards done ASAP
 Cindy 
Click on the button to move on to see what Cori made!

Monday, November 17, 2014

MDS Monday Sketch Challenge #91

Tara create this fun sketch this week with a focus on numbers. I love using numbers when showcasing a special event on a scrapbook page and of course, I finished off my godson's first year album with his 1st birthday celebration! For my page, I used many embellishments from the On The Go download. If you have MDS and boys, this is a must have! I re-colored the truck to Pacific Point but left the tractor the green and gray. 

Challenge Guidelines:
  • Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
  • Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the Challenge Graphic above within your post.
  • Link directly to your Post for this challenge, not your entire blog. (So we can find your project)
  • You can create a Card, Scrap Page or 3-D Object with the Sketch.
  • The Challenge will end on Saturday November 29th @ 12pm EST. 
  • Have fun! 

You can give the challenge a try and submit your own page if you click on the MDS Monday button on the right side! 

 Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you today to get into 
MDS Mondays and our challenges!
Cindy 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Be Merry Gift Card Holder - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! We are just starting on our November box from Stampin' UP. This box was full of Christmas kits and stamps from the Stampin' UP Holiday Catalog! I am so excited to share fun and seasonal projects to inspire you! Every Thursday of each week for one full year, all 16 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. Now on to my project this week...everyone needs an extra special gift card holder for the holiday giving!
As soon as I saw the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies in the Holiday Catalog, I was a happy, joyful gal! I love giving and receiving gift cards! Even better to make a special package for them with just the perfect saying! I used the Holiday Invitation Photopolymer Stamp Set for that saying...nothing better than "eating, drinking and being merry" with a Starbucks gift card or ANY food or restaurant gift card!
I used the versatile Under the Tree Specialty Design Series Paper for my gift card base and using Sticky Strip to close it but leaving one flap open. I think my new favorite ribbon is the Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon! (I plan to use it on some packages coming soon) Here I just placed it as my pull ribbon around the actual gift card (which matched perfectly I thought - lucky me). 
My favorite details on this project are:
 *Making the banner fold to pop off the gift card holder. I stamped just the lines of the stamp image on both sides to make it appear longer. I scored a 1/4" on each end and used the hexagon punch to make my flag ends.
* I used Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder on the berries of the Wonderous Wreath Stamp Set. Love embossing! Love that stamp set! You will be seeing WAY more of it from me over the next two months!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspire you to get some gift card holders done for your holiday gift giving! If you like, I would love to hear what is your favorite gift card to get! Mine would be Dunkin Donuts or Charming Charlie's!
Cindy
You saw my friend, Becky Cowley before me and now move on to my friend, Helene Legrand by clicking on the next button below! Be sure to stop by all 16 of us!

Friday, November 7, 2014

And the winner is.....

My Fancy Friday October Blog Candy winner of the
WHOLE PACKAGE OF THE LULLABY 
DESIGNER SERIES PAPER is.....
Congratulations Rosemarie Calpin!
You will have until November 10th, 2014 to contact me via email @ nutmeg1197@aol.com with your address so that I can ship you DSP to you! Enjoy the sweet gift!

Should I not hear from the winner, I will select another winner from the posted comments.
Thanks for all the wonderful and thoughtful comments last Friday! I am so happy you liked my card! Have a great weekend!
Cindy

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Digital Project Life MY WAY - MDS Blog Hop

 WELCOME TO THE MDS BLOG HOP!
A bunch of us have joined together to share our passion for digital designing with Stampin' UP's My Digital Studio.  These ladies are SERIOUSLY talented in MDS and I am thrilled to be on this Blog Hop with them! You will find us blog hopping on the 2nd and 4th THURSDAYS of each month! We are a little early this month due to the holidays! ALSO we have a guest blogger this month of November! MONIKA DAVIS She is my dear friend and my "partner in crime" with our MDS biz. Believe me, she knows her MDS!

For the MDS Blog Hop this time, we are sharing PROJECT LIFE DIGITALLY! Come check out each of us and what we bring to the digital PL world!
Well there was some talk about MDS moving towards Project Life printed cards, however this has been delayed unfortunately. (insert frown face here) SOOOO......
I decided to make my OWN! I created a 8.5x11 page and filled Happy Things Pocket Cards punch with Designer Series Paper from the Grateful Heart Thanksgiving download. Then I just took some of the stamp images and more punches from that same download to finish my designs on the cards. I printed this page on my home printer with Whisper White cardstock.
Can you see the possibilities with this idea? You can use ANY download kit or ensemble with this! I definitely plan to use it again and again and again. Maybe MDS will get on board with printing cards soon and my life will be Project Life PERFECTION!
I cut them out and rounded the corners with my Project Life corner punch. So simple, right? I like simple scrapbooking memory keeping! I need to finish some journaling on this as well. Perhaps a quote about grandparents!
I did add some "hybrid" quality to my page with Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Pool Party and Peach Parfait (retired color-but I always save scraps for this type of occasion as you know MDS NEVER retires....not yet) cardstock cut with the Fun Fall Framelits Dies. I just threw them in the pouch on the photo. FUN!
Want to make this Project Life page too? Guess what? This download is ON SALE for the WEEKLY DEALS right NOW! Click HERE to order it!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you
 Cindy 
Click on the button to move on to see what Cori made!