Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello 2015 - 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! 
This time, we are sharing what each of us are working on in MDS. I wanted to share how I am using MDS for my New Year's Eve celebrations!

I started off with an invitation! It is just a postcard that I will mail out. I used a photo for my bohek background image. I added a circle punch in white at 30% opacity. Then added a few key stamp images for the theme "Hello 2015!" The other side of the invite is just a few simple lines to give the deets. A good start, right? 
I plan to use this download When the Clock Strikes Twelve #136679 for the rest of the decorations. I plan to pull many parts of this display showing for my party with friends. I hope to share some of them with you soon! 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you
Cindy 
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Be Wondrous and Merry! - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! We are finishing up our December box from Stampin' UP as the holiday is around the corner now. 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...a perfect little package of goodies for a last minute gift for a neighbor, co-worker or dear friend!
If I had to pick just one favorite in this year's Stampin' UP Holiday Catalog, it was this stamp set/framelits bundle! Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies! Just a few steps with stamping and rolling thru the Big Shot and BAM you get this amazing and beautiful wreath! I used the color combination of Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi and Night of Navy with Whisper White and Kraft. Different for the holidays! These Take Out boxes are food safe and I just added some wax paper to line the box and cover those yummy sugar cookies. 
A simple 4 x 4 card is all that is needed to say the proper sentiment inside. I made a matching envelope with the envelope punch board with Night of Navy cardstock. I used one of the patterned DSP from the Under a Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper to bring in the Kraft from the color combo. Those Banner framelits helped to make tags for the front of the envelope! The To and From Wood Mount Stamp Set is a must have for any tag! 
I was so thrilled to learn that this stamp set and their matching framelits would still be available after the Holiday Catalog expires January 5th. You can still get it if you do not have it yet! Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspire you for any last minute gift ideas!!

The whole Artisan team is off next week for Christmas Day, so be sure to stop back by on 
January 1st, 2015 for our weekly Global Artisan Blog Hop! We will be sharing all NEW Occasions Catalog products from Stampin' UP so you do not want to miss it!

Merry Christmas!
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, December 12, 2014

Friday Extra - Project Life Santa Fun!

Way back in September, I helped my friend Monika Davis with her Fall Retreat prepping. We get together and design projects for it. We always have such fun creating together! Monika wanted to do two things - Project Life and take group photos to fill the page with. And from there, we came up with this fun activity for one of the nights. The right side is the page that the participants created at the retreat.
We wanted to show how you could do Project Life so easily with regular Stampin UP products from the holiday catalog. We used the Trim a Tree Designer Series Paper Stack, the Santa Stache Stamp Set, Frosted Sequins, Confetti Stars Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, and All is Calm Washi Tape. That saying come from the Visions of Santa Photopolymer Stamp Set. We thought it was perfect for this amount of silliness! We had so much fun with this!
We had the ladies wear their Christmas PJs one night. We set up a photo op area with a frame, a Santa hat, a white mustache prop and let the cray cray begin! I took the individual photos and made a second page here to fit all the awesome funny photos we took. I just love this! Perhaps you can recreate it for your holiday celebration coming up! Kids AND adults would love it!

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you!
Cindy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hello December Gift Set - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! We are just mid way thru our December box from Stampin' UP. I am so excited to share fun and seasonal projects to inspire you for last minute Christmas projects as the date draws near! 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...
it's the most wonderful Hello December Project Life® by Stampin UP® Collection! Well to be honest, I made MANY projects! 
 If you have followed me on last year's Artisan Design Team Hop then you know how much I LOVE Project Life® by Stampin UP® for more than just memory keeping! There is so much you can do with these great collections whether you do memory keeping or make cards or gift boxes or more. This complete collection called Hello December is perfect for documenting a Daily December or just a December recap in general. But I wanted MORE! After making all these projects, I still have PLENTY of the collection to do my December scrapbook. That is a work in process as you read this!
Ok,it is a shame that you get only one of these bohek cards in the Accessory Pack! I used other patterns of 3x4 cards to make my flags. Those sequins are so fancy and sparkle like crazy! I just added the washi tape to a Whisper White envelope. 
 These boxes may be my favorite creations of all time! Both are so different in design. The washi tape from the PL Hello December Accessory Pack is one I think should be sold by the single roll! I LOVE IT! I taped the one box so you could still open the box without ripping the tape. Using several glue dots with the sequins to make a splash of glitter on the top. The other box, uses Paper Doilies to cover the top. I used the Note Tag Punch with a 3x4 card from the collection to make my gift tag. A piece of washi tape holds it down. That Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon is so soft to make a perfect bow!
Sometimes when I open a PL collection pack of cards, I immediately want to pull cards that have great quotes and frame them! So this time, I did! I had this perfect holiday quote card pulled to the side. I had the inexpensive black frame with something else in it. I added the washi tape directly to the frame for some pattern to tie in with my theme here. I just added the 4x6 card with dimensionals after I added some flags, as well as a star and sequins from the PL collection. I had these small white pom poms for another home decor project leftover so I strung them on a piece of White Baker's Twine. I have to add that you can get the Hello December Project Life download # 138090 in MDS to make more of these 4x6 cards if you need to make more frames for gifts!
Just fill the boxes with candies and chocolates and it is a perfect 
little gift set for someone special! 
"It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35 
It surely IS the most wonderful time of the year!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspire you!!
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!

Monday, December 8, 2014

MDS Monday Sketch Challenge #93

Tami has a super sweet sketch challenge this week for you over at MDS Monday! You have to use one special photo and a flourish or two. I knew what photo I wanted to use right away! I took this photo of my daughter at the beach in September. I used the beautiful DSP called Lullably which is definitely not for just a baby theme. I love the confetti pattern as it has that trendy bohek look. I used the Convention 2012 download for my flourish around the photo. I also used the flag outline and the medallion flower image from the same download. The washi tape is from the download See Ya Next Year. Added some Gold Baker's Twine in a bow and string. 

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 December 12th @ 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 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

25 Days - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! We are just starting on our December box from Stampin' UP. Plan to see lots of Project Life® by Stampin' UP®...just sayin! I am so excited to share fun and seasonal projects to inspire you for last minute Christmas projects as well! 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 projects this week using the 25 Days Photopolymer Stamp Set.
I went to my studio to make a card with the All is Calm DSP and THIS is what I made! Ever do that? WAY beyond simple card! I was inspired by many Pinterest Advent Displays that I have seen there. I love the idea of counting down to Christmas but I even love it more for just a reminder of these 25 days of December.
I used just two patterns of the All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper, the Smoky Slate trees and the only silver embossed dotted pattern. I stamped with Metallic Gold Encore Ink and then embossed with Gold Powder. After punching with various circle punch, hexagon punch and even one tree framelit from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies, I added them with dimensionals to the cut Star Framelit Dies pieces. Branch from my backyard is the anchor for the Gold Satin Ribbon hanger. I used gold thread to hang my stars. I also hung some All is Calm Snowflake Embellishments.

But wait...I have one more very simple home decor project for you!

We started celebrating the Advent Season this past Sunday. I had bought this silver charger and 4 candles to just have out to light each Sunday. BUT you know you HAVE to "Stampin UP" it! I added the beautiful pattern paper from the All is Calm SDSP, some burlap ribbon and a cut snowflake from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Die. Have you seen this done? You basically take a piece of Whisper White thru your Big Shot, pull off and line up the uncut part on framelit again and send thru again. I stamped it after with Smoky Slate and the snowflake from the Letterpress Winter Stamp Set. Again stamping and embossing the 25 Days Stamp Set here and adding with Fast Fuze and Dimensionals. Then I took a whole container of the Frosted Sequins and spread them around the candles. I even added some gold sequins off the Gold Sequins Trim. When I put away the decor in January, I will just place back in container.
It is not too late to decorate for this year's 25 days countdown to Christmas!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspire you!!
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!

Bright Christmas - 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! 
Inspired by colored chalkboard Christmas cards, here is what I came up with to capture one of our favorite things to do! The tree is from Jingle and Joy download and it has red star and ornaments but I changed it to match my "merry and bright" theme. I have to say that the coloring tool is SUCH fun to use on the stamp images. It is the "artist" in me! I also love the re-coloring tool on embellishments. I took Sara's Sequins download and re-colored a few of them for the ornaments on the tree.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you to get into a little MDS coloring!
 Cindy 
Click on the button to move on to see what Cori made!