Sunday, February 7, 2016

Glimmer Paper Love with 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 we were to cover the Bloomin' Love Bundle or any color of the Glimmer Paper! Well as you can tell I picked the pretty bling side of that coin toss! 
For these very bling anniversary cards, I used the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper found in the Stampin' UP Occasions Catalog as well as the Gold Glimmer Paper. I used the Thick White Cardstock for my base. For the line stripes, I used the Gold Wink of Stella to make the lines. The photo does not show it off as well as it does in person. It gives you a little glitter across the card. I also used pieces from the Love Blossums Embellishment Kit: the Gold foil Heart, the Blushing Bride Satin Ribbon, and the sequins. The Sweetheart Punch makes the perfect layer on top of the foil heart. I used the Number of Years Photopolymer stamp set for the banner and greeting. 
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 B's awesome project before me and now move on to Elizabeth's incredible project by clicking on the next button below! 
Julie B

Elizabeth Price


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Birthday Blooms - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

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 lovely Birthday Blooms stamp set and Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper. I have seen many cards created with this beautiful flower bloom image all watercolored in and I LOVE it! 
But I wanted to share how to use it in a different way to show the versatility of it.
I took the stamp image with Smoky Slate Classic Ink Pad and stamped on my cut piece of Whisper White cardstock. I also add the dots image in the same color. Next I took my sponge daubers with Mint Macaron Classic Ink Pad and Pool Party Classic Ink Pad and softly swirled and sponged the two colors around the edges of the stamped piece. It almost looks like designer series paper! The Birthday Bouquet DSP has this great Blushing Bride striped pattern in it and I used it for the background. In between the layers is this cross checked washi tape from the Everyday Chic Designer Washi Tape. I stamped the greeting with Archival Basic Black Stampin' pad on White Vellum Cardstock and die cut out with the Lots of Labels Framelits. Add some holes with the 1/8" Handheld Punch and a long single thread of the White 1-1/4" Jute Ribbon to tie around the card.
Of course, I made an envelope to match. Following the card front in order to match, I stamped the same image in Smoky Slate and Mint Macaron but a different greeting in Basic Black.To finish, add a strip of washi tape.

I am jumping into the #imbringingbirthdaysback movement too! Shannon West at the Stampin' UP home office started this little mission and it is taking off BIG TIME! I thought it was a great way to get back to the WHY we make cards after all! 
So here is a contribution to my stash of birthday cards to send out! Hope you will join the movement, make a card like this one and send it!

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 and Artisan Design Team sister for life.....Connie Collins! She will blow your mind!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fancy Friday - Valentine's Blues

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! Then a few of us had to take a break so we invited some new FANCY friends to join us and make the blog hop a little longer for your enjoyment! These are a group of past and current Stampin' UP Artisans that have become fast friends thru the Stampin' UP 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 are getting fancy with an all new challenge! How about a NO Red and Pink Valentine's Challenge? Oh man! Seriously? THIS is going to be a challenge for sure! Don't miss what everyone came up with!!!

I went right to thinking about "Blue Valentine" or the "Valentine Blues". I started searching thru my stamp collection and found a new set that I have not used since November at the big Stampin' UP Onstage event in Tampa. It is called Happy Home and you can find it in the new Occasions Catalog on page 21. One stamp image and greeting from this set in particular conveys the "blues" so it worked perfectly for my non-pink or red but blue and sad Valentine's. 
Some of my favorite things on this card:
*The Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on Pool Party cardstock.
*Punched hearts of the Everyday Chic DSP placed all over in the heart embossed areas.
*Ink and Blender Pen on the stamped image for the watercolor effect.
*The Calypso Coral heart balloon instead of the kite.
*That Basic Black 3/8" Satin Striped Ribbon!

So what do you think about my non-Red or Pink Valentine?
I will be sending this card to a love one that I have not seen in quite awhile. I do miss them!

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 Sarah Sagert's adorable cards before me and now move on to 
Jennifer Timko's black and gold love card by clicking on the next button below! 
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Picture Perfect - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop


 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 we are showcasing our Artisan projects for the Stampin' UP Facebook Page this month. For this project, the team was to focus on the Love Blossoms DSP Stack #140548, either the First Sight Stamp Set #140685 or Picture Perfect Stamp Set #140520 with a few extra accessories from the Love Blossoms Suite. Plan to see a lot of different design styles with these selective products as you move thru the blog hop! 
I choose to work with the Picture Perfect Stamp Set which is a 18 photopolymer stamp set perfect for multi-step layering of the same image. To be honest, using the set was a little trial and error to begin with but once I got use to the placement, I found myself liking the set more and more. Tip start from the catalog: First turn them in the same direction, then stamp in numerical order (which is key tip).  
You can play around with several color combinations for all of the images. My roses were a blend of the Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette while the starfish was So Saffron and Delightful Dijon. I also wanted to share the softer patterns of the Love Blossoms DSP Stack and they became my background layer that you can stamp right of them. The greetings in this stamp set are excellant for all occassions too! 

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 stampin friends and Artisan Design Team sister for life.....Connie Collins! She will blow your mind!

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

My Favorite Occasion with 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 we were to cover our favorite products from the Occasions Catalog coming out January 5th! Being a Stampin' UP demonstrator has its perks and getting products before offered to the public is one of them!  A New Year's goal is to ACTUALLY send the cards I make especially for the best occasion.....BIRTHDAYS!

My Favorite Occasions Catalog item is.......
The Large Numbers Framelits! These are my most favorite item in the WHOLE Occasions catalog! YOU MUST GET THEM! So much you can do with them! As soon as I saw them, several design ideas came into my head. This was one of them. I laid out the card base on my Magnetic Platform and add the framelits as I liked. Then I added a piece of the Birthday Bouquet DSP and a small piece of the Watermelon Wonder behind it. I used my Tomboy glue to adhere. The matching stamp set called Number of Years has the greatest greetings in it. It can be used for Birthdays, Anniversaries, School Grade scrapbooking pages, Calendar Home Decor and more!
And just to be totally complete on this card, I did the inside (gasp! I know!) and added a greeting and small matching bow. I even added the DSP on the envelope flap!
Now just to send this off to my niece before her big day this month!
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 Kathy's awesome project before me and now move on to Denita's incredible project by clicking on the next button below! 

Kathy Kartak

Denita Wright

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy 2016 and Holiday Thanks - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

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 first opened the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper from the NEW Occasions Catalog (Coming out January 5th) and fell in love with the pops of neon colors and silver foil bling on Kraft cardstock! Just so me AND perfect to complete a task on my to-do list too!
This first card is perfect for a 2016 Happy New Year's card if you send those out. Gives someone a nice way to start the year out! I even think it would be perfect for a birthday card! Just change the age to whatever you need. It also features the Shine On Specialty DSP, the Large Numbers Framelits Dies and the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I added with Cucumber Crush and a sponge dauber to make the balloons more dimensional with shading.
Then I needed some quick Christmas Thank You cards for gifts received last week. I still like to maintain the Christmas theme in my thank you cards so I pulled out my Tree Punch with these. In keeping with the color theme of Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Kraft, Silver and Smoky Slate, I mixed them up to create two different cards with the same layout. All I had to do was add Silver Glimmer Paper, Smoky Slate Thick Baker's Twine, Silver Metallic Sequins and Everyday and Cherry on Top Washi Tape. The greeting "Thanks" comes from the NEW Sunburst Sayings Stamp Set. (I love that set!) I just stamped right on the DSP with Archival Basic Black Ink.

I hope this inspires you to send a happy 2016 or some thank you cards!
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 and Artisan Design Team sister for life.....Connie Collins! She will blow your mind!

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fancy Friday - Quick & Easy Christmas Tags

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! Then a few of us had to take a break so we invited some new FANCY friends to join us and make the blog hop a little longer for your enjoyment! 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 will be one week early due to the holidays. This month we are having fun with Fancy Last Minute Christmas Tags! I don't know if mine classifies as FANCY but they are definitely LAST MINUTE as well as QUICK & EASY!
Everything you need is right here:

Scalloped Tag Top Punch
Tree Punch
Kraft Cardstock cut to 2" x 4"
Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Stack
Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon
Whisper White Baker's Twine
Paper Snips
Stampin' Dimensionals
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
To and From Stamp from Festival of Trees Stamp Set

They are super quick to make! I made these 10 tags in about 25 minutes! The most time consuming part was tying the perfect little bows!

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 Sarah Sagert's brightly colored card before me and now move on to 
Jennifer Timko's snowflake popping card by clicking on the next button below! 
If you keep scrolling down my blog, you can see my first Blog Post for the 2015-2016 Stampin' UP Global Artisan Design Team!