December 23, 2009

Santa and his Side Kicks are busy with 3 days to go

Santa and his side kick friends were a part of my treat bag class a few weeks ago.  This time we made them into cards, they work very well either way.   Santa and his friends are made with Stampin' Up! punches and die cuts from the Big Shot as well as Stampin' Up card stock and ribbon.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did when we made them. Thanks goes to Gretchen Barron for the orginal idea.

Merry Christmas

December 20, 2009

Sparkling trees with 5 days to go! featuring Becky Gaylord

My featured stamper today  is Becky G.she used the Patterned Pines and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets to make her sparkling trees.  This card is more beautiful than I could get to highlight in the picture.  Becky chose bashful blue, whisper white and Chocolate chip card stock, kraft taffata ribbon, gold embossing powder and the frost shimmer paint.  hanks Becky for sharing your card.  Cindy

December 15, 2009

Snow for us From Cathy Curry- only 9 days to go

My featured stamper today is Cathy Curry.
 Cathy chose the Scenic Seasons, Winter Post and Snow Swirled Stamp sets.  Cathy chose two different techniques from our past All that Glitters and Masking classes, she does a wonderful job watercoloring.  These pictures do not do justice to how beautiful they are in person.  The card on the right has glitter over the entire image, and the one on the left had the glitter as a accent ( I believe her husband might have added the glitter to this card ?  only Santa knows for sure) .  Thanks Cathy for sharing your beautiful cards with us and participating in my challange.

Thanks so much for looking Cindy

December 14, 2009

Make it a Gift Certificate with 10 days to go

A Gift Certificate is always a good choice for stampers and scrapbookers.  Your gift can be used for either a purchase from Stampin' Up! or to join a class or camp I am holding.

My gift certificate holder has a base of old olive cardstock that was stamped with versamark using the Snow Swirled stamp set. A real red card stock belly band that was embossed with the Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Folder Petals-A-Plenty holds the holder together.  I used Merry Moments designer series paper and the hostess stamp set Christmas Punch in real red classic ink to finish the gift certificate holder.

The gift certificate is held in the holder by using the slit punch on each side, making it easy to remove and spend on the perfect gift they chose.

Thanks for looking Cindy

December 13, 2009

11 days until Christmas featuring Amber Jarrett

We are getting closer, just 11 days to go until Christmas.  This month my challange was for everyone to create a Christmas Card using any of the techniques from the past few months.  My featured stamper is Amber Jarrett she is in the Bodacious Babes card club and she took me up on the challange.  Ambers card uses real red, chocolate chip, garden green and brushed gold card stock.  Amber used a technique from the all that glitters class, she started with the large garden green scallop circle, cut that piece into a tree shape,  punched stars from the garden green cardstock, she then put packing tape behind those stars and added the Stampin' Up gold glitter to the sticky side.  The card was finished off with a chocolate chip modern label for the tree trunk and a brushed gold star for the top.
Thank you Amber

Thanks for looking Cindy

Wrap It! 12 days to go

Gift Wrap Stampin' Up! style
My last class of the year was a Wrap it! Bag it! Tag it! class. We made our own wrapping paper using stamps and Decor Stencils. 

The snowflake paper we used craft white ink and classic night of navy ink, two tags Stampin' Up! dies for the big shot, snowflakes from the Berry Christmas,Christmas Punch, and Patterned Pines stamp sets,  the Snowflake punch and white organza ribbon.

Package #2 featured the Vintage Ornament stencils I and II, old olive and real red classic ink, Silver Encore Metallic ink, Champagne Mist Shimmer paint and real red and old olive 1/4 in grosgrain ribbon and the Merry Christmas stamp from the Holiday Best stamp set.

The 3rd package was stamped with real red and old olive with Delighful Decorations and All Holidays stamps and a gift tag using 4 of the Delightful Decoration ornaments punched and glued together to make a hanging ornament.

Thanks for looking

December 12, 2009

A small gift, 13 days and counting

This small gift features the Stampin' Up! Table setting die, Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer series paper,
3/4"Real Red Polka-Dot ribbon and the Merry Christmas stamp from the Delightful Decorations stamp set in the Holiday Mini catalog.  I added a Stampin' Up! nail file and a couple of chocolate coated peppermint sticks to comlete my gift.

Thanks for looking Cindy

December 10, 2009

Count Down to Christmas 14 days

Let start our count down to Christmas by decorating our tree.  I made my ornaments using clear bulbs from the local craft store, and the Holiday Mix Decor Elements $9.95 from page 30 in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I purchased both the white and red sets so I could mix them for more combinations.  As a final touch I add a little Old Olive ribbon from the Mistletoe Ribbon Originals $10.95 page 33 in the Holiday Mini catalog.

Here is one of my double color combinations of Holiday Mix Decor Elements.

These Decor Element image sheets will make 9 or 10 ornaments plus 3 other projects using the words Joy, Snow, and Noel on other craft project such as a picture frame for under $10.00. I think you will love how easy they are to make.

Thanks for looking Cindy

November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, as I celebrate this holiday I want to enjoy the blessings I have received.  I am thankful for my FAMILY, FRIENDS and FREEDOM that make my life exciting.  I am thankful that we have jobs to go to each day.  I am also thankful for the great customers I have, that come to my classes and workshops, you let me share my creative side with all of you.
This card is from one of my workshops this month using my collection of punches.

Be sure to check out the Stampin' Up! online specials this weekend, the BLACK FRIDAY specials are good until Monday November 30th.  You may order online or Email me and I will place your order for                                      Go to

Thanks so much for looking Cindy

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November 22, 2009

Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook

Ok, What is a Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook?
Well it sorta explaines itself, after you untie the ribbon on the cover, this book opens in both directions and has many flaps of cardstock that cover 3 different  openings.  This gives you mutiple spots to scrapbook a special event, my book was made for a special couple (my upline) Deena and Jeremy for a Wedding gift.  I got the idea for my book from a friend I met at Founders circle Sarah Wills, she has wonderful tutorials on her blog.

This is a picture of my book with 2 flaps open,

and now 2 more flaps open, with 3 more ready to be opened and scrapbooked for your special book.  Don't you think this would make a special gift for a family member or friend.

I will have a Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook class on December 5th at 1pm
cost $15.00
I used Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper for this book, but I bet you can think of a few different possibilities yourself, I'm thinking in the direction of Cottage Wall right now.

Thanks for looking Cindy

November 4, 2009

Spotlighting in November


   November cards we will use Spotlighting and Gradiant Glow techniques.  You have the choice of  spotlighting one or two features on the card as well as a choice of  which direction you will stamp your card.
I know these are not traditional Christmas colors but they are very peaceful, and yes I chose the stamp sets Lovely as a Tree (again) and Wandering Words, Santa had to fly over something so why not these Lovely Sparkling Trees.

Autumn Splendor

My second spotlighting card uses the Autumn Splendor stamp set.  This set is great for spotlighting, we can stamp a plain background and highlight a portion of the leaf to remember how beautiful and brilliant  the colors of the leaves were just a couple of weeks ago.

Now for those of us that like projects-

This is my Santa treat bag, that we will be doing at technique class this month.  I purchased this class from a fellow demo Gretchen Barron, don't you just love him?  Well  he has 4 side kick friends and I am having a class on December 1st to introduce you to them. Santas friends include a reindeer, elf, snowman and of course the lovely Mrs Santa. This class is $15.00  and you will make all 5 treat bags.

Thanks For Looking Cindy

October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween and a sneak peek

These are a few cards I received for halloween.  The card in the center was made by the Bat Cave  Stamper of the month Cathy Curry, she enjoys making halloween cards. Mitzi and Darlene chose to use punches to make the spider and the cute one eyed  peppermint patty holder and Lori made us chocolate covered pretzels with the cute trick or treat ghost.
Happy Halloween

and now for that sneak peek!!!!

This is my cover for the recipe book that is still Under Construction, that we will be making at Stamp Camp on November 14th. I hope to finish the recipe pages this weekend and move on to the memory book. Those of you that are making the memory book, we will have a sneak peek for you as soon as the stamp set I need for the cover arrives.   If you don't want to miss the fun at Stamp camp with Donna and Cindy contact one of us by Sunday November 1st to reserve your spot.  After November 1st you can check to see if we have had any one cancel or one of the extra seats available.
Thanks for looking have a great weekend Cindy

October 26, 2009

Christmas Stamp a Stack

   These  are the  5 new Christmas Cards I made for my Christmas Stamp a Stack, I know it seams I have used the Delightful Decorations stamps alot this year, but you can see the many styles it can take on.  I added a Santa card and the Dasher card is one I made from a card I received at Founders Circle by Georgia Giguere, you can replace Dasher with your family photo to send to your friends.

I think these cards have something for every one, I made some of them after
swap cards at Founders Circle and the Cincinnati Regionals.

These  are my Snowmen cards and use the Holiday Lounge DSP,window sheets, and glitter.
I have been on a glitter kick this year, it is hard not to love Stampin' Up! glitter.

And finally the final 5 cards include,
yes more Delightful Decoration stamps and the Ornament Punch,
and Holy Family.

10 cards (5 styles)/ $12.00
October 27th and November 24th at 6pm
at my home

Thanks Cindy

October 22, 2009

October Stamper of the Month Cathy Curry

   Thank you Cathy Curry for being my stamper of the month.  Cathy has a wonderful attention to the smallest details.  As you will see with the cards in this blog entry Cathy truly loves to make beautiful cards.

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Thank you Cathy for sharing some of your talented art work.   Cindy

October 17, 2009

All That Glitter

    These are the three cards we will be making at my All that Glitter Technique Card classes this month.  The center card is cased from a card I received at  the Founders Circle swap that was made by Jill Olsen and cased card of Sara Wills.  I changed the design to use the the red ribbon as the ornament hanger, and adding the third color.

      My glitter Christmas tree was made with the inspiration from a swap card I saw while I was at the Cincinnati Regionals, I wasn't lucky enough to receive this card while swapping so I took a couple of pictures of the card, and made a few changes to make it my own.  I used the 2 way glue pen with the Dazzling Diamond glitter, and the Champagne mist shimmer paint to make mine sparkle.

      The last card is a third way I will show you to use glitter on cards, we will use the Movers & Shapers ornament die and packing tape. 

   I hope you will enjoy these sparkling glitter cards and the suprise  Halloween Bonus card I have planned.
Thanks for Looking Cindy

October 6, 2009

Cincinnati Regional Swap Cards

This is one of my swap cards from the Cincinnati Regional 2009, I chose the Upsy Daisy and Razzle Dazzle stamp sets, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Really Rust card stocks, Razzleberry lemonade DSP, Dusty Durango GG ribbon, a jumbo eyelet, Texture plate kit #4. I love the Upsy Daisy stamp set and this color combination.

I had a hard time coming up with the idea for this card, I knew I wanted it to look elegant and make a statement but not to much. The stamp set Holy Family and Four the Holidays are from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini catalog. I used Soft Suede, Black, Very Vanilla and Shimmery White card stock. Gold and black embossing powder, Very Vanilla 5/8 in GG ribbon , versamark, Bravo Burgundy ink pads and my brayer (my favorite tool right now).
To get the look on the Holy Family, I used versamark and embossed in gold embossing powder. then after inking my brayer with Bravo Burgandy classic ink, I applied the brayer to my shimmery white paper, rolling back and forth to work the ink into the shimmery white paper and the gold sparkles were shinning through. I took a tissue to remove the Bravo Burandy from the gold embossed area to make it shine more. I think I finally found my balance of soft elegance.
Thanks for looking Cindy
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October 3, 2009

My Digital Studio

These are my 1st two projects using the My Digital Software from Stampin' Up!

This is a custom design page that I made to highlight my pillow gifts from Founders Circle, they each went with our theme of Blooming in our garden.

The My Digital Studio is now available for customers, the software program contains about 2,000 images, including stamps, ink, Designer Series Paper (DSP), card stock punches, hardware, ribbon and lots more. It allows you to create CD's and DVD's. All new and exclusive add ons for up coming holidys and seasons will follow. You may purchase this wonderful product for $79.00 or 1/2 off if you host a workshop >$400.00 the next 2 months.

Call or email me to get your copy.

This is my 1st Birthday Card, I made this for Lauren, my sons girlfriend, who's birthday is today.
Happy Birthday Lauren!!!!

Thanks Cindy

September 29, 2009

Founders Circle Swap Cards

One of the exciting parts of Founders Circle was swapping cards with the top 125 Stampin' Up! demonstrators. I had enlisted the help of my husband and daughter, (they told me they were helping me under protest) to make my 125 swap cards. Barry ran the shimmer white CS pieces through the Big Shot, put 4 stampin dimensional on the back of each ornament and Emily was in charge of the elastic gold cord, putting my info on the back of the card, putting them in envelopes and making all 125 fit into my 2 shoe boxes. I was in charge of cutting , bow tieing and final QA( that's where we had issues), they had to be just right. Emily did a wonderful job packing them and they arrived in Utah all together. The swapping was like a grown up " trick or treat" as everyone came down the long line putting a swap card in your bag. If that wasn't enough fun we were in PJs and had a great evening snack.
Thanks for looking Cindy