Wow! Do I remember how to do this???

Yes, it’s been that long!  It’s been so long that it all feels new to me.  I could give you a million reasons why I haven’t posted… why I haven’t stamped… why I haven’t scrapped… yada, yada, yada.  Eh… it just happens.  Anyway, I made a card. Yes, yes I did.

I wasn’t really sure where to start, so I started with a sketch and a kit.

Here is the sketch I used from Operation Write Home – Sketch 233.

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I also used the Simon Says Stamp June 2014 Kit of the Month.  It doesn’t seem to be available any longer, but I will link the stamp set below.  Anyway, I made my card and then I got a bit carried away and made 4 more.  More than I’ve made in the last year.  Here is the first one:

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I like the first card I did.  The ONLY thing I’m a little disappointed in is that I didn’t have any decent off white paper to stamp on which is why you see the spotchy flowers.

Here are the rest:

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So… Here you have it!  I crafted AND I blogged!  😀  And let me tell you… the blogging took a lot longer than I anticipated.  A new computer, trying to figure out Lightroom & WordPress… Just whooped me!  😀  I hope you enjoyed them.

Peace Out!

Cindy

Can’t help it… I love it!

Hi Everyone!  If you look on over to the right hand side of my blog and down a bit, you’ll see a new badge – “10 Minute Craft Dash – FAVORITE”!!!  Woohoo!  Yes, I’m excited to say that I earned the “favorite” badge from prettypinkposh.com and I couldn’t be happier.  I often question how I’m doing as a paper crafter.  I only have a small handful of followers (which I’m thankful for), so comments are few and far between which causes one to wonder… Is it me?? LOL  😀  Anyway, I’ve gotten a lot of feed back on the card I submitted for the 10 Minute Craft Dash #20 and I’m thankful for it.

I have to tell you.  I just love that stamp set by My Favorite Things.  So much so that I had to use it again for my next card, which I’ll be entering in the Moxie Fab World – Tuesday Trigger: Scene in Tangerine!  This is my first challenge on this site and I’m pretty excited about it.  Here is the Tuesday Trigger which inspired the card:

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I have to admit, the inspiration for me was the colors.  Very summery & bright.  So here is what I created with my inspiration:

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Aren’t those roses just gorgeous?  It’s really a great stamp set!  And the Technique Tuesday – Loving Words sentiments are perfect!

I’d like to be a little cheesy here, if I may… 😀  and dedicate this card to all the wonderful paper crafter’s that have come in to my life the last couple of years, some of which have become good friends (you know who you are).  I am thankful for each and every one of you!  I hope you enjoyed my card.

Peace Out!

Cindy

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Gelatos Anyone?

Wow… it’s been almost 2 weeks since I posted!  I apologize, life is just getting in the way right now.  It’s not as if I’m not creating, because I am.  I just haven’t had much time to spend on a card that I consider “blog-worthy”.  Anyway, I made these cards a couple months ago, just never posted them.  So, today… is the day!

Gelatos? Well, the last I knew you could get a Gelato in Little Italy.

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… a truly yummy treat, however… in the paper-crafting world, Faber Castell has taken “Gelatos” to a whole new level.  Hmm… how to describe them?  They’re like paint in a chapstick container!  They are so smooth and go on so easily.  You can use them “as is” or use them with water!  The colors are so intense and they blend so nicely!

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My first attempt was to take the colors and color directly on the stamp.  Then I took a mini-mister filled with water, sprayed my stamp and then stamped the paper!  Not bad!  Simple and so pretty!

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My 2nd attempt was to use another product that I hadn’t used before.  Gesso!  I didn’t even know HOW to use it, so I set off to do some research.  I decided in the end to just put some down haphazardly onto my card-stock that I had already misted with Dylusions Spray Ink.  I smoothed it out, somewhat and then I applied Versamark to the background stamp and stamped the Gesso, giving it a lot of texture.  Then I impatiently waited for it to dry.  I’m not good at waiting, so I ended up using my heat gun to help speed up the process.  Then I just started coloring on the color, taking my finger and blending them out.  A very cool and “new for me” technique.

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So… take a minute and comment below.  Tell me what you think.  I’d like to know if you have used Gelatos before and perhaps what different techniques you have tried.  Thanks for taking the time to visit!

Peace Out!

Cindy

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What a Week!

And I can’t say I’m sorry it’s over!  The 3rd week in May is typically worse than any other week of the year – as busyness is concerned.  I *LOVE* celebrating the birth of my babies, but did they BOTH have to be born the same week (different years of course)?  And did my youngest have to be born on *MY* birthday?  Yes, she did!  Best birthday present ever and well, my husband hasn’t been able to top it yet.  Perhaps that’s why he has stopped trying.  LOL!  Anyway, all this… 3 birthdays and add some health issues for my husband, which includes 2 hospital visits and 1 doctor visit makes for a very difficult week.

Krystina’s 19th birthday was on Monday.  She had to work, so we weren’t able to do much of anything.  We gave her her presents when she came home and a happy girl she was.  Here is the card I made for her.  I just love Sherri Baldy My Besties stamps!  This one, Gill, reminds me so much of my daughter Krystina.

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Izabella’s 6th birthday was on Friday as well as my 29th & a bit.  Here is the card I made for her – Mabel Rose.

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I hope you enjoyed my cards and I’m very much looking forward to a peaceful week!

Peace Out!

Cindy

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What a Week!

And I can’t say I’m sorry it’s over!  The 3rd week in May is typically worse than any other week of the year – as busyness is concerned.  I *LOVE* celebrating the birth of my babies, but did they BOTH have to be born the same week (different years of course)?  And did my youngest have to be born on *MY* birthday?  Yes, she did!  Best birthday present ever and well, my husband hasn’t been able to top it yet.  Perhaps that’s why he has stopped trying.  LOL!  Anyway, all this… 3 birthdays and add some health issues for my husband, which includes 2 hospital visits and 1 doctor visit makes for a very difficult week.

Krystina’s 19th birthday was on Monday.  She had to work, so we weren’t able to do much of anything.  We gave her her presents when she came home and a happy girl she was.  Here is the card I made for her.  I just love Sherri Baldy My Besties stamps!  This one, Gill, reminds me so much of my daughter Krystina.

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Izabella’s 6th birthday was on Friday as well as my 29th & a bit.  Here is the card I made for her – Mabel Rose.

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I hope you enjoyed my cards and I’m very much looking forward to a peaceful week!

Peace Out!

Cindy

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OWH Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop!

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Hello Everyone! I am beyond THRILLED to be a part of this BLOG HOP!  For oh so many reasons! Just to name a couple:

#1 – I am SO thankful to our service men and women for the sacrifices that they AND their families make to keep us FREE & SAFE!

#2 – This is my very FIRST blog hop!  Or at least the very first one I’ve ever participated in by sharing my work.

My card is based on Sketch Challenge #152:

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And here is my shaker card featuring the *NEW* Lawn Fawn Puffy Star Stackable Dies & Neat & Tangled Sequins! Oh and you can thank Pretty Pink Posh for my sequin / shaker card addiction! 😀

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my card!  To get back to the beginning of the hop, click here.

Peace out,

Cindy

Totally Inspired by Pretty Pink Posh!

Hello Everyone!  Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not much of a sleeper.  I usually go to sleep around midnight or later, ONLY to wake up at 5 am.  Now, I’m NOT a morning person and I think that in itself is the reason I get up so early.  I just need an hour OR more or quiet, by myself, doing nothing but what I want to, which is… drinking coffee… listening to the news in the background… and catching up on all my crafty friends by spending some time in BlogLovin!

This morning was no different, except for a card that really caught my eye… and a video to go along with it!  So much so that I couldn’t wait to get home and try it myself!  It was a shaker card made by Paulina of Pretty Pink Posh and the post is right here!  You really need to check it out.  It’s beautiful and well… So is Pretty Pink Posh!  😀  One of the sweetest crafters on the interweb I know!

So, here is my version of the Shaker Card, made for my Mom for Mother’s Day.  I’m sure she will love it!  Once again I used the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month – May 2013.  It really is a nice kit.

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I hope you liked it!

Peace Out!

Cindy

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His & Hers – Day 2 – Oh & a Bonus!

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Hello Everyone! This will be short and sweet today. I’m really liking OnlineCardClasses.Com – His & Hers! You really need to check it out. Anyway here is my contribution for today. I chose to use Operation Write Home’s Sketch Challenge for the week and make a His & Hers. Sorta kill 2 birds with one stone…Eh… what a horrible analogy. Anyway, you know what I mean.

Here is Sketch Challenge #170:

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And here is my take on this challenge done as a “His & Hers”.

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And now Hers:

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I hope you like them! It was a simple card, but some nights simple is good! I’ve been thinking that I really need to win the lottery so I can stay home and craft all day! 😀 This work thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

And now for the bonus cards!  I had told you in my last post that I had attended a 3 day crop.  Well, here are a couple cards I created during that crop.  Enjoy!

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Peace Out!
Cindy

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His & Hers – Day 2 – Oh & a Bonus!

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Hello Everyone! This will be short and sweet today. I’m really liking OnlineCardClasses.Com – His & Hers! You really need to check it out. Anyway here is my contribution for today. I chose to use Operation Write Home’s Sketch Challenge for the week and make a His & Hers. Sorta kill 2 birds with one stone…Eh… what a horrible analogy. Anyway, you know what I mean.

Here is Sketch Challenge #170:

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And here is my take on this challenge done as a “His & Hers”.

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And now Hers:

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I hope you like them! It was a simple card, but some nights simple is good! I’ve been thinking that I really need to win the lottery so I can stay home and craft all day! 😀 This work thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

And now for the bonus cards!  I had told you in my last post that I had attended a 3 day crop.  Well, here are a couple cards I created during that crop.  Enjoy!

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Peace Out!
Cindy

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His & Hers – Day 1

Hello Everyone!  Yes, it’s been awhile.  I attended a 3 day crop this past weekend and had a lovely time!  I met a few new scrap-booking buddies and I’m thrilled!  Really nice group of girls.  Anyway, I spent a few days or so before the crop getting ready, ya know… packing everything I own and then some.  So very thankful for my teenager that lugged it all up and down the stairs without hardly complaining at all.  I had a great time socializing, and getting a few things done, however… it was so nice to get back to my own bed!

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Today was the first day of Online Card Classes –  His & Hers!!!  How exciting!!! I really need this class you see, because, well… I’m a her and I have 2 her children and well… I’m good at “her” cards, but no so much “his”.  I’m CERTAIN this class will help.  Oh and if you’ve never taken one of their classes you really need to check it out!

Here is my “HER” card.  I just *LOVE* this stamp set and well, I hope you guys never get sick of it because well… it’s my favorite and really has become my “go to” set.  I really think Kristina hit the mark with this one… all around.  This set coupled with Hero Arts – Mid-Tone Shadow inks – a match made in heaven.  I hope you like it.

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Now here is my “HIS” card and I have to say… I really like it!  I used a shadow stamp technique – one I’ve not ever used before and well… I dig it!  I hope you enjoy it!

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I can’t see what day 2 has in store!

Peace Out!

Cindy

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