Saturday, December 26, 2009

FIRST 6x6 RECIPE CARD

Hey there stamper friends! Hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Christmas.....I'm always a bit sorry that it's over so quickly.

For awhile now I have been wanting to make some 6x6 recipe cards.......I've seen lots of them on Lisa Freeman's blog. Anyways, during this Christmas break, I decided that it would be a good time to do some playing......so I took one of my favorite recipes that I make each Christmas to give as gifts and made the following card......
I think it turned out pretty cute.....there isn't much stamping.....mostly punches. I did ink up the cherries from the Tart and Tangy stamp set and then cut them out. It has been so fun!

If you are looking for a fabulous recipe to make as a gift....this is it!!! It is EASY, looks beautiful and tastes even better!!! So, here it is......give it a try.....I guarantee if you love chocolate and ice cream.....this is the ticket!
Well.....that's it for me today.
Until next time, find some time for stamping!

Blessings.......Cindy

Friday, December 25, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

ACCORDION PEACE

One more week till CHRISTMAS!!! WooWhooo!!! Excitement is beginning to mount in our house.....the big count down begins! We have a joke around here about Christmas Eve......like today is Christmas Eve's Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve. It's ridiculous but we have fun with it!

Along with all our fun.....we also remember the true meaning of Christmas.....which is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, fun and food, we have to work at keeping Christ, and the perfect gift that HE is, as our focus. Not always easy, but totally worth the effort!!!

Well, last night I finished my PEACE accordion "decoration". I made it very CAS (Clean And Simple) and am pleased with how it turned out. I tried to jazz it up more, but never liked what I came up with. Anyway.....I used last year's In Color Kiwi Kiss cardstock (yes, I'm STILL mourning the loss of that one!) and some non SU vanilla cardstock, along with some retired scraps of DSP for the strips and the 1/2" circles inside the snowflakes.
The snowflakes were punched using the current jumbo snowflake punch which I layered on top of the now retired smaller snowflake punch. I topped both with a 1/2" circle. The letters were die cut using the Big Shot and the Serif Essentials Alphabet dies.....which I borrowed from my sweet friend Karen.....THANKS Karen!!! If you're interested in how I made this...just contact me.

Gotta go....until next time, find some time for some stamping FUN!!!
Christmas Blessings to You.......Cindy

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

SAME GIFT CARD HOLDER....NEW LOOK

Greetings! Thanks for taking the time to pop in!!

Today I spent a good part of the day wrapping gifts and getting teacher gifts ready. I don't have a picture of the teacher gifts.....they are VERY SIMPLE and they just didn't seem like anything worth photographing let alone writing about. I just got done with them, so maybe I'll take a look at them tomorrow and change my mind. Sometimes when I get done with something I'm more pleased with it the next day. Kind of like lasagna....it seems to taste better the following day :-)

Anyway....Monday was our last stamp class until we begin again on Jan. 11th. For class we made the same gift card holder that I did at my club.....except with different papers, etc. I like this one because it has a more masculine feel to it....I don't know about you, but I have a really tough time making cards, gift card holders, and about anything else for men. So, I was very pleased with how this one turned out.....here it is.....
Just for fun, I'm working on an accordion decoration (not sure what to call it) that will spell out PEACE. I also want to do one for JOY......I'll take pictures when I'm done....IF they turn out good.

Well, that's it for me today......until next time.....
Blessings.......Cindy

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

GIFT CARD HOLDER

Hey there stampers!!! I hope you are having a good week. This week is going by quick! This is also the last week of school for the kids until January 11th!!!

Christmas is only 10 days away!!! So with that in mind, if you are looking for a quick, easy, and CUTE gift card holder to make.....this is the one!!! The original idea came from Patty Bennett's blog (click here to see her original post). This is one of the easiest gift card holders that I have ever made.

This first picture shows the one that we did at stamp club on Dec. 7th.....I used some of last year's InColor cardstock....Riding Hood Red and Baja Breeze..... along with some non SU patterned paper that matched perfectly. The ornament punch on the belly band is in the Holiday Mini....which I might add is only good until January 4th!!! The stamped image in the middle is from the Enjoy Every Moment stamp set.....I thought it looked like something that would be on an ornament :-)
This next card is almost exactly like the club one......except my friend, Karen, was having a retired stamp set sale and I just couldn't pass up the Deer Friends set....so I used one of the images in that set.
Here is what the inside looks like....
Sorry that the pic came out fuzzy....but I think you get the idea. The slot for the card is made with the word window punch.

Well.....that is about it for today!
Until next time, find some time for stamping!!!

Blessings..........Cindy

Sunday, December 13, 2009

CLASS CARD ~ CHRISTMAS

Hi!! Yes, I'm still around....you can't get rid of me that easily :-) I just haven't found time for blogging this week. Seems that in the hustle and bustle of Christmas....and life.....posting on my blog just gets pushed to the back burner. But I've still been stamping......this evening I am showing you a card that we made a few Mondays ago in class. It's a simple, yet elegant, Christmas card. It's made using only Night of Navy and Whisper White.....along with some silver embossing powder and dazzling diamonds.
Tomorrow I have my last class for the year......we will be starting up again in January. This week I will try and post the last of my class projects and also the gift card holder that we did last Monday at my stamp club.

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Blessings........Cindy

Saturday, December 5, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADISON!!!!

Today is Madison's 12th Birthday!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

I can hardly believe it!!! Where has the time gone??!!
I feel SO BLESSED to be her mother!!!

Today she is getting her ears pierced and she and her BFF (Best Friend Forever) are going to have manicures. Then this evening she and about 7 other girlfriends are coming over for pizza and do to a fun stamping project.

Better get going......I've got a bunch of stuff to do before this evening!!!
Until next time,
Blessings.........Cindy

Thursday, December 3, 2009

CHRISTMAS CARD

Hi! Hope your week is going well!!!

Here is the other card that we made in stamp class on Monday.....
The card was so easy to make and yet it turned out soooo good!!!! Just goes to prove (again) that stamping and making a dynamite card doesn't have to take hours or be complicated!!!

We started with a half sheet of Night of Navy cardstock.....which we stamped with Night of Navy classic ink using the snowflakes from the Snow Swirled stamp set. Then we used a scrap piece of paper punched with the 1-1/4" circle punch adhered to our piece of whisper white cardstock.....which we die cut with the Top Note die using the Big Shot. Once our "moon" was in place we sponged Night of Navy ink across the top. Then we sponged Rose Red (actually, I can't remember exactly) in the middle and finished up by lightly sponging Night of Navy on the bottom. We removed our mask and than stamped Santa from the Wandering Words stamp set that is in the Occasions Mini. We also stamped the group of trees from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set....both of which were stamped using Soft Suede. I sponged a bit of Soft Suede on the bottom around the trees.....just so it would look more like the ground. We finished the card off by tying a piece of white organza ribbon around it and adhering it to the card base with dimensionals. Love it!!!

Thanks for taking the time to pop in......until next time....
Blessings..........Cindy

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A FRIEND'S CARD & A USEFUL TIP

Hey There!!

Today, I wanted to show you a card made by my friend, Karen Albin....she is a fellow SU demonstrator and also in stamp class with me on Monday. The photo didn't turn out that great, but in person this card is STUNNING!!!
Karen shared a GREAT tip with me.....one which maybe you already know, but I didn't!!!

Anyway, I asked her how she was able to emboss with Iridescent Ice using a Classic ink pad. Well, here's how....... she first inked the stamp with VersaMark and then immediately inked it up using a Classic ink pad. Voila!! Instant Craft-like ink!!! By using a VersaMark pad first you can then change any classic ink pad you have into a color that you can emboss with. JUST BE SURE TO CLEAN YOUR STAMP OFF BEFORE YOU RE-INK IT WITH YOUR VERSAMARK.......I'm sure you wouldn't want Rich Razzleberry or any other color on your VersaMark. :-) I thought this was pretty cool!!! I'm going to give this a try!

Well, that's it for me today. The rest of this week is going to be fairly hectic. My daughter is turning 12 on Saturday and we are having a birthday party for her. I think there will be about 10 screeching, giggling, and kooky girls here on Saturday evening. All of her friends, believe it or not, LOVE to stamp and they usually wind up making something when they are here.....so we have a FUN project planned for them. I'll be sure to take pictures of them and their creations.

Until next time....find some time for stamping!!!
Blessings...........Cindy

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

NEW CLASS CARD ~ POST THANKSGIVING

Hello Friends!!! I pray that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.....I know we did. We all ate way too much, but it was GREAT to be together with family!!! Here is a picture of me with my mom and sisters.....for some weird reason while taking photos we forgot to get an entire family picture which we try to do each year since Thanksgiving is the one time during the year that we are all together.
We usually do a "nice" picture....and then we have to do one like this......
There's nothin' like family!

OK......Yesterday was my stamping class......it was so fun to be with the other ladies in the class! I thoroughly enjoy my time of stamping and visiting! It's worth the class just so I can see these ladies each week!

During class we made two very cute Christmas cards. The one that I will show you today was made using the Build A Bear dies which we mounted to a side step card. There were LOTS of little pieces to this.....but it turned out very cute!
Not very much stamping on this card......we did use the Punch Pals stamp set for the wreath, tree, and the greeting....pretty much everything else was die cut.

Well, that's it for today. Tomorrow I will post the other card from class. Have a GREAT day and until next time.....

Blessings......Cindy

Thursday, November 26, 2009

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Just wanting to wish you all a most blessed and bountiful

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

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Until next time....find some time for stamping.
Blessings.......Cindy

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

HUGE SALE....ENDS NOV. 30!!!!

Who doesn't LOVE a good sale?!

Just wanted to remind you of the FANTASTIC SALE that is going on JUST THIS WEEK at Stampin' Up! They are offering some real "doorbuster" deals and you don't even have to get up in the wee hours of the morning and wait in the cold for the store to open!!!

Click HERE to see all the items on Stampin' Up!'s customer website.
These are GREAT deals!!!! Remember that these prices are only good until NOV. 30th!!!!

Well.....I better get going and start my Thanksgiving cooking!

Until next time.....find some time for stamping...
Blessings.........Cindy

Friday, November 20, 2009

ELVES SHOES

Well.....I couldn't resist posting this card. I had lots of fun making it. My card's inspiration came from Marie....her blog is Stamping Inspiration....I just recently stumbled upon her blog and have really enjoyed looking through all her creations. I am going to be adding her to my Blog List.....it's going to be a great resource for ideas!!!

My card is a bit different from Marie's original. I didn't take the time to cut small strips for the socks.....I just cut a strip of striped DSP. I drew in laces with a white gel pen....but I think I like her buckles better. I also added a skirt and the shoe pompoms are bigger.
I cut her shoes using the Top Note die....just use about a 1-1/2" or 2" strip on the long side of the Top Note.....after it's cut then fold in half. While folded punch out the shoe's tops. The leg holdes are punched with the 3/4" circle punch and then the top of the shoes are punched with the 1-3/8" punch. Be sure to punch these while the top note is folded so that they match.....Also, be sure to punch the leg holes pretty close together to the folded edge. Then sponge all around the shoes.....being sure to sponge the fold. The pompoms are punched with the big flower from the Boho Blossom punch. Her skirt is make out of a 3-3/4 x3" piece of Real Red cardstock....then the angled sides were cut by placing the edge of the cardstock on the trimmer's cut line and then other end on the 1/2" mark. Then I took a 4x3/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock and punch it with the Scallop Edge...Then I adhered the white onto the red and trimmed the white to match the red. Finally, the socks were made using a 2-1/2x3/4" strip of striped DSP, you might have to cut down the legs depending on how they fit. That's it......easy peasy!!

I think I will try making another one.....a boy elf next time......I will be sure to post him as soon as I make him.

Better run.....Until next time,
Blessings to you.........Cindy

AUTUMN CLASS CARD and MATCHBOX

YEAH! It's Friday and this begins a week long vacation for the kids! I know that they are ready for break....even though after a day or so they will start to say that they are bored. It's getting harder and harder to keep them occupied with those "simple pleasures" in life. I don't understand......they use to LIKE playing in the sink with the bubbles while doing the dishes :-) Oh well.....despite the boredom and the unfortunate moans and groans I'll hear from having them do some chores around here, it will be nice to have them around.

I finally got caught up in my picture taking......and so today I thought that I would post a card that I made a couple of weeks ago in class. It is very fitting considering Thanksgiving is right around the corner.......
It is a pretty straight forward card.....we used the Big Shot and the Leaves #2 die. Before we cut the leaves out we stamped the piece of cardstock with the Sanded background stamp and then embossed it. The acorns and the background images are from the Autumn Splendor stamp set that is in the current Holiday Mini. We stamped the leaves and then stamped some "texture" onto the background and leaves with the Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set....this is a great little set for things like this. The acorns were also embossed and then the "nut" part was filled with Crystal Effects and tied with a smal bit of Linen Thread. The sentiment is from the Level 1 hostess set Holiday Best.....which was punched using the (sadly) retired Key Tag punch layered on cardstock (sorry....can't remember the color) that was punched with the Curly Label punch. There is also a small amount of Dazzling Diamond glitter on the leaves in the sentiment.

During the same class we made a box using the Matchbox die to compliment the card. We used almost the same supplies for this.....
Here is what was on the inside.....
Well....that is it for today. Just in case I don't get around to posting before Thanksgiving.....

Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Until next time,
Bountiful Blessings.........Cindy

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SNOWMAN BOX

Hey Stampers! Hope you're having a super week.....I am having a much slower week than I had last week. Boy my "chores" were beginning to pile up big time. Today after I got most of my chores caught up and/or done (although a woman's work is never REALLY done), I had a hankerin' for some stamping fun.

For a long time now, I have wanted to make a Top Note character of some kind. I have seen tons of pictures of what others have done.....so I went online and looked at a bunch and then combined a couple of those ideas and made this.....Isn't he cute??!!
His cheeks are Real Red.....I think they look a bit orange in the photos. His nose is Only Orange and the rest of him is Basic Black and Whisper White. I sponged around his face and eyes with Pacific Point (I think....I just grabbed a sponge with blue on it). Everything except his brim and nose where either punched or cut out with the Big Shot.

The box was VERY SIMPLE!!! I adapted one from Splitcoast.... Anyway....with mine.....start with a 5x8 sheet of White cardstock. Score along the long side at 1" on both sides. Turn and score the short side at 3-1/2" and 4-1/2". Clip the 3-1/2" and 4-1/2" score lines to the 1" score marks (4 cuts total). Here is what your box should look like before you glue it.....
Then, using strong adhesive like Sticky Tape, just put your box together. Once your box is done.....just stick your snowman on the front.

Here is a side view of him after I stuck him to the box.....I'm not sure if I need to mount another Top Note on the backside. What do you think??
He was a lot of fun to make!!! Hope you like him..... I'm sure SOMEBODY has done this box and snowman before, but I'm not sure who......I must confess......all my best ideas are adapted or copied from someone else :-)

Until next time,
Blessings..........Cindy

Friday, November 13, 2009

GIRL'S ROAD TRIP

Greetings Stampers and Happy Friday!! Hope you have something fun planned for this weekend. We are staying pretty much close to home with the exception of going over my dear friend Michelle's home to play on Saturday.....I'm REALLY looking forward to that!

Had such a busy week having fun that Friday kinda snuck up on me! Monday I had my stamp class, Tuesday was our anniversary and a church activity for the kids in the evening, Wednesday was spent out of town (more about that in a minute :-D), Thursday was my scrapbooking club in the morning and the kids' Tae Kwon Do class and church youth group in the evening....Whew!!! What a week!!! Fun, but BUSY!!!

Yes, Tuesday was our anniversary!! 14 GREAT years!!! While the kids were at their Boys Night Out and Girls Night Out events at church.....Steve and I went to dinner. We are burger lovers and have gone out for burgers almost every anniversary!! Tuesday we went to Farmer Boys.....now they have GOOD burgers!!! Anyways......we are always on the prowl for good burger joints....so if you know of any super burger places, please let me know!!!! Incidentally, we were going to break with our burger tradition and go to the Olive Garden, but the wait was over 30 minutes (and on a Tuesday, who would have thought!!!). We wouldn't have had time to really enjoy it so we left....I guess we'll just have to go another day!!! Which means our burger tradition is still in tact!

Ok, now for Wednesday.....ROAD TRIP TO IKEA!!!!! Karen, Gloria and I got up bright and early and drove 3 HOURS to Ikea!!! (I know...we're NUTS!!) But we also felt that it was our obligation to fulfill a cultural void in my friend Karen's life.....she had never been. Half the fun was watching her and hearing all her "Ooohhh, look at this.", "Ahhhh, I could put a Decor Element on that." and "That would make a great stamping surface." We HAD A BLAST!!! In fact, we are ready to go again......and we've got a couple of more friends that want to join us. We might have to charter a bus :-D (just joking, I think!) Here's a picture of Gloria (on the left) and Karen before we went in.
I should have taken a picture of the car when we were all loaded and ready to go home! We had it loaded up with TREASURE!!!

Well.....I better get going.
Until next time,
Blessings........Cindy

Sunday, November 8, 2009

FROSTY THE SNOWMEN

Hello!! Thanks for taking the time to visit!!!

I LOVE Sundays!! They are my FAVORITE days of the week!!! It's the day I get to go to church, see my brothers and sisters in Christ, and just get rejuvenated for the week ahead.

Speaking of the week ahead.....my stamp club meets tomorrow night! I always look forward to seeing the ladies in my club.

This week we are making the Christmas quilt card (from this post) and then we are making this snowman card.
This card isn't very photogenic.....it actually looks way cuter in person!

The card's base is a half sheet of Ballet Blue topped with a piece of vellum that has been run through my Big Shot using a snowflake embossing folder. The snowmen are stamped with Chocolate Chip craft ink, embossed with clear embossing powder, and then colored using a variety of SU markers. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped in Real Red, punched out using the word window punch and layered on top of a piece of Ballet Blue that was punched using the modern label punch. Both the snowmen and the sentiment are mounted using dimensionals. This is a very cheery looking card!! Makes me want to smile :-)

Well......I am still somewhat recovering from my flu-bug and it is past my bedtime....so I better get to gettin!

Until next time,
Blessings.......Cindy

Friday, November 6, 2009

CHRISTMAS QUILT CARD

Happy Friday!! Hope you are all looking forward to your weekend.

We have had a rough week at our home.....Andy and I have both been sick with the flu pretty much all week, although we are on the mend now. I HATE being sick!!! What makes it worse is that Steve had vacation all this week!!! Poor guy has been having to do everything since I've been down sick.....he hasn't complained, but I feel like it totally wrecked his vacation :-( He's GREAT!!! I will have to work at making it up to him!!

My stamp club meets this coming Monday and since I was feeling ok yesterday, I did get a chance to experiment. I made another quilt card....this time for Christmas......I'm on a quilting kick. I think we will do this card for Monday....
I used Merry Moments DSP for my quilt.....punched with the 1-3/8" square punch. The card's base is Real Red, layered with Old Olive. The scallop square and the embossed square were cut with my nestabilities. The snowflake and small tree are from the SU! Merry Details Sizzlits die that is in the Holiday Mini. The Mistletoe ribbon is also from the Holiday Mini. And I need to add that this card couldn't have been made without my wonderful BIG SHOT!!!

I am also working on making an origami wreath on Monday. I saw one that my friend Karen made and it's pretty cool!!! They will make great tree decorations or you can put them on a gift. I made one out of scraps that turned out pretty good.......but I will wait and show you one after I make it out of Christmas paper. Sorry!

Until next time,
Blessings........Cindy

Sunday, November 1, 2009

PPA14 SUBMISSION

Hi! Hope you all had a great Lord's Day!

Well.....this evening was the first time that I used my new space for stamping!!! I'm not completely moved in, but I was just itching to do something.....also, Pals Paper Arts is offering some totally awesome blog candy and to enter you needed to submit a card. Plus, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month....the card had to have pink on it.

Anyway.....I have been wanting to try and make a quilt card for some time now....so I thought I would combine the two. The result isn't one of my best cards, but I was pleased with how the quilting part turned out.
This card is also my submission for the blog candy......I made it out of Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette of the retired InColors from 2008-2009 and some retired DSP scraps. The Riding Hood Red ribbon is also retired.....I'm still in mourning for the old InColors :-(

These quilt cards are EXCELLENT for using scraps because you only need a piece big enough to fit into a square punch. I used SU!'s 1-3/8" square punch.

Well.....I think the dust is beginning to settle around here. Today we got rid of the last of the furniture that we had to clear out for the new stuff. .... Steve is off all this week and we are going to work at getting "our world" in tip top shape! Steve is good at helping me stay on task.....I can get distracted very easily!!

Until next time,
Blessings.........Cindy

Saturday, October 31, 2009

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

BEWARE!!!! Well, just in case you were wondering....Yes, we survived the Halloween Party last night. There was LOTS of eating, screaming, eating, squealing, eating, and fun! They are so funny to watch......oh to be in Jr. High again........WAIT! What am I thinking!!! No thanks!

Here's a few pictures from last night......First of all.....What would Halloween be without candy ?!
This is all of them eating dinner......there were 15 kids total. Steve and I were definitely outnumbered!!
It was pretty chilly (for us in California that is) last night, so here's a picture of my favorite fire fighter......He kept the fire nice and hot.....just like him :-D
I didn't really get any group shots of the boys.....boys are not ones who stand around in a group and hug one another like girls.....The boys were busy playing volleyball, soccer, wrestling, trying to scare the girls so they would scream (that wasn't very hard), eating, and just generally running around. So here are a couple of pictures of the girls......
They all had a good time last night......in fact, I can't get them to go home :-) Four girls spent the night! Girls are SO FUNNY!!! They LOVE to talk....and talk all at the same time. If you don't have a daughter you should borrow one for awhile......it will make you really appreciate your sons and the sound of silence!!!

Have a great Saturday and Halloween!!! Until next time....
Blessings........Cindy

Friday, October 30, 2009

CLASS CARDS

Happy Friday everyone! It's Halloween's Eve........don't be too scared this weekend! Steve and I are gearing up for a frightful night though. Tonight the kids are having some of their school friends over for a Halloween Party.....oooooo scary!! Not really!!! They are going to eat, eat, eat and eat, play volleyball, eat some more, and then we are planning on having a big bonfire and roasting marshmallows so they can all go home totally sick to their stomachs from all the junk they will have consumed. But, I'm sure they will have a good time gorging themselves :-)

Well....I didn't fulfill my goal of getting all moved into my new space yesterday, but I did make some progress.

I wanted to show you a card that I made on Monday at stamp class. I think it is quite elegant. It is just black and white. We stamped the image with craft black ink and embossed it.....and the DSP is the Night & Day Specialty paper from the Holiday mini catalog.
And as an added bonus.....it even contains a gift! We made a bookmark that is tucked in behind the front panel. We made the bookmark out of the Stampin' Up Two Tags die and then covered it with a window sheet that had also been die cut....the window sheet is included in the Night & Day Specialty DSP from the Holiday mini. We added a rub-on and a bit of ribbon and voila!! you have a fabulous little bookmark!!
I think this card is just so beautiful!!! I know I probably say this a lot.....but.....this is one of my favorites!!!

Well, I better get on my broom and start flying around getting ready for the Halloween Party.

Until next time.
Blessings......Cindy

Thursday, October 29, 2009

END OF CONSTRUCTION ZONE!!!!

Well, the end is near!! Yeah! Last night Steve put the last of the drawer units in place. Now it's up to me to get moved in!! I was so excited last night that I started putting things away.....once I actually start stamping I might find that I will have to move some things around, but for right now.....wooohooo.....I'm thrilled!!!

Ok.....here is how my stamping area will look (minus the junk, of course).....
Here are some of the drawers that I organized.....These will be home to embellishments.....
This cubby is now home to my sewing machine and Big Shot....
Next to that, the drawers hold my Big Shot accessories and dies.....Top drawer has pens, camera, and other miscellaneous stuff that I use.....like my chap stick peeking out there on top.
Right next to my work station are drawers that hold my adhesives, markers, cutter, Mat Pack, etc. Look! I even have some EMPTY drawers!!! Probably not for long though :-)
Today my goal is to get moved in. It will be SO NICE to have our home back in order after having it in shambles for almost a month.

Thanks for checking in, reading my blog, and for leaving me sweet comments and emails!!! Sometimes I find it incredible that anybody other than family would even be interested :-) I have truly enjoyed "meeting" new people from across the USA and even in the UK (yes, I mean you..Lesley) who I hope one day I will have the privilege of meeting.

Until next time,
Blessings to you.......Cindy

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

GETTING IT TOGETHER & A CLASS CARD

Finishing is definitely harder than starting! We are ALMOST done with all the renovations that we've been doing around here......now it is mostly getting things put in place and back together.

Tonight we put together the last of the desks.....a computer desk in the family room for the kids to use for their schoolwork. In order of us to put the desk up, it had to be assembled, the piano and all the furniture needed moving, then the floors and baseboards needed cleaned under and behind where the furniture was, then we were ready to set up the desk. Whew!!! That is what we did this evening. I'll take a picture of that too once I clear away all the other junk that is piled up.

Here is what the room looks like right this very minute.....
Actually, the room looks better in the picture than it does in real life :-)

I have been working at putting all my stamps and supplies away......here is some of what I have done so far.....
I have organized all my paper into the boxes and labeled them. The large black boxes are perfect for 12x12 sheets and the smaller white and green boxes are just right for 8-1/2x11 sheets. I've broken them up by color family and also I sorted my big scrap bin into color families as well. I also used one of the black boxes for a neutrals scrap bin.
It's been soooo nice to be able to have the space to spread out.....I think it will be much easier to be (and STAY) organized!

With all this home makeover business.....I haven't had ANY time for personal stamping. I have been going to Karen's class each Monday and have gotten my "ink" fix. Below is a Halloween card that we made a couple of weeks ago. The background is made using a technique that uses wax paper that has been embossed using the Big Shot. I don't have time (or the brain energy) to post the instructions now....but if you're interested, leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.
Well....that's about all I can post tonight. Once all is done, I'll try and figure out how to do a virtual tour of some kind of all our changes.

Until next time,
Blessings........Cindy

Thursday, October 22, 2009

CLASS CARDS

Hi!! Thanks for checkin' in!

Today I have been doing some major cleaning and organizing.....moving into my new space!! It feels good to clear out some things (junk is more like it!!) that has just piled up.....my garbage is getting quite full! I'm having a ton of fun though!!

As you probably know....on Mondays I go to a stamping class that my friend Karen Angel teaches. She always has great projects for us to make. (Thanks Karen for all your hard work!!!) Below are the 2 cards that we made this past Monday......
This card was made using the Eastern Blooms stamp set.....this card has a great layout and can easily be changed up depending on the colors and stamp sets used. LOVE IT!! She provides us with envelopes that we are able to stamp to match our cards.....I normally don't think to take a photo of the envelope, but....behind the card is the envelope I made for this card.

The next card was just too clever and too cute!!! The crow is made entirely from punches. If you are interested in all the punches used just leave me a comment and I will email those to you. It was fun to put him together!!
Well....that is it for today. It has been hard for me to sit still and blog when most of my house is torn up....I've been totally pre-occupied with getting "my world" back together. So, I apologize for not being more detailed.

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!! or getting organized!!!
Blessings......Cindy

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