Thursday, November 26, 2009


Just wanting to wish you all a most blessed and bountiful



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

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


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...

Friday, November 20, 2009


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'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


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.....


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

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


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 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,

Friday, November 13, 2009


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 they have GOOD burgers!!! Anyways......we are always on the prowl for good burger 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,

Sunday, November 8, 2009


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 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 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 I better get to gettin!

Until next time,

Friday, November 6, 2009


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,

Sunday, November 1, 2009


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 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,


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