Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Seasonal Project Life Bags - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! We are just starting on our October box from Stampin' UP. This box was full of products from the Stampin' UP Holiday Catalog! I am so excited to share fun and seasonal projects to inspire you! Every Thursday of each week for one full year, all 16 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. Now on to my project this week...
October is the start of the holiday season! Why not a few easy and simple goody bags for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas?
I love the style of Project Life® memory keeping! But I know that many of you are slowly warming up to it. But no worries, the products are still adaptable to our stamping world! They are so versatile and I hope that you can see here how valuable this collection can be to you even if you do not do scrapbooking/memory keeping!  Merry Everything Wood-mount Bundle
It is super easy to make many of these bags with the Seasonal Snaphot Project Life® by Stampin UP® Collection. Just pick a 3x4 card in one of the seasonal patterns for your "tag background". And of course, you can not go wrong with adding the Merry Everything Bundle! You get the Merry Everything Stamp Set and the Note Tag Punch and SAVE 15% on the bundle! Stamp your image on Very Vanilla and punch out. So simple and easy tags too!
Add some matching Baker's Twine a few times around the closed bag and clip on the tag with the wood Clothespins. I finished my tags off with some pieces from the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack. 
What did I do with the rest of the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Collection and Accessory Pack? I will be back next week on the Stampin UP! Global Artisan Blog Hop with true Project Life pages for each of the holidays and more! I made several pages and I STILL have plenty of product left! I think I need to create a few more goody bags!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspire you that Project Life® by Stampin UP® Collections can be more than for memory keeping!
Cindy
You saw my friend, Becky Cowley before me and now move on to my friend, Helene Legrand by clicking on the next button below! Be sure to stop by all 16 of us!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fancy Friday Blog Hop - Sketch Fancy!

Welcome to the FANCY FRIDAY BLOG HOP for a September sketch challenge!
My fancy friends and I are BACK! 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! Each month on the last Friday, we will bring to you new challenges of all kinds (color,sketch, stamp focus, etc) that you can even participate in!

This month's challenge is a sketch design by our Jen Timko! You can stay true to the layout and colors or pick whatever inspires you. The first thing that drew my eye was the diagonal lines. I have been wanting to use the Decorative Masks and so I angled the strips one in a diagonal and sponged Smoky Slate on Very Vanilla. I was attempting to go with a vintage look on this card. I also use the flag layer and scallop layer on my card as well.
Last month we offered a giveaway to one person who participated in the challenge.  The winner is Lauren Reeves! Here is the link to her blog post: HERE

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspire you today!
Cindy

You saw Cathy Caines before me and now move on to 
Connie Collins by clicking on the next button below! 

MDS Blog Hop - Summer Ends

WELCOME TO THE MDS BLOG HOP!
A bunch of us have joined together to share our passion for digital designing with Stampin' UP's My Digital Studio.  These ladies are SERIOUSLY talented in MDS and I am thrilled to be on this Blog Hop with them! You will find us blog hopping on the 2nd and 4th THURSDAYS of each month!  
For the MDS Blog Hop this time, we are sharing what we have been doing in MDS!
You would have to think that I recolored the photo how well the yellow matches this page?! That photo is unedited! Those St. George Island sunsets are THAT beautiful!

I saw a similiar sketch layout on Pinterest and it reminded me that summer is over! We are so blessed to have had an "end of summer" beach trip at our friend's new beach home. We have a great time, relaxed and just had no plans for a few days.

I think my favorite find on this page was the silver bike clip that I recolored Summer Starfruit which then make it gold. I also used two "unbeachy" downloads to make this page:
File It Fun and Domestic Goddess! Who would of thought that?

Remember my post two weeks ago when I shared my spiral notebook journals? Well they came in the very next day! They turned out PERFECT! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I am definitely planning on printing some more of these for Christmas gifts this year!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you to get your MDS program and create something special!
 Cindy 
Click on the button to move on to see what Cori made!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Caramel Apple Treats - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! We are working on to our September box from Stampin' UP. This box was full of products from the Stampin' UP Holiday Catalog! I am so excited to share fun and seasonal projects to inspire you! Every Thursday of each week for one full year, all 16 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. Now on to my project this week...

The first day of Fall arrived on Monday and thankfully the weather here this week has even cooled down enough to really think that Fall IS really here! And with that comes apple picking time!  I hope that we can make time soon to head up to the apple orchard in northern GA for some great family time and yummy apples! I love a good apple pie! 
This cool weather and the thought of apples inspired this little cute treat! I used the Curvy Keepsake Framelit Diecut with Baked Brown Sugar cardstock to make the "caramel covered apple". I glued it down onto one of the Paper Doilies and a 2.5" Whisper White circle punch. To get the mini Real Red apple, I used the tag from the Curvy Keepsake Framelit Diecut. TIP: use your paper snips to hand cut the bottom shape of the apple shown above. 
I recently bought these 7.5" black and white straws from a local store. I cut one inch off them to make them 6.5" long. Then took the bottom 2.5" of the straw and flatten it with my bone folder so that it could slide into the curvy box opening between the two handles.
I think I will fill these treats with some of my favorite caramel candies and give them to my friends. Perhaps with an apple or two from the Ellijay orchards too!


Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspire you today!
Cindy
You saw my friend from Utah, Becky Cowley before me and now move on to my friend in France, Helene Legrand by clicking on the next button below! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

You're Wonderful-ly Made!

I am one lucky gal that is for sure! This sweet stamp set was given to me by Stampin' Up's Concept Artist Chrissy and Assistant to CA Gwen for being on the 2013 Artisan Design Team. (SO BLESSED to work with them again this year) Even better....this was designed by Concept Artist Melody Hyde! I love that SU involves their Concept Artists to create beautiful stamp sets like this! Hello? Can I get a job there? You can read all about this story HERE.

I sat down one night and just started stamping away. I love this stamp set! Melody showed many cards on the SU Blog post that are feminine and so beautiful but it CAN work as masculine as well!

The flower images are perfect for coloring with Blendabilities! I stamped in Black Memento Ink first. I used Old Olive and Coastal Cabana Blendablities. And yes I took on the task on cutting the flowers and flag out but so worth it! 
I needed a masculine birthday card as I was creating with this stamp set. Think it would work? It did! The colors are "Steeler football" inspired. I cut the satin ribbed Hello Honey ribbon in half on this card for a thinner look. 
The last one was fun! I thought it would be cool to put a shadow on the large print image. I stamped it first in Strawberry Slush. Then I stamped it in Daffodil Delight slightly offset. Super easy and quick birthday card for any age!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you!
Cindy

Monday, September 22, 2014

MDS Monday Sketch Challenge #83

For this week's challenge over on MDS Monday, I was responsible for creating a sketch and give you a little lesson on how to do a text on a path. Remember that feature? 
 For this sketch, you need to use the Freeform Tool to create the lines around the photo boxes and then add text to them. Need help? Go to these videos link to learn how to do it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS2zJFgzA34
http://www.mydigitalstudio.net/video/text-on-a-path
(For a card, use one photo box and text on a path with the title.)
I kept it simple so that you can let your creativity flow on this challenge!
I love all the pages that the MDS Monday DT has brought this week! Be sure to check them out over on MDS Monday!

Challenge Guidelines:
  • Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
  • Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the Challenge Graphic above within your post.
  • Link directly to your Post for this challenge, not your entire blog. (So we can find your project)
  • You can create a Card, Scrap Page or 3-D Object with the Sketch.
  • The Challenge will end on Saturday Sept 27th @ 12pm EST. 
  • Have fun! 

You can give the challenge a try and submit your own page if you click on the MDS Monday button on the right side! MDS Masters and I made it with MDS Monday runner ups are announced every week. 

 Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you today to get into 
MDS Mondays and our challenges!
Cindy 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall and Halloween Mini Boxes - More Artisan goodies!

I seriously had way too much fun this month with all the products that the Artisan Design Team got to play with! I had to share these mini seasonal boxes today with you! They kinda of match the Halloween Card that posted today on the Stampin' UP Facebook Page and my post yesterday.
On this Halloween mini box, I stamped the carved face with Memento Black Ink all over the box. TIP- Lay the box flat by tearing the box open. I used sticky strip to glue back together. I then took my Basic Black Classic Ink and a sponge dauber to color the 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon. You can see that I ended the ribbon perfectly on the edge of the box. Used Sticky Strip again to secure in place. The pumpkin is Tangerine Tango cardstock and stamped in Tangerine Tango with the Fall Fest stamp set. The White and Tangerine Tango Two Tone Trim finishes it off.
On this Fall mini box, everything was done the same as the Halloween mini box. Just somethings like the wooden leaf that was colored with Old Olive and placed together. I stamped the Fall Fest pumpkin on Naturals White with Crumb Cake ink. Again the Natural and Old Olive Two-Tone Trim is perfect with this box.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this little extra Artisan project inspires you!
Cindy