Thursday, August 18, 2016

My HOPE is built on nothing less...

Good morning stampers and crafters! It's another Stampin Friends Blog Hop!
I am so excited to again be hopping with these very creative ladies! I promise I feel out of my league. If you came from Caorlina Evans' awesome blog thanks for continuing on the hop.You can go back to her site with the PREVIOUS link You can also use the NEXT link to go on to Lynn Streifert blog This months guest hoppers joining us are the very talented:
Angela Lorenz
Kim Lamos

So, my title my have given you a clue as to this month's theme HOPE! Whenever I hear that word my mind immediately begins to hum the old hymn,"MY hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteous." What an anchor to hold on too! I am thankful for the Christian heritage generations before ihave passed on to me. Another thought that "Hope" evokes is tied to my friend Maria and a group of ladies called Women of Hope. Maria founded this organization 10 years ago after fighting her own battle with Breast cancer. Their mission  is to educate, promote awareness and provide hope and encouragement  for individuals and their families coping with breast cancer. It's amazing what they have accomplished in our community. I wanted to use this opportunity to do something for them. These projects will be donated to WOH to use in the gift baskets they pass out to those  newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Here's a group picture. I loved this Paper Pumpkin kit and thought it would be fun to do banners with hope on them. The banner hanging in the picture is the one off one of the cards on the left. It was made using the directions in the Paper Pumpkin kit. The other card I kind of did my own thing. It has one pennant with a heart from Sunshine Wishes thinlets and the word hope, I also stamped the always from the Time of Year hostess set.

I love my 3-d project. Ir's great when you have friends with addictions different than your own!
I can't throw away Crystal Light containers. I have boxes! I love peach tea! My friend Sharon loves Altoids! She gave me a big bag full of empty tins! This one is covered in a piece of the 2016-2018 DSP in Flirty Flamingo  on top and bottom. Then I added washi type around the edges top and bottom and the middle is a piece of Ruched Flirty Flamingo ribbon. I stamped hope is black from Watercolor Wishes and added a Bitty Butterfly in a piece of black DSP.

Because this is for the Women of Hope baskets, I added Peppermint Patties and peppermint hard candies. These are both helpful with upset tummy's!                     Here's the inside.
The says on the inside is from the stamp set Here for You( 142164 Clear).  It's one of the best stamp sets we've ever had for sayings for those going through difficult times.
And finally, don't forget We have awesome Blog Candy. So comment on each blog with the #SFAugHop to earn chances for the prizes. The winner will receive a gift from each Blog!

 I HOPE you have an awesome day. Be blessed and be a blessing to those around you. God Bless.

Blog List
Elizabeth Jeanne
Kim Lamos
Kathie Rotti
Angela Lorenz
Christine Pennington
Barbara Welch
Steph Jandrow
Melissa Thom
Carolina Evans --
Cindy Waldroff -Me! Your here!!
Lynn Streifert
Siara Acdal
Andrea Tracy-Tucker
Maureen Rauchfuss

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Help! I need inspiration!

There is a verse in the Bible that says there is nothing new in the whole world. I believe that is true. So, while I like to think some of my designs are original they really aren't. I find inspiration in all sorts of places.
What has happened before will happen again. What has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new in the whole world.
Ecclesiastes 1:9Good News Translation (GNT)
Oh course, the usual places like Pinterest, You Tube and the blogs of those more talented that "Moi" are usually my first "run to for help" places. Tombo often catches me in our favorite  department store with my cell phone taking pictures of whatever-dishes, sheets, baby clothes. All these objects have beautiful designs or color combos that give me that "Ah Ha" moment. I recently deleted a picture off my cell phone of one of my friends shirts! It was red and white striped with a spray of blue flowers down one side. I immediately thought of a card design when I saw the shirt. 
This weeks card was inspired by this beach towel Tombo brought home on one of his famous hunting(shopping) trips for bargains. 4 really nice beach towels for less than the price of 2!
I immediately thought, "That would be a great card using black embossing powder and emboss resist technique" Well, I don't have black embossing powder, so I stamped by fish from Seaside Shore in Versamark then in Black Memento ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I choose 5 colors Sweet Sugarplum,Flirty Flamingo,Crushed Curry,Wild Wasabi and Emerald Envy. I sponged a strip of each color vertically on the 4 x 5.25 layer of Whisper White. This piece was attached to a Basic Black card base. Ta DA!
My youngest daughter lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, the only one to leave our community, so the miss you means this cards for her, because Momma misses her little girl! I don't card how old she is! Hope you like the card and thanks for stopping by. Be Blessed!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ugh! I'm ready for Fall!

This always happens this time of year. We are "swamed" out, vacationed out (well maybe not), tired of the sun and the heat and the mosquitoes. One of the only things I never tire of is the beach!!! You can never get enough Vitamin sea!

That's probably why I'm stuck on Seaside Shore and that great coordinating DSP By the Shore. The two cards I want to share today I cased off pinterest. LOVE them both. Simple, love the copper embossing powder, a new product, and the use of DSP. One of these came from one of our international demonstrators Stephanie Lemke, The other one I just can't locate where I saw it. I'm sorry.
Hope you like them. I love the copper which is so on trend right now. And how simple and easy they were to make. Fast cards are my favorite at times.

 Now for the big news.

Today I saw the new Holiday, Fall and Winter catalog online at Stampin' Up! Oh my goodness!!!! New punches, framelits with coordinating stamp sets of course. Lots of Halloween stuff for your want to be ghouls and goblins! Traditional Christmas, cute Christmas, Christmas project kits, Yep it's all there! So keep your eyes open and if you would like me to send you a copy next month leave me a comment or drop me an email. Thanks. I'm going to turn down the AC and head to my craft room and pretend it's FALL! Ya'' be blessed and better yet, go be a blessing!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summertime, Summertime, Summertime! Stampin' Friends July Blog Hop

Welcome to Stampin' Friends July Blog Hop! If you came from Melanie Coverston's blog thank you for continuing on the hop.  I am so honored to be ask to participate again with this awesome creative group of ladies! So this month I am a guest hopper along with Twila Davis and Robyn Rasset,  but I have been ask to be a permanent hopper for the rest of this year. I am beyond excited!

Summertime fun is the theme of our Stampin Friends Blog Hop this month. Nothing says Summer more to me than the beach! I grew up in the water-Pool, ocean, lake, creek-it didn't matter, we were always swimming, boating, fishing and water skiing. My dear Tombo lived his whole life (before me) right at the door of the worlds most beautiful beaches, and he doesn't swim! But, he does love to fish in the ocean for big fish!!!! This is probably why I fell in love with this Seaside Shore stamp set and By the Shore DSP the minute I saw it. What a great saying and love the fishes! One of my goals this year is to use, not hoard, my beautiful DSP. I created these projects with that in mind.

I have 2 cards, a 3 D box frame, and a little treat holder to share with you today.  I stayed with the By the shore color palette of Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral and Dapper Denim (my new fav).             The neutral is Very Vanilla
This one I used the  lines from the Swirly thinlits with a bunch of layered circles. The Happy Place is from a Paper Pumpkin. Made me think of Finding Nemo.

Then, I had to try out the very popular
frame card. It is a blast to make and way easier than I imagined. If you like Geometry -you can have a ball making these. You can create  several different sizes and vary the center and the size of your frame width. This one is about 4 1/2 by 6 1/2- I started with a 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 piece of Soft Sky cardstock . My framed edge is 1/2 inch. My final project is this sweet little treat holder. Our VBS theme this year is Submerged! This is a great little treat holder for our teachers. It will hold some goldfish and a Caramel and Sea Salt Ghirardelli square.
 I hope you enjoyed these and they inspire you to create something fun and summery!

Now for some fun! We have a free giveaway each month! Yep, every month each blogger on this hop will send 1 lucky hop "Blog Candy' . You must visit and leave a comment with #SFJulyBlogHop. Each  comment is an entry to win!  Good Luck!

Here's the whole list of Very Creative Stampers:
  1. Steph Jandrow
  2. Kathie Rotti
  3. Melanie Coverston
  4. Cindy Waldroff- That's me.
  5. Carolina Evans
  6. .Christine Pennington:
  7. Robyn Rasset
  8. Melissa Thomas
  9. Elizabeth Jeanne
  10. Twila Davis
  11. Lynn Streifert
  12. Siara Acdal


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Help! I'm stuck.

Well, this time I'm not physically stuck (which has happened)! Today's post is about what to do and where to go when you feel your creative mojo has taken a vaca! Yikes! This really happens to me a lot. I'd like to give you "My secrets to getting back in the groove" so to speak. In my craft room and literally on my work space I usually have half of what I own. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration, but I like having everything close and at my finger-tips. Helpful? Not really. The lazy girl doesn't like to get up and get stuff. but this confused mess often overwhelms the creative queen. So, my first suggestion is clean up the mess! A tidy work space helps me to focus better and not be distracted by clutter.
 Next, Pinterest is my best friend at a time like this. I can just CASE (copy and share everything) something there. But maybe I really want to work on something original. I have a Pinterest board labeled Card Sketches. There are tons of sketch ideas, color combos even challenges there that help me get going again. 
     Speaking of challenges, this is another great way to get back into action. I follow a Facebook page, " Can you Case it?'. They offer a new challenge every Sunday. Sometimes it's a sketch and sometimes a color combo or themed card. Limiting myself to a select few materials again helps me focus. And finally, relax and enjoy the process. Often, I'm in a hurry with a deadline looming and I get stressed. This doesn't help me let the creative juices flow! when I relax and enjoy my "art", stamp something just for the fun of it, I find I end up making something I really like and remembering why I do this. I love to stamp and I love to share it with others!
So, my secrets to stamping great projects are clean up my mess, check out some ideas on Pinterest, CASE something, use a card sketch to get me started, participate in a challenge and finally relax and enjoy what I love to do! I hope these suggestions will help you start to create wonderful works of art. If you need a little creative coaching, let me help. Would really love to hear from y'all. Have a blessed day and be a blessing to someone else, then you will be     truly blessed. See ya later!
PS check back to see the card I made using that card sketch.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Relax and take a little creative break!

I love to make things. When I get really stressed I often run to my craft room for a little R and R. Just sitting there "playing with colorful ink and paper is relaxing. I can get lost creating a project especially if it's just for me. But sometimes, I need a little help! Especially, if I need birthday cards or wedding cards or sympathy cards, and I need them now. This is one way Stampin' Up's Paper Pumpkin as helped me in a pinch. What is Paper Pumpkin you ask? If is a great little creative retreat that arrives monthly in your mailbox. The pretty red box has everything you need to create a variety of products. Some months it's cards, or 3-d items, some months home decor type projects or memory keeping projects. Everything you need is in the box (except scissors and adhesive)! There are directions included also. So weather your a newbie or a seasoned stamper you can spend less than a hour making something special! So if you'd like a little creative retreat why not give Paper Pumpkin a try. Check it out You can sign up for the monthly subscription or order a 3 month subscription. There is no obligation to continue if you decide it's not for you. paper Pumpkin also makes a great gift!
So if you'd like to try it out, use the link to head over to the website. I'd really appreciate it if you'd claim me as your demonstrator. Thanks! Let me hear from you real soon!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Just in case you didn't believe me when I said it's hot!