Friday, October 20, 2017

Getting unstuck.

Good morning friends! I hope today is going to be a great day for you. I am busy! Today I head up to Smith Lake with a group of my sweet customers, i.e. friends, for a weekend of scrapbooking, stamping and all kinds of fun. As usual, for all those who know and love me know, I am not ready! But getting there. So this will have to be short this morning.
I have had several incidents lately when I needed to come up with a project for something- a blog hop, a co-op project, a tutorial, a class and have felt stuck. Just no Mojo! Arrrgg, what to do. Well, my first go to solution especially for cards is a card sketch. I have a couple that are my favorite and if I start there I can usually end up with something I really like that may or may not like like the sketch, but gets my creative juices flowing. Here are some examples you have seen before.

These all started with the same sketch. It's a pretty easy one and I really like the outcome.

So here are the dimensions:
Cardbase is 4.25 x 5.5 closed,
First layer is 4 x 5.25,
DSP is 2 x 4, cardstock behind DSP is 2 1/4 x 4 1/4.
The top piece where I stamped the sayings varies greatly depending on your verbiage. The Thankful card is  colored CS 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 with the neutral piece being 2 x 3. The Christmas and Birthday ones are more square and on the fishy card I used a circle punch and banner. So you see these all started with the same idea but changed. Hope this tip is helpful when you are feeling stuck and can't find a place to start your next card. I'm off to the lake for some fun! Have a great weekend. God bless and I'll see ya soon!
                                           Love stamping in Dixie,

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October Stampin' Friends Blog Hop Give Thanks!

Good Morning and welcome to the October 2017 Stampin' Friends Blog Hop! Each of us is featuring cards and 3-D projects with a Thanksgiving or Thank You theme. If you just started the Hop be sure to keep going. You will find some amazing talent in this group. If you came from Kathie's blog, thank you for continuing. If you have visited my blog with any regularity, you know I love Thanksgiving! It is one of my favorite holidays. I love the colors, the decor, and
time with the family. It also doesn't seem as stressful as some other holidays.
So I often stick to simpler ideas during this time. This card uses one of my favorite sketches. It's simple and can be changed to look very different using the same layers.
The little wrapped candies I have made for each place setting at our Thanksgiving table.  Here is the card up close.
I used the Painted Autumn DSP which is still on sale until the end of October. This is the same card project I recently shared at the ESL class I taught. Another habit I have is leaving extra stuff on my desk. The two Soft Suede leaves are from this month's Paper Pumpkin! The piece of Burlap was literally a scrap laying on my table. Love it!
Here is a closer look at the candy wrappers. There are two different styles. Again using scraps on my desk, the one on the far left is a 2 x 6" piece of DSP scored at 3/4" from one end. I laid a Ghirardelli chocolate at the score and wrapped it up and adhered it with Fast Fuse on the 3/4" flap. The leaf branch on it is also a left over from Paper Pumpkin this month. There is a piece of copper trim tied around the top and the saying from the Painted Harvest Stamp set. The other two were made with a 4 x 4 piece of DSP. I used the envelope punch board and scored it at 2" on all four sides. Folded it around the chocolate square and adhered with a glue dot. Added some ribbon and a tag (left over from another project) and there you go! These are for the adults. The kids are getting pumpkin cookies I think, not Ghirardelli chocolate! There you go-easy! I hope you liked these and they might inspire you to create a cute table favor for your next family dinner. We can never be too thankful and we always have something to be thankful for! I would really appreciate a comment to let me know you were here and tell me something you have to be thankful for this year. Another thanks for joining us on the hop. See you again soon. Be Blessed. Don't forget to comment for your chance to win the great giveaway.
            Love stamping in Dixie,

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Awesome Giveaway!

Good morning friends! Tomorrow is the October Stampin Friends Blog hop! Again this month one of the ladies has provided a great giveaway! I really love this kit and I really wish I could win it!!!! I'm not kiddin'. Follow the rules for tomorrow's Blog Hop.

  1. You must comment on all the blogs and you must use the #SFbloghop2017
  2. Tell the Blogger what you Love about their project.
  3. Don't forget your email so we can contact you if you win.
That's it. It's that easy. So y'all come back tomorrow and enjoy some wonderful Thanksgiving/ Thank you projects and get a chance to win this great kit. It is a retired kit and you can not buy them. This is seriously one of my all time favorite kits from Stampin' Up! Have a grand day. Be blessed and be a blessing.
Love stamping in Dixie,
Cindy Waldroff

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

When life gives you scraps...

Happy Tuesday! I hope you are having a great day. We are finally enjoying some cooler weather this week. Yay! I wanted to share this really sweet card I created for my hostess clubs last month. I used the Christmas Quilt stamp set and Quilt builder framelits, but did the card in Fresh Fig and Lemon-Lime Twist. I have several quilters in my circle and knew they'd love this set. Just didn't want anyone to just think Christmas set. It is so much more. We stamped the white layer with the little cross-stitch in Lemon-Lime Twist. The quilt piece in the middle was stamped and cut out with the matching framelit, then adhered to the front panel and both were put through the Big Shot with the Oh my Stars embossing folder. I really wanted to use the Quilt Top textured embossing folder. I was certain I had ordered it-but could find it nowhere!!! So, I guess it will go on my next order.

You really can't tell it from the picture but it looks really cool when you add the quilt piece on top then run them through together. Can you see the small knot of White Bakers twine in the middle of the quilt medallion? The ribbon across the bottom is the new Black Shimmer ribbon. I love the little shine it has to it. And the tiny spool and needle framelits are just precious. This is going to be a great bundle. Who doesn't love a quilt? If ytou'd like any of these supplies, just click the link to my online store. Hope you like this card as much as I liked creating it. If you have any questions just leave me a comment. Hope you have a great day and be blessed and be a blessing.
                                   Love stamping in Dixie,

Monday, October 16, 2017

Happy Bosses Day!

Good morning! Another Monday and another celebration. Yep, today is Bosses Day! I kind of thought everyday was "Bosses Day"? Don't get me wrong I have the best boss ever. She can a be a slave-driver, very demanding, definitely a procrastinator and at times the most unorganized person I know. Other things I know about her: She loves the Lord Jesus Christ, she loves her family unconditionally, she enjoys meeting new people, loves to travel to new places, loves to laugh, bake and create! Today I think I will schedule her a massage, give her time for a nap and I may even clean her house! Yes, I have an awesome boss!
Well, If you haven't guessed by now, I am my own boss! One of the wonderful advantages of Stampin' Up! I am my own boss. I love that! I sent my schedule,
I determine my income, I set my own goals and I really enjoy getting to be creative and share that with others. I think Stampin' Up is an awesome company to be a part of. I love that for 99.00 plus tax, you can own your own business! So yes, today is a blatant commerical for joining my team, Dixie Star Stampers! Then, you can be your own boss! I'm just a click away, so if you have an questions ask them! Happy to help you start a great adventure. Click here to find out more information and to get started.
I'm off to get the day started. Hurry back for more creative inspiration this week. Stampin' Friends Blog hop is Thursday! You really don't want to miss that one. It is always full of great ideas. Also are you on my email list? Week 3 of the 12 weeks of Christmas will go out Wednesday. Sign up today. Have a blessed day and be a blessing to someone you come in contact with today. Mail a card to someone who might need a hug or just a thinking of you! You can make a difference.
                 Love stamping in Dixie,

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Cookie Embellishment.

Good morning! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I love Sunday morning. We always listen to great Christian music while getting ready for church, sometimes the old favorite hymns we grew up with and sometimes the new praise and worship songs we have grown to love. And we sing! Not so great, but we definitely make a joyful noise!  Yesterday, I promised to show you some embellishments for cookies. I probably should have said the packaging of cookies. I love all the great products  Stampin' Up! has given us to do gift packaging.
Here are three different ways I packaged some of my pumpkin cookies to give as gifts. What a great little gift! I used the pizza box, a gusseted bag and one of the acetate boxes I cut in half. The simplest is the bag with a cookie and gift tag. I punched the top end with the  scalloped tag topper punch (133324) and banner cut the opposite end. The Trick or Treat  tag was made using the Everyday labels punch (144668). I used DSP from the Spooky Night pack (144610) and the Painted Autumn pack (144613). Both of these packs are included in the DSP special Stampin' Up is having all month. Buy three packs of DSP and Get 1 pack free. Here is a close up of the acetate box. I simple cut it in half and added DSP. Mine was just a tad short of 3". My DSP is about 4 3/4" x 4 1/4". I did score the DSP at 3" and 3 3/4". There is a belly band running vertically. Cute!
The last project is the pizza box (144645). I covered it with DSP on top and all four sides. The belly band here is running horizontally and holds 1/2 of a gold foil snowflake (144642) topped with a 2" circle of DSP and pumpkins and leaves  from the Patterned Pumpkin thinlets (144670). The pizza box is actually big enough to hold 2 cookies! They are glossy on the inside and food save, but I did place the cookie in a bag to keep it fresh until I deliver this  little prize!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you liked these projects and they will inspire you to create some cute packages for the holidays.  If you need dany supplies you can get them at my online store As always, be blessed and be a blessing to those around you in this you will be truely blessed.
                                                     Love stamping in Dixie,

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Today is National Dessert Day!

Hello Stampers and Friends. Yesterday was a bust! I was challenged to blog everyday for the whole month of October. I was on a roll and doing great. Thursday evening my daughter and grandson were in a wreck! Blew my schedule to pieces. I didn't get the pictures ready I wanted to post and just didn't have the energy to get it done. But they are fine and I'm picking back up today and getting back on board.
So did you know it was National Dessert Day? I love finding all these obscure "holidays"! I guess we all love a celebration, any excuse to have a party! I love to bake and I love dessert. I have many favorites. Recently I attended Cookie School in Bonaire, Ga. Michelle Gowan, the Cookie professor is amazing.  You can find her blog, Cookie Crumbs, here and she has great videos on You Tube decorating her cookies that taste amazing! Wait, you say- this a blog about stamping. Well you are correct, but all things creative can be embellished with stamps! Here is my class picture and my homework. We were assigned to do and give away three

batches of cookies
before we could come back for Grad school. So tomorrow I'll be back with part 2- the embellishment of cookies!Thanks for stopping by. Please come back and leave me a comment so I know you were here. Be blessed and be a blessing to someone around you.
                          Love stamping in Dixie,