Wednesday, August 26, 2009

And the Winner is......

Lazy Daisy (Sarah), please contact me before Tuesday, September 1st. If I don't hear from you, I will draw an alternate winner.

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Timestamp: 2009-08-26 06:17:11 UTC

Congratulations Lazy Daisy (aka Sarah in North Yorkshire)! Please send your mailing address to me so that I can get your goodies posted! Send the info to CindyIsStampin @ gmail . com (remove the spaces).

Thank you all for your comments and for my new followers.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Welcome Baby

It's been a long time since any of my contemporaries has had a baby, so it was with great pleasure that I made this card for a young friend whose baby is due very soon. My son won't be having any more children, and my daughter, who just completed her Master's, will probably go for her doctorate, so she won't be having a family any time soon, I fear. So, I just live vicariously through others. ;-)

I had forgotten I had this stamp, bought from a stampin' club friend. I love that sweet face, and the slightly raggedly look. I wanted a soft feel for this image, and thought black ink would be too harsh, so I stamped it in SU Going Gray Classic ink, then colored it with Copics. After cutting and embossing with a square Nestabilities die, I left it in the die and sponged Barely Banana around the edges.

I pulled the Certainly Celery and Apricot Appeal from colors in the background paper. I started to use Barely Banana, but really think the Apricot Appeal looked much better.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal and Whisper White.
Patterned paper: DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl glitter mat stack
Stamps: Image- JRL Designs "Josh Bear", Sentiment- Stampin' Up! Short & Sweet
Ink: Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery and Going Gray
Copic Colors used: E33, E35, E53, YG63, YG67, RV13, RV23
Accessories: Ribbon from My Favorite Things, Swarovski crystal, SU scallop border, oval, and scallop oval punches, Nestabilities dies

Sunday, August 9, 2009

For All You Do Quickie Gift

This is a very quick and easy card with a pocket inside to hold a gift card, a bag of tea, or even a little sachet. You can use it for so many occasions!

I came up with the design when I needed some little thank you gifts for the stamp club the last time it was my turn to be the hostess. You can get 2 of these out of one 12" x 12" sheet. (If you click on the template, you should be able to print it out. Your printer will need to be set to "Landscape".)

I stamped the image in SU Old Olive Craft ink and heat embossed it with SU Iridescent Ice EP. Then I inked the edges with Old Olive Classic ink. I also inked the edges of the DP with Dusty Durango after I'd put the ribbon on. D'oh! The sentiment was stamped with SU Soft Suede Classic ink. I kind of wanted to keep the muted feel of it, so I nixed my original idea of using Chocolate Chip.

Helpful hint: Use Sticky Strip adhesive (aka Terrifically Tacky Tape) on the pocket flaps. Regular Snail a
dhesive isn't quite strong enough.

(Lord, please give me patience....the neighbors are having a pool party with loud, thumping music.)

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Dusty Durango and Whisper White, The Paper Co. Linen
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up! So Saffron DSP
Stamp: Stampin' Up! For All You Do
Ink: Stampin' Up! Old Olive Craft and Classic inks, Soft Suede and Dusty Durango Classic
Accessories/tools: Stampin' Up! Old Olive ¼" grosgrain ribbon, scallop square punch, heat tool, embossing powder, border punch (for inside pocket)

Saturday, August 8, 2009


This candy will stay at the top of my blog until August 25th. Please scroll down to see more recent posts. Thanks!

Okay, here it is! Since we are rapidly approaching the fall season, I've put together some (mostly) autumn-related goodies. Here's the list:
  • 1 Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holiday glitter mat pack
  • 12 Studio G Clear Stamps sets
  • 5 QuicKutz Goose Bumpz embossing dies, Polka Spot, Flourish, Daisy, Daisy (outline), Hearts
  • 1 pk. (3 pc.) Hero Arts wood-mounted stamps, Designer Flourishes
  • 1 pk. (24 pc.) Prima autumn leaves
  • 3 rolls ribbon
All you have to do to enter is post a link to my candy on your blog, and leave a comment here with a link to your blog
If you don't have a blog, become a follower by clicking the "Follow" button (which is on the right, under the Copyright information) and leave a comment that you have become a follower. (NOTE: If you are already a follower, thank you! Just leave a comment saying so.) For my international visitors, yes, I will ship internationally!

Either way, please be sure to post your name when you leave a comment! The blog candy will stay open until
9:00 p.m. Pacific time on the actual day of my blogoversary, which is August 25th. I will be verifying that you either linked to my candy or became a follower before picking the winner, using

Thank you all for your visits to my humble blog over this past year. I've "met" some truly wonderful, talented people who have enriched my life and helped me stretch my creativity!

*** Good luck to you all ***
Smiley from

Friday, August 7, 2009


August 25th will mark one year that I've been blogging, and I'm so glad that I started it! I've "met" many wonderful, talented ladies this past year, and it wouldn't have happened if you hadn't stopped by my blog for a visit.

So, a big THANK YOU to all you nice people out there! Smiley from

And, as a thank you, I will be giving away some nice candy, of which pictures will be posted later today or tomorrow.

So, be sure to check back here soon, and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August Card Swap

As a new Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I received the In Color cardstock assortment and Classic ink pads in my starter kit, so I went right to work getting creative! I had this card finished last week, but didn't want to post it here until after the swap on Saturday.

The background is Soft Suede, run through the Cuttlebug with the Pumpkin Harvest embossing folder. The image is from the Stampin' Up! Harvest Home stamp set. I love this set, it is so versatile! You can color the images with Copics or watercolors, or Prismacolor pencils. Or, you can do what I did and stamp the image on watercolor paper (with Stampin' Up! Dusty Durango Classic ink), and use a blender pen to spread the ink around. Quick and easy-peasy, and it looks great, too! The stamp set is #111642 and, as with any Stampin' Up! products, can be purchased by clicking on the Stampin' Up! link on the right, if you'd like.Smiley from

After punching the corners with the Stampin' Up! Ticket Corner punch, I matted it on more Dusty Durango cardstock, similarly punched. The patterned paper is So Saffron Patterns Designer Series Paper, which coordinated with the two In Colors beautifully, almost like they planned it, or something. Smiley from

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Year-Round Puns set.

Thanks for looking!