HSS Challenge #75 – Good Day Sunshine!

Hello All!

I know you haven’t heard much from me.   Well — I went back to work ……….and moving from California to Texas 19 months ago, I had a nice time staying home and attempting to be a full-time Stampin’Up! Demonstrator.   But I missed the work pace (Yeah, I know, am I crazy?!?!) and have been trying to find a new balance in my life with a new job — working full-time and still continuing my Stampin’Up! business.  I love stamping.  And with a busy work schedule, stamping has been my “Zen” to relax — that and coming home to my husband.  He’s been so AWESOME!   He’s become Chef Cieslak; creating a lot of wonderful dinners.  He’s ventured into my unending collection of cookbooks.

OK — Hand Stamped Sentiments, a challenge theme: “Good Day Sunshine” — hmmmm there is a Beatles song with that title.  I took this picture at night and the lighting isn’t great.    I have to thank Frenchie for the inspiration.  I cased the idea from her.  Frenchie calls is “Ghosting on DSP”.  I love the Medallion background stamp.  The only thing I changed was the bottom part of the card — I texturized the DSP and sponged it to “pop” out the embossed images.  Other than that, this card was really a quick and easy card to do.  And it’s a technique I really love — Embossing.  It was the very first technique I learned back in 1989!   That’s how I got hooked into stamping.

Check out Frenchie’s website — she’s a very creative lady.  Well here is my card.

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HSS Challenge – Flourish Fever


I’m sooo behind on my posting.   This should have been posted a week ago, and it wasn’t.  Excuses:  as many as I could possibly come up with but none valid enough.   My bad!!

This card was created for the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge — Flourish Fever.   The colors I used are soft and the DSP was one that was discontinued in June, but it matched perfectly with the textured embossed folder that I used.  It also allowed me to use one of the new Stampin’Up! punches that’s in the new catalog.  Wow! what great punch —  “Lace Ribbon Border” – totally love it.  Okay, so here is the card.

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Fancy Folds

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments, their challenge is Fancy Folds.   I had been wanting to try the Tri-fold card for quite some time and finally found a site that offered the best instructions — quick and to the point.   Here is the site address:  www.dostamping.typepad.com  or you can go directly to see the Tri-Fold cards with the directions:  Tri-Fold Shutter Card & Party Hearty

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I hope you enjoy this card.   This fold card is really easy to make.   Have a wonderful week!!!!

“I Do, I Do”

Hello Everyone!!
It’s been quite a while that I’ve posted anything.  To make it short, on May 27th I lost my dear Aunt Mary to Lupus.  It was a difficult month but a blessing at the same time.  I say blessing because not many have the “gift” to say good-bye to a love one and to let them know how much they love them and how they were blessed to have them in their life.  Aunt Mary was not only able to spend time with her husband, children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren but also with nieces, nephews & sisters and brother, and friends. 
During her last week, I spend most of my time at her home helping the family.  The stories I heard from neighbors & friends about her generosity and how she helped them when there was no one else to help them and how she gave of herself to them — not just what she did but her time.   I could write about her — volumes of books — and still never be able to tell all about her and who she was.  I will miss her terribly but I am blessed that I had the opportunity to have had a wonderful, beautiful (inside & out) and awesome Aunt. 
So that was my month of May.  And now, it’s time for me to come back to the stamping world.  This week’s theme at Hand Stamped Sentiments is Wedding items and my task to create wedding favors. 
I love working with vellum and had not done much with it for quite some time.  So I decided to color my cardstock vellum with Marina Mist and then use a textured impressions embossing folder to give texture to the vellum.   Using the Sizzix dies(Pillow Box and the Big Z Candy Wrapper), I created two wedding favors. 
I also created a picture frame (“Ready to Make” canvas frame) which I embossed simply in gold.  This can be used as a wonderful wedding favor.   

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I hope you enjoy these projects.  Have a wonderful week.

Happy Memorial Day!!

Can it be that May 2011 is ending; and ending with a Red, White and Blue bang!!!   Where have the last 5 months gone???  It’s official that Summer will soon be here and it’s time to start planning all those fun vacation trips with family and friends.  For some school kids, school is just about over and it’s down to counting the days/hours/minutes.

This week’s challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is a Memorial Day theme.  So I’m sure the design team will have a wonderful assortment of cards and ideas to help you create some great projects for this holiday.  Here are cards that I created using an old favorite stamp that was created in 2001.  It was a Special Edition “God Bless America” stamp created in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 tragedies in the USA.  

Soon Stampin’Up! will be releasing their Retired list of stamps.  So I decided that I would use some very old stamps, wheels, ribbon,  accessories, and some colors that have been retired (Brilliant Blue cardstock and Classic ink).  So here are my cards to share with you.

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Have a wonderful and safe Memorial weekend!!!!




Petal Pizzazz Gift Card

Last week, the theme challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments’ challenge was  “Anything Goes” 3-D project/card/whatever.   Hmmmm….seemed so easy and not restricted to colors, themes, etc. 

Okay – thinking hat on what do I create this time????  It always seems like that first 7 months of every year there are so many activities happening so why not make another gift card item.   Again, challenging myself not to make anything with flowers and/or birds, I chose to use the Petal Pizzazz stamp set.  I love this stamp set. 

This card can be used for any occasion (by just changing your color selection) for baby shower, bridal, graduation, birthday, etc.    A week late but here’s my card:

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Here is the inside of the card:

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  • Stamp Set:  Petal Pizzazz
  • Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
  • Classic Inks:  Rose Red
  • Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:  Polka Dots
  • Sizzix Die:  BigZ Clear Scallop Square
  • Punches:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border,  1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Ex-Lg
  • Ribbon:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding
  • Accessories:  Rhinestone Brads – Circle Fire, Dimensionals

Happy New Baby

This week’s the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge is a color challenge using the Soft Subtle colors — Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery. 

I wanted to stay away from flowers and bird — because I tend to create mostly these types of cards.   So I challenged myself to use a different stamp set — “Fun and Fast Notes”.   Since we’ve been preparing for Crystal’s baby shower, I recreated the cards I made for this function and used the challenge colors.   So here are the three items I created for this challenge:  (1) Baby Card (which I used as in invitation), (2) 3×3 Baby gift card and (3) Thank You card.

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  • Stamp set:  Fun and Fast Notes
  • Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
  • Ink pads:  VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder:  Black
  • Textured Impressions Embossing Folders:  Polka Dot, Petals-A-Plenty 
  •  Punches:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Scallop Square Ex-Large, Corner Rounder 3/16″, Modern Label Ex-Lg,
  • Accessories:  Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Buttons, Taffeta Ribbon, Soft Subtles Brads, Gold Brads

Thank you all for stopping by and visiting my site.  Please hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and see the wonderful cards created by the Design Team; I hope you’ll participate in the challenge this week.

Have a wonderful week.