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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Here are some close ups —

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