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!!!!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 

Hello All!  Well the last two weeks have been  busy at the Cieslak home — so my sincere apologies for not posting.  I’ll try to do better from now on. 

I can’t believe that this special day is coming so soon.   It’s that “special” day when Mom gets to have that day off from everything — well almost.  This week’s challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is Mother’s Day Gift ideas.  

Here are my ideas — a Mother’s day card and a 3×3 desk set.  I’ll be making the desk sets for my cousins (and I have lots of them) for a Mother’s day gift.   In case you’re wondering where I got the acrylic desk set — it’s also one of those items that I bought years ago at a Dollar Store that have been packed away just waiting for me to finally come up with an idea to use hem.  The card I’ll give to my mom; but then she’ll give it back to me so that I can put it up on my display board. 

I do have to share with you a cute “story”.  My husband, Don, will spend hours at a card store looking for the special card to give me — the card that has that special message just for me for that  “special” occasion.   Of course,  I save all his cards.  So when we were packing up our household items for our big move from California to Texas, he found that stash of cards I’ve been saving for the last 20 years.   You don’t want to throw them away, so you just spray perfume on them and use them as liners for your dresser drawers.  It was then that he found all my cards & realized that he has been buying the same cards (for that particular occasion) each year.   I just didn’t have the heart to tell him since he really puts a lot of effort finding me that perfect card.  Hmmm…..so the big “H” card company doesn’t really create new cards; I can attest to that.  I did think about giving him that particular card and just having him cross out the date and put in a new date.  That way it would save him time and money and he could just give me that money and I can buy more STAMPS & ACCESSORIES!!! 

So here are my two ideas to share with you.  Both quick and easy to make. 

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Supplies:

  • Stamps:  Priceless
  • Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
  • Inks:  Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black
  • DSP:  In-Color DSP Stack Pack (Pear Pizzazz for card) (Poppy Parade for desk & pen set)
  • Accessories:   Basic Jewels – Rhinestones, Crystal Effects & Dazzling Diamonds

Have a wonderful week.  Thank you so much for visiting my site.  And a special thanks and big stamping hugs to everyone whose been emailing me wondering where I’ve been since I haven’t posted.

HSS Challenge #62 – Pink-A-Licious

Pink-a-licious is the theme this week.  A nice color to bring in the new season of Spring!!  And all the Pink-A-licious creativity you’re going to see this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments (HSS). 

I tried to use as much pink in different shades  — Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, and my favorite Melon Mambo.   Well, it’s the “new”  pink to me.    I stamped a canvas picture frame using an old retired stamp set that I really love and still have — DD Tulips.    Since five members of the HSS reside in San Antonio, Texas — I took the opportunity to take a picture of the ladies to use in the frame. 

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The gift box & 3×3 cards were a “last minute” design.  I had created a card but I realized that my assigned project was not a card but a gift set — Like duh!!!  Back to the drawing board and start creating something.   The box itself is not my creation.  I got the instructions from Angie Juda’s site Chic’n Scratch Live!  Check it out — she did an awesome job on the tutorial for the box.   The 3×3 note cards are my designs and I really had a great time creating these cards.  Below is the list of supplies I used to create these items.

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Here is a close up view of the 3×3 cards:

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 The Pink-a-licious Birthday card is the last item shown.

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Supplies used: 

Picture Frame:   Craft Inks (Pretty In Pink, Wild Wasabi & Basic Black)

Gift Set:   Ice Cream Parlor DSP; Melon Mambo Polka Dotted Ribbon; Basic Jewels – Rhinestones; Cardstock:   Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo & Vellum; Sizzix Textured Impressions Folders:  Elegant Lines, Perfect Polk Dots, Finial Press & Petals-A-Plenty; Oval All Stamp Set, Melon Mambo Ink Pad; Punches:  Oval Scallop, Large Oval; Sizzix BigZL Fun Flowers Die

Birthday Card:  Ice Cream Parlor DSP & Button Pack; Build-A-Blossom stamp set; Blossom Petals Punch; Oval Scallop Punch, Oval large punch; Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Whisper White Cardstock, Ink pads: Pretty-in-Pink, Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo

I had fun creating these cards.  Thank you so much for visiting my site.  Have a wonderful week!!

HSS Challenge #57 – “SO INTO YOU” Color Theme

Hello Everyone!   I hope you all had a great “Oscar” weekend.  I’m so happy Colin Firth (aka Mr. Darcy of “Pride and Prejudice”) won the award for best actor.

Before I get stared, I want to give Krystal of Krystal’s Cards a long overdue heartfelt THANKS. Krystal contacted me to let me know that one of my cards was selected as one of her Sunday Favorites.  It was the “Thinking of You” card with the bird nesting on the pocket.  This card was posted at Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #55.  WOW!  I was so touched, honored and pleasantly surprised.  It’s like winning an “Oscar” for stamping.  She made my day.  I couldn’t stop smiling.   So Krystal, Thank You So much!

This week’s Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #57 is called “So In To You”.  The three In-Colors (Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz) selected are pretty colors for Spring and using either Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock can give your card that extra touch.  AND! what a great way to incorporate the In-Color Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack with your cards.

WELCOME BABY CARD

The “Welcome Baby” card was a fun card to create, especially since my cousin’s daughter is going to have a baby girl — I now have my baby card ready for her upcoming shower.   I wanted to try something new — finish the card completely by doing something to inside of the card.   I had stamped and cut too many Onesies, so I decided to put one inside the card.  Since the baby is a girl (yea!!!), I wanted to add a tiny bit of bling — so I added the tiny pearls from the Jewels – Basic Pearls to represent the baby button and of course, a red heart that I gave dimension by using Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  I know this card will be a part of the baby album, so inside the card we can add a picture of the baby when she comes home.  I can’t wait to hold Alyssa Violet!!   Like my grand-daughters, there are a few words they need to learn soon — “Free Stamps”, “Sale-A-Bration”, and “Sale” — all great cost effective methods.

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Stamps:   A Slice of Life (Hostess Occasions Mini #121952), Something to Celebrate (Hostess Occasions Mini #121955)

Cardstock:    Whisper White and In-Colors Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz & Poppy Parade

Inks:   Pear Pizzazz (sponging), Blushing Bride (sponging), Basic Black

Markers:  Poppy Parade (to color heart on Onesies)

Punches:   Scallop Trim Border (#118402 — used on inside of card to trim the Designer Series Paper)

Designer Series Paper (DSP):   In-Color Pattern DSP Stack (#117158)

Sizzix:  Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#121809)

Accessories:  Jewels – Basic Pearls (#119247), Gold Cording, Goldtone wire, Gold Brads (#104347), Dimensionals (#104430), Whisper White Organza Ribbon (#114319), Crystal Effects (#101055 for hearts), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (#102023 for hearts), Sponge Daubers (#102892)

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD PORTFOLIO CARD

When I started creating this card, I wanted to use the new Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the new Occasions Mini Catalog. Since I just learned how to resize the frame, I wanted to incorporate this technique into my card.  When I finished texturizing/embossing the Whisper White cardstock, it reminded me of the paneling on the doors in the Colonial mansions or the manors in England (like Pemberly or Netherfield) during the time that Jane Austen was alive.  Okay — I admit it — I’m an “Austenite”.   So at that point, I changed my card to look like the paneled doors of a room.  I added two designer silver brads to represent door knobs.   Since I’m giving the “Welcome to the Neighborhood” card to a new neighbor who just moved into our development, I thought I would turn the inside of the card into a “mini-portfolio” and included tags and a couple of 3 x 2 note cards & envelopes.   This could also be a nice Hostess gift.  There are 3 pictures (1) front of card, (2) inside card and (3) the tags and note cards.

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Stamps:    Herb Expressions (#113224), Matchbox Messages (#113800), Something to Celebrate (#121953 used “Welcome” wording),  Thank You Kindly (#111700 also available as a Free Stamp during our Sale-A-Bration promotion ending March 31st).

Cardstock:    Whisper White and In-Colors Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz & Poppy Parade

Inks:   Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Basic Black

Markers:  Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Sahara Sand

Punches:  Eyelet Border (#119853), 1/16″ Circle punch (101227 used for tags), 1″ Circle Punch (#119868), 1 1/4″ Circle Punch (#119861),

Designer Series Paper (DSP):   In-Color Pattern DSP Stack (#117158)

Sizzix:  Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#117335), Lots of Tags Sizzlits (#114508)

Accessories:  Designer Silver Brads,  Sponge Daubers (#102892), Silver Cording,

WHEW!  That was a long list, but  had a lot of fun stamping and creating these cards.  If you would like to order any of these items, please feel free to go on to my demonstrator website and order on-line.  This is a great time to order because you can earn some FREE stamps this month during our annual Sale-A-Bration (catalog is to the right of this site).

Thank you for visiting me at Midnight Stamping with Minnie.  I love what I do — sharing my passion for stamping and helping you tap into your creativity.

HSS – No Stamping Challenge “To Die For” Challenge #56

Hello All!

Okay, this week’s challenge was to use any of the Sizzix Dies that we have in the Stampin’Up! Catalog.   And what a great opportunity to use those awesome dies we have.

Dilemma: So here I have a plethora of Sizzix dies at my disposal as well as Designer Series Paper & accessories, and I have a Challenge due on Monday night.  I’ve been known to purchase a “few” dies — but which ones do I use?????????   YIKES!  I fear procrastination coming on!!   I dislike when I’m procrastinating on doing a task.  Somehow I have laundry to do,  ironing, or worst of all — cleaning the kitchen floor tiles.  Well I have you know — that I decided to cook & bake also.

Yep! I made a homemade Marinara sauce with spinach pasta — and then went on to making Cinnamon Rolls from scratch because I just knew my husband needed to have a nice dinner.  And this morning as he had his coffee and Cinnamon Roll, he mentioned how lovely the kitchen tiles looked.  He knew I was procrastinating.  OH Yeah!   Not to mention, that  I had watched 5 hours of Hawaii 5-0 (that I had taped) while doing the laundry and ironing EVERYTHING that came out of the  dryer.   While still pondering WHAT was I going to create for the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.

Somehow I thought watching the shows would give me some sort of inspiration for a card.  NOT!  I went upstairs to my craft room, pulled out dies, cardstock, etc. and my DVDs “Pride & Prejudice” and “Lost in Austen”.  Ta Dum!  I knew Jane Austen would come to my rescue.   So here are my creations — hope you like them.

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“A FRIEND IS….”– This card is dedicated to all my Stampin’Up! sisters.  You’ve been there for me in more ways than you will ever know.

Stamps:  Wording “A friend is….” from Simply Said stamp Set #115066

Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Classic Ink Pads:  Night of Navy (for sponging)

Sizzix Dies:  Frame Oval Scallop (#114521), Lots of Tags Sizzlits (#114508)

Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage (#121782)

Punch:  Scallop Trim Corner (#118870)

Accessories:  Big Shot Machine, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Daubers, Dimensionals, Jewels – Basic Pearls (#119247), Victoria Crochet Trim (#118481), Black Embossing Power (for wording), Versa Mark Pad

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“ALWAYS ON MY  MIND…”  – This card I created for Don, my husband.  I’m so blessed to say that I married my BFF (Best Friend Forever).  I showed him the card, but advised him that this card would be on my display board.  I used LOTS of bling on this card!!

Stamps:  Wording “Always on my mind….” from Always stamp set (#113620)

Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Classic Ink Pads:  Night of Navy (for sponging)

Sizzix Dies:   3″ Circle Die (#122125 – Occasions Mini Catalog), Lots of Tags Sizzlits (#114508), Tag from Matchbox Die (#114890)

Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper (#120175)

Designer Series Paper:   Springtime Vintage (#121782 – Occasions Mini Catalog)

Accessories:   Jewels – Basic Rhinestones (#119246), Sticky Tape, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Build-A-Brad (#109128)

Ribbon:  Victoria Crochet Trim (#118481), Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta

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LATTICE CANDLE:  Hard to tell — but this really is a candle.  I’ve been wanting to use the Lattice BigZ Sizzix die (#115958) and the butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (#118138).  So at 10:40pm last night I decided to use a candle that’s been in my closet and create.  At this point, I stopped “creating” and went to bed.

Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage (#121782)

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz

Sizzix Dies:  Lattice BigZ Sizzix die (#115958)

Accessories:   Jewels – Basic Pearls (#119247), Whisper White Organza Ribbon (#114319), Dimensionals (#104430 – to adhere butterflies)

Thank you all for visiting my site.  I usually don’t write long blogs (well that’s not really true — I’ve been known to write “novels” for letters) — However! I’ve had 2 cups of coffee and just came back from an errand where I stopped and purchased a Latte — so I’m totally loaded with caffeine.

If you get a chance, please hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and participate in their “To Die For” Challenge.  Wait till you see what my Stampin’Up! sisters have created!!!!