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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“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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Supplies:

  • 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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Supplies:   

  • 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. 

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.

Congratulations 2011 Graduates!!!

 

Hand Stamped Sentiments – Graduation Theme Challenge

  

This theme was a challenge for me as I could not come up with some WOW card or idea.  I finally found a stamp set (“Sense of Time”) that seemed like the perfect one to use. 

This past week, I had the pleasure of meeting my friend Sandra’s granddaughter Alexandra who is from New Jersey.  Alexandra had never stamped before and wanted to see what it was all about especially since she saw all of Sandra’s wonderful cards that she has created.  What a wonderful & beautiful young lady; and this year is her Senior year.   The excitement she had for this special year — her last year in high school — and how excited she is for graduation and to start her new life as a college freshman.  Ta Dum!! finally an idea.   For this challenge I created a graduation card but also made a 6×6  scrap page using Night of Navy, Brushed Gold and Very Vanilla cardstocks.  And just by mere chance, the colors just happen to be Alexandra’s school colors.  So this scrap page has gone home to New Jersey with Alexandra.  

This is the best part of being a demonstrator.  I get the opportunity to share what I love with others and help them create wonderful memories.   I had a wonderful time stamping with Sandra and Alexandra. 

So here is the scrap page and graduation card I created.

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Supplies:

  • Stamp Set:   Sense of Time
  • Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Brushed Gold
  • Inks:  Night of Navy
  • Accessories:   VersaMark pad; Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Brads