Monday Medley #57 – Ornamental Pine

Monday Medley #57 – Ornamental Pine

5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-mm57-1Happy Monday!

Welcome to an other edition of my Monday Medley. This week, I am featuring the new Christmas set called

Ornamental Pine.

I have been dying to play with this set but until this weekend wasn’t able to find the time, My own Christmas cards are completed for the year but I really struggled with deciding whether I would us this set or the new Bright & Beautiful set. In the end the stars won out, but I’ve been pondering different ideas for this pretty pine bough and matching pine cone and ornament.

For my samples today, I neglected to use the ornament. Mostly because I am so enamored with the pine bough and pine cone!

So, for my first card, I veered off the to-be-expected, Christmas trail and made a thinking of you card instead. This is actually the card my group will be doing this week in class so this gave me the perfect opportunity to do a trial run.

The card base is a half sheet vertical of Cool Caribbean but you could easily sub in Pool Party or Soft Sky if you have it. Either one pairs fairly well with the Bermuda Bay that makes up the second layer.

To add a little interest I stamped the pine cone in Bermuda Bay around the perimeter of the Bermuda Bay panel then secured it to the card. The white panel was stamped with Bermuda Bay first then Encore Silver followed by Basic Brown for the pine cone. A second pine cone was stamped on a scrap of white and hand trimmed before I secured it to the branch with adhesive and a foam dimensional to keep the one end up off the paper a little bit. A bit of pretty turquoise and silver ribbon was added to the lower section of the white panel and then the piece was secured to the card. The sentiment and accompanying layer was stamped with Basic Brown, punched  and adhered with foam dimensionals. I added glitter to the pine cones but it’s hard to see in the photo. : (

5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-mm57-2My second card uses just the pine cone in first and second generation Crumb Cake on ivory. I layered the piece on Soft Suede.

The Crumb Cake card base was layered with a strip of DSP from the Fresh Prints collection with a couple of narrow strips of ribbon adhered to both long edges, I did this because the DSP sort of got lost on the card without that little bit of darker brown to bring it out.

I wrapped a couple of lengths of tan and white baker’s twine around the little pinecone piece and then adhered it to the card.

The sentiment was stamped and punched with the Word Window punch then layered on a Modern Label piece of Soft Suede.

Finally, for my last sample today I have a cute little box that I made using the Curvy Keepsake Box thinlet die set. O.M.G. This is the cutest darn box, and again, I’ve just now had time to actually play with it. I’ve seen oodles of clever and cute ideas using the die set on Pinterest, so if you’re looking for more inspiration, definitely check that out. I am torn between using it at Thanksgiving to make little pumpkin place setting markers or at Christmas like I have shown here. Decisions, Decisions!!!

5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-mm57-3The box itself is super easy to work with – of course all the cutting and scoring are done for you when you cut with the die, but the possibilities are endless.

I opted to start with plain white cardstock and create my own pretty pine bough background. To make the box you have to cut twice but you can get the whole box from a 6 x 8.5 piece of cardstock or paper.

I cut my box pieces first then stamped each of the sides with the pine bough in Garden Green. The box bottom was secured with my usual adhesive and thanks to the pre-scoring, the sides folded up easily and without any unnecessary crimping or tears. : )

I also cut a little oval tag (included in the die set) and stamped a pine cone for hand trimming. I sponged the edges of the little tag and then adhered the edge of the pine cone to the tag. I used red sweater trim ribbon to tie the tag to the little loops at the top of the box and a strand of baker’s twine for a hanger. My intent was to use this as an ornament.

That’s it for today folks!

Have a wonderful week.

Here’s the supply list for this round:

S: Ormamental Pine, Sincere Salutations, Teeny Tiny Wishes

P :Cool Caribbean, Bermuda Bay,white, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Ivory, Fresh Prints DSP Stack

I: Bermuda Bay, Basic Brown, Encore Silver, Crumb Cake, Garden Green

A: Curvy Keepsake Box thinlet dies, sweater trim ribbon, baker’s twine,  ribbon, sponge daubers, 2 way glue, glitter, large oval punch. scallop oval punch, word window punch, modern label punch, foam dimensionals,

Monday Medley #56 – Fresh Vintage

Monday Medley #56 – Fresh Vintage

5inkifingers Monday Medley2014-mm56-1Good Morning!

I realize I’ve been absent the last few weeks, so thank you for sticking with me and visiting anyway! Sadly, I have had absolutely zero creative mojo lately so I thought it best to take a little break and see if some other pursuits might help to get me back in my groove. It was either that or subject you to some truly ugly projects… : )

So, today I am back with a nice little set that I really enjoy working with called

Fresh Vintage

For two of  my samples today I’ve paired it with a couple different DSP paper stacks and for my third sample, I created a large tag using only the stamps and two colors of ink.

My first card is a thank you done in blues, reds and ivory with a touch of chocolate thrown in. The colors came straight out of the DSP for this one with a 4 panel front layered with the greeting front and center.

I stamped the flower twice with Bayou Blue and Ridinghood Red and punched the center of the blue for layering on the red.

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My second card is a blank note card with a trio of flowers stamped in Cherry Cobbler and layered over three thin strips of DSP that I adhered over the top of a larger panel of DSP from the same collection. (Season of Style)

The flowers are hand trimmed and adhered to the card with foam dimensionals and I trimmed them out with a green gem in the center of each one.

This was a quick and easy card to put together and could easily be converted to any type of card you might want. The nice thing about this one was that I had the thin strips of DSP cut already from a previous project so it went together in mere minutes.

Finally, I thought it would be fun to round out today’s samples with something other than a card so I went with a tag.

I kept the design simple and let the stamps do the work.

The tag is a strip of ivory, rounded on the corners and punched at the top for hanging, or in my case, threading with ribbons and fibers.

5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-mm56-3I stamped the floral spray in Crumb Cake and then stamped the smallest flower three times in Cherry Cobbler. The flowers were hand trimmed (tiny little devils) and adhered with glue dots but before I added them, I used my Itty Bitty Backgrounds speckle to add a little more Cherry Cobbler to the mix.

A few coordinated fibers at the top, some sparkly glitter glue and a few pearls finish it all off.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Have a great week!


S: Fresh Vintage, Express Yourself, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
P: Crumb Cake, Ivory, Cherry Cobbler, White, Festival of Prints DSP, Season of Style DSP
I:: Blue Bayou, Ridinghood Red, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
A; gems, 5/8 inch punch, sweter trim ribbon, fibers, pearls, We R Memory Keepers Hang Tag punch and corner chomper, sponge, foam dimensionals

Monday Medley #55 – Upsy Daisy

Monday Medley #55 – Upsy Daisy

Good morning!

i hope you’re all enjoying these final days of summer. Here in Minnesota we had a slight dip in the temperatures last week and (sadly) we’re also seeing some of the trees turn. While this is definitely pretty to look at, I can’t say I’m ready for what comes next! : )

This week I have a lovely set to share with you that happens to be one of my favorites.

Upsy Daisy

5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-mm55-1My first card is a square birthday greeting using Basic Black, Sahara Sand and Tangerine Tango.

The card base is Basic Black layered with a panel of Sahara Sand that I stamped with the swirls from Baroque Motifs in Crumb Cake.

Next, I stamped a Papaya scallop circle with the daisies in Tangerine Tango and then adhered that in the center of the card.

I stamped the daisies again on a piece of ivory as well as the sentiment using Tangerine Tango, trimmed and layered both on Sahara Sand and Basic Black.

I punched a hole in the left edge of the daisy piece, slipped the ribbon through and wrapped and tied it around the card.  The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals.

Finally a few colored sequins give the card a little bling.

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My second card is a thank you. I started with a Sahara Sand card base for this one and then layered the front with a Polka Dot embossed panel of white and a chevron flag of DSP from Fancy Pants Designs It’s the Little Things DSP stack.

The daisies were stamped with Old Olive on another panel of white with the sentiment stamped in Not Quite Navy. i layered this piece on a slightly larger piece of Not Quite Navy and then trimmed the bottom with a scallop edge of Old Olive.  I used foam dimensionals to adhere this piece to the card and then strung a ribbon through a button and tied that along the left fold.


5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-mm55-3My third card this round is plenty bright and cheery.

The card base is a half sheet of Smoky Slate. I scallop edge punched three pieces of Positively Pink, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight and layered them along the right half of the card then added an embossed panel of white on the left.

I stamped the daisies twice in Basic Black on white and then punched several circles in different sizes. Each one was sponged with Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango or Crushed Curry ink then ayered on a slightly larger circle of Basic Black, I also punched a circle of the three colors in corresponding sizes for the center three circles.

Three of the circles are popped up on dimensionals and the rest are adhered directly to the card.

I finished this on off with several gems and added the colored circles as accents behind three of the circles.


Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy your week!

Here’s the list of supplies for this round:
S: Upsy Daisy, Baroque Motifs
P: Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Ivory,  Papaya (Archiver’s Yours Truly) Scallop Circle Notes, white, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Fancy Pants Designs: It’s the Little Things DSP, Smoky Slate, Positively Pink, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango
I: Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
A: sequins, ribbon, button, gems, sponge daubers, Polka Dot and Floral Screen embossing folders, circle punches: 7/8, 1, 1-1/8, 1-1/4, 1-1/2 and 1-3/4 inch


Monday Medley #54 – Winged Things

Monday Medley #54 – Winged Things

Good morning!

Welcome back to a fresh Monday Medley and a new week. I spent the majority of the last week in bed. Sick. Yuck. Enough said. : (

Today, however, I am finally back in the land of the living with a trio of ideas using the set

Winged Things.

5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-MM54-1My first card is a nice mix of pastels. I started with a half sheet of white trimmed to fit a quarter 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of Pistachio Pudding.

Next, I cut two trapezoid pieces of Pistachio Pudding and layered each with a panel of DP from Autumn Leaves that I’ve had in my stash for ages. I was pretty pleased to find that the colors paired up so well with the Pistachio Pudding. Both panels are adhered to the face of the white card with a bit of stretchy elastic ribbon wrapped around the top one along with a trio of flags in Pistachio, Blushing Bride and white. (I folder embossed the white using the Decorative Dots folder.

The butterfly was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and hand cut from a piece of white cardstock. I colored it with copics then liberally coated it with 2 way glue and dazzling diamonds glitter before attaching it to a white punched circle that I layered on a scallop circle of Pistachio Pudding. I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black.

A couple loops of twine and baker’s thread plus a few gems in the corner finish things off.


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My second card is a square thank you.

I started with a Pistachio Pudding card base and layered it on a square of Dusty Durango. Next, I layered a smaller square of DP from My Mind’s Eye Mabel DP over the face of the card followed by a scallop punched strip of Pistachio Pudding and DP from the same paper stack.

The sentiment was stamped on a small piece of ivory in Basic Brown along with a couple dragonflies in second generation Dusty Durango. I rounded the corners, tied it up with ribbon and then layered it on Dusty Durango and adhered it to the card.

Finally, the dragonfly was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa, colored with an assortment of blue and green Copics, glittered (of course) and popped up on a dimensional.


5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-MM54-3My last card today is a fresh and pretty birthday card. I started this card with a 4-1/4 x 8-1/2 piece of Smoky Slate cs left over from something else. Since the fold at 2-3/4 left the front fold short I opted to fill in the gap with a circle! (or three) : )

The largest and smallest scallop circles were cut from white with a plain circle of Soft Sky sandwiched in between. Note, I attached the largest circle to the inside of the card but the other two are attached over the front.

The front and inside of the card were layered with panels of DP from Bo Bunny’s Flutter Butter collection. I tied the ribbon around the front DP panel before I adhered it in place. As it happens, I had this DP in my stash too (gee, maybe I have too much paper???) and it was a nice match for the Soft Sky. :)

Finally, I stamped the dragonfly with Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic colored it and adhered it to the top white scallop circle. The sentiment was stamped in Tuxedo Black as well.

thanks for dropping by today! Have a wonderful week!


Here’s the list of supplies for this week’s cards:

S: Winged Things, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Stampendous: Orchid Greetings, Loopy Blooms

P: Dusty Durango, Pistachio Pudding, MM Mable DP, Ivory, Smoky Slate, White, Soft Sky, Bo Bunny Flutter Butter DP, Blushing Bride, Autumn Leaves – Scribbles DP

I: Memento Angel Pink, Tuxedo Black, and Rich Cocoa, Basic Brown, Dusty Durango

A) Scallop circles and circles Spellbinders and Lifestyle Crafts dies, glitter, 2-way glue, 2 in circle punch, 1-1/2 in scallop circle punch, twine, decorative dots embossing folder, ruffled ribbon, foam dimensionals, scallop edge punch, gems

Copics: BG10, BG15, R20, RV34, R32, YG25

Monday Medley #53 – Peaceful Petals

Monday Medley #53 – Peaceful Petals

Good morning all!

My apologies for the hiatus. I know I haven’t been very visible lately and I’m blaming it on a number of things, not the least of which is a lack of stamping mojo. Add in some travel for work, a hectic couple of weeks at work and the loss of our dog Buster and you get a lot of  nothing creative.

I’m back this week with a hot new stamp set though and I had some fun playing with it so maybe the mojo is coming back. : )

This week I am featuring the set

Peaceful Petals

5inkyfingers-Monday Medley 2014-MM53-1My first card was a lot of fun to create and I’m a little sad that I didn’t think to do more than one of them . I had a good time using sponge daubers to color in the flowers and am really happy with the pop of colors. How gorgeous would this be in pinks and purples? Wow right?

My card base is a half sheet of Old Olive. I stamped the flower in Old Olive along all the edges to create my background then layered the punched panel of Crumb Cake. I punched the lower edge using the scallop edge punch but left the top edge plain.

The floral panel was stamped on white with Memento Tuxedo Black as was the little sentiment oval.  Note, to color the flowers I created a mask of the flower and used that to protect the areas outside of the flower borders when I sponged. I worked from the outside in and used Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo ink in that order. When I was all done, I sponged around the flowers with Crushed Curry. The flowers are darker because I saturated the color quite a bit when I sponged them.

I also sponged the sentiment tag, punched it with a large oval punch and then layered it on a Lots of Tags Label 2 Sizzlet piece of Crumb Cake. The ribbon is threaded through holes in either end of the tag and then tied around the card front.

Finally, to bring out the flower centers a little more, I used a white gel pen to accent them

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My second card enticed me to pull out my Copic markers. I recently made a trip out to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where inspiration for coloring flowers truly abounds. All I can say about this year’s flowers is WOW. There are some real beauties on display right now.

Taking that inspiration to heart, I colored the flower spray using a couple shades of violet and green and then die cut the piece using the Framelits Labels Collection. This piece was layered on a Certainly Celery panel that was cut slightly larger using the same die set and then given a pass through the Big Shot with my Dots embossing folder.

My card base is a half sheet of Rich Razzleberry. The white panel in the center was embossed using the Square Lattice folder and then followed by a strip of DP from My Mind’s Eye Happy Go Lucky collection.

The sentiment was stamped, punched and layered up on dimensionals and a few pearls finish the whole thing off.


5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-MM53-3For my last card today, I continued on the Copic trail to bring you a little sunshine.

For this one, the flower is stamped on ivory and then layered on a slightly larger square of Chocolate Chip. The leaves were stamped and cut out separately so that I could attach them after coloring them and the flower. I put a couple of thick dimensionals under the ends so they would stay up off the card for a nice 3D effect.

The card itself was a piece I had from another project and it wasn’t quite 8.5 inches wide so I scored it at 4-1/4 and then layered a panel of DP from the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neoplitan collection on the inside. Over that I layered another square of ivory just a little larger than the front one with a square of Certainly Celery and adhered that on the inside. When the card is closed, the inside square serves as another layer behind the front one.

For this one, I stamped the sentiment directly on the DP that was layered inside the card since it was a lighter colored pattern.


Thanks for dropping in today, and for sticking with me while I’ve been away!

Have a great week!


This week’s supplies:

S: Peaceful Petals, Stampendous Friendly Phrases

P: Old Olive, Crumb Cake, white, Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery, My Mind’s Eye Happy Go Lucky DP, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Ivory, American Crafts: Dear Lizzy Neopolitan

I: Memento Tuxedo Black, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Old Olive

A: gems, ribbon, sponge daubers, large, medium and small oval punches, 1/8 inch circle punch, Sizzlet Lots of Tags Label 2, Scallop edge punch, white gel pen, Square Lattice embossing folder, Framelits Labels Collection dies, Dots embossing folder, foam dimensionals, pearls

Copics: V09, RV34, YG95, YG93, YR68, Y17, E55, E44, G43, G99