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


Monday Medley #52 – Just Like You

Monday Medley #52 – Just Like You

Good morning!

Wow, is this month ever flying by fast. I had a wonderful weekend that started with my very first 31 party, a group of fabulous women and a brunch that turned out pretty well. (Always a plus!) I warn you on the 31 bags though…SERIOUSLY ADDICTING and SO FUN! Now I can’t wait to see that pink box!

I also added a new “light fixture” to the pergola on our deck that I’m pretty darned proud of. Now I just need to dig up that box of citronella tealights that I know I have stashed away somewhere…

Yesterday I put in some MUCH needed stamping time with my SU! demonstrator Alvina and my BFF Twyla where we made a stack of  beautiful cards. Lots of fun to be had there as well!  I followed that up with a little more time in my own stamp room before my pillow started screaming my name and I had to give in.

tealight chandelier made from re-purposed glass insulating conductors.


So, on to the featured set for this week!

Just Like You

5inkyfingers Monday Medley-2014-MM52-1My first sample for you today is a bright and bodacious thank you card that pulls together a quartet of high contrast colors with a splash of orange daisy to grab your attention.

I started with a Melon Mambo card which I layered with a folder embossed panel of Elegant Eggplant. The folder is called Floral Flourish from Sizzix and it matches this stamp  set perfectly.

A strip of white was stamped in Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo. I trimmed the bottom edge with a lacy edge of Daffodil Delight before adhering it to the card.

Next came another strip of white stamped with Elegant Eggplant wavy lines and layered on a slightly larger piece of Melon Mambo.

Finally, a little sentiment flag layered on Daffodil Delight and a bright Pumpkin Pie daisy make the focal point for the card. A big flashy gem filled the flower center perfectly.

5inkyfingers Monday Medley-2014-MM52-2My second sample is a little covered mini composition notebook. I found the notebooks a while back at Target in 2 packs and bought a bunch of them. I think I intended to use them for one of my classes, tucked them away and promptly forgot I had them. If that isn’t the typical crafter’s most common memory lapse, I don’t know what is! In any case, they’re the perfect size for a purse and are super easy to decorate.

For mine today, I started by covering the book with a piece of DP from October Afternoon’s Woodland Park collection. I sponged all of the edges with Basic Brown ink when I was done to give it more of a distressed look

Next, I stamped a strip of Old Olive with the same Basic Brown ink, sponged the edges, chevron cut one end and adhered it to the front of the book.

The medallion is made up of a Marina Mist scallop circle, a Chocolate Chip circle and an ivory circle stamped with a flower and trimmed with a green jumbo pearl. All of these pieces were sponged prior to assembly and then adhered to the book.


5inkyfingers Monday Medley-2014-MM52-3Finally, for my last sample today, I have a cute little box that I decked out in flowers similar to my card above but in a more muted color scheme.

The box itself is Bashful Blue and measures 2 5/8 inches square finished..

The band around the box was stamped on white with Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry and Old Olive and the scallop trim is from Chocolate Chip cs.

The bow on top is fashioned from chocolate grosgrain ribbon and a large green brad.


Here’s the supply list:

S: Just Like You

P: Marina Mist, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, October Afternoon Woodland Park DSP, Ivory, White, Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Bashful Blue

I: Basic Brown, Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Curshed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

A: brads, gems, pearls, ribbon, scallop edge punch, Martha Stewart Doily Lace trim punch, scallop circle punch, 1-1/4 and 1-1/2 inch circle punches, Floral Flourishes embossing folder



Monday Medley #51 – Too Kind

Monday Medley #51 – Too Kind

Greetings everyone!

I hope you had a lovely weekend. Rich and I spent a night away at a B & B and took part in a Murder Mystery dinner. Despite a few quirks that are to be expected in an old, old house, and a slightly lackluster MM dinner, we had a good time. The weather was perfect really and it’s always a treat to sneak away for a bit with the hubby.

This week I am featuring the set:

Too Kind

I really like the fresh appeal of this particular set and found it to be a lot of fun to work with.

5inkyfingers 2014-MM51-1My first card is a thinking of you sentiment but with the softer color palette, it would work equally well for a sympathy card.

My card  base is a half sheet of Baja Breeze. I paired that with Crumb Cake and crisp white as my neutral. For texture, I folder embossed a panel of white and then trimmed the top and bottom with scallop border punched strips of white before adhering it to my card.

The stems were stamped in Certainly Celery and the flowers in first and second generation Baja Breeze. I layered this piece on a panel of Crumb Cake then adhered it directly to the card.

The sentiment is stamped in Baked Brown Sugar, sponged and layered on Crumb Cake. I used foam dimensionals to adhere it to the card.

I sponged the white pieces around the edges and found some plaid brown ribbon that works well with that sponged look. Finally, a few gems in the corner add a bit of sparkle.


5inkyfingers -2014-mm51-2My second card makes use of the second sentiment in the set, but omits the flowers entirely. I picked a color combination that never ceases to wow me every time I see it. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but there’s something about the Navy and Olive and Red that I just love.

Instead, I layered a panel of Old Olive (Folder embossed using an Anna Griffin folder called Modern Vine) on my Night of Navy Card.

My sentiment was stamped with Night of Navy on white, punched with a 1-1/2 inch circle punch and then layered on a Real Red scallop circle. the ribbon was tied around the Old Olive piece before it was adhered in place and then the sentiment was added with foam dimensionals to pop it up a bit.

The little red flowers were punched using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and then trimmed with tiny clear gems.



5inkyfingers-2014-mm51-3Finally, for my last card, I went off the standard A2 beaten path and made a 4 x 4 finished card. Of course, this one cannot be mailed, but as a hand off card it’s pretty sweet.

I started with a 12 x 4 inch piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock which I scored at 4 and 8 inches. I also cut two 3-3/4 inch squares of DSP from the Cottage Wall collection. (retired) The first square was left intact but the second was clipped diagonally to get a triangle. Keep reading …I’ll explain in a bit.

I then clipped one half of one end off diagonally so that I was left with a triangular flap on the right side. This is the portion of the card that is covered in the lighter, triangular piece of DSP.

On the opposite end, or what ends up being the flap that is folded to the inside, I adhered the square piece of DSP.

Next, I die cut an Old Olive Spellbinders Labels 4 piece and another smaller one of white for my flowers. The flowers and stems are stamped in Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry and then trimmed with a few green gems and a Rich Razzleberry/DSP stripe mini butterfly.

A piece of white ribbon was tied around the inside flap and into a bow. Note: I added this because my little triangular corner was being a bit fickle and wouldn’t stay shut no matter how much I fiddled so I decided to lasso it down. (he he he)

Finally, I stamped a teeny tiny little 4You tag, punched it out and layered it on a larger tag of Rich Razzleberry. As luck would have it, I had some lavander-ish colored crochet cotton that matched perfectly so I used that to tie the little tag to the ribbon.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Have a great week.

Here’s the supply list for this round.

S: Too Kind, Tiny Tags

P: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, white, Night of Navy, Real Red, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP

I: Baked Brown Sugar, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry

A: gems, ribbon, foam dimensional, sponge, decorative dots embossing folder, modern vine embossing folder (Anna Griffin), Spellbinders Labels 4 dies, Punches: 1-1/2 inch circle, scallop circle, Martha Stewart Scallop Tag punch, Itty Bitty punch pack, Itty Bitty labels punch pack, small butterfly