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

5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-MM53-2


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


Monday Medley #50 – On a Pedestal

Monday Medley #50 – On a Pedestal

Good morning!

We are back from a shot weekend to see the in-laws and a little R & R by the lake. We were blessed with fabulous weather and an exceptionally peaceful couple of days as the boat traffic was at a minimum. I never tire of waking up to the sound of loons.

This week promises to be a busy one as I have a couple of meetings lined up along with my monthly card class. We’re making a post-it pad cover this month which should be kind of fun I think. i suppose I should get my sample for that made up huh? *smiles*

This week I am featuring

On a Pedestal.

5inkyfingers -2014-MM50-1For my first card, I started with a Pretty in Pink card base and added several layers of DP and Chocolate Chip cardstock.

There’s a lot going on with this one, but here are the highlights:

The DP is from My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist – Life of the Party collection and I was happy to discover that it matches quite well with mu Lucky Limeade and Chocolate Chip inks.

The cupcake is stamped on white in 2nd generation Lucky Limeade and then stamped again in 1st generation on a scrap of white. the latter was hand trimmed and layered over the original.

The little banner was done using the Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Punch pack and some baker twine and I tied a bit of the twine around the right edge of the card as well.



My second card is a little more boyish despite the yellow stickles that I added for sparkle on the candles and the lower half of the sentiment panel.

The sentiment was stamped in Real Red on the upper part of a panel of white cardstock then again in Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Crushed Curry for layering of the words.

The DP is from My Mind’s Eye Playdate collection and the lower half of the sentiment panel was folder embossed using the decorative dots embossing folder.

I goofed and sent the piece through the folder backwards so my dots were indented rather than raised so…making lemonade out of lemons…I filled them in with yellow stickles.

Ta Da!!! Just goes to show you, it’s pretty easy to fix a mistake if you encounter one!



5inkyfingers-2014-mm50-3Finally, my third card is pure washi tape fun. In fact, the washi tape pretty much steals the show on this one.  I combined several different colors and patterns plus a bit of glitzy glitter tape to jazz it up.

I layered the white card on a panel of turquoise and stamped the sentiment in Melon Mambo.

A sprinkling of metallic nailheads and gems finish it off.


thanks for stopping by today!

Have a great week.

Here’s the supply list for this round:

S: On a Pedestal

P: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, White, Real Red, Bashful Blye, Turquoise, My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist Life of the Party DP, and Playdate DP

I: Chocolate Chip, , Lucky Limeade, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, Real Red, Melon Mambo

A; Itty Bitty punch pack, Banner punch, Triple Heart punch, baker twine. brads, gems, ribbon, washi tape, stickles (yellow)




Monday Medley #49 – Flower Shop

Monday Medley #49 – Flower Shop

Good Morning!

I hope everyone had a fun and festive 4th of July weekend. We spent it right here at home and soaked up 3 days of much needed R & R. I also spent a delightful day with my best friend making strawberry jam after which we did our level best to help evaporate a couple bottles of wine and catch up on things. She even treated us to lunch and brought all the makings for a fabulous grilled lunch! The fact that she saved me from having to make lunch is, of course, only a small reason why she’s my best friend. Ha!

So, this week I am featuring a set that seems to be getting lots of attention on Pinterest these days so coming up with something new was a little bit of a challenge. I gave my brain a rest though and sought out my card sketch board for layout inspiration which helped things along considerably.

This week’s featured set is:

5inkyfingers-2014-MM49-1Flower Shop

The simple fact that this set has a matching punch  goes a long way toward boosting up the ladder of favorites. The matching punch just makes it so much easier and quicker to put the cards together.

My first card has lots of POP despite the fact that the card base is Chocolate Chip.

I picked Melon Mambo, Pistachio Pudding and Cool Caribbean as my accent colors and found some super sweet heart paper in a Fancy Pants Designs 6×6 pad I had called Love. So cute.

Add in a couple little embossed vellum flags, a little baker’s twine and some tiny pink gems and you have a quick and easy card.

The flower is stamped in Cool Caribbean and I used my Cuttlebug Dots and Spots and Swiss Dots embossing folders for the little vellum flags. The sentiment is from One of A Kind.



My second card is a little more subdued but pretty all the same.

I began with a Baja Breeze card and added a few layers. The first of which is a panel of white that I embossed with my Woodgrain folder. Next came a panel of chevron DP from American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neopolitan collection.

The first die cut label is cut from Crumb Cake and the circle over that is white. The latter got the embossing treatment too but this time I used the Swiss Dots folder.

The ribbon came next, followed by two flowers, stamped and punched and two stems of leaves. The flower centers are from another flower in the set and I stamped those in Baja Breeze and punched them out with a 5/8 inch circle punch.

Finally, a few brown pearls finishes it all off. Note, the flowers and their centers are both popped up on foam dimensionals so that they clear the knot in the bow.


5inkyfingers-2014-mm49-3For my third card, I went a little old fashioned and I definitely made the designer paper do all the heavy lifting. A Blushing Bride card, three prints of DP from My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline – Howdy Doody collection to make up the background and chevron clipped flags and half a paper doily pretty much complete this card.

Once I had all that in place, all I had to do was add a flower, a button and a little baker’s twine to wrap it up. I have no idea what kind of card it is (LOL) but, I have no doubt it will come in handy when I need a quick note or birthday card!

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!


Here’s the supply list for this round:

S: Flower Shop, One of a Kind

P: Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo, Pistachio Pudding, white, Fancy Pant’s Designs Love DP, Vellum, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neopolitan DP, Blushing Bride, My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline-Howdy Doody DP

I: Cool Caribbean, Basic Brown, Crushed Curry, Baja Breeze

A: mini gems, foam dimensionals, baker’s twine, SPots & Dots, Woodgrain, and Swiss Dots embossing folders, Framelits Labels Collection, Spellbinders Classic Circles, pearls. ribbon, button, Little Leaf Sizzlet die, 5/8 inch circle punch, Pansy Punch, paper doily