Greetings fellow stampers, good morning and welcome to a new week. Month too, come to think of it. It’s February already. can you believe it? We’ve had such a crazy easy winter this year (Thank you GOD!) that it’s hard to believe we’re over halfway through it. Minnesota winters, as you are probably aware, are notoriously cold, wet and WHITE. We seem to have been given a bit of a pass this year. Well, at least so far. I don’t discount the very real possibility of several inches of snow in March. For now, however, we are enjoying what we have been blessed with.

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Today I have my February card of the month to share with you. I was digging through my paper stash and found a package of this lovely pearlized ivory cardstock that had the added bonus of a matte finish on the back side making writing inside much easier. (I am, after all, sending these out to friends and family so I wanted to be able to write my notes and allow those who are getting blank cards to do the same.) Pearlized paper, while beautiful, isn’t always ink-friendly. I dug a little deeper into my designer paper stash and found some swirly ivory and white paper from an Anna Griffin Christmas collection of all things. for this card I had in mind a very simple layout but I wanted at least one heart and who doesn’t love glimmer paper? I put all of that together with a little bit of Basic Black (keeping it simple ya know?). I stamped the sentiment from Express Yourself directly on the DSP. The small square of Basic Black is layered with silver glimmer paper and then topped with a small Real Red heart. That’s it. Super easy right?

Now to get them in the mail for my card of the month winners, friends and family.

Here’s the supply list again:

Ivory pearl cs, Basic Black cs, Real Red cs, silver shimmer paper, Anna Griffin DSP, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, small heart punch, foam dimensionals, Express Yourself stamp set

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Hello All!

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Holiday Snow – The kind that lingers…

I thought I would share with you my January Card of the Month Club card and a little peek at what I had to look at outside my window this morning. It’s actually a fresh “dusting” of about 3 inches on top of the inch or two we got the day after Christmas. Our winter has been very easy this year so I can’t complain, but it seems this latest layer is going to stick around. Anyway, it’s pretty when it’s all fresh and undisturbed.

So, on to my January card. For all of you who signed up for my giveaway contest, here’s what you are watching for. I’ll be dropping them in the mail this week so they should arrive on your doorstep in a few days. Of course, the holiday might delay things a bit, but for sure you should see them early next week.

 

5inkyfingers -Jan-2016-COMCThis card is a combination of Soft Sky, Garden Green, and Watermelon Wonder with a bit of Real Red and crisp white thrown in. I was going for something fresh and wintery feeling but with a little leftover holiday punch to spread the cheer a little longer.  The DSP is from the Nordic Noel series that I picked up on the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack and the sentiment is from a Close to my Heart set called Happy Hexagons.

The rest I think you can figure out yourselves.  *smiles*

PS: the ornaments you see on either side of the card are the place setting decorations that I made for Christmas Eve dinner with our kids. I bought the wooden laser-cut snowflakes at Michaels and embellished them with red glitter paper scallop circles and gold glitter swirly paper rosettes and a red button.  I think they turned out really cute so I wanted to share them as a little bonus.  Keep them in mind if you have post-Christmas parties you are hosting. If the wooden snowflakes aren’t available anymore, and you have the necessary dies, substitute chipboard snowflakes instead.

Happy New Year (a bit early) everyone!

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Good evening!

I realized today that I had completely forgotten about the 2016 Card of the Month Club contest and had not announced the winners yet! Since we only had 3 people comment and join in the fun, there was no need to use Random.org for the selection process. As for getting my butt in gear and actually announcing who won, well, I’m blaming the medication that I am on for my back pain for my forgetfulness. Seriously, I can’t seem to remember anything these days. I also got a little caught up in the Christmas holiday – decorating, spending awesome afternoons with the best friend in the whole wide world, and wrapping up stuff at the “day job” so I could be off “on holiday” (I love saying that!) through the 3rd of January. Christmas is, hands down, my favorite holiday and I tend to dive in with both feet and forget about everything else I should be doing.

I hope that you all had a fantastic Christmas full of love and time with family and that 2016 brings you a wealth of blessings and good things.

Without further ado.. the winners are:

kem1223

Jilly  and

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Two of these lucky ladies (Jilly and Terri) are repeat winners but I am so happy to have them in the group again this year. I have your mailing addresses already, so just sit back and watch the mail for your January card.

kem1223, I need you to email me at 5inkyfingers@gmail.com with your snail mail address so I know where to send the card.

Congratulations to all! I hope you enjoy the cards this year!

Hugs

Toni

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Hello all!

Card of the Month Club IconIn between prepping for Christmas, shopping for gifts and making a few too, I’ve also been working on switching my web host the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, this resulted in several days where 5inkyfingers was essentially a figment of everyone’s imagination. Sort of a – wait..I swear she told me this was the address for her site thing. Even I couldn’t get to it and there were a few days there where I was certain my entire website had been lost. Yes, I cried. Wouldn’t you?  However, now that things are back where they are supposed to be and seem to be working properly, it’s time to do a little post boost.

If you, or any of your lovely friends were trying to enter the contest (because I’m sure you were all clamoring for the chance to win fabulous cards) and you weren’t able to, I’m extending the deadline to enter for another 3 days. Sooo, now you have until December 14th to enter to win.

Click HERE  to hop on back to the original post with all the rules for entry, share a little blog love and toss your hat in the ring.

Remember, if you tweet and share on Facebook you get extra entries in the drawing so be sure and get social!!

thanks everyone and good luck!

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Good morning!

Oh, it feels good to be back. I hope you all had a great weekend. We (well, I should say my boys) worked on the yard this weekend trying to get the leaves taken care of before the (ahem) white stuff starts to fly. We spent most of our summer getting the yard looking good so we’re kind of on a mission to keep it that way. There’s still a ways to go before we’re really ready for winter but it’s getting there.

Anywhoo…I spent a little time in my stamp room this weekend working on some gift ideas for the ladies who take my class every month at work. Praise the Lord for Pinterest! I found some fantastic ideas there which gave me the launching pad I needed to put something together. What I have for you today is the fruit of my labor. A really quick and easy gift idea that I bet you could put together without any trouble at all. My goal was to use what I have and believe me, I have a lot! So, in the interests of cleaning up a bit of the stash that takes an entire room to contain, here’s what I came up with.

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Quick and Easy Card Set – Just in time for holiday gifting!

I know that I am not alone in the whole overflowing stash thing and I bet more than one of you have a stack of those designer paper packs that you’ve been “saving” for something. Well, pull ’em out and let’s do something with them! This project is a perfect way to showcase a bunch of different patterns and it’s easy to do.

I started with a couple of sheets of light aqua cs (Basis Cover) for my cards which incidentally is really close in color to Cool Caribbean but also similar to Coastal Cabana. Close enough for this project anyway. I cut the sheets in half and folded them for my 4 cards, then grabbed 3 or 4 different prints from the DSP stack and just started layering different pieces together on the card fronts. Note that no two are alike. This is by design. I had virtually no pieces left over when I was done so for the paper-frugal sort, this was a win! Next, I pulled out my Morning Meadow stamp set and stamped 4 pansies in Real Red and 4 Happy Birthday sentiments in Baked Brown Sugar. The pansies were punched out and the sentiments hand trimmed into the little word banners. I also punched 4 Baked Brown Sugar 1-3/4 inch circles and 4 light aqua 1-1/2 inch circles to go along with the flowers and the words. I folder embossed the aqua circles using a Lifestyle Crafts folder called Chain II. The simple design coordinated quite well with the DSP.  Finally, I arranged the circles – layered together – with the flowers and word banners on each card and adhered them with foam dimensionals. Easy Peasy!

Lastly, I needed a box to put my cards in, so I used the envelope punch board to create one then decorated it to match the cards and used a little velcro to hold it closed once the cards and envelopes are tucked inside.

A couple quick tips on the box.

Since you want the box to hold the 4 cards and envelopes, you need to use a slightly larger envelope size than you would if you were just making an envelope for one card. For mine, I used the dimensions and punching instructions for the 4-1/2 x 6 envelope which begins with an 8-1/2 inch square piece of paper. I used Baked Brown Sugar cs.

Score just as you would if you were making the 4-1/2 x 6 inch envelope but then shift each score line over to the right 3/8 of an inch and score again toward the flap. Do this on all 4 flaps. Your flaps will then fold up and over the cards you are inserting inside.

That’s it! Have a great week and as a final note…

If you haven’t already entered to win my 2016 Card of the Month club contest, by all means throw your hat in the ring! There’s plenty of room for entries and remember, you get extra points for sharing on Facebook and Twitter! CLICK HERE to hop back to the entry that explains the rules for this year. Share the love people!

 

Supplies for this project:

S: Morning Meadow
P: Basis Cover Light Aqua, Baked Brown Sugar, white, Fresh Prints DSP stack
I: Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red
A: Pansy punch, 1-1/2 and 1-3/4 inch circle punches, envelope punch board, foam dimensionals, Lifestyle Crafts Chain II embossing folder
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