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.

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

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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Happy Monday and while we are at it, welcome to the end of March. Where has this month gone?!?!

I find that the closer I get to my trip in May the faster my weeks are going and Easter is next weekend already. Thankfully, other than groceries for our dinner with the kids I pretty much have things in hand. I spent some time yesterday working on my place setting markers and have those ready to go.  This is a good thing because I have a tendency to wait until the very last second on those and then I’m scrambling – often ON Easter Sunday – to get them put together. So, no procrastination this year! Yay!

Today, I am going to share some cards that I did using the new Lotus Blossom set. Working with this set was a little different, but I hope you will agree the results are fantastic. That extra layer of ink really makes a difference. So, here we go!

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My first card is a fresh, peachy birthday greeting. I started with a half sheet of peach cardstock and centered a kraft colored doily on the front. the flower is stamped in Groovy Guava and Dusty Durango in first and second generation ink depending on which part of the stamp I was using. The stem is done in Certainly Celery and I used Itty Bitty Backgrounds to speckle the background with Dusty Durango. This piece was layered on a panel of Dusty Durango with a strip of Chocolate Chip in between and then trimmed with a couple of Chocolate Chip scallop edges. The sentiment is a rub on that I had in my stash.

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My second card is a symphony in pink. The card base is a half sheet of Pretty in Pink. I stamped the flower on ivory using Memento Angel Pink, Melon Mambo and Certainly Celery (stem) and lightly speckled the background with Melon Mambo. This piece was wrapped with a piece of ruffled ribbon then layered on a slightly larger piece of pale pink vellum. A second panel of ivory was folder embossed with dots and also layered on the same vellum with a wave scallop edge along the bottom. This was adhered directly to the card and the flower added on top. A pearly button and some wax thread finish this one off.

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Finally today, my last card is a get well in a warm golden color scheme. The card base is More Mustard and is layered with DSP from the Autumn Vine and Thoroughly Modern assortments (now retired) with a band of lace ribbon to hide the center seam. The flower is stamped on white with Crushed Curry, More Mustard and Soft Suede with a Lucky Limeade stem. I oval cut this piece out and layered it on a scallop oval of Soft Suede. The get well tag is stamped with Soft Suede and punched with the Artisian Label punch and then cut in half so I could tuck it behind the ribbon. A button and jute twine complete this one.

Thanks for stopping in today

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Here’s the supply list for this round:

S: Lotus Blossom, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Express Yourself

P: Pretty in Pink, Light pink vellum, Ivory, Peach CS (Basis), Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, More Mustard, White, Autumn Vine DSP, Thoroughly Modern DSP

I: Memento Angel Pink, Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Groovy Guava, Dusty Durango, More Mustard, Crushed Curry, Lucky Limeade

A: Fiskars Wave Dot border punch, buttons, wax thread, gathered pink ribbon, Dots embossing folder, Happy Birthday rub-ons, kraft paper doily, Artisan Label punch, Spellbinders: classic ovals large and scallop ovals large dies, twine. lace ribbon

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Good morning!

I hope everyone had as much fun this weekend as I did. I spent 3 wonderful days at a stamping retreat with 4 lovely ladies. We overdosed on delicious food, laughs, and creativity and I came home with over 140 cards completed. Whew! Whatever will I work on when I go on my next retreat in February?!?

Today I have a few ideas using the new Wondrous Wreath set.

5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-11MM60-1My first card is a Christmas card, but my other two samples take a step away from the holidays and offer up some ideas for other ways to use this fun set.

For this first example, I started with a base card of Cool Caribbean. I stamped the Hardwood  background stamp with Smoky Slate ink on ivory cardstock and trimmed it to fit my card.

The sentiment was stamped with Handsome Hunter, chevron clipped on either end and layered on Cool Caribbean.

The wreath and ornaments were stamped with Lucky Limeade, Handsome Hunter and Cool Caribbean and either diecut or punched. I also added a couple of glitter paper ornaments for a little more sparkle. All of the ornaments were strung with silver cord and arranged in the wreath with a pretty turquoise and silver bow to hide the ends of the cord. A couple tiny gems on the ornaments finish this one off.

5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-MM60-2My second card today would be perfect for an anniversary, wedding or, with a different sentiment, Valentine’s Day.

The card base is a half sheet of white that I layered with a Pretty in Pink panel which was folder embossed.

I only used the berry stamp for this one and just used Lucky Limeade and Handsome Hunter in first and second generation ink to create the wreath. The sentiment was stamped with Handsome Hunter. Both pieces were layered on a panel of Old Olive and then tied with gold ribbon.

I punched two hearts – one of gold metallic and one of Pretty in Pink, glittered them up with clear Stickles and adhered them to the wreath. I dabbled a little Stickles on the wreath as well so it sparkles. (Sorry my photo doesn’t capture that very well.)

5inkyfingers Monday Medley 2014-MM60-3Finally, for my last sample, I abandoned the wreath completely and pulled out the little 5 petal flower that is included in the set.

My simple white card base is a nice clean backdrop for the 4 little flowers in bright colors.

I stamped the flowers in Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant and mounted them on a strip of folder embossed white. I layered it again on Melon Mambo cs and scalloped the bottom edge before adhering it to the card. A Melon Mambo sentiment in the lower right and a few gems wrap this one up.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Have a fabulous week!

Here’s the list of supplies:
S: Wondrous Wreath, Merry Minis,  Express Yourself, CTMH: Card Chatter Sympathy
P: Cool Caribbean, White, Silver glitter, blue glitter, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, gold metallic, Melon Mambo
I: Lucky Limeade, Handsome Hunter, Cool Caribbean, Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise
A: ribbon, Clear Stickles, Victoria embossing folder, Decorative Dots embossing folder, small heart punch, Wondrous Wreath framelits, silver cord, gems,
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5inkyfingers-Monday Medley 2014-MM58-1Good morning!

Okay, I admit it. Christmas is my favorite holiday despite the fact that along with the twinkle lights, the rosy cheeked Santas and the sugar plums (anyone ever had one of those by the way?) there is usually a bit of a nip in the air and some white stuff on the ground. THAT I don’t look forward to so much. Well, at least not until I’m snug as a bug in my vacation jammies and I don’t have to actually GO anywhere. I do, however, have a terrible weakness for Christmas stamps and generally find way more card ideas than I can possibly complete in a single holiday season so I am starting them here a little early. Okay, a lot early. I am skipping Halloween entirely and going straight to Christmas!

Today I have a trio of cards using nearly all of the ornaments from the set

Christmas Collectibles.

This was a new set last year and it’s easily as fun as the Delightful Decorations set that was its predecessor.  It helps that there’s a matching punch too!

My first card is done in Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate and white. I added in some Encore silver snowflakes from the Northern Hearts set and a Bermuda Bay swirl from Priceless. A few coordinating strips of Washi tape, some gems and metallic nailhead stickers, and  strand or two of silver cord add the sparkle and interest.  I also rounded opposing corners on all the panels and the base card and finished it off with a sentiment flag that I stamped, hand trimmed and wrapped around the silver ornament cord

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My second card is very traditional in its color scheme of Real Red, Lucky Limeade and Chocolate Chip.

I started with a Lucky Limeade card base and layered that with a panel of white with a punched scallop edge. The Real Red panel was punched with the ornament and then folder embossed using my Darice Circle Interlock folder.

The Chocolate Chip and Real Red ornaments were stamped, punched and adhered to the red panel with dimensionals then tied with the silver cord. The ends were adhered to the reverse side of the red panel and the Lucky Limeade ornament was stamped, punched then inserted into the punched window.

I finished it off with a Lucky Limeade sentiment on a hand trimmed flag of white  and  few clear rhinestones on the ornaments.


My last card today is very NON-Traditional. In fact the card base and layers were headed toward becoming a birthday card until I decided to go in the holiday direction with it.

5inkyfingers-Monday Medley 2014-MM58-3My card base for this one is Rose Red and the layers are Pretty in Pink and a strip of DSP from the Print Poetry stack. The Pretty in Pink section was folder embossed using my Cuttlebug Christmas Ornaments folder and  I affixed the ribbon at the seam before adhering the panel to the card.

The tag is cut and punched from a strip of ivory cs. I used the tag topper punch for the top and a corner chomper for the bottom two corners.  The edges were sponged with Rose Red and I stamped a Wild Wasabi swirl near the bottom before slipping the ends of my knot through the hole at the top of the tag.

The ornaments were stamped in Rose Red, Wild Wasabi and Crushed curry. I used the Christmas ornament punch, the Mosaic punch and the 7/8 inch scallop circle punch to get my pieces and then added them to the tag with foam dimensionals.

Finally, a button tied with baker twine and a little sentiment flag plus a red and green gem for the ornaments wrap this one up.

Thanks for dropping in today!

I hope you have a wonderful week.


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

S: Christmas Collectibles. Priceless, Good Greetings, Northern Hearts
P: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink ,Ivory, Print Poetry DSP stack, Lucky Limeade, Real Red, White, Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay
I: Rose Red, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay, Encore Silver, Lucky Limeade, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
A: ribbon, silver cord, baker twine, sponge, corner chomper, button, gems, metallic nail heads, washi tape, 7/8 inch circle scallop punch, tag topper punch, lace scallop edge punch, Christmas ornament punch, mosaic punch, , Darice Circle Interlock embossing folder, Cuttlebug Christmas Ornaments embossing folder
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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


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