May 2015 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

by Cindy B Designs on May 25, 2015

Hello my friends. Today I decided to participate in the Papertrey Ink May 2015 Blog Hop. I haven't participated in a Papertrey Ink Blog Hop in what seems like years. I was happy to get the May release before the Blog Hop. That is not the norm as most want to use their new release products. Today I was able to do just that. 

I've always loved the super fabulous, unique and fun Bowl of Sunshine stamp set and unfortunately with my card, I did not combine the two, but I will very soon. The follow-up to the Bowl of Sunshine stamp set is A Second Helping of Sunshine and wow. I love this. You will see a combination of both stamp sets being using in conjunction sooner rather than later. I love the clean and graphic lines, and I could go on and on about these two stamp sets. Bottom line – I just LOVE them. That's it. They are so much fun and can cover such a wide variety of events and occasions. No coloring involved. Just simple and easy stamping. 

I really didn't have a plan in mind or a sketch, but each month has a theme to the Blog Hop and this month, our inspiration was a rainbow of wooden blocks that you can see at the Papertrey Ink Blog. I almost went with Southwestern Style but could not pass up the opportunity to use some beautiful Fire King-inspired stamps. I was in vintage heaven!

I took about a hundred pictures it seems. I have a very difficult time taking pictures of cards that are standard A2 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 portrait. I'm okay with the landscape, which is why most of my cards are made that way. I'm sure I could have gone landscape here and probably should have – maybe card #2? – but just went with what happened. 

Of course, I used my beloved Blueprints and Die-Namics by My Favorite Things to give it that extra special touch. The Soft Stone gingham patterned paper on the side with the Pretty Pink Post sequins in Charcoal and Clear really filled up some empty space. I did not want to use ribbon or even Baker's Twine. I wanted my lovely Fire Brick dishes to show with the tiny little pearl in the center of each dish. The rainbow dishes still take the spotlight and there's nothing better than a rainbow of colors! Don't you just love the inside of the card?! The envelope is decorated the same way with the Soft Stone gingham pattern for the liner. 

Thank you so very much for stopping by to visit me today and God bless you. I will see you soon with another card project and video!


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Ephesians 5:25.

Stamps:  A Second Helping of Sunshine (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock:  Smokey Shadow, White Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper:  Soft Stone Gingham Pattern (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Blueberry Sky, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Smokey Shadow, Summer Sunrise, Winter Wisteria (Papertrey Ink)
Sequins:  Charcoal, Clear (Pretty Pink Posh)
Pearls:  Basic Pearl Jewels (Stampin' Up!)
Die-Namics:  Blueprints 15, Vertical Stitched Stripes (My Favorite Things)
Die-Cuts:  Envelope Liner (Papertrey Ink)
Tools:  Teflon Bone Folder (Hero Arts), MISTI (My Favorite Things), Simply Scored, Stampin' Trimmer (Stampin' Up!), Vagabond (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
Card Size:  4-1/4 x 5-1/2 A2 Top Folding
Challenge/Event:  Papertrey Ink May 2015 Blog Hop

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Today is A Good Day to Have a Good Day

by Cindy B Designs on May 23, 2015

Hello my friends. Today's card was heavily inspired by the wonderful and extremely talented Barb Anders. I made some slight modifications, but that's just about it. Of course, I had my trusty My Favorite Things Blueprints Die-Namics by my side. I love my Blueprints with the stitched and pierced edges in so many different shapes and sizes. A few weeks ago for the My Favorite Things May 2015 release, several new cross-stitch Die-Namics were introduced in your basic staple sizes of square, rectangle, oval and circle. I have so many cards and projects that I want to make with the May release, especially the items that had a farm and barn theme. So much fun! I've already colored and die-cut a lot of images so I am hoping something will come together pretty soon. 

For today's card, it is very colorful and the Stitched Scallop Edges Die-Namics steal the spotlight. Don't you just love how the rainbow scallops come together perfectly? There are 3 different sizes of the Stitched Scallop Edges Die-Namics.

Thank you Barb for your fabulous inspiration. When my mojo is gogo, I always turn to my favorite designers to help me out and Barb is definitely one of them. Stop by her blog at Barb's Paper Pursuits and watch her great videos. Barb is also a designer for My Favorite Things Stamps

As always, I'm slowly, but surely, working on something to get and keep me up to speed and on par with other designers, such as the InLinkz product listing that so many use for your ease of shopping if I use a product that you would like to purchase. I will only link to stores that I trust that offer great customer service, great products and store owners that have personal integrity. I only use products that meet the same strict standards as above. I will also strive to help you find the best price for any given product too.

Thank you so very much for stopping by to visit me today and God bless you and your weekend. Remember the real meaning of Monday to honor our Veterans. They deserve our very best. 

Ephesians 6:11

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