Hoping to Sea You Soon

by Cindy B Designs on July 28, 2014

Hey there stampers and friends. I made this card for my kids last week. It's not too feminine and not too masculine. It's right in the middle. I started this card on Saturday and just now finished editing it. One day I would just like to sit down and play for a little while. This card covers two challenges of MFTWSC186, which is My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge, and it also covers their July Color Palette Challenge to use Banana Split, Blu Raspberry, Sno Cone and Tangy Orange. They are all in there with no cheating. I used Lisa Johnson's (one of my favorite designers ever) Darling Dots, Fishbowl Die-Namics, Sea Life with the coordinating Die-Namics, and Banner Die-Namics for my tag on the side. I was hunting everywhere for my real sand but couldn't find it so I used real sea shells at the bottom of the fishbowl. I am so loving every Die-Namics that is stitched or pierced and am completely addicted. My tone-on-tone background uses, I'm pretty sure, a Blueprints Die-Namics with it  stamped with Darling Dots in Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink and adhered directly onto the Blu Raspberry card stock. I'm surprised that I can't find what Die-Namics I used as I usually keep everything and all of the products that I use on a project until I get it blogged. I die-cut the fish bowl with Sno Cone card stock and then ran it through a Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up! and ever so lightly inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I then die-cut the inner part of the fish bowl with Sweet Tooth card stock and stamped the very fun images from the Sea Life stamp set by My Favorite Things of bubbles and plants with Banana Split and Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink. I laid down some 1/2" Scor-Tape at the bottom of the fish bowl and adhered my sea shells and added some Crystal Effects by Stampin' Up! to stack the sea shells. My fish are die-cut from the coordinating Sea Life Die-Namics using Tangy Orange card stock that I inked around the edges with the same color and I colored in the impressions with an orange glitter At You Spica Copic marker on the fins. I love how the die-cuts leave impressions for you. I used a Black 0.2 Copic Multi-Liner to draw in free hand eyes for the fish. My starfish is die-cut the same as the fish but I stamped the coordinating image onto the starfish with the coordinating stamp. The fish closest to the sentiment adds more dimension to this card with Stampin' Up! Stampin' Dimensionals

I thought I would give it a try of using a very popular technique right now of using Crystal Effects as an embellishment simply by using this product to make dots on your project. I made some pretty big dots and some pretty big smears! The star fish was finished off with a Tangy Orange button in the middle. I tied some old hemp thick twine that I had in my stash around the top of the fish bowl twice into a bow. I die-cut a banner Die-Namics that I shamelessly put all into one pouch without the names with Sweet Tooth card stock and stamped a sand dollar with Banana Split Hybrid Ink and my sentiment with Black Licorice onto the banner and slipped it under my fish bowl. I think that looks pretty cool together. I then put the entire fish bowl onto Stampin' Dimensionals by Stampin' Up! and adhered it in the middle of my card. I think my favorite part of the card is the tone-on-tone Blu Raspberry with the Darling Dots stamped with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink and die-cut with one of the Blueprints Die-Namics. The Banana Split color threw me off to be honest with you and I really should have used it for the bubbles to keep its use down to a minimum.  

I have some appointments at home I need to take care of, with one of them getting on that OR table that I'm looking forward to before the 6-hour drive. I will turn the heat on very low on my seat. It is summer and 100 degrees. As I head north, the temps will drop, significantly, like 30+ degrees. That will help with driving for that length of time which is my max for driving before I fly. Now I'm down to 4 hours and I honestly have thought about taking a flight, but Bella and Zeke are coming with me. Bella is excellent in the car. She lays on her back and snores with her paws up in the air in her puppy car seat buckled in. She's good for the 2-hour drive down to the Bay Area from Chico; however, I have never taken her this far before. Then there is Zeke, my 11-year-old cat, who I'm pretty sure is going to meow the entire time and drive me absolutely nuts. I just hope that when we get there, Buddy doesn't bite him on top of his scalp. Seriously, that cat has had so many infections from Buddy doing that. Buddy is a one dog only as he's a rescue dog and has issues, but he is the best dog ever, besides my Bella. My daughter has a puppy too that's going to grow into a monster so this should be really interesting or hell. My husband was building dog cages today and I asked him to build one for Bella and I hope he did. She's the smallest and I don't want her getting hurt. She loves to play with all of her doggie friends at puppy daycare and gets along with everybody and every dog. Bella and the husband will have issues because he doesn't like the breed but he's going to get over that very fast and have an attitude adjustment. 

So my friends, here is my card and I hope that you enjoy it. It's different than my usual style. 

God bless you and make today count. Life is so precious. Today, July 29, my daddy passed away and it's one year now. I sure do miss him so much. I can't put it into words. Only after Jesus, he was my rock.

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Flowers for Mackenzie w/ Video and Her Art

by Cindy B Designs on July 24, 2014

Hey stampers! Today I have a card and a video that I made for my Big Princess Artiste Fashionista. Mackenzie just turned 21 and has been an amazing artist all of her life. Her art has won prizes in contests when she was in school. She can do anything. I posted a picture that she drew a few days ago and took it while it was hanging on the wall and I had this terrible glare as I'm still taking iPhone pictures. I need to go to Best Buy or something. Anyhow, I took the picture off the wall and took quite a few pictures of her drawing she made for my daddy. She loves San Francisco and it was my dad who showed her the beauty of The City. She spent hours and hours drawing this incredibly detailed picture of San Francisco at night with a view from the Golden Gate Bridge. Her art and that lousy picture I took caught the eye of a stamp company owner who wants Mackenzie to come on as an illustrator! You all know how this industry is and to have a stamp company contact you out of the blue like that is unheard of!

I just lost about an hour of writing for this post and I really could scream right now. I had so much information to share with you. I am just devastated that this is happening to me quite often. I need to check my settings for an auto save. WordPress has changed a lot and not for the better either! I looked high and low for it too. Very frustrating and disappointing. I had so much written from my heart to my family and to you.

Grab some lunch while I share with you my daughter's painting. Enjoy!

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These pictures are absolutely  - I can't even think of a word! She is brilliant! I see Coit Tower in there and the Transamerica Building. These pictures are stunning. Notice the cityscape and how she drew that? It's exact as to how San Francisco sits on the Pacific Ocean. I love San Francisco too and would love to take a trip down there of just her and I and spend a weekend doing whatever we want. Before the kids became adults, I used to take one of them on a mom and me trip once a year and boy did we ever have the best and funny times! I can't wait to scrapbook everything and get my precious pictures out of it and start to organize them. 

For my card, I am going to do a Part 2 and Part 3. As I was making the card below, I realized just how much versatility this one stamp set has and I want to utilize the different techniques and looks I can get from this stamp set of Friendly Flowers by Papertrey Ink with coordinating die-cuts. This stamp set coordinates with one that Dawn McVey designed years ago and the die-cut for that stamp set will cut out the larger images perfectly. 

This card turned out to be a more of how to make your own background and one sheet wonder stamping. Remember how fun it is to make your own background before the surge of patterned paper? That is true stamping is creating. I am personally trying to shy away from products like that as I really, as in desperate really, need to purge. You name it, I have it, and it will be up on eBay. I will keep you posted. 

In the meantime, again, in this video I'm explaining a few things to Mackenzie, but she really needs to come up here and spend some time with me. 

Thank you so much for stopping by to see me today. Thank you for praying for me and my family. I appreciate you. Enjoy the video and the card!

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8.


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Have a very blessed day! Thank you for watching.

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