My Favorite Things Boutique & Class!

I wanted to brag about how I got the chance to visit the boutique of a well-know stamp company called MY FAVORITE THINGS! I was glancing through their website, and I remembered that their warehouse and boutique is located here in Florida. I scrolled down to the bottom of their website, and found a tiny little link that said "JOIN US FOR A CLASS!"

I would NEVER have seen it! I saw a great class listed that was two weeks out that worked with my schedule. It was working with Alcohol and Distress inks, and I instantly signed up!

It took me about an hour and a half to get there. (Eustis, FL from Trinity, FL) The drive took me through several little towns. I forgot that all of Florida isn't built up and over-run with McDonald's and Dunkin stores!

It was a great class, and the boutique was huge! Here is a picture of me standing outside the front window of the boutique! So cool! I regret to say, I did not buy anything while I was there. I was interested in a flower set, but (as always) it was discontinued. (poor me). It was SO much fun to browse and gawk!

I have been busy in my craft room, I just have no decent camera to take photos of my creations. I am working on it though. See you in a bit!


Thanks Gift Set

Welcome back! I am sad to say that my spring break has come and gone. I can't complain though, I made it very productive, and I feel like I got many "to do" items off my list. I even got to go to Indian Rocks Beach, and Sarasota!
On to my cards. I enjoy creating gift sets for different occasions. I am particularly proud of this set, because it uses two new techniques that I learned recently, and I can say (with confidence) that it is absolutely unique from other cards! Take a look:

 Card #1: Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Oxide Inks
 Card #2: Broken China and Peacock Feather Oxide Inks
 Card #3: Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Oxide Inks
 Card #4: Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio
 Card #5: Faded Jeans and Iced Spruce Oxide Inks
 Card #6: Fired Brink and Worn Lipstick Oxide Inks

The box I made out of heavy watercolor Paper, and covered it with SU! Patterned paper. The box holds all 6 cards and then ties closed. Each card was matted with with cardstock and matched with cardstock from Stampin' Up! The Stamp is Whumsy Daisy from Endless Creations.

I love when a look I am going for works beautifully! I cannot say these techniques are my own, I got them from Jennifer McGuire. See below for her awesome blog posts and even detailed videos. She can explain so much better then I can!

Technique #1: Wreath Builder Stamping - Click HERE for the video and blog post
Technique #2: Distress Oxide Water Painting - Click HERE for the video and blog post

I entered one card into two challenges.

Thanks for dropping in!


New Planner!

Hello again!
Spring break is a week away, and I have so many card designs swimming around in my head! I Love this sentiment. Take a look:

 Another project I have been working on is a new planner:

I have a TEACHER planner for school, and a wall planner for home. I needed a change. I guess planner OBSESSION is a real thing, and I dove head-first into the facebook group craze! There are entire blogs dedicated to nothing but planner obsession. (for example: All About Planners) Rachel is from Australia and post all about different types of planners. 

Anyway, I decided on a DAY-Timer A5 planner, purple of course. I designed my own inserts, dividers, pockets and such. I am having fun with it, but I am not crazed like many others. That is where my madness stops. I have no desire to enter challenges, or create and sell planner stickers or design a traveler's planner.

I can say with confidence, I am much more organized and put tons of thoughts on paper now! Thanks for dropping in.


Love you.....Cindy style

Hello again,
Thanks for dropping in. I have been busy crafting and SHOPPING! I just got back from my local Stampfest 2018 in New Port Richey. I had SO much fun! With a list of items I wanted to buy, I avoided spending money on duplicates! I cannot wait to use all my new goodies!
But here is a lovely love you card:

I didn't look for any challenges today. Thanks for dropping in!


Heart Full of Thanks

Happy February!
January flew by so fast! I think that means that all is well, right? I had my formal observation at school, and I am ready to relax and do my thing! The rest of the year should fly by now! I love my new school and all the great co-teachers! I am very happy!
On to my card. I love hearts, but I rarely send "I love you" cards. So I am finding new ways to use LOVE and HEARTS to create warm cards!
Take a look:

I have been using so much distress ink, and colorful backgrounds, I wanted to incorporate some of my patterned paper into the card. I am not sure I like it. I can see why some crafters struggle with it.

I applied for a DT position, unfortunately, I did not get it. But I read an article talking about how some DT applicants are excellent crafters, but they do not photograph their cards well, and ultimately are pasted by. I bet that is me! I need to work on better staging and new photographing techniques. I cannot afford a high-tech camera. The best quality camera I own is on my phone. I wonder how many other card-making bloggers are the same way? Interesting thought...

I entered the second card into a few challenges: