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:


Blue Birthday - Watercolor card

Hello again,
I am back with another card to share with you. It has been an exhausting week of teaching. I was observed this week by my principal, and I was a little nervous. I think everything went well. I will be meeting with my principal to talk about the lesson and see what he thought and how I can improve.
Meanwhile, I am busy de-stressing in my craft room! Take a look!

I usually use my wildflower die cuts with black card stock. This time, I blended with blue distress ink, and splattered it with water, and then used it for my die cuts. It love the look! It pulls all the blues together!

I entered it into a few challenges!

I would love a new follower, and comments make me smile all day! Please leave me some love!  :)


Thinking of you card and GDT entry!

Hello all,
I am so excited about this card. It came out just the way I envisioned it. I am pleased with myself that I can keep crafting while I am teaching. I really don't know what has changed, but I love that I can create while I teach full time! Anyway, on to my card for today!

I know my photo skills are in need of improvement, but you cannot see the glitter embossing very well. It is beautiful in real life. 

I entered this card in a few challenges

I am also excited to apply for a guest designer position. I would love a chance to shine, and see how I create under pressure. Wish me luck! More to come!


Large Oxide and Rose

Welcome back!
I LOVE my new, and improved crafting space. So, I wanted to join more challenges tonight! Take a look at my card:

I have not used this "oldie but goodie" stamp & die set I purchased many, many years ago. With the new oxide inks begging to be used, I thought they may make a wonderful pair! I also used my new glitter paper and a new happy birthday stamp. What fun!

I entered this card in a few challenges

I am SO looking forward to seeing the new 12 oxide colors being released from Tim Holtz this weekend at the convention. More FUN!


New Twofer Card Challenge

Hello again,
I am so tickled that a challenge blog arrived after my own heart! Click here to go check it out.

Twofer Challenge

My site (originally) was about two cards from the same stamp. My first few years I was very consistent and stayed true. This challenge uses the same idea. How could I not play? So excited...

Feathers? I don't have any feathers, but I do have a cute bird! Take a look:

Aren't they sweet? I am not sure if he is sweating or crying over the candle, or another birdday! LOL Either way, he is adorable. I am still learning to color. I would really like to take a class on HIGHLIGHTING and light sources. I just can't get them right. More practice, right?

Card Details:
Stamps and Sentiments: Digital stamps - FROM THE HEART - Birthday Candle
Paper: From my stash, twine
Color - Copics

More to come! Please leave a comment, it makes my day! I would love followers too!

Hugs by Honey Bee - so perfect!

When I saw this new die set by Honey Bee - I had to have it! HUGS. I love the versatility of the three layers, the big size of it, and the word itself can be used in birthdays, support, hello to a friend, all sorts of things! LOVE IT!
Take a look:

The background is the Stampin' Up! En Francis background stamp and embossed it, and I used distress ink as watercolor. I hung on to the background for well over a year, not quite sure what do to with it. THEN my new die came in the mail, and POOF! mind blown. Clean and beautiful.

I entered it into a few Challenges:
Shopping Our Stash- Out with the old, In with the new
My Time to Craft- Something new


No blue Challenge

Welcome back!
      I wanted to see if I could meet the challenge! I cannot use the color blue! I believe I did it!
Take a look:

I recently purchased a BIG SHOT. My cuttlebug just died. The cutting pads were so warped, and thin, they were not cutting well at all. I was trying to put off the large purchase as long as I could. My husband watched me try to cut a detailed die and struggle with all the small pieces.

He said, "Go order a squisher, you have hundreds of dollars of dies, and no way to use them! Go buy a new squisher!" I bit the bullet and bought one!

When it arrived, I had fun pulling out EVERY embossing die, folder and item I had!  I pulled out some embossing folders that I hadn't used in a while, and the card made itself.

I entered this card into the following challenges:


Happy Birthday!

Welcome back!
I am sad to say that my AWESOME vacation has come to a close. I have to go back to teaching tomorrow. I can't tell you how therapeutic and relaxing all my crafting has been. My husband build me a craft bench. What a world of difference more space makes! Here is my card for today:

I dug out a older wood stamp, and (gulp) pulled it off and used it in my MISTI tool. I love the colors of the oxide inks. I have a hard time with CAS. Hope this qualifies!

I entered this card into a few challenges:
Crazy for CAS - All colors of the Rainbow
Inkspirational- stamping only


Watercolor You

Welcome back!
My family bought me a gift card to Simon Says Stamp! I have been eyeing this die and stamp set FOREVER!  :) Take a look:

I love this stamp set! I can use it for everything!

Shopping out stash -  watercolor

Card Recipe:
Paper: Watercolor paper, black cardstock and SU purple card base
Stamps: French Script from SU!, SSS You matter set 
Dies: You matter die
Ink: Distress inks Picked RaspberryPeacock Feathers, and a mix of both to create purple
Embellishments: Gemstones


Denim and wildflower Love

Welcome back,
Totally different look for me. I kinda like it!  :) It is very forgiving, everything goes!  lol!
Here is my card for today:

I have entered this card into a few challenges:
The Male Room Challenge - Anything Goes

Stamps: SU denim background stamp
Ink: Denim blue, distress inks
Sentiment: die cut from SSS Love you edge die
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Black cardstock 
Dies: Wildflowers
Thick Black embossing powder

Birthday Balloons Stencil and Cards

Welcome Back,
Each new year, I create two dozen birthday cards to mail out to friends and family during the course of the year. I try to get a head start during my Christmas break. This year, I wanted to make a few balloon themed cards, but I have no balloon stamps or stencils. Thought "Bet I can create one with my cricut!" My husband helped me with some of the graphic design using inkscape and corel draw, but I did most of it myself:

I happen to have a pack of 3 blank stencil materials that a friend gave me, and I used two of the with this project. I did large and small balloons. 

Using my MISTI tool, and mass produced 8 cards that were very similar in design. I thought they came out pretty cute!  After stamping them all with the same "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" stamp, I realized, I need to purchase some more Birthday sentiment stamps!  LOL

I entered this card into a few challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Stamps: none
Stencil: Handmade - similar to other balloon stencils
Sentiment: SSS essential greetings
Paper: Neenah Solar White, black cardstock, SU cardstock
Ink: Distress Oxide Inks, SSS Black Ink

Thanks for dropping by!


Sunset Birthday for the new year!

Welcome back,
I am spending so much time in my new-and-improved craft room! I love it! Now it's bragging time! Isn't this beautiful? The embossing is sparkly, the photo doesn't show it.  :( 
(cold weather go away)

I am just getting around to playing with my oxide inks. I have labeled them, cataloged them, and even created RBG codes for them (see previous post), but I need to create cards with them! LOL! I always go back to my wild flower sets when I get stumped creatively. I just can't go wrong.

I am adding my card to the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday  - something new

Stamps: wildflowers (Tim Holtz)
Sentiment: SSS essential greetings
Paper: Neenah Solar White, black cardstock, SU cardstock
Ink: Distress Oxide Inks, SSS Black Ink, 
Accents: purple fibers, black sparkle embossing powder


Card Challenge: Freshly Made Sketches CAS FMS318

With all my time off, I am able to join in a challenge or two! I am excited to be able to join Freshly Make Sketches right off the bat in the new year! Here is the sketch:

Here is my take on the sketch:

Currently, it is 54 degrees in TAMPA, FL. I will not be going outside to take my photos as I usually do. It is TOO cold. I am sorry for the terrible pictures, it is the best I can do right now. Next week should be better!  :) Thanks for dropping by! FMS318

Stamps: hummingbird - inkadinkado
Sentiment: hero arts
Paper: Neenah Solar White, black cardstock
Ink: Distress Inks and water, Simon Says Stamp Black Ink, 
Accents: Gemstones - Aqua, ribbon
Challenge: Freshly Made sketches #FMS318

DIY Card Display Rack - Card Making

Welcome back! with my two week break, I have been very busy creating in my beautiful craft room. my husband built me an awesome craft bench, and I have been so creative ever since!

I wanted to share a very simple card display rack I put together quickly. I was tired of ruining cards simply because they touched each other while they dried! I had the room on my desk top, I just needed to make a drying rack!

Originally, I wanted to create the entire rack out of foam core to match my ink pad hold to the left of it. Unfortunately, I ran out of foam core. :( Fortunately, my handy husband had coroplast hanging around in the garage from a job he did. The rack itself is a think poster board I had. They shelves I created from card stock I scored 5 times half an inch apart and folded. then just hot glued on the front of the rack 6 inches apart! How simple is that?

Now I have a place for all my backgrounds, and cards that are not finished! What a simple creation that makes such a huge impact on my creative space!  Enjoy!


RGB Codes for Distress Oxide Inks!

Good morning!
I searched the internet, like I usually do for a new idea I had, that I was sure someone else had thought of first! Low and behold, I could not find it! Let me explain.

I came across Shari Carroll's Distress ink combo sheets that she created for Simon Says Stamp blog. I had miniaturized them, and printed them out a while back. I taped this sheet on my craft wall above my distress inks, and refer to it often. Then I came across Justine's blog where she has some AWESOME distress OXIDE combos that I had to try, so I wrote them down on my combo sheet. Then realized, I wanted to record them as Shari had with the little watercolor circles and the name next to it.

SO.....needless to say, I wanted to add one to Shari's idea, to include all the oxide inks, and then make a combo sheet of my own of my favorite combinations! I wanted to share it with you!

First, I needed all the RBG codes for all the distress Oxide inks. I searched all over the ranger site, but to no avail. Then I searched blogs, and pinterest, and found one hit, but it wasn't quite right. Then I thought, if ranger already chose the colors in their swatches, (which I had in my files) then I can use the eye dropper tool in inkscape, and get the codes myself. With a little elbow grease, and a bunch of patience, I could make them!

I wanted to make the swatches in word so that I could copy and paste them as I needed to make new combos on a separate combo sheet. Take a look:
Here is the word document: click here. I might go forth and create a sheet with all the distress color on it. (I have 24 of them done already) Why not? I'll add to this post if I do. Enjoy!

Labels: distress oxide ink RBG codes, Ranger, Tim Holtz inks, 24 Oxide ink colors. 2018