Thursday, October 30, 2014

Season's Blessings

Hello Friends, Mindy here with you to share a card that I had been wanting to make for quite some time.  I purchased this  Window die in the Classy Cards 'n Such Online Store and I thought it would be lovely on a card for the holidays.

Here is how I started.  I cut the Grand Gothic Stained Glass Window by Poppystamps from black card stock. I then had to decide what other colors I wanted to cut the die from to get the stained glass look. The technique used is called Colored Die-cut Inlay, and Jennifer McGuire has several videos on YouTube demonstrating it. After the background (black) was cut, and the negative area removed, I covered the back of the die in a Double sided adhesive Scor-Tape sheet and pressed it down firmly. I then fussy cut around the frame so I would only be working with the image itself. I then started placing the colored wedges and shapes where I wanted them in the design.  It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

After all my areas were filled with the colored segments, I then sprinkled the remaining openings with Crystal Ice ultra fine glitter mixed with a little light blue glitter. The ultra fine glitter sticks well on the Scor Tape if you burnish it with your bone folder or finger.  Tap off the excess glitter and return it to it's jar.  You can then peel off the liner of the double sided paper and have a sticker to place on your card.

I forgot to mention that I ran the front of my card through the Lattice Embossing Folder by Crafts Too! before placing my sticker on it.  To complete the card, I ran a strip of card stock backed with double-sided Scor Tape through my die-cut machine along with my Season's Greetings die.  (I made a sticker of it) Then by removing the paper backing I could place it on my card without any trouble.

I hope you have enjoyed this card, and maybe learned a new technique.  See you again soon.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Peppermint Posies

Peppermint Posies

Anyone out there having Candy Cane cravings yet? Our challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such Blog this week is Candy Canes!  I wanted to use my Poinsettia Die, so I started looking for some red and white striped paper that looked like a Candy Cane.

It's Mindy here, sharing my peppermint  poinsettia's with you today. The frame strips and poinsettia petals were cut using the Poinsettia die by Spellbinders and stripped Noel paper from My Minds Eye and Teresa Collins.  The Spellbinders die is not available in the Classy Cards Online store at the moment, but the Blooming Poinsettia die by PoppyStamps would look just as nice.  I shaped the flowers and petals with the Susan's Garden Tool Kit that has all the tools you need to shape and bend the paper petals and give them a natural look.

The rest of the background is decorated with a flourish die from My Favorite Things and some Ponderosa Pine Sprigs by Dee's Distinctively cut from Champagne Pearlized Metallic Card Stock. To finish my card, I took some green scrap card stock and cut the tiny holly leaf cluster from the Twig Wreath Die Set from Impression Obsession, and attached them to each corner of the card, with berries made with the Viva Decor Pearl Pen- Pearl Pink.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today, and will submit your card or two, to our challenge this week!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bath Time

Happy Saturday Friends!
I have been playing with some of my New Die-cuts received from the Classy Cards n' Such online store.  Mindy, with you today, to share a card made with a handful of dies.

I started with the Woodland Tree Silhouette from Memory Box, cutting it from a sheet of brown card stock. I  found a sheet of  patterned paper with clouds on it and knew this would work well behind the tree. These were then both adhered to the card front. Then came the decorating.  I used Small Leaf Set and Small Grass Border both from Impression Obsession, Flock if Birds and Small Kittens dies from Memory Box to cut the many small figures.

The bird bath/ watering can/ potted plant cluster is a rubber stamp from the Garden Try-Folds Set from Art Impressions, and the Why Do Birds stamp from Impression Obsession I stamped on the cloud background paper. The wooden Bath sign  was handwritten on a scrap of wood-grain paper to complete the card.

I had so much fun piecing this card together like a puzzle.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks for visiting.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Leaves Fall

Fall is finally here in several areas of the country. Leaves on trees are turning wonder shades of orange, yellow, brown and gold.  Mindy here with you today to share a card that reminds me of this most beautiful time of the year.

I started this card on a manila tag.  I would like to invite you to join me at the Classy Cards 'n Such blog for my "Leaves Fall" card project and step-by-step of how I did it.

I hope you enjoyed this card, thanks for stopping by to give it a look!  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An Apple a Day

Our challenge this week was very easy for me once I saw the inspiration photo of the Fall Picnic. Mindy here, and that basket of apples on the bench up front caught my eye immediately.  I love the fall because apples are in season and there are so many different types available.

I started my card by cutting my apple tree and background from The Lake House paper pad from Kaiser Craft.  The Woodland Tree Silhouette die from Memory Box was cut from the dark brown print and adhered to the lighter grey print.

 I then got out my favorite Impression Obsession dies and went to work cutting out all of the smaller embellishments. I used the Large Fence die, the Bushel of ApplesSmall Leaf Set, and  Bunny Set cut several times each to build my story card, shading the pieces and using markers to add stems and veining to the apples and leaves. The small bunny took one of the Pink Lady apples just for himself.

To finish the card, I cut a sentiment banner from the A2 Card Creator Set- Tranquil Moments by Spellbinder's and hand lettered An Apple A Day!  This set is not currently carried in the Classy Cards 'n Such Online Store, but the A2 Card Creator Set -Divine Eloquence could be substituted for it.

I hope you have enjoyed my card this week, and that it has inspired you to make a card or two of your own to submit in our challenge.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Bunch of Daisies

Hello Friends, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  I have a lovely card to share today that I hope will inspire you to make a few cards of your own for the upcoming holidays.

I started this card with a lovely piece of red and gold Christmas paper from the Teresa Collins "Noel" Christmas paper pad.  I used the A 2 Card Creator- Tranquil Moments Die Set from Spellbinder's to cut the details in the background. I then held a piece of Neenah white card stock under the opening and traced in pencil around the opening.  I took the Daisy Bouquet stamp from Sweet Stamps and stamped it within the pencil lines, and colored the image with my Pitt Artist Pens by Faber Castell.

I then cut around the image leaving a small border around it which I then colored in with a #R27 red Copic marker.  I then put the marker in my Perfect Airbrush and spritzed over the image with tiny red dots.  I then mounted the colored image on top of the die-cut and centered  my sentiment banner with my "hello" die from The Crafters' Workshop on top.  The banner was made from the center portion of the background die that was removed.  I trimmed the detailed flourished ends from the tag and used them inside the card for decoration. 

I hope you have enjoyed this card, and that you enjoy your weekend wherever you may be. Please visit again soon.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Merry Christmas Tree

Happy Holidays one and all, Mindy with you today sharing a card for the upcoming holidays.

I started with a piece of white card stock cut to an A2 size 5.5" X 8.50".  I scored it at 4.25 inches and placed the New Grand Merry Christmas Script die from Memory Box with the card line on the score line. I then ran the white card stock with the die through my Cuttlebug machine, cutting out the phrase when the card is folded shut. I then cut a red stock liner and used double stick tape to tape it inside the card.

Then using branches of fir and pine from the Foliage die set by Spellbinders, I created a tree shape down the right hand side of the card, alternating fir branches with some pine branches, and even a pine cone or two.  This die set has more dies than those pictured on the web site, but it is a very popular set with many great leaves and branches. I chalked and inked some of the branches and the pine cones to give them more depth and dimension before gluing them to the card base. I also used the Paper Blossom Tool Kit to emboss and shape the branches and sprigs.

To complete the card, I cut the Large Bow die from Impression Obsession and glued it to the top of the tree. Snow or sprinkles could then be added to your card if you wish.

I also wanted to mention that there are many NEW items available in the Classy Cards 'n Such Online store.  As you shop, keep in mind the themes for the upcoming card challenges on the Classy Card's blog. When you get ready to check out, remember to add my checkout code- MINDY-10 to your order and you will receive 10% off your complete order.

 Happy Holidays from all of us at Classy Cards 'N Such!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spotty the Reindeer

Polka dots, polka dots, everywhere I look!  This week's challenge is Polka Dot Christmas, and the inspiration photo tells it all. The colors in the photo guided me towards this card filled with dots.
Mindy here, with Spotty and all the polka dots.

The yellow background with red dots spoke to me right away. So that is how I started my card. If you would like to see how I put this card together and the products I used from the Classy Cards Online store, please check our blog at to see my Tuesday post.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card and tip, have a great week and join us for our challenge!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Have a Daisy Day!

I love these large flower stamp sets from Stacy Stamps sold in the Classy Cards 'n Such Online Store. Today I have used the Daisies set. Mindy here, showcasing this two piece stamp set containing a daisy bouquet and single daisy flower head stamp.

Good Thursday Morning, I would like to invite you to join me at the Classy Cards Blog for my  "Have a Daisy Day" card project and listing of supplies used.

While there don't forget to check out all of the NEW items in the Classy Cards shop, when you checkout, don't forget to use my coupon code MINDY-10 to receive a 10% discount on your entire order.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hope and Love

The subject of this week's challenge is Think Pink- Support for Breast Cancer Awareness.  My card celebrates Pink with things that I love, roses, dainty laces, ribbons, and thoughtful poetry.  This is Mindy, sharing my Hope and Love with those who have suffered with this cancer or know someone who has.

I just received this New stamp set from Just Right Clear stamps Hope and Love, and the main anchor stamp is a verse that touched my heart, suitable for someone tackling Breast Cancer. I knew I wanted to use it as the anchor of my card.

I hope you will join our challenge this week, and create a card that reminds us all to Think Pink!
Thanks for joining me, and if you want the steps on how I created this card, and the supplies I used,
check out the Classy Cards 'N Such Blog.  Hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

WCMD 2014- Play Outdoors

Hi, It's me again, with another of my challenge cards for World Card Making Day 2014 Challenges at the Winnie&Walter blog.

This card is for Sketched w/ Julie- Challenge #5.  The sketch for this challenge is;
 And this is my entry!
The Spotlights were cut with Standard Circle dies from Spellbinder's and stamped with Scenery: Big Bang Confetti set by Winnie&Walter,
Ribbon:  Fireworks paper from Hot Off the Press,
Stamped image: Pure Innocence Cowgirl from My Favorite Things colored with Copic markers,
and Sentiment: "Play Outdoors" from The Big, The Bold & Fun set from Winnie&Walter.
Embellishment: Stickles by Ranger

I got the sentiment to curve around the bend of the card by snipping between the letters with my Cutter Bee scissors, just enough to let it bend. I didn't cut all the way through the stamp though.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the cards I had fun making this past weekend.  Again, as I mentioned in the first post today, the challenges are still open and you can post your entries or comments on the design teams projects any time between now and Saturday at 11:55 pm.

To visit Winnie&Walter's blog, just click HERE! See you again soon.

WCMD 2014- Thanks

I'm back again with another challenge card for World Card Making Day 2014, with my friends at Winnie& Walter.

This card is for Challenge #4- Color Combo Challenge w/ Gayatri

The theme of this challenge was to use the colors of  Gold, Blush Pink, and Peach.

 I brought these colors in with my printed and metallic papers.
Cameo: stamp from The Write Stuff- Leave it to Mom by Winnie& Walter,
Sentiment: stamp from The Big, The Bold & You set by Winnie&Walter,
Embossing folder:  Juliet Damask by Anna Griffin,
and Embellishment: Liquid Pearls-petal pink by Ranger.

This is a very elegant card that could be used for any time of the year, especially Mother's Day, a special birthday, Thanksgiving, or sent to anyone you are thankful for. I hope you have enjoyed this card. Have a wonderful day, and "Thanks" for visiting my blog.

World Card Making Day 2014 - Review

Hello Friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful and productive World Card Making Day this past Saturday.  I participated in the Online Challenges with my friends at Winnie & Walter !  It was such a jam-packed morning full of hourly challenges, it was hard to keep up AND create.  Therefore, they are extending the card making FUN throughout the week.

Yes, you can participate even now for some wonderful prizes, just as long as you submit and link your cards before Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:55 pm.

Here is one of the cards I am submitting to them.     On Trend w/ Lea -Challenge #2

The current trend of Camera/Photo themed cards was the challenge of this card.

The stamp I used for the image is Pure Innocence - Love is in the Air by My Favorite Things,
The Frame and Speech Bubble is from The Write Stuff- Leave it to Dad by Winnie&Walter,
and Sentiments from The Big The Bold & Fun and The Big The Bold & You also by Winnie&Walter.

They specified that you didn't have to use their stamps, but it sure helps promote their business if you do!

Thanks for joining me today, I will share a few more as the week goes by, See you again soon.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Set Sail

Warm days around water always makes it feel cooler. I love to spend time at the coast, or at the lake enjoying the slapping of the waves, and the breeze blowing off the water. So, if only in your mind, today let's set sail!

Good Saturday morning, I would like to invite you to join me at the Classy Cards 'n Such blog today, for my card project "Set Sail", and to remind you that when you shop at the Classy Cards Online Store, and fill in the code MINDY-10 at the checkout, you will receive a 10% discount on each item purchased. Now that's a deal!

Sailing is a sport that can be enjoyed any time of the year, but during the summer and early fall it is much more relaxing and soothing to the soul. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

By the way, TODAY is World Card Making Day!  There are many shops celebrating the day, as well as many online stores.  Get out there and make a card or two!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Snowy Wreath

Hello Friends, Mindy with you today, sharing a snowy Christmas Wreath card I enjoyed playing with this week. It is an assembled wreath with lots of tiny pieces to cut, but once the pieces are cut it is easy to put together.

I would like to invite you to join me at the Classy Cards 'n Such Blog for my "Snowy Wreath" card project and step-by-step instructions.

I really enjoy making frosty, snowy cards for the holidays because we don't see much snow down in South Texas where I live. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a snowy, happy Christmas wherever you are!