With Sympathy…

These are always the hardest cards to make. However, having lost my parents a few years back (2008 & 2009), I know that heartfelt cards can bring some peace and healing to those who receive them.

Sympathy w-Envelope

This is a simple but elegant card that I recently made for a meeting swap. The edges were masked off using post-it notes. The ink colors used are MINT MACARON (bottom–#138326), RICH RAZZLEBERRY (middle–#126950) and MARINA MIST (top–#126962) by using a baby wipe dipped into the ink pad and “swiping” the color back and forth until the center was filled in to my liking (you can go as light or as dark with this as you like).

The corresponding markers (the thicker end) was  flicked using the inside of the cap that splattered the spots onto the card and envelope flap.

Sympathy w-baby wipes 2

Sympathy w-baby wipes inside

Here are the dimensions for this card.
WHISPER WHITE (#100730) CARDSTOCK — 4 ¼” x 11″ (card base scored at 5 ½”); Whisper White Layer — 3 ¾” x 5″
MINT MACARON (#138337) CARDSTOCK — 4″ x 5 ¼”

Sympathy w-baby wipes close-up

The items below show you the items that were used for this card. You can order them at the “Order Here” link below.

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Aug. Card Buffet is CANCELED — there is an electrical shutdown on campus on Aug. 27 so I must CANCEL this event. Sorry for the inconvenience!

NeXT CaRD BuFFeT — Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 3206. Choose six cards to create for just $15. 

Let me know if you have specific cards that you might need (i.e. baby, birthday, wedding, anniversary, sympathy).

RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 14 so I will have enough materials cut and ready to roll! Hope to see you there!

Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou



Inquiring minds want to know…

Where do you get your ideas for your cards? This is a question that I get quite often.

One of the greatest ways to get ideas is by attending our monthly team meeting. This is where demos bring ideas to share by demonstrating a certain technique,

Cindy Demo Bubbles Cindy Demo Bubbles 2 Cindy Demo Bubbles 3

…our up-line creates make ‘n takes for us to create at our meetings, and

Happy 29th Birthday     Happy 29th Birthday 2

Just Married           Just Married 2

demos bring various cards and projects that they have been working on since the last meeting.

Card Sample Card Sample 2

A great way for customers to learn new techniques and create beautiful cards is by attending a card buffet. My next card buffet will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I would LOVE to have you attend.

Stampin’ Up! manages a blog that demos and customers can follow to learn different techniques as well. Stampin’ Up! also utilizes YouTube to bring creativity to life.

When doing dishes one night, the realization hit that if I could blow bubbles and have it make a cool design on a platter that I had hand-painted, I could do the same with paper.


Simply combine bubble-blowing solution with Stampin’ Up! ink, take a straw and gently blow bubbles onto your paper. Let the bubbles pop gradually to create your design. Allow the paper to completely dry before stamping. Here are cards that were created utilizing this bubble-blowing technique.

Cindy Demo Bubbles 4      Cindy Demo Bubbles 5Get Well

As a team, we get together for an annual Christmas party. We have exchanged gift tags, gift card holders and thank you notes in the past as our swap. Also, if you wish to participate in a gift exchange, the rule that you must follow is the item must utilize Stampin’ Up! products. Below you will see a gift card holder and a number of gifts that were exchanged at such an event. It is always wonderful to see the awesome creativity exhibited.

Gift Card Holder     Gift Card Holder 2 Christmas Party Papercrafts

Lastly, a great resource for getting ideas is to search on Pinterest. The search feature is great and really easy to use. All you need to do is type in the name of a particular Stampin’ Up! stamp set and you are inundated with dozens of ideas for cards and projects to make. You can also search for ideas of some of your favorite things, such as Stampin’ Up! Hello Kitty. Pinterest will give you great ideas for these items as well.

If interested in learning techniques and creating six cards for $15, please come to my card buffet. Leave a note in the comments section below if you wish to attend so I can send you my address and have enough products ready for the event.

Layers, layers, LaYeRS…

In life, we manage many different layers. We layer our clothes, our hair and some people have emotional layers within their personalities. You can also create layers like this — YUMMO!

When creating cards, layers add depth to your creations. Layers can be added in multiple ways.

The card below shows how you can layer ink to make a card pop. Painter’s tape was used to add ink to card stock. To top those layers off, Momento Ink was added providing richness to the card.

Painter's Tape Card

This next creation has multiple layers of ink along with layering and embossing to give the card further dimension.

Birthday layered inkLayers can be accentuated by adding patterned paper or colored card stock.

Birthday Layered Paper

Two key items to have on hand when creating cards with multiple layers is a Stampin’ Up! Trimmer and an incremental paper sizing chart (see below). The paper trimmer offers not only a cutting blade, but a scoring tool as well. Scoring allows you to easily make folds on your cards.

Paper Cutting Increments

5 ½ x 4 ¼                     4 ¼ x 3

5 ¼ x 4                          4 x 2 ¾ 

5 x 3 ¾                          3 ¾ x 2 ½

4 ¾ x 3 ½                     3 ½ x 2 ¼ 

4 ½ x 3 ¼                     3 ¼ x 2

This chart came in very handy when making this next card that has a total of six layers. A standard card base measures 5 ½ x 4 ¼. From there, ¼” was removed from both the height and width of each layer.

Incremental Layering

Once all layers were cut, the white card stock was separated, centered and lightly adhered. Multiple floral stamps were made across the three different layers. The layers were carefully removed and the coastal cabana paper was intermingled with the winter white once again. A splash of ribbon was added making this a quick and cute card–easy to make and adorable!

Incremental Layered Card Completed

WARNING! When putting this card together, you MUST be very careful to make sure that your stamped layers stay facing the same way and that the layers don’t get mixed up with others you may be producing. If you are not careful, you end up with a card like this (see the innermost white layer of the back card–the flowers do not match up).

Incremental Layered Card Ooops

The last card featured utilizes SU Silver Glimmer Paper for added sparkle. The Labels Collection Framelits were used to create the layers of this card.

Layer with shimmer

These cards will be featured at my Card Buffet on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at my home. You get to choose six cards to make for $15. Leave a note in the comments section if you are interested in attending.