Thoughts and Musings…Hope and Hugs…

The last few days have been a bit of a struggle. My 21-year-old niece has been fighting for her life. This quote truly hit home!


Alyssa Jo from Kokomo (as my dad lovingly called her) was born with cystic fibrosis. It is a horrid disease.

It is a disease that is as hard to pronounce for little kids as it is to live with on a daily basis. Young kids think it is pronounced 65 roses.

Can you imagine, waking up every day and not being able to breathe? I surely can’t and I will tell you that I truly take that for granted (as I am sure most anybody does). Alyssa can’t!

I remember AJ as a little girl, my brother and his wife always having to beat on her back to loosen the mucus that gathered in her lungs to clear them out enough for her to breathe. They always felt they were abusing their baby girl, but if you did not do it, she would not have lived.

Alyssa has been inside the hospital so many times that you lose count! At least on a yearly basis she would be in because she caught a bug and her breathing became more labored. Constant medications, constant treatment, constant prayers, constant…constant…constant!

A person with CF has to complete a combination of the following therapies on a DAILY basis:

  • Airway clearance to help loosen and get rid of the thick mucus that can build up in the lungs. Some airway clearance techniques require help from family members, friends, or respiratory therapists. Many people with CF use an inflatable vest that vibrates the chest at a high frequency to help loosen and thin mucus.
  • Inhaled medicines to open the airways or thin the mucus. These are liquid medicines that are made into a mist or aerosol and then inhaled through a nebulizer. These medicines include antibiotics to fight lung infections and therapies to help keep the airways clear.
  • Pancreatic enzyme supplement capsules to improve the absorption of vital nutrients. These supplements are taken with every meal and most snacks. People with CF also usually take multivitamins.

My niece is waiting to be put on the transplant list for new lungs. She was not sick enough a couple of weeks ago to be put on the transplant list — and now, she is too sick! The doctors are working hard on getting her to the point when she can be added.

AJ had emergency surgery late yesterday (3/20). They have bypassed her heart and lungs so they don’t have to work so hard right now for her. She continues to be on a ventilator and will be on it for a while. She is a fighter and we hope she continues to fight the good fight. She’s turned this corner but is not out of the woods yet, by any means.

The hardest part is being in Wisconsin as they are going through these struggles in Minnesota. I want to be there in the worst way–not only for Alyssa, but for my brother Doug and his wife Sam and their other kids Corina and Ryan. However, I am battling a cold right now and I can’t risk compromising anyone’s health.

This reminds me of one of my favorite cards. Hope and Hugs…that and many, many, many prayers are what I keep sending to my brother and his family these days!

Hope & Hugs Flat with envelope

Hug your loved ones everyone. You never know when you will be able to do so again! And if you believe in the power of prayer (I do–as I am living proof they work), please say a prayer for AJ and her family!


Cindy Lou


I’ll fly away…

The thought of flying away someplace tropical really appeals to me right now! However, since I am making plans for a wedding within the next year or so (my son just got engaged!), I won’t be doing a grand vacation anytime soon! Ah well…..I will just have to fly away in my mind…

I have been playing with a fun way to get rid of eye shadow that I no longer use. This card is plain, but oh so elegant!


I used the EMBOSSING BUDDY (#103083) and put down a layer all over the card front. I then stamped the sentiment using LOVELY AMAZING YOU PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (#140594) with VERSAMARK (#102283) and utilized our new COPPER EMBOSSING POWDER (#141636)…LOVE this stuff!

After heat embossing the copper powder, I then stamped the feathers using VERSAMARK once again and feathers from LOVELY AMAZING YOU STAMP SET and FEATHER TOGETHER STAMP SET (#141597). Eye shadow was then lightly brushed over the images of the feathers. I kept going over and over them to put down more color and this was the end result. Isn’t it GORGEOUS???


I added this sentiment inside finishing the card off with the VERY VANILLA 3/8″ STITCHED SATIN RIBBON (#141694)DSC_3001

Below is a slideshow of the products that I used for this card. You can order by clicking on 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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou


Happy Mother’s Day — Part I

At last week’s card buffet, I made a couple of Mom’s Day cards since it is coming up this weekend (Sunday, May 8). They were so much fun and GORGEOUS (if I do say so myself)!

Mother's Day

This card uses Blushing Bride Cardstock and Ink.


The First Sight Stamp set added the pop of color to the card base.

First Sight Stamp Set

Next, the Big Shot was used to cut out the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies (along with two cut-outs of the smaller flowers). After the heart was cut out, I laid the Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies on top of the Bloomin’ Heart cut-out and ran it through the Big Shot again. Don’t forget to cut the Bold Butterfly Framlits Dies from a separate piece of Blushing Bride cardstock to adhere the dainty heart/butterfly cut-out onto. So pretty!!!


Since the butterfly cut-out is so dainty, the Fine-Tip Glue Pen was used to put it all together after I lightly sponged Blushing Bride ink over the butterfly cut-out.

Fine-tip Glue Pen

The smaller flowers were adhered to the butterfly shape using glue dots. Then a rhinestone basic jewel was applied to the center of each flower to give the card a little bit of bling.


Make sure you use our pokey tool (alright, the real name is paper piercing tool–but I like pokey tool better!) so that you don’t leave the adhesive behind on the paper while removing the rhinestone.

Paper Piercing Tool

The sentiment inside the card is from the First Sight stamp set. It, too, was stamped in blushing bride ink, “I have loved you mother since I opened my eyes”. I had a picture of the inside of the card….but can’t seem to find it…ooops!

I have loved you mother...

I will post the other Mother’s Day card that we made on my tomorrow and you can let me know which was your favorite!

My next card buffet is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 3206. You can choose six cards to make for $15. 

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

RSVP by Thursday, May 19 so I am sure to have enough materials cut and ready for you to create!

Hope to see you on May 21! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou






Piece by Piece…

Patchwork cards, like patchwork quilts, have so many different patterns and gorgeous colors in them. You can get lost in the creations.


Where to start…where to start….where to start?!?!?!

That is how I first felt when putting this card together. Where do you start putting your strips of paper down? Well, my suggestion is to jump right in and it will come together for you!

Forever Friend

I have seen many patchwork cards on Pinterest and I thought they were SO BEAUTIFUL. And one look at this card, I hope you will agree!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base that measured 4 ¼ x 11 inches long, scored at 5 /5 inches. The next layer is Bermuda Bay paper that I have cut at 4 x 5 inches, the Whisper White layer that the strips of paper are adhered to measures 3 ½ x 4 ½ inches. The last piece of paper that “Forever Friends” is stamped on (in Melon Mambo ink) is 1 by 3 ½ x 1 inch wide.

Crumb Cake


Bermuda BayWhisper White

I chose the “Have a Cuppa” Designer Series Paper Stack — #140567 (which is on the retired list–hurry things are going fast!). This is a 6 x 6 inch pack of GORGEOUS papers. I chose patterns that I loved and started cutting. Each strip is ½” wide x 6 inches long and you start laying them down. I left just a smidge bit of space between each strip of paper.

I used my silicone mat while putting the adhesive on since I did not want EVERYTHING sticking to my work surface.  LOVE this mat and us it ALL. THE. TIME.

Silicone Sheet

Once I laid down all of the strips of paper onto my Whisper White layer, I then trimmed all of the pieces of strips that were hanging over my edges.

Forever Friend Closup
Nice, clean, crisp!
Stamp 'n Sass Images

Hope you enjoyed this card. It was one that we made at my last card buffet.

My next card buffet is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 3206. You can choose six cards to make for $15. 

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

RSVP by Thursday, May 19 so I am sure to have enough materials cut and ready for you to create!

Hope to see you on May 21! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou




Last Chance…Time’s Running out!

You have a little over 24 hours to place an order to get FREE merchandise as our Sale-A-Bration event winds down.

At 11:50 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, you won’t be able to get these FABULOUS free items any longer. See what you’ll be missing!


Below is my very FAVORITE stamp set from Sale-A-Bration. Every time I see this set, I sing in my head ~Put Your Party Pants On!~ TOO fun!!!


Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 3.09.09 PMPlace your order today. As you can see, the Metallic Glitter Tape has already sold out. Don’t let your favorite stamp set/paper disappear on you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou


There is a really cool movement sweeping the nation — #imbringingbirthdaysback. It has gone viral in less than a month!

We all get well wishes via email and Facebook when we celebrate our birthdays. However, Shannon West, Demonstrator Training Manager from Stampin’ Up! took things one step further and came up with the idea to  by sending greeting cards via snail mail.

West even carved her very own #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp to ink the envelopes of all of the cards that she is sending. She used the hashtag so that everyone could share their cards via social media so others could CASE (Copy And Share Everything) — which is one of Stampin’ Up!’s mottos.


This wood stamp (item 143573) is temporarily unavailable (due to selling out in four hours!). However, Stampin’ Up! will be including it in their stamp offerings for the foreseeable future! How EXCITING!!


So, to keep the movement going, my next card buffet will be

AlL aBoUt BiRtHdAyS — wOo H0O!!!

Won’t you join me on Saturday, Mar. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 3206? You can choose six cards to make for $15.

RSVP by Thursday, Mar. 17 so I am sure to have enough materials cut and ready for you to create and send #imbringingbirthdaysback greetings to your family and friends!

Hope to see you on Mar. 19!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou