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Plan with Me- October 26th to November 1st (Short Version)

Since the first video was sooooo long,this is the shortened and sped up version. Sorry about that guys!

But definitely join me with as I get back into the swing of planning!


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Etsy Shops mentioned or featured in the video-

Love, Cindy ADH: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveCindyADH

Pretty in Pink OXOX: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyInPinkoxox

Stickeriffic: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Stickeriffic (Btw, Krista is such a sweetie!)

Love, Cindy ADH

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The Most Important Thing About Crafting: Featuring Mama Elephant’s Playful Pups

Hey guys! Today I’m going to not only be showing you this adorable card, but I’m going to talk to you about the most important thing about crafting. I’m going to share the secret of the number one most important thing about crafting right now. Are you ready?

Craft what you love.

Seems simple, right? Wrong. And I will tell you why.


Crafting within Your Means

This is topic we often overlook.  We see a project and we NEED those products right now to make that specific project. Trust me. I’ve felt that feeling. I do all of the time. But you know, I’m a lady on a budget. Crafting is my hobby, and it’s just that. Running out and getting the latest and greatest isn’t alway a reality for all of us, including me. I’m so happy that I get to share what I can when I have the time and I hope you enjoy it too!

Never feel like you must have every tool and product that you see online. Some of the ladies you see crafting on blogs or on YouTube are paid designers. This means they get paid in money or product to produce cards and projects for customers to see (Isn’t that the dream?). For us hobbyists, that can be daunting.

Personally, I only purchase the craft products I really plan on using. I work a full-time job, I’m a part-time independent consultant for Jamberry, and keeping up with a blog/YouTube channel. And you know what? Sometimes it’s hard work keeping up with all of it and family life. My husband and I are currently saving up for a house and sometimes the money needs to be saved instead of spent. I completely understand that.

That’s where the other options come in. As well my part-time status as Independent Consultant for Jamberry, I also participate in rewards sites, such as SwagbucksInboxDollars, and Ebates. (I will provide more information on them in future posts). If you find one that works for you, that’s wonderful. I never recommend sweepstakes sites because I never ever seem to win anything. Guess I’m not that lucky!

When I do save up some of my hard-earned money for crafting supplies, I want to be sure that I get the most for my money. I’m sure you do too!

One of my favorite online shops is Amazon. I find great prices on there. Sometimes they’re in the form of the Amazon Warehouse deals, but if you read the fine print, you can see what to expect with those purchases. Another thing I love it coupons. One of my local craft store usually does a 40% off one item weekly coupon, so if I’m only looking for one particular item, this saves a significant amount. I also check out sales at Joanns. They sometimes have their entire paper crafting section on sale (Win!), except for select items.

Let’s face it, the less financial stress you have about your hobby, the more you will enjoy it!


Crafting with a Purpose

I am all about trying new techniques. So much to the point where I will start a project just to try the technique and then become bored with it. And you know, that’s a waste of time and supplies (and therefore money, well!). I also find myself sometimes making projects that I have no idea what to do with when I’m done with them, and that’s also a waste.

My newest mission lately has been to craft with a purpose. If I look at a project or products that I am thinking of purchasing, and I can’t come up with some ideas of what I can use them for right off the bat, I don’t need them. And it’s as simple as that.

If you all are looking to make cards, but really have no one to send them to, I would encourage you to do a google search for some charities that accept cards. There are quite a few out there. Make sure your cards match their requirements and get crafting! They’re a good purpose as well.


What You Can Expect

So what does this all mean about my craft blog and YouTube channel?

Well, it means that you can expect me to be honest with you. If you have any questions about if I earn money from my blog, you can read more about it here: Disclaimer. It means I am a craft hobbyist like you, so anything I show, you can definitely do. Sometimes you may see some crafty fails because if I can save some of your supplies from my mistakes, I will sure try.

But most importantly, we will be doing what we love together. If you’d like to link you blog or channel in the comments, I would love to check to them out. If you have an tips or tricks that you use, I would love to hear them. I would love to be your crafty friend!


The Card Front

Now onto this card! I started this card off by stamping one of the Mama Elephant Playful Pups holding a super cute envelope with a heart on it with one of his bones with some Memento Tuxedo Black ink. He looks like a little French Bulldog. So adorable!

I colored him in with Copics. For his body, I used:

  • E35
  • E37
  • E39
  • R20

I kept the colors very simple for the Copic coloring and for a little added texture, I added small dots with the tip of my nib.

For the envelope and bone images, I used:

  • W1
  • W3
  • R20 (for the little heart)

I masked him and the bone off with some rubber cement (which is currently my masking fluid of choice).

I die cut one of the Grassy Trios from Mama Elephant to use as a stencil. I held it down with some wash tape and used distress inks to create the sky and the grass.

Sky Color:

  • Tumbled Glass

Grass Colors:

  • Peel Paint
  • Mowed Lawn

Finally I stamped a “Thank You” in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I die cut the white card stock I used with the second largest Peek A Frame Creative Cuts die from Mama Elephant. I added this piece on a piece of patterned paper from my stash with I die cut with the largest rectangle from the Peek A Frame Creative Cuts die from Mama Elephant. IMG_4650

For a touch of shimmer, I added some Wink of Stella to the envelope and some glossy accents to the envelope and bone. I also added some Silver Uniball Signo Broad gel pen to the spikes on his collar.

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My matching envelope is a plain white envelope with paw prints from the same Playful Pups stamp set. I covered the solid paw prints with some Wink of Stella and I filled in the open paw prints with some clear Stickles. IMG_4655


Hindsight is 20/20

Looking back at every project, I find something that I wish I would have done a little differently. In this project, I would have die cut the grass for the background from a thicker card stock. I had some problems when using the mini-blending tool with the distress inks on the very thin card stock. It kept lifting.


Most of the products I used are listed below along with links to some shops you can find them at. I definitely encourage you to shop around and find the best prices on the products you plan on using for your future projects! Happy crafting, friends! Love, Cindy ADH

P.S-Don’t forget, you can check out what I’m wearing on my nails here: Click Here

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First Attempt at Watercoloring with Distress Inks

Hey friends! I’m back with a post about my first attempt at watercoloring with distress inks.


Card Front

I chose my image from a cute stamp set called Up and Away. I just love these cute critters. I picked the monkey for this card.

First I started with stamping the monkey and the balloons with a Versmark stamp pad and embossed the images with some clear embossing powder on some watercolor paper by Tim Holtz pre-cut to 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches. I also stamped the sentiment with some Versamark ink and embossed it with the pink embossing powder from Ranger to add a pop of color.

Then I moved onto the fun part. I laid out my craft sheet by Ranger and went to work. I smudged the distress inks right onto the craft sheet and picked them up with my paint brush. I added the color to the little wells that my embossing made for my images.

To make some of the of the images pop, I sprayed some water mixed with Perfect Pearls Pigment powder and used that in the coloring of the balloons and the paint splatter after all of the coloring was done.

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Since the embossing powder resists the watercolor, it was very easy to wipe any color away to give it that glossy shine.

And of course, I couldn’t stop there. There was not enough glitter for me, so I added some Stickles glitter glue to the paint splatter to make it shine just a little more.

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Hindsight is 20/20

We learn as we go. That is always true. And I learned a lot from this first watercoloring experience.

The first thing I learned was that I would have stamped or embossed in a different color. The clear would be nice if there were no details like a face. I feel like the face of this monkey isn’t seen as well a it could because of this.

Secondly, I think I would have made some bolder color choices to make this card more playful.

Finally, I would have masked the monkey and the balloons so they did not get any splatter on them. I could have even done a simple mask like with a post-it or scrap piece of paper. (Post-it tape is on my wish list!)


The Envelope

You know me… I love my matching envelopes. So I stamped this envelope back with the balloons from the card front and colored them with two shades of colored pencils to match the colors of the watercolor on the front. I almost always add a heart of the back of my envelopes and todays envelope was no different. I stamped a simple outline of a heart at the base of the balloon strings.

And because I just couldn’t resist, I made sure I covered those balloons with some Wink of Stella to make them shimmer!IMG_4642


I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at the card I made. As always the supplies I used will be listed below with links of where you can purchase them. I hope you’ll come back and see me again soon!

Love, Cindy ADH

 

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Happy Belated Mothers Day!

Hey all! I’m back to show you the two Mothers Day cards I gave this year. (I didn’t want to show them ahead of time because I didn’t want one of our moms to accidentally see them early!)


First up is the card I gave to my mom.

The Card Front

I started off by stamping the star and moon and the mama and baby bear in some Memento Tuxedo Black ink since I was going to be Copic coloring on some 110lb. Recollections paper, which I have found to be a good weight for Copic coloring.

Copic Colors Used:

Mama Bear- E11, E13, E15, E19

Baby Bear- E11, E13, E15

Moon and Star- Y15, Y17

After they were colored, I masked them with some rubber cement and a kids paint brush, which I find to be a very reasonably priced masking option that does not damage the card stock.

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Once the colored images were masked and the rubber cement was dry, I colored the background of this scene with distress inks. I used the color Stormy Sky for the sky and Mowed Lawn for the grass. To make the outline of the hill, I simply cut a piece of junk mail and used Washi tape to keep it onto the paper.

I used the Creative Confetti die to create some extra stars for the card and used Ranger’s Multi-Medium in Matte to attach them to the front of the card with a tiny star in the baby bear’s paw. I also covered all of the stars and the moon with some Wink of Stella, so they would glisten.

I added the “I Love You’ sentiment to the front of my card by adding the stamped greeting to a white die cut stitched rectangle from the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Stax. Then I heat embossed this greeting with some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder (which is currently my favorite color embossing powder).

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I kept the envelope very simple. I used the small prints and the heart in the stamp set and made it so the paw prints create a path off of the envelope. IMG_4617


The second card was for my mother-in-law.

The Card Front

I had pre-colored these bears from Bear Hugs from Mama Elephant in my spare time.

Copic Colors Used:

Mama Bear- E11, E13, E15, E19, R20

Baby Bear- E11, E13, E15, E19, R20 (In hindsight, I would have used less colors on the baby bear to make him a little lighter.

Then I added some highlight dots to the cheeks with my Uni-Ball Signo Broad white gel pen.

For the background, I cut a hill with the Landscape Trio die set out of some patterned papers I have in my stash. I tried adding some color to the edges of the patterned paper with B00 for the sky and G00 for the grass. I added these pieces of the landscape to the front of the card with some Scotch double sided tape and added some Stickles glitter glue to the line in between the sky and the grass. I also added several dots of the same glitter glue at the top and bottom of the card to tie this glitter glue in with the design of the card.

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I added the “I Love You” sentiment to the front of my card by adding the stamped greeting to a white die cut stitched rectangle from the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Stax. Then I heat embossed this greeting with some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Then I stamped “words can never describe just how much” over the I Love You in Audrey Blue from Simon Says Stamp.

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I hope you enjoyed a look at these cards and how I created them. If you’d like a look at the products I used, you can check them out below.

Love, Cindy ADH

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Simon Says Stamp Haul- May 2015

Hey guys! I’m back with another post on a super awesome haul from an absolutely amazing company, Simon Says Stamp.

Please note: These items were given to me as a gift, but that does not affect my opinion of them.


First up is some awesome dye ink. I received the following colors:

  • Lavender
  • Orange Peel
  • Audrey Blue
  • Fern
Top Row (Left to Right): Lavender, Orange Peel Bottom Row (Left to Right): Audrey Blue, Fern

Top Row (Left to Right): Lavender, Orange Peel
Bottom Row (Left to Right):
Audrey Blue, Fern

I was really impressed with how well the packaging is true to the color inside. Please note though that when you shop online, the color you see on your screen may not be exactly what you get.

Dye is ink that get absorbed into the paper. I noticed with this specific dye ink by Simon Says Stamp that the ink starts off looking not solid. Freak out moment! But over time, the image gets more solid. Score! Another thing to point out with any dye ink is that since the ink is absorbed into the paper, it will be a little lighter than originally stamped. I was happy that the colors of the Simon Says Stamp colors did not go dull though after being absorbed.

Fun Fact: The lids of these inks actually snap shut. I learned this the hard way when I tried to put them away without snapping them first and the lids popped off!


Next up were some super cute stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp. The first one is called Slumber Party, with the matching die set Girls Night Out.

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The images in this stamp set will be perfect for coloring. The matching die set cuts out all of images in this stamp set and the sentiments would be perfect for a slumber party or an invite for a girls night out with friends.

The next stamp set is called Road Trip with a coordinating die set called On the Road.

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Please note that this is a coordinating die set, not a matching die set. So this die will not match the images in this stamp set, but it does work with it. The die set makes a good frame for the images like the station wagon and the luggage and the bottom section of the frame would hold the sentiments perfectly!


Then we have some super cool stencils that I am ridiculously excited about. I can’t wait to play with them!

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Both of the stencils I’m showing are 6×6 which means they will be very easy to use on a standard size A2 card front whether you’re making a landscape or top folding card. The first one is Tiny Spaced Hearts. These tiny hearts would be perfect for so many backgrounds. You could use regular inks and a dauber, or even some distress inks to make a well blended background with several colors.

Here’s a close up of those tiny hearts:

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The next stencil is called Harlequin. This stencil has some nice big designs that would be great for some embossing paste.

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Because the designs are so big, I would definitely recommend taping down all of the sides and workings from the larger parts of the stencil outwards. This will keep the the stencil from sliding on you when you are applying your ink.


Last but certainly not least is some card stock from Simon Says Stamp. I received the Daybreak pack of card stock.

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If you are wanting to try card stock from a company that you are unsure about, I would definitely recommend trying a sample pack with different color choices. This pack has the following colors:

  • Lemon Chiffon
  • Lavender
  • Soft Navy
  • Burnt Orange
  • Fog
  • Smoke
  • Slate

There are three great gray colors in this sample pack, which is a great way to test them out with the inks I already have before committing to one gray over another.

Another wonderful thing about this card stock is that it is 100 lb. weight. This makes it super sturdy and perfect for card bases! I can’t wait to try this card stock out.


Want to see more? Check out the video here to see these products in more detail:


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Hello Amigos!

Hey guys! I’ve been working a lot of behind the scenes work for some wonderful things coming down the pipeline for us both!

I made this fun card as one of the first cards after I received my Copics. I’m excited to finally be sharing it.

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The Scene

I used some Recollections 110 lb. card stock from Michaels for my Copic coloring, just because I had not gotten a chance to order any other paper and I did not want to wait. I did some two color blending with the Copics so I could test out my blending skills. I stamped the Three Amigos from Mama Elephant. I love all of the sentiments these critters can use of their little signs. It makes them so versatile


The Background

I colored the background with my mini-distress inks in the colors Peeled Paint for the grass and Tumbled Glass for the sky. I tried to keep them light in color so it didn’t distract from the Amigos and their messages of “You’re awesome”, “Really”, and “What they said”.

I also die cut “Hello” from the sky and a scrap piece of patterned paper. Then I inlaid the patterned paper where I cut on the sky. This makes a cool look that isn’t too tall to fit in the envelope to mail.


The Details

Everyone knows I like sparkles, so I covered the signs that the Amigos are holding and the Hello in Wink of Stella.


I’m so excited to send this card and I hope the person who receives it is happy and surprised!

Some of the supplies (most) are listed below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

And as always…

Love, Cindy ADH

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Birthday Card for Christin

I was able to make a birthday card for my niece who just turned 11. I made a cute little scene with Mama Elephant’s Ella and friends blowing some bubbles. The whole scene is Copic colored and the stamping is done in some Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is Copic friendly. I added some Wink of Stella to the bubbles for some interest.

I added the whole colored scene to the front of a standard A2 top folded landscape card with some double sided tape and stamped “handmade by cindy” on the back of the card with a Memento Dew Drop.
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For the envelope, I stamped the three solid bubbles in the set randomly on the back and covered them with some Wink of Stella to tie them in the design of the card.

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Thank you for stopping by to see the card I made. I hope you enjoyed. If you would like to see the supplies I used, I have some listed below and links. I hope you’ll come back and see me again soon!

Love, Cindy ADH