Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sorry for the delay

Hello crafty friends! 

Where has the time gone?!? 
I've been super busy this month and I TOTALLY forgot to announce some winners.... 
MANY thanks to those that reminded me ♥ 

So here are the random winners... 

Fun in the Sun blog hop:
Joy's Life Sweet Popsicle Puns set
Linda from

Blogaversary Giveaway 
Peachy Keen's Wide Eyed Kids 1 1/8 set
Jill Rugg 

Disney Pooh and Friends cartridge 
Creative M from

Please email me at with your mailing information within the next week so I can get your goodies out to you asap { If you left your info in a comment, I'll try to hunt you down, but please try to email me just in case ;) }

Again, sorry for the delay! 
♥ Cyndy

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

flip flopping fabulous!

Hello everybody and happy Wednesday! 
Did any of you catch Craft Wars last night? =)

This week over at Joy's Life DT we are playing with summer colors: Orange, Yellow, and Turquoise. 

I created this flip flopping fabulous card ;)
It's a standard A2 size card. 
I ♥ this sentiment. 
It's from Joy's NEW stamp set Pun in the Sun!! You can find it HERE
The flip flops are from Life's a Beach cartridge cut at 1.30".
I added the flowers from George and Basic Shapes cartridge cut at 0.26". 
I then went on to add glossy accents to the strap and flowers. 
I'm not sure if you can see, but I cut extra flip flops and just layered them beneath the main ones.
All of the pattern paper is from Echo Park's Paradise Beach paper pad. 
Thank you for looking and head over to Joy's Life DT blog to see more summer inspired projects! 

♥ Cyndy 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hot diggity dog!

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Hello crafty peeps! 
It's officially summer and over at Fantabulous Cricut we have just the right challenge for you! 
This week's challenge is BBQ Time! Make a project using hotdog, hamburger etc (BBQ or picnic foods)!

The hot dog is from the Simply Charmed cartridge
Face - Peachy Keen's Cheery-O's assortment 
Twine - Charcoal from The Twinery
Sentiment - Pink By Design's Simply Everything

Don't forget to join us here!
Thank you for looking!
♥ Cyndy

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Mmmmargaritas anyone? 
It's time for another Made Especially for You challenge! This week we are working with the heat embossing technique, I for one LOVE it!
 Here's how I created the background using the heat embossing technique. 
I stamped Peachy Keen's Lattice Background stamp with VersaMark and used white embossing powder.  
 After heat embossing it, I used Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink to give it color.
(I saw this stamp/color from Nikki aka Scrappin Navy Wife - here)
 I'm not sure if you can see, but the sentiment is also heat embossed -with pink embossing powder. 
The sentiment is from Market Street's Tiki Time set. 
I colored the drinks with copic markers. Yes, I'm still a newby LOL 
Both the drinks are stamped images from Market Street's Tiki Time set also. 
 I added stickles to look like salt. 
The twine is Charcoal from The Twinery. 

Come join us at Made Especially for You and show us your cards using this technique! 
The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to Adams Acres.

Also linking this up to Peachy Keen's Anything Goes challenge =) 

Thank you for looking!
♥ Cyndy

Thursday, June 21, 2012

espressly for you - cricut box

Hello everybody! Over at Joy's Life we are playing with tags! 
I have been dying to use this box since I got the cartridge through that Gypsy promo a while back.
. The "heart box" is from the Tags, Bags, Boxes, & More cartridge.
I cut the box at 8.25 inches. 
Now, here's where it gets a little complicated. 
The box I used is the one from the Blackout feature. I positioned the heart from the Baby Steps cartridge (Page 55, Button 35 under "Phrase" size 1.75 inches) right where I wanted it. I love this heart because it's so juicy!
If you need the box fast, you can simply cut the box using the Window feature and it will cut with a heart. 
The sentiment and heart are from Joy's Tag You're It Set One.
I heat embossed them with white embossing powder. 
The heart and it's shadow are also from  the Baby Steps cartridge (Page 55, Button 35 under "Phrase" size 1.75 inches)
I made my own heart shaped tag using a paper piercer. 
Do you save the clam shells that the cartridges come in? Well, I do! I just trim them and to my scrap drawer they go! I finally got to use one! 
 I just trimmed it to cover the heart and used regular ATG tape to adhere it. 
 I hope you can see it in this photo. 
 The twine is Posy Pink  from Trendy Twine.
The polka dot paper is from DCWV's Playtime stack.  

Don't forget to check out Joy's DT for more fun projects using tags! 

Thanks for looking! 
♥ Cyndy

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

creating your own background with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Hello everybody, it's time for another Craft 'n Chat Thursday over at Made Especially for You

Today I have a mini picture tutorial on ways to use Tim Holtz Distress Inks to make your own backgrounds. 
All of these tags are from the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge
They're cut at 2.75" width (That's right, width LOL, I was working with some scraps)
 Technique 1: 
 Get the foam applicator, ink it up, and start adding ink to your paper! 
(This one is Salty Ocean from the Summer seasonal set, I ♥ the colors in this set)
You can keep adding more color until you get the look you like. 
You don't have to necessarily use one color, you can use as many as you like!  
 Technique 2
Rub the ink pad on your craft sheet lightly. 
Then use your mini mister to spray some water.  
Just press your paper on it and use a heat tool to dry it up. 
You can keep adding colors until you're satisfied with the look of it.  
 Technique 3
This is pretty much the same as technique one. Just add the colors you want on your tag. 
 Lightly splash water to create this blotchy look. 
I mean lightly, otherwise you'll get big blotches like this one. 
You can use a small brush, dip it in water, and create your blotches. 
Who says these inks are limited to paper?
Check these primas out! 
 I just inked them up with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 
Here's the final look for a vintage look.  

Thank you for looking! 
♥ Cyndy

You still have time to join this week's challenge!
Check it out here

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Lovin'

♫ Summer lovin' had me a blast, met a boy cute as can be ♫

I just couldn't get this song out of my head after using this sentiment. 
It's time for another Krafty Girls challenge!! This week's challenge is to create a paper project that follows the theme, Fun the the Sun. Anything that inspires you about summer.

I made this card for my co-worker, she recently got married and went to Hawaii for her honeymoon and is returning tomorrow although here in California it's starting to feel like summer already! 

This darling girl is from Life's a Beach cartridge.
 Her face is from Peachy Keen's Princess Face assortment
The sentiment is from Pink by Design's Simply Everything

Does that cloud paper look familiar?? Well I just used it on my project a few days ago and had this scrap left over and I just couldn't bear to skip using it! I just had to trim a little and perfect! 
It's from Echo Park's Hello Summer paper pad. 
I ♥ Echo Park!!

Linking up to : 
Celebrate the Occasion - Welcome Summer
Sarah Hamer Designs - Link Up Tueday 

Come join us with your summer themed creations here
 Thanks for looking! 
♥ Cyndy

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hugs and Kisses

Good morning and happy Monday to all of you!
It's time for another Made Especially for You challenge
This time it's an easy one. Just use three eyelets

I went with a very C-A-S look. 

I heat embossed the tic-tac-toe grid with white embossing powder on white paper, I then used Tim Holtz Tattered Rose distress ink to ink up the paper. 
The tic-tac-toe grid along with all of the stamps on it are from My Creative Time's 100% Sweetness Stamp Set
The scalloped ribbon is from American Crafts. 

This week's sponsor is  Whimsical Designs and the prize is a stamp set! 
We would love to see your creations using three eyelets, please make sure to join us here

Thanks for looking! 
♥ Cyndy

Saturday, June 16, 2012

it's all aboat the good times ;)

Hello everybody and welcome to the Fun in the Sun blog hop!
You should have arrived from Jennie's blog, if not, make sure you start HERE. You don't want to miss a thing! 
Throughout this hop you're going to see summer colors, activities, treats, food, etc etc!

I live in Southern California and during summer the hubby and I mainly head out to Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and Santa Monica Beach where we enjoy the ocean and the clear blue skies ♥ This was the inspiration for my card. 

Here are the deets on the card. 
The boat is from the B is for Boy Lite cartridge. The waves are from Life's a Beach cartridge. 
Yup, you're seeing one of Joy's NEW stamps! The sentiment is from Joy's new set, Pun in the Sun
 The boat is on some zots for extra dimension. I added some stitching and doodling on the card. The face on the sail is from Peachy Keen's Happy Lashes set. The cloud patterned paper is from Echo Paper's Hello Summer 6x6 paper pad. 

If there's a blog hop, there's blog candy ;)  
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post for a chance to win Joy's Sweet Popsicle Puns set
I just ♥ this set, it's so versatile! 

One last thing... 
Don't forget to head on over to Joy's Life and check out this brand new set along with the other awesome sets HERE

Here's the the line up in case you get lost ;) 
Before -------->Jennie 
Here ---------------------> Cyndy  
Your NEXT stop -------------------->Megan 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

sweet wishes

Hello peeps!
This week we are showcasing birthday projects over at Joy's Life's DT blog
I created a card since birthday cards are a must in my stash! 

This cupcake is from the Simply Charmed cartridge.  

If you're like me and don't own all of Joy's stamps -YET, you can improvise! 
All of the stamp sets are very versatile! 

I created "sweet wishes" by masking "summertime" from the original sentiment "sweet summertime wishes" from the Sweet Popsicle Puns set.
Here's the inside of the card. 
 Again, I used the masking technique to get the perfect sentiment. 
"Happy" is from "Happy Bird-day" from the Wild Life Puns set and "Birthday" is from "It's Past-ure Birthday" from the Barnyard Puns set. 
I added Yellow Stickles to the outer layer of the flame and Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles on the inner part of the flame. The twine is Posy Pink and Blue Berry from Trendy Twine. 
The face on the cupcake is from Peachy Keen's Happy Lashes set. 
I put the cupcake on two layers of foam tape to give it dimension. I also inked around the patterned paper with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 

Thank you so much for looking and check out Joy's Life's DT blog for more birthday inspiration here!
♥ Cyndy 


Monday, June 11, 2012

everything is smore fun with you

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Hello again my crafty friends. 
Today we have a Father's Day challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut. All you have to do is create a Father's Day card using an outdoors theme; hunting, fishing, hiking etc.

I've made a few Father's Day cards, but this is the one for my dad :-) 
We have bonfires at the beach nearby. 

The bird is from 3 Birds on a Parade cartridge and the fire is from Create a Critter cartridge.
The face on the fire is from Peachy Keen's The Cornies set.
The sentiment is from Joy's Life Wild Life Puns stamp set.
The twine is Blue Berry from Trendy Twine

Come join us here
Thank you for looking! 
♥ Cyndy

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sweet baby

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Hello everybody! 
It's time for another challenge at Made Especially For You! This week we have another fun sketch challenge for you! 
This darling girl is from Bugaboo Digi Stamps, it's Boo - Boo
The sentiment "sweet" and the three hearts are from K Andrews Designs' It's Valentine's! stamp set. 

Here's the sketch. 
 Make sure to join us here. The prize is seven digital stamps of the winner's choice from Bugaboo Stamps!

Thanks for looking! 
♥ Cyndy