Thursday, January 26, 2012

Looking Back

It's Thursday, so that means a NEW Ways to Use It challenge.  Today, I am hosting and I have just LOVED all the year in review blog posts that folks have done over the past year.  I *SO* need to do that next year!  I thought that might make a pretty fun challenge if you use the past year's challenges and combine at least two.
I used TWELVE on my card.  It was SO much fun to do!  I hope you'll play along.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Stock Spotlight Saturday

Today, on the C.Y.D.I? Blog we are featuring one of my all-time favorite products - TWINE!
One of the things about twine that would hem me up is the mess of it, always getting tangled and all.  I knew that my store would carry twine, but I wanted something different to keep it organized and neat - enter the spool!

All the C.Y.D.I? twine comes wrapped on these little spools with a label to let you know what color it is.  The I Want It All bundle is shown above, and it comes in that adorable little case to add that extra layer of organization.
Here are two cards I made using twine...

My sentiments are from Technique Tuesday that will be COMING SOON to the store... oh how I can't wait!

Speaking of the store, rush on over because our artists have put TONS of products on sale!  Several of our Lucky 7 Spool combo packs are already on sale.  Additionally, for you, here is a coupon for 15% off ALL non-digital items, to include the adorable TWINE spools in the store.  Use this coupon at checkout: CYDIGOC15 

The sale/coupon ends Friday, January 27th when I get on the plane for CHA!!!  Make sure you are a C.Y.D.I? Twitter follower to get all the updates from CHA!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sew Beautiful

It's Thursday, so that means a NEW Ways to Use It Challenge.  Today, Hannah has challenged us to sew beautifully.  Well, my craft room is something of a disaster right now, and I can't really get to my sewing machine, so I improvised.
I weaved my ribbon in the scalloped circle (AKA sewing), and then I added some faux stitching around the edge.  Look at all those layers I used!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

C.Y.D.I? Grand Opening Blog Hop!

Someone please PINCH ME to tell me this is really happening... I just really opened a store of my own?!?!  *faint*  Needless to say, that's where I've been!
Today marks day 3 of our Grand Opening Celebration, and we are HOPPING!  If you came from the C.Y.D.I? Blog, then you're right on track.  If you didn't, you want to hit that to see our fabulous design team introduced and find out about our Grand Opening SALE (yup, I said SALE!).

Today, I have another in the series of super simple, yet adorable, cards made with Carla's Creations' fabulous dog images.  If you missed the other two, you'll want to check them out because they happen to be sitting on a post about the Grand Opening SALE going on HERE.


Here are my steps...
  1. Resize adorable puppy image, and print on kraft card stock (is there another color?!).
  2. Color nose with R34 Copic marker.
  3. Cut puppy with Nestie, and emboss with same Nestie.
  4. Cut strip of glitter paper, and cut notch from side. Adhere to A2-sized card.
  5. Stamp sentiment - this one is from Technique Tuesday.
  6. Pop puppy die cut up on foam dots.
Now, hop on over to Lelia the Amazing's blog to see what she has in store for you...

In case you get lost along the way, here is today's full hop:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

First C.Y.D.I? Challenge

I'm happy to post our VERY FIRST Challenge.  Every other Tuesday, the C.Y.D.I? Team will bring you a new inspiration to get those creative juices flowing over on the C.Y.D.I? Blog.  Today, we will celebrate all things digital.  In the spirit of this new beginning, I have a confession to make...

Hi, my name is Michelle, and I'm an iPhone ADDICT! (iPad too)





C'mon, admit it... that's gotta be someone you know, if not you! I hate to admit, but that is SO me!

Without further jabbing, I give you two yummy items to inspire your creativity, and two projects to further inspire you.


Source: tuaw.com via Michelle on Pinterest


And here is my project...
I took the layout from the iPhone cake and made my own little home screen with some cute icons.





Head on over to the C.Y.D.I? Blog and link up your iPhone cake inspired projects... there IS a prize in it for ya, after all ;)

In case you missed it on Sunday's post, here is our NEW blinkie, designed by the fabulous Lelia Pierce:


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Early

It's Thursday, so that means a NEW ways to use it challenge.  Today is my day, and Friday is my birthday, so as a shameless plug to solicit birthday wishes and virtual presents, I'm challenging all to make a birthday card or use your favorite things.



For my sample, it seemed a little TOO self-serving to create a birthday card for myself, so I am sharing my favorite things with you....
1. KRAFT card stock! Take a look through my gallery - I'm an addict!
2. Digi stamps... my printer and I are ONE! I love how I can size them to fit any size I want.  This one is a CUTE print & cut file from LilyPink Designs
3. Coffee anything... my blog is called Caffeine & Stamps and my Pug is named Latte - do I need to say more???
4. Pearl swirls... do I really need to justify that one?
5. Smooch... thanks to my fabby friend, Lydia!
6. Distress stains mixed with pearlized water... darn you, Jennifer McGuire!
7. Quirky sentiments... although I never seem to use them (that's my new year's resolution btw)
8. Tim Holtz' tiny attacher
9. Pop dots, and last, but certainly NOT least...
10. Stampin' Up!'s Early Espresso color... of course, it's coffee!

There you have it... a top 10 of my favorite things!  I hope you'll play along with WTUI this week...

Monday, January 2, 2012

Print & Cut Fun

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2012 is starting off great for you. Today, I want to show you something fun to do with your Silhouette. (At this time, I'm not sure how to do this with other electronic cutting machines, but if anyone does, please let me know!)  In the store, you will find a few Print & Cut files.  These files make fussy-cutting a thing of the past, and if you're anything like me, you will be dancing in the hallways about this!
Here's how you use them...
  1. Open file in Silhouette Studio and resize as you want (the free version works just fine).  You can combine multiple print and cut files on one piece of paper to save precious supplies. You will need to do this in Silhouette Studio before printing. {Note: my printer had memory issues with a full sheet, so there was a touch of waste.}
  2. Click "Send to Silhouette" like you do for every other cut file. {Note: Be sure the Registration Mark Settings are set to show.}
  3. The Silhouette will guide you through the rest of the steps in order to make this SUPER easy digital die cut.
For my card, I printed the file on watercolor paper with a color laser printer.  I then colored the image with Distress Stains (coming soon to the store!), and spritzed with Pearlized Water (ala Jennifer McGuire).  The hearts and Dream are outlined with Smooch.  The image is popped up on 2mm adhesive dots.  The package we have in the store has tiny little circles that work great for the heart raindrops on this image.
See! Aren't they perfect?! This card is for this week's Mojo Monday sketch.
Don't forget, we still have a Design Team call going on.  You can see all the details HERE.



Sunday, January 1, 2012

We're OPEN!

Have you heard the news???


Follow the meerkat's advice and head on over to the shop!

The Meerkat, Photography Paper Pack paper, Chevron ribbon, and the text were assembled in PhotoShop, and then printed on a Color laser printer. The Meerkat was then colored with Copics (E51, E53, and E57 for the body, and E59 on the dirt). The pearls and Snickerdoodle Smooch were added, along with the Rock Candy Distress Stickles to make the dirt look like dirt.

Don't forget, we're still hiring!  Check out the Design Team call HERE.  We are accepting applications until 1/10/12 in order to be prepared for our Grand Opening Celebration, which begins the week of 1/15/12.

We are also hiring artists to add to our store's amazing artist gallery.  If you are interesting in adding your digital products to the store, use the Contact Us form on the storefront.

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