Three Things I Like: Cindy Brumbaugh

Day Eight - Cindy BrumbaughI’ve been able to share A LOT of amazing cards over the past two weeks from on Spring One-for-One Swap.  What a thrill to share them all with you!  Although it was sad that I had to mail them back out (those are the rules about a swap), it was such a treat to see so many beautiful cards with fun layouts, amazing techniques and great folds.

Today, I’m sharing a card that made me smile from ear to ear when I opened it.  Cindy Brumbaugh has a wonderful energy that always makes me smile – she’s a joy to be around.  Not only does Cindy Brumbaugh wow me with the construction of this gorgeous stair-step card, but every detail on this card makes me happy.  Cindy lives between Pittsburgh, PA and Orlando, FL, but this card feels like a gorgeous Maine scene.  So lovely!  Here’s her card:

Cindy Brumbaugh, FL, Stampin' Up!, card swap

There are so many things to love about Cindy’s gorgeous card – now I’m going to share three things about it that really stand out to me (yes – I’m narrowing it down to three).  This is hard work, people!

Three Things I Like

  • Pattern on Pattern.  I absolutely adore that Cindy “painted” this lighthouse from From Land to Sea using Work of Art.  So smart!  No fussy coloring, no crazy technique – just three stamped images that come together for a perfectly artistic scene.  The brush of Soft Sky creates a beautiful burst of blue in the sky, and the band of Tip Top Taupe grounds the beautiful lighthouse in a bed of sand.  Her use of Work of Art makes her card a … work of art.

    Work of Art, Stampin' Up!

    Work of Art, Stampin’ Up!

  • Structured Carefree.  There’s such a beautiful “carefree feeling” about Cindy’s card – you can almost smell the crisp, ocean air.  I love the soft bursts of color that give this card a wispy feel, but…there’s really nothing carefree about the design.  Every piece of this card was carefully thought through and balanced – it’s so structured.  Each panel is carefully and meticulously designed and executed.  I’m amazed at how such a tightly designed card can have such a “throw caution to the wind” feel.  Amazing.
  • Colors.  You know how much I love colors, right?  They are super-important to the mood of a card.  The colors on Cindy’s lighthouse card are PERFECT for this soft and serene scene.  I adore the combination of Soft Sky and Basic Black, but the addition of Tip Top Taupe takes this card to an entirely new level.  Love them all together – perfect balance of color.Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Sky

Stamp Sets:  From Land to Sea, Work of Art  Papers:  Soft Sky, Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, Thick Whisper White, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (Basic Black)  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe  Accessories:  Black Baker’s Twine, Large Numbers Framelits Dies, Silver Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Cindy Brumbaugh, FL, Stampin' Up!, card swap

If you have missed any of the previous days of these swaps, be sure to check them out here:

There’s one more day of swaps!  I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to help give this parade of cards a proper sendoff.

You can check out more of Cindy’s designs on her blog at CindyBeeLee Designs.  Please leave a comment to let her know how much you adore her gorgeous card!  Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Wow – that’s the prettiest thing I’ve seen with either of those sets – I like Cindy too!

  2. Love the colors she used for this very creative and fun card! Card with much class !

  3. Oh wow ! Love it ! So pretty and detailed ,but the color swatch makes it look carefree ! The colors are spot on for this scene !
    Cindy , you are very creative !! Also I bet I would like you too( like everybody else !)

  4. I am the lucky recipient of Cindy’s amazing card! The beautiful colors, the stair step fold, and the attention to detail combined to make this card so special. I can’t wait to try this design and color combination — thanks, Cindy, for sharing your creativity with us!

  5. Wow! This card is truly a work of amazing art.

  6. Cindy – your card is knock-your-socks-off gorgeous. Perfect for mid coast Maine where I live. This is one of those cards that looks so down to earth yet at the same time looks like only a true artist would come up with it. Perhaps you should go to work for Hallmark! Thanks for sharing Cindy’s card Brian. I agree that it must have been difficult to narrow what you love about this one to only three things.

  7. Awesome card. I love the colors and the design. Anyone would love receiving this card. Thanks, Brian, for sharing – always love your analysis of cards so we can see your thought process.

  8. I love nautical stamps! What a lovely card and sentiment.

  9. I would love a tutorial on how to create this card! I love the design. Is there a name for it?

  10. That Cindy is wonderful…..and creates wonderful cards like this one!

  11. Card is awesome. Cindy is awesomer. Can’t believe she is mine.

  12. Cinty’s card is so lovely. The colors are great, the design is clever, and I like the watercolor look without the watercolor steps. One great card, I agree with you Brian.

  13. Brian, you nailed it with your comments on Cindy’s picture perfect card. Absolutely beautiful.

  14. Cindy Brumbaugh

    Oh, you all are so wonderful to say such sweet things. Thank you, Brian, for sharing my card…I am humbled and on Cloud Nine:)

  15. Sorry Cindy for being so late in telling you what a gorgeous card your card is, I’m so glad Brian featured yesterday because it’s amazing.
    I struggle with masculine cards but you make it look so easy, the design and all the elements are exactly where they need to be, just so beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing Cindy, I’m off to pinning it!!!

  16. Wow! That is a stunning card!

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