Jul 24 2014

CCMC313 Hello Love

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  We have a fun sketch for you to try…you’ll get different looks each time you do it using Designer Paper with this tip.


Tip:  Layer together 3 of the same sized pieces and cut the angles all at once.  Then you have pieces for 3 cards by placing them together like a jigsaw puzzle, alternating the designs!


CCMC313 copy

And here is my card!  I love the bright colors in Sweet Taffy Designer Paper (it’s part of the Buy 3 get 1 free sale!)  and this cute hostess set, Hello Love!  Although it is just a little image, I did use my Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, too!



Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Melon Mambo cardstock, folded in half.
  • I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • I placed three different 2 x 5 1/4 pieces of Sweet Taffy Designer Paper together and cut the angles all at the same time.  This gave me pieces for 3 different cards just by alternating the designs.
  • I cut a Starburst Framelit from Melon Mambo cardstock. and adhered to the front.
  • I used another DSP design cut to 1/2 x 3 1/2 for a banner and cut the flag ends.
  • I stamped the little birdie and arrow from Hello Love with Memento Black Ink and used the Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities to color.
  • The greeting from Hello Love was also stamped with Memento Black Ink.
  • I punched the design with the Decorative Label Punch, then placed it over the Starburst and banner with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I added three pink star sequins for some extra bling!

I think it turned out CUTE!  Love it and those sweet images in the Hello Love set!


Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Then grab your stamps and play along!  We love to see what you do with this sketch!




Jul 23 2014

Nuts About You

OK…you haven’t seen a photo of my grandson Carter lately, so thought it was time!  Here he is sitting on the boat over the 4th of July.  He is my sweet little boy!


Carter 4th of July


I think the hostess sets in the main catalog are SO cute this year!  I couldn’t resist getting this little set.  I love the tree!  But, the two little squirrels are cute, too!  Here’s a card I put together using this set, Nuts About You.  I’ll save it for my anniversary in September!



Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Real Red, folded in half.
  • I embossed the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Crumb Cake with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.
  • I added a 2 x 4 piece of Real Red (Brights) Patterned DSP towards the bottom.
  • I stamped the two squirrels in Early Espresso on Whisper White, then cut when the Heart Framelits.   I added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Next I added the Early Espresso Cotton Ribbon (see my RIBBON SHARES…order is going in tonight!) across the front and adhered to the back.
  • Nuts for You was stamped with Early Espresso on Real Red, then cut with the Heart Framelits.
  • I used the new Hearts Border Punch at the top of the Crumb Cake layer.  Then I used it to punch out some hearts from Red Glimmer Paper to add to the front.
  • I thought the bottom of the heart looked a little blank, so added the You & Me heart image with Real Red ink at the bottom of the heart to finish it off!


Lots of fun going on with this card!  Hope you enjoy it!




2014-15 Ribbon Shares

Next ribbon order going in on July 23rd!!!


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Jul 21 2014

Ribbon Shares

I am getting ready to send in another round of Ribbon Shares and have a couple spots in each category!  Order will go in on Wednesday, July 23!


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(2014-2015 In Color 3/8? Satin Ribbons!

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  • Shares are 2 yards each color in each ribbon family.
  • Each Group will be wrapped around a strip of chipboard so your ribbon arrives wrinkle-free and organized.
  • Next order will be placed on July 23rd!
  • Please allow 1 week for shipping to me from Stampin’ Up!,and then time for cutting and returning to you.
    I get them out as soon as possible.
  • Add $3.00 shipping for one share, $5.50 shipping for two to four shares. I’ll figure exact shipping for 5 or more shares.
GROUP #1 – NEW!!! In Color 3/8? Stitched Satin $11.00
5 New In Colors
2 yards of each color
10 yards total
Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist


GROUP #2 - 3/4 Chevron Ribbon $25.50
12 Colors
2 yards of each color
24 yards total 

Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Wisteria Wonder
GROUP #3 - NEW! 1-1/4 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon - $11.00
5 colors
2 yards of each color
10 yards total
Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry
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12 new colors
2 yards of each color
24 yards total
Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White


GROUP #5 – NEW! 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon $14.00

10 Colors (including Gold & Silver)
2 yards of each color
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Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver
GROUP #6 – NEW! 1/2? Seam Binding Ribbon $20.00
12 colors
2 yards of each color

24 yards total
Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight,Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder


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4 colors
2 yards of each
8 yards total
Gold, Silver, Very Vanilla, White

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Jul 19 2014

July Tour de Freaks…Free for All!

Woohoo! It’s time for the Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers! You’ve probably just come from LeeAnn Greff’s blog…weren’t her projects fun? Since many of our swappers are at Convention (lucky!), it is ANYTHING GOES this month! Many will be sharing the swaps they made for Convention! Since I didn’t go this year (sob!), I did a set of items up with my favorite set, Beautiful Bunch.


I absolutely LOVE the colors on these flowers! I stamped Calypso Coral over Crisp Cantaloupe, then Blushing Bride over So Saffron for the centers! The leaves are Mossy Meadow stamped on Old Olive. They are SO striking in real life!


Beautiful Bunch

The holder is a Crystal Light Container (edit:  sorry, it is a Great Value Drink Mix container) that I saved…after I removed the label, the base was the perfect shade of Sahara Sand!


Beautiful Bunch

I used Sweet Taffy Designer Paper to wrap around the container and the Deco Label Framelit of Whisper White under the flower. The Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon wraps around the entire container. I even decorated the top with more DSP and a little flower.


Beautiful Bunch

The base of the card is Calypso Coral and it really makes the flower POP! I used all the same supplies as the container, but added the greeting from And Many More and the scallop design from Boutique Borders with Mossy Meadow Ink on the Sahara Sand cardstock for a little extra whimsical look!


Beautiful Bunch

I really love how these turned out. Make sure to continue around the Tour de Freaks tour with your next stop as Cindy Elam…you will love her projects!


Jul 19 2014

CCMC-SUM14 Week 4 Beautiful Bunch

Oh, wow!  It’s the LAST day of the Create with Connie and Mary Summer Collection!  Can you believe it?  Where did the time go?  It always goes by SO fast!  Although I must admit, I’ve had my projects and cards done for several weeks because of getting ready for the Create LIVE event…I didn’t think I’d survive doing both at the same time!  lol!


Anyway…the awesome Design Team has used this color combination for the Week 4 challenge:


And here is my card:


Of course…I’m using Beautiful Bunch again!  I love how Lost Lagoon looks stamped on Whisper White to make this flower!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Lost Lagoon folded in half.
  • I stamped the bottom 2/3s of the front with Hardwood Background Stamp with Lost Lagoon ink.
  • The pennant from the Pennant Die is cut from Sahara Sand cardstock.
  • I stamped the greeting from A Dozen Thoughts with Mossy Meadow on the pennant, then wrapped the Lost Lagoon Stitched Ribbon around the front and adhered in the back.
  • The Beautiful Bunch flower is stamped twice with Lost Lagoon on Whisper White and punched with the Fun Flower Punch.  I stamped the center with Mossy Meadow on Mossy Meadow cardstock and punched with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.  I added a Rhinestone Jewel for some bling.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the flower again with Mossy Meadow on Mossy Meadow cardstock and cut two of the petals for leaves, then tucked them behind the flower.

OK…make sure to check out what the rest of the Summer Design Team did for our last challenge this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!



Jul 17 2014

CCMC312 Garden Party

It’s Thursday and Create with Connie and Mary has a FUN color challenge for you to try this week!  Since I already had my Garden Party stamp set sitting on my desk, I decided to go ahead and use it again!



These colors are direct from the Moonlight Designer Paper Pack, so I grabbed that DSP to use, too.  Luckily I had a couple scraps and this came together pretty quickly!  If the sketch looks familiar, it is a past CCMC challenge!


CCMC312 Garden Party

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Hello Honey, folded in half.
  • I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.
  • On top of that is a 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 layer of Sahara Sand.  I added 1/2″ strips of the Moonlight DSP both vertically and horizontally.
  • I cut the Window Frames Framelit with Blackberry Cardstock and placed it at the intersection of the DSP.
  • I punched a 2″ Circle of Whisper White and stamped the border image in Garden Party across the center in Blackberry Bliss Ink.  Then adhered the circle to the Window Frames Framelit.
  • I stamped the flowers three times with Hello Honey Ink and three times with Sahara Sand Ink on Whisper White and cut out the blossom and leaves separately.  I placed them back together in the center of the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally I stamped Hooray for You! with Blackberry Bliss Ink above the DSP.

I really like how this turned out!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team this week to see what they did with the color challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary!



Jul 15 2014

SUOC101 – Garden Party

The theme this time over on SUO Challenges is Bows, Bows, Bows!  Well, you KNOW I love ribbon…so this theme isn’t a hardship for me!  I have also been wanting to try something with my Blendabilities and this was perfect timing!  I wanted to know if the Blendabilities would make stripes on ribbon…I found out that they will without bleeding!  WOOHOO!  My experiment worked!  I was inspired by something I had seen done with Copics in the past!


SUOC101 Garden Party

I really let the ribbon be the star of this card and kept everything else to a minimum.  Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On the 3 3/4 x 5 layer of Crumb Cake, I stamped the leaves image from Garden Party with White Craft Ink above and below where I would be placing the ribbon.  Then I rounded the corners with the Corner Rounder Punch.
  • On the White Organdy Striped Ribbon, I used a clear ruler and the Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities to draw lines across the center of the ribbon.
  • I placed a long strip of decorated ribbon, cut with flag ends, across the front of the cardstock.  Then I made two loops of the remaining ribbon and secured with adhesive.
  • I punched a 1 3/8″ Circle of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to secure it over the ribbon.
  • I stamped the images in Garden Party with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie on Whisper White and cut out the larger image, and punched the center with the 1/2″ Circle Punch.
  • I colored the Rhinestone with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities marker and placed in the center.
  • Finally, I stamped Hooray for You from Garden Party with Soft Suede Ink on the Crumb Cake layer.

Amazing, huh?  You can customize your ribbon however you want easily with the Blendabilities markers!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Bows over on SUO Challenges!  Then grab your stamps and play along…can’t wait to see what you do!



Jul 14 2014

Create LIVE event

Last Saturday, Mary and I did our first Create with Connie and Mary LIVE Event!  A lot of work, but it turned out AWESOME if I must say so myself!  Many, many people who attended came up and want us to do another one!  lol!  You can see more photos of the LIVE Event over on Create with Connie and Mary!


Since we went with a beach/luau theme for our LIVE event, I made up a LOT of these Hibiscus Flowers for all kinds of decorations!  The Flower Frenzy Die made them easy to make!  I cut the flowers from Melon Mambo, Tangelo Twist, Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight.  The centers were Daffodil Delight or Tangelo Twist.  The leaves were Garden Green and embossed with the Delicate Dots Folder.  These I sprinkled the flowers randomly around the Raffle, Food and Display tables.


Hibiscus Flowers


I stamped WOOHOO! from Bravo Stamp Set in the center of some more flowers for Prize Patrol giveaways!  Everyone went home with a Prize!


Hibiscus Flower Prize Patrol

I decorated my Prize Wheel with the Flower Patch Stamp Set in colors to match!


I made some for the Name Tags for the helpers, Mary and I.  I used the Apothecary Framelit for the base and layered the Sweet Taffy Designer Paper on top of chipboard to keep them sturdy and adhered a pin on the back.


Hibiscus Flower Name Tags


After the event, I used the display flowers to make Thank You cards!


Hibiscus Flower Cards

I used scraps of Sweet Taffy Designer Paper and the Watercolor Thank You on the front of Whisper White.  I did add a Rhinestone Jewel to bling up the cards.


It really was lots of FUN coming up with ideas to decorate…one of my favorite parts!  Again, check out Create with Connie and Mary for more photos of the actual event!  It was a GREAT day!



Jul 12 2014

CCMC-SUM14 Week 3

It’s the end of Week 3 of the Create with Connie and Mary Summer Collection 2014.  Just like summer, it is going by MUCH TOO FAST!  We had fun doing Card Set Tutorials this past week…each Design Team Member chose a new stamp set to feature!  Great ideas!  It’s not too late to join!  All the projects will be available for a YEAR after the session ends so you can refer back to them 24/7!!!


Every Saturday we have a challenge to end the week…this week it is a very fun Sketch Challenge…and everyone is welcome to play along!


CCMC Week 3


Here’s my card…I haven’t used In This Together stamp set very much…I thought the sketch was perfect for it!  The background angles give it a whimsical touch!



Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • I’m not even going to try to give you measurements, but I cut a piece of Sweet Taffy Designer Paper on an angle, then a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock on an angle for the background.  Then I cut another design of Sweet Taffy 3/4 x 4 1/4 to go across the bottom.
  • I stamped the two girls from In This Together with Black Stazon and used my AquaPainter and Stampin’ Write Markers in Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie…outlining the edges a little darker.
  • I cut them out with the Circle Framelits and layered it on the next largest size of Rich Razzleberry Cardstock.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the greeting with Black Stazon on Melon Mambo cardstock and punched with the Banner Punch, then layered on a larger piece of Rich Razzleberry cut with a flag end.
  • Finally, I added a sprinkle of Rhinestone Jewels for the “rain” above the umbrella!

Very fun stamp set and designer paper to go with the whimsical sketch, don’t you think?  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team did with this fun sketch over on Create with Connie and Mary today!


Jul 10 2014

CCMC311 Pictogram Photos

Oh, I love the sketch this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  You have to check out all the DIFFERENT looks the Challenge Team came up with using this sketch!  Amazing!  Go to Create with Connie and Mary and see for yourself!



Of course, the first thing I thought of was using a flower…but, I forced myself to think out of the box and go with something a little different than my usual florals.  Here is what I came up with!


I LOVE the colors in Lullaby and took them directly from the Designer Paper!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Baked Brown Sugar.
  • On top of that is a 3 3/4 x 5 layer of Pistachio Pudding embossed with the Large Polka Dot folder.
  • I cut the star with the Star Framelits from Lullaby DSP and then the 1/2″ x 5″ Chevron pattern, I cut one end with a point and the other with a flag end.
  • The moon from Pictogram Punches was stamped with Baked Brown Sugar on Whisper White and hand cut out.
  • I also stamped You’re A Star with Hello Honey Ink on Whisper White and cut a flag end on this piece, too.  I punched a little star from Gold Glimmer Paper and added with a Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I also stamped two stars from Pictogram Punches in Hello Honey Ink on Whisper White and punched with the little star punch.
  • Finally, I added Rhinestone Jewels to the moon and the stars!

So sweet!  I love how it turned out!  Again, make sure you check out the Challenge Team ideas over on Create with Connie and Mary...and grab your stamps and play along!