Aug 27 2015

CCMC370 Cup of Cheer

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  This week it is a pretty color challenge that I know you’ll love!  I’ll be using it again!

 

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Here I’m using another new set in the Holiday Catalog called Cup of Cheer!

 

CCMC370 Cup of Cheer
 

Here are the details to recreate this card:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pool Party, folded in half.
  • The 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White is embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, then adhered to a 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 layer of Basic Black…love how that pops!
  • A 1-1/2 x 3-7/8 strip of Watermelon Wonder cardstock is wrapped with Basic Black Satin Stitched Ribbon and adhered to the back, then added to the front of the card.
  • The doily was cut in half, then sponged with Pool Party Ink, and tucked under the bottom of the Watermelon Wonder strip.
  • Cup of Cheer image was stamped with Watermelon Wonder Ink, the steam color was removed with a Blender Pen, the colored with Pool Party Marker…and stamped on scrap Whisper White, it is punched with the 2-1/2 Circle Punch.  The liquid in the cup and the word cheer was also colored with the Pool Party Marker.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a wood Snowflake Element was added to the front with a Rhinestone Jewel in the center.

I really like how this turned out!  Hope you enjoy it, too!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Team did this week…lots of inspiration for you!  Then grab your stamps and play along!

 

 


Aug 26 2015

August Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop

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Woohoo!  It’s time for the Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop!  I’m so excited to see what the other achievers have come up with this month because we are showing off projects from the new HOLIDAY CATALOG!!!  Are you as excited about this catalog as I am?  Lots of great new stamp sets and accessories…going to be an exciting next few months in my classes!

 

So…I had a REALLY hard time narrowing down what set I wanted to use.  I finally settled on Flurry of Wishes (of course, I ALWAYS need more snowflake sets) and doing a new-to-me technique called Inlaid Words.  I showed this technique at my technique class this month and they loved it!  Not only is the stamp set new, so is the background embossing folder, Softly Falling, and the “snow” Seasonal Frame Thinlets, plus the fun little wood Snowflake Element…I colored mine with White Craft Ink.

 

Flurry of Wishes August 2015
So here are the details on how to recreate this card:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Marina Mist cardstock is embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder (I can’t decide which way I like it better…more snow at the bottom or more coming down from the top!)
  • Across the front is a 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of the silver pattern in Neutrals Collection Designer Paper Stack…then a 1/4″ x 5-1/4 strip of Silver Glimmer Paper under it.
  • The Flurry of Wishes large snowflake was stamped on Whisper White with Marina Mist Ink, then cut with the Circles Framelit.  At the same time, I cut the word “snow” from Seasonal Frame Thinlets across the center…make sure to save the little pieces from the curly cues!  I cut the word again from Marina Mist cardstock.
  • The large circle snowflake was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then I used the WONDERFUL Fine Tip Glue Pen to glue the Marina Mist word snow inside the opening to the base of the card.  Adhere in the little curly cue pieces you kept from the snowflake one.

Flurry of Wishes August 2015 closeup

  • Finally, I colored the wood Snowflake Element with White Craft Ink and my sponge dauber…let dry…add a large Rhinestone in the center and add to the card with a small Stampin’ Dimensional in the center.  I also added Rhinestones in the snowflake ends.

 

LOTS of sparkle on this card!  OK…you are at my blog…Connie Babbert…so find my name and then click on the next person’s link to move forward with the blog tour!  Once you’ve come back here, you’ve completed the circle!  Hope my card inspires you…and I’ll know you’ll get LOTS more inspiration from the others!

 



Aug 26 2015

Watercolor Wings

I really have been working hard in my studio using lots of the new products in the Holiday Catalog…unfortunately they are for swaps and future classes so I can’t show them off yet!  Soon, I hope!  So…I finally sat down and played with the colors to make a Monarch looking butterfly with Watercolor Wings for my Stamp Club last month.  Here’s a card I made with a leftover butterfly!

 

Watercolor Wings

Here are the details on how to recreate this card:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Pool Party was embossed across the top 2/3s with the Elegant Dots Embossing folder.  A strip of Cherry on Top Washi Tape is placed under the embossed area.
  • The 2 x 4-3/4 Whisper White was punched with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch, then Calypso Coral Seam Binding was placed thru the hole with Daffodil Delight Baker’s Twine tied in a bow.
  • You are so kind from Watercolor Wings was stamped with Hello Honey Ink at the bottom of the tag.  A 1/8 x 2-1/2 strip of Calypso Coral cardstock was added to the tag, and then a Perfect White Accent added on it.  The tag is popped up on the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Watercolor Wings butterfly was stamped with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Watercolor Wonder Inks and cut with the new Bold Butterfly Thinlets.  A Basic Black outline butterfly from Butterfly Thinlets was cut and adhered over top.  I love how both sets of butterfly framelits work with each other!  I added the butterfly to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

OK…love it!  Hope you are inspired, too!  Those butterflies are so much fun to make!

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August 2015 collageA mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects (full step-by-step tutorials for THREE card sets and TWO 3D items)

All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips.  PLUS…Mary and I will be each be showing 2 cards each with the Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set and Happy Hauntings Designer Paper…giving you another full card set of ideas!

All this for only $8.95!  We opened on Wednesday, August 19th so it is available to view NOW!  Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up!

 

 


Aug 24 2015

Crazy About You

Today I’m sharing a card that I actually made for the Create with Connie and Mary color challenge a couple weeks ago that I posted HERE!  I decided to make another card because I loved the colors…and ended up using it instead of this one!  But…thought I’d share the original one with you!  The colors used are Tangerine Tango, Cucumber Crush and Pacific Point…nice and bright huh?

 

CCMC368 Crazy About You

Here are the details to recreate this card:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Tangerine Tango cardstock, folded in half.
  • A 1 x 4 strip of Pacific Point (Brights Collection) Designer Paper Stack was placed across the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • A 2 x 5 piece of Whisper White was punched at the top with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch, then Pacific Point Satin Striped Ribbon is placed thru the hole and tied with White Bakers Twine.
  • A 1/2 x 2 piece of Tangerine Tango DSP (also Brights Collection) was placed along the bottom of the tag.  You’re in My Thoughts from Watercolor Wishes was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The tag is popped up on the Whisper White layer with Stampin’ Dimensions.
  • The Crazy About You flower was stamped three times with Tangerine Tango on scrap Whisper White and the leaves stamped with Cucumber Crush Ink.  The flower was punched with the Flower Medallion Punch once and the other flower centers and leaves were hand-cut, then added to the front across the card and tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a Pacific Point Candy Dot was placed in the center of the flower.

Love the bold colors against the crisp white…don’t you?

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August 2015 collageA mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects (full step-by-step tutorials for THREE card sets and TWO 3D items)

All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips.  PLUS…Mary and I will be each be showing 2 cards each with the Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set and Happy Hauntings Designer Paper…giving you another full card set of ideas!

All this for only $8.95!  We opened on Wednesday, August 19th so it is available to view NOW!  Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up!

 

 

 


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Aug 22 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Crushed Cucumber

It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week we are featuring the In Color, Cucumber Crush, on our cards!

But first, our new AUGUST MINI SESSION opened on August 19, but it’s not too late to join!  The next stop at Create with Connie and Mary website will give you more details and a chance to sign up!


 

Have you ever started a card and it was going along great until you added one more element?  Now…normally, I would scrap it and start over…but it really wasn’t a throw-away…so I’m showing it here!  lol!  My Among the Branches card was sort of spooky looking even with the bright Cucumber Crush…until I added the leaves in the tree branch, then it kind of got too tame for a Halloween card.  And…I wanted some eyeballs in the background, but didn’t think they would work.  Tell me what YOU think!

Among the Branches
Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Cucumber Crush cardstock, folded in half.
  • Across the bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White is  1-1/2′ x 5-1/4″ strip of In Colors Patterns Collection.
  • A 1/8″ x 5-1/4 strip of Black Glimmer Paper hides the seam.
  • The tree branch from Among the Branches was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink in the upper right corner, along with the black Crow…then those darn Cucumber Crush leaves were added.  lol!
  • Spooky was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White and punched with the 2″ Circle Punch, then layered on a Cucumber Crush Designer Label that was cut in half and adhered to each side.
  • Two Rhinestones were colored with a Black Sharpie Pen and added to the label sides.
  • The eyes in the Spooky image were colored with Cucumber Crush Marker.

So…spooky or tame???  OK…next up on the Blog Hop is the Create with Connie and Mary website where you can sign up for our NEW AUGUST 2015 mini session, then continue on over to Mary’s blog!

 


Stamps:  Among the Branches

Inks:  Cucumber Crush, Basic Black Archival Ink

Cardstock:  Cucumber Crush, Whisper White

Accessories:  In Color Patterns Collection Paper Stack, Black Glimmer Paper, Rhinestones, 2″ Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch

 

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Aug 20 2015

CCMC369 Haunt Ya Later

It’s time for another Thursday Challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary!  It’s a fun sketch challenge this week, so grab your stamps and play along!  Lots of inspiration from our Challenge Team over there!  Ready, set…go!

 

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And here’s my card…love the little images in the Halloween set, Haunt Ya Later!  I went with some non-traditional Halloween colors with the Real Red, Smoky Slate and Basic Black!

 

CCMC369 Haunt Ya Later
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Real Red cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Smoky Slate cardstock.
  • A 2 x 3-3/4 piece of the star pattern in Happy Hauntings DSP was placed across the center towards the right side.  Another 1/2 x 3-3/4 strip of Real Red adds some color below the DSP.
  • The vampire image was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Very Vanilla and watercolored with Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Basic Black and Real Red Stampin’ Write Markers.  A little Pink Pirouette Marker was used for the cheeks.  Old Olive Marker was used for the eyes.  It was cut with the Oval Framelit.
  • The Spider Web Doily was trimmed and placed under the DSP…and some Rhinestones add a little bling.
  • The greeting was stamped above the DSP with Basic Black Archival Ink.
  • Because the vampire image was stamped on Very Vanilla, I did use the White Gel Pen and added highlights to the eyes and teeth to make them white.

Isn’t that fun?  Like I said…that Haunt Ya Later set is just TOO cute!

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Need some ideas for new sets?  Want some exclusive ideas that are not posted public?  Check out the new Create with Connie and Mary AUGUST Mini Session!  We opened it yesterday, but it’s not too late to join!  Here’s a sneak peek of this month’s projects!

August 2015 collageA mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects (full step-by-step tutorials for THREE card sets and TWO 3D items)

 

All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips.

 

As a BONUS, Mary and I will each be doing two more cards during the rest of the month…so you have another complete card set to inspire you!

 

All this for only $8.95 US!  We opened yesterday on Wednesday, August 19th! So head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!

 


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Aug 19 2015

August 2015 Tour de Freaks

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It’s time for a Holiday Catalog Preview Tour de Freaks brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with using the products in the new Holiday Catalog (customers…you can begin ordering on September 1st!)  You probably just came from Dawn Olchefske’s blog...love her projects, don’t you?

 

I chose to do a Halloween theme for my Holiday Preview projects…I told you I bought ALL the Halloween stamps, didn’t I?  lol!  I can’t resist!  So…I made a decorative Halloween frame with a matching card using the fun set, Witches’ Night!  It goes with the Witching Decor Project Kit that I need to make up soon!

 

August 2015 Witches' Night
Here’s a closeup of the Halloween Frame:

August 2015 WItches' Night Frame

  • The shadowbox frame is 5 x 7 and I used two patterns from the Happy Haunting DSP in the background, with Black Glimmer Paper to hide the seam.  They were layered on Basic Black cardstock.
  • The Witches’ Night greeting was stamped twice…once with Tuxedo Black Ink and once with Tangelo Twist Ink, then cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits.  The center greeting of the Tangelo Twist one was cut out and adhered over the Black one with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • BOO! from Boo To You Framelits was cut from Black Glimmer Paper and two googly eyes added to the OO!
  • And in the next photo you can see that I wrapped the precut Spider Web Doily around the outside edge of the frame, and hung a spider from Linen Thread from the web.

 

August 2015 Witches' Night Frame Web
And the card, I basically used all the same elements, cut down to card size…so you can see the dimension a little better here.

August 2015 Witches' Night card
So, do you like?  I’m happy with how they came out and can’t wait to put the frame in my holiday display this year!

Next up on the Tour de Freaks is Judy DiScipio, and I’m sure you’ll love her projects!  Then continue around the tour until you get back here!

 

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Aug 19 2015

A Little Something

Summer15BadgeWOOHOO!!!  Today is the day that we publish August projects over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our subscribers get to see ALL 5 projects all at once!  And…we think they are pretty awesome this month!  Have you signed up?  Here’s the information!

 

  • A mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects (full step-by-step tutorials for THREE card sets and TWO 3D items)
  • All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips, AND you’ll have access for up to a year!
  • PLUS, Mary and I are each doing a BONUS two cards throughout the rest of the month with the fun Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set!
  • All this for only $8.95!  We open TODAY…Wednesday, August 19th! So head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!

Here’s a sneak peek of this month’s projects!

 

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I wonder how many of you demos have noticed the set A Little Something in the Holiday Catalog?  It is SO cute, but kind of gets overlooked with many of the OTHER great sets in there, don’t you think?  So…today’s card features this adorable little set on my card!

 

A Little Something
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Tangelo Twist cardstock.
  • On top is a 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Basic Black cardstock with a 3-5/8 x 4-7/8 layer of the Happy Haunting Designer Paper on top of it.  Love that spider web pattern.
  • A coordinating 1 x 4-7/8 strip of the striped pattern in Happy Haunting was added down the left side.
  • The Spider Web Doilies was cut in half and bumped up against the strip of DSP.  (TIP:  I also cut off those little extra wrought-iron looking pieces on the ends to make it fit a little better.)
  • Trick or Treat from A Little Something was stamped on Very Vanilla with Tuxedo Black Ink and punched with the 1-3/8 Circle Punch, then layered on a 1-1/2 Circle Punch of Basic Black.  The words and pumpkins were colored with the Tangelo Twist Stampin’ Write Marker.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For a finishing touch, the Basic Black Button was tied with Linen thread and added along the bottom left of the greeting.

Like it?  I really do!  OK…don’t forget to go over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up for our August Mini Session!

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Stamps:  A Little Something

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Tangelo Twist Stampin’ Write Marker

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Tangelo Twist, Basic Black

Accessories:  Spider Web Doilies, 1-3/8 & 1-1/2 Circle Punches, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Happy Hauntings Designer Paper

 


Aug 18 2015

SUOC129 Festive Flower Builder Punch

I know!  You just saw a card yesterday with a LARGE sunflower…but while I was making one, I wanted to make another petal flower, too, with a little different style!  It worked out perfectly that the SUO Challenge this time is Cards Without Words…a card you would write a note or letter to someone.  So here is my smaller flower for this challenge!

 

SUOC129 Fall Flowers

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 Thick Whisper White, folded in half for form a square card, and the two right corners rounded with the Corner Rounder Punch.
  • The 4×4 piece of Into the Woods Designer Paper also has the two right corners rounded with the Corner Rounder Punch.
  • A 1 x 4 strip of the woodgrain pattern in Into The Woods was placed across the front.
  • For the flower, I punched 8 large petals and 3 of the small connected petals from Hello Honey cardstock and sponged the edges with Hello Honey Ink.
  • I punched a scrap 1-3/8″ Circle and added adhesive on top, then added the large petals around the edges of the circle.  I used Mini Glue Dots to secure the small connected petals to the center.
  • A 3/4″ Circle of Chocolate Chip was adhered in the center of the flower, then a Vintage Faceted Button was tied with Linen Thread in a bow and added to the center with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • The flower was adhered to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Love how this turned out…and love that Into the Woods Designer Paper…don’t you?  Again…no stamping on here at all!  Check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team to see what they did with this Cards Without Words challenge!

 


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Aug 17 2015

Festive Flower Builder Punch

Although I love the idea of a Poinsettia made with the Festive Flower Punch, I just knew it would make a pretty sunflower, too!  One of my favorite fall flowers!  So, here’s what I came up with…

 

Sunflower

I paired the punch with the Into the Woods Designer Paper…and I love this woodgrain print!

 

Here are the details…pretty simple!

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 THICK Whisper White cardstock.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Into the Woods DSP.
  • Punch 20 of the large petals from Hello Honey cardstock, then sponge around the edges with Hello Honey Ink.
  • Punch two 2-1/2″ Circles from Chocolate Chip cardstock, run one thru the Big Shot with the Delicate Dots Embossing Folder.  Sponge Early Espresso Ink over the edges and raised dots.
  • On the second 2-1/2″ Circle, apply adhesive all over it.  Start placing the first 10 large petals around the edge of the circle.  Then apply more adhesive and place the second row of 10 petals a little further inside the circle.
  • Cover the petals with the embossed 2-1/2″ Chocolate Chip circle.
  • Slightly curl all the petals to make it more realistic.
  • Adhere sunflower to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Punch two more large petals from Old Olive cardstock.  Sponge with Old Olive ink around the edges.  Adhere under the sunflower for leaves.
  • Cut grateful from Whisper White with Seasonal Frame Thinlet, adhere to front with Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Supplies:

Stamps:  None

Inks:  Old Olive, Hello Honey, Early Espresso

Cardstock:  Hello Honey, Chocolate Chip, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Old Olive

Accessories:  Into the Woods Designer Paper, Seasonal Frame Thinlets, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Festive Flower Builder Punch, Delicate Dots Embossing Folder, Sponge Daubers, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Snail, Big Shot

 

 

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Need some ideas for new sets?  Want some exclusive ideas that are not posted public?  Check out the new Create with Connie and Mary AUGUST Mini Session!

August 2015 collageA mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects (full step-by-step tutorials for THREE card sets and TWO 3D items)

All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips

All this for only $8.95!  We will open on Wednesday, August 19th! So head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!

Here’s a sneak peek of this month’s projects!