Sep 18 2014

CCMC321 Freaky Friends

This week we have a fun and unusual sketch challenge for you to try over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Go really simple…or add more if you want like I did!

 

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Here’s my card:

 

CCMC321 Freaky Friends

I used Stampin’ Up!’s Freaky Friends stamp set for mine, along with the Skinny Mini Alphabet!  Wow…lining up the word on one block and stamping all at once really made it easy.  I had to leave a “space” for the second O in SPOOKY, I used the Q and took it off before stamping.  Then filled in the second O separately.  Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Basic Black, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Tangerine Tango, I used two 1/2″ strips from the Motley Monsters Designer Paper and crossed them according to the sketch.
  • I stamped the SPOOKY greeting with the Skinny Mini Alphabet and Memento Black Ink.
  • I used the eyeballs and Memento Black randomly in the background, too.
  • I punched the Note Tag Punch from Sahara Sand cardstock and added a 1/2″ strip of the same DSP along the bottom.  I stamped the cat above it with Memento Black Ink and colored the eyes with Crushed Curry Marker.
  • I punched the moon from Crushed Curry with the 3/4″ Circle Punch and sponged around the edges with Tangerine Tango Ink, then placed it in the corner of the Note Tag Punch.
  • I stamped the bat with Memento Black Ink on scrap Whisper White and cut it out, then placed on the edge of the tag on the moon.
  • The tag was punched with the 1/8″ Circle and I added Hello Honey Ribbon tied with Basic Black Bakers Twine in a bow.  I added the tag to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Make sure to go check out what the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  All the samples are so unique and different using this sketch…I’m amazed!

 

HolidayCardBadgeWe are in the middle of Week 3 of our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014!  We have done one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and last week and this week we are doing Christmas card sets! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sep 15 2014

Bloom with Hope

The hostess only set, Bloom with Hope, is perfect for using Stampin’ Up!’s Blendabilities Markers.  Since they are alcohol based, they are easy to blend colors together.  I had this flower cut in the oval shape leftover from preparing for my Blends With Friends 101 class…learning the basics of coloring with Blendabilities.  We didn’t do this card in our last class, but I love the Crushed Curry combined with the Back to Black Designer Paper!  Hmmm, maybe I’ll do this layout for this month’s class with the new colors we’ll be using!

 

Bloom with Hope

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Crushed Curry, folded in half.
  • I added a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of Back to Black Designer Paper down the front.
  • I stamped the Bloom with Hope image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White, then colored with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Blendabilities Marker sets.  I cut out the shape with the Oval Framelits and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I stamped Celebrate from the HOSTESS SPECIAL set called, Good Greetings, on Crushed Curry and cut the end diagonally.  Host a qualifiying class or order to get this set FREE!  Ask me for more details!
  • Finally, I tied Linen Thread thru the Gold Button and tied a bow, then added it to the front with Mini Glue Dots.  Then added a few Gold Sequins in the background for some added bling.

 

HolidayCardBadgeWe are just starting Week 3 of our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014!  We have done one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and last week and this week we will do Christmas! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

 

 


Sep 13 2014

Week 2 Letterpress Winter Tiny Box

HolidayCardHopWelcome

This week for our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions Blog Hop, our Design Team will be featuring the Tiny Treat Boxes in the Holiday Catalog!  You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s blog…don’t you love her inspiration?

 

In addition to the Tiny Boxes, our Design Team will be using the stamp set they featured this week for their card set…but remember, only subscribers to our Holiday Card “Create”tions can see the EXCLUSIVE card sets!  My featured set was Letterpress Winter!  I combined it with the All Is Calm Designer Paper for a soft, wintery look!  But first…here is a little bit of information about the Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014 session:

 

HolidayCardBadgeWe are just finishing up Week 2 on our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014!  We have done one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and will be two weeks of Christmas! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

Here’s what I came up with for my Tiny Treat Box project this week!  I combined TWO of the boxes (they come 25 to a package for $6.95 US), adhering them back to back, then wrapping the All Is Calm Designer Paper around it.

 

Week 2 Blog Hop Letterpress Winter

Didn’t it turn out cool?  And, the recipient can get TWO treats in one special package!  I used the Silver Glimmer for some extra special bling!

Here are the details:

  • The base are two Tiny Treat Boxes.  I cut off the side flaps of each box, then adhered them together with strips of Sticky Strip.
  • I cut a 2 x 12 strip of All Is Calm Designer Paper.  It ALMOST fit all the way around, but left about a 1/4″ gap.  I cut another 1 x 2 piece and placed it over the gap to hide it.  I buried it on the back side, so it is barely noticeable.  I also cut two 2×2 squares for the top of the boxes.
  • I wrapped the Lost Lagoon Satin Ribbon around the middle and adhered the ends in the front.
  • For the decorations, I stamped the medium sized snowflake with Lost Lagoon Ink on Soft Sky cardstock and punched with the 2″ Circle Punch.  I punched the 1 1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch three times from Silver Glimmer Paper.
  • I embossed the smallest snowflake with White Embossing Powder twice on Lost Lagoon cardstock and punched with the 1″ Circle Punch.  I also stamped For You with Lost Lagoon ink on Whisper White and punched with the 1″ Circle Punch.  I placed all the snowflakes and circles together with Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhered to the boxes.
  • I added Rhinestone Jewels to the center of the snowflakes and on the sides of the For You greeting.

Week 2 Blog Hop Letterpress Winter open

Inside I’d fill with a couple treat-filled cello bags before giving it as a gift!  Lots of fun surprises could fit in these 2×2 Tiny Treat Boxes!   Now continue on around the Holiday Card “Create”tions blog tour by stopping by Natasha Zandbergen’s blog for her wonderful idea!

 

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Sep 11 2014

CCMC320 Seasonally Scattered

Hard to believe that it has been 13 years since 9/11…I remember that day like it was last week and exactly where I was!  Do you?

 

I inked up this stamp set, Stampin’ Up!’s Seasonally Scattered, for the first time to use on the Create with Connie and Mary color challenge this week!  I love the colors this week…and luckily the All Is Calm Designer Paper has these colors in them so it was perfect to use!

 

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And here is my card:

 

CCMC320 Seasonably Scattered

Want the details?

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Lost Lagoon, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Whisper White, I embossed it with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder.
  • I used the Circle Framelit and cut a large circle from the Pear Pizzazz print in All is Calm DSP.  I also cut a 1 x 4 strip of the stripe pattern to go across it.
  • Next I cut a 2 x 4 1/4 piece of Smoky Slate cardstock and stamped Merry on it with Lost Lagoon ink.  I used the Angled Tag Topper Punch on one end and tied the Lost Lagoon Satin Ribbon thru it, then tied a bow of Old Olive Bakers Twine.  I popped it up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For a little bling, I used the Frosted Sequins with Rhinestones in the center around on the tag.

 

Make sure to check out the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Team this week and see what they did with the color challenge!  All our cards are SO different…I’m amazed!

 

HolidayCardBadgeIt’s not too late to join our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014!  We’ve already done one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and now are in the middle of two weeks of Christmas card sets!  You won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

 

 


Sep 10 2014

Beauty of the Season

I love seeing cardinals flitting around the trees outside!  We have a male and female that love our big tree right outside our family room!  So, when I saw Stampin’ Up!’s Beauty of the Season stamp set, I knew I had to have it!  I think I have all their cardinal sets!  lol!

 

I made this up early last month to hold the gift certificate for my downline, Jane, who had Top Sales for the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! year!  She lives in another state and couldn’t make the downline recognition meeting last month!  I love how easy this gift certificate holder is to make…use it all the time!  I played around a little with my Blendabilities when making this, too!

 

Beauty of the Season

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 3/4″ and 4 1/4″.  I rounded the corners of the flap and back with the Corner Rounder Punch and added a 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ strip of Nordic Noel Designer Paper across the flap.  I used Sticky Strip on the sides to form the pocket.
  • I cut a 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White and stamped the cardinal image with Tuxedo Black Memento Pad.  I used the Real Red and Crumb Cake Blendabilities to color the bird.  I also used the White Gel Pen to highlight the eye a little more.  I used Daffodil Delight on the beak.  I outlined the branch with Crumb Cake to give it a little more definition, too.
  • I stamped the greeting with Tuxedo Black Ink on Crumb Cake and tore around it, then added it to the front.
  • Inside I cut down the gift certificate slightly so it would fit in the pocket.  It fits in a regular sized medium envelope.

It came together pretty quickly!  I have some other ideas using this set that I need to work on!

 

HolidayCardBadgeDon’t forget…it’s not too late to join our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014!  We just finished one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and now are working on two weeks of Christmas! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

 


Sep 09 2014

SUOC105 Cheerful Tags

It’s time for a new challenge over on SUO Challenges!  This time we are featuring Embellishments (Page 208-209 in the Catalog and those in the Holiday Catalog) on our cards!  I knew right away I wanted to make a button snowman.  I also just had gotten my Little Letter Framelit Dies in my last order and so I spelled out SNOW.  Perfect timing!

 

SUOC105 Cheerful Tags

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Soft Sky Cardstock, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Lost Lagoon, I rounded the top with the Corner Rounder Punch.
  • Along the bottom, I added a 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 layer of the snowflake pattern in All Is Calm Designer Paper.  On top of that I added a 1 x 5 1/4 piece of the Stripe pattern in the same package.
  • I wrapped the length of Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon around to the back and adhered in place to hide the seam at the top.
  • To hide the bottom seam, I cut a 1/8 x 5 1/4 piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and adhered it.
  • The Little Letters Framelits cut the SNOW letters from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and I lined up along the top of the DSP.
  • I stamped the tag image in Cheerful Tags with Soft Sky Ink on Whisper White and punched with the Note Tag Punch.
  • I punched a narrow strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the bottom of the Note Tag Punch and curved the top of the snowbank.
  • I used two white buttons from the Neutral Pack.  The larger one placed on the bottom with Mini Glue Dots, the top one I punched a 1/4″ Basic Black circle and adhered it behind the holes for the “eyes”, then placed on top of the larger one.
  • I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine and laid it between the two buttons, then tied a knot on the right side for the scarf.
  • I hand cut the brim and top portion of the hat from Basic Black and added a hat band of Cherry Cobbler.
  • I placed the tag on the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Isn’t my snowman CUTE???  I love how he turned out!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team did this time over on SUO Challenges!  Then come play along…if you are like me, you have a stockpile of embellishments!

 

 


Sep 06 2014

Week 1 – Tee-Hee-Hee

HolidayCardHopWelcome

WOOHOO!  Over on Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions we are showing off the sets we used this past week with a BLOG HOP!!!  Come take the tour and see what the designers have come up with.  (Of course, you can only see the actual card sets if you are a subscriber!)  In addition to using our stamp set for our Week 1 challenge, we also had to use one of the products in the Holiday Catalog…the Take Out Box!  How fun is that?  You probably have just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her box, don’t you?  Before you take the tour, here is some information about our Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014 session:

 

We are just finishing up Week 1 on our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014!  We are doing one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and two weeks of Christmas! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

 

I used the stamp set Tee-Hee-Hee this week for my card set.  Here’s a coordinating box you can use to go along with it!  I choose to use the Take Out Box closed and tied Black Chevron and Tangerine/White Striped Thick Twine on mine…then tied on the tag.

 

Week 1 Blog Hop Tee Hee Hee

Here are the details:

  • I stamped the bats randomly on the unfolded box with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then folded it closed.
  • I cut a 2 x 4 piece of Basic Black for the tag and used the Scallop Tag Topper on the top.
  • At the bottom of the tag I added a 1/2 x 2 strip of Motley Monsters DSP.
  • I punched a 2 1/2″ Circle Moon from Crushed Curry and sponged the edges with Tangerine Tango.
  • I stamped two more bats with Tuxedo Black on scrap Whisper White and cut them out, then added them to the moon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I also stamped the greeting with Tuxedo Black on a scrap 1/2″ strip of Whisper White, then adhered to the front.  I added a couple rhinestones next to the greeting and also on the black “sky”.
  • I added the tag to the box by tying it on the ends of the Tangerine Tango/Whisper White Thick Twine.

Week 1 Blog Hop 2

OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions Design Team blogs to see what they did with the Take Out Box Challenge!  Next up is Natasha Zandbergen!

 

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Sep 04 2014

CCMC319 Fall Fest Pumpkin

HolidayCardBadgeIt’s Thursday and time for a Create with Connie and Mary challenge!  We have a wonderful sketch challenge for you today…clean and simple!  Grab your stamps and play along!

 

And remember, we are just starting our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014 this week!  We will be doing one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and two weeks of Christmas! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the project 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

So here is the sketch for this week’s challenge:

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And here is my card!  I love fall and pumpkins!

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The details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top I added a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 layer of Color Me Autumn Designer Paper.  I picked a neutral background so the bright pumpkin would pop off the page.
  • I cut three ovals (second from smallest) with the Oval Framelits from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  I also embossed them with the Delicate Dots Embossing Folder.  I sponged Tangerine Tango ink around the edges of each oval.  The two bottom ones were adhered together, then added the top oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals to form the pumpkin shape.
  • I stamped the small leaves in Fall Fest with Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Crushed Curry, then cut them with the Fun Fall Framelits.
  • I tied a small piece of Mossy Meadow Satin Ribbon in a knot for the stem and adhered it behind the pumpkin.  I added another leaf stamped with Mossy Meadow ink to the stem.
  • Celebrate from Good Greetings (FREE this month with a $300 workshop!) was stamped with Mossy Meadow ink on Whisper White strip and cut the diagonal end.
  • I used one of the Autumn Woods Elements on top of the leaves for a little extra bling!

 

Now…make sure to go check out the rest of the Thursday Challenge Team ideas over on Create with Connie and Mary!  And, if you haven’t signed up, you’ll find the Buy Now buttons right there for you to join!

 


Sep 03 2014

Tee-Hee-Hee

I love the swap cards I received from my Control Freak Swapper pals!  Each batch is always full of great ideas from these talented gals!  Here’s the card that I did for the Control Freaks Fall Swap.

 

Tee Hee Hee 2

I really had a lot of fun playing with the Tee-Hee-Hee stamp set for this swap!  I went back and forth with Designer Papers, but decided I like the plain Wild Wasabi and Black Checkerboard look, embossed with Delicate Dots Folder.  Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On top I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Basic Black.
  • I cut 2 x 5 1/4 strips of Wild Wasabi, then cut them to 3 and 2 1/4 pieces.  I placed them on the Basic Black in opposite corners to get the checkerboard look.
  • I cut a 2 x 3 1/2 piece of Whisper White and punched the top with the Angled Tag Punch.
  • I stamped the cauldron from Tee-Hee-Hee with Tuxedo Black Ink along the bottom.  I used Dotty Angles and masked off the smaller portion that was above the cauldron and inked it with Wild Wasabi ink for the bubbles.
  • I punched 1/4″ circles from Silver Glimmer Paper and added them in the bubbles, and also trimmed a 1/4″ strip to go under the bottom of the tag.   Then I added the Black Chevron ribbon tied with Old Olive Bakers Twine to the top of the tag.  The tag was placed with Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of the checkerboard background.
  • Finally, I stamped Brew Up a Little Fun with Tuxedo Black on Wild Wasabi cardstock and punched with the 1″ Circle Punch and placed on the cauldron with Stampin’ Dimensional.

Fun, isn’t it???  I loved how it turned out!

 HolidayCardBadgeWe are just starting our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014 this week!  We will be doing one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and two weeks of Christmas! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the project 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

 

 


Sep 02 2014

Holiday Home

I usually don’t show my Stamp Club cards…I try to keep them exclusive to my monthly Stamp Club Members.  However, this one was just too cute not to share!  I used Holiday Home and a little punch art!  Anyone remember the movie “UP”?

 

I like to send out “just moved” or “moving” cards.  This one is lots of fun!  One of my members mentioned that she would be making these for her son-in-law who is a realtor!  What a great idea!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Basic Gray, folded in half.
  • I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Cherry Cobbler.
  • On the 3 3/4 x 5 layer of Soft Sky, I stamped the trees along the bottom in Early Espresso Ink.  I stamped Happy New Home in Tuxedo Black ink.
  • The house was stamped with Tuxedo Black ink on scrap Whisper White and the roof and trim colored with Smoky Slate Ink, the door with Cherry Cobbler and the windows with So Saffron.  I used the Framelits to cut it out.
  • The balloons were punched from Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi and Pumpkin Pie cardstock, along with the small heart (Owl Punch) for the bottoms.  I added them to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I used the White Chalk Pen to draw the “highlight” on the balloons.
  • I punched two clouds with the Cupcake Punch and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, too.
  • Finally, I used the Smoky Slate Marker to draw the strings for the balloons down to the house.

 

I love how it turned out!  Do you like?

 HolidayCardBadgeWe are just starting our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014 this week!  We will be doing one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and two weeks of Christmas! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the project 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!