Jan 31 2015

Week 2 Blog Hop: Sheltering Tree

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WOOHOO! Over on Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 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 3D projects if you are a subscriber!) You probably have just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her card, don’t you? Before you take the tour, here is some information about our Spring Collection 2015 session:

 

We are just finishing up Week 2 on our Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015! We are doing four weeks of 3d projects for home decor and gift giving and several 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 $29.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project ideas not shown ANYWHERE else! So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

 

I used Stampin’ Up!’s stamp set, Sheltering Tree, for my card this week since I used it on my project that subscribers saw this past Thursday!  I must say that I loved it and have it on display in my home!

Sheltering Tree
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand, folded in half
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Blushing Bride cardstock.
  • The Whisper White piece is cut on a diagonal and stamped with the Sheltering Tree in Soft Suede.  The blossoms on the tree are Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral inks.
  • The swing is Soft Suede Ink and the ground is Sahara Sand ink.
  • A trio of In Color Sequins is added to the tree for a little bling.
  • For a little extra, the Petite Petals Punch was punched from Best Year Ever Designer Paper and the center Itty Bitty Accents flower is Blushing Bride cardstock.  In the center is another In Color Sequin.
  • The greeting is stamped on the diagonal, too, in Soft Suede Ink.

I LOVE this stamp set and what pretty cards it makes!

 

OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 Design Team blogs to see their cards and what sets they used this week on their projects! Next up is Mary Brown!

 

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Jan 29 2015

CCMC340 Cheerful Critters

Ah…another color challenge today for you over on Create with Connie and Mary!  This one stumped me a little bit…I normally would be thinking about winter stamp sets with these colors, not spring.  Then I spotted Cheerful Critters on my shelf and knew that I could make it work using that set!

 

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Here’s my card:

 

CCMC340 Cheerful Critters

The details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Lost Lagoon, folded in half.
  • A layer of 4 x 5-1/4 Sahara Sand is on top.
  • Two 1-1/4 strips of Sweet Dreams Designer were cut for the back.  In between is a 1/8″ strip of Lost Lagoon cardstock.
  • Whisper White was cut to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 and stamped with the bear image in Cheerful Critters with Basic Gray Ink.  His shirt was colored with the Lost Lagoon and Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Markers and the bear was watercolored with Sahara Sand Marker.
  • The greeting was stamped with Lost Lagoon Ink inside the sign.
  • a 3/8 x 2 1/2 strip of Silver Glimmer Paper was placed along the left side.
  • The Little Pieces Embosslit was cut from Basic Gray cardstock.  The flower with a rhinestone center was placed on the Silver Glimmer Paper strip and the arrow pointing to the sign.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

And…donOCC15SpringCollectionBadge‘t forget!  Our new Spring Collection 2015 is just half-way over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our subscription is full of gift ideas, home decor, card sets and 3D project tutorials perfect for your stamp camps and classes!  We’re using Occasions and Sale-A-Bration products from Stampin’ Up!’s Catalogs.  Get over 24 projects for only $29.95 US…that’s just a little over $1 per tutorial!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!


Jan 27 2015

SUOC115 Snuggles and Smooches

It’s all about Valentine Wishes for the Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge this time!  Valentine’s Day will be here soon!  Here’s what I came up with using the special Stampin’ Up! set, Snuggles and Smooches…it’s not in the catalog, you need to see it in the online store.

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Real Red, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 Crumb Cake cardstock layer, the large and small flower swirls were stamped in the background with White Craft Ink.
  • LOVE was stamped with Real Red on a curved banner of Whisper White and a small swatch of Stacked with Love Designer Paper placed along the right side of the banner.
  • Black Bakers Twine was wrapped around the banner to hide the seam and tied with a bow, then popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The heart was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Real Red and punched with the Sweetheart Punch.  The two small hearts were stamped with Real Red on Whisper White and punched with the Small Heart Punch.  Both were popped up on front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a little Rhinestone was added to the large heart.

Lots of fun on this card!  I loved how it turned out.  Now check out SUO Challenges to see what the rest of the Design Team did with the Valentine Wishes theme!

 


Jan 26 2015

Valentine Mini Treat Bag

I love the Valentine Mini Treat Bag Thinlet Dies.  Did you see the BOXES I made from this Treat Bag Thinlet?  You can get a FREE TUTORIAL here on how to turn it into two different variety of boxes.  But…for this sample, I made it exactly as it is supposed to go together.  Now I just need to decide what goes in it!

 

Mini Treat Bag

Here are the details:

  • I cut the Mini Treat Bag from Coastal Cabana cardstock.  Before I ran it thru, I also placed the heart shape on the cardstock to cut it at the same time.  Then I used the heart again to cut out the Best Year Ever Designer Paper for the inside heart and one from Blushing Bride cardstock for the outside.
  • I embossed the front with the Happy Hearts Folder and put the bag together with Sticky Strip.
  • I cut some more of the FUN accessories that comes with this Thinlet grouping!  The banner from another pattern of DSP, the border of hearts from Calypso Coral cardstock (save one of the punched hearts to add to the large Blushing Bride heart).
  • A little Pom Pom trim and a Silver Glimmer Paper bow are all stapled on the front side of the bag.

What a super fun treat to give someone!  The bag just makes it, don’t you think?

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And…donOCC15SpringCollectionBadge‘t forget!  We are just starting Week 2 of our new Spring Collection 2015 over on Create with Connie and Mary and it’s not too late to join!  Our subscription is full of gift ideas, home decor, card sets and 3D project tutorials perfect for your stamp camps and classes!  We’re using Occasions and Sale-A-Bration products from Stampin’ Up!’s Catalogs.  Get over 24 projects for only $29.95 US…that’s just a little over $1 per tutorial!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 


Jan 24 2015

Week 1 Blog Hop: Lotus Blossom

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WOOHOO!  Over on Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 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 3D projects if you are a subscriber!)  You probably have just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her card, don’t you?  Before you take the tour, here is some information about our Spring Collection 2015 session:

 

We are just finishing up Week 1 on our Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015!  We are doing four weeks of 3d projects for home decor and gift giving and several 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 $29.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

 

I used Stampin’ Up!’s stamp set, Lotus Blossom, for my card this week since I used it on my pretty (if I must say so myself) home decor project that subscribers saw on Thursday!

Week 1 Blog Hop Lotus Blossom

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Coastal Cabana folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Best Year Ever Designer Paper.
  • The 3 x 4-1/4 layer of Sahara Sand has been embossed with the Spring Flowers folder and the corners were rounded.  A 2″ Circle was punched out of the center.
  • On a 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 piece of Whisper White, the Lotus Blossom flower was stamped with Crushed Curry, then stamped off with Calypso Coral for the second layer and full-strength Calypso Coral for the final image.  It was adhered behind the open circle.
  • A 1/2 x 3-3/4 piece of Chocolate Chip was rounded and placed under the left side.  Then the entire piece was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Bow Builder punch was used to make the Coastal Cabana bow, and the Thank You greeting was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on one of the tails.
  • A Calypso Coral Best Year Ever Accessory Button was tied with White Bakers Twine, then added to the center of the bow.

 

OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 Design Team blogs to see their cards and what sets they used this week on their projects!  Next up is Mary Brown!

 

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Jan 22 2015

CCMC339 A Happy Thing

It’s Thursday!  Time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  We have a neat sketch challenge this week for you to try!  I broke out my new stamp set, A Happy Thing…one of the FREE sets you can get for Sale-A-Bration!  I LOVE the lemon and can’t believe I haven’t used it before now!

 

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And here is my card!  Don’t you love those fresh colors?

 

CCMC339 A Happy Thing

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Pool Party is embossed with the Delicate Dots folder.
  • The Best Year Ever Designer Paper was trimmed to 1/2 x 4 strips, then placed on the background Pool Party cardstock.
  • A 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 panel of Whisper White was stamped with the Lemon image from A Happy Thing with Tuxedo Black Ink.  It was colored with Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz Blendabilities Markers.  The corners were rounded with the Corner Rounder Punch.
  • Love Life from the same set was stamped with Tuxedo Black on scrap Whisper White and punched with the Large Oval Punch.  It was matted with the Scallop Oval Punch of Crushed Curry cardstock, then placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a Crushed Curry button from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack was tied with White Bakers Twine and added to the front with a Mini Glue Dot.

Make sure to go check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary and grab your stamps to play along!

And…donOCC15SpringCollectionBadge‘t forget!  Our new Spring Collection 2015 just started over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our subscription is full of gift ideas, home decor, card sets and 3D project tutorials perfect for your stamp camps and classes!  We’re using Occasions and Sale-A-Bration products from Stampin’ Up!’s Catalogs.  Get over 24 projects for only $29.95 US…that’s just a little over $1 per tutorial!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 


Jan 21 2015

From the Herd

Although this stamp set isn’t my “normal” choice, I thought the sayings were SO cute and I couldn’t resist!  Plus, my father was a farmer for many years, so he’ll be getting a card or two using this set!

 

From the Herd

It seems since Stampin’ Up! started selling Blendabilities that I haven’t used my AquaPainter and Markers to color!  I’ll pulled them out to make this card because I wanted a soft look…and because it is quick!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Soft Suede, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Soft Sky was embossed with Delicate Dots folder.
  • Along the edge is a 1-1/2 x 4 piece of Best Year Ever Designer Paper (FREE SAB product!), layered on a 1-3/4 x 4 piece of Soft Suede cardstock.
  • The image was stamped with Black Stazon on Whisper White and watercolored with the AquaPainter and Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers.  The corners were rounded with the Corner Rounder Punch.  It was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • From All of Us in the set was stamped with Black Stazon on Soft Suede and punched with the Word Window Punch and added to the front.

Isn’t that super fun???  I giggle when I see those farm animals!  lol!

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Jan 19 2015

Jan 2015 Tour de Freaks

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Wow!  It’s time for another Tour de Freaks blog hop!  The theme this time is Love or Valentines…perfect timing, huh?  You’ve probably just arrived from the fabulous Julie Davison’s blog.  Love her fun projects, didn’t you?

When deciding what to do for this tour, I knew I wanted to use the Hello Life stamp set.  It really is so much more than a Valentine set!  I love that large “do more of what makes you happy” greeting!  But, since our theme is Love or Valentine’s, I went with the obvious hearts and paired it with the Stacked with Love Designer Paper Stack.  Here’s my little duo of projects!

Jan 2015 Hello Life

I also adore the new Bow Builder Punch…I’ve used it a couple ways on my projects.  The card has the simple bow and the top of the box has a package bow!  Both are SO easy to make!  Here are a few details:

Jan 2015 Hello Life card

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11, folded in half.
  • Crumb Cake layer is 4 x 5-1/4
  • The heart DSP is 2-1/4 x 4 with a strip of coordinating DSP sized 1/2 x 4 to hide the seam.
  • The script Love was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink along the bottom.
  • The small polka dot heart was stamped with Real Red and hand-cut (no punch or framelit that size…bummer!)
  • The “happy” greeting was stamped with Tuxedo Black on Real Red and cut with the Heart Framelits and added to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Stacked with Love DSP was punched twice with the Bow Builder Punch and put together with Mini Glue dots and added to the bottom of the large heart.

 

The Tiny Box was so quick and easy to make, too!

 

Jan 2015 Hello Life Tiny Box

  • All four sides were covered with the 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 squares of the diagonal stripe in Stacked with Love DSP.
  • On the sides and back, 1/4 x 1-3/4 strips of coordinating DSP were adhered across the center.
  • Four hearts were stamped…two in Calypso Coral (striped heart) and two in Real Red (polka dot heart) on Whisper White and hand-cut, then placed with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The front DSP was stamped with the script Love in Tuxedo Black, and an additional Red Glimmer Heart was cut with the small Heart Framelit.
  • A rhinestone jewel on the front heart added a little bling.

Jan 2015 Hello Life bow

  • The top uses four of the Bow Builder Punches from Stacked with Love DSP.  The tails were added to a 1″ circle with Mini Glue Dots and then staggered the looped bows on top of them.  A 7/8″ Scallop Circle punched from the same DSP covers the ends on the circle.
  • For some bling, a Facet Jewel was tied with White Bakers Twine and added to the center of the bow, then added to the top of the Tiny Box with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Such a sweet little wrapped package for someone you love!

 

Make sure to continue on around the rest of the Tour de Freaks!  Some great ideas!  Next up is Patty Bennett with more wonderful Love ideas!

 

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Jan 17 2015

PREVIEW: Mini Treat Bag Boxes with FREE TUTORIAL

OCC15SpringCollectionBadgeToday is the LAST DAY of our PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our Spring Collection 2015 officially starts tomorrow, but our Early Bird Price ends today!  Don’t miss out on saving $5 and joining us for some FABULOUS ideas using stamp sets and products in the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs!  For only $24.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project tutorials with full directions and photos!

 

Today I get to share with you our last PREVIEW PROJECT and FREE TUTORIAL…plus the last BLOG CANDY…a free subscription to our Spring Collection!  If you’ve already joined and win, we’ll apply it to a future collection.  Just leave a comment on my blog today so you can be entered to win!

 

I knew there must be a way to turn the Mini Treat Bag Thinlet into a BOX.  So I started working on it a couple weeks ago.  With a couple trial and errors, I finally came up with these two ideas for boxes!  I took the colors from the fun Sale-A-Bration Best Day Ever Designer Paper and used the coordinating Ribbon and Button Accessory Pack, too!

Petal Potpourri Mini Treat Boxes
One box has a handle, the other closes at the top with the flower helping to hold it closed.   The Framelit has lots of little accessory pieces like the banner and “enjoy”…so I added a couple of those, too!  Want to know how to make them?  Go get my FREE TUTORIAL on Create with Connie and Mary today!

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Jan 16 2015

Day 5 PREVIEW: Painted Petals

OCC15SpringCollectionBadgeToday is DAY FIVE of PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We will be starting our Spring Collection 2015 next week and can’t wait to get started!  Our design team is busy getting their projects done using both the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  Today we are introducing the last of our Guest Designers!  So happy to have this talented gal on board!  Make sure you go over to Create with Connie and Mary and see who she is and come back tomorrow for another FREE TUTORIAL and the last of the FREE subscriptions!  And…while you are there, don’t forget to get signed up during our Early Bird Special, it ends on Saturday!  Save $5 off the regular $29.95 price and get over 24 project tutorials…at $24.95 that’s $1 each!  What a deal!

 

I’m using Painted Petals again!  The center of this card actually started out as one of my swap card prototypes, but I went in a different direction for my Control Freaks swap (I’ll post it later).  I actually wasn’t going to show this card, because it bugs me when I look at it…can you tell why?  I may tear it apart and re-do it at another time and then show you the makeover!   lol!

Painted Petals 2

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Painted Blooms Designer Paper.
  • The Pool Party cardstock was cut with the Label Framelit and then embossed with the Spring Folder.  Two strands of Wild Wasabi Thick Twine were wrapped across the front and secured in the back.
  • The Whisper White cardstock was cut with the smaller Label Framelit, then stamped with Painted Petals stamp set in Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and So Saffron inks.  The greeting was stamped with Chocolate Chip.  It was placed on the top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A bow was made with the Thick Twine and added with a Mini Glue Dot.

OK…what do you think?  Make sure to stop by over on Create with Connie and Mary and see the newest Design Team introduction and her card…it’s really cute!  And…make sure to sign up for the Spring Collection 2015!  We’re getting ready to start on Sunday!