Jan 10 2012

Fashionable Hearts

Oh my GOSH!!!  I'm SO excited!  I found out last night that Shelli (our CEO of Stampin' Up!) chose my Fashionable Hearts frame and card for her "Love is in the Air" Creative Challenge!  I had made it for the December Tour de Freaks…if you haven't taken that tour…you should!!!  It was pretty awesome!  You can see my winning project again HERE...


A coincidence because today's card uses some leftover hearts from the Fashionable Hearts Embosslit, too!  It is certainly getting a work out in my studio!



I started with a base of Crumb Cake cardstock and ran the front thru the Big Shot with the Stripes Impressions Folder.  I added the 1 1/4" Daffodil Delight Striped Ribbon in the background.  I cut one of the new Labels Collection frames from Very Vanilla.  I stamped the LOVE from one of the Sale-A-Bration selections coming up soon…Outlined Occasions Stamp Set!  Yours FREE with a $50 purchase starting January 24 (or select from any of the other Sale-A-Bration products!)  Then I started adding the embossed hearts in Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight.  I added some Rhinestone Jewels for bling…and a large Red button tied with White Baker's Twine.  I think it is LOTS of fun and pretty simple…great for a class!


WOOHOO!!!  It's PREVIEW week over on Create with Connie and Mary…and you know that means BLOG CANDY, right?  Go check out where it is today and go leave a comment on her blog!  We know you love Elizabeth Price's work and we are THRILLED she is back as one of our full Design Team members!  I adore her card today! 


We have LOTS of surprises this week over on Create with Connie and Mary, make sure to stop by often for Guest Designer Announcements, Blog Candy and Preview Projects!  This week is the last chance to sign up and save $5 off the regular $34.95 US price for a six week subscription!  With over 36 step-by-step tutorials featuring products in the Occasions and SAB Minis…that is less than $1 per day for some GREAT ideas!  Click on my right sidebar to join TODAY or check us out on Create with Connie and Mary!

Jul 29 2009

Holiday Lineup

I hope you enjoyed the Royal Blog Tour over the past couple days!  I was gone over the weekend, but able to keep track on my laptop of all the comments.  I will be naming a winner of my Blog Candy on Thursday, July 30th!

I’m still stamping in my Christmas mode!  This card was made for the Design Team Christmas in July challenge over on Late Night Stampers!

I started with stamping the Holiday Lineup image with Basic Black on Whisper White.  I used my Real Red, Sahara Sand and Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Up! markers to color in the images.  I layered it on Real Red and then Bermuda Bay cardstock.  I took my colors from the Holiday Lounge Designer Paper (although it mentions Taken with Teal as the color in the DSP, I felt the Bermuda Bay blended well enough to use it!)  I layered of piece of the DSP on Real Red, then the base of Bermuda Bay, adding a length of Kraft Taffeta Ribbon to hide the seam.  Finally, I added the new Snowflake Punch from Sahara Sand and centered with the Red Rhinestone Brad in the upper left corner!  The stamped element was placed on top with Dimensionals.

FUN card!  I love it!

I’m still getting ready for Convention!  I did get some swap cards done while riding in the car for 12 hours each way!  But, I still have a crazy couple weeks coming up!  I plan on getting several posts done before I go…but it will be WILD around here!  lol!


Apr 28 2009

WOW!! Thank you!

Oh my gosh!  The Blog Tour was a huge success!  I’ve heard so many of you who thought it was a great idea.  Don’t worry…we’ll be doing it again soon!  I know I had over 2400 visitors and over 150 comments!  Thank you for visiting!  It really gives me some warm and fuzzies to know that you appreciate the time and effort everyone went through to pull this off.  Thanks to Lucia Kaiser and Diane McCornack who organized the Tours…there were only a few speed bumps along the way due to their hours of effort in making sure it ran smoothly!

Now…I know I promised to reveal the winner of the Blog Candy…but I’d really like to read through the comments and enjoy them…if you don’t mind?  I’ll have my hubby pull a number when he gets home from work this evening…so check back!

In the meantime…here is another set I love in the Occasions Mini Catalog…Just Beachy!  It reminds me of my childhood!  My parents had one of those Woody Station Wagons when I was growing up…you know…with the faux wood grain along the side!  For my card, I used the LNS Sketch Challenge (Late Night Stampers) from last week that I didn’t get done in time.  I saved it because it is a cool sketch!

I started with a base of Regal Rose and layered two different patterns from Sweet Always Designer Paper (I actually layered the patterns on Whisper White to give them some stability to hold together).  Then I wrapped the 5/8 Regal Rose ribbon around top to bottom.  I covered the seam between the patterns with 1/2 circles punched from Pumpkin Pie.  I stamped the Woody in Basic Brown and used my Blender Pen and markers to color it in with Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and the surf board in Regal Rose.  I layered this piece on Chocolate Chip.  Finally, I added another loop of Regal Rose ribbon at the top to make a flat bow.  I like it!

Well…I’m off to a dentist appointment today and hopefully I’ll get a chance to stamp this afternoon!  I have some prep to do, too, as soon as my order gets here today!  And…I need to read thru the comments!  Thanks again, everyone…




Apr 27 2009

Blog Tour 1 – Stop 2 and BLOG CANDY!

It’s here!  Today is the day for the Blog Tour.  My stop is Blog Tour 1 – Stop 2! 

I’ll be showing you several examples of the stamp set, Scene in a Garden, from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  In addition, each of my samples includes a greeting from one of the Get Connected promotion stamps on page 208, choose any one selection FREE with a $40 order from the Occasions Mini! 

After you visit my Blog (and leave a comment for BLOG CANDY!), you’ll go on to Stop 3 – Tiffany’s Bauers’ Blog.  I’m sure you’ll be inspired by her awesome work with the stamp set, Very Versatile, from the Occasions Mini!  Tiffany is the current Rising Star…winning that title at the Stampin’ Up! Convention last year.  She will have a link to the next Blog…and on you go!  There are a total of 17 stops in all on this Blog Tour…but the links are only live today!  So don’t wait!  Make sure you check out all the beautiful samples of stamp sets in the Occasions Mini. 

When the tour is over and you circle back here, I know you’ll be anxious to order some of these wonderful sets since you’ll have all these great ideas and you’ll want to receive your choice of the FREE stamp with $40 Mini Occasion purchase!  AND, don’t forget about my Customer Appreciation Special going on until the end of April!  You can own that darling Oval All set FREE!  Email or phone me with your order…I’ll take GOOD care of you!

My first card I used several stamps in the Scene in a Garden set…the bench, the birdhouse, the little bird and the stack of pots!  I stamped them in Basic Brown on Whisper White and colored them with my blender pen and markers.  I roughed up the edges with my Cutter Kit Distressing Tool and layered it on Chocolate Chip cardstock.  The size of the base card is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4.  The brocade paper on the right is from Bella Birds Designer Paper package.  I used so Saffron, Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip pieces of cardstock on the left.  I did some random piercing on the left of the color blocks and the right I did an entire row of piercings.  I added a Designer Flower Brad in each of the blocks (without planning on using those brads, they matched perfectly!)  The greeting is part of the Get Connected promotion…the Note of Thanks Mini Note Kit…FREE with a $40 Occasions Mini Catalog purchase!  I punched it with the Scallop Oval Punch, also available in the Occasions Mini Catalog…I love it!  Finally, I added a small piece of Pink Pirouette striped ribbon looped under the focal piece and curled a couple of the edges of paper.

My next sample uses the trio of mud boots from Scene in a Garden…between it and the birdhouse, I don’t know which stamp I like more in that set! 

I started by cutting the medium oval from Whisper White cardstock and the large oval in Bashful Blue cardstock from the Ovals Bigz Die.  Then I stamped the boots with Basic Black on Whisper White and colored them with Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa and Bashful Blue markers.  I sponged the edges with Bashful Blue and added a little ground underneath the boots.  I layered this onto the Bashful Blue and then free-hand pierced the holes around the perimeter of the Bashful Blue oval.  I used the bright check pattern from Washington Apple Designer Paper and took my colors from it.  I layered it over a strip of So Saffron.  The base card is Riding Hood Red with a layer of Pumpkin Pie over it.  I added some Riding Hood Red striped ribbon.  Finally, I stamped the greeting from the Note of Thanks Mini Note Kit…the other stamp in this kit you can get FREE this month with every $40 purchase from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

My third card was the easiest one to make and probably my favorite one! 

I started with a base of Basic Gray cardstock.  I added a layer of Whisper White.  On top of the Whisper White, I added Not Quite Navy and Kiwi Kiss pieces.  I ran them through the Big Shot with the Texturz Kit #4 wood grain texture.  For the focal piece, I stamped the vase with grasses in Kiwi Kiss, then used my marker to color the vase with Not Quite Navy.  I used the marker and Blender Pen to color the inside of the vase, too.  I layered the Whisper White on Basic Gray cardstock and pierced all along the edges.  Then I inked the Happy Birthday to You greeting (another FREE stamp possibility with a $40 Occasions Mini purchase!) and used my marker to color a couple of the words Not Quite Navy.  I layered that on Basic Gray cardstock, too.  Finally, I placed the small Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Button brad through the Corduroy Button to make a layered button brad and attached that to the Not Quite Navy piece.


So…if you remember…I offered some BLOG CANDY if you left a message on my Blog post today!  Just leave a comment telling me which card YOU like the best and your name will go in a drawing for all three of the cards PLUS your very own Scene in a Garden stamp set!  I’ll take comments until midnight Monday…and choose the random winner on Tuesday morning.  U.S. residents only, please…  GOOD LUCK and don’t forget to check back to see if you won!

Here is Tiffany’s Blog again…for Tour 1 – Stop 3!


Apr 25 2009

Blog Tour – Monday, April 27th!

Reminder to mark April 27th on your calendars! That’s the date when you can hop onto my blog to see examples of projects made with the Occasions Mini Catalog stamp "Scene in a Garden."

But wait, there’s more.

After you browse my examples, you’ll find a link to my friend Tiffany Bauer’s blog. She’ll be showing you how to use the beautiful stamp set "Very Versatile" from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

But wait, there’s even more.

On Tiffany’s blog, you’ll find a link to yet another blog and examples from a different stamp set in the mini!  There will be a banquet of ideas and beautiful projects. There are 20 stops on this tour, and you won’t want to miss a single one. The links will be available only on April 27th, so please don’t miss the bus.

But wait, yes, you guessed it, there’s more.

 Occasions Mini CatalogBecause Stampin’ Up!’s "Getting Connected" promotion will still be running, spend $40 on Occasions Mini Catalog products and choose any one item from the "Under $10" on page 208 in the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog for Free.


On Monday, leave a comment on MY Tour post by 12:00 Midnight EST, and I’ll put your name in a drawing.  The winner will receive ALL the cards I made especially for this Blog Tour!  U.S. residents only, please!

It’s an event not to be missed!  Remember, the links for this tour are only live on Monday, April 27th.  This tour will take you all over the place! Be sure to hop on at my stop and then travel the road laid out for you!

Pack your bags on April 27th! You’re going to love the trip, and you won’t even have to leave your chair.


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Nov 03 2008

Christmas tags

Here are some tag cello packages that I made for the craft fairs this year.  The tag stamp images are from TAC and are adorable!  The scallop image is from Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration set, So Many Scallops.  The "Celebrate the Season" snowflake  image is perfect for the holidays and using on all kinds of packaging!  I stamped it twice, once in Glorious Green and once in Real Red, then punched the center snowflake with the 3/4 circle and layered it onto the green scallop.  Then I punched it all out with the Scallop punch.

The cello bag top is made with the Top Note die, folded lengthwise.  I stapled it shut and added the grosgrain ribbon to hide the staples…then placed the Scallop over it to hold in place.

The Tags, I stamped the images in Basic Black and colored them with Stampin’ Up! markers in Real Red, Glorious Green, Yo Yo Yellow, Only Orange, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, and Close to Cocoa.  I layered them on either Real Red or Glorious Green and used my tag corner punch on the ends.  There are 12 tags to a bag.  Each tag has a ribbon at the top so you can tie it on a package.  YES!  I still have some left…price is $3.95 each plus $1 shipping (US only, please)  SOLD OUT



BLOG SPECIAL:  I also have two Stampin’ Up! So Many Scallops stamps sets, new and unmounted.  The first two $50 or more (before tax and shipping) Stampin’ Up! orders placed either online with me or emailed to me will get one of the sets FREE!  (US residents only, please.)  Offer expires 11/24/08.








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Oct 20 2008

And the Winner is…

I know…you were expecting to see a winner announced last night.  However, we got the chance to go to dinner with some dear friends and the evening got away from me!  But, here is the Winner….HEATHER…COME ON DOWN!  Remember, you do need to be a US resident in order to win this prize.

Heather on 15 Oct 2008 at 11:03 am

Hi Connie, congrats on your publication!!! I love the apothecary jars that you did. What a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas, I always love seeing what you put together.


Send me an EMAIL with your information and I’ll get it out to you.  I’ll send in the form to Paper Crafts Magazine with your information, too!

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This was a blank gift card holder from Stampin’ Up! that I made up for the craft sales.  I had an entire package of last catalog colors (Old Olive, So Saffron and Sahara Sand) that I never used and some of last year’s designer paper.  Now we carry the gift cards in Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red and Kraft colors.  I used a variety of different stamp sets, but I liked the snowman from Merry & Bright the best.  After I took this picture, I did add a little bit of glitter to his body to make him sparkle!  The greeting is from an old hostess set, Warmest Regards…still one of my favorite sets that I won’t part with!  I sold out of these at the first sale, so I made up some more and only have a few of those left!  People really seemed to like them!

Busy week for me…I have a Punch class and some Class Kits to finish.  Plus a couple design team assignments.  I also need to start preparing what I’m going to work on while I’m at a weekend stamping retreat coming up in a couple weeks!  Woohoo!  Happy Monday!



Oct 17 2008

Blogger’s Challenge – Week 69

Uh, oh…I woke up not realizing it was Friday already!  It has been a short week for me with the Columbus Day holiday on Monday.  It’s time for the Blogger’s Challenge already!  This week we needed to use the color combination of Old Olive, Really Rust and Riding Hood Red.

Hmmm, these colors look almost Christmasy to me.  I’ve had this set, Brocade Basics, for a while, but I don’t think I’ve ever inked it up!  Shame on me…  It is a very pretty set! 

And, this didn’t turn out they way I pictured it in my head.  I still think it needs something in the lower left, but anything I tried to put there just didn’t fit right.  So, this will have to do!

I chose to use my Craft Ink pads and Clear EP for the Old Olive stem and Really Rust and Riding Hood Red flowers (well, the Versamark and Classic Ink trick for the Riding Hood Red anyway).  I cut out the flowers and mounted them on the opposite color 1 1/4 circle punch.  In the centers, I punched some Faux Diamond Dust Old Olive cardstock I had in my scraps file.  I love the wide striped ribbon we have in the In-Colors and it wrapped around the base of the stem perfectly.  I scalloped the top edge of the Very Vanilla, which left my Vanilla piece a little short, so I added a strip of Old Olive cardstock at the bottom.  I like that little edge color band!

Have a great weekend!

Don’t forget to leave a comment on my Blog Candy post to win a year’s subscription to Paper Crafts Magazine and the October Issue that has my Rub-on Candle in it!  I’ll be choosing the winner on Sunday at 5 PM.  Sorry, US residents only.


Oct 14 2008


In celebration of being published in Paper Crafts Magazine for the first time, I’m offering YOU some Blog Candy!  I also want to thank you for reading my Blog and for your comments.  I like hearing from you!

This is the candle I submitted to Paper Crafts…aren’t they awesome for sending it back to me?  The Blog Candy does NOT include the candle…sorry.  I picked up several of the candles and holders at the dollar store a couple years ago and they sat in my cupboard.  When Paper Crafts sent out a call for using rub-ons in different ways, I used the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration rub-ons on the candle, wrapped some ribbon around the stand, added some beads from the Pretties kit and sent this in to them.  VERY simple, but makes a pretty impressive gift, I think!

So…for Blog Candy…you will get this October issue of Paper Crafts Magazine AND a 1 year FREE Gift Subscription to Paper Crafts Magazine!  Unfortunately this will be limited to new subscribers only!  (Don’t worry…I have another Blog Candy Award coming up SOON that everyone can participate in!)

So, leave me a comment telling me one thing you’ve seen on my Blog that you really like or one thing that you’d like to see me do with my Blog.  I’ll chose a random number from all the entries.  Please, only one comment per person!  Thanks!  Winner will be drawn Sunday, October 19 at 5:00 PM.


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