May 23 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Decorative Masks

SatHopWelcomeIt’s time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop!  This month our theme is techniques.  Nicole Tugrul selected Decorative Masks (stencils) or Inked Embossing Folders for this week’s technique.

You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s blog, didn’t you love her card?

 

Oh My Goodies

I used the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks, well the stars, for my card this week!  I combined it with the Oh My Goodies stamp set…it was the first time I inked that set up!  I also used the Yellow Citrus Chalk Ink Pad, it made inking up the stencil VERY easy!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Daffodil Delight, folded in half for base card.
  • On top is a layer of 4 x 5-1/4 of Basic Black.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White, ink the Stars thru the Decorative Mask with the Yellow Citrus Ink Pad and a sponge dauber.
  • Adhere the Stacked with Love Washi Tape across the front of the card, then add 3/4 wide strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock, cut with a flag end.  Then add a 1-1/2 strip of All Abloom Paper Stack, cut with a flag end.
  • On a scrap piece of Whisper White, the Oh My Goodies image was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink, cut with the Deco Label Framelit.  Then it was stamped again on Daffodil Delight cardstock with the center “umpteenth” cut out and placed over the Whisper White one.
  • Two Rhinestone jewels were added along the side of “umpteenth” and the Deco Label was popped up on the front with with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

OK…continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Tour to see what Mary Brown’s card looks like!

 

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May 16 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Punch Art

SatHopWelcomeOK…time for another Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Hop! This month our theme is techniques. It was my turn and I selected Punch Art for this week’s technique.

You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s blog, didn’t you love her card?

Here’s mine!  I’ve been wanting to do a guitar using punch art!  I’ve seen a few examples, but here is my take on it!

 

Be The Star Guitar

Fun, isn’t it?  Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Cherry Cobbler folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Black.
  • On top of that, the 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 layer of Smoky Slate was stamped with the Be The Star stamp set stars in Smoky Slate diagonally across the front.
  • A Crushed Curry star was cut with the Star Framelits and stamped with the Rock Star greeting in the same stamp set.
  • The guitar was made by punching the Owl Punch from Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The neck of the guitar is a long rectangle of Basic Gray.  The hole in the guitar is a 1/2″ Circle punch of Basic Black, with a little rectangle piece to hold the “strings”.
  • At the top of the neck are two Owl Punch hearts adhered sideways.
  • A White Gel Pen and ruler made the “strings” on the guitar.  Then the guitar is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, I added some In Color Confetti red stars to the front for sparkler.

That’s it for me!  OK…continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Tour to see what Mary Brown’s card looks like!

 

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May 09 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Big On You

SatHopWelcomeContinuing on with our theme of techniques for our Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Hop, Debbie Henderson selected watercolor backgrounds for our topic this week!  I had a LOT of fun with this one!  You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her card, don’t you?

 

When getting ready to design my card, I knew I wanted to use Stampin’ Up!’s Big On You stamp set as the focal element.  I thought it would be perfect with the watercolor background!

 

Big On You

Here are the details:

  •  The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Tangelo Twist cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Black cardstock.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 3-3/4 layer of Watercolor Paper, the larger swash from Work of Art was stamped in Daffodil Delight, Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo, then spritzed with water until the colors ran.
  • After it dried, I stamped the Big On You greeting with Versamark and embossed with Black Embossing Powder so it POPPED off the background colors!  It was adhered to the right side of the Basic Black.  On the left is a 1-1/4 x 3-3/4 piece of Sweet Taffy Designer Paper.  A piece of Tangelo Twist Ribbon hides the seam and is secured in the back.
  • The Pansy Punch was used on Daffodil Delight and layered with a Petite Petals Punch of Tangelo Twist and the Itty Bitty Accents Flower of Melon Mambo.  A pearl in the center finished it off.  The Pansy Punch was used again on Old Olive cardstock and cut into pieces for the leaves.

I love how bright and cheerful this card is, don’t you?  Make sure to continue around the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop to see the rest of the watercolor background ideas!  Mary Brown is up next!

 

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May 02 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – By The Tide

SatHopWelcomeNow that the Create with Connie and Mary Card “Create”tions Celebrations session is over, we are back to our regular Design Team Blog Hops!  This month our theme is techniques.  Mary selected Bokeh backgrounds for this week’s technique.  Bokeh means unfocused and is frequently used as a photography term.  I have been wanting to try it for some time and this was the perfect opportunity!

You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s blog, didn’t you love her card?

 

By The Tide
The colors I used leaned towards sea water, so I used By The Tide for my stamp set.  Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Bermuda Bay, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, the sea fan from By The Tide was stamped with Mossy Meadow ink in the lower right corner.
  • The 3-3/4 x 3-3/4 piece of Whisper White was colored with Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay and Wild Wasabi, then the circle template was used with White Craft Ink on top.
  • The two background fish were stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on the Bokeh background and it was placed on the front of the base card.
  • Pear Pizzazz 1/8″ Ribbon was wrapped around to the back of the Whisper White and adhered.
  • The foreground fish was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on scrap Whisper White, then colored with Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake inks, then cut out and placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I used a White Gel Pen to add a dot to the eyes.
  • The greeting Best Dad Ever from And Many More was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink.
  • Finally, three Bermuda Bay sequins were added to the Bokeh background piece for some extra bling.

OK…continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Tour to see what Mary Brown’s Bokeh card looks like!

 

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Apr 25 2015

Week 3 Blog Hop: Mother’s Love

CardCreateCeleBlogHopWelcomeWow!  We’ve come to the end of Create with Connie and Mary Card “Create”tions Celebrations already!  These three weeks have definitely gone by FAST!  To celebrate the end of Week 3, we are doing another Design Team Blog Hop with favors that match the stamp set we used this week.  AND…because the Stampin’ Up! retired list is out and we are done with our session, we’ve decided to go ahead and share the names of ALL the stamp sets we’ve used this session!  We’ve listed them over on Create with Connie and Mary…your next stop on this blog hop!  If you haven’t signed up, it’s not too late…and you’ll know exactly what sets we used AND be able to download all the tutorials at once to help you with your classes this month, to make gifts, or just be creative!

 

You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s blog…isn’t her favor SO fun?  Love it!

 

So…I used Mother’s Love for my card set this week.  I thought that a “purse” of cards for mom would be the perfect gift or favor, don’t you?  The set of 4 cards I made for Card “Create”tions Celebrations subscribers coordinate perfectly in this purse…and you could fit envelopes, too!  (It probably would hold 6 plus envelopes easily!)  I love the greetings in this Mother’s Love set…my daughter-in-law’s will be getting cards using this set since they both are now moms!

 

Week 3 Mother's Love Purse with cards
Now…I’m sure you want to know how to make this, so I’ve included a few instructions…did that make your day?

  • Cut one piece of DSP to 7 x 11, with 11″ at top of Simply Score Tool, score at 4-1/2 & 6-1/2.  Cut two pieces of DSP to 2 x 6, score at 3/4 and 5-3/8 on each.
  • With 7″ at top of large piece and using a pencil, make a tick mark at 1-1/4 & 5-3/4 on both ends.  Score from the tick mark to the first score line, repeat on other side to form a triangle as shown.  Fold on all score lines.

Purse Step 1
Adhere the 3/4″ tab on the side pieces to the base as shown.

 

Purse Step 2

  • Fold in angled sides.  Adhere sides pieces to tabs along the scored seams.  Fold the top tab over inside the purse to help hold the sides in place.

 

Purse Step 3

  • Decorate and embellish as desired.  I used the Deco Label Framelit for the purse “latch”.  The handle is 1 x 11 Old Olive, the trim is 1/2 x 11 Old Olive (needed two pieces).

 

Week 3 Mother's Love Purse
So…next up is the Create with Connie and Mary website (to sign up if you haven’t!) and then continue around to Mary Brown’s project and the rest of the Design Team!

 

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Apr 22 2015

Grand Vacation Hawaii Blog Hop

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ALOHA!!!  So excited that 30 of us going on the Stampin’ Up! Hawaii Incentive trip are participating in a BLOG HOP!!!  Our theme is Hawaiian…can’t wait to see all the ideas!  You’ve probably just come from Barb Mullikin’s blog!  Love her project!

 

When thinking about what to do, I realized that I really don’t have any current Hawaiian-looking stamps.  Of course, I could do flowers, but wanted a little something different.  So, besides flowers…what is Hawaii known for?  How about PINEAPPLES!  No sets with pineapples, but I could do something with punches!  Here’s my Hawaiian theme using pineapples…a card and matching little favor.

 

For the card I used the Perfect Print Alphabet Dies to spell out Aloha, cut from Garden Green cardstock.  The five pineapples were punched with the Extra Large Oval from Hello Honey In Color Backgrounds Designer Paper!  I thought the pattern in the DSP worked great!  I sponged Hello Honey around the edges.  The tops were stamped with the small flower in Flower Patch with Garden Green Ink and cut out.  The Petite Petals flowers were punched from Tangelo Twist cardstock and the centers from Crushed Curry cardstock.  Garden Green Candy Dots were placed in the centers.  Here’s a closeup of the card:

Then I made a Fry Box cut from Garden Green cardstock.  I used another pineapple and flower punch art on the front and added some White Bakers Twine.  Hello was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on a strip of Whisper White across the front of the Fry Box and is from A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set.  I filled a cello bag with Tropical Trail Mix…yummy!  It is tied closed with 1/8″ Gold Ribbon.  Here’s a closeup:

I hope you think they are as super cute as I do!  Next up on the blog hop is Alison Solven!  I’m sure you will love her project, too!

 

 

 

 


Apr 19 2015

April Blog Tour: Petal Potpourri

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It’s time for the Control Freaks “Tour de Freaks” Blog Hop!  This month’s theme is “Time to Celebrate”!  We have lots of things coming up to celebrate…graduations, end of the school year, Mother’s Day, and of course birthdays!  You’ve probably just come from Debbie Henderson’s blog, weren’t her projects fun?

 

Well, I love Petal Potpourri and decided to use it for my projects this month!  I made a little favor box and card to match!  Here’s the card:

April 2015 Petal Potpourri
And here is the little favor box made with the Party Pennants Die.  I  promised the tutorial…here you go:

Petal Potpourri Favor Box Tutorial

 

Petal Potpourri Favor Box
Aren’t they SOOOO cute?  Love the colors and I’m sad that Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding will be retired soon.  The background is stamped tone-on-tone with Crisp Cantaloupe Ink and the outline flower.  The Calypso Coral Flower is set off against the Garden Green Flower Medallion punched piece and Gold Soiree Designer Specialty Paper!  The center is Pistachio Pudding punched with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, then the circle stamped with Gold Metallic Ink.  Add a little 1/8″ Gold Ribbon for the finishing touch on the card and cello bag holding the candy!  The beautiful script greeting is from Stampin’ Up!’s Lovely Amazing You stamp set!

 

OK…next stop is Justin Krieger and his fabulous projects, then continue around on the tour!

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Apr 18 2015

Week 2 Blog Hop: YeeHaw

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Wow!  We are just finishing up Week 2 and the Design Team from Create with Connie and Mary Card “Create”tions Celebrations are showing off the stamp sets we used this past week with a BLOG HOP!!!  We’ve done a little favor to match!  Come take the tour and see what the designers have come up with. (Of course, you can only see the actual card set projects if you are a subscriber!) You probably have just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her little project, don’t you?

 

This week I used the stamp set Yee-Haw for my card set.  It’s one of the exclusive Photopolymer sets that Stampin’ Up! has introduced online, so you won’t find it in the catalog.  But, if you don’t have this stamp set, you could just copy the layouts I used!  Isn’t that great?  Of course, that is true with ALL of the card sets our designers are doing…just change them out with images you DO have!

 

Once again I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlet this week.  I didn’t intend to, but Mary used my other idea last week on her favor!  lol!

 

Week 2 YeeHaw Shirt Favor
So…I thought I’d turn the Mini Treat Bag into a Western style shirt for the “new sheriff in town”!   lol!  Doesn’t it fit the Yee-Haw theme?  A little bag of M&Ms fits perfectly inside!

 

Here are the details.

  • The base of the Mini Treat Bag Thinlet was cut from Night of Navy cardstock.  Adhere the two pieces of the bag together, but leave it open so it can be worked on easily.
  • Cut some red check pattern from Maritime Designer Paper to 3-1/2 x 3-3/4.  Finding the center at the bottom edge, punch the Large Oval Punch, then punched it again on the right and left of the center punch to create the points on the western shirt.
  • Stamp the little asterisks image randomly over the red check pattern with Night of Navy ink, then adhere it to the center portion of the bag.
  • At the top of the bag, cut down from the center portion approx. 1″, then cut from the side score lines to that center point to make the diagonal cut lines of the shirt collar (like a banner cut).
  • Cut two 1 x 2″ of Whisper White and hand-cut diagonally to form the points of the collar (note:  cut at the same time to make them symmetrical.)  Add Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker “stitches” along the edges.
  • Also cut a 1/2 x 4-1/2 strip of Whisper White and make the stitches along each side, then adhere it down the center and added the collar points on top.  Trim off excess at bottom.
  • Pierce holes for the Candy Dot Bases in the shirt placket and on the points of the shirt, then add the Night of Navy Candy Dots on top.
  • Finish adhering the bag together.
  • Stamp the badge from Yee-Haw with Night of Navy Ink on Crushed Curry cardstock and cut out.  Stamp it again with Night of Navy on Whisper White and cut out the center banner.  Stamp Sheriff with Real Red Ink on the banner and adhere on Crushed Curry badge.  Add badge to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Isn’t this a FUN favor for a Western party?  Too cute!  And…you know you want the coordinating card designs, right?  So…get more information and sign up at Create with Connie and Mary!  Then continue around the rest of the blog tour from there!

 

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Apr 11 2015

Week 1 Blog Hop: Simply Sports

CardCreateCeleBlogHopWelcomeWOOHOO! The Design Team from Create with Connie and Mary Card “Create”tions Celebrations are showing off the stamp sets we used this past week with a BLOG HOP!!!  We’ve done a little favor to match!  Come take the tour and see what the designers have come up with. (Of course, you can only see the actual card set projects if you are a subscriber!) You probably have just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her little project, don’t you?  Before you take the tour, here is some information about our Card “Create”tions Celebrations session:

We are just getting started over on Create with Connie and Mary  Card “Create”tions Celebrations edition!  It’s all about CARDS!  We know so many of you LOVE these editions!  We will use 18 different sets in the Annual and Occasions Catalogs and feature 4 cards in a set using them!  That’s over 72 card ideas…for only $19.95 US!  Kick off the end of the Stampin’ Up! year with these ideas for your classes and stamp camps (but, of course, you don’t need to be a demo to join!)  See more details over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

This week I used the stamp set Simply Sports for my card set.  But, if you don’t have this stamp set, you could use any image that would fit within the circle!  Just copy the layouts I used!  Isn’t that great?  Of course, that is true with ALL of the card sets our designers are doing…just change them out with images you DO have!

 

This favor is a combination of the Mini Treat Bag Thinlet turned into a box, PLUS a slider!  See what I mean?

 

Week 1 Simply Sports Favor

And here it is with the candy slider pulled out by the ribbon!  Isn’t that fun?  As you pull the ribbon up, the candy box comes up, too!

 

Week 1 Simply Sports Favor Slider

Here are the details:

  • I cut the Mini Treat Bag from Basic Black cardstock.  I adhered it closed as normal, except I cut off the bottom tab.
  • I scored the sides 1/2″ from each side and the bottom 1/2″.  Slit up the score lines at the bottom in each corner to make tabs, then open up the Mini Treat Bag and secure the bottom with Sticky Strip to the tabs.
  • The front was decorated with the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Pumpkin Pie Brights Backgrounds Designer Paper Stack, cut on a diagonal.
  • I added some Stacked with Love Washi Tape along the left side and punched some Chevron punches from Basic Black cardstock for the bottom right side.
  • The basketball image from Simply Sports was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White and cut with the 4th from the smallest Circle Framelit.  It was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Go Team from Simply Sports was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Pumpkin Pie cardstock and cut out, then adhered to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two 1/4″ circles were punched at the top front and back of the Mini Treat Bag, then the ribbon fitted around the candy (decorated with DSP), and pulled thru the holes from the inside out, then tied with White Bakers Twine tied in a bow.

 

Isn’t that sweet?  I was really happy with how it turned out…and how it looks with the card set (remember, only our subscribers can see our card sets…so go sign up!)

 

You can find out more details over at the Create with Connie and Mary website which is your next stop, then continue around the tour until you see all the Design Team favors!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Mar 28 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Nature’s Perfection

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Wow…can you believe it is almost the END of Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration?  It is such a great time of year to pick up FREE product with a purchase!  We had lots of great sets to use, too!  Originally, the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team was going to focus on Big Day stamp set for this Saturday’s Blog Hop, but then Stampin’ Up! added Nature’s Perfection and For Being You stamp sets to our free selections…so this week our Design Team had the choice of what set to use on their card!  You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s Blog…love her For Being You card!

 

Sometimes a card just doesn’t seem finished and how it looked in my head, and I can keep adding and adding until I’m happy.  Well, this card ended up using MUCH more product than I normally do on a card!  But…it does feature several of the SAB products, so I’m ok with it!  I really do love how soft and delicate it turned out!

 

Nature's Perfection
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Blushing Bride, folded in half.
  • A 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White layer was stamped with the stem in Nature’s Perfection twice on the left side with Sahara Sand Ink (allow room for the DSP).  The tips of the flowers were colored with the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • A 1 3/4 x 4 piece of Irresistibly Yours Designer Paper was colored with a sponge dauber and Blushing Bride Ink, then adhered to the bottom of the Whisper White layer.
  • The 7/8″ Scallop Circle was punched from Sahara Sand and the petals cut to resemble a flower, then the Blushing Bride Artisan Embellishment flower was placed in the center with Mini Glue Dots, then added to the front of the card under the stems.
  • The frame from the hostess set, Because You Care, was stamped with Blushing Bride, then the Happy Birthday greeting stamped inside with Sahara Sand.  It was cut with the Chalk Talk Framelit which fits perfectly around the frame.  That was popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally the butterfly from Nature’s Perfection was stamped with Sahara Sand on Blushing Bride cardstock, then punched with the Butterfly Punch and placed on the frame with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  Pearls were added for the body.

Well, I hope this gave you a good idea for the Nature’s Perfection stamp set!  I love the flower in it, but wanted to feature one of the other stamp images in it!

 

Over on Create with Connie and Mary, we’re getting ready to start our new Card “Create”tions Celebrations!  It’s a CARDS ONLY session featuring stamps and products in the Annual and Occasions Catalogs to help you finish off the Stampin’ Up! year!  Go check out the details of our new session on Create with Connie and Mary, then continue onto the rest of the blog hop from there!

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