Aug 19 2016

Aug 2016 Tour De Freaks!

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Hi everyone!  It’s time for the monthly Tour de Freaks!  This month our theme is ANYTHING previewed from the new Holiday Catalog!  So, you should get LOTS of new ideas using these Holiday products!  I know I’m excited to see them!  You’ve probably just come from Melissa Davies’ blog…love her style, don’t you?  If you have arrived prior to August 20th, not all links may be working yet!

 

So…of course, my first choice for products in the Holiday Catalog is always the Halloween sets!  I promised myself I only needed one or two new Halloween sets…but you know how that goes.  Halloween Cookie Cutter is just SO darling…and love that it coordinates with a new punch AND has another coordinating Christmas set!  More bang for your buck!  So, here’s a little ensemble I came up with for Halloween decorating and card sending!

 

August 2016 Halloween Cookie Cutter
 

Here’s a closeup of a little table decoration…or add a string and make it a banner!

 

August 2016 Halloween Cookie Cutter Table Decoration
A few details:

  • The base is 3-1/2 x 10, scored at 2-1/2, 5, 7-1/2 to make the panels.  I folded it up and cut the top with the largest Layering Scallop Oval (you have to run it thru several times to cut thru all the layers, do it on one side, then flip and do the other side).
  • The spider web design in the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper has a metallic shine to it.  (I can’t believe I cut into it…I usually hoard those specialty sheets!  lol!)  Four panels were cut 2-1/4 x 2-3/4 and added to the front.
  • BOO was cut from the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper with the Large Letter Framelits and adhered to three panels.
  • The Dracula, Mummy and Skeleton were stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White, punched with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and colored with Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Markers.
  • The Skeleton also has a bow tie punched from the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper.
  • The Bats were stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and hand cut.
  • All of the figures were added to the table decoration with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A double bow was tied from the Pumpkin Pie/Basic Black Baker’s Twine and added to the first panel with Mini Glue Dots.

 

Next up is a matching card:

 

August 2016 Halloween Cookie Cutter Card
 

Details are pretty much the same:

  • Base card is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pumpkin Pie, folded in half.
  • 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Halloween Night Specialty DSP on top.
  • BOO cut with Large Letter Framelits from Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper
  • Mummy was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and punched out, holding the little candy bag colored with Markers.

 

OK…that’s it for me!  Next up is Amy Koenders!  I always ADORE her work!  Then continue around the blog hop until you’re back to me to complete the circle!

 

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May 14 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Color Me Happy

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It’s Saturday and you know what that means!!! It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop! This week’s theme is Color Me Happy…there are many, many selections of stamps to color in the catalogs!

 

Birthday Blooms
I REALLY, REALLY love to color…when I was small, the best gift you could give me was a new coloring book and crayons!  They had to be SHARP, NEW crayons, too!  I miss Stampin’ Up!’s Blendabilities…hoping they come out with something like them SOON!

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper.
  • Across the front is a 3/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Peekaboo Peach cardstock, stamped with the For You greeting in Birthday Blooms with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
  • The large blossom from Birthday Blooms was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White, then colored with the AquaPainter and Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron and Pear Pizzazz Markers.
  • The blossom was cut out and adhered to a 4th from Largest Circle Framelit cut from Whisper White.  The circle is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The blossom was highlighted with some Clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.
  • Several Neutral Silver sequins were sprinkled around on the front.

 

OK…next up is our Create with Connie and Mary website where you can find out more about our NEW May 2016 Mini Session using products from the PREORDER Catalog Items…or get a FREE tutorial by signing up for both May AND June! Check out the details over there! Or head backwards to see Melissa’s card for the day!

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May 2016 Mini Session CollageWoohoo!  We opened the May 2016 MINI SESSION earlier than expected.  It’s not too late to join!  It is only $8.95 US and the Design Team is using products and stamp sets from the NEW Catalog PREORDER items

* Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets, each with 4 cards and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!

Sign up for both May and June for only $17.90 US and we have a BONUS Preorder project for you designed by me! Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!

 

 

 


May 07 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – For the Ladies

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It’s Saturday and you know what that means!!!  It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop!  This week’s theme is For That Special Lady…can be a mom, sister, or special friend!  We all need ideas for these wonderful ladies in our lives!  I was fortunate to spend last weekend at a stamping retreat to two of my most special friends that live FAR away from me now!

 

Another wonderful woman in my life is my mother!  I thought I’d share my the Mother’s Day card I made for her using Circle of Spring stamp set.  Of course, I snuck in TWO of the new In Colors, Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach!  I love them combined.

 

Circle of Spring
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Sweet Sugarplum, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • Along the left side is a strip of Playful Palette Washi Tape in the striped pattern.
  • The Circle of Spring wreath was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum and Pear Pizzazz Markers.  It was cut with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.
  • My Amazing Mother from Greatest Greetings (made it in the new catalog!) was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on a strip of Sweet Sugarplum and cut with a flag end.
  • Peekaboo Peach cardstock was punched with the Bow Builder punch twice, then assembled into a bow for the front with Mini Glue Dots.
  • A little sparkle with some random Rhinestones puts on the finishing touch!

 

I can’t wait to give this to my mom on Sunday!  OK…next up is our Create with Connie and Mary website where you can find out more about our NEW May 2016 Mini Session using products from the PREORDER Catalog Items…or get a FREE tutorial by signing up for both May AND June!  Check out the details over there!  Or head backwards to see Melissa’s card for the day!

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Love & Affection clipComing Soon!  The May 2016 MINI SESSION is only $8.95 US and we’re using products and stamp sets using the NEW Catalog PREORDER items Opens on May 18th to give our Design Team a little extra time for designing with the new products.

* Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets, each with 4 cards and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!

Sign up for both May and June for only $17.90 US and we have a BONUS Preorder project (see photo!) for you designed by me!  Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!

 

 

 


Apr 19 2016

Control Freaks April 2016 Blog Hop

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It’s time for our monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Stampers!  I loved seeing some of the members in person at On Stage this past week! Welcome to our April Blog Hop!  Whether you started here, or have just come from Dawn Olchefske’s blog, I’m sure you’ll find lots of inspiration!  Continue on around until you get back here to complete the tour.

 

The theme this month is Ladies and Gentlemen cards.  My thoughts went to taking one set and making both a feminine and masculine card version using it!  So here’s what I came up with!

 

April 2016 Botanical Blooms
 

Here are the details for the masculine version first:

April 2016 Botanical Blooms His
 

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Mossy Meadow cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • Next is the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper, cut with the Circles Framelit so the Whisper White shows through.
  • The greeting from Suite Sayings is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black inside the opening.
  • The leaves from the Botanical Builder Framelits were cut from Crumb Cake Cardstock, stamped with the leaf veins from Botanical Blooms Stamp Set in Mossy Meadow Ink, then sponged around the edges with Mossy Meadow Ink.  They are popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A Basic Black Neutrals Button is tied with Linen Thread and added to the leaves.

 

Next up is the feminine version:

April 2016 Botanical Blooms Hers
 

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Blushing Bride Cardstock folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • The 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper is cut with the Circle Framelit so the Whisper White shows through.
  • The greeting from Suite Sayings is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink inside the opening.
  • The large flower is cut with the Botanicals Builder Framelits and Blushing Bride Cardstock, the inside flower with Whisper White and the center from Hello Honey cardstock.  Two small flowers were cut from Hello Honey along side the larger flower.  The fern leaves were cut from Mint Macaron cardstock.  They were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Glue Dots.
  • A Rich Regals Candy Dot was placed in the center of the larger flower and Pearls for the smaller flowers.

 

OK…that’s it for me!  Time to move on to the next stop on the blog tour, the fabulous Melissa Stout!  I’m sure you’ll love her projects!  Then continue on around the tour!

 

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Apr 02 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Lost Lagoon

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It’s Saturday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Hop!  This month we’ll be featuring the retiring In Colors…I love all of them, don’t you?  SOOOO sad to see them go!  Make sure you stock up now!  First in the lineup is Lost Lagoon!  My mind immediately thought of the Helping Me Grow stamp set and the pretty flowers in it…I’m thinking these are bluebonnets?  Some day I’d like to be in Texas when the fields of these are blooming!

 

Helping Me Grow
Here are 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, the flowers and 25 cent images were stamped towards the left side with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  They were watercolored with Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers and an AquaPainter.
  • A strip of In Color Washi Tape was added to the right side.
  • The label and greeting were stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Lost Lagoon cardstock and cut with the Rose Wonder Label Framelit, then popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A 3″ strip of Silver 1/8″ Ribbon was folded in half and tucked under the label.  A trio of Rhinestones were also added to the bottom of the label.

 

April 2016 CollageOK…now continue on the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop to find out more details about our April Mini Session with 5 great projects for only $8.95…then on to Mary Brown’s Blog to see her card and continue the tour or go backwards to Melissa’s blog.

 

 

 

 

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Mar 12 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Easter Favors

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It’s time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  Our theme is Easter Favors this week!  I can’t wait to see all the ideas!

 

I decided to use the Friends & Flowers Stamp set to make a cute little bunny for the front of my favor!

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  • The Blushing Bride base is 2 x 11, scored at 1/2, 5-1/2 and 5-7/8″
  • On top is a 1-7/8 x 5-3/8″ piece of Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper.
  • The face and ears from Friends & Flowers were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White and punched with the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch and Festive Flower Builder Punch.  The body was punched with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch and the tail with the Blossom Bunch Punch from Whisper White cardstock.
  • The ears and checks were colored with the Blushing Bride Marker.
  • Happy Easter from Circle of Spring stamp set was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink in the center.
  • A bow was tied with the Mint Macaron/Black Baker’s Twine and added to the ear with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • The bunny was added to the front of a Lots of Label Framelit cut from Birthday Bouquet DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added to the front of the base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • To hold the favor closed, the medium flower from Blossom Bunch Punch was punched from Blushing Bride and the small flower from Mint Macaron cardstock, adhered together with Mini Glue Dots and added to the Mini Clothespin with Mini Glue Dots.

Here’s the inside.  I found some of these chocolate crisp bunnies at the Dollar Tree Store…3 for $1 and they fit perfectly inside!  I used a couple Mini Glue Dots to hold in place!

 

Friends & Flowers 3 inside
 

March 2016 Collage smallOK…isn’t that just the CUTEST???  Love it!  Now continue onto to the Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our March and April Mini Sessions…we just opened March yesterday!  Don’t miss out on all these GREAT ideas for only $8.95 per month!  Here’s a sneak peek for March!  After that, you’ll continue to Mary Brown’s blog, or back to Melissa Davies’ blog!

 

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Mar 05 2016

Saturday Blog Hop – Easter

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Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  Our theme this week is Easter cards!  How fun!  It will be here before you know it!  I used Friends & Flowers and Layered Letters stamp sets again for my Easter Peeps card this week!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 So Saffron folded in half.
  • A 1-1/2 x 5-1/4 piece of Wildflower Fields designer paper (SAB) is adhered to the bottom of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • The peeps heads and ears from Friends & Flowers were stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Pink Pirouette, Pool Party and So Saffron, then punched with the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch and Festive Flower Punch.  The bodies were punched with the 1-3/4″ Circle punch.  They were adhered on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The ears and checks were highlighted with the Clear Wink of Stella brush.
  • PEEPS was spelled out with the Layered Letters Alphabet Set in Pink Pirouette, Pool Party and So Saffron Inks, then Happy Easter from the Easter Lamb was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on a 2″ wide piece of Whisper White, then punched with the Triple Banner Punch.  It is adhered on the front under the heads with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

March 2016 Collage

OK…continue around to our Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about the NEW March Mini Session and SPRING BONUS, then on to Mary’s blog for her Easter Card or backwards to see Melissa’s blog!

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 06 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Love

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Hello!  Happy Saturday!  Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Hop!  We are getting ready to launch our Create with Connie and Mary February Mini Session…have you signed up yet?  If not, here is some information and a sneak peek for you!  You can sign up over on Create with Connie and Mary…or on my blog sidebar!

  • Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets (each with 4 cards) and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!
  • All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all the projects and tutorials.
  • Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month.
  • Sets we are using for the February session:
    • What I Love
    • Easter Lamb
    • Balloon Celebrations
    • Party Wishes
    • Playful Pals

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The theme this week on our Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop is Love is in the Air!  It’s that time of year!  While I could have used the traditional Valentine set in the Occasions Catalog, Bloomin’ Love…I thought I’d use another one of the sets that you may not think of for Valentine’s Day cards…Bear Hugs!

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Rose Red, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, the 1 x 5-1/4 strip of Rose Red Hearts in the Love Blossoms Designer Paper Stack was placed down the left side.
  • Across is a 2 x 3-1/4 coordinating pattern in Love Blossoms DSP.
  • A 2″ punched circle of Rose Red was placed over the DSP.
  • The small bear was stamped with Early Espresso on Whisper White, then watercolored with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Markers.  It was cut with the Bear Hugs Framelits and popped up on the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Three hearts were cut for the balloons from Crumb Cake, DSP and one stamped with Rose Red on Whisper White, then cut with the Framelits.  They were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Strings were hand-drawn with a Early Espresso Marker.
  • The bow-tie was cut from DSP and Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper…one for the bear’s head and one for the balloons!
  • Finally, an It’s My Party Enamel Dot was put in the center of the bow-tie on her head.

 

OK…that’s it for me…continue on around the blog by checking out the details of our February Mini Session on Create with Connie and Mary and sign up while you are there…then continue on around to Mary Brown’s blog to complete the blog hop (or go backwards to Melissa’s blog)!  Enjoy the “Love is in the Air” ideas!

 

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Jan 23 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Lions Tigers and Bears

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LOVE the theme this week…Lions and Tigers and Bears…oh my!  But, our design team can use ANY animal image that Stampin’ Up! makes!  Our Create with Connie and Mary Design Team had SO much fun with theme!

 

I knew right away I wanted to use Bear Hugs…one of the stamp sets I’m using in an upcoming Mini Session!  I had an idea of making different types of bears!  So…here’s my version of a brown bear, a panda bear and a polar bear…all together to celebrate a birthday!

 

Bear Hugs
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Gray cardstock.
  • On top of that is a 3-3/4 x 5 layer of the Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper, Perfectly Artistic…it has sort of a “sky” look to it.  Along the bottom is a 1 x 5 piece off Pear Pizzazz and 1/8″ Silver Ribbon wrapped around and secured in the back.
  • For the brown bear, I stamped with Black Archival Ink on Whisper White and watercolored with Chocolate Chip Marker. The nose and ears I used the Crumb Cake Marker.
  • For the panda bear, I inked up the ears, arms, legs and around the eyes, nose and chest with a Basic Black Marker and stamped on Whisper White
  • For the polar bear, I inked up the edges with Smoky Slate Marker and the nose, eyes and mouth with Basic Black marker then stamped on Whisper White.
  • They were all cut with the Bear Hugs Framelits and added to the “ground” with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The greeting from Suite Sayings was stamped with Basic Black in the upper right corner.
  • The Banner was punched from Pear Pizzazz and added to the left top corner with a Perfect White Accent in the center.

Ok…what do you think?  Like my bears?  I have a couple more cards using them coming up to show you, too!  I made several when I was playing around with them!  Next up is my good friend, Mary Brown…or go back to see what Melissa Davies has done!

 

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Jan 16 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Very Vellum

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Another Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week’s theme is Very Vellum…different ways to use Vellum on our cards, either printed or plain.

 

OK…I’ll admit.  I rarely use vellum.  I feel awkward using it!  Isn’t that weird?  I really don’t know why, but I just don’t pull it out of my stash, even the pretty printed ones like this Botanical Gardens Designer Paper Stack you can get for FREE with your Sale-A-Bration selection!  Don’t get me wrong, I love what OTHERS do with it…just not me so much!  So, my first card I decided I really didn’t like that much and I ended up starting over and made this one that I like MUCH better!

 

Suite Sayings
It’s super easy…here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper.
  • On top of that is the small floral print in the Botanical Gardens Vellum Stack, adhered with Mini Glue Dots in the corners.
  • Across the front is the reverse Mint Macaron dotted print cut 1-1/4 x 4 with a 1/4 x 4 strip of Blushing Bride cardstock added along the top portion.
  • The greeting from Suite Sayings was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White, then cut with the Oval Framelits and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The flower was cut out of a scrap piece of Designer Paper and adhered with a Stampin’ Dimensional next to the oval.
  • Two Itty Bitty flowers were bunched from Blushing Bride and added next to the flower.
  • The yellow It’s My Party Enamel Dots were added to the centers for a pop of color!

 

You like?  I do!  Make sure to continue around the Blog Hop to see what the other Design Team members did with this challenge…I’m sure they are all FABULOUS…and they probably didn’t have any issues with vellum at all!  lol!

 

OK…You can go backwards to Melissa Davies blog, but make sure to go forward to check out our Create with Connie and Mary website to see all about our January Mini Session AND the fabulous Valentine Bonus Project…then continue on around the Blog Hop to Mary Brown’s blog for more inspiration on cards with vellum!

 

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