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.

 

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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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Jan 09 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Shaker Cards

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It’s Saturday and time for our Create with Connie and Mary Blog Hop!  This week’s theme is Shake Your Booty…all about Shaker Cards!  I know this one will be lots of fun…because Shaker cards are fun, interactive cards, right?  I can’t wait to see what everyone has done with the theme this week!

 

When deciding what to do, my new Blossom Punch Bunch came in on my order.  I immediately thought the smallest blossom would be perfect to use as “confetti” in my shaker card this week!  I also added some Brights Sequins for a little extra “shake” and color!

 

Grateful Bunch
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Basic Black, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of It’s My Party DSP, a large circle was cut with the Circle Framelit.  Along the bottom, the stem in the stamp set, Grateful Bunch was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and watercolored with Mint Macaron Marker and AquaPainter.
  • On the back of the DSP, I added a 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 piece of Window Sheet, then added pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals to form a circle around the opening and trap all the small pieces.
  • I also cut a 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White and adhered it to the front of the Basic Black base card, stamped the Grateful Bunch greeting with Tuxedo Black Ink so that it would appear thru the circle opening.
  • I stamped the smallest flower several times on Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo cardstock with Tuxedo Black Ink and punched with the Blossom Bunch Punch.  They were added in a pile to the center of the circle area, along with some Brights Sequins.
  • The top DSP layer was added over top to make the shaker card.
  • I also stamped the large and middle flower images in Grateful Bunch with Tuxedo Black ink on Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry, punched them out and added them to the bottom of the circle by the stem.
  • A Mint Macaron It’s My Party Enamel Dot was perfect for the center.

Isn’t that fun?  I love the confetti look of the DSP and then the shaker flower bits!

 

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 shaker cards!

 

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Jan 02 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Trim it Down

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Woohoo!  The theme this week for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop is TRIM IT DOWN!  Yes…definitely a FEW ways things need to trim down around here, but specifically this means no more than two layers and one embellishment.

 

I hope my card meets that criteria…after it was done and I was getting ready to post, I had second thoughts!  But, in my mind it does fit the criteria…I don’t count the punches as layers or embellishments.  lol!

 

Going Global
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Night of Navy cardstock was embossed with the World Traveler Embossing Folder.  I placed it on the base at an angle, then trimmed off the excess.
  • The greeting from Going Global stamp set was stamped in the lower right corner with Real Red Ink.
  • The globe from Going Global was stamped with Night of Navy on Whisper White, then punched with the 2″ Circle Punch and layered on the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punched from Real Red Glimmer Paper and adhered to the front.
  • The Love banner from one of the other greetings was stamped with Real Red Ink, the banner cut by hand and layered over the globe with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, two Real Red Candy Dots for embellishments were placed in the upper right corner.

OK…next stop is our Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our January 2016 Mini Session that will be starting soon!  Here are a few details!  Then continue around to Mary’s blog!

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January 2016 collageWe are getting ready for our JANUARY 2016 MINI SESSION with a projects using stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochures!  Get some great ideas for your January, February and Spring classes!  You are going to LOVE these!  And check out the VALENTINE SPECIAL BONUS below!  Here are the details:


* 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!
*Only $8.95 per month!

* All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials)!

*Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month

Sets we are using for the January session:

      • Flowering Fields
      • Botanical Blooms
      • Apple of My Eye
      • First Sight
      • Beautiful RIde

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VALENTINE BONUS PROJECT:  Purchase both the January and February Mini Sessions together for $17.90 US and get this BONUS VALENTINE project immediately using the Balloon Builder Punch and Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set, perfect gift for your hostesses or friends!  You and your customers will LOVE making it!

Sets we will be using for the February Mini Session:

  • What I Love
  • Easter Lamb
  • Balloon Celebration
  • Party Wishes
  • Pyramid Pals

Valentine Bonus Project snippet

JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2016 MINI SESSIONS,
plus BONUS VALENTINE project

$17.90 US

Check out Create with Connie and Mary for more details!

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Nov 21 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Gold and White

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Oh my…what a busy few days it has been!  It is already time for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  Our theme this week is Gold and White Christmas cards!  I went SUPER easy with this one, but the Gold Metallic Foil Cardstock just makes it shine!  And I could NOT get a good picture!  You probably just came from Deb Currier’s blog and her fancy card!

 

Flurry of Wishes
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White cardstock.
  • A 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Black is on top.
  • The Gold Metallic Foil Cardstock is cut 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 and stamped with the largest snowflake in Black Stazon and the greeting in Black Stazon.
  • The middle snowflake was stamped with Versamark on Whisper White, then embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and punched with the Flower Medallion Punch.
  • The smaller snowflake was stamped on Gold Metallic Paper with Versamark and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder, then punched with the Snow Flurry Punch.
  • The layers of snowflakes are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • In the center is a Perfect White Accent.

Yep!  That’s it!  SUPER easy and lovely GOLD!  OK…next stop is our Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our November AND December Mini Sessions!  We’ll be using some new sets in the Occasions Catalog for our December one!  Check out the details there!

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