Aug 26 2015

August Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop

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Woohoo!  It’s time for the Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop!  I’m so excited to see what the other achievers have come up with this month because we are showing off projects from the new HOLIDAY CATALOG!!!  Are you as excited about this catalog as I am?  Lots of great new stamp sets and accessories…going to be an exciting next few months in my classes!

 

So…I had a REALLY hard time narrowing down what set I wanted to use.  I finally settled on Flurry of Wishes (of course, I ALWAYS need more snowflake sets) and doing a new-to-me technique called Inlaid Words.  I showed this technique at my technique class this month and they loved it!  Not only is the stamp set new, so is the background embossing folder, Softly Falling, and the “snow” Seasonal Frame Thinlets, plus the fun little wood Snowflake Element…I colored mine with White Craft Ink.

 

Flurry of Wishes August 2015
So here are the details on how to recreate this card:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Marina Mist cardstock is embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder (I can’t decide which way I like it better…more snow at the bottom or more coming down from the top!)
  • Across the front is a 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of the silver pattern in Neutrals Collection Designer Paper Stack…then a 1/4″ x 5-1/4 strip of Silver Glimmer Paper under it.
  • The Flurry of Wishes large snowflake was stamped on Whisper White with Marina Mist Ink, then cut with the Circles Framelit.  At the same time, I cut the word “snow” from Seasonal Frame Thinlets across the center…make sure to save the little pieces from the curly cues!  I cut the word again from Marina Mist cardstock.
  • The large circle snowflake was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then I used the WONDERFUL Fine Tip Glue Pen to glue the Marina Mist word snow inside the opening to the base of the card.  Adhere in the little curly cue pieces you kept from the snowflake one.

Flurry of Wishes August 2015 closeup

  • Finally, I colored the wood Snowflake Element with White Craft Ink and my sponge dauber…let dry…add a large Rhinestone in the center and add to the card with a small Stampin’ Dimensional in the center.  I also added Rhinestones in the snowflake ends.

 

LOTS of sparkle on this card!  OK…you are at my blog…Connie Babbert…so find my name and then click on the next person’s link to move forward with the blog tour!  Once you’ve come back here, you’ve completed the circle!  Hope my card inspires you…and I’ll know you’ll get LOTS more inspiration from the others!

 



Aug 22 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Crushed Cucumber

It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week we are featuring the In Color, Cucumber Crush, on our cards!

But first, our new AUGUST MINI SESSION opened on August 19, but it’s not too late to join!  The next stop at Create with Connie and Mary website will give you more details and a chance to sign up!


 

Have you ever started a card and it was going along great until you added one more element?  Now…normally, I would scrap it and start over…but it really wasn’t a throw-away…so I’m showing it here!  lol!  My Among the Branches card was sort of spooky looking even with the bright Cucumber Crush…until I added the leaves in the tree branch, then it kind of got too tame for a Halloween card.  And…I wanted some eyeballs in the background, but didn’t think they would work.  Tell me what YOU think!

Among the Branches
Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Cucumber Crush cardstock, folded in half.
  • Across the bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White is  1-1/2′ x 5-1/4″ strip of In Colors Patterns Collection.
  • A 1/8″ x 5-1/4 strip of Black Glimmer Paper hides the seam.
  • The tree branch from Among the Branches was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink in the upper right corner, along with the black Crow…then those darn Cucumber Crush leaves were added.  lol!
  • Spooky was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White and punched with the 2″ Circle Punch, then layered on a Cucumber Crush Designer Label that was cut in half and adhered to each side.
  • Two Rhinestones were colored with a Black Sharpie Pen and added to the label sides.
  • The eyes in the Spooky image were colored with Cucumber Crush Marker.

So…spooky or tame???  OK…next up on the Blog Hop is the Create with Connie and Mary website where you can sign up for our NEW AUGUST 2015 mini session, then continue on over to Mary’s blog!

 


Stamps:  Among the Branches

Inks:  Cucumber Crush, Basic Black Archival Ink

Cardstock:  Cucumber Crush, Whisper White

Accessories:  In Color Patterns Collection Paper Stack, Black Glimmer Paper, Rhinestones, 2″ Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch

 

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Aug 15 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Tip Top Taupe

Summer15HopWelcomeIt’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week we are featuring the In Color, Tip Top Taupe, on our cards!

But first, our new AUGUST MINI SESSION will open on August 19, don’t miss out!  The next stop at Create with Connie and Mary website will give you more details and a chance to sign up!

 

 

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Here’s my card for the Tip Top Taupe Blog Hop!  This photo really doesn’t show off how PRETTY it is in real life!  The leaves do look REAL and are nice and velvety looking!  It was hard to get a good photo of them!

 

Vintage Leaves
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Tip Top Taupe, folded in half.
  • Another 3-3/4 x 5 piece of Tip Top Taupe was embossed with the Brick Embossing Folder.
  • Craft White Ink was rubbed over the top of the raised bricks, being careful not to rub into the “grout” of the bricks.
  • The Vintage Leaves were stamped with Archival Black Ink (new in the Holiday Catalog!) on Tip Top Taupe cardstock and then watercolored with Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Crushed Curry Makers.  While the cardstock was still wet, I went over the leaves in some areas with the Markers full strength to add vibrancy.
  • The leaves were crumbled and then placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Grateful for You from A Little Something was stamped with Tip Top Taupe Ink on Whisper White, then punched with the 1-1/2 Circle Punch.  It was placed in the leaves with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a small acorn from the Into the Woods Elements was placed next to the circle with a Mini Glue Dot.

Isn’t that a cool looking card?  I love it!  OK…next up on the Blog Hop is the Create with Connie and Mary website where you can sign up for our NEW AUGUST 2015 mini session, then continue on over to Mary’s blog!

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Aug 01 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Watermelon Wonder

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The theme for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop is using the color, Watermelon Wonder, predominately on our cards!  Over the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing ALL the new In Colors!

 

But first, our newest session of Create with Connie and Mary started last SUNDAY! We are doing a MINI Session featuring sets in the new catalog! Check out the details on Create with Connie and Mary and for a sneak peek snippet of the projects we did…it’s not too late to join!

 

Here’s the card I made featuring Watermelon Wonder.

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Here the details to recreate this card!

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 HEAVY Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On top is  a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of regular Whisper White.
  • The 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 layer of Watercolor Wonder was embossed with the Brick Embossing Folder.  Hello from Watercolor Wishes Kit was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink.  It was adhered to the front.
  • The outline flower from Garden in Bloom was stamped twice with Watercolor Wonder on Whisper White and cut out.  The center was stamped with the small dot in Garden in Bloom and Crushed Curry Ink.  The solid leaves were stamped off with Cucumber Crush and the outline full strength Cucumber Crush and cut out.
  • A 1-1/2 x 4 strip from Everyday Chic Designer Paper was placed on the front.
  • The two flowers and leaves were added to the DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a Perfect White Accent was added next to the greeting!

Love how the Watermelon Wonder color pops off against the white and black!  OK…next up is the Create website so you can check out the new July Mini Session of Create with Connie and Mary, then continue on around the blog hop! Enjoy!

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Jul 29 2015

July 2015 Tour de Freaks

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It’s time for the monthly Tour de Freaks blog hop!  I love seeing everyone’s cards and projects.  This month the group is sharing the cards made for the Control Freaks Swap at Convention.  I really hated not going and missing out on this swaps…always a highlight to meet up with this group at Convention!  But…glad we get to see the ideas anyway!  You’ve probably just come from Heidi Bak’s blog...love her ideas, don’t you?

 

I used the card I made for an earlier Control Freaks New Catalog swap.  I have kept it under wraps until now!  I also added a coordinating little Curvy Keepsake Box!  Of course, I had to use my favorite You’re Sublime stamp set!

 

July 2015 You're Sublime
Here’s a closeup of the card:

July 2015 You're Sublime card

  • I used Tip Top Taupe for the base
  • I added strips of Bermuda Bay, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party and Soft Sky adhered to a layer of Whisper White, then embossed it with Elegant Dots folder.
  • I wrapped the Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine around and tied a bow.
  • The sub was stamped with Tuxedo Black on Whisper White, colored with Pool Party and Smoky Slate, then stamped again on Hello Honey and cut the body of the sub out and paper pieced it over the Whisper White one.  It is cut with the Circle Framelit and layered on the next size circle of Tip Top Taupe.  The fish were colored with Tangelo Twist.
  • In the center of the sub portholes I used the Perfect White Accents and popped up the circles on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

July 2015 You're Sublime curvy box

  • I cut the Curvy Keepsake Box from Pool Party cardstock, then stamped along the bottom with the Wild About Flowers stems in Mossy Meadow and Old Olive Inks.  The fish were stamped with Tuxedo Black and colored with Tangelo Twist Marker.
  • At the top, I did the submarine the same way and stamped/cut a second one so I could adhere it back to back at the top of the sub.  Then the sub fits down over the tabs of the Curvy Keepsake Box, but it easy to take off and open the box since it isn’t permanently attached.

Fun, aren’t they?  Now travel along to Julie Davison for the next stop on the Tour de Freaks and see what SHE came up with for the theme this month!

 

 

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Jul 25 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Resist Me!

Summer15HopWelcomeThe theme for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop is Resist Me!  Using any of the resist  products that Stampin’ Up! offers!  Could be embossing powder or the fun Color Me Irresistable Specialty Designer Paper!

 

But first, our newest session of Create with Connie and Mary starts SUNDAY!  We’re doing a MINI Session featuring sets in the new catalog!  Check out the details on Create with Connie and Mary and for a sneak peek snippet of the projects we’ll be doing!

 

Here’s the card I made, I used the Color Me Irresistable Specialty Designer Paper…actually two different patterns!  The DSP does ALL the work!

 

Butterfly Resist
Here the details to recreate this card!

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Crushed Curry, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, add the 2-1/4 x 5-1/4 Black Stripe pattern in the Color Me Irresistable DSP along the left side.
  • Add a trim of 1/8″ Silver Ribbon to hide the seam.
  • Stamp the greeting from Something to Say in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on the right side.
  • The butterflies were cut from the white polka dot pattern in the Color Me Irresistable DSP package with the , then sponged with Butterfly Thinlet and colored with a sponge dauber and Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler Inks.  Wipe off the excess ink on the shiny surface!
  • Add a trio of small Pearls for the bodies of each of the butterflies

Isn’t that fun and OH SO EASY!  OK…next up is the Create website so you can check out the new July Mini Session of Create with Connie and Mary, then continue on around the blog hop!  Enjoy!

 

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Jul 22 2015

July Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop

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WELCOME to the Grand Vacation Achiever’s Blog Hop!  We have a fun theme for you this month! Color Me New…using at least two of the new In Colors on our project!

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Connie Babbert or you may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting me – Connie Babbert.

I thought immediately of the Cherry on Top Designer Paper because I know it has In Colors in it!  Here’s what I came up with…a Made with Love Baker’s Box along with a matching card!

 

Made with Love

Here are the details of the card:

Made with Love card

  • The 4-1/4 x 11 base is the nice HEAVY Whisper White!  LOVE it!
  • The Tip Top Taupe (NEW COLOR #1) layer is cut 3-3/4 x 5 and the corners rounded.  The bottom was stamped with the Made with Love dotted trio image with Tip Top Taupe ink.
  • A 1/2 x 3-3/4 strip of Watermelon Wonder (NEW COLOR #2) is placed towards the bottom.
  • A 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 square of Cherry on Top Designer Paper was layered on a 2-7/8 x 2-7/8 Cucumber Crush (NEW COLOR #3) cardstock.
  • The cute bunny from Made with Love was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and cut with the Tags & Labels Framelits, then matted on the next size larger of Crushed Curry cardstock.  Her checks and ear were colored with Pink Pirouette Marker.
  • A Linen Thread bow was tied at the top of the tag and placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Made with Love Baker's Box

  • The Baker’s Box was cut from Tip Top Taupe cardstock.
  • A 2″ strip of Cherry On Top Designer Paper was pieced around the box and the 1/2″ Watermelon Wonder cardstock was trimmed at the bottom.
  • The bunny from Made with Love was stamped on Whisper White, then cut with the tag from the Baker’s Box Thinlet.  It was placed on a 1″ strip of Crushed Curry cardstock, then added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • 1/8″ holes were punched at the top of the box and tied with a double bow of Linen Thread.

Remember…you are at my blog, Connie Babbert, check out the next person below and continue on around!  Enjoy!

 

 


Jul 04 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Tunnel Card

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HAPPY 4th of July everyone!  And, it’s Saturday again and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This is our last week for featuring fun folds (don’t worry, we’ll be back with this theme!), and Deb Currier chose the Tunnel Card!  I’ve done these before, but I’ve never heard they called that before!  You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s blog, wasn’t her card beautiful?

 

So, here’s the front of mine!

 

Birthday Blossoms Tunnel Card

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pear Pizzazz scored at 4-1/4 to form a regular card base, then the front stamped with Hardwood Background Stamp in Pear Pizzazz Ink.
  • I cut the Circle Framelit from Whisper White and stamped the Celebrate You greeting from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set in Tuxedo Black Ink and adhered it to the front.
  • The flower and leaves from Birthday Blossoms were stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink, then punched with the Pansy Punch and cut out the leaves.  The centers are the Petite Petals Punch from So Saffron and my favorite Perfect White Accents are in the center.  A little bit of White Satin Ribbon was tied in a knot and added with Mini Glue Dots under the flowers.

Birthday Blossoms Tunnel Card inside

  • Inside a piece of 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Wisteria Wonder Cardstock was scored at 2-1/8. 4-1/4 and 6-3/8, then the same size Circle Framelit (5th from smallest) cut out the center.
  • The cluster of flowers were stamped with Wisteria Wonder in each of the corners.
  • The flower was stamped with Tuxedo Black on Whisper White, then punched with the Pansy Punch, the leaves stamped on Pear Pizzazz and cut out.  Another Petite Petals Punch flower of So Saffron and large White Perfect Accent is in the middle.
  • A 5-1/4 x 8 panel of Whisper was stamped in the center with the Happy Birthday greeting in Tuxedo Black, and adhered to the inside of the Pear Pizzazz.  Then the Wisteria Wonder panel was adhered over the Whisper White.  You can see it better from the top down view.

Birthday Blossoms Tunnel Card top
This was a really fun card to make!  Now…head on over the Mary’s blog and she her fabulous Tunnel Card creation!  And…enjoy your 4th of July holiday!

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Jun 24 2015

Hawaii Achievers June Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Grand Vacation achievers hop for June.  I’m so excited to be part of this talented group of Stampin’ Up! demos!  This month’s theme is PERFECT PAIRS.  We are excited to show off NEW Stampin’ Up! products from the just released 2015 – 2016 Annual Catalog AND pairing them with something we had previously from last year’s catalog. We hope you find great inspiration from the projects. Get your wish list ready!

 

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Connie Babbert at INKspired Treasures, or may have come from the person previous to me on the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting my blog, Connie Babbert.

 

While I was in Hawaii, I picked up some of these cute Hawaii pens as a thank you for my Stamp Club members and hostesses.  Like usual, I didn’t think to photograph until I had already given a bunch of them out.  But, here’s what the group looks like of those remaining:

 

June Hawaii Blog Hop
And here is a closeup:

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So…what is new and old on here?

 

  • I stamped the larger Flower Patch flower with Daffodil Delight Ink on Whisper White and then the center with new Watermelon Wonder Ink.  It was cut out with the Flower Fair Framelit.
  • I added a new Perfect White Accent to the center of the flower.
  • The cello bag topper was cut 2 x 3-1/2 from new Mint Macaron cardstock.  The cardstock was slipped into the back of the Decorative Label Punch to get the decorative edge.
  • I stamped the leaves image from Kinda Eclectic with new Cucumber Crush Ink on top.
  • I used the Alphabet Rotary Stamp to spell out Mahalo (Thank You) inked with new Watermelon Wonder ink on a 1/2″ strip of Whisper White, then cut the flag end.
  • I added the pens to the 1 x 8 cello bag, then stapled the topper on it.

 

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog – Connie Babbert, so check the blog hop line up list below to see who is next in the list.  Have fun getting all kinds of inspiration on our blog hop!


Jun 20 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Stair Step Card

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It’s Saturday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Hop!  As you recall, this month we are featuring special folds on our cards and Mary choose the Center Stair Step fold!  I haven’t done one of these in a long time, so it was fun to pull out my new stamp set and make it!  You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her card, don’t you?

So, I used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set for my center stair-step card today.  I love the colors in the Cherry on Top Designer Paper, so I took my colors from it.

Sprinkles of Life
 Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 11 of Watermelon Wonder cardstock.  This will make a 5-1/2 square card.
  • With the 5-1/2 at the top and measured at 1″, cut vertically from the 1 to 6-1/2 marks, flip over and with 5-1/2 at the top again and measure at 1″, repeat the cuts at 1 to 6-1/2″.  This cuts the center panel.
  • With the 11 at the top of your cutter, score at the 1, 2 and 6-1/2″ from the edge to the first cut line.  Flip and repeat on the other side.
  • Score between the center cut lines at the 5-1/2 mark.
  • CAREFULLY fold your score lines so it looks like my second photo.  (You do not want those skinny side panels to fold in the wrong place!)
  • The Cherry on Top DSP pieces were cut 1 x 4-1/2 on the sides and 1 x 5-1/2 on the bottom.
  • The center 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 Whisper White panel was embossed with Elegant Dots folder and adhered to center panel.
  • The cone was stamped with Tip Top Taupe Ink on Tip Top Taupe cardstock and cut out.  The ice cream scoops were stamped with Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Cucumber Crush and Hello Honey on coordinating cardstock, then punched with the Tree Builder Punch.  They are stacked on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals and a rhinestone on the top Watermelon Wonder scoop.
  • Pool Party 1/4 Ribbon was wrapped around and tied in front.
  • “Hope Your Day…” was stamped with Tip Top Taupe on Hello Honey and punched with the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch and placed on front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

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Cute, cute, cute…don’t you think???  OK…make sure to continue on the Saturday Design Team Blog Hop by stopping by our Create with Connie and Mary website and check out the information on our Create LIVE event, then go on to Mary’s blog.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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