Aug 19 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Non-Christmas using a Christmas Set

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “a Non-Christmas card using a Christmas set”.  Hmmm, a little more challenging this week!  Can’t wait to see what the Design Team does with this theme…it is always a surprise on what set they use!

 

I decided to use a set that I received in Thailand as a pillow gift, Ready for Christmas!  I changed it up to be a birthday card using that cute little wiener dog!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Lemon Lime Twist, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • A 3-1/2 x 4 piece of Birthday Memories Designer Paper was added to the bottom of the Whisper White and a length of Lemon Lime Twist Woven Ribbon was added to hide the seam and adhered in the back.
  • The greeting from Bunch of Blossoms was stamped in Early Espresso Ink above the ribbon.
  • The largest oval From Stitched Shapes was cut from Whisper White cardstock and the table stamped with Early Espresso Ink, then watercolored with Crumb Cake.
  • The presents, cookies and dachshund were stamped with Memento Black on Whisper White cardstock, then watercolored with Sweet Sugarplum, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Lemon Lime Twist, Chocolate Chip Inks and an AquaPainted.  They were cut with the Christmas Staircase Thinlits.  They were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

OK…can I say how HAPPY this card made me?  It came out exactly how I pictured it in my head.  So glad I can use this set for a birthday, too!

Check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the Non-Christmas with a Christmas Set theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our August 2017 Mini Session and then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 17 2017

CCMC471 Wood Words

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary challenge…it’s a fun color challenge!  I originally made this card for this challenge…and loved it SO much that I just had to use it in my Wood Words Bundle class earlier this month!  I did adapt it a little by using the Wood Textures DSP for them instead of the Pinewood Planks Embossing folder, as that DSP was part of their class.  But, it’s just so fun and the colors are just SUPER cute and really lighten up this set which I tend to think is more rustic!

 

 

Here’s my card:

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Smoky Slate cardstock was embossed with the Pinewood Planks Embossed Folder.
  • At the bottom is a 2 x 5-1/4 piece of Lemon Lime Twist that I stamped several times across with the floral image in Wood Words Stamp Set.  I love that I can make “designer paper” in any color!
  • A length of Bermuda Bay 3/8 Mini Chevron Ribbon was added across the front and adhered in back.
  • I stamped the little images in Wood Words with Smoky Slate or Bermuda Bay Ink on Whisper White and cut with the Wood Crate Framelits.  The tag was stamped with the greeting in Memento Black Ink and cut with the Tag Framelit.  A 1/8″ Hole was punched in the top of each of the shapes.
  • I added a length of Linen Thread on top of the ribbon and threaded each of the shapes thru, then secured them in place with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  An extra length of Linen Thread was tied in a bow and added to the front with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • The Hello Friend greeting was stamped with Memento Black on scrap Basic Black, then rounded the corners and tucked it under the ribbon.
  • A few Glimmer Dots were added to the star and to the background for a little “glam”!

 

OK…did I say how much I really LOVE this card?  lol!  Check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did over on Create with Connie and Mary!

AND…it’s not too late to join our our August 2017 Mini Session!  We have a BONUS project with purchase using the Carols of Christmas stamp set, available now to customers…that you will LOVE!

August2017collageThe brand new AUGUST Mini Session is NOW OPEN!  We are featuring products from the NEW Annual Catalog!  Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project, too!

  • Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:
    • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets, and
    • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
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Aug 15 2017

SUOC181 Dragonfly Dreams

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is “Dragonflies and Butterflies”.  Right now my studio is in a mess again as my husband painted my room this week while taking care of me after my knee replacement surgery.  All went well and I’m progressing pretty quickly, but will be glad when I have flexibility back in my knee and less pain!  Today is the first day that I’ll be “on my own” except for the PT person coming in to do exercises with me.  I was excited to be able to make up this card while I’m recuperating!  Didn’t know how much I’d be able to sit and work!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pool Party cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White is place on top and embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic embossing folder.
  • Two 1/4 x 5-1/4 strips of Tranquil Tide cardstock and two 1/4 x 4 strips of Soft Suede cardstock are placed across the front in a grid.
  • The large Layering Oval was cut from a piece of Polished Stone Glossy cardstock that I had made previously and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The dragonfly from Dragonfly Dreams was stamped with Soft Suede Ink (detailed image) and the inside of the wings with stamped-off Tranquil Tide ink on Whisper White cardstock.  It was cut with the Dragonfly framelit and added to the oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Thanks greeting from Dragonfly Dreams was stamped with Tranquil Tide on Whisper White and closely cropped so just the Thanks was cut out.  It was adhered under the dragonfly.
  • You can’t see in the photo, but the wings were painted with Clear Wink of Stella.

I LOVE it!  Don’t forget to check out what the rest of the Design Team for SUO Challenges did this week with this theme! I’m sure they will have some great ideas!

 

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Aug 12 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Favorite Designer Paper

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Favorite Designer Paper” either from the Annual Catalog or the upcoming Holiday Catalog for their cards this week.  And, trust me…this was REALLY hard for me!  There are SO many packages of the designer papers that I love!

 

I went with a new one in the Holiday Catalog called Year of Cheer Specialty Paper.  I actually picked this DSP package as one of the prizes in the Hospitality Suite in Thailand because I love the gold and silver snowflakes!  I wish this photo did the gold and silver metallic cardstock more justice…it is SO pretty in person!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Silver Metallic cardstock
  • The 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 piece of Year of Cheer DSP is layered on a 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 piece of Gold Metallic cardstock and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Across the front is a 1 x 4 piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamped with the greeting from Holly Berry Happiness in Memento Black Ink.  It is layered with a 1/4 x 4 piece of Gold Metallic cardstock along the bottom.
  • Two of the snowflakes from Colorful Season thinlits were cut from Gold Metallic cardstock and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (take the backing of the DD Glimmer first to make it easier to cut.)  They were adhered to the front.
  • Two of the lightest Glimmer Dots were placed in the center of the snowflakes.

 

OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the Favorite Designer Paper theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our August 2017 Mini Session.  We just OPENED yesterday and it’s not too late to join!  Or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 10 2017

CCMC470 Eastern Beauty

Well, today is THE day…I could use some positive thoughts and many prayers today!  I’m having total knee replacement on my right knee.  I’ve endured over 2 years with a painful knee and am finally doing it! Hopefully my recovery will be QUICK!  I’m looking forward to walking again easily!

 

I’ve had sunflowers on the brain for the past week or so, and then I saw the sketch for this week and just knew I had to incorporate a large sunflower!  I love the ones I’ve seen using the Eastern Beauty Bundle…so here’s my version.

 

 

The sketch looks more square, but I went with the traditional rectangle shape for my card.

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Daffodil Delight cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock.
  • Down the left side is a 1-1/2 x 5-1/4 strip of Painted Autumn Designer Paper (LOVE!)
  • The greeting from Eastern Beauty was stamped with Early Espresso Ink.  This greeting seems to fit perfectly with the sunflower “face”…and seeing them always makes me smile!
  • The sunflower was made with two of the Eastern Medallions cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock and layered together.
  • The center was stamped with the circle in Eastern Beauty stamp set, then punched with the 2″ Circle Punch.  It was embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  It was added to the “petals”, then to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The “leaves” were made by stamping the Eastern Beauty image with Old Olive Ink on Old Olive cardstock, then separating the petals to form the leaves.  They were tucked behind the sunflower on the front.
  • A bow of Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine was tied in a knot and added to the center of the flower with Mini Glue Dot.
  • Yellow Glimmer Dots were added in the background.

 

I LOVE how this card turned out!  OK…check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week with the sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary!  I can’t wait to see!  AND…check out our August 2017 Mini Session that OPENS TOMORROW!  We also have a BONUS project with purchase using the Carols of Christmas stamp set, available now to customers…that you will LOVE!

August2017collageThe brand new AUGUST Mini Session is COMING SOON!  We are featuring products from the NEW Annual Catalog!  Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project, too!

  • Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:
    • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets, and
    • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
    • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips
    • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.  All for only $8.95 US!

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Aug 07 2017

Spooky Cat

Oh, I’m having fun with the Spooky Cat punch!  It’s not just for Halloween!  But, here’s my first Halloween card of the season using it!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Basic Black cardstock, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Gray cardstock, stamped in the bottom left corner with the image in Spooky Cat several times with Basic Gray Ink.
  • The fence from Garden Girl is stamped with Basic Gray Ink on Crumb Cake and hand-cut out and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Cat is punched from Basic Black cardstock and added above the fence.
  • The 2-1/4 moon was punched from So Saffron and sponged with So Saffron Ink.  The little stars are from Wood Words and stamped with Basic Gray Ink on the moon.  It is placed behind the cat on the front.
  • Happy Halloween from Spooky Cat was stamped with Basic Gray Ink.
  • The Black Striped ribbon from the Holiday Catalog is cut and the edges trimmed off.  It is stapled to the front with a length of Black Mini Sequins.

 

What do you think?  Love using a combination of Annual Catalog and the new Holiday catalog products!  What some more ideas?

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Aug 05 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Fun with Reinkers

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Fun with Reinkers” for their cards this week.  I’m sure our Design Team will have some FABULOUS ideas this week…so many different technique from coloring to backgrounds.  What will they do?

 

I was SO happy to see Glossy Paper made it back into the Annual Catalog this year, but hadn’t had a chance to try out any of my old “standby” techniques with it yet!  Of course, first thing I thought of was Polished Stone background.  But then, what colors to use?  I decided to go with Crumb Cake and Soft Sky, thinking I’d do a water card, or something similar.  But…Daisy Delight was calling my name and decided to do some blue flowers!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • First I made the background.  I added a few drops of Crumb Cake and Soft Sky reinkers individually to the Silicone Sheet.  I used a paper towel (for the texture) and wet a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Glossy cardstock with Rubbing Alcohol.
  • Next, I dabbed the wet paper towel in the Crumb Cake reinker and pounced on the wet Glossy cardstock, then did the same with the Soft Sky reinker.  Each time I make these I get a different look.  While I had the materials out, I usually try to do at least a full sheet of Glossy so I have backgrounds to use for future!  Let dry.
  • I cut a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 sheet of Soft Sky cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded to form the base card.
  • I cut a 2-3/4 x 4 piece of the polished stone background and added to the bottom of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • The seam is hidden with a length of 3/8″ Shimmer Pool Party Ribbon, adhered in the back.
  • The daisy from Daisy Delight stamp set was stamped with Soft Suede Ink on Soft Sky cardstock, then colored with a sponge dauber and Soft Sky Ink in the center.  Punched with the Daisy Punch and layered both together.
  • The center is Crushed Curry ink stamped on Crushed Curry cardstock, then hand-cut (or use a 1/2″ circle punch) and adhere to the center.
  • Two leaves were outlined with Soft Suede Ink, then filled in with Pear Pizzazz ink and hand cut.
  • The daisy and leaves were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Thank You from the Daisy Delight stamp set was stamped with Soft Suede Ink above the daisy.
  • Finally, a yellow Glimmer Dot was added to the center.

Isn’t that PRETTY?  I think so!!!  OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the reinker theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our August 2017 Mini Session and then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 03 2017

CCMC469 You’re Priceless

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  We’re doing a color challenge this week with TWO of the new In Colors!

 

 

Here’s what I came up with using a new stamp set, You’re Priceless!  I love the gemstones in it and the fun greetings!  Watercolor wash backgrounds are SO popular right now, so I decided to use the Fresh Fig and Powder Pink inks in my background for a soft look under my gems.

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Fresh Fig cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, I used an AquaPainter and the Fresh Fig and Powder Pink Ink Pads with lots of water to scribble the “washed” colors.  Let dry.
  • Stamp over the wash with the gemstones in Powder Pink and Fresh Fig inks at the top and bottom diagonally.
  • A 1/2 x 4 piece of Night of Navy cardstock was cut with flag ends and placed across the front, then a 1/4 x 4 piece of Powder Pink cardstock across the center to soften it.
  • You’re Brilliant was stamped with Night of Navy ink.
  • The diamond outline was cut from Dazzing Diamonds Glimmer Paper and the detail cut from Silver Glimmer Paper with the Eclectic Layers Thinits.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A few Glimmer Dots are randomly placed on the background.

That’s it!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week with the color challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary.  AND…check out our August 2017 Mini Session that is coming soon!  We have a BONUS project with purchase using the Carols of Christmas stamp set, available now to customers…that you will LOVE!

August2017collageThe brand new AUGUST Mini Session is COMING SOON!  We are featuring products from the NEW Annual Catalog!  Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project, too!

  • Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:
    • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets, and
    • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
    • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips
    • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.  All for only $8.95 US!

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Aug 01 2017

SUOC180 Birthday Memories

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is “Birthday”. Oh what to use???  So many great birthday sets.  I decided to use the Birthday Memories Designer Paper and Big on Birthdays greeting set on mine!  I love that they have some images you can cut out directly from the Designer Paper…cause I didn’t buy the stamp set!  lol!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pacific Point cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White is place on top.
  • Across the right side is a 2 x 4-3/4 strip of the polka dot pattern in Birthday Memories DSP.
  • A 1 x 3 piece of Real Red is cut to a flag end.
  • Under that is a 1/4 x 4 strip of the stripe pattern in Birthday Memories DSP.
  • The little flag carrying fox was cut from the DSP, then stamped with the Big on Birthdays “It’s Your Day” greeting…I slightly curved it so it fit on the flag.  The image is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

SUPER simple, but lots of fun!  Don’t forget to check out what the rest of the Design Team for SUO Challenges did this week with this theme! I’m sure they will have some great ideas!

 

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Jul 29 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Christmas in July

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Christmas in July” for their cards this week.  The Holiday Catalog will be launching soon…can’t wait!  I’m sure our Design Team will have some FABULOUS ideas this week!

 

Although I tend to buy a lot of floral stamp sets…this stamp set caught my eye because the greetings and how whimsical it is!  A couple of the images are perfect for Christmas cards!  This card came together SO easily!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Garden Green cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The greeting was stamped with Archival Black Ink on the bottom right corner of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • A 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Be Merry Designer Paper was added to the front, along with a 1/8 x 5-1/4 strip of Gold Glimmer Paper along the bottom edge of the DSP.
  • The tree light bulb was stamped three times with Black Archival Ink on Whisper White, colored with an AquaPainter and So Saffron Marker.  The tree was stamped again on Garden Green and hand-cut out, then added to the center light bulb.  They were placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For a finishing touch, the light bulbs were covered with Clear Wink of Stella and a Metallic Gold Star added to the center tree.

SUPER simple…OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team and the Christmas in July cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is Mary Brown, or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

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