Dec 19 2014

Sneak Peek Blog Tour with Petal Potpourri

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The Control Freak Swappers are having a SNEAK PEEK Blog Tour for our December Tour de Freaks!  I know it’s a BUSY time of year, but you know you will see LOTS of inspiration from the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs…ordering begins January 6th!  You’ve probably just come from Debbie Henderson’s blog…weren’t her projects fun?  I love her work!  We have 12 stops this month, so make sure you stop by them all!

 

Every year I try to decorate my paper calendar that sits on my desk.  Although I keep a lot of appts on my phone, my desk calendar is my BIBLE…reminders and dates, birthdays, etc., all get placed in this master calendar.  So, I want it to look pretty, right?  And…flowers are my favorite things to stamp…so how could I resist using the new Petal Potpourri stamp set to decorate my calendar?  And, I needed a matching birthday card, right?

 

Dec 2014 Petal Potpourri
Here’s what the calendar started as…pretty plain, huh?

 

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And here is a closeup of it finished.  I used the new Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Paper to get started with my colors.  The background is Bermuda Bay with Crushed Curry for the side and Petal Potpourri flowers.  I think this doily pattern is one of my favorites in the set!  The centers are Tangelo Twist with Rhinestones inside, the leaves are Mossy Meadow punched from one of the flowers in the Petal Potpourri set.  Of course the flower has a MATCHING punch!   I added the year with Silver Glimmer Paper numbers cut from the Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Dies onto Basic Black cardstock with the Label Framelit and used my Chalk Pen to draw around the edges.

 

Dec 2014 Petal Potpourri Calendar
Supplies:
Stamps:  Petal Potpourri Stamp Set
Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
Inks:  Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Mossy Meadow
Accessories:  Birthday Bash Designer Paper, Flower Medallion Punch, 7/8 Scallop Circle Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Hello Honey Ribbon, Rhinestones, Label Framelits, Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Dies, White Chalk Pen

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Here’s a closeup of the card, too!  This is fun because the greeting is from the Sale-A-Bration set, Big Day, and I embossed it with White Embossing Powder on Basic Black, then used my Blendabilities Markers (Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie) to color over the White Embossing.  I love that look!  I also drew around the edges with the White Chalk Pen.  The flowers are the same as I used on the calendar, but I used the little center circle image for the background with Bermuda Bay ink on the Bermuda Bay cardstock!

 

Dec 2014 Petal Potpourri Card
Supplies:
Stamps:  Big Day, Petal Potpourri
Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Black, Crushed Curry
Inks:  Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, White Craft
Blendabilities:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Label Framelits, Flower Medallion Punch, 7/8 Scallop Circle Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Birthday Bash Designer Paper, Rhinestones, White Chalk Pen


OK…aren’t those wonderful ideas and a great glimpse of the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs?  I think so.  Now, go check out the rest of the Control Freak Swappers on the Tour de Freaks blog hop!  Next up is Melissa Davies...another of my favorites!

 

Melissa Davies


Dec 18 2014

CCMC334 Seasonably Scattered

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  It’s a beautiful color combination and perfect for Christmas!  However, as I mentioned, I’m getting a little tired of making Christmas cards, so I switched it up and made a Valentine card!

 

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And here’s my card using Stampin’ Up!’s Seasonally Scattered and an EASY layout!

 

CCMC334 Seasonally Scattered

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Cherry Cobbler cardstock, folded in half.
  • I added a 3 1/4 x 5 piece of Silver Glimmer Paper and cut a flag end.
  • On top is a 2 3/4 x 4 piece of Whisper White, stamped with the LOVE image from Seasonally Scattered stamp set.  I wrapped Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon around the left side and tied a knot, then adhered with Liquid Monoadhesive Glue to the Glimmer Paper.
  • Finally, I punched three small hearts from Cherry Cobbler and placed them on the Whisper White cardstock.

Didn’t I say EASY!  Yep!  You could make a BUNCH of these!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Thursday Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary to see what they did with this color combination!

 

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www.createwithconnieandmary.comCreate with Connie and Mary is getting ready to launch our Valentine Special MINI Collection 2015 immediately after Christmas on December 26th!  That is so we give our demo subscribers plenty of time to set up their classes, but you don’t need to be a demo to join us!  Sign up TODAY at Create with Connie and Mary so you don’t miss out!

This MINI collection will be slightly different…only FOUR projects…and only $5.95 US!!!

  • A mini session featuring the You Plus Me and Hey, Valentine suite of stamps and accessories!
  • FOUR step-by-step pictorial project tutorials…two card set tutorials and two 3D projects!
  • NEW!  Kits of supplies for each project will be available for subscribers to purchase!
  • Featuring the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack on all our projects!
  • ONE tutorial revealed EACH day on Dec 26, 27, 28 and 29.
  • Exclusive to subscribers, these projects will not be shown ANYWHERE else!
  • Demos & Customers welcome!

Join today over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 


Dec 17 2014

Ornamental Pine 3

Hard to believe that I almost didn’t buy this Stampin’ Up! set, Ornamental Pine.  I have an older pine branch set that I’ve used off and on, but I really love the greetings in this set.  I also have to admit that I’m a little tired of making Christmas cards.  Feels like I’ve been making up samples for my blog and to share for months (and I have!).  So…I think this will be my last one of the season.  I know I’ll be excited again next year when the season rolls around!  lol!  Plus…I have all my new Occasions goodies waiting for me to play with them.  I made myself a promise that if I put a big dent in my Christmas wrapping today, I’d allow myself to play a little tomorrow!  lol!

 

Ornamental Pine 3

This card is one of those that looks SOOOO much prettier in person!  The embossed white branch, colored with Blendabilities and the sparkle of Silver Glimmer around the greeting, plus the base of Whisper White…it just pops!  My camera battery was dying or else I’d try to re-photograph this on black to see if it showed up better.  Oh well!  Make one for yourself and you’ll see!  lol!

 

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5 1/4 Night of Navy layer I rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Rounder.
  • I embossed the pine branch with White Embossing Powder and colored the needles with the Old Olive Blendabilities Markers.  The branch I used the Crumb Cake Blendabilities.
  • I stamped the pine cone with Early Espresso on Chocolate Chip cardstock, added the White Gel Pen snow and cut it out, then placed on front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I added some snow flurries with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  I’ve really used that a LOT this winter on cards!
  • The greeting was stamped with Night of Navy on Whisper White and cut with the Circle Framelits.  I layered it on another Circle of Silver Glimmer Paper, then popped it up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

As I mentioned, it really has so much more impact in person than on my computer screen!  But I hope you enjoy it!  And…speaking of moving on…our Create with Connie and Mary Valentine Collection will start soon!  Don’t miss out!  Here are the details:

 

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www.createwithconnieandmary.comCreate with Connie and Mary is getting ready to launch our Valentine Special MINI Collection 2015 immediately after Christmas on December 26th!  That is so we give our demo subscribers plenty of time to set up their classes, but you don’t need to be a demo to join us!  Sign up TODAY at Create with Connie and Mary so you don’t miss out!

This MINI collection will be slightly different…only FOUR projects…and only $5.95 US!!!

  • A mini session featuring the You Plus Me and Hey, Valentine suite of stamps and accessories!
  • FOUR step-by-step pictorial project tutorials…two card set tutorials and two 3D projects!
  • NEW!  Kits of supplies for each project will be available for subscribers to purchase!
  • Featuring the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack on all our projects!
  • ONE tutorial revealed EACH day on Dec 26, 27, 28 and 29.
  • Exclusive to subscribers, these projects will not be shown ANYWHERE else!
  • Demos & Customers welcome!

Join today over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 


Dec 16 2014

SUOC112 Santa Fry Box

It’s time for another SUO Challenge!  This time the challenge is a card or project that conveys Merry & Bright for the upcoming holidays!  I decided to show off the little Santa Fry Boxes that I made for my Stamp Club members.  I wish I would have taken a photo of them all together, but I had already given away over half of them away before I remembered!  Inside each box was a container of Frosted Sequins wrapped in a cello bag with a holiday tag on it!  I received lots of great comments about them, so I know they appreciated the little gift tucked in their Club order!  I do appreciate my Stamp Club members!

 

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Here are the details:

  • I cut the Real Red cardstock with the Fry Box die.
  • The beard is cut from Whisper White with the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  I used just the end portion, added it to the Fry Box, then cut the curve of the box away with Paper Snips.
  • The belt is 3/4″ strip of Basic Black cardstock.  The buckle was punched with the Petite Curly Label from Gold Glimmer Paper.  I cut another 3/4″ square of Basic Black to go on top of the Gold Buckle.
  • I tucked the Frosted Sequins into the Cello Bag and tied closed with the Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon.
  • I punched the tag the Note Tag Punch from Whisper White cardstock and used a little strip of Nordic Noel DSP across the bottom.
  • I stamped the snowflake from Cheerful Tags in Real Red and Holiday Cheer in Tuxedo Black Ink on top of the tag, then punched a 1/8″ hole to put the ribbon thru to tie.

 

SUOC112 Santa Fry Box

Isn’t it fun?  I was inspired by many Santa Suits I saw online.

 

Make sure to stop by and see what the rest of the SUO Challenge Team did this week!  And, grab your stamps and play along!

 

 


Dec 11 2014

CCMC333 Wondrous Wreath

We have a FUN sketch challenge for you to try this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Just wait until you see what the Challenge Team did with it!  And,w e can’t wait to see what you can do with it!  Some angled lines makes it interesting!

 

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And here is my take on it using Stampin’ Up!’s Wondrous Wreath set…mostly because I already had the wreath done and sitting on my desk!  lol!

 

CCMC333 Wondrous Wreath

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Soft Sky, folded in half.
  • I added a 1/2″ strip of the striped pattern in All is Calm DSP across the front.
  • Next I cut the angled piece from the snow flurry pattern in All is Calm, then laid it on top of the Lost Lagoon and cut piece slightly larger.  I put the two together on the front of the card.
  • I stamped Be Joyful from Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set with Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White, then colored the BE with Soft Sky Marker.  I punched it with the 1 3/4″ circle and adhered to the front of the card.
  • The wreath background was stamped with Smoky Slate, then the Lost Lagoon on top, and Blackberry Bliss for the berries, the cut with the Wreath Framelits.  I LOVE that combination for winter!  To finish it off, I cut the bow from Silver Glimmer Paper and added a Lost Lagoon 1/4″ circle in the center of the bow.  I added it over the Be Joyful circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team designs over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Then grab your stamps and play along!


Dec 10 2014

Bright & Beautiful Gift Card Holder

It’s holiday gift giving time!  Did you know that I offer Stampin’ Up! gift certificates?  You can purchase one for your friends or family member and get a handmade Gift Certificate Holder to go with it (min. $25 please)!  They will be able to use it to order whatever they want from the Stampin’ Up! catalogs in the coming year!

 

Here’s one I just made for someone special using Stampin’ Up!’s Bright and Beautiful stamp set along with Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake.  I love all the Gold Embossing and Gold Glimmer that sparkles!  Want me to use a specific set from the Holiday Catalog?  Just let me know…I have most of the sets available to use…or let it be a surprise!

 

Bright & Beautiful Gift Card Holder

 

Last day to order the handmade gift certificate holder with your gift certificate is December 20th.  I want to make sure it gets mailed to you or your recipient in time!  Email me with name, email, amount and mailing address.

Happy Holidays!

 

 


Dec 08 2014

White Christmas

One of my favorite things in Stampin’ Up!’s White Christmas stamp set is the little car.  I love the little tree on top!  It reminds me of my childhood when my folks had a big green station wagon to haul all of us around!  It had a reverse seat in the back so that we could wave out the back window at cars and trucks…it folded down into the floor when not in use!  Anyone remember those?  lol!  Anyway…here’s a card I made.  Leave off the sequins and it would be totally mailable without any extra postage!

 

White Christmas 2

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Soft Sky folded in half.
  • I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • I cut a 2 1/4 x 3 piece of All Is Calm Designer Paper (love the metallic snowflakes!) and placed on the upper left side.  I added a 3/4 x 2 piece of a coordinating DSP design and cut a flag end.
  • Under the DSP, I stamped “Thinking of you…” with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • On a scrap piece of Whisper White, I stamped the car and tree with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, then colored with my Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Smoky Slate and Coastal Cabana Blendabilities markers.  I punched it out with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and layered on a 2″ Circle punch of Soft Sky.  It’s popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, for a little bling, I added some Frosted Sequins and Snowflake with a Rhinestone inside.

We’re all ready to head out for the holidays, right?

 

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www.createwithconnieandmary.comCreate with Connie and Mary is getting ready to launch our Valentine Special MINI Collection 2015 immediately after Christmas on December 26th!  That is so we give our demo subscribers plenty of time to set up their classes, but you don’t need to be a demo to join us!  Sign up TODAY at Create with Connie and Mary so you don’t miss out!

This MINI collection will be slightly different…only FOUR projects…and only $5.95 US!!!

  • A mini session featuring the You Plus Me and Hey, Valentine suite of stamps and accessories!
  • FOUR step-by-step pictorial project tutorials…two card set tutorials and two 3D projects!
  • NEW!  Kits of supplies for each project will be available for subscribers to purchase!
  • Featuring the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack on all our projects!
  • ONE tutorial revealed EACH day on Dec 26, 27, 28 and 29.
  • Exclusive to subscribers, these projects will not be shown ANYWHERE else!
  • Demos & Customers welcome!

Join today over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 


Dec 05 2014

Thank you! Thank you!!!

Thank you to everyone who ordered from my recent Adhesive Sale!  I appreciate all of your orders and enjoy talking with those that call me!  I also appreciate the cards that people tuck in with their checks…definitely not required, but nice to receive happy mail!  Here’s one of the boxes full of adhesive for my local folks!

 

Local orders

 

I’m happy to announce that ALL orders have been filled and shipped by Stampin’ Up!, including the backordered Glue Dots, Monoadhesive Glue, and Curvy Keepsake Boxes!  If you haven’t received them, they are on the way!

 

THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!

 

 


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Dec 04 2014

CCMC332 Star Angel Gift Card Holder

We have a really fun challenge this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We switched it up a little due to the upcoming Christmas holidays and thought we’d have a “Make a Gift Card Holder” theme this week!  It can be any style holder…check out what the Challenge Team did…they are all VERY different!

 

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I personally give some gift cards at Christmas, but I also like to dress them up a little!  For this one, I used the Gift Card Envelope Thinlet for the holder, but added it to a card front!  I designed a simple version of this sweet little angel for my tag class this week…but I’ve embellished her even more for this project by giving her sparkling Glimmer Wings and Confetti Stars on her dress, plus her hair in a bun!  lol!

CCMC332 Star Angel Gift Card Holder

A few details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Whisper White.  On top is a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Hello Honey.
  • The Santa & Co. Designer Paper is cut 3 1/2 x 5 1/4.
  • Whisper White was used with the Gift Card Envelope Thinlet and I cut off the smaller side, then sealed the edges of the envelope on 3 sides.  I punched a partial 1″ circle on the open end so the gift card would be easy to pull out.
  • I wrapped the Daffodil Delight Striped Ribbon around the gift card tightly, then tied it closed with White Bakers Twine.
  • The Angel base is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper cut with the Star Framelit.  I also cut the same size star from Hello Honey and cut away the top and two side points to make her dress.  The arm sleeves are the Word Window Punch in Hello Honey and her hands in Blushing Bride.  I cut a sliver of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to make the trim on her sleeves.
  • Her head is a 1″ Circle of Blushing Bride with a 1/8″ Circle of Real Red for her mouth and I drew on the eyes with lashes.  The hair is the 1″ circle cut from Chocolate Chip and a 1/2″ punched circle for the “bun”.  The halo is a piece of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon.
  • I used the Confetti Punch with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to punch our the stars and adhered them to the front of her dress randomly.
  • Then I popped up my angel on the front of the gift card envelope with Stampin’ Dimensionals and stamped the greeting from Christmas Bliss with Basic Gray ink on the envelope.

 

When you pull on the ribbon, the gift card slides out!

 

CCMC332 Angel Star inside

Didn’t she turn out sweet?  I was so happy with the tag I made for my Tag Class, that I just knew I had to use her again!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary and get some great ideas for gift card holders!


Dec 02 2014

SUOC111 Tag You’re It

The theme this week over on SUO Challenges is Tag You’re It!  This can be a stand-alone tag idea, or a tag on a card like I used for mine!  I had several ideas, but here is the one I ended up doing.  I’ve had the idea of just making a snowman head on a tag for a long time…this is how it turned out!

 

SUOC111 Snowman Tag

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Smoky Slate, folded in half.
  • On top is a layer of 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White with the Confetti Stars Punch used across the top.
  • I cut a 3 1/2 x 4 layer of Santa & Co. Designer Paper, added it to the Whisper White, then hid the seam with Hello Honey Ribbon wrapped around to the back to secure.
  • The tag is 2 x 5 Island Indigo, punched with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  I used the snowflurries from White Christmas across the top with White Craft Ink and stamped the greeting from Wondrous Wreath with Tuxedo Black Ink over top.
  • The snowman head is a 2 1/2″ Circle of Whisper White, cut to the tag size.  The nose is the Tree Punch from Pumpkin Pie cardstock, the eyes are the Owl Punch and the mouth from the Cupcake Punch using Basic Black cardstock.  I used a White Gel Pen to highlight the eyes.
  • The tag is topped with more Hello Honey Ribbon, tied with White Bakers Twine.
  • Finally, I added a star punched from Gold Glimmer Paper and popped up with a Stampin’ Dimenional.

Very fun and Whimsical, I think!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team did over on SUO Challenges…some great ideas for using tags!  Then grab your stamps and play along!