Oct 19 2014

October 2014 Tour de Freaks – For All Things

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Woohoo!  It’s time for the October Tour de Freaks…brought to you from the Control Freak Swappers!  Our theme this time is Gratitude and Fall.  I know the tree colors in Ohio are gorgeous right now!  Love those Sugar Maple Trees!  You may have just come from Melissa Davies’ blog…weren’t her projects fun?  If you have arrived prior to the 20th, not all links may be working yet.

 

October 2014 For All Things

 

I decided to use For All Things stamp set from the Holiday Catalog along with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch for my projects, with touches of Color Me Autumn Designer Paper.  The first thing is a Bag-a-loupe made from the Polka Dot Tag a Bags.  I added the fan fold at the top and secured it with some Linen Thread.  Yes, to get into the bag, they will need to cut or tear (gasp!) the bag!  Those little wood accents I tied on the tag are just the perfect touch, aren’t they?

 

 

October 2014 For All Things bag

The leaves were stamped in Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and Crushed Curry…perfect fall colors!

 

October 2014 For All Things card

The base of the card is Mossy Meadow with a Crumb Cake layer.  The tag is cut from Soft Suede.  I used the Color Me Autumn Designer Paper for accents.

 

Ok, make sure to continue around the tour.  Next stop is Heidi Baks…she has some wonderful ideas!

 

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Oct 18 2014

Week 1 Blog Hop: Partridge & Pears

 

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WOOHOO!  Over on Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014 we are showing off the sets we used this past week with a BLOG HOP!!!  Come take the tour and see what the designers have come up with.  (Of course, you can only see the actual 3D projects if you are a subscriber!)  You probably have just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her card, don’t you?  Before you take the tour, here is some information about our Holiday Collection 2014 session:

 

We are just finishing up Week 1 on our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014!  We are doing four weeks of holiday and winter projects for home decor and gift giving! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $29.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

 

I used Stampin’ Up!’s stamp set, Partridge & Pears, for my card this week since I used it on my fun project!  I ended up doing a really COOL technique with it, too!  It changed the color of the bird from Night of Navy to almost a Marina Mist color!  I love that it has such a contrast!  And, even though the base card is square, with the topper it still fits in a normal sized envelope.

Partridge and Pears

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 Night of Navy folded in half to make the square base.
  • On top is a 4 x 4 square of All Is Calm Designer Paper in the Smoky Slate medallion pattern.
  • On a 3  x 3 1/2 piece of Night of Navy, I used Versamark and embossed the Partridge & Pears image with Silver Embossing Powder.
  • To get the lighter color on the Partridge, I put a couple drops of White Craft Ink on a plastic sheet and added a couple drops of water.  I used an AquaPainter to whitewash the partridge bird.  I loved how it lightened it!
  • The Night of Navy cardstock was layered on a 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 piece of Silver Glimmer Paper using Monoadhesive Liquid Glue.
  • I added the top portion to the base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Along the bottom, I cut a 1 x 4 piece of Whisper White and stamped the greeting with Night of Navy ink.  I tied the Night of Navy Seam Binding around and tied a knot.

It is so shimmery and sparkly in real life!

 

OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014 Design Team blogs to see their cards and what sets they used!  Next up is Natasha Zandbergen!

 

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Oct 16 2014

CCMC325 Get Your Santa On

Yeah!  It’s time for another Thursday Challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary.  This time it is a fun sketch challenge!

 

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And here is my card using the fun set, Get Your Santa On!  I decided to flip my sketch so it lined up with my stamped image better.

 

CCMC325 Get Your Santa On

And…the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Garden Green cardstock.
  • A Real Red Circle was cut with the Circle Framelits and placed in the background.
  • Across the top of the circle is a 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 piece of Nordic Noel Designer Paper (I love that stripe!)
  • I cut a 2 x 3 3/4 piece of Whisper White and stamped the Santa suit from Get Your Santa On with Memento Black Ink.  I cut it with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  The suit was colored with the Cherry Cobbler & Smoky Slate Blendabilities Markers.
  • Across the top of the tag, I stamped JOY with Crushed Curry Ink.
  • I tied a piece of Real Red Woven Ribbon thru the tag hole, then tied it with Basic Black Bakers twine in a bow.  I added the tag to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I stamped Get Your Santa On greeting with Tuxedo Black Ink on a 1/2″ strip of Whisper White and cut a flag end.  I added the Santa Hat, colored with Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities above the greeting with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • Finally, a trio of Rhinestones was placed in the circle for a little extra bling.

CUTE if I must say so myself!!!  That set is just darling!

 

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Oct 15 2014

Christmas Bauble

OK…I’ll get to my card in a minute, but first have to show off my newest grand-daughter, Quinn!  She was born on October 9th and weighed 8 lbs, 10 oz, 21-1/2″ long!  Since her mom had an unexpected c-section, I’ve been fortunate enough to be spending my days helping out over at their house and getting LOTS of snuggle time.  Of course, Quinn has her days and nights mixed up so we are working on that!  This was taken right before she came  home on Sunday.

 

Quinn coming home copy

I had a Christmas Bauble image sitting on my desk that I didn’t use on another project, so I decided to use it on a card.

 

Christmas Bauble

Here are the details…

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Rich Razzleberry cardstock, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White layer is embossed with the Lucky Stars folder.
  • The Color Me Autumn Designer Paper was cut with the Apothecary Accent framelit.  A hole was punched in the top point for the ribbon to go thru.
  • The Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Ribbon was wrapped thru the hole and adhered to the back.
  • Christmas Bauble image was stamped with Memento Black Ink (center stamped twice) and colored with the Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake Blendabilities Markers.  Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler was also used for the holly leaves and berries.
  • The ornament was cut out, and the 1″ circle center punched on the second image.  The center was layered with the 1-1/4 Champagne Glimmer Paper Circle and added to the center with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  In the very center, the star was punched from Champagne Glimmer Paper and adhered.  The ornament was popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I stamped Merry from Cheerful Tags with Rich Razzleberry Ink on a strip of Whisper White, cut a flag end and added it under the Christmas Bauble.
  • Finally, I added a Gold Designer Button tied with Linen Thread.

Well, little Quinn is stirring from her nap.  Need to get going!  Have a great day!

HolidayCollectionBadgeWe have JUST begin our Holiday Collections 2014 over on Create with Connie and Mary and it’s not too late to join!  Don’t miss out on joining us for some FABULOUS ideas using Christmas and Winter stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog!  For only $29.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project tutorials with full directions and photos!

 

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Oct 13 2014

Freaky Friends

HolidayCollectionBadgeWow…did you enjoy PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary last week?  We had free tutorials, free subscriptions and introductions all week!  Don’t miss out on joining us for some FABULOUS ideas using Christmas and Winter stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog!  For only $29.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project tutorials with full directions and photos!

 

But, today I’m stepping away from Christmas and Winter themes to show you a card I made for a Fall Swap that I participated in.  Freaky Friends is a stamp set that had to grow on me a little…but I’m really liking it now!  I love the eyeballs in this set, I’ve used them here in the background!

 

Freaky Friends

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Tangerine Tango, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Basic Black was embossed with the Large Polka Dots folder and then the eyeballs were stamped with White Craft Ink in some of the raised circles.
  • The tag is 2 x 3 3/4 of Whisper White and punched with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
  • The witch was stamped on the tag with Memento Black Ink and colored with Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities Markers.
  • Boo to You from the hostess set, Good Greetings, is stamped with Tangerine Tango under the witch, and a 1/2 x 2 piece of candy corn DSP from Motley Monsters is added to the top.  The tag is placed on the Basic Black layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Tangerine Tango Thick Twine was placed thru the tag hole and then untwisted to fray it.

Fun, isn’t it???  I really like how this turned out!

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Oct 10 2014

Day 6 Preview – Festival of Trees

HolidayCollectionBadgeIt’s Day 6 of PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We’re getting ready to launch the Holiday Collection 2014 starting Sunday.  It’s full of fun 3D Christmas/Winter home decor and gifts with step-by-step tutorials, suitable for classes or stamp camps!  We are showing free tutorials this week so you can see what we are all about!  Today, we are introducing the last two Design Team members who have a card idea for you!  Check it out over on Create with Connie and Mary…and find out where to sign up for BLOG CANDY…TWO free subscriptions to our Holiday Collection!  Don’t delay…Early Bird Savings goes away on Saturday, too!  Right now you’ll get over 24 tutorials for only $24.95!  That’s $1 each!

 

Here’s a quick and easy Festival of Trees card to use for your Christmas Cards this year!  It uses the Trim the Tree Designer Paper Stack.  Many of the patterns in that stack could be used for this card and you can cut two layers per sheet!  Nice and flat for mailing, too!

Festival of Trees

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Garden Green, folded in half.
  • Next layer is 4 x 5 1/4 Cherry Cobbler.
  • On top of that is 3  x 4 1/4 of the Trim the Tree Designer Paper Stack.
  • Next are a couple strips of coordinating patterns of DSP (1/2 x 4 and 1/4 x 4) to add across the front.
  • The trees were stamped with Garden Green, then the trunk colored with the Chocolate Chip marker.  They were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two stars were punched from Gold Glimmer Paper and placed on top of the trees.
  • Finally, Merry & Bright from Christmas Bliss stamp set was stamped with Cherry Cobbler Ink on Whisper White and cut with a flag end.

OK…check out the introductions of the remaining two Design Team Members today over on Create with Connie and Mary…and find out where to get signed up for BLOG CANDY, too!

 

 

 


Oct 09 2014

CCMC324 Holiday Home

It’s THURSDAY and we have a fun color combination for you to try for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!

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I used the Nordic Noel Designer Paper because it has these colors in it…made the card come together pretty quickly!

 

CCMC324 Holiday Home

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Baked Brown Sugar folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Garden Green.
  • On top of it is a 4 x 4 piece of Nordic Noel Designer Paper.  I hid the seam with the 1″ Cherry Cobbler Linen Thread that adheres around in the back of the Garden Green.
  • To make stamping the large focal element easier, I used a large block and lined up the two houses from Holiday Home with the strand of lights between them and stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White.
  • I used Stampin’ Write Markers and AquaPainter to color the houses and lights.
  • I stamped the evergreen 3 times with Garden Green and Chocolate Chip trunk, cut them out, then adhered to the front.  The two evergreens I cut and used just the tops to make shrubs.
  • I stamped the Wreath with Garden Green, then hand-drew the bow with Real Red Marker.
  • Finally, I stamped the greeting with Real Red ink!

Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did with the Color Challenge this week over on Create with Connie and Mary.  Then grab your stamps and play along!

 

HolidayCollectionBadge We’re getting ready to start a NEW Holiday Collection 2014 over on Create with Connie and Mary that is full of gift ideas, home decor and 3D project tutorials perfect for your stamp camps and classes!  We’re using Christmas and Winter products from Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog.  Don’t miss out on Early Bird Pricing…save $5 off the regular $29.95 price!  Get over 24 projects for only $24.95 US!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 


Oct 08 2014

Day 4 PREVIEW – Ornamental Pine

HolidayCollectionBadgeIt’s Day 4 of PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We’re getting ready to launch the Holiday Collection 2014 starting Sunday.  It’s full of fun 3D Christmas/Winter home decor and gifts with step-by-step tutorials , suitable for classes or stamp camps!  We are showing free tutorials this week so you can see what we are all about!  Today, Deb Currier has a wonderful set of cards and a holder featuring Wondrous Wreath and the matching framelits.  Check it out over on Create with Connie and Mary…get the FREE TUTORIAL…and find out where to sign up for BLOG CANDY…a free subscription to our Holiday Collection!  Don’t delay…Early Bird Savings goes away on Saturday, too!  Right now you’ll get over 24 tutorials for only $24.95!  That’s $1 each!

 

I created this Ornamental Pine card for another swap that I participated in for WOW Holiday Cards!  I definitely think this qualifies, don’t you?

 

Ornamental Pine

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Island Indigo cardstock, folded in half.
  • A 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Whisper White is adhered on top.
  • Another Whisper White layer is cut 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 and sponged in the upper right corner with Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo Inks.
  • The pine branch from Ornamental Pines is inked with Mossy Meadow Ink and an Early Espresso Marker and stamped in the corner.
  • On top of that, Gorgeous Grunge is inked with White Craft Ink and randomly stamped for snow flurries.
  • The pinecone is stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink on Soft Suede and cut out, and the White Gel Pen highlights the snow on it.
  • The two left corners are rounded with the Corner Punch and a loop of Bermuda Bay Striped Ribbon is folded and adhered behind the Whisper White.  This panel is offset to the right edge and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, the Ornamental Pines greeting was stamped with Island Indigo Ink, and Frosted Silver Sequins were added next to the greeting.

What do you think?  I adore this card!  OK…make sure to check out Day 4 of PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 


Oct 07 2014

Day 3 PREVIEW – White Christmas

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This is my second post for today…scroll down to see my SUO Challenge card!

It’s DAY 3 of PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary and we’re counting down the days until we start the new Holiday Collection 2014!  Preview Week is a chance for you to see what we are all about with our free tutorials!  We are announcing two of our Design Team Members today…both of them long-time designers and we love their work!  Head over and see who they are, see their cards, AND get TWO chances for BLOG CANDY…we’re giving away FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS!

 

Last week, I told you I had used White Christmas for only the second time.  Here is the card I used it on the first time!  It was for my Control Freaks Holiday/Winter swap that I made last month.  I just got the swaps back last week and they were fabulous!  Here was my contribution:

White Christmas

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 8 1/2, folded in half to make the square card.
  • The Whisper White layer is cut to 4 x 4 and along the bottom, I added a 1 1/2 x 4 Nordic Noel Designer Paper.
  • I used the Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon and wrapped it to the back to adhere and hide the seam.
  • In the upper left corner, I stamped Merry Christmas with Real Red Ink.
  • The snowflake DSP was punched with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, then I added a Soft Sky Snowflake from the Snowflake Card Thinlet Die to the center.
  • I stamped the Snowman from White Christmas with Black Stazon on Whisper White and used Real Red, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green Markers to color it.  Then I punched it with the 1″ Circle Punch and added it to the snowflake with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • On my prototype, I added four Rhinestone Jewels on the snowflake!

OK…now run over to Create with Connie and Mary to see the two members of our Design Team…and while you are there…don’t forget to sign up!  Early Bird Pricing ends on Saturday!

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Oct 07 2014

SUOC107 Beauty of the Season

This is my second post today, so make sure to see my first one, too!  The challenge this time on SUO Challenges is “Outdoors in the woods”…which can be anything outdoorsy, including Christmas/Winter scenes.  I knew immediately that I wanted to use my Beauty of the Season stamp set along with the Hardwood background stamp!  So, here is what I came up with for my outdoor scene:

 

SUOC107 Beauty of the Season

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Cherry Cobbler cardstock, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Crumb Cake, I stamped the Hardwood Background stamp with Soft Suede Ink.
  • I cut the Party Pennant from Whisper White, then stamped the Cardinal image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used my Cherry Cobber and Crumb Cake Blendabilities Markers to color…love the richness they give to images!  I popped up the Pennant on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Note:  After I colored, I used a White Gel Pen for the eye.
  • The 1″ Cherry Cobbler Linen Ribbon was wrapped to the back and adhered.  I used a double length of Linen Thread and tied a bow around it.
  • Finally, I had the JOY already cut from Red Glimmer Paper and thought it would work perfectly on the front!

So, make sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team did over on SUO Challenges!  Then grab your stamps and play along!

 

Set: Beauty of the Season
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler & Crumb Cake Blendabilities
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories: Party Pennants Die, Red Glimmer Paper, 1″ Cherry Cobbler Linen Ribbon, Linen Thread, White Gen Pen (eye)

 

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