Jan 27 2015

SUOC115 Snuggles and Smooches

It’s all about Valentine Wishes for the Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge this time!  Valentine’s Day will be here soon!  Here’s what I came up with using the special Stampin’ Up! set, Snuggles and Smooches…it’s not in the catalog, you need to see it in the online store.

 

SUOC115 Snuggles and Smooches 2

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Real Red, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 Crumb Cake cardstock layer, the large and small flower swirls were stamped in the background with White Craft Ink.
  • LOVE was stamped with Real Red on a curved banner of Whisper White and a small swatch of Stacked with Love Designer Paper placed along the right side of the banner.
  • Black Bakers Twine was wrapped around the banner to hide the seam and tied with a bow, then popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The heart was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Real Red and punched with the Sweetheart Punch.  The two small hearts were stamped with Real Red on Whisper White and punched with the Small Heart Punch.  Both were popped up on front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a little Rhinestone was added to the large heart.

Lots of fun on this card!  I loved how it turned out.  Now check out SUO Challenges to see what the rest of the Design Team did with the Valentine Wishes theme!

 


Jan 24 2015

Week 1 Blog Hop: Lotus Blossom

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WOOHOO!  Over on Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 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 Spring Collection 2015 session:

 

We are just finishing up Week 1 on our Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015!  We are doing four weeks of 3d projects for home decor and gift giving and several card sets! 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, Lotus Blossom, for my card this week since I used it on my pretty (if I must say so myself) home decor project that subscribers saw on Thursday!

Week 1 Blog Hop Lotus Blossom

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Coastal Cabana folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Best Year Ever Designer Paper.
  • The 3 x 4-1/4 layer of Sahara Sand has been embossed with the Spring Flowers folder and the corners were rounded.  A 2″ Circle was punched out of the center.
  • On a 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 piece of Whisper White, the Lotus Blossom flower was stamped with Crushed Curry, then stamped off with Calypso Coral for the second layer and full-strength Calypso Coral for the final image.  It was adhered behind the open circle.
  • A 1/2 x 3-3/4 piece of Chocolate Chip was rounded and placed under the left side.  Then the entire piece was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Bow Builder punch was used to make the Coastal Cabana bow, and the Thank You greeting was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on one of the tails.
  • A Calypso Coral Best Year Ever Accessory Button was tied with White Bakers Twine, then added to the center of the bow.

 

OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 Design Team blogs to see their cards and what sets they used this week on their projects!  Next up is Mary Brown!

 

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Jan 22 2015

CCMC339 A Happy Thing

It’s Thursday!  Time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  We have a neat sketch challenge this week for you to try!  I broke out my new stamp set, A Happy Thing…one of the FREE sets you can get for Sale-A-Bration!  I LOVE the lemon and can’t believe I haven’t used it before now!

 

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And here is my card!  Don’t you love those fresh colors?

 

CCMC339 A Happy Thing

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Pool Party is embossed with the Delicate Dots folder.
  • The Best Year Ever Designer Paper was trimmed to 1/2 x 4 strips, then placed on the background Pool Party cardstock.
  • A 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 panel of Whisper White was stamped with the Lemon image from A Happy Thing with Tuxedo Black Ink.  It was colored with Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz Blendabilities Markers.  The corners were rounded with the Corner Rounder Punch.
  • Love Life from the same set was stamped with Tuxedo Black on scrap Whisper White and punched with the Large Oval Punch.  It was matted with the Scallop Oval Punch of Crushed Curry cardstock, then placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a Crushed Curry button from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack was tied with White Bakers Twine and added to the front with a Mini Glue Dot.

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

And…donOCC15SpringCollectionBadge‘t forget!  Our new Spring Collection 2015 just started over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our subscription is full of gift ideas, home decor, card sets and 3D project tutorials perfect for your stamp camps and classes!  We’re using Occasions and Sale-A-Bration products from Stampin’ Up!’s Catalogs.  Get over 24 projects for only $29.95 US…that’s just a little over $1 per tutorial!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 


Jan 21 2015

From the Herd

Although this stamp set isn’t my “normal” choice, I thought the sayings were SO cute and I couldn’t resist!  Plus, my father was a farmer for many years, so he’ll be getting a card or two using this set!

 

From the Herd

It seems since Stampin’ Up! started selling Blendabilities that I haven’t used my AquaPainter and Markers to color!  I’ll pulled them out to make this card because I wanted a soft look…and because it is quick!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Soft Suede, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Soft Sky was embossed with Delicate Dots folder.
  • Along the edge is a 1-1/2 x 4 piece of Best Year Ever Designer Paper (FREE SAB product!), layered on a 1-3/4 x 4 piece of Soft Suede cardstock.
  • The image was stamped with Black Stazon on Whisper White and watercolored with the AquaPainter and Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers.  The corners were rounded with the Corner Rounder Punch.  It was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • From All of Us in the set was stamped with Black Stazon on Soft Suede and punched with the Word Window Punch and added to the front.

Isn’t that super fun???  I giggle when I see those farm animals!  lol!

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OCC15SpringCollectionBadgeWe’re just getting started over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our Spring Collection 2015 is full of gift ideas, home decor, card sets and 3D project tutorials perfect for your stamp camps and classes!  We’re using Occasions  and Sale-A-Bration products from Stampin’ Up!’s Catalogs.  Get over 24 projects for only $29.95 US…that’s a little more than $1 for each tutorial!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 


Jan 16 2015

Day 5 PREVIEW: Painted Petals

OCC15SpringCollectionBadgeToday is DAY FIVE of PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We will be starting our Spring Collection 2015 next week and can’t wait to get started!  Our design team is busy getting their projects done using both the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  Today we are introducing the last of our Guest Designers!  So happy to have this talented gal on board!  Make sure you go over to Create with Connie and Mary and see who she is and come back tomorrow for another FREE TUTORIAL and the last of the FREE subscriptions!  And…while you are there, don’t forget to get signed up during our Early Bird Special, it ends on Saturday!  Save $5 off the regular $29.95 price and get over 24 project tutorials…at $24.95 that’s $1 each!  What a deal!

 

I’m using Painted Petals again!  The center of this card actually started out as one of my swap card prototypes, but I went in a different direction for my Control Freaks swap (I’ll post it later).  I actually wasn’t going to show this card, because it bugs me when I look at it…can you tell why?  I may tear it apart and re-do it at another time and then show you the makeover!   lol!

Painted Petals 2

Here are 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 Painted Blooms Designer Paper.
  • The Pool Party cardstock was cut with the Label Framelit and then embossed with the Spring Folder.  Two strands of Wild Wasabi Thick Twine were wrapped across the front and secured in the back.
  • The Whisper White cardstock was cut with the smaller Label Framelit, then stamped with Painted Petals stamp set in Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and So Saffron inks.  The greeting was stamped with Chocolate Chip.  It was placed on the top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A bow was made with the Thick Twine and added with a Mini Glue Dot.

OK…what do you think?  Make sure to stop by over on Create with Connie and Mary and see the newest Design Team introduction and her card…it’s really cute!  And…make sure to sign up for the Spring Collection 2015!  We’re getting ready to start on Sunday!

 

 


Jan 15 2015

CCMC338 Big Day

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  It’s a color challenge this time, so grab your stamps, ink and paper and play along with us!  Our Challenge Team has lots of inspiration for you!  Aren’t these colors pretty?  And, they are in several of the new Designer Papers in the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs!

 

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Here’s my card!  I needed a fun, whimsical birthday card, so this fit the bill!

 

CCMC338 Big Day

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Bermuda Bay, folded in half.  The two bottom corners were rounded with the Corner Rounder.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White is embossed with Delicate Dots Embossing Folder and rounded the corners.
  • The 2 x 4 diagonal stripe of Birthday Bash Designer Paper was centered down the front.  The 2 x 3-1/2 swirl Birthday Bash Designer Paper was placed across the bottom, rounding the corners.
  • The 2-1/2 x 3-3/4 piece of Whisper White was stamped with the Big Day greeting image in Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Markers.  All four corners were corner rounded, too.  It was popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Bow Punch was punched twice with Birthday Bash DSP and formed the bow at the top of the greeting.
  • The cake stand was stamped with Tuxedo Black on scrap Whisper White and colored with the same markers, then cut out and placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The candle stamped with Calypso Coral and placed on top.

Very fun and fit the bill for my whimsical card need!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team ideas over on Create with Connie and Mary.

 

And…donOCC15SpringCollectionBadge‘t forget!  Our new Spring Collection 2015 starts on Sunday…don’t miss out over on Create with Connie and Mary!  It is full of gift ideas, home decor, card sets and 3D project tutorials perfect for your stamp camps and classes!  We’re using Occasions  and Sale-A-Bration products from Stampin’ Up!’s Catalogs.  AND, with Early Bird Pricing…save $5 off the regular $29.95 price!  Get over 24 projects for only $24.95 US…that’s a $1 each tutorial!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 


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Jan 14 2015

Day 4 PREVIEW: Painted Petals

OCC15SpringCollectionBadgeIt’s Day 4 of PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We’re getting ready to launch the Spring Collection 2015 starting Sunday.  It’s full of fun 3D home decor, gifts and card sets 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 another of our Design Team Members, Debbie Henderson!  Check it out over on Create with Connie and Mary…and find out where to sign up for BLOG CANDY…a free subscription to our Spring 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!

 

OK…I know I’m using this Painted Petals set a lot!  But, it makes such quick and easy cards that it’s hard not to pull it out and use it!  This features one of the new embossing folders, too!  I needed to mail a few Thank You cards so this was I came up with.

 

Painted Petals 3

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Strawberry Slush is embossed with the Spring Flowers Folder.
  • Across the bottom is a 1-1/2 x 4 piece of Painted Blooms Designer paper.
  • The Oval is cut with the Oval Framelit from Whisper White.  It is stamped with Wild Wasabi for the stems and Strawberry Slush for the tops.  Thank You is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink.
  • As a final touch, the Wild Wasabi Thick Twine was tied in a bow and added to the stems.

Make sure you stop by Create with Connie and Mary and see what is going on for Day 4 of PREVIEW WEEK!  Only a few more days to take advantage of the Early Bird Price of $24.95 US!

 

 

 


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Jan 13 2015

Day 3 PREVIEW: Painted Petals

OCC15SpringCollectionBadgeThis is my second post for today…make sure to see my SUO Challenge card, too!

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 Spring Collection 2015!  Preview Week is a chance for you to see what we are all about with our free tutorials!  We are announcing another of our Design Team Member today…one of our long-time designers and we love her work!  Head over and see who she is, see her card, AND get ANOTHER chance for BLOG CANDY…a FREE SUBSCRIPTION!  While you are there sign up for our latest Collection…filled with projects and card sets from products in Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs!  Save $5 off the regular price…only $24.95 for over 24 tutorials!

 

Another favorite set of mine in the Occasions Catalog is Painted Petals.  I love the small blossoms and soft lines on the images.  Here’s a quick card I put together using it!

 

Painted Petals

 

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Coastal Cabana cardstock, folded in half.
  • On the 3 3/4 x 5 layer of Pool Party, I stamped the trio of flowers diagonally with Coastal Cabana Ink.
  • On the 2 x 4 1/4 strip of Whisper White, I stamped the stems with Mossy Meadow Ink and the tops with Strawberry Slush Ink.  The greeting was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink, then the row of dots is Coastal Cabana again.
  • I thought it still needed a little “sumthin’ sumthin'”, so I tied a bow in the Coastal Cabana Thick Twine and added it to the flower stems with Mini Glue Dots.

See…really quick and easy…a great demo card for your classes, don’t you think?  OK…make sure to stop by Create with Connie and Mary and see our designer’s work…and sign up for the Spring Collection 2015!

 

Oh yeah!  Way to go BUCKEYES!!!  Woohoo!

 

Go Bucks!

 

 

 


Jan 13 2015

SUOC114 Petal Potpourri

This is my SECOND post today!  Make sure to check out my Day 3 PREVIEW card here!

 

The theme this week on SUO Challenges is Dots, Dots, Dots…anything using Dots as a focus!  Well, there are TONS of dots in the Stampin’ Up! catalogs!  Your choice of Designer Papers, Embossing Folders, Large or Small Dots, Stencils, Stamps…the list goes on!  I did a card using a technique that I’ve been wanting to try for a while…pretty simple, but I think it turned out FUN!

 

SUOC114 Petal Potpourri Polka Dots

I think I’m a little obsessed with this Petal Potpourri stamp set right now from the Occasions Catalog.  I’ve used it on several recent cards and projects.  But, of course, it is a floral set and I do tend to get obsessed with them!  I love that it has a matching punch!  The background was done by embossing the White layer with the Large Polka Dots Folder, then adding 3/4″ punched circles of Neutral Backgrounds Designer Paper Stack!  It’s hard to see, but the DSP is adhered on the raised dots!  VERY cool look in real life!  Only tip…make sure your embossing is straight and centered!  lol!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Whisper White is embossed with the Large Polka Dots Embossing Folder.
  • I punched many 3/4″ circles from the Basic Black polka dots pattern in the Neutrals Backgrounds DSP Stack and adhered them over the embossed circles.
  • I cut a 2 x 4 piece of Sahara Sand and stamped Happy Birthday with Tuxedo Black Ink at the bottom from the Big Day Stamp Set…one of the FREE Sale-a-bration sets!  Then I cut the flag end.
  • I added  1 1/2 x 1 piece of Hello Honey cardstock under the pennant, cutting the flag end the same.
  • The Petal Potpourri flower image was stamped with Hello Honey on Whisper White, then punched with the Flower Medallion Punch and added to the banner with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  I punched another 3/4″ Circle of Black Polka Dots for the center and popped it up with a Dimensional, too.
  • Finally, I colored the Rhinestone with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities (darkest color) and added it to the center circle.

Even my husband commented how striking it was!  I always love yellow and black together!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team did over on SUO Challenges!

 

 

 


Jan 12 2015

Day 2 PREVIEW: Butterfly Thinlet

OCC15SpringCollectionBadgeIt’s Day 2 of Create with Connie and Mary’s PREVIEW WEEK to kick off the start of the Spring Collection next week!  Today, Mary has a SUPER FUN project for you to check out…and guess what?  The tutorial is FREE…just so you can see what our subscription service is all about!  When you sign up, you’ll see a new project with photo tutorial posted EVERY DAY for FOUR weeks, except on Saturdays when we do our Blog Tour!  So…that is over 24 projects for our Early Bird Price of only $24.95.  But, don’t wait!  That $5 savings goes away on Saturday and the price will be $29.95.  Mary also has BLOG CANDY today…so check out Create with Connie and Mary to see where to go to leave a comment and a chance to win a FREE subscription to our Spring Collection!  And, if you’ve already signed up, we’ll apply it to our next session!

 

So…in celebration of Mary’s project, I used the beautiful Butterfly Thinlet on my card today!  I was going for a white tone-on-tone look, but I just couldn’t get away from putting some color on here.  So, I think the soft Crisp Cantaloupe was a good compromise.

 

Butterfly Thinlet

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Sahara Sand.
  • The next layer is 3-3/4 x 5 Something Borrowed Designer Paper…I LOVE that DSP…every pattern in that package is gorgeous!
  • I used a 3/4 x 4 strip of Whisper White and stamped the greeting from the Sale-A-Bration set, Simply Wonderful with Tuxedo Black Ink.
  • I cut the butterfly with the Butterfly Thinlet from Whisper White and added some of the flower trim in the Artisan Embellishments kit to the body!

 

Really…a very simple card, but the DSP and butterfly really add a lot of WOW factor to it!

 

Now, don’t forget to stop by Create with Connie and Mary and see Mary’s PREVIEW PROJECT and download the FREE TUTORIAL today!