Jul 28 2016

CCMC417 Touches of Texture

It’s time for a sketch challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Hmm, when I first saw the sketch that Mary designed…I kind of scratched my head!  That’s a lot of little strips for a background and I thought DSP might be too busy, so I looked for a stamp that was that shape.  Found one in the Touches of Texture stamp set I received on the Mediterranean Cruise Incentive Trip that I hadn’t used that I thought would be perfect!

 

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What do you think?

 

CCMC417 Touches of Texture
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pool Party, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/2 layer of Whisper White, the lacy line background image was stamped three times with Pool Party Ink.  I love that it gives off just a touch of color!
  • The stem was stamped with Old Olive Ink and hello and the bee with Memento Black Ink.
  • The flower outline was stamped with Memento Black Ink, then the petals were stamped once with Crushed Curry and once with Watermelon Wonder, the center was filled in with Pumpkin Pie Marker.  It was hand cut and placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The bee was colored with the Crushed Curry Marker, then Clear Wink of Stella added to the wings and the tips of the flowers.
  • Finally, a double strand of Pool Party Bakers Twine was tied in a bow and added to the front with Mini Glue Dots.

OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Thursday Challenge Team’s creations over on Create with Connie and Mary for some fun ideas!

 

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Jul 23 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Favorite Framelits/Thinlets

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This month on Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hops, we are switching it up a little and showing off our FAVORITES! This week we are featuring our FAVORITE FRAMELIT or THINLET SET!  Well, again, a ton of new one to choose from, so how to pick?  This one, Flourish Thinlets, was the first one to go on my order…so I’ll pick that as my “favorite”…lol!  (Random, do any of you watch the Wahlburgers?  Which child is Alma’s favorite?  That is a frequent theme on the show!  lol!)

 

Flourish Thinlets
 

I think what makes this card so striking is the color combination, what do you think?  Here are the details:

 

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Basic Black, folded in half.
  • The Tip Top Taupe layer is 4 x 5-1/4.
  • The Flourish was cut with the Flourish Thinlets from Basic Black cardstock and adhered to the front with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.
  • The larger flower from the Flourish Thinlets was cut from Real Red, the center flower from Whisper White and adhered together with Stampin’ Dimensionals and put on front.
  • A Perfect White Accent fills the center.
  • With Sympathy from Flourishing Phrases is stamped with Memento Black Ink in the lower right corner.

That’s it!  I just love this color combination!  OK, next up is the Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our July Mini Session! It’s not too late to join…we just got started!  Last chance to take advantage of our July/August BONUS Summer Project!

 

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Jul 21 2016

CCMC416 Best Birds

I’m loving the Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge this week!  Check out what I did with these colors!

 

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Yep…I went a little crazy with another order and had to get this Birds & Blooms Bundle.  We spent last weekend at my brother’s house at the lake.  They have bird feeders hanging outside their porch…lots of beautiful birds visited while we sat there and talked!

 

CCMC416 Birds and Blooms
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Mint Macaron, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Dapper Denim.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White, the background was stamped off with Dapper Denim Ink in two areas.
  • It’s a Good Day was stamped with Dapper Denim in the lower left area.
  • The bird and branch from Best Birds stamp set were stamped with Memento Black Ink on scrap Whisper White, then carefully watercolored with the AquaPainter and Mint Macaron, Dapper Denim and Tip Top Taupe Markers (and a touch of Crushed Curry for the beak).  They were cut with the Birds & Blooms Thinlets and adhered to the front.
  • Some silver sequins finish off the card with a little bling.

 

 

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Jul 19 2016

Control Freaks July 2016 Blog Tour

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Hello!  It’s time for the Control Freak Swapper’s monthly Tour de Freaks!  We are glad you are visiting!  I’m so glad I had time to play along this month…I’ve missed it!  Our theme this month is “Free For All”…choose anything from the new catalog that we wanted to use!  You’ve probably just come from Heidi Baks’ Blog…weren’t her projects fun?  There are a total of 14 blogs on the tour this month, so continue on around until you get back here to make sure you viewed them all!

 

I wanted to use my brand new Sunshine Wishes Thinlet Dies and coordinating Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  It is available as a bundle to purchase and save 10%.  However, I ended up just using the Thinlet Dies with my Big Shot Machine…no stamping on here except for the greeting from Tin of Cards stamp set!  How simple is that?

 

July 2016 Sunshine Wishes card
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Melon Mambo, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock.
  • Along the left side is a 2-1/2 x 4 piece of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper.
  • The larger flower from Sunshine Wishes Thinlets was cut twice from Melon Mambo cardstock, then once from Cucumber Crush cardstock. The smaller image (is it a butterfly or is it a flower?) was cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock.  I chose to use it as my flower center!
  • The two Melon Mambo flower stems were cut off and then the flower tops placed mirror image of each other and adhered to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensional in the center.
  • The Daffodil Delight center was added with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • Two of the Cucumber Crush petals were cut away from the rest for the leaves and tucked under one side of the flower.
  • A Happy Hello was stamped on the right side with Memento Black Ink.
  • A Perfect White Accent was added to the center.

 

July 2016 Sunshine Wishes box
 

For the box, I used one of the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes and wrapped a 1-3/4 x 8-1/2 strip of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper around the sides.  On top I made another flower like the one on the card!  Fill it with candy or a small gift!

 

July 2016 Sunshine Wishes
 

Isn’t this a fun card and treat box?  I love how the spindly flower turned out!  OK…time to more on to our next stop, the fabulous Wendy Weixler’s blog!  Enjoy the rest of the tour!

 

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Jul 19 2016

SUOC143 Thoughtful Branches

We have a neat challenge this time over on SUO Challenges…black and white with a POP of color!  How fun is that?  My mind was busy trying to figure out what I’d use, but then my new Thoughtful Branches Bundle came in and I just HAD to break it in!  My inspiration was a beautiful BRIGHT PINK tree that I saw…it was gorgeous and I had never seen anything like it.

 

SUOC153 Thoughtful Branches

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Basic Black, folded in half to form the base card.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White, a 1 x 3-3/4 strip of the Chevron pattern from Pop of Pink Specialty Paper was added to the bottom, the a 1/4 x 3-3/4 strip of the diagonal pink stripe pattern was placed across the top on a diagonal.
  • The tree and branches were cut with the Beautiful Branches Thinlet Dies from Basic Black cardstock.
  • The top blossoms from Thoughtful Branches stamp set were stamped with Melon Mambo Ink on Melon Mambo cardstock, then cut with the leaves thinlet die.  I carefully added Foam Strips behind the leaves to pop it up from the branches.
  • You’re in my Thoughts from Thoughtful Branches was stamped with Memento Black Ink in the upper right corner.
  • Some Rhinestones were scattered in the background.

 

Isn’t it amazing what Mother Nature can do?  That’s it for me…now check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team over on SUO Challenges to see what the others did with this challenge!

 

 

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Jul 18 2016

Painter’s Palette Bulls-eye

I wanted to use the Painter’s Palette easel in a little different way…have had this bulls-eye partially done on my desk for a month or two and finally turned it into a card!  LOVE the encouragement it would give someone, don’t you???

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pacific Point, folded in half.
  • On the bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, is a 1-1/2 x 4 piece of Brights Designer Paper Stack.
  • The 1/8″ stitched Smoky Slate Ribbon hides the seam and is adhered in the back.
  • The easel from Painter’s Palette was stamped with Memento Black Ink and cut out, then adhered to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut the Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Basic Black circles, the adhered them together like a Bulls-eye and placed in the center of the easel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The arrow was free-hand cut from Pacific Point and Basic Black cardstock, then adhered to the front.
  • Awesome from Marquee Messages was stamped with Pacific Point Ink in the upper left corner.

What do you think???  SO fun and I was excited that it turned out like what I had in my head!

 

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Jul 16 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Favorite Stamp Set

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This month on Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hops, we are switching it up a little and showing off our FAVORITES! This week we are featuring our FAVORITE STAMP SET!  How am I going to narrow THAT down?  There are so many great new sets in the new catalog!  But…I did try to pick JUST a stamp set that was my favorite…not one that had Framelits or Thinlets to go with it…that helped me!  This set, Pretty Kitty, caught my eye first thing…along with Bella & Friends…and I’m not even a dog person!

 

Pretty Kitty Magic Card
 

I’ve been wanting to do a Magic Card for a LONG time…they were featured at the On Stage Convention, so thought I’d give it a try!  Here’s the inside showing the “magic” with the colored image!

 

Pretty Kitty Magic Card inside
 

Here are a few basic details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Tip Top Taupe.
  • The Night of Navy cardstock layer is 3-3/4 x 5.
  • On the 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 layer of Melon Mambo cardstock, the flower bunch from Birthday Blossoms was stamped with Melon Mambo Ink in two corners.  The Chalk White Pen filled in the centers.
  • The Layered Circles Framelit was cut out of the center.
  • The greeting was stamped with Night of Navy Ink in the lower left corner.
  • For the “magic” mechanism, I stamped the Pretty Kitty image with Black Stazon on the Window Sheet, then again on the Whisper White and colored it with Daffodil delight, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Smoky Slate.
  • The Tip Top Taupe ribbon tab was stapled to the sandwich of Window Sheet and Whisper White to make the pull out.

 

Well, I love kitties, and this set is just as darling a cat set that I think Stampin’ Up! has ever had! Next up is the Create with Connie and Mary website to find of more about our July Mini Session! It’s not too late to join…we just got started!

 

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Jul 12 2016

Birthday Fiesta

I recently participated in a Incentive Trip swap for the new catalog and I decided to use the fun, colorful Birthday Fiesta for my card!

 

 

Birthday Fiesta
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Tempting Turquoise is embossed with the Festive Embossing Folder.
  • Along the bottom is a 2 x 4 piece of Festive Birthday Designer Paper (LOVE that stripe pattern).
  • The 1-1/2 x 5 piece of Whisper White was stamped with the greeting from Birthday Fiesta stamp set in Melon Mambo, then laid across the front at an angle and trimmed off.
  • A 2″ Punched Circle of Crushed Curry is the “sun” behind the cactus.
  • The cactus from Birthday Fiesta was stamped with Emerald Envy on scrap Whisper White and cut with the  Fiesta Time Framelits.  It is adhered on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For the little sombrero, I used the triangle piece in the Framelits cut from Crumb Cake and stamped with the pattern in Birthday Fiesta and Melon Mambo Ink.
  • The hat brim is one of the longer banner pieces from the Fiesta Time Framelits cut apart and adhered to the triangle.  The Emerald Envy Marker was used to draw dots on the brim.  It’s also popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Birthday Fiesta inside
 

  • Inside the festive banner was stamped with Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Emerald Envy along the bottom.  The greeting was stamped with Tempting Turquoise Ink.

 

I really was SO happy with how this card turned out!!!  Too, too cute!

 

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Jul 11 2016

Falling Flowers Bundle

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We JUST opened the Create with Connie and Mary July Mini Session today, so you don’t want to miss out!  It’s not too late to join to see the fabulous projects our designers did this month!

 

There are SO many great flower sets in the new catalog…and with coordinating framelits!  I featured Falling Flowers and May Flowers Framelits this month for the July Mini Session and had SO much fun with designing them!  Here’s one card that I didn’t use…but I love it and saved it to share with you. 

 

I love the look of layering the open, lacy May Flowers diecut over Designer Paper…and this one I added interest by having it appear to run off the edge.

 

May Flowers Framelits
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.
  • Over that is a 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 piece of Blooms & Bliss Designer Paper (love this watercolor pattern!).
  • On the 3 x 4-1/4 piece of Whisper White cardstock, the edge was cut with the May Flowers Framelit to just give an outline.  The greeting from Watercolor Wishes was stamped with Memento Black Ink.
  • Some Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon was tied around and knotted on the front.  The Whisper White layer was added to the front.
  • Then some scrap Sweet Sugarplum cardstock was cut to make the flower.  The flower was adhered in the outline area and carefully trimmed along the edges to line up with the Whisper White layer.
  • In the center is a Perfect White Accent.

 

What do you think????  Isn’t that a cool look?    Want to see more ideas?  Don’t forget to head over to Create with Connie and Mary and sign up for our JULY Mini Session…and grab the special bonus if you sign up for both July & August at the same time!!!

 

 

 

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Jul 09 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Favorite Designer Paper

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This month on Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hops, we are switching it up a little and showing off our FAVORITES!  This week we are featuring our FAVORITE DESIGNER PAPER!  Now…that was a tough one for me!  I pretty much have favorite patterns in each package!  But, I did narrow it down overall to the Festive Birthday Designer Paper package…mainly because of the bright colors and White background!

 

Birthday Fiesta
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Tempting Turquoise.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Soft Sky, two 1/2 x 2 inch strips of Festive Birthday DSP were placed in the left top area.
  • A 2-3/4 x 3-1/2 piece of the festive ribbons in Festive Birthday DSP was cut and corners rounded with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, then added to the front.
  • A 2″ Circle of Crushed Curry cardstock was placed in the bottom right corner.
  • The cactus from Birthday Fiesta was stamped with Emerald Envy Ink on Whisper White and cut with the Festive Time Framelits.
  • The flower was stamped with Melon Mambo and cut with the Festive Time Framelit, then added to the cactus with a Mini Glue Dot.  A Rhinestone finishes off the center.
  • The greeting was stamped with Memento Black Ink in the lower left corner.

 

OK…hope you can see why I like the Festive Birthday Designer Paper!  Next up is the Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our July Mini Session or go backwards to Melissa’s blog!  We’re getting ready to start!

 

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* Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets, each with 4 cards and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!

 

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