Aug 27 2015

CCMC370 Cup of Cheer

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  This week it is a pretty color challenge that I know you’ll love!  I’ll be using it again!

 

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Here I’m using another new set in the Holiday Catalog called Cup of Cheer!

 

CCMC370 Cup of Cheer
 

Here are the details to recreate this card:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pool Party, folded in half.
  • The 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White is embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, then adhered to a 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 layer of Basic Black…love how that pops!
  • A 1-1/2 x 3-7/8 strip of Watermelon Wonder cardstock is wrapped with Basic Black Satin Stitched Ribbon and adhered to the back, then added to the front of the card.
  • The doily was cut in half, then sponged with Pool Party Ink, and tucked under the bottom of the Watermelon Wonder strip.
  • Cup of Cheer image was stamped with Watermelon Wonder Ink, the steam color was removed with a Blender Pen, the colored with Pool Party Marker…and stamped on scrap Whisper White, it is punched with the 2-1/2 Circle Punch.  The liquid in the cup and the word cheer was also colored with the Pool Party Marker.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a wood Snowflake Element was added to the front with a Rhinestone Jewel in the center.

I really like how this turned out!  Hope you enjoy it, too!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Team did this week…lots of inspiration for you!  Then grab your stamps and play along!

 

 


Aug 22 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Crushed Cucumber

It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week we are featuring the In Color, Cucumber Crush, on our cards!

But first, our new AUGUST MINI SESSION opened on August 19, but it’s not too late to join!  The next stop at Create with Connie and Mary website will give you more details and a chance to sign up!


 

Have you ever started a card and it was going along great until you added one more element?  Now…normally, I would scrap it and start over…but it really wasn’t a throw-away…so I’m showing it here!  lol!  My Among the Branches card was sort of spooky looking even with the bright Cucumber Crush…until I added the leaves in the tree branch, then it kind of got too tame for a Halloween card.  And…I wanted some eyeballs in the background, but didn’t think they would work.  Tell me what YOU think!

Among the Branches
Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Cucumber Crush cardstock, folded in half.
  • Across the bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White is  1-1/2′ x 5-1/4″ strip of In Colors Patterns Collection.
  • A 1/8″ x 5-1/4 strip of Black Glimmer Paper hides the seam.
  • The tree branch from Among the Branches was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink in the upper right corner, along with the black Crow…then those darn Cucumber Crush leaves were added.  lol!
  • Spooky was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White and punched with the 2″ Circle Punch, then layered on a Cucumber Crush Designer Label that was cut in half and adhered to each side.
  • Two Rhinestones were colored with a Black Sharpie Pen and added to the label sides.
  • The eyes in the Spooky image were colored with Cucumber Crush Marker.

So…spooky or tame???  OK…next up on the Blog Hop is the Create with Connie and Mary website where you can sign up for our NEW AUGUST 2015 mini session, then continue on over to Mary’s blog!

 


Stamps:  Among the Branches

Inks:  Cucumber Crush, Basic Black Archival Ink

Cardstock:  Cucumber Crush, Whisper White

Accessories:  In Color Patterns Collection Paper Stack, Black Glimmer Paper, Rhinestones, 2″ Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch

 

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Aug 15 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Tip Top Taupe

Summer15HopWelcomeIt’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week we are featuring the In Color, Tip Top Taupe, on our cards!

But first, our new AUGUST MINI SESSION will open on August 19, don’t miss out!  The next stop at Create with Connie and Mary website will give you more details and a chance to sign up!

 

 

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Here’s my card for the Tip Top Taupe Blog Hop!  This photo really doesn’t show off how PRETTY it is in real life!  The leaves do look REAL and are nice and velvety looking!  It was hard to get a good photo of them!

 

Vintage Leaves
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Tip Top Taupe, folded in half.
  • Another 3-3/4 x 5 piece of Tip Top Taupe was embossed with the Brick Embossing Folder.
  • Craft White Ink was rubbed over the top of the raised bricks, being careful not to rub into the “grout” of the bricks.
  • The Vintage Leaves were stamped with Archival Black Ink (new in the Holiday Catalog!) on Tip Top Taupe cardstock and then watercolored with Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Crushed Curry Makers.  While the cardstock was still wet, I went over the leaves in some areas with the Markers full strength to add vibrancy.
  • The leaves were crumbled and then placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Grateful for You from A Little Something was stamped with Tip Top Taupe Ink on Whisper White, then punched with the 1-1/2 Circle Punch.  It was placed in the leaves with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a small acorn from the Into the Woods Elements was placed next to the circle with a Mini Glue Dot.

Isn’t that a cool looking card?  I love it!  OK…next up on the Blog Hop is the Create with Connie and Mary website where you can sign up for our NEW AUGUST 2015 mini session, then continue on over to Mary’s blog!

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Aug 13 2015

CCMC368 Wild About Flowers

I love the bright colors in this week’s Create with Connie and Mary color challenge!  Of course, with Tangerine Tango and Cucumber Crush, I immediately thought “flowers”!  lol!

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But first, our new AUGUST MINI SESSION will open on August 19, don’t miss out!  Here are a few details!

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  • Our mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects with full step-by-step tutorials:
    • Each mini session includes THREE card sets, each with 4 cards, and
    • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect for your club or stamp camp
  • All FIVE projects are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips
  • BONUS:  Every month in the weeks following the release, Connie and Mary will each do two additional cards to make a Bonus Card Set project for you!  Make sure to check back with us!

Our FABULOUS design team members are joining us – Debbie Henderson, Nicole Tugrul, and Deb Currier!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

August Mini session is available on August 19 (and you’ll have access for up to a year)
Cost is only $8.95 US
Sets used for this collection

    • Wild About Flowers
    • From Land to Sea
    • Build a Birthday
    • Gift from the Garden
    • Build a Banner Kit (with a non-banner idea!)
    • BONUS:  Howl-o-ween Treat

Here’s a little teaser for our August Collection…

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So…what are you waiting for?  Join today!

 

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 And here’s my card for the color challenge:

CCMC368 Wild About Flowers
I kept it crisp and clean by using a lot of white space!

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pacific Point, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White was embossed with the Brick Embossing folder.
  • Across the center is a 1-1/2 x 4 strip of Brights Collection Designer Paper Stack.
  • A Lots of Labels Framelit was cut from scrap Whisper White, and the flower stems were stamped with Cucumber Crush ink and the tops with Tangerine Tango.  At the bottom, the Pacific Point button was tied with White Baker’s Twine in a bow, then added with a Mini Glue Dot.  The Label was placed on the front with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • You’re In My Thoughts from A Dozen Thoughts was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on a 1/2″ x 4 strip of Tangerine Tango, then adhered over the top of the label.  Love the pop of color it provides!

OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team this week over on Create with Connie and Mary.  Then grab your stamps and play along!  Oh…and don’t forget to sign up for our NEXT August Mini Session!


Aug 12 2015

Howl-o-Ween Treat

Summer15BadgeLOVE this new stamp set, Howl-o-ween Treat.  Of course, I can say that about ALL the Halloween stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog!  So, I’m showing off one of the new sets coming soon for the Create with Connie and Mary launch of the new August Mini Session registration!  Our July session was so popular, we’re doing it again for August!

 

Here are the details:

• Our mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

o Each mini session includes THREE card sets, each with 4 cards, and
o Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect for your club or stamp camp

• All FIVE projects are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips
• BONUS: Every month in the weeks following the release, Connie and Mary will each do two additional cards to make an Bonus Card Set project for you! Make sure you check back with us!
Our FABULOUS design team members are joining us – Debbie Henderson, Nicole Tugrul, and Deb Currier! They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

 

August Mini session is available on August 19th (and you’ll have access for up to a year)

Cost is only $8.95 US

Sets used for this collection
• Build a Birthday
• From Land to Sea
• Wild About Flowers
• Gift from the Garden
• Build a Banner (using it for other than banners!)
• BONUS: Howl-o-ween Treat

AND FINALLY…here’s a little teaser of the five projects for our August Collection…

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OK…there are a couple little TIPS on this card that probably aren’t readily noticeable!  One is that the bones under the skull aren’t actually that long.  I stamped the bone image twice and cut them in half, then added them under the skull to appear that they are long.  The other is the RIP alphabet letters…I didn’t use an alphabet set…I cut out the letters from the Trick or Treat greeting in that set!  Isn’t that cool?

 

Howl-a-Ween Treats

 

So, here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Tangelo Twist, folded in half.
  • The star pattern from Happy Hauntings DSP is cut 3-3/4 x 5 and adhered on front.  I then decided to add the striped pattern across the bottom, it measures 1-1/2 x 4-1/4.
  • A 1/4″ x 4-1/4 strip of Black Glimmer Paper hides the seam.  I also cut out the word Boo! from Boo To You Framelits from Black Glimmer Paper and adhered it with the new Fine Tip Glue Pen to the DSP.
  • I used the Lots of Label framelit and cut a piece of Basic Gray for the tombstone.  I sponged White Craft Ink around the edges.
  • The skull and bones from Howl-o-ween were stamped on Very Vanilla with the new Archival Black Ink Pad, and cut out with the Boo to You Framelits.  Then the bones were cut in half as described above, and were placed on the tombstone with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added a couple rhinestones to the eyes for a little bling.
  • The Trick or Trick greeting was stamped with Archival Black Ink on scrap Very Vanilla, then the RIP letters were hand-cut and added to the top of the tombstone.  Cut off the leg of the second R to make your P.

Isn’t that FUN???  I love how it turned out!  OK, don’t forget to sign up for the BRAND NEW August 2015 Mini session that will be available SOON!  Details are on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

Stamps: Howl-o-ween Treat
Inks: Archival Basic Black Ink Pad, White Craft Ink
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Tangelo Twist, Basic Gray
Accessories: Happy Hauntings Designer Paper, Boo to You Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Black Glimmer Paper, Rhinestones, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Aug 06 2015

CCMC357 Lots of Joy

As I’m anxiously waiting for my preorder from the Holiday Mini to arrive, I decided to use one of the holiday sets in the annual catalog, Lots of Joy, on my challenge card today!  Over on Create with Connie and Mary, we have a FUN sketch challenge for you to try!  Grab your stamps and play along!

 

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And here’s my card!  I love that the Merry Moments Designer Paper has TRADITIONAL Christmas colors!  Don’t get my wrong…I love the non-traditional colors of some of the past Designer Papers we’ve had…but I always like having the option of traditional colors, too!  The new patterns in the Holiday Catalog are fun and whimsical, and I know you’ll love them, too!

 

CCMC367 Lots of Joy
Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Real Red cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Old Olive cardstock.
  • The 1″, 3/4″ and 1/2″ strips were cut from Merry Moments DSP, then adhered diagonally across the front of the Old Olive cardstock as shown in the sketch.
  • The 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 piece of Whisper White has rounded corners using the Corner Punch and stamped with Merry Christmas from Lots of Joy stamp set in Real Red Ink.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two trees from Lots of Joy  were stamped with Mossy Meadow ink on Old Olive cardstock, punched with the Tree Punch, then decorated with Red Sequins from the Brights Collection.
  • On top, two stars were punched from Gold Glimmer Paper with the Small Star Punch.  The trees were also popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

OK…your turn!  Let’s see what you can do!  Need more inspiration?  Check out what the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 


Aug 01 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Watermelon Wonder

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The theme for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop is using the color, Watermelon Wonder, predominately on our cards!  Over the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing ALL the new In Colors!

 

But first, our newest session of Create with Connie and Mary started last SUNDAY! We are doing a MINI Session featuring sets in the new catalog! Check out the details on Create with Connie and Mary and for a sneak peek snippet of the projects we did…it’s not too late to join!

 

Here’s the card I made featuring Watermelon Wonder.

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Here the details to recreate this card!

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 HEAVY Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On top is  a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of regular Whisper White.
  • The 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 layer of Watercolor Wonder was embossed with the Brick Embossing Folder.  Hello from Watercolor Wishes Kit was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink.  It was adhered to the front.
  • The outline flower from Garden in Bloom was stamped twice with Watercolor Wonder on Whisper White and cut out.  The center was stamped with the small dot in Garden in Bloom and Crushed Curry Ink.  The solid leaves were stamped off with Cucumber Crush and the outline full strength Cucumber Crush and cut out.
  • A 1-1/2 x 4 strip from Everyday Chic Designer Paper was placed on the front.
  • The two flowers and leaves were added to the DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a Perfect White Accent was added next to the greeting!

Love how the Watermelon Wonder color pops off against the white and black!  OK…next up is the Create website so you can check out the new July Mini Session of Create with Connie and Mary, then continue on around the blog hop! Enjoy!

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Jul 30 2015

CCMC356 Kind Koala

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  It’s a color challenge this week, grab your stamps and ink pads and play along!

 

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I was running behind this week in creating my card and when I saw a preview of what the rest of the Challenge Team was doing, I noticed that most of them used flowers.  So, I was on a mission to NOT use flowers on my card.  But…you know…flowers are my FAVORITE, right?  So…I pulled out a stamp that has only seen love a couple times, Kind Koala.  I need to send a “thinking of you” card so it was perfect to use.

 

CCMC366 Kind Koala
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Perfect Plum, folded in half.
  • The next layer is 4 x 5-1/4 Sahara Sand, embossed with the Happy Heart Embossing folder.
  • I cut a 1-1/2 x 5 piece of Mint Macaron striped In Colors Collection Designer Paper and added it to a 4 x 5 piece of Whisper White, then I cut it with the Lots of Labels framelit, making sure to leave enough room for my image.
  • I stamped the Kind Koala with Black Stazon Ink, then colored with Sahara Sand and Perfect Plum Markers.  I took a Blender Pen and smoothed out the lines made by the marker.
  • In the center of the flower, I placed a Perfect White Accent.
  • I cut a small piece of Mint Macaron Lace Ribbon, tied a knot and added it to the card with Mini Glue Dots.

I like…how about you?  I hope my friend likes it, too!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!

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Did you know?   Our July 2015 Mini Session premiered this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  All 5 tutorials are available to download as soon as you subscribe!  For only $8.95 US, it’s a bargain.  Here are a few more details:

Need some ideas for new sets?  What some exclusive ideas that are not posted public?  Check out the new Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session!

July CollageA mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects with full step-by-step tutorials for THREE card sets and TWO 3D items.

All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips

AND we are showing ‘snippets’ of the projects and letting you know what sets we used!  Here’s what we did for July!

All this for only $8.95!  Projects will be available July 26th (and you can refer back up to a year!) and you will get ALL 5 ideas right away…no waiting!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!

 

 


Jul 27 2015

Ice Cream Bag Tags and Prize Wheel

First, I haven’t shown off my grandkids for a LONG while!  Here’s a photo from last night that I just couldn’t resist.  I love the expression on Quinn’s face as she looks at her cousin Carter playing!  Carter is 2 years old now and Quinn is 9 months!

 

Carter and Quinn
I remembered that I hadn’t shown you a couple things I made for the Create LIVE event that were lots of fun!  We had an Ice Cream theme going on and used Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  Here’s the bag tag I made for each of the participant’s bags they received at registration filled with their Make & Take projects!  I used the Tree Builder Punch and the Tree Punch for the cone (upside down).

Ice Cream Bag Tags
And here was the Prize Wheel…the triple colored cone was the All Attendee giveaway…a Stampin’ Foam Piercing Mat to use under the photopolymer stamps!

 

Prize Wheel
And…I made Mary and I and all the helpers a special name tag for the day using the Lots of Labels Framelit and chipboard covered with In Color Collections DSP for the background.

 

Name Tags
Aren’t those fun?  It really was a great day!

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Did you know?   Our July 2015 Mini Session premiered yesterday over on Create with Connie and Mary!  All 5 tutorials are available to download as soon as you subscribe!  For only $8.95 US, it’s a bargain.  Here are a few more details:

Need some ideas for new sets?  What some exclusive ideas that are not posted public?  Check out the new Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session!

July CollageA mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects with full step-by-step tutorials for THREE card sets and TWO 3D items.

All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips

AND we are showing ‘snippets’ of the projects and letting you know what sets we used!  Here’s what we did for July!

All this for only $8.95!  Projects will be available July 26th and you will get ALL 5 ideas right away…no waiting!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!


Jul 26 2015

Garden in Bloom Gift Card Holder

Today’s the today!  Create with Connie and Mary July 2015 Session is NOW AVAILABLE!  For my project, I used the Garden in Bloom stamp set and Cherry on Top Washi Tape!  I loved how it turned out.  But sorry, only subscribers can see that project.  But, I decided to make a matching gift card holder for sharing on my blog!  Make the project and add this little gift card holder as a bonus.  Or…use it just as a card with a “hidden” note inside!  Fun, isn’t it?  Can you tell what I used for a base?

 

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Need a hint?  Maybe the second photo will help…

 

Garden in Bloom inside

Can you tell now?  If you guessed a regular card sized Whisper White envelope…ding, ding, ding…you are correct!

 

Here are the details:

  • Fold a regular sized card envelope in half.  Open and cut off the flap on the right side of the fold.  I also cut off the side flap piece so I had a squared off look.
  • Add a strip of Washi Tape along the edge for a little decoration.
  • Inside, I stamped the Garden in Bloom three-step blossom with Pink Pirouette, stamped off Watermelon Wonder and full strength outline Watermelon Wonder.  The leaves were stamped off Cucumber Crush and outlined in full strength Cucumber Crush.
  • A 2-1/2 x 4 piece of So Saffron was cut for the note card inside.  I stamped the bee with Tuxedo Black Ink and the body with Crushed Curry, then hand drew the dots for the pattern of his flight.  You could use a gift card in place of this card…or use both!
  • On the front of the outside envelope, I added some more Washi Tape along the edge.
  • I cut a 2-1/2 x 4 piece of Whisper White, rounded the corners, then stamped the trio of flowers and leaves in the same way as the inside.  I added some Perfect White Accents in the center of the flowers for some extra bling.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I also filled in the background of the flowers with some Pink Pirouette solid flower images.
  • The butterfly was stamped with Crushed Curry Ink.
  • Huge Congrats from Watercolor Wishes Card Kit was stamped with Tuxedo Black ink.

 

OK…now, don’t forget to go subscriber over on Create with Connie and Mary!  You don’t want to miss out!

 

Need some ideas for new sets?  What some exclusive ideas that are not posted public?  Check out the new Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session!

July CollageA mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects with full step-by-step tutorials for THREE card sets and TWO 3D items.

All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips

AND we are showing ‘snippets’ of the projects and letting you know what sets we used!

All this for only $8.95!  Projects will be available July 26th and you will get ALL 5 ideas right away…no waiting!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!