Feb 19 2018

IM8 – Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts

Today’s Inspiration Monday photo has some strong symmetrical lines.  I also see flowers and patterns with circles.  I set off my design process by looking for some designer paper that would work…but I wasn’t finding the right colors.  I saw an image I had previously stamped and colored sitting in my scrap basket and thought the colors worked perfectly!  Then I was able to use some more patterned designer paper, instead of florals!

 

 

So here is what I came up with using Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts.

 

Stampin’ details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 piece of the blue paint chip pattern in Color Theory Designer Paper was placed on top towards the right side.
  • A 1/2 x 4-1/4 strip of green Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper was added across the front.
  • The greeting from Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts was stamped with Memento Black Ink on the top grid.
  • The flower cart was stamped with Memento Black Ink on 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 Whisper White cardstock, then colored with the Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Marina Mist Stampin’ Blends Markers.
  • A 1/2 x 3-1/2 strip of the yellow crackle pattern in Color Theory DSP was added along the left side of the image, then popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Some Rhinestones represent the circles I saw in the inspiration photo.

 

So, do you think I did the inspiration justice with my card?  I like the play of grids with the paint chip DSP and the softer touch with the flower cart!  OK make sure to check out what Mary did with this inspiration over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

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Feb 17 2018

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Celebrating Birthdays

 

It’s time for a new Saturday Blog Hop! Continuing with our celebrations…this week our Design Team will be CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS.  We have a BUNCH of February birthdays in our family!

 

For this card, I’ve used Flying Home again! I love the little birdhouse hanging from the bouquet of flowers. It reminds me that I need to have my husband hang our birdhouse in the trees behind our house this spring. We see lots of Blue Jays, Yellow Finches, Cardinals, Woodpeckers, etc. Would love to see some more varieties of birds!

 

Stampin’ details:

  • The case is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Old Olive cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock , a 1 x 4 piece of Tutti-Fruitti Designer Paper was placed across the bottom.
  • The image was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and colored with Stampin’ Blends…I think I had almost every color out! lol! It was cut with the large Stitched Shape Circle and layered on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Celebrate the Good Stuff from Picture Perfect Birthday was stamped with Memento Black Ink across the top.
  • Some Tutti-Fruitti Adhesive Sequins were added to the background.

What a pretty card if I must say so myself! OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations by continuing on with the blog hop…they will have some wonderful ideas! Next up is our Create with Connie & Mary website and then Mary Brown and her creative design!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 15 2018

CCMC497 – Beautiful Day

It’s Thursday and time for our Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Don’t these weeks so fly by SO fast!  We are fast approaching the end of February.  Then March…and that always indicates that I’ve made it thru another WINTER!  And, even though we are likely to get more snow in March, it just doesn’t see so bad!  lol!  And…we have a nice, bright color combination this week, too!

 

 

Here’s what I did with it.  I knew I had seen some colors in Stampin’ Up!’s Tutti-Fruitti Designer Paper that would work perfectly!

 

 

Stampin’ Details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Garden Green Cardstock.
  • Another 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock was placed on top.
  • A 2 x 5 strip of Tutti-Fruitti DSP was placed along the left side and a 2-1/4 x 2-3/4 rectangle of the Garden Green striped DSP print was added over that.
  • The flower from Stampin’ Up!’s Beautiful Day was stamped with Memento Black Ink, then colored with the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  It was cut out and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For You from Stampin’ Up!’s Blooms and Wishes was stamped with Memento Black Ink.

 

So therapeutic to do some coloring!  OK…check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did with this color challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

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Feb 12 2018

IM7 – Beautiful Day

Today’s Inspiration Monday photo is a wonderful, bright-color abstract!  So many ways to go with this…choose the layout, the colors…or both!

 

And, the abstract photo reminded me of the look you get when using the new Brusho Crystals, so I pulled mine out to play a little!

 

Stampin’ details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Real Red cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Shimmer White cardstock was embossed with Clear Embossing using the Beautiful Day flower stamp in three of the corners.
  • The Shimmer White was wet with water, then the Brusho Crystal Colors of Yellow, Brilliant Red and Gamboge was sprinkled separately in each of the corners and let dry.
  • Two pieces of Basic Gray Sale-A-Bration Shimmer Ribbon was wrapped around the front and adhered in the back.  (I love that ribbon combo!)
  • The greeting from Remarkable You was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Shimmer White cardstock, then some more Brilliant Red Brusho color was swished across it using an AquaPainter.  It was cut with the Stitched Shapes oval.
  • A few yellow Glimmer Dots were added to the greeting for some bling.

 

I love how vibrant these colors are!  OK make sure to check out what Mary did with this inspiration over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

 

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Feb 10 2018

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Celebrating Love

 

It’s time for a new Saturday Blog Hop! This week our Design Team will be CELEBRATING LOVE…this can be Valentine’s Day, Weddings, or whatever special occasion creates LOVE in your life!

 

For this card, I’ve combined two sets, Labels to Love and Flying Home!  I’m glad it turned out the way it did in my head!

Stampin’ details:

  • The case is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Melon Mambo cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, a 1-3/4 x 5-1/4 piece of Painted with Love Designer Paper was added along the bottom.  A coordinating 1/4 x 5-1/4 striped pattern in Painted with Love DSP was added above it.
  • Four small hearts from the Lots of Love Box Framelits were cut from Melon Mambo cardstock.
  • The LOVE greeting from Labels to Love was stamped with Memento Black Ink on scrap Whisper White cardstock, then hand-cut and adhered to the small hearts.
  • The two birds from Flying Home were stamped with Memento Black Ink on the Whisper White cardstock layer, then colored with Light Pool Party and Daffodil Delight Blends.
  • The Linen Thread was tied in a bow on one end and adhered to the beak of the bird with a Mini Glue Dot.  Then other other end was tied in a bow and adhered, allowing for enough thread to slightly curve between them.
  • The hearts were added to the front with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Isn’t that fun?  And it certainly is celebrating LOVE in my book!  OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations by continuing on with the blog hop…they will have some wonderful ideas! Next up is our Create with Connie & Mary website and then Mary Brown and her creative design!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 08 2018

CCM496 Magical Day

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  It’s a fun sketch challenge!  It is also my daughter-in-law’s birthday…happy birthday to a wonderful person!!!  We love you!

 

 

I actually came up with a couple different ideas, but decided to go with my Magical Day card!  LOVE that wizard!

 

 

Stampin’ Details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Dapper Denim, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Sahara Sand.
  • A 2-1/4 x 4-3/4 piece of the polka dot pattern in Eastern Palace DSP goes on next with a 2 x 4 piece of the gold metallic stripe on top.
  • Across the front is a 1 x 4 piece of Whisper White stamped with the You’re Awesome greeting from the Sale-A-Bration set, Epic Celebrations, in Dapper Denim Ink towards the left side.
  • A 1/8 x 4 piece of Gold Foil is placed across the front under the greeting.
  • The Wizard was stamped with Black Archival Ink and watercolored with Dapper Denim Marker and AquaPainter.  A little Blushing Bride Marker colors his face and hand.  He is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A Gold Faceted Gem is placed above his outstretched hand.

 

LOVE it!!!!  OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team’s creations over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

 

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Feb 05 2018

IM6 – Bloomin’ Love

Today’s Inspiration Monday photo is a beautiful wedding cake!  I love the colors, so appropriate for a Valentine wedding, don’t you think?

 

Stampin’ Up! really doesn’t have a silvery blue color, so I opted to use silver accents.  SO shiny and pretty, especially with the embossed background that really doesn’t show up in the photo!  I also pulled out my Bloomin’ Love bundle that was SO popular last year.  I hadn’t had a chance to use it yet this year!

 

Stampin’ details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Cherry Cobblere cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock was embossed with the new Sequin Embossing folder and was added on top.
  • The Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit is cut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock and the flowers from Silver Foil.  The flowers were placed on the heart with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and the petals slightly curled.
  • The banner was stamped with Basic Gray and the greeting from Bloomin’ Love stamp set was stamped with Cherry Cobbler, then the banner was hand-cut and added to the heart with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The heart was glued to the Whisper White layer with Tombow Monoadhesive Glue.
  • Small Pearls were added to the centers of the flowers.

OK make sure to check out what Mary did with this inspiration over on Create with Connie and Mary!   AND…check out our new Bubble Over Collection Class Kit to Go that is available NOW!

 

 

 

Our BRAND NEW Create with Connie and Mary Bubble Over Collection Class Kit to Go is available with four options to choose from!  You’ll get the step-by-step tutorial for 3 fun cards (one an awesome special fold) and a 3D project you will be sure to love. See details HERE!

 

 

 

 


Feb 03 2018

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Red/White/Pink Colors

 

It’s time for a new Saturday Blog Hop! This week our Design Team will be featuring Red/White/Pink color combination!  With Valentine’s Day coming up quickly, it wasn’t hard to pull my card together!

 

I love the set Heart Happiness in the Occasions Catalog and I think it has been overlooked a little because of it’s sister stamp set, Sure Do Love You!  Heart Happiness has so many pretty hearts in it!  I went with a very simplistic look on my card, but the Glitter Dots really jazz it up!  And, aren’t those little floral hearts SO sweet?

 

Here are the details:

  • The case is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Powder Pink cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Real Red cardstock is added on top.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White, the two lacy hearts are stamped in Real Red and Berry Burst.
  • The cascading hearts in the background were stamped diagonally with Powder Pink Ink.
  • Love from Labels to Love was stamped with Memento Black Ink.
  • Different sizes of pink Glitter Dots were added across the front.

 

SUPER simple, but I love it!  OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations by continuing on with the blog hop…they will have some wonderful ideas!  Next up is our Create with Connie & Mary website and then Mary Brown and her creative design!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our BRAND NEW Bubble Over Collection Class Kit to Go is NOW AVAILABLE!  We have four different options for you to choose from…with step-by-step photo tutorials that are easy to follow!  You’ll get 3 card ideas (one a special fold) and one 3D project…I think it is perfect for craft fairs!  Check out the details HERE!

 

 


Feb 01 2018

CCMC495 Petal Palette

We have a new challenge for you today over on Create with Connie and Mary!  It’s a lovely color challenge.  Being so close to Valentine’s Day, my first instinct was to make a Valentine card with the fabulous Painted Love Designer Paper.  However, I challenged myself to do a non-Valentine using that paper!  I really think it is great for flowers, too!

 

 

While I was in Florida, I played with my girlfriend’s Petal Palette stamp set and made this card to fit the challenge.  Well, it has a TOUCH of green for the leaves…but I think stays pretty close to the challenge, don’t you?  I also happen to LOVE lavender roses, so this worked out great!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Rich Razzleberry cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock, a 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 piece of the Painted Love Designer Paper was added towards the bottom.
  • A 1/2 x 5-1/4 strip of the striped DSP was added along the top of the DSP.
  • The lacy Thinlit from Petals & More was cut from Rich Razzleberry cardstock and tucked slightly under the striped DSP.
  • The flowers from Petal Palette were stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink, then watercolored with an AquaPainter and Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Old Olive Markers.  They were cut out with the Petals & More Thinlits.
  • Two branches were cut with the Thinlits from Calypso Coral cardstock and added to the front.
  • The flowers were added on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Best Wishes was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink.

 

OK…check out what our fabulous Challenge Team did with this color challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary!  And…check out our brand new Bubble Over Collection Class Kit to go!

 

 

 

Our BRAND NEW Bubble Over Collection Class Kit to Go is NOW AVAILABLE!  We have four different options for you to choose from…with step-by-step photo tutorials that are easy to follow!  You’ll get 3 card ideas (one a special fold) and one 3D project…I think it is perfect for craft fairs!  Check out the details HERE!

 

 

 

 


Jan 29 2018

IM5 – Flying Home

Today’s Inspiration Monday photo really got my creative juices flowing and I hope yours are, too!  I was inspired by the circles, the colors, and the movement in the picture.

 

 
Here’s my card.  I really loved the Flying Home stamp set when I first saw it and ordered it right away, but it has taken me until today to use it!  But here’s what I came up with…

 

Stampin’ details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White was added on top.
  • To add in all the colors, I cut a 1-1/2 x 3-3/4 rectangle of Soft Sky, a 1-3/4 x 3-1/4 rectangle of So Saffron and another one of Basic Gray.  All were run thru the Seaside Embossing Folder.  They were added to the Whisper White panel.
  • The nest of bluebirds from Flying Home stamp set was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White, then using Stampin’ Blends to color with light and dark Pool Party, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, and Crumb Cake, with a little Daffodil Delight for the beaks.  It was cut with the Oval Stitched Shape and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Hello from Oh Happy Day was stamped with Memento Black on Soft Sky, then cut with the smaller Stitched Shape oval and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A yellow Glimmer Dot next to the word adds a little bling.

I love how this turned out, but check out what Mary did with this inspiration over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

 

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