Feb 06 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Love

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Hello!  Happy Saturday!  Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Hop!  We are getting ready to launch our Create with Connie and Mary February Mini Session…have you signed up yet?  If not, here is some information and a sneak peek for you!  You can sign up over on Create with Connie and Mary…or on my blog sidebar!

  • 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!
  • All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all the projects and tutorials.
  • Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month.
  • Sets we are using for the February session:
    • What I Love
    • Easter Lamb
    • Balloon Celebrations
    • Party Wishes
    • Playful Pals

Feb 2016 collage

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The theme this week on our Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop is Love is in the Air!  It’s that time of year!  While I could have used the traditional Valentine set in the Occasions Catalog, Bloomin’ Love…I thought I’d use another one of the sets that you may not think of for Valentine’s Day cards…Bear Hugs!

Bear Hugs 2

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Rose Red, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, the 1 x 5-1/4 strip of Rose Red Hearts in the Love Blossoms Designer Paper Stack was placed down the left side.
  • Across is a 2 x 3-1/4 coordinating pattern in Love Blossoms DSP.
  • A 2″ punched circle of Rose Red was placed over the DSP.
  • The small bear was stamped with Early Espresso on Whisper White, then watercolored with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Markers.  It was cut with the Bear Hugs Framelits and popped up on the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Three hearts were cut for the balloons from Crumb Cake, DSP and one stamped with Rose Red on Whisper White, then cut with the Framelits.  They were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Strings were hand-drawn with a Early Espresso Marker.
  • The bow-tie was cut from DSP and Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper…one for the bear’s head and one for the balloons!
  • Finally, an It’s My Party Enamel Dot was put in the center of the bow-tie on her head.

 

OK…that’s it for me…continue on around the blog by checking out the details of our February Mini Session on Create with Connie and Mary and sign up while you are there…then continue on around to Mary Brown’s blog to complete the blog hop (or go backwards to Melissa’s blog)!  Enjoy the “Love is in the Air” ideas!

 

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Feb 04 2016

CCMC392 Timeless Textures

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Love the color combination this week, it is one of my favorites!  So, hope you grab your stamps and play along with us!

 

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Well, this time of year, this color combination screams VALENTINE to me!  So…how could I resist?

 

CCMC392 Timeless Textures
 

And, since my Sweetheart punch was already out on my desk, I decided to use it on some Love Blossoms Designer Paper along with the fabulous Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit.  Love all the little elements in it.

 

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Rose Red, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake, the Timeless Texture swirl was stamped twice with Crumb Cake Ink and some of the spatters added diagonally.
  • A 1 x 4 strip of Love Blossoms DSP goes across the front.
  • Two Sweetheart hearts were punched from the Love Blossoms DSP and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Love at First Sigh from Greatest Greetings was stamped with Memento Black Ink under the DSP.
  • I removed the bow from the paperclip in the Kit and added it to one heart with a Mini Glue Dot.  The second heart has one of the wood elements in the Kit, covered with the Clear Wink of Stella.
  • As a final touch, three enamel glitter dots from the Kit were added along the spatters.

 

Pretty CAS design…although all the little elements really make it, I think!  OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary and see what they did with this color combination!

 

Yes!  It’s almost time for the February Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session!  Here’s a sneak peek:

Feb 2016 collage

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!

 

All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all the projects and tutorials.

 

Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month.

 

Sets we are using for the February session:

  • What I Love
  • Easter Lamb
  • Balloon Celebrations
  • Party Wishes
  • Playful Pals

 

We know you are going to LOVE it!

 

 


Jan 30 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop SAB Tags

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Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  The theme this week is Sale-A-Bration tags!  Honestly, I’m not much into using tags except on Christmas packages, so I wanted to make a tag that I could just pop onto a card or gift bag and it would be good to go!  This one using the SAB set, What I Love, came together VERY easily!

 

What I Love
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is the largest Lots of Tags Framelit cut from Mint Macaron cardstock.
  • On top is a 1-1/2 wide strip of Birthday Bouquet DSP, cut to the width of the Framelit.
  • A 1/8″ strip of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper was added to the bottom of the DSP.
  • At the top a 1/8″ Circle was punched for the Whisper White Satin Striped Ribbon, then tied with Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine in a bow.
  • The flower from What I Love stamp set was stamped 4 times with Calypso Coral Ink for the outline image, then Blushing Bride stamped off once for the larger filler image and full strength for the smaller filler image.  Two were cut out by hand completely, and two the centers were cut out then placed on top of the full images with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  In the center are the yellow It’s My Party Enamel Dots.  The two flowers were added to the front of the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The leaves image was stamped three time with Mossy Meadow Ink, then cut out and adhered behind/around the flowers.
  • Finally, the Know What I Love from the stamp set was stamped with Mossy Meadow under the DSP at the bottom of the tag.

 

I think it turned out really pretty!  OK…next up is Mary Brown…her tag will be fabulous, of course!  You can also go backwards to Melissa Davies’ blog!  Enjoy all the SAB tags our Create with Connie and Mary Design Team has for you!

 

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Jan 23 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Lions Tigers and Bears

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LOVE the theme this week…Lions and Tigers and Bears…oh my!  But, our design team can use ANY animal image that Stampin’ Up! makes!  Our Create with Connie and Mary Design Team had SO much fun with theme!

 

I knew right away I wanted to use Bear Hugs…one of the stamp sets I’m using in an upcoming Mini Session!  I had an idea of making different types of bears!  So…here’s my version of a brown bear, a panda bear and a polar bear…all together to celebrate a birthday!

 

Bear Hugs
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Gray cardstock.
  • On top of that is a 3-3/4 x 5 layer of the Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper, Perfectly Artistic…it has sort of a “sky” look to it.  Along the bottom is a 1 x 5 piece off Pear Pizzazz and 1/8″ Silver Ribbon wrapped around and secured in the back.
  • For the brown bear, I stamped with Black Archival Ink on Whisper White and watercolored with Chocolate Chip Marker. The nose and ears I used the Crumb Cake Marker.
  • For the panda bear, I inked up the ears, arms, legs and around the eyes, nose and chest with a Basic Black Marker and stamped on Whisper White
  • For the polar bear, I inked up the edges with Smoky Slate Marker and the nose, eyes and mouth with Basic Black marker then stamped on Whisper White.
  • They were all cut with the Bear Hugs Framelits and added to the “ground” with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The greeting from Suite Sayings was stamped with Basic Black in the upper right corner.
  • The Banner was punched from Pear Pizzazz and added to the left top corner with a Perfect White Accent in the center.

Ok…what do you think?  Like my bears?  I have a couple more cards using them coming up to show you, too!  I made several when I was playing around with them!  Next up is my good friend, Mary Brown…or go back to see what Melissa Davies has done!

 

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Jan 16 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Very Vellum

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Another Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week’s theme is Very Vellum…different ways to use Vellum on our cards, either printed or plain.

 

OK…I’ll admit.  I rarely use vellum.  I feel awkward using it!  Isn’t that weird?  I really don’t know why, but I just don’t pull it out of my stash, even the pretty printed ones like this Botanical Gardens Designer Paper Stack you can get for FREE with your Sale-A-Bration selection!  Don’t get me wrong, I love what OTHERS do with it…just not me so much!  So, my first card I decided I really didn’t like that much and I ended up starting over and made this one that I like MUCH better!

 

Suite Sayings
It’s super easy…here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper.
  • On top of that is the small floral print in the Botanical Gardens Vellum Stack, adhered with Mini Glue Dots in the corners.
  • Across the front is the reverse Mint Macaron dotted print cut 1-1/4 x 4 with a 1/4 x 4 strip of Blushing Bride cardstock added along the top portion.
  • The greeting from Suite Sayings was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White, then cut with the Oval Framelits and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The flower was cut out of a scrap piece of Designer Paper and adhered with a Stampin’ Dimensional next to the oval.
  • Two Itty Bitty flowers were bunched from Blushing Bride and added next to the flower.
  • The yellow It’s My Party Enamel Dots were added to the centers for a pop of color!

 

You like?  I do!  Make sure to continue around the Blog Hop to see what the other Design Team members did with this challenge…I’m sure they are all FABULOUS…and they probably didn’t have any issues with vellum at all!  lol!

 

OK…You can go backwards to Melissa Davies blog, but make sure to go forward to check out our Create with Connie and Mary website to see all about our January Mini Session AND the fabulous Valentine Bonus Project…then continue on around the Blog Hop to Mary Brown’s blog for more inspiration on cards with vellum!

 

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Jan 09 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Shaker Cards

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It’s Saturday and time for our Create with Connie and Mary Blog Hop!  This week’s theme is Shake Your Booty…all about Shaker Cards!  I know this one will be lots of fun…because Shaker cards are fun, interactive cards, right?  I can’t wait to see what everyone has done with the theme this week!

 

When deciding what to do, my new Blossom Punch Bunch came in on my order.  I immediately thought the smallest blossom would be perfect to use as “confetti” in my shaker card this week!  I also added some Brights Sequins for a little extra “shake” and color!

 

Grateful Bunch
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Basic Black, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of It’s My Party DSP, a large circle was cut with the Circle Framelit.  Along the bottom, the stem in the stamp set, Grateful Bunch was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and watercolored with Mint Macaron Marker and AquaPainter.
  • On the back of the DSP, I added a 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 piece of Window Sheet, then added pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals to form a circle around the opening and trap all the small pieces.
  • I also cut a 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White and adhered it to the front of the Basic Black base card, stamped the Grateful Bunch greeting with Tuxedo Black Ink so that it would appear thru the circle opening.
  • I stamped the smallest flower several times on Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo cardstock with Tuxedo Black Ink and punched with the Blossom Bunch Punch.  They were added in a pile to the center of the circle area, along with some Brights Sequins.
  • The top DSP layer was added over top to make the shaker card.
  • I also stamped the large and middle flower images in Grateful Bunch with Tuxedo Black ink on Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry, punched them out and added them to the bottom of the circle by the stem.
  • A Mint Macaron It’s My Party Enamel Dot was perfect for the center.

Isn’t that fun?  I love the confetti look of the DSP and then the shaker flower bits!

 

OK…You can go backwards to Melissa Davies blog, but make sure to go forward to check out our Create with Connie and Mary website to see all about our January Mini Session AND the fabulous Valentine Bonus Project…then continue on around the Blog Hop to Mary Brown’s blog for more inspiration on shaker cards!

 

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Jan 07 2016

CCMC388 Flowering Fields

It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  It’s a beautiful color challenge that we are sure you will like!  Come play along!

CCMC388

I used the Sale-A-Bration set, Flowering Fields, for my card:

 

CCMC388 Flowering Fields

 

Here are the details to create it:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock.
  • A 2-3/4 x 4 piece of Wildflower Fields Designer Paper (another SAB selection) was layered onto a 3 x 4 piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock and placed on the front.
  • A 1/8 X 4 strip of Pear Pizzazz cardstock was adhered across the top portion of the DSP.
  • The same size Lots of Label Framelits was cut from Whisper White and Blackberry Bliss.  The Blackberry Bliss one was adhered to the front as shown.
  • On the Whisper White, the Flowering Fields flower image and butterfly were stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink, then watercolored with Blackberry Bliss, Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay Markers and AquaPainter.  Before adding it to the front, two 3/4″ Circles were punched from Pear Pizzazz cardstock and adhered behind the Whisper White label, along with Silver thread wrapped in a circle several times and adhered.  The label was popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, Celebrate You from Suite Sayings stamp set was stamped in the lower right corner with Tuxedo Black Ink.

January 2016 collage

OK….make sure to check out what the rest of the challenge team did this week with the color challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary!  And make sure to check out our January Mini Session that will be starting soon!  Here’s a sneak peek of what we will be doing this month.  AND, we have a special VALENTINE BONUS PROJECT offer, too!  See details over there!

 


Jan 02 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Trim it Down

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Woohoo!  The theme this week for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop is TRIM IT DOWN!  Yes…definitely a FEW ways things need to trim down around here, but specifically this means no more than two layers and one embellishment.

 

I hope my card meets that criteria…after it was done and I was getting ready to post, I had second thoughts!  But, in my mind it does fit the criteria…I don’t count the punches as layers or embellishments.  lol!

 

Going Global
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Night of Navy cardstock was embossed with the World Traveler Embossing Folder.  I placed it on the base at an angle, then trimmed off the excess.
  • The greeting from Going Global stamp set was stamped in the lower right corner with Real Red Ink.
  • The globe from Going Global was stamped with Night of Navy on Whisper White, then punched with the 2″ Circle Punch and layered on the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punched from Real Red Glimmer Paper and adhered to the front.
  • The Love banner from one of the other greetings was stamped with Real Red Ink, the banner cut by hand and layered over the globe with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, two Real Red Candy Dots for embellishments were placed in the upper right corner.

OK…next stop is our Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our January 2016 Mini Session that will be starting soon!  Here are a few details!  Then continue around to Mary’s blog!

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January 2016 collageWe are getting ready for our JANUARY 2016 MINI SESSION with a projects using stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochures!  Get some great ideas for your January, February and Spring classes!  You are going to LOVE these!  And check out the VALENTINE SPECIAL BONUS below!  Here are the details:


* 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!
*Only $8.95 per month!

* All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials)!

*Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month

Sets we are using for the January session:

      • Flowering Fields
      • Botanical Blooms
      • Apple of My Eye
      • First Sight
      • Beautiful RIde

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VALENTINE BONUS PROJECT:  Purchase both the January and February Mini Sessions together for $17.90 US and get this BONUS VALENTINE project immediately using the Balloon Builder Punch and Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set, perfect gift for your hostesses or friends!  You and your customers will LOVE making it!

Sets we will be using for the February Mini Session:

  • What I Love
  • Easter Lamb
  • Balloon Celebration
  • Party Wishes
  • Pyramid Pals

Valentine Bonus Project snippet

JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2016 MINI SESSIONS,
plus BONUS VALENTINE project

$17.90 US

Check out Create with Connie and Mary for more details!

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Dec 31 2015

CCMC387 Bloomin’ Love

We’re back!  Last time it was nice to have the challenge run two weeks…and the challenge team enjoyed a little break!  But…it’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge…a fun sketch!

 

CCMC387
 

Although it looks square, I switched mine out to the normal rectangle style to make it easier to mail and used the beautiful Bloomin’ Love stamp set!

 

CCMC387 Bloomin Love
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White, folded in half to form the card.
  • The 2 x 5 piece of Blushing Bride cardstock was embossed with the Happy Heart Embossing Folder and punched with the Triple Banner Punch.
  • A piece of 1-1/2 x 4-1/2 and a smaller 1-1/4 x 2-1/2 strip of Love Blossoms Designer Paper were also punched with the Triple Banner Punch and added on top according to the sketch.
  • A 1/4 x 4-1/4 strip of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper was placed across the top.
  • My Valentine from Bloomin’ Love was stamped with Rose Red on Whisper White and punched with the 2″ Circle Punch, then added to a 2-3/8 Scallop Circle punched from Rose Red and pierced the scallops with the Piercing Tool.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The two flowers were stamped with Blushing Bride and Rose Red Ink, cut out and added to the front with the string of pearls from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit added under the flowers.  One of the pearls was also glued to the center of the flower.

Pretty, huh?  OK…go check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did over on Create with Connie and Mary, then grab your stamps and play along!  We’d love to see what you do with this sketch!

 

Hope you have a safe and Happy New Year!

 

 


Dec 26 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Anything Sale-A-Bration

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Wow!  Christmas is OVER…how did that happen?  I love seeing family and friends, but also enjoy the week after relaxing and getting back to normal.  We still have another Christmas coming up with my oldest son and his family since they were at her folks this year, so we have that to look forward to.

This week’s theme is Anything Sale-A-Bration…well, we have an awesome selection to choose from this year!  It starts on January 4th…not too much longer to wait!  Here’s what I did using the stamp set, Flowering Fields.

 

Flowering Fields

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Wisteria Wonder, folded in half.
  • The Pear Pizzazz layer was cut to 3-3/4 x 5.
  • In the center of the 3-5/8 x 4-7/8 layer of Whisper White, the image from the SAB set, Flowering Fields was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink several times in a fan like shape.  The leaves and flowers were colored with Pear Pizzazz and Wisteria Wonder Markers.
  • A 1″ x 3-5/8 strip of the heart pattern in Have a Cuppa Designer Paper Stack was adhered to the bottom of the Whisper White.
  • The window sill from Hearth & Home Thinlets was cut twice from Crumb Cake cardstock, then the top of one trimmed off.  The edges were sponged with Crumb Cake ink, then adhered the top band to the bottom full window sill for some dimension.
  • You’re in my thoughts from Watercolor Wishes was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink in the upper right corner.
  • Finally, a double strand of Linen Thread was tied in a box and adhered to the base of the flowers with a Mini Glue Dot.

 

Isn’t that a new look for that stamp set?  OK…follow along to Mary Brown’s blog to see her Sale-A-Bration selection and card, then check out the rest of the Design Team blogs to see what they did! Or go back to Deb Currier’s blog in the opposite direction!

 

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