Feb 25 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Color It

 

Our theme for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop is “Color It”!  Oh, I’m sure the Design Team will have LOTS of fun with the theme this week!  Can’t wait to see what they have done!  I used Mediterranean Moments for my card…this scene reminds me SO much of the narrow streets in Europe.  So thankful for Stampin’ Up! to provide such awesome incentive trips…the Mediterranean Cruise was a trip of a lifetime for us!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Mint Macaron cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 2-1/4 x 4 piece of Succulent Garden Designer Paper in the Tip Top Taupe grid pattern was added to the Bottom of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Tip Top Taupe cardstock.
  • On a 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 piece of Whisper White, the Mediterranean Moments image was stamped with Black Stazon Ink, the watercolored with an AquaPainter and Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum, and Tip Top Taupe Stampin’ Write Markers.  It was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon was adhered to the back, then a small piece tied on the front for the bow.
  • The smallest Stitched Shapes Circle was stamped with the birthday greeting from Circle Of Spring in Black Stazon Ink, then added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

OK…make sure to check out our next stop at Mary’s blog for inspiration or backwards to Melissa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can visit our Create with Connie and Mary website if you haven’t signed up for our February Mini Session…it’s not too late to join! Here’s a sneak peek of the projects we did:

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets, and
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH January AND February you will receive a Valentine Bonus Project that is also perfect for a wedding gift! So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

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Feb 18 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Up In the Air

 

Our theme for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop is “Up in the Air”!  Now…that could mean butterflies, dragonflies, birds, bugs.  I went with the Lift Me Up stamp set as a hot air balloon being up in the air.  I wonder what the rest of the Design Team will use!  We don’t see each others cards before the hop!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Soft Sky cardstock, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • A 2-1/2 x 4 piece of Sweet Treats Designer Paper in the Soft Sky grid pattern was added to the top of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • Some Playful Palette Washi Tape was added along the seam and cut on an angle.
  • The hot air balloon from Lift Me Up was stamped with Emerald Envy Ink on Whisper White cardstock and colored with Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum Markers and the AquaPainter.
  • Clear Wink of Stella was added over the Sweet Sugarplum Marker for a little sparkle.  It was cut with the Up & Away Thinlit Dies along with a couple of the clouds.
  • The greeting from Lift Me Up was stamped with Emerald Envy Ink.
  • A few In Color Enamel Shapes were added to the front under the greeting and one to the hot air balloon itself.

 

OK…make sure to check out our next stop at the Create with Connie and Mary website where you can find out more about our February Mini Sessions that just opened…it’s not too late to join! Then continue on to Mary’s blog for inspiration or backwards to Melissa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can visit our Create with Connie and Mary website if you haven’t signed up for our February Mini Session…it’s not too late to join!  Here’s a sneak peek of the projects we are doing:

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets, and
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH January AND February you will receive a Valentine Bonus Project that is also perfect for a wedding gift! So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

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Feb 16 2017

CCMC445 Moon Baby

This week on Create with Connie and Mary’s Thursday Challenge, we have a fun sketch!  Grab your stamps and play along, then upload to our Create Facebook page.  The link to our Facebook page is on the Create website!

Here’s what I did using a new set for me, Moon Baby!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pear Pizzazz cardstock, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • A 2 x 4-3/4 strip of Fruit Stand Designer Paper was placed along the right side.
  • A 1/4 x 4 strip of Basic Black cardstock was placed across the front, then a 1 x 3 piece of Pear Pizzazz was cut with a flag end and stamped with Hello Baby from the Moon Baby stamp set in Memento Black Ink.
  • A Stitched Shapes Oval was cut from Whisper White and stamped with the star in Daffodil Delight Ink a few times, then placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The baby an umbrella were stamped with Memento Black Ink, colored with Watercolor Pencils and the Blender Pen, then cut out by hand and added to the oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Isn’t that a sweet card for a new baby?  I love it!  OK…check out the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge Team to see what they did with this sketch over on Create with Connie and Mary!  And…while you are there, it’s not too late to sign up for our February Mini Session!

 

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets, and
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH January AND February you will receive a Valentine Bonus Project that is also perfect for a wedding gift!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

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Feb 11 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Red, White & one color

 

Our theme for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop is “Red, White, and one other color” combination!  I first thought I’d do a Valentine…but I pretty much have those finished.  So, I went with a happy flower instead!  Can you tell what stamp set I used?  I’m feeling under the weather with a BAD cold, so this came together quick and easy!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Real Red cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The Pear Pizzazz balloon string was stamped for the stem of the flower on a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • A 1/2 x 4 piece of Sending Love Designer Paper was added to the bottom of that layer, too.
  • Five of the polka dot balloon images were stamped with Real Red on Real Red cardstock, then punched out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch (smaller balloon), then assembled around the stem with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I slightly curled the edges of the flower petals.
  • A 1/2″ Circle was punched from Pear Pizzazz and inked with Wild Wasabi around the edges for the center of the flower.  It was popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two leaves were stamped with the striped balloons and punched with the smaller shaped balloon, then added to the stem with Stampin’ Dimensionals, curling the leaves slightly.
  • Happy Birthday was stamped with Wild Wasabi above the Designer Paper.

 

See…told you it was pretty simple!  I think I’d like this flower in all different colors!  OK…make sure to check out our next stop at the Create with Connie and Mary website where you can find out more about our February Mini Sessions that opens TODAY!  Then continue on to Mary’s blog for inspiration or backwards to Melissa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balloon Adventures is one of the stamp sets we feature this month in the Create with Connie and Mary February 2017 Mini Session!  You can visit our Create with Connie and Mary website if you haven’t signed up…we opened TODAY!  Here’s a sneak peek of the projects we are doing:

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets, and
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH January AND February you will receive a Valentine Bonus Project that is also perfect for a wedding gift!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 


Feb 09 2017

CCMC444 Lift Me Up

Time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  It’s a color challenge this week!  Remember, you can play along on our Facebook page!  Just add your link and/or photo there!

 

I pondered awhile on what set I wanted to use…then decided to pull out the Life Me Up Bundle to use.  I kept it kind of simple!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Dapper Denim cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock was embossed on the left side only with the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder (I thought they sort of looked like balloons themselves!)  lol!
  •  3 x 4 piece of Whisper White was stamped with the Life Me Up greeting at the bottom with Dapper Denim Ink, then adhered to the 3-1/4 x 4 piece of Dapper Denim cardstock.
  • The balloon outline was cut from Peekaboo Peach and the pieces behind alternating Dapper Denim and Crumb Cake cardstocks.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Some Whisper White clouds were cut and added to the front.

Like I mentioned, a pretty CAS design that I really like!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary to see what they did with the sketch this week!

 

 

 


Feb 08 2017

Balloon Adventures

Had two classes yesterday that featured the Balloon Adventures stamp set and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit dies!  Great to see some faces that have moved away come back and visit!  I tried to use every piece in the set and succeeded except for the little fold-over tag…I demoed it for them.

 

Here’s another idea for them to use with the Bundle they took home with them.  We did the little gift card holder in class (reversed colors because I discovered I was out of 12×12 Bermuda Bay)!  Then I created a matching card to post here!

 

 

Here are the details for the card:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 So Saffron cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock with a 1-3/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper on it.
  • The balloons from Balloon Adventures were stamped with Memento Black Ink on So Saffron cardstock and Pool Party Ink on Pool Party cardstock.  They were punched with the Balloon Bouquet Punch along with a Basic Black cardstock one.
  • The strings were stamped with Memento Black ink.  The balloons added on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The tag was cut from the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits from So Saffron cardstock, stamped with the greeting in Balloon Adventures and added over the strings.
  • A Rhinestone jewels was added to the Basic Black balloon.

 

The Gift Card is basically the same, only with two balloons and a 1-1/4 x 3-3/4 piece of DSP.  It was secured on the back with two circles and some Black Baker’s Twine.  I love the “Open Me Already” greeting from Balloon Adventures!

 

 

Balloon Adventures is one of the stamp sets we feature this month in the Create with Connie and Mary February 2017 Mini Session!  You can visit our Create with Connie and Mary website if you haven’t signed up…we’ll be opening soon!  Here’s a sneak peek of the projects we are doing:

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets, and
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH January AND February you will receive a Valentine Bonus Project that is also perfect for a wedding gift!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

 

 


Feb 06 2017

Special Reason

If you follow my blog, I mentioned last week that several of the Challenge Team used the Special Reason Bundle on their cards.  I decided to make a second card from something different for the actual challenge, but here’s my the original Special Reason card I was going to post.  I love the soft and spring-like colors!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Flirty Flamingo, scored at 4-1/4 and folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, a 3/4 x 5-1/4 strip of In Color Patterns DSP was added across the front.
  • The larger flower from Special Reason stamp set was stamped with Flirty Flamingo on Whisper White and the smaller flower twice with Blushing Bride, the leaves with Pear Pizzazz.  All were cut with the Stylish Stems Framelits.
  • The were added to the front of the card, and the greeting was stamped with Memento Black Ink.

 

If you want to see the other cards made with this stamp set, you can visit our Create with Connie and Mary website to see the challenge for this week!  Then play along!  And…if you haven’t signed up for our February Mini Session, now is a great time…we’ll be opening soon!  Here’s a sneak peek of the projects we are doing:

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets, and
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH January AND February you will receive a Valentine Bonus Project that is also perfect for a wedding gift!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!


Feb 04 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Love is in the Air

We’re back for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop with the Design Team! Our theme this week is Love is in the Air!  With Valentine’s Day coming up, we all need a valentine for our special person, don’t we?  Well, at least in the US…I don’t think it is as recognized in our other markets as much!

 

I used the Life Me Up Bundle in the Occasions Catalog for my card today!  It gave it a more masculine look, I think.  Will probably give this to my husband!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Real Red cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a layer of 4 x 5-1/4 Basic Black cardstock.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White, a 1 x 5 strip of Sending Love Designer Paper is added to the bottom.  Then the 1/8″ Real Red Sending Love Ribbon is added across the front and secured in the back.
  • The outline of the balloon was cut with the Up & Away Thinlit from Real Red cardstock, then adhered to Basic Black and cut around the edges.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Love Is in the Air from Lift Me Up stamp set is stamped with Memento Black Ink.
  • The “postage” is cut from the Sending Love Designer Paper and adhered in the upper right corner.
  • The Sending Love Wood Heart Embellishment is added to the hot air balloon with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

 

I love it! OK…make sure to continue on around the Blog Hop to see all the Design Team creations! I can’t wait to get inspired! Next up is our Create with Connie and Mary Website where you can find out more about our upcoming FEBRUARY MINI SESSION. Or you can go backwards to Melissa’s blog!

 

 

 

 

 

Our FEBRUARY 2017 Mini Session will be STARTING SOON with projects using stamp sets from the OCCASIONS and Sale-a-Bration CATALOGS!

  • Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:
    • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets, and
    • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
    • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips
    • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.
  • Our FABULOUS design team members are joining us – Debbie Henderson, Nicole Tugrul, and Melissa Davies!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!
  • Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year)
  • Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

 

Feb 2017 Collage

Items we are using in February Mini Session:

Window Box Thinlits
Balloon Adventures Bundle
High Tide
Any Occasions (SAB)
Basket Bunch Bundle

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Jan 28 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Teen or Child Birthday

We’re back for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop with the Design Team! Our theme this week is Child or Teen Birthdays! This is a fun category!

 

I used my new Custom Tee stamp set in the Occasions Catalog for my card today!  I paired it with the bright colors in the Party Animal Designer Paper!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pacific Point cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a layer of 4 x 5-1/4 Whisper White cardstock.
  • Along the left side, a 2-1/2 x 5 strip of Party Animal DSP was added.
  • Next layer is a 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • The large circle was cut from Whisper White with the Stitched Shapes Circle and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Custom Tee shirt was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Tangerine Tango and cut with the T-shirt Builder Framelits.  One in a Million was stamped inside the shirt.  It was added to the Circle.
  • Birthday Boy was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Pacific Point and cut with the Banner in the t-shirt Builder Framelits (love it!), then added to the front.
  • A few Brights Sequins were added to the front for a little bling.

 

I love it!  OK…make sure to continue on around the Blog Hop to see all the Design Team creations! I can’t wait to get inspired! Next up is the fantastic Mary Brown.  Or you can go backwards to Melissa’s blog!

 

 

 

 

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Jan 26 2017

CCMC442 Avant Garden

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  Isn’t this a pretty color combination?  Of course, with yellow and green, my thoughts turned immediately to flowers!!!

 

Here’s my inspiration using these colors:

 

 

The details are:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Pacific Point cardstock was embossed with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder.
  • A 2-1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Party Animal Designer Paper was placed across the front.
  • The Sweet and Sassy Heart Framelit is cut from Whisper White and the greeting stamped with Pacific Point Ink.
  • The Avant Garden flower was stamped three times with Crushed Curry on Whisper White and the center with Emerald Envy Ink, then hand-cut out and placed on the heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The six leaves were stamped with Emerald Envy Ink on Whisper White and hand-cut, then tucked under the flowers.

OK…go check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We also have some news on how the challenges will be done going forward!  So check us out!

 

 

 

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