Sep 21 2017

CCMC476 Colorful Seasons

It’s time for another challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary.  We have a fun sketch for you to try this week!  Our Challenge Team did some FABULOUS things with it!

 

 

With the trees starting to change colors and fall in our neighborhood, I was inspired to pull out the Colorful Seasons stamp set and make some of my own leaves!

 

A while back I had made up a sheet of fall colors by sponging ink on glossy cardstock.  I cut a couple leaves out earlier with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, but still had room to cut a few more.   They were perfect for this sketch!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Cajun Craze cardstock, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • A 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Early Espresso was decorated with 1-1/2 wide piece of Painted Autumn DSP, then a 1/2 wide strip of the other pattern on top diagonally.
  • A Stitched Layer circle was cut from Very Vanilla, stamped with the greeting from Colorful Seasons and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two leaves stamped with Basic Black on the inked glossy cardstock and cut with the Thinlits were adhered to the bottom of the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A piece of the Copper Trim was opened/frayed, tied in a knot, then added to the top of the leaves.

 

SO simple, but has a lot of impact, I think!  OK…check out the rest of the Challenge Team’s ideas over on Create with Connie and Mary.  Plus check out the September Mini Session details…full of ideas using the Holiday Catalog!

 

 


Sep 14 2017

CCMC475 Labels to Love

Oh!  What a fun color combination we have for you today on Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Perfect for these little cooler and rainy days!  Reminds me that fall will soon be here!

 

The Painted Autumn Designer Paper had this check pattern that I thought worked great with the colors…seems like a few of the other Challenge Team members thought the same thing!  lol!

 

 

Here are the details:

 

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Very Vanilla, scored at 4-1/4 and folded to form the base card.
  • A 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Soft Sky cardstock is added on top.
  • The Painted Autumn DSP is 2-1/2 x 5-1/4 and adhered towards the right side.
  • A 1/2 x 5 piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock is added on top.
  • The largest circle in the Stitched Shapes was cut from Thick Very Vanilla cardstock, then stamped with the Labels to Love greeting in Early Espresso Ink, then added on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The trio of pumpkins were cut out of the Painted Autumn DSP and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Tangerine Tango and Peekaboo Peach cardstocks were punched with the Leaf Punch and tucked around the circle and pumpkins.
  • A piece of Soft Sky Woven Ribbon was tied in a knot and added to the circle with a Mini Glue Dot.

 

LOVE this color combination!  OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team designs to see what they did with it.  AND…check out the September 2017 Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session that just opened!

 

We are featuring products from the NEW HOLIDAY Catalog! Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project when you purchase August & September together!

  • 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. All for only $8.95 US!

See details at Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

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Sep 11 2017

Painted Harvest Note Cube

Today’s the day! 

The Create with Connie and Mary September 2017

Mini Session is NOW OPEN! 

 

We are featuring products from the NEW HOLIDAY Catalog! Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project when you purchase August & September together!

  • 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. All for only $8.95 US!

See details at Create with Connie and Mary!

 

To celebrate, I made a little 3D project using my favorite set right now, Painted Harvest.  I have a lot of these little 3×3 Note Cubes and they make a special little gift when I need something quick!  I usually will tie a matching stamped pen on top…but right now the pens are downstairs and since my knee surgery, I try to limit the number of times I go up and down the steps each day.  On Friday, I did get released from the doctor to drive!  Hard to believe it has been a month!

 

Here’s a view from the top:

 

 

  • The two-step sunflowers from Painted Harvest were first stamped with the background image in Crushed Curry Ink, then the top layer stamped with Pumpkin Pie Ink.
  • The centers and the dots in the centers were stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink.
  • The two step eaves were stamped with the solid image in Lemon Lime Twist Ink and the veins with Garden Green Ink.
  • To fill in a little, the dots were randomly stamped with Lemon Lime Twist Ink in the open spaces.
  • Some Crushed Curry Mini Woven Ribbon was wrapped around and tied in a bow at the top.
  • The “Gather Together & Give Thanks” greeting from Painted Harvest was stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink on the top page.

 

OK…don’t forget…it’s not too late to join us over on Create with Connie and Mary for some great new projects featuring stamps and bundles in the Holiday Catalog!

 

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Sep 09 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Favorite Holiday Catalog product

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring our “Favorite Holiday Catalog Product” this week! You KNOW that is hard, right?  SOOO many great items in the holiday catalog, it was SO hard to just choose one.  So, I went with my first instinct (and probably everyone else will, too!) and used Painted Harvest.  It is the first set that I knew I absolutely would be purchasing.

 

I ended up doing a series of three with this layout…I’ll show off the other two versions next week, so make sure to stop by…

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded to form the base card.
  • Two 1 x 4 pieces of Painted Autumn Designer Paper were added to each side of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • A 1/2 x 5 strip of the coordinating Espresso pattern DSP was added across the top section.
  • One sunflower was directly stamped on the Very Vanilla cardstock layer with Crushed Curry Ink for the solid background and Pumpkin Pie for the top layer.  Early Espresso Ink was stamped off for the center of the flower, the the dotted image was full-strength.
  • A second flower was stamped the same on scrap Very Vanilla cardstock, then hand-cut and popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The leaves background was stamped off Garden Green, then the veins were full-strength Garden Green Ink.  They were punched with the Leaf Punch and tucked under the popped-up flower.
  • The thankful greeting was stamped with Early Espresso Ink on scrap Very Vanilla, then punched with the Everyday Label Punch and sponged around the edges with Pumpkin Pie Ink and tucked under the sunflower.
  • Some Linen Thread was double tied in a bow and added to the sunflower with a Mini Glue Dot.

 

This set makes it SO easy to make nice looking cards!  As I said, I’ll show off the other two versions later next week! OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did with their Favorite Holiday Catalog product theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is our Create website to find out more about our September Mini Session, then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

The brand new SEPTEMBER Mini Session is COMING SOON! We are featuring products from the NEW HOLIDAY Catalog! Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project when you purchase August & September together!

  • 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. All for only $8.95 US!

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Sep 07 2017

CCMC474 Hearts Come Home

It is a wonderful sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary…you will absolutely LOVE what our Challenge Team did with it!

Here’s what I did with it:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Very Vanilla cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded to form base card.
  • The greeting from Hearts Come Home was stamped with Memento Black Ink on the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Dapper Denim cardstock.
  • The “moon” is the largest circle from Layering Circles Framelits, cut from Very Vanilla cardstock and sponged around the edges with So Saffron Ink.  The bottom portion was cut off.
  • Santa and his reindeer were stamped with Memento Black Ink on the moon.
  • The row of houses from Hometown Greetings Edgelits were cut from Basic Black cardstock and added over the moon on the front of the card.
  • A strip of gold from Yeah of Cheer Washi Tape was added to the bottom of the Basic Black cardstock for a little bling!

 

Don’t you LOVE it?  I do!  OK…check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary to see what they did with the sketch challenge!

 

Want some more great ideas using products in the Holiday Catalog?  September’s Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session has loads of ideas for Fall, Halloween and Christmas, including a great craft fair project!  We get started on September 11th, so don’t miss out!

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.
  • Only $8.95 US

 

And this month – if you subscribe to BOTH the August and September session, you will receive a really pretty bonus project using the Christmas set – Carols of Christmas!  Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to subscribe today!

 

 

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Sep 02 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Pop-Up Surprise

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Pop-Up Surprise” for the inside of our cards this week!  We’ll see what the Design Team did…more of a challenge this week!

 

I went back and forth on what to do…finally decided on a Halloween theme.  Here’s the outside.

 

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 2 x 5-1/2 piece of Spooky Night DSP was added to the bottom, and the coordinating stripe pattern was cut 1/4 x 5-1/2 and adhered to hide the seam.
  • The cobweb and bats from Sweet Home stamp set were stamped with Memento Black Ink.
  • The hat was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Very Vanilla, the buckle colored with Daffodil Delight Marker, then cut with the Layering Circles Framelits.  It was adhered to a larger Scallop Layering Circle cut from Basic Black and popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

The fun is when you open it up…the moon, cat and hat all pop out towards you!

 

 

  • A 5 x 8 piece of Basic Black cardstock was scored at 4 and folded.
  • Approx. 2″ from each end, a cut was made thru the fold and reversed folded to create the pop-out.
  • The moon was cut with the Layering Circles from Daffodil Delight, sponged around the edges with Pumpkin Pie Ink and two of the bats stamped with Memento Black Ink.  It was added to the pop-out.
  • The cat was punched from Basic Gray and the face added with Memento Black Ink and added to the moon.
  • The hat was cut from the Designer Paper an added in front of the moon.
  • At the inside bottom, a 1-1/2 x 5 piece of Spooky Night DSP was added to the bottom with a coordinating stripe DSP to hide the seam.
  • The “owl” eyes were stamped with Whisper White several times in the background randomly.  The greeting was stamped with Whisper White Craft Ink above the DSP.

 

This was really fun to put together…I need to make more of these!  OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the Pop-up card theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is our Create website to find out more about our September Mini Session, then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The brand new SEPTEMBER Mini Session is COMING SOON!  We are featuring products from the NEW HOLIDAY Catalog!  Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project when you purchase August & September together!

  • 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.  All for only $8.95 US!

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Aug 31 2017

CCMC473 Painted Harvest

I’m thinking everyone is in love with the new Painted Harvest stamp set that will be available TOMORROW in the Holiday Catalog!  SO many pretty cards done with it!  The color combination for our Create with Connie and Mary inspired the look of my card…stepping away from sunflowers into blue flowers!  LOVE how it turned out!

 

 

Here’s my card.  I did double flowers for more dimension!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Dapper Denim, scored at 4-1/4 and folded to form base card.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer, I stamped the flower three times, first with the background image stamped off, then the top image full strength with Dapper Denim ink.
  • Three flowers were stamped again the same way (stamp off, the full strength) on scrap Whisper White, then cut along the inside layer of petals.  The centers are done with Soft Suede Ink, then the speckle stamp added on top.  Some random leaves were stamped with Pear Pizzazz Ink in the background.  I added the cut flowers on top of the backgroud flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A few more leaves were stamped with Pear Pizzazz Ink (stamp off for background, full strength for veins), then punched with the Leaf Punch and tucked around the flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Some Linen Thread was wrapped around three times and adhered in the back.
  • The greeting was stamped with Dapper Denim on Soft Suede cardstock, punched with the new Everyday Label Punch and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A little Clear Wink of Stella on the centers gives the flowers a little sparkle!

SOOOO pretty!!!  Check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

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Aug 26 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Fun with Embossing Paste

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Fun with Embossing Paste” or embossing if they didn’t have the paste.  Lots of techniques for using the paste, I can’t wait to see what the Design Team came up with!

 

I used the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and Labels to Love Stamp set to create my card.  I decided on a background of Very Vanilla cardstock, added the paste and then sponged over the raised areas with Soft Suede.  I went with a fall theme, although I’m definitely NOT wishing for the end of summer!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Soft Suede Cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Very Vanilla, I used a spatula to add the Embossing Paste across the Pattern Party Decorative Mask and let dry.  Then sponged over the raised areas with Soft Suede Ink.
  • I added some Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon across the bottom of the front of the Very Vanilla and adhered in the back.
  • I used white Glossy Cardstock and sponged on colors of Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Crushed Curry Inks, then cut the large and small leaves from Seasonal Layers Thinlits from the colored Glossy Paper.  The outline leaf was cut from Gold Metallic Paper.
  • The greeting from Labels to Love (in the Holiday Catalog) was stamped with Early Espresso Ink on Soft Suede cardstock and punched with the new Everyday Label (in the Holiday catalog) Punch.
  • All the leaves and labels were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Oh…love how pretty this turned out!  OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the Embossing Paste theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 24 2017

CCMC472 Spooky Cat

OK…I just LOVE the cat punch in the new Holiday Catalog…and couldn’t wait to use it!  Since I’m “pre-scheduling” posts due to my knee replacement surgery, I really did this card almost immediately upon getting my order!  I also am a HUGE fan of Halloween…but this punch will be used for more than Halloween in my house!

 

The sketch this week on Create with Connie and Mary was a perfect opportunity to use this cat!

 

 

Here’s my card using Spooky Cat!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pumpkin Pie cardstock, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • The background panel of Spooky Night Designer Paper was cut to 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 and the top panel was cut to 2-3/4 x 3-3/4.
  • A 1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Basic Black cardstock is layered in between the two DSP panels according to the sketch.
  • The large Stitched Shape Circle was cut from Pumpkin Pie and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The cat was stamped with Pumpkin Pie Ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, punched with the Cat Punch, then added to the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionas.
  • One of the witch hats was cut from the DSP and tucked beside the cat.
  • Three Black Rhinestones (in the Holiday Catalog!) are added to the circle.

 

OK…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!  Fabulous ideas as usual!

 

AND…it’s not too late to join our August 2017 Mini Session!  We have a BONUS project with purchase using the Carols of Christmas stamp set, available now to customers…that you will LOVE!

August2017collageThe brand new AUGUST Mini Session is NOW OPEN!  We are featuring products from the NEW Annual Catalog!  Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project, too!

  • 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.  All for only $8.95 US!

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Aug 19 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Non-Christmas using a Christmas Set

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “a Non-Christmas card using a Christmas set”.  Hmmm, a little more challenging this week!  Can’t wait to see what the Design Team does with this theme…it is always a surprise on what set they use!

 

I decided to use a set that I received in Thailand as a pillow gift, Ready for Christmas!  I changed it up to be a birthday card using that cute little wiener dog!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Lemon Lime Twist, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • A 3-1/2 x 4 piece of Birthday Memories Designer Paper was added to the bottom of the Whisper White and a length of Lemon Lime Twist Woven Ribbon was added to hide the seam and adhered in the back.
  • The greeting from Bunch of Blossoms was stamped in Early Espresso Ink above the ribbon.
  • The largest oval From Stitched Shapes was cut from Whisper White cardstock and the table stamped with Early Espresso Ink, then watercolored with Crumb Cake.
  • The presents, cookies and dachshund were stamped with Memento Black on Whisper White cardstock, then watercolored with Sweet Sugarplum, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Lemon Lime Twist, Chocolate Chip Inks and an AquaPainted.  They were cut with the Christmas Staircase Thinlits.  They were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

OK…can I say how HAPPY this card made me?  It came out exactly how I pictured it in my head.  So glad I can use this set for a birthday, too!

Check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the Non-Christmas with a Christmas Set theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our August 2017 Mini Session and then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

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