Jan 29 2015

CCMC340 Cheerful Critters

Ah…another color challenge today for you over on Create with Connie and Mary!  This one stumped me a little bit…I normally would be thinking about winter stamp sets with these colors, not spring.  Then I spotted Cheerful Critters on my shelf and knew that I could make it work using that set!

 

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Here’s my card:

 

CCMC340 Cheerful Critters

The details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Lost Lagoon, folded in half.
  • A layer of 4 x 5-1/4 Sahara Sand is on top.
  • Two 1-1/4 strips of Sweet Dreams Designer were cut for the back.  In between is a 1/8″ strip of Lost Lagoon cardstock.
  • Whisper White was cut to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 and stamped with the bear image in Cheerful Critters with Basic Gray Ink.  His shirt was colored with the Lost Lagoon and Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Markers and the bear was watercolored with Sahara Sand Marker.
  • The greeting was stamped with Lost Lagoon Ink inside the sign.
  • a 3/8 x 2 1/2 strip of Silver Glimmer Paper was placed along the left side.
  • The Little Pieces Embosslit was cut from Basic Gray cardstock.  The flower with a rhinestone center was placed on the Silver Glimmer Paper strip and the arrow pointing to the sign.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

And…donOCC15SpringCollectionBadge‘t forget!  Our new Spring Collection 2015 is just half-way over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our subscription is full of gift ideas, home decor, card sets and 3D project tutorials perfect for your stamp camps and classes!  We’re using Occasions and Sale-A-Bration products from Stampin’ Up!’s Catalogs.  Get over 24 projects for only $29.95 US…that’s just a little over $1 per tutorial!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!


Jan 24 2015

Week 1 Blog Hop: Lotus Blossom

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WOOHOO!  Over on Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 we are showing off the sets we used this past week with a BLOG HOP!!!  Come take the tour and see what the designers have come up with.  (Of course, you can only see the actual 3D projects if you are a subscriber!)  You probably have just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her card, don’t you?  Before you take the tour, here is some information about our Spring Collection 2015 session:

 

We are just finishing up Week 1 on our Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015!  We are doing four weeks of 3d projects for home decor and gift giving and several card sets! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $29.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

 

I used Stampin’ Up!’s stamp set, Lotus Blossom, for my card this week since I used it on my pretty (if I must say so myself) home decor project that subscribers saw on Thursday!

Week 1 Blog Hop Lotus Blossom

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Coastal Cabana folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Best Year Ever Designer Paper.
  • The 3 x 4-1/4 layer of Sahara Sand has been embossed with the Spring Flowers folder and the corners were rounded.  A 2″ Circle was punched out of the center.
  • On a 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 piece of Whisper White, the Lotus Blossom flower was stamped with Crushed Curry, then stamped off with Calypso Coral for the second layer and full-strength Calypso Coral for the final image.  It was adhered behind the open circle.
  • A 1/2 x 3-3/4 piece of Chocolate Chip was rounded and placed under the left side.  Then the entire piece was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Bow Builder punch was used to make the Coastal Cabana bow, and the Thank You greeting was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on one of the tails.
  • A Calypso Coral Best Year Ever Accessory Button was tied with White Bakers Twine, then added to the center of the bow.

 

OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 Design Team blogs to see their cards and what sets they used this week on their projects!  Next up is Mary Brown!

 

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Jan 13 2015

Day 3 PREVIEW: Painted Petals

OCC15SpringCollectionBadgeThis is my second post for today…make sure to see my SUO Challenge card, too!

It’s DAY 3 of PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary and we’re counting down the days until we start the new Spring Collection 2015!  Preview Week is a chance for you to see what we are all about with our free tutorials!  We are announcing another of our Design Team Member today…one of our long-time designers and we love her work!  Head over and see who she is, see her card, AND get ANOTHER chance for BLOG CANDY…a FREE SUBSCRIPTION!  While you are there sign up for our latest Collection…filled with projects and card sets from products in Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs!  Save $5 off the regular price…only $24.95 for over 24 tutorials!

 

Another favorite set of mine in the Occasions Catalog is Painted Petals.  I love the small blossoms and soft lines on the images.  Here’s a quick card I put together using it!

 

Painted Petals

 

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Coastal Cabana cardstock, folded in half.
  • On the 3 3/4 x 5 layer of Pool Party, I stamped the trio of flowers diagonally with Coastal Cabana Ink.
  • On the 2 x 4 1/4 strip of Whisper White, I stamped the stems with Mossy Meadow Ink and the tops with Strawberry Slush Ink.  The greeting was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink, then the row of dots is Coastal Cabana again.
  • I thought it still needed a little “sumthin’ sumthin'”, so I tied a bow in the Coastal Cabana Thick Twine and added it to the flower stems with Mini Glue Dots.

See…really quick and easy…a great demo card for your classes, don’t you think?  OK…make sure to stop by Create with Connie and Mary and see our designer’s work…and sign up for the Spring Collection 2015!

 

Oh yeah!  Way to go BUCKEYES!!!  Woohoo!

 

Go Bucks!

 

 

 


Jan 12 2015

Day 2 PREVIEW: Butterfly Thinlet

OCC15SpringCollectionBadgeIt’s Day 2 of Create with Connie and Mary’s PREVIEW WEEK to kick off the start of the Spring Collection next week!  Today, Mary has a SUPER FUN project for you to check out…and guess what?  The tutorial is FREE…just so you can see what our subscription service is all about!  When you sign up, you’ll see a new project with photo tutorial posted EVERY DAY for FOUR weeks, except on Saturdays when we do our Blog Tour!  So…that is over 24 projects for our Early Bird Price of only $24.95.  But, don’t wait!  That $5 savings goes away on Saturday and the price will be $29.95.  Mary also has BLOG CANDY today…so check out Create with Connie and Mary to see where to go to leave a comment and a chance to win a FREE subscription to our Spring Collection!  And, if you’ve already signed up, we’ll apply it to our next session!

 

So…in celebration of Mary’s project, I used the beautiful Butterfly Thinlet on my card today!  I was going for a white tone-on-tone look, but I just couldn’t get away from putting some color on here.  So, I think the soft Crisp Cantaloupe was a good compromise.

 

Butterfly Thinlet

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Sahara Sand.
  • The next layer is 3-3/4 x 5 Something Borrowed Designer Paper…I LOVE that DSP…every pattern in that package is gorgeous!
  • I used a 3/4 x 4 strip of Whisper White and stamped the greeting from the Sale-A-Bration set, Simply Wonderful with Tuxedo Black Ink.
  • I cut the butterfly with the Butterfly Thinlet from Whisper White and added some of the flower trim in the Artisan Embellishments kit to the body!

 

Really…a very simple card, but the DSP and butterfly really add a lot of WOW factor to it!

 

Now, don’t forget to stop by Create with Connie and Mary and see Mary’s PREVIEW PROJECT and download the FREE TUTORIAL today!

 

 


Jan 01 2015

CCMC336 Snowman Love

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Wishing you a wonderful year!  And, it’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  We have a beautiful color combination for you this week!  Hope you grab your stamps and play along!

 

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And here’s my card.  It kind of took off in a direction all of it’s own…nothing like what was in my head!  I knew I wanted to do a New Year’s card, the colors are Valentine-y looking, and I’m on a snowman kick right now…so this was “born”!  lol!  Isn’t it cute?

 

CCMC336 Happy New Year

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Calypso Coral cardstock, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Black, I stamped the Dotty Angles confetti with Versamark, then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.
  • I added a 3/4 x 4 strip of Whisper White cardstock at the bottom and stamped Happy New Year from Teeny Tiny Wishes with Tuxedo Black ink.
  • I cut the Real Red Heart with the Heart Framelits, then added 1-3/4 circles of Whisper White for the snow people heads.  The eyes are the Cupcake Punch confetti from Basic Black, I drew on eyelashes for the snow lady with the Black Marker and highlights with the White Gel Pen.  The noses are the tip of the Tree Punch from Calypso Coral cardstock.
  • I used the Extra Large Oval and Owl Punch Vest for the man’s hat and the lady’s headband is the tip of the Extra Large Oval from Basic Black.  I added two Owl Punch hearts for the Calypso Coral bow on her hat, with a rhinestone in the center.
  • The bottom needed a little something, so I made a small bow with the new Bow Punch from Calypso Coral, adding the Red Glimmer Small Heart in the center.

Change the greeting and make it a Valentine card, wedding or anniversary card, too!  So fun!

 

Make sure to check out the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Team and see what they did with this color combination!

 


Dec 29 2014

You Plus Me again

It’s Day 4 (our final day) of the Create with Connie and Mary Valentine Collection 2015 and both Mary and I have done up another card using either the Hey, Valentine or You Plus Me stamp sets.  We are featuring both of these sets and the Stacked with Love Designer Paper Pack in our projects for the Valentine Collection.  It’s not too late to join…you get to see all FOUR of the projects all at once!

 

You Plus Me 2

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Strawberry Slush, folded in half.
  • On the 2-1/4 x 5-1/2 panel of Pink Pirouette, I embossed with the Happy Hearts Folder (again you’ll need to run it thru twice).
  • I added a 3/4 x 5-1/2 piece of Whisper White and stamped Twitterpated (love it!) with Strawberry Slush ink.
  • At the top, I cut a 1/8 x 5-1/2 piece of Basic Black to trim off the top.
  • I cut the heart with the Heart Framelits, then stamped the ampersand in Strawberry Slush Ink.  I used the Heart template, piercing tool and mat to pierce around the edge of the heart.
  • I colored three rhinestones with Melon Mambo Blendabilities and added them to the inside of the ampersand.
  • The circle was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White and punched with the 1-3/4″ Circle.  I colored the words with Pink Pirouette and Strawberry Slush markers, then added it to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Too cute!  I’m having a lot more fun with that set that I actually thought I would.  The graphics are very cool!  Make sure to check in over on Create with Connie and Mary to see the card that Mary did today!

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www.createwithconnieandmary.comDon’t forget!  Create with Connie and Mary launched our Valentine Special MINI Collection 2015 immediately after Christmas on December 26th!  That is so we give our demo subscribers plenty of time to set up their classes, but you don’t need to be a demo to join us!  Sign up TODAY at Create with Connie and Mary so you don’t miss out!

This MINI collection will be slightly different…only FOUR projects…and only $5.95 US!!!

  • A mini session featuring the You Plus Me and Hey, Valentine suite of stamps and accessories!
  • FOUR step-by-step pictorial project tutorials…two card set tutorials and two 3D projects!
  • NEW!  Kits of supplies for each project will be available for subscribers to purchase!
  • Featuring the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack on all our projects!
  • ONE tutorial revealed EACH day on Dec 26, 27, 28 and 29.
  • Exclusive to subscribers, these projects will not be shown ANYWHERE else!
  • Demos & Customers welcome!

Join today over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 


Dec 28 2014

Hey Valentine again

It’s Day 3 of the Create with Connie and Mary Valentine Collection 2015 and both Mary and I have done up another card using either the Hey, Valentine or You Plus Me stamp sets.  We are featuring both of these sets and the Stacked with Love Designer Paper Pack in our projects for the Valentine Collection.

 

It’s funny how some cards take a while to “jel” together.  I had the pieces of this card sitting on my desk for a couple weeks.  I was finally able to pull all of them together in a layout that I liked!  (Don’t ask how many times this card was torn apart!  lol!)

 

Hey Valentine 2

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Calypso Coral, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White was run thru the Big Shot with the Happy Hearts folder (you’ll have to do it twice because of the width).
  • I layered a 1-3/4 x 5-1/4 piece of Real Red over a 2-1/4 x 5-1/4 piece of Basic Black.  I added the ribbon across the bottom and tied a knot, then adhered to the front of the card.
  • I stamped the bird image with Tuxedo Black Memento Pad once on Whisper White and twice on Calypso Coral cardstock, then cut out the banners as shown.
  • I colored the bird with Calypso Coral, Real Red and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities and placed on the red panel.  The center Whisper White was popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I punched two Small Hearts from Red Glimmer Paper and popped up on the Calypso Coral panels with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

It FINALLY turned out the way I had pictured in my head!  lol!  Make sure you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and see the card that Mary did today…it is super cute!

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www.createwithconnieandmary.comDon’t forget!  Create with Connie and Mary launched our Valentine Special MINI Collection 2015 immediately after Christmas on December 26th!  That is so we give our demo subscribers plenty of time to set up their classes, but you don’t need to be a demo to join us!  Sign up TODAY at Create with Connie and Mary so you don’t miss out!

This MINI collection will be slightly different…only FOUR projects…and only $5.95 US!!!

  • A mini session featuring the You Plus Me and Hey, Valentine suite of stamps and accessories!
  • FOUR step-by-step pictorial project tutorials…two card set tutorials and two 3D projects!
  • NEW!  Kits of supplies for each project will be available for subscribers to purchase!
  • Featuring the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack on all our projects!
  • ONE tutorial revealed EACH day on Dec 26, 27, 28 and 29.
  • Exclusive to subscribers, these projects will not be shown ANYWHERE else!
  • Demos & Customers welcome!

Join today over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 


Dec 25 2014

CCMC335 The Newborn King

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

This week on Create with Connie and Mary, we have a fun sketch challenge.  Since this is posting on Christmas Day, I went with The Newborn King stamp set for my card.  You might notice that I only used part of the image.  I cut mine up so that I could use it both ways easier…two images for the price of one!

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Here’s my take on the sketch:

CCMC335 The Newborn King

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/4 x 10-1/2, folded in half to make a square card sized 5 1/4 x 5 1/4.
  • The Whisper White layer is 5 x 5.
  • I cut a 5×5 piece of Night of Navy Patterns DSP and cut in half at 2 1/2 horizontally, then cut at 1 1/2 vertically.  This gives me 4 pieces to make 2 cards.  I lined up a short piece on the top of the Whisper White and the wider piece on the opposite corner.
  • I inked The Newborn King partial image with Versamark and embossed with White Embossing Powder on Night of Navy cardstock.  I cut it out with the Circle Framelit and layered it on a larger size Circle Framelit of Silver Glimmer Paper with Liquid Mono Glue, then popped it up on front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I cut the snowflake from Silver Glimmer Paper using the Snowflake Card Thinlet, then added it to a small 1″ Circle Framelit of Night of Navy cardstock and placed on the front.
  • The greeting was stamped with Night of Navy (sorry about the glare) and tucked under the 1″ circle.  I cut the other end in a flag cut.
  • Finally, I stamped the star in The Newborn King set with Crushed Curry ink in the upper right corner.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team on Create with Connie and Mary to see their beautiful Christmas cards using this sketch!  We hope you’ll play along this week…and it doesn’t have to be a Christmas card!  lol!

 

Wishing you a safe and joyous

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

 

 


Dec 18 2014

CCMC334 Seasonably Scattered

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  It’s a beautiful color combination and perfect for Christmas!  However, as I mentioned, I’m getting a little tired of making Christmas cards, so I switched it up and made a Valentine card!

 

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And here’s my card using Stampin’ Up!’s Seasonally Scattered and an EASY layout!

 

CCMC334 Seasonally Scattered

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Cherry Cobbler cardstock, folded in half.
  • I added a 3 1/4 x 5 piece of Silver Glimmer Paper and cut a flag end.
  • On top is a 2 3/4 x 4 piece of Whisper White, stamped with the LOVE image from Seasonally Scattered stamp set.  I wrapped Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon around the left side and tied a knot, then adhered with Liquid Monoadhesive Glue to the Glimmer Paper.
  • Finally, I punched three small hearts from Cherry Cobbler and placed them on the Whisper White cardstock.

Didn’t I say EASY!  Yep!  You could make a BUNCH of these!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Thursday Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary to see what they did with this color combination!

 

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www.createwithconnieandmary.comCreate with Connie and Mary is getting ready to launch our Valentine Special MINI Collection 2015 immediately after Christmas on December 26th!  That is so we give our demo subscribers plenty of time to set up their classes, but you don’t need to be a demo to join us!  Sign up TODAY at Create with Connie and Mary so you don’t miss out!

This MINI collection will be slightly different…only FOUR projects…and only $5.95 US!!!

  • A mini session featuring the You Plus Me and Hey, Valentine suite of stamps and accessories!
  • FOUR step-by-step pictorial project tutorials…two card set tutorials and two 3D projects!
  • NEW!  Kits of supplies for each project will be available for subscribers to purchase!
  • Featuring the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack on all our projects!
  • ONE tutorial revealed EACH day on Dec 26, 27, 28 and 29.
  • Exclusive to subscribers, these projects will not be shown ANYWHERE else!
  • Demos & Customers welcome!

Join today over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 


Dec 17 2014

Ornamental Pine 3

Hard to believe that I almost didn’t buy this Stampin’ Up! set, Ornamental Pine.  I have an older pine branch set that I’ve used off and on, but I really love the greetings in this set.  I also have to admit that I’m a little tired of making Christmas cards.  Feels like I’ve been making up samples for my blog and to share for months (and I have!).  So…I think this will be my last one of the season.  I know I’ll be excited again next year when the season rolls around!  lol!  Plus…I have all my new Occasions goodies waiting for me to play with them.  I made myself a promise that if I put a big dent in my Christmas wrapping today, I’d allow myself to play a little tomorrow!  lol!

 

Ornamental Pine 3

This card is one of those that looks SOOOO much prettier in person!  The embossed white branch, colored with Blendabilities and the sparkle of Silver Glimmer around the greeting, plus the base of Whisper White…it just pops!  My camera battery was dying or else I’d try to re-photograph this on black to see if it showed up better.  Oh well!  Make one for yourself and you’ll see!  lol!

 

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5 1/4 Night of Navy layer I rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Rounder.
  • I embossed the pine branch with White Embossing Powder and colored the needles with the Old Olive Blendabilities Markers.  The branch I used the Crumb Cake Blendabilities.
  • I stamped the pine cone with Early Espresso on Chocolate Chip cardstock, added the White Gel Pen snow and cut it out, then placed on front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I added some snow flurries with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  I’ve really used that a LOT this winter on cards!
  • The greeting was stamped with Night of Navy on Whisper White and cut with the Circle Framelits.  I layered it on another Circle of Silver Glimmer Paper, then popped it up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

As I mentioned, it really has so much more impact in person than on my computer screen!  But I hope you enjoy it!  And…speaking of moving on…our Create with Connie and Mary Valentine Collection will start soon!  Don’t miss out!  Here are the details:

 

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www.createwithconnieandmary.comCreate with Connie and Mary is getting ready to launch our Valentine Special MINI Collection 2015 immediately after Christmas on December 26th!  That is so we give our demo subscribers plenty of time to set up their classes, but you don’t need to be a demo to join us!  Sign up TODAY at Create with Connie and Mary so you don’t miss out!

This MINI collection will be slightly different…only FOUR projects…and only $5.95 US!!!

  • A mini session featuring the You Plus Me and Hey, Valentine suite of stamps and accessories!
  • FOUR step-by-step pictorial project tutorials…two card set tutorials and two 3D projects!
  • NEW!  Kits of supplies for each project will be available for subscribers to purchase!
  • Featuring the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack on all our projects!
  • ONE tutorial revealed EACH day on Dec 26, 27, 28 and 29.
  • Exclusive to subscribers, these projects will not be shown ANYWHERE else!
  • Demos & Customers welcome!

Join today over on Create with Connie and Mary!