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!

 

 


Dec 11 2014

CCMC333 Wondrous Wreath

We have a FUN sketch challenge for you to try this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Just wait until you see what the Challenge Team did with it!  And,w e can’t wait to see what you can do with it!  Some angled lines makes it interesting!

 

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And here is my take on it using Stampin’ Up!’s Wondrous Wreath set…mostly because I already had the wreath done and sitting on my desk!  lol!

 

CCMC333 Wondrous Wreath

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Soft Sky, folded in half.
  • I added a 1/2″ strip of the striped pattern in All is Calm DSP across the front.
  • Next I cut the angled piece from the snow flurry pattern in All is Calm, then laid it on top of the Lost Lagoon and cut piece slightly larger.  I put the two together on the front of the card.
  • I stamped Be Joyful from Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set with Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White, then colored the BE with Soft Sky Marker.  I punched it with the 1 3/4″ circle and adhered to the front of the card.
  • The wreath background was stamped with Smoky Slate, then the Lost Lagoon on top, and Blackberry Bliss for the berries, the cut with the Wreath Framelits.  I LOVE that combination for winter!  To finish it off, I cut the bow from Silver Glimmer Paper and added a Lost Lagoon 1/4″ circle in the center of the bow.  I added it over the Be Joyful circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team designs over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Then grab your stamps and play along!


Dec 08 2014

White Christmas

One of my favorite things in Stampin’ Up!’s White Christmas stamp set is the little car.  I love the little tree on top!  It reminds me of my childhood when my folks had a big green station wagon to haul all of us around!  It had a reverse seat in the back so that we could wave out the back window at cars and trucks…it folded down into the floor when not in use!  Anyone remember those?  lol!  Anyway…here’s a card I made.  Leave off the sequins and it would be totally mailable without any extra postage!

 

White Christmas 2

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Soft Sky folded in half.
  • I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • I cut a 2 1/4 x 3 piece of All Is Calm Designer Paper (love the metallic snowflakes!) and placed on the upper left side.  I added a 3/4 x 2 piece of a coordinating DSP design and cut a flag end.
  • Under the DSP, I stamped “Thinking of you…” with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • On a scrap piece of Whisper White, I stamped the car and tree with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, then colored with my Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Smoky Slate and Coastal Cabana Blendabilities markers.  I punched it out with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and layered on a 2″ Circle punch of Soft Sky.  It’s popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, for a little bling, I added some Frosted Sequins and Snowflake with a Rhinestone inside.

We’re all ready to head out for the holidays, right?

 

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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!

 

 


Nov 27 2014

CCMC331 Many Merry Stars

I know…it’s Thanksgiving!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everyone!  I hope that you saw my Banner Blessings card that posted yesterday.  Today for our Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge, I went with a Christmas card, mainly because after today everyone’s thoughts will be more firmly focused on Christmas!  Have fun playing with this sketch, lots of great ideas from our Challenge Team this week!  I originally said this was Festival of Trees, but actually it is the tree image in Many Merry Stars stamp set in the Holiday Supplement catalog!

 

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Here’s my take on the sketch:

CCMC332 Many Merry Stars

 

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Real Red, folded in half.
  • On 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Sahara Sand, I added a 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 piece of Nordic Noel Designer Paper.
  • I covered the seam with a 1/4″ strip of Silver Glimmer Paper.
  • The Many Merry Stars tree image was stamped with Silver Ink on Real Red, Whisper White and Pacific Point, then used the Tree Punch to punch the images out.  I lined them up in a row above the Glimmer Paper.
  • In the center of each tree, I added a Rhinestone Jewel.
  • Finally, I stamped Tis the Season with Tuxedo Black ink on Whisper White and cut with the Project Life Framelits.

Every year, I always love doing a patriotic Christmas card.  I really like how this turned out!  Make sure to check out the rest of the fabulous Challenge Team designs this week over on Create with Connie and Mary.  Then grab your stamps and play along!  Enjoy your Turkey Day!

 

 


Nov 08 2014

Week 4: Many Merry Stars

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OH NO!  Today is the last day over on Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014 we are showing off the sets we used this past week with our last BLOG HOP for this session!!!  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 Holiday Collection 2014 session:

 

We are just finishing up our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014!  We have done four weeks of holiday and winter projects for home decor and gift giving! 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!

 

For this week’s stamp set, I used Many Merry Stars.  It’s from the Holiday Supplement catalog.  My project could be interchangeable with the Bright & Beautiful star set, too!  However, I wanted to do a card with one of my favorite snowflake images in the set.  I LOVE that it fits inside the Tree Punch!

 

Many Merry Stars

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Soft Sky, I added three patterns of All is Calm Washi Tape towards the bottom third of the front.
  • I embossed the Fun Frame on Lost Lagoon cardstock and cut it out.  Then added it on top of the Washi Tape.
  • In the center, I cut out a 1 1/4 x 1 7/8″ piece of Silver Glimmer Paper to put inside the Fun Frame.
  • I stamped the tree from Many Merry Stars in Lost Lagoon on Whisper White and punched with the Tree Punch, then added the element to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I colored a Rhinestone with Coastal Cabana Blendabilities and added it to the center of the tree snowflake.
  • Finally, I stamped Tis the Season from the same Many Merry Stars set with Lost Lagoon ink above the top of the frame.

I love how it turned out and I love this stamp set!  You’ll be seeing more of it from me, I’m sure!

 

OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014 Design Team blogs to see their cards and what sets they used!  Next up is Natasha Zandbergen.

 

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Nov 06 2014

CCMC328 Letterpress Winter

It’s time for another Thursday Challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary.  This time it’s a fun Color Challenge, so grab your inks and play along!

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And here’s the card I made.  I love the unusual cut along the right edge of the card…makes it “fancy smancy”!  l also love the plaid of Trim the Tree Designer Paper against the lacy snowflake in Letterpress Winter!

 

CCMC328 Letterpress Winter

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, folded in half.  Along the right front edge, I used the Apothecary Accent Framelit (only run it partially thru to cut the edge).
  • Add a 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of Trim the Tree Designer Paper to the left side.
  • Wrap the Lost Lagoon Ribbon around the DSP and secure on the back.
  • Stamp the large snowflake from Letterpress Winter with Lost Lagoon Ink and cut with the Snowflake Card Thinlet Die, turn 90 degrees and cut it again so the entire snowflake is cut out.
  • Cut the medium snowflake from Silver Glimmer Paper and adhere to large snowflake.
  • Stamp For You with Cherry Cobbler and punch with the 1″ Circle Punch and add to the center of the snowflake with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  Add two Rhinestone Jewels to the sides.
  • Add the snowflake to the front of the card.
  • Tie a bow with more Lost Lagoon Ribbon and add to the front with a Mini Glue Dot.

 

CCMC328 Letterpress Winter inside

  • Inside, cut Whisper White to 4 x 5 1/4.  Stamp the rectangle with Lost Lagoon Ink.  Then stamp Season’s Greetings with Cherry Cobbler ink.

 

OK…go check out the rest of the challenge team over on Create with Connie and Mary and see what they did with the challenge this week!


Nov 01 2014

Week 3: White Christmas with Aurora Lights

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WOOHOO!  Over on Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014 we are showing off the sets we used in Week 3 with another 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 Holiday Collection 2014 session:

 

We are just finishing up Week 3 on our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014!  We are doing four weeks of holiday and winter projects for home decor and gift giving! 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’ve been wanting to use this White Christmas stamp set and do some aurora lights in the background.  It is on my bucket list to see the lights up close and personal one day.  I did see them when I was younger from a far distance, but I want to be CLOSE!

 

White Christmas

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 x 10, folded in half to make a 5×5 square card.
  • I cut a 4 x 4 3/4 layer of Pool Party cardstock, and layered a 1 3/4 x 4 3/4 piece of All is Calm Designer Paper along the left side.  I used the Silver 1/8″ Ribbon to hide the seam and wrapped it around the back to adhere.
  • On a 4×4 piece of Whisper White, I stamped the trees with Early Espresso Ink, then filled them in with the Early Espresso Marker.
  • I stamped the trees again on scrap copy paper and cut a mask to lay over the snowy ground.  Then I sponged Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Island Indigo Inks above the snow line.
  • I stamped the snowflakes with White Craft Ink all over the sponged area.
  • The polar bear was stamped with Tuxedo Black on scrap Whisper White and cut out.  I added a little Pool Party Marker to him for shadows and placed him on the snow.  I added the star with Tuxedo Black and colored with the Gold Marker.
  • Thinking of You at Christmas was stamped with Island Indigo in the upper right corner.
  • I layered the stamped Whisper White on a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 piece of Island Indigo cardstock and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, I added a Blushing Bride Button tied with White Bakers Twine to the upper left side.

I LOVE how this turned out!  Hope you like it, too!

 

OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014 Design Team blogs to see their cards and what sets they used!  Next up is Natasha Zandbergen!

 

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Oct 30 2014

CCMC327 Beauty of the Season

It’s time for another Thursday Challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary!  This time it is a FUN sketch, I loved using it to create my card!

 

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Here’s what I did.  The cardinal in this Beauty of the Season is so large, I cut it down a little by using the Oval Framelit.

 

 

CCMC327 Beauty of the Season

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Soft Sky.
  • A diagonal piece of Nordic Noel Designer Paper was layered on top.
  • Next a 1″ strip of the stripe from Nordic Noel DSP was placed horizontally across the front.
  • The Beauty of the Season cardinal image was stamped with Tuxedo Black and Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake Blendabilities were used to color him in.
  • He was cut out with the Oval Framelit and the Oval edges were sponged with Soft Sky Ink.  The oval was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • To finish it off, the greeting from Good Greetings Hostess Set was stamped with Real Red on a strip of Whisper White and cut on an angle.
  • The Real Red Woven Ribbon was tied with Linen Thread and placed on the front with Mini Glue Dots.  Three pearls were colored with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and placed above the angled cut DSP.

 

I love how this turned out!  Make sure you check out the rest of the Challenge Team and their ideas for this sketch over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Then grab your stamps and play along!  We love to see what you do!

 

HolidayCollectionBadgeWe are working in Week 3 of the Holiday Collections 2014 over on Create with Connie and Mary and it’s not too late to join!  Don’t miss out on joining us for some FABULOUS ideas using Christmas and Winter stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog!  For only $29.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project tutorials with full directions and photos!

 

 


Oct 25 2014

Week 2 Blog Hop: Christmas Bauble

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WOOHOO!  Over on Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014 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 Holiday Collection 2014 session:

 

We are just finishing up Week 2 on our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014!  We are doing four weeks of holiday and winter projects for home decor and gift giving! 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 single stamp, Christmas Bauble for my card since I used it on my fun project this past week!  I really wanted the ornament to look “shiny”, so I used Cherry Cobbler and Calypso Coral Blendabilities to shade it.  The Gold Glimmer paper and Gold 1/8″ Ribbon really make it sparkle!

 

Christmas Bauble

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 Cherry Cobbler cardstock folded in half to make the base.
  • Along the right side is a 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 piece of Trim the Tree Designer Paper Stack.
  • I added a 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of Gold Glimmer Paper to hide the seam.
  • I cut a 3 x 3 3/4 piece of Whisper White and adhered it towards the bottom left side.
  • Holiday Cheer from Cheerful Tags was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • The ornament was stamped with Tuxedo Black on scrap Whisper White, then colored with Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Crumb Cake Blendabilities.  I added some White Gel Pen highlights.
  • I punched a 1/8″ hole in the ornament handle and threaded the 1/8″ Gold Ribbon thru the hole to the back of the ornament and adhered to the back of the Whisper White.
  • The ornament was popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, I added some banner strips on the right side of the ornament from Trim the Tree DSP and Gold Glimmer Paper.

I love how it turned out!

 

OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014 Design Team blogs to see their cards and what sets they used!  Next up is Natasha Zandbergen!

 

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