Feb 26 2015

CCMC244 Petal Potpourri

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary challenge!  It’s a pretty color combination this time!  Makes me think of flowers and spring!  Yesterday actually seemed “balmy” and the high was only in the low 20s!  But after the freezing sub zero weather we’ve had it felt pretty good!

 

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OK…here’s the card I came up to use for the challenge.  I actually made two cards, but couldn’t decide which one to use!  I’ll show off the other later this week.  This is the simpler of the two, I think.  I hope you can see the lighter details.

 

CCMC344 Petal Potpourri

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Rose Red, folded in half.
  • Blackberry Bliss layer was cut 3 3/4 x 5.
  • On the 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 layer of Whisper White, the medallion strip in Because You Care Hostess set was stamped across the bottom and right side with Blushing Bride Ink.
  • Happy Birthday from the same stamp set was stamped with Blackberry Bliss Ink.
  • The Petal Potpourri doily flower was stamped with Blackberry Bliss Ink on Rose Red cardstock and punched with the Flower Medallion punch.  It was stamped again with Blackberry Bliss Ink on Blushing Bride, then punched with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch and placed in the center of the flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The flower was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and rhinestone added to the center, plus some around the greeting.
  • Finally, a scrap of Blushing Bride Chevron Ribbon was cut with flag ends, then folded in half and adhered under the flower.

I think it really is a pretty card in person!  I like how the center of the flower almost looks like a Spirograph (anyone else used to have one of those?)  Make sure to stop over on Create with Connie and Mary to see what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week!  Then grab your stamps and play along!  Don’t forget…we also have a call for new Challenge Team members out…last day to apply is Saturday!

 


Feb 14 2015

Week 4 Blog Hop: Petal Potpourri

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WOW!  Can you believe it!  Today is the last day over on Create with Connie and Mary for the Spring Collection 2015, but 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 our Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015! We did 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 did a really different “artistic” type project this week for our subscribers that was a lot of fun and EASY!  I’ll definitely be making more!  I used the stamp set, Petal Potpourri with the coordinating punch, Flower Medallion, on my project.  So, here’s a coordinating card!

 

Week 4 Blog Hop Petal Potpourri
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Coastal Cabana, folded in half.
  • On a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, “You Made my Day” from the Sale-A-Bration set, Best Day Ever, was stamped with Coastal Cabana Ink in the lower right corner.
  • Two triangles were stamped next to the greeting with Crushed Curry Ink.
  • Best Year Ever Designer Paper was cut 2-3/4 x 3 and added to the Whisper White.
  • The Petal Potpourri flower was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on a coordinating pattern in Best Year Ever DSP and punched with the Flower Medallion Punch, then popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the front of the card.
  • The center was stamped with Crushed Curry and punched with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, then adhered with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • Finally, the Simply Pressed Clay was molded in the Buttons & Blossoms Mold, dried, and then colored with the Calypso Coral Marker and added to the center of the flower with Mini Glue Dots.  I love the rubbery feel of the clay!

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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Feb 07 2015

Week 3 Blog Hop: Painted Petals Favor

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WOOHOO! It’s Saturday and 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 and card set projects if you are a subscriber!) You probably have just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her little favor, don’t you? Before you take the tour, here is some information about our Spring Collection 2015 session:

 

We are just finishing up Week 3 on our Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015! This week was Card “Create”tions Week…sets of four cards using different stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog…a very popular week!  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, Painted Petals, for my card set this week that subscribers saw this past Thursday!  So, I’ve made a little favor you can make to go along with the card set for your class or gift!

Week 3 Blog Hop Painted Petals

 

Slip off the belly band and open it up to store your little treat!

 

Week 3 Blog Hop Painted Petals inside

I know you are going to want measurements, right?  Here you go!

 

  • The base is 3 1/2 x 11 Pistachio Pudding, scored at 3-3/4, 4-1/4, and 8-1/4, fold all scorelines inside towards the center.
  • Emboss the front panel (closest two the double score lines) with Spring Flowers folder.
  • On the edge closest to the single score line, push the Word Window punch in as far as it will go and punch the width needed for your treat.
  • Place a piece of Sticky Strip on that same end, place your treat, then press the Sticky Strip flap down to hold it in place.
  • On the front, add a 3-1/4 x 3-1/2 piece of Something Borrowed Designer Paper.
  • For the belly band, cut a 1 x 11 piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.  Score at 5-1/4 and 5-3/4, wrap around base.  Add Sahara Sand Lace to bottom of front piece.
  • Pierce a hole on the open ends and place a Candy Dot Brad Base.  Add green Subtles Candy Dot to center.  Trim ends with a flag cut.
  • Cut second from smallest Oval with Oval Framelits from Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp Thank You in Tuxedo Black Ink, the stems with Pistachio Pudding, the flowers with Crisp Cantaloupe and the dotted line with Calypso Coral.  Sponge around edges with Pistachio Pudding Ink.  Add to Belly Band with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Tie a Coastal Cabana bow and add to stems with Mini Glue Dot.

 

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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Feb 05 2015

CCMC341 Indescribable Gift

On Create with Connie and Mary’s Thursday Challenge, we have a wonderful sketch challenge for you to try!

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And here’s my card.  I love the huge flower image in Stampin’ Up!’s Indescribable Gift stamp set!

 

CCMC341 Indescribable Gift

Here are the details:

  • The base card is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Pink Pirouette.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, stamp the flower image towards the bottom left side with Tuxedo Black Ink.
  • Color with Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake and Wild Wasabi Blendabilities Markers.
  • Across the top, add a 3/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Something Borrowed Designer Paper.
  • Stamp the greeting on a 1-1/2 x 2 piece of Pink Pirouette with Tuxedo Black Ink, cut a flag end.  Cut a 1/2 x 2-1/2 piece of coordinating DSP and cut a flag end.  Place both banners on the front top right with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Wrap Wild Wasabi Thick Twine around the Whisper White twice and secure in the back.  Tie a bow around the front right side twine.
  • Adhere Whisper White panel to front of base card.

Make sure to stop over and see what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week on Create with Connie and Mary!  Lots of inspiration for you!

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 31 2015

Week 2 Blog Hop: Sheltering Tree

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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 2 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, Sheltering Tree, for my card this week since I used it on my project that subscribers saw this past Thursday!  I must say that I loved it and have it on display in my home!

Sheltering Tree
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand, folded in half
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Blushing Bride cardstock.
  • The Whisper White piece is cut on a diagonal and stamped with the Sheltering Tree in Soft Suede.  The blossoms on the tree are Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral inks.
  • The swing is Soft Suede Ink and the ground is Sahara Sand ink.
  • A trio of In Color Sequins is added to the tree for a little bling.
  • For a little extra, the Petite Petals Punch was punched from Best Year Ever Designer Paper and the center Itty Bitty Accents flower is Blushing Bride cardstock.  In the center is another In Color Sequin.
  • The greeting is stamped on the diagonal, too, in Soft Suede Ink.

I LOVE this stamp set and what pretty cards it makes!

 

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 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!