Jan 14 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Birthday Celebrations

The theme this week for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop is Birthday Celebrations!  I JUST got my Balloon Adventures stamp set and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlets in my order, so had to try them out!  I must admit…I didn’t know what several of the Thinlets were supposed to do, so had to look it up online.  Was SO glad I did because I got to make this card!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • At the bottom of the front a 3/4 x 4-1/4 strip of striped Party Animal Designer Paper was added.
  • The 3-3/4 x 5 piece of Party Animal polka dot DSP was added to a layer of 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 Pacific Point cardstock, then added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • 2 x 4 and 2 x 3-1/2 pieces of Pacific Point and Crushed Curry with the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlets and then bows cut with the Thinlet from Tangerine Tango and Emerald Envy cardstock.
  • The “presents” were embossed with the Festive Embossing Folder and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Metallic Enamel Circles were added to the bows.
  • The banner from Balloon Adventures stamp set was stamped with Tangerine Tango and the greeting with Emerald Envy, handcut and added to the front with more Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Lots of fun and festive for a birthday celebration, don’t you think?  OK…check out the rest of the Design Team to see what they did with the theme this week!  AND…check out the January 2017 Mini Session…we just released it this week!

 

The January 2017 Mini Session just opened…filled with lots of inspiration for your classes, stamp camps, clubs or gifts!   PLUS…sign up for both the January and February Mini Sessions together and get a free VALENTINE BONUS tutorial!  We know you’ll be excited about that!

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 per month!  What a deal!

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Jan 12 2017

CCMC440 Sealed with Love

It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Great colors this week…especially for Valentine’s Day coming up, but who knows what the Challenge Team did this week, right?  This is one of my favorite color combinations ANY time of year!

 

 

Here’s my card:

 

Details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 piece of Sending Love Designer Paper.
  • Next is a 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 piece of Basic Black cardstock.
  • Across diagonally is a 1/4 x 4-3/4 piece of Real Red, cut off on both edges.
  • A 2 x 3-1/2 piece of Crumb Cake cardstock was punched with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  A 1-1/4 x 2 piece of Whisper White was stamped with the greeting from Sealed with Love in Memento Black and added to the tag.  The 1/8″ Real Red Ribbon is tied in a bow at the top of the tag.
  • The floral heart was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Real Red, then cut with the Love Notes Framelits and added to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The arrow was cut with the Framelits from Basic Black and slid thru the 3D heart.
  • Some Rhinestones were scattered in the background.
  • A Sending Love wood heart embellishment was added next to the tag.

 

I love all the angles on here!

 

 

OK…check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary.  And…don’t forget to sign up for our January session…we JUST opened yesterday and it’s not too late to join!  We have a total of 14 step-by-step tutorials for only $8.95 US each month!

 

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Jan 11 2017

High Tide

Here’s a card I did for my Control Freaks swap last month!  I actually sat in the hospital and worked on these while waiting for my dad to get out of surgery.  It was nice having a project to concentrate on instead of thinking about it…as it took over 5 hours!  But, I’m very grateful he is finally home and doing good.

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Basic Black cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • At the bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Very Vanilla cardstock, the ground was stamped with Delightful Dijon ink.
  • The lighthouse was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on top and the light was stamped with Delightful Dijon Ink.
  • Along the right side, a 1 x 5-1/4 piece of Urban Underground Designer Paper was adhered and Basic Black Baker’s Twine was wrapped around twice and adhered in the back to cover the seam.  It was adhered to the front of the base card.
  • The greeting was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink towards the top.
  • A couple grass images were stamped with Delightful Dijon on the ground image.

 

Overall, this was a pretty CAS design, but my mom loves lighthouses and I felt this was also a masculine friendly set, so I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of it!  Hope you are inspired!

 

Now…what else would get you inspired?  How out a NEW session of Create with Connie and Mary using products from the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs?  The January 2017 Mini Session just opened…filled with lots of inspiration for your classes, stamp camps, clubs or gifts!   PLUS…sign up for both the January and February Mini Sessions together and get a free VALENTINE BONUS tutorial!  We know you’ll be excited about that!

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 per month!  What a deal!

Sign up NOW over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

 


Jan 09 2017

Avant Garden

I recently participated in a swap and used the beautiful Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Avant Garden.  Since I’m tired of winter already, I cheered myself up by using some bright spring colors, Peekaboo Peach and Pear Pizzazz!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • In two corners of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Peekaboo Peach, the speckle stamp was stamped several times with Peekaboo Peach Ink.
  • A 3 x 4 piece of Succulent Garden Designer Paper was added on top with a 1/4 x 4 strip of Basic Black cardstock across the front.
  • The largest Stitched Shapes circle was cut from Whisper White, then stamped the Avant Garden flower head with Peekaboo Peach Ink, the center with Memento Black Ink, the stem and leaves with Pear Pizzazz Ink.
  • The greeting from Avant Garden was stamped with Memento Black Ink.
  • Some Linen Thread was tied in a bow and added to the stem with Mini Glue Dots.

 

I think it turned out SO pretty!  Want one for yourself?  This stamp set is available for FREE with a $50 order during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration sale!  Always a favorite time of year for me!  Click on the photos below to order from my online store!

 

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Create with Connie and Mary designers are getting ready to open the JANUARY 2017 MINI SESSION with project tutorials using stamp sets from the OCCASIONS and Sale-a-Bration CATALOGS!     PLUS…sign up for both the January and February Mini Sessions together and get a free VALENTINE BONUS tutorial!  We know you’ll be excited about that!

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.

Now is the BEST time to sign up, so head over to Create with Connie and Mary website and subscribe now.  When you subscribe to both months, you will receive the bonus tutorial that is already available to download.  January edition opens on the 11th.

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Jan 07 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – It’s a Sale-A-Bration

Well, it has been a LONG process, but finally think my dad will get to go home today!  His quadruple by-pass surgery was December 6th…it has been a whole month of slow progress, setbacks and rehab.  He still has a lot of strength to gain back and will need home health nurses and PT/OT people to come to the house for a little while before he starts his formal cardiac rehab.  But…we are very thankful!  Thank you for your prayers!

 

WOOHOO  Sale-a-Bration has begun and the new Occasions Catalog is live!  How many of you would say this is your FAVORITE time of year?  Love getting FREE product with a $50 order, don’t you?  Stampin’ Up! has an awesome lineup of SAB products this year, too!

 

It is Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! This week’s theme is “It’s A Sale-A-Bration and  Design Team could choose to use what product to use!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Peekaboo Peach cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, I drew a pencil line across towards the top.  I lined up the flower image and stamped three times across the top of the line with Peekaboo Peach Ink and twice under the line (flower upside down).
  • The centers were stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink and the leaves with Pear Pizzazz Ink.
  • The sprinkles were stamped off with Tip Top Taupe Ink.
  • The 1/8″ Whisper White Ribbon in the Occasions Catalog was placed across the front down the pencil line and adhered in the back.
  • The greeting from Avant Garden was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and cut with the second from smallest Layering Oval Framelit, then adhered to the second from smallest scallop Layering Oval of Basic Black cardstock.  They are popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

SUPER easy card, but I really love how it turned out!  Continue on the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop to check out the details for our January Mini Session on the Create website, then continue around to Mary Brown’s and the Design Team’s blogs to see what they have done for you this week…or go backwards to see Melissa Davies’ card! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan 04 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

When I first saw the Dragonfly Dreams stamps set (other than thinking my friend Mary would be SO happy), I thought of this card that I originally created for the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip Cruise Swap back in May of 2014 when Work of Art first came out.  It has been one of my most popular Pinterest pins!

 

 

I thought it would be pretty easy to recreate it using the new Dragonfly Dreams stamp set in the Occasions Catalog and some different colors!  I must admit that I love this one as much as I loved the first one!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pool Party cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Tip Top Taupe.
  • A 1-1/2 x 5-1/4 strip of Tasty Treats Designer Paper was placed down the left side.
  • The 3 x 4-1/4 piece of Whisper White was stamped with the speckle image in Dragonfly Dreams twice with Pool Party full strength and twice with Tip Top Taupe stamped off.  The corners were rounded with the Project Life Corner Rounder.
  • A 1/2 x 3-3/4 piece of Basic Black cardstock was added underneath the left side.
  • Some Pool Party 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon was tied around the Whisper White and knotted.
  • The greeting from Dragonfly Dreams was stamped with Memento Black Ink.  The Whisper White layer was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The strip of dragonflies from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlets were cut from both Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe cardstock, then cut apart two of them, overlapped and glued them together, then placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • To finish off the dragonflies, the wings were colored with Clear Wink of Stella and two Rhinestone Jewels added to the bodies of each.

 

OK…did I mention how much I LOVE this card???  Know what else to love?  Our January session starts SOON!

 

Create with Connie and Mary designers are getting ready to open the JANUARY 2017 MINI SESSION with projects using stamp sets from the OCCASIONS and Sale-a-Bration CATALOGS!     PLUS…sign up for both the January and February Mini Sessions together and get a free VALENTINE BONUS tutorial!  We know you’ll be excited about that!

  • Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets, each with 4 cards and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.
  • All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials).
  • Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month.
  • Great deal for only $8.95 per month!

Now is the BEST time to sign up, so head over to Create with Connie and Mary website and subscribe now.  When you subscribe to both months, you will receive the bonus tutorial that is already available.  January edition opens on the 11th.

 

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Dec 31 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Ring in the New

Happy New Year’s Eve!!!  Hope you have a wonderful New Year’s!  Be safe out there!  We are headed out for an early dinner, then will snuggle at home watching the Fiesta Bowl Playoff Game!  GO BUCKEYES!!!

But first, it is Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week’s theme is “Ring in the new”!  Our Design Team could choose to use “new” products, or New Year’s theme…whichever worked for them!  I went with NEW PRODUCTS!  The Occasions Catalog will be live soon!  And, we are getting ready to launch our January Mini Session using products from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Smoky Slate cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Sending Love Designer Paper Stack was added on top.
  • A 3 x 5-1/4 piece of Whisper White was cut into a triangle for the “flap” on the front of the card.
  • Sealed with a Kiss was stamped with Memento Black on the Whisper White.
  • Three row of hearts were stamped with Real Red on Whisper White cardstock and cut with the Love Notes Framelits, then adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The lips were stamped with Real Red Ink on Whisper White, punched with the 1-1/4 Circle Punch, then adhered to the smaller Stitched Shapes Circle of Basic Black cardstock.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

So fun!  Continue on the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop to see what Mary Brown has done for you this week…or go backwards to see Melissa Davies’ card!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dec 29 2016

CCMC438 High Tide

My mom loves lighthouses, so this stamp set in the new Occasions catalog caught my eye right away!   I really wanted to use it for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge, and I think I managed it!

 

 

Here’s my design:

 

I thought the Pool Party would be great for water and the Flirty Flamingo for the morning sky!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pool Party cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Smoky Slate cardstock.
  • Spritz the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White with water, and use an AquaPainter and Pool Party Ink Pad to  watercolor along the bottom; Flirty Flamingo Ink Pad and the AquaPainter painted the sky.  Let dry.
  • Use the small ground stamp with Smoky Slate Ink along the left side of the water.  Stamp the “waves” in the water with Pool Party Ink.
  • Stamp the lighthouse base with Smoky Slate Ink and the top with Flirty Flamingo Ink on top of the ground.
  • Stamp some sea oats with Smoky Slate Ink around the lighthouse.
  • Ink up three small birds with Smoky Slate Marker and stamp on the front.
  • Stamp the greeting with Memento Black Ink.

 

I LOVE it!!!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team’s ideas over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

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Dec 27 2016

Oh So Succulent

Oh my!  Hope you have all recovered from the Christmas craziness!  We have SO much to cram into a short period of time, but it wouldn’t be Christmas without trying to do it all!  We do love gathering to see family and friends!  Our grandchildren were a JOY this year, even though trying to get the meal on the table is a huge challenge!  Two babies wanting to eat at different times, naps and just general chaos like usual!

 

Anyway…now to get busy planning my January classes!  Remember, our December Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session uses new stamps and products from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs!  It’s not too late to sign up!  I used the Oh So Succulent Bundle on my December project, so thought I’d make a card for you to enjoy here on my blog!  I made this a few weeks ago when I got my preorder!

 

 

I love that the swirl in the Swirly Scribbles Thinlets looks like a wreath, so I used it as a base for my Succulent flower.

 

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.
  • Next layer is a 3-3/4 x 3-1/2 piece of Succulent Garden Designer Paper.
  • The swirl was cut from Tip Top Taupe cardstock and added to the front.
  • Three layers of the small flowers were cut with the Succulent Framelits from Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, then stacked together and adhered.  In the center is a White Perfect Accent.  Two hanging succulents were cut from Mint Macaron cardstock and added under the flower.
  • The greeting was stamped below the designer paper with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

 

Pretty simple, but love how it looks!

 

Products we used in our Create with Connie and Mary December Mini Session:

  • Succulent Garden Suite
  • Sealed with Love Suite
  • Yummy in my Tummy
  • Avant Garden
  • Cool Treats

It’s not too late to sign up over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

 

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Dec 17 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – All That Glitters

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Woohoo, it’s time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! This week’s theme is All That Glitters!  I went with a pretty CAS design on mine with “parts” that I had on my desk!  Love when I can use those up!  It gave me a challenge, too, because they were pieces that I normally wouldn’t have associated together.

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • The bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 Sweet Sugarplum cardstock layer is stamped with the greeting from Star of Light in Memento Black Ink.
  • The Large Layering Oval was cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Flower Medallion was punched from Silver Glimmer Paper.
  • The large star from Starlight Thinlet Dies was cut from Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, then layered on the outline Thinlet cut from Metallic Silver Cardstock.  Those were glued to the Flower Medallion Punch with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  (Doesn’t that look COOL behind the star????)
  • In the center is the smallest star Thinlet cut from Silver Glimmer Paper and added with a Mini Glue Dot.

 

It is SO hard to see how much this glitters and the Silver Metallic reflects the light!  Hope you enjoy it!

 

december-2016-collageMake sure to check out the rest of the Design Team to see what they did with the All That Glitters Blog Hop Challenge this week!

 

Next up is the Create with Connie and Mary website so you can find out more about our December Mini Session that just opened!  Our tutorials are featuring products from the Occasions and Sale-A-Brations catalogs!

 

 

 

 

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