Nov 18 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Mailable Christmas Cards

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Mailable Christmas Cards” this week.  When I think “mailable”, I also think mass production, so they need to be a little simple, but still have a little “spark” to them.  Here’s what I came up with using Stampin’ Up!’s Santa’s Suit stamp bundle.  The Gold Glimmer Paper adds the spark!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • A 3 x 4-1/2 piece of Be Merry Designer Paper was added towards the left side.
  • A 1/4 x 4-1/2 strip of Gold Glimmer Paper was added on top.
  • The largest Stitched Circle was cut from Whisper White, then stamped the Santa with Memento Black Ink outline and inside with Real Red Ink.  His skin was colored with the Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker.
  • The greeting was stamped with Real Red Ink.
  • The trio of stars were cut from the Santa Builder Framelit Dies from Gold Glimmer paper and added to the circle.

I think I’ll whip up a bunch of these circles for tags on the Santa gifts this year!  In place of stars will be their name!

 

Make sure to check out what the Design Team did with the challenge this week! Next up is our Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our November Mini Session that is NOW OPEN, then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

The brand new NOVEMBER Mini Session is NOW OPEN! We are featuring products from the HOLIDAY Catalog! Check out the FREE Be Merry Kit Bonus project when you purchase October & November 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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Nov 16 2017

CCMC484 Seasonal Bells

Today we have a fun sketch challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary!  I finished my card up late and was so surprised that no one else had used snowflakes on their card!  It was what I first thought about when I saw the sketch!  So glad this turned out like it did in my head!

 

 

Here’s my card:

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is the gold check pattern in Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Paper cut to 4 x 5-1/4.
  • All four corners of the 3 x 4-1/4 piece of Whisper White cardstock were rounded with the Corner Rounder and placed on top.
  • A 1-3/4 x 3-1/2 piece of Gold Metallic Paper was cut with a flag end and added on top of the Whisper White.
  • A 1 x 5 strip of Gold Glimmer Paper was added.
  • Three snowflakes were cut from Whisper White with the Seasonal Layers Framelits and added on top with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Gold Faceted Gems were added in the center of each snowflake.
  • The banner Happy Christmas was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White and hand-cut, then added on top with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this turned out!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team’s creations over on Create with Connie and Mary…they are all so different!  AND…check out our November Mini Session that just opened!

The brand new NOVEMBER Mini Session is NOW OPEN! We are featuring products from the HOLIDAY Catalog! Check out the FREE Be Merry Kit Bonus project when you purchase October & November 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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Nov 09 2017

CCMC483 Christmas Quilt

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary challenge.  It’s a beautiful color combination this week!  I decided to use the Christmas Quilt Bundle on mine…because I love these colors for winter!

 

My original thought was to use snowflakes in the background.  But, I actually went with the flower that is in the stamp set!  So if you change out the greeting, it could actually be used for ANYTHING!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Powder Pink cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The front of the base card was stamped with Powder Pink Ink randomly using the flower image in Christmas Quilt.
  • A 2-1/4 x 5-1/2 strip of Pool Party cardstock was embossed with the Quilt Top Embossing folder, then I used the back side on my card.
  • A 1/4 x 5-1/2 strip of Night of Navy cardstock was added across the Pool Party piece.
  • The quilt piece was cut from Night of Navy, Powder Pink and Pool Party cardstocks with the Quilt Builder Framelit Dies.  (I have multiple pieces left to make up more cards!)
  • I cut a 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 piece of Whisper White for the base and used the Night of Navy frame, then added the Pool Party and Powder Pink pieces inside.
  • The flower was stamped with Powder Pink Ink on scrap Whisper White cardstock and cut with the Framelit and added to the center of the quilt with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Some Night of Navy gingham ribbon was tied in a knot and added to the center with Mini Glue Dots.
  • Peace was stamped with Night of Navy Ink on a 1/2 x 3 piece of Whisper White and tucked under the flower.

 

I love it!  Can’t wait to make up the remaining pieces I have into cards!  Stay tuned for more!  Don’t forget to check out what the rest of our Challenge Team did with this color combination over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

And…speaking of MORE!  Our Create with Connie and Mary November Mini Session will open this weekend!  Don’t miss out!  A couple great craft show projects!

 

The brand new NOVEMBER Mini Session is COMING SOON! We are featuring products from the HOLIDAY Catalog! Check out the FREE Be Merry Kit Bonus project when you purchase October & November 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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Nov 02 2017

CCMC482 Seasonal Lantern

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  I LOVE the sketch this week…my mind was going SO many different directions with it.  However, I just viewed the 3rd quarter update video from Sara Douglass at Stampin’ Up! and she named the top performers in sales from the Holiday Catalog so far (is anyone surprised it is Painted Harvest?)  And she mentioned that Seasonal Lantern needed some love!  I was so surprised!  I think the Lantern idea was SO different and loved the different options to put in the lanterns.  I thought it would be a big seller.  In fact, my project for the October 2017 Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session was a card set using this bundle!  I loved how my cards turned out!

 

I decided to use it again on my challenge card today!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Very Vanilla, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • Across the front are two 3/8 x 5-1/2 strips of Painted Autumn Designer Paper.
  • A 2-1/2 x 4 piece of Crushed Curry was added to the background, then a 2-1/2 x 3-1/4 piece of Painted Autumn Designer Paper on top of it.
  • The lantern from Seasonal Lantern stamp set was stamped with Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla and cut with the Lantern Builder Framelits.
  • Inside, the acorns were cut from the Painted Autumn DSP and stacked.
  • The bow from Seasonal Lantern was stamped with Early Espresso on Crushed Curry cardstock, then cut with the Framelits and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two leaves were cut from Lemon Lime Twist with the Framelits, too, and tucked under the bow.
  • Autumn Greetings from the same stamp set was stamped with Cajun Craze Ink on 1/2 strip of Very Vanilla, cut apart and added to the side of the Lantern.

 

OK…check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary.  AND…we are now taking signups for our fabulous November 2017 mini session that will be opening soon!  Here’s a sneak peek!

 

We are featuring products from the NEW HOLIDAY Catalog! Don’t forget…get the FREE Be Merry Kit Bonus project when you purchase October & November 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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Oct 28 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Halloween favor

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Trick or Treat favors” this week.  I love doing little treat favors for my customers and grandkids.  This one I designed for my recent Spooky Cat class!  The box fits two Reece’s peanut butter “eyeballs” treats!  The belly band slips off to reveal the treats in the lidded box below!

 

Here are the details:

  • The box was cut and scored from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.
  • A 1-1/2 x 6 piece of Spooky Night DSP makes the belly band to wrap around the box and adhere in the front.
  • On top is the Everyday Label punched from Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • On top of that is the Spooky Cat punched from Basic Gray cardstock and stamped the eyes in Memento Black from Spooky Cat stamp set.  A necklace of Black Rhinestones is placed around her neck.
  • Two pumpkins were cut from the Spooky Night Designer Paper and added to the front of the cat.
  • Black Baker’s Twine is wrapped around her tail and tied in a bow.
  • Trick or Treat from Spooky Cat stamp set is stamped with Memento Black on Pumpkin Pie cardstock and punched with the Classic Label Punch.
  • Inside, the eyeballs were stamped with Memento Black Ink on the lid.  (I cut it apart from the words so I could use it easier).
  • Two Eyeball Reece Peanut Cups are attached inside with Mini Glue Dots.

 

 

I can’t wait to see what the Design Team did with the challenge this week! Next up is our Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our October Mini Session, then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

The brand new OCTOBER Mini Session is NOW OPEN! We are featuring products from the NEW HOLIDAY Catalog! Check out the FREE Be Merry Kit Bonus project when you purchase October & November 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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Oct 26 2017

CCMC481 All Things Thanks

The colors for today’s Create with Connie and Mary spell out FALL for me!  I used the fabulous Leaf Punch to punch out some fall leaves!  The touch of Tranquil Tide in my Designer Paper was the perfect background.

 

Here’s my card:

 

 

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Eastern Palace designer Paper.
  • The Thanks for Everything from All Things Thanks was stamped with Tranquil Tide Ink on Whisper White and cut with the largest Stitched Shapes Circle.  It was placed off center on the front and the excess of the circle cut off.
  • Four leaves each were punched from Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry and tucked under the circle edges.
  • A double bow of Linen Thread was added to the circle with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • Two Glitter Dots were added to the top of the circle.

 

Pretty simple card, but makes a nice thank you, I think!  Make sure to check out Create with Connie and Mary to see what the rest of the Challenge Team did with this challenge…we had a nice fall selection of cards…all very different!

 

 

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Oct 21 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Black and Orange

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Black & Orange Cards” this week.  Of course, since Halloween is SO close now, it was the obvious choice to use, right?  But…I think not quite so obvious is the use of the Garden Girl stamp set!  I love how she turned out!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pumpkin Pie cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 1-1/2 x 4 strip of Spooky Nights Designer Paper was placed at the bottom of a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • The pumpkins from Spooky Nights Designer Paper were cut out and placed at the top of the DSP.
  • The girl from Garden Girl was stamped with Memento Black on Whisper White, then colored with the NEW Stampin’ Blends in Dark/Light Pumpkin Pie and Dark/Light Smoky Slate and Ivory for the skin.
  • The hat from Spooky Cat stamp set was stamped with Memento Black on Very Vanilla and cut out.  The buckle colored with Dark Pumpkin Pie.
  • Don’t forget one of the small pumpkins was cut from the DSP and tucked in the basket.
  • Happy Halloween from Spooky Cat Stamp Set was stamped with Memento Black.
  • A few Black Rhinestones were scattered in the background.

 

I can’t wait to see what the Design Team did with the challenge this week! Next up is our Create website to find out more about our October Mini Session, then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

The brand new OCTOBER Mini Session is NOW OPEN! We are featuring products from the NEW HOLIDAY Catalog! Check out the FREE Be Merry Kit Bonus project when you purchase October & November 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!

 


Oct 19 2017

CCMC480 Pick a Pumpkin

We have a fun sketch challenge for you to try over on Create with Connie and Mary this week!  I combined the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set with the Spooky Nights Designer Paper to come up with my fun card!  LOVE the colors, too!

 

 

Here’s my card:

 

 

The Stampin’ details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Basic Black, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Pumpkin Pie, embossed with the Sparkle embossing folder.
  • The large circle from Layering Shapes Circles cut the Spooky Nights DSP, then the scallop circle cut from Lemon Lime Twist was adhered under it.  It is popped on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The star pumpkin was cut from Cajun Craze and the outline pumpkin from Lemon Lime Twist with the Patterned Pumpkins Framelits and added on top of the circle.
  • A jack-o-lantern and witch hat were cut from the Spooky Nights DSP and added to the front.
  • Happy Halloween from Spooky Cat stamp set was stamped with Memento Black on Lemon Lime Twist and punched with the Classic Label Punch, then tucked under the pumpkin.
  • A Black Rhinestone was added to the hat band plus a few scattered in the background for a little bling.

 

Don’t you LOVE it???  I do!!!  Check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary! 

 

Know what else I love?  The Design Team’s tutorial over in the October 2017 Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session.  It is NOW OPEN with some FABULOUS ideas!

 

The brand new OCTOBER Mini Session is NOW OPEN! We are featuring products from the NEW HOLIDAY Catalog! Check out the FREE Be Merry Kit Bonus project when you purchase October & November 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!

 

 


Oct 12 2017

CCMC479 Seasonal Chums

It’s Thursday!  And that is time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Surprise!  I used the following color challenge to make a winter card!  At first glance, winter wouldn’t be my guess to use…but I think it worked out great!

 

Here’s my card.  I did use Soft Sky predominately and the two greens as accents…but it works, right?

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • The 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Soft Sky was embossed with the Snowflake Embossing Folder in the upper left corner.  A strip of torn Whisper White cardstock was added to the bottom for a snowbank.
  • The Seasonal Chums snowman was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and colored with Soft Sky, Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Markers.  Also a little Smoky Slate Marker for his hat and rabbit, Pumpkin Pie Marker for his nose and Real Red Marker for the berries.  He was cut out using the Seasonal Tags Framelits and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the front.
  • Two snowflakes from the Seasonal Tags Framelits were cut from Whisper White and added in the background with Clear Faceted Gems in the center for a little bling.
  • Finally, Merry Christmas from Seasonal Chums stamp set was stamped with Memento Black Ink in the snowbank.

 

Isn’t that fun?  I love how it turned out.  That set is quickly becoming one of my favorites…you’ll see it again on Saturday!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week with the color challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

The brand new OCTOBER Mini Session is NOW OPEN! We are featuring products from the NEW HOLIDAY Catalog! Check out the FREE Be Merry Kit Bonus project when you purchase October & November 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!

 

 


Oct 11 2017

Ready for Christmas

I have a fun card for you today, but first…

 

The brand new OCTOBER Mini Session is NOW OPEN!  It’s time to sign up!  We are featuring products from the new HOLIDAY Catalog!  Plus, get a FREE BONUS TUTORIAL of a FUN different project using the Be Merry Kit when you sign up for both October & November!  See details below!

  • 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.
  • Our FABULOUS design team members are joining us – Debbie Henderson, Libby Fens, and Melissa Davies!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!
  • Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year)
  • Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

 

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Sets we will be using:

 

  • Seasonal Lantern Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Smitten Mitten Bundle
  • Sugarplum Dreams Stamp Set
  • Christmas Happiness Bundle

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OCTOBER 2017 ONLY

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I received the Ready for Christmas bundle as a pillow gift in Thailand…but hadn’t used itx, ecept for the little dog and table!  So…grabbed it to make this card for the launch of the October 2017 Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Real Red cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Quilted Christmas Designer Paper.
  • A 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock was placed on top with a 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of the poinsettia pattern DSP across it.
  • The background tree from Ready for Christmas was stamped with Garden Green Ink on Garden Green cardstock and cut with the Christmas Staircase Thinlit Dies.  Several of the green fronds were also cut from Garden Green cardstock and added on top.
  • The tree was placed on the left side of the Whisper White panel and a 3/4 x 1 Chocolate Chip cardstock trunk added under it.
  • Several poinsettias were hand-cut from the DSP and added to the tree.
  • A 1/8 bow of Real Red Ribbon was added to the top.
  • The greeting from Watercolor Christmas was stamped with Real Red ink in the upper right corner.
  • Rhinestone Jewels were added to the center of the poinsettias.

 

Don’t forget to check out Create with Connie and Mary or visit my blog to sign up for our latest FABULOUS edition!  You’ll be glad you did!