Sep 02 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Pop-Up Surprise

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Pop-Up Surprise” for the inside of our cards this week!  We’ll see what the Design Team did…more of a challenge this week!

 

I went back and forth on what to do…finally decided on a Halloween theme.  Here’s the outside.

 

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 2 x 5-1/2 piece of Spooky Night DSP was added to the bottom, and the coordinating stripe pattern was cut 1/4 x 5-1/2 and adhered to hide the seam.
  • The cobweb and bats from Sweet Home stamp set were stamped with Memento Black Ink.
  • The hat was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Very Vanilla, the buckle colored with Daffodil Delight Marker, then cut with the Layering Circles Framelits.  It was adhered to a larger Scallop Layering Circle cut from Basic Black and popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

The fun is when you open it up…the moon, cat and hat all pop out towards you!

 

 

  • A 5 x 8 piece of Basic Black cardstock was scored at 4 and folded.
  • Approx. 2″ from each end, a cut was made thru the fold and reversed folded to create the pop-out.
  • The moon was cut with the Layering Circles from Daffodil Delight, sponged around the edges with Pumpkin Pie Ink and two of the bats stamped with Memento Black Ink.  It was added to the pop-out.
  • The cat was punched from Basic Gray and the face added with Memento Black Ink and added to the moon.
  • The hat was cut from the Designer Paper an added in front of the moon.
  • At the inside bottom, a 1-1/2 x 5 piece of Spooky Night DSP was added to the bottom with a coordinating stripe DSP to hide the seam.
  • The “owl” eyes were stamped with Whisper White several times in the background randomly.  The greeting was stamped with Whisper White Craft Ink above the DSP.

 

This was really fun to put together…I need to make more of these!  OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the Pop-up card theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is our Create website to find out more about our September Mini Session, then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The brand new SEPTEMBER Mini Session is COMING SOON!  We are featuring products from the NEW HOLIDAY Catalog!  Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project when you purchase August & September 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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Aug 31 2017

CCMC473 Painted Harvest

I’m thinking everyone is in love with the new Painted Harvest stamp set that will be available TOMORROW in the Holiday Catalog!  SO many pretty cards done with it!  The color combination for our Create with Connie and Mary inspired the look of my card…stepping away from sunflowers into blue flowers!  LOVE how it turned out!

 

 

Here’s my card.  I did double flowers for more dimension!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Dapper Denim, scored at 4-1/4 and folded to form base card.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer, I stamped the flower three times, first with the background image stamped off, then the top image full strength with Dapper Denim ink.
  • Three flowers were stamped again the same way (stamp off, the full strength) on scrap Whisper White, then cut along the inside layer of petals.  The centers are done with Soft Suede Ink, then the speckle stamp added on top.  Some random leaves were stamped with Pear Pizzazz Ink in the background.  I added the cut flowers on top of the backgroud flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A few more leaves were stamped with Pear Pizzazz Ink (stamp off for background, full strength for veins), then punched with the Leaf Punch and tucked around the flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Some Linen Thread was wrapped around three times and adhered in the back.
  • The greeting was stamped with Dapper Denim on Soft Suede cardstock, punched with the new Everyday Label Punch and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A little Clear Wink of Stella on the centers gives the flowers a little sparkle!

SOOOO pretty!!!  Check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

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Aug 26 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Fun with Embossing Paste

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Fun with Embossing Paste” or embossing if they didn’t have the paste.  Lots of techniques for using the paste, I can’t wait to see what the Design Team came up with!

 

I used the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and Labels to Love Stamp set to create my card.  I decided on a background of Very Vanilla cardstock, added the paste and then sponged over the raised areas with Soft Suede.  I went with a fall theme, although I’m definitely NOT wishing for the end of summer!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Soft Suede Cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Very Vanilla, I used a spatula to add the Embossing Paste across the Pattern Party Decorative Mask and let dry.  Then sponged over the raised areas with Soft Suede Ink.
  • I added some Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon across the bottom of the front of the Very Vanilla and adhered in the back.
  • I used white Glossy Cardstock and sponged on colors of Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Crushed Curry Inks, then cut the large and small leaves from Seasonal Layers Thinlits from the colored Glossy Paper.  The outline leaf was cut from Gold Metallic Paper.
  • The greeting from Labels to Love (in the Holiday Catalog) was stamped with Early Espresso Ink on Soft Suede cardstock and punched with the new Everyday Label (in the Holiday catalog) Punch.
  • All the leaves and labels were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Oh…love how pretty this turned out!  OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the Embossing Paste theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 24 2017

CCMC472 Spooky Cat

OK…I just LOVE the cat punch in the new Holiday Catalog…and couldn’t wait to use it!  Since I’m “pre-scheduling” posts due to my knee replacement surgery, I really did this card almost immediately upon getting my order!  I also am a HUGE fan of Halloween…but this punch will be used for more than Halloween in my house!

 

The sketch this week on Create with Connie and Mary was a perfect opportunity to use this cat!

 

 

Here’s my card using Spooky Cat!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pumpkin Pie cardstock, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • The background panel of Spooky Night Designer Paper was cut to 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 and the top panel was cut to 2-3/4 x 3-3/4.
  • A 1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Basic Black cardstock is layered in between the two DSP panels according to the sketch.
  • The large Stitched Shape Circle was cut from Pumpkin Pie and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The cat was stamped with Pumpkin Pie Ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, punched with the Cat Punch, then added to the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionas.
  • One of the witch hats was cut from the DSP and tucked beside the cat.
  • Three Black Rhinestones (in the Holiday Catalog!) are added to the circle.

 

OK…check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary to see what they did with the sketch this week!  Fabulous ideas as usual!

 

AND…it’s not too late to join our August 2017 Mini Session!  We have a BONUS project with purchase using the Carols of Christmas stamp set, available now to customers…that you will LOVE!

August2017collageThe brand new AUGUST Mini Session is NOW OPEN!  We are featuring products from the NEW Annual Catalog!  Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project, too!

  • 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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Aug 19 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Non-Christmas using a Christmas Set

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “a Non-Christmas card using a Christmas set”.  Hmmm, a little more challenging this week!  Can’t wait to see what the Design Team does with this theme…it is always a surprise on what set they use!

 

I decided to use a set that I received in Thailand as a pillow gift, Ready for Christmas!  I changed it up to be a birthday card using that cute little wiener dog!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Lemon Lime Twist, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • A 3-1/2 x 4 piece of Birthday Memories Designer Paper was added to the bottom of the Whisper White and a length of Lemon Lime Twist Woven Ribbon was added to hide the seam and adhered in the back.
  • The greeting from Bunch of Blossoms was stamped in Early Espresso Ink above the ribbon.
  • The largest oval From Stitched Shapes was cut from Whisper White cardstock and the table stamped with Early Espresso Ink, then watercolored with Crumb Cake.
  • The presents, cookies and dachshund were stamped with Memento Black on Whisper White cardstock, then watercolored with Sweet Sugarplum, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Lemon Lime Twist, Chocolate Chip Inks and an AquaPainted.  They were cut with the Christmas Staircase Thinlits.  They were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

OK…can I say how HAPPY this card made me?  It came out exactly how I pictured it in my head.  So glad I can use this set for a birthday, too!

Check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the Non-Christmas with a Christmas Set theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our August 2017 Mini Session and then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 17 2017

CCMC471 Wood Words

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary challenge…it’s a fun color challenge!  I originally made this card for this challenge…and loved it SO much that I just had to use it in my Wood Words Bundle class earlier this month!  I did adapt it a little by using the Wood Textures DSP for them instead of the Pinewood Planks Embossing folder, as that DSP was part of their class.  But, it’s just so fun and the colors are just SUPER cute and really lighten up this set which I tend to think is more rustic!

 

 

Here’s my 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.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Smoky Slate cardstock was embossed with the Pinewood Planks Embossed Folder.
  • At the bottom is a 2 x 5-1/4 piece of Lemon Lime Twist that I stamped several times across with the floral image in Wood Words Stamp Set.  I love that I can make “designer paper” in any color!
  • A length of Bermuda Bay 3/8 Mini Chevron Ribbon was added across the front and adhered in back.
  • I stamped the little images in Wood Words with Smoky Slate or Bermuda Bay Ink on Whisper White and cut with the Wood Crate Framelits.  The tag was stamped with the greeting in Memento Black Ink and cut with the Tag Framelit.  A 1/8″ Hole was punched in the top of each of the shapes.
  • I added a length of Linen Thread on top of the ribbon and threaded each of the shapes thru, then secured them in place with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  An extra length of Linen Thread was tied in a bow and added to the front with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • The Hello Friend greeting was stamped with Memento Black on scrap Basic Black, then rounded the corners and tucked it under the ribbon.
  • A few Glimmer Dots were added to the star and to the background for a little “glam”!

 

OK…did I say how much I really LOVE this card?  lol!  Check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did over on Create with Connie and Mary!

AND…it’s not too late to join our our August 2017 Mini Session!  We have a BONUS project with purchase using the Carols of Christmas stamp set, available now to customers…that you will LOVE!

August2017collageThe brand new AUGUST Mini Session is NOW OPEN!  We are featuring products from the NEW Annual Catalog!  Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project, too!

  • 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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Aug 12 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Favorite Designer Paper

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Favorite Designer Paper” either from the Annual Catalog or the upcoming Holiday Catalog for their cards this week.  And, trust me…this was REALLY hard for me!  There are SO many packages of the designer papers that I love!

 

I went with a new one in the Holiday Catalog called Year of Cheer Specialty Paper.  I actually picked this DSP package as one of the prizes in the Hospitality Suite in Thailand because I love the gold and silver snowflakes!  I wish this photo did the gold and silver metallic cardstock more justice…it is SO pretty in person!

 

 

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.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Silver Metallic cardstock
  • The 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 piece of Year of Cheer DSP is layered on a 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 piece of Gold Metallic cardstock and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Across the front is a 1 x 4 piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamped with the greeting from Holly Berry Happiness in Memento Black Ink.  It is layered with a 1/4 x 4 piece of Gold Metallic cardstock along the bottom.
  • Two of the snowflakes from Colorful Season thinlits were cut from Gold Metallic cardstock and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (take the backing of the DD Glimmer first to make it easier to cut.)  They were adhered to the front.
  • Two of the lightest Glimmer Dots were placed in the center of the snowflakes.

 

OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the Favorite Designer Paper theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our August 2017 Mini Session.  We just OPENED yesterday and it’s not too late to join!  Or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 10 2017

CCMC470 Eastern Beauty

Well, today is THE day…I could use some positive thoughts and many prayers today!  I’m having total knee replacement on my right knee.  I’ve endured over 2 years with a painful knee and am finally doing it! Hopefully my recovery will be QUICK!  I’m looking forward to walking again easily!

 

I’ve had sunflowers on the brain for the past week or so, and then I saw the sketch for this week and just knew I had to incorporate a large sunflower!  I love the ones I’ve seen using the Eastern Beauty Bundle…so here’s my version.

 

 

The sketch looks more square, but I went with the traditional rectangle shape for my card.

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Daffodil Delight cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock.
  • Down the left side is a 1-1/2 x 5-1/4 strip of Painted Autumn Designer Paper (LOVE!)
  • The greeting from Eastern Beauty was stamped with Early Espresso Ink.  This greeting seems to fit perfectly with the sunflower “face”…and seeing them always makes me smile!
  • The sunflower was made with two of the Eastern Medallions cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock and layered together.
  • The center was stamped with the circle in Eastern Beauty stamp set, then punched with the 2″ Circle Punch.  It was embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  It was added to the “petals”, then to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The “leaves” were made by stamping the Eastern Beauty image with Old Olive Ink on Old Olive cardstock, then separating the petals to form the leaves.  They were tucked behind the sunflower on the front.
  • A bow of Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine was tied in a knot and added to the center of the flower with Mini Glue Dot.
  • Yellow Glimmer Dots were added in the background.

 

I LOVE how this card turned out!  OK…check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week with the sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary!  I can’t wait to see!  AND…check out our August 2017 Mini Session that OPENS TOMORROW!  We also have a BONUS project with purchase using the Carols of Christmas stamp set, available now to customers…that you will LOVE!

August2017collageThe brand new AUGUST Mini Session is COMING SOON!  We are featuring products from the NEW Annual Catalog!  Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project, too!

  • 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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Aug 05 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Fun with Reinkers

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring “Fun with Reinkers” for their cards this week.  I’m sure our Design Team will have some FABULOUS ideas this week…so many different technique from coloring to backgrounds.  What will they do?

 

I was SO happy to see Glossy Paper made it back into the Annual Catalog this year, but hadn’t had a chance to try out any of my old “standby” techniques with it yet!  Of course, first thing I thought of was Polished Stone background.  But then, what colors to use?  I decided to go with Crumb Cake and Soft Sky, thinking I’d do a water card, or something similar.  But…Daisy Delight was calling my name and decided to do some blue flowers!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • First I made the background.  I added a few drops of Crumb Cake and Soft Sky reinkers individually to the Silicone Sheet.  I used a paper towel (for the texture) and wet a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Glossy cardstock with Rubbing Alcohol.
  • Next, I dabbed the wet paper towel in the Crumb Cake reinker and pounced on the wet Glossy cardstock, then did the same with the Soft Sky reinker.  Each time I make these I get a different look.  While I had the materials out, I usually try to do at least a full sheet of Glossy so I have backgrounds to use for future!  Let dry.
  • I cut a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 sheet of Soft Sky cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded to form the base card.
  • I cut a 2-3/4 x 4 piece of the polished stone background and added to the bottom of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • The seam is hidden with a length of 3/8″ Shimmer Pool Party Ribbon, adhered in the back.
  • The daisy from Daisy Delight stamp set was stamped with Soft Suede Ink on Soft Sky cardstock, then colored with a sponge dauber and Soft Sky Ink in the center.  Punched with the Daisy Punch and layered both together.
  • The center is Crushed Curry ink stamped on Crushed Curry cardstock, then hand-cut (or use a 1/2″ circle punch) and adhere to the center.
  • Two leaves were outlined with Soft Suede Ink, then filled in with Pear Pizzazz ink and hand cut.
  • The daisy and leaves were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Thank You from the Daisy Delight stamp set was stamped with Soft Suede Ink above the daisy.
  • Finally, a yellow Glimmer Dot was added to the center.

Isn’t that PRETTY?  I think so!!!  OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the reinker theme on their cards by taking our Saturday Blog Hop! Next up is Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our August 2017 Mini Session and then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 03 2017

CCMC469 You’re Priceless

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  We’re doing a color challenge this week with TWO of the new In Colors!

 

 

Here’s what I came up with using a new stamp set, You’re Priceless!  I love the gemstones in it and the fun greetings!  Watercolor wash backgrounds are SO popular right now, so I decided to use the Fresh Fig and Powder Pink inks in my background for a soft look under my gems.

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Fresh Fig cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, I used an AquaPainter and the Fresh Fig and Powder Pink Ink Pads with lots of water to scribble the “washed” colors.  Let dry.
  • Stamp over the wash with the gemstones in Powder Pink and Fresh Fig inks at the top and bottom diagonally.
  • A 1/2 x 4 piece of Night of Navy cardstock was cut with flag ends and placed across the front, then a 1/4 x 4 piece of Powder Pink cardstock across the center to soften it.
  • You’re Brilliant was stamped with Night of Navy ink.
  • The diamond outline was cut from Dazzing Diamonds Glimmer Paper and the detail cut from Silver Glimmer Paper with the Eclectic Layers Thinits.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A few Glimmer Dots are randomly placed on the background.

That’s it!  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.  AND…check out our August 2017 Mini Session that is coming soon!  We have a BONUS project with purchase using the Carols of Christmas stamp set, available now to customers…that you will LOVE!

August2017collageThe brand new AUGUST Mini Session is COMING SOON!  We are featuring products from the NEW Annual Catalog!  Check out the FREE 3D Bonus project, too!

  • 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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