Jan 04 2018

CCMC491 Picture Perfect Birthday

Hello everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are now settled back into a routine.  As much as I love them, it is nice to get back to “normal” once they are over.  My decorations are still up, but they will come down this weekend.

 

We have a nice, bright color challenge for you today over on Create with Connie and Mary!  I had a lot of fun with it!  The colors in the Picture Perfect Party Designer Paper worked perfectly!

 

So here is 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 a 3-3/4 x 5 piece of Picture Perfect Party Designer Paper.
  • Across the front is a 3/4 x 5-1/2 strip of Bermuda Bay cardstock.
  • The greeting from Picture Perfect Birthday was stamped with Bermuda Bay on the Oval from Stitched Shapes, cut from Whisper White cardstock.  It was stamped again on scrap Whisper White cardstock with Berry Burst Ink, then the words “Celebrate” and “Fabulous” cut out and added on top of the Bermuda Bay ones.
  • The noise makers were stamped with Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay and Berry Bliss, then cut out and assembled together, then added to the front with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Oval was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Three of the pink Adhesive Sequins were lined up on the Bermuda Bay strip for some extra bling!

 

Isn’t that a fun card?  LOVE it!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

AND…we’ve started a new Class Kit to Go program…see the details over there on our Sure Do Love You Collection!  You get 3 cards (one a fun fold) and a special 3D project included in this collection.  Perfect for your classes or workshops!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jan 02 2018

SUOC191 Hug in a Mug

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is “Brr…baby it is COLD outside”.  Those words are ringing TRUE this week in Ohio!  Wow…really, really cold!  Glad I really don’t have too many reasons that I HAVE to go out.  I’m quite fine staying inside and keeping warm!  So, my inspiration for this week’s theme came from a nice hot cup of cocoa after being out in the elements!  I made up this fun box to hold some Starbucks Cocoa and candy cane for my Stamp Club Members last month.  The belly band holds it closed.  So fun!  I was inspired by a box I saw done by Nina Suggs last year and I updated it with Hug In A Mug and Christmas Quilt Designer Paper (but hurry and order…this set and paper are on the retired list and today is the LAST DAY TO ORDER!)

 

 
 

Here are the details and photo inside:

 

  • Cut the Thick Whisper White to 10 x 8-1/2, Score with 10″ on top at 2-1/2, 3, 9 and 9-1/2.  Turn and score with 8-1/2 on top at 1/2, 4, 4-1/2 and 8.  Cut as shown in this template.

  • Round the flap with the Corner Rounder.  Adhere box together on the 1/2″ side tab.
  • Cut a 3-3/8 x 5-7/8 piece of Christmas Quilt Designer Paper for the front of the box.  Cut a 2-3/8 x 3-3/8 piece of coordinating DSP for the front flap (round the bottom corners).
  • Stamp the greeting with Memento Black on 3/4″ scrap Garden Green, cut with flag end.  Adhere to front with Stampin’ Dimentionals.
  • Form the belly band by cutting a 3/4 x 8-1/2 piece of Real Red, score at 2-1/8, 2-3/4, 6-1/4 and 6-7/8.  Fold around the box and adhere in front.
  • Stamp the mug and star image from Hug In A Mug with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White, stamp inside mug with Real Red, marshmallows with Crumb Cake, candy cane with Real Red.  Color a few marshmallows with Powder Pink Marker.  Punch with 2″ Circle Punch and adhere to 2-1/4″ Circle punched from Silver Glimmer Paper.  Add Rhinestone to center.  Add to belly band with Stampin’ Dimensional to hide seam.
  • Tuck in a Starbucks Hot Cocoa mix and a little candy cane!

 

Cute, cute, cute!!! Don’t forget to check out what the rest of the Design Team for SUO Challenges did this week with this theme! I’m sure they will have some great ideas!

 

 

 


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Jan 01 2018

IM1 – Heartfelt Blooms

 

Hi everyone!

Mary and I will be bring a new Inspiration Challenge to you every Monday!  This week is a fun little Petite Cakes inspiration photo!  Aren’t those gorgeous little cakes?  I chose to use the color scheme as my inspiration for my card using the Sale-A-Bration set, Heartfelt Blooms.

 

 

Here’s my design:

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Soft Sky cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock, the 1 x 5-1/4 strip of Picture Perfect Party Designer Paper was placed along the right edge.
  • A piece of the Sale-A-Bration 1/8″ Bermuda Bay Ribbon hides the seam and was adhered in the back, then a bow tied around the front and secured with a Mini Glue dot.
  • The Heartfelt Blooms flower was stamped with Bermuda Bay Ink in the lower right corner.  I’m amazed at the detail in this stamp and how it looks so great stamped in one color or colored with many!
  • Thinking of You from the same stamp set was stamped with Memento Black Ink on scrap Whisper White, then cut with the Oval Stitched Shapes Framelit.  It was popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

So simple, but I love how it turned out!  Make sure to check out Mary’s Inspiration Monday design over on Create with Connie and Mary.  We have a brand new look to our blog and new graphics!  AND…we have a details about our brand new “Sure Do Love You Collection” Class Kit to go!

 


Dec 30 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – NEW Stuff!

 

It’s time for a new Saturday Blog Hop!  This week we will be featuring NEW STUFF!  We certainly have LOTS of options with the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs going live in a few days!  Woohoo!!!  I have DOUBLE new stamp sets that I used on my card…one from the Annual Catalog that I just purchased and one from the Occasions Catalog!

 

 

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 the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, the Marbled Background Stamp was inked with Soft Sky Ink and stamped and adhered to the base.  I love that this looks like Designer Paper!
  • A length of new Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon was placed across the 2-3/4 x 4 piece of Soft Sky cardstock and adhered in the back, then added to the front of the card.
  • Thinking of You from Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts was stamped with Memento Black Ink along the bottom.
  • The Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts image was stamped with Memento Black Ink on scrap Whisper White and colored with the Stampin’ Blends Markers.  It was cut with the oval Stitched Shapes and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimentionals.

 

OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations by continuing on with the blog hop!  I’m sure they have some FABULOUS creations!  Next up is our Create with Connie & Mary website with a FABULOUS new look and then Mary Brown and her creative design!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dec 28 2017

CCMC490 Hedgehugs

Oh my!  I haven’t posted since Saturday!  Christmas time is always so busy around here…and it isn’t that I don’t have things to post…I do…just not the time to actually write them up!  AND…I almost forgot to write this one up, too!  Anyway…we have a super fun sketch this week on Create with Connie and Mary!  Check it out!

I used the fun set in the Occasions catalog, Hedgehugs.  At first I wasn’t sure about this set…but I think I’ve used it more than any other of the new sets so far!  Too funny how that works!

 

 

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 a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Gray cardstock.
  • A 2 x 5″ strip of the FREE Sale-a-Bration Bubbles & Fizz Designer Paper was cut in half diagonally, then a little angle cut along the bottom, and adhered to the front.
  • The hedgehog was stamped with Basic Gray Ink on scrap Whisper White and cut out.  The mushrooms were stamped with Basic Gray Ink and Real Red Marker on the tops, then the grass colored with Lemon Lime Twist Marker, stamped on Whisper White and cut out.
  • Adorable You was stamped with Basic Gray on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and punched with the Classic Label Punch.  All three pieces were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Three of the light Glitter Dots were added to the background.

 

That’s it!  Cute, huh?  OK…check out the rest of the Challenge Team’s designs over on Create with Connie and Mary to see what they did with this sketch inspiration!  Amazing that we all used different sets!

 

And…don’t forget about our 50% off Mini Session sale over on Create with Connie and Mary!  See details here!

 

 


Dec 23 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Blue/White/Silver Card

 

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring the colors of any Blue, Silver and White on a Christmas Card this week.  I used one of my favorite sets in the Holiday Catalog, Snowflake Sentiments on mine.  I’m going to miss those Foil Snowflakes!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base s 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Soft Sky, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White was embossed with the Winter Wonder Embossing folder towards the top.
  • The greeting from Snowflake Sentiments was inked with Versamark and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder in the lower right corner.
  • The silver Foil Snowflake was added to the center of the embossed one with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The snowflake in Snowflake Sentiments was stamped with Soft Sky on Whisper White and punched with the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, it was layered on a 1-1/2 Circle punched from Silver Glimmer Paper and adhered.  A Clear Faceted Gem was put in the middle, then attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the center of the Foil Snowflake!

LOTS of silver and shimmer on this card!  I love it!  I used the basic design for my Christmas card this year….but made it a little simplier and “flatter” to mail without extra postage.  I mailed out over 60 of them!  I did use the greeting from Merry Patterns that was only available as a host benefit.  But, I thought you might like to see it anyway!

 

 

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!  See you in the new year!  Make sure to check out what the Design Team did with the challenge this week!

 

Create with Connie and Mary is having a 50% off all Mini Sessions we offered during the past year…PLUS the Bonus Tutorials are also available to purchase!  Check out all the details on our Create with Connie and Mary website!

Next up on the blog hop is the Create with Connie and Mary website then onto Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dec 21 2017

CCMC489 Lots of Lavender

SO excited to get the new Sale-A-Bration set, Lots of Lavender (FREE with a $50 order beginning January 3!) that I just had to use it with today’s Color Challenge on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

Here’s my card:

 

 

And 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 Sahara Sand that was embossed with the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder.
  • A 2-1/2 x 4 piece of Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Paper was adhered on top.
  • The 1/8″ Fresh Fig Ribbon was wrapped around and adhered in the back of the Sahara Sand to hide the seam.
  • Thinking of You from another Sale-A-Bration set, Heartfelt Blooms was stamped with Fresh Fig Ink in the lower right corner of the Designer Paper.
  • The lavender outline was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White, then the lavender fill was stamped with Fresh Fig on top.  The leaves and stem were stamped with Sahara Sand (twice to make them darker) and the bow with Soft Sky Ink.
  • A touch of Clear Wink of Stella adds a little sparkle on top
  • The lavender image was cut with the Oval from Layered Ovals and then added to a larger scallop oval cut from Fresh Fig cardstock.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

SO pretty!  I love lavender and seeing fields of lavender is SO beautiful!  OK…check out the rest of the Challenge Team designs over on Create with Connie and Mary to get lots of inspiration!

 

 


Dec 19 2017

Control Freaks December 2017

Hi!  Welcome to the monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  This month our theme is the new preview of the Occasions/SAB catalogs!  You’ve probably just come from Cindy Elam’s blog…love her projects!

 

I used the fun new Occasions catalog set, Hedgehugs, for my projects today.  LOVE how cute the set is, don’t you?  I featured the little squirrel in this set!

 

 

First up is the little box!  I found the template from one of the Stampin’ Up! Artisans, Sylwia Schreck.  It holds a Ferraro Chocolate inside perfectly!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The little box is cut from Calypso Coral cardstock and put together.
  • A 5/8 x 8-1/2 strip of the free Sale-A-Bration Bubbles & Fizz Designer Paper was added around the bottom.
  • A small oval from the Layering Ovals were cut from Early Espresso cardstock and added to one side with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The squirrel was stamped with Early Espresso Ink on Whisper White, then colored with the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends, and hand-cut out
  • The mushrooms were inked with Calypso Coral Ink, then a Early Espresso Ink on the stems and stamped on Whisper White cardstock.  The stems were filled in with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends.  It was hand-cut and added on top of the squirrel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The top points were punched with a 1/8″ Circle and then tied closed with Linen Thread.  A tag stamped with Hi There in Calypso Coral Ink and punched with the Classic Label Punch was added to the thread.

 

Next up is the matching card:

 

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Calypso Coral cardstock, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • Two 3/4 x 5-1/4 strips of Bubbles & Fizz Designer Paper were added to a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Gray cardstock.
  • The large oval from Layering Ovals was cut from Whisper White cardstock and stamped with the tree stump in Basic Gray Ink.  The bottom below the trunk was sponged with Lemon Lime Twist ink.
  • The squirrel was stamped with Early Espresso Ink on scrap Whisper White and colored with the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Markers, then hand-cut and added to the stump.  The mushrooms were stamped with scrap Whisper White with Calypso Coral Ink and the stems with Early Espresso Marker.  They were colored with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends and hand-cut and added to the bottom of the trunk with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The flower stem was inked with Lemon Lime Twist, then the flowers inked with Calypso Coral Marker and stamped on Whisper White cardstock.
  • Hi There was stamped with Calypso Coral ink.
  • The large scallop oval from Layering Ovals Framelits was cut from Calypso Coral cardstock and added sideways to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The Whisper White oval was adhered on top.
  • A few of the new Tutti-Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins were added to the front.

 

Hope you liked my projects!  OK…next up on the Control Freaks Blog Hop is my good friend, Mary Brown.  I know you’ll enjoy her projects!

 

 


Dec 19 2017

SUOC190 Seasonal Chums

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is “a favorite Christmas image”.  Well, no surprise to many of you who follow my blog…I love snowmen and snowflakes for the holidays!  I use them in one way or another on my Christmas card every year!  And…what stamp set has the cutest snowman this year?  Why…Seasonal Chums, of course!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Real Red cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock was embossed with the Softly Falling folder and added to the front.
  • A 1-3/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Merry Little Christmas Designer Paper across the front, and a 1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Silver Glimmer Paper on top of it for a little sparkle!
  • The snowman from Seasonal Chums (gasp…I cut my rubber apart to separate it from the back…I can always place them back together on the block!) was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White, colored with Real Red, Smoky Slate, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Sky Markers, then cut with the 2-1/4 Circle Punch.
  • I added the circle to a larger Scallop Circle from Layering Circles Framelits cut from Real Red cardstock, then to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Merry Christmas from Seasonal Chums was stamped with Real Red Ink on Whisper White and punched with the Classic Label Punch, then tucked and adhered under the circle with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Cute, cute, cute!!!  Don’t forget to check out what the rest of the Design Team for SUO Challenges did this week with this theme! I’m sure they will have some great ideas!

 

 

 

 


Dec 16 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Gold/Vanilla/Cherry Cobbler Tag

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is featuring the colors of Very Vanilla, Gold, and Cherry Cobbler for a Christmas Tag this week.  I love making pretty tags for packaging, so I am excited to see what everyone did with this challenge!   Make sure to continue around the blog hop to see everyone’s ideas!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base tag is 2-1/2 x 5 Thick Very Vanilla cardstock, cut with the Triple Banner Punch on one end and embossed with the Holly Embossing Folder.
  • A 3/4 x 4 strip of Gold Metallic Paper is also cut with the Triple Banner Punch and added to the center of the tag.
  • The Cherry Cobbler cardstock is cut with the Quilt Builder Framelits and added on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Peace is stamped with Cherry Cobber on a 1/2 x 2-1/2 strip of Very Vanilla and added on top of the quilt with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two Metallic Shapes gold circles were added on each side of the greeting.
  • The top was punched with the 1/4″ Circle Hand Punch, then the Very Vanilla/Gold Metallic Ribbon is added and tied with a knot at the top.

Pretty…simple…elegant.  I love it!  Make sure to check out what the Design Team did with the challenge this week! Next up is Mary Brown or go backwards to visit Melissa Davies!