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!

See details at Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

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Nov 01 2017

Halloween Mummy Bags

Yesterday I showed you the Haunted House bags that I made for the two older grandkids.  And,  if you can stand one more Halloween idea (for next year?) here’s the bags I made for the grand-babies who are one.  Yes…some retired product on here, but we all have some of it sitting around, right?

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is a white handled bag.  I cut many 1 x 11 and 1 x 8-1/2 strips of Whisper White, sponged the edges with Crumb Cake and started layering them across (the longer strips when I went in a more diagonal direction.
  • Towards the top is a 2 x 5 piece of Basic Black cardstock that I placed before the white strips in that area.
  • The top was finished with an old Spider Web Border Punch (non-SU) cut from 1 x 8-1/2 Basic Black.
  • I used a Black Spider Web from last year in the bottom corner.
  • The Trick or Treat image (retired) was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Rich Razzleberry cardstock, then punched out (retired punch) and placed on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The eyes were made with 3/4 Whisper White and 1/2″ Basic Black circles and highlighted with the White Chalk Pen.
  • The bag was tied closed with some Black Striped Chevron Ribbon (retired).

 

This would be easy enough to update with current products, but my grandbabies didn’t care!  They only wanted the Beanie Baby and Halloween book inside!

 


 

NEW!  NEW!  NEW! 

Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers are here!

 

Remember…today is the first day to order Stampin’ Blends!  You can view the catalog HERE!  I have a special gift for anyone ordering $50 or more Stampin’ Blends this month…a 6×6 sampling of all the Just Add Color Designer Paper so you can practice coloring!  Note that the special stamp set and Color Me Happy Kit are while supplies last.  Please remember to use my November Host Code when ordering online!

 

PLUS…order the entire Coloring Stampin’ Blends package of alcohol markers for $121.50 plus tax and shipping from me this month and get the clear mount Color Me Happy stamp set FREE!  Again, while supplies last!

 

 

Won’t you have fun practicing with this set, too!!!  Hurry and order today!  You’ll love them!

 

 

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Oct 31 2017

Haunted House Bags

For the two older grandkids, I bought some Halloween Stickers, Gel Wraps, Halloween bubbles and small paddle games and needed a bag to put them all in.  Of course, a few candy eyeballs and chocolates found there way inside, too.

 

Since a handled kraft bag was just too plain, I decided to decorate the outside as a Haunted House using Sweet Home and Spooky Cat stamps and the Home Sweet Home Thinlits and At Home Thinlits.  Think they turned out pretty cute!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The doors were cut from Basic Black with the At Home Thinlit, the window cut out and backed with Crushed Curry cardstock.  A 1/4″circle was cut from Silver cardstock for the door knob.
  • A 1-1/4 x 8-1/2 strip of Garden Green cardstock was cut with the Fringe Scissors (on the Clearance Rack).
  • Spooky Cat was punched from Basic Black with the Cat punch and face with Craft White Ink.
  • A few pumpkins were cut from the Spooky Night DSP.
  • Ghosts were stamped from Sweet Home with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and cut with the Home Sweet Home Thinlits.
  • The windows from Home Sweet Home Thinlets were cut from Rich Razzleberry cardstock, then layered on Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black cardstock.
  • The roof was cut 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 and scored at 4-1/4, then punched along the edge with  Non-SU Spider Web Border punch that I’ve had forever!  I measured where the handles belonged, and trimmed out the area between them so the roof slips over the handles.  The chimney was adhered inside the cutouts for the handles.  A 1 x 8-1/2 strip of Spooky Night DSP was added across the front of the roof.
  • A couple bats were cut from Home Sweet Home Thinlets and added on the front, too.

 

I hope the kids like them!!!  Now to come up with something for the babies!  lol!

 

OK…remember that today is the last day for the Designer Papers Sale – Buy 3 and get the 4th one free!  Use Host Code:

 

 

ALSO, Stampin’ Blends are available tomorrow, November 1st!  I have a special gift for anyone who purchases the full set…a 6×6 sampling of all the patterns in the Just Add Color Specialty Designer Paper!  A perfect way to practice coloring with them!  Email me for details!

Stampin’ Blends Features

  • Add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
  • We have done in-house testing for evaporation and life testing and are really happy with the results.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.

 

 

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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!

See details at Create with Connie and Mary!

 

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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 24 2017

Alaska Achievers Blog Hop

 

I’m so happy to be hopping with the Stampin’ Up! Alaska Incentive Trip Achievers!  This blog hop is for those demonstrators who have earned this fabulous trip!  You are here at my blog, CONNIE BABBERT, continue on to the next person by finding the name after mine on the list at the bottom!  I’m in the USA, so if you have questions or need the products to reproduce this project, feel free to contact me!

 

The past six months I’ve been busy with a big house move, our SU Incentive trip to Thailand and then knee replacement surgery, PLUS getting my new studio cabinets designed and installed and all my creative goodies back in their proper place!  Whew!  But, I did this Fall project using Painted Harvest Bundle and was saving it for the next time I could play along with this blog hop!  It will fit in a standard 8 x 10 frame for a little Home Decor this fall!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 8 x 10 Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • The FALL letters were cut out of the center of a 6×6 sheet of Wood Textures Designer Paper.  Then it was added to a 6-1/4 x 6-1/4 layer of Early Espresso Cardstock (TIP:  the cut out portion is hidden behind the sunflower layer…great way to save on cardstock or DSP!)
  • A 3-3/4 x 7-3/4 layer of Whisper White was stamped several times with the flower image in Painted Harvest in the colors of Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry.  The leaves with Lemon Lime Twist and Always Artichoke Inks.  The centers with Early Espresso Ink.  The background dots in Crumb Cake Ink
  • The edges were sponged with Crumb Cake Ink and the greeting stamped with Early Espresso Ink.
  • On a scrap piece of Whisper White, four more flowers were stamped, along with four sets of leaves and two acorns.  Only the center petals of two of the flowers were hand-cut, then placed on top of the full cut flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The leaves were punched with the Leaf Punch and tucked around the flowers.
  • The two acorns were hand-cut an added under one of the flowers.
  • A double strand of Linen Thread was tied in a bow and added to the center of one flower.  A Gold Faceted Gem was added to the center of the other flower.

Hope you like my Painted Harvest Home Decor piece and are inspired to make one for yourself or as a gift!  Now, make sure you check out the rest of the Grand Vacation Hawaii Blog Hop by going to the next person in line on the list below after my name, CONNIE BABBERT!  Enjoy!

 

 

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Oct 24 2017

SUOC186 Hug in a Mug

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is “Something Sweet”. This could be images of candy, cupcakes, anything!  I decided to use a brand new set to me…Hug in a Mug!  Hot Chocolate is definitely sweet!  Here’s what I did!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Cherry Cobbler cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake was stamped randomly with the small snowflake and dots images from Hug in a Mug in White Craft Ink for the background.
  • A 1-1/4 x 4 strip of Be Merry Designer Paper was added across the front.  Then a 1/8 strip o Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper on top of it.
  • A Stitched Shapes Oval was cut from Whisper White.
  • Towards the bottom of the oval, the “ground” was stamped with Crumb Cake Ink.
  • On a scrap piece of Whisper White, the mug, candy cane and marshmallows were stamped with Memento Black ink and cut out.  The inside of the mug was stamped with Cherry Cobbler Ink, the snowflake with Memento Black.  The candy cane colored with Cherry Cobbler Marker.
  • Wink of Stella was added to the marshmallows.
  • A small Pearl was added to the snowflake in the center and a few scattered in the background.
  • The mug was popped up on the oval and the oval popped up on the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The greeting was stamped with Memento Black Ink under the oval.

 

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!

 


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 16 2017

Night in Bethlehem

My Stamp Clubs did a similar card to this for one of their projects last month…this was the first version.  I tweaked the colors and design a little for their card.  But, I did like how this one turned out with the white against the dark blue background.  It would make a great card to mass produce for Christmas cards if you had a bunch to make!

NOTE:  I have a new round of Stamp Club starting this month and I’m looking for at least 3 new members!  You can join in person if you are in the surrounding Columbus, Ohio area…or get it in the mail!  We meet the last Thursday of the month (mostly!) and you can attend either the morning or evening based on your schedule…or switch back and forth!  Minimum $25 order every month for six months…and one month you are hostess and earn FREE product!   PLUS we do 3 Make & Take projects each month so you get some fabulous ideas to use like the one I’ve posted here!  We’ll take December off.  Ask me if you have questions!  ANYONE is welcome to join!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Dapper Denim was added on top and stamped with the Night in Bethlehem greeting in the lower left corner with Memento Black Ink.
  • The shepherd was stamped with Dapper Denim Ink on Whisper White and punched with the 1-1/4 Circle Punch, then layered on a punched 1-3/8″ circle of Silver Metallic Cardstock.  It is popped up on the front.
  • The town of Bethlehem was cut with the Bethlehem Edgelit Dies from Thick Whisper White and added to the front.
  • The star was stamped with Daffodil Delight and cut with the Edgelit, then added to the top.

 

Pretty simple!  I think I would emboss the greeting in Silver next time.  But…I’m still trying to FIND my heat gun from the move!  It is being very elusive!  lol!

 

 

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!