Apr 11 2017

Helping Me Grow

This is my second post of the day…check out my blog HERE for the SUO Challenge I posted earlier today!

 

The retired list is out!!!!  And…select items are up to 50% off!  WOOHOO!  Make sure to make your selections and order quickly.  Accessories are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!  Stamp sets are guaranteed (but not Framelits/Thinlets) available until May 22, then will be while supplies last, too!

 

Click below to go to my online store to order!

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One of the stamp sets that is retiring is Helping Me Grow!  I feel like I haven’t used this set in ages.  This card was made for a sweet person who placed an order so she could make her husband’s 70th birthday invitations!  How fun!  I mailed it off with her catalog today!

 

 

Here are the details.  I love the soft lavender colors!

 

  • 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.
  • On top of that is a 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 layer of Whisper White, stamped with Thanks at the bottom right in Memento Black Ink.
  • Across the front is a 1 x 4-1/4 strip of Succulent Garden Designer Paper.  (The Oh So Succulent Suite is retiring, too!)
  • The flowers were stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White, then watercolored with Sweet Sugarplum Marker and the AquaPainter.  While wet, the Sweet Sugarplum Marker was applied full strength and then Rich Razzeberry Marker for the centers to darken it even more.  Old Olive Marker was used for the stems.  It was hand-cut and then arranged on the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Old Olive Baker’s Twine was tied in a bow around the middle stem.

 

Isn’t that sweet?  OK…today’s the day!  The Create with Connie and Mary April Mini Session is NOW OPEN!  Don’t miss out.  A couple of the tutorials are PERFECT for your retirement classes…and the others will still be available to use with the new catalog classes!

 

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH March AND April, you will receive a Spring 3D Bonus Project that is also perfect for a your spring classes! So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

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Apr 11 2017

SUOC 172 – Stylish Stems

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is “Sympathy or Comfort”.  I do send out a lot of this type of card, so I can always use new ideas.

 

 

I wanted a black and white card and used just the Stylish Stems Thinlits instead of stamping.

  • 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 Whisper White.
  • Along the left is a 1/2 x 5-1/4 strip of the Basic Black stripe pattern in the Neutrals Paper Pack.
  • The greeting from Rose Wonder stamp set was stamped with Memento Black Ink.
  • The stem and leaves were cut from Basic Black and adhered to the front.
  • The outline of the flower head was cut from Whisper White, while the detail from Basic Black cardstock and adhered together.  Then adhered to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals above the stem.

 

Pretty simple, but I love the contrast an think it would be very appropriate to send to someone who needs a little comfort.  OK…make sure 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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Apr 08 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Spring Flowers

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is “Spring Flowers” this week!  It is SO nice to see the grass greening up, the daffodils and early flowers in bloom, and the trees starting to bud out.  I love this time of year…although my allergies do NOT.  Must be something with the flowering trees to cause my itchy eyes and nose!  lol!

 

 

I love the Succulent Framelits all on their own and have used them for SEVERAL of my Create projects.  Only the greeting is stamped!  Here are the details on this card:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Peekaboo Peach cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 2 x 4 piece of Sahara Sand Neutrals Designer Paper was adhered across the bottom of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • A length of the Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon was placed across the front and adhered in the back to hide the seam.  I am going to MISS that ribbon when it retires!
  • Cut two of the medium larger flower shapes of Succulents with So Saffron cardstock, then the two smallest sizes from Peekaboo Peach cardstock for the center.  Adhere all together, then add to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Color a Perfect White Accent with Black Sharpie Marker and add to center.
  • Cut another of the medium larger flower shape of Succulent from Pear Pizzazz cardstock, then cut of two petals (twice) for the leaves.  Tuck and adhere under the flowers.
  • Stamp the Happy Mother’s Day greeting from Oh So Succulent with Memento Black Ink.

 

I’m SO happy with how this turned out and can’t wait to give it to my mom for Mother’s Day this year!

 

Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team creations this week! I can’t wait to see what they chose to do! Next up is the Create with Connie and Mary website to see more about our April Mini Session, then continue on to Mary Brown and check out her design or head backwards to Melissa Davies!

 

Create with Connie and Mary April 2017 Mini Session is COMING SOON!

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH March AND April, you will receive a Spring 3D Bonus Project that is also perfect for a your spring classes! So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr 07 2017

Eastern Palace Suite

Wow!!!  My preorder came yesterday evening and I just got a chance to sit down and work with this new Eastern Palace Suite!  I was totally lukewarm about the set until I played with it!  Now I LOVE it!  It is totally one of those sets that you will be reaching for time and time again!  Yes…customers…I will be doing a Class Kit with this fabulous suite of products in early May!  Stay tuned!  Demos can preorder now…customers can order this suite on May 1st!

 

So, here is what I quickly came up with using this set…lots of NEW stuff on here!  Clean and simple, but the touches of gold in the thread and the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers pushes it over the top!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Tranquil Tide (one of the NEW In-Colors!) cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, a 2 x 5-1/4 piece of NEW Eastern Palace DSP was adhered along the bottom.  Then a 1/2 x 5-1/4 piece of the reverse patterned Lemon Lime Twist DSP was added along the seam.
  • On top of that is a row of the NEW Eastern Gold Vinyl Sticker, trimmed to size.  WOW!
  • Two of the “flower” medallions from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits were cut from Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim cardstock and trimmed out.
  • Stampin’ Up! didn’t provide the new In-Color Lemon Lime Twist cardstock on this preorder, so I made my own by coloring Very Vanilla scrap paper with the ink pad.  I stamped the dotted circle (LOVE!) and the greeting from the Eastern Beauty stamp set with Tranquil Tide Ink on top, then punched with the 1-1/4 Circle Punch.
  • Before placing it in the center of the two medallion flowers with a Stampin’ Dimensional, I wrapped some Gold Thread around my fingers and added it to the back of the circle.  It is just a touch of glimmer that matches the Vinyl stickers!

 

What do you think???  I tell you…you will LOVE this new suite and new In Colors!!!

 

And…know what else you’ll love?  Our Create with Connie and Mary April Mini Session!  Here are some details!

 

Create with Connie and Mary’s new April 2017 Mini Session is COMING SOON!

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH March AND April, you will receive a Spring 3D Bonus Project that is also perfect for a your spring classes!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

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Apr 06 2017

CCMC452 – Big On Birthdays

This week we have a pretty color combination over on Create with Connie and Mary.  The colors scream SPRING to me, even though we could get SNOW around here today and tonight!  Yikes!

 

 

Here’s my card using Big on Birthdays!  First time I’ve used this image in that set!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 So Saffron cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 1-1/2 x 5-1/4 piece of Peekaboo Peach Paper Pack DSP was added to the top of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • The large Big On Birthdays greeting was stamped with Memento Black Ink towards the bottom.
  • The flowers were colored with So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach and Sahara Sand Markers.
  • A portion of a Lace Doily was sponged with So Saffron Ink, then added below the Designer Paper.
  • A row of Pearls were added along the seam of the DSP.
  • A length of Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon was tied in a knot, then added to the top of the doily with a Mini Glue Dot.

I love all the little feminine details on here!  Hope you do, too!  Check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did with this color combination over on Create with Connie and Mary today!

 

Create with Connie and Mary’s new April 2017 Mini Session is COMING SOON!

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH March AND April, you will receive a Spring 3D Bonus Project that is also perfect for a your spring classes!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

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Apr 05 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

I recently held a class using the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  They made three cards with matching envelopes.  A  bonus project was this little decorated Kraft Gift Bag to hold all of the cards if they wanted to give it as a gift!  I thought it turned out sweet!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bag was stamped with the dotted image in Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set with Crumb Cake Ink along the edges.
  • 1″ from the top was scored and folded backwards.
  • Strips of Urban Development Designer Paper were cut for banners with a flag end.
  • A length of Very Vanilla/Gold Metallic Ribbon (retired SAB) was folded in half, then stapled to the banners.  The banners were adhered to the front of the bag below the score line.
  • The dragonfly strip was cut with the Detailed Dragonfly Framelits from Basic Black cardstock and adhered to the banners.
  • The greeting from Dragonfly Dreams was stamped with Memento Black Ink on a 1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla, cut with a flag end, then attached to the banners.
  • A Gold Binder Clip was added to the top to hold the bag closed.
  • Linen Thread was tied in a bow on the Gold Binder Clip.

 

LOVE it!  This little packaging could hold SO much!  What would you put in it?

 

Create with Connie and Mary’s new April 2017 Mini Session is COMING SOON!

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH March AND April, you will receive a Spring 3D Bonus Project that is also perfect for a your spring classes!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

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Apr 04 2017

Blooms & Wishes

As the retirement list comes out later this month, I’m thinking of using my regular catalog sets more and more.  Need to give them some love since I’ve focused on the Occasions catalog for the past few months.  Here’s one I made a few months ago, but haven’t shared.  It was inspired by several cards I saw on Pinterest, and I love the Melon Mambo/black/white color with the pop of Tempting Turquoise I used here!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Melon Mambo cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • Along the left side of the 4 x 5-1/4 Whisper White cardstock layer, a 1-3/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Pop of Pink Designer Paper was added to a 1/2 x 5-1/4 strip of Melon Mambo cardstock, then added to the Whisper White.
  • The heart was cut from Melon Mambo and the word love from Basic Black with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and added to the front.
  • Two flowers from Blooms & Wishes were stamped with Tempting Turquoise Ink on Whisper White and two leaves with Pear Pizzazz Ink.  They were hand-cut and added to the heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The centers were made with the end of a pencil and Basic Black Ink.

 

So simple yet striking, I think!  Did you know we will be kicking off our new April Mini Session soon?  Here are the details!

 

 

Create with Connie and Mary’s new April 2017 Mini Session is COMING SOON!

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH March AND April, you will receive a Spring 3D Bonus Project that is also perfect for a your spring classes!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

 

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Apr 03 2017

Love and Affection

One of my downline just promoted to Bronze Elite AND recruited, so I made up a little congrats card for her, along with mailing a little package of embellishments to her!  I used the Love & Affection stamp set with the Affectionately Yours Designer Paper for the card…the Metallic Copper looks like Bronze on this paper!  I decided to actually use it instead of hoarding it!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Watermelon Wonder cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • At the top of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock, a 2 x 5-1/4 piece of the Affectionately Yours Designer Paper was placed.
  • A band of the Affectionately Yours Washi Tape was added to hide the seam.
  • Yay! from All Things Thanks was stamped with Watermelon Wonder Ink on Whisper White, then punched with the 1-3/4 Circle Punch and placed on the Watermelon Wonder doily.  It was popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The flower from Love & Affection was stamped with Versamark on Watermelon Wonder cardstock, then embossed with Copper Embossing Powder and hand cut out.  A Perfect White Accent was added to the center.
  • The leaf was stamped with Versamark on Cucumber Crush an embossed with Copper Embossing Powder, cut out and placed under the flower.

 

It really is SO shimmery and pretty in person…and that paper was perfect to use for the Bronze Elite promotion!

 

Create with Connie and Mary’s new April 2017 Mini Session is COMING SOON!

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH March AND April, you will receive a Spring 3D Bonus Project that is also perfect for a your spring classes!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 


Apr 01 2017

Saturday Blog Hop – Easter Favors

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our design team theme is “Easter Favors” this week!  I love little 3D projects, so can’t wait to see what everyone came up with this week!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • Stamp two of the largest Jar of Fun images onto Whisper White with Memento Black Ink, then cut with the Everyday Jars Framelits.  Use an aquaPainter and Pool Party Ink to watercolor the background inside the jar.
  • Stamp two jar tops with Daffodil Delight Ink on Whisper White and cut with the jar topper framelit, then add to the top of the jars.
  • Stamp the bunny, carrot and greeting with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and cut with the Basket Builder Framelits.  Cut the grass from Wild Wasabi cardstock and add to the front of the jar.  Color the bunny with Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo Markers and the carrot with Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive markers.
  • Add the greeting across the top of the jar.
  • Make a box bottom by cutting a 3 x 3-1/2 piece of Whisper White and score at 1″ on all sides.  Cut the tabs and assemble the box bottom with Tear & Tape Adhesive.
  • Adhere the jars to two wider sides of the box bottom.  Wrap Daffodil Delight Baker’s Twine around the top of the jars to close and tie a bow.
  • Fill box with assorted candies!

 

Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team creations this week! I can’t wait to see what they chose to do! Next up is the Create with Connie and Mary website to see more about our April Mini Session, then continue on to Mary Brown and check out her design or head backwards to Melissa Davies!

 

Create with Connie and Mary April 2017 Mini Session is COMING SOON!

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH March AND April, you will receive a Spring 3D Bonus Project that is also perfect for a your spring classes!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar 30 2017

CCMC451 Basket Bunch

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  I always get excited about the sketch challenges the most…find them a little easier than the color challenges sometimes!  lol!  I decided to use my Basket Bunch Bundle again since we are getting close to Easter!

 

 

And here’s my card.  I ended up really liking this color combination!  I’m really bummed that the SAB Glimmer Paper is no longer available.  Glad I got at least one package of it!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Bermuda Bay cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 3-3/4 x 5 Pool Party layer was embossed with the Sparkle Embossing Folder (one of the FREE SAB choices that Stampin’ Up! just added!)
  • A 1/2 x 4-1/4 strip of Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper was added across the front (no longer available).
  • A 2-3/4 x 3-1/4 piece of Very Vanilla has a 1-1/4 x 2-3/4 piece of Cupcakes & Carousels DSP adhered along the left side.  Happy Easter from Crazy About You was stamped with Memento Black Ink in the lower right corner.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A circle Stitched Shapes Framelit was cut from Peekaboo Peach cardstock and added to the front.
  • The bunny and basket were stamped with Memento Black Ink and colored with Blushing Bride, Peekaboo Peach and Crumb Cake Markers.  They were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

I didn’t even notice that little Easter Basket until I was working on this card!  TOO cute!  One of the grandkids will be getting this card!

 

OK…go check out the rest of the designs by the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary to see what they came up with this week for the sketch challenge! I can’t wait to see!

 

 

 

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