Mar 24 2016

CCMC399 Honeycomb Happiness

It’s time for our weekly Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  It’s another fun sketch to try.  I must admit…I had to pull mine together VERY quickly!  I’ve been a little busy helping out with my son and his family.  But, I thought it turned out pretty cute and it was QUICK!  I used Honeycomb Happiness…just haven’t used this set much at all and VERY soon Sale-A-Bration will be over!

 

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So, even though the sketch looks square, I made mine into a regular sized rectangle…I just tend to send those types of cards more than square.  Here’s what I came up with:

 

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The deets:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • A 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Pool Party is on top.
  • A 2 x 4-3/4 strip of Cherry On Top Designer Paper Stack was placed on top, with a 1/2 x 5-1/4 strip of coordinating DSP over the top portion.
  • Under the DSP layer is a 1/4 x 4 strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for a little sparkle.
  • You’re So Sweet from Honeycomb Happiness is stamped with Black Archival Ink in the bottom left corner.
  • The 2-1/2 Circle Punch was cut from Whisper White and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Ice Cream cone was stamped with Black Archival Ink on Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party, then hand-cut out the cone an the scoops of ice cream.  The cone was colored with the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker.  They were adhered on the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, a little Clear Wink of Stella was added to the ice cream scoops for even more sparkle!

OK…make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary.  AND…we have THREE new Challenge Team members, so make sure to check out their work and say hi!

 

 


Mar 23 2016

Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop – March 2016

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Welcome to the March Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop!  Glad to have you stop by!  Our theme this month is “Wedding Dreams”.  I hope you are inspired by all of the lovely creations this month!  You may be starting the blog hop at my blog, or have just arrived from the person before me.  To continue, click on the name below or above me on the list at the bottom of this post!  At the moment you are visiting with Connie Babbert.

 

Usually I will make wedding cards personalized with the colors of the wedding…but since this one doesn’t have a recipient yet, I decide to use the neutral Sahara Sand color and a pretty Drapery Fold technique.  Doesn’t it look fancy?  I found several different patterns to use, but this one is inspired by Lyssa Zwolanek.

 

March 2016 Beautiful Bunch

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White.
  • The Neutrals Designer Paper in the Sahara Sand floral pattern was cut 4 x 11-1/2, then scored at 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 10.  Cut from the 3″ score to approx 1-3/4″ down from top right corner to make the diagonal.  Pleat the score lines.
  • The 3/8″ Crumb Cake Satin Stitched ribbon was wrapped around and adhered to the back of the DSP, then added the DSP to the front of the base card.
  • The Beautiful Bunch flower was stamped with Sahara Sand Ink on Thick Whisper White and the center stamped with Black Archival Ink.  It was punched out with the Fun Flower Punch.  Another Fun Flower was punched from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and adhered behind the stamped one.  Then an additional Fun Flower was punched from Sahara Sand and two petals cut off (twice) for the leaves.
  • The flowers and leaves were put together with Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhered to the front of the DSP over the ribbon.  Slightly pinch the petals to curl the flower and leaves.
  • Forever Begins Today from Suite Sayings is stamped with Black Archival Ink in the lower right corner.
  • For some additional bling, an Iced Rhinestone was added in the center of the flower.

 

I love how beautiful this turned out…a perfect wedding card!  And, I’ll definitely be using that Drapery Fold again!  OK…to continue on the Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop, find the name below mine, Connie Babbert, on the list below and enjoy!

 

 

 


Mar 19 2016

Control Freaks March 2016 Easter Lamb

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Hello!  Welcome to the March Tour de Freaks!  We are celebrating Spring and Easter this month!  Perfect timing!  You’ve probably just come from Dawn Olchefske’s blog…aren’t her projects fun?  Continue on around to all 10 stops for some great inspiration!

 

I decided to use the darling Easter Lamb in the Occasions Catalog and dress her up in Jelly Bean colors!  I had lots of fun coloring!  Here’s the card:

 

March 2016 Easter Lamb Card
 

For the card, my jelly bean lamb is standing on a STACK of jelly beans, made from the Balloon Builders stamp set.  Like a lot of people, I bought the stamp set JUST for that jelly bean image!  lol! Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Melon Mambo cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • I stamped the jelly beans in Real Red, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie…all the Brights color family, on Whisper White cardstock, then cut them out individually so I could place them as I wanted and pop up a few of them with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Easter Lamb was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White, then colored with the same Stampin’ Write colors.  The cheeks were colored with Pink Pirouette Marker.  I cut her out and added her to the top of the jelly bean pile with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Happy Easter was cut and added to the front with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • Melon Mambo and Black Baker’s Twine was tied in a bow and added to the greeting with Mini Glue Dots.

 

Next up is a cute little favor…filled with jelly beans!

 

March 2016 Easter Lamb Pyramid Box
 

  • I made a Pyramid Pals Thinlet Box from clear Window Sheet and left one side open to fill with Jolly Rogers Jelly Beans (I like how they match our colors!)  I also snipped the top so that I could add the bamboo skewer for the greeting.
  • Around the bottom of the Pyramid Box, I added a 3/4″ strip of Old Olive cardstock, cut with the Fringe Scissors, then curled the grass slightly.
  • The greeting was cut and added to a bamboo skewer with Mini Glue Dots, then added thru the snipped top of the Pyramid Box.  Melon Mambo and Basic Black Bakers Twine was tied around in a bow.
  • Another Easter Lamb was stamped and colored the same as the card, then cut out and added on the front of the box with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

 

March 2016 Easter Lamb
 

Isn’t that FUN and so sweet!  My grand-daughter will get this card for Easter!  I love the jelly beans and the bright colors!  OK…continue on to the next stop on the Tour de Freaks and see what fabulous Wendy Weixler has in store for you!

 

 

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Mar 19 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Man Up!

First…thank you for all the good wishes for my son’s surgery.  All went well and he was home in a few hours.  Now for the long road of recovery.  He is normally SO active, that this will probably be just as hard as the surgery itself.  He has to go 4-5 weeks of non-load bearing weight on that leg, using crutches or a knee scooter until it heals.  Yikes!

 

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Yes!  It’s time to Man Up!  The Create with Connie and Mary Design Team’s Saturday Blog Hop has a theme of masculine cards this week!  We always need ideas for those, right?  For this card, I was inspired by a non-Stampin’ Up! card that I saw on Pinterest.  I knew I could recreate it with Stampin’ Up! products!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pool Party, folded in half.
  • On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, the mountain ridge from In the Meadow was stamped towards the bottom.  It was also stamped on a scrap post it note and cut out for a mask.
  • The mask was placed over the Whisper White ridge and then sponged with Wild Wasabi along the bottom and Pool Party along the top.  Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker was added to the Mountains.  Some “birds” were drawn with the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  The cardstock was trimmed to 1-1/2 x 5-1/4 and adhered to a 3-3/4 x 5 piece of Whisper White cardstock towards the left side.
  • Old Olive Baker’s Twine was wrapped around and a Gold Metallic button added to the twine, the ends were adhered in the back and the button held with Mini Glue Dots.
  • The layer was added to a 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 layer of Basic Black cardstock and then added to the base card.
  • The Adventure Begins from You’re So Lovely was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink along the bottom right side.

OK…I was very happy with how this turned out!  OK…up next is our Create with Connie and Mary website to tell you more about our just opened March Mini Session, then continue around to Mary’s blog…or go backward to Melissa’s blog!

 

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Mar 18 2016

Added more stamp sets for sale!

NEW STAMP SETS ADDED and PRICES REDUCED!

Stamp sets for sale – most $15 and under!

Email me at iluvstamping@gmail.com

 

Please provide zipcode so exact shipping can be figured. I will send you a Paypal invoice for total. Please provide payment promptly as items will not be held. Items will ship the next day. Cross posted.

 

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Left: Flower Filled – WM – $8
Right: Botanical Blooms – WM – $7

 

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Left: Field Flowers – WM – $12
Right: Balmy Breezes – WM – $12  SOLD

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Left: Kind Thoughts – WM – $9
Right: Fabulous Florets – Wm – $11

 

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Left: Petal Prints – WM – $11
Right: Nature’s Walk – WM – $12

 

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Left: Echoes of Kindness – WM – $10
Right: Live Your Dreams – WM – $9

 

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Left: Just Believe – WM – $12
Right: Fast & Fabulous – WM – $9

 

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Left: Extreme Elements – WM – $10 SOLD
Right: Elements of Style – WM – $12  SOLD

 

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Left: Wonderful You – WM – $9
Right: Sketch It – WM – $11

 

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Left: Big Blossom – WM – $6
Right: Print Paints – WM – $7

 

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Left: Canvas – WM – $8 SOLD
Right: Flannel Plaid – WM – $8

 

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Left: Houndstooth – WM – $8
Right: Distressed Dots – WM – $8  SOLD

 

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Left: Print Patterns – WM – $8
Right: Sanded – WM – $8 SOLD

 

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Left: Baroque – WM – $8
Right: Polka Dot – WM – $8

 

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Left: Elementary Days – WM – $10  – SOLD
Right: Holiday Print – WM – $8

 

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Left: Chalk Talk – CM – $12 SOLD
Right: Tag It – CM – $8  (Only lizard is has been mounted)

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Left: Perfect Words – CM – $7
Right: Friendship Preserves – CM – $7

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Left: Ciao, Baby! – CM – $7
Right: What’s Up! – CM – $7  SOLD

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Left: Says It All – CM – $5
Right: Hello Lovely – CM – $6

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Left: Sweet Essentials – CM – $8 SOLD
Right: Cross My Heart – CM only one image mounted – $8

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Left: Simply Wonderful – CM – $6
Right: Hip Notes – CM – $7

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Left: Simply Celebrate – CM – $8   SOLD
Right: See Ya Later – CM – $5

 

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Left: So Happy for You – CM – $6 SOLD
Right: You’re Lovely – CM – $5

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Left: Perfect Pennants is NOT for sale
Right: Big Day – CM – $5

 

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Left: Peachy Keen – CM – NEW UM – $10 SOLD
Right: Petal Parade – CM – $4

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Left: Perfect Couple – CM – NEW UM – $11
Right: Cool Kid – CM – $10 SOLD

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Left: From the Garden – PP – only 4 images used $10
Right: One Tag Fits All – CM NEW UM – $9 SOLD

 

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Top: Thanks & Hello – converted to CM, have block if needed – $3
Left: Look Up to Father – converted to CM, have block if needed – words separated – $5 SOLD
Right: Filmstrip – converted to CM, have block if needed – $5 SOLD

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Left: ABC-123 Outline Alphabet – CM only a few mounted – $9  SOLD
Right: Creative Elements – CM – $12 SOLD

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Wonderful Wreath, Lace Doily, Magnificent Maple, Love – converted to CM – $3 each

 

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Left: Patterned Occasions – CM – $6 SOLD
Right: Starburst Sayings – CM – $8

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Left: Oh Hello – CM – $5
Right: Priority Mail – CM – Only the snowman image mounted – $7  SOLD

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Left: Bright Blossoms – CM – $5 SOLD
Right: Madison Avenue – CM – $4  SOLD

 

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Oh Goodies – CM – $5

 

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Left: Packed for Mom, Packed for Dad, Packed for Birthday, Packed for Baby – converted to CM – All for $2

Right: Mustaches – set of 4 – Converted to CM – $3 SOLD

 

 

 


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Mar 17 2016

CCMC398 What I Love

Hello all!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  First…can I get you to say a little prayer for my son…he’s having surgery today due to a sports injury…and will be laid up for about 4-5 weeks!  With a 17 month old and a new baby on the way, things will be crazy, I’m sure!  I’ll be helping out as much as I can.

 

But, it’s time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  It’s a pretty color combination and, of course, perfect for flowers, so that’s the direction I went!  Some really awesome cards this week from our Challenge Team, so make sure to check them out over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

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Here’s my card.  I don’t know why, but I feel like my Watermelon Wonder Ink is more red than dark pink!  Oh well!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White, I started by stamping the flourish in Timeless Textures twice with Soft Suede Ink.  Then I added leaves from What I Love (a FREE SAB set) with Mossy Meadow Ink, and some splatters in Timeless Textures with Watermelon Wonder Ink.  This layer is added to the base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The full inside image of the flower is stamped twice with Watermelon Wonder Ink on scrap Whisper White, then Soft Suede added with the outline image, they were hand-cut out and placed over the background images with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Several small pearls were added in a cluster for each flower.
  • Thank You from What I Love was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink close to the images.

 

That’s it!  A CAS design!  I love it!

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It’s not too late to join us!  We just opened the March 2016 MINI SESSION and it is only $8.95 US with a projects using stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog!

* Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets, each with 4 cards and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!

Sign up for both March and April and we have a FUN Bonus project for you designed by Mary Brown!  Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!

 

 


Mar 15 2016

SUOC144 Circle of Spring

Another challenge over on SUO Challenges…and the theme is Spring!  LOVE to see Spring arrive…the bright green tree buds, the fat robins, warmer temps, and early flowers popping their heads from the ground!  We are lucky to be seeing an early Spring this year!  So, here’s what I came up for my Design Team card!

 

One of my customers mistakenly ordered two of this Circle of Spring stamp sets…instead of returning it, I ordered the other wreath one she wanted and kept this one for myself!  I paired it with the soft colors in Birthday Blossoms Designer Paper and used this week’s Create with Connie and Mary sketch (told you I loved it!)

 

SUOC144 Circle of Spring

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Blushing Bride, folded in half.
  • Along the bottom I added a 2-1/4 x 4 piece of the Birthday Blossoms striped paper and at the top 2-1/2 x 4 green polka dot print from the same DSP.
  • Across on a diagonal I adhered a 1-1/2 x 5 piece of Mint Macaron, then tripped off the excess on the sides.  A 1/4 x 5 strip of Blushing Bride cardstock hides the top seam and a row of Pearls hides the bottom seam.
  • The Circle of Spring wreath was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, then colored with Pool Party, Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Mint Macaron Markers and cut with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits (same one as the Christmas wreaths).  Pearls were added to the centers of a couple flowers.  It was popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The bow was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Blushing Bride cardstock and cut with the bow in the Wonderful Wreath Framelits package.
  • Hello Spring from the Circle of Spring stamp set was stamped with Tuxedo Black on a 3/4 x 1-1/2 piece of Whisper White and added over top the Mint Macaron cardstock.

I love the mix of patterns with the spring wreath!  SOOOO pretty!  OK, make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team to see what they came up with for this Spring Challenge!

 


Mar 14 2016

Grateful Bunch

I have a couple thank you notes to send out and when I saw the Global Design Project’s theme challenge GDP027 this week is Thank you, I decided to play along with them!

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I’ve had a monochromatic theme in my head to do a floral theme using Grateful Bunch and Sahara Sand and Black…then I decided it needed a pop of color, so I added Melon Mambo!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Melon Mambo folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Timeless Elegance Designer Paper.
  • On the 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 layer of Sahara Sand, the Grateful Bunch leaves and flowers were stamped with Black Archival Ink.  In the centers are It’s My Party Enamel Dots.
  • A bow of Melon Mambo/Basic Black Baker’s twine is tied in a bow and added to the stem with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • The greeting, also from Grateful Bunch, is stamped with Melon Mambo.

That’s it…totally CAS.  I almost wanted to try to whitewash the flowers and leaves, but decided to just leave it alone.  lol!

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Don’t forget!  We just opened the March 2016 MINI SESSION and it is only $8.95 US with a projects using stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog!

* Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets, each with 4 cards and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!
* All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials)
*Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month

Sets we are using for the March session:

  • Pyramid Pal Thinlets & Large Number Framelits
  • Sunburst Sayings Bundle
  • Timeless Textures & Cups & Kettle Framelits
  • Botanical Blooms Bundle
  • Grateful Bunch

Sign up for both March and April and we have a FUN Bonus project for you!  Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!

 


Mar 12 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Easter Favors

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It’s time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  Our theme is Easter Favors this week!  I can’t wait to see all the ideas!

 

I decided to use the Friends & Flowers Stamp set to make a cute little bunny for the front of my favor!

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  • The Blushing Bride base is 2 x 11, scored at 1/2, 5-1/2 and 5-7/8″
  • On top is a 1-7/8 x 5-3/8″ piece of Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper.
  • The face and ears from Friends & Flowers were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White and punched with the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch and Festive Flower Builder Punch.  The body was punched with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch and the tail with the Blossom Bunch Punch from Whisper White cardstock.
  • The ears and checks were colored with the Blushing Bride Marker.
  • Happy Easter from Circle of Spring stamp set was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink in the center.
  • A bow was tied with the Mint Macaron/Black Baker’s Twine and added to the ear with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • The bunny was added to the front of a Lots of Label Framelit cut from Birthday Bouquet DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added to the front of the base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • To hold the favor closed, the medium flower from Blossom Bunch Punch was punched from Blushing Bride and the small flower from Mint Macaron cardstock, adhered together with Mini Glue Dots and added to the Mini Clothespin with Mini Glue Dots.

Here’s the inside.  I found some of these chocolate crisp bunnies at the Dollar Tree Store…3 for $1 and they fit perfectly inside!  I used a couple Mini Glue Dots to hold in place!

 

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March 2016 Collage smallOK…isn’t that just the CUTEST???  Love it!  Now continue onto to the Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our March and April Mini Sessions…we just opened March yesterday!  Don’t miss out on all these GREAT ideas for only $8.95 per month!  Here’s a sneak peek for March!  After that, you’ll continue to Mary Brown’s blog, or back to Melissa Davies’ blog!

 

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Mar 11 2016

Perfect Pairings Grad

Woohoo!!!  Today is the day that Create with Connie and Mary opens our March 2016 Mini Session!  It’s not too late to join!  My card today gives you a hint of my project this month.  It’s all about the grads, the Large Number Framelits and the Pyramid Pals Thinlets Dies!

 

My kids are grown, of course, but my son IS graduating with his Master’s Degree at Ohio State University in May, so I do have graduation on the mind!  I should have done this in OSU colors to give to him!  lol!  But, I always seem to know 1-2 people who are graduating from high school or college each year…just change up the colors to match their school!  And, the It’s My Party Designer Paper has a couple great black print patterns to coordinate with it!

 

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The Sale-A-Bration set, Perfect Pairings, is a great set…I love the font on it…and it is FREE to get for the rest of the month!  Here’s the inside…simple so you could write a nice note.

 

Perfect Pairings Grad inside

Here are the details:

  • The base card is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Basic Black folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/2 layer of Bermuda Bay, the 2 x 5-1/4 layer was added.  Then the 1/8″ Bermuda Bay Stitched ribbon was added to hide the seam.
  • 2016 was cut from Silver Glimmer Paper with the Large Number Framelits and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The inside triangle on the Pyramid Pals Thinlet box was cut from Whisper White cardstock, then stamped with Congrats from Perfect Pairings Stamp Set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
  • The bowtie from the Pyramid Pals Thinlets was cut from Basic Black and added to the number 1, then a Perfect White Accent added to the center.
  • Inside, a 3/4 x 5-1/4 strip of the same DSP was added to the bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, then You Did It was stamped across several times with Bermuda Bay Ink.

 

March 2016 Collage smallMarch 2016 MINI SESSION is only $8.95 US with a projects using stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog!

* Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets, each with 4 cards and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!
* All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials)
*Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month

 

Sets we are using for the March session:

  • Pyramid Pal Thinlets & Large Number Framelits
  • Sunburst Sayings Bundle
  • Timeless Textures & Cups & Kettle Framelits
  • Botanical Blooms Bundle
  • Grateful Bunch

 

Sign up for both March and April and we have a FUN Bonus project for you!

 

Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!