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!

 

 

 


May 26 2015

SUOC123 Beautiful Bunch Favor

Another fun SUO Challenge this time is to make a Sweet Treat!  I decided to show the sweet treat favor I made for my Hawaii incentive trip 3D swap!  These are filled with Mambo taffy candy.  I made 28 of them for the swap and a couple friends…here they are ready to be packed in my suitcase!

 

SUOC123 Sweet Treat lineup
SUOC123 Beautiful Bunch Sweet Treat
I measured the candy, then added a couple inches to two 2″ strips of Pacific Point cardstock.  I used the Scallop Tag Topper Punch on each end.  I scored the top 3/4″ and 1″ from each end to help it “bend” around the candy.

  • The Beautiful Bunch flower was stamped twice with Pumpkin Pie (Rich Razzleberry or Daffodil Delight) Ink on Whisper White, then punched with the Fun Flower punch.
  • The leaves were the flower stamped with Old Olive Ink on Old Olive cardstock, punched, then cut the petals for leaves.
  • The center Petite Petal image was stamped with Old Olive Ink on Whisper White and punched with the Petite Petals punch, then added to the center.  A Rhinestone jewel was put in the center.
  • I added a 1 3/4″ wide piece of Daffodil Delight to the top, added the flower and leaves.  It’s Your Day from Fabulous Four was stamped with Pacific Point on a strip of Whisper White and cut with a flag end.

Here’s the side view.  The candy was wrapped in the Brights Patterns Designer Paper and adhered to the bottom strip.

SUOC123 Sweet Treat inside
Make sure to check out what the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team did this week with the Sweet Treats theme!

 


Nov 23 2014

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I need to send a card to someone who needs a little sunshine in their life!  Of course, I pulled out my trusty Beautiful Bunch stamp set and favorite background set, Kinda Eclectic.  With as many Christmas and Fall cards that I’ve made lately, it felt good to use a flower set again!

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Old Olive, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Whisper White, I stamped the polka dot background stamp in Stampin’ Up!’s Kinda Eclectic with Calypso Coral ink.  Over that I stamped the sunburst with Hello Honey Ink.  The greeting was stamped with Old Olive ink.
  • I used my Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Markers to color the Beautiful Bunch flower, then punched with the Fun Flower punch.  I colored the center with the Old Olive Blendabilities and punched with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, then used a Dimensional to pop it up in the center of the flower.
  • I tied a double bow with the Old Olive Bakers Twine and added it with a Mini Glue dot to my flower.

Very simple, but love the coloring with Blendabilities on the CAS background!  Don’t forget…today’s the last day of my 40% Adhesive Sale!  Don’t miss out!


Jul 19 2014

July Tour de Freaks…Free for All!

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Woohoo! It’s time for the Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers! You’ve probably just come from LeeAnn Greff’s blog…weren’t her projects fun? Since many of our swappers are at Convention (lucky!), it is ANYTHING GOES this month! Many will be sharing the swaps they made for Convention! Since I didn’t go this year (sob!), I did a set of items up with my favorite set, Beautiful Bunch.

 

I absolutely LOVE the colors on these flowers! I stamped Calypso Coral over Crisp Cantaloupe, then Blushing Bride over So Saffron for the centers! The leaves are Mossy Meadow stamped on Old Olive. They are SO striking in real life!

 

Beautiful Bunch

The holder is a Crystal Light Container (edit:  sorry, it is a Great Value Drink Mix container) that I saved…after I removed the label, the base was the perfect shade of Sahara Sand!

 

Beautiful Bunch

I used Sweet Taffy Designer Paper to wrap around the container and the Deco Label Framelit of Whisper White under the flower. The Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon wraps around the entire container. I even decorated the top with more DSP and a little flower.

 

Beautiful Bunch

The base of the card is Calypso Coral and it really makes the flower POP! I used all the same supplies as the container, but added the greeting from And Many More and the scallop design from Boutique Borders with Mossy Meadow Ink on the Sahara Sand cardstock for a little extra whimsical look!

 

Beautiful Bunch

I really love how these turned out. Make sure to continue around the Tour de Freaks tour with your next stop as Cindy Elam…you will love her projects!

 


Jul 19 2014

CCMC-SUM14 Week 4 Beautiful Bunch

Oh, wow!  It’s the LAST day of the Create with Connie and Mary Summer Collection!  Can you believe it?  Where did the time go?  It always goes by SO fast!  Although I must admit, I’ve had my projects and cards done for several weeks because of getting ready for the Create LIVE event…I didn’t think I’d survive doing both at the same time!  lol!

 

Anyway…the awesome Design Team has used this color combination for the Week 4 challenge:

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And here is my card:

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Of course…I’m using Beautiful Bunch again!  I love how Lost Lagoon looks stamped on Whisper White to make this flower!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Lost Lagoon folded in half.
  • I stamped the bottom 2/3s of the front with Hardwood Background Stamp with Lost Lagoon ink.
  • The pennant from the Pennant Die is cut from Sahara Sand cardstock.
  • I stamped the greeting from A Dozen Thoughts with Mossy Meadow on the pennant, then wrapped the Lost Lagoon Stitched Ribbon around the front and adhered in the back.
  • The Beautiful Bunch flower is stamped twice with Lost Lagoon on Whisper White and punched with the Fun Flower Punch.  I stamped the center with Mossy Meadow on Mossy Meadow cardstock and punched with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.  I added a Rhinestone Jewel for some bling.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the flower again with Mossy Meadow on Mossy Meadow cardstock and cut two of the petals for leaves, then tucked them behind the flower.

OK…make sure to check out what the rest of the Summer Design Team did for our last challenge this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 


Jul 03 2014

CCMC310 Beautiful Bunch (what else?)

OK…yes…just mildly obsessed with this stamp set, Beautiful Bunch, right now!  lol!  Can you take another one?  It’s a color challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary and I’m LATE getting my card done (real late!), so decided to pull out the set that gives me the quickest inspiration!  lol!

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Such patriotic colors…tomorrow is the 4th of July ALREADY!  The summer is going much too fast!  That always feels like the halfway point for me!  But here is my card:

 

CCMC310 Beautiful Bunch

And the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Whisper White folded in half.
  • I rounded the left side corners of the 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock and placed on the base.
  • I used a 2 1/4 x 4 piece of red checked pattern from Maritime Designer Paper along the left side.
  • Next is a 4 x 3 1/4 piece of Whisper White that I rounded the corners on the left side.
  • I stamped the Flowering Flourishes (new to me!) with Coastal Cabana in the background.
  • Then I punched the flower from Beautiful Bunch twice with Real Red Ink on Whisper White and punched with the Fun Flower punch.  I stamped the center with Night of Navy ink on Whisper White and punched with the  7/8 Scallop Circle Punch.  The flower is put together using Stampin’ Dimensionals on placed over the Flowering Flourish.
  • I stamped Happy Birthday from And Many More in Night of Navy Ink in the bottom right corner.
  • Finally, I used the light red Blendabilities marker and colored my Rhinestones red for the center of the flower and along the edge!  Love being able to do that!

 

As a side note…could I get some PRAYERS for my husband today…he is at a very important job interview today…his 4th face-to-face interview with this company!  And, don’t forget to check out all the wonderful inspiration for this color challenge by the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Then grab your stamps and play along!

 

 

Summerpromobadge

It’s not too late to join!  We’re just in the middle of Week 2 over on Create with Connie and Mary Summer Collection 2014!  We are featuring NEW products from the NEW CATALOG…lots of great ideas for classes and stamp camps or gifts!  Don’t miss it!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

 


Jul 01 2014

SUOC100 Beautiful Bunch

Wow!  Stampin’ Up! Only Challenges is celebrating 100 challenges this week!  WOOHOO!!!  So, we are taking a “blast to the past” and using ANY of the 99 challenges we’ve done so far!  You can check out the entire list over on SUO Challenges!  Then grab your stamps and play along…there HAS to be a favorite of yours on there!!!

 

I used SUO Challenge #65 “Going Green” for my challenge!  I thought my favorite stamp set right now, Beautiful Bunch, would look awesome done up in greens!  I combined it with the Park Lane Designer Paper!

 

SUOC100 Beautiful Bunch

Here are the details:

 

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Mossy Meadow cardstock, folded in half.
  • I cut a 3 x 4 3/4 piece of the Park Lane Designer Paper and rounded the corners on the right side.
  • On the 1 1/2 x 4 piece of Basic Black, I stamped Hello from Four You Stamp Set with White Craft Ink and corner rounded the right corners, too.
  • I added a 1/2 x 4 piece of Gold Glimmer Paper under the Basic Black cardstock, and rounded the corner at the bottom.
  • I stamped the Beautiful Bunch Flower twice with Mossy Meadow Ink on Pear Pizzazz and punched with the Fun Flower Punch.  The center I stamped with Pear Pizzazz on Whisper White and punched with the 7/8 Scallop Circle Punch.  All the layers are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For some bling, I added a Pearl in the center and two pearls on each side.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team and their chosen “blast from the past” challenges this time over on SUO Challenges!

 

 


Jun 25 2014

Beautiful Bunch Again!

OK…yes, I admit it…I’m slightly obsessed with Beautiful Bunch right now.  I honestly did not think I would like it as much as I do!  It’s easy because it has the coordinating punch.  And, quite simply, it makes beautiful cards so easy to make!  And, this time I only used a single bloom instead of the double that I’ve been doing.  I also matched it with the GORGEOUS, YUMMY Gold Soiree Designer Paper.  I finally cut into it!  I love the silky feel to the paper and the shimmery gold in it!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Pistachio Pudding and I rounded the corners on the bottom.
  • I cut a 3 x 6 piece of Gold Soiree Designer Paper, then placed it at an angle going across the top of the card and snipped off the excess.
  • I added a 1/4 x 5 piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock across the seam, and trimmed off the excess.
  • Let’s Celebrate from Sumthin’ Sumthin’ was stamped with Mossy Meadow Ink on a diagonal.
  • I stamped the Beautiful Bunch flower with Calypso Coral Ink on Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock and punched with the Fun Flower Punch.  I stamped it again with Mossy Meadow Ink on Pistachio Pudding cardstock and punched with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.
  • I added a little rhinestone in the center for a little bling!

It’s a WOW for me!  Although the design is very CAS, the Gold Soiree shimmers in the background and the flower pops!  I love it!

 

Summerpromobadge

We’re just starting the Summer Collection 2014 over on Create with Connie and Mary!  It’s not too late to join!  We are featuring products from the NEW CATALOG…lots of great ideas for classes and stamp camps or gifts!  Don’t miss it!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

 


Jun 20 2014

Preview Week Part 3 – Beautiful Bunch

SummerpromobadgeIt’s Day 5 of PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We are giving away BLOG CANDY this week…free subscriptions…and introducing our Design Team…there are TWO more today!!  Make sure to leave a comment on their blogs to be entered to win!  PLUS we will have a couple FREE TUTORIALS this week for you so you can see a sample of what our subscription is all about!

 

Now is the time to subscribe to Create with Connie and Mary Summer Collection 2014.   This collection features projects using products from the NEW CATALOG…you don’t want to miss it!  We have over 18 projects for stamp camps and classes, PLUS over 24 EXCLUSIVE card ideas!  All that for only $24.95 US!  But, tomorrow is the LAST DAY for the Early Bird Special…sign up before Sunday!  More details on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

In celebration, I made up this card using my favorite Beautiful Bunch stamp set again!  I love the patriotic feel to it using Maritime!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Night of Navy, folded in half.
  • I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • On the 3 3/4 x 5 layer of Maritime DSP, I added a 1 x 3 3/4 piece of the Stripe pattern, with a 1/4 strip of Real Red Cardstock under it.
  • I stamped the Beautiful Bunch flower twice with Real Red on Whisper White, then punched with the Fun Flower Punch.
  • I punched the center out of Regals Backgrounds DSP because I wanted the polka dot pattern…you could use the navy pattern in Maritime, too!  The flower was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added a Rhinestone Jewel to the center, too.
  • I stamped Happy Birthday from And Many More stamp set…love the selection of greetings in that set!

 

Perfect for a July birthday, don’t you think?  Make sure to find out where the BLOG CANDY is today by checking out Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Members and leaving a comment on their blogs!

 

 


Jun 16 2014

Day 1 Preview Week – Beautiful Bunch

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It’s Day 1 of PREVIEW WEEK for the Create with Connie and Mary Summer Collection 2014!!!  This is the LAST WEEK for Early Bird Savings of $5 off the regular $29.95 price.  And, today check over on Create with Connie and Mary to see who has BLOG CANDY...a free subscription to the Summer Collection!  (If you’ve already signed up, we’ll apply it to next session!)

 

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Of course, I had to make a special card to celebrate the KICK OFF of PREVIEW WEEK!  I used Beautiful Bunch again…just love that stamp set and punch!  I think it makes a beautiful sunflower!  This card is made up of almost all NEW stuff!  Woohoo!

Beautiful Bunch

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Mossy Meadow cardstock folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Crumb Cake, add a 1 3/4 x 4 piece of Lullaby Designer Paper with the Hello Honey Stripe.
  • Wrap around the Hello Honey Satin Stitched Ribbon and tie a knot.
  • Stamp Let’s Celebrate from Sumthin’ Sumthin’ in Mossy Meadow in the lower right corner.
  • Use the Fun Frame Impressions Folder with Whisper White cardstock, then cut out.  Add to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the Beautiful Bunch flower twice with Hello Honey on So Saffron cardstock and punch with the Fun Flower punch.
  • Stamp the flower again with Early Espresso Ink on Early Espresso, and punch out the center with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.  Add to the flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals and add a Rhinestone Jewel.
  • Use the other flower image from Beautiful Bunch and stamp with Mossy Meadow Ink on Mossy Meadow cardstock, punch with the Fun Flower Punch, then cut the petals apart to use as leaves.  Add to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Don’t you LOVE it???  I do!!!

 

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