Oct 31 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

It’s time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop! Our theme is Non-Traditional Christmas Colors this week! I can’t wait to see what our Design Team came up!

Some of my favorite non-traditional colors for Christmas are pink and blue and I wanted to use the tree in Cheer All Year.  So, here’s my version for this year!


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The details to recreate this card:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pink Pirouette folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Soft Sky was embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
  • Along the bottom of Soft Sky, Whisper White was torn in strips to form snow banks.
  • The tree from Cheer All Year was stamped with Pink Pirouette twice on scrap Whisper White, the trunks colored with Chocolate Chip Marker.  Hand-cut the trees out, or the Tree Framelits work with this set, too!  Adhere them on the snow banks with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The dots in the trees were colored with Silver Details and the Stars for the tops punched with the Small Star Punch and Silver Glimmer Paper.
  • Stamp Christmas Cheer from Cheer All Year with Chocolate Chip Ink in the upper left corner.
  • Add Clear Dazzling Details to the snow banks for some extra bling!

OK…continue around the tour to see the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team creations! Next up is Mary Brown!

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Oct 01 2015

CCMC375 Cheer All Year

Once again it is Thursday AND the first day of October!  Why is time going by SOOOO fast these days!  I’m struggling to keep up!  Anyway, a fun sketch today for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge, hope you play along and show us YOUR interpretation!


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At first glance, I thought of snowflakes…then saw that TWO of the Challenge Team Members already used that idea.  Then I thought falling leaves…but happened to glance at a set sitting on my desk…Cheer All Year!  Those bats would be adorable flying thru the air, don’t you think?  So here is what I came up with!


CCMC375 Cheer All Year

Following are the details on how to recreate this card!

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Very Vanilla cardstock, folded in half.
  • The Basic Black cardstock layer is cut 4 x 5-1/4.
  • Happy Hauntings Designer Paper was cut 3-7/8 x 5-1/8, the Very Vanilla Bakers Twine was wrapped around several times and secured in the back.
  • The bat from Cheer All Year was stamped three times with Tuxedo Black Ink on Very Vanilla, then cut out and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Happy Haunting from the same set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink directly on the Designer Paper.
  • For some bling, rhinestone jewels were added for eyes!

Simple, but fits the sketch, don’t you think?  Check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!


CreateFA15BadgeWe’ve also started our OCTOBER Mini Session signups!  Session opens on October 11th with great card and project ideas for Fall and Christmas!  Here’s a sneak peek…more details at Create with Connie and Mary!


The sets we used for October Mini Session are:

  • Vintage Leaves (or substitute Lighthearted Leaves)
  • Jolly Holly Greetings
  • Happy Scenes
  • Your Presents
  • Thankful Forest Friends
  • BONUS:  Reason for the Season


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Sep 26 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – It’s Fall!


It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  Our theme this week is FALL…using any of the fabulous sets in the Holiday or Main Catalog!


I chose to use the set, Cheer All Year, for my card today.  I’ve only had it a short time, but I love the greetings in this set and wanted to give it some love!


Cheer All Year
Here are the details:

  • The Tangelo Twist cardstock base is a partial fold card cut 4-1/4 x 9 and scored at 5-1/2.
  • On the front is  3-1/4 x 4 piece of Into the Woods DSP in the Tangelo Twist leaves pattern, then a 1 x 4 strip of Woodgrain DSP added along the left side.
  • The Early Espresso Ribbon is tied and knotted around the DSP layer.
  • The 4th from largest circle in the Circle Framelits cut the Whisper White, with Hello Autumn stamped in Tangelo Twist Ink along the bottom.
  • Two acorns from Cheer All Year were stamped with Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip on scrap Whisper White, then punched with the Acorn Punch.  They are popped up on the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I added two Tangerine Tango Candy Dots to the acorns for a little color!
  • The Circle is adhered under the left side to the front flap with Stampin’ Dimensionals, too.
  • Inside is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake embossed with the Woodlands Embossing Folder.
  • I purposely left the inside without a greeting so I can use it for any event that I need it for!


I love the unusual fold on this…here’s a look from the top.


Cheer All Year inside
OK…check out what the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team did this week by continuing the blog hop to Mary’s blog to see her card!  Enjoy!










Sep 19 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Halloween Favor

Woohoo! It’s Saturday…and that means the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team have their weekly blog hop! This week we are featuring Halloween favors using stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog!  I pulled out a set that I hadn’t inked up yet, Sparkly Seasons to use the Halloween face pumpkin on the Square Pillow Box!


Sparkly Seasons Pillow Box Treat

 Here are the details on how I made it:

  • The base is two cuts from Crumb Cake Cardstock with the Square Pillow Box Thinlet Die to make the box.  It was stamped with Soft Suede Ink and the Hardwood Background Stamp, added Tear and Stick Tape to the tabs and formed the box.
  • A 2 x 12 Belly Band of Happy Hauntings DSP wrapped around the outside and adhered.
  • A quarter piece of the Spider Web Doily was adhered to the inside top of the Belly Band.
  • The chevron circle in Sparkly Seasons was stamped with Tangelo Twist ink on Tangelo Twist cardstock and the face added with Tuxedo Black Ink, then punched with the 2″ Circle Punch.  The stem/leaf image was stamped with Old Olive, the stem colored with Chocolate Chip Marker and cut out, then put on top of the pumpkin.  It was added to the Belly Band with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • The spider from Cheer All Year was stamped with Tuxedo Black on Whisper White and cut out, then added over the web and pumpkin.
  • Happy Haunting from Cheer All Year was stamped with Tuxedo Black on Whisper White cardstock, then trimmed into two pieces and added to the front.


That’s it! Now continue around the blog hop with a stop at our Create with Connie and Mary website so you can get the details on signing up for our SEPTEMBER Mini Session…open NOW!   We just added another BONUS this month because we know that some of you don’t do Halloween!  We’ve remade two of the tutorials using Christmas stamp sets!

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With our September mini session we are featuring fall and Halloween sets (plus now Christmas!) from the Holiday Catalog…

    • Sweet Hauntings
    • Cheer All Year
    • Howl-o-ween Treats
    • Haunt Ya Later
    • Lighthearted Leaves
    • BONUS: Acorny Thank You
    • AND a bonus project from me remaking Debbie Henderson’s Halloween Tabletop Decor into an ADORABLE Snow Place Tabletop Decor
    • AND two Jolly Christmas Cards using the layouts from Mary using Deb’s Haunt Ya Later card set


September Mini Session Collage smallNow is a GREAT time to subscribe for only $8.95 US…yes, for all SIX (now 8) tutorials! Check out Create with Connie and Mary for all the information!


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