Sep 05 2017

Wishes All Aglow

Hope you all had a good holiday weekend!  I certainly didn’t get done as much as I wanted.  Yesterday sidelined me with a headache most of the day.  But today I wanted to show the card that I did for a recent Control Freaks Swap.  Nice for a M&T or Christmas card, I think…not too complicated and uses a fun set, Wishes All Aglow in the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Garden Green, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The top 2/3s of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake was embossed with the new Quilt Top Embossing Folder.
  • A 1 x 4 strip of Quilted Christmas Designer Paper was placed across the front and some new Mini Tinsel Trim was wrapped around and tied with a knot.
  • The “light” tree from Wishes All Aglow was inked up with Garden Green.  Then a Blender Pen was used to remove the color for the light bulbs, then ink with a Real Red Marker and stamped on Whisper White cardstock.
  • The tree was cut with the largest Stitched Oval Framelit and placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, the greeting from Wishes All Aglow was stamped under the Designer Paper with Real Red Ink.

 

Isn’t that a fun card?  Love the touch of whimsy!

 

Want some more FUN projects?  We are now taking sign-ups for our Create with Connie and Mary September 2017 Mini Session!  Our Design Team has used LOTS of new products in the Holiday Catalog for your inspiration!

 

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.
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And this month – if you subscribe to BOTH the August and September session, you will receive a really pretty bonus project using the Christmas set – Carols of Christmas!

Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to subscribe today!

 

 

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Dec 06 2016

SUOC163 Tin of Tags

On a personal note:  Prayer warriors…please say a prayer for my dad, Jerry, today as he undergoes open heart bypass surgery.  Pray for the skill of the physicians and the staff caring for him and for his recovery and continued health!  Thank you!

 

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is Holiday Elegance!  Oh so many ways you could go with this theme!  I chose to continue with my love of embossing and picked the snowflake from Tin of Tags as the focal images on my card!  It is SO pretty in real life!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Silver Glimmer Paper.  (To save this beautiful paper, I did cut a big rectangle out of the center!)
  • The 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White cardstock has been randomly stamped with the Snowflake from Tin of Tags stamp set with Versamark Ink, then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.
  • Joy to the Word from the same Tin of Tags stamp set is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White and cut with the circle Stitched Shape Framelit.  Then layered on the Layering Scallop Circle Framelit cut from Silver Metallic Cardstock.

As I said, lots of shimmer and shine on this card…which truly represents Holiday Elegance for me!  Check out what the others on the SUO Challenge Design Team came up with this time!  I’m sure there will be some BEAUTIFUL cards as this group is SO talented!

 

 

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Nov 26 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Homespun Christmas

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Ahhh, Thanksgiving is over!  We had a housefull…12 adults and 2 babies…but what a blast!  LOTS of great food and thankful that everyone pitches in and brings something!  Here’s a cute picture of two of the grands, my youngest son’s kids.  Wish it turned out a little better and not so grainy.  My brother and I are about the same age apart as Quinn and Brody are…and I’m sure I remember a similar picture of the two of us together with me almost strangling him around the neck, too!  lol!

 

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But, it’s time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week’s theme is “Homespun Christmas”.  I love the traditional look of pines and pine cones, so that is what I chose to represent my homespun Christmas.  The plaids in the Warmth & Cheer Designer Paper Pack work perfectly!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Crumb Cake cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock.
  • A 3-3/4 x 5 piece of Warmth & Cheer Designer Paper selected, then a 1-1/4 piece cut off one end and flipped to the reverse side, then adhered to the front of the Whisper White cardstock.
  • Gold Bakers Twine was wrapped around 3 times to hide the seam.
  • The label from Christmas Pines was stamped with Cherry Cobbler on Crumb Cake cardstock and the Christmas Blessings greeting with Chocolate Chip inside, then hand-cut.
  • The pine branches were cut from Old Olive cardstock, the mistletoe from Whisper White and the pine cones from Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip cardstocks and adhered together on the front.
  • A bow was cut from Gold Glimmer Paper and added to the top of the pine cones.

 

What do you think?  Did I fulfill the Homespun challenge?  OK…next up is Mary Brown, go check out what she did with the challenge this week!

 

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Nov 22 2016

SUOC162 Merry Mice

The theme this week on SUO Challenges is Holiday Cuteness!  Well, there certainly is a LOT of Holiday Cuteness going around in the Holiday Catalog!  Made it hard to choose what set I wanted to use!  But, I just did get the Merry Mice Stamp Set with some host rewards, so pulled it out again to use it on this week’s challenge!  Instead of using the trio of mice, I stamped them and cut each one out individually and colored them.  You’ll be seeing each of them over the next few days!  This set is really SO much cuter in person than in the catalog!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The top portion of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Mint Macaron is embossed with the Holly folder.
  • A 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Presents & Pinecones Designer Paper is placed across the front, then a 1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Red Glimmer Paper was added on top.
  • The greeting was stamped with Memento Black Ink under the DSP.
  • The trio of mice were stamped with Black Stazon Ink on Whisper White, then cut out separately.  I colored this one with Emerald Envy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate Markers and Blender Pen, then carefully cut around him.
  • I added him to the Stitched Circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals, added some Red Thread in loops behind the circle, then placed it on the front of the card with more Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I did color a little bit of the ground with Smoky Slate for his shadow.

 

That’s it for my Holiday Cuteness!  Check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team to see what they did with the challenge over on SUO Challenges!

 

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Dec 09 2015

Reason for the Season in Pink!

This was one of the cards we did in a Holiday Catalog class a couple months ago that I thought I’d share now!  Today I need to spend in my studio and get some things done for the next few weeks!  lol!  I love the soft colors and silvery shimmer on this one!

 

Reason for the Season

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Pink Pirouette, the Merry Christmas greeting from Reason for the Season was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink in the lower right corner.
  • A 1 x 5 strip of the silvery DSP in the Neutrals Pack was adhered across the center.
  • The poinsettia flower outline was stamped twice with Smoky Slate on Whisper White , then the insides with Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz colors.  The inside of the second Pink Pirouette one was cut out and added over the base one with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • In the center, a trio of small Pearls were placed.
  • Some Silver Thread was wrapped around my finger in loops, then added to the back of the Poinsettia with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then adhered to the front.  It adds just the right amount of sparkle!

This was one of the most popular cards in the class.  I love the non-traditional colors, but would be beautiful in red and green, too!

 

December 2015 collageGuess what else is a popular and a great deal?  The Create with Connie and Mary DECEMBER MINI SESSION!  We have put together some great tutorials for you which will include NEW OCCASIONS PRODUCTS!  Here’s a sneak peek of what we are doing and the sets we are using for the December session, great for your upcoming January, Valentine and Occasions classes:

      • Bloomin’ Love Bundle 3D Project
      • Going Global
      • Timeless Love
      • Wonderland (last minute gift packaging idea!)
      • No Bones About It
      • BONUS:  Bloomin’ Love Card Set

* 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)

* Plus BONUS cards done by Connie and Mary throughout the month!

*Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month

 

Did you purchase our 2-month WINTER BONUS SPECIAL in November?  Remember the December Mini Session was included, you already have the password in that Welcome Letter!   I hope you’ll join us!  Just visit Create with Connie and Mary to sign up!

 

 


Dec 03 2015

CCMC384 Joy

Going to be a FUN day!  My 2-1/2 year old grandson, Carter, is coming over to bake cookies with me this afternoon!  Want to start it as a Christmas tradition.  My boys both helped my mom with cookies every year and had lots of fun!

 

Wow…first week in December and it is PREORDER time for the Occasions Catalog!  I sure missed out on not going to On Stage and getting to order some items early!  But as it turned out, we had a close friend pass away that weekend, so I wouldn’t have been able to go anyway.  Sad!

 

But, it’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

 

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With the traditional Christmas colors in this week’s color challenge, I had trouble narrowing down my choices of what to use!  In the end, I went with a CAS design, Designer Paper and Big Shot items for a “no stamp” look!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Cherry Cobbler, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White was embossed with the Stripes Embossing Folder.
  • A 2 x 5-1/4 strip of Season of Cheer Designer Paper was added along the left side.
  • The 3rd from smallest Star Framelit was cut from Silver Glimmer Paper and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Joy from the Wreath Framelits was cut from Cherry Cobbler and added to the front with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

That’s it!  See…told you it was CAS!  So, go check out the awesome inspiration from the rest of our Thursday Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary today, then grab your stamps and play along!

 

 


Oct 31 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

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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 24 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Red and White Christmas

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

 

I decided to add a little silver bling to mine!  This CAS design using Among the Branches would be SO easy to make up a bunch for your Christmas cards this year!  Plus it has Halloween and Fall greetings in it, too!  A very versatile stamp set!

 

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Here are the details to recreate this card:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Real Red cardstock, folded in half.
  • The 3-3/4 x 5 Whisper White is embossed with the Woodlands Embossing Folder.
  • Silver Cording was wrapped three times around the Whisper White layer and adhered in the back, then adhered to the front of the base card.
  • The Among the Branches greeting is stamped with Real Red on Whisper White, then punched with the 2″ Circle Punch.  It is layered on the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, then is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A few Neutrals Sequin Stars finishes off the front!

 

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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Sep 24 2015

CCMC374 Reason for the Season

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  It’s a color challenge this week!  I have to admit…I had trouble shifting my mind from Fall and Christmas colors that I’ve been working with for classes and clubs…to using these bright summer-type colors!  But…I did manage to incorporate them into a Christmas card!  See what you think!

 

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So here’s my card…using a pretty pink-toned poinsettia!  I also added Gold Accents…I figured it could be considered a neutral…and lots of White space to tone down the bright colors.

 

CCMC374 Reason for the Season

Here are the details to recreate this card:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On the 3-1/4 x 4-3/4 piece of Whisper White, the greeting in Reason for the Season was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink.  The top is punched using the Project Life Corner Rounder.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Across the front of the card is a 1-1/2 x 4-1/4 strip of Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Paper, then a 3/4 x 4-1/4 strip of Calypso Coral cardstock is added to the center of the DSP.
  • I stamped the Reason for the Season petals with Watermelon Wonder Ink on Blushing Bride cardstock and punched 9 large petals, 6 small petals and 3 double-center petals with the Festive Flower Punch, then sponged color on the petals with Watermelon Wonder and Calypso Coral Inks.
  • I spaced and adhere the petals to a 1-3/4 circle of Blushing Bride (it doesn’t show), and shaped the petals as I added layers.
  • I punched two more petals of Gold Glimmer Paper for the leaves and punched 1/4″ Circles from Gold Glimmer Paper for the center of the poinsettia.  They were added with Mini Glue Dots.
  • The Poinsettia was added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

So…what do you think?  Did I succeed in turning these colors into a Christmas card?  lol!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 


Dec 11 2014

CCMC333 Wondrous Wreath

We have a FUN sketch challenge for you to try this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Just wait until you see what the Challenge Team did with it!  And,w e can’t wait to see what you can do with it!  Some angled lines makes it interesting!

 

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And here is my take on it using Stampin’ Up!’s Wondrous Wreath set…mostly because I already had the wreath done and sitting on my desk!  lol!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Soft Sky, folded in half.
  • I added a 1/2″ strip of the striped pattern in All is Calm DSP across the front.
  • Next I cut the angled piece from the snow flurry pattern in All is Calm, then laid it on top of the Lost Lagoon and cut piece slightly larger.  I put the two together on the front of the card.
  • I stamped Be Joyful from Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set with Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White, then colored the BE with Soft Sky Marker.  I punched it with the 1 3/4″ circle and adhered to the front of the card.
  • The wreath background was stamped with Smoky Slate, then the Lost Lagoon on top, and Blackberry Bliss for the berries, the cut with the Wreath Framelits.  I LOVE that combination for winter!  To finish it off, I cut the bow from Silver Glimmer Paper and added a Lost Lagoon 1/4″ circle in the center of the bow.  I added it over the Be Joyful circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team designs over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Then grab your stamps and play along!