Feb 28 2017

SUOC169 Special Reason

It’s time for another SUO Challenge!  This time the theme is “Celebrating Green”.  So, with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I’m sure many of the designers went with that theme.  I decided to be a little different and do a green floral card.  The Mint Macaron floral print in Succulent Garden Designer Paper was a great jumping off point!

 

 

Instead of combining it with the Oh So Succulent bundle, I decided to use the Special Reason Bundle instead!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Succulent Garden Designer Paper.
  • A 1-1/4 x 4-3/4 piece of Whisper White was stamped with the greeting from Suite Sentiments in Memento Black, then layered on a 1-1/2 x 5 piece of Basic Black, then added to the front.
  • Two pieces of Mint Macaron Sheer Ribbon were added along the left side and secured in the back.
  • The Special Reason flower was cut from the large circle Stitched Shapes Framelit from Mint Macaron cardstock, then added over a large circle cut from Whisper White.  The center was colored with the Basic Black Marker.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The smaller flower outline and shapes were cut from Whisper White, layered together, then added to the circle.  The center was colored with the Basic Black Marker.
  • The leaves were stamped twice with Mint Macaron Ink, then cut with the leaf Framelit, then tucked and adhered under the small flower.

 

OK…check out what the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team did with the Celebrate Green theme on SUO Challenges!  Then grab your stamps and play along!

 

 

 

 

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Feb 06 2017

Special Reason

If you follow my blog, I mentioned last week that several of the Challenge Team used the Special Reason Bundle on their cards.  I decided to make a second card from something different for the actual challenge, but here’s my the original Special Reason card I was going to post.  I love the soft and spring-like colors!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Flirty Flamingo, scored at 4-1/4 and folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, a 3/4 x 5-1/4 strip of In Color Patterns DSP was added across the front.
  • The larger flower from Special Reason stamp set was stamped with Flirty Flamingo on Whisper White and the smaller flower twice with Blushing Bride, the leaves with Pear Pizzazz.  All were cut with the Stylish Stems Framelits.
  • The were added to the front of the card, and the greeting was stamped with Memento Black Ink.

 

If you want to see the other cards made with this stamp set, you can visit our Create with Connie and Mary website to see the challenge for this week!  Then play along!  And…if you haven’t signed up for our February Mini Session, now is a great time…we’ll be opening soon!  Here’s a sneak peek of the projects we are doing:

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Jan 26 2017

CCMC442 Avant Garden

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  Isn’t this a pretty color combination?  Of course, with yellow and green, my thoughts turned immediately to flowers!!!

 

Here’s my inspiration using these colors:

 

 

The details are:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Pacific Point cardstock was embossed with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder.
  • A 2-1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Party Animal Designer Paper was placed across the front.
  • The Sweet and Sassy Heart Framelit is cut from Whisper White and the greeting stamped with Pacific Point Ink.
  • The Avant Garden flower was stamped three times with Crushed Curry on Whisper White and the center with Emerald Envy Ink, then hand-cut out and placed on the heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The six leaves were stamped with Emerald Envy Ink on Whisper White and hand-cut, then tucked under the flowers.

OK…go check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We also have some news on how the challenges will be done going forward!  So check us out!

 

 

 

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Aug 30 2016

SUOC156 Grateful Bunch

On SUO Challenges, we have a different theme for you this week…one using Primary Colors…red, blue and yellow!  Could be any shade, but I picked the brightest ones for my floral card!  I also had to use some green for the leaves…the flowers just looked naked without them!  lol!

 

SUOC156 Grateful Bunch

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • Across the front are 3/4 x 5-1/2 strips of Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point Polka Dot patterns from the Brights Designer Paper Stack.
  • You are Loved is stamped with Memento Black above the stripe lines.
  • A swirl was cut from the Swirly Bird Framelits from Whisper White cardstock and added to the front.
  • The trio of flowers was stamped with Memento Black On Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point Cardstock, then punched with the Blossom Bunch Punch and added to the swirl with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The leaves were stamped with Memento Black on Wild Wasabi cardstock and handcut, then tucked under the flowers.

 

I love the primary colors on this card!  I need to remember that color combination for future!  Now…make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team cards at the SUO Challenges website!

 

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Aug 04 2016

CCMC418 Fresh Fruits

We have a beautiful color challenge for you this week on Create with Connie and Mary!  Check it out!

 

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Here’s what I did using the flower in Fruit Fruits!

 

CCMC418 Fresh Fruits
 

The details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Mint Macaron, folded in half.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White, two 1 x 3-3/4 pieces off Blooms & Bliss Designer Paper were placed along the top and bottom.
  • Mint Macaron Ribbon was wrapped around the top and tied with a bow.
  • The Whisper White layer was adhered to a 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 Rich Razzleberry cardstock layer.
  • A scallop layered circle was cut from Rich Razzleberry cardstock.
  • The flower from Fruit Fruits was stamped with Sweet Sugarplum on Whisper White, then outlined with Rich Razzleberry.  The leaves were stamped with Mint Macaron and outlined in Mint Macaron.  They were placed on the Scallop Circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals and a Perfect White Accent added to the center.
  • Thank You from Fresh Fruits was stamped with Rich Razzleberry Ink in the lower right corner.

OK…that’s it!  Now check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

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Jun 11 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Flirty Flamingo

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Are you in love with the new In Colors as much as I am???  There isn’t a single one that I don’t like!  This month on the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop we are featuring the new In Colors each week!  This week is Flirty Flamingo!  Here’s what I came up with…

 

Flourishing Phrases
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Flirty Flamingo cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top is a 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • The lacy strip and flower were cut with the Flourish Thinlet Dies from Flirty Flamingo cardstock.
  • The large flower from Flourishing Phrases was stamped off with Flirty Flamingo Ink on Whisper White and cut out.  It is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and placed on the front.  The lacy Flourish die is adhered in the center and a Perfect White Accent added in the center.
  • The lacy leaf is cut from Emerald Envy cardstock and tucked under the flower.
  • Finally, the greeting from Flourishing Phrases was stamped with Memento Black Ink on the front above the flower.

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OK…make sure to check out the rest of the blog hop and go forward to find out more about our Create with Connie and Mary June Mini Session that opened today!  We have 5 great projects with step by step tutorials for only $8.95 US!  Or you can head backwards to Melissa’s blog.

 

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Jun 04 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Peekaboo Peach

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It’s Saturday and you know what that means!!! It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop! This month will be featuring a different NEW In Color each week!  This time it is PEEKABOO PEACH!  Check out what the Design Team has done this week!

 

Love & Affection
I love Peekaboo Peach paired with the new copper specialty sheet in Affectionately Yours Designer Paper!  The two are just made for each other.  Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Peakaboo Peach, a 2-1/4 x 4 piece of Affectionately Yours DSP was added to the left side.
  • Some Affectionately Yours Washi Tape in the Copper Polka Dot pattern was added to hide the seam.
  • Two large and two small flowers from Love & Affection stamp set were stamped with Soft Suede on scrap Whisper White and the centers with Peekaboo Peach ink, then hand-cut out and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two leaves were cut from Crumb Cake with the Botanical Builder Framelits and Soft Suede sponged around the edges, then placed under the flowers on front.
  • The greeting from Love & Affection stamp set was stamped with Soft Suede Ink in the upper right corner.

 

I really LOVE how this card turned out…and it was exactly how I imagined in my head!  OK…next up is our Create with Connie and Mary website where you can find out more about our NEW JUNE 2016 Mini Session using products from the 2016-2017 Catalog Items.  Check out the details over there! Or head backwards to see Melissa’s card for the day!

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May 31 2016

Circle of Spring again

I forgot to post the second Mother’s Day wreath card I did using Circle of Spring, this one was for my mother-in-law.  I love how Watermelon Wonder looks with Crumb Cake…who knew?

 

Circle of Spring

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Watermelon Wonder cardstock folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock, strips of Affectionately Yours Washi Tape were added at the top and bottom
  • The wreath from Circle of Spring was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, the colored with Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron, and Old Olive Markers.  It was cut with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.
  • A 1-3/4 Circle was stamped with the Happy Mother’s Day greeting with Tuxedo Black Ink, then added to a white Doily and the front of the card.
  • The wreath was attached to the doily over the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Note:  If you like this 4″ size, you’d better grab some!  The new size in the catalog is 3-1/2″ and won’t frame as nicely behind the wreath!
  • Watermelon Wonder cardstock was punched with the Bow Builder Punch and added to the front with Mini Glue Dots.

I really love how the wreath is framed by the doily and pops on the Crumb Cake background!

 

 


May 26 2016

CCMC408 Love & Affection

This week is a soft and pretty color challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Grab your stamps and play along!

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Here’s mine using the new Love & Affection stamp set!

 

CCMC408 Love and Affection

 

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Blushing Bride, folded in half.
  • On top is a 3-3/4 x 5 layer of So Saffron, embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
  • A 1/2 x 4-1/4 strip of Blushing Bride (wow…it looks Pink Pirouette here in the photo, but not in real life!) is cut with flag ends and placed across the front.
  • The Lots of Label Framelit is cut from Mint Macaron and added to the center of the card.
  • The Love & Affection large and small flowers were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on So Saffron and a scrap piece of Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper, hand cut, and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The leaves were stamped on Mint Macaron and cut out, then tucked under the flowers.
  • Sending a smile from the Love & Affection stamp set was stamped on a 1/2 x 3-1/2 strip of Whisper White, cut with flag ends and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensonals.
  • Perfect White Accents finish of the centers!

OK, make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team ideas using this beautiful color combination over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

 


May 07 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – For the Ladies

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It’s Saturday and you know what that means!!!  It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop!  This week’s theme is For That Special Lady…can be a mom, sister, or special friend!  We all need ideas for these wonderful ladies in our lives!  I was fortunate to spend last weekend at a stamping retreat to two of my most special friends that live FAR away from me now!

 

Another wonderful woman in my life is my mother!  I thought I’d share my the Mother’s Day card I made for her using Circle of Spring stamp set.  Of course, I snuck in TWO of the new In Colors, Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach!  I love them combined.

 

Circle of Spring
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Sweet Sugarplum, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • Along the left side is a strip of Playful Palette Washi Tape in the striped pattern.
  • The Circle of Spring wreath was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum and Pear Pizzazz Markers.  It was cut with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.
  • My Amazing Mother from Greatest Greetings (made it in the new catalog!) was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on a strip of Sweet Sugarplum and cut with a flag end.
  • Peekaboo Peach cardstock was punched with the Bow Builder punch twice, then assembled into a bow for the front with Mini Glue Dots.
  • A little sparkle with some random Rhinestones puts on the finishing touch!

 

I can’t wait to give this to my mom on Sunday!  OK…next up is our Create with Connie and Mary website where you can find out more about our NEW May 2016 Mini Session using products from the PREORDER Catalog Items…or get a FREE tutorial by signing up for both May AND June!  Check out the details over there!  Or head backwards to see Melissa’s card for the day!

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