Aug 24 2016

Grand Achievers Mediterranean Blog Hop August 2016

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I’m so excited to be able to play along with the Grand Achievers’ Mediterranean Blog Hop this month!  Such a group of talented stampers!  Our theme this month is previewing the new Holiday Catalog.  I’m sure you’ll see a TON of great ideas to inspire you!  Customers can begin ordering from the catalog next week on September 1st!  You may have started the blog hop at my blog, CONNIE BABBERT, or come from the person before me.  You can continue around the hop by clicking on the names at the bottom of this post.


For my card, I was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.  I knew  I could re-do it using the new Cookie Cutter Halloween and Ghoulish Grunge Stamp Sets and punch!  Isn’t it fun?  I love how the drawers of the dresser are crooked!  lol!


Cookie Cutter Halloween (2)

Here are the details…really a very simple card!


  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Basic Black.  The bottom front and back were punched with the Decorative Label Punch to form the legs of the dresser.
  • White Craft Ink was sponged all around the edges.
  • The spider web from Ghoulish Grunge Stamp Set was stamped with White Craft Ink in the upper right and lower left corners.
  • Three 3/4 x 3″ drawers were cut from Basic Black, sponged with White Craft Ink and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Mummy and Skeleton from Cookie Cutter Halloween were stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White, highlighted with Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Marker, and colored the eyes and face with Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker.  The legs were cut off so they fit in the drawers when adhered.
  • The greeting “Have some spooky fun” is from the new stamp set Spooky Fun.  (If I had planned better, I would just have used the spider web in that stamp set, too, instead of introducing a third stamp set.  lol!)
  • Finally, the small circles from the Metallic Enamel Shapes were placed for the drawer knobs.


SOOO much spooky fun, I think!  OK…continue on around the blog hop by clicking on the name below mine, CONNIE BABBERT, on the list below!




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!




Feb 24 2016

Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop – Feb 2016

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Welcome to the Mediterranean Cruise Achievers Monthly Blog Hop!  Anyone who earned Stampin’ Up!’s Grand Vacation this year was able to participate!  Many of us are busily trying to get our excursions and travel arrangements completed for the upcoming trip in May!  So exciting since demonstrators from all over will be attending.  I can’t wait to meet up with some of the international demos I follow regularly…like the fabulous Kylie who organizes this blog hop!


Our theme this month is “One for the Boys”…I always need masculine card ideas, don’t you?  At the bottom of this post is a list of those demos who are participating this month…click on the name after mine (Connie Babbert) to continue on the tour.  (You may need to click on the title to go to my blog if you are getting this in an email.)


Cups and Kettle
I decided to use the FABULOUS Cups & Kettle Framelits and Timeless Textures stamp set on my card.  The A Nice Cuppa tea stamps that coordinate with the Cups & Kettle Framelits are really nice, but did you know there are several shapes in the Framelits that are NOT in the stamp set?  This coffee mug is one of them!  I love it!  I decided to pair the Framelits with the Going Places Designer Paper Stack to get a truly masculine feel.  Here’s what I did:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Crumb Cake.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Very Vanilla, the circle stain from Timeless Textures stamp set was randomly stamped with Crumb Cake ink in the lower right and upper left areas.  The speckle image in the same set was used with Lost Lagoon Ink, too.
  • A 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of the black script pattern in Going Places DSP was placed across the front.
  • The mug framelit was cut 3 times from patterns in the Going Places DSP and lined up across the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The heart “steam” was cut with a mostly black pattern of DSP, too, and adhered above the last mug.
  • The World’s Greatest Guy stamp from Greatest Greetings was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink under the DSP.

My husband loves coffee, so I’m sure he will be getting this card sometime soon!


OK…here’s the list of participants in this month’s blog hop…click on the name after mine, Connie Babbert, to the next fabulous masculine project idea!