Sep 08 2015

Halloween Happy Scenes

I love the set, Happy Scenes in Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog!  My favorite image is the spider web!  Here’s a card I came up with…was going to use it for a class card until I realized I used 3 sets of Framelits on it!  Oh well, I still really love the black cat, the window and the scene…so I’m sharing it here!  It reminds me of my cat looking out the window all day!


Happy Scenes 2

Here are the details to recreate this card.

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • A 2-1/4 x 4 piece of Farmers Market Designer Paper was adhered to the bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Hello Honey.  A 1/4 x 4 strip of Whisper White hides the seam and is the “chair rail”.
  • The Hearth & Home Thinlet Die is cut from Thick Whisper White.
  • The background of the window is 2-3/8 x 3-1/4 Hello Honey cardstock sponged with Tangelo Twist Ink.  The spider web is stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink in the upper right corner.
  • A moon is punched form the 1″ Circle Punch from Hello Honey cardstock and placed in the upper left corner, trimming off the excess.
  • The Sleigh Ride Edgelit houses were cut from Basic Black cardstock and placed along the bottom of the scene.  The scene was adhered to the back of the window and then added to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Pumpkin was made with 1″ Circles punched from Tangelo Twist cardstock, sponged with ink on the edges and adhered together.  The leaf is from the Bird Punch from Old Olive cardstock.
  • The black cat is cut from Basic Black cardstock with the Festive Fireplace Framelits and adhered sitting on the pumpkin and looking out the window!
  • Wishing you from Happy Scenes was stamped with Tuxedo Black on the DSP in the lower right corner.

See…wasn’t it worth using THREE of the Framelits on this card???  lol!  I love it!



September Mini Session Collage smallWOOHOO!  It’s almost time for the new SEPTEMBER Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session!

Each mini session contain three cards sets, two 3D items and a bonus card set!  6 GREAT class or stamp camp ideas for ONLY $8.95!  A GREAT bargain!

With our September mini session we are featuring sets from the Holiday Catalog…

    • Sweet Hauntings
    • Cheer All Year
    • Howl-o-ween Treats
    • Haunt Ya Later
    • Lighthearted Leaves
    • BONUS:  Acorny Thank You

Now is a GREAT time to subscribe!  Hurry, the session opens September 13th and you don’t want to miss out!  Check out Create with Connie and Mary for all the information!


Sep 05 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – It’s Halloween

It’s Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Hop!  Our theme this week is HALLOWEEN!  It’s a spooky time of year!  I just finished my Witches Decor Hat Project Kit and had some left over pieces, so decided to make up a card with them!  Love those orange and black striped pieces!


Witches Night
Here are the details to recreate this card:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Tangelo Twist, folded in half.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Basic Black cardstock, the orange/place label was adhered across the center.
  • Silver Cording was wrapped three times around that layer and tied in a bow on the left side.
  • The Witches’ Night greeting was stamped with Black Archival Ink on Very Vanilla, then cut with the Lots of Labels Framelit.  The crow was stamped again on scrap Very Vanilla, cut out, then placed on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The 31 is another piece from the hat kit, added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Pretty easy to pull together with the kit pieces and I love how it turned out!








September Mini Session Collage smallNow, check out what the rest of the Design Team did this week by continuing with our Saturday Blog Hop over on Create with Connie and Mary!  AND…while you are there, we are now taking signups for our SEPTEMBER 2015 Mini Session!  Here’s a sneak peek!  Sign up over on Create with Connie and Mary today before you forget!


Aug 22 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Crushed Cucumber

It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week we are featuring the In Color, Cucumber Crush, on our cards!

But first, our new AUGUST MINI SESSION opened on August 19, but it’s not too late to join!  The next stop at Create with Connie and Mary website will give you more details and a chance to sign up!


Have you ever started a card and it was going along great until you added one more element?  Now…normally, I would scrap it and start over…but it really wasn’t a throw-away…so I’m showing it here!  lol!  My Among the Branches card was sort of spooky looking even with the bright Cucumber Crush…until I added the leaves in the tree branch, then it kind of got too tame for a Halloween card.  And…I wanted some eyeballs in the background, but didn’t think they would work.  Tell me what YOU think!

Among the Branches
Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Cucumber Crush cardstock, folded in half.
  • Across the bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White is  1-1/2′ x 5-1/4″ strip of In Colors Patterns Collection.
  • A 1/8″ x 5-1/4 strip of Black Glimmer Paper hides the seam.
  • The tree branch from Among the Branches was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink in the upper right corner, along with the black Crow…then those darn Cucumber Crush leaves were added.  lol!
  • Spooky was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White and punched with the 2″ Circle Punch, then layered on a Cucumber Crush Designer Label that was cut in half and adhered to each side.
  • Two Rhinestones were colored with a Black Sharpie Pen and added to the label sides.
  • The eyes in the Spooky image were colored with Cucumber Crush Marker.

So…spooky or tame???  OK…next up on the Blog Hop is the Create with Connie and Mary website where you can sign up for our NEW AUGUST 2015 mini session, then continue on over to Mary’s blog!


Stamps:  Among the Branches

Inks:  Cucumber Crush, Basic Black Archival Ink

Cardstock:  Cucumber Crush, Whisper White

Accessories:  In Color Patterns Collection Paper Stack, Black Glimmer Paper, Rhinestones, 2″ Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch







Aug 19 2015

August 2015 Tour de Freaks

It’s time for a Holiday Catalog Preview Tour de Freaks brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with using the products in the new Holiday Catalog (customers…you can begin ordering on September 1st!)  You probably just came from Dawn Olchefske’s her projects, don’t you?


I chose to do a Halloween theme for my Holiday Preview projects…I told you I bought ALL the Halloween stamps, didn’t I?  lol!  I can’t resist!  So…I made a decorative Halloween frame with a matching card using the fun set, Witches’ Night!  It goes with the Witching Decor Project Kit that I need to make up soon!


August 2015 Witches' Night
Here’s a closeup of the Halloween Frame:

August 2015 WItches' Night Frame

  • The shadowbox frame is 5 x 7 and I used two patterns from the Happy Haunting DSP in the background, with Black Glimmer Paper to hide the seam.  They were layered on Basic Black cardstock.
  • The Witches’ Night greeting was stamped twice…once with Tuxedo Black Ink and once with Tangelo Twist Ink, then cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits.  The center greeting of the Tangelo Twist one was cut out and adhered over the Black one with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • BOO! from Boo To You Framelits was cut from Black Glimmer Paper and two googly eyes added to the OO!
  • And in the next photo you can see that I wrapped the precut Spider Web Doily around the outside edge of the frame, and hung a spider from Linen Thread from the web.


August 2015 Witches' Night Frame Web
And the card, I basically used all the same elements, cut down to card size…so you can see the dimension a little better here.

August 2015 Witches' Night card
So, do you like?  I’m happy with how they came out and can’t wait to put the frame in my holiday display this year!

Next up on the Tour de Freaks is Judy DiScipio, and I’m sure you’ll love her projects!  Then continue around the tour until you get back here!



Aug 19 2015

A Little Something

Summer15BadgeWOOHOO!!!  Today is the day that we publish August projects over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our subscribers get to see ALL 5 projects all at once!  And…we think they are pretty awesome this month!  Have you signed up?  Here’s the information!


  • A mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects (full step-by-step tutorials for THREE card sets and TWO 3D items)
  • All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips, AND you’ll have access for up to a year!
  • PLUS, Mary and I are each doing a BONUS two cards throughout the rest of the month with the fun Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set!
  • All this for only $8.95!  We open TODAY…Wednesday, August 19th! So head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!

Here’s a sneak peek of this month’s projects!


August 2015 collage


I wonder how many of you demos have noticed the set A Little Something in the Holiday Catalog?  It is SO cute, but kind of gets overlooked with many of the OTHER great sets in there, don’t you think?  So…today’s card features this adorable little set on my card!


A Little Something
Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Tangelo Twist cardstock.
  • On top is a 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Basic Black cardstock with a 3-5/8 x 4-7/8 layer of the Happy Haunting Designer Paper on top of it.  Love that spider web pattern.
  • A coordinating 1 x 4-7/8 strip of the striped pattern in Happy Haunting was added down the left side.
  • The Spider Web Doilies was cut in half and bumped up against the strip of DSP.  (TIP:  I also cut off those little extra wrought-iron looking pieces on the ends to make it fit a little better.)
  • Trick or Treat from A Little Something was stamped on Very Vanilla with Tuxedo Black Ink and punched with the 1-3/8 Circle Punch, then layered on a 1-1/2 Circle Punch of Basic Black.  The words and pumpkins were colored with the Tangelo Twist Stampin’ Write Marker.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For a finishing touch, the Basic Black Button was tied with Linen thread and added along the bottom left of the greeting.

Like it?  I really do!  OK…don’t forget to go over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up for our August Mini Session!


Stamps:  A Little Something

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Tangelo Twist Stampin’ Write Marker

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Tangelo Twist, Basic Black

Accessories:  Spider Web Doilies, 1-3/8 & 1-1/2 Circle Punches, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Happy Hauntings Designer Paper


Oct 31 2014

Tee Hee Hee meets Cutie Pie

Happy Halloween!  It was Beggar’s Night last night for us and I was afraid I would run out of candy!  I bought 10 bags of different candy bars and we only have 2 candy bars left in the basket.  Well, my hubby and I may have sneaked 1-2 for ourselves!  That’s why I never buy candy early!  Speaking of Cutie Pies…how about pictures of my grandkids in their costumes?


Carter with mom and dad in his puppy dog outfit.  We’ll see him tonight for more trick or treating at the mall.

Carter Halloween 2014 small


Quinn with her “Daddy’s Under a Spell” costume…can’t believe she is 3 weeks old as of yesterday!  She’s my cutie pie!  I get to see her and snuggle today, too!

Quinn Halloween 2014 small

And here’s a Halloween card that one of my downline sent me.  I love how her mind works…so creative!  She combined the Tee Hee Hee stamp set with the “retired” Cutie Pie stamp set.  I’m still hoping that they bring that one back since I have a grand-daughter now!  I have the current boy set that matches!  She cut down the Circle Card Thinlet to a smaller size and used the Motley Monsters DSP with it, too.

Tee Hee Hee Cutie Pie

And here is the inside.  (I scrubbed out her note to me on the inside, that is why it looks a little weird.)   Isn’t that fun?  One of the best things about the Tee Hee Hee stamp set is that “all about the shoes” greeting and witch’s boots and love how she pulled this all together!


Tee Hee Hee Cutie Pie 2

Tomorrow (Saturday) we have another Create with Connie and Mary Blog Hop, so make sure you stop back!


HolidayCollectionBadgeWe are working in Week 3 of the Holiday Collections 2014 over on Create with Connie and Mary and it’s not too late to join!  Don’t miss out on joining us for some FABULOUS ideas using Christmas and Winter stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog!  For only $29.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project tutorials with full directions and photos!






Oct 21 2014

SUOC108 Freaky Friends

The theme over on SUO Challenges this week is “The Treat’s the Thing”.  Of course, so close to Halloween, I naturally thought of Halloween treats so made my little holder with Stampin’ Up!’s Freaky Friends!  Can you tell what I used?  Yep!  I used a portion of the Curvy Keepsake Box!  Isn’t that fun?


SUOC108 Freaky Friends

Here are the details:

  • I used Tangerine Tango cardstock and cut two pieces that were about 3 1/2″ wide and cut just the side of the box that had the loop handle at the top.
  • I trimmed the bottom of both pieces so that I could overlap and adhere them.
  • I used the Large Polka Dot Folder and embossed both sides with it.  Inside the large circles, I stamped the eyes from Freaky Friends with Tuxedo Black Ink on the front and back.
  • I punched a moon with the 1 3/4″ circle punch from Crushed Curry cardstock and sponged Tangerine Tango Ink around the edges, then stamped Ghoulish Greetings with Tuxedo Black Ink on it.
  • I stamped the cat and two bats with Tuxedo Black on scrap Whisper White, then cut them out and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • To close, I tied Black Bakers Twine around it and tied a bow.
  • The holder will hold 1 or 2 mini candy bars like shown!

Isn’t this a fun and spooky treat holder???  I love using that Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlet in a little different way!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations over on SUO Challenges!



Sep 25 2014

CCM322 Sept Paper Pumpkin

I received September’s My Paper Pumpkin in the mail the other day and LOVE the stamps that were included this month.  Of course, they ARE Halloween, so what’s not to like?  lol!  I used the stamps on my card for Create with Connie and Mary’s Thursday Color Challenge this week!  They just scream Halloween, don’t they?  But…wait to you see what the rest of the Challenge Team did over on Create with Connie and Mary!



Here’s my card using the My Paper Pumpkin stamps.  Isn’t it fun?

CCMC322 Sept MPP

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Tangerine Tango, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Whisper White, I added a 1 1/2 x 4 piece of Motley Monsters Designer Paper…I have been hoarding that candy cane design!
  • I wrapped the Tangerine/White Thick Bakers Twine around and tied a knot.
  • I punched three of the Postage Square punches from Tangerine Tango and adhered to the front.
  • I punched three 1″ Circles from the Motley Monsters DSP Crushed Curry pattern.
  • The four small images in the September My Paper Pumpkin were inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped on Whisper White.
  • I punched them with the 3/4″ Circle Punch, then added to the DSP circles and placed on the postage squares with Stampin’ Dimentionals.
  • I stamped Boo! from that same set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, then cut out the crow and added it on top of the word Boo!  I also added a little pearl to the crow’s eye!

Isn’t that a fun card?  Now…have to go work on those cute burlap bags that came in the kit!  But, don’t forget to stop over to Create with Connie and Mary and check out the Challenge Team ideas!

Sep 18 2014

CCMC321 Freaky Friends

This week we have a fun and unusual sketch challenge for you to try over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Go really simple…or add more if you want like I did!



Here’s my card:


CCMC321 Freaky Friends

I used Stampin’ Up!’s Freaky Friends stamp set for mine, along with the Skinny Mini Alphabet!  Wow…lining up the word on one block and stamping all at once really made it easy.  I had to leave a “space” for the second O in SPOOKY, I used the Q and took it off before stamping.  Then filled in the second O separately.  Here are the details:

  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Basic Black, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Tangerine Tango, I used two 1/2″ strips from the Motley Monsters Designer Paper and crossed them according to the sketch.
  • I stamped the SPOOKY greeting with the Skinny Mini Alphabet and Memento Black Ink.
  • I used the eyeballs and Memento Black randomly in the background, too.
  • I punched the Note Tag Punch from Sahara Sand cardstock and added a 1/2″ strip of the same DSP along the bottom.  I stamped the cat above it with Memento Black Ink and colored the eyes with Crushed Curry Marker.
  • I punched the moon from Crushed Curry with the 3/4″ Circle Punch and sponged around the edges with Tangerine Tango Ink, then placed it in the corner of the Note Tag Punch.
  • I stamped the bat with Memento Black Ink on scrap Whisper White and cut it out, then placed on the edge of the tag on the moon.
  • The tag was punched with the 1/8″ Circle and I added Hello Honey Ribbon tied with Basic Black Bakers Twine in a bow.  I added the tag to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Make sure to go check out what the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  All the samples are so unique and different using this sketch…I’m amazed!


HolidayCardBadgeWe are in the middle of Week 3 of our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014!  We have done one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and last week and this week we are doing Christmas card sets! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!







Sep 03 2014


I love the swap cards I received from my Control Freak Swapper pals!  Each batch is always full of great ideas from these talented gals!  Here’s the card that I did for the Control Freaks Fall Swap.


Tee Hee Hee 2

I really had a lot of fun playing with the Tee-Hee-Hee stamp set for this swap!  I went back and forth with Designer Papers, but decided I like the plain Wild Wasabi and Black Checkerboard look, embossed with Delicate Dots Folder.  Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • On top I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Basic Black.
  • I cut 2 x 5 1/4 strips of Wild Wasabi, then cut them to 3 and 2 1/4 pieces.  I placed them on the Basic Black in opposite corners to get the checkerboard look.
  • I cut a 2 x 3 1/2 piece of Whisper White and punched the top with the Angled Tag Punch.
  • I stamped the cauldron from Tee-Hee-Hee with Tuxedo Black Ink along the bottom.  I used Dotty Angles and masked off the smaller portion that was above the cauldron and inked it with Wild Wasabi ink for the bubbles.
  • I punched 1/4″ circles from Silver Glimmer Paper and added them in the bubbles, and also trimmed a 1/4″ strip to go under the bottom of the tag.   Then I added the Black Chevron ribbon tied with Old Olive Bakers Twine to the top of the tag.  The tag was placed with Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of the checkerboard background.
  • Finally, I stamped Brew Up a Little Fun with Tuxedo Black on Wild Wasabi cardstock and punched with the 1″ Circle Punch and placed on the cauldron with Stampin’ Dimensional.

Fun, isn’t it???  I loved how it turned out!

 HolidayCardBadgeWe are just starting our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014 this week!  We will be doing one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and two weeks of Christmas! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the project 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!