Jan 23 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Lions Tigers and Bears

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LOVE the theme this week…Lions and Tigers and Bears…oh my!  But, our design team can use ANY animal image that Stampin’ Up! makes!  Our Create with Connie and Mary Design Team had SO much fun with theme!

 

I knew right away I wanted to use Bear Hugs…one of the stamp sets I’m using in an upcoming Mini Session!  I had an idea of making different types of bears!  So…here’s my version of a brown bear, a panda bear and a polar bear…all together to celebrate a birthday!

 

Bear Hugs
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Gray cardstock.
  • On top of that is a 3-3/4 x 5 layer of the Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper, Perfectly Artistic…it has sort of a “sky” look to it.  Along the bottom is a 1 x 5 piece off Pear Pizzazz and 1/8″ Silver Ribbon wrapped around and secured in the back.
  • For the brown bear, I stamped with Black Archival Ink on Whisper White and watercolored with Chocolate Chip Marker. The nose and ears I used the Crumb Cake Marker.
  • For the panda bear, I inked up the ears, arms, legs and around the eyes, nose and chest with a Basic Black Marker and stamped on Whisper White
  • For the polar bear, I inked up the edges with Smoky Slate Marker and the nose, eyes and mouth with Basic Black marker then stamped on Whisper White.
  • They were all cut with the Bear Hugs Framelits and added to the “ground” with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The greeting from Suite Sayings was stamped with Basic Black in the upper right corner.
  • The Banner was punched from Pear Pizzazz and added to the left top corner with a Perfect White Accent in the center.

Ok…what do you think?  Like my bears?  I have a couple more cards using them coming up to show you, too!  I made several when I was playing around with them!  Next up is my good friend, Mary Brown…or go back to see what Melissa Davies has done!

 

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Jan 11 2016

Another Bear Hugs

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Today’s the day!!!  The Create with Connie and Mary January Mini Session is now open and you can see all the great projects this month!  It’s not too late to sign up…and take advantage of the special VALENTINE BONUS PROJECT when you sign up for both January AND February Mini Sessions!  See more details below!

 

I already shared the one Bear Hugs card I did for the Incentive Trip Achievers Swap last month.  If you missed it, you can see it HERE!  And, this is the one I did for the Control Freaks Swappers last month!  I love the colors in the It’s My Party Designer Paper Pack…you are going to get sick of me saying and using it!

 

Bear Hugs 2
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Melon Mambo, folded in half.
  • Along the left edge is a 1 x 5-1/2 strip of the confetti parttern in It’s My Party DSP Pack.
  • A 2-3/4 x 4 piece of Whisper White has a 1 x 4 piece of Mint Macaron cardstock torn and added to the bottom for the “ground” and a 1/4 x 4 strip of yellow stripe DSP from the same package added along the side.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The bear was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White and colored with Crumb Cake Marker and AquaPainter.  He was cut with the Bear Hugs Framelits.
  • The Love you balloon was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Melon Mambo and cut with the heart shape framelit in Bear Hugs.  The bow was stamped with Basic Black on Crushed Curry and cut with the framelit.
  • Two more balloons were cut with the framelit, one with Crushed Curry Cardstock and one from the Mint Macaron print in the It’s My Party Paper Pack.  They were assembled at the top right corner of the Whisper White with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The strings were hand-drawn with a Basic Black Marker to the Bear’s paw.
  • Finally, a Rhinestone jewel was added to the Crushed Curry balloon!

Isn’t that a sweet card!  My grand-kids would love to get it, I’m sure!

 

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Do you want even MORE details on using Occasions and Sale-A-Bration stamps and supplies?

January 2016 collageOur JANUARY 2016 MINI SESSION just opened today with projects using stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochures!  Get some great ideas for your January, February and Spring classes!  You are going to LOVE these!  PLUS check out the VALENTINE SPECIAL BONUS below!

Sets we are using for the January session, opening January 11th:

      • Flowering Fields
      • Botanical Blooms
      • Apple of My Eye
      • First Sight
      • Beautiful Ride

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VALENTINE BONUS PROJECT:  Purchase both the January and February Mini Sessions together for $17.90 US and get this BONUS VALENTINE project immediately using the Balloon Builder Punch and Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set, perfect gift for your hostesses or friends!

Sets we will be using for the February Mini Session, opening February 11th:

  • What I Love
  • Easter Lamb
  • Balloon Celebration
  • Party Wishes
  • Pyramid Pals

JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2016 MINI SESSIONS,
plus BONUS VALENTINE project

$17.90 US

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Jan 09 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Shaker Cards

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It’s Saturday and time for our Create with Connie and Mary Blog Hop!  This week’s theme is Shake Your Booty…all about Shaker Cards!  I know this one will be lots of fun…because Shaker cards are fun, interactive cards, right?  I can’t wait to see what everyone has done with the theme this week!

 

When deciding what to do, my new Blossom Punch Bunch came in on my order.  I immediately thought the smallest blossom would be perfect to use as “confetti” in my shaker card this week!  I also added some Brights Sequins for a little extra “shake” and color!

 

Grateful Bunch
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Basic Black, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of It’s My Party DSP, a large circle was cut with the Circle Framelit.  Along the bottom, the stem in the stamp set, Grateful Bunch was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and watercolored with Mint Macaron Marker and AquaPainter.
  • On the back of the DSP, I added a 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 piece of Window Sheet, then added pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals to form a circle around the opening and trap all the small pieces.
  • I also cut a 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White and adhered it to the front of the Basic Black base card, stamped the Grateful Bunch greeting with Tuxedo Black Ink so that it would appear thru the circle opening.
  • I stamped the smallest flower several times on Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo cardstock with Tuxedo Black Ink and punched with the Blossom Bunch Punch.  They were added in a pile to the center of the circle area, along with some Brights Sequins.
  • The top DSP layer was added over top to make the shaker card.
  • I also stamped the large and middle flower images in Grateful Bunch with Tuxedo Black ink on Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry, punched them out and added them to the bottom of the circle by the stem.
  • A Mint Macaron It’s My Party Enamel Dot was perfect for the center.

Isn’t that fun?  I love the confetti look of the DSP and then the shaker flower bits!

 

OK…You can go backwards to Melissa Davies blog, but make sure to go forward to check out our Create with Connie and Mary website to see all about our January Mini Session AND the fabulous Valentine Bonus Project…then continue on around the Blog Hop to Mary Brown’s blog for more inspiration on shaker cards!

 

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Jan 08 2016

Bear Hugs

Before the holidays, I participated in two different swaps.  I used Bear Hugs on both of them.  Here’s the first card that I did and made 16 of them for the Incentive Trip Swap.  (I’ll show the second one next week).  I love the It’s My Party Designer Paper Stack!  SO many great patterns in it and I love the bright and soft color combination!

 

Bear Hugs
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Mint Macaron cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • Along the left side is a 1 x 5-1/4 strip of the confetti pattern from It’s My Party DSP, with a 1/4″ strip of the Melon Mambo stripe added along side it.
  • The Mint Macaron green print was cut to 2-1/2 x 3-1/2, then punched with the Triple Banner Punch (you need to feed it thru carefully as it is wider than the 2″ slot is).  A 2″ circle was punched out of the center.
  • A 2″ punched circle of Whisper White was added behind the circle opening of the banner for contrast.
  • The bear from Bear Hugs was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Crumb Cake cardstock, then watercolored with the Chocolate Chip Marker and AquaPainter.  It was cut with the Bear Hugs Framelits and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The bowtie was cut from the Mint Macaron print and added with a Mini Glue dot to the bear and a Rhinestone added in the center of the bowtie.
  • You’re so sweet was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Melon Mambo and punched with the Word Window Punch, then adhered under the bear.
  • The Love you balloon was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Melon Mambo and cut with the Bear Hugs Framelit and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A line was drawn with a Chocolate Chip Marker for the string on the balloon.

I loved it!  Hope my swap partners liked it, too!

 

Supplies:

Stamps:  Bear Hugs
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers:  Chocolate ChipCardstock:  Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Accessories:  It’s My Party Designer Paper Stack, Bear Hugs Framelits, 2″ Circle Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Make sure to check out our Create with Connie and Mary January Mini Session that will be starting soon!  Here’s a sneak peek of what we will be doing this month.

Sets we are using for the January session, opening January 11th:

      • Flowering Fields
      • Botanical Blooms
      • Apple of My Eye
      • First Sight
      • Beautiful Ride

It’s only $8.95 US for 5 wonderful projects/card sets!  AND, we have a special VALENTINE BONUS PROJECT offer, too!  See details over on Create with Connie and Mary!