Mar 02 2017

CCMC447 Everyday Hero

How do you like my new Spring look?  I think it is adorable…love that bunny!  Are you ready for a new Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge?  Here we go…it’s a fun sketch challenge!  Although it is a square shape, I decided to use it as a regular rectangle shape on my card.

 

I also took a little creative license with the placement of the greeting since I wanted to use the city scape image along the bottom of my accent piece.

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 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Mint Macaron cardstock is embossed with the Sparkle Folder.
  • A 1-1/2 x 5-1/4 strip of Carried Away Designer Paper was placed down the left side.
  • A 2-3/4 x 3-3/4 piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock was brushed with a light wash of Pool Party ink, then stamped with the city scape along the bottom in Night of Navy Ink and colored with So Saffron Marker in the windows.
  • The head, body and cape of the Girl Superhero were stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink and watercolored with Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride and Chocolate Chip Markers and the AquaPainter.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Super Hero was stamped with Night of Navy Ink on Peekaboo Peach cardstock, then punched with the Classic Label Punch and added to the top left side.

OK…so check out the rest of the Challenge Team this week over on Create with Connie and Mary and see what they have done with the sketch this week!

 

Our Create with Connie and Mary March 2017 Mini Session will be opening soon!  It’s time to sign up!

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH March AND April, you will receive a Spring 3D Bonus Project that is also perfect for a your spring classes!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

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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 25 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Color It

 

Our theme for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop is “Color It”!  Oh, I’m sure the Design Team will have LOTS of fun with the theme this week!  Can’t wait to see what they have done!  I used Mediterranean Moments for my card…this scene reminds me SO much of the narrow streets in Europe.  So thankful for Stampin’ Up! to provide such awesome incentive trips…the Mediterranean Cruise was a trip of a lifetime for us!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Mint Macaron cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 2-1/4 x 4 piece of Succulent Garden Designer Paper in the Tip Top Taupe grid pattern was added to the Bottom of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Tip Top Taupe cardstock.
  • On a 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 piece of Whisper White, the Mediterranean Moments image was stamped with Black Stazon Ink, the watercolored with an AquaPainter and Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum, and Tip Top Taupe Stampin’ Write Markers.  It was placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon was adhered to the back, then a small piece tied on the front for the bow.
  • The smallest Stitched Shapes Circle was stamped with the birthday greeting from Circle Of Spring in Black Stazon Ink, then added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

OK…make sure to check out our next stop at Mary’s blog for inspiration or backwards to Melissa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can visit our Create with Connie and Mary website if you haven’t signed up for our February Mini Session…it’s not too late to join! Here’s a sneak peek of the projects we did:

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH January AND February you will receive a Valentine Bonus Project that is also perfect for a wedding gift! So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

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Feb 23 2017

CCMC446 Tasty Trucks

It’s Thursday and time for a Create with Connie and Mary challenge!  It is a beautiful color combination this week!  Check it out!

 

And here’s my creation using the Sale-A-Bration set, Tasty Trucks:

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Rich Razzleberry cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock.
  • Across the center is a 2 x 5-1/4 piece of Party Animal Designer Paper.  On top of that is a 1 x 4 piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock, cut with flag ends, then a 1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Rich Razzleberry cardstock across the center.
  • The greeting is stamped with Memento Black Ink on top of the DSP.
  • The truck from Tasty Trucks was stamped with Memento Black Ink on scrap Whisper White and colored with an AquaPainter and the Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango and Emerald Envy Stampin’ Write Markers.  A trio of cupcakes were colored in the window.  It was hand-cut and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The flags were stamped and colored, cut out and added to the top of the truck.
  • An In Color Emerald Envy Enamel Shape was added to the body of the truck.
  • A little bit of a cheat…Sahara Sand was added to the ground and the windows.

Ok, check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week with the color challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary, then add your challenge photo to the comments on our Facebook Page!  Come play along!

 

 

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Feb 19 2017

Control Freaks Feb 2017 Blog Hop

 

Yes!  It’s time for the Tour de Freaks!  The theme this month is “Celebrate”!  Glad it is such a broad theme this month.  You’ve probably just come from Melissa Stout’s blog...love her ideas!  And, don’t you love our new buttons?  Thanks to Lyssa Zwolanek for making them!  If you’ve arrived prior to the 20th, not all links may be operational yet.

 

Of course, my thoughts are birthdays are always reason to celebrate and I wanted to share my “glamorous” birthday projects using the Window Box Thinlit and making it into a purse shape!  The Silver Cardstock behind the cut-out opening just makes it SO elegant!

 

 

Here’s a closeup of the card:

 

 

  • The base of the card is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Basic Black, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • At the bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, a 1 x 4 piece of Pop of Pink Specialty Paper was added.
  • The Silver Metallic ribbon (SAB) hides the seam and is secured on the back.
  • Just the front of the box was cut from Basic Black cardstock, trimmed out, then added the Silver Cardstock backing to it.
  • The oval tag in the Thinlit set was scored and folded to make the clasp of the purse.
  • A Metal Rimmed Pearl was added to the clasp.
  • A loop of Silver Metallic Ribbon (SAB) was looped and secured in the back for the purse handle.
  • Happy Day from Perfectly Preserved was stamped with Memento Black Ink in the upper right corner.

 

 

  • The Window Box was formed per the directions and the clasp placed so that the box opens from the top.
  • The Silver Metallic Ribbon was adhered to a 1 x 9 piece of Whisper White cardstock for the handle to give it stability and adhered with Tear and Tape Adhesive to the box.

Here’s a photo of the box open and filled with a few treats!

 

 

OK…so don’t you think that set is pretty glamorous?  I know some girlfriends who would love to get this, don’t you?

 

Next up is the fabulous Wendy Weixler...I know you’ll love her ideas, too!  Then continue around until you view all the projects!

 

 

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Feb 18 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Up In the Air

 

Our theme for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop is “Up in the Air”!  Now…that could mean butterflies, dragonflies, birds, bugs.  I went with the Lift Me Up stamp set as a hot air balloon being up in the air.  I wonder what the rest of the Design Team will use!  We don’t see each others cards before the hop!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Soft Sky cardstock, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • A 2-1/2 x 4 piece of Sweet Treats Designer Paper in the Soft Sky grid pattern was added to the top of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • Some Playful Palette Washi Tape was added along the seam and cut on an angle.
  • The hot air balloon from Lift Me Up was stamped with Emerald Envy Ink on Whisper White cardstock and colored with Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum Markers and the AquaPainter.
  • Clear Wink of Stella was added over the Sweet Sugarplum Marker for a little sparkle.  It was cut with the Up & Away Thinlit Dies along with a couple of the clouds.
  • The greeting from Lift Me Up was stamped with Emerald Envy Ink.
  • A few In Color Enamel Shapes were added to the front under the greeting and one to the hot air balloon itself.

 

OK…make sure to check out our next stop at the Create with Connie and Mary website where you can find out more about our February Mini Sessions that just opened…it’s not too late to join! Then continue on to Mary’s blog for inspiration or backwards to Melissa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can visit our Create with Connie and Mary website if you haven’t signed up for our February Mini Session…it’s not too late to join!  Here’s a sneak peek of the projects we are doing:

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH January AND February you will receive a Valentine Bonus Project that is also perfect for a wedding gift! So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

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Feb 16 2017

CCMC445 Moon Baby

This week on Create with Connie and Mary’s Thursday Challenge, we have a fun sketch!  Grab your stamps and play along, then upload to our Create Facebook page.  The link to our Facebook page is on the Create website!

Here’s what I did using a new set for me, Moon Baby!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pear Pizzazz cardstock, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • A 2 x 4-3/4 strip of Fruit Stand Designer Paper was placed along the right side.
  • A 1/4 x 4 strip of Basic Black cardstock was placed across the front, then a 1 x 3 piece of Pear Pizzazz was cut with a flag end and stamped with Hello Baby from the Moon Baby stamp set in Memento Black Ink.
  • A Stitched Shapes Oval was cut from Whisper White and stamped with the star in Daffodil Delight Ink a few times, then placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The baby an umbrella were stamped with Memento Black Ink, colored with Watercolor Pencils and the Blender Pen, then cut out by hand and added to the oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Isn’t that a sweet card for a new baby?  I love it!  OK…check out the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge Team to see what they did with this sketch over on Create with Connie and Mary!  And…while you are there, it’s not too late to sign up for our February Mini Session!

 

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH January AND February you will receive a Valentine Bonus Project that is also perfect for a wedding gift!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 

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Feb 14 2017

SUOC168 Avant Garden

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!!!  What a special day celebrated with LOVE!  But no, I didn’t go with a Valentine’s Day card today.  The SUO Challenge for this week is FUN with Sale-A-Bration items!  I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Avant Garden, for my Design Team card this week, but used it in a little different way!  I was inspired by a card I saw from Amanda Bates.

 

 

Here are the details for my card:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pool Party cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of By the Shore Designer Paper has some Cucumber Crush Striped Ribbon wrapped across the front and secured in the back.
  • The 3-3/4 x 4-3/4 Garden Green cardstock layer is tucked under the ribbon on the front.
  • On the 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 Very Vanilla, stamp the stems and ground (leaf) with Chocolate Chip ink.  Stamp the palm tree leaves with the floral image in Garden Green Ink on top of the stems.
  • Stamp the sand with the speckle image and Crumb Cake ink several times across the bottom.
  • Sponge Soft Sky ink around the three sides and over and around the palm trees for the sky/water.
  • The greeting from Avant Garden is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink.

That’s it for my card.  Check out what the rest of the SUO Design Team did over on SUO Challenges with this Sale-A-Bration Fun challenge this time, then grab your stamps and play along!

 

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Feb 11 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Red, White & one color

 

Our theme for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop is “Red, White, and one other color” combination!  I first thought I’d do a Valentine…but I pretty much have those finished.  So, I went with a happy flower instead!  Can you tell what stamp set I used?  I’m feeling under the weather with a BAD cold, so this came together quick and easy!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Real Red cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The Pear Pizzazz balloon string was stamped for the stem of the flower on a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • A 1/2 x 4 piece of Sending Love Designer Paper was added to the bottom of that layer, too.
  • Five of the polka dot balloon images were stamped with Real Red on Real Red cardstock, then punched out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch (smaller balloon), then assembled around the stem with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I slightly curled the edges of the flower petals.
  • A 1/2″ Circle was punched from Pear Pizzazz and inked with Wild Wasabi around the edges for the center of the flower.  It was popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two leaves were stamped with the striped balloons and punched with the smaller shaped balloon, then added to the stem with Stampin’ Dimensionals, curling the leaves slightly.
  • Happy Birthday was stamped with Wild Wasabi above the Designer Paper.

 

See…told you it was pretty simple!  I think I’d like this flower in all different colors!  OK…make sure to check out our next stop at the Create with Connie and Mary website where you can find out more about our February Mini Sessions that opens TODAY!  Then continue on to Mary’s blog for inspiration or backwards to Melissa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balloon Adventures is one of the stamp sets we feature this month in the Create with Connie and Mary February 2017 Mini Session!  You can visit our Create with Connie and Mary website if you haven’t signed up…we opened TODAY!  Here’s a sneak peek of the projects we are doing:

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.

And, if you subscribe to BOTH January AND February you will receive a Valentine Bonus Project that is also perfect for a wedding gift!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

 


Feb 09 2017

CCMC444 Lift Me Up

Time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  It’s a color challenge this week!  Remember, you can play along on our Facebook page!  Just add your link and/or photo there!

 

I pondered awhile on what set I wanted to use…then decided to pull out the Life Me Up Bundle to use.  I kept it kind of simple!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Dapper Denim cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock was embossed on the left side only with the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder (I thought they sort of looked like balloons themselves!)  lol!
  •  3 x 4 piece of Whisper White was stamped with the Life Me Up greeting at the bottom with Dapper Denim Ink, then adhered to the 3-1/4 x 4 piece of Dapper Denim cardstock.
  • The balloon outline was cut from Peekaboo Peach and the pieces behind alternating Dapper Denim and Crumb Cake cardstocks.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Some Whisper White clouds were cut and added to the front.

Like I mentioned, a pretty CAS design that I really like!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary to see what they did with the sketch this week!