Aug 10 2017

CCMC470 Eastern Beauty

Well, today is THE day…I could use some positive thoughts and many prayers today!  I’m having total knee replacement on my right knee.  I’ve endured over 2 years with a painful knee and am finally doing it! Hopefully my recovery will be QUICK!  I’m looking forward to walking again easily!


I’ve had sunflowers on the brain for the past week or so, and then I saw the sketch for this week and just knew I had to incorporate a large sunflower!  I love the ones I’ve seen using the Eastern Beauty Bundle…so here’s my version.



The sketch looks more square, but I went with the traditional rectangle shape for my card.



Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Daffodil Delight cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock.
  • Down the left side is a 1-1/2 x 5-1/4 strip of Painted Autumn Designer Paper (LOVE!)
  • The greeting from Eastern Beauty was stamped with Early Espresso Ink.  This greeting seems to fit perfectly with the sunflower “face”…and seeing them always makes me smile!
  • The sunflower was made with two of the Eastern Medallions cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock and layered together.
  • The center was stamped with the circle in Eastern Beauty stamp set, then punched with the 2″ Circle Punch.  It was embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  It was added to the “petals”, then to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The “leaves” were made by stamping the Eastern Beauty image with Old Olive Ink on Old Olive cardstock, then separating the petals to form the leaves.  They were tucked behind the sunflower on the front.
  • A bow of Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine was tied in a knot and added to the center of the flower with Mini Glue Dot.
  • Yellow Glimmer Dots were added in the background.


I LOVE how this card turned out!  OK…check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week with the sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary!  I can’t wait to see!  AND…check out our August 2017 Mini Session that OPENS TOMORROW!  We also have a BONUS project with purchase using the Carols of Christmas stamp set, available now to customers…that you will LOVE!

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Jun 16 2014

Day 1 Preview Week – Beautiful Bunch



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Of course, I had to make a special card to celebrate the KICK OFF of PREVIEW WEEK!  I used Beautiful Bunch again…just love that stamp set and punch!  I think it makes a beautiful sunflower!  This card is made up of almost all NEW stuff!  Woohoo!

Beautiful Bunch

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Mossy Meadow cardstock folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Crumb Cake, add a 1 3/4 x 4 piece of Lullaby Designer Paper with the Hello Honey Stripe.
  • Wrap around the Hello Honey Satin Stitched Ribbon and tie a knot.
  • Stamp Let’s Celebrate from Sumthin’ Sumthin’ in Mossy Meadow in the lower right corner.
  • Use the Fun Frame Impressions Folder with Whisper White cardstock, then cut out.  Add to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the Beautiful Bunch flower twice with Hello Honey on So Saffron cardstock and punch with the Fun Flower punch.
  • Stamp the flower again with Early Espresso Ink on Early Espresso, and punch out the center with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.  Add to the flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals and add a Rhinestone Jewel.
  • Use the other flower image from Beautiful Bunch and stamp with Mossy Meadow Ink on Mossy Meadow cardstock, punch with the Fun Flower Punch, then cut the petals apart to use as leaves.  Add to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Don’t you LOVE it???  I do!!!


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Aug 22 2013

CCMC265 – Magnificent Maple

We're continuing on with PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary.  It's the last few days to save with Early Bird Pricing!  We've shown two FREE TUTORIALS so far…and had lots of blog candy…FREE subscriptions to Create with Connie and Mary!  But, you need to check in daily to see where to go!  Today is our Thursday Challenge…we offer weekly challenges for everyone to play along!  Hope you join us!  Check out what the rest of the Challenge Team has done this week with our sketch over on Create with Connie and Mary!



And here is my card using Magnificent Maple single stamp in the Holiday Catalog.  This time I made a fall "sunflower" using the Pansy Punch.  Have I said how much I love this punch???



Here are the details:

  1. The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Crushed Curry, folded in half.
  2. On the 4 x 5 1/4 Very Vanilla layer, I used the Scoring Tool and embossed a line around the edges at 1/4" on all sides.  Just a little extra texture!
  3. I cut three 1 x 2 1/2 panels of Sweater Weather Designer Paper and adhere them on top.
  4. I stamped the Magnificent Maple leaf in Chocolate Chip on Pumpkin Pie cardstock and cut it out, then placed it on front.
  5. I punched the Pansy punch three times with Crushed Curry cardstock, sponged the edges with Pumpkin Pie, then crumbled up the flowers and layered them together.  I punched a 7/8 Scallop Circle of Chocolate Chip cardstock for the center and adhere with a Stampin' Dimensional. 
  6. In the center of the flower, I tied Linen Thread in the small Naturals button and adhered with a Mini Glue Dot.
  7. Finally, I stamped Happy Birthday from the hostess only set, Express Yourself with Chocolate Chip on a 1/2" strip of Very Vanilla, cut the flag end and curled the edges a little.

Pretty, isn't it???  I love the fall feel of it!  Putting me in the mood to see fall!  lol!  We have so many fall birthdays, it is nice to get a head start on them!


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May 24 2012

CCMC203 – Sunflower

Woohoo!  Time for another sketch challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  Hope you take a few minutes and play along!



The minute I saw the background, I knew I'd use the Sunflower background stamp!  Just thought it would work perfectly for the sketch!  And…it uses my favorite color…Daffodil Delight!



I started with the base card of Daffodil Delight and added a layer of Early Espresso cardstock.  I inked up the Sunflower background stamp with my Daffodil Delight, More Mustard and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers, then stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock.  I added a trim of the Early Espresso Eyelet Border Punch (retiring soon!), and a sneak peek of the NEW ribbon…Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon.  It is definitely YUMMY!


I punched the Large Tag Punch from More Mustard and ran it thru the Big Shot with the Houndstooth Impressions Folder.  I added a Vintage Brad at the top.  Then I stamped Mom from Family Reunion stamp set in Early Espresso on Daffodil Delight and punched with the Modern Label punch.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.


Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did with the sketch over on Create with Connie and Mary.  Then grab your stamps and play along!

Oct 06 2011

CCMC170 – Sunflower

Another Thursday Challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary  that anyone can play along and this one is a sketch challenge!  LOVE those!  Make sure to check out what the Challenge Team did with this sketch…there is a HUGE variety!



I decided to use the Sunflower stamp in the background on mine!  I just got this stamp and I love it!



I don't make these often, but I kept the Square shape and made a 5 x 5 sized card.  For the Sunflower, I inked it up in Daffodil Delight, then took my markers and added More Mustard and Pumpkin Pie to the petals and Early Espresso in the center, then stamped it on Whisper White.  I layered the White on Early Espresso with a base of More Mustard.  I used the Tasteful Trim die and cut the rope trim from Early Espresso cardstock, and added two More Mustard Brads on the ends.  I stamped Happy Birthday Wishes from Petite Pairs in Early Espresso on More Mustard and punched with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch, then layered it on 1 3/8 Circle of Early Espresso.  Finally, I added a little embossed Beautiful Wings butterfly with small pearls for the body.  I also added pearls up in the right corner.  I think I'll give this to my mom for her birthday this month!



It's not too late to join Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Edition!  This week we are featuring the Card Keeper…using it for something OTHER than cards!  You'd be amazed at the variety the designers have created!  



Aug 19 2011

August 2011 Tour de Freaks!

Yes!  It is time for the monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by your Control Freak Swappers!  Is it your favorite day of the month?  It is mine!  I love to see what the other Control Freaks share with us!  They always have such wonderful ideas.  You've probably just come from the awesome Patty Bennett's blog…love her projects!  Or, if you are starting here, we have 13 stops and you go around the tour and end back here!  Remember, the tour doesn't officially start until the morning of August 20th, so not all links may be working yet if you get here earlier!


The theme this month is a sneak peek of the upcoming Holiday Mini!  I know most of my customers have received their copy in the mail within the past couple days!  I'm hearing LONG wishlists!  lol!  I featured the stamp sets Gently Falling and Hand Penned Holidays in my projects this month, along with the WONDERFUL Spice Cake Designer Paper.  I'm already ordering a couple more packages of it…LOVE it!  Quite frankly, though, I had trouble getting started!  Maybe it is a letdown after the wedding, or maybe just wishful thinking that summer isn't going to end!  I decided to do sunflowers to go along with my Gently Falling leaves for my ensemble. 


My first project uses one of the new Kraft Gift Boxes in the Holiday Mini!  They are a great size for small gifts!  I filled mine with a cello bag of candy corn!  They are nice and sturdy and at a price of $2.95 for 4 of them, a pretty good deal!  I covered each of the sides and top with Spice Cake Designer Paper, then wrapped the 1 1/4" Soft Suede Stripe Ribbon around and tied a knot on the front.  I went looking for a sunflower and thought that Blossom Party Originals Die looked the most like one.  I cut it with More Mustard cardstock, spritzed it with water and crumpled it, then added More Mustard Ink around the edges.  For the center, I punched a 1 3/8" Circle of Early Espresso, then ran it thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  I added Very Vanilla neutral flower button to the center and tied with the Early Espresso Bakers Twine so I don't have a "naked" button!  I stamped the smallest leaf from Stampin' Up!'s Gently Falling stamp set with Old Olive and then the outline with Early Espresso and cut them out.  The flower and leaves are popped up on the top with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added the greeting from Stampin' Up!'s Hand Penned Holidays in Early Espresso Ink on Pool Party cardstock.  It really gives it a POP of color with the other all earthly tones.



I followed the same color scheme and design as the box on this card.  I did make a double bow from the Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon for this one!  I also used the Square Lattice Impressions Folder on 3/4 of the background Pool Party cardstock, leaving the bottom un-embossed so I could stamp Give Thanks on it.



The sketch this week from Stamping 411 inspired the design for this card.  Again, I used the same elements as the box and previous card.  Love how the Spice Cake Designer Paper patterns all coordinate together!  Stampin' Up! sure makes it EASY to create!


I hope you enjoyed my Sunflower projects this month!  Make sure you continue on the tour with the fabulous MARY BROWN!  She always has such fantastic ideas!