Feb 04 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Love is in the Air

We’re back for another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop with the Design Team! Our theme this week is Love is in the Air!  With Valentine’s Day coming up, we all need a valentine for our special person, don’t we?  Well, at least in the US…I don’t think it is as recognized in our other markets as much!

 

I used the Life Me Up Bundle in the Occasions Catalog for my card today!  It gave it a more masculine look, I think.  Will probably give this to my husband!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Real Red cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a layer of 4 x 5-1/4 Basic Black cardstock.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White, a 1 x 5 strip of Sending Love Designer Paper is added to the bottom.  Then the 1/8″ Real Red Sending Love Ribbon is added across the front and secured in the back.
  • The outline of the balloon was cut with the Up & Away Thinlit from Real Red cardstock, then adhered to Basic Black and cut around the edges.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Love Is in the Air from Lift Me Up stamp set is stamped with Memento Black Ink.
  • The “postage” is cut from the Sending Love Designer Paper and adhered in the upper right corner.
  • The Sending Love Wood Heart Embellishment is added to the hot air balloon with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

 

I love it! OK…make sure to continue on around the Blog Hop to see all the Design Team creations! I can’t wait to get inspired! Next up is our Create with Connie and Mary Website where you can find out more about our upcoming FEBRUARY MINI SESSION. Or you can go backwards to Melissa’s blog!

 

 

 

 

 

Our FEBRUARY 2017 Mini Session will be STARTING SOON with projects using stamp sets from the OCCASIONS and Sale-a-Bration CATALOGS!

  • 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.
  • Our FABULOUS design team members are joining us – Debbie Henderson, Nicole Tugrul, and Melissa Davies!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!
  • Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year)
  • Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

 

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Items we are using in February Mini Session:

Window Box Thinlits
Balloon Adventures Bundle
High Tide
Any Occasions (SAB)
Basket Bunch Bundle

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Jan 31 2017

SUOC167 Sealed with Love

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is “Time for Valentines”.  Appropriate time of year!  Here’s one I made up with my favorite Valentine colors, Pool Party, Whisper White and Real Red!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pool Party Cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, the 1-1/2 x 5-1/4 strip of Sending Love Designer Paper was added.
  • A piece of Sending Love 1/8″ Real Red Ribbon hides the seam and is adhered in the back.
  • The swash from Sealed with Love stamp set was stamped twice with Pool Party Ink.
  • The Hello Love greeting was stamped over top with Memento Black Ink.
  • The 3D Heart was cut from Real Red and the slotted heart from Basic Black cardstocks and adhered to the front.  The arrow was cut from Pool Party cardstock and adhered behind the 3D heart.
  • The floral heart was stamped with Real Red and cut with the 3D heart, then the outer portion cut off.  It is adhered to the solid Real Red 3D heart.
  • The lips were stamped with Real Red.

 

OK…check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team this time to see what they did with the “Time For Valentines” theme and they come play along!

 

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Jan 17 2017

SUOC166 Sealed with Love

 

The theme this time over on SUO Challenges (SUOC166) is Embossing…heat or dry!  I wanted to use my new Falling Petals Embossing Folder…the little hearts are perfect for a Valentine card, too!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Black cardstock, angled on the front.
  • The 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Real Red cardstock is embossed with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder.
  • The FREE Sale-A-Bration ribbon 3/8″ Metallic Silver is wrapped around at an angle and tied with a knot (I’m LOVING this ribbon!)
  • Love Note greeting is stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and cut with the Love Notes Framelits.  The envelope Framelit is cut from Sending Love Designer Paper.  Both are adhered to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The small heart Framelit was cut from Red Glimmer Paper and added to the Love Note.

 

Again…I’m into angles right now…love how this turned out!  Make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Team to see what they did with the Embossing theme this week.  Then grab your products and play along!

 

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Feb 12 2016

Hello Life Part 2

OK, I promised another card with the Hello Life stamp set and sketch from Create with Connie and Mary.  I had a HARD time deciding which one to use for the Thursday Challenge!  Obviously, here is the one that I didn’t use.  Tell me which you like better…the one from yesterday (see here) or today’s?

 

Hello Life

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Rose Red, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White is embossed with the Happy Hearts folder.
  • The 2-3/4 x 3-3/4 layer of Rose Red is wrapped with Melon Mambo/Basic Black Baker’s Twine and adhered in the back, then placed on the front of the Whisper White.
  • 3/4″ circles were punched from the Love Blossoms Designer Paper (12 of them) and adhered on the Rose Red.
  • The striped heart from Hello Life was stamped with Rose Red Ink on Whisper White and cut.
  • Love from Hello Life was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on 1/2 strip of Whisper White and cut with a flag end.
  • Both were adhered on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A Rhinestone Jewel was added to the heart.

 

So…very similar, but different…what do you think?  lol!

 

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WI15Badge copyWe just launched our Create with Connie and Mary February Mini Session…and it’s not too late to sign up!  Here is some information and a sneak peek for you!  You can sign up over on Create with Connie and Mary…or on my blog sidebar!

  • Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets (each with 4 cards) and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!
  • All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all the projects and tutorials.
  • Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month.
  • Sets we are using for the February session:
    • What I Love
    • Easter Lamb
    • Balloon Celebrations
    • Party Wishes
    • Playful Pals

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Did you purchase our 2-month VALENTINE BONUS SPECIAL in January?
Remember the February Mini Session was included, you already have the password in that Welcome Letter!

 


Feb 11 2016

Hello Life

Since it is Valentine week, I thought I’d pull out a set from the main catalog for our Create with Connie and Mary Challenge card!  I actually did TWO cards using this sketch.  This one is the one that was in my head for the past month or so since I saw the sketch.  I’ll show the other one tomorrow and you can let me know which one you like better!  lol!

 

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Mary does the sketches for us using the MDS system, and she somehow snuck this sketch in on me.  She knows that I’m not crazy about SMALL images…and this one has a ton in the background!  But…our Challenge Team did a FANTASTIC job with it!  So many great ideas that I never even though about doing with it!  Here’s my first take on this sketch.  I thought it would be fun to use the XOs in Little Letters Thinlets for the background.

 

CCMC393 Hello Life
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Rose Red, folded in half and the top two corners rounded with the Project Life Corner Rounder.
  • On top the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White is embossed with the Happy Hearts Folder.
  • On the 2-3/4 x 3-3/4 piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, the top corners were punched with the Corner Rounder and it was adhered over the Whisper White layer towards the bottom.
  • A 1/4 x 4 strip of Love Blossoms DSP was cut to go across the bottom according to the sketch.
  • Six X’s and six O’s were cut from Blushing Bride with the Little Letters Thinlets, then adhered to the Crumb Cake with Liquid Monoadhesive Glue.
  • The outline heart from Hello Life was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Rose Red and hand-cut.  Love was stamped on a 1/2 x 3 strip of Whisper White, cut with a flag end.  They were both placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

That’s it!  Now…make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team this week…as I said…fabulous cards!

 

And, while you are there…we opened our FEBRUARY Mini Session TODAY!  Don’t miss out on all the great projects we did this month!  Sign up TODAY!

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WI15Badge copyWe just launched our Create with Connie and Mary February Mini Session…have you signed up yet?  If not, here is some information and a sneak peek for you!  You can sign up over on Create with Connie and Mary…or on my blog sidebar!

  • Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets (each with 4 cards) and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!
  • All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all the projects and tutorials.
  • Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month.
  • Sets we are using for the February session:
    • What I Love
    • Easter Lamb
    • Balloon Celebrations
    • Party Wishes
    • Playful Pals

Feb 2016 collage

Did you purchase our 2-month VALENTINE BONUS SPECIAL in January?
Remember the February Mini Session was included, you already have the password in that Welcome Letter!

 

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Feb 07 2016

Bloomin’ Love

Ready for a Clean & Simple card?  This one is super simple…at least on the outside!  Really, the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper punched heart and Clear Wink of Stella on the row of punched hearts is what gives it a little pizzazz…plus the Love Blossoms Designer Paper!  CAS-ology’s week 183 challenge is to use Glitter, so this qualifies!

 

Bloomin Love
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Rose Red, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Blushing Bride.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White, a 3-1/4 x 3-3/4 piece of Love Blossoms Designer Paper was added to the bottom.
  • To hide the seam, 6 Small Hearts were punched from Rose Red and adhered across the front and the row of hearts were highlighted with some Clear Wink of Stella.
  • The greeting from Stampin’ Up!’s Bloomin’ Love stamp set was stamped with Rose Red.
  • Another Small Heart was punched from Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.

That’s it!  It would be super easy to make up a bunch of these, put a Valentine greeting on the inside and be done.  But…if you want to step up the INSIDE, here’s what I did!

 

Bloomin Love inside

  • A 3/4 x 4 strip of the same Love Blossoms DSP was added to the bottom of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock.
  • Love You from the same Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink.
  • The floral Heart from Bloomin’ Love was stamped with Blushing Bride Ink.
  • The arrow was made by punching the Small Heart Punch from Blushing Bride Glimmer paper, a skinny strip of Basic Black cardstock and the small Banner Punch of Rose Red, cut with slits to look like feathers.

That’s it!  Isn’t it fun?  I think I may give this one to my husband for Valentine’s Day, even though it is sort of flowery, I think he’ll like it!

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WI15Badge copyWe are getting ready to launch our Create with Connie and Mary February Mini Session…have you signed up yet?  If not, here is some information and a sneak peek for you!  You can sign up over on Create with Connie and Mary…or on my blog sidebar!

  • Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets (each with 4 cards) and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!
  • All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all the projects and tutorials.
  • Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month.
  • Sets we are using for the February session:
    • What I Love
    • Easter Lamb
    • Balloon Celebrations
    • Party Wishes
    • Playful Pals

Feb 2016 collage

Did you purchase our 2-month VALENTINE BONUS SPECIAL in January?
Remember the February Mini Session was included, you already have the password in that Welcome Letter!

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Feb 06 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Love

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Hello!  Happy Saturday!  Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Hop!  We are getting ready to launch our Create with Connie and Mary February Mini Session…have you signed up yet?  If not, here is some information and a sneak peek for you!  You can sign up over on Create with Connie and Mary…or on my blog sidebar!

  • Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets (each with 4 cards) and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!
  • All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all the projects and tutorials.
  • Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month.
  • Sets we are using for the February session:
    • What I Love
    • Easter Lamb
    • Balloon Celebrations
    • Party Wishes
    • Playful Pals

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The theme this week on our Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Design Team Blog Hop is Love is in the Air!  It’s that time of year!  While I could have used the traditional Valentine set in the Occasions Catalog, Bloomin’ Love…I thought I’d use another one of the sets that you may not think of for Valentine’s Day cards…Bear Hugs!

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Rose Red, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, the 1 x 5-1/4 strip of Rose Red Hearts in the Love Blossoms Designer Paper Stack was placed down the left side.
  • Across is a 2 x 3-1/4 coordinating pattern in Love Blossoms DSP.
  • A 2″ punched circle of Rose Red was placed over the DSP.
  • The small bear was stamped with Early Espresso on Whisper White, then watercolored with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Markers.  It was cut with the Bear Hugs Framelits and popped up on the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Three hearts were cut for the balloons from Crumb Cake, DSP and one stamped with Rose Red on Whisper White, then cut with the Framelits.  They were added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Strings were hand-drawn with a Early Espresso Marker.
  • The bow-tie was cut from DSP and Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper…one for the bear’s head and one for the balloons!
  • Finally, an It’s My Party Enamel Dot was put in the center of the bow-tie on her head.

 

OK…that’s it for me…continue on around the blog by checking out the details of our February Mini Session on Create with Connie and Mary and sign up while you are there…then continue on around to Mary Brown’s blog to complete the blog hop (or go backwards to Melissa’s blog)!  Enjoy the “Love is in the Air” ideas!

 

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Feb 04 2016

CCMC392 Timeless Textures

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Love the color combination this week, it is one of my favorites!  So, hope you grab your stamps and play along with us!

 

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Well, this time of year, this color combination screams VALENTINE to me!  So…how could I resist?

 

CCMC392 Timeless Textures
 

And, since my Sweetheart punch was already out on my desk, I decided to use it on some Love Blossoms Designer Paper along with the fabulous Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit.  Love all the little elements in it.

 

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Rose Red, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake, the Timeless Texture swirl was stamped twice with Crumb Cake Ink and some of the spatters added diagonally.
  • A 1 x 4 strip of Love Blossoms DSP goes across the front.
  • Two Sweetheart hearts were punched from the Love Blossoms DSP and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Love at First Sigh from Greatest Greetings was stamped with Memento Black Ink under the DSP.
  • I removed the bow from the paperclip in the Kit and added it to one heart with a Mini Glue Dot.  The second heart has one of the wood elements in the Kit, covered with the Clear Wink of Stella.
  • As a final touch, three enamel glitter dots from the Kit were added along the spatters.

 

Pretty CAS design…although all the little elements really make it, I think!  OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary and see what they did with this color combination!

 

Yes!  It’s almost time for the February Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session!  Here’s a sneak peek:

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Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets (each with 4 cards) and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!

 

All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all the projects and tutorials.

 

Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month.

 

Sets we are using for the February session:

  • What I Love
  • Easter Lamb
  • Balloon Celebrations
  • Party Wishes
  • Playful Pals

 

We know you are going to LOVE it!

 

 


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

Sign up at Create with Connie and Mary!


Jan 02 2016

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop Trim it Down

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Woohoo!  The theme this week for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop is TRIM IT DOWN!  Yes…definitely a FEW ways things need to trim down around here, but specifically this means no more than two layers and one embellishment.

 

I hope my card meets that criteria…after it was done and I was getting ready to post, I had second thoughts!  But, in my mind it does fit the criteria…I don’t count the punches as layers or embellishments.  lol!

 

Going Global
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Night of Navy cardstock was embossed with the World Traveler Embossing Folder.  I placed it on the base at an angle, then trimmed off the excess.
  • The greeting from Going Global stamp set was stamped in the lower right corner with Real Red Ink.
  • The globe from Going Global was stamped with Night of Navy on Whisper White, then punched with the 2″ Circle Punch and layered on the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punched from Real Red Glimmer Paper and adhered to the front.
  • The Love banner from one of the other greetings was stamped with Real Red Ink, the banner cut by hand and layered over the globe with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, two Real Red Candy Dots for embellishments were placed in the upper right corner.

OK…next stop is our Create with Connie and Mary website to find out more about our January 2016 Mini Session that will be starting soon!  Here are a few details!  Then continue around to Mary’s blog!

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January 2016 collageWe are getting ready for our JANUARY 2016 MINI SESSION with a 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!  And check out the VALENTINE SPECIAL BONUS below!  Here are the details:


* Each session includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets, each with 4 cards and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!
*Only $8.95 per month!

* All FIVE projects are available once the monthly mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials)!

*Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month

Sets we are using for the January session:

      • 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!  You and your customers will LOVE making it!

Sets we will be using for the February Mini Session:

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

Valentine Bonus Project snippet

JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2016 MINI SESSIONS,
plus BONUS VALENTINE project

$17.90 US

Check out Create with Connie and Mary for more details!

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