Sep 09 2012


Here I am again, using Wonderfall from the Holiday Mini…it just seems like that time of the year, doesn't it?  We are having cooler nights…leaves just getting a hint of color! 


We are also starting Week 2 of Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Edition 2012 and featuring the FALL theme this week!  But…only our subscribers can see them!  So, it's not to late to join!  You'll be the first to see new projects posted with step-by-step PHOTO tutorials AND still have access to all the past projects we did in Week 1!  Our projects stay up over a year after the edition ends, so you can access them 24/7!  For $29.95 US…that is less that $1 each for 30 projects!




I started with the leaves…these I had left over from the Bushel Basket card I made earlier during Preview Week.  (You can see it HERE!)  I cut them with the die, then stamped them (backwards, I know!), but I find it much easier to lay the cut leaf over the rubber while the clear mount lays on the desk.  I added some bling with the Champagne Glimmer paper leaves and texture with the Woodgrain Impressions folder. 


The base of the card is Cajun Craze and I layered on Crumb Cake that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Impressions Folder.  I cascaded the leaves down the left side, adding a bronze button tied with Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon to the bottom.  I tucked in a greeting from Occasions Alphabet, stamped on Very Vanilla…isn't that set fun with all the greetings?  You can find one for EVERYTHING!  I cut out the greeting with the Apothecary Accents Die and placed it under the edge of the leaves.


Hope you enjoy it!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Aug 30 2012

Day 5 Preview and CCMC216 – Wonderfall

Oh my!!!  Are you enjoying PREVIEW WEEK with FREE TUTORIALS over on Create with Connie and Mary?  Are you taking advantage of the BLOG CANDY?  We are giving away SIX free subscriptions to the Holiday Edition 2012!  Already subscribed?  Don't worry…we'll apply your win towards the Occasions 2013 Edition!!!  It's a WIN-WIN for you!  But…you need to be checking out who has the BLOG CANDY every day this week!!!  Today we have a little Scavenger Hunt going on at Create with Connie and Mary's blog…you need to find the secret word on my blog and all the others, then put the sentence together!  Make sure to check that out and play along for the free subscription drawing!


As for the Thursday challenge…we have a fun color challenge!  Check it out!


And…here's my card…the colors inspired fall leaves for me!



I started with a base of Night of Navy and layered on Whisper White.  I added a strip of the Rich Razzleberry circles pattern in Polka Dot Parade DSP across the bottom.  To hide the seam, I used the Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, and added a fun SLIDE to it!  I stamped the Rich Razzleberry leaf directly on the Whisper White, then stamped a smaller one in Night of Navy and cut with the Leaves die.  I used the Woodgrain Impressions folder on the Lucky Limeade one for texture.  I tied some Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine in a bow and added it to the bottom stems.  My secret Create word is almost.  Finally, I added "Imagine the Possibilities" from Word Play in Night of Navy in the upper right corner.




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Aug 26 2012

Day 1 Preview & Wonderfall

It's HERE!!! 

Our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday 2012

PREVIEW WEEK is here! 


What does that mean?   


  • BLOG CANDY – SIX free subscriptions!
  • DESIGN TEAM and GUEST DESIGNERS introductions
  • Holiday session will begin in ONE WEEK with over 30 projects!
  • Early Bird Special Price is just about over! 


Today Mary Brown is sharing her fun FALL project over on Create with Connie and Mary!  She also has BLOG CANDY!!!  So, make sure you stop over on Create with Connie and Mary and find out what you need to do to be entered!  AND…download her FREE TUTORIAL…you won't want to miss this cute project.  It will give you a taste of what our tutorials are like in our subscription service.  Here is a sneak peek of her project!




Here's my card for today!  I love the new stamp set, Wonderfall and the coordinating Leaves die!  I thought about raking leaves when I was a kid and putting them in bushel baskets…so I came up with this fun card!



It is an actual card that folds up.  The leaves are tucked under the top band on the front so they don't interfere with the opening.  The base of the card is 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 More Mustard, then I cut in the sides slightly to form the barrel shape.  I was careful to keep the entire height of the card under 5 1/2 so that it fits in a regular envelope.  I used the Woodgrain Impressions Folder on the front of the card, and on the bands of Early Espresso.  I added Antique Brass brads to each of the sides of the bands for rivets. 


To fill the bushel basket, I cut and stamped (yes, in that order with this die!) the leaves and crunched them up a little for texture.  Some of them are cut in half to fit in easier.  I tucked in Champagne Glitter Paper leaves, too, for extra bling and sparkle.  At the bottom, I added a Bronze button (LOVE these accents!), tied with Linen Thread and the Give Thanks greeting from Full of Blessings stamp set cut with a flag end.


Like it?  I was thrilled with how it turned out! 


But…don't forget…go check out Create with Connie and Mary today for Mary's project and BLOG CANDY!!!  And…subscribe while you are there!

Aug 09 2012

CCMC213 – Wonderfall

It's Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary challenge!  I think I've mentioned before…I LOVE sketch challenges…to me, we could do ALL sketch challenges and I would be a happy camper!  But…that Mary…she has to throw in some Color Challenges once in a while.  I guess that is why they call them challenges!  But, this week again, we have a VERY fun sketch for you to try! 




And, I just had to use some of the fun new items in the Holiday Mini Catalog!  It is just so FULL of great items and I'm so excited to play with them!  I was inspired by the slightly cooler weather we're experiencing…low 80s.  It has been such a HOT summer!  They actually said we may drop down into the 70s this week! 



I used a base of More Mustard cardstock.  I layered on Cajun Craze that I ran through the Big Shot with the new Woodgrain Embossing Folder, then added the Early Espresso strip of cardstock along the left side.  I staggered the strips of Orchard Harvest Designer Paper AND placed a fun strip of the Champagne Glitter Paper along the bottom!  I stamped two of the leaves with More Mustard and Lucky Limeade on Very Vanilla and cut them out and placed with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finally, I added the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped with Early Espresso on Very Vanilla and placed slightly under the leaves, and cut with a flag end.  I added a bow of the 1/4" Stitched Early Espresso Ribbon for a little extra touch.


I really like how this turned out.  That stripe DSP is one of my favorites, so you'll be seeing a lot of it!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Then grab your stamps and play along!

PSST….be looking for the next session of Create with Connie and Mary to be starting VERY SOON!!!  We'll be having our Early Bird Special again, too!