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Season like Christmas

Oh…I am sooooo excited!  Today I am the Guest Designer for the Casology Challenege 279 – GREY.   I was so honored when I was invited!

As soon as I saw what the cue card was, I knew I wanted to do a simple, elegant Christmas card.

I love all tree images.  If Stampin’ Up! has one, I pretty much buy it.  Christmas tree is one of my favorites and this is a really cool one with different layers that you can use if you want.  The other thing that I did with this is that there are two different layers of embossing on this – first in white and then in silver.

Here’s the details…

  • Smoky Slate – 4 1/4 x 11 folded
  • Smoky Slate – 3 3/4 x 5 folded, stamp tree trunk using Memento Black, ground in Smoky Slate, stamp tree part using Versamark and white embossing powder, once cooled, stamp dots using Versamark and silver embossing powder, add to card front using dimensionals.
  • Silver Glimmer – cut out bow from Santa Sleigh Thinlets and stars from Card Front Builder, add to card front
  • Whisper White – 5/8 x 1 1/4 – stamp greeting using Versmark and silver emboss, cut into banner and add using dimensionals
Set(s): Season Like Christmas
Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Silver Glimmer
Ink: Memento Black, Versamark
Other: Santa Sleigh Thinlits, Card Front Thinlits, Silver Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

Wood Words

When I saw the cue card for the CASology this week – TINY – I just knew I had to join the fun.

If you follow my blog, you know that I have been ‘stuck’ on a color combo and have been creating a variety of fall cards with it.

Well the colors and a little fall card was perfect for the CASology challenge!

And here is the amazing news…

I was SOOOO HONORED!

Here’s the details (don’t blink)…

  • Whisper White – 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 folded
  • Whisper White – 3 5/8 x 3 5/8, stamp little flourish using Memento Black, add to card front using dimensionals
  • Peek-a-boo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party – cut out little leaf, layer, add to card front using dimensionals
  • Whisper White – stamp greeting using Memento Black, punch out using Classic Label Punch, add to card front
  • Add some Black Rhinestones to finish off

I just LOVE these colors together!  Just a reminder…the brand new NOVEMBER Mini Session is COMING TOMORROW and it is AWESOME!  We are featuring products from the HOLIDAY Catalog! Check out the FREE Be Merry Kit Bonus project when you purchase October & November together!

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. All for only $8.95 US!

How fun is that!   Make sure you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and see what our AMAZING design team did this week and to get all the details to subscribe!

Set(s): Wood Words, Snowflake Sentiments
Paper: Whisper White, Peek-a-boo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Seasonal Layers, Classic Label Punch, Black Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

Lovely Inside and Out

So…are you enjoying the new catalog?  This is always such a fun time of year as everyone gets NEW stuff and those creative juices start to really flow.

One thing that is always fun about the new catalog is seeing the new incolors.  I love that now we have the new incolors for 2 years at a time instead of just 1.  Sometimes it takes me awhile to ‘warm up’ to colors and when we only had them a year, by the time I was finally liking them, they were gone.  For me it seems like every other year I REALLY like the incolors.  Should I mention that I LOVE last year’s incolors?  This is going to be one of those years that it takes me a while to warm up to them.  This is for the Fab Friday 114.

One thing I like to do when I get the new incolors is to make a card for my stamping group using all the colors on one card.  Sometimes this is easy (aka LAST YEAR) and sometimes this is REALLY DIFFICULT (aka THIS YEAR!).  But I did manage to do it and and here’s the card I came up with.  Overall not too bad.

Here’s the details…

  • Whisper White – 4 1/4 x 11 folded
  • Whisper White – 3 3/4 x 5, stamp ‘flower’ in Powder Pink, FRIEND in Lemon Lime Twist and FOR A GREAT in Fresh Fig, add to card front using dimensionals
  • Whisper White – stamp ‘flower’ in Berry Burst and two ‘leaves’ in Tranquil Tide, cut out flower using Layering Circle framelit and cut out leaves by hand, layer and add to card front using dimensionals
  • Add some Basic Rhinestones to finish off.

Also remember TODAY IS THE DAY!  The Create with Connie and Mary June Mini Edition has just OPENED – WOO HOO!

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.
  • Only $8.95 US per month!  Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to subscribe today!
Set(s): Lovely Inside and Out
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Lemon Line Twist, Tranquil Tide
Other: Layering Circles, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

Special Reason

pp331I LOVE this set!  No…really I do!  It is one of the coolest looking flowers and I just LOVE flowers.

I’ve been fighting bronchitis the last couple of weeks (I think it is winning) and this weekend I needed to get caught up on some cards to post and put together some make and takes for my craft group.  I decided that I’d just have my cards do double purpose!

We did this card last night and the ladies just loved it.  The cool thing is you can flip it and it looks just as nice!  I decided to use the color challenge from The Paper Players for this.

Here’s the details…

  • Blushing Bride – 4 1/4 x 11 folded
  • Blushing Bride – 3 3/4 x 5, run through the Falling Petals Embossing folder and add to card front using dimensionals
  • Add Vanilla side of Lace Doily
  • Copper Foil – 3/4 x 4, cut into banner, add to card front
  • Smoky Slate – 1/4 x 4 1/8, cut ends on diagonal, add to card front
  • Very Vanilla – punch out 2″ circle, stamp greeting in Smoky Slate, add to card front using dimensionals
  • Very Vanilla – stamp small flower in Blushing Bride, cut out with framelit
  • Small open leaf – cut out in Copper Foil and Smoky Slate, add behind flower and add to card front to finish it off

What a different color combo…just LOVED it!

If you are looking for more ideas for the Occasions Mini and Sale-a-bration Brochure, the Create with Connie and Mary February Mini Edition is now available.

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

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  • 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.

So…NOW is a great to subscribe and if you haven’t already, if you subscribe to BOTH January AND February you will receive a DARLING Bonus Project!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe!

Set(s): Special Reason
Paper: Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Copper Foil
Ink: Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate
Other: Stylish Stems Thinlits, Falling Petals Embossing Folder, Lace Doilies, 2″ Circle Punch, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

wisig16

Detailed Dragonflies

dragonflyyellowblackHappy Sunday!  I think I’ve mentioned before just how happy I am that we have an AMAZING dragonfly set and framelits in the Occasions mini.  Major happy dance!  This month I used these for my project on Create with Connie and Mary January Mini Edition.

I saw the challenge for The Paper Players today and just had to do this card.  The challenge is black, white and one other color…I went with Daffodil Delight!

Here’s the detail…

  • Whisper White THICK – 4 1/4 x 11 folded
  • Daffodil Delight – 3 3/8 x 4 5/8 add to card front on an angle using dimensionals
  • Black/White print (Pop of Pink dsp) – 3 1/4 x 4 /12, add to card front
  • Whisper White THICK – cut out large dragonfly, add to card front
  • Daffodil Delight – cut out one of the small dragonflies from the cluster of little dragonflies and hope from the Sunshine Wishes Framelits, add both using dimesnionals

Pretty cool!  And remember if you would like my project from the Create with Connie and Mary January Mini Edition (along with 14 fabulous cards featuring three different sets and another delightful 3D project) it’s not too late to subscribe…head over to Create with Connie and Mary website and subscribe now.  You can also subscribe to both January AND February and you will receive the bonus tutorial that is already available.  January edition opened on the 11th.

Set(s): none
Paper: Whisper White THICK, Daffodil Delight, Pop of Pink dsp
Ink: none
Other: Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Sunshine Wished Thinlits, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

wisig16

Special Reason

cas410It’s so nice having a long weekend!  AND still have another day off.  The CAS challenge on SCS is to use new stuff…THAT’s an easy one!  The problem is figuring out which of my new things to use!

I LOVE the Special Reason set and matching thinlits…the flowers are just so awesome!  I decided to keep things nice and simple.  And I just love soft pink flowers.  It’s hard to see from the picture but I used vellum behind flower and sponged the pink on there so I could have different shades of pink.

Here’s the detail…

  • Whisper White – 4 1/4 x 11 folded
  • Whisper White – 3 1/2 x 4 3/4, run through the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and layer onto Pink Pirouette 3 5/8 x 4 7/8 add to card front using dimensionals
  • Whisper White – cut out flower outline
  • Vellum – cut out the full flower, turn over and sponge using Flirty Flamingo, ad the outline on the front and add to card front
  • Silver Glimmer – 1/8 x 2 5/8, cut on a slant and add to card front
  • Pink Pirouette – 3/8 x 2 1/4, stamp greeting using Basic Grey, cut into a banner and add to card front
  • Add some Basic Rhinestones to finish off.

jan2017-collageCreate with Connie and Mary designers are getting ready to open the JANUARY 2017 MINI SESSION with projects using stamp sets from the OCCASIONS and Sale-a-Bration CATALOGS!     PLUS…sign up for both the January and February Mini Sessions together and get a free VALENTINE BONUS tutorial!  We know you’ll be excited about that!

  • 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 designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.
  • 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.

Now is a GREAT time to sign up so head over to Create with Connie and Mary website and subscribe now.  When you subscribe to both months, you will receive the bonus tutorial that is already available.  January edition opens on the 11th.

Set(s): Special Reason
Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Silver Glimmer, Vellum
Ink: Basic Grey, Flirty Flamingo
Other: Stylish Stems Thinlets, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

wisig16

Movement Christmas Cards

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Yep…it’s time for our second Christmas theme for the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Saturday Blog Hop.  This week it is movement cards and I decided to go with a shaker card.  This was one I did as a make and take with my stamping group and really loved the way it turned out!

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It’s sooooo hard to get a good shot of a shaker card so that all the little pieces aren’t at the bottom – LOL!!!  I ended up laying this one down to show the ‘shaker stuff’ better!

Here’s the details…

  • Pool Party – 4 1/4 x 11 folded
  • Sweet Sugarplum – 3 3/4 x 5, add to card front
  • Whisper White – 3 1/2 x 4 3/4, stamp greeting using Sweet Sugarplum and swirl using Pool Party, cut out open star
  • Window Sheet – 3 3/8 x 4, add to BACK of the panel, tap with embossing buddy, add foam strips around the star to create pocket for the sequins, tap embossing buddy around the exposed stick part are the inside side of the foam strip to help sequins to not stick, add sequins, remove back from the foam strips
  • Whisper White – 3 3/8 x 4 5/8, add to back of shaker card then add shaker panel to card front
  • Add some sequins to the card front to finish off

Don’t you just LOVE shaker cards…and so easy to make!

Set(s): Star of Light
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum
Ink: Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum
Other: Starlight Thinlits, Fancy Frost Sequins, Window Sheet, Foam Adhesive Strips, Embossing Buddy, Dimensionals

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