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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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Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

CreateFA15SiggyMary

Merry

img_3311The CAS challenge on SCS this week is to use things on your card for the letters C-A-S.  So I decided to join the fun!

For my card C is for Christmas, A is for Aqua (pool party is aqua…right?), S is for Silver, Sparkle and Snow!

The little tree is what is ‘left over’ from the tree ornament in the Merry Tags Thinlits…I thought it just made the CUTEST little tree!

Here’s the details…

  • Whisper White THICK – 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 folded
  • Whisper White – 4 x 4, run through the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, wrap two pieces of the Silver 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around panel and add to card front
  • Whisper White – 3 1/4 x 3 1/4, stamp merry using Versamark and Silver emboss
  • Cut out the Tree Ornament from the Merry Tags set, carefully add the ‘leftover’ pieces to the panel
  • Punch out 4 Pool Party 1/8″ circles and add to tree
  • Layer onto Pool Party 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 and add to card front using dimensionals
 Set(s): Holly Jolly Greetings
Paper: Whisper White THICK, Whisper White, Pool Party, Silver Foil
Ink: Versamark
Other: Merry Tags Thinlits, Silver Embossing Powder, Silver 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, 1/8″ Hole Punch, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

fasig16

Paisleys & Posies

paisleyleavesI LOVE leaves…no…really I do!  It is right up there with trees.  I LOVE trees.  Okay the fact the trees have leaves, well, that probably have something to do with it!

I was looking for a challenge to join in and saw the challenge on The Paper Players was leaf and what can I say…I just HAD to join in the fun!

Well…then to figure out what leaf to use….hmmm…my new favorite set (Paisleys & Posies) had TWO leaves in it…JACKPOT!!! So I got to work and this is what I came up with!

Here’s the details

  • Mint Macaron – 4 1/4 x 11 folded
  • Mint Macaron print – 1 1/2 x 4 1/4, add to bottom of card front, wrap piece of Delight Dijon 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon around the card front (ends are under the panel on the front).
  • Very Vanilla – 3 1/4 x 4 1/2, stamp dotted paisley using Versamark and gold emboss, layer on Rich Razzleberry – 3 3/8 x 4 5/8 and add to card front using dimensionals
  • Sweet Sugarplum – 3/8 x 1 3/4, stamp greeting using Basic Black, cut into a banner and add to card front
  • Stamp large leaf 3 times using Momento Black, color using Rich Razzleberry, Delightful Dijon and Mint Macaron markers, cut out (sorry…no framelit for this one, have to cut out!), layer and add over end of banner
  • Add some Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes to finish off

Just a reminder…the Create with Connie and Mary October Mini Session is open and it features all things from the NEW Holiday Mini.

october-2016-collageLike all other sessions – there are

* 3 card sets

* two 3D projects

* only $8.95

AND…if you sign up for BOTH Sept and October you can still get the FREE bonus project … and it is cool!

So NOW is the time to join and get GREAT ideas for fall and get a head start on Christmas too!  Here’s  a peek of the bonus project:

Sept Bonus

Head over to Create with Connie and Mary for the list of all the sets being used for both Sept and October and to subscribe!

Set(s): Paisleys & Posies
Paper: Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Paisleys & Petals dsp
Ink: Momento Black, Rich Razzleberry, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Versamark
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Metallic Enamel Shapes, 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

fasig16

 

Spooky Fun

cas399I noticed that that CAS challenge over on SCS was ‘spooky’.  Well I love CAS and I have this really fun ‘Spooky Fun’ set…so you put the two together and you get a REALLY quick (like 5 min quick) and easy card!

Really…a little masking and some simple stamping and what can I say.  And I love the greeting on this…perfect for the challenge…

Have some spooky fun!

Here’s the details…

  • Basic Black – 4 1/4 x 11 folded
  • Whisper White – 3 5/8 x 4 7/8, punch out a 1 3/4″ circle then use the piece you punch out from as the mask. Sponge So Saffron and Crushed Curry in the circle
  • Stamp witch, bats and greeting using Momento Black
  • Layer white panel on Crushed Curry – 3 3/4 x 5 and add to card front
  • Add some Basic Rhinestone to finish off

Although Halloween is right around the corner I know many of you are thinking ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If you are looking for some great ideas…now is a GREAT time to subscribe to Create with Connie and Mary October Mini Session!  The Create with Connie and Mary October Mini Session is now open  and it features all things from the NEW Holiday Mini – COOL!

october-2016-collageLike all other sessions – there are

* 3 card sets

* two 3D projects

* only $8.95

AND…if you sign up for BOTH Sept and October you can still get the FREE bonus project … and it is cool!

So NOW is the time to join and get GREAT ideas for fall and get a head start on Christmas too!  Here’s  a peek of the bonus project:

Sept Bonus

Head over to Create with Connie and Mary for the list of all the sets being used for both Sept and October and to subscribe!

 Set(s): Spooky Fun
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Crushed Curry
Ink: Momento Black, Crushed Curry, So Saffron
Other: 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Basic Rhinestones

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

fasig16

 

Thoughtful Branches

MOJO464Oh…I just LOVE when I have some time to stamp!  The 3 day weekend was just what I needed to get a little mojo going!

And speaking of a little mojo…since I had some time to play, I was looking around for a challenge and say the Mojo Monday challenge.  It was just what I needed.  Since the Thoughtful Branches set is still available (WOO HOO) that means I can still play with it.  LOVE!!  I really didn’t have a chance to play with it last month when I first got it.

Here’s the details…

  • Sweet Sugarplum – 4 1/4 x 11 folded
  • Petals and Paisleys dsp – Rich Razzleberry print – 1 1/4 x 4 5/8, Mint Macaron print – 2 x 3 7/8, Delight Dijon – 3/4 x 5 1/8; layer them all together and add to the card front
  • Very Vanilla – cut out the 2nd to largest Lots of Labels framelit, stamp ‘ground’ using Mint Macaron, add to card front using dimensionals
  • Basic Black, cut out tree and add ot card fornt
  • Very Vanilla – cut out tree/leaves; stamp leaves using Versamark and Copper emboss; sponge Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron and Rich Razzleberry, add using dimensionals
  • So Saffron – 3/4 x 2 1/2, stamp greeting using Rich Razzleberry, cut into a banner, add using dimensionals

We are gearing up the Create with Connie and Mary September Mini Session and guess what?  It features all things from the NEW Holiday Mini – COOL!

SeptLike all other sessions – there are

* 3 card sets

* two3D projects

* only $8.95

BUT…if you sign up for BOTH Sept and October you will get the FREE bonus project … and it is cool!

So NOW is the time to join and get GREAT ideas for fall and get a head start on Christmas too!  Here’s  a peek of the bonus project:

Sept Bonus

Head over to Create with Connie and Mary for the list of all the sets being used for both Sept and October and to subscribe!

Set(s): Thoughtful Branches
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Petals and Paisleys dsp
Ink: Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark
Other: Copper Embossing Powder, Lots of Labels Framelit, Beautiful Branches Thinlits,  Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

SiggieFA14

 

Fresh Fruit

F4A337WOW…can you believe it is Friday already?  I’m still working on it’s August already!  I will be back at school (okay I never really left) before I know it!

The Free For All challenge on SCS today is to stamp something that will ‘cool you off’ on a hot summer day.  Nothing like eating a nice cold, juicy peach on a hot summer day!

Today I have a super quick and easy card for you.  I wanted to show my stamping group how easy it was to add depth to the peach image by using a sponge dauber and adding a little extra color.  So the peach is inked with Peek-a-boo Peach then Tangerine Tango was added for depth.  The leaves are Cucumber Crush with some Emerald Envy.

This is another of those ‘don’t blink’ or you’ll miss how to do it cards.  Here’s the details…

  • Whisper White – 4 1/4 x 11 folded, round the bottom right corner
  • Whisper White – 3 1/2 x 4 3/4, round the bottom right corner
  • Stamp peach using Peek-a-boo Peach and use a sponge dauber to add Tangerine Tango to bottom, top and along the ‘line’.  Stamp leaves using Cucumber Crush with Emerald Envy in the center of the image.
  • Stamper greeting using Momento Black
  • Tie Peek-a-boo Peach Runched Ribbon around top and add panel to card front using dimensionals.

I’m just lovin’ all the new ‘stuff in the annual catalog (and now we have the mini – COOL!) but if you are needing some ideas for the new catalog (with a holiday mini surprise), now is a great time to subscribe to Create with Connie and Mary August Mini Session.

August 2016 CollageWe are using stamp sets from the 2016-17 catalog on our projects! PLUS…get a HOLIDAY SURPRISE card set tutorial using Star of Light from the Holiday Catalog to get you started on your Christmas cards ideas!

  • 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 projects (and tutorials)
  • Mini Sessions open on the 11th of each month
  • Only $8.95 US per month

Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!

 Set(s): Fresh Fruit
Paper: Whisper White THICK, Whisper White
Ink: Momento Black, Peek-a-boo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy
Other: Peek-a-boo Peach Runched Ribbon, Corner Rounder,  Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

SummerSiggy