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Painted Petals

PaintedPetalsIt’s Day 3 of Preview Week for Create with Connie and Mary Card “Create”tions Celebrations.  So another of our FABULOUS designers has a card to share with you and is offering BLOG CANDY!  Who is it?  Head on over to Create with Connie and Mary to find out!  Oh…and while you are there…don’t miss out…subscribe today!

Do you LOVE this set?  I know I do!  I got it in photopolymer and just LOVE how easy it i to line things up when up stamp.  But I do have to tell you, I was a tad bit perplexed when I saw ALL THE INDIVIDUAL PIECES that you get when you get the photopolymer version of the this set.  But I figured out an easy way to get things perfect.  Here’s what I do…

DSC03356Start by leaving the pieces positioned on the sheet.



DSC03357Put your block on top and the pieces are positioned just they way the are supposed to be.



DSC03360Stamp this first step on your paper




DSC03361Now lay the flower stamps where they belong (stamping side down)




DSC03362Finally….add the blog to the back of the flowers and you are good to go.

I’ve shown this at a couple workshops and everyone can see just how easy it is to get everything lined up just the way it need to be.

And now for my card…here’s the details –

  • Blushing Bride – 4 1/4 x 11 folded
  • Best Year Ever dsp print – 4 1/4  4 1/4, add to card front
  • Pistachio Pudding – 4 1/4 x 1 1/2, run though Spring Flowers Embossing Folder and add to card front.
  • Smoky Slate – 5/8 x 4 1/4, add to card front.
  • Whisper White – 3 7/8 x 2 5/8, stamp leaves in Pistachio Pudding, Flowers in Blushing Bride and greeting Smoky Slate.
  • Use Silver Glimmer pen to centers of flowers.
  • Smoky Slate – 3 7/8 x 1/2 – add behind top of panel and add panel to card front using dimensionals.
  • Add Basic Silver Button.
  • Tie piece of Pistachio Pudding Twine into bow, add to button to finish off.

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Set(s): Painted Petals
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding, Smoky Slate, Best Year Ever dsp
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate
Other: Basic Silver Button, Pistachio Pudding Twine, Spring Flower Embossing Folder, Silver Glimmer Pen, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!


Monstermaniacs & BLOG CANDY

MonstermaniacsGroupNOTE:  It has been brought to my attention that you can now get this set, WOOD MOUNT ONLY from the Clearance Rack in the ONLINE STORE.  The cost is $11.99.  If you are interested in this set, I would recommend you quickly purchase it because, as with all clearance items, once they are gone, they are gone.

WOOOO HOOOO!!!  It’s Preview Week for Create with Connie and Mary Card “Create”tions 2014 and I’m kicking things off with a FUN card set using the TOTALLY ADORABLE Monstermaniacs Set!  Oh…this set is just sooo cute and I have 4 fun cards for you!

I decided for my card set to use the same set of colors for my cards to make the cards all go together.  I just had so much fun ‘create’ing these for you!

Here’s some close ups of a couple of the cards…they are just soooooo cute!!!





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Window Pane Tutorial

Okay..let’s start with a quick and easy way to make the window.

I started with a piece of Very Vanilla 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  I then punched out four 1 3/8 square from scrap cardstock using my punch.  (You can use any size punch or even any shape!)  Use tape to position your squares where you would like them on your Very Vanilla base panel.


Now the only thing left is to take your punch and punch your taped in square out!  You don’t have to worry about using temporary tape since you don’t have to removing the cardstock pieces.  How’s that for an easy way to make the panel!

Okay…now for some more details.  The base of the card is Very Vanilla.  I took a 3 3/4 x 5 piece of Cajun Craze and layered a 3 1/2 square of Very Vanilla on it.  I took my panel that I show you above, stamped the greeting using Early Espresso and made my ribbon bow by folding the Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon and using a Gold Brad to make it into a bow.  This panel is layered onto the Cajun Craze/Very Vanilla layer using dimensionals.  Finally I stamped the leaf using More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Early Espresso, cut these out and attache them inside the ‘windows’ using dimensionals.

Set(s): Day of Gratitude
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze
Ink: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Other: Old Olive 3/8” Taffeta Ribbon, 1 3/8” Square punch, Gold Brad, Dimensional



Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!




A Little Christmas Favor

This turned out sooooo cute, that I thought I’d make a little tutorial for you!

For the ‘box’ portion of the favor, use the fancy favor die.  The ‘height’ of the finished box is 2 1/8″ just so you do not need to cut out the full box. I think I used a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock so I could get two of these from a piece of cardstock.

Next cut a piece of designer series paper 12″ x 3″.  Put one end through the window framelit that fits the size of the paper.  Run it through the Big Shot.  I only went through to catch the part that would cut then backed it back out.

Put your box together.


Now start by applying to the front of the box, wrapped around the bottom and up the back like in the pictures.

 Fold a print tag like this picture.

Add adhesive to the back like in this picture….make sure you DON’T put any on the top as you will slide the top of your dsp under the tag as your closure.

Set(s): Affection Collection
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Snow Festival dsp, Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags
Ink: Gumball Green
Other: Fancy Favor XL Die, Hearts Framelits, Ribbon Lace Punch, Windows Framelits, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals


Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

Making “Bows”

Okay…well, every time I post a card using one of my ‘bows’ I get multiple emails on ‘how do I make such perfect bows’.  Well today I bribed my DH with peanut butter cookies to help me shoot the photos I needed for this online tutorial.  So…click to read more and to see the picture of how I make the perfect ‘bows’…

First, I need to explain that there absolutely NO TYING or using of ANY SPECIAL DEVICES to make my ‘bows’.  All you need is some ribbon, a brad, and your hands (oh, and some practice until you get the hang of it!)

Pick a brad.  For the purpose of this tutorial and getting some good pictures I used the 5/16” neutral brad.  This is MUCH TOO LARGE for the ribbon I am using but I was able (well my DH was able to) shoot it better with it!


So take a brad (really I’ve use ALL the various brads that SU sells…they all work!) and spread the prongs apart.  One of the secrets for making the perfect ‘bow’ is to make sure you really spread these prongs apart.  The first picture shows the brad, the second one is looking down into the back of the brad once you spread the prongs apart and the third picture shows the side view of the brad so you can see they really are spread far apart.  Now set that aside and work on the ribbon.

We are going to start with making a single ‘bow’…

Take a piece of ribbon.  Now there are two parts that you need to be familiar with…the ‘hangy’ down part and the ‘loopy’ part.  In the first picture the ‘hangy down part is on top and goes to the right.  The ‘loopy’ part is over the the left.

In the second picture I made a ‘loopy’ part over to the right and the brought the ‘hangy’ down part over the top and crossing over to the left.  You want to notice the to two ‘hangy’ down parts are on the top and the two ‘loopy’ parts are on the bottom.  This is important for a good finished ‘bow’.

Now take your ‘bow’ that you are holding and shove it down between the open prongs.  Squeeze the prongs shut.  I usually make a hole in the my project and put the ends of the brad in the hole and use like a regular brad except it is now a pretty ‘bow’.  Before you close the prongs on the back, you might want to turn it over to make sure you have the brad ‘centered’ in your bow.  If you are careful, you can pull on the ‘hangy’ down parts if you need to even out a loop – that takes a little practice though too!


Now how is that for the perfect ‘bow’! (oh…I did switch to a vintage brad instead of the 5/16” neutral brad that I was using to shoot the tutorial)

Go practice that for awhile until you are comfortable making single bows and now it is time to work on the double ‘bow’.  Start with the same ‘brad’ preparation.


You are going to make a second ‘loopy’ part on the left (you will notice it is down below the first one), cross over behind and make a second ‘loopy’ part to the right.  Notice this loop is ABOVE the first one.  As you are finishing off the second right ‘loopy’ part, bring the ribbon up and around the top to form the loop and cross the end over the top of your initial ‘hangy’ down end.  You know have two loops on each side with the two ‘hangy’ down parts crossed on the top.

Now, just like with your single loop bow, shove your ‘bow’, ‘loopy’ sides in first between the open prongs of the brad.  Depending on the ribbon you are using the the brad you are using, it can take a little work to get it in there.  Because this ribbon (the 5/8” satin) is a thicker ribbon, I just bent the prongs over the back of the ‘bow’ when I was finished.  In this case, I would probably use sticky strip to attach to my card.  Again I switched the brad before showing you the finished ‘bow’.


Now a couple of additional notes…

I LOVE making the ‘bows’ with the 3/8” taffeta ribbon and the seam bindings for my smaller bows.  These ribbons are very easy to work with and you can use such a wide range of brads.  I just love make little tiny ‘bows’ by using our regular gold and silver brads.  It takes some practice to get this little bows just right but once you do, they are just DARLING!  Here’s an example of the little ‘bows’ made with the seam binding and the small brad.

I LOVE using the Glitter brads but have find that you have to be careful when you work with these as the prongs will snap off.  It happens…just get another one!  The Vintage Brads and the Rhinestones brads are fun to use too!

I also LOVE making bows with the 1 1/4 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.  It is EXTREMELY lumpy and using really do need to add these with the sticky strip!

And one final thing…when wanting to make it look like it is ‘tied’ on the card, I take a second piece of the ribbon and after I have put the ‘bow’ between the prongs’ I layer this piece of ribbon between the prongs then close them up.  This works best when you have an extra layer where you can tuck the ends under.  Check out my card here.

Okay…I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial!  And speaking of tutorials, if you stop by tomorrow (Sunday, January 9th – just incase you are stopping by another time), I will be sharing another cool project with a FREE tutorial!  Until then…HAPPY STAMPIN’!


Fall Broom Centerpiece

Have you ever had an idea pop into your head and when you sit down to make it, it turns out exactly the way you had imagined it?  Yep…that seldom happens to me either but in this case…it turned out EXACTLY the way I had imagined it!  And how cool is that?  VERY COOL!

Now I will have to say…I haven’t not used by petal cone die much but I was thinking how that would make such a great broom.  And it did!  Between the Petal Cone Die, Coordinations Paper and Woodgrain Embossing Folder, the Autumn Accents Die and the Wonderful set and the Typeset Alphabet Dies….this really is soooo easy.

Would you like to get the FREE FULL downloadable tutorial for this?  (Trust me…it’s GOOD!!!) Head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and you will be able to download the tutorial for free.  Look on the right hand side of the page under Holiday 2012 Preview Projects and you will see the link to my tutorial there!  Supplies and everything you need will be there too!

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

Razzleberry Splash AGAIN

Every now and then I run into a challenge that is REALLY a challenge for me and I will have to admit…this was one of them!  We try to always use whatever we used that week for our challenge an although I had some ideas…they just weren’t working for my challenge card today.  I FINALLY had this ‘brilliant’ idea (at least while I was drifting off to sleep the night before I made it I was hoping it was brilliant) and it did actually work out.

So…can you guess what I used for the bottom layer of the flower?  Well…it’s the largest framelit from the Apothecary Accents set!  Okay…because I KNOW I’m going to have questions  here’s a quick little tutorial.

Cut out 4 of the framelit pieces and from each end cut a 1 5/8″ piece.  Now it is difficult to see from the photo but I scored part way up in the center then I did 3/8″ and another 3/8″ on EACH side of that center line – do not score all the way to the top!

I added a line of tape to the front and back then folded it up to make a flower.  I made 6 petal 6for my card.  Next I used my 1/16″ hole punch and punched a hole in the bottom of each so I could string them together.

I just used some Baker’s Twine to string them together…leaving one end hanging so I could tie it together when I was done.

And this is the flower base all tied up and ready to go.

And this is the flower base all tied up and ready to go.

And here’s the flower all finished up!

So that’s a quick little tutorial on how I made my fun 3D flower…oh I LOVE this kit!

Set(s): Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Razzleberry Splash SS Kit
Ink: Night of Navy
Other: Oval Accents Clear Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, 1/16″ hole punch, Vintage Faceted Button, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!