Friday, October 30, 2015

Thankful Forest Friends

I fell for this set the first time I saw it in the new Holiday Catalog!  Those adorable animals and the thanks sentiments, the vines... love it all.  Today's card uses the cute bear - I think he might be my fave of the guys in the set, lol!

This designer paper has such beautiful fall colors in it.  Cut a strip 1-1/4" x 5" and layer it onto a 1-1/2" x 5-1/4" piece of Tangelo Twist cardstock.. 

Ink the sentiment stamp with markers and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock; punch out, then layer onto a 2-3/4" circle of Rich Razzleberry diecut with that Circle Framelit.  Layer both the strip and the circles onto a card base of 11" x 4-1/4" Mossy Meadow cardstock, folded at 5-1/2".

Just a little glimmer added with punched circles of Gold Glimmer Paper for some glitz!  Adhere them with Glue Dots and the card is ready to send!  Don't forget to decorate your envelope with these yummy colors!

Stamps:  Thankful Forest Friends
Inks:  Early Espresso ink pad; Rich Razzleberry, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Soft Suede SU Markers
Paper:  Into the Woods Designer Paper; Gold Glimmer Paper; Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Rich Razzleberry and Tangelo Twist cardstocks
Accessories:  1/4" Circle Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, 2-3/4" Circle Framelit, Woodlands Embossing Folder, Dimensionals. 

Happy Weekend!  It's raining here today so great day for staying in and stamping!


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thanks & Giving Time!

Happy Thursday everyone!  Time for another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary, and this week it is a sketch!

I had several ideas and but my chrysanthemums inspired me to go with flowers in fall colors of Blackberry Bliss and Tangelo Twist.  They were stamped then diecut with the Flower Fair Framelits which make it so easy!  I centered them with Gold Glimmer Paper for some sparkle.

I really like this sentiment is from the Lighthearted Leaves set; it's actually a good message any time of year : )  I stamped it in Garden Green onto Hello Honey cardstock, diecut it with the smallest Deco Labels Framelit and layered a 2" circle of Gold Glimmer behind it. 

The Gold Baker's Twine was perfect for wrapping around the wood print Designer Paper before all the other elements were added.  A small bow and touch of Victorian lace were added to finish it all off after it was layered onto the Soft Suede card base.

Stamps:  Flower Patch, Lighthearted Leaves (sentiment)
Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Garden Green
Paper:  Into the Woods DSP; Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Garden Green, Whisper White.  Gold Glimmer Paper,
Accessories:  Flower Fair Framelits, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, 1/4" Hole Punch, Victorian Lace, Gold Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Glue Dots.

Here is the sketch we used this week from Create with Connie and Mary: 

This sketch is so adaptable!  Too often I have to think awhile to find an idea but quickly had several ideas using different themes for this sketch!   Be sure to check out the uber-talented Challenge Team  at Create with Connie and Mary for their projects this week then make your own and upload it to the Create with Connie and Mary website!  We can't wait to see what you do!

This will be my last project as a Challenge Team Member with Connie and Mary.  I have resigned as I have a family member with health issues to whom I need to devote more time.  I have truly enjoyed my time with the delightful and gifted ladies who make up the team, past and present.  Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement!  It's been so much fun to get to know you all and enjoy your artwork!  I'll still be blogging and joining the challenges as I have the time.

Thanks for visiting today!  Happy Stamping to you all!!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Choose Happiness CCMC378

Happy Thursday, everyone!  And Thursday brings us fun in the form of the weekly Create with Connie and Mary Challenge; this week we have a nifty Color Challenge featuring Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede!

The Choose Happiness set has a number of great images which makes it so versatile; all here are from that set except for the Gorgeous Grunge "splatters".  

I stamped the border in Soft Suede, add strips of designer papers and stamped one strip with the leaf stamp to bring in more pf the Mossy Meadow color.  Some fine Victorian Lace was added onto the script DSP and then Linen thread wrapped around and tied in a small bow.

The flower center was graced with Basic Pearls of three sizes then the front layer attached to the Mossy Meadow cardstock base with Dimensionals.  I just realized I didn't use the Big Shot on this card!! That's a rare occasion for me, lol!!  Even the little woodgrain flag is a stamp in the set and was cut out by hand.  : )
Stamps:  Choose Happiness, Gorgeous Grunge
Inks:  Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Whisper White & Mossy Meadow cardstocks; Cherry on Top DSP, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack
Accessories:  Blender Pen, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Victorian Lace, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Paper Snips, Candy Dots

Here is the Color Challenge from Create with Connie and Mary this week:

You can see the other lovely creations on the Create with Connie and Mary website to get some more ideas for using these colors but I'm sure you will come up with some very cool ideas of your own!  We want to see what you make so please upload your project to the Create with Connie and Mary website and we'll be by to leave you some comment love!

Thanks for visiting today!  Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello Butterfly! CCMC 377

Hello Thursday!  Time for another creative challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  Today and this week we have a simple sketch for our challenge! 

I chose the Pretty Petals DSP Stack paper with butterflies on it for my color scheme with this sketch and selected the colors of Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral and Pacific Point to feature on my card.

  • Cut Mint Macaron cardstock to 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  Dry emboss with the Fluttering Embossing Folder.
  • Cut strips of the small butterfly and Calypso Coral small dot paper from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack and also Pacific Point cardstock to 3/4" wide and 4-1/2" long.  Arrange on the embossed Mint cardstock using the sketch as a guide; adhere with Snail or Fast Fuse
  •  Die cut the "hello" from Pacific Point cardstock.  Adhere to front panel with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  • Punch Bitty Butterfly from the Calypso Coral tiny dot paper, Pretty Petals Paper Stack.  Attach with Glue Dot and add smallest pearls down the center of butterfly and above the butterfly paper strip on the right side of the front.
  • Create the card base from Mint Macaron cardstock, 11" x 4-1/4" piece folded in half lengthwise.  Attach front panel with Dimensionals.
Stamps:  none on outside
Inks:  none on outside
Paper:  Pretty Petals Designer Paper Stack; Mint Macaron, Pacific Point cardstocks
Accessories:  Bitty Butterfly Punch, Greetings Thinlits Dies, Basic Pearls, Fluttering Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Fast Fuse, Snail, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals.

I really like these colors together and that butterfly paper is just sweet!  So glad to have these cute word thinlits as well; there are more word thinlits in the Holiday catalog with holiday-type words.  Yay!!

Here is the CCMC377 sketch for this week:  
You can make this as simple or complicated as you wish.. we would love to see what your imagination does with this sketch!!  Have you looked at the creations of the other Challenge Team members?  They are so diverse you might not guess they are from the same sketch.  So get to your stamping place as soon as you can and see what fun ideas you come up with!  We can't wait to see what you do!  Check out the Challenge Team cards at Create with Connie and Mary as well.

Thanks for coming by today!  Hope to see you back soon!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dove of Peace CCMC376

Hello!  Welcome to Thursday and welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge for this week!  We have pretty combination of colors with which to create this week:  Lost Lagoon, Perfect Plum and Tip Top Taupe!

This is such a beautiful set!  I love the intricate designs on the dove and the opportunities to add some color, although I've made one card on which I left it uncolored and I really like it that way as well!  I used my AquaPainter brush with alcohol in it and inks from the lid of the ink pads to color the dove.  I really like the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch to dress up the corners of a card also!

Stamps:  Dove of Peace
Inks:  Lost Lagoon, Perfect Plum, Archival Black
Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Lost Lagoon, Shimmer White cardstocks
Accessories/Tools:  Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, Curvy Corner Trio Punch, Aqua Painter, Basic Pearls.

Here again is the color scheme for this week's challenge:
We truly hope that you will jump in and use the challenge colors to make a card or other project!  We can't wait to see how and what you created with it!  Visit the Create with Connie and Mary website to see the cards the other Challenge Teams have shared using this color combo.  While there check out the easy guidelines to join the fun and upload your card/project!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!!  Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Golden Leaves CCMC375

Wow, Can you believe it is the first day of October?!!  And it must be Thursday because it's time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  I really like sketch challenges and  we have a fun one this week!  Here's my card:

  • I chose to go with leaves for my three main elements; these are stamped with the smallest leaf stamp in the Vintage Leaves set on three colors of cardstock then embossed with gold and diecut with the Leaflets Framelits. 
  • The base card is Rich Razzleberry, 8.5" x 5.5", folded in half.
  • A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut 5" x 3.75" stamped with the Sheltering Tree in Tip Top Taupe, the ground in Sahara Sand  and the rake in Sahara Sand (all stamped off once before stamping on the Vanilla layer).  I colored the tiny leaf stamp with markers, stamped them off once then stamped onto the Vanilla layer then repeated this several times. 
  • The sentiment was stamped in Mossy Meadow, again stamped off once before stamping on the Vanilla.
  • Treated the top corners of the Vanilla cardstock with the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch.  Love that punch!
  • I wrapped the Gold Cord around the Vanilla layer a number of times then adhered the diecut leaves with Dimensionals and adhered it to the Rich Razzleberry with Dimensionals.

I wanted the tree to fade into the background so the three main images, the leaves, would be the focus of the card; therefore I stamped off (also called "second generation" stamping) to make them lighter.

  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Sheltering Tree
  • Inks:  Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, VersaMark.  Markers:  Tip Top Taupe, Rich Razzleberry, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Old Olive.
  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry,  Hello Honey, Old Olive
  • Accessories:  Gold Cord, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Leaflets Framelits, Curvy Corner Trio Punch, Magnetic Platform, Fast Fuse, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive.
Here is the sketch from Create with Connie and Mary that we are using this week.  Don't you think this is a cool sketch.  I like that it's rather different!

We would love to see what you would do with this sketch!  So play with it and see what you come up with then let us see your project also by uploading a link to your card to the challenge website at Create with Connie and Mary!  You'll also want to check out the creations of the other Challenge Team members; there's lots of inspiration going on over there!!  The Challenge Team will also stop by your card and leave you some comment love!!  How about it?!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!

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