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!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lighthearted Colors!

It is Thursday which means it's time for our new challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!!  This week we have the color combination of Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride;  what a great color scheme!

  • I stamped my large Lighthearted leaf with Memento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock then colored it in with the markers of the three challenge colors, leaving some spaces white, then diecut it with the matching Leaflet Framelit.  I love Framelits!  
  • I cut a banner from the 1-1/4" Jute Ribbon and applied it to the Watermelon Wonder background layer.
  • The Watermelon was then layered onto the 11 x 5.5" (folded in half) card base using Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the sentiment onto Blushing Bride cardstock with Black ink then cut the ends with the Hexagon Punch and attached this over the ribbon and Watermelon layer.
  • A Blushing Bride Candy Dot was added to the center of the scallop area at the base of the leaf
  • Two White Candy Dots were added in the upper-right corner and one added to the sentiment.

Stamps:  Lighthearted Leaves, Fabulous Four (sentiment)
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride Markers
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White Cardstocks
Accessories:  Leaflets Framelits, White Jute Ribbon, Neutrals Candy Dots, Subtles Candy Dots, Dimensionals, Fast Fuse.

Here again is the color combination we are using this week at Create with Connie and Mary:
These are such pretty colors!  We would love for you to join us for the fun this week!  Make a project with these colors, upload it online then link to this challenge on Create with Connie and Mary!  On the website are also the guidelines plus loads of inspiration using this color scheme from the CCMC Challenge Team members!

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Stamping!


Saturday, September 19, 2015

September Tour de Freaks!

 It's time for the September Tour De Freaks!  We're primarily featuring products reflecting this time of year ... FALL & Holidays!  We love the items in the Stampin' Up! catalogs related to this time of year so grab a cuppa' and take the tour!  We have ten 'tourguides' this time so be sure to go all the way around the tour to see everyone's creations until you end up back where you began! Welcome also to all of you who have arrived from my very talented friend Debbie Henderson's blog.  Didn't you just LOVE her projects and artistry?!!

 One of my favorite things about fall (other than losing the 100 degree temps!) is the beautiful colors of the trees and shrubs.  When I saw the Vintage Leaves set in the Annual Catalog, I could imagine them in rich fall colors and knew right then that I "needed" this set! : )

The new Leaflets Framelits are fabulous to diecut these; lucky us, we now have TWO sets of leaves that coordinate with these framelits!

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Endless Thanks (sentiment)
Inks:  Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, Mossy Meadow, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Delightful Dijon, Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze cardstocks; Timeless Type DSP
Accessories:  Leaflets Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Washi Tape Punch, Gold Sequins, AquaPainter, Gold Thread, Boho Chic Embossing Folder

I love cute little 3-D projects that are quick and easy to make; I was really excited to see the new Square Pillow Box Thinlits in the Holiday Catalog!  It is so easy to whip up these pouches that can be decorated any way that makes you happy; you can use it for treats, small gifts and even a gift card!   
I used my Bohemian Washi Tape to decorate this one (finally!  what took me so long to use it?!)  This pouch reflects some of the richness of fall colors that are so appealing:

Stamps:  Acorny Thank You set
Inks:  Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Bohemian Designer Paper; Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla cardstocks; Gold Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Bohemian Washi Tape, Bitty Banners Framelits, Acorn Punch, Gold Button, Bermuda Bay Twine, Woodland Embossing Folder.  

Your next stop is the artistic Wendy Weixler.  She makes the most delightful'll see!  Just click below:
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Get Well Soup! CCMC373

It's Thursday and time for our weekly challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  This time it's a sketch!!

It seems I am frequently needing a get well card and don't have one ready to go!  I gave this set only a quick glance when looking through the new catalog until I saw a card made with it (do you do that too??) then decided this cute set might help and inspire me to get some get well cards ready ahead of time, lol!!  I realized it was perfect for this sketch (turned vertical). 

  • I used this small-print DSP, stamped only the cup then cut it out and adhered the DSP to the stamped cup image, colored the inside of the cup with Blender Pens and ink pads, then fussy-cut the entire image. 
  • Using the  new-in-the-Holiday-Catalog Softly Falling Embossing Folder, dry-emboss the 2" x 5.5" Pacific Point strip.  Layer this on a 2.25" x 5.5" panel of Old Olive
  • Fold an 11" x 4.25" piece of So Saffron in half crosswise and emboss the front with the Boho Chic Embossing Folder then adhere the Pacific Point Panel in the center using Fast Fuse (it will definitely hold it!)
  • Now layer the image over the Pacific Point panel using Dimensionals
  • Embellish with two hearts and one smaller one punched from Gold Glimmer Paper.  Voila!  Done!
Stamps:  Get Well Soup
Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Pacific Point, So Saffron ink pads. 
Paper:  Pretty Petals DSP Stack; So Saffron, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Whisper White cardstocks.  Gold Glimmer Paper.
Accessories:  Blender Pen, Paper Snips, Boho Chic Embossing Folder (TIEF), Softly Falling TIEF, Small Heart Punch from Itty Bitty Accents, Confetti Hearts Border Punch (for smaller heart), Dimensionals, Fast Fuse, Glue Dots.

Here is the sketch challenge for this week from Create with Connie and Mary; you'll notice that I turned it to a vertical orientation : )  Feel free to adapt it to your needs as well!

This is a cool sketch from Create with Connie and Mary!  We would love for you to join the fun, use this sketch as the basis for your card then upload it on the web where we can see your work then link it on the CCMC website!  Be sure to look at the other Challenge Team members' cards for some great eye-candy and inspiration too!!

Thanks for looking!  Happy Stampin'!  See you at CCMC!!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Saffron Wishes CCMC372

Happy Thursday and welcome to our weekly challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  This week's challenge  features the color combination of So Saffron, Delightful Dijon and Night of Navy!  So pretty together!

First I inked the clear block D with So Saffron ink direct from the pad then touched about 1/2" all around the edges with the Delightful Dijon pad. I used a Stampin' Sponge to slightly blend the inside edges of the Dijon ink on the block then lightly misted the block a couple of times to moisten it.  This was then stamped on white cardstock and the block lifted straight up.  It is always interesting to see the patterns created with this technique because they are always different.  I gently used the heat tool to "help" it dry so I could proceed soon.

I stamped the flowers silhouette then the greeting in Night of Navy.  The postmark was stamped in Delightful Dijon then punched out and added with a Dimensional.  This white panel was layered onto Night of Navy then onto a So Saffron card with Dimensionals.

I also stamped an envelope with what ink was left on the block and stamp, after lightly misting each.  I love the soft look that resulted.

Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes, Butterfly Basics (sentiment, postmark)
Inks:  So Saffron, Delightful Dijon, Night of Navy
Paper:  So Saffron, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories:  3/4" Circle Punch, Clear Block "D", Stampin' Sponge

Here is the Color Challenge this week from Create with Connie and Mary:
This is such a great color scheme and can be used in sooo many different ways!  My mind kept thinking of other ideas for this combination once I began working with it!   We hope YOU will also jump in and also take the challenge this week, just for some creative fun!  Don't miss the cards from the other Challenge Team members at the Create with Connie and Mary website  for a range of styles using these challenge colors!

Happy Stamping!!

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