Thursday, September 3, 2015

Celebrate Bohemian! CCMC371

Happy Thursday!!  It's time for another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  This coming week we have a fun sketch to use as a basis for our creating!



After an inventory of my current stamps and mulling over several ideas, I chose to use the Bohemian Borders set for my card.  I know the name says "Bohemian" but this set has a Native American look to me!  (which I really like, by the way!)


My card is rather clean and simple; the other ideas that I had seemed to make it too busy so stayed with the clean look:  Two rows of the diamond-shaped stamp in turquoise, centers of coral and a few diamond insets of saffron.  The banner is Calypso Coral anchoring the wood "Celebrate".  I believe this would make a great card for a guy. 


Stamps:  Bohemian Borders
Inks:  Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Calypso Coral; So Saffron Marker
Paper:  So Saffon, Whisper White, Calypso Coral.
Accessories:  Expressions Natural Elements, Paper Snips, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

Here is sketch CCMC371 from Create with Connie and Mary for this week:

We would love to see what you create with this sketch!  You can see what the other Challenge Team members created by visiting the  Create with Connie and Mary's website!   Those girls can STAMP!!  

Thanks!  I appreciate you visiting my blog today!  Have fun stamping! 

Margaret

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Best Thoughts CCMC370

We have another fun challenge for you today from Create with Connie and Mary... a pretty COLOR Challenge!  We're using one of our new In Colors that is so popular:  Watermelon Wonder, as well as another long-time favorite Pool Party, plus Basic Black.
Isn't this new Hostess set, Best Thoughts, gorgeous?!  I have been eager to use mine and thought these colors would  really work well with it.  I stamped the large flower on Whisper White cardstock with Watermelon ink then using my Blender Pen and ink I added more color to the petals, then fussy-cut it.  The butterfly from the set was stamped with Pool Party ink onto Pool Party cardstock and again added more color with the ink pad and Blender Pen then fussy-cut it as well.

Next the same flower was stamped in Black on the ledger print in the Typeset DSP pack and the stem lightly touched with Pool Party (again the Blender Pen).  The cut-out flower was layered over the ledger flower with Dimensionals.

The sentiment is grounded with a banner that was originally black and white designer paper; I colored the dots with a Blender Pen and Pool Party ink to tie in with the color scheme and added a Watermelon Blossom Accent centered with a Pearl.

Stamps:  Best Thoughts, Something to Say (sentiment)
Inks:  Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Memento Black
Paper:  Typeset and Go Wild Designer Paper packs; Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Basic Black and Pool Party cardstocks.
Accessories:  Word Window Punch, 2015-17 In Color Blossom Accents, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls.

This is the Color Challenge from Create with Connie and Mary we used this week... so pretty!
I love the variety and gorgeous-ness (a word?) of the Challenge Team's creations this week!  See them at www.createwithconnieandmary.com!  While there check out the guidelines for the challenge because we would love for you to play/create with us this week using this cool color combination!!  I look forward to seeing what you create!

Thanks for visiting!  Here's wishing you a good week with time to stamp as well!

Margaret  

Thursday, August 20, 2015

English Garden Thanks!

Here we are at Thursday again; time for another exciting challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  We have a really great sketch this week... I think you are going to really have fun with it; I did!

I hadn't used the tree in this sweet and versatile set and thought it would work well for the main image; it is so easy to stamp and punch!  I love these coordinating tools that make my (stamping) life easier!  On the Crumb Cake layer, a horizontal strip each of Mint Macaron and the English Garden designer paper form the backdrop for the wooden "Thanks" then three designer paper banners are tucked underneath.  A piece of Linen Thread was tied around the top layer and tied for one more little touch and dimension.


I added some subtle sprinkles with the stamp from Gorgeous Grunge and Mint Macaron ink but they are barely perceptible in the photos. The top layer was adhered to the Lost Lagoon base card with Dimensionals.  I love the way this turned out, thanks to all these lovely papers and products!

Stamps:  Sprinkles of Life (Ronald McDonald House Charity receives $3. from each set sold), Gorgeous Grunge
Inks:  Mossy Meadow, Mint Macaron, Soft Suede
Paper:  English Garden Designer Paper;  Lost Lagoon, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake, Old Olive cardstocks
Accessories:  Expressions Natural Elements (Thanks), Linen Thread, Tree Builder Punch.

Here is the cool sketch for this coming week at Create with Connie and Mary:


Okay, how about it?!  Are you ready to take this fun sketch challenge and make it your own?  We can't wait to see what you come up with!  Just be mindful of the guidelines at Create with Connie and Mary and while there, check out the creations of the other Challenge Team members.. they're amazing!!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a stamp-happy week!

Margaret

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Three Cheers! CCMC368

Hello and happy Thursday!  We have another fun challenge today from Create with Connie and Mary:  bold colors!!  This week we use Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango and Cucumber Crush for our challenge card.  It really took me awhile to think how to use these together; I discarded several ideas before deciding on this design using the new Greetings Thinlits.

I'm really liking this new set of Framelits with their scripty words:  hello, thanks, cheers.  Can't you just think of so many ways to use them?!  I diecut one "cheers" from each of the three challenge colors and layered them onto a Whisper White background dry embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder.

Next I made a banner of the Cucumber Crush print, treating the end with the Scalloped Tag Punch and adding underlays of Tangerine and Pacific.  Next came the stars:  I punched out the Tangerine star with the new Medium Star punch and added a diecut star of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper which was on my desk, an extra from a previous project.  The Rhinestone was colored with a Sharpie pen.   


The card base is Pacific Point with a layer of the Cucumber Print added.  The embossed white layer was added with Dimensionals.  Two more Glimmer Paper stars finish the card, except for the inside where I added a strip of Cucumber print and another glimmer star. 

Isn't this a fun color scheme from Create with Connie and Mary this week?
Now it's your turn to create!  Check out the cards of the other Challenge Team over on the Create with Connie and Mary blog and see their creative ideas, then join us in this challenge!!  These bright colors are perfect for a summertime project!

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Thursday!

Margaret

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Bowl of Cherries

Thursday has rolled around again like clockwork!!  Where did the week go?... and the summer?  Wow, schools are starting around here!!  And it's time for a new challenge from Create with Connie and Mary; this week's challenge is a fun sketch!

I chose the bowl of cherries from the Giggle Greetings for the main image, stamping it in Memento Black then coloring it in with Blender Pens and ink.  I added Crystal Effects to the cherries which really makes them reflect light and catch your eye.  The green background was run through the Big Shot with the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder and layered onto Watermelon Wonder then accented with three White Perfect Accents.



Guess what I found in the new Cherry on Top Designer Paper Stack?!  Cherry paper of course!!  It is just perfect with this bowl of cherries;  I was so excited with my little "discovery" I couldn't wait to put them together!  : )  Linen Thread loops were added behind the cherry bowl image before it was added with Dimensionsls.  That's it!  Pretty simple!


Stamps:  Giggle Greetings
Inks:  Watermelon Wonder, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron; Crushed Curry and Cucumber Crush Stampin' Write Markers
Paper:  Cherry on Top DSP Stack; Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White
Accessories:  Blender Pen, Linen Thread, Big Shot, Elegant Dots Embossing Folder, White Perfect Accents, Circle Framelits, Crystal Effects.

Here's the sketch from Create with Connie and Mary this week:

Very interesting, hmm?  We can't wait to see what you do with it... it's really easy, just think washi tape, ribbon or DSP strips for the diagonal stripes; you may have an even better idea!  There's lots of inspiration over on the Create with Connie and Mary website as well as the guidelines for joining the challenge!


Thanks for dropping by today!  Here's to you and happy stamping for the weekend!

Margaret 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Floral Wings, Congrats!

I was really happy to see another beautiful butterfly set in the new catalog: this Floral Wings set!  It also coordinates with the Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies for more beautiful butterfly options!


I don't normally copy projects but this card immediately caught my eye in the July-August magazine for Stampin' Up! demonstrators, Stampin' Success.  I thought it was so gorgeous that I wanted to make one for myself so this is it.  I did change a couple of things, however (don't we always?! lol!)


I changed the wooden expression to the "Congrats" from the original which was "Thanks" and I used a different although  very similar washi tape.  This butterfly is two-step stamping, and it couldn't be easier than with photopolymer stamps!  The flowers stamped with Tangelo Twist here are all on one stamp and perfectly set up so that stamping is sooo easy!  Love that!  Both butterflies have coordinating framelits; the smaller Vellum butterfly on top gives a soft look, don't you think?


Behind the butterfly is one of the small Silver Metallic Foil Doilies (new in the Annual Catalog) which give some shine to the card.  Those long stems or vines are also a stamp in the set and I can see using them with other stamp sets also.

Stamps:  Floral Wings
Inks:  Mint Macaron, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Whisper White cardstocks; Vellum cardstock
Accessories:  Cherry On Top Washi Tape, Metallic Foil Doilies, Expressions Natural Elements, Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies, Big Shot, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Hope you enjoyed!  I have just the person in mind to send this to!

Margaret

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