Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Sketch CCMC325

Thursday is the day for our Create with Connie and Mary Challenge and we have a great sketch to use for our project!  This one is simple and oh, so versatile!  I decided to use a star in my background in place of the circle and the Star Embossing Folder was perfect for adding "starry" texture to the background!

I took my color scheme from the Sweet Taffy Designer Paper; I love these bright colors for happy occasions like birthdays!  This card will be for a sweet child's birthday and I think he will enjoy the colors and the sparkle of the Gold Glimmer Paper stars!

I diecut the Daffodil with a Star Framelit then added the Paper Piercing.  Stampin' Up!'s piercing templates make it SO easy and I really like the additional texture the piercing adds.

Stamps:  Endless Birthday Wishes
Inks:  VersaMark
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie.  Sweet Taffy DSP.  Gold Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Eclectic Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing tool, Stars TIEF, Star Framelits, small Star Punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

Here again is the super sketch we have this week for CCMC325: 

I can't wait to see what YOU do with this sketch!  It can be Clean and Simple or you can do something different and add more layers and embellishments, whatever appeals to you!

Hop on over to the Create with Connie and Mary blog to see what the other very creative members of the Challenge Design Team did with this sketch;  I'm always inspired by their work!  Then whip up your own design and upload it to the CCMC website; the guidelines for the challenge are all there too!

Thanks for visiting today!  Happy Stamping!


Monday, October 13, 2014

What's Special About October?

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, that's what!  Time to get our check-ups if we haven't had one recently, be aware of signs, symptoms and what to do!  To help raise awareness, I made this little reminder with Stampin' Up!'s wildly popular Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die!  (that's quite a title, isn't it!)

I used a Heart Framelit to cut out the Melon Mambo DSP, then cut the thin straps with my paper trimmer and adhered all with Mono Multi Liquid Glue (the tape adhesive doesn't hold it well because of the curvy shape of the box).

I found this sentiment in the Something to Say set and love it for this theme!  The little flower in the front is from the same set.  The butterfly is encrusted with Dazzling Diamonds; this combined with the Pearls and flower makes for quite the feminine look!

I didn't take a picture of the box back but I made a remembrance "ribbon" out of Melon Mambo cardstock to emphasize the Breast Cancer Awareness theme of the box.
Stamps:  Something to Say, Papillon Potpourri
Inks:  Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette
Paper:  Melon Mambo print from Brights DSP Stack; Pink Pirouette, Whisper White cardstocks
Accessories:  Designer Label Punch, flower punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Strawberry Slush Baker's Twine, Heart Framelits, Big Shot, Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Stampin' Sponge.

Lynn Starzyl made a box for breast cancer awarenes which inspired me to come up with one of my own.  Thanks, Lynn.

Remember the special annual October Breast Cancer Project at Splitcoast Stampers of making cards for breast cancer patients at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  You might want to join in this meaningful cause! 

Thanks for visiting today!  Take care of yourself, friends!


Saturday, October 11, 2014


Well, it's Saturday so lots of college football games in the U.S. today!  I used my Curvy Keepsake Box Framelit to make these little treat boxes and decorated them for each of our large universities in Oklahoma; both are playing today!

The Oklahoma State University Cowboys are orange, black and white.  The cowboy hat was colored in dark gray (Basic Gray) even though it has a real blue-ish cast in the picture.  Go Pokes!

The University of Oklahoma is the Sooners.  I used Cherry Cobbler which is perfect for their crimson color.  The letters were diecut with the Little Letters Framelits.  Boomer Sooner!

I made both of these so that they can be opened to retrieve the treats inside.  The flap can be carefully lifted over the OU letters to open it; the Cowboy hat was cut out leaving a v-shaped flap on the bottom so it can be inserted down between the top flaps of the box and easily removed.

Other:  Little Letters Framelits, 2.5" Circle Punch, Decorative Dots TIEF, Paper Snips, Personal Paper Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  Cowboy hat from the YeeHaw set.

I just love this Curvy Keepsake Box Framelit!  I've seen so many creative ways stampers have decorated this box... it seems the variations are endless!   And the box itself is so easy to make it's ridiculous!

Hope you enjoy your weekend, football or not!  Happy Stamping!

Happy stamping!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bootiful Joy! CCMC324

This week Create with Connie and Mary have a Color Challenge for us using  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Baked Brown Sugar for our creations!

I decided to use a sweet favorite winter stamp called Bootiful Occasions; now this stamp could be used for many occasions in the winter as well as for a Christmas card!  Here are the steps in creating:
  • The background card is 8.5 x 11" Cherry Cobbler, folded in the center
  • Next a 4 x 5 1/4" layer of Baked Brown Sugar stamped with Whisper White using a Dotty Angles stamp
  • A diagonal layer of Garden Green/White stripe from the Trim a Tree DSP Stack with piece of Whisper White edging that was cut with the Small Scallops blade for the Stampin' Trimmer Rotary Addition.
  • Whisper White embossed with the Fun Frames rectangular frame and hand trimmed
  • Winter boot stamped with Memento Black ink and colored with Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities then hand trimmed
  • Another boot stamped then the top "fur" and one "ball" cut out and mounted with Dimensionals then treated to a layer of Dazzling Diamonds.
  • Embellished with a 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon bow (it started as Real Red then I colored it with a Cherry Cobbler Blendability) and Basic Pearls in the "snow".
Stamps:  Bootiful Occasions, Endless Wishes (sentiment), Dottie Angles
Ink:  White Craft, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar; Trim The Tree Paper Stack
Accessories:  Fun Frames TIEF, Pearls, Paper Snips, 1/8" Real Red Ribbon (colored with Cherry Cobbler Blendability), Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin' Trimmer Rotary Addition and Scallop Blade.

Here again is the color challenge from Create with Connie and Mary this week.  

Now we would love for you to join us in this fun challenge this week!!  You can get all the details on Create with Connie and Mary's blog, then just upload your card there so we can see what you've made!

Also be sure to check out the other Challenge Team Designers to see their beautiful cards... they always inspire me!

Also, the Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection of inspiring projects that will be perfect for holiday classes and camps, gifting and other uses has just begun.  You can still join and have access to the projects already revealed!  Check out more info at Create with Connie and Mary website!  

Thanks for visiting today!!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Curvy Keepsake Box Cuties!

Have you tried the new Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die?  I bought it but didn't use it right away; when I did, I was surprised at how easy and FUN it is to use!  Addictive even?  lol!  Here are a couple of the first ones I made:

A pumpkin of course... after all, it's fall!  Pumpkin Pie cardstock stamped with Tangerine Tango ink using a stamp from the Work of Art set.  Pear Pizzazz ribbon, Old Olive leaf, curlycue and baker's twine.  Autumn Elements leaf too!  So simple! 

This little penguin makes me think of Happy Feet : )  Box in black decorated with punches:  Modern Label, Large Oval and Owl Builder Punch. 

The tag of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper was cut with a framelit that comes with the Curvy Keepsake Box Framelit and is adorned with an All is Calm Snowflake.  So fun and easy!  I can't wait to make more for Christmas treats, ornaments or gift holders!

Have a good weekend!  Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Festival of Trees CCMC323

What a great sketch we have this week at Create with Connie and Mary!    I am so glad to open my Festival of Trees set for the first time and ink it up!  I thought this sketch would work well for a Christmas card!

I started with a Blackberry Bliss card base then overlaid it with Brushed Gold; this angled layout has been quite popular lately in papercrafting circles!  I added a banner of Blackberry Bliss then one of that beautiful Gold Striped Vellum! 

Next I die cut a circle of the snowflake paper from the Trim The Tree DSP Paper Stack and stamped it with "joy".

I stamped the solid tree from the set in Blackberry Bliss then overstamped it with the tinsel in Encore Gold ink.  (Let it dry awhile or it will smear).  Next I punched it out with the Tree Punch and adhered it to the circle background, topping it with a Gold Glimmer star!  Scatter a few Frosted Sequin snowflakes around and done!

Stamps:  Festival of Trees, Endless Wishes
Ink:  Encore Gold; Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Blackberry Bliss, Brushed Gold, Gold Vellum, Whisper White, Trim the Tree Paper Stack, Gold Glimmer Paper.
Accessories:  Circle Framelit, Tree Punch, Frosted Sequins Embellishments, Big Shot, Star Punch.

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

Now we would love for you to join our challenge this week and make a card using this sketch!   Challenges are really fun and always interesting to see what you can do with them!  Go to Create with Connie and Mary to see what the other Challenge Team members did with this sketch then make yours and upload it to the challenge post!  We can't wait to see what you do with it!

Thanks for visiting today!  Happy Stamping!

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