Thursday, April 17, 2014

Baroque Elegance Anniversary

What an interesting (in a good way!) sketch we have today on Create with Connie and Mary!  I had to study it awhile to figure out how to bring this together using the stamps and paper I had chosen but here's what I came up with:

I wanted to use the Beautifully Baroque single stamp as a subtle background so I inked it with Smoky Slate, stamped it off once then stamped onto the cardstock.  For the horizontal elements, I used the coordinating Eastern Elegance DSP and diecut three using the little scalloped banner framelit from the set.  The sentiment is stamped in Basic Grey, stamped off once then onto Whisper White cardstock.

I stamped two butterflies, Crushed Curry ink on the same color cardstock, punched them out then adhered the centers together.  After finger-shaping them a strip of four Basic Pearls was added to embellish.  Other Pearls were added to each of the three elements.

Here is another version I did, only adding Brushed Silver leaves.  I like it but decided to go with the simpler version.  Do you ever make more than one version of a card before deciding on the final one?

Stamps:  Beautifully Baroque, Papillon Potpourri, Express Yourself (hostess) sets
Inks:  Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Grey
Papers:  Eastern Elegance DSP; Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Whisper White cardstock.  Brushed Silver on version 2.
Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Hearts a Flutter Framelit.  Little Leaves Sizzlet on version 2

Here is the CCMC299 sketch challenge this week from Create with Connie and Mary!  It's very simple yet can be interpreted in many creative ways! 

 How about you trying the sketch this week?  Just make your card with all Stampin' Up! supplies then upload it somewhere on the web and link it on Create with Connie and Mary's website.  That's it!

Be sure also to check out the cards of the other Challenge Team members.  They always make such wonderful cards!

Thanks for visiting today!  Stay well and safe, and stamp when you can!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stampin' Up! WEEKLY DEALS, APRIL 15-21!

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper Item # 130144
Regular Price: $10.95 US/$13.50 CAN
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Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Item # 129383
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Adorning Accents Edgelits Die Item # 125595
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Night Of Navy 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 126874
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Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon Item # 132982
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Anywhere Glue Sticks Item # 104045
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Outer Space Stampin' Around Jumbo Wheel Item # 126938
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Floral District Photobook Template - Digital Download Item # 127211
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Glue sticks and ribbons and papers, Oh My!  What a  nice selection to choose from in this week's deals from Stampin' Up!!  And those Embossing Folders and Edgelits for use in the Big Shot?  They are staples in my stamping toolbox!  Just in time for Easter memories is the Photobook Template for My Digital Studio!  Great timing!

If you wish to order (these or anything else), just click on the name of the product and it will take you directly to my online Stampin' Up! store.  Thank you so much for your patronage!

Wishing you a good day and week!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

You're Amazing! CCMC298

Ah, we have a lovely combination of colors this week for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge this week:  Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Gumball Green!  All fresh, bright, cheerful.. all good!

The focal stamp on my card is from the "You're Amazing" set, which I really like but have under-used;  I thought it would work well for this card.  I inked the stamp border with the Gumball Green Marker and the words with Tangerine Tango then die-cut it with the largest Framelit in the Apothecary Accents set.  I pierced around the edge, then inked and stamped the "amazing" again, filling in the open spaces in the letters with the Daffodil Delight Marker.  Then it was cut out, ends rounded with a circle punch and adhered it with Dimensionals.

I die-cut just the ends of the Framelit again using Tangerine Tango and adhered that underneath the white to emphasize the shape.  A 5.25" x 4" layer of Whisper White cardstock was dry embossed with the Scallops Embossing Folder and adhered with Dimensionals to the front of a 5.5" x 4.25" card. 

The larger flowers were stamped with Daffodil Delight on Whisper White then punched out with the coordinating Petals Punch.  The smaller flowers are punched with the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.. love it!  It's one of my go-to tools!  The leaves are punched from Gumball Green.  (I'm going to miss this color when it retires in May!!)  The flowers and leaves were adhered with Glue Dots.

Stamps:  You're Amazing, Petite Petals
Inks:  Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Markers; Daffodil Delight pad
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight cardstocks
Accessories:  Apothecary Accents Framelits, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Paper Piercing Pack Essentials, Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Scallop TIEF, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Blender Pen, Snail Adhesive, Basic Pearls (colored with Sharpie Marker)

Isn't this a fun color combination?  We (the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Team) would love to see what you would do with this color combo, so how about jumping in and trying this one this week?!  Just post it online then link it up at Create with Connie and Mary website.  (Stampin' Up! supplies only)

Thanks for joining me today!  I appreciate you visiting and welcome your comments too!

Take care and stamp when you can!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals, April 8 - 14

 We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack Item # 118309
Regular Price: $16.95 US/$22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.71 US/$17.21 CAN

Make A Cake Clear-Mount Stamp Set Item # 126742
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Secret Garden Framelits Dies Item # 129372
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Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN

Summer Starfruit 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 132980
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Island Indigo Baker'S Twine Item # 125575
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Brights Glimmer Brads Item # 121006
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Gingham Standard Stampin' Around Wheel Item # 130110
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Recipes By Design Digital Kit - Digital Download Item # 118869
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There are some really good deals here this week, and several of my favorite products.   I use my Itty Bitty Punches quite often and highly recommend them for your stamping tool box, especially at this price!

If you wish to order, just click on the name of the product and it will take you directly to my Stampin' Up! store.  Thank you so much for your patronage!

Wishing you a good day and week! 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Postage Due! CCMC297

There are signs of spring everywhere!  We've had some warm sunny days and the trees are budding out... so pretty when they're covered in little flowers!  This and more inspired me toward spring colors and flowers for my Challenge card for Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge today.

What an enjoyable sketch!  I used the Postage Due set, sponging the stamp with several colors before stamping.  Then I added a few smudges on the cardstock with the daubers and layered it onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock. The Eiffel Tower stamp in the set was stamped in Wisteria Wonder and punched out with the perfect Postage Stamp punch!

Some little spring-y flowers were scattered around and centered with small Basic Pearls.  Love those things!  Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon strips extending from behind the panel and around the card is the finishing touch!  This card makes me think of enjoying the outdoors this time of years!  (Oh yes, and I would like to be in Paris in the springtime, too.  You?)

Stamps:  Postage Due set
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories:  Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Postage Stamp punch, Sponge Daubers, BoHo Blossoms Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

This is a fun and easy sketch today from Create with Connie and Mary!

Won't you jump in and join us?  Just use this sketch to make your card with Stampin' Up! products and upload it to the Create with Connie and Mary website on this sketch post!  We'd love to see what you create!  While you're there, also check out the cards of the other Challenge Team members... they are so talented! 

 Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you are having good weather where you are!!

Stamp when you can!



Monday, March 31, 2014

Two Cards for the Last Day of Sale-A-Bration

Can't believe it's about over already!  I have two more cards using Sale-A-Bration products that I want to share today:

I used a layout from a card made by my friend Gayle Enouen; I loved her card so used her "sketch" and changed the colors, DSP, added a little more cork,... do you know that drill?  : )

I really like the Sweet Sorbet paper and accessories. I'm going to miss it!  Thanks, Gayle, for the layout and inspiration!

Stamps:  Perfect Pennants
Inks:  Black StazOn
Paper:  Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB); Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Basic Black
Accessories:  Banner Framelits, SAB products:  Dots Embossing Folder, Sweet Sorbet embellishments (cork and twine).

I most always design my own cards from scratch but do you sometimes see something you like  "as is" and don't want to change it?  That's what happened here:  this one I changed very little from the original by Erica Cerwin.  I loved the colors she used; I was also wanting to use my See Ya Later Sale-A-Bration set so I made this one almost like hers! 

I did change the banner underneath the alligator sentiment; I used two little banners punched from the Sweet Sorbet DSP with the Bitty Banner Punch.  Thanks, Erica, for the inspiration for this fun card!

Stamps:  See Ya Later (SAB)
Ink:  Pacific Point, Always Artichoke and Gumball Green Markers.
Paper:  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Gumball Green Core-Dinations cardstock; Pacific Point Chevron DSP from the Brights Designer Paper Stack, Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper (SAB)
Accessories:  Dots embossing folder, Bitty Banner Punch (both SAB), Linen Thread
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Today, March 31st, is the last day to: 

 I.  PAPER PUMPKIN:  last day to sign up and receive a free set of In Color Markers!
Dates: January 11-March 31, 2014
The Details:
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IV.   Receive SALE-A-BRATION BONUS of FREE Product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 (US) of SU merchandise
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               Click here to go to online ordering, then click on “Clearance Rack” in the left-hand column to see the bargains. 

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That's it for today!  Hope you have a rewarding week!

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