Thursday, January 30, 2014

Starburst Birthday CCMC288

Oh what a good color scheme we have today from Create with Connie and Mary:  Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango and Baked Brown Sugar!  I am really enjoying the new Starburst Sayings and Framelits.  We need a birthday card for a friend so this work perfectly.

The card itself and the top layer are both Baked Brown Sugar cardstock... I really love this color of brown!  The layer was embossed with the new Arrows embossing folder.. what a great design!

I place three strips of the new Retro Fresh Washi Tape onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock then  diecut it with the 2-3/4" Starburst Framelit.  The birthday greeting and background are both from the Blue Ribbon set and work so well with the Framelits! 

The 'Celebrate' from Starburst Sayings was stamped twice with Tangerine Tango and colored in with a Coastal Cabana Marker;  The celebrate was cut from the second image and layered on with Dimensionals.  I love how the Champagne Glimmer Paper looks with the Baked Brown Sugar color and the punch that it gives with the layering and the little stars strewn around!

I think this card will work for most anyone but I will be sending it to a male friend of ours; it's not too fussy but these colors are fun and festive, don't you think?  

Stamps:  Starburst Sayings, Blue Ribbon
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Coastal Cabana pad and Marker
Paper: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Tangerine Tango; Champagne Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Retro Fresh Washi Tape
Tools:  Arrows TIEF, Starburst Framelits, Star from Merry Minis Punch Pack (Carryover List), 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch

Here again are the challenge colors from Create with Connie and Mary:

Be sure and check out the cards from the other Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Team members on the website.  Then how about you taking the challenge with these colors this week?  It's fun and good creative exercise and you'll have a card to send also!!  Then be sure to upload it to the website so we can all enjoy your work!

Thanks for visiting today!  Stay warm and safe and don't forget to have fun stampin'!  : )


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 28 Weekly Deals!

Enjoy this week's Weekly Deals! 
Any purchase WIILL apply to your Sale-A-Bration purchases for earning FREE PRODUCTS!

Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad Item # 126985
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon Item # 125583
Regular Price: $6.95 US/$9.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$7.13 CAN

Labels Collection Framelits Die Item # 125598
Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN

Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 123113
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Pool Party Classic Pad Item #126982
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Pear Pizzazz 3/4" Chevron Ribbon  Item # 130011
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Winter Wonders Kit Item # 132567
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN

These special prices will be available through midnight (MT) Monday, February 3, 2014.

You may combine purchase of these items with other Stampin' Up! items to earn FREE Sale-A-Bration products also!  Win-Win!!

Happy Shopping and Stamping!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Love You More, Two!

I have another Valentine today using the same fun Love You More set used for yesterday's card;  it is part of Stampin' Up's special collection for Valentines stamping and crafting that is only available until Monday, January 27!

This card features the globe stamp and the greeting that accompanies it: "you mean the world to me".  They are on the same stamp but I just did selective inking to use them separately.  I also used the eye-catching Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack again today... such great designs!

Stamps:  Love You Much
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar,  Real Red Marker
Paper:  Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack; Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White cardstocks, Red Glimmer Paper (2 small hearts)
Accessories:  Coastal Cabana Ruffled Ribbon, Small Heart Punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Heart Framelits

I'm making progress on my family Valentines.... : )  How about you?

For the details on the Valentine's special collection "A Whole Lot of Love", click HERE.

Thanks for visiting!  We are enjoying a break from the cold with beautiful sunny days today and tomorrow!!  I'll celebrate it while we have it!  (it won't last long...)


Friday, January 24, 2014

Love You More!

A Valentine for you today.  I'm working on Valentines for my family and made this simple and easy card using the Love You More set.  What a delightful set this is!

The Fresh Prints Designer Papers Stack (#132996) with its color scheme of Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Crumb Cake and Whisper White offer a fresh look for valentines (and other projects!).  I'm so loving this color scheme!

Stamps:  Love You More
Ink:  Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake markers
Papers:  Fresh Prints Designer Paper Stack, Whisper White, Real Red, Coastal Cabana.
Accessories:  Big Shot, Heart Framelits, Large Rhinestone colored with red Sharpie marker.

The items in the 'A Whole Lot of Love' collection are only available through this coming Monday, January 27th!  You'll be so glad you have these stamps and products to make adorable cards and projects for your friends and family!  That bird is so cute, and luv the arrows!

Love You More set   Available in wood or clear mount.

Sending you wishes for health, warmth and safety!  And don't forget to stamp!  : )


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Retro Fresh - Petite Petals CCMC287

Today's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a fun sketch!  I couldn't wait to use my new favorite Retro Fresh DSP (actually the  one I'm using at the time is usually my 'favorite', lol!) along with other new and current items.

The card base is standard A2:  8.5" x 11" scored and folded at 5.5".  Next is a 5.25"x4" layer of the Natural Composition Specialty cardstock which comes clear embossed in a variety of patterns; this is  the floral one.  I then cut a strip of this gorgeous Retro Fresh DSP, cut it in half lengthwise, trimmed the scalloped ends and adhered them to the natural layer.  

Next, So Saffron cardstock was cut with the 2-1/8" x 3-1/16" Oval Framelit, stamped with the Creative Elements background stamp and edges sponged with Crumb Cake.

I love this cute little bird from the Polka Dot Pieces set!  He's stamped in Coastal Cabana and punched out with the coordinating punch.. so easy!  A number of Petite Petals flowers were stamped in coordinating colors and added as was one In Color Boutique Embellishment.  I added Dazzling Diamonds to the centers of each flower as well as the leaves and embellishment; I love the 'lift' that even a little sparkle adds to a creation!

Stamps:  Petite Petals, Polka Dot Pieces, Label Love, Creative Elements
Inks:  Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake;  Baked Brown Sugar Marker
Papers:  Retro Fresh DSP, Natural Composition Specialty paper
Accessories:  Bird Builder Punch, Artisan Label Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Oval Framelits, In Color Boutique Embellishment, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin' Sponge, Basic Pearl.

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

Be sure and go to the CCMC blog to see the creations of the other Challenge Team members... they are very talented stampers!!  Then make your own card using this sketch as a guide... we would love for you to upload it to the challenge blog so that we can all see how you interpreted this great sketch! 

Thanks for visiting today!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Valentines & January 21 Weekly Deals!

Yes, these sweet deals began yesterday and they will run through next Monday, January 27th only.

Also available until January 27th are the "A Whole Lot of Love" Valentine products.  After the 27th, they will not be available for purchase.  I have a number of these and they are great; I believe you will think so too, as they are perfect for Valentine stamping and beyond!  Check them out!

A Whole Lot Of Love. Exclusive, limited-time valentine products. Shop Now.

You can see the A Whole Lot of Love flyers here:

January 21-27 Weekly Deals

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit  Item # 130034
Regular Price: $28.95 US/$37.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $21.71 US/$28.46 CAN

Extra Large Oval Punch Item #119859
Regular Price: $16.95 US/$22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.71 US/$17.21 CAN

Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons Item # 127555
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.96 CAN

Shaker Frames Item # 124155
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.46 CAN

Scallop Trim Border Punch Item # 118402
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$20.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$15.71 CAN

Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape Item # 131269
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US.$4.88 CAN

Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad Item # 131172
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Reasons I Heart You Swatchbook Template Item # 129013
Regular Price: $12.95 US/$13.95 CAN
Download immediately

All these products will be available at these prices until midnight MT, Monday, January 27, 2014.

You may shop my online Stampin' Up! store just by clicking on the link for any of these products!  Thank you for your orders and business!

Sale-A-Bration begins Tuesday, January 28th!  It's the best shopping time of the year because you earn free product with every merchandise order of $50. or more! 

Happy Stamping!!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Perfect Pennants CCMC286

Today's challenge from Create with Connie and Mary is a pretty color challenge:  Island Indigo, Smokey Slate and Perfect Plum (which I haven't used in awhile!  Time to put it to work!)  I have some new products from the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catties that I can't wait to use and I think they'll work perfectly for this challenge!

The Decorative Dots embossing folder is a Sale-A-Bration bonus item; you'll really like it, I do!  The "you & me" is heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.  The arrow and photo frame are diecut with framelits from the new On Film Framelits set.  (These photo frames are currently so trendy in the papercrafting world! So glad SU offers them!)

I cut Whisper White cardstock with the new Spiral Flower Die, sponged it somewhat with Perfect Plum ink on both the inside and outside edges then rolled it starting at the narrow end.  You can see a Stampin' Up!-produced video on YouTube showing how to make these lovely flowers!  I added a clear Rhinestone down inside the center.  Another new product I love is the Silver Baker's Twine...  that little bit sparkle in it adds so much!  (It also comes in Gold!)   I folded some Island Indigo cardstock and hand cut some leaves to finish the flower.

Stamps:  Perfect Pennants set
Ink:  VersaMark, Perfect Plum
Paper:  Watercolor Wonder DSP; Smokey Slate Co-ordinations cardstock; Brushed Silver Cardstock, Silver Glimmer Paper, Perfect Plum, Island Indigo and Whisper White cardstocks
Accessories:  Big Shot, Hearts a Flutter Framelits (heart), On Film Framelits (arrow, photo frame), Spiral Flower Die; Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sanding Tool, Silver Baker's Twine, Paper Snips, Stampin' Sponge, Rhinestone.

Here again are the colors for the challenge this week from Create with Connie and Mary:

Be sure and check out the cards on the challenge website then design your own card using these colors; the guidelines are on the Create with Connie and Mary website.  We'd love to see what you come up with so be sure to upload it to the challenge!

Thanks for visiting today!  So glad you dropped by!

Stay well!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sweet Saying Cards & Envelopes Pack

These adorable Sweet Saying Cards are pre-printed with the diagonal stripes and border, leaving plenty of room for you to decorate them in any way you wish!  This set of  12 cards and envelopes (4 of each color:  Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe) is a steal at $5.95 and is part of Stampin' Up!'s Valentine offering "Whole Lot of Love".

The finished size of these nice weight notecards is 3.5" x 5" which is mailable.  The embellishments I used are adhered with Glue Dots so the cards will use standard postage.  I just love these; they were so much fun to decorate and will make great notes for almost any occasion!

Stamps:  Million and One
Inks:  Real Red
Paper:  Sweet Saying Cards & Envelopes; Brights DSP Pack, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Pansy Punch, BoHo Blossoms Punch, Bird Builder Punch (leaves), 1/4" Circle Punch, Glue Dots, Snail

The "Whole Lot of Love" promotion includes a number of products including two heart and love themed stamp sets. 

You can see the Whole Lot of Love flyers here:

You may order these and/or any Stampin' Up! products from my Stampin' Up! online shopping site HERE.

These products can only be ordered by January 27th, 2014 and will not be available thereafter (sadly!)  These are so great;  I can see so many uses for them!

Now to make some Valentine's with them!

Thanks for looking!  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Love These Petite Petals!

This week Create with Connie and Mary Challenge has a great sketch!  The original sketch features flowers; I stayed with that theme because I was excited to use my new Petite Petals set and Punch from the Occasions spring catalog.   I was so happy when I saw those two items in the catalog because I've been hoping a small flower punch and stamp set, and there they were!

I used Rose Red Co-ordinations cardstock embossed with the Hexagon folder for the background layer over a Coastal Cabana card.

The sentiment is from the Loving Thoughts set, stamped onto Coastal Cabana and tied with Whisper White Baker's Twine.

I used two of the flower stamps in the set, stamped them on Whisper White with Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Wisteria Wonder inks then punched them out with the coordinating punch.  Each flower has Dazzling Diamonds in the center for a little sparkle.

Here is the great sketch challenge from Create with Connie and Mary that we're using this week: 

Be sure and check out the cards of the other Challenge Team Members on Connie and Mary's website this week!  These ladies are SO talented!

THEN how about creating your own card using this sketch and upload it to Create with Connie and Mary's blog so we can see your creation!

Thanks for visiting today!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Weekly Deals: Jan. 7 to Jan. 13

Here are this week's Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!  These savings will be good through midnight MT, Monday, January 13. 
You may order online here   and use the Hostess Code  6MKC6D6A.  Thank you for your support!

Don't wait to take advantage of these special prices this week!

Borders Scoring Plate Simply Scored Item # 126192
Regular Price $14.95 US/$19.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.21 US/$14.96 CAN

Classic Pad Soft Sky Item #131181
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Finishing Touches Edgelit Die Item # 127010
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$11.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.46 US/$8.96 CAN 

Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die Item # 123134
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Marina Mist 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130016
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Envelope Liners Framelits Item # 132172
Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN

Frosty Day II Digital Download Kit Item # 128875
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/6.57 CAN

Stay warm and safe!

And don't forget that Sale-a-Bration begins on January 28th!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Watercolor Wonder Note Cards!

Watercolor Wonder is one of the new product suites in the 2014 Occasions Catalog and it features lovely soft colors as well as coordinating stamps and accessories.  One such product is the set of Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards and Envelopes on page 23.

Watercolor Wonder Note Cards & Envelopes, set of 20, #133362.

The set contains 20 printed, pre-scored cards on watercolor paper, heavier than regular cardstock, four each of five designs!  Twenty Ivory envelopes are also included!

These cards are so pretty and make up so easily!  Here I added a strip of Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (#132994) and a focal point stamped with the new Sale-A-Bration set "You're Lovely" and diecut with a Deco Label Framelit!  So quick!

The roses on this card are pre-printed in shades of Tangerine Tango; the focal image was stamped with Crisp Cantaloupe and diecut with the Deco Label Framelit, as was the first one!  How EASY-PEASY is that?!  

I hope to get some more done soon; I do have other new Occasions and Sale-a-Bration sets and accessories calling my name, as well as I'm trying to get some deep cleaning done around here too! Busy-busy!

Do check back soon for more updates and samples!  Shop my online Stampin' Up! website HERE for these and other products!

Stay warm and safe in all this crazy cold weather!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Current Weekly Specials... and Valentines too!!


(until Monday, January 6, 2014 only)

Wow, there are some wonderful specials this week from Stampin' Up!  Even two different sets of Framelits on sale!  If you received money for Christmas, this is a great way to stretch your dollars even further!!

Click here to conveniently and securely shop online!


Stampin' Up! has some NEW and FUN Valentine Stamps and Products for us!

Available now until January 27, or as long as supplies last!
 Shop online for your convenience and your order will be shipped directly to you!

p.s.  Here is a card I made with the Flowerfull stamp from this collection.  Watch for more!


New products have been added again!

 Shop online and it will be shipped directly to you!  

I have taken advantage of these wonderful bargains and products because I like to make my stamping dollars s-t-r-e-t-c-h!   If you're like me and like to save money, you'll want to check these items out!

You may order through my Online Stampin' Up! Website here!  It's quick and easy to set 'up an account if you don't have one, then just enter your order numbers and whiz through checkout!  Your order will be delivered directly to you via UPS!  So quick and easy, you can even shop in your p.j.s!

Stay well and warm especially if you're in some of these frigid storms blanketing the US and Canada!!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Flowerfull Heart CCMC284

I hope you've had wonderful Christmas and New Year's celebrations and have gotten to enjoy the people and activities you love.  Now it's time for another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary; this time it's a lovely color challenge:  Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush and Basic Black with my neutral of choice, Whisper White!

I love this new Flowerfull single stamp that is part of the Whole Lot of Love special offering available only until January 27th!  I colored the stamp with markers and stamped onto Whisper White then diecut it with a Hearts Collection Framelit that was just the perfect size!  I then handcut the Silver Glimmer Heart using the outside edge of the same Framelit as a pattern;  I just traced it on the back of the Glimmer Paper and cut out.  Viola, perfect size!

The Bermuda Bay polka dot banner paper is from the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper Collection (new Occasion Catalog).   The heat embossed "happy birthday" on a strip of Whisper White was stamped with the diagonal stripes from Gorgeous Grunge using stamped-off Strawberry Slush and accented with a Strawberry Slush Boutique Detail.  There is also a tiny border of Basic Black scallops on the bottom edge.

Stamps:  Flowerfull, Express Yourself (Hostess set)
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Markers; Basic Black
Paper:  Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper,  Whisper White, Basic Black, Strawberry Slush cardstocks
Accessories: Strawberry Slush Ruffled Ribbon, In Color Boutique Detail, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder

Here again is this week's color combination from Create with Connie and Mary:

How about starting off the year joining us for this color challenge?!  We'd love to see what you come up with!  The guidelines are on the Create with Connie and Mary website!  While you are there be sure to check out the creations by the other Challenge Team members... they are such talented ladies!!

Thanks for visiting today!!

Wishing you a wonderful coming year,


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