Thursday, July 31, 2014

Let Your Hair Down, CCMC 314

Wow, it's time for another fun challenge from Create with Connie and Mary... today it's a cool color challenge!  They do such a great job creating these challenges!

The colors for us to use this week are Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey and the new In Color, Tangelo Twist!  These colors really look sharp together.  I used Sahara Sand as my neutral background.  The card base is Bermuda Bay (8-1/2" x 5-1/2", fold), a layer of Sahara Sand (3 3/4" x 5 1/8") and a narrow 1/2" strip of Tangelo Twist tucked under the right side of the Sahara Sand, leaving only about 1/8" showing.


I first stamped some dots across the right side of the background,  Next I punched out a square of each color cardstock except for the Bermuda Bay, which I punched from a pattern in the Brights DSP Paper Stack.  I embossed the cardstocks in the Big Shot, laid them out on the background and used the Paper Piercer, foam piercing pad and the square template in the Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack to pierce around each.  Then I accented each with a Candy Dot.

Lastly I stamped the greeting in Basic Black and quickly embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.  Viola, clean, simple and a finished birthday card for someone, especially a guy, don't you think?

Stamps:  Let Your Hair Down (new Hostess set, greeting), Gorgeous Grunge (spots)
Inks:  Bermuda Bay (stamped off once before stamping), Basic Black
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist, Basic Grey and Sahara Sand cardstocks; Brights DSP Paper Stack.
Accessories:  1" Square Punch, Paper Piercer, foam Piercing Pad, Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Arrows and ZigZag TIEFs, Brights and Neutrals Candy Dots.

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

Isn't this a great color scheme?  How about taking the challenge and joining us this week for this fun color scheme!  We'd love to see what you do with it!  All you need to know is on the Create with Connie and Mary website, and while you're there, check out the wonderful creations of the Design Team... they always inspire me and I just know you'll also be inspired!

Thanks for visiting this week; Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Flower Patch, Sketch CCMC313

Hi there!  It's Thursday and time for another great sketch from Create with Connie and Mary!  This sketch is different from any I've done amd I really enjoyed creating with it!  It's a great opportunity to use some of our beautiful Designer Series Papers!  : )

For the three-part strip down the left side I used three prints from the pretty Flowerpot DSP (don't forget DSP is on sale this month!!) and took the color scheme for the card from the papers.  The card base is Garden Green cardstock, topped with a layer of Blushing Bride cardstock, then the DSP.  I used the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack template for the scallops down the side of the DSP, then stamped some sprinkles with the Gorgeous Grunge sprinkles stamp.

The flower is Daffodil Delight stamped with the largest Flower Patch stamp and the larger Tangerine dotted center, then cut with the matching Framelit from the Flower Fair Framelit set;  the leaf is from the same sets.  The "hello" was stamped in Tangerine Tango then several Basic Rhinestones were added (I colored them first with with Blendabilities markers) for some final bling!

Stamps:  Flower Patch, A Dozen Thoughts (sentiment)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango.  Blendabilities for coloring Rhinestones.
Paper:  Garden Green, Blushing Bride, Whisper White cardstocks; Flowerpot Designer Series Paper.
Accessories:  Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool, Foam Pad for piercing, Flower Fair Framelits, Basic Rhinestones.

Here is the sketch for the week:

Instead of the square card, I used the standard A2 size.

What about you?  Will you take the challenge?  We would love to see what you make with it!  This is a fun and easy one and you can use your DSP and stamps of your choice!  All the guidelines are on the Create with Connie and Mary website for the challenge.  While you're there be sure to check out the creations from the other Design Team members.. they are sooo talented and I always look forward to seeing what they will make!

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy Blooming Birthday! CCMC312

It's time for another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  This week we have a beautiful color combination to create with:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Sahara Sand!

For this card I used not one but two flower sets,  Petite Petals for the punched-out flowers and Flower Patch for the sentiment and Sahara Sand flowers in the background.

The card base is Hello Honey (8.5"x 5.5", folded), layered with a 4" x 5.25" piece of Blackberry Bliss then topped with a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White.  I stamped the white cardstock with Sahara Sand using the Gorgeous Grunge dots stamp across the card plus two solid medium and two small flowers from Flower Patch set. 

Next, I stamped the greeting in Blackberry Bliss first then again with Hello Honey slightly offset to the first stamping.  Then I used a great shape from the Apothecary Accents Framelits to diecut the greeting and a second diecut in Blackberry Bliss.  I cut that apart horizontally then adhered it to the back of the greeting layer where just a thin border of the Blackberry was showing.

On Whisper White I stamped several flowers of both Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss using stamps from the Petite Petals set.  I immediately took a Blender Pen and dragged some of the color out onto the petals to give them all-over color.  These were attached with Glue Dots and several with Dimensionals.  Lastly I added medium-size pearls from the Basic Pearls pack.  I was happy how this turned out; I just love these flower sets!

Here again is the CCMC312 Color Challenge this week:  

Pretty, hmm?  Now it's your turn to take the challenge!  The guidelines are on the Create with Connie and Mary website; while you're there, be sure and see what the other Design Team members did with this color scheme.. beautiful!!

Thanks for visiting!  Happy stamping!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WEEKLY DEALS from Stampin' Up!

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Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sunshine Birthday! CCMC311

Today we have a fun sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary, CCMC311; I eagerly gathered up some new catalog products to use for my challenge card this week!

This sun is so bright and sparkly, thanks to the new Gold Glimmer Paper, love it!  I diecut it with a Starburst Framelit (second from the smallest) then added the sentiment from the new Ray of Sunshine set stamped in Tangelo Twist (new In Color) on Hello Honey and punched it out with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch.

The grid paper background is from the Moonlight DSP Paper Stack;  I stamped it with the sunburst stamp in the new Kinda' Eclectic set, used strips of other DSPs from the same pack for the two banners, then layered the sun on top. 

The two petite butterflies are from the Kinda' Eclectic set also; I cut a very narrow piece of the Gold Glimmer Paper and adhered it to the butterflies for the body.   I punched a 1/4" circle to add to the bottom of the sentiment layer.  Pretty simple once I figured out what to do!  I think I know just the person to whom I'm going to send this sparkly greeting!!

Stamps:  Kinda' Eclectic, Ray of Sunshine
Inks:  Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey
Paper:  Moonlight DSP Paper Stack;  Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White cardstocks.  Gold Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  1/4" and 1-3/8" Circle, Bitty Butterfly Punches; Starburst Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Cutting Platform.

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

Now it's your turn to be creative!  Will you take the challenge and make a card with this sketch this week?  I hope so!!  All the guidelines are on the Create with Connie and Mary website, and while you're there, check out all the lovely cards from the other Design Team members too!   They are also so creative!

Thanks for visiting today!  Happy stamping, and don't forget to join us for the challenge!  We'll leave you some comment love on your post too!

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