Saturday, December 12, 2015

Woodland Trees Christmas Card

Here's a fun Christmas card, this time using stamps from several sets. I realize this should have been posted sooner as this embossing folder has been retired and is now out of stock but some family health issues have taken precedence lately!  I'm sad this folder has been retired for it was a great one and so popular!   *See update below!!

  • First I stamped the evergreen tree from Lovely as a Tree onto the inked folder.  This makes the evergreen appear behind the tree trunks.  I used my Mossy Meadow Marker to mark all the lines on the tree.
  • Stamp the snowflakes with White Craft Ink, sprinkle with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heat with Heat Tool.  This gives them some lovely sparkle!
  • Wrap Cherry Cobbler Twine around the card front layer twice and fasten to the back.  Stamp "Merry Christmas" on White Cardstock and cut out.
  • Stamp cardinal from Festival of Trees in Real Red on White cardstock and cut out.  Adhere to background.
  • Adhere embossed layer to a Mossy Meadow card with Dimensionals.

If you look closely, you can see some of the sparkle on the snowflakes in the trees....

Stamps:  Merry Everything, Lovely As A Tree, Festival of Trees (cardinal)
Inks:  Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red,  Craft White Ink ink pads; Mossy Meadow Marker
Paper:  Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sky cardstocks
Accessories/Tools:  Cherry Cobbler Twine, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Woodlands Embossing Folder (now retired and out of stock).  *Update!  Stampin' Up! has announced this folder has been so popular they are bringing it out of retirement and it will be available in the new 2016-17 Catalog this coming June!!  Yay!!

I have one more card using this embossing folder I'll post soon!


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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas Dove of Peace

This Dove of Peace stamp is another one of the stamps that caught my eye when i first saw this year's Holiday Catalog.  I think it is so pretty, graceful and lends itself to being coloring or left uncolored. 

The black and white striped vellum makes a bold statement behind the Rose Red background behind the dove.

Two strips of the White 3/8" Stitched Ribbon were added to the card then one strip of the 1/8" Silver Ribbon was adhered over the seam to cover it and add sparkle and to the card before I attached the Rose Red background  Two Rhinestones were added to the Rose Red layer which add even more sparkle to this simple design.

On the inside I used the verse from the set and added a strip of Rose Red cardstock for contrast (no picture).

I have another card I made with this set where I colored in parts of the dove HERE:.

Stamps:  Dove of Peace set
Inks:  Basic Black Archival
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Rose Red, Whisper White cardstocks, Winter Wonderland Designer Paper Stack (striped vellum)
Accessories:  Lots of Labels Framelits, Rhinestones, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, White 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a lovely weekend.

Oh, for the Dove of Peace to cover this world with His wings this Christmas.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Thankful Forest Friends

I fell for this set the first time I saw it in the new Holiday Catalog!  Those adorable animals and the thanks sentiments, the vines... love it all.  Today's card uses the cute bear - I think he might be my fave of the guys in the set, lol!

This designer paper has such beautiful fall colors in it.  Cut a strip 1-1/4" x 5" and layer it onto a 1-1/2" x 5-1/4" piece of Tangelo Twist cardstock.. 

Ink the sentiment stamp with markers and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock; punch out, then layer onto a 2-3/4" circle of Rich Razzleberry diecut with that Circle Framelit.  Layer both the strip and the circles onto a card base of 11" x 4-1/4" Mossy Meadow cardstock, folded at 5-1/2".

Just a little glimmer added with punched circles of Gold Glimmer Paper for some glitz!  Adhere them with Glue Dots and the card is ready to send!  Don't forget to decorate your envelope with these yummy colors!

Stamps:  Thankful Forest Friends
Inks:  Early Espresso ink pad; Rich Razzleberry, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Soft Suede SU Markers
Paper:  Into the Woods Designer Paper; Gold Glimmer Paper; Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Rich Razzleberry and Tangelo Twist cardstocks
Accessories:  1/4" Circle Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, 2-3/4" Circle Framelit, Woodlands Embossing Folder, Dimensionals. 

Happy Weekend!  It's raining here today so great day for staying in and stamping!


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thanks & Giving Time!

Happy Thursday everyone!  Time for another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary, and this week it is a sketch!

I had several ideas and but my chrysanthemums inspired me to go with flowers in fall colors of Blackberry Bliss and Tangelo Twist.  They were stamped then diecut with the Flower Fair Framelits which make it so easy!  I centered them with Gold Glimmer Paper for some sparkle.

I really like this sentiment is from the Lighthearted Leaves set; it's actually a good message any time of year : )  I stamped it in Garden Green onto Hello Honey cardstock, diecut it with the smallest Deco Labels Framelit and layered a 2" circle of Gold Glimmer behind it. 

The Gold Baker's Twine was perfect for wrapping around the wood print Designer Paper before all the other elements were added.  A small bow and touch of Victorian lace were added to finish it all off after it was layered onto the Soft Suede card base.

Stamps:  Flower Patch, Lighthearted Leaves (sentiment)
Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Garden Green
Paper:  Into the Woods DSP; Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Garden Green, Whisper White.  Gold Glimmer Paper,
Accessories:  Flower Fair Framelits, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, 1/4" Hole Punch, Victorian Lace, Gold Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Glue Dots.

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

This sketch is so adaptable!  Too often I have to think awhile to find an idea but quickly had several ideas using different themes for this sketch!   Be sure to check out the uber-talented Challenge Team  at Create with Connie and Mary for their projects this week then make your own and upload it to the Create with Connie and Mary website!  We can't wait to see what you do!

This will be my last project as a Challenge Team Member with Connie and Mary.  I have resigned as I have a family member with health issues to whom I need to devote more time.  I have truly enjoyed my time with the delightful and gifted ladies who make up the team, past and present.  Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement!  It's been so much fun to get to know you all and enjoy your artwork!  I'll still be blogging and joining the challenges as I have the time.

Thanks for visiting today!  Happy Stamping to you all!!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Choose Happiness CCMC378

Happy Thursday, everyone!  And Thursday brings us fun in the form of the weekly Create with Connie and Mary Challenge; this week we have a nifty Color Challenge featuring Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede!

The Choose Happiness set has a number of great images which makes it so versatile; all here are from that set except for the Gorgeous Grunge "splatters".  

I stamped the border in Soft Suede, add strips of designer papers and stamped one strip with the leaf stamp to bring in more pf the Mossy Meadow color.  Some fine Victorian Lace was added onto the script DSP and then Linen thread wrapped around and tied in a small bow.

The flower center was graced with Basic Pearls of three sizes then the front layer attached to the Mossy Meadow cardstock base with Dimensionals.  I just realized I didn't use the Big Shot on this card!! That's a rare occasion for me, lol!!  Even the little woodgrain flag is a stamp in the set and was cut out by hand.  : )
Stamps:  Choose Happiness, Gorgeous Grunge
Inks:  Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Whisper White & Mossy Meadow cardstocks; Cherry on Top DSP, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack
Accessories:  Blender Pen, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Victorian Lace, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Paper Snips, Candy Dots

Here is the Color Challenge from Create with Connie and Mary this week:

You can see the other lovely creations on the Create with Connie and Mary website to get some more ideas for using these colors but I'm sure you will come up with some very cool ideas of your own!  We want to see what you make so please upload your project to the Create with Connie and Mary website and we'll be by to leave you some comment love!

Thanks for visiting today!  Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello Butterfly! CCMC 377

Hello Thursday!  Time for another creative challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  Today and this week we have a simple sketch for our challenge! 

I chose the Pretty Petals DSP Stack paper with butterflies on it for my color scheme with this sketch and selected the colors of Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral and Pacific Point to feature on my card.

  • Cut Mint Macaron cardstock to 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  Dry emboss with the Fluttering Embossing Folder.
  • Cut strips of the small butterfly and Calypso Coral small dot paper from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack and also Pacific Point cardstock to 3/4" wide and 4-1/2" long.  Arrange on the embossed Mint cardstock using the sketch as a guide; adhere with Snail or Fast Fuse
  •  Die cut the "hello" from Pacific Point cardstock.  Adhere to front panel with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  • Punch Bitty Butterfly from the Calypso Coral tiny dot paper, Pretty Petals Paper Stack.  Attach with Glue Dot and add smallest pearls down the center of butterfly and above the butterfly paper strip on the right side of the front.
  • Create the card base from Mint Macaron cardstock, 11" x 4-1/4" piece folded in half lengthwise.  Attach front panel with Dimensionals.
Stamps:  none on outside
Inks:  none on outside
Paper:  Pretty Petals Designer Paper Stack; Mint Macaron, Pacific Point cardstocks
Accessories:  Bitty Butterfly Punch, Greetings Thinlits Dies, Basic Pearls, Fluttering Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Fast Fuse, Snail, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals.

I really like these colors together and that butterfly paper is just sweet!  So glad to have these cute word thinlits as well; there are more word thinlits in the Holiday catalog with holiday-type words.  Yay!!

Here is the CCMC377 sketch for this week:  
You can make this as simple or complicated as you wish.. we would love to see what your imagination does with this sketch!!  Have you looked at the creations of the other Challenge Team members?  They are so diverse you might not guess they are from the same sketch.  So get to your stamping place as soon as you can and see what fun ideas you come up with!  We can't wait to see what you do!  Check out the Challenge Team cards at Create with Connie and Mary as well.

Thanks for coming by today!  Hope to see you back soon!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dove of Peace CCMC376

Hello!  Welcome to Thursday and welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge for this week!  We have pretty combination of colors with which to create this week:  Lost Lagoon, Perfect Plum and Tip Top Taupe!

This is such a beautiful set!  I love the intricate designs on the dove and the opportunities to add some color, although I've made one card on which I left it uncolored and I really like it that way as well!  I used my AquaPainter brush with alcohol in it and inks from the lid of the ink pads to color the dove.  I really like the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch to dress up the corners of a card also!

Stamps:  Dove of Peace
Inks:  Lost Lagoon, Perfect Plum, Archival Black
Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Lost Lagoon, Shimmer White cardstocks
Accessories/Tools:  Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, Curvy Corner Trio Punch, Aqua Painter, Basic Pearls.

Here again is the color scheme for this week's challenge:
We truly hope that you will jump in and use the challenge colors to make a card or other project!  We can't wait to see how and what you created with it!  Visit the Create with Connie and Mary website to see the cards the other Challenge Teams have shared using this color combo.  While there check out the easy guidelines to join the fun and upload your card/project!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!!  Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Golden Leaves CCMC375

Wow, Can you believe it is the first day of October?!!  And it must be Thursday because it's time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  I really like sketch challenges and  we have a fun one this week!  Here's my card:

  • I chose to go with leaves for my three main elements; these are stamped with the smallest leaf stamp in the Vintage Leaves set on three colors of cardstock then embossed with gold and diecut with the Leaflets Framelits. 
  • The base card is Rich Razzleberry, 8.5" x 5.5", folded in half.
  • A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut 5" x 3.75" stamped with the Sheltering Tree in Tip Top Taupe, the ground in Sahara Sand  and the rake in Sahara Sand (all stamped off once before stamping on the Vanilla layer).  I colored the tiny leaf stamp with markers, stamped them off once then stamped onto the Vanilla layer then repeated this several times. 
  • The sentiment was stamped in Mossy Meadow, again stamped off once before stamping on the Vanilla.
  • Treated the top corners of the Vanilla cardstock with the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch.  Love that punch!
  • I wrapped the Gold Cord around the Vanilla layer a number of times then adhered the diecut leaves with Dimensionals and adhered it to the Rich Razzleberry with Dimensionals.

I wanted the tree to fade into the background so the three main images, the leaves, would be the focus of the card; therefore I stamped off (also called "second generation" stamping) to make them lighter.

  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Sheltering Tree
  • Inks:  Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, VersaMark.  Markers:  Tip Top Taupe, Rich Razzleberry, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Old Olive.
  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry,  Hello Honey, Old Olive
  • Accessories:  Gold Cord, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Leaflets Framelits, Curvy Corner Trio Punch, Magnetic Platform, Fast Fuse, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive.
Here is the sketch from Create with Connie and Mary that we are using this week.  Don't you think this is a cool sketch.  I like that it's rather different!

We would love to see what you would do with this sketch!  So play with it and see what you come up with then let us see your project also by uploading a link to your card to the challenge website at Create with Connie and Mary!  You'll also want to check out the creations of the other Challenge Team members; there's lots of inspiration going on over there!!  The Challenge Team will also stop by your card and leave you some comment love!!  How about it?!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lighthearted Colors!

It is Thursday which means it's time for our new challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!!  This week we have the color combination of Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride;  what a great color scheme!

  • I stamped my large Lighthearted leaf with Memento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock then colored it in with the markers of the three challenge colors, leaving some spaces white, then diecut it with the matching Leaflet Framelit.  I love Framelits!  
  • I cut a banner from the 1-1/4" Jute Ribbon and applied it to the Watermelon Wonder background layer.
  • The Watermelon was then layered onto the 11 x 5.5" (folded in half) card base using Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the sentiment onto Blushing Bride cardstock with Black ink then cut the ends with the Hexagon Punch and attached this over the ribbon and Watermelon layer.
  • A Blushing Bride Candy Dot was added to the center of the scallop area at the base of the leaf
  • Two White Candy Dots were added in the upper-right corner and one added to the sentiment.

Stamps:  Lighthearted Leaves, Fabulous Four (sentiment)
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride Markers
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White Cardstocks
Accessories:  Leaflets Framelits, White Jute Ribbon, Neutrals Candy Dots, Subtles Candy Dots, Dimensionals, Fast Fuse.

Here again is the color combination we are using this week at Create with Connie and Mary:
These are such pretty colors!  We would love for you to join us for the fun this week!  Make a project with these colors, upload it online then link to this challenge on Create with Connie and Mary!  On the website are also the guidelines plus loads of inspiration using this color scheme from the CCMC Challenge Team members!

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Stamping!


Saturday, September 19, 2015

September Tour de Freaks!

 It's time for the September Tour De Freaks!  We're primarily featuring products reflecting this time of year ... FALL & Holidays!  We love the items in the Stampin' Up! catalogs related to this time of year so grab a cuppa' and take the tour!  We have ten 'tourguides' this time so be sure to go all the way around the tour to see everyone's creations until you end up back where you began! Welcome also to all of you who have arrived from my very talented friend Debbie Henderson's blog.  Didn't you just LOVE her projects and artistry?!!

 One of my favorite things about fall (other than losing the 100 degree temps!) is the beautiful colors of the trees and shrubs.  When I saw the Vintage Leaves set in the Annual Catalog, I could imagine them in rich fall colors and knew right then that I "needed" this set! : )

The new Leaflets Framelits are fabulous to diecut these; lucky us, we now have TWO sets of leaves that coordinate with these framelits!

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Endless Thanks (sentiment)
Inks:  Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, Mossy Meadow, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Delightful Dijon, Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze cardstocks; Timeless Type DSP
Accessories:  Leaflets Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Washi Tape Punch, Gold Sequins, AquaPainter, Gold Thread, Boho Chic Embossing Folder

I love cute little 3-D projects that are quick and easy to make; I was really excited to see the new Square Pillow Box Thinlits in the Holiday Catalog!  It is so easy to whip up these pouches that can be decorated any way that makes you happy; you can use it for treats, small gifts and even a gift card!   
I used my Bohemian Washi Tape to decorate this one (finally!  what took me so long to use it?!)  This pouch reflects some of the richness of fall colors that are so appealing:

Stamps:  Acorny Thank You set
Inks:  Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Bohemian Designer Paper; Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla cardstocks; Gold Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Bohemian Washi Tape, Bitty Banners Framelits, Acorn Punch, Gold Button, Bermuda Bay Twine, Woodland Embossing Folder.  

Your next stop is the artistic Wendy Weixler.  She makes the most delightful'll see!  Just click below:
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Get Well Soup! CCMC373

It's Thursday and time for our weekly challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  This time it's a sketch!!

It seems I am frequently needing a get well card and don't have one ready to go!  I gave this set only a quick glance when looking through the new catalog until I saw a card made with it (do you do that too??) then decided this cute set might help and inspire me to get some get well cards ready ahead of time, lol!!  I realized it was perfect for this sketch (turned vertical). 

  • I used this small-print DSP, stamped only the cup then cut it out and adhered the DSP to the stamped cup image, colored the inside of the cup with Blender Pens and ink pads, then fussy-cut the entire image. 
  • Using the  new-in-the-Holiday-Catalog Softly Falling Embossing Folder, dry-emboss the 2" x 5.5" Pacific Point strip.  Layer this on a 2.25" x 5.5" panel of Old Olive
  • Fold an 11" x 4.25" piece of So Saffron in half crosswise and emboss the front with the Boho Chic Embossing Folder then adhere the Pacific Point Panel in the center using Fast Fuse (it will definitely hold it!)
  • Now layer the image over the Pacific Point panel using Dimensionals
  • Embellish with two hearts and one smaller one punched from Gold Glimmer Paper.  Voila!  Done!
Stamps:  Get Well Soup
Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Pacific Point, So Saffron ink pads. 
Paper:  Pretty Petals DSP Stack; So Saffron, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Whisper White cardstocks.  Gold Glimmer Paper.
Accessories:  Blender Pen, Paper Snips, Boho Chic Embossing Folder (TIEF), Softly Falling TIEF, Small Heart Punch from Itty Bitty Accents, Confetti Hearts Border Punch (for smaller heart), Dimensionals, Fast Fuse, Glue Dots.

Here is the sketch challenge for this week from Create with Connie and Mary; you'll notice that I turned it to a vertical orientation : )  Feel free to adapt it to your needs as well!

This is a cool sketch from Create with Connie and Mary!  We would love for you to join the fun, use this sketch as the basis for your card then upload it on the web where we can see your work then link it on the CCMC website!  Be sure to look at the other Challenge Team members' cards for some great eye-candy and inspiration too!!

Thanks for looking!  Happy Stampin'!  See you at CCMC!!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Saffron Wishes CCMC372

Happy Thursday and welcome to our weekly challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  This week's challenge  features the color combination of So Saffron, Delightful Dijon and Night of Navy!  So pretty together!

First I inked the clear block D with So Saffron ink direct from the pad then touched about 1/2" all around the edges with the Delightful Dijon pad. I used a Stampin' Sponge to slightly blend the inside edges of the Dijon ink on the block then lightly misted the block a couple of times to moisten it.  This was then stamped on white cardstock and the block lifted straight up.  It is always interesting to see the patterns created with this technique because they are always different.  I gently used the heat tool to "help" it dry so I could proceed soon.

I stamped the flowers silhouette then the greeting in Night of Navy.  The postmark was stamped in Delightful Dijon then punched out and added with a Dimensional.  This white panel was layered onto Night of Navy then onto a So Saffron card with Dimensionals.

I also stamped an envelope with what ink was left on the block and stamp, after lightly misting each.  I love the soft look that resulted.

Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes, Butterfly Basics (sentiment, postmark)
Inks:  So Saffron, Delightful Dijon, Night of Navy
Paper:  So Saffron, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories:  3/4" Circle Punch, Clear Block "D", Stampin' Sponge

Here is the Color Challenge this week from Create with Connie and Mary:
This is such a great color scheme and can be used in sooo many different ways!  My mind kept thinking of other ideas for this combination once I began working with it!   We hope YOU will also jump in and also take the challenge this week, just for some creative fun!  Don't miss the cards from the other Challenge Team members at the Create with Connie and Mary website  for a range of styles using these challenge colors!

Happy Stamping!!


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! 

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