Thursday, July 30, 2015

Birthday Blossoms Color Challenge

It's Thursday and time for our weekly challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  This time is it a very lovely combination of colors:  Perfect Plum, Mint Macaron and Sahara Sand; I also used Very Vanilla as a neutral.

First I dry embossed the top 3/8's of the Very Vanilla background piece with the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder then added a 4" x approximately 2-1/4" piece of Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla Stripe from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack which was torn on top and bottom (I had previously stamped it with the small flowers stamp in the set, stamping off first for a lighter color.  A length of Sahara Sand Lace Trim was then wrapped around the center of the DSP. The greeting, from this same Birthday Blossoms set, was stamped on the lower portion of the front panel in Perfect Plum.

I stamped two of pansy flowers then colored them with inks and my AquaPainter then punched them out.  I did the same with the Petite Petals flowers and the leaves then stamped and cut out one of the small flowers from the birthday set. 

I began my arrangement first with a small Silver Foil Doily then placed the flowers and leaves and adhered them.  For a little more shine, I tucked loops of Silver Metallic Thread beneath the flowers before adhering them, although they don't show up well in the picture.  Tiny Basic Pearls in the flower centers are the finishing touch!

Stamps:  Birthday Blossoms, Petite Petals
Inks:  Perfect Plum, Mint Macaron
Papers:  Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Pack; Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Whisper White cardstocks.
Accessories and Tools:  Elegant Dots Embossing Folder, Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Blender Pen, AquaPainter, Basic Pearls, Paper Snips, Sahara Sand Lace Trim, Silver Metallic Thread, Metallic Foil Doilies, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive.

Isn't this a pretty combination for our Color Challenge from Create with Connie and Mary this week?
So now it's your chance to use these colors for your creation this coming week!  The participation guidelines are on the Create with Connie and Mary website; while you're there, peruse the cards offered up by the challenge team this week... they always amaze me with their talent! 

Thanks for visiting this week!  Here's wishing you Happy Days and happy stamping!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WEEKLY DEALS: July 28 - Aug 3

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Hearts Border Punch Item # 133784
Regular Price: $16.00 US/$20.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.20 US/$14.00 CAN

Happy Patterns Decorative Masks Item # 138313
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Discounted Price: $4.20 US/$5.25 CAN

Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine Item # 138411
Regular Price: $3.50 US/$4.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.63 US/$3.38 CAN

Melon Mambo 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon Item # 138431
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Discounted Price: $6.75 US/$8.44 CAN

Sweet Li'L Things Designer Washi Tape Item # 138387
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Pacific Point 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon Item # 138427
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Lost Lagoon 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon Item # 138418
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Basic Black 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon Item # 138430
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Melon Mambo 1/4" Cotton Ribbon Item # 134566
Regular Price: $6.00 US/$7.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.50 US/$5.63 CAN

Metallic Foil Doilies Item # 138392
Regular Price: $4.00 US/$5.00 CAN
Discounted  Price: $2.80 US/$3.50 CAN

Remember that these prices are good as long as supplies last or until Monday, August 3, whichever comes first!  No backorders on Weekly Deals so when the alloted number of an item are gone, they're gone.  These allotments are generous but sometimes certain items might have a "run" on them and sell out more quickly than usual.

Current Hostess Code for online ordering is SD73AGUF

Happy Shopping!!  Please let me hear from you if you need any help ordering.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Barnyard Babies CCMC 365

You know what Thursday means?  It's time for the Thursday Create with Connie and Mary challenge!!  Today we have a really fun and versatile sketch!!

I used the cow from the Barnyard Babies set on the oval element of the sketch (you can use any shape but I stayed with the oval).  The images in this set are so cute, as are all the different expressions included.  I think maybe this cow has a little attitude? or maybe just happy.  : )

I used my AquaPainter and alcohol to brush on some Pear Pizzazz then brushed with some diluted Cucumber Crush for the grass.  Love that Petite Petal set and punch;  I seem to use those often!

Stamps:  Barnyard Babies, Petite Petals, Hardwood, Something to Say (smallest flowers)
Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede.  Blushing Bride, Cucumber Crush and Soft Suede Markers.  AquaPainter, alcohol, Cucumber Crush and Pear Pizazz inks.
Paper:  Watermelon Wonder, Crumb Cake, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight.
Accessories and Tools:  Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, 5/8" Chevron Ribbon, Paper Trimmer, Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Petite Petals Punch, Sm. Flower from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Banner Triple Punch.

Here is the sketch for this week from Create with Connie and Mary:
Nice, easy and versatile!  We would love to see what you do with this sketch so join us this week at Create with Connie and Mary, would you?!  All the guidelines are on their blog site.  Also check out the Challenge Team cards as they always come up with such great ideas!

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope you take the challenge and have a stamp-y weekend!  : )


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Best Day Ever!

If it's Thursday, it's the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge and this week it's COLOR:  Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder and Crushed Curry.  I couldn't wait to use this new-in-the-catalog set Birthday Blossoms also!

I really like the flowers in this set!  This one coordinates with the Pansy Punch which means no fussy-cutting!  : )  There are five sentiments in the set as well, including this one, so plenty of variety.  I diecut the striped and solid white papers with the Lots of Labels Framelit set for the focal background and bumped them up with Dimensionals.  Next I added the side flowers with Glue Dots and the center flower with a Dimensional.  Before adhering the flowers I cut a little deeper between the petals and used my Bone Folder to give them a little curl.  I wanted to keep the pretty clean-looking so kept it simple.

Stamps:  Birthday Blossoms
Inks:  Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry and Memento Tuxedo Black.
Paper:  Cherry on Top DSP Stack (Crushed Curry print), Go Wild DSP Stack (Black & White stripe), Basic Black, Whisper White.
Accessories:  Project Life Corner Rounder, Pansy Punch, Lots of Labels Framelits, Blender Pen, Basic Pearls, Big Shot.

Here is the Color Challenge for this coming week from Create with Connie and Mary:
Now it's your turn to take the challenge... are you up for it?  The guidelines are on the Create with Connie and Mary website.  You'll also find the creative cards of the the other Challenge Team members there for your enjoyment and inspiration!

Thanks for joining me today and have a happy weekend!


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Endless Thanks!

Hello!  Welcome to this week's card for Create with Connie and Mary... a fun and easy sketch challenge!  I love how all the challenge Team's cards are so very different; that's what makes stamping so interesting... everyone approaches it from their own perspective (and the stamps they have to use, of course.)

This is my first use of the new Pretty Petals Designer Paper Stack and I must say that I look forward to using more of these lovely patterns!  This one is in the new In Color Mint Macaron, which is one of my most favorite of the new colors!

The card base is Mint Macaron overlaid with Very Vanilla then the Mint DSP print.  The four elements are composed of 1" Punches, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punches, Papillion Potpourri small butterflies punched out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch and a Very Vintage Button tied with Crushed Curry Baker's Twine.

The sentiment is from the Endless Thanks set.  The banner is stamped in Basic Gray and the word is stamped with Wisteria Wonder.  (I was surprised that there isn't much discernable difference in the way they look!)  A little flower and Pearl highlight the banner.

Stamps:  Endless Thanks, Papillion Potpourri
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, Basic Gray
Paper:  Pretty Petals DSP Stack; Lost Lagoon, Very Vanilla, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories/Tools:  Paper Snips, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, flower punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Basic Pearl, Crushed Curry Baker's Twine, Blender Pen.

Here is the fun sketch from Create with Connie and Mary for this week:
We hope that you will join us for this fun challenge this week!   Just see the guidelines at Create with Connie and Mary and then go forth and create!  We look forward to seeing YOUR take on this sketch!   While you're there, see what the other talented Challenge Team members have created using this sketch!

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 2, 2015


Its another Thursday and time for a challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  This week we have a color combo of Real Red, Lost Lagoon and Crumb Cake for our challenge.  Because of the upcoming July 4th holiday, I immediately thought of a patriotic card; I thought this worked well even though the blue is a bit of a non-traditional tone...
I used a piece of Crumb Cake and dry embossed it with the Lucky Stars embossing folder; next I added a strip of Real Red and Lost Lagoon.  Over that is another layer of Crumb Cake which has been punched with the Confetti Stars Border Punch which allows the red and lagoon to show through.

I wrapped a length of Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon around these layers then attached the wood "Celebrate" over that (It is natural light-colored wood even though it looks more white in this picture).  


A Red Glimmer Paper diecut star  with loops of gold thread behind it anchor the top left corner and two addition punched Gold Glimmer stars are the final decoration.

Stamps: none on the outside
Inks:       "     "     "     "
Papers:  Real Red, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake cardstocks, Gold Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Star Framelits, Big Shot, 1/4" Real Red Cotton Ribbon, Star Punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Confetti Stars Border Punch, Gold Metallic Thread, Expressions Natural Elements, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder.

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

Now it's your turn to join the challenge using these colors this week!  All the guidelines are on the Create with Connie and Mary website; we would love to see what you do with these colors!!  While there, check out the creations of the other Challenge Team members to see what they made and be inspired!!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you are in the US and celebrating this weekend, have fun!  Everyone have a great weekend!  See you next week for a sketch challenge!!

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