Falling for Leaves and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  This week the challenge  is this sketch.


We have been experiencing the most beautiful fall weather here in the Pacific Northwest.  It is the perfect mix of  bright blue skies, sunshine and  the hint of chill in the air.  The changing colors of the leaves are just spectacular against the blue skies.   We really enjoy and cherish these days.  Winter here can be a little gloomy and gray so we don't take these beautiful fall days for granted.  

Anyway back to the challenge.    


Still playing with the Falling for Leaves bundle.    This time I paired it with the Country Lane DSP and the Mint Macaron twine which is part of the Nature's Twine.   I love the combination of the 2 fonts which gives the sentiment a fresh and modern look.   The sentiment is one I will be using a lot,  we have so much to be thankful and grateful for.  

Be sure to check out what the other design team members made for this challenge.  I hope you too will play along!

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Happy Fall Y'All!

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  We are celebrating Fall! Every season has its beauty  but is there anything prettier than autumn leaves?  


These lovely leaves were all created using the Detailed Leaves thinlits.   These beautiful dies coordinate and compliment the images in the Falling for Leaves stamp set.    These items can be purchased separately or as bundle (save 10% when you bundle!).   


I want to highlight the gorgeous Merry Merlot and Copper ribbon!  This ribbon is so pretty and it really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated.  It is a reversible ribbon.  One side of the ribbon is Merry Merlot and the other side is a shimmery copper Merry Merlot.  It is hard to describe so be sure to ask me to show you some samples with when I see you next.

The base of all this autumn goodness is the Kraft Pillow Box.  This is a handy box to have on hand, perfect to wrap a small gift or gift card.  Yes, a gift card fits inside!  I am going to make more of these to put at each place setting for Thanksgiving.  

Time for you to check out the rest of the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop.  Here is a list of all the stops on the hop.

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Rooted in Nature and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

Today's card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge uses the Rooted in Nature bundle, Coffee Cup Framelits and the Detailed Leaves Thinlits.  The challenge this week is a color challenge and a combination that I know I will use again.


I love this trio of colors!


I have been thinking about stamping a card that combines a coffee cup with  leaves and this week's challenge was perfect for this.  I stamped the Rooted in Nature leaf in Blackberry Bliss and used a blender pen to pull the ink and color the leaf.  This is a super quick and easy way to add color.  The sentiment is also from the Rooted in Nature set.  

There are 2 items I used on this card that I love and honestly want to use all the time.  The first is the Subtle embossing folder.  This folder just adds a bit of texture to the card stock.   In today's card the plain Mint Macaron layer looked perfectly fine but adding just that little bit of texture really finished the card.  The other item I used was the edge dies in the Detailed Leaves Thinlits.  I first cut the more intricate die on  Very Vanilla card stock.  I used the other edge die to cut the Blackberry Bliss card stock and layered together they create a beautiful lacy edge.  I fought the good fight and tried to resist buying the Falling for Leaves bundle but after using a friend's stamp set and dies, especially the edge dies I broke down and bought the set.  I will use the stamps and dies a lot, so it was a great decision.

Now it is time for you to check out the cards the other members of the design team created using this color combination.  I know you will be inspired by their creations!

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Happy World Card Making Day!

Just sneaking in before the end of World Card Making Day to share a card using the Barn Door stamp set, Sliding Door Framelits,  and the Signs of Santa bundle.   


I have to confess that this is the first time I used the Barn Door and the coordinating Sliding Door framelits.  I don't know why I was so reluctant to use them.  


Isn't Santa so cute?  He is super easy and quick to color using the Stampi' Blends.  I also used the Santa's Workshop Specialty DSP as my guide on how to color him.


You have until October 7th to get the deals on some fun stamp sets and card making basics!  Here is a link to the sale.   Blog sig with gerber


Hand Delivered and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

This week I am using the adorable hostess set, Hand Delivered  for the Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge.  


I rotated the sketch to better fit the stamp I chose to use.  


Isn't the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper so pretty?  I love all the beautiful flowers. 


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Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for this challenge.  I think you will be surprised at all the different ways the sketch can be interpreted.

The Hand Delivered stamp set is only available as a host reward.  Contact me if you are interested in hosting an event and earning this fabulous stamp set.

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World Card Making Day Special!


Stampin' Up! is starting off October with a great special to help celebrate World Card Making Day!  Time to purchase some great stamp sets and card making basics and save 10%!  The only catch is that the sale ends on October 7th!  So, don't delay.  





You can click on the flyers and it will take you to my online store and a larger look at the products.  If you have any questions about any of the products please contact me.

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Painted Harvest and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  This week it is a color challenge.  I decided to use the Painted Harvest stamp set for this challenge.

Here's the colors we were to use for the challenge.



Isn't it a great color combination?  Love the way these colors look together especially the Blueberry Bushel and  Highland Heather.  



I couldn't decide which way to stamp the card so I did it in both landscape and portrait orientation.  I used the exact same products just changed the orientation.

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Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for the challenge.  

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Beautiful Baubles in Gorgeous Grape

Had a fun play with the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and Detailed Baubles thinlit dies using a non traditional color combination of Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green.


The ornaments were stamped in VersaMark ink not quite 2 times and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The sweet little baubles were then colored using ink refill and an Aqua Painter.  There is a die to cut out the ornaments which makes it very easy and quick.  Tell me what did we ever do before the Big Shot?


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What are your favorite non traditional color combinations for Christmas?

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Peaceful Poinsettia and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC528

If you haven't figured it out, I am in deep with the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set and the coordinating Detailed Poinsettia thinlits, aka the bundle.

Peaceful Poinsettia bundle

I think I have made more cards using this set than any others, so far  from the 2018 Holiday catalog.  It was the set that came to mind when I saw the sketch for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #528.



Isn't that poinsettia beautiful?  Every time I make one of these big flowers (here, & here) I fall deeper for this set and framelits.  Are you wondering how I got the poinsettia card stock outline to stick on the Sparkle Glimmer paper?  I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  After I apply it to the Poppy Parade outline,  I placed it under something heavy to help set the glue.  So far it has worked like a charm.  I used the new Black Stampin' Blends (found on page 49 of the Holiday Catalog) to color in the Rhinestones.  I used a Black Stampin' Write Marker and colored in the peace, which is part of a larger sentiment in the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set.   


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Be sure to stop by the Create with Connie and Mary blog to see what the other design team members created for the challenge.

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Signs of Santa

What can I say, I could not longer resist the adorable Signs of Santa stamp set.  


One thing led to another and I also had to order the Santa's Workshop Specialty DSP. Besides being absolutely adorable the DSP has flocking on it.   On my sample above the white stripes are flocked.   It both looks and feels good.   One side of each paper has some flocked elements.  

I could have cut Santa from the DSP using the dies in the Santa's Signpost.  Instead I decided to stamp  Santa and color him in using Stanpin' Blends.  He is such a jolly fellow and a snap to color.   



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Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack.  There are new products in the Clearance Rack at great prices!

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