Dragonflies and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

It is time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week we have a color challenge.


Before I even show you what I made for this challenge I want to apologize to the color,  Lemon Lime Twist.  I just cannot take a picture that captures how fabulous you are. 


 You will need:

4-1/4" x 11" Bermuda Bay card stock scored at 5-1/2" , 3"x 3-3/4" (cut out dragonflies)

3-1/2" x 4-3/4" Lemon Lime Twist card stock

3-1/4" x 4-1/2" Smoky Slate card stock

3" x 3-3/4" Multipurpose Adhesive sheet

Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven ribbon

  1. Apply the Multipurpose Adhesive sheet to the back of the 3" x 3-3/4" piece of Bermuda Bay card stock.  Use the thinlit and cut out the dragonflies.  Emboss the dragonflies using a mix of Clear Embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter aka Glittery Goodness.
  2. Cut the dragonflies out of the Smoky Slate card stock.  The Smoky Slate dragonflies will not be used on this card. Layer the Smoky Slate card stock on to the Lemon Lime Twist card stock.  
  3. Remove the backing from the Multipurpose Adhesive sheet and fit the Bermuda Bay dragonflies into the dragonflies silhouette on the Smoky Slate piece.
  4. Tie a double knot using the Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven ribbon.  Layer on to the Bermuda Bay card base.  Stamp "hello" and embellish using the Silver Metallic Enamel Shapes.

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I hope you will join in the challenge.  You can get all the details on how to play along with the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge on the blog.   Be sure to check out what the other designers created, I think you will be impressed by the talent and creativity of the team.

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Climbing Orchid and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

Time for the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge.  I love the clean and simple sketch we have this week!


I am still playing and loving the Climbing Orchid bundle.  If you like pretty flowers especially orchids then this bundle is for you.  



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I hope you will join in the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge.  Be sure to check the blog to see what the other members of the design team created.  I know you will be inspired!

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Holiday Catalog Inspiration

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are giving you a sneak peek into the upcoming Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  Every stop along the hop will feature some of the fun and fabulous products that can be found in the "Creativity Delivered" 2017 Holiday Catalog.  The catalog will go live on September 1 and run through January 2, 2018.   This catalog is packed with so much holiday goodness that you will be covered from  Halloween to Valentine's Day!  As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order products from this catalog and all I can say is that it was my largest pre-order to date!  Once you see the catalog I think you will totally understand why.

The biggest problem I had was trying to decide what to share with you for this hop.  I decided to start with Halloween.  I know not everyone enjoys Halloween but the beauty of this bundle, Season to Sparkle is that you can use it for lots of other occasions not just Halloween.  I will be sharing more ideas with you in upcoming posts.


A spooky chandelier!  The Season to Sparkle stamp set has 25 photopolymer stamps.  There are sentiments and lots of different bling to decorate your chandelier.  The chandelier in the stamp set is different than the one in the coordinating thinlits.  In other words the thinlit doesn't cut out the stamped image.  This gives you 2 different chandeliers to play with!  All the other pieces coordinate with the stamped and die cut chandelier.  Lots of possibilities to create lots and lots of fun chandeliers.  


I love this fun fold.  It is fun to receive and open and like a lot of fun folds easy to make.  The hardest part may be choosing which of the fabulous designs in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper to feature.



Here are the measurements if you want to recreate this card fold.

Basic Black:   Card base  4.25" x 11" scored at 2.75", 5.5"

                         Chandelier panel 3.25" x 9.75" scored at 4.25", 7"

Very Vanilla:  Card base  4" X 5.25"   

                          Chandelier panel 3" x 4",  2.5" x 3"

Spooky Night DSP : Card base  2.5" x 4"

                                      Chandelier panel 2.5" x 3"


Now it is time for you to see what the fabulous Laura Milligan has created for you!

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The Climbing Orchid and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #470

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge. This week we have great sketch.


This was a perfect sketch to use my new stamp set and thinlits, the Climbing Orchid bundle.  I always knew I would get this bundle.  When I first saw the catalog and saw this stamp set it reminded me of my Mom. My Mom loved orchids and she grew beautiful ones.  There was always a pot of blooming orchids in the house.   My paper orchids are the best I can do since I did not inherit her green thumb.  


I made these orchids out of card stock vellum and embossed them with my custom glitter/embossing powder mix known as Glittery Goodness.  It is very important when you emboss vellum that you first rub it with the Embossing Buddy.  The Embossing Buddy helps prevent stray grains of embossing powder from sticking where you don't want it to.  


Here is a close up and I hope you can see some of the glitter on the petals.  It really is a pretty and very delicate look.  

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I hope you will join in the challenge.  Please head on over the the Create with Connie and Mary blog and be sure to check out what the other designers created with this sketch.

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Lemon Zest Tea Treat

Lately I have been trying to make little treat bags that are not filled with candy.  It seems like more and more people are trying to reduce their sugar intake.  Here is one idea that uses the Lemon Zest bundle


Cute right?  The bricks on the topper are actually embossing paste that I colored using a drop of Daffodil Delight re-inker.  I also mixed in some Dazzling Diamond glitter in the paste to give it a subtle glittery look.  The brick pattern is a stencil in the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  The lemon is stamped in Crushed Curry with Garden Green leaves and punched out using the Lemon Builder punch.


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The Lemon Zest bundle is great for all kinds of treat bags, gifts and cards too!  

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Oh So Eclectic and the Diagonal Stripe

Oh So Eclectic bundle you are my fave.  Yes, it is true I have a lot of favorites.  Right now this bundle is what I am reaching for when I get ready to stamp.  


I paired the Oh So Eclectic bundle with the Diagonal Stripe background stamp.  I purchased this stamp so I could easily make my own striped paper in any color I want.   Here I stamped it on the diagonal in Smoky Slate ink.   This color combination of Real Red, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, and Black is one  I use a lot.



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I shared a little tip on this post to help  with die cutting the flower outline.  It helped me a lot and I hope it helps you too.

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Pocketful of Sunshine and the Create wth Connie and Mary Challenge #469

It is HOT here in the usually cool Pacific Northwest.  I think the hot, sunny weather definitely influenced the stamp set I chose to work with for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  First here are the colors for the challenge.




Don't ya just love those sunglasses?  I covered the lenses with Fine-Tip glue to give it them a shiny glass like look.  The glue also helps give the lenses some dimension.


Here are the products I used:

Stamps: Pocketful of Sunshine bundle,  Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Ink: Night of Navy, Fresh Fig, Tuxedo Black Memento pad

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Fresh Florals DSP Stack

Big Shot: Layering Squares, Pocket Framelits 

Embellishments: Rhinestones

Adhesives: Tear and Tape, Fine-tip Glue Pen, SNAIL


I hope you will join in the challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other designers made for the challenge.  I hope you will join in the fun.  I look forward to seeing what you create!

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Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop...Knotty Ways

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring ribbon ( get it knotty ways?!) and Christmas projects.  I have 2 cards to share with you both featuring the Carols of Christmas stamp set , Card Front Builder Thinlit dies and the Metallic Edge ribbon.   The Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Card Front Builder thinlits are now available for purchase.  As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order stamp set and dies in July and it is a bundle that has a lot of potential.  The bundle is part of  the Merry Little Christmas suite of products and oh what a fabulous suite of products it is!


Aren't those trees gorgeous?  They were cut using the Card Front Builder dies.  I cut the trees in both Silver Foil and Silver Glimmer Paper.  I love the mix of textures and shine.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Pines set and I thought it fit the card so well.  The ribbon is the Silver 3/8" Metalllic-Edge Ribbon.  The edging on this ribbon is beautiful and because it is a satin ribbon it is soft and ties easily.  I created the edge using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  For more information on how to create this edge, go to this post for all the details.

Since I shared with you the Silver 3/8" Metallic -Edge Ribbon I thought I should also show you the Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon.  


This card uses the Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Card Front Builder thinlit dies.  The Card Front Builder dies made the great cut out detail around the edge of the card.  The sentiment I heat embossed with a custom embossing powder mix that I made.  I mixed Gold Embossing powder and Gold Glitter together and created the sparkly sentiment.  I used the Thick Very Vanilla card stock for the base of the card.  I just love all the gold on this card with just pops of Real Red.  

Now it is time to head on over to see what Cheryl has created for you!  I know she has some beautiful knotty ideas for you!

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This Little Piggy and the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge

It is time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #333.  Here is the sketch we are working with.  The optional theme is the Dog Days of Summer.


I didn't really follow the optional theme since my card is not the Dog Days of Summer but the little piggy days of summer!  I did a little paper piecing on the sweet little piggy.  I stamped her on one of the designs in the Wood Textures DSP Stack and cut her out.   I extended the flower stem and added a sweet Flirty Flamingo flower from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  


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Be sure to check out the Try Stampin' On Tuesday blog.  There you can see what the other designers created for this challenge and how you can play along!

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Carols of Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to the Carols of Christmas blog hop!  We are all showcasing the beautiful Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Card Front Builder thinlit dies.  These two products were available as pre-order item for Stampin' Up! demonstrators in July.  Yes,  it is just one of the many benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  This lovely stamp set and thinlits will be available for everyone to order on August 1.  


Don't you love all the gold? I didn't have any black and gold paper patterned paper so I layered the Basic Black card stock card base with the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, creating my own designer paper.  The Carols of Christmas stamp set has a couple of bold sentiments.  I wanted to highlight the sentiment so I mixed some gold embossing powder with gold glitter to create a gold sparkly embossing powder.  I heat embossed the sentiment using this glittery gold mix and created the sparkly sentiment.  The trees are dies in the Card Front Builder thinlits and they were cut in the Gold Glimmer paper and the Gold Foil paper. I like that the trees have different textures.

 I added a strip of the polka dot Fabulous Foil acetate over a strip of black card stock to finish the inside of the card.  Don't you love the ribbon?  This is the Gold 3/8" Metallic Edge ribbon.  It is a vanilla satin ribbon trimmed with a gold edge.   This is a luxurious ribbon that is easy to tie and definitely adds a beautiful finishing touch.  


Remember you have just one day left (both of these promotions end July 31) to take advantage of the Bonus Days promotion and the Christmas in July (ultimate stamping kit) promotion.  If you have any questions please contact me and I would be happy to assist you.  

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