Flower Shop and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #506

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday challenge!  


Here's what I made using the sketch.


I used the soon to be retiring Flower Shop stamp set and the coordinating Pansy punch (sorry to say that the punch is already sold out).  I embossed the image with silver embossing powder on vellum.  Use the Embossing Buddy everytime you emboss, ESPECIALLY on vellum.   I added a little more sparkle by adding Silver Glimmer paper to the center of each vellum flower.


I love all the silver shine options that Stampin Up! has to offer from the silver foil on the  Sweet Soiree Specialty paper to the beautiful silver edging on the ribbon.   


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Pansy Punch
Leaf Punch

I hope you will join in the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #CCMC506.  Be sure to check the blog to see what the other designers created for even more inspiration!

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Birthday Blooms

The Last Chance list(aka the Retiring products list) has been released and one of the stamp sets on the list is Birthday Blooms.  This set is one I have always loved to color.  Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of my favorite products that are on the Last-Chance list.  One thing you need to know is that the stamp sets on the Last-Chance lists will be available until May 25 and after that date they will be available while supplies last.  The accessories, DSP, tools, etc are available while supplies last and in fact there are a few things that are already unavailable.  Anyway, on to what I made using the Birthday Blooms stamp set.


If the layout looks familiar it is because I used the same sketch as yesterday's cards.  


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If you like to color, you might want to consider getting the Birthday Blooms stamp set before it is no longer available.  


Need more ideas on ways to use this stamp set?  Go here,  here, here, here,  and here.  It really is a beautiful stamp set.  Thanks for stopping by .

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Flying Home and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #363

Time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge.  If you like a clean and simple sketch then this just might be the perfect sketch for you.  



I am going to miss the adorable Flying Home stamp set.   The images in this set are so fun to color and can be used for lots of different occasions.  This set is being retired and is guaranteed to be available until May 25, after that there is a possibility it could be sold out.  I also used the Petal Passion DSP which you know is a big favorite of mine and is also retiring.  Here are some links to projects that use the paper or the set, go here, here, here, here, here, here and  here.  



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I was so inspired by the sketch I made another card.  This time I used the super fun Pieces & Patterns stamp set and the Pick a Pattern DSP.  Both of these products are also retiring.  


Flirty Flamingo is being retired as an In Color but it is joining the Brights Collection in the upcoming 2018-19 Annual catalog.  YAY!  The bright and cheerful Flirty Flamingo striped grosgrain ribbon is retiring so if you like it be sure to order it.  The little flower on the sentiment is from the Tree Builder punch and yes it is also on the retiring list. 


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Here are the links to the Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog Last Chance lists.  The stamp sets are available until May 25 and after that date they are available only while supplies last.  The other products are available while supplies last, in fact there are already a few products that are no longer available so don't delay.  The Clearance Rack has been updated and there are some GREAT buys there so be sure to check out that out as well!

Hope you will join in and play along with the Try Stampin on Tuesday challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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Tranquil Tulips and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #505

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #505.  This week we have a color challenge.



I used the Tranquil Tulips hostess set., which is one of my all time favorite hostess sets.  It is very easy to use and creates beautiful tulips.  


After I stamped the flowers and leaves I applied VersaMark over the entire image and then covered it with a mix of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Heat emboss the image and you have a beautiful glittery panel.  I use this technique often and always marvel at how glittery and pretty the results are.

I want to remind you that Peekaboo Peach is one of the In Colors that will be retiring, along with Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, and Sweet Sugarplum.  Flirty Flamingo will be joining the new SU! color line up.  Be sure to order your ink refills, card stock and embellishments soon!  Here is the list of the retiring products from the Annual catalog  and  here is the list from the Occasions catalog.   If you have any questions please contact me.

I hope you will join in this color challenge. You can enter on the Create with Connie and Mary blog and be sure to check out the beautiful cards the other members of the Design team created,

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Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP and Embellishment kit

Remember I told you how much I liked the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #504?  I decided that I needed to make another card using the sketch.

Sweet Soiree kit

This time I used the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP which is SO pretty with beautiful designs and silver foil.  I also used the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit.  I have used this kit for lots of projects and still have lots of die cuts left to use.   Here are a few of the other ways I used this kit here here, and   here.   


In case you were wondering above is the original sketch.



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Petal Passion DSP Gift Card holder

I received a card featuring this fun fold from Megan at the November OnStage event.  I changed it just a little bit to make it a gift card holder and also added a belly band.  The basic fold is the same.  Thanks Megan!


I used my favorite Petal Passion paper.  I fussy cut around one of the flowers and colored it using Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  The sentiment is from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and can I put my request in for a whole sentiment set using this font combination?  


I used the dies from the Lots to Love Box Framelits to cut the slits that hold the gift card.  These little dies makes it so easy to make gift card holders.



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Do you still need some convincing that you need to get a package of the Petal Passion DSP?  Here are some other samples that you can check out herehere, and here.

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Magical Day Pocket Card

I am trying to overcome my tendencies to hoard my patterned paper.  I keep waiting for the perfect project to use it and in the meantime the stash of paper continues to grow.  I am getting over it and using my pretty paper!


The Myths and Magic Specialty DSP is so sparkly and fun and really needs to be used.  It is hard to tell from my picture but the unicorns are glittery.  So cute!  Every sheet of DSP in this pack has one side that has a glittery design.  


This is the basic pocket.  I colored the unicorn with Stampin' Write Markers (Bermuda Bay and Old Olive) and with a blender pen and Smoky Slate ink.  I used the coordinating Magical Mates framelits to cut out the unicorn.  The whole suite is just so fun and well, magical.


I stamped the sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink and again in Bermuda Bay ink and cut out the banner.  This pocket card also fits in a medium envelope for easy mailing.

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Petal Passion DSP and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

Today's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is just perfect to showcase my favoritest (had to make up a word so you  know I am serious about how much I like this pack of paper!)  pack of patterned paper, Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I am a big fan of DSP and have lots of favorites but I think if you told me I could only have one pack (definitely torture for a paper crafter) I would have to choose Petal Passion.  


Almost everything I used for this card comes from the Petal Passion DSP pack.  Yes, even the beautiful flowers are from the paper pack.  Stripes, dots,  and florals in black and white what more could you ask for?


This is such a fabulous sketch.  Perfect way to use your favorite papers.  I do have a bit of paper hoarding tendencies and this sketch is going to help me get over it.  


If you are wondering, the sentiment is from the Barn Door stamp set and the card base is Thick Whisper White.  I hope you will join in this week's challenge and share it on the Create with Connie and Mary blog and/or Facebook page.   Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for this sketch, so much inspiration!

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Flying Home and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #362

This week the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge is a clean and simple sketch, my favorite kind of sketch.


the optional theme: Gate Fold card



I used the adorable Flying Home stamp set  for the focal point.  The images in this set are sweet and  fun to color.  I stamped and fussy cut the little bird from A Good Day stamp set as the "embellishment".  The bird's legs and feet are the only difficult part to cut out which is one of the reasons I added those sweet little flowers to the branch.  The flowers are from the Tree Builder punch  and remind me of cherry blossoms which are in full bloom here.

Are you wondering how I reversed the direction that the little bird from A Good Day stamp set is facing?  I inked her up and stamped her on a Silicone Craft Sheet.  I then used the silicone craft sheet like a stamp and stamped it on the card stock.  Pretty nifty trick, right?

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I even used the optional theme and made this a gate fold card.

 The sentiment I used for the inside of the card is from the Lovely Wishes stamp set.  This is a stamp set that I have not used to its potential.  I plan to remedy that situation so soon you will be seeing more of this set.  

I hope you will join in the and try your hand at this week's challenge.  You can go to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog for all the details and/or the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Facebook group.  I look forward to seeing how you use this great sketch!

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Looking back at Sale-A-Bration

Today is the last day of Sale-A-Bration 2018!  I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my favorite projects using Sale-A-Bration products.


Heartfelt Blooms stamp set in Berry Burst.  Click here to read more about it.


Heartfelt Blooms and Triple Time Stamping in Basic Gray.


Springtime Foils Specialty DSP in Powder Pink


Springtime Foils Specialty DSP gift card holder


Springtime Foils Specialty DSP



Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes and the Charming Cafe stamp set


Amazing You stamp set


Blossoming Basket bundle


Blossoming Basket stamp set


Blossoming Basket


Party Panda tri-fold

Hope you enjoyed this look back at Sale-A-Bration 2018.  Remember Sale-A-Bration ends (March 31) tonight!  

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