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Happy Birthday Thinlits and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

It is Tuesday and time for the Try Stampin'on Tuesday  Challenge!


Here are the challenge colors.


I used the colors Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Powder Pink.  I realize now that the pink I used is a little lighter than the one in the challenge picture.  We could also use any neutral and I am sure you knew I was going to use black.  

I used the Happy Birthday thinlits and cut it out in Powder Pink.  I used sponge daubers and added the Pool Party and then transitioned to Bermuda Bay.  I got this idea from Jenny Engelke.   I then inked up the thinlit with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I actually repeated the embossing process to get a really shiny look.   I cut the die again on a piece of Basic Black card stock.   To make it easier  I attached a piece of black card stock behind the area I cut out the words.  Why?  When I fitted the words into the black card stock I did not have to worry about putting the little pieces back in. 


I also cut out and embossed the little flowers from the Flourish thinlits.

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I hope you will join in this fun challenge!  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created with these colors.

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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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Oh So Succulent and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #455

Where has the week gone?  It is hard to believe it is already Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.   You know what else I have a hard time believing?  I have a hard time believing that the Oh So Succulent stamp set and Succulents Framelits are retiring!  Yes, it is true.   I know I haven't played with them nearly enough.   That is my way of telling you that you may be seeing this bundle a lot in the next few weeks.  

Here's the Create with Connie and Mary sketch for Challenge #455.


 I am also going to miss the Succulent Garden DSP.  I am especially fond of the Sweet Sugarplum gingham check. I stamped lots of different succulents using the same colors that are in the DSP.  It was fun mixing and matching and creating my own little succulent arrangement.

Oh So Succulent stamp set Succulents framelits


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Did you know it is easy to play along with the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge?  Go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog for all the details and be sure to check out what the other members of the Design team created.   I know you will be inspired by all their creativity!  


Cake Crazy and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #454

It's Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  


I wanted to use the adorable Cake Crazy stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  This stamp set allows you to create and decorate the cake of your dreams without having to dirty a single dish.   This stamp set will not be carried over to the upcoming annual catalog so if you need to order it soon.

Cake Crazy #stampinup

I am sure going to miss the polka dot DSP that was a part of the Designer Paper stacks.  The DSP stacks are retiring and the last time I checked were still available.  I did notice that the Brights stack were marked as "Low Inventory".  

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Cake Crazy side

Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team made for this challenge.  I hope you will be inspired to join in and play along with this color challenge.  You can get all the details at the Create with Connie and Mary blog

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Cool Treats Again!

I hope you are not tired of my cards using the Cool Treats bundle.  It is such a fun suite of products that I reach for it a lot.  I really liked the whole suite and couldn't resist buying the washi tape too. I have a bad habit of buying washi tape and not using it.  I promised myself that this time I would use it and not just look at it.  

 Cool Treats bundle

Isn't the washi tape the cutest?  Now you can see why I had to buy it!  I started by laying down three rows of washi tape and then cutting and creating the ice cream to go on the side.  

Cool Treats bundle


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Cool Treats and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #451

It is Thursday and  time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge $451.   This week it is a sketch challenge and a perfect one to use with your favorite designer paper.

 Here is the sketch.


Cool Treats bundle

I finally did it.  I cut into this design which is one of the specialty papers in the Tasty Treats DSP pack.  The 2 specialty paper designs are so darn cute. I love that there is a glossy coating over the images, it just amps up the cute factor even more.   If you stamp with me, you know that if you get a card using the Tasty Treats DSP and especially if it is one of the specialty designs it means I think you are pretty special.  

Cool Treats bundle

I have really enjoyed using the  entire Cool Treats Suite.  I  also used the super cute Watermelon Wonder 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon.  Remember that Watermelon Wonder is an 2015-17 In Color so if you love the color be sure to order the products now.

Go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog and you can get all the details on how to enter the challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other designers have created for the challenge.  I am always amazed at their talent and  how differently we all interpret the sketch.  

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Did you know that you can get the Tasty Treats Specialty DSP as a Sale-A-Bration choice? You have until March 31 and with a qualifying order you can get the Tasty Treats DSP FREE!   You need to use this number 147364 when you place your order and not the number in the Occasions catalog.

Birthday Blooms and Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #315

Ready for a fun challenge?  This sketch for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #315 is a great one.  So many different fun possibilities.  I hope you will give it a try.

TSOT 315

Optional theme:  3 different patterns

Birthday Blooms,

This image from the  Birthday Blooms stamp set is one of my favorite to color.  In fact this stamp set is one of my favorites period because it has both beautiful images and great sentiments.  After my last post I did double check and this stamp set is indeed a current one and available to purchase.  The pretty little bow is made from the Sale-A-Bration 3/8" Metallic Ribbon pack. It is very easy to tie and adds just a bit of shine to any project. I did use one retired item and here's why. When I saw the sketch I immediately thought of flowers and the 2 smaller circles as butterflies.  The current butterfly punch I have is a bit too big so I pulled out the Beautiful Wings Embosslit. This Embosslit is long retired but I kept it because it has 5 sizes of butterflies. I cut out the smallest butterfly from card stock vellum and colored the backs with markers and they were just right for this card.

Birthday Blooms


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I hope you will join in the TSOT Challenge #315.  You can get all the details on the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog or the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Facebook page.   Be sure to check out what the other designers created for this sketch.  

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Cool Treats and the Wave Edge

Don't you love it when you try something new and it works?  I am sure someone else has already figured this out but it is new to me.  Here's how it started.  I wanted to make a fancy edge on my card front so I looked through the different framelits to see what might work.  I file my dies alphabetically and I was getting pretty discouraged until I got to S.  What did I see?  You got it the Swirly Scribbles thinlit!

Cool Treats bundle Swirly Scribbles thinlits

Tips & Tricks:  Here's how I got that great wave edge.

    1. Cut a strip of DSP the same length as the card front.

    2. Secure it to the front edge of your card.  In the picture I secured it with a Post-It.

    3. Cut the edge with the long Swirly Scribbles thinlit.  I used the edge that has more of a smooth curve.  

Swirly Scribbled Thinlit

Swirly Scribbles wave edge

I cut the DSP at the same time as the card front to make sure the curve is exactly the same.


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Cool Treats Bundle #stampinup

 Tips & Tricks  Make a custom mix of 1 part Clear Embossing Powder and 1 part Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Creates a glittery shiny accent.  I used this on the center ice cream.  If you are wondering,  I inked the stripes in VersaMark ink and then in the Watermelon Wonder ink.  The VersaMark is clear and sticky so it makes a perfect ink to heat emboss with and the Watermelon Wonder ink adds the color.   These 2 tips I use a lot.

Just a few more days left of Sale-A-Bration.  Don't delay!  You can go to my online store and with a $50 order(before shipping and tax) you will be able to choose a free Sale-A-Bration gift.  

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Cake Crazy and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #311

Time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge!  As a member of the Design Team I submit a project every other week.   It is a lot of fun and sometimes very challenging.  

Here is the sketch for challenge #311.  The optional theme is Checkerboard or Plaid.

TSOT 311

I knew just the stamp set I wanted to use, Cake Crazy!

Cake Crazy set #stampinup

I have been fascinated by cake decorating for quite a while.  I even have a full set of decorating tools.  One of these days I am going to take a class and put those tools to use, until then I am going to use the Cake Crazy stamp set to satisfy my cake decorating dreams.  I can make all kinds of fun designs without a single dish to wash and zero calories too.

Cake Crazy


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I hope you will join in the challenge and be sure to check out what the other designers created for this challenge!

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Special Reason and That Old Black Magic

It is so nice having Watercolor Pencils again.  Time to revisit some of those techniques we used to do, like Black Magic.  

Special Reason Black Magic technique

I stamped the flower on black card stock with White Craft ink.  Let the white ink dry, you can  speed up the drying process by using a heat tool.  I used the Daffodil Delight pencil and colored over the white ink.  The White Craft ink allows you to color on the black card stock, which is pretty magical. The center of the flower was colored in with the Pumpkin Pie pencil.  I used the White Craft ink again to stamp the sentiment and the Delicate Detail border.  Since this is a craft ink you can use it to heat emboss which is what I did.  

Special Reason stamp set Stylish Stems framelits

The leaves were cut with the Stylish Stems Framelits in Garden Green card stock.  Doesn't it look like I used two different greens  for the leaves?  Here's what I did.  I cut both the leaf base and the detail in Garden Green.  I inked up the base with VersaMark ink which darkens it just a little and then layered the detail die cut over.  If you are thinking this layout is familiar you are right.  I shared a very similar card here.


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