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

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday challenge!  

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Here's what I made using the sketch.

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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.

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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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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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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.  

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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.   

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In case you were wondering above is the original sketch.

 

 

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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.  

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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?

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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.  

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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.

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the optional theme: Gate Fold card

 

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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.

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 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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Bird Banter and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #503

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #503.  This week it is a Color Challenge.  Can you guess the colors?

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If you guessed Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake, you are correct!

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These colors are prominently featured in the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper aka DSP.  Love the plaids, stripes and patterns especially those glasses!  When I saw the glasses I knew I wanted to use the paper with the sentiment from the Bird Banter stamp set.    I have had so much fun with those fun birds and their sentiments.   

I stamped the bird in Tranquil Tide ink and used a blender pen to do a little shading.   The beak and shadow was colored in using Crumb Cake ink and the head feathers with Night of Navy ink.  Very quick and easy to do.  

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I wanted to tie in the Crumb Cake color a little more so I finished it off with the Crumb Cake 3/8" Classic Weave ribbon.  This ribbon is one of my favorites.  It is soft, easy to tie, and makes great bows.  

Are you wondering how I got that border around the Lots of Label framelit?  I used the #4 die ( #1 being the smallest label).  I cut one out of Very Vanilla and another out of Tranquil Tide.  I cut the Tranquil Tide label in half and used it to create the layer around the top and bottom of the Very Vanilla label.

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Cut a strip of Tranquil Tide cs.  The width doesn't matter, I cut mine around 1/2" wide.   The length of the strip needs to be at least twice as long as the length of the label.   Attach the strip to the side of the label  and cut the length matching up with top layer.  Repeat on the other side.

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I hope you will join in the Challenge.  Be sure to go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog and check out what the other members of the design team created.

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Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #502

I have been enjoying the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit and used it for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #502.  

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The kit contains lots of die cuts that are embossed with silver foil.  I used the cake die cut and colored in the flowers with markers to mimic the colors in the flower bouquet which is also part of the kit.  Included in the kit is the pretty Marina Mist scalloped velvet ribbon and the 1/8" silver and white washi tape.  It is quick and easy to create borders with the ribbon and washi.  

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I  added a strip of Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP to tie the elements together and  finished the card with a bow and some silver sequins.   I have made other cards using the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit here and here .  The kit contains so many pretty images and embellishments and is a great to have to create beautiful cards.

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I hope you will join in the fun and create a card with the sketch.   Check out the Create with Connie and Mary blog for all the information and to submit your card. 

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Blossoming Basket and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

Time for the Try Stamping on Tuesday Challenge!  Every other Tuesday I get to design a card for the design team for this fun challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  

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I used the beautiful Blossoming Basket stamp set which is part of the second release of Sale-A-Bration items.   This stamp set has a coordinating embossing folder, Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF and they are bundled together and is free with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration.

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Head on over to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog and check out what the other design team members created for this challenge.  I hope you will  join in the challenge too! Remember Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31 so be sure to place your order soon!

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A Good Day and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #501

It is time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge # 501!  This week it is a color challenge.

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Color challenges are often harder for me than sketch challenges, not this time.  Why?  The answer is Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper.  Yes, this DSP is one of the many options available as a free gift during Sale-A-Bration and contain these exact colors.  

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One side of the DSP coordinates beautifully with the Bubbles Over bundle in the Occasions catalog and the other side has more neutral designs like the ones I used in my card.   I used the A Good Day stamp set for the sweet little tree and sentiment.  This set is so cute and perfect for quick and easy cards.  

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I colored in the image using Lemon Lime, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Markers.  I added the rhinestones which I colored with the Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends marker.

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Remember you too can join in the challenge.  Go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog and enter your project.  While you are there be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created.  

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PS: New Sale-A-Bration choices are being released today.  Click here to see the new choices.