Challenges

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.

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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.    

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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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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.

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I love this trio of colors!

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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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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.  

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

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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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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.

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Country Home and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I am using the gorgeous Country Home stamp set for today's Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge.  Here are the colors for this week's challenge.

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 I used an Aqua Painter with ink refills and played with varying  amounts of water to achieve the different intensities of color.  

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  It was fun to  see how soft and light Pacific Point can become when it is thinned  with a lot of water.  

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The Poppy Parade 1/2" ribbon is from the Holiday Catalog.  This ribbon also comes in Gray Granite and Granny Apple Green in the Annual catalog.  

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created using this color challenge and I hope you play along  and post your creations on the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page.

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Peaceful Poinsettia and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

This week the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge is a Tic Tac Toe Challenge.

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I decided to use the diagonal of Green, Die Cut, and Dimension for the win!  

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The green I used is Call Me Clover which is one of the 2018-20 In Colors.  I love how bright and cheerful it looks paired with Real Red.  I cut the Real Red poinsettias using the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlit dies.  I wanted to create a dimensional background using the big poinsettias. To make this task easier I attached Multipurpose Adhesive sheets to the back of the Real Red card stock before I cut out the poinsettias.  This made it much easier to adhere the poinsettias to the Call Me Clover card stock.  The sentiment is from The Stylish Christmas stamp set.

 

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I hope you join us in this Tic Tac Toe challenge!  Go to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog or Facebook page to get all the details on how to play along with the challenge!

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Santa's Workshop Memories & More for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Oh my, the Santa's Workshop Suite is so cute!  I finally broke down and ordered a lot from the Suite including the Santa's Workshop Memories & More Card Pack.  These cute little cards can be used for memory keeping/pocket scrapbooking and cards!    Here's the sketch for this week's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.

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Using the Santa's Workshop Memories & More Card my card came together quickly.  The hardest part was deciding which card to use!

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How cute, right?  I used the card just straight out of the pack and layered it on a piece of Garden Green card stock.  I used the Santa's Workshop Specialty DSP for the red and white strips.   This pack of paper is simply adorable.  Some of the designs have white flocking and so they not only look good but feel good too!  The sentiment is from the Star of Light stamp set in the Annual catalog.  This just may be the quickest card I have made in a long time.

Now you need to go over to the Create with Connie & Mary blog and check out how you can play along and see what the other design team members created.  Hope you play along with us!

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Blended Seasons One Last Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I promise this will be the last time I post about the Blended Seasons stamp set and the Stitched Seasons Framelits.  This will be an easy promise to keep since tomorrow is the last day this bundle of products will be available for purchase.   

This week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is to use the color combination, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green and Highland Heather.

Love these colors!  

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I used the Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends to color in the flowers and leaves.  the rhinestones were colored using the Dark Granny Apple Green Blends.  The ribbon is 1/4" Striped Gorgeous Grape.  Love that striped ribbon which is also available in Bermuda Bay and Poppy Parade.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and is stamped in Gorgeous Grape.  I used the Tufted embossing folder which is one of my favorite folders.  

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There is a grocery store that I go to that has a great bulk food section.  I always do a walk through to see what new items are there.  Look what I found!!  Aren't these kisses just perfect for this color challenge?  I filled a 2" x 8" cello bag with the kisses and made a quick tag.  I colored and cut out the flower and found this great sentiment in the Barn Door stamp set.  

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Time to head over to the Create with Connie and Mary blog to get all the details on this challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for this challenge.  

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Be sure to check out my Facebook page to see another project using this color combination!

 

 

 


Peaceful Poinsettia and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Thursday Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.

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I used a new bundle ( stamp set and coordinating Thinlit dies)  called Peaceful Poinsettia from the upcoming Holiday catalog.  

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The poinsettia and leaves are from the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle and were colored in using the Real Red Stampin' Blends Combo (Holiday catalog page 14) and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  It is hard to see in this picture but the flower and berries also have Wink of Stella on them for a little more shine.  The cute little sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  This stamp set has 32 sentiments and will have you covered for all kinds of occasions.  The pretty DSP is from Under the Mistletoe DSP which is in the Annual catalog. 

Be sure to check out what the members of the design team created for this sketch.  Hope you will join in the challenge! 

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