Challenges

Tropical Chic and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

It has been very sunny and warm here.  Since I cannot be at the beach sipping on a slushy fruity drink I am playing with the Tropical Chic stamp set and coordinating Tropical thinlits.

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I made this card for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday challenge #CCMC515.  This week we are using the card on page 52 for inspiration.   You can use the color scheme, layout, stamp set and/or whatever else inspires you based on this card.

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The Tropical Escape DSP makes me smile.  The colors and patterns are cheerful and bright exactly how your tropical escape should be.  Don't you love how the designs coordinate so well?  I think it is a fresh and fun pack of paper.

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The only item I used on this card  that is not part of the Tropical Escape suite is the sentiment.    I used the the happy birthday sentiment from the Hand Delivered host stamp set.

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

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Tropical Chic and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

I grew up in Hawaii so as much as I try to resist I always end up purchasing stamp sets that remind me of the islands.  This is what happened to me with the Tropical Chic stamp set and the Tropical thinlits.   When it came time to place my first order from the new catalog I ended up ordering all the of the products in the suite.  So much for trying to resist the lure of the tropics.

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This is what I made for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge # 369.   The optional theme is scrap busting.

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I made a striped background using 1" strips of Night of Navy card stock spacing the strips about 1/4" apart on a Whisper White background.  

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I stamped the tropical leaves in Granny Apple Green and then cut them out using the Tropical thinlits.  The flowers were stamped  Lovely Lipstick  and Melon Mambo.  

 

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Be sure to head over to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog to see what the other members of the design team created for the challenge and how you can enter the challenge.

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Hand Delivered for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

This week the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is using the sample on page 5 of the 2018-19 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog for inspiration.  You can use the sketch, the color combination, and/or the stamp set as the inspiration for your card.  

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I chose to use the layout for my card.

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I just received the fun Hostess set, Hand Delivered and thought she would be so cute on the front of this card.  This set spoke to me.  It is a little different from what I usually get and it adds a little whimsy and fun to my stamp shelf.  I know it will be a perfect set to use for the teachers and readers in my life.  

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I hope you will join in the challenge and create a card using the inspiration on page 5.  Be sure to go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog to get all the details on how to submit your card and also to see what the other members of the design team created.

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Accented Blooms and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #513

This month on the Create with Connie & Mary Thursday Challenge the challenge is a little different.  Every week there will be a sample from the 2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog that will be used as inspiration.  You can use the stamp set in the sample, the layout, the colors, or whatever you like from the sample to inspire your project.  

The first inspiration sample is on page 48 and features the adorable platypus from the Postcard Pals stamp set.  

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I don't have this stamp set yet so I decided to use the layout as the inspiration for my card.

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I used the Accented Blooms stamp set and the Garden Impressions DSP.   I embossed the Accented Blooms flowers in white embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock.   I cut off the taller flowers and fussy cut around the flowers on the bottom of the tag.  I used an Aqua Painter and ink from the stamp pads to color in the flowers.  In the past we would squeeze the ink pad cover to transfer ink to the lid of the stamp pad.  It is difficult to do that with the new ink pads so I ink an acrylic block and use that as my palette.

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I hope you will be inspired to participate in the challenge.  You can get all the details on how to enter the challenge here and be sure to check out what the other design team members created. 

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Climbing Orchid and the Create with Connie& Mary Challenge

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #512.  

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The Climbing Orchid stamp set is not retiring.  The stamp set and the coordinating Orchid Builder Framelits will be available in the upcoming catalog but will no longer be available as a bundle in the new catalog. 

Here are the retiring products I used on this card:        

    *Soft Sky card stock

    *Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP

    *Soft Sky ink pad

    *Dapper Denim ink pad

These products are retiring and will not be available after 11 pm MT May 31.

I hope you play along with the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  Go to the blog and get all the details on how you can participate in the challenge and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created.

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Abstract Impressions and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #366

Mixing some retiring products with a new stamp set for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge #366.  

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This is a great basic sketch and one that can be used for lots of different occasions.  Definitely a keeper.

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I used the soon to be released Abstract Impressions stamp set.  This stamp set is one that I will reach for often.  It is a big set (21 photopolymer stamps) with great images and sentiments.  I only used 2 colors of ink on this card.  You can get 2-3 different intesities of color from the same pad by inking the stamp and stamping "off" the image 1-2 times before stamping it on your project.  

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The products I used that are retiring: Soft Sky card stock, Foil Frenzy DSP, Dapper Denim ink pad, and the Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon.  Be sure to order yours soon!

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Daisy Delight and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #510

Today's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a sketch.

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Here's what I made using the sketch.

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I haven't used the Daisy Delight stamp set or the Daisy punch in quite a while.  I stamped the daisy in the new In Color, Lovely Lipstick.  To keep everything bright and fresh I added the new  6" x 6" In Color DSP in Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick.  This new DSP is practically perfect.  The pack of paper is made up of 40 sheets, 4 each of 2 designs (dots or stripes).  I am looking froward to getting this paper in all the Color Collections.

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I also cut out the sentiment from the Happy Birthday thinlits.  I did a little cutting and removed the Birthday so I can use this card for all kinds of occasions. 

Please join in the challenge and try your hand at creating a card using the sketch.  You can get all the information on how to participate by visiting the Create with Connie and Mary blog. 

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Painted Garden and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #509

Today I am sharing a little sneak peek of the Stained Glass thinlits that will debut on June 2 in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog 2018-19.  The dies are part of a larger suite of products called the Graceful Glass Suite.  I thought the dies were perfect for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge # 509 which is a color challenge.

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The sentiment I used is from the Soft Sayings kit stamp set.  The dies are a half circle so I used the long sentiment to cover up the seam between the 2 halves.

Since I had to cut out the die 2 times in each color I decided I would make 3  cards.  

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Which combination do you like best?  I hope you will join in the color challenge fun.  Go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog or the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page for all the details on how to participate in the challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created.  

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Petal Passion DSP and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

I will be sad to see the Petal Passion DSP from the 2018 Occasions catalog retire.  You have probably noticed that black and white cards are my favorites.  I used it for this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge  #TSOT365.

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Optional theme: Shades of One Color

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Isn't that a stunning flower?  I cut it out from the Petal Passion DSP.  Normally I would use my Stampin' Blends and color it in, which I have done here and here.   This time I decided to keep it simple and leave it  black and white.  Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends were used to color in the rhinestone to add just a little bit of color.

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The stamp set So Many Shells will soon be retiring. This set that has SO many useful sentiments and I plan to continue to use them.

So, what do you think?  Should I color in the flower or leave it as it is?   Let me know what you think.  I do hope you will also let me know if you participate in the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge.  I would love that!  You can get more information about the challenge on the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog or Facebook group. 

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Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #508

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge, which means it was the perfect time to play with colors that will soon be retiring from the Stampin' Up! color collections.

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I used Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Pink Pirouette which are all colors that are retiring.  I also used  Early Espresso which is not retiring.  I really like this combination of colors. 

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I used the branch from the Seasonal Layers thinlits and also the flowers.  The sweet little birds are from the Birds and Blooms thinlits.  I just realized that I used the same thinlit  for  last week's challenge.  I promise I won't use it on next week's sketch.

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Are you wondering what die I used to create the layer behind the panels?  If you look really closely you can see a little irregularity along the bottom edge.  I used the Layering Squares framelits and patched 3 of the squares together to create this rectangle.

I hope you will play along with the challenge.  Go to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge blog and while you are there be sure to checkout what the other designers created.

If you like this combination of colors be sure to order them soon.  Once the current inventory is depleted these colors will be gone. 

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