Challenges

Petal Passion DSP and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #498

Love the sketch for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #CCMC498.  Here's what I made for the challenge.

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There's very little stamping on this card and instead the Petal Passion DSP is doing all the work.  

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I colored the flowers from the Petal Passion DSP using Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.   I fussy cut them and arranged them on the banners.  The banners are cut from Daffodil Delight card stock and the Iridescent Glimmer paper from the Myths and Magic Glimmer paper.   The polka dot paper is also from the Petal Passion DSP.  The "for you" is from the Weather Together stamp set which is in the annual catalog on page 93. 

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

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Charming Cafe and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #357

Time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #357.  Here's what I made for my design team entry.

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Here is the sketch for the week with an optional theme of Shaker Card.

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I enjoy stamping with the Charming Cafe stamp set and Cafe Builder thinlits.  I love creating these scenes which remind me of  good times spent with friends over a cup of coffee or tea.  

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I hope you will join in the challenge and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created.

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Petal Palette and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

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

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So when you saw the color combination what did you think? At first I was a little leery of this combination but after working with it I do like the mix of Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist.   I started off by embossing the image from the Petal Palette stamp in white embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock.  I used ink refills and an Aqua Painter to color in the images.  I mixed  Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist on the leaves and like how the colors blended together.  

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Real Red: 4-1/4" x 11"  scored at 1-1/4", 5-1/2"

Lemon Lime Twist:  4" x 5-1/4"

Whisper White:  3-7/8" x  5-1/8"

Shimmery White CS:  4-3/4" x 6" ( 2 bouquets embossed and extra leaves)

Lemon Lime Twist 1/4" Ombre Ribbon approx 17"

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The pocket is secured by the Lemon Lime Twist ribbon which is wrapped around the flap.   I secured down the flowers using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I cut apart the bouquet to fill in the gaps and make it look fuller.  

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The insert is pretty plain except for the sentiment stamped in Garden Green ink.

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Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created.  They are all so creative!  Thanks for stopping by.

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Graceful Garden and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #496

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!

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I used the lovely Graceful Garden stamp set from the 2017-18 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.   I love the coloring this beautiful rose image.  The image was embossed with White Embossing Powder and colored using an Aqua Painter, Calypso Coral and Old Olive ink refills.  

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I also used the Petal Garden DSP which is one of the prettiest 6" x 6" stacks of paper.  It is an easy one to mix and match and the colors are so pretty.  

Thick Whisper White: 4-1/4" x 11"  scored at 5-1/2",   5/8" x 4"

Petal Garden DSP:  4" x 5-1/4",  3" x 5",  7/8" x 4"

Shimmery White CS: 3-1/8" x 4-1/2" ( I used Shimmery White CS since I was using an Aqua Painter.  The paper does not absorb as quickly which allows you to move the colors around.

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I used the Decorative Ribbon Border stamp to cut out the little scallop.  The sentiment I used is from the Floral Phrases stamp set.  The  font is so pretty.  Hope you enjoyed seeing what I created using the sketch.  Now be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie and Mary Design team created.

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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!

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Here are the challenge colors.

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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. 

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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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Amazing You and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #495

I know you have heard me say this many a time, this week's challenge was a tough one for me.  Strangely enough I had a concept of what I wanted to make and the card actually came together pretty easily.  The tough part was deciding if I liked the card I made.  I went from thinking I should probably make another sample to I like it.  

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Here are the colors for the Challenge.

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Are you wondering where these colors are from?  I think they were inspired by the colors in the Painted with Love DSP.    

I embossed the flower from the  Amazing You  Sale-A-Bration set with gold embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock.  To color the flowers I used an Aqua Painter and Rich Razzleberry ink refill.  I fussy cut the flowers and surrounded them with gold foil leaves cut using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  The "love" die cut is from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits and cut it in both gold foil and Melon Mambo.  The Melon Mambo was laid on top of the gold foil to give it a gold shadow.  

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This is what I really like about participating in challenges.  They force me to stretch and try new combinations and ideas.  Sometimes they turn out, sometimes they don't, either way I learn something.  

This week you really need to check out what the other members of the design team created.  The cards are all so different and inspiring.   

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Ribbon of Courage and the Support Ribbon Framelits

I like a good surprise.  Remember I said good surprise.  An example of a good surprise is the flower and leaf die that comes in the Support Ribbon Framelits die set.   It is a great flower and different from my other flower dies.   

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Isn't it a super cute flower and leaf?  I paired it with one of the sayings from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.   This sentiment gets used a LOT by me.  It fits a lot of situations and you know I am a big fan of the two font look.  Are you wondering where I got the Smoky Slate striped paper from?  I made it!  Yes, it is the Diagonal Stripe Background stamp turned so it is no longer diagonal.  

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I used the largest circle Stitched Shapes framelits for the Real Red layer and the second to the largest circle (Layering Circles framelits) for the Smoky Slate stripe.  

 

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I'm happy with  how this card turned out.  I think it will brighten up someone's mailbox real soon.  I like it so much that I am entering it in the What Will You Stamp Challenge#152, #WWYS152.  

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Flying Home and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #494

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #494!  

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If you haven't guessed by now I have been having so much fun with the Flying Home stamp set.  The images are so sweet and coloring can be quick or more detailed, either way it seems to turn out.  I do wish there were coordinating framelits so it would be easier to cut out those cute little birds, bee and butterflies. 

Did you notice that I used a bird from the A Good Day set?  She's the Pool Party and Daffodil Delight bird on the lower left.   I thought she looked like she belonged with this flock.   The background paper is from the Sale-A-Bration paper pack, Bubbles & Fizz.  This DSP is free with a $50 purchase and coordinates with the Bubble Over stamp set.   The gorgeous Pool Party ribbon is part of the Shimmer Ribbon pack which is another Sale-A-Bration choice.   

This was a fun card to make and here's this week's sketch.

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Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for this sketch.   I hope you will join in and  post what you create on the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page.

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Picture Perfect Birthday and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #493

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #493.  This week it is a Color Challenge.

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The challenge colors are Old Olive, Marina Mist and Calypso Coral.  

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The first thing I thought of was the paper from the Bubbles and Fizz DSP.  The Bubbles and Fizz DSP pack is really fun and bright.  This is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices which means you can get it for free with a $50 order.  I love the hearts and was reminded by one of my team members that this design works beautifully for Valentine's too.

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I used images from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set in the challenge colors.  Once I completed the stamping I covered the circle in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with a mix of Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Clear Embossing powder.  I think the glittery embossing livens up the card.  One of the things I really like about the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set is the sentiments.  I always like when fonts are mixed in a sentiment and I especially like this hand lettered font.

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I finished off the card tying a bow using the 3/8" Classic Weave ribbon.  This ribbon is super soft and easy to tie.  This is a quick card with a little bit of glittery appeal.  

I hope you will join in the challenge and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for the challenge.  I think you will be inspired.

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Painted with Love DSP and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #492

Have you seen the Painted with Love Specialty DSP?  It is GORGEOUS!  Yes, I meant to shout.  If you like gold foil accents then this pack of paper is for you.

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When I first saw the paper I wanted to frame each piece.  I still think I might do that.  The colors are beautiful and the designs are modern and sophisticated.  The sketch was a perfect one to show off the DSP.

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The sentiment is from the Hanging Garden set and you can see a sample card here.  I also used the Sweet & Sassy framelits to cut out the hearts.

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I hope you will join in the challenge.  You can get all the details on the Create with Connie and Mary blog.  Be sure to check out what the other designers created for this challenge, you will be inspired.