Challenges

Blended Season Stamp Set and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

Time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge!  This week we have a clean and simple sketch that I love!

 

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I wanted to use Blended Seasons stamp set.   This beautiful and very versatile stamp set is only available in August.  There are coordinating framelits but I didn't use them on today's project.

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I love the flower image, which is  so much fun to color.  I used the soon to be released Mango Melody Stampin' Blend to color the flowers.  This new combo pack will be available in the upcoming Holiday catalog.  In addition I used the Old Olive combo pack and the dark Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends.

 

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Be sure to check out the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog to get all the details on how you can participate in this fun challenge and to see what the other members of the design team created with this sketch.

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Animal Outing and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

It was getting near bedtime and it hit me that I had not made a card for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  What!?!  It is like those dreams you have where you realize you have a big test that you totally forgot about or that you left the house with no clothes on.  Is that TMI?  Anyway I went into the stamp room and got to work.  Now I was a little panicked because I am a SLOOOOW stamper.  It takes me a long time to make a card, even the simplest of cards takes me a while.  Here's the sketch.

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I reached for my patterned paper and pulled out the adorable Animal Expedition DSP.  The designs in this pack are just fabulous.  One side has those adorable animals and the other side more handsome, clean designs.

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It didn't take me very long to create my card.  The hardest part was trying to decide which papers to use, so many great choices which is a wonderful problem to have.  

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Here's what I used to make my card.

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I should also have listed the Stamparatus because without that tool I would have never been able to change the orientation of the sentiment!

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I hope you will join in this challenge!  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie and Mary design team created and all the details on how to play along with the challenge.

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Climbing Orchid and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Ready for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #521?  We have a lovely color challenge featuring Sahara Sand, Lovely Lipstick, and Blackberry Bliss.

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Sahara Sand is one of those colors I just don't use very often.  I really don't know why I don't use it more.  It is a great neutral that changes how it looks depending on the colors it is paired with.

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I embossed the orchids with White embossing powder on  Sahara Sand card stock.  Using an Aqua Painter and Lovely Lipstick ink, I colored in the orchids. I use an acrylic block inked up directly on the Lovely Lipstick stamp pad as my palette.   The sentiment and orchid stems were inked using Blackberry Bliss ink.  

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Before I placed the orchids on the stems I embossed the Sahara Sand card stock using the Subtle Dynamic Embossing folder.  This is probably my favorite embossing folder and I use it a lot.  The texture it embosses is subtle and yet adds a lot of interest.  

I hope you will join in the challenge.  You can get all the details HERE and be sure to check out what the other designers created for this challenge.

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Animal Outing for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

Ready for a fun sketch challenge?

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What do you see?  I saw windows and thought the animals from the Animal Outing stamp set  would look so cute peeking out from the circles.

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Didn't I do a great job coloring in the animals?  Are you thinking it looks too good?  Well, you would be right.  I actually cut those images out from the Animal Expedition DSP using the Animal Friends thinlits.  I knew I wouldn't be able to fool you.   My coloring is nowhere near that good but a girl can dream right?  The Animal Friends thinlits also cuts out the giraffe and a branch image from the Animal Expedition DSP.   I love this option of cutting out the images directly from the DSP.  

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 Be sure to stop by the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog  and check out all the details on how you can play along with the challenge and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created with the sketch.

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Postcard Pals for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Today the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a sketch.  When I saw the sketch i knew exactly the set I wanted to use, Postcard Pals.  This set isn't one I normally purchase but I couldn't resist the cute animals and sentiments.

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Here's the sketch for Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #520

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In addition to the Postcard Pals stamp set i used 2 different packs of DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Both the Wood Textures DSP and the Animal Expeditions DSP are part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.  This promotion ends July 31, so you have just a few more days to get in on the savings.  

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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 for this challenge. 

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Graceful Garden and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

This week we are playing with a color combination on the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  

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If this color combination looks familiar it is because it is the colors of the paper in the Tropical Escape card stock pack.   

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I embossed the flower from the Graceful Garden stamp set with White embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock.  I used an Aqua Painter and the Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green, and Shaded Spruce ink refills to color in the image.  This is one of my favorite ways to color.  

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I hope you will join in the challenge.   Go to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge blog and get all the details on how you can join in the challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for this challenge!

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A Good Day toTic Tac Toe

Today's Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge is Tic Tac Toe.  What is that?  Well, it is kind of a pick your own challenge adventure.  You choose any line: horizontal, vertical or diagonal and those are the elements you use for this week's challenge.

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I chose: Yellow. Geometric, and Circle.  I sure hope you could tell that was what i chose.

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What way to tic tac toe will you choose?  

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Bunch of Blossoms and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Are you enjoying all the new Stampin' Up! colors?   This week the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge has a color challenge featuring 3 new Stampin' Up! colors; Mango Melody, Blueberry Bushel, and Gray Granite.

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This color combination is  from page 53 of the Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.  ** When you are looking for new color combinations check out the colors in the Designer Series paper and the coordinating card stock packs.  Lots of great color ideas!

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Lately I have been trying to use just 1 or 2 stamp sets on a card.  On today's card I used 3, Bunch of Blossoms for the flower, A Big Thank You for the Gray Granite border, and Enjoy Life for the sentiment.   

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I also used the Blossom Builder punch to create the flower.  To create the flower petals,  I inked the outline image full strength and the bold image was stamped off once to get the lighter Mango Melody color.  The center of the flower was also punched from the Blossom Builder punch in Blueberry Bushel card stock.  The Blueberry Bushel flourish was cut using the aptly named Flourish thinlits.  Love that thinlit!

Stop by the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge blog and be inspired by the cards created by the other members of the design team.  You can also get all the information on how you too can participate in this week's challenge.

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Jar of Love and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

This week's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge was a tough one.  I spent more time than I care to admit on this card, well not the card I actually am showing you but the many others that ended up in the recycle bin.

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The challenge was to use the sample on page 119 of the Stampin' Up! catalog as inspiration.

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Please say you can see the layout in my card. One of the new products I used is the Delicate Lace Edgelits, in Whisper White card stock.  There are 3 different edgelits in this set and they are all beautiful.  This is an edgelit so you can make it as wide as you need because just the edge cuts.  The card base is Flirty Flamingo which was an In Color but is now part of the Brights Collection.  The sentiment is from the Accented Blooms stamp set punched out with the Tailored Tag punch.

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The stamp is  Jar of Love.  This is a much loved and used stamp set and dies.  It was great fun to pull them out and use them again.  I have been consciously trying to mix new products with items I have that are still current from past catalogs.  

I hope you will join in the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #516.  I really would love to see what you create using the card on page 119 as inspiration. Be sure to stop by and see what the other members of the design team created.  They always have fabulous ideas and cards.  

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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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