Holiday Mini Catalog

Christmas Around the World DSP and the Lots to Love Box

I found these cute little chocolate Santas and knew I had to package them up using the Lots to Love Box framelits.


Isn't he so cute?  I love how Santa looks like he is wishing you a Happy Christmas.  I had to play around with the placement of the dies to make sure the speech bubble lined up with Santa.  The DSP I used is  Christmas Around the World and it is full of plaids and happy designs.  It is hard for me to decide which side of the paper to use.


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Seasonal Lantern and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

It is Thursday and that means it is time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  Every week the challenge alternates between a sketch or color challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  Can you guess the colors?


If you guessed, Tranquil Tide, Calypso Coral and So Saffron, you are correct.


I wanted to use one of my favorite sets from the Holiday Catalog, Seasonal Lantern Bundle.   Why is this one of my favorites?   This is a very versatile bundle with lots of images that can be used for many different occasions.   The images are clean and simple in the best possible way.  I have used the bundle to create more handsome cards.  I hope that makes sense.   The set has 2 and 3 step images to stamp which makes it really easy to add color.  If you don't have this bundle in your craft room you might want to get it soon, it is on the Retiring list and won't be available after January  2. (The stamp set is guaranteed to be available until December 21.  The framelits are available while supplies last).



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I hope you will join in this fun color challenge!  I would love to see what you create.  You can post your creation to the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page. 

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Painted Autumn DSP and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week we have another great sketch. 


Here's what I made with the sketch.


The only stamping I did on this card is the sentiment, which is from the Remarkable You stamp set.  The flowers and the banner are both from the Painted Autumn DSP.   


I fussy cut the flowers and then brushed the petals with Wink of Stella to add a little shimmer.  I also applied some Fine-Tip glue to the center of the flowers to add some shine and dimension.  Two simple ways to add a little more interest to the card.


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Be sure to check out what the other designers have created for this sketch.  I hope you too will join in and try your hand at the challenge.

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Give Thanks


It is hard to believe that there is only a week left in  September.  As much as I love the fall season it is still hard to say goodbye to summer. One consolation is that there are so many fun and fabulous fall products in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog to help us welcome Autumn.  One of the bundles I had to have was the Pick a Pumpkin bundle.  I knew the images would be great for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Here I paired it with the sentiment from the Painted Harvest stamp set.


The large outline pumpkin is one of the dies in the Patterned Pumpkins thinlits that doesn't have a corresponding stamp image.  I love these bonus dies.  I cut it out of Gold Foil paper and carried the gold theme with the Gold Glimmer paper  leaf and the Year of Cheer Washi tape.  I like to mix the different textures  to create more interest.  


The card is a simple Z fold card.  It is a simple fold.  To make this fold I cut the card base at 4-1/4" x 11"and scored it at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2".  It is easy and a nice way to change up your cards.


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Be sure to take a look at all the great Fall images in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog.

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Quick and Easy Treat Box


I love the Acetate Card boxes that are in the Holiday catalog.   They are great for packaging up cards and treats too.  I found these little candy bars that were all dressed up for Halloween.  I wanted them to stay upright and organized in the box so I placed them in the 2" x 8" cello bags and then into the acetate card box.  To make the little gift even more festive I made a belly band using the images from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. Did you know that the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlit Dies cut out the pumpkins featured on the Spooky Night DSP?  Isn't that awesome?!  I love how there is so much coordination between the products in the Holiday catalog.  I also used the Cat punch to punch out the cats that are also on the Spooky Night DSP.  The sentiment is from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  


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Cat Punch

This quick and easy project is super fun to make and give.  

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Simple Sunday:Hometown Greetings Edgelits

Here's a quick card using the Hometown Greetings Edgelits.



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  • Stamps:  Christmas Quilt144793
  • Paper: 
    • 144623 Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper (4” x 5-1/4”)
    • 140272 Whisper White Thick Cardstock (4-1/4" x 11" card base, 3-3/4" x 4")
    • 121790 Red Glimmer Paper scrap
  • Ink132708 Memento Tuxedo Black pad
  • Other 143263 Big Shot, 144671 Hometown Greetings Edgelit Dies, 137547 Mini Treat Bag Thinlit  Dies (heart die), 144213 3/8” Metallic Edge Silver Ribbon,104332 SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, 110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue


  1. Wrap the 3/8” Metallic Edge Silver ribbon around Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper and tie a bow.  Attach the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper to the folded 4-1/4" x 11" Whisper White Thick card stock.
  2. Place the Hometown Greetings Edgelit Die on the 3-3/4” x 4”  piece of Whisper White card stock. Align the die so the tip of the church steeple is near the top edge of the paper.  Run it through the Big Shot.
  3. Stamp “peace” in black ink on the snow bank.  Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the die cut to the card base. 
  4. Use the heart die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit dies to cut a heart from the scrap of Red Glimmer paper.  Attach the heart to the card using a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Need a Holiday Mini catalog?  Contact me and I would be happy to send you one!

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Merry Cafe and Colorful Seasons

Is it too soon to be talking about pumpkin spice lattes? Personally  I am still in iced tea mode. The sentiment from the Merry Cafe set was so fun that I had to use it even if it is a little premature.  I was so happy to see the Merry Cafe stamp set in the Holiday catalog.  I love it when there are more stamps that  coordinate with  dies.



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If you look closely you can see the texture on the Wood Texture paper.  I used the Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder to create the texture.  It looks so realistic.   

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Today is the start of the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog!  You know what else it is?  It is the start of my challenge to blog every day in September. There I said it and oh this declaration makes me nervous!  I thought about not saying anything but there is nothing like saying it out loud to help with accountability.  Back to the big news!  The Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog is LIVE!

This new catalog is full of fabulous stamps, DSP (Designer Series Paper), and embellishments.  If you could see my little stamp room you would see how much I loved this new catalog, it is full of new product! Today I am posting a card made by Laurie Gaudette.   She is on my team and a fabulous stamper!  


So cute, I mean scary right?  Can you name all the fun new products she used?  


If you do not have a Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog of your own, you can look online (click on the catalog image located on the top right) or contact me and I would be happy to send one out to you.   If you are ready to place an order, you can either contact me or shop with me online at .   If your order is less than $150 (great self control!) please use the hostess code (M6DT7EYH).  Do not use this code if your order is $150 or more. Thank you!

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Seasonal Lantern and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

I love this week's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  It is a Color Challenge and I love this combination!


Some days things just work out.  I needed to work on my card for the design team and just minutes before I  received the Seasonal Lantern bundle from the upcoming Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.   I knew it was a sign and I needed to get the Seasonal Lantern set inked up!


It was so much fun playing with the images and dies.  There are 36 stamps in the set and 17 dies.  So many possibilities.  I know I will be using the cute little bow stamp and die a lot!  The sentiment stamp (from the Seasonal Lantern set ) actually says Autumn Greetings.  I decided to just ink up the "Greetings" so I can use the card for any occasion. 

Tomorrow, September 1 is when the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog will go live.  Just one more sleep.  If you do not have a Holiday catalog of your own and do not already have a demonstrator you work with, please contact me and I will get one mailed to you.

Be sure to go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog and see what the rest of the design team created.  They always inspire me with their creativty!

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Christmas Pines

Usually I have my posts scheduled to go up early in the morning (Pacific Time).   Today I am running a little/lot behind schedule.  I have been playing with my new Stitched framelits.  Today I used it as a layer instead of adding the usual scalloped piece, I used  a stitched piece.

Christmas Pines ,

I used the Presents and Pine Cones DSP and I love this color combination.  Who would have thought that Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron and Delightful Dijon would look so good together.   This is a great  non traditional color combinations for Christmas.   I used the Pretty Pines Thinlits to cut out all the foliage.  

Christmas Pines

I made some frosted berries to add to the foliage.  I embossed Cherry Cobbler card stock with a custom mix of  1 part Clear embossing powder and 1 part Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  I use this mix a lot since SU! no longer sell Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  

Christmas Pines

Christmas Pines,


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On Friday, I will post a  tutorial on how I made this card style. It is easy and a great way to show off your pretty patterned paper.  You can see another sample of this card style here.   Check back tomorrow for the Create with Connie and Mary challenge!

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