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Cake Crazy and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #454

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


I wanted to use the adorable Cake Crazy stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  This stamp set allows you to create and decorate the cake of your dreams without having to dirty a single dish.   This stamp set will not be carried over to the upcoming annual catalog so if you need to order it soon.

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I am sure going to miss the polka dot DSP that was a part of the Designer Paper stacks.  The DSP stacks are retiring and the last time I checked were still available.  I did notice that the Brights stack were marked as "Low Inventory".  

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Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team made for this challenge.  I hope you will be inspired to join in and play along with this color challenge.  You can get all the details at the Create with Connie and Mary blog

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Basket Bunch and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #453

It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  This week we have a super fun sketch.


Basket Bunch stamp set www.sharonburkert.com

I had a lot of fun arranging my flowers and leaves to make this pretty bouquet.  I made flowers using Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, and Flirty Flamingo and leaves and grass from Cucumber Crush.   These happy and bright colors are just right for spring!

Basket Bunch stamp set www.sharonburkert.com


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If you are going to miss Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, and Delightful Dijon(2015-17 In Colors) as much I will you need to stock up and order your ink refills, card stock, markers, ribbon, and embellishments soon.  Every year these items sell out and there are a lot of disappointed people, so don't let that happen to you!

Be sure to check out what the other designers created for the sketch.  Go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog to get all the detail on how to enter the challenge!

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Dragonfly Dreams

I made these cards a while ago and I just realized I never shared them with you.  They are exactly the same except for one small difference.  Can you spot what is different?

Card 1

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Card 2

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Yes,  card 1 has smaller more delicate splatters and card 2 has larger more obvious splatters.  Card 1's splatters were made by tapping a Gold Wink of Stella over the Whisper White card stock . Card 2's splatters were made using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp and embossing it in gold embossing powder. So which one do you like better?  

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Cool Treats Again!

I hope you are not tired of my cards using the Cool Treats bundle.  It is such a fun suite of products that I reach for it a lot.  I really liked the whole suite and couldn't resist buying the washi tape too. I have a bad habit of buying washi tape and not using it.  I promised myself that this time I would use it and not just look at it.  

 Cool Treats bundle www.sharonburkert.com

Isn't the washi tape the cutest?  Now you can see why I had to buy it!  I started by laying down three rows of washi tape and then cutting and creating the ice cream to go on the side.  

Cool Treats bundle www.sharonburkert.com


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Stylish Stems and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #450

It is time for the Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge #450!   This week I think Connie and Mary took it a little easy on the Thursday design team and all I can say is thank you! 


I knew exactly what Designer Series Paper I wanted to use.  I purchased the Succulent Garden DSP and love the Sweet Sugarplum gingham check  and it is perfect for this challenge.

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Isn't it sweet?  I used the Stylish Stems framelits and the Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper  (Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper Assortment pack) to cut out the flower and leaves.   I also cut out an additional center of the flower out of So Saffron card stock.  I wanted that little pop of color to tie in the So Saffron color.  The flowers are layered on to a circle cut from the Stitched Shapes dies.  I also used the Sweet Sugarplum ribbon form the Succulent Garden Ribbon Combo pack.  I love that there is a whole suite of products to use that coordinate.

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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 with this color combination!

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Lift Me Up and the Wave Edge

I don't want to be an alarmist but we are  just days away from the end of Sale-A-Bration!  Okay, I got that out of my system.  Today's sample uses 2 Sale-A-Bration items; Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper from the 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment and the Carried Away DSP.  

Lift Me Up  bundles www.sharonburkert.com

I am still loving this wave edge and if you missed it,  you can read all about how to make it on this post.   I am going to miss this cloud pattern paper in the Carried Away DSP, good thing I have an extra pack.  

I also want to remind you that the 2015-2017 In Colors will be retiring soon.  It is a good idea to order your ink refills, card stock, ribbon DSP while they are still available.  The availability of these products are while supplies last and every year there are disappointed people who missed out on getting them.  I do not want you to be one of those people.  

2015-2017 In Colors


Lift Me Up bundle www.sharonburkert.com

See the little cloud on the Whisper White?  It is what keeps the card closed.  I put a Stampin' Dimensional on the right edge to attach it to the card and the left edge holds down the balloon.


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Cool Treats and the Wave Edge

Don't you love it when you try something new and it works?  I am sure someone else has already figured this out but it is new to me.  Here's how it started.  I wanted to make a fancy edge on my card front so I looked through the different framelits to see what might work.  I file my dies alphabetically and I was getting pretty discouraged until I got to S.  What did I see?  You got it the Swirly Scribbles thinlit!

Cool Treats bundle Swirly Scribbles thinlits www.sharonburkert.com

Tips & Tricks:  Here's how I got that great wave edge.

    1. Cut a strip of DSP the same length as the card front.

    2. Secure it to the front edge of your card.  In the picture I secured it with a Post-It.

    3. Cut the edge with the long Swirly Scribbles thinlit.  I used the edge that has more of a smooth curve.  

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I cut the DSP at the same time as the card front to make sure the curve is exactly the same.


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 Tips & Tricks  Make a custom mix of 1 part Clear Embossing Powder and 1 part Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Creates a glittery shiny accent.  I used this on the center ice cream.  If you are wondering,  I inked the stripes in VersaMark ink and then in the Watermelon Wonder ink.  The VersaMark is clear and sticky so it makes a perfect ink to heat emboss with and the Watermelon Wonder ink adds the color.   These 2 tips I use a lot.

Just a few more days left of Sale-A-Bration.  Don't delay!  You can go to my online store and with a $50 order(before shipping and tax) you will be able to choose a free Sale-A-Bration gift.  

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

This cute little bunny is all dressed up with his green bow tie and his 4 leaf clover to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Basket Bunch bundle www.sharonburkert.com #stampinup

How I wish we had Glimmer paper in all the colors!  It is a good idea to stock up on the Sale-A-Bration 6" x 6" Glimmer Assortment pack while you can.  The 3 colors in the SAB Assortment: Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum.  The colors are delicious. 

Sometimes it can be a little tricky using Glimmer Paper as a layer.   Here's a little trick I used to secure the bunny piece to the Glimmer Paper.

Basket Bunch 4 leaf clover  Basket Bunch St Pat back

I cut out the center of the Glimmer Paper. From the back side I used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the Glimmer Paper to the Whisper White.  This works a lot better than trying to attach the Whisper White piece on top of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper.  

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Hope your day is lucky in every way!

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Is This Yours?

I couldn't resist or at least didn't try very hard to resist the Everyday Hero stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.  The images are so fun and it is always a bonus when a set can be used for masculine cards.  What sealed the deal was I thought they would make fun congratulations cards for my team.

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The super cute paper is part of the Pop of Pink Specialty DSP.    I love how bright and cheerful this pack of paper is  and that it has some basic patterns that are easy to mix and match.

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This is a tri-fold card.  It fits in a standard A2 envelope.  

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Just the facts:

    *card base cut at 4-1/4" x 11"

    *score at 4-1/4" , 8-1/2"

    *the card measures 5-1/2" when you measure from the top of the scallop circle.


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 Did you know that you can click on any of the product pictures above and you will be taken to the item's location in my online store?  It is a pretty cool feature and makes it easy for you to shop with me!   We are in the last month of Sale-A-Bration so be sure to take advantage of free products with every $50 (before tax and shipping) purchase.  Sale-A-Bration items are only available while supplies last so  don't wait too long or you may find your favorite Sale-A-Bration item gone.  Just so you know the Sale-A-Bration Card Tin is no longer available.

Card tin sold out

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