Country Home and the Country Lane DSP

I have another half pocket card this time using the Country Home stamp set and the coordinating Country Lane DSP.   


Did you notice that I used Early Espresso ink to stamp the vase and the flowers?  This was an experiment to see if i could use the Classic ink pads with Stampin' Blends.  This is the only time I have tried it and it worked!  Now this is not a tried and true thing and I will have to do a lot more testing to make sure it works in all cases.  If you try it, let me know your results.  


Don't you love that sentiment?  It is such a good reminder.  The Country Home set is just a perfect set since it has both great images and sentiments.  


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Dashing Deer and Under the Mistletoe DSP

The Dashing Deer stamp set and coordinating Detailed Deer thinlits were on the top of my list of must haves from the Holiday catalog.  On today's card I paired it with the Under the Mistletoe DSP for a fun split front card.


Love  mixing and matching the fun patterns in the Under the Mistletoe DSP.

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Here's a close up of the beautiful deer.


Can you see the beautiful coopery finish on the deer?  Doesn't it totally change the look of the Early Espresso card stock?  Fill a Stampin' Spritzer with alcohol and add a drop or 2 of the Bright Copper Shimmer Paint (page 38),  shake well and spritz.  I love the shine and  shimmer it adds to the project.


The sentiment is from the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and I love the mixing of the 2 fonts.  Did you notice the red nose?  It is a new item added to the Basic Jewels.  You get a sheet of 220 Red Rhinestones that are all the same size (3mm).   Love new bling!


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Country Home and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I am using the gorgeous Country Home stamp set for today's Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge.  Here are the colors for this week's challenge.


 I used an Aqua Painter with ink refills and played with varying  amounts of water to achieve the different intensities of color.  


  It was fun to  see how soft and light Pacific Point can become when it is thinned  with a lot of water.  


The Poppy Parade 1/2" ribbon is from the Holiday Catalog.  This ribbon also comes in Gray Granite and Granny Apple Green in the Annual catalog.  

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created using this color challenge and I hope you play along  and post your creations on the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page.

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Peaceful Poinsettia and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

This week the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge is a Tic Tac Toe Challenge.

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I decided to use the diagonal of Green, Die Cut, and Dimension for the win!  


The green I used is Call Me Clover which is one of the 2018-20 In Colors.  I love how bright and cheerful it looks paired with Real Red.  I cut the Real Red poinsettias using the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlit dies.  I wanted to create a dimensional background using the big poinsettias. To make this task easier I attached Multipurpose Adhesive sheets to the back of the Real Red card stock before I cut out the poinsettias.  This made it much easier to adhere the poinsettias to the Call Me Clover card stock.  The sentiment is from The Stylish Christmas stamp set.


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I hope you join us in this Tic Tac Toe challenge!  Go to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog or Facebook page to get all the details on how to play along with the challenge!

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Santa's Workshop Memories & More for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Oh my, the Santa's Workshop Suite is so cute!  I finally broke down and ordered a lot from the Suite including the Santa's Workshop Memories & More Card Pack.  These cute little cards can be used for memory keeping/pocket scrapbooking and cards!    Here's the sketch for this week's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.


Using the Santa's Workshop Memories & More Card my card came together quickly.  The hardest part was deciding which card to use!


How cute, right?  I used the card just straight out of the pack and layered it on a piece of Garden Green card stock.  I used the Santa's Workshop Specialty DSP for the red and white strips.   This pack of paper is simply adorable.  Some of the designs have white flocking and so they not only look good but feel good too!  The sentiment is from the Star of Light stamp set in the Annual catalog.  This just may be the quickest card I have made in a long time.

Now you need to go over to the Create with Connie & Mary blog and check out how you can play along and see what the other design team members created.  Hope you play along with us!

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Happy Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Debut!

Today is the day!  You can now order from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog!  Yay! If you haven't seen the new Holiday catalog you can click on the link on the right hand side of  my blog or CLICK HERE.  

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Right about now you are thinking that the Peaceful Poinsettias bundle is the only new stamp set and framelits I own.  While that isn't true it is the bundle I have played with the most. 

Today's card is a riff on the sample that is in the Holiday Catalog on page 23.  The catalog sample is a bag. I thought it would also look great as a card. This is  the first time I used the new color, Soft Seafoam.  This color combination of Soft Seafoam, Shaded Spruce and Real Red may just become a new favorite.  Did you see that there are new Stampin' Blends in the Holiday catalog?  I used the new Real Red and Shaded Spruce  Blends (page 14 of the Holiday Catalog) on the card.

Here's a supply list on what I used on today's sample.  If you are interested in a particular product click on the picture and you will be taken to my online store for more information.


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*Remember to redeem your Bonus Days coupons in September!


Kraft Pillow Boxes and the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle

Just one more sleep until the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog goes live!  One of my favorite bundles in the Holiday catalog is Peaceful Poinsettias.  Just how much I have enjoyed playing with this set surprised me.  I pre-ordered this set because I was curious about the doily die and liked the other images and sentiments.  I have barely played with the doily die and instead have fallen for the big poinsettia.  Here's a link to a card I made using the big poinsettias.

Today I want to show you how I used the bundle to decorate a Kraft Pillow Box.  


This month when you use the Host Code S93G4H96 and place a $50 order (before shipping and tax) with me, I will send you a package of these Pillow Boxes.  Click here for more information about this gift  and Host Code.  I also want to point out the beautiful Cherry Cobbler DSP.  This is from the Dashing Along DSP.  

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This DSP is a FREE  gift when you host a qualifying event ($250 in sales before shipping and tax) in September.   Contact me if you would like to host an event in September.   In my next newsletter email (9/5)  I will be sharing other ideas using the Dashing Along DSP and 4 tutorials for fun fall projects.  If you want to receive my newsletter be sure to complete the signup box on the right hand side of the blog.

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Be sure to check out my Facebook page to see another pillow box using the Peaceful Poinsettias bundle.


Blended Seasons One Last Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I promise this will be the last time I post about the Blended Seasons stamp set and the Stitched Seasons Framelits.  This will be an easy promise to keep since tomorrow is the last day this bundle of products will be available for purchase.   

This week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is to use the color combination, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green and Highland Heather.

Love these colors!  


I used the Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends to color in the flowers and leaves.  the rhinestones were colored using the Dark Granny Apple Green Blends.  The ribbon is 1/4" Striped Gorgeous Grape.  Love that striped ribbon which is also available in Bermuda Bay and Poppy Parade.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and is stamped in Gorgeous Grape.  I used the Tufted embossing folder which is one of my favorite folders.  


There is a grocery store that I go to that has a great bulk food section.  I always do a walk through to see what new items are there.  Look what I found!!  Aren't these kisses just perfect for this color challenge?  I filled a 2" x 8" cello bag with the kisses and made a quick tag.  I colored and cut out the flower and found this great sentiment in the Barn Door stamp set.  


Time to head over to the Create with Connie and Mary blog to get all the details on this challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for this challenge.  

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Be sure to check out my Facebook page to see another project using this color combination!




Blended Seasons...Hate to See You Go!

In just a few days the Blended Seasons stamp set , Stitched Seasons Framelits, and the Blended Seasons bundle  will no longer be available to purchase.  I have enjoyed playing with this bundle of products and if you have purchased it you know that it is a set that can be used and enjoyed all year long.   


I am particularly fond of this gorgeous floral stamp.  The flowers are big and so fun to color.  On today's card I used the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 and an Aqua Painter to color in the image.  I am unsure what the future availability is for the Watercolor Pencils 2.  All I can say for sure is that they might be available in the future but if you like to color I would advise you to get them now.   I used the Night of Navy, Gorgeous Grape, and Crushed Curry  pencils to color in the flowers and Garden Green to color in the leaves.  All of these colors are available in the new Assortment 2.  

Remember that Bonus Days will also be ending soon too!  What are Bonus Days?  In August for every $50 purchase you will get a $5 coupon that you can use in September.  


Not to be Missed, these fabulous August promotions

*Color Your Season-Limited edition bundle

*Bonus Days-Earn in August, Spend in September

*As the Ink Dries online Hostess Code special gift- Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

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Peaceful Poinsettia Half Pocket card

Ready for  another sneak peek using the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle?  This bundle is in the upcoming Holiday catalog that will be debuting on September 5th.   I bought the bundle because i was curious about the dies and thought the samples in the catalog were really interesting.  Now that I have played with the bundle a bit, I can say it is one of my favorites! 


I had a few half pocket card bases ( you can read about half pocket cards here and here's a link to a post that will help you make your own half pockets) left over from another project.  Aren't the poinsettias so pretty?  They are super easy to cut out using the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlit Dies.

Here's how you cut out the detailed outline.  Nestle the detailed die and run through the Big Shot.  


Here's the detailed outline.


To get the solid flower, remove the detailed die and run it through the Big Shot.


Layer the detailed outline over the solid flower shape.  


Attaching the outline image on to the solid image is easy if you attach the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the card stock before you run it through the Big Shot.


Be sure to check out my Facebook page ( I will have another version of this card posted later in the morning.  

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Not to be Missed, these fabulous August promotions

*Color Your Season-Limited edition bundle

*Bonus Days-Earn in August, Spend in September

*As the Ink Dries online Hostess Code special gift- Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

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