Pocketful of Sunshine and the Create wth Connie and Mary Challenge #469

It is HOT here in the usually cool Pacific Northwest.  I think the hot, sunny weather definitely influenced the stamp set I chose to work with for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  First here are the colors for the challenge.




Don't ya just love those sunglasses?  I covered the lenses with Fine-Tip glue to give it them a shiny glass like look.  The glue also helps give the lenses some dimension.


Here are the products I used:

Stamps: Pocketful of Sunshine bundle,  Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Ink: Night of Navy, Fresh Fig, Tuxedo Black Memento pad

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Fresh Florals DSP Stack

Big Shot: Layering Squares, Pocket Framelits 

Embellishments: Rhinestones

Adhesives: Tear and Tape, Fine-tip Glue Pen, SNAIL


I hope you will join in the challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other designers made for the challenge.  I hope you will join in the fun.  I look forward to seeing what you create!

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Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop...Knotty Ways

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring ribbon ( get it knotty ways?!) and Christmas projects.  I have 2 cards to share with you both featuring the Carols of Christmas stamp set , Card Front Builder Thinlit dies and the Metallic Edge ribbon.   The Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Card Front Builder thinlits are now available for purchase.  As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order stamp set and dies in July and it is a bundle that has a lot of potential.  The bundle is part of  the Merry Little Christmas suite of products and oh what a fabulous suite of products it is!


Aren't those trees gorgeous?  They were cut using the Card Front Builder dies.  I cut the trees in both Silver Foil and Silver Glimmer Paper.  I love the mix of textures and shine.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Pines set and I thought it fit the card so well.  The ribbon is the Silver 3/8" Metalllic-Edge Ribbon.  The edging on this ribbon is beautiful and because it is a satin ribbon it is soft and ties easily.  I created the edge using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  For more information on how to create this edge, go to this post for all the details.

Since I shared with you the Silver 3/8" Metallic -Edge Ribbon I thought I should also show you the Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon.  


This card uses the Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Card Front Builder thinlit dies.  The Card Front Builder dies made the great cut out detail around the edge of the card.  The sentiment I heat embossed with a custom embossing powder mix that I made.  I mixed Gold Embossing powder and Gold Glitter together and created the sparkly sentiment.  I used the Thick Very Vanilla card stock for the base of the card.  I just love all the gold on this card with just pops of Real Red.  

Now it is time to head on over to see what Cheryl has created for you!  I know she has some beautiful knotty ideas for you!

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This Little Piggy and the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge

It is time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #333.  Here is the sketch we are working with.  The optional theme is the Dog Days of Summer.


I didn't really follow the optional theme since my card is not the Dog Days of Summer but the little piggy days of summer!  I did a little paper piecing on the sweet little piggy.  I stamped her on one of the designs in the Wood Textures DSP Stack and cut her out.   I extended the flower stem and added a sweet Flirty Flamingo flower from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  


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Be sure to check out the Try Stampin' On Tuesday blog.  There you can see what the other designers created for this challenge and how you can play along!

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Carols of Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to the Carols of Christmas blog hop!  We are all showcasing the beautiful Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Card Front Builder thinlit dies.  These two products were available as pre-order item for Stampin' Up! demonstrators in July.  Yes,  it is just one of the many benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  This lovely stamp set and thinlits will be available for everyone to order on August 1.  


Don't you love all the gold? I didn't have any black and gold paper patterned paper so I layered the Basic Black card stock card base with the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, creating my own designer paper.  The Carols of Christmas stamp set has a couple of bold sentiments.  I wanted to highlight the sentiment so I mixed some gold embossing powder with gold glitter to create a gold sparkly embossing powder.  I heat embossed the sentiment using this glittery gold mix and created the sparkly sentiment.  The trees are dies in the Card Front Builder thinlits and they were cut in the Gold Glimmer paper and the Gold Foil paper. I like that the trees have different textures.

 I added a strip of the polka dot Fabulous Foil acetate over a strip of black card stock to finish the inside of the card.  Don't you love the ribbon?  This is the Gold 3/8" Metallic Edge ribbon.  It is a vanilla satin ribbon trimmed with a gold edge.   This is a luxurious ribbon that is easy to tie and definitely adds a beautiful finishing touch.  


Remember you have just one day left (both of these promotions end July 31) to take advantage of the Bonus Days promotion and the Christmas in July (ultimate stamping kit) promotion.  If you have any questions please contact me and I would be happy to assist you.  

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Lots of Love and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #468.  This week it is a sketch challenge and here is the sketch we have to work with.


I used the Lots of Love stamp set and the coordinating  Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  


I stamped the flower from the Lots of Love stamp in Peekaboo Peach and then fussy cut it and the leaves.  I used the Layered Leaves 3-D Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder on the other panel.  The 3-D folder creates a deeper more dimensional impression. Here's a list of all the products I used.

Stamps: Lots of Love

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento pad, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Old Olive, Black Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach , Whisper White,  Whole Lot of Lovely DSP

Big Shot: Layering Squares and Layering Circles

Embellishments:  Pool Party3/8" Shimmer Ribbon, Subtles Enamel Shapes

Be sure to stop by the Create with Connie and Mary blog to see what the other designers created.

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Oh So Eclectic

The title of this post should be Oh So Eclectic bundle, why did it take me so long to order you?  I have been on the fence about this bundle.  I wanted the thinlit dies especially the large die with the diamond shapes.  I was ambivalent about the stamp set and I think I even told someone that I wasn't going to order it.  I should know by now never to say that and instead say I am not going to order it today.  Finally, I decided to order the bundle and I am SO happy that  I did.  I just love the big borderish stamp and now that I understand  how the dies and stamps work I am a big fan.  Here is the first thing that I made using the bundle.


I am so happy how this turned out.  Don't you love the watercolor look of the leaves and flowers?  That is how the stamp was made, all I had to do is ink it up and stamp!  Here's a little tip on how to cut out the flower outlines.  

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Isn't that so easy?  I will tell you that it took me a few flowers before I realized that I could do this, simply put the detail thinlit inside of the larger flower and run them through the Big Shot together!  When you are done you have a perfect outline, so much easier than doing them seperately.  The smaller flower also can be cut the same way.  


Since the Oh So Eclectic bundle is brand new to me so I thought I would play along with the SUO Challenge #SUO179.    The theme appropriately is New Fun from Stampin' Up! and this new bundle definitely qualifies.  


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Did you notice that this is the only stamp set I used to make this card?  This set not only has great images but 4 sentiments too!  One more thing about the dies.  There are 3 dies that do not cut out an image but instead emboss.  I love this twist.  I think this will make really fun textured backgrounds.  I will try it out and will of course share it when I do.  

Thank you for stopping by and if you are inspired to purchase the Oh So Eclectic bundle, you can click on the image in the supply list above and you will be taken directly to my online store.  Remember July is Bonus Days and for every $50 you purchase you will receive  a $5 coupon towards an order in August!  All the details here.

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Ribbon of Courage Bundle and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

It is time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week we have a Color Challenge.  Ready?

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Don't you love this happy, summery color combination?  I thought of flowers and remembered the great flower die in the Support Ribbon framelits.  This die was a happy surprise since there isn't a coordinating stamp in the bundle and I love the fun details on this flower.


Isn't it an adorable flower?  The leaves aren't too shabby either.  The sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and isn't the mix of fonts just fabulous?  In addition to the Ribbon of Courage bundle I also used the big scallop die from the Seasonal Layers thinlits and the new embossing folder, Polka Dot Basics.  

Hope you join in the challenge.  Be sure to go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog to read all about the challenge and be sure to check out what the design team made.  

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Mostly Manly Monday: To a Fungi

I have been wanting to make a card using this sentiment ever since I first saw the  Stampin' Up!  Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper.   When  I saw sketch #230 on the CAS(E) this Sketch! blog everything came together.

Here's the sketch which I followed pretty much exactly!  Why mess with perfection?



Get it?  I know it is a pretty silly play on words but I like it!  Anytime I can come up with a twist on a manly card I will take it.  The Pick a Pattern DSP is so very fun to play with.  Lots of great designs to mix and match.  After a little fiddling around I finally settled on these three patterns.   I used the Brushworks Alphabet to stamp out the sentiment.  I think it is always good to have at least one alphabet stamp set in your collection, so you can customize your sentiments.  I like the Brushworks Alphabet because I like to pretend that I can brush letter.

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On the inside of the card I used another strip of the Pick a Pattern DSP and cut out some of the fungi/mushrooms.  This is a pretty simple card to make and a great way to use some of your scrap pieces of DSP.

Here are the basic measurement but you can easily change the sizes of the DSP depending on what you have in your DSP stash.

Basic Black card base 4-1/4" x 11"  scored at 5-1/2"

Crushed Curry layer 4" x 5-1/4"

Basic Black layer 3-1/2" x  4-3/4"

Striped DSP 1" x 3-1/4"

Mushroom DSP 2-1/4" x  3-1/4"

Black and White DSP 1-1/4" x 3-1/4"

Whisper White inside of the card 4" x 5-1/4"

DSP strip inside of the card 3/4" x 4"

Remember there are 2 great promotions going on:  Bonus Days and Christmas in July.   Thanks for stopping by!

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Simple Sunday Share: Beverage Bar

Dropping in for Simple Sunday Share and I should add almost silent too.  In other words a quick post.  We are heading out for some sunshine and a picnic.  


Love the retro look of the Beverage Bar stamp set.  There are 44 stamps in this set and it is going to be fun mixing, matching and customizing my bar.   Okay that is it, I told you Simple (almost Silent) Sunday Share.

If you are ready to shop with me (I would love it) here's a link to my online store.

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Fun Fold Friday Another Tranquil Tulips

Tranquil Tulips is one of my favorite hostess set, if you haven't already guessed.  Today's tutorial is not technically a "fun" fold.  More of a fun technique that looks way harder than it actually is.


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4-1/4" x 11" Thick Whisper White card stock, scored at 5-1/2" (card base)

4" x 5-1/4" Berry Burst card stock

3-3/4" x 5" Whisper White card stock (card front layer)

scrap pieces of Whisper White and Berry Burst card stock for sentiment

  1. Place the largest Square Stitched Shapes framelit on the 3-3/4" x 5" Whisper White card stock.  Center the Stitched Shape framelits as show in the picture and mark the corners in pencil.                                                                                                                                                                                                  FFFTRanquilTulips1SharonBurkert
  2. Stamp the tulips using the pencil marks as guidelines.  Place the largest square (Stitched Shapes) back on the pencil marks and place the #6 square (1 being the smallest square) of the Layering Squares framelits inside the other die.   You may want to secure it in place with a sticky note and run it through the Big Shot.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FFFTranquilTulips2sharonburkert
  3. You will now have a stitched frame and a square piece.  Remove and set aside the stitched frame and square piece.  Layer the stamped piece on to the Berry Burst card stock.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  4. Lay the stitched square frame back in to the square (do not use any adhesive).  Use this as a guide to place the smaller square.  Apply adhesive to the smaller square and place it inside of the stitched frame.  Be sure to check that the stamped design matches up.                                                            
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  5. Remove the stitched frame.  Apply strips of the Foam Adhesive strips to the back of the frame.  Attach it back into the open frame on the card front layer.   Tie the ribbon around the card front.  Layer this whole piece on to the card base.                                                                                                              Ffftranquiltulips6sharonburkert  Ffftranquiltulips7sharonburkert

  6. Stamp sentiment of your choice and cut out using the Layering Oval framelits.  Attach it to the card using dimensionals.                                                   Ffftranquiltulips8sharonburkert
    That is it!  On the original card I shared, the sentiment was stamped in the square.  This requires a little more planning but now that you know how to make this card you know what you need to do to do that too!  If you need any supplies please click on any of the pictures in the Products chart and it will take you to my online store.  I would appreciate it

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