Sneak Peeks

Petals & More Thinlits, Waterfront for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #489

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week we have a color challenge.


The Color Challenge colors: Sahara Sand, Soft Sky and Fresh Fig.  What I love about a color challenge is how it opens me up to new color combinations. I love how Soft Sky and Fresh Fig look together.   I do not use Sahara Sand nearly enough.  I think it is a great neutral and whenever I use it I wonder why I don't use it more.  


Were you wondering where I found the striped Fresh Fig DSP?  I made it using the Diagonal Stripe Background stamp which is in the annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  This is another great stamp that needs to be highlighted more.  With this stamp I can make a striped background in any color I want.  


If you have some time during this busy season, I hope you will join us and play along with the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.   You can get all the information about the challenge here.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Design Team created.

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The Lots to Love Box Framelit Dies

I am more or less done with my Christmas shopping, cards and best of all mailing!  Yesterday I went to the Post Office and it was busy but I really did not have to wait very long.  I am just so happy that I got it done!  What does this have to do with the Lots of Love Box dies?  Here's a very little something I gave to the person who helped me at the counter.


I used the Lots to Love Box dies to make this cute little box.  The box comes together quickly and it's a cute way to give a little gift.  After the Post Office I went to the store to see what other little goodies I could find to package up.  I will share those soon.


Here's another idea of how to use the framelits.  I cut down the box to fit these tea bags.  Isn't the Christmas Around the World DSP just perfect for these tea bags?  The box holds about 3 tea bags and I am making more of these.   I may just be a little obsessed with this little box and what it can hold.  I will be sharing more ideas on my Facebook page so be sure to follow me there too.

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Flying Home and a Charming Cafe

Checking in today with a sneak peek of some adorable stamps sets coming in the Occasions catalog.  


To create this card I combined the Flying Home stamp set and the Charming Cafe bundle.  Isn't it sweet?  I was so happy to discover that the Cafe Builder framelits framed this image perfectly.   You can be sure I will be checking to see what else fits. 


I colored the images using Stampin' Blends on Thick Whisper White cardstock.  I wanted a one layer card.  I soon realized that I would need to line the front panel and the back panel, to hide the bleed through from the Stampin' Blends.  It wasn't hard to do but it was a good reminder for future projects.  I wanted to keep things simple so I finished the card off with some Pool Party Solid Baker's twine and some Wink of Stella on the flowers and birds.  

Hope you liked this sneak peek!  I will be sharing more sneak peeks matched with current products.  Stop by again soon.

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Sneak Peek...Flying Home

I have a little sneak peek for you of a new stamp set in the upcoming Occasions Catalog called Flying Home.  I know it seems a little early to be sharing sneak peeks.  There is a reason I am and I think once you see the sample you will know why.


Isn't it sweet?  I love how this card turned out.  The image is so pretty and fun to color using the Stampin' Blends.  I really like the black and white plaid DSP.  Do you know what paper pack that is in?  It is in the Merry Little Christmas DSP which is on the retiring list.   Now you see why I am sharing this card now.  The Merry Little Christmas DSP is definitely not just for Christmas.  One side of each paper features a holiday design and the other a more neutral year round design.  The items on the retiring list are only available while supplies last so don't delay in placing your order.

 The following supply list doesn't include the Flying Home stamp set or the Stampin' Blends.  I used so many colors of Blends and I didn't keep track of each color used.

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If you have any questions about the products used or about the Year End Sale or retiring list please leave me a comment. 

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Pieces & Patterns and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

Time for another Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge!  Members of the design team alternate weeks and this is our week!.   This week's sketch challenge is a classic and it was so fun making this card.   First here is the sketch for this week'c challenge.

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TSOT #323

I used a fun new set called Pieces & Patterns and the Pick a Pattern DSP.   I love these whimsical animals!

Pieces & Patterns

Don't you love that little raccoon?  He looks like he just popped in to say hello!  Wish I could tell you that I planned that but it was another happy accident.  I used Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy and Basic Black for the layers.  Very clean and simple.  

Pieces & Patterns

Hope you like this quick and easy card.  If you want to join in the challenge you can go to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog and get all the scoop on how to play along with the challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other designers created for this challenge.  I know you won't be disappointed.

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Sneak Peek...Pieces and Patterns

I cannot explain it but sometimes I see a stamp set that really isn't "me" but I cannot resist it.  That is exactly how the Pieces and Patterns stamp set and coordinating Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper came to live with me in my teeny stamp room.    Did I have a plan for these 2 products?  I wish I could tell you that I knew exactly what I was going to do with them but that would be a big ole fib. 

Pieces and Patterns

I especially love these 2 designs from the Pick a Pattern DSP.  These silly, whimsical animals just make me smile.   This is a quick and easy card to make. The DSP really does all the work.  I  hope it looks like the bear is sending you a hello. This was not planned but it just worked out.   I love this sentiment. Here's a tip, I used the Basic Black Archival ink to stamp the sentiment and the coverage was perfect.  I tried the Memento Tuxedo black pad first but the coverage was not as good.  I also ran a Basic Black marker around the edge of the circle to cover up the white edge.  

Are you wondering how I made the giant scallop edge?  It is a thinlit die from the Seasonal Layers thinlit.  What is brilliant about this thinlit is that it is longer than 5-1/2"  so you can comfortably cut out a 5-1/2"card front and line the thinlit up perfectly.  Meaning perfect scallops.

Seasonal Layers thinlits

Did you notice the pretty Crushed Curry ribbon?  This is a new ribbon called 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon.  It comes in Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive.  It is soft and easy to tie.  Winner!

Pieces and Patterns

Hope you liked this Pieces and Patterns sneak peek.  This is a fun new stamp set and DSP that will certainly bring a smile to your face!  

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Eastern Beauty

The Eastern Beauty stamp set and the whole Eastern Palace Suite is so full of possibilities!  I know you have seen lots of ideas using the Eastern Beauty stamp set and framelits.   Here's the first card I made using this bundle.

Eastern Beauty

The only slightly tricky thing I did was to "straighten" out the sentiment.  Since this is a photopolymer stamp set, you can manipulate the stamp a bit  which is how I got a straighter sentiment.  The stamp is actually shaped to go along the curve of a circle.   Manipulating the stamp doesn't hurt the stamp and once the stamp is off the block it will return to its original shape.  I really like the font used for the sentiments in this stamp set.  

I used the color combination of Bermuda Bay and Berry Burst( a 2017-19 In Color).  The ribbon is in the new catalog and is the 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon.  This new ribbon is available in Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive.  It is a very easy ribbon to tie and is not bulky.  The Berry Burst DSP you see is from the Color Theory DSP Stack.  I also used a Berry Burst  Glitter Enamel Dot for the center.  

If you are interested in the Eastern Palace Suite there are 2 special bundles available only in May.  Both of the bundles have free gifts available with your purchase.  You can see all the details here.

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Another Sneak Peek!

The time between the release of the Stampin' Up! Retirement list and the start of the 2017-18 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog(June 1) is really tough.  It is hard to keep track of what is retiring, sold out, and well you get the idea.  It is  much easier and well fun to share with you new things.  However, I do not want to only show you new things since you will not be able to order them until June 1.  I will do my best to balance my posts that being's another sneak peek!

Bike ride stamp set, Ribbon of Courage stamp set

The card base is Chocolate Chip, a color I do not use often enough.  I used the new Fresh Florals DSP Stack (all the new In Colors!) in Powder Pink.  The sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.  I love this sentiment and I know I will be using it and the whole stamp set a LOT!  The little bouquet is from the Bike Ride stamp set.  The entire image was stamped!  I used 3 different stamps to create the image.  One in Chocolate Chip which is the outline image, Powder Pink which colored in the flowers, and Pool Party to color in the paper wrap.  It was very fast and EASY to create the bouquet.  This set is photopolymer so lining things up is pretty easy.   

Bike Ride stamp set

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you do not already have a SU! demonstrator and you need  a 2017-18 Stampin' Up! catalog.  

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Here's to Another Year and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday #303

I just adore this sketch for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge #303.  It reminds me of one of my go to sketches.  

TSOT 303

The optional theme for this challenge is Bling for New Year's.  I don't often use the optional theme but it was just perfect for the card I wanted to make.

Balloon Adventures stamp set

I used a lot of Silver Glimmer paper, silver embossing , and rhinestones to fit the Bling for New Year's theme.  I used a new die (available January 4th) called  Star Blast Edgelit.  I bought it for a totally different reason but thought it was a perfect fit for a New Year's card.

Balloon Adventures

Isn't the sentiment fabulous?  This is from another set that is featured in the upcoming Occasions catalog called,  Balloon Adventures.   I think the sentiment was meant for birthday cards but it is absolutely perfect wish for 2017!  

Balloon Adventures


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I hope you will join in this super fun challenge!  You can go to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog or the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Facebook page to get all the details and also enter the challenge.   

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Sneak Peek: Inside the Lines DSP

I am deep in the last minute Christmas rush/panic.  My list has been totally pared down and I am focusing on just the essentials.  It looks like I will be sending New Year's cards instead of Christmas cards.  It has been a tough year and honestly I am ready for it to be 2017!   

Sharing with you a peek at two new products that will be available January 4th!  Yes, Stampin' Up! will be offering watercolor pencils.  It has been a while since there has been watercolor pencils in a catalog.  These pencils are extra special because they are in actual SU colors.  Swoon! I paired the watercolor pencils with the Inside the Lines DSP which is a Sale-A-Bration choice!   Sale-A-Bration also starts on Jaunary 4th.  During Sale-A-Bration you will be able to pick an item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog every time you spend $50 (before shipping and tax).   

Inside the Lines DSP

The Inside the Lines DSP is very fun to color so if you like coloring I think it is a definite must have choice.   I used the largest Scallop Square die from the Layering Squares Framelits and cut a piece of DSP 2-5/8" x 2-5/8".  Once I was done coloring I cut up the DSP and then layered it on the scallop square.  This is a very quick and simple card and a great way to practice your coloring skills.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Thursday is my deadline so what doesn't get done will just have to wait until the new year.  Wish me luck!