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Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge 297

You ready for a fun sketch challenge?  Well you are in luck.  Today I have a great sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday.

TSOT 297

The optional theme: Window.


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Now it is your turn.  Head over to the Try Stampin' On Tuesday blog and be sure to check out what the other designers created. Hopefully you will be inspired to join in the challenge!  

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Happy Holidays

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It is time for the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month the theme is Happy Holidays!  I was having a hard time deciding on what to make for the hop until I came across a 4" x 12" canvas that was leftover from a class.  I decided it would be the perfect thing to help me get in the mood to start my holiday decorating.  I knew I wanted to use the angel that we created for a stamp camp we held over the summer and when I realized I had dies that said peace, joy and love, the project came together.

Can you guess what punch was used to make her wings and gown?  If you guessed the Blossom Builder punch, you are correct!


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I framed each angel in a black circle Stitched Shape.  It is easier to see this detail in the close ups of each angel.

SDBH 1116 peace

SDBH 1116 Joy

SDBH 1116 love

Now it is time for you to hop on over and see what lovely creations Laura Milligan has in store for you!

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If you have just come from Laura's blog then hop on over to see what BJ Peters has stamped for you!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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SUper Simple Saturday

Just a quick stop in to share with you a super simple idea.  I saw these cute little candy bars and thought they would make a fun tuck in (a little something extra to put in my customer's bags).  

Here's to Cheers stamp set,

I told you it was a simple idea.   I stamped the cheer sentiment(Here's to Cheers stamp set (using VersaMark ink and the Real Red Stampin' Glitter Embossing powder.  After heat embossing I cut it out using a die from the Baker's Box thinlits.  The little candies fit in a 2" x 8" cello bag.  These little bags are great to have on hand .  You get 50 bags for just $3.   I tied everything up using the silver ribbon from the 3/8" Glitter Ribbon Combo pack.   This little idea is cute, quick and simple and will come in handy this holiday season!  

That is it for me today!

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Fun Fold Friday: Bunch of Blossoms Criss Cross card

On Wednesday I posted this card and promised to post a tutorial.  Well here it is!  Okay maybe not exactly the same card but the fold is the same.

Bunch of Blossom

  1. Cut a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of card stock and score it at 5-1/2
  2. Cut a diagonal from one corner to the fold line.  See the photo below.

  tutorial   Criss Cross tutorial

3. Cut a 4-1/4" x 6" piece of card stock and with the 6" side at the top, score at 1/2".

4. Cut a diagonal starting at the 1/2" score line. (see photo below)

Criss Cross card tutorial

5. Cut away part of the top of the 1/2"seam.  This will hide some of the seam when you join the two pieces together. (see photo below)

Criss Cross card tutorial

6.  Apply Tear and Tape or Tombow Liquid Glue to the 1/2" seam and attach it to the other piece. 

Criss Cross tutorial

7. Cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of DSP(patterned paper).  Cut it on the diagonal.  Repeat with a coordinating pattern of DSP.  Attach it to the outside of the 2 flaps (triangle pieces).  You can use the 2 remaining pieces on another criss cross card.

8.  Use a thin line of glue along the edge of the flap and fold to adhere to the center piece.  Repeat on the other flap.

Criss Cross card tutorial

Criss Cross tutorial

Card Insert

Cut a piece of card stock 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" (base).  Cut a layer 4" x 5-1/4" and adhere to the base to create a card insert.  Y0u may need to fiddle a little with these measurements depending on how close to the edge you glued the flaps down.  Now you can decorate the front and insert!

Let me know if there is anything that is confusing and I will try and help.  Thank you for stopping by and if you need any supplies to make your own criss cross card please let me know or go to my online store.  Thank you!

Embellished Ornaments and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #432

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #432!  This week we have this color combination for you!


Can I make a confession?  I hope you won't judge me too harshly but the only thing copper I have in my craft room is copper embossing powder.  I thought about quickly trying to order some copper foil paper or some DSP but in the end I decided I would just have to make it work with what I had on hand.  

Embellished Ornaments,

Here's the supplies I used on my card.

Stamps: Embellished Ornaments( ornament and holly) and Star of Light(background swirl and sentiment)

Ink: VersaMark 

Paper: Very Vanilla (card base 4-1/4" x 11"), Night of Navy (3-7/8" x  5-1/8" and  3-3/4" x  3"), Mint Macaron 3-3/4" x 5" and 2" x 3")

Big Shot: Delicate Ornaments Thinlits dies

Embellishments: Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon, Night of Navy Solid Baker's Twine

Other: Copper Embossing Powder

Embellished Ornaments,

Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for the challenge.  They always amaze me with their creativity.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will participate in the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.

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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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Wild About Flowers

I am back from the Stampin' Up! OnStage event.  Going to these events is one of the perks of being a demonstrator.   There is something magical about being in a room with 350 other people who love the same things you do.   The buzz and excitement of looking at the fabulous new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration  catalogs, learning new things, and seeing other's creations is just so energizing and inspiring.  I loved seeing demonstrators being recognized for their amazing achievements.  Just a wonderful time.   

Sad as it was that On Stage was over I knew waiting for me at home were my new Stitched Shapes framelit dies!  It is amazing how just that bit of stitching adds so much. These dies will be available this month (November) and in the next annual catalog (June).    There are 12 dies in this set and they coordinate with the Circles, Squares and Ovals Layering Framelits.  

Wild About Flowers stamp set, stampinup

Still love the Wild About Flowers set and of course the Pop of Pink Specialty DSP.  I used 3 of the designs in the pack and vacillate between thinking it looks great and maybe it is too busy.   One thing for sure is that the stitching just adds that little something, something. 

Wild About Flowersstamp set,

That is it for me today.  I have a lot to catch up on after being away for the weekend.  Let me know if I can help you with your stamping, paper crafting needs.  

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Quick Sunday Share... Best Birds

I tried my best to resist buying the Best Birds stamp set and the Birds and Bloom thinlits but in the end I gave in.  It came in handy when I needed to write a special thank you note.  Why was it the right stamp set to use?  The person I sent this card to we have an inside story/joke that involves a green bird so you see this set was perfect.

Best Birds in green

I used the Basic Black Archival ink to stamp the images and an Aqua Painter and ink pads to color in the image.  It was a pretty quick card to make and I think she liked it.

That is all I have for you today!  Have a great day and we will see you tomorrow!  

Sunshine Sayings and the Halloween Night Specialty DSP

Today I have another project (#3) using the Halloween Night Specialty DSP.  I have to tell you that I love this card!  I am happy that I have more of this particular design and will  be making  more of this exact card.  

Halloween Night DSP 3 card

Isn't it just a happy card?  I stamped and fussy cut the flowers in Daffodil Delight using the flower stamp from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  Lucky for me the design is very simple so it was not difficult cutting the 3 flowers out.  The leaves were punched out using the Blossom Builder punch.  Attach a few leaves around the flowers and then adhere it to the DSP.  I wrapped the red twine from the Candy Cane Lane Baker's twine 3 times around the DSP and then tied a bow.   Using the congrats from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits and cut out the sentiment.  Layer this on to a piece of black card stock.  

Halloween Night DSP card 3 side

I hope you have been enjoying this series on non Halloween uses for the Halloween Night Specialty DSP.  I will share more ideas in the days to come.  

Weather Together and the Halloween Night DSP

Yesterday I shared that I had leftover paper from the Halloween Night Specialty DSP(Designer Series Paper).  Today I have another project that uses another design from the Halloween Night Specialty DSP.    I think this is turning into a series on how to use the Halloween Night DSP even after Halloween is over.  I hope I am not the only one who has left over sheets from this fun pack of paper!

Halloween Night DSP box 2

I used 2 different patterns from the pack to make the Baker's Box.    The dotted strip is one of the specialty designs and those little dots are actually silver foil.  I knew I needed a pop of color to brighten up the project and I love the combination of black, white, gray, and red so I used the Weather Together stamp set and the coordinating framelits, Umbrella Weather and made a red umbrella.  I live in the Pacific Northwest so I needed this cute umbrella stamp set and framelits.

Now that I had a cute box I needed to make a little gift card to go with the box. 

Halloween Night DSP card 2

I used the same strip and umbrella die to make this 3" x 3" card.  I think you would have a hard time thinking Halloween when you look at this card. 


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Halloween Night DSP box&card 2

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