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December 2016

Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #436

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge and it took me a bit to figure it out.  Let me show you the colors.


I will be honest, Sweet Sugarplum is not one of my favorite colors.  Part of the problem is that I never have taken the time to figure out all the colors it looks good with.   After playing with this combination I think I am beginning to understand Sweet Sugarplum a little more.   After all visions of them will soon be dancing in my head, or so the story goes.

I made a little holder for Merci chocolates that were inspired by emery board holders shared by Kerstin.   I was surprised how much I liked this color combination and what a fresh look it was for Christmas.  I guess Stampin' Up knew this since they used this color combination in the Fancy Frost Suite in the Holiday Catalog.  The Sweet Sugarplum ribbon is so glittery and best of all easy to work with.

Here are the different products I  used:

sentiment: Merriest Wishes

ink: Archhival Black ink

paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky, Whisper White, In Color DSP stack, Silver Glimmer paper 

dies: Stitched Shapes, Delicate Ornament Thinlits

other: Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" Glittery Ribbon, In Color Enamel Shapes, 1-3/4"circle punch, Envelope Punch Board

Be sure to check out what the design team created and I hope you will also join in with the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.

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Sneak Peek Sunday on Tuesday

Love the new Dragonfly Dreams stamp set that will be officially making its debut on January 4, 2017.  It is one of those sets that not only has wonderful images but great sentiments AND coordinating thinlit dies! 

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set

Here I layered the detailed dragonfly over some Blushing Bride Glimmer paper and it is so pretty!  

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set


Product List

Dragon fly Dreams side

You are going to love the upcoming Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog.  If you have purchased from me in the last 6 months you will be receiving a copy of the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs later this month.  If you do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and are interested in receiving these catalogs please send me an email and I will send them to you.  I would love to be your demonstrator.  

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Year-End Closeouts

Have you seen all the deals on the Stampin' Up! Year-End Closeout?  I want to caution you that the quantities are VERY limited at the special price so act fast!  Here's the list (remember some items may no longer be available at the special price!) Year-End Closeouts  Here's another important list, the Holiday Catalog Retiring list.

I spied on the Year-End Closeout list one of my very favorite packs of designer paper, Pop of Pink Specialty DSP!  If you do not have this pack be sure to snap it quickly!  Here are some past projects using this fabulous pack of paper!

Bunch of Blossom

Click on the picture and you will be taken to the blog post it was featured in.  There is also a tutorial on how to make this card style on that post.

Wild About Flowers

This one used 3 of the patterns in the Pop of Pink DSP pack!

Swirly Bird

Swirly Bird Pop of PinkDSP

I call this the sliding easel card and there is a photo tutorial on how to make this style of card HERE.

Pop of Pink DSP

Be sure to check out all the deals on the Year-End Closeouts and the Retiring Holiday Catalog lists!  Please contact me if I can help you place an order. You can also order directly through my online store!  Thanks for stopping by and happy shopping!

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Wonder of Christmas

I had so much fun with this week's  Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #CCMC435.  


I wanted to use the sweet little angel from the Wonder of Christmas stamp set and lots of gold!  I am so happy that Stampin;' Up! has such a great selection of gold items.  I used a lot but there are still some that I couldn't fit on the card.

Wonder of Christmas

First, I cut the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes framelits.  I used VersaMark ink to stamp the angel and used a special mix of Gold embossing powder and Gold Glitter.  I make this glitter and embossing powder mix up starting with a 1:1 ratio.   I thought about coloring her but decided to keep it simple and just embrace the gold and white color scheme.  

Wonder of Christmas,

This side view show the glittery embossing a little better.  I used a strip of Gold Glimmer paper topped with the 1/8" Gold Ribbon.   I also used Gold Foil paper and the polka dot design from the Fabulous Foil Acetate.   All of this was layered on to one of the great embossed designs from the Fancy Frost Specialty DSP.   I did use the Thick Whisper White card stock for the card base.  

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Design team created with the sketch.  I hope you will be inspired to join in the challenge!

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