2018 Annual Catalog

Apron of Love for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I cannot decide which I like better Color Challenges or Sketch Challenges but I do know that I certainly enjoy the Create with Connie & Mary Challenges.  This week it is a color challenge, Gray Granite, Mossy Meadow and Cherry Cobbler.

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I have been wanting to create a little treat holder to house some kisses as little favors.  Looking through my dies I came across the Apron Builder framelits and thought they just might be perfect.  I haven't used these framelits or the coordinating Apron of Love stamp set nearly enough. 

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I created a little box and sandwiched it between two aprons  and decorated it using the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle which is one of my  favorite bundles.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  The little 3" x 3" card is decorated with the cute wreath from the Barn Door stamp set and the Sliding Door Framelits.  

Here's all the things I used to make today's projects.

 

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Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for the color challenge.  

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Rooted in Nature and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

Today's card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge uses the Rooted in Nature bundle, Coffee Cup Framelits and the Detailed Leaves Thinlits.  The challenge this week is a color challenge and a combination that I know I will use again.

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I love this trio of colors!

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I have been thinking about stamping a card that combines a coffee cup with  leaves and this week's challenge was perfect for this.  I stamped the Rooted in Nature leaf in Blackberry Bliss and used a blender pen to pull the ink and color the leaf.  This is a super quick and easy way to add color.  The sentiment is also from the Rooted in Nature set.  

There are 2 items I used on this card that I love and honestly want to use all the time.  The first is the Subtle embossing folder.  This folder just adds a bit of texture to the card stock.   In today's card the plain Mint Macaron layer looked perfectly fine but adding just that little bit of texture really finished the card.  The other item I used was the edge dies in the Detailed Leaves Thinlits.  I first cut the more intricate die on  Very Vanilla card stock.  I used the other edge die to cut the Blackberry Bliss card stock and layered together they create a beautiful lacy edge.  I fought the good fight and tried to resist buying the Falling for Leaves bundle but after using a friend's stamp set and dies, especially the edge dies I broke down and bought the set.  I will use the stamps and dies a lot, so it was a great decision.

Now it is time for you to check out the cards the other members of the design team created using this color combination.  I know you will be inspired by their creations!

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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.  

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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.

 


Animal Outing and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

It was getting near bedtime and it hit me that I had not made a card for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  What!?!  It is like those dreams you have where you realize you have a big test that you totally forgot about or that you left the house with no clothes on.  Is that TMI?  Anyway I went into the stamp room and got to work.  Now I was a little panicked because I am a SLOOOOW stamper.  It takes me a long time to make a card, even the simplest of cards takes me a while.  Here's the sketch.

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I reached for my patterned paper and pulled out the adorable Animal Expedition DSP.  The designs in this pack are just fabulous.  One side has those adorable animals and the other side more handsome, clean designs.

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It didn't take me very long to create my card.  The hardest part was trying to decide which papers to use, so many great choices which is a wonderful problem to have.  

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Here's what I used to make my card.

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I should also have listed the Stamparatus because without that tool I would have never been able to change the orientation of the sentiment!

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I hope you will join in this challenge!  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie and Mary design team created and all the details on how to play along with the challenge.

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Hanging Garden Half Pocket

I have one more half pocket card to share with you.  This half pocket card features the versatile Hanging Garden stamp set.

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On this card I used only one stamp set, Hanging Garden.  This set has both larger and smaller images  and sentiments that can be used on the front  and inside of the card.  This is a very useful and pretty stamp set.   Want to see more samples using the Hanging Garden set?  Click HERE,  HERE, and HERE.

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If you need the supplies to create your own half pocket card, click on the pictures above and they will take you to my online store or click here.  Thank you and I would be happy to help you with your paper crafting projects!

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Animal Outing for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

Ready for a fun sketch challenge?

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What do you see?  I saw windows and thought the animals from the Animal Outing stamp set  would look so cute peeking out from the circles.

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Didn't I do a great job coloring in the animals?  Are you thinking it looks too good?  Well, you would be right.  I actually cut those images out from the Animal Expedition DSP using the Animal Friends thinlits.  I knew I wouldn't be able to fool you.   My coloring is nowhere near that good but a girl can dream right?  The Animal Friends thinlits also cuts out the giraffe and a branch image from the Animal Expedition DSP.   I love this option of cutting out the images directly from the DSP.  

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 Be sure to stop by the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog  and check out all the details on how you can play along with the challenge and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created with the sketch.

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Animal Outing Half Pocket Card

Last week I posted a pocket card using the Varied Vases stamp set.   Today's card is a slight variation of that card which I am calling the half pocket card.  

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Basically, I used the same card base as the pocket card  except I did not add the  triangle flap.  The card slips in to the half pocket.  The DSP I used is Animal Expedition, which is so fun and cute.  The rhino was cut out from the DSP using the Animal Friends Thinlits Dies.  

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Because I had and extra triangle of the Animal Expedition DSP cut, I decided to make another card.  This time the pocket is at the top.  I used the same supplies except I used the Postcard Pals stamp set for the sentiment.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Buy 3 Get 1 free promotion.  The Animal Expedition DSP is one of the packs of DSP that is part of this great sale.  Be sure to check out the sale and save on some fabulous Designer Series Paper! 

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Postcard Pals for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Today the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a sketch.  When I saw the sketch i knew exactly the set I wanted to use, Postcard Pals.  This set isn't one I normally purchase but I couldn't resist the cute animals and sentiments.

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Here's the sketch for Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #520

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In addition to the Postcard Pals stamp set i used 2 different packs of DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Both the Wood Textures DSP and the Animal Expeditions DSP are part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.  This promotion ends July 31, so you have just a few more days to get in on the savings.  

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I hope you will join in this fun challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge. 

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Varied Vases Pocket Card

Stopping by with a quick post.  We are heading out to one of our favorite spots for a hike, picnic, and a good book next to a waterfall.   

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Bright and cheery card to hopefully brighten someone's day.  Poppy Parade and Basic Black always a good idea.

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Want to make a pocket card of your own?  You can find a tutorial for this style of card HERE and for a slightly different pocket card HERE.   

That is it for me for today.  Summer is fleeting where I live and I need lots of memories of summer fun to reflect on when it gets rainy and gray. 

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Painted Glass Clean and Simple

I am in a clean and simple card making mode.  There is nothing difficult about these card.  The hardest thing is getting the sentiment straight and I used the Stamparatus so even that was a cinch.

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The sentiment is from the Soft Sayings card kit.  I used the same sentiment on all these cards.  Using the Stamparatus is great, once I had the sentiment  positioned I could use it on all the cards.  The butterflies were colored using the Old Olive Stampin' Blends (light and dark) and the Pool Party Blends (light and dark).

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I covered the butterflies with Fine-Tip Glue pen to create the shiny and slightly dimensional look of the butterflies.  

The roses were colored using the Old Olive Stampin' Blends (light and dark) and the Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends (light and dark)

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The birds were colored using the Pool Party Blends (light and dark) and the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.

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It is hard to see that there is a layer of Wink of Stella on each bird.   You could easily package these cards in an Acetate Card box.   The cards are quick and easy to make and would be a great gift.

 

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