2019 Annual Catalog

Daisy Lane Thank You

Are you ready for a new Festive Friday Challenge, #FF0044?  I love that the challenge now has an Inspo (aka Inspiration) List.  The list has 10 elements that pertain to the festivity and you choose at least 3 of the elements to use on your project  for the challenge.  Ready to see the Challenge?


I chose these 3 from the list, flowers, thank you, and metallics.  


I loved pairing the 2 designs from the Brights DSP 6" x 6" paper pack together with the Daisy Lane bundle.   The gingham frame was made using the Stitched Rectangle framelits.  The sentiment is from the Kindness and Compassion stamp set.  Love that font!


Would you like to make this card?  Here is the tutorial so you can recreate it.  

I hope you will join us and stamp along with the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0044!  I would love to see your creation in the gallery!

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Painted Harvest

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge, #CCMC581.


I decided to use the Painted Harvest stamp set for this week's challenge.   


I am not sure if there are any flowers like this in nature but I think the color combination is pretty. The sentiment is also from the Painted Harvest set and is one of my favorites especially around this time of year.  


I used the Layered Leaves folder to add a little more interest and texture to the card.  This is a pretty quick card and once you figure out the way the flower stamps line up it is easy to make beautiful flowers.  


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Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for the challenge.

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Believe You Can

It is Monday.  Sometimes after the weekend, we need a little more motivation to get going on the new week.


I am so happy I got the Believe You Can host set.  I think we often overlook these sets.  They are a great buy and an exclusive perk for hosts or when you have an order of a certain size.


I love how clean this looks that I added a Whisper White panel on the back of the Black card base so I can write a message there leaving the front blank.  I call this a one flap easel card.  I did a tutorial on it HERE.  You will have to adapt it a bit to fit the Stitched Nested Labels dies but the general idea is the same.  


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Have a great Monday!

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Free As a Bird

Taking a break from the Holiday Catalog and stamping with those beautiful birds in the Free As a Bird stamp set for this  week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge 



See that one little bird at the end?  Don't you wonder what he/she is looking at?  All the other birds on the branch are looking in the opposite direction.  


Here's a little peek into the inside of the card.  I did some fussy cutting and added a few flowers.

I have to mention that the Bird Ballad DSP is part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.  It is a beautiful pack of paper.

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Here's to Strong Women

It is Festive Friday Challenge time!  I am really liking the changes that were recently made in the challenge.  There is now an Inspo list (aka Inspiration).  This Inspo list has elements inspired by the festivity.  You pick at least 3 elements from the Inspo to use on your project.  


The 3 items from the Inspo List I chose for my project; blue, encouragement, hearts.


This big beautiful sentiments is from the Here's to Strong Women stamp set.  I have been using this stamp set a lot lately, especially this sentiment.  We are all going through something and I love sharing a little bit of encouragement & support.  I wanted to make something that was easily mailed that would stand up on its own.

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This card has its own build in stand.  It folds up fairly flat and will fit in a note card size envelope (5-1/8" x 3-5/8") which is a mailable size.  There is even a little place in the back for you to write a little message.


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If you would like to make your own CLICK HERE for a PDF tutorial.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Festive Friday blog and enter your project in the gallery!  

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Above the Clouds & the #CCMC579

It is Thursday which means it is time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week it is a Color Challenge.


Isn't this a pretty color combination?  This is one that I want to remember and pull out to use in the Spring.  


This is the Above the Clouds bundle that debuted in the 2019-20 Annual Catalog. 

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I really like  the sentiments in this set.  They are very inspiring and encouraging and we can all use words of support and encouragement.  



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Be sure to stop by the Create with Connie & Mary blog to see what the other members of the Design team created.

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Anything But a Card

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!   This month's theme is Anything But A Card. 

Last week while at the store I saw these individually wrapped Hostess cupcakes marketed as Scary Cakes.  There were the perfect amount in the box for my Host Club so I bought them.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I hoped inspiration would hit me.


Baker's Boxes to the rescue!  I had enough of these versatile boxes for my club which made me feel this was all meant to be.   I used the Monster Bash DSP for the cover of the box.  I die cut a circle in the DSP so the treat inside could peek through.  I cut a wreath using the All-Around Wreath dies to frame the treat.   The box is decorated with pumpkins cut using the Trio of Tags dies, some googly eyes and a tag stamped and cut using the Tags Tags Tags bundle.


This adorable, I mean spooky couple was cut out from the Monster Bash DSP and attached to the top of the Scary Cake.  Don't they look great peeking through the window?


To finish the look I attached Basic Gray card stock panels around the sides of the box.  This is a pretty quick and easy way to package up a treat.  The Baker's Boxes are pretty roomy and food safe. 

Hope you enjoyed my Anything But A Card project.  Here is a list of all the stops on the blog hop.

Stamper's Dozen September 2019 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Enjoy the hop and thanks for stopping by!

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Happy Monday!

Here's to the start of a new week, full of possibilities!  Here's to Strong Women and no matter what comes your way....

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Festive Friday Challenge #0042

It is time for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0042.  This challenge marks the start of something new.  The Festive Friday challenge Inspo list.  We are still being inspired by upcoming festivities but now you can choose from 3 different items from the Inspo list to use to create your project.  I think this will be a lot easier, more fun and hopefully will inspire you to join in the challenge!


I chose to use these three items from the Inspo list; black, gold, and birds for my project.


This is a tri-fold card.  It is fun and easy to make.


These lovely birds were die cut from the Bird Ballad DSP .  The polka dot pattern is also from this paper pack.  The Bird Ballad DSP is one of the packs that qualify for the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.


This is the inner panel.  The sentiment is from the Here's A Card stamp set.


Ready to make this fun card?  

Stamps: Here's A Card 149438

                Free As A Bird 149468

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento pad 132708

         Petal Pink Light Stampin' Blends 146866

Paper: Petal Pink 146985  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

            Basic Black 121045 4-1/4' x 5-1/2"  scored at 1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"

            Whisper White 100730 4" x 5-1/4"

            Gold Glimmer 146958 3" x 7-1/2"

            Bird Ballad DSP 149592  

Dies:  Layering Oval dies 141706

            Stitched Be Mine dies 148527

Embellishments: Petal Pink Organdy ribbon 149441

  1. Die cut an oval (use the #6 oval, #1 being the smallest) in the 4-1/4" 5-1/2" Basic Black cs.   Use the long scallop stitched die to cut along the edge of the Basic Black card stock.
  2. Place the #6 oval die on the Gold Glimmer paper and the #7 scalloped oval around it.  Next to it place the #6 scalloped oval and run them both through the die cutting machine.
  3. Adhere the Gold Glimmer oval frame around the oval cut out in step 1.
  4. Layer the 4" x 5-1/4" Basic Black cs on to the front of the Petal Pink cs.  Make sure that the fold is on the bottom.  Layer the polka dot pattern from the Bird Ballad DSP on to the black card stock.
  5. Attach the Basic Black flap (1/2" score line) to the back of the Petal Pink card base.  
  6. Use the #6 oval to cut out the birds from the Bird Ballad DSP.  Adhere  it on to the remaining Gold Glimmer oval.  Position the ovals on to the  polka dot pattern so that it fits the oval on the Basic Black flap.
  7. Stamp the sentiment and the flower on the Whisper White card stock.  Color the flower using the Petal Pink Stampin' Blend.  Adhere to the inside of the card base.
  8. Tie a bow using the Petal Pink Organdy ribbon and secure it to the front of the card.


Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team created for Festive Friday Challenge #0042!

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To A Wild Rose for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Ready fo the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?  THis week it is a color challenge and I think it is a tough one.


The Purple Posy ink pad is currently in production and hopefully will be available soon.   

This is the second card I made for the challenge.  I still cannot decide if I like the first one,  which is why at the last minute I made this card using the To a Wild Rose bundle.


Isn't this an incredibly beautiful flower?  I love this set and these gorgeous roses.  I used  Pretty Peacock for the leaves and stamped it off to tone down the color.  It is not the usual color I would choose for leaves but I think it works.   


Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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