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April 2019

Dragonfly Dreams for the Festive Friday Challenge

Ready for another fun Festive Friday Challenge?

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I decided to focus my project around Pink but when I was all done I realized it actually can be for both, Mother's Day and Pink.

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The pink I chose for my card is Powder Pink.  This color is a part of the 2017-19 Stampin' Up! In Colors, which means it will be retiring when the current catalog retires on June 3, 2019.  I love this soft pink and will definitely miss it when it is no longer part of the Stampin' Up! Color Collections.

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits are also on the Retiring Products list.   This large dragonfly makes quite a statement and will  be missed.   I added some sparkle to the wings of the dragonfly by cutting the solid wings out of Sparkle Glimmer paper.  I colored the wings in Powder Pink ink to add even more pink goodness on the card.

The vellum on the card is part of the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum.  This pack of paper contains 24 sheets: 2 each of 12  designs.  The lines on this design made me think of movement or wind and perfect for the dragonfly.

I prepared a tutorial on this card which includes how I attached the vellum without the adhesive showing.  You can access the tutorial HERE.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for the challenge.  We would love for you to participate in the challenge.  You have until April 29th to submit your card, scrapbook page, and/or 3-D item.  Remember you can enter up to 3 times and use either the festivity of Mother's Day or the color Pink or use both!

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Painted Harvest and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #557

I am back from a fun weekend away at the Stampin' Up! On Stage local in Vancouver BC.  Stampin' Up! sure knows how to put on an event. One of the fun perks is that we received the new 2019-20 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.  This just might be my favorite catalog yet!  In anticipation of a new catalog, I spent part of the last few days pulling stamp sets, ribbons, dies and other accessories that are being retired.  Here is the list of the items retiring from the 2019 Occasions catalog.  Here is the list of items retiring from the 2018-19 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog* (please note that the items shaded will be available in the 2019-20 Annual Catalog as Cling stamp).  Over the next few weeks I will be focusing on products that are retiring.  I look forward to playing with them one more time before they are no longer available.

The Create with Connie and March Challenge #CCMC557 is a color challenge.

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While I was sorting my stamp sets I found stamp sets that I hadn't used in a while and Painted Harvest is one of those sets.  I decided it was perfect for the color challenge.

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I am so happy this set is not being retired.  Painted Harvest is a set that is easy to work with and create beautiful cards with very little fuss. There are 2 stamps that are used to create the flower.  I inked the bolder stamp in Pineapple Punch and stamped it off once before stamping it on the card.  The second stamp I inked and stamped in Pineapple Punch full strength.  After I was done stamping I used the Subtles embossing folder to give it a little texture. 

Be sure to take some time to check out the retiring lists, especially the 2017-19 In Color Products.   Once they are gone, they are gone!

Check out what the other members of Create with Connie & Mary design team created.  

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Needle & Thread for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC556

Ready for another fun  Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?   Today's challenge #CCMC556 is a sketch challenge.

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Here's what I made for the challenge.

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I used the Needlepoint Nook DSP which helped guide the choice of using the coordinating colors, Poppy Parade and Crushed Curry.  The sentiment and flower were stamped using the Needle and Thread stamp set.  The flower was cut using the Needlepoint Elements dies.  The rhinestone in the center of the flowers were created by using a Dark Poppy Parade Stampin' Blend to color the rhinestone jewel.  

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I used the Subtle embossing folder to add a little texture and interest to the Poppy Parade card stock.  I know I have said it many times but the Subtle folder is one of the hardest working embossing folders in my collection.  

Did you know you can play along with the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?  You can post your card to the Create with Connie & Mary Facebook page in the comments of the post announcing the challenge.  I hope to see you play along in the challenge.  If you need some inspiration be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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Humming Along

I was cleaning up my craft table and found these hibiscus images from the Humming Along stamp set.  They were colored, matted and ready to use.  

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The Tropical Escape DSP was a perfect one to use and coordinated so well with the hibiscus.  The card base is a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of Blushing Bride card stock and scored at 2", 3", 5-1/4", and 6-1/4".  This card style fits in a standard A-2 (Medium Envelope).  I put a piece of Whisper White card stock measuring 2" x 5-1/4" on the back of the middle panel.  This is where I would write my note.   

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This card is a gate fold card.  I thought it was a another fun way to use the hibiscus panel.  Don't you love how  Poppy Parade looks with Mossy Meadow?  This fold is simply a 5-1/2' x 8-1/2" piece of card stock scored at 2-1/8" and 6-3/8".

 

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As I continue to clean up my craft table I sure hope I find more almost completed cards so I can share them with you!

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Jar of Love for Festive Friday FF0031

I have exciting news!  I am now a member of the Festive Friday Challenge Design Team!  You know I love a good stamping challenge and Festive Friday has some great challenges and I am so happy to be on the team. 

Ready for the Challenge?

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What I love is that you can use either or both of the themes for your project.  This challenge runs until April 15, so you have lots of time to join in the festivities!  If you get really inspired you can enter up to 3 times.  

I was inspired by the Rainbow theme and a little bit by the Earth Day theme too.

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Yes, it is a Rainbow bouquet of flowers!  I had so much fun cutting and arranging my flowers.  I used the Jar of Love stamp set and the coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits.  The colors I used for the rainbow: Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, So Saffron, Balmy Blue, Call Me Clover, Pacific Point, and Highland Heather.  I finished off the card with Celebrate from the Celebrate You Thinlits.  I thought it was the perfect way to finish up the card.

One of the unique features of the Festive Friday Challenge is that each Design team project has a project tutorial.  HERE is the tutorial for my card.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.

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Ann Schach  

Anne Marie Hile   

Nicole Watt

Beth McCullough

There are 2 more members of the team and they will be participating in the next challenge.

Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my news!

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Hand Delivered for CCMC555

Are you ready for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?  It is a color challenge and a little bit wild!

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What do you think?  I was a little intimidated by this at first but once I started playing with the combination I liked it so much I made 2 cards using the colors.

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I haven't used the Hand Delivered host stamp set in a while and I thought it would be fun to color her skirt using the colors. I used a mix of Stampin' Blends (Mango Melody & Calypso Coral) and Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Markers. I love this image especially the stack of books.  This is so perfect to send to my book lover friends with a gift card to their favorite book store.  

 

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The second card I made is bright!  

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Wouldn't you love having a Melon Mambo bicycle with Calypso Coral tires and Mango Melody tassels and basket?  It was just so fun putting together the components of this bike.  The Bike Ride stamp set also has an adorable stack of books.  

 

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

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Happy April!

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I am so happy it's April, a new month and it is going to be a great one, that's my plan anyway.  The last part of March was rough but I have high hopes for April!  

April is already off to a good start!  Today is the launch of the new Storage by Stampin' Up!®.   I will be spending some time figuring out how I want to use this new storage option and when i do I will share it with you!  I  love how flexible the storage is and look forward to many happy hours of organizing.  You can see and learn more about the new storage pieces HERE.

I also have a new card for you.  Did you get some of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty paper during Sale-A-Bration?   If you didn't, you still can, it is part of the DSP offering in the Stampin' Up!® annual catalog.  This paper pack is beautiful and delicate.  It can be a bit fiddly to work with since it is so detailed but oh it is so worth it!

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The Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut paper is sandwiched between a frame I cut using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits and the Sparkle Glimmer paper The frame is layered on a piece of Silver Foil and then on to a Thick Whisper White card base.  The silver foil butterflies were cut using the Butterfly Beauty Thinlit Dies.  

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I added the friend  cut using the Well Written Framelits dies.  This card is simple and elegant and can be used for so many different occasions, wouldn't it make a beautiful wedding card?

Check out the new Storage by Stampin' Up! cause it is no April Fool's joke!

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