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Friend Like You and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge. This week it is a sketch #CCMC574.

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As much as I like the other dies in the Friendly Silhouettes , my favorite is this one with the cattails.  After I made this card I wondered is it too plain?

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I wanted to keep the look clean and simple but thought I would try and add a little something more.

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I cut another So Saffron circle and spritzed it with water and added some Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles.  I like the sprinkles look but am not sure it is better.  Is it an improvement? 

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I still am not sure which is better.   

 

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek

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This month we are featuring sneak peeks from the upcoming Holiday catalog!  This was not an easy task. Why?  There are SO many  fun and fabulous products in the Holiday catalog, it wasn't easy trying  to decide what to show you.  I decided I would focus on the Snow Globe Scenes dies.  I also decided that I wasn't ready to focus on Christmas or winter scenes just yet.  

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Since I am not ready to give up summer yet,  how about a tropical globe?  I used the Friendly Silhouettes die to create the palm trees inside of the globe and the Tropical Chic  stamp set and the Tropical dies for the flowers and foliage.  This was the first time I used the Hand-Lettered Prose dies and I love how they look!  Who doesn't need some aloha in their lives?

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There are 2 snow globe base dies in the Snow Globe Scenes that you can layer.  I was a little concerned that using both would look to ornate or festive for this card.  I was happy to see that with some of the swirls covered it looks a little more Polynesian and perfect for this card.

 

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How about a haunted mansion globe?  I cut out the spooky mansion from the Monster Bash DSP using the Snow Globe Scenes die.  The spider web paper is also part of the Monster Bash DSP pack.  The tag is from the Tags Tags Tags bundle.  This is a fun die (Trio of Tags Dies) that cuts out 3 different tags at one time.  The Tags Tags Tags stamp set stamps 3 images at one time so making tags is a snap.  The little pumpkins are also part of the Trio of Tags dies.

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Stamper's Dozen August 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. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  5. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  6. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Hope you enjoyed these different ideas on ways to use the Snow Globe Scenes dies.  If you have not see the 2019 Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog and are not working with a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, contact me and I would be happy to help you.

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Mostly Manly Monday: Friend Like You One Layer card

This week I am going to shine the spotlight on the Friend Like You bundle.  

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Last week I shared this card.   Today's card is a simple one layer card and it also features sponging.  

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The colors I used to create the scene, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, and Poppy Parade.  The cattails, dragonflies, and sentiment were stamped in Early Espresso ink.   

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Whether you are a beginner stamper or an avid stamper this card is fun to make.  

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What do you think?  Hope you like this clean and simple one layer card using the Friend Like You stamp set.

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On to Adventure and the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0040

I am still shining the spotlight on the On to Adventure stamp set and it is a perfect fit for the Festive Friday Challenge!  

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These senior citizens are on the GO!  They are ready for their next adventure!

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I wanted to frame our lovable couple so I used the Stitched Be Mine dies in Whisper White and Granny Apple Green.  I wasn't able to fit her suitcase on the heart so it was fussy cut and hangs over the edge of the heart.  

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This is the last On to Adventure project I will be sharing, at least for a little bit.  I think it is a great addition to any stamp collection and really celebrates one of the BIG changes in a person's life.  Hope you have enjoyed this Product Spotlight!

Hope you will join in the Festive Friday Challenge!  I would love to see your project on the Festive Friday blog.

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On To Adventure & the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge 573

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have a color challenge.

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I have been shining the spotlight in the On to Adventure stamp set and realized I haven't used one stamp yet, so I had to get to work. 

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What do you think?  Don't you love this little golf guy?  Isn't he so sporty with his Grapefruit Grove pants & Pretty Peacock shirt?  This reminded me of the days when it was very fashionable for men to wear really loud outfits on the golf course.  Memories of my dad in bright yellow pants!  Brings a smile  to my face.  Are you wondering, where is the Sahara Sand?  I used it to color his hair and also  the scalloped circle is Sahara Sand. 

We are going on an overnight golf trip.  I thought this would be a fun favor for the men folk in the group.  Now I just have to convince my husband to give up some of his golf balls to finish them.  

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

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ICS Blog Hop...Friend Like You

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop!  This month we are focusing on Beautiful Bundles.  What does that mean?  In the Stampin' Up!® catalog there are bundles of products which are typically a stamp set and either a punch or dies.  You can see all the bundles starting on page 4 of the Annual Catalog.   I chose to focus on the Friend Like You bundle.

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This bundle intrigued me.  I love a set with images and sentiments especially if the sentiments are a little different.  This bundle of products will be featured on my blog in a Product Spotlight soon.  

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This is a bridge card and does fold flat for mailing and makes a great stage for a scene. This is a typical scene here in the Pacific Northwest.  I have way too many pictures of herons.  They still make me very happy when I see them while out on a walk.   The heron silhouette is from the Lakeside dies but I couldn't resist adding him to my scene.  

Here are some basic measurements.

    Card base- 4-1/4" x 7-1/2" scored at 1-1/4", 2-1/2", 5-1/2" &  6-3/4"

    Bridge- 1-1/4" x  5-1/2"

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The middle panel and sentiment was sponged using Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, and Terracotta Tile.  Love this technique and it is easy to do. 

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On the back of the middle panel I have a 2-3/4" x 4" Whisper White panel where I can write a little note.  I love that this card is stable enough to stand on its own and yet folds up nicely for mailing.

It is time to hop on over the see what the talented Audra Monk has created for you.

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Friend Like You Bundle
$47.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Mango Melody Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Terracotta Tile Classic Stampin’ Pad
$7.50
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Mossy Meadow 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Garden Lane Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Lakeside Dies
$27.00
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00
Stamping Sponges
$4.00
Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine
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On To Adventure Pillow Box

I wanted to make a quick little gift for a friend who is leaving on vacation.  I knew my favorite gal from the On to Adventure stamp set would be perfect for the tag but what kind of box?  I did a quick look around the Craft Cubbie (the name I have given my stamp room cause it is pretty small) and found some Kraft Pillow Boxes. They were  perfect for what I wanted to give her.

I did some quick coloring with Stampin' Blends, die cut a few circles, and tied a pretty Poppy Parade ribbon around the box and I was done!

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I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.  Are you wondering what I put inside the box?  Well I should have taken a picture before I sealed it up but I put in some chocolate, a coffee gift card and some aspirin.  Consider it a travel emergency kit!  

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On To Adventure Cling Stamp Set
$20.00
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Ivory Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Kraft Pillow Boxes
$5.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Balmy Blue 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00
Noble Peacock Rhinestones
$5.50
Poppy Parade 1/2" (1.3 Cm) Textured Weave Ribbon
$7.50

So many fun ways to use the On to Adventure stamp set.  I have a few more ideas comin up!  Stay tuned or better yet be sure to subscribe to my blog feed!

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On to Adventure Easel card & tutorial

I have a fun card today featuring the On to Adventure stamp set and a tutorial.

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This easel card is fashioned after an easel card I made for the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop.  Here's the card.

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I received a lot of questions on how I made this card so i thought I would do  a quick tutorial for you.  

I am starting with a pre-made card base.  The one I am using is not currently available.  

    1.  Use a paper trimmer and cut starting from the middle (2-3/4") of  the card fold  to the bottom edge of the front of the  card base.  Once you understand the basics of this card you can choose to make your easel different sizes.

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    2.  Score one of flaps (card front) at 2-1/8".  Apply adhesive to the other flap and secure.

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    3.   Stamp the image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock and color using Stampin' Blends.  Cut the image out using the Stitched Shapes dies.  Cut a coordinating scalloped circle from the Layering Circles framelits in Soft Suede ink.

    4. Stamp "Congratulations" sentiment with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a 3/4" x 3-1/2" strip of Whisper White card stock.   Line up the strip so it lines up with the edge of the closed flap and attach the other end to the Soft Suede scalloped circle.

    5.  Fussy cut the leaves and rose images from the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP. Arrange some roses and leaves around  the main image and attach them to the back of the Whisper White stitched circle.  Sandwich the flowers and leaves with the Soft Suede scalloped circle 

    6.  Attach a flower and leaf to the back of the sentiment strip.  

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    7.  Cut a 1/2" x 2-3/4" strip of DSP and attach it to the inside of the card.  Stamp "Follow your Bliss!"  on Whisper White card stock and cut out using the Layering Circles dies.  Cut a coordinating Soft Suede scalloped circle.  Adhere the Whisper White circle on to the Soft Suede.  Attach it to the DSP strip using a Stampin' Dimensional.  This will act as the "stop" for the easel.

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Now you know how to make an easel card.  It is easy and now you can play around with different widths and orientations of your easels.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and spotlight on the On to Adventure stamp set!  If you have any questions please leave me a comment.  Here's a list of the supplies I used.  You can click on any link and it will take you to my online store. Thank you!

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On To Adventure Cling Stamp Set
$20.00
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Balmy Blue Light Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Ivory Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Soft Suede 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper
$14.50
Stitched Shapes Dies
$30.00
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00
Noble Peacock Rhinestones
$5.50

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Product Spotlight: OnTo Adventure

This week the spotlight is shining on the On to Adventure stamp set.

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Super fun images and great sentiments made this a must have stamp set for me.  I am so happy that there is a little golfer dude in this set.  A lot of the men folk I know do not fish or hunt but they do golf so this set will come in handy.

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This sweet lady is probably my favorite.  I just love her sass!  Those glasses are the best and she is on the move!  I colored her using Stampin' Blends.  I sure do enjoy coloring with the Blends.  Are you wondering what paper pack the  black and white stripe is from?  I made it with 3/4" strips of card stock.  This is a great way to use up those scraps.  

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Here is a list of the products I used.  You can click on any of the pictures and it will take you to my online store for easy ordering.

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For the Love of Felt Project 3

Today's card is the 3rd card design in the For the Love of Felt project kit.  

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This card is a stepped up version of the card I posted yesterday on the blog.

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I hope you have enjoyed the Product Spotlight on the For the Love of Felt Project kit.  I still have the rest of the cards to make in the kit.  If I decide to modify any of the cards I will be sure to share them with you.  

If you would like to order your own kit or arrange a fun Girls Night In event let me know.  It would be so fun and you will leave with some adorable cards.

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