2020 Annual Catalog

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Hello friends!  It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.   This month the challenge is doing something a little different.  Instead of alternating between a sketch and color challenges we are CASEing the Catalog.  What does that mean?  We are creating a project based on a sample in the 2020 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.  This week's challenge is to case the card on page 18 of the catalog.

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Isn't that a pretty card?  I decided to us a bundle I hadn't inked up yet, Whale Done which is part of the Whale of a Time Suite.  I thought the contents of the suite were so cute that I used the number 154126 (which I call the YES to it all number) and ordered the whole suite.  I do not do that very often but every part of this suite I really liked.

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Most of my project today uses the Whale of a Time 6" x 6" DSP.   

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The turtles were fussy cut out from the DSP.  Fortunately they are easy to cut out. The cute whale was  punched from the DSP using the Whale Builder punch.  I stamped the sentiment from the Whale Done stamp set on a piece of the Whale of a Time DSP in Pretty Peacock ink and cut it out using a die from the Layering Circles.

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Inside you can see a peek of another turtle cut from the DSP on a strip of DSP.   This is pretty typical of how I finish up the inside of my cards.  

Just a reminder that this month is Bonus Days.  What does that mean?  For every $50 USD you spend 1 July–3 August 2020 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 USD Bonus Days coupon code that can be used 4–31 August 2020.  SUper cool right?!

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ICS Blog Hop...Prized Peony

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Hello Friends!  Welcome to the Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop!  This month we are sharing our favorite bundles from the 2020 Stampin' Up!® Annual catalog.  Can I say it is impossible for me to truly say what my favorite bundle is? My favorite is usually the bundle I am currently playing with.  Right now I am stamping with the Prized Peony bundle so it is my favorite.

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I think I am pretty clever cause you see how I also used part of another bundle?  Yup, I am tricky that way.  I used the Best Plaid Builder dies part of the Best Year bundle for the background.  The Best Plaid Builder dies are another favorite of mine and I use them a lot.  They are fun to use and you can just mix and match colors to suit your whim.  Here I used Vellum cardstock  and Petal Pink cardstock  to create the plaid.  Love how the vellum and Petal Pink just makes the plaid look soft and kind of dreamy.

I stamped the peony in Gray Granite ink and used a Blender Pen to color in the leaves and stem.   I didn't use any ink other than what was stamped. The flowers were colored using the Light Calypso Coral and the Petal Pink Combo Stampin' Blends.  

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I added some Gray Granite 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon.  This ribbon is so pretty and has a subtle silver shimmer to it.  I also added some Elegant Faceted Gems.  These gems come in Clear, Petal Pink, and pearlescent white, 15 of each in 2 different sizes.  I used the smaller size on today's card.  The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White on a Stitched Rectangle in Basic Gray ink.  I used a post-it note to cover up the bottom part of the sentiment and then inked the stamp,  remove the post-it (very important step-ask me how i know) and then stamp it on the Whisper White cardstock.

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Just a look inside the card showing another peony image from the set.  I used the same coloring tools as I used on the other peony.

Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what Deb Naylor has created for you!  I know you will love it!

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I have listed below all the products I used to create my card.  Enjoy the hop!

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Cute Fruit Daisies

Have you see the Make Beautiful Things brochure?  It is a small brochure that offers a sampling of stamps, kits, and accessories.  Some of the products are also shown in the Annual Catalog but there are a few items that are only featured in the this brochure.  One of those products is a fun stamp set called Cute Fruit.

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This set just makes me smile so I knew I had to have it.   I just think the little faces are so cute and knew they would be so cute in the middle of daisies.

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I used the Medium Daisy punch and punched out 6 daisies, 2 for each flower.  I stamped the faces on Crushed Curry CS and punched them out with a 1/2" circle punch (sadly this is a retired punch).   I stamped and punched the jar from the Jar of Flowers bundle and added some foliage cut from Coastal Cabana CS using the Forever Flourishing dies and lightly sponged the edges with Night of Navy ink.  

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I used the Playing with Patterns 6" x 6" DSP.  This pack of paper is so cute!  It is filled with stripes, polka dots, watercolor looks all in the happy color combination of Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Purple Posy, and White.   Based on the picture in the catalog I was a little leery but I loved the colors so I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did!

I used the Playful Alphabet Dies and the Foam Adhesive Sheets to cut out the Coastal Cabana letters.  To do this I cut small piece of the Foam Adhesive and a corresponding piece of Coastal Cabana CS.  I took off one of the protective coverings from the Foam Adhesive Sheet and adhered the Coastal Cabana CS.  I used the dies and ran it through the die cut machine.  The Foam Adhesive cuts beautifully.  All you have to do is remove the protective covering and stick it on the card.  Honestly, what I did at first was cut out the letters and was about to start cutting out little pieces of Stampin' DImensionals to attach it to the card when I remembered the Foam Adhesive Sheets!  I knew it would be so much easier to start all over again using the Foam Adhesive Sheets.  I highly recommend getting a pack or 2 of the Foam Adhesive sheets!  

 

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Blossoms in Bloom Birthday

It is Friday and time for another fun Festive Friday Challenge!  This time the Inspo List is inspired by  National Simplicity Day!  What does this mean to you?  Check out the Inspo List and choose 3 things to use on your project and post it in the Festive Friday blog gallery!  Here's the Inspo List.

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Lots of fun things on this list!  I chose Stitching, Birthday theme and Floral theme.  Surprised?  Me too!  I was all set to do the B & W with a pop of color cause that is usually my jam but wait I guess I kind of did do that.  I will let you be the judge.

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It is hard to see but the Basic Black layer does have a stitched edge and so does the sentiment.  You can see the floral and birthday theme but where is the white?

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There it is!  Okay, this might be pushing what is really meant by b&w and a pop of color.  Magenta Madness definitely is a happy pop of color and it is still my favorite new In Color but to be fair I haven't used the other colors as much.  

Guess what?! I have a tutorial for you with all the measurements and supplies.  CLICK HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and I  hope you play along with the Festive Friday Challenge #FF62.  I love seeing what your creations in the gallery!

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Forever Greenery

I have a confession to make.  It is pretty hard to believe but when I made today's card it was the first time I opened the package of Forever Greenery DSP.  I know pretty shocking!  It is a gorgeous pack of paper and perfect for this week's sketch Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.

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I used 2 different designs from the Forever Greenery pack.  The DSP definitely does all the work for me on this card.  The only stamping on the front of the card is the Grateful.  This sentiment is from the Ornate Thanks stamp set.  The full sentiment says So Grateful but I omitted the So.  I inked up the sentiment in Versamark, covered it with White Embossing powder, and heat embossed it using the Heat Tool.  There is still something magical about heat embossing.  I love how crisp the white embossing powder looks on Pretty Peacock cardstock.  I also added a couple of gold Metallic Pearls to the label.

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Inside I stamped a couple of images from the Forever Fern set and also added a strip of the Forever Greenery DSP.  I cut out the Forever Fern images using the Forever Flourishing dies.  Do you decorate the inside of your cards?  I always try to, I want the inside to look as good as the outside of the card.

Now that I have opened the Forever Greenery DSP and stamped a few images from the Forever Fern, I will definitely be playing with this fun and beautiful Forever Greenery Suite of products.

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Prized Peony

I have been asked what stamp set/bundle is my favorite and I can say for today it is definitely Prized Peony!   Hahaha, you didn't think I was actually going to commit. 

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This detailed peony image is so fun to color and it is a great size.  I used the Petal Pink and Old Olive Stampin' Blends to color the image.  The image has a lot of shading on it which makes it easy to color.  I also used 3 Elegant Faceted Gems in Petal Pink to add just a little bit more to the card.  These pretty and new gems come in 3 colors, Clear, Petal Pink, and Pearlescent White.   They are not bright and sparkly more subdued and elegant.  

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Do you see the small peony peeking out from the inside of the card? I stamped, colored and die cut it, to pretty up the inside of the card too!  

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Click here  and here for a few more samples using the Prized Peony bundle.  Thank you for stopping by and if you would like to purchase any supplies go to my online store or contact me and I would be happy to help you.

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Field of Flowers

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week we have a bright and happy color combination that spoke to me of summer.

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The Field of Flowers bundle ( stamp set and Confetti Flowers Border Punch) in these colors remind me of a summer day.  

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I used the Confetti Flower Border punch for the smaller flowers and fussy cut the larger flowers.  I popped up all the flowers using Stampin' Dimensionals.  In the Field of Flowers stamp set there is a dragonfly.   I chose to use the dragonfly from the Friend Like You stamp set so instead of more fussy cutting  I could use the dragonfly die in the Friendly Silhouettes to cut it out.  

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The card base is Thick Whisper White cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4".  The Melon Mambo cardstock measures 3-5/8" x  4-7/8" and the stamped Whisper White panel is 3-1/2" x 4-3/4".  I wrapped Linen Thread around the bottom edge of the stamped panel and tied a bow.

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You can see a border of grass and flowers along the bottom edge of the inside of the card.  I like to decorate the inside of the card as well as the outside.

 

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Arrange A Wreath

You know I love wreaths on my cards.  I think they are so fun to dress up and they are great for different occasions & holidays.  When I saw the new Arrange a Wreath bundle my first thought was, I want that but it can wait.  Well, I looked at it again and realized it couldn't wait and just like that it was in my first order.  I am so happy since it was the perfect bundle for me to use for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0061.

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I no longer have any citrus fruit stamps so i focused on using orange, yellow, and green from the Inspo list on my card for the challenge.

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I made the wreath using both of the wreath dies, one in Shaded Spruce and the other in the new In Color, Just Jade.  The flowers are in Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.  In the die set there are 2 dies for the larger flower and 3 for the smaller flower, yay!  Having the extra dies makes it so much faster to make the flowers.  The centers of the flowers are from the Elegant Faceted Gems.  

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I added the heart also from the Arrange A Wreath bundle to the center of the wreath, adding another item from the Inspo List,  sweet sentiment.  I cut out 2 hearts one in Pumpkin Pie and one in Daffodil Delight.  On the Pumpkin Pie heart I added a piece of Foam Adhesive on the back behind the letters,  you could also use dimensionals.  I then layered the letters from the Daffodil Delight heart on to the exposed adhesive.

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The background is one of the Many Medallions die.  Before I die cut I put a piece of Adhesive Sheet on the back of the Whisper White cardstock.  This is a double-sided adhesive and is very handy to use to adhere intricate die cuts.

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Want to play along with the challenge?  All you have to do is pick 3 items from the Inspo List to use on your project.  Post your project on the Festive Friday blog by Monday June 22 8 pm CST.  I look forward to seeing what your creation in the gallery!

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Prized Peony

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  So excited to show you the sketch for the challenge and the card I made.

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I saw the sketch and knew it would be perfect to use  the Prized Peony bundle.  After playing around with a couple of ideas I ended up not using the  Prized Peony stamp set just the Peony dies. 

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The fabulous Peony dies not only cut out the stamped Peony images in the Prized Peony stamp set but also to create this paper peony.  At first the dies look a little intimidating but once you put together your first peony you will see how easy and really ingenious the dies are.  Here's a picture of the dies you will use.

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All you need to do is insert the dies in the order as shown above in the previous petals opening.   You match up the bottom shape of each petal and glue  them or use a glue dot to secure them.  

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I used Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride cardstock and sponged along the edges with Flirty Flamingo ink.  The leaves were made using Old Olive amd Mossy Meadow cardstock.  The peony is resting on a circle that was embossed using the Dainty Diamonds 3D folder.  It is a beautiful embossing folder.  

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The sweet sentiment is from the Ornate Thanks stamp set.  Isn't it a beautiful font?  It just coordinates so well with the whole look of the card.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Peony Garden DSP pack.  

Thank you for stopping by!  If there is anything I can help you with please let me know.  I have linked all the products I used and a link to my online store below.  

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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...Prized Peony

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop,  #aWOWbloghop.  We have 24  stops on this  hop representing 13 different time zones (Midnight in Hawaii through 10 PM in New Zealand) in all of Stampin' Up's markets!  Thank you so much for joining us as we hop Around the World on Wednesday!

This month we are focusing on inspiration from the new 2020-21 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.  So many possibilities!  One of my very favorite things is the Peony Garden Suite, especially the Prized Peony bundle.  I really like that there are realistic stamp images and dies to cut them out and also dies that create a paper pieced peony.  Today's project focuses on the realistic stamp images.

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On my project I used 2 of the 3 peony images in the Prized Peony stamp set.  The peonies were colored using Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.  The leaves were colored using Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  

I love a black, white, and red color scheme.  When I saw the Best Plaid Builder dies I knew that it would be so fun to create black & white plaids with a floral pop of color.  I created the plaid using Basic Black and Vellum cardstock on a Whisper White card base.  It can be tricky attaching vellum to a card.  I used small dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on all the end pieces and intersections of the Vellum and it is secure and not vey noticeable.

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The sentiment is from the Celebrate Sunflowers set and is stamped on a oval from the Stitched Shapes dies.  I wanted to add something with a little sparkle and think the red rhinestone is perfect. I played around with other embellishments but finally settled on the single rhinestone.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Now it is time to  hop on over to see what the talented  Teri West has created.

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Angela Meiritz-Reid  - NZ

Tatiana Tobin - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Satomi Wellard - JA

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Manuela Geiswinkler - AT

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Mary Deatherage - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Anne Marie Hile - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Cindy Schuster, Special Guest - US

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US- You are here!

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

Thank you for joining us as we hop Around the World on Wednesday!

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