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Simple Sunday Celebration Tidings

Today's Simple Sunday Share coordinates with last Sunday's post.  I made a quick and easy tea bag holder  using the Celebration Tidings bundle.  


I stamped the cute pumpkins and sentiment in Early Espresso ink and colored the image using Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Blends.  The Very Vanilla cardstock was cut using the #2 label (#1 being the smallest label) cut in half.  


The flap is the #3 Celebration Labels cut from a 2-3/4" piece of Old Olive cardstock.  The label is scored at the midpoint and cut 1/2" in on  both sides so it will fit into the holder.  The holder is In Good Taste DSP  3-1/4" x 6" scored at 2-3/4", 5-1/2".  Punch a half circle to the front top of the holder, to make it easier to remove the tea.  Seal the sides and the bottom of the holder and attach the flap to the inside of the back of the holder.


The Early Espresso ribbon helps to secure the flap down and can be moved down to open the packet.


Here's both projects, the card and the tea bag holder.  Cute and quick projects using the Celebration Tidings Bundle.


Poinsettia Petals

It is Thursday my friends, which means there is a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge. 


I used the oh so pretty Poinsettia Petals bundle and the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.   The Brightly Gleaming DSP is one of those rare packs of paper that was carried over from a previous catalog.  It is a beautiful pack of paper with copper foil accents and a great non traditional color combination of Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Pretty Peacock and Very Vanilla

Before I forget, here is the sketch.


I followed the sketch very closely.  


I used 3 different sizes of stitched circles from the Stitched Shapes dies.  The poinsettias were cut using Shimmery White cardstock.  Aren't the centers of the poinsettias pretty?  I used the Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems.  These gems come in 2 different sizes and 2 blues, Night of Navy and Balmy Blue.  They have an iridescent sheen and really catch the light.


The sentiment is from the Poinsettia Petals set and is stamped on a 3/4" x 3" strip of Shimmery White cardstock.   The tails were were cut using paper snips.  

Here are the measurements:

  • Night of Navy CS 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Very Vanilla CS 4" x 5-1/4" inside of the card
  • Shimmery White 4-1/4" x 11" 
  • Pretty Peacock 3-1/2" x 4-3/4"
  • Brightly Gleaming DSP 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" , 4" x 5-1/4" (circles), 1/2" x 4" (inside of the card)

Thank you for stopping by!  



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Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop...World's Greatest


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use August's Paper Pumpkin kit: World's Greatest.


I love a pretty plaid and decided to cut one of the card bases to 2 pieces measuring 4-1/8" x 5-3/8".  Why?  This gave me more plaid paper to work with. I am also a fan of stripes and when I saw the medal ribbon holder stamp I knew I had to use it.  My dilemma was I also wanted to use the trophy. So,  I stamped the striped medal holder twice, cut out the ribbon part only, and adhered it to the card front.  The trophy base fit perfectly and covered up the gap between the 2 ribbons.  The trophy was attached to the card front using dimensionals (also included in the kit). I tucked in a couple of the vellum leaf die cuts behind the trophy to act as a frame.  I attached the vellum with tiny dots of glue.  The glue is behind the trophy and  hidden by the star sequins,


To create the stopper for the easel I cut  a tail at the end of the gold banner piece and attached it to the inside of the card with dimensionals.  On the circle I stamped in Bumblebee ink the #1 and friend in Pacific Point ink.  


Since I had another plaid layer I decided to make another card.


The ruffled ribbon stamp is perfect for making award ribbons.  I thought about what kind of awards I give out and came up with one that would be fun to send or give out at my next team meeting.  I made a small shaker by creating a frame from one of  the stitched rectangles designs in the kit.  I used a Stitched Rectangle die and cut out a window.  I used a clear envelope and put some stars in it and trimmed the envelope to fit behind the frame.  I closed up any open edges to prevent star leakage and attached it to the back of the frame.  I punched 2 holes near the top edge of the frame.  This is where the pin is attached to the card.  Place dimensionals around the edge of the frame except near where you punched the holes.  


The sentiment is from a stamp set available to demonstrators called Stamping Your Way to the Top.  I inked the sentiment in Bumblebee ink.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White "demonstrator" was inked in Pacific Point ink and punched out using the Classic Label punch.  The ends were trimmed and placed over the Bumblebee "demonstrator" using dimensionals.   The other banner sentiment is also from the same stamp set.  

This would work fabulously using the World Greatest stamp set.  You could have a ribbon for World's Greatest friend, Teacher or #1 Friend.  

For this variation you will need:

  • stamp set (I used Stamping Your Way to the Top)
  • Bumblebee Ink Pad
  • Whisper White CS scrap
  • Stitched Rectangle dies
  • Clear Envelope
  • Classic Label punch
  • pin back

Thank you for stopping by!  Now it is time for you to check out what the talented Tricia Butts has created for you!



Additional supplies used for card #1

  • Bumblebee CS 4-1/4" x 11"  scored at 2-1/2" & 5-1/2"
  • Whisper White CS 4" x 5-1/4", scrap of Whisper White to stamp the ribbons
  • Bumblebee Ink Pad
  • Liquid Glue

Additional supplies used for card #2

  • stamp set (I used Stamping Your Way to the Top)
  • Bumblebee Ink Pad
  • Whisper White CS scrap
  • Stitched Rectangle dies
  • Clear Envelope
  • Classic Label punch
  • pin back

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Simple Sunday-Celebration Tidings Always Grateful

A Simple Sunday post featuring the Celebration Tidings stamp set.


Early Espresso CS 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"

Old Olive CS 4" x 5-1/4"

Very Vanilla CS 3-7/8" x 5-/18" (front panel),  4" x 5-1/4" (inside of the card)

The images were colored using Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, and Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Blends.  Once the coloring was completed the Very Vanilla panel was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder. Wrap the Old Olive ribbon around the Very Vanilla panel and tie a bow.  Adhere to the Old Olive CS and the on to the Early Espresso card base.  Attach a few Gold Glitter Enamel Dots to the card to add a little bit of sparkle.


Adhere the 4' x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla CS to the inside of the card.  Quick, easy and cute!

Thank you for stopping by!  



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Heart Wings

The Dove of Hope bundle is one of the bundles I had to have from the 2020 August-December Mini Catalog.  I knew I would enjoy making my Christmas cards with it  and wanted to use it for other occasions too.  Here is what I came up with and it was a good fit for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0066



The elements I chose from the Festive Friday Inspo List was heart, foil, sparkle, and uplifting sentiment.  You only need to use 3 of the elements from the list.  The Inspo List elements are inspired by the festivity, National Day of Encouragement.  As far as I am concerned everyday should be a Day of Encouragement!


The card base is Thick Whisper White CS.  The next layer is Silver Foil.  The next layer is Whisper White CS.  Before you use the  Scripty 3D folder  to emboss this layer, stamp the sentiment. It is much easier to stamp a sentiment before you emboss.  The sentiment is from the Positive Thoughts stamp set, a very uplifting  and encouraging sentiment.  The solid wings were cut from Silver Foil and the detailed wings from Whisper White CS.  The heart was cut from the Rainbow Glimmer Paper using  the Stitched Be Mine dies.  


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0066.

Ann Schach   

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert  you are here!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema


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Grace's Garden Thinking of You

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  The colors are Cinnamon Cider, Misty Moonlight and Mossy Meadow.  


I used Grace's Garden stamp set and the Garden Gateway dies.  I have not used these 2 items nearly enough and am on a mission to make sure all the stamps and dies on my shelf are well used. 

All the flowers were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento pad and colored using Misty Moonlight and Mossy Meadow Stampin' Blends.  All the flowers were then die cut using the Garden Gateway dies.  The cute little bird was also stamped and the colored using Misty Moonlight Stampin' Blends.  

The trellis was cut in Cinnamon Cider cardstock.  The gate/fence were cut off and replaced with a stamped gate/fence.  The gate/fence were colored using the Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Blends.  The little kitty was also colored using Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Blends.



The sentiment is from the Many Mates stamp set.  After I stamped it I wondered, just what was the cat thinking?  Are they friends or has the kitty been thinking and plotting on how he would finally catch that little bird.  I am choosing to believe they are friends and they are having a nice little visit. 

I sponged the clouds using an old Stampin' Up! stencil but you could also make a template like I did on this post.  

Be sure to check out the Create with Connie & Mary blog for more information about the challenge.  I have listed all the products I used and they are linked to my online store.  Thank you for stopping by!


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Everything Essential Christmas

Ready for a quick and easy Christmas card using the Everything Essential bundle?  


This quick and easy card starts with a Whisper White note card.  Why?  It doesn't get much easier, since the note card is already cut, scored and ready to go.  Yes, the note card size is mailable.   The cute paper is from the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper pack.  The designs are cute and simple in the best possible way.  Lots of dots, stripes, checks in traditional Christmas colors.  This paper can definitely be used for occasions other than Christmas.  All in all a very versatile and cute pack of paper.  The larger piece of paper (1-3/4" x 5") has one edge cut using the Peony dies.  Love the little scalloped edging.  There is also an embossed swirl along the edge which is more visible when using a solid piece of paper.  The striped piece measures 1/2" x 5" and is a cute little accent.


The tree was inked up in Old Olive ink.  Prior to inking the stamp I placed pieces of Post It notes over the sentiment.  Once the tree was inked I removed the paper and inked up the sentiment in Real Red using a Stampin' Write marker.  The tree was decorated using the Star Designer Elements and Red Rhinestones.  A bow tied using the Real Red Sheer ribbon was added with a glue dot to the top of the tag. 


Here's a cute, quick and easy  lollipop cover.  You probably noticed that the tree is a different color than the one on the card.  It was getting late and I was getting lazy so I used a Pear Pizzazz ink spot to ink up the tree.  The smaller sized pad made it easier for me to ink up the tree and avoid inking all of the sentiment.  I used the Real Red marker (Stampin' Write) on the sentiment and it covered up the Pear Pizzazz ink that was there.  If you do this, wipe off the marker on a piece of scrap paper to remove the Pear Pizzazz ink before you put the cap on.  This trick works if the marker color is darker then the ink color you are coloring over.


Punch 2 holes about 1/2" apart at the top of both tags.  The tags are attached to 1-1/2" x 3" piece of Old Olive cardstock scored at 1" and 2".   Adhere the tags to the Old Olive base.  Thread a piece of Real Red ribbon through the holes with the lollipop stick between the two holes and tie a bow.


There you have it, two quick and easy ways to use the Everything Essential bundle!  Below you will see links to all the products I used.  Hope you will use them and shop with me.


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Real Red Stampin' Write Marker
Real Red Stampin' Write Marker

Everything Essential Halloween

Have you checked out the Everything Essential bundle?  Why do I think it is a great bundle?  I am glad you asked, maybe you didn't ask but humor me.  I don't send a ton of Halloween cards so I decided that whatever I buy for Halloween also has to have images that work for other occasions, Everything Essential meets that criteria.  The set includes fun Halloween,  cute Christmas and sweet Valentines/anniversary images!  The stamps and the punch  make quick and easy gift tags,  treat bag tags, and cards.  Versatility is what I was looking for and this bundle meets that requirement beautifully!  

Today's card is not a quick and easy one.  It is not difficult just will take you more than a few minutes to make.  Tomorrow I will show you quick and easy ideas for the Everything Essential bundle.


You know I like the 3 things in a row layout and the Essential Tag makes that easy to do.  Here I have 3 tags and 2 of the images are from the Everything Essential stamp set and the third (sentiment) is from the Little Treats stamp set.  Quick and easy coloring and sponging with Memento Tuxedo Black pad, makes things a little spookier.  The fabulous Black Glitter bows were cut using the Wreath Builder dies.  You know I love ribbon bows but when I'm trying to keep things flat, the bows you can make using the Wreath Builder dies are pretty perfect.  

ASID-Everything Essential-halloweenside

The spiders were created using the Little Treat Box dies.  Paper spiders are about what I can handle. The die cuts out the spider and embosses a cool swirly design on them, all at the same time.  The "boo!" was cut from Black Glitter paper using the Playful Alphabet dies.   The Pumpkin Pie cardstock was embossed using the Old World Paper 3D folder.   Love the texture and is much easier than me trying to recreate the look of old paper.

I hope you will consider the Everything Essential bundle.  It is a great choice for its versatility, simplicity, and value.


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Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Holiday 2020 Previews

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are focusing on the 2020 August -December Mini Catalog.   This  new catalog is full of beautiful products that will have you happily creating all season long.

Today I am sharing a project made using the Fireside Trimmings bundle.  This bundle is so fun.  Love all the elements you can use to create your fireside scenes.


Hmmm, I wonder if anyone has plaid walls?  These plaid walls were made using the Plaid Tidings DSP.  This pack of plaids are fabulous.  The color combinations are incredible, really diverse and perfect for the holidays and more.  The sentiment in the frame is from the Little Treats stamp set.   All the other elements  from the flames, logs, frames, pumpkins, and candles are from the Fireside Trimmings bundle. We have to talk about one thing in particular.


The bat banner!  C'mon it is so fabulous!  The banners  in the Fireside dies are so dang cute.  I used the star banner HERE and know that I will be using all of them soon.


This fireplace scene is also an easel card.  The bats and this little sentiment are both from the Festive Post stamp set.  


Hope you enjoyed this look into the Fireside Trimmings bundle.  I know you will be seeing more of the elements showing up in future blog posts.

Stamper's Dozen August 2020 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. BJ Peters – StampinBJ



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Prized Peony You Made my Day

Hi!  Happy you stopped by.  It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  We are back to our rotation between sketch and color challenges.  This week it is a sketch challenge.


I had to pull out my Prized Peony bundle.  Can you believe I haven't used it in 2 weeks!  I know, it is kind of shocking.   Before I forget here is the sketch.


The card base is Basic Black and I used 2 patterns from the Peony Garden DSP.   Love that paper for both the beautiful peony images and the more subtle  designs.  I think I have done this before but I love the peony against the Basic Black circle.  I usually use Whisper White but the Basic Black is very dramatic and I think it really highlights the peony.  


To color the peony I used Petal Pink and Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends for the flower and Old Olive for the leaves.  Did you notice the 2 gems?  They are the Petal Pink gems from the Elegant Faceted Gems.  


The sentiment is from the Ornate Thanks stamp set.  Love the font in this set and it  has a lot of great sentiments.  Below the sentiment  I added a small strip of Black Glitter paper (Aug-Dec mini catalog).  Love the little bit of sparkle.

Thank you stopping by and hope to see you again tomorrow,


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