2023 Online Exclusives

Simply Sparkling and the Sweet Citrus Hybrid Folder

Today's project features something from the 2023-24 Annual Catalog,  an Online Exclusive, and something coming in the upcoming 2024 January-April Mini Catalog.


  • The card base is Basic White Thick Cardstock  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4".
  • The Basic Black layer is 4-1/8" x 5-3/8".
  • The Basic White layer is embossed using the Sweet Citrus Hybrid Embossing Folder (Annual Catalog).
  • The Basic Black CS Squares were cut using the upcoming (2024 January-April Mini Catalog)  Perennial Postage dies.  These dies are going to be so fun and useful.
  • The Basic White CS inside of the Basic Black CS are 1-1/8" squares.
  • The fruit were colored using Real Red, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends and the images are from the Simply Sparkling bundle (Online Exclusive).
  • All the fruit were also covered in Wink of Stella for a little shine.
  • The ribbon is the Black and White 1/4" Gingham Ribbon.


This a quick and easy card to put together and can be used for lots of occasions.  I am keeping the center blank until I need to use it.  

Thanks for stopping by,


Irresistible Blooms Hello

It is Thursday which means it is time for a new Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week the challenge is a color challenge.


The bundle I chose to use for this challenge is the new Irresistible Blooms bundle.  This bundle is part of the Hello, Irresistible Suite Collection in the new Online Exclusives release.  Here is a link to all the products available in the Online Exclusives release.


The card base is Sweet Sorbet CS.  On the Basic Black layer I created the texture using one of the Irresistible Blooms dies.  I cut multiples of the die to cover the entire Basic Black layer.  On the large flower I used Sweet Sorbet ink on Sweet Sorbet CS. The leaves and the smaller flower were stamped using Versamark ink on the colored CS. Why did I use Versamark instead of the coordinating ink?  I am traveling and do not have all my ink pads with me and using Versamark ink mimics the look of the coordinating ink on the colored cardstock.  The flowers and leaves were all cut using the Irresistible Blooms dies.

I really like this new bundle.  There are so many different ways to color the images.  I am looking forward to trying different coloring techniques.  The splatter stamp in this set is also a really good one to have.

In the centers of the flowers and on the banner I added an Iridescent Rhinestone.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder and then cut out using the Stylish Shapes die.


Inside I added a Basic Black CS strip and another flower and leaf.  This card can be used for lots of different occasions.  There are 5 different sentiments in the Irresistible Blooms stamp set covering many situations.  I am leaving the inside blank until I decide who I am sending this one too. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this challenge and be sure to check out all of the new Online Exclusive products,