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On to Adventure

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week we have a color challenge.

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I haven't played with the On to Adventure stamp set in quite a while and knew that it would be fun to color my favorite character from the stamp set using these colors.

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I did a little masking and have her holding balloons instead of her suitcase.  The balloons are from the Special Someone set and cut out using the Special Days dies.  The Special Days dies are part of the Coordination Product Release and like Sale-A-Bration will end March 31.  I have had so much fun with the set and the coordinating dies.

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The sentiment is from the For the Love of Felt stamp set which coordinates with the For the Love of Felt Project kit.  The For the Love of Felt Project kit is one of my favorite kits.  The cards you make are so pretty and you can choose to make them exactly like the kit directs or do your own thing.  A kit may be just what you need during this time of social distancing.  You can order it and other paper crafting supplies directly from my online store and have it delivered to your home.  

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Positive Thoughts and Very Versailles

It is Thursday which means it is time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week we have a color challenge!

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I pulled out the Very Versailles stamp set that has not seem much action and the Positive Thoughts set from the Jan-June 2020 Mini Catalog.

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I used the rectangle die from the Nature's Thoughts Dies and cut it in Very Vanilla. Cardstock  I did a little light sponging around the edges of the Very Vanilla rectangle using Soft Suede ink.  The long leafy image was stamped in Old Olive ink.  The writing was stamped in Soft Suede ink and stamped off once so it was a little more subtle.  The butterfly is from the Positive Thoughts stamp set and was stamped on Pear Pizzazz CS using Soft Suede ink and cut out using the Nature's Thoughts Dies.  Are you wondering what ribbon I used?  This is a little sneak peek of a ribbon that will be available next month and is part of the Ornate Garden Suite.  The Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack contains 2 spools: 1 each of 2 colors (Old Olive, Terracotta Tile).  The ribbon is 1/4" wide and you get 5 yards on each spool.   The Pear Pizzazz panel was embossed using the Parisian Flourish 3-D Embossing Folder.

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On the inside I added a strip of Soft Suede Cardstock and a little sprig of leaves cut in both Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive Cardstock.  This quick and easy card can be used for lots of different occasions.  

Thank you for stopping by.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Design Team created using this color combination.  

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So Very Vellum and the Forever Blossoms

I am ready for Spring!  If you are ready too, then you need to check out and participate in the Festive Friday challenge #FF54.

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All you need to do is pick at least 3 items from the Inspo List to include in your project and then post it in the Festive Friday gallery.  Here's more information about how to play along with the Festive Friday Challenge.

I chose flowers, green, pastel colors, and stitching to use on my project.

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I used the new So Very Vellum Specialty Designer Series Paper in Purple Posy for the card base.  This beautiful embossed vellum is part of the Sale-A-Bration  2nd Release products.   This pack of paper is FREE with a $50 order.  There are 3 colors: Pool Party, Purple Posy, and Soft Sea Foam.  In the pack you get six 12" x 12" pieces, 2 each of three colors.  

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The beautiful flowers are from the Forever Blossoms bundle and are colored using Stampin' Blends.

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This is inside of the card.  I wanted to cover up the adhesive that was showing through from the front so I added the top rectangle as well as  the bottom.  All the rectangles are the same size.

I have written a tutorial for you on how to make this card, CLICK HERE  for the tutorial. In fact, every member of the Festive Friday design team creates either a video or a written tutorial on their project so be sure to check it out!

I look forward to seeing your project in the Festive Friday gallery!

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Bonanza Buddies Birthday

I couldn't resist the Bonanza Buddies suite in the JJ 2020 Mini Catalog (January-June Mini Catalog).  We do have a bunch of new little ones in our family which was my rationale for buying it but if I am being honest, I probably would have bought it just cause I thought it was so cute.

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This card was made for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC602.

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Love this fun sketch!  It allowed me to play with the fun presents and balloon stamps and the Birthday Bonanza DSP.  Except for the Stitched So Sweetly dies (White scalloped rectangle) everything else is from the Birthday Bonanza suite.  

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Here's the inside of the card.  The sentiment is also from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set.  

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Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created for this sketch.  

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Positive Thoughts and the Nature's Thoughts dies

Are there stamp sets you shy away from?  For me, it is the collagey type sets.  Don't get me wrong I love them and usually end up buying them, it is just that I do not feel comfortable creating with them.  This is how I felt about the Positive Thoughts stamp set.  Loved the images and the sentiments but I wasn't sure if  I could put them all together.  Enter the Coordination Product Release.  Once I saw that there were coordinating dies (Nature's Thoughts dies) for the set, I could no longer resist.  Honestly, once I saw the die for the fern I was sold.

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I made this card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC599.  Love this color combination!  The center flower is inked in Flirty Flamingo ink and then gently sponged around the edges with Real Red ink.  

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Because I was so focused on the fern die I sort of overlooked what else was in the set.  There are dies that cut out the feather, butterfly, flower, and fern images.  In addition there is an awesome frame, small butterfly, border, 2 more foliage (1 small, 1 large), a larger feather that has embossed details, and 1 other die that maybe is for the center of the flower.

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Here's a peek of the inside of the card and the border die.  It is a perfect border for Valentine cards, can you see the OXO?

The only other die I used was the Stitched Rectangle die.  It is slight too short and doesn't make a perfect layer but  the flowers and foliage hide the gap .  Love the detail around the Basic Gray frame!  This die is going to be used a lot! 

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I had an extra flower so it was also added to the inside of the card.  

Love the products in the  Coordination Product Release!  I have spent some time using the Birthday Dies that coordinate with the Sale-A-Bration set, Happy Birthday to You.  You can see samples here and here.  You will be seeing more samples using the Coordination Product Release soon.  What is your favorite from the Coordination Product Release?

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

The Host Code for February is VRH7HE4C.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $50 or more I will also send you 2 card kits with a tutorial and a completed sample as a thank you gift.

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 

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Happy Birthday to You

I am loving the Birthday dies (Coordination Product release) that coordinate with the Happy Birthday to You stamp set (Sale-A-Bration).  They were a perfect combo to use for this week's Create with Connie & Mary challenge, #CCMC598.

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Here's how I made this card.

  • Cut a Petal Pink card base 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".  Cut a Petal Pink layer 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" and emboss using the Subtle 3-D folder
  • Cut a 2-1/2" x 4-1/8" piece of Petal Pink vellum (Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock) and die cut using the Delicate Lace die.
  • Run a line of SNAIL adhesive along the top edge of the Vellum and adhere to the Petal Pink embossed layer.
  • Tie a small Petal Pink 1/4" Metallic-Edge Ribbon bow around the Petal Pink embossed layer covering the strip of SNAIL adhesive.  
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  • Stamp the flowers from the Happy Birthday to You SAB stamp set on Shimmery White CS with VersaMark ink and heat emboss using  White embossing powder. 
  • Color the image using Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight , and Pear Pizzazz ink refills and an Aqua Painter. 
  • Cut out the flowers using the Birthday Dies from the Coordination Product release.
  • Cut out the largest circle (Whisper White CS) and the coordinating scalloped circle (Champagne Foil) using the Layering Circle dies.
  • Stamp the sentiment (By the Dock stamp set) in Basic Gray ink on the white CS.
  • Adhere the Whisper White  circle to the Champagne Foil scalloped circle using SNAIL adhesive.
  • Adhere the circles to the Petal Pink layer.
  • Adhere the flowers to the Whisper White circle using Stampin' Dimensionals.  TIP- I position the Dimensionals towards the center of the die cut.  This way I can tuck in and arrange the foliage easily.
  • Cut out Pear Pizzazz leaves using the Birthday dies.  There are 2 leaves on each die (yay!) and I started by cutting 2 each and added leaves until I liked how it looked.
  • Tuck in the leaves and attach them using Mini Glue Dots.
  • Adhere the embossed Petal Pink layer to the card base using SNAIL adhesive.
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  • Cut a 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White cs and attach it to the inside of the card.  Cut a 1" x 4" piece of Petal Pink vellum. Cut the vellum using the Delicate Lace die.

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Lovely Lily Pad Merci

This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a color challenge.  

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I used an Aqua Painter and Pool Party ink on watercolor paper to create a wash of color.  I wanted a soft look so I used a lot of water on the paper.  The flowers were stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink on Petal Pink CS.  I used a Blender pen to pull the color from the stamped lines.   I loved how they turned out.  

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The "merci" and the swirly tendrils were cut in Cherry Cobbler CS using the Parisian dies.  I also embossed the Petal Pink layer using the Parisian Flourish 3-D Embossing Folder.   I wanted to a little sparkle so I added a few white From My Heart Faceted Gems.  

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this challenge.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

The Host Code for January is FTCKVA4N.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Champagne Rhinestones as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in early February. 

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 

 

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Special Someone

Ready for another Festive Friday Challenge?  

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How do you play along?  Just pick 3 items from the Inspo list to include in your projects and submit it to the Festive Friday gallery by the due date.   The project you create doesn't have to celebrate Valentine's Day but it does need to include 3 items from the Inspo List.  Here is a link to how to play along with the challenge.

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I chose to use hearts, doilies, and red from the Inspo List. I could even claim glitter since he is holding a glittery red heart.   Isn't the raccoon from the Special Someone set so cute?  From the first time I saw the catalog I knew the set would have to be mine.  Beginning on February 4th, the Special Day dies that coordinates with the Special Someone set will become available.  As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order them which is what I used to cut out Mr. Raccoon.  

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  • Cut out 2 tags from the Golden Honey Specialty DSP (Sale-A-Bration choice)  using the tag die from the Bonanza dies.   
  • Score the bottom of the tags 1-1/4" .  This is how big the item I wanted to insert measures.
  • Apply adhesive to one of the 1-1/4" rectangles and place the other tag over it. 
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  • Secure the treat in the holder with adhesive.  I used a Ferrero Rocher.
  • Thread a 4" piece of Real Red ribbon through the tag holes and tie a bow around the ribbon using White Baker's Twine
  • Stamp the outline raccoon image in Basic Gray ink.
  • Ink the bold raccoon stamp in Basic Gray ink and stamp off once on a piece of scrap paper and then over the outline raccoon image.
  • Cut out the raccoon using the Special Day dies or fussy cut.  
  • Using Stampin' Dimensionals attach the raccoon to a red heart doily
  • Stamp "for you" on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out using the banner die from the Clubhouse bundle.
  • Cut 2 hearts out of Red Glitter paper 
  • Attach one heart to the raccoons paws using a part of a Stampin' Dimensional.
  • Attach one heart to the banner.  Attach the banner using SNAIL adhesive to the doily.
  • Using Stampin' Dimensionals attach the doily to the treat holder.

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Cute and simple little treat to give to your friends, co-workers, or anytime you need a little treat holder.  Now it is time for you to figure out what you are going to make for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0051.  

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

The Host Code for January is FTCKVA4N.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Champagne Rhinestones as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in early February. 

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 

 

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Bonanza Buddies

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Thursday Challenge!  This week it is a sketch challenge #CCMC596.

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You know I love a sketch with 3 things in a row.  It is a design I turn to a lot.  The hardest thing for me was to decide what stamp set, dies, I wanted to feature.

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Bonanza Buddies! The card I made is very similar to the sample in the Mini Catalog.   Instead of just the koala bear I used all of the animals.  The animals were cut out from the Birthday Bonanza DSP.  It is a fun option to be able to do that.   I added the balloons (from the Special Someone set and cut them out using the soon to be released-February 4th-Special Day dies) instead of the banners.  I also added some So Saffron Metallic Baker's twine which is a Sale-A-Bration choice.

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The balloons were stamped and then filled in using the Shimmery Crystal Effects.  The Shimmery Crystal Effects debuted in the 2019 Holiday Catalog and is a Carryover Item.  The Shimmer is subtle and a very cool effect mixed in with the Crystal Effects.

Thank you for stopping by.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created with the sketch.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

The Host Code for January is FTCKVA4N.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Champagne Rhinestones as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in early February. 

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 

 

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Painted Poppies

This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC595 is a color challenge.  

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Honestly I think color challenges are harder for me than sketch challenges.  I should look back at prior posts because I probably say that about sketch challenges too!  I am happy with the end result but it took me a while to get there.

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This is a quick and easy card.  I stamped the image from the Painted Poppies set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored them in using Poppy Parade, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends.  I also used the Color Lifter to lighten some of the areas of the flowers to create some shading.   The Layering Squares dies were used to cut out the flowers and the Rich Razzleberry scallop behind the flowers.  I attached a flower sequin from the Peaceful Poppies Sequins to each square and inserted a Silver Metallic Pearl in the center.

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I used the Scripty 3-D Embossing folder (one of my faves!) and embossed a white panel to place the squares on.  Are you wondering why I didn't just emboss the front of the card base?  I wanted to hide the Poppy Parade ribbon from showing on the inside of the card.  

Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this challenge.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

The Host Code for January is FTCKVA4N.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Champagne Rhinestones as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in early February. 

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 

 

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