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Jar of Love and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #553

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

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What do you think of this combination of colors?  

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I used the Jar of Love stamp set and the coordinating Everyday Jars framelits.  This set I haven't used in a while and  consider it to be one of my favorites.  It is easy to create lovely arrangements with the images in the set.  

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I used the Eclectic Layers thinlits to create the cut out design.  The cut out creates interest, texture and allows the Gray Granite DSP to show through.  It is a simple thing to do and adds a lot to the overall design of the card. 

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Design team created for this challenge.  So many great ideas and inspiration!

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Vertical Greetings for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #552

Today's sketch for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge made me think about the fun topiaries in the Vertical Greetings stamp set.   In addition to the great images this set also has vertical greetings!  I don't regularly use a vertical greeting but on today's card it was just the right thing.

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Here is the #CCMC552 sketch.

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My card followed the sketch very closely and I am happy with how fresh and clean it looks.  Whisper White card stock combined with any of the Gingham Gala papers just reminds me of spring.   The faux stitched background was created by repeatedly using the large die from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits.  I used this background idea on this card.  

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Did you notice that the topiary is a little shorter?  I inked up just the last two green poofs (highly technical term) to better fit the oval.  Don't you love those little sequin flowers?  The sequins are adhesive backed which makes them even easier to use.  I put a little Happiness Blooms Enamel Dot in the center of each sequin.   

Did you notice the little stitched design on the white strip?  The strip was also made using the Needlepoint Elements framelits.  I didn't want to use ribbon and thought this little design element was just right.  

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created using this sketch.

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Painted Seasons, More Than Words, & the Country Floral TIEF

Today's card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge features 2 Sale-A-Bration sets and 2 Sale-A-Bration Coordination framelit!  This week's challenge is a color challenge featuring Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink and Fresh Fig.

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The beautiful embossed design was created by using the Country Floral Dynamic TIEF (Textured Impressions Embossing folder).   This is one lovely embossing folder!  The sentiment is from the More Than Words stamp set which is part of the Sale-A-Bration Coordination offering.  This stamp set has great sentiments that coordinate so well with the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.

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The flowers and leaves are from the Painted Seasons stamp  set which is part of the Painted Seasons bundle.  This stamp set has a coordinating set of framelits, Four Season Framelit Dies which is part of the Sale-A-Bration Coordination products.   I inked all of the flowers in Petal Pink ink but the middle flower I also used the "rock n roll" technique.  After I inked the stamp in Petal Pink ink, I rolled the outer edge of the stamp in Fresh Fig ink.  To add a little bling I placed a Petal Pink Rhinestone Gem in the center of each flower.  

Do you like this color combination as much as I do?  If you want even more inspiration be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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Needle & Thread for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #550

Taking a break from Sale-A-Bration products and using the Needle & Thread bundle from the Occasions catalog for today's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.

Here is the sketch for this week's challenge.

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I chose the Needle & Thread bundle because I wanted a set that had sentiments as well as images.  I also wanted a set that  had coordinating framelits.  The added bonus of this bundle is that it also has the Needlepoint Nook DSP. I started by choosing the pattern of DSP I wanted to work with and then built the card around the paper.   The 2 strips of paper underneath the oval is also DSP and in fact is on the back of the paper I chose.  I thought the stitched stripes looked like ribbon which fit the sketch perfectly.  

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One of my favorite framelits in the Needlepoint Elements Framelits is the one I used to create the design on the Whisper White card stock.  It is a beautiful stitched design and I ran it multiple times to create the stitched background.  Simple and yet adds a lot of interest.   I will be using this idea again soon.

Now it is time for you to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created.  Thank you for stopping by!

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All Adorned for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #549

This week for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge I am using one of the Sale-A-Bration 2nd release stamp sets, All Adorned. This was a fun set to use for this week's color challenge.

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The All Adorned stamp set is an 8 piece photopolymer set.  This set is a great set to play with using different color combinations.  It is pretty easy to line up but if you want exact placement it is a good set to use with the Stamparatus.

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In the center of each medallion I placed a Lemon Lime Twist sequin from the Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins pack and in the center of the sequin a rhinestone.  I punched out the small design using a 1/2"circle punch and placed them between the medallions.  In the center I attached a rhinestone.  

Be sure to check out what the other members of the Design team created with this color combination.

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There are 2 other new Sale-A-Bration items in the 2nd release.

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This is one  beautiful embossing folder.  It is a Dynamic folder which means the impression is deep and defined.  This is a Level 1 Sale-A-Bration choice and free with a $50 order.

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This is a beautiful stamp set and coordinating DSP.  This lovely bundle is Level 2 Sale-A-Bration choice and free with a $100 order.  This is a gorgeous bundle of products. 

 

 


Hey Love for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!  You know, I am going to have to use the Hey Love stamp set for my project.  This week the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a sketch challenge.  

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A plan quickly came together after seeing this sketch.

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I used my Stamparatus to create this mirror image of the cute little hamster/prairie dog/critter.  It is such a fun and easy technique.  Here's a quick video.  

The sheet inside of the Stamparatus is a Silicone Craft sheet and is vital to this technique. I stamped on a 3" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I was going to do a voice over but I think the video is clear enough to understand how to do this technique.  If you have any questions please leave me a comment.

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I used the All My Love Designer Series Paper and the Be Mine Stitched Framelit Dies to complete the card.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Design team created for this challenge.  

Here are links to some other cards using the Hey Love stamp set, here, here, here, here, and here.  This is a set that I have really enjoyed and will continue to use for other occasions.

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Beauty Abounds and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I'm using the Beauty Abounds stamp set for this week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.   The challenge this week is to use Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape and Melon Mambo.

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This is definitely a bold color combination.  

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This flower image from the Beauty Abounds stamp set is pretty and almost whimsical.  I love the curlicues and little dots. 

I placed the stamp in the Stamparatus and used the hinge step technique to stamp the image 3 times.  The coloring was done using a blender pen and ink refills.  I wanted to keep the coloring light to fit the lightness of the stamp.  The sentiment is from the Kindness & Compassion stamp set.  The font was perfect for the image.  The ribbon is the 1/4" Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped Ribbon.  It may be a little bit of an overkill but I placed a Rhinestone in the middle of each flower.  What do you think, is it too much?

Be sure to go and check out what the other members of the Design team created with this color combination.

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Bloom by Bloom for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Hard to believe that it is the last day of January!  I made this card using the Bloom by Bloom stamp set weeks ago and I am happy to finally get to share it with you.  The Create with Connie and Mary challenge this week is a sketch challenge.

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I seem to be drawn to a portrait orientation when I make cards, so I had to rotate things to conform to the sketch.

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Love the bold and fun images in the Bloom by Bloom stamp set especially paired with the DSP from the Happiness Bloom pack.  I also used one of the sentiments in the Part of My Story set.  I think this stamp set gets overlooked in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. 

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I have used this set a lot and will keep it in my collection long after this year's Sale-A-Bration is over.  

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Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for this sketch.  I know you will be inspired.

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Hey Love for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #545

Yes, I am using the Hey Love stamp set for another challenge!  This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a color challenge.

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Perfect for a fun Valentine card!

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This is the first time I am using this cute little ape.  I colored him using the Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends, quick and easy coloring.

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Are you beginning to wonder how this card opens?  Well, it doesn't.  See the ribbon?  You pull it up and surprise!

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Don't you love an interactive card?  

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Such a fun surprise!   The sentiments are also from the Hey Love stamp set and are just perfect for this pull up card.  

Be sure to check out what the other design team members created using this color combination.  I know you will be inspired!

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Hey Love for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #544

It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have a sketch challenge!  The sketch was a perfect one for me to incorporate the adorable little skunk from the Hey Love stamp set.

First the sketch.

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Here's what I made using the Hey Love set and the sketch.

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The patterned paper I used is from the All My Love DSP.  Once again Stampin' Up! created a beautiful pack of paper.  Lots of beautiful designs that can be used for all kinds of occasions. In addition to the Hey Love stamp set, I used the Forever Lovely set for the floating hearts.   It looks like I used a couple of different ink pads for the hearts but I only used one, Lovely Lipstick.  The stamp is a Distinktive stamp.  The way it is made creates the different shades.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.  I know you be inspired by their creations!

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