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Climbing Orchid for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Oh my, it is getting real.  So many favorite things are being retired!  Today's card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC561 uses so many retiring products that it would be way easier to tell you what isn't retiring.  First here is what this week's theme is for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.

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I know it is a little strange the combination of orchids and coffee but I love them  both so i decided to combine them.  The Climbing Orchid stamp set and the coordinating Orchid Builder framelits are both retiring.  I believe this particular orchid is a Phalaenopsis aka Moth orchid.  They always remind me of my Mom, who doted over her orchid plants. 

The Coffee Cafe set and the coordianting Coffee Cups dies are also retiring.  If you give coffee/tea/drink gift cards you need this set and dies, so useful and quick to fancy up a card.

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Oh how I am going to miss the polka dots and stripes 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper!  I loved being able to get this in all the colors.  So sad to see this DSP on the hit list, oops I mean retiring list!

Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for #CCMC561. I think you will be inspired by all the different ways this color combination was used.  Also take be sure to take another look at what is on  the Last Chance products list.

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Bloom by Bloom for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

A few days ago this post was published, well actually it was blank....ooops!  Definitely a case of operator error.  Sorry that happened.  Here is the card I made for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC560.

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Here is the sketch the card is based on.

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I used the soon to be retiring Bloom by Bloom stamp set and stamped that fun, whimsical bloom.  I inked the flower in Grapefruit Grove ink and stamped some Calypso Coral ink over it to create the ombre effect.  

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I also used the coordinating Happiness Blooms DSP for the strips.  This pack of paper is full of bright and bold designs and colors.  It too along with the Night of Navy Baker's twine will be retiring soon.  The Grapefruit Grove card stock was embossed using the Subtle 3-D folder.   I think this is the embossing folder I reach for the most.  

Sorry about the fake post earlier this week.  Hope you will join in the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #560 and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge!

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Something Striped for the Festive Friday Challenge

You know I love stripes and florals!  The Festive Friday Challenge of Armed Forces Day and/or Stripes was a perfect one for me to use stripes and  florals in a red, white and blue theme!

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My project uses some retiring items Celebrate You thinlits and the Neutrals  6" x 6"  DSP.  I will miss them both.  

This is a quick and easy card to make and is a template that can be used for lots of different kinds of cards.  Here are all the details on how to make this card.

Supplies

140272 Thick Whisper White card stock 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

102482 Real Red card stock 1-7/8" x 5-1/2" &  2" x 5-1/4" (flowers)

146967 Neutrals 6" x 6" DSP 1-3/4" x 5-1/2"

146957 Sparkle Glimmer Paper 2" x 3-3/4"

143749 Support Ribbon dies

146840 Celebrate You Thinlits

144106 Multipurpose Adhesive sheets 2" x 3-3/4"

104430 Stampin' Dimensionals

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  1. Adhere  the Night of Navy striped paper from the Neutrals 6" x 6" DSP pack on to the Real Red strip using SNAIL adhesive.  
  2. Adhere the Real Red layer on to the card base using SNAIL adhesive.
  3. Remove one of the protective layers from the Multipurpose Adhesive sheets and adhere it to the back of the Sparkle Glimmer paper.
  4. Cut out " amazing" using the die from the Celebrate You dies.  
  5. Remove the Multipurpose Adhesive sheet backing from the "amazing" and adhere it to the front of the card.
  6. Cut three 1/2" x 1/2" squares from the remaining Sparkle Glimmer paper.  Use the flower from the Support Ribbon dies and cut out the center circle of the flower from the   1/2" x 1/2" Sparkle Glimmer paper.  Repeat 2 more times.
  7. Cut 3 Real Red flowers.  
  8. Place 3 Stampin' Dimensionals on the striped strip where you want the flowers to be placed.  Remove the top protective piece from the dimensional and place a Real Red flower over it.  Take care to center the flower so the dimensional doesn't show.
  9. Adhere the Sparkle Glimmer dots you cut out in the flower centers.

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I hope you will join in the challenge and add your project to the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0033!  I would love to see what you create using the theme/s.

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Hanging Garden for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

The Hanging Garden stamp set is one of my favorite stamp sets and it is on the Last Chance list!   I chose it to use for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC559.

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The Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC559 this week is a color challenge.

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I used a mix of Stampin' Blends (Smoky Slate and Real Red) and Lemon Lime ink refill and Blender Pens to color in the images.  The baskets are not very big so the coloring process goes pretty quickly.  I particularly like how the succulents turned out in the succulents only basket.  

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The sentiment is stamped on ovals cut using the Layered Oval Framelits.  The tiny butterflies were cut using Butterfly Beauty Thinlits dies.  

Hope you will check out what the rest of the design team created using these colors.  If you are a fan of Lemon Lime Twist, now is the time to order your ink refills, card stock and coordinating DSP.  

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Best Birds for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #CCMC558

It is a tough time of year in my craft room.  I have gone through my room and separated out the stamp sets and dies that are retiring.  I want to stamp with all of them before they retire on June 3rd.  I am not sure if I will accomplish this but I am going to try!

This week the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a sketch.  This sketch is another great one, so many possibilities.

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I looked through my pile of retiring stamps and I didn't have to go very far before I found the set I wanted to use.  

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I saw the branch and thought it would be a perfect for the horizontal line on the sketch and I saw the 2 circles as flowers. Do you see it too? From the Best Birds stamp set I stamped the branch, 2 flowers and the bird in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used Stampin' Blends to color them and the Birds and Blooms Thinlits dies to cut them out.  The Whisper White circle is one of the dies in the Stitched Shapes framelits.  I wanted to soften it a bit so I lightly inked up the Crackle background stamp with Crumb Cake ink and placed the circle on the stamp and lightly tapped the back of the circle it to get an even more irregular crackle background.  The Designer Series Paper (DSP)  is from the 2019 Occasions catalog, Floral Romance Specialty DSP pack.  

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Hope you enjoyed my take on the #CCMC558 challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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Dragonfly Dreams for the Festive Friday Challenge

Ready for another fun Festive Friday Challenge?

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I decided to focus my project around Pink but when I was all done I realized it actually can be for both, Mother's Day and Pink.

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The pink I chose for my card is Powder Pink.  This color is a part of the 2017-19 Stampin' Up! In Colors, which means it will be retiring when the current catalog retires on June 3, 2019.  I love this soft pink and will definitely miss it when it is no longer part of the Stampin' Up! Color Collections.

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits are also on the Retiring Products list.   This large dragonfly makes quite a statement and will  be missed.   I added some sparkle to the wings of the dragonfly by cutting the solid wings out of Sparkle Glimmer paper.  I colored the wings in Powder Pink ink to add even more pink goodness on the card.

The vellum on the card is part of the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum.  This pack of paper contains 24 sheets: 2 each of 12  designs.  The lines on this design made me think of movement or wind and perfect for the dragonfly.

I prepared a tutorial on this card which includes how I attached the vellum without the adhesive showing.  You can access the tutorial HERE.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for the challenge.  We would love for you to participate in the challenge.  You have until April 29th to submit your card, scrapbook page, and/or 3-D item.  Remember you can enter up to 3 times and use either the festivity of Mother's Day or the color Pink or use both!

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Painted Harvest and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #557

I am back from a fun weekend away at the Stampin' Up! On Stage local in Vancouver BC.  Stampin' Up! sure knows how to put on an event. One of the fun perks is that we received the new 2019-20 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.  This just might be my favorite catalog yet!  In anticipation of a new catalog, I spent part of the last few days pulling stamp sets, ribbons, dies and other accessories that are being retired.  Here is the list of the items retiring from the 2019 Occasions catalog.  Here is the list of items retiring from the 2018-19 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog* (please note that the items shaded will be available in the 2019-20 Annual Catalog as Cling stamp).  Over the next few weeks I will be focusing on products that are retiring.  I look forward to playing with them one more time before they are no longer available.

The Create with Connie and March Challenge #CCMC557 is a color challenge.

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While I was sorting my stamp sets I found stamp sets that I hadn't used in a while and Painted Harvest is one of those sets.  I decided it was perfect for the color challenge.

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I am so happy this set is not being retired.  Painted Harvest is a set that is easy to work with and create beautiful cards with very little fuss. There are 2 stamps that are used to create the flower.  I inked the bolder stamp in Pineapple Punch and stamped it off once before stamping it on the card.  The second stamp I inked and stamped in Pineapple Punch full strength.  After I was done stamping I used the Subtles embossing folder to give it a little texture. 

Be sure to take some time to check out the retiring lists, especially the 2017-19 In Color Products.   Once they are gone, they are gone!

Check out what the other members of Create with Connie & Mary design team created.  

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Needle & Thread for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC556

Ready for another fun  Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?   Today's challenge #CCMC556 is a sketch challenge.

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Here's what I made for the challenge.

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I used the Needlepoint Nook DSP which helped guide the choice of using the coordinating colors, Poppy Parade and Crushed Curry.  The sentiment and flower were stamped using the Needle and Thread stamp set.  The flower was cut using the Needlepoint Elements dies.  The rhinestone in the center of the flowers were created by using a Dark Poppy Parade Stampin' Blend to color the rhinestone jewel.  

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I used the Subtle embossing folder to add a little texture and interest to the Poppy Parade card stock.  I know I have said it many times but the Subtle folder is one of the hardest working embossing folders in my collection.  

Did you know you can play along with the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?  You can post your card to the Create with Connie & Mary Facebook page in the comments of the post announcing the challenge.  I hope to see you play along in the challenge.  If you need some inspiration be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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I have exciting news!  I am now a member of the Festive Friday Challenge Design Team!  You know I love a good stamping challenge and Festive Friday has some great challenges and I am so happy to be on the team. 

Ready for the Challenge?

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What I love is that you can use either or both of the themes for your project.  This challenge runs until April 15, so you have lots of time to join in the festivities!  If you get really inspired you can enter up to 3 times.  

I was inspired by the Rainbow theme and a little bit by the Earth Day theme too.

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Yes, it is a Rainbow bouquet of flowers!  I had so much fun cutting and arranging my flowers.  I used the Jar of Love stamp set and the coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits.  The colors I used for the rainbow: Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, So Saffron, Balmy Blue, Call Me Clover, Pacific Point, and Highland Heather.  I finished off the card with Celebrate from the Celebrate You Thinlits.  I thought it was the perfect way to finish up the card.

One of the unique features of the Festive Friday Challenge is that each Design team project has a project tutorial.  HERE is the tutorial for my card.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.

Festive Friday Design Team

Ann Schach  

Anne Marie Hile   

Nicole Watt

Beth McCullough

There are 2 more members of the team and they will be participating in the next challenge.

Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my news!

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Dragonfly Dreams and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #554

This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a sketch.  I knew  I wanted to use a patterned paper which made me think of  the Painted Seasons DSP which is available as  a level 1 Sale-A-Bration choice and a level 2 Sale-A-Bration choice paired with the Painted Seasons stamp set.

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What to use for the little accents?  I thought about butterflies, birds and then it came to me...

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Dragonflies!  I have been trying to look at my stamps, punches and dies from the annual catalog to mix in with my newer products.  I haven't used the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits in quite a while!  I cut them out in Early Espresso and knew i needed to fill in the wings.  I glued down the dragonflies and then cut out another set using Sparkle Glimmer paper.  I filled in the wings with the Sparkle Glimmer paper.  This was pretty but the Glimmer paper was too bright so using a cotton swab I colored the wings using Petal Pink ink.  This toned down the white and it worked better with the other colors on the card.

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I added the "thanks" which I cut in Early Espresso card stock using the Well Written framelits (2019 Occasions catalog).  These framelits are some of my favorites, as you have probably figured out since I use them a lot.

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

Remember Sale-A-bration ends in just a few days!  

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