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Corner Bouquet & the Fine Art Floral DSP

Ready for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0077?  The Festive Friday Challenge picks a festivity and uses that festivity to create an Inspo List.  International Polar Bear Day is  on February 27 and it is the inspiration behind the Inspo List.  Your project doesn't have to feature a polar bear (but it can) but it does have to have 3 elements from the Inspo list.

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I chose to use blue, vellum, acetate, and heat embossing for my project. 

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Th card base is Vellum Cardstock and heat embossed using the Corner Bouquet stamp set and white embossing powder.  I do not use vellum as much as I used to and it was great to be reminded how pretty white embossing looks on vellum.  On the front I layered a design from the Golden Garden Specialty Acetate over a coordinating piece of Fine Art Floral DSP.   I used small dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue behind the gold foil designs on the acetate to attach it to the paper.  I did this to try and hide the adhesive.  The acetate and DSP are layered on a piece of Pool Party CS.  The Pool Party Sheer Ribbon is so pretty and also helps to secure the acetate to the DSP.

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Since the card base is vellum I had to line the inside front of the card to hide the adhesive from the front of the card from showing.   I also added a panel to the inside of the card so I could write a message.  I also lined the back of the card to hide the adhesive.  This makes the card quite substantial even though it is vellum, so it is not as delicate as it appears.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge #FF0077

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert that's me!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

Looking forward to seeing what you create in the Festive Friday gallery.

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Art Gallery & the Pansy Petal DSP

It is Thursday and you know what that mean! It is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge and it was a tough one for me.  

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I had just received my Stampin' Up! demonstrator pre-order and wanted to use something from that beautiful  box.  Being able to pre-order from the upcoming catalogs is such a great bonus given to Stampin' Up!  demonstrators.

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Are you wondering what is that lovely color...  Fresh Freesia!  Such a lovely spring time color.  The card base is Fresh Freesia and the 2 patterned paper designs are from the Pansy Petals DSP.   I like gingham and there are 3 different gingham sheets in the Pansy Petals DSP.  Makes me very happy to have some gingham back.  

The flower is from the Art Gallery bundle.   The petals were stamped using Fresh Freesia, once at full strength and then stamped off.  The leaf and stem were stamped in Old Olive.

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The floral DSP was cut out using one of the new Scalloped Contours dies.  This die set features 5 different scalloped rectangle dies, a scalloped border die and 2 dies that coordinate with the Color & Contour stamp set.  This new die set is  another great basic and will be used a lot.  The gingham scalloped rectangle was cut using the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created with this sketch.

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Floral Essence and the Many Medallions

I am getting better about knowing what day of the week it is especially  Thursday.  Thursday is the one day I know there is something I need to have a project and blog post ready to go.  Why?  It is the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge day.   This week it is a color challenge.

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I have been playing with stamp sets and dies that will soon be retiring.  My version of a farewell tour.  I have a lot that will be retiring so I probably won't get to all of them but I am trying.  

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I used 4 things that will soon be retiring.  Can you name them?   For the flowers I used the Floral Essence stamp set  (it is on sale at 40% off!!) and the Perennial Flower punch ( on sale 60% off).    I inked the flowers in Blackberry Bliss and Bermuda Bay ink on Basic White CS, punched them out and then used a Blender pen to color the petals.  I didn't use any additional ink just the ink that I stamped.  The third item I used that is retiring is the sentiment stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink  from Grace's Garden.   The final retiring item is the Many Medallion dies (on sale at 40% off).  I really do like this die and how it covers an A2 card front so well.

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I assembled another flower but didn't use it on the front, so I popped it on the inside of the card.  If you are wondering the ribbon is the Blackberry Bliss Striped ribbon from the 2020 Jan-June Mini catalog.  Love this ribbon.  It is one of my favorites and I only wish it came in more colors.  

Hope you will check the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge out and see what the other members of the design team created with this color combination.  Thank you for stopping by!

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To A Wild Rose Birthday

No fooling it is Thursday and April 1.  It kind of feels like a joke that it is already April.   This time of year is both exciting, confusing, and a little bit sad.  First the exciting part is that Stampin' Up! will be releasing the new annual catalog in a few weeks and it is a beauty.  There's 5 new In Colors, new stamp sets, paper and accessories, so much to look forward to.  It is always confusing trying to keep straight what products are  retiring, what is staying, and what is still available.  My room is a little crazy looking right now.  I have separated out the products that are retiring from what will  be in the new catalog, lots of different piles right now.  It is sad to see lots of favorites being retired, like To A Wild Rose and the Wild Rose dies.  Both of these are on sale.  The stamp set is 10% off and the Wild Rose dies are 75% off!  

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I used the To A Wild Rose stamp set and the Wild Rose dies for this week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  I used Real Red for the rose and Old Olive for the leaves.  The stamp does all the hard work of coloring the rose.  I used 3 stamps to create the rose.  The sentiment is from another retiring stamp set, Itty Bitty Birthdays,  another great sentiment set.  

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This is the sketch for the week.  You can see what the other members of the design team created using the sketch HERE.

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I used the True Love DSP from the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalog.  I love the black and white designs.  The Real Red border was cut using the Wild Rose dies.  You can also see a peek of the inside of the card.  There is a strip of DSP and another pretty design cut using the Wild Rose dies.  

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In Bloom Bundle

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

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Old Olive is one of my go to colors especially for leaves so I was immediately sent down the flower and leaves path.  I love the look of the Pierced Blooms dies.  I like that there are so many different sizes and shapes of flowers and leaves in this die set.  

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I love flower arranging, paper flowers that is.  I am no good with live flowers but give me some paper blooms and I will happily fiddle with them.  

Tip:  When I have a color challenge I go through my embellishments including ribbon and pull out the items in the challenge colors.  I also do the same with DSP (Designer Series Paper).  This helps me see my options and reminds me of what I have in my stash.  

I only had the  In Color Enamel Dots in Bumblebee.  I focused on what embellishments I had in Bumblebee because there isn't a Stampin' Blend for that color.  I colored the Misty Moonlight enamel dot with the Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blend and it looks great.  If I didn't have an embellishment that worked I would have used a rhinestone or pearl.

The DSP I pulled was the In Color 6" x 6" DSP.   I used it for the layer.  The tiny print adds interest without adding bulk or being too distracting.

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The frame was cut using a die from Stitched So Sweetly  set and a Stitched Rectangle die.  The sentiment is from the In Bloom stamp set which is the stamp component in the In Bloom bundle with the Pierced Blooms die.  I had an extra Bumblebee bloom so I decorated the inside of my card along with a strip of the DSP I used.  

I have listed below all the products used on this card.  Thank you for stopping by!  

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Rainbow Butterflies

The Brilliant Wings dies (which can be purchased alone or with the Butterfly Brilliance  set) is a sneak peek from the 2021-22 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog that is available now.

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I thought they would be perfect for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0080.

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To play along with the Festive Friday Challenge you need to use 3 of the items listed on the Inspo List on your project.  Post your project in the Festive Friday gallery for everyone to admire, no later than Monday, March 29 4pm (CST).  There are a few other rules that you can see here.   If you want to be considered to be chosen as one of the 3 Festive Faves be sure to check out the rules.  I will mention that one of the rules is that you cannot link your project to more than 2 other challenges (Festive Friday and 2 others).  

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I chose to use the elements ribbon, bright colors, blue, and butterfly.  

  • Use the detailed butterfly dies and cut 3 butterflies from a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" Bermuda Bay CS
  • Emboss the Bermuda Bay CS using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder.
  • Cut out 3 detailed butterflies in Black CS.
  • Cut out Rainbow Glimmer Paper to go behind the Bermuda Bay butterfly cut outs.  Secure the glimmer paper to the back of the Bermuda Bay CS
  • Adhere the black butterflies into the cutouts on the Bermuda Bay CS.
  • Tie a bow using the 3/8" Black Glittered ribbon around the bottom of the Bermuda Bay CS
  • Layer the Bermuda Bay on to a 4" x 5-1/4" Black CS
  • Layer on to a Bermuda Bay CS card base 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Stamp sentiment on a Basic White Stitched Shapes Oval and layer on to black oval punched using the Double Oval Punch
  • Attach sentiment to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Jazz up the front using Elegant Faceted Gems
  • Adhere a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White CS to the inside of the card
  • Added a 1/2" x 4" piece of Rainbow Glimmer Paper and an extra butterfly to the Basic White CS on the inside of the card

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 Be sure to check out what the rest of the Festive Friday Design team made for #FF0080. 

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert-   You are here

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema-off this week

I will be looking for your beautiful project in the gallery!

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Prized Peony

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have a sketch challenge.  

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I looked through my DSP (Designer Series Paper) to see what paper would work for this sketch,  so many choices.  I decided on the Peony Garden DSP.

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I also pulled out the Prized Peony bundle.  Love this peony.  Peonies are one of my very favorite flowers.  I used  Cherry Cobbler and Real Red Stampin' Blends to color the flower and Old Olive for the stem and leaves.  If you are wondering I stamped the image in Basic Gray ink instead of Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I wanted it to look a little softer.  

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The frame was cut in Basic Gray CS using the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  The tag is from the Hydrangea dies and the sentiment is from the Hydrangea Haven set.  I like this little tag and using this sentiment allows me to use this card for lots of different occasions.  

Thank you for stopping by and below I have listed all the supplies used.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.

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Corner Bouquet

It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have #CCMC652, which is a color challenge.

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For this color challenge I embossed some strips of Just Jade and Highland Heather CS using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder and attached them to a Basic White panel.  I brought in Seaside Spray as the card base and the layer behind the image.  The  Corner Bouquet stamp was stamped using Versamark and white embossing powder. I really like the way the Corner Bouquet stamp set looks embossed in white, especially on vellum.  I don't know why I didn't pair these products together earlier.  A few flowers in Seaside Spray and Highland Heather were punched using the Confetti Flowers Border punch and attached to the vellum.  I purchased the Confetti Flowers Border punch kind of on a whim and I am glad I did.  I use this punch a lot and love that it punches out 3 sizes of flowers. 

Tip: Use the point of the bone folder in the center of the flowers to create a little dimension and definition.

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I also like the way the Butterfly Gala butterfly looks embossed in white on vellum, so I added a couple.  These butterflies also help to hide the Mini Glue Dots I used to attach the vellum to the Seaside Spray layer.   The other glue dots are hidden by the Corner Bouquet image.  This is the best strategy I have for attaching vellum without the adhesive showing.  

I added the Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon and the silver pearls (from the Metallic pearls) to the center of the flowers for a little extra shine.  I tried coloring some rhinestones using the Just Jade Stampin' Blends to use as the flower centers but decided the silver pearls looked better especially with the ribbon.  

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

Thanks for stopping by and remember Sale-A-Bration ends on Sunday, February 28th!

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Many Hearts Dies

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have a color challenge and I love this color combination. Flirty Flamingo, Real Red, and Bermuda Bay.   

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The Many Hearts die set has a x❤️x❤️ die that  I have been wanting to use. I thought this color challenge would be a great time to showcase it.   I cut a 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" square of Black cardstock and ran the die 4 times through the Stampin' Cut and Emboss machine.  I cut strips of Flirty Flamingo, Real Red, and Bermuda Bay CS to layer behind each row of cut outs.  Then the square was layered on to a Flirty Flamingo scalloped square.  To make the stripes I cut Basic White CS 4" x 5-1/4" and added 1" black strips spacing them 1/4".   I added a few hearts cut from the long outline heart die (Many Hearts die) and red rhinestones.  The black & white twine is from the Playful Pets Trim Combo pack.  

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Inside I added a few more hearts cut using the Many Hearts die.  I am not sure what sentiment I will add to the card.  I think any of the sentiments in the coordinating Lots of Heart set would work.  

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design Team made using this happy and fun color combination.  

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Snailed It and the Flower & Field DSP

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC649.  This week we have a sketch challenge.

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I have been obsessing a bit over the Snailed It bundle.  I think this is one of the cutest suite of products and one that I said yes to the whole collection.  What that means is that I hit the easy button and got everything in the suite.   This was a good thing since it allowed me to choose a free Sale-A-Bration product, like the Flower & Field DSP.

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The snails and mushrooms were cut from the Snail Mail DSP.  The 2 snails were cut using the Snail Dies and the mushrooms were fussy cut (not really very fussy).  Don't look too closely since I may have done some creative placement of the mushrooms to hide some imperfections.  The little speech bubble was stamped in Just Jade ink and then cut out using the dies.  

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I used the Rectangular Postage Stamp punch to cut out the Basic Black layer and a Stitched Rectangle die for the Basic White layer.  The DSP is  the Flower & Field Sale-A-Bration pack.  A great pack of paper which plays so well together!

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Corner Bouquet Lanterns

Time for a new Festive Friday Challenge, #FF0076.  The festivity we are being inspired by is Chinese New Year! The Year of the Ox will begin on February 12.

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To play along with the challenge all you need to do is pick 3 items from the Inspo list and use them in a project.  Your project doesn't need to be inspired by the actual festivity.   I chose to use the elements of red, gold, lanterns, foil paper, and flowers.  

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I currently do not have any lantern images so I decided to try and make my own.  I die cut some circles from Poppy Parade CS.  I then searched and searched for my crimper but I couldn't find it anywhere!  I thought the crimped look was important so I used my Simply Scored Scoring Tool to mimic the look of crimping. The design on the lanterns were stamped using the Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Corner Bouquet.  The image was stamped using Versamark and then sprinkled with Gold embossing powder and heat embossed.  I added the black pieces to the top and the bottom of the lantern.  These pieces were cut from scrap pieces of black cardstock that were cut using the long label from the Floral Gallery dies.  

The simple sentiment is from the Friends Are Like Seashells stamp set.  This set has so many great sentiments! The Basic White CS was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. The gold cording is from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack.   This cording frays easily which gave me the idea to add the gold tassels.  I also hung the lanterns on a strand of cording.  To finish the lanterns I added some gold foil flowers with Gilded Gems for the centers.  The flowers were punched using the Confetti Flowers Border punch.  

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For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert  that's me!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings 

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your projects in the Festive Friday gallery!

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