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Feels Like Frost and the #CCMC586

Halloween is over and time for me to get serious about Christmas cards.  Used the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge sketch #CCMC586 for today's card.

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I had lots of ideas on what products to use.  Decided on using the gorgeous Feels Like Frost DSP as the focal point.  

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The problem with the Feels Like Frost DSP is that both side of the paper are beautiful making it hard to make a decision on what side to use.  Fortunately you get 4 of each 12 designs.  The photographic images are stunning.  You really do not need to do very much to create beautiful cards.  

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The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set and the sweet snowflakes are from the Christmas Layers dies.  The stamp set and the dies are available as a bundle, which saves you 10%.  The gorgeous ribbon is the Seaside Spray 1/4" Metallic Ribbon available in the Holiday catalog.  The ribbon is so very pretty and easy to tie.

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Whenever I use a dark card stock for the card base I add a piece of  Whisper White or Very Vanilla to the inside of the card.  I had some scrap pieces of the Feels Like Frost DSP leftover so I cut more snowflakes using the Christmas Layers Dies.  Now the inside of the card is dressed up and ready to be written in and sent.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for the challenge.  If you are wondering about all the products used to make this card, I have listed them below my signature.  All the products link up to my store.

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Happy Halloween Wild Roses

Happy Halloween!  Hope your day is full of treats!  This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a color challenge.

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I have never paired Terracotta Tile with Pumpkin Pie but they go together quite nicely!

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I brayered Terracotta Tile ink on to Pumpkin Pie cardstock using the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks.   I have been enjoying using the masks to create my own patterned paper especially the polka dots.  

The outline of the roses were stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  The bolder more filled in rose image was inked in Pumpkin Pie ink.  The accent stamp was inked with Terracotta Tile.  To a Wild Rose is one of my favorite Two-Step  stamp sets, when all the steps are complete the rose is so beautifully shaded.

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Now I will be honest, I am not sure about the black leaves.  Once I added the leaves  the whole card began to look very Halloweenish to me.  I decided to go with it since this post will go live on Halloween.  

Have a fun Halloween and be sure to check out the treats the other members of the design team created.

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Band Together and the Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  Love the sketch for this week's challenge.

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Recently I re-organized my craft table.  One of the things I moved was where I stored my note cards, Scalloped Note Cards and the ever so lovely Bird Ballad Laser-Cut cards.  They are now on my craft table and what I can see I will more likely use.   

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Isn't it great when so much of a card's design is done for you.  The intricate card front is simply  gorgeous.  I layered a piece of Petal Pink card stock to the inside of the front of the card.  Why?  For one, to add a little more color and two, to cover up the adhesive that would show through from the things I attached to the front.

The Band Together flowers were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored using Petal Pink and Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends.  The larger flower was cut out using the Detailed Bands die (part of the Band Together bundle) . The smaller flower was fussy cut, fortunately the flower is not very fussy at all.  The leaf was stamped on a piece of Old Olive card stock and cut out using the Detailed Bands dies.

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Did you notice the little gold dots?  They are glitter gold enamel dots!  Don't look for them in the catalogs, they are an embellishment that is being released on November 1, part of the Christmastime is here suite.   They are subtle little dots of gold sparkle-love!

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

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Festive Friday Challenge #FF0045

Ahhh, it is Friday and time for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0045.  The festivity that is inspiring the Inspo List is the Day of the Dead.  All I have to do is pick a minimum of 3 items from the Inspo list to use on my project. This change to the Festive Friday Challenge makes me SO happy and in my opinion so much easier to play along with the challenge.  Check out the Inspo list.

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I loved the Inspo list for this challenge, I may have even gotten a little carried away.

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From the Inspo list I used black, bright colors, sparkle, flowers, stencils & wreaths.  This card was so much fun to make.  It was great to mix products from the Holiday catalog and some from the 2019-20 Stampin' Up!® Annual catalog.  The fabulous products in the Annual catalog often get forgotten with the introduction of the Holiday catalog.  I am trying to mix it up a bit.  

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The sparkly black wreath was cut from a little scrap of black glimmer paper that I had leftover and isn't currently available from Stampin' Up!.  If you like the glittery look and do not have any glimmer paper in the right color, you can heat emboss the card stock with a mix of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  I keep a little container of this mix so I can add glitter and shine to any color.  

Click here for a tutorial I made for this card.   

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Listed below are all the products used to make this card.  If you are interested in any of the products just click on the picture and you will be whisked away to my online store.

 

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The Host Code for October is B6BEM3GW.  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 a package of Black Stampin' Dimensionals as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in November. 

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. 

Looking forward to seeing your creation in the Festive Friday gallery!

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Daisy Lane and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

The Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC583 has a fun color combination for this week's challenge.

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Isn't this a great color combination?  

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These are such happy colors!  I used  Pretty Peacock as the card base and Bermuda Bay DSP (6" x 6" Brights DSP pack) for the patterned paper.  (I realize that the Bermuda Bay looks more like turquoise, I just couldn't get the lighting just right).  I stacked 2 of the Medium Daisy punches and slightly offset them to create the daisies.  The daisy centers are Old Olive foil which is part of the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets.  The Old Olive leaves were cut using the Nature's Roots dies.  I love this  leaf  because there is a die to cut the leaf and another to emboss the vein details, the leaf looks so realistic.  I arranged the daisies so that 2 are on the belly band and one is attached to the card.

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Isn't this a great way to show off the Designer Series Paper (aka DSP)?  If you are interested I have a tutorial HERE on the basic fold to make this card.  The sentiment on the front of the card is from the On to Adventure stamp set and the happy birthday is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  

Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this Color Challenge.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Daisy Lane Thank You

Are you ready for a new Festive Friday Challenge, #FF0044?  I love that the challenge now has an Inspo (aka Inspiration) List.  The list has 10 elements that pertain to the festivity and you choose at least 3 of the elements to use on your project  for the challenge.  Ready to see the Challenge?

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I chose these 3 from the list, flowers, thank you, and metallics.  

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I loved pairing the 2 designs from the Brights DSP 6" x 6" paper pack together with the Daisy Lane bundle.   The gingham frame was made using the Stitched Rectangle framelits.  The sentiment is from the Kindness and Compassion stamp set.  Love that font!

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Would you like to make this card?  Here is the tutorial so you can recreate it.  

I hope you will join us and stamp along with the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0044!  I would love to see your creation in the gallery!

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Free As a Bird

Taking a break from the Holiday Catalog and stamping with those beautiful birds in the Free As a Bird stamp set for this  week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge 

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See that one little bird at the end?  Don't you wonder what he/she is looking at?  All the other birds on the branch are looking in the opposite direction.  

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Here's a little peek into the inside of the card.  I did some fussy cutting and added a few flowers.

I have to mention that the Bird Ballad DSP is part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.  It is a beautiful pack of paper.

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Here's to Strong Women

It is Festive Friday Challenge time!  I am really liking the changes that were recently made in the challenge.  There is now an Inspo list (aka Inspiration).  This Inspo list has elements inspired by the festivity.  You pick at least 3 elements from the Inspo to use on your project.  

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The 3 items from the Inspo List I chose for my project; blue, encouragement, hearts.

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This big beautiful sentiments is from the Here's to Strong Women stamp set.  I have been using this stamp set a lot lately, especially this sentiment.  We are all going through something and I love sharing a little bit of encouragement & support.  I wanted to make something that was easily mailed that would stand up on its own.

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This card has its own build in stand.  It folds up fairly flat and will fit in a note card size envelope (5-1/8" x 3-5/8") which is a mailable size.  There is even a little place in the back for you to write a little message.

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If you would like to make your own CLICK HERE for a PDF tutorial.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Festive Friday blog and enter your project in the gallery!  

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Above the Clouds & the #CCMC579

It is Thursday which means it is time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week it is a Color Challenge.

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Isn't this a pretty color combination?  This is one that I want to remember and pull out to use in the Spring.  

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This is the Above the Clouds bundle that debuted in the 2019-20 Annual Catalog. 

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I really like  the sentiments in this set.  They are very inspiring and encouraging and we can all use words of support and encouragement.  

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Be sure to stop by the Create with Connie & Mary blog to see what the other members of the Design team created.

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Festive Friday Challenge #0042

It is time for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0042.  This challenge marks the start of something new.  The Festive Friday challenge Inspo list.  We are still being inspired by upcoming festivities but now you can choose from 3 different items from the Inspo list to use to create your project.  I think this will be a lot easier, more fun and hopefully will inspire you to join in the challenge!

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I chose to use these three items from the Inspo list; black, gold, and birds for my project.

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This is a tri-fold card.  It is fun and easy to make.

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These lovely birds were die cut from the Bird Ballad DSP .  The polka dot pattern is also from this paper pack.  The Bird Ballad DSP is one of the packs that qualify for the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.

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This is the inner panel.  The sentiment is from the Here's A Card stamp set.

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Ready to make this fun card?  

Stamps: Here's A Card 149438

                Free As A Bird 149468

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento pad 132708

         Petal Pink Light Stampin' Blends 146866

Paper: Petal Pink 146985  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

            Basic Black 121045 4-1/4' x 5-1/2"  scored at 1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"

            Whisper White 100730 4" x 5-1/4"

            Gold Glimmer 146958 3" x 7-1/2"

            Bird Ballad DSP 149592  

Dies:  Layering Oval dies 141706

            Stitched Be Mine dies 148527

Embellishments: Petal Pink Organdy ribbon 149441

  1. Die cut an oval (use the #6 oval, #1 being the smallest) in the 4-1/4" 5-1/2" Basic Black cs.   Use the long scallop stitched die to cut along the edge of the Basic Black card stock.
  2. Place the #6 oval die on the Gold Glimmer paper and the #7 scalloped oval around it.  Next to it place the #6 scalloped oval and run them both through the die cutting machine.
  3. Adhere the Gold Glimmer oval frame around the oval cut out in step 1.
  4. Layer the 4" x 5-1/4" Basic Black cs on to the front of the Petal Pink cs.  Make sure that the fold is on the bottom.  Layer the polka dot pattern from the Bird Ballad DSP on to the black card stock.
  5. Attach the Basic Black flap (1/2" score line) to the back of the Petal Pink card base.  
  6. Use the #6 oval to cut out the birds from the Bird Ballad DSP.  Adhere  it on to the remaining Gold Glimmer oval.  Position the ovals on to the  polka dot pattern so that it fits the oval on the Basic Black flap.
  7. Stamp the sentiment and the flower on the Whisper White card stock.  Color the flower using the Petal Pink Stampin' Blend.  Adhere to the inside of the card base.
  8. Tie a bow using the Petal Pink Organdy ribbon and secure it to the front of the card.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team created for Festive Friday Challenge #0042!

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