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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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Merriest Moments Wreath

When I started playing with the Merriest Moments bundle I noticed the spray of leaves had a slight bend to them.  This made me think that they might make a nice wreath and so I started stamping and die cutting to try and create one.  Once the card was completed I realized it would work for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0094.

What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge has an Inspo List that is inspired by a festivity.  #FF0094 was inspired by Apple Day.  To play along with the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo List on your project.  You do not have follow the  Apple Day theme  but you can if you would like to.  Here's a link to all the details on how to play along with the challenge.

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I chose red, green, circles (this wreath is a circle, right?) and sequins.

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I stamped 8 Soft Succulent leaves and die cut them using the coordinating dies.  I used the Layering Circles die #6 and #7 (1 being the smallest die) and created a wreath ring.  This helped me to arrange the leaves.  The leaves were attached to the ring using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I stamped some holly leaves in Evening Evergreen ink and some berries and a flower in Cherry Cobbler ink and  die cut them using the coordinating dies.  I added a few small sequins to add a little sparkle to the card.

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The card base is Sahara Sand CS with a Cherry Cobbler CS layer.  The pretty, snowy  patterned paper is from the Tidings of Christmas DSP.  

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Inside I stamped some leaves in Evening Evergreen ink and the lovely sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink.  I do love a sentiment that pairs 2 fonts together.  

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

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert You are here!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Jaydee

Diane Evans 

Joanne James

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you will join in the challenge.  I would love to see what you create in the Festive Friday gallery.

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October Stamp of the Month Projects… To Go!

The October stamp of the month is Merriest Moments  (pg 43 of the Mini Catalog). The To Go projects use both the Merriest Moments stamp set and the Merriest Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder aka the bundle (156783).  Having the bundle will make it easier to complete the projects but is not necessary for the projects. What comes in your To Go kit?  All the cardstock,  DSP, embellishments and a link to the tutorials to make your projects (3 cards).  You will also need the Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Bumblebee, and a Cherry Cobbler ink pads.  These items and adhesives are not included with the To Go projects. 

To register all you need to do is place an order for $40 using the Host Code D7SSYY6Y on my online store- sharonstamps.stampinup.net before the15th of the month.  Your project kit will be mailed  to you on or before the 22nd of the month.  The Host Code is how I will know you want the Stamp of the Month Projects to go. You will need the stamp set to complete the projects.   

 

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Peaceful Prints Christmas

It is Thursday which means it is time to show you what I made for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge and one I thought would be perfect to use the Peaceful Prints DSP.  The Peaceful Prints DSP is a  Sale-A-Bration choice which  means it is free with a qualifying order ( in the US that is a purchase of $50 before shipping & tax).  There are more choices that can be seen here.  The Peaceful Prints DSP is a lovely pack of paper and a great accompaniment  if you have the Peaceful Deer bundle (J-D catalog).  

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Here's what I made using the sketch.

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The diagonal stripe paper is  from the Peaceful Prints DSP.  Sahara Sand is one of the colors I do not use very much and I always wonder why I don't.  It is kind of a chameleon of a color and I need to use it more.  Do you use Sahara Sand and what are your favorite color combinations using it?

I used one of the Wintry 3D embossing folders to emboss the Basie White piece.  There are 2 folders, one a snowflake design and the other a pine branch both are lovely.  

The sentiment is from the Christmas to Remember set.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed using white embossing powder on Sahara Sand CS.  

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To finish off the front of the card I added Red Rhinestones for a little shine and sparkle. If I use a patterned paper on the front of the card, I like to add a strip to the inside.  I also stamped another sentiment from the Christmas to Remember set. 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this sketch.

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Delicate Dahlias

It is time for a new Festive Friday Challenge.  What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that has an Inspo List which is inspired by a festivity.  There are always 10 items on the Inspo List and to play along with the challenge you need to use 3 items from the list on your project.  

Here is the Inspo List.

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Here's my card for the challenge.

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I used a stencil from the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks.  I used  Blending Brushes and started with Daffodil Delight ink, then Coastal Cabana, and lastly Pear Pizzazz.  Once the blending was done I used a Water Painter and watered down some Tuxedo Black Memento ink and tapped the Water Painter  to get the splatters.  This seems to be my current favorite thing.  

I stamped the dahlia on Basic White CS in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and used  Blending Brushes to color in the flower.  I stamped 2 leaves and used a Blending Brush to color them.  I fussy cut the flowers and leaves which was a little tedious but not difficult.   The dahlia is mounted on a Basic White Stitched Rectangle and then layered on Basic Black CS.  The ribbon is the Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon.  In the center of the dahlia is a Matte Black Dot.

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Let's see how I did.  I used a stencil for the background.  I have layers on my card.  I used ribbon. I am also claiming ink spots.  Ink splatters are spots, right?  

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

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your project in the Festive Friday gallery for #FF0091.

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Nature's Harvest

This week has been zipping by and it is already Thursday, which means it is time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  This color combination is one of my favorites.  

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Love the pop of pink that will brighten up the Basic Black and Smoky Slate.  

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I am currently all heart eyes over the Nature's Harvest bundle.  Once I started playing with it I didn't want to stop.  I find myself reaching for it a lot.  It is kind of billed as an Autumn set but I think it is way more versatile than that.  In this color combination I do not see it as a fall set.

Before I stamped the flowers I used a Blending Brush and Smoky Slate ink to do a little coloring on the Basic White CS.  I colored the flowers and leaves using Polished Pink and Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends.  Very quick and easy coloring.  I also added some splatters using a Water Painter and watered down Tuxedo Black Memento ink refill.  

The Smoky Slate layer was embossed using the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing folder.  The tag and sentiment are part of the Nature's Harvest bundle.  The pop of Polished Pink ribbon just brightens the card up.  To finish the front of the card I colored some rhinestone using the Basic Black Stampin' Blends.  It is a great way to customize embellishments.

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Inside of the card I stamped the small flowers from the stamp set and colored them with Stampin' Blends.  I also added a strip of Smoky Slate CS that was embossed using the Timeworn Type folder.

Thank you for stopping by.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created for the challenge.

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Nature's Harvest

It is Thursday which means it is time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge and this card came together quickly which was a happy surprise.  

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I just  received the Harvest Meadow Designer Series Paper.  I ordered it so I would have paper to go with the Nature's Harvest bundle and I am SO glad I did. I love it and this card came together so quickly and pretty effortlessly.  

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Here's the sketch and it is a lovely one.  It was great to show off the Harvest Meadow DSP. 

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The cute label is from the Harvest dies. and it is going to be a very useful one.   It is a good size and shape.  There is also a longer label which fits the other sentiments.   The ribbon is the Gold Fine Art Ribbon.  I like that it has a natural almost rustic look but has threads of gold to add some shine.  

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The gold accents are from the Brushed Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots.  These embellishments come in 2 different sizes and 3 different colors-bronze, copper, and gold.  Here I used gold but any of the finishes would have worked.

Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions please contact me.

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Measure of Love

This month the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is CASEing the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  What does this mean?  A sample is selected and that project is what we us for the inspiration for our projects.  This week the sample we are CASEing is on page 100 of the catalog.  

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I was inspired by the layout of this card.  I used the Measure of Love stamp set, Pattern Party DSP, and the sentiment from the Sweet as a Peach set.  

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I started out by stamping the bowl of cherries and then fussy cutting them out.  I popped them up on the circles to make them the focal point.  The Pattern Party DSP is so bright and cheery.  This particular print just seems to go with the bowl of cherries.   Are you wondering about the ribbon?  I didn't have any Poppy Parade ribbon so I colored White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon with Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends.   It is always good to have some white or vanilla ribbon around to create a custom color. 

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created.  Thanks for. stopping by and I hope you will join in the challenge!

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Plentiful Plants

It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This month the challenge is a little different, we are Casing the Catalog.  This week we are casing the card on page 52 of the 2021 Annual Catalog. 

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We are using this card  as the inspiration for our projects.  What catches your eye?  Is it the colors, the layout, the stamp set, or ?  Can I just say, aren't those babies adorable!  I do not have this stamp set (yet) so I used the  layout for my inspiration.

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Instead of using the Stitched Rectangles I used the Tailor Made Tags Dies for the base of the images.  The Tailor Made Dies are standalone dies meaning they do not have a coordinating stamp set since they can be used with lots of different stamp sets.   Both of the flower pots were stamped (Plentiful Plants)  and then cut out using the Perfect Plants die.   The hangers were cut out using the Perfect Plants die.  The plant on the left was cut from the Bloom Where You're Planted DSP.  This is one of the 9 packs of Designer Series Paper that is on sale through August 2.  The plant on the right was stamped and cut using the stamp and dies (Plentiful Plants bundle).

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All the tags were tied using the Crumb Cake Baker's Twine from the Baker's Twine Essentials Pack.  I am quite pleased that we have a selection of Baker's Twine again.  The little Polished Pink flowers are from the Loose Flower Flourishes.  I attached them to the plant and the tag using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I wanted to add a little pop of color.

You can see that i decorated the inside of the card using a plant cut out from the Bloom Where You're Planted DSP.  This is another great pack of patterned paper with some images that can be cut using the Perfect Plants die and some great background designs like the bricks I used on this card.  

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Stitched Banner Birthday

I purchased the Stitched Triangles dies a few months ago and wait for it...never used them!   I hate it when  I do that.  I know I had lots of ideas on ways to use the dies which is why I purchased them but it wasn't until I had to make something for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0085 that I pulled them out. 

Are you familiar with the Festive Friday Challenge? Every challenge has a festivity it is celebrating  and an Inspo list inspired by the festivity. The Inspo List is a 10 item list you can choose from to create your project.  Incorporate THREE of the items from the Inspo list in your project and post to the gallery. And guess what? Your project doesn’t have to be about National Flag Week, which is the theme for this challenge.

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I chose from the Inspo list stars, bright colors, and banner/flag die.

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I used the banner die from the Stitched Triangles die set and cut it in rainbow colors.  I used  Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, and Gorgeous Grape.  The little stars were cut out of the Rainbow Glimmer Paper.  The Real Red stitched scalloped borders were cut using the Penned Flowers dies. 

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The sentiment is from the Sweet as a Peach set and stamped in Real Red ink.  Inside I added a few more stars cut from the Rainbow Glimmer paper.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Festive Friday design team created.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert-you are here!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Bloom Where You're Planted Suite

One of the first sets I purchased from the new 2021-22 Stampin' Up! catalog was Plentiful Plants, in fact I bought the Bloom Where You're Planted Suite which includes the Plentiful Plants bundle, Bloom Where You're Planted DSP, and the Paper Lattices.    There was just something about that bundle that resonated with me.  It was nostalgic to see the macrame plant hanger and it brought back memories of dorm rooms filled with plants.   This suite of products was perfect to use  for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0084 celebrating the festivity, National Gardening Week.

The Festive Friday Challenge has a  Inspo List which is inspired by a festivity.  Your project has to use at least 3 items from the Inspo List.  You do not have to follow the theme but you can.  You can check out the Festive Friday blog for all the information on how to play along with the Challenge. 

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I chose plants, green, die-cuts, and flowers from the Inspo List.

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I wanted to create a window scene so I started by cutting a frame using the In Good Taste DSP and 2 Stitched Rectangle dies.   I attached the Paper Lattice to the frame and backed it with a piece from the Bloom Where You're Planted DSP.  The frame and lattice were attached to the Early Espresso CS card base.  I "planted" my plants in Cajun Craze CS pots that were stamped using Early Espresso ink.  The plants were stamped on Just Jade CS in either Just Jade ink or Evening Evergreen ink.  Check out the shading on the pots, it is so good!

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The Polished Pink flowers are from the Loose Flower Flourishes.  I attached them with dots of glue. The sentiment is also from the Plentiful Plants stamp set.  The label is from the Messages die.  Inside of the card I planted another pot of greenery.   

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Festive Friday Design team created for this challenge.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema 

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

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Party Puffins Birthday

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  When I saw this sketch I knew it was time to bring out the puffins!

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I flipped the sketch so I could have the puffins and fish going in the right direction.  

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I think these puffins are so cute!  I wasn't going to get them but I finally gave in and ordered them.  I am so glad I did.  They are so fun and I needed some cute animals to fill the void left by the now retired Special Someone set ( remember the adorable raccoon and squirrel?). I used the Soft Succulent CS for the card base.  The DSP (Designer Series Paper) is the In Color 6" x 6".  I used Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent.  The strips are the 2021-23 In Color Shimmer Vellum in Polished Pink and Pale Papaya.   The puffin and the fish were colored using the 2021-23 In Color Stampin' Blends.  

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I fussy cut the fish and the party hat.  Luckily they were pretty easy to cut out.  I had some mini pom poms so I added one to the top of his party hat.  

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This is the inside of the card.  Those cute little candles were stamped, colored and then fussy cut.  The  puffin's wings are positioned  perfectly for him to to be holding a candle.   All of the images for this card came from the Party Puffins stamp set.  I love that with one set you can do it all!

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created.

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