Pretty Perennials Birthday

The past few days have been windy and wet which has me longing for some sunshine.  I cannot travel to the sunshine so I am going to have to be content to make some.  This week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC646 is a color challenge and it was perfect combination to use for a bright and cheery card.


What do you think?  Does it look like spring to you?  The colors are Flirty Flamingo, Merry Merlot and Old Olive.  I used the super cute stamp set/bundle, Pretty Perennials, which is Dena Rekow's Million Dollar stamp set.  I love the pretty flowers and leaves.  They look like they are water colored  and there are so many ways to arrange them.  You know what I really like?  I really like "happy".  I wish there were a die to cut that out but  since there isn't I am glad it isn't too difficult to fussy cut out.  


I embossed the Basic White CS using the Tasteful Textile embossing folder and I am sure I do not have to tell you how much I like this particular folder.  

Hope you liked this little bit of sunshine from my stamp room!  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created for the challenge.  



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In Bloom Bundle

The first Festive Friday Challenge of 2021 and it is a sweet one.  


Who knew there was an Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day?!  I have eaten lots of different things for breakfast but so far I don't think I have ever had ice cream,  maybe I need to try it.  Hmmm, it is dairy and if I put a cherry on top that is fruit, right?

How do you play along with the Festive Friday Challenge?  It really is easy.  Check out the Inspo list which was inspired by the festivity, Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Pick 3 of the items on the Inspo list and create a project using those items.  Post your creation to the Festive Friday gallery and you are entered.  There are some rules to the challenge and you can see them here.  


I chose from the Inspo list to use Pink, Brown and Dry Embossing.  Yes, it is totally okay not to use an  ice cream image on your project.  

I love the look of stripes and florals. I cut some 1/2" strips of Early Espresso CS to make my own striped paper.  The flowers were cut from Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride CS using the Pierced Blooms dies.  These dies are one of my favorites from the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog.  I love the look of the piercing on the flowers and leaves.  The sentiment is from the In Bloom stamp set.  You can buy the stamp set and the Pierced Blooms stamp set separately or together aka a bundle.   When you bundle you also receive a 10% discount.  


I used a new embossing folder called Painted Texture 3D Embossing folder.  Doesn't it look so realistic?  This folder will be used a lot in my crafting.  It adds texture and interest without taking over the other elements.  Check out the centers of the flowers.  They are the new Opal Rounds.   They have an opalescent shine and gleam .  

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

Judy Rozema

A list of all the supplies I used on today's project is listed below with links to where you can purchase them.  Thank you for stopping by!


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In Bloom Bundle and the Paper Blooms DSP

Welcome to the first Create with Connie and Mary Challenge of 2021!  I had fun with the sketch for #CCMC645.  


It is sometime hard to decide what stamp set and  colors to use, this time it was not difficult.  I had just received the In Bloom bundle and was eager to play with it along with the Paper Blooms DSP from Sale-A-Bration.  In the SAB brochure it states that the Paper Blooms DSP coordinates with the Pretty Perennials bundle but it actually coordinates with the In Bloom bundle.  I love the colors that are used in this pack of paper, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray and Soft Sea Foam.  I don't use Soft Sea Foam enough so I knew I had to use it. 


In addition to the Paper Blooms DSP I used a piece of Petal Pink DSP part of the Subtles DSP  that will be available in the upcoming Annual Catalog.  As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order the DSP.  During Sale-A-Bration you will receive 1 each of the DSP packs (Subtles, Regals, Brights, Neutrals & 2020-22 In Colors) as an added bonus with the Starter kit.  This is a great added bonus to an already great kit ($99 US and choose $125 in product).  If you have any question about the Starter kit please contact me.


These dies are one of my favorites.  I like the piercing on them a lot and that detail makes them different from any other set of dies I have.  In addition I used the white Baker's twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack.   I am so happy that we have this pack of twine and the Well Suited Twine Combo Pack.  

Thank you for stopping by and let me know if you have any question.



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Wild Roses

The Create with Connie and Mary Challenge took last  week off and we are now back with a new challenge.


This week it is a fun color challenge.


I thought it was the perfect time to play with the beautiful Wild Roses background stamp and the new Blending Brushes, both in the new 2021 Jan-June Mini Catalog.  


The Wild Roses background stamp is a big background stamp.  Background stamps are offered in both Cling Mount and Wood Mount.  If you decide to get it in Cling Mount you can use clear Block F or it is a great one to use with the Stamparatus.

I inked the stamp in Night of Navy ink.  I used the Blending brushes to apply the Balmy Blue and Highland Heather ink. Blending using the Blending brushes is very smooth and softer than blending using sponges.  The look is different and  I like them both.  If you are going for a lighter, softer look than you will love the Blending Brushes.  

Night of Navy CS card base 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

Highland Heather CS 4" x 5-1/4"

Whisper White CS 3-3/4" x  5-1/8" cut into three 1-1/4" x 5-1/8" panels

Posted for You stamp set, Denim Ribbon, Stitched Shapes dies & Stitched Rectangle dies


This is a simpler version of the card.  The Wild Roses is not cut into panels

Night of Navy CS-4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

Balmy Blue CS 4"  x 5-1/4"

Whisper White 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"

Posted for You stamp set, Denim Ribbon, Stitched Shapes dies, Stitched Rectangle dies.


Thank you for stopping by and Happy New Year!


Just a few more sleeps until Sale-A-Bration and the the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog!  Do you need catalogs?  Let me know!

Tag Buffet

It has been a busy, busy week here on the blog and I am ending the week with a fun Festive Friday Challenge.  


The Festive Friday Challenge is the one with the Inspo list.  To participate in the challenge all you need to do is create a project using 3 of the items on the list.  Your card doesn't need to be a Christmas projects but it does need to have 3 items from the list.  There are a few other rules and you can see them here.   

I chose to use red, green, bells and tags from the list.  I kind of cheated a bit by using the Tag Buffet kit.  There was very little stamping involved except for the sentiments  


Earlier in the fall I purchased this black wooden sled.  I didn't have any particular project in mind I just thought it was cute and might be fun to decorate.  It unfortunately just sat in my craft room sad and neglected.  I was cleaning up a bit and found the sled and 2 tags fit perfectly on it.  Another example of craft room kismet.   Now the sleigh is happy , no longer sad and neglected and hanging on the front door.  

Now be sure to check out what the rest of the Festive Friday design team created  #FF0074 Christmas.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

Thank you for stopping by!


A little more about the tags.  They were made using the Tag Buffet kit, which is being retired and is on the Year-End Close Out and 50% off!  Check out the list here!


Ornamental Envelopes Wreath

From the first time I saw the wreath sample made using the Ornamental Envelopes stamp set (page 40 of the J-J2020 Mini Catalog), I knew I had to make it.  Well, it is finally the day!   


I stamped the leaf images 3 times to create the wreath.  I chose not to use a positioner of any kind and was surprised how easy it was to create the wreath.  I also used the Envelope Dies (retiring and on the Year-End Close Out List at 40% off, while supplies last).  I am keeping these dies in my permanent collection.  Love the look of DSP on my envelopes and as a liner, it is also a great way to use my DSP that has retired.  


This CASE of the catalog was perfect for this week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge. The skinnier leaf image was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink, the  bolder leaf image was inked in Pear Pizzazz and the little dots were stamped in Real Red ink.  The sentiment from the Festive Post set (retiring ) was stamped in Real Red ink.  The pretty Real Red bow was made using the Real Red 3/8" Sheer Ribbon which will be returning in the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog.  After January 5th it will not be available for purchase until the J-D 2021 Mini Catalog goes live.  I am thinking that I just might need another roll of this pretty ribbon for my Valentine's cards.


The Heartwarming Hugs DSP is another product that will become available again when the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog goes live.  This paper is great for the holidays but also works year round. 

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

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out the Clearance Rack and the Year-End Close Out.



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Most Wonderful Time Product Medley

This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a sketch.  


I decided to use the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley.  The Product Medley has a stamp set, dies, DSP, gold foil card fronts, sticker sheets, gold star embellishments, and a super fun eyelash fringe tinsel trim.  One of the best things is that there is a refill kit for the Product Medley.  


I used the deer and tree cardstock stickers for my focal point.  I used one of my favorite papers in the Product Medley for the background.  Many of the papers contain gold foil accents, which adds shine and a little glitz to the card.  


The gold stars are also in the Product Medley and you get 58 of them.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I used 2 different embossing folders, Scripty 3D and Tasteful Textile (one of my favorites).  

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



Festive Friday Winter Solstice

Do you know what the significance of the Winter Solstice is?  Here it marks the day with the shortest amount of daylight.  I don't really celebrate the Winter Solstice but I probably should because what it also means is that the daylight hours will start getting longer!  I am all for that.  

The Winter Solstice is the inspiration behind the Festive Friday's Inspo List.  


To play along with the Festive Friday Challenge all  you need to do is pick 3 items from the list and use it on your project and then post it to the Festive Friday Gallery.   It is easy and fun and we would love to see how the Inspo list inspires you!


I was inspired to use the items blue, snowflakes, and trees on my shaker card. Inside the window created by the So Many Snowflakes die, I used the Feels Like Frost DSP .  I added Snowflake Sequins and some of those little silica gel beads (dehumidifier packets) for the shaker elements.   The outside of the frame is embossed using the Winter Snow Embossing folder.  In the center of the snowflakes I placed some sparkly Blue Adhesive Backed gems.


Making a shaker card is easy using Foam Adhesive Strips.  I use the strips to create a frame for my shaker elements and since they are double stick I also used it to adhere the Window sheet to close up the frame. 

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using the Inspo List.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

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


Arrange A Wreath Christmas

Mixing up the Arrange a Wreath bundle from the 2020-21 Annual Catalog with the Heartwarming Hugs DSP from the 2020 August-Dec mini catalog for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC00639.


I am using the colors from the Heartwarming Hugs DSP for the color palette.

The sketch is Create with Connie & Mary Thursday Challenge #CCMC639.


In addition to the Wreath Builder Dies (part of the Arrange A Wreath bundle) I added 2 sizes of flowers from the Confetti Flowers Border punch.  Between you and me, when I first saw this punch I didn't think I needed it.  I mean I am sure I have a tiny flower die in one of my sets BUT I am so happy that I changed my mind about this punch.  I reach for it a lot and have used it much more than I thought I would.  Well worth it!


I almost always line the inside of my card with either a Whisper White or Very Vanilla panel and a strip of DSP or cardstock.  I will probably add a die cut or punch too, just to dress up the inside of the card.  

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.  Listed below you will find all the products I used on this card linked to my online store.  Thank you for stopping by and your support.


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Happiest of Birthdays

Taking a little break from holiday cards to make a birthday card.  I love this big birthday sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set.  This was card was made for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.


This was a color challenge and the first idea that came to mind was to use panels of the colors behind the big sentiment.  It might be a little hard to see in the picture, each panel of color was embossed with a different embossing folder.  The Bumblebee panel was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder.  The Terracotta Tile panel was embossed using the Dainty Diamond 3D folder and the Rich Razzleberry panel was embossed using the Subtle 3D folder.  I liked the little extra texture and interest the embossing added.



A few heart balloons were added to the front of the card.  The balloons are from the Special Someone stamp set and cut out using the Special Day dies.  A little bow tied from the Bumblebee Gingham ribbon was added to tie the balloons together.   The three rhinestones were colored with a Rich Razzleberry Stampin Blend to add a little bling to the card.


A peek inside shows a few more balloons.  It is always nice to decorate the inside of the card as well as the envelopes.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this challenge.  

You will see a full list of what products were used to make this card listed below.  Thanks again for stopping by!

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