Challenges

Painted Poppies

This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC595 is a color challenge.  

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Honestly I think color challenges are harder for me than sketch challenges.  I should look back at prior posts because I probably say that about sketch challenges too!  I am happy with the end result but it took me a while to get there.

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This is a quick and easy card.  I stamped the image from the Painted Poppies set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored them in using Poppy Parade, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends.  I also used the Color Lifter to lighten some of the areas of the flowers to create some shading.   The Layering Squares dies were used to cut out the flowers and the Rich Razzleberry scallop behind the flowers.  I attached a flower sequin from the Peaceful Poppies Sequins to each square and inserted a Silver Metallic Pearl in the center.

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I used the Scripty 3-D Embossing folder (one of my faves!) and embossed a white panel to place the squares on.  Are you wondering why I didn't just emboss the front of the card base?  I wanted to hide the Poppy Parade ribbon from showing on the inside of the card.  

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

The Host Code for January is FTCKVA4N.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Champagne Rhinestones as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in early February. 

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. 

 

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Honey Bee Bundle & the Golden Honey DSP

Yes, I am posting another sample using the Honey Bee bundle  (January-June 2020 Mini Catalog aka JJ20MC) and the Golden Honey Specialty DSP (Sale-A-Bration 2020 aka SAB 2020).  These products are a  joy to create with. 

Today's Festive Friday Challenge is #50, #FF50!!  The festivity that is inspiring the Inspo list for #FF50 is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, which is celebrated on January 31.  

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I love the Inspo list which makes it easy to participate in the challenge.  I chose rainbows, stitching, and die cuts.

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Here's how I made this card.

  • Basic Black cs- 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4".  Whisper White cs 4" x 5-1/4" adhere to the inside of the card
  • 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" Black & White Striped pattern from the Golden Honey Specialty DSP
  • Color the white stripes in rainbow colors (ROYBGIV) I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce, Coastal Cabana, Highland Heather.  All are the light Stampin' Blends except for Coastal Cabana-Stampin' Write Marker)  I just realized my rainbow is not in ROYGBIV order!
  • Cut the rainbow stripe at 1/2" and trim it to 5-1/4" and adhere it to the inside of the card.
  • Adhere the 2" x 5-1/2" strip to the front of the card. 
  • Cut 3 Whisper White scallop stitched rectangles using the #3 (#1 being the smallest) rectangle die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies
  • Adhere them to the front of the card
  • Stamp in Tuxedo Black Memento ink 1 each of the flowers. Cut out using the Detailed Bee Dies.
  • Color the flowers using the Daffodil Delight & Shaded Spruce Light Stampin' Blends.
  • Tie a black ribbon around the card and tie a bow.
  • Adhere the flowers to the rectangles using Mini Stampin' Dimensional
  • Cut a stitched circle using the Stitched Shapes #3 circle die (#1 being the smallest circle) in Whisper White. 
  • Cut a large bee in Basic Black using the Detailed Bee dies.   Glue down the body, legs, head on the stitched circle, leaving the wings free.  Color in the body using the Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red Light Stampin' Blends
  • Stamp the sentiment from the Honey Bee stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink
  • Stamp the large bee in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and color in the body using a Daffodil Delight Light Stampin' Blend.  Attach the bee to the inside of the card.

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I hope you will join in the fun of the Festive Friday Challenges.  We would love to see your card, 3-D, layout in the gallery!

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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

The Host Code for January is FTCKVA4N.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Champagne Rhinestones as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in early February. 

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. 

 

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Basic Black 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon
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Detailed Bee Dies & the Golden Honey DSP

Today the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a sketch, #CCMC594.

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Sometimes it takes me a long time to figure out what to make with the sketch but this card came together quickly.  I had some Stained Glass die cuts sitting on my desk along with a gold foil bee and the rest was pretty easy.

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  1. Basic Black card stock 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".
  2. 3" x 5-3/8" piece of Golden Honey Specialty DSP (this is free with a qualifying order, part of Sale-A-Bration) .  Adhere it to the Basic Black card front
  3. Use the Stained Glass die and cut a frame from  Basic Black.
  4. Cut a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" Gold Foil square.  Carefully apply glue to the Basic Black Stained Glass frame and adhere to the Gold Foil square.
  5. Cut a 2" x 2" Whisper White square and adhere to the center of the frame.
  6. Use the large bee die and cut the bee from a 1-1/2" x 3" piece of Gold Foil.  Apply glue to the body and legs of the bee and attach it to the Whisper White square.  Use a Black Stampin' Write marker or stampin' Blend and color in the head and body.  
  7. Attach the square to the card front.
  8. Use a Black Stampin' Write marker and ink "thinking of you" from the Very Versailles stamp set.
  9. Cut out sentiment using the die from the Stitched Rectangles.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals and attach to the card.
  10. Cut 3 Real Red hearts ( 2 small, 1 large) using the Stitched Be Mine dies.  Attach using Stampin' Dimensionals one heart to the bee and one the end of the sentiment.
  11.  Attach a 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card.  Attach a 1/2" x 4" piece of the Golden Honey DSP to the inside of the card.  Attach a heart to the strip.

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

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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

The Host Code for January is FTCKVA4N.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Champagne Rhinestones as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in early February. 

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. 

 

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Sneak Peek: Bonanza Buddies

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.   This week we have a fun sketch challenge, #CCMC592.

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I wanted to play with the super adorable Bonanza Buddies bundle.  This set is SO cute!  We have lots of new little ones in our extended family and I know that this bundle of products will be a perfect one to use to create projects for them.  I also thought these cute little party animals would  be perfect for any kind of celebration. 

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What do you think?  Aren't they so fun and adorable? Don't you wish you were at the Bonanza Buddies New Year's Eve bash?  I bet it would be a koala-ty time!  

I used products from both the Jan-June 2020 Mini Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) 2020 catalog.  

  •     The tag, lion,  koala, hat, & banners were cut using the Bonanza dies
  •     The lion, koala, & hat were stamped using the Bonanza Buddies stamp set.  
  •     The sentiment is from the New Year Celebrations stamp set
  •     The patterned paper is from the Birthday Bonanza DSP
  •     The cute pompoms are the Assorted Pompoms in the Birthday Bonanza suite.
  •     The So Saffron Metallic Baker's twine is a Sale-A-Bratiion product (Metallic Baker's Twine & Sequins Combo)
  •     The fun sequins are also from SAB and part of the Twine & Sequins Combo

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I am excited about the stitched tag die in the Bonanza dies.  It is a great size 2-1/4" x 3-3/4" and will be handy for cards, gifts, layouts and home decor.  I have  some ideas running around in my brain on how I want to use them so stay tuned. I also love the little banners and so I decided to dress up the inside of the card too.

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Are you getting excited for January 3 when the new Jan-June 2020 Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration catalog begins?  I know I am!  If you are interested in receiving the new catalogs, live in the US and are not already working with a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator,  let me know and I will get them in the mail to you.

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Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack.  There are some GREAT Buys!

 

 


Sneak Peek: Timeless Tropical for #CCMC 591

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.

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I am still playing with new products that will become available in January.   It is safe to say I am loving the products in the new Mini catalog and in the 2020 Sale-A-Bration catalog.   For this challenge I decided to use the Timeless Tropical bundle.

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I was born and raised in Hawaii so the Tropical Oasis Suite just spoke to me and  I knew it would be mine!  Now I know that palm trees do not have Night of Navy trunks but sometimes you just have to go with it and make it work.  I love the "aloha" die which is part of the In the Tropics dies.  I cut it out of the Pretty Peacock foil sheet found in the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets.

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Do you see the Mossy Meadow die cut designs?  They are from the Lily Pad Dies in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  They are gorgeous and love how they look on the card.  I accented them with the Night of Navy enamel dots found in the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots.   

Thank you for stopping by.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created using this color combination.

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Are you interested in seeing the January-June Mini Catalog 2020 and the Sale-A-Bration catalog?  If you do not have a demonstrator please contact me.  I would love to be your demonstrator.  If you have ordered from me in the past 6 months you will receive the catalogs in the next week.  


Christmas Gleaming and the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0048

Welcome to another Festive Friday Challenge!  The festivity we are being inspired by is Wear Your Pearls Day!  Bet you didn't know there was a special day to celebrate wearing your pearls.  The Inspo list for this challenge is so fun.  To play along all you have to do is pick a minimum of 3 items from the Inspo List to use on your project and share it on the Festive Friday blog.  Easy peasy and a lot of fun too!

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For this challenge I chose to use rhinestones, black & white, pink, and embossing paste.

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It is a little hard to see that I used Shimmery White Embossing paste.  There are flecks of glitter in the paste which makes for a very sparkly background. 

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I think you can see the glitter in the embossing paste in this picture.  The mask I used is from the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog on pg 35.  It is a little hard to find.  

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To make things even more sparkly I brushed Clear Wink of Stella over the body of the ornament and some Frost White Shimmer paint on the top of the ornament.  I thought I might as well go all out and added rhinestones  and a glittery black bow to the ornament.  To finish it off, I added a die cut sentiment from the Jolly Season dies

Want a tutorial and list of all the products I used?  Here is a link to a tutorial.

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

 

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Snowman Season and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Happy Thanksgiving!   I hope you are spending the day in a way which brings you joy.

This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a color challenge #CCMC589.

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If these colors look familiar it is because they are some of the colors in the Let it Snow Specialty DSP.  This is a super fun pack of paper with glittered accents and happy designs.

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I chose 3 different patterns of the Let It Snow DSP to use and I love how they all coordinate. I used the Shaded Spruce and Real Red Stampin' Blends to color in the scarf and hat brim.  I used a blender pen with a little Coastal Cabana ink refill to shade the snowman and color in part of the hat.  I added the Shimmery Crystal Effect to the scarf and hat to add a little sparkle and shine.

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The snow on the ground and the shading on the snowman was sprinkled with Dazzling Diamond glitter.  I don't use glitter as much as I used to but I sure love how it makes the snow sparkly.

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The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Christmas and the Shaded Spruce foliage was cut using the coordinating die called Christmas Layers dies.  There's  lots of red rhinestones berries on the foliage to add even more sparkle to the card.  

Hope you are having a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by my blog.  Be sure to check out what the rest 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

The Host Code for November is GXTNX6G7  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in December. 

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. 

 

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Band Together for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC588

It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge #CCMC588.

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I have the Band Together bundle on my mind since it is one of 8 bundles that are an extra 5% off during the Online Extravaganza (11/20-11/22)

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I cut the largest circle using the Layering Circles die in Purple Posy card stock (Purple Posy card stock along with the other In Color card stocks are also on the Online Extravaganza).  I stamped the large flower in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I colored in the flowers using Night of Navy and Purple Posy Stampin' Blends.  Since the card stock is Purple Posy there isn't too much coloring to be done on the flowers. I colored the space around the flowers using the Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blend.  

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I applied Clear Wink of Stella on the flowers to give them some extra shine.  The flower circle was layered on to a Purple Posy scalloped circle.

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The Night of Navy card stock was embossed using the Scripty 3-D folder.  I cut one of the beautiful bands and which is partially hidden by the circle of flowers.  The little sentiment is from the Free as A Bird stamp set.  The little butterflies were cut using the Butterfly Beauty dies.  The card base is a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of Purple Posy card stock.  

This was a fun sketch and I loved using one of my favorite bundles, Band Together.  Be sure to stop by and see what the rest of the design team created using this sketch.

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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

The Host Code for November is GXTNX6G7  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in December. 

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. 

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Beauty & Joy for Festive Friday

Ready for a challenge?  It is time for Festive Friday Challenge #FF0047!  This time we are being inspired by Thanksgiving.  What does that mean?  Check out the Inspo list below.  You use at least 3 elements from the Inspo List which were inspired by Thanksgiving, for your project and post it in the FF0047 (Festive Friday Gallery).  It is so fun and easy with the Inspo list to enter the challenge.  

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I chose to use gold, leaves, and glitter for my elements from the Inspo List.

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I used the Delicata Golden Glitz Ink pad.  It has the prettiest metallic shine, that unfortunately I am not able to capture.  Besides the shine they also dry fairly quickly but not instantly so you can use them with embossing powder too.  

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I have a tutorial for you if you want the measurements and all the details on how I made this card.  Just CLICK HERE for the tutorial.  

I really hope you join in the challenge!  It makes all of us on the Challenge team so happy to see lots and lots of entries in the gallery.  Looking forward to seeing what you create!

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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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The Host Code for November is GXTNX6G7  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in December. 

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. 

Thank you!


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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Something Itty Bitty Clear-Mount Bundle
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The Host Code for November is GXTNX6G7  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in December. 

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.