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Flowers for Every Season DSP Hi!

Ready for another Catalog Case?  All this month the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is taking inspiration from the 2020 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.  

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The repeated sentiment reminded me of stripes.  First I played with cardstock stripes and then i thought it would be fun to add some patterned paper.  

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What do you think?  I used the Flowers for Every Season DSP and So Saffron CS embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D folder for my stripes.  The DSP strips were cut 1" wide.  The label is from the Stitched So Sweetly dies .  The Playful Alphabet dies were used to cut out the "hi!".  Once I cut the hi out of the label, I applied  a piece of Adhesive Sheet behind it so I could easily inlay the So Saffron letters.

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The Medium Daisy punch was used to create the Whisper White daisy.  Since on the DSP the daisy has leaves I stamped the leaves from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set in Just Jade ink on Just Jade cardstock and cut it out using the Sunflower dies.  I love this color combination of Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Just Jade and Whisper White.  It looks so fresh!

Hope you liked my case of the catalog for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team created for their case!

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Whale Done!

Hello friends!  It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.   This month the challenge is doing something a little different.  Instead of alternating between a sketch and color challenges we are CASEing the Catalog.  What does that mean?  We are creating a project based on a sample in the 2020 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.  This week's challenge is to case the card on page 18 of the catalog.

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Isn't that a pretty card?  I decided to us a bundle I hadn't inked up yet, Whale Done which is part of the Whale of a Time Suite.  I thought the contents of the suite were so cute that I used the number 154126 (which I call the YES to it all number) and ordered the whole suite.  I do not do that very often but every part of this suite I really liked.

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Most of my project today uses the Whale of a Time 6" x 6" DSP.   

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The turtles were fussy cut out from the DSP.  Fortunately they are easy to cut out. The cute whale was  punched from the DSP using the Whale Builder punch.  I stamped the sentiment from the Whale Done stamp set on a piece of the Whale of a Time DSP in Pretty Peacock ink and cut it out using a die from the Layering Circles.

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Inside you can see a peek of another turtle cut from the DSP on a strip of DSP.   This is pretty typical of how I finish up the inside of my cards.  

Just a reminder that this month is Bonus Days.  What does that mean?  For every $50 USD you spend 1 July–3 August 2020 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 USD Bonus Days coupon code that can be used 4–31 August 2020.  SUper cool right?!

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Forever Greenery

I have a confession to make.  It is pretty hard to believe but when I made today's card it was the first time I opened the package of Forever Greenery DSP.  I know pretty shocking!  It is a gorgeous pack of paper and perfect for this week's sketch Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.

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I used 2 different designs from the Forever Greenery pack.  The DSP definitely does all the work for me on this card.  The only stamping on the front of the card is the Grateful.  This sentiment is from the Ornate Thanks stamp set.  The full sentiment says So Grateful but I omitted the So.  I inked up the sentiment in Versamark, covered it with White Embossing powder, and heat embossed it using the Heat Tool.  There is still something magical about heat embossing.  I love how crisp the white embossing powder looks on Pretty Peacock cardstock.  I also added a couple of gold Metallic Pearls to the label.

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Inside I stamped a couple of images from the Forever Fern set and also added a strip of the Forever Greenery DSP.  I cut out the Forever Fern images using the Forever Flourishing dies.  Do you decorate the inside of your cards?  I always try to, I want the inside to look as good as the outside of the card.

Now that I have opened the Forever Greenery DSP and stamped a few images from the Forever Fern, I will definitely be playing with this fun and beautiful Forever Greenery Suite of products.

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Arrange A Wreath

You know I love wreaths on my cards.  I think they are so fun to dress up and they are great for different occasions & holidays.  When I saw the new Arrange a Wreath bundle my first thought was, I want that but it can wait.  Well, I looked at it again and realized it couldn't wait and just like that it was in my first order.  I am so happy since it was the perfect bundle for me to use for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0061.

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I no longer have any citrus fruit stamps so i focused on using orange, yellow, and green from the Inspo list on my card for the challenge.

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I made the wreath using both of the wreath dies, one in Shaded Spruce and the other in the new In Color, Just Jade.  The flowers are in Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.  In the die set there are 2 dies for the larger flower and 3 for the smaller flower, yay!  Having the extra dies makes it so much faster to make the flowers.  The centers of the flowers are from the Elegant Faceted Gems.  

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I added the heart also from the Arrange A Wreath bundle to the center of the wreath, adding another item from the Inspo List,  sweet sentiment.  I cut out 2 hearts one in Pumpkin Pie and one in Daffodil Delight.  On the Pumpkin Pie heart I added a piece of Foam Adhesive on the back behind the letters,  you could also use dimensionals.  I then layered the letters from the Daffodil Delight heart on to the exposed adhesive.

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The background is one of the Many Medallions die.  Before I die cut I put a piece of Adhesive Sheet on the back of the Whisper White cardstock.  This is a double-sided adhesive and is very handy to use to adhere intricate die cuts.

** Click HERE for a tutorial.

Want to play along with the challenge?  All you have to do is pick 3 items from the Inspo List to use on your project.  Post your project on the Festive Friday blog by Monday June 22 8 pm CST.  I look forward to seeing what your creation in the gallery!

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Jar of Daisies

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

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Before I work on a color  challenge I pull out strips of the card stock in the challenge and clip them together.  They sit on my desk until I am ready to work on the challenge. Usually, by the time I work on the card I have an idea of what to make.  The only thing that came to mind for me was to make a striped background using the colors.

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I stamped the jar from the Jar of Flowers bundle in Night of Navy and the water in Coastal Cabana ink on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out using the Jar punch.  The daisies were punched in Whisper White cardstock using the Medium Daisy punch.   The greenery was cut in Coastal Cabana cardstock using the Forever Flourishing Dies and sponged around the edges using Night of Navy ink.

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There was a bit of an empty space so I added my favorite little butterflies from the Butterfly Beauty dies in Night of Navy cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Many Mates stamp set inked in Night of Navy.  The Many Mates set is going to be so useful since it has sentiments for the front and inside of the card.  Just peeking out from the inside of the card is a border cut using the Many Medallion dies which can be bundled with the Many Mates set.  

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you liked this week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge project.  If you are in need of a catalog please contact me and I can send one out to you.  

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Timeless Tropical and the Many Medallions Die

It is Friday and time for the Festive Friday Challenge!  The festivity we are being inspired by is the First Day of Summer #FF0060.

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To play along with the challenge all you have to do is pick 3 of the items on the Inspo List and use it on your project.  Once your project is complete head on over the Festive Friday Blog and enter it in the gallery.  You have until Monday, June 8 at 8pm CST to enter.  I hope to see your entry in the gallery!

I was inspired by watercolor, patterns, and bright colors from the Inspo List.  This card is a mix of sneak peek items (Many Medallion dies and one of the new In Colors, Magenta Madness) and items carrying over from the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog Timeless Tropical stamp set and In the Tropics dies (purchase them as a bundle before June 3 and you will save 10%, Timeless Tropical bundle ).

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I love the Many Medallions dies!  I can think of so many different ways  to use these dies.  Today I simply layered it over my favorite new In Color (at least for today), Magenta Madness.  There have been overlays before in different kits. I was always reluctant to use them since they were just a few of them but now I can make as many as I want which gives me permission to play. I think they would make fun stencils to use with embossing paste, brayers, and sponging techniques.  When I am in the right frame of mind, it would also be fun to inlay them in  different colors.  That's just a few ideas I have roaming around in my brain.  Hope to have a stretch of time to play.

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I tried something new on the "aloha".  I wanted it to be raised up but wasn't sure how to do it since it is pretty skinny and I didn't think trimming dimensionals would be very satisfactory.  While I was thinking about what to do I remembered finding some white fun foam while cleaning out my room and yes, I decided to try and cut the fun foam with the aloha die.  It cuts like a dream, no problems at all.  I glued the Sparkle Glimmer paper aloha to the fun foam and problem solved!  This is an easy solution and so much easier than cutting tiny pieces of dimensional.  

Did you know that every member of the Festive Friday Design team creates a tutorial for their project?  Some are videos, some are on the blog post, and some are PDFs.  I created a PDF for you!  You can access it HERE.

Thank you for stopping by!  If  you do not have a copy of the 2020-21 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog that goes live on June 3 and do not already have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator please contact me.

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Under My Umbrella Thank You

This week is flying by!  It is already Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge. This week we have a sketch to challenge and inspire us!

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One of the stamp sets I will miss is Seriously the Best stamp set.   I like the combination of the fonts and cutting out the larger word.  Here I embossed the thanks using White embossing powder on Flirty Flamingo cardstock and fussy cut it.  The longer sentiment was also embossed using White embossing powder on Granny Apple Green cardstock.

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I paired up the Granny Apple Green Gingham from the Brights 6" x 6" DSP with Flirty Flamingo.  It is a happy, springy color combination.  The umbrella was stamped on Flirty Flamingo DSP and punched out using the Umbrella Builder punch.    The cute little bunch of flowers were stamped using Crumb Cake ink and colored using Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends.   Yes, it had to be fussy cut but fortunately it isn't very big or detailed.  

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I created the stitched scallop edge using a die from the Stitched Be Mine dies.  Here are the sizes of the cardstock I used.

  • Thick Whisper White CS 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
  • Flirty Flamingo CS 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/4" x 3"
  • Whisper White CS  3-7/8" x 5-1/4" 
  • Granny Apple Green DSP 3-7/8" x 4-3/4", 3/8" x 3-1/8"
  • Crumb Cake scrap for umbrella handle 

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To A Wild Rose for #CCMC613

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC613.   This week we have a color challenge.

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Pretty combination but not one I would have thought of using.  To a Wild Rose is a set that I turn to often.  

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I had to take lots of photos of this card.  Seaside Spray was a hard color for me to capture and also where I placed  my thumb changed the sentiment and intent of the card completely!   Definitely a blooper!  I didn't realize this and had a good laugh while I was editing my pictures.

This is a 2 Step and a DistInktive stamp set.  For the flowers I used the ink both full strength and also stamped off.  In the centers of the roses I used a Gold Glimmer Enamel Dot.   I stamped the leaves with Smoky Slate ink on Smoky Slate cardstock.

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I love this border die in the Wild Rose dies.  I started using it in THIS card and have been using it a lot since.  Behind the die cut I inserted a strip of Sparkle Glimmer paper to add some shine to the card.  I love how it looks and am sad that the Sparkle Glimmer Paper is retiring and will not be in the next catalog.  I would encourage you to get some now if you like a glittery look without the glitter mess.  Also the To A Wild Rose stamp set and the Wild Rose dies are currently bundled, which means you can purchase them at a 10% discount.  In the upcoming catalog (2020-21) they are no longer bundled so if you want this bundle, order it before June 3.

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

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Retired Favorite: All the Good Things

It is time for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0059!  The festivity we are being inspired by is World Reef Awareness Week, which is celebrated on June 1.  The festivity is what inspires the Inspo List for the challenge.  

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To play along with the challenge you need to pick a minimum of  3 items from the Inspo List to use on your project.  You have until May 25 at 8 pm CST to enter your project into the Festive Friday gallery.  Here is a little more about the challenge and how to play along.   I would love to see your project in the gallery.

I had a tough time with this challenge.  I finally decided to pull out a set that retired last year from the Stampin' Up!® annual catalog, called All the Good Things.

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I chose, fish, aqua, and shaker element  from the Inspo list to use on my project.  I have written a tutorial on how I made this card and you can find it HERE.

 

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I first used sequins as the shaker item but they did not shake very well.  I then mixed in some little silica gel beads that you find in packaging.  The sequins still stuck to the window sheet so I took the sequins out and just used the silica gel beads.  Don't you think it kind of looks like air bubbles?

Hope you will join in the fun and stamp along with the Festive Friday Challenge!

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Good Morning Magnolia

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC612.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  Once you see the sketch I think you will see why I really like it.

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Can you see why I like this sketch?  It is a variation of the 3 panel DSP card I have been making a lot of lately (here, here, here, and here,  there are more but you get the idea).  I chose the Magnolia Lane DSP to cut up for the panels.  Did you know this beautiful pack of paper is on sale for $8.05?  Well it is!

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  • 4-1/4" x 11" Early Espresso card base scored at 5-1/2"
  • 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" Petal Pink cardstock embossed using the Parisian Flourish 3D folder
  • 3-1/8" x 3-3/4" Early Espresso cardstock
  • 3-3/8" x 3" Magnolia Lane DSP cut into three 1-1/8" x 3" strips
  • 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White cardstock for the inside of the card
  • 1/2" x 4" strip of Magnolia Lane DSP for the inside of the card
  1. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink on Early Espresso cardstock, cover with White embossing powder (shake off excess), and heat emboss.  Fussy cut the sentiment leaving a small border of Early Espresso cardstock around the sentiment. 
  2. Cut a Whisper White circle using the Layering Circle dies. 
  3. Stamp the 3 flowers(2 for the front of the card and 1 for the inside) in Early Espresso ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Color using Petal Pink Stampin' Blends (combo), Light Mossy Meadow and Light Old Olive Blends.
  4. Cut out flowers using the Magnolia Memory Dies.
  5. Layer the Petal Pink embossed panel on to the Early Espresso card base
  6. Layer the DSP strips on to the 3-1/8" x 3-3/4" the DSP strips and attach to the front of the card
  7. Attach the Whisper White circle to the DSP panel using Dimensionals.  Attach 2 flowers using Stampin' Dimensionals to the Whisper White circle
  8. Attach the sentiment with Dimensionals to the Whisper White circle.

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  1. Attach the 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White panel to the inside of the card
  2. Attach the 1/2" x 4" strip of Magnolia Lane DSP to the inside of the card about 3/4" up from the bottom edge of the card
  3. Attach the flower to the DSP strip

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using this sketch.  If you need any supplies please visit my online store.  I appreciate you supporting my Stampin' Up! business!

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