Beautiful Friendship for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Ready for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?  This week it is a sketch challenge.


I saw this sketch and thought it was the perfect time to use Beautiful Friendship.  


Beautiful Friendship is a great stamp set, perfect for a new stamper as well as an avid stamper.  Beautiful images and great sentiments all in one set.  In addition I used the  Band Together bundle.   This was another must have  for me.  You will be seeing a lot more of these bands in the future.  On today's card I used the band as a label.  The sentiment is also from the Band Together stamp set.


Be sure to stop by the Create with Connie & Mary blog and check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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Daisy Lane for Festive Friday Challenge #FF0036

June is flying by and soon we will be celebrating official start of summer on June 21 and the 4th of July.  These are the themes for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0036!


I chose to focus on the 4th of July aka Independence Day.  In the USA we celebrate the 4th in lots of different ways from picnics and fireworks to parades and ceremonies.  However you celebrate, I think the patriotic colors red, white &  blue are definitely part of the 4th of July.  


I used the new Daisy Lane bundle for my card.  The new Medium Daisy punch is a great new addition and I love the smaller size.  


The "celebrate" is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and is the perfect size for this layout.  The stamp set has 32 sentiments and covers a wide range of occasions and i consider it a must have in my collection.  The little enamel star is from a long retired embellishment pack.  I couldn't find a red, white or blue star so I colored over a Pool Party star with a Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blend marker.  The striped DSP is from the Come Sail Away DSP pack.

I hope you will stamp along with this challenge.  You can go to the Festive Friday blog for all the details on how you can play along.  I would love to see what you create for #FFF0036. 

If you would like more information about how I made this card, CLICK HERE for a tutorial.

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To A WIld Rose & A Little Lace

It is Thursday and time for Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week  #CCMC565 is a color challenge.


This is such a classic and pretty combination.


I used the Stitched Lace dies and To A Wild Rose bundle  for today's card.  The Stitched Lace die set has 2 dies, one that cuts out a sheet of "lace" measuring 5-7/8" x 4-5/16" and the second die, cuts out the outline, so you can have your lace be different lengths.  So pretty and versatile.

To A Wild Rose is one of my favorite new flower stamps.  It is easy to stamp with and the shading created by the Distinktive process and the 2 Step stamping is gorgeous.  Here I used the Daffodil Delight ink stamped off once for the overall color and then full strength for the shading stamp.


I used some Highland Heather sequins from the Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins pack with added rhinestones  for a sparkly center to the flowers.  Are you wondering where else I used Highland Heather?  I used it for the leaves and also stamped the "hello" in Highland Heather ink.

Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for this weeks challenge.  I know you will be inspired by their creations.

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Mosaic Mood DSP and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC564

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC564!  This week's sketch challenge had me cutting into the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP.  


Here is the sketch #CCMC564 for this week's challenge.


We received the Mosaic Mood Specialty  Designer Series Paper as an all attendee giveaway at the Stampin' Up! On Stage event last April.  The paper is gorgeous and it was hard to cut in to, as they say, "the first cut is the deepest". Once I got over the initial cut, the beautiful rose and leaves were easy to cut out.  It is difficult to see in the photo but there are shiny accents on the rose.  These glossy accents is what makes this pack of paper a specialty DSP. 


This photo shows some of the glossy accents on the leafy background paper.  In real life those pops of shine add a lot to the overall look and feel of the card.  The sentiment is from the Enjoy Life stamp set.  I love the mix of fonts in the sentiment.  The Mint Macaron ribbon is a new to this catalog.  I love that there is a slight sheen to it and best of all, it is soft and easy to work with.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.  I hope it will inspire you to play along and share what you create on the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge Facebook page.

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Sneak Peek: Sailing Home for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0035

It is time for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0035.   


When you participate in the Festive Friday Challenge you have some  options.  You can use the "festivity" theme (Father's Day) or the optional theme (Blue) or both.   I chose to use both themes.

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I used the Sailing Home stamp set which will be available for purchase when the Stampin' Up!® 2019-2020 catalog goes live on June 4th.  This stamp set is also available as a bundle paired with the Smooth Sailing dies.  The advantage to buying a bundle is that you save 10%.   I also used the coordinating Come Sail Away Designer Series paper.


Yes, it is an easel card.  This is a fun and  easy card to make and I have prepared a tutorial for you.  Click here for step by step directions.


I hope you will participate in the challenge.  You can get all the information on the challenge here on the Festive Friday blog or here on the Festive Friday Facebook page. Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for the challenge!  I look forward to seeing your creations!

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Genuine Gems for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC563

It is Thursday and time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge and  I found it to be a tough one.


I like all of these colors but I am not sure I would have every put them together.  


Yes, I took the easy way out!   The big fun sentiment is from a new stamp set, Genuine Gems.  I inked it in Berry Burst ink and colored in the words using Pumpkin Pie and Bermuda Bay.  I kind of feel like I cheated but I did use the colors!


The Pumpkin Pie striped paper  is from the Regals 6" x 6" DSP (retiring).  I also added the glittery butterflies to add a little awesome to the card.  The butterflies were cut using the Butterfly Beauty dies out of Sparkle Glimmer paper.  Right now the Butterfly Beauty dies are part of the Beauty Abounds bundle but when the 2019-20 catalog goes live they will no longer be bundled.  You might want to purchase it now and save 10%.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this color challenge.  I know they will inspire you with their creativity!

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Bird Ballad DSP for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC562

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


May  is always a tough time of year for me as a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator.  I am torn between playing with products that are retiring and the new products that will be in the 2019-2020 annual catalog.  When I saw today's sketch I knew I wanted to feature the Bird Ballad DSP.  This paper is part of the Bird Ballad Suite and is gorgeous!  The whole suite is very special.  


The main panel was cut from the Bird Ballad DSP using a die from the Rectangle Stitched framelits.  Doesn't it make a great focal point?  I stamped the flower, bud, and leaves using the Free as a Bird stamp set.  I did some quick coloring using Stampin' Blends and tried to mimic the coloring on the DSP.  Yes, I had to fussy cut it but thankfully it isn't really very fussy at all.  


The sentiment is from the Free as a Bird set and it is stamped on a label from the Smooth Sailing dies.  That label is going to be used a lot!  I love the stitching and that it looks dimensional.  The large scallop on the side of the DSP was cut using the Seasonal Layers dies.   

Hope you liked this sneak peek at some of the loveliness that is coming in the new annual catalog.  If you have ordered from me in the past 6 months you will be receiving a catalog from me (Stampin' Up!® is sending it so hopefully you received it or will soon).  If you are not currently working with a Stampin' Up! ® demonstrator contact me ( and we will get you squared away.

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Climbing Orchid for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Oh my, it is getting real.  So many favorite things are being retired!  Today's card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC561 uses so many retiring products that it would be way easier to tell you what isn't retiring.  First here is what this week's theme is for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.



I know it is a little strange the combination of orchids and coffee but I love them  both so i decided to combine them.  The Climbing Orchid stamp set and the coordinating Orchid Builder framelits are both retiring.  I believe this particular orchid is a Phalaenopsis aka Moth orchid.  They always remind me of my Mom, who doted over her orchid plants. 

The Coffee Cafe set and the coordianting Coffee Cups dies are also retiring.  If you give coffee/tea/drink gift cards you need this set and dies, so useful and quick to fancy up a card.


Oh how I am going to miss the polka dots and stripes 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper!  I loved being able to get this in all the colors.  So sad to see this DSP on the hit list, oops I mean retiring list!

Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for #CCMC561. I think you will be inspired by all the different ways this color combination was used.  Also take be sure to take another look at what is on  the Last Chance products list.

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Bloom by Bloom for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

A few days ago this post was published, well actually it was blank....ooops!  Definitely a case of operator error.  Sorry that happened.  Here is the card I made for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC560.


Here is the sketch the card is based on.


I used the soon to be retiring Bloom by Bloom stamp set and stamped that fun, whimsical bloom.  I inked the flower in Grapefruit Grove ink and stamped some Calypso Coral ink over it to create the ombre effect.  


I also used the coordinating Happiness Blooms DSP for the strips.  This pack of paper is full of bright and bold designs and colors.  It too along with the Night of Navy Baker's twine will be retiring soon.  The Grapefruit Grove card stock was embossed using the Subtle 3-D folder.   I think this is the embossing folder I reach for the most.  

Sorry about the fake post earlier this week.  Hope you will join in the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #560 and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge!

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Something Striped for the Festive Friday Challenge

You know I love stripes and florals!  The Festive Friday Challenge of Armed Forces Day and/or Stripes was a perfect one for me to use stripes and  florals in a red, white and blue theme!



My project uses some retiring items Celebrate You thinlits and the Neutrals  6" x 6"  DSP.  I will miss them both.  

This is a quick and easy card to make and is a template that can be used for lots of different kinds of cards.  Here are all the details on how to make this card.


140272 Thick Whisper White card stock 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

102482 Real Red card stock 1-7/8" x 5-1/2" &  2" x 5-1/4" (flowers)

146967 Neutrals 6" x 6" DSP 1-3/4" x 5-1/2"

146957 Sparkle Glimmer Paper 2" x 3-3/4"

143749 Support Ribbon dies

146840 Celebrate You Thinlits

144106 Multipurpose Adhesive sheets 2" x 3-3/4"

104430 Stampin' Dimensionals

104332 SNAIL Adhesive

  1. Adhere  the Night of Navy striped paper from the Neutrals 6" x 6" DSP pack on to the Real Red strip using SNAIL adhesive.  
  2. Adhere the Real Red layer on to the card base using SNAIL adhesive.
  3. Remove one of the protective layers from the Multipurpose Adhesive sheets and adhere it to the back of the Sparkle Glimmer paper.
  4. Cut out " amazing" using the die from the Celebrate You dies.  
  5. Remove the Multipurpose Adhesive sheet backing from the "amazing" and adhere it to the front of the card.
  6. Cut three 1/2" x 1/2" squares from the remaining Sparkle Glimmer paper.  Use the flower from the Support Ribbon dies and cut out the center circle of the flower from the   1/2" x 1/2" Sparkle Glimmer paper.  Repeat 2 more times.
  7. Cut 3 Real Red flowers.  
  8. Place 3 Stampin' Dimensionals on the striped strip where you want the flowers to be placed.  Remove the top protective piece from the dimensional and place a Real Red flower over it.  Take care to center the flower so the dimensional doesn't show.
  9. Adhere the Sparkle Glimmer dots you cut out in the flower centers.


I hope you will join in the challenge and add your project to the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0033!  I would love to see what you create using the theme/s.

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