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Positive Thoughts and the Nature's Thoughts dies

Are there stamp sets you shy away from?  For me, it is the collagey type sets.  Don't get me wrong I love them and usually end up buying them, it is just that I do not feel comfortable creating with them.  This is how I felt about the Positive Thoughts stamp set.  Loved the images and the sentiments but I wasn't sure if  I could put them all together.  Enter the Coordination Product Release.  Once I saw that there were coordinating dies (Nature's Thoughts dies) for the set, I could no longer resist.  Honestly, once I saw the die for the fern I was sold.

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I made this card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC599.  Love this color combination!  The center flower is inked in Flirty Flamingo ink and then gently sponged around the edges with Real Red ink.  

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Because I was so focused on the fern die I sort of overlooked what else was in the set.  There are dies that cut out the feather, butterfly, flower, and fern images.  In addition there is an awesome frame, small butterfly, border, 2 more foliage (1 small, 1 large), a larger feather that has embossed details, and 1 other die that maybe is for the center of the flower.

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Here's a peek of the inside of the card and the border die.  It is a perfect border for Valentine cards, can you see the OXO?

The only other die I used was the Stitched Rectangle die.  It is slight too short and doesn't make a perfect layer but  the flowers and foliage hide the gap .  Love the detail around the Basic Gray frame!  This die is going to be used a lot! 

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I had an extra flower so it was also added to the inside of the card.  

Love the products in the  Coordination Product Release!  I have spent some time using the Birthday Dies that coordinate with the Sale-A-Bration set, Happy Birthday to You.  You can see samples here and here.  You will be seeing more samples using the Coordination Product Release soon.  What is your favorite from the Coordination Product Release?

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Happy Birthday to You

I am loving the Birthday dies (Coordination Product release) that coordinate with the Happy Birthday to You stamp set (Sale-A-Bration).  They were a perfect combo to use for this week's Create with Connie & Mary challenge, #CCMC598.

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Here's how I made this card.

  • Cut a Petal Pink card base 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".  Cut a Petal Pink layer 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" and emboss using the Subtle 3-D folder
  • Cut a 2-1/2" x 4-1/8" piece of Petal Pink vellum (Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock) and die cut using the Delicate Lace die.
  • Run a line of SNAIL adhesive along the top edge of the Vellum and adhere to the Petal Pink embossed layer.
  • Tie a small Petal Pink 1/4" Metallic-Edge Ribbon bow around the Petal Pink embossed layer covering the strip of SNAIL adhesive.  
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  • Stamp the flowers from the Happy Birthday to You SAB stamp set on Shimmery White CS with VersaMark ink and heat emboss using  White embossing powder. 
  • Color the image using Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight , and Pear Pizzazz ink refills and an Aqua Painter. 
  • Cut out the flowers using the Birthday Dies from the Coordination Product release.
  • Cut out the largest circle (Whisper White CS) and the coordinating scalloped circle (Champagne Foil) using the Layering Circle dies.
  • Stamp the sentiment (By the Dock stamp set) in Basic Gray ink on the white CS.
  • Adhere the Whisper White  circle to the Champagne Foil scalloped circle using SNAIL adhesive.
  • Adhere the circles to the Petal Pink layer.
  • Adhere the flowers to the Whisper White circle using Stampin' Dimensionals.  TIP- I position the Dimensionals towards the center of the die cut.  This way I can tuck in and arrange the foliage easily.
  • Cut out Pear Pizzazz leaves using the Birthday dies.  There are 2 leaves on each die (yay!) and I started by cutting 2 each and added leaves until I liked how it looked.
  • Tuck in the leaves and attach them using Mini Glue Dots.
  • Adhere the embossed Petal Pink layer to the card base using SNAIL adhesive.
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  • Cut a 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White cs and attach it to the inside of the card.  Cut a 1" x 4" piece of Petal Pink vellum. Cut the vellum using the Delicate Lace die.

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Lovely Lily Pad Merci

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

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I used an Aqua Painter and Pool Party ink on watercolor paper to create a wash of color.  I wanted a soft look so I used a lot of water on the paper.  The flowers were stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink on Petal Pink CS.  I used a Blender pen to pull the color from the stamped lines.   I loved how they turned out.  

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The "merci" and the swirly tendrils were cut in Cherry Cobbler CS using the Parisian dies.  I also embossed the Petal Pink layer using the Parisian Flourish 3-D Embossing Folder.   I wanted to a little sparkle so I added a few white From My Heart Faceted Gems.  

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 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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Special Someone

Ready for another Festive Friday Challenge?  

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How do you play along?  Just pick 3 items from the Inspo list to include in your projects and submit it to the Festive Friday gallery by the due date.   The project you create doesn't have to celebrate Valentine's Day but it does need to include 3 items from the Inspo List.  Here is a link to how to play along with the challenge.

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I chose to use hearts, doilies, and red from the Inspo List. I could even claim glitter since he is holding a glittery red heart.   Isn't the raccoon from the Special Someone set so cute?  From the first time I saw the catalog I knew the set would have to be mine.  Beginning on February 4th, the Special Day dies that coordinates with the Special Someone set will become available.  As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order them which is what I used to cut out Mr. Raccoon.  

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  • Cut out 2 tags from the Golden Honey Specialty DSP (Sale-A-Bration choice)  using the tag die from the Bonanza dies.   
  • Score the bottom of the tags 1-1/4" .  This is how big the item I wanted to insert measures.
  • Apply adhesive to one of the 1-1/4" rectangles and place the other tag over it. 
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  • Secure the treat in the holder with adhesive.  I used a Ferrero Rocher.
  • Thread a 4" piece of Real Red ribbon through the tag holes and tie a bow around the ribbon using White Baker's Twine
  • Stamp the outline raccoon image in Basic Gray ink.
  • Ink the bold raccoon stamp in Basic Gray ink and stamp off once on a piece of scrap paper and then over the outline raccoon image.
  • Cut out the raccoon using the Special Day dies or fussy cut.  
  • Using Stampin' Dimensionals attach the raccoon to a red heart doily
  • Stamp "for you" on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out using the banner die from the Clubhouse bundle.
  • Cut 2 hearts out of Red Glitter paper 
  • Attach one heart to the raccoons paws using a part of a Stampin' Dimensional.
  • Attach one heart to the banner.  Attach the banner using SNAIL adhesive to the doily.
  • Using Stampin' Dimensionals attach the doily to the treat holder.

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Cute and simple little treat to give to your friends, co-workers, or anytime you need a little treat holder.  Now it is time for you to figure out what you are going to make for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0051.  

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

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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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Bonanza Buddies

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Thursday Challenge!  This week it is a sketch challenge #CCMC596.

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You know I love a sketch with 3 things in a row.  It is a design I turn to a lot.  The hardest thing for me was to decide what stamp set, dies, I wanted to feature.

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Bonanza Buddies! The card I made is very similar to the sample in the Mini Catalog.   Instead of just the koala bear I used all of the animals.  The animals were cut out from the Birthday Bonanza DSP.  It is a fun option to be able to do that.   I added the balloons (from the Special Someone set and cut them out using the soon to be released-February 4th-Special Day dies) instead of the banners.  I also added some So Saffron Metallic Baker's twine which is a Sale-A-Bration choice.

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The balloons were stamped and then filled in using the Shimmery Crystal Effects.  The Shimmery Crystal Effects debuted in the 2019 Holiday Catalog and is a Carryover Item.  The Shimmer is subtle and a very cool effect mixed in with the Crystal Effects.

Thank you for stopping by.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design 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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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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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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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.