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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Color Challenge

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It is the 14th of the month which means it is time for the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are playing with color.  The theme for this month is a color challenge.

  SDBH Nov 2018

I just realized as I was writing this blog post that the third color is silver foil.  I thought it was just silver so please try and overlook that I used Silver Glimmer paper instead of Silver Foil.  


I used the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and coordinating Detailed Baubles thinlits (aka Beautiful Baubles bundle).   The sentiment is from the Peaceful Poinsettia set.    You will need to use your imagination and see Silver Foil paper instead of Silver Glimmer paper.


You can also see that I used the Subtle Embossing folder on the Powder Pink card stock.  I did stamp the ornament strings and the sentiment before embossing the card stock.  


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Now it is time for you to check out the rest of the Stamper's Dozen blog hop members designs using this color combination.


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Country Home and the Create with Connie & Mary Color Challenge

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


Isn't this a lovely color combination?  I love getting new ideas on colors!


The Country Home stamp set is a great one to use for color challenges.  I used Stampin' Blends to color the image except for the pitcher.  I stamped the pitcher with Night of Navy Classic ink and used a blender pen to do a little shading. 

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Be sure to go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog and check out what the design team created with this color challenge!

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Falling for Leaves and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  This week the challenge  is this sketch.


We have been experiencing the most beautiful fall weather here in the Pacific Northwest.  It is the perfect mix of  bright blue skies, sunshine and  the hint of chill in the air.  The changing colors of the leaves are just spectacular against the blue skies.   We really enjoy and cherish these days.  Winter here can be a little gloomy and gray so we don't take these beautiful fall days for granted.  

Anyway back to the challenge.    


Still playing with the Falling for Leaves bundle.    This time I paired it with the Country Lane DSP and the Mint Macaron twine which is part of the Nature's Twine.   I love the combination of the 2 fonts which gives the sentiment a fresh and modern look.   The sentiment is one I will be using a lot,  we have so much to be thankful and grateful for.  

Be sure to check out what the other design team members made for this challenge.  I hope you too will play along!

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Rooted in Nature and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

Today's card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge uses the Rooted in Nature bundle, Coffee Cup Framelits and the Detailed Leaves Thinlits.  The challenge this week is a color challenge and a combination that I know I will use again.


I love this trio of colors!


I have been thinking about stamping a card that combines a coffee cup with  leaves and this week's challenge was perfect for this.  I stamped the Rooted in Nature leaf in Blackberry Bliss and used a blender pen to pull the ink and color the leaf.  This is a super quick and easy way to add color.  The sentiment is also from the Rooted in Nature set.  

There are 2 items I used on this card that I love and honestly want to use all the time.  The first is the Subtle embossing folder.  This folder just adds a bit of texture to the card stock.   In today's card the plain Mint Macaron layer looked perfectly fine but adding just that little bit of texture really finished the card.  The other item I used was the edge dies in the Detailed Leaves Thinlits.  I first cut the more intricate die on  Very Vanilla card stock.  I used the other edge die to cut the Blackberry Bliss card stock and layered together they create a beautiful lacy edge.  I fought the good fight and tried to resist buying the Falling for Leaves bundle but after using a friend's stamp set and dies, especially the edge dies I broke down and bought the set.  I will use the stamps and dies a lot, so it was a great decision.

Now it is time for you to check out the cards the other members of the design team created using this color combination.  I know you will be inspired by their creations!

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Beautiful Baubles in Gorgeous Grape

Had a fun play with the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and Detailed Baubles thinlit dies using a non traditional color combination of Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green.


The ornaments were stamped in VersaMark ink not quite 2 times and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The sweet little baubles were then colored using ink refill and an Aqua Painter.  There is a die to cut out the ornaments which makes it very easy and quick.  Tell me what did we ever do before the Big Shot?


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What are your favorite non traditional color combinations for Christmas?

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Peaceful Poinsettia and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC528

If you haven't figured it out, I am in deep with the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set and the coordinating Detailed Poinsettia thinlits, aka the bundle.

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I think I have made more cards using this set than any others, so far  from the 2018 Holiday catalog.  It was the set that came to mind when I saw the sketch for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #528.



Isn't that poinsettia beautiful?  Every time I make one of these big flowers (here, & here) I fall deeper for this set and framelits.  Are you wondering how I got the poinsettia card stock outline to stick on the Sparkle Glimmer paper?  I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  After I apply it to the Poppy Parade outline,  I placed it under something heavy to help set the glue.  So far it has worked like a charm.  I used the new Black Stampin' Blends (found on page 49 of the Holiday Catalog) to color in the Rhinestones.  I used a Black Stampin' Write Marker and colored in the peace, which is part of a larger sentiment in the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set.   


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Be sure to stop by the Create with Connie and Mary blog to see what the other design team members created for the challenge.

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Signs of Santa

What can I say, I could not longer resist the adorable Signs of Santa stamp set.  


One thing led to another and I also had to order the Santa's Workshop Specialty DSP. Besides being absolutely adorable the DSP has flocking on it.   On my sample above the white stripes are flocked.   It both looks and feels good.   One side of each paper has some flocked elements.  

I could have cut Santa from the DSP using the dies in the Santa's Signpost.  Instead I decided to stamp  Santa and color him in using Stanpin' Blends.  He is such a jolly fellow and a snap to color.   



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Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack.  There are new products in the Clearance Rack at great prices!

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Country Home and the Country Lane DSP

I have another half pocket card this time using the Country Home stamp set and the coordinating Country Lane DSP.   


Did you notice that I used Early Espresso ink to stamp the vase and the flowers?  This was an experiment to see if i could use the Classic ink pads with Stampin' Blends.  This is the only time I have tried it and it worked!  Now this is not a tried and true thing and I will have to do a lot more testing to make sure it works in all cases.  If you try it, let me know your results.  


Don't you love that sentiment?  It is such a good reminder.  The Country Home set is just a perfect set since it has both great images and sentiments.  


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Dashing Deer and Under the Mistletoe DSP

The Dashing Deer stamp set and coordinating Detailed Deer thinlits were on the top of my list of must haves from the Holiday catalog.  On today's card I paired it with the Under the Mistletoe DSP for a fun split front card.


Love  mixing and matching the fun patterns in the Under the Mistletoe DSP.

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Here's a close up of the beautiful deer.


Can you see the beautiful coopery finish on the deer?  Doesn't it totally change the look of the Early Espresso card stock?  Fill a Stampin' Spritzer with alcohol and add a drop or 2 of the Bright Copper Shimmer Paint (page 38),  shake well and spritz.  I love the shine and  shimmer it adds to the project.


The sentiment is from the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and I love the mixing of the 2 fonts.  Did you notice the red nose?  It is a new item added to the Basic Jewels.  You get a sheet of 220 Red Rhinestones that are all the same size (3mm).   Love new bling!


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Country Home and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I am using the gorgeous Country Home stamp set for today's Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge.  Here are the colors for this week's challenge.


 I used an Aqua Painter with ink refills and played with varying  amounts of water to achieve the different intensities of color.  


  It was fun to  see how soft and light Pacific Point can become when it is thinned  with a lot of water.  


The Poppy Parade 1/2" ribbon is from the Holiday Catalog.  This ribbon also comes in Gray Granite and Granny Apple Green in the Annual catalog.  

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created using this color challenge and I hope you play along  and post your creations on the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page.

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