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Hand Delivered for CCMC555

Are you ready for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?  It is a color challenge and a little bit wild!


What do you think?  I was a little intimidated by this at first but once I started playing with the combination I liked it so much I made 2 cards using the colors.


I haven't used the Hand Delivered host stamp set in a while and I thought it would be fun to color her skirt using the colors. I used a mix of Stampin' Blends (Mango Melody & Calypso Coral) and Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Markers. I love this image especially the stack of books.  This is so perfect to send to my book lover friends with a gift card to their favorite book store.  


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Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker
Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker

The second card I made is bright!  


Wouldn't you love having a Melon Mambo bicycle with Calypso Coral tires and Mango Melody tassels and basket?  It was just so fun putting together the components of this bike.  The Bike Ride stamp set also has an adorable stack of books.  


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

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Hand Delivered and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

This week I am using the adorable hostess set, Hand Delivered  for the Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge.  


I rotated the sketch to better fit the stamp I chose to use.  


Isn't the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper so pretty?  I love all the beautiful flowers. 


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Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for this challenge.  I think you will be surprised at all the different ways the sketch can be interpreted.

The Hand Delivered stamp set is only available as a host reward.  Contact me if you are interested in hosting an event and earning this fabulous stamp set.

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Christmas in July

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Christmas in July.   Wait, I am not even ready to start thinking about Christmas.  I have a few Christmas stamp sets from prior years but somehow that didn't feel right, then an idea came to me.  


I just received the hostess reward set, Artfully Folded and thought it would be a  great set to use for Christmas.  Origami cranes are a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.  It is believed that if you fold a 1000 origami cranes your wish will come true.  In fact when we got married (it will be 32 years this September) friends of mine folded 1000 gold cranes for us.  At our reception I had strings of gold cranes hanging from a white paper umbrella.  It was beautiful and full of so many wishes for a happy life.


All the images on the card are embossed in silver embossing powder.  If you look very closely you can see a few flecks of glitter in the swirl image (Star of Light stamp set).  I mixed in some Dazzling Diamonds glitter with the silver embossing powder.  I wanted to add just a little more shine to the star swirl.  Do you see the shimmer in the crane?  I first colored in the crane using Wink of Stella.  It was pretty but very subtle.  I had a Wink of Stella that was pretty much empty and one of my team members reminded me that I could add some alcohol to it and even some ink refill, so I did.  I filled the Wink of Stella pen with alcohol and added a drop of Smoky Slate ink refill.  The result is a silvery Wink of Stella shine.  Love it!


Be sure to check out all the projects on the hop.


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Hand Delivered for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

This week the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is using the sample on page 5 of the 2018-19 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog for inspiration.  You can use the sketch, the color combination, and/or the stamp set as the inspiration for your card.  


I chose to use the layout for my card.


I just received the fun Hostess set, Hand Delivered and thought she would be so cute on the front of this card.  This set spoke to me.  It is a little different from what I usually get and it adds a little whimsy and fun to my stamp shelf.  I know it will be a perfect set to use for the teachers and readers in my life.  


I hope you will join in the challenge and create a card using the inspiration on page 5.  Be sure to go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog to get all the details on how to submit your card and also to see what the other members of the design team created.

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Fun Fold Friday Tranquil Tulip Easel

In May I shared this card and have received questions about the measurements to make it.  

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Card Base:

Berry Burst 4-1/4" x 5-1/2

Basic Black 4 x 5-1/4"

Whisper White 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"

Strip of Berry Burst DSP from the Color Theory DSP Stack 3/4" x  3-7/8"

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Berry Burst 3" x 5" scored at 1/2", 2-3/4"

*Basic Black 2-3/4" x 4-1/4" (edited to show correct measurements, thanks Eileen!)

Whisper White 2-5/*" x 4-1/8"

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The Berry Burst flap is adhered between the Basic Black and Whisper White card stock base.   Remember to only apply adhesive to the bottom half of the flap, otherwise your tulips will not stand up.




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I hope this helps you re-create this card.  If you need any supplies all you need to do is click on the product link and you will be taken to my online store. Thank you!

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Tranquil Tulips

No, I haven't abandoned my blog.  I have been working on some big projects that needed to get done and thankfully they are almost complete.  Yay! Dropping by to share another card made with the Tranquil Tulips stamp set.  



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I'm also working on a tutorial for this card, that I hope will be ready on Friday.  

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Best Thoughts and the TSOT #256 Challenge

When I saw the sketch for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch #256 I knew exactly what I wanted to do.    I just needed to find the right stamp set to use.  I think I found the perfect one, Best Thoughts, which is a hostess set in the Stampin' Up! annual catalog.

Here is the sketch.

Jan28 TSOT #256 due 1:28

Here's what I made.  

Best Thoughts TSOT #256

Yes, it is another rolling penny card very similar in design to this card.   The main difference is that this is a square card and I used circle # 7 and 9 (1 being the smallest circle in the Circles Collection framelits).  Here's a tutorial on how to make a rolling penny card.

I embossed the images in white embossing powder and colored using an Aqua Painter and re-inkers.   The hardest part was trying to find just the right butterfly.    

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 I hope you join in the challenge!  If you do, please let me know and I will be sure to check out your creation.  Thanks for stopping by!


Best Thoughts and Watercolor

It is day 13 of my 31 Day Blogging Challenge.  It has not been easy and there have been days that I was posting at the last minute but I am happy that i have made it this far.  To reward myself I took a little time and did some watercoloring.

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I just love this big flower image from the Best Thoughts stamp set.   This set is an exclusive set available to  hosts.   I started by heat embossing the image with white embossing powder.  I used an Aqua Painter with Real Red and Old Olive ink refills to do the coloring.  

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The only supply not listed is the sentiment is from the Watercolor Wishes Card kit.   The 12 piece stamp set is included in the kit.   We will talk more about the kit on another post.  

On the 14th the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop will go live at 7 pm (PT).  This month the theme is Babies.  Be sure to stop by and hop along with us! 



Floral Wings

Floral Wings is one of the hostess sets in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.   It is a fun Two (sometimes Three) Step stamp set.  

Floral Wings midriff card


I cut the butterfly out using the Bold Butterfly framelits and another butterfly using the Butterflies thinlits out of card stock vellum.  It is wonderful to have so many mix and match framelits, thinlits, and stamp sets.

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Here are the measurements I used:

Basic Black card stock: 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/4",  2" x 5-1/2"

Whisper White card stock: 4" x 5-1/4", 2-3/4" X 3-3/4" (Butterfly)

Black DSP (Neutrals Collection DSP Stack)  1" X 5-1/4", 1-3/4" X 5-1/4"

Card Stock Vellum: 2-3/4" x 3-3/4"

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Best Thoughts

I am going on the record and saying that this year's Stampin' Up! hostess sets are wonderful!  The first one I want to share with you is Best Thoughts.  Love the big flower and the font is the best.  More sentiments with that font please.

Best Thoughts

I stamped the flower but decided I didn't want to color it so I decided to do some paper piecing.  I stamped and embossed the image on some DSP from the Cherry On Top paper stack.  The 6 x 6 paper stacks in the catalog are wonderful.  I like that there is a subtler pattern on the flip side of a bolder patterned sheet.  

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I stamped and embossed the image again and cut out a few flowers to pop up so it wouldn't be so flat.  Next time I am going to use different stacks of Stampin Dimensionals which will make the flowers pop even more.

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The new Brick Wall embossing folder which is 6" x 6", is going to be a "go to" folder.  I love the way it adds texture without stealing the show.  I stamped the sentiment before I used the embossing folder.  Believe me it is MUCH easier to stamp the sentiment before than trying to stamp it after you have embossed.  


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Best Thoughts 2

These sentiment will be used a lot.  I think it works for lots of different situations.  Are you wondering, how do you get this awesome set?  Since this is a hostess set, you need to either have a qualifying workshop/party or place a qualifying order.  If this sounds like something you would like to do, please contact me and we can work out the details.