Sweet Songbirds and the Heavenly Hollyhocks

Did you know that World Music Day is celebrated on June 21?  Pretty cool huh?  World Music Day is the featured festivity for the Festive Friday Challenge and is the inspiration for the Inspo List.  What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that has an Inspo List.  What is an Inspo List?  Every challenge has an Inspo list that has 10 items on it and those 10 items were inspired by a particular holiday, celebration or festivity.  You need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project.  You do not have to incorporate the festivity into your challenge but if you want to, you can.  Here is a link to more information about how to participate in the challenge.

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From the list I chose music notes, black,  and white.

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The card base is black  with a Basic White cardstock layer that was cut using the Split Card Textures dies.  The "split" is on the diagonal.  I stamped the single flowers from the Heavenly Hollyhocks set in Polished Pink.  Love the pop of pink.  The chubby Sweet Songbird was also stamped in Polished Pink and punched out with the Songbird Builder punch.  I did punch the beak out 3 times and stacked it to give the beak more dimension.  The musical notes are also from the Sweet Songbirds set.

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The sentiment on the front of the card is from the Heavenly Hollyhocks set.  Inside I added more musical notes and a sentiment from the Charming Sentiments set.  

I hope you will join in the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Festive Friday Gallery.

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For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Jaydee

Diane Evans 

Joanne James

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Hey There Happy Hedgehog

It is Thursday and time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.

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This week it is a sketch challenge

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Today I am using the Happy Hedgehog bundle.  This adorable punch bundle is currently available as a bundle which means you save 10% when you purchase them as a bundle (together).  In the 2022-23 Annual Catalog the Happy Hedgehog stamp set and the Hedgehog Builder punch are still available to purchase but not as a bundle.  So, if the stamp set and the punch are on your shopping list you might want to purchase them before the end of June and save 10%.  

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All the images on this card are from the Happy Hedgehogs stamp set except for the sentiment which is part of a new bundle, Charming Sentiments.  The Charming Sentiments bundle is so fun and useful.  The bundle include 17 sentiments with coordinating dies to cut them out.  In addition there are  13 other dies in fun shapes.  I used Stampin' Blends in Pool Party, Real Red,  Granny Apple Green, and Crumb Cake to color in the images.  

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Are you wondering what pack of DSP the stripes are from?  The colorful stripes are from the Sweet Talk DSP.  The layer around the image is also from the Sweet Talk DSP.  This pack of paper will be retiring at the end of June and is currently 50% off!  Inside of the card is another images from the Happy Hedgehog stamp set and a strip of Sweet Talk DSP.  To finish off the card I added a couple of Brushed Brass Butterflies.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using the sketch,

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Cottage Rose Birthday

I needed to make some birthday cards and wanted to play with the Cottage Rose bundle.  This is a fabulous bundle and you know I love a stamp set that has images and sentiments.  The large rose is a beautiful flower and it is a fun one to color.  

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I heat embossed the flower using Versamark ink and Black embossing powder on Shimmery White cardstock.  Why Shimmery White?  Shimmery White CS has a beautiful, delicate shimmer and it can be used for techniques using water.  I brushed on some water on the petals and then picked up some Sweet Sorbet ink with a Water Painter and touched it to the water.  The ink flows and spreads  coloring the petals.   I sometimes help the colors along with the Water Painter.  I like how it creates the light and dark on the petals.  It is a fun coloring technique. Once the flower was colored I cut it out using the coordinating die.  

The flower is mounted on a square cut using the largest Stylish Shapes square die.  The sentiment was stamped on a banner die also from the Stylish Shapes dies.  The Very Vanilla layer was embossed using the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder and then mounted on a Basic Black card base.  The Timeworn Type Embossing Folder is now my go to folder when I need a little texture.

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Inside of the card I stamped and colored the leaf image from the stamp set.  I also added another sentiment.  

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Sweetest Cherries & the Rays of Light

Have you checked out the Rays of Light background stamp?  I think it is a gem and maybe a hidden one.  You can find it on page 116 of the 2022-23 Annual catalog.  I have used it just a couple of times and it is so fun!  

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Here I paired the Rays of Light stamp with the Sweetest Cherries bundle.   The Rays of Light stamp really makes the cherries the focal point.   I covered up the circle on the Rays of Light image so the cherries would be the source of the light.  

The Sweetest Cherries bundle is a stamp set and punch bundle.  I love cherries especially Rainier cherries so I had to have this fun bundle.  

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Do you recognize the cherries inside of the card?  They are from the December 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, Lots of Puns.  The Sweetest Cherries bundle and the Lots of Puns stamp set are perfect together.  The Lots of Puns set also has some fun sentiments that will coordinate well with this bundle.

This is a quick and easy card to make.  I suggest that you use your Stamparatus with the Rays of Light stamp and ink up and stamp a bunch of backgrounds in lots of different colors.  I know you will find lots of ways to use the image.  You can see another way I use the set HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out the Last Chance List and the Buy One & Get One 1/2 off Kit special,

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Waves of Inspiration

It is Thursday and what does that mean?  It means it is time for the Create with Connie  Mary Challenge.  Every week the challenge switches between a sketch and a color challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.

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What fun a fun color combination!

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I started by making the background using Blending Brushes.  I started with Daffodil Delight, then Tahitian Tide and finishing with Starry Sky ink.  The blended background was cut out using the largest square from the Stylish Shapes dies.  The background reminded me of being at the beach which lead me to using the Waves of Inspiration bundle.  The pelican was stamped using Starry Sky ink. The beak was colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend Marker.  The sentiment was stamped using Starry Sky ink and punched out using the Cloud punch.  The smaller clouds were cut using the Waves dies.  The Basic White layer was embossed using the Timeworn Type 3D folder.  

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created,

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Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Celebrating In Colors

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Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use the May 2022 Celebrating In Colors kit.

This kit contains supplies to create 10 cards.  In this kit you get 2 of each of the 5 cards (one for each of the new In Colors).  Love ombre?  You are going to love this kit.  

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I chose to use the Starry Sky components for my card.  I trimmed about 1/2" off the top of the ombre layer.  I wrapped some gold cord from the Simply Elegant Trim around the ombre layer before attaching it to the card base.  I attached a mini glue dot to the back of the gold trim knot to secure it in place.  I added the "You" tag and stamped the Just For sentiment on it in Basic Gray ink (love that even a mini ink spot is provided in the Paper Pumpkin kit).  

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Surprise!  I attached the Best Wishes to a simple pop up mechanism.  I also colored in the letters using the Starry Sky and Parakeet Party Stampin' Blends.  You could also use the Stampin' Write markers or a Blender Pen.  I thought the inside needed more color so I took apart one of the coordinating envelopes, yes you get envelopes too and adhered it.  Isn't it a fabulous backdrop for the gold foiled sentiment?  A few more dots this time in Parakeet Party and my card was done.

But wait, are you wondering how the simple pop up mechanism was made?

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Remember I told you I cut off about 1/2" from the ombre layer?  I cut that piece to a 3-1/2" piece and scored it at 3/4", 1-1/2", 2-1/4", and 3".  I joined it to create a square.  Easy right?

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This piece is attached to the fold in the card.  Once you have the pop up attached to the card base, you can attach the sentiment.  This is a very simple and yet effective way to make a pop up.  There are other ways but this one was perfect since I could use the 1/2" strip I cut off.

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Now it is time to go and see what the talented Cheryl Hamilton has created for you.

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Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

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Cottage Rose Pocket Card

It is time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that has an Inspo List.  What is an Inspo List?  Every challenge has an Inspo list that has 10 items on it and those 10 items were inspired by a particular holiday, celebration or festivity.  You need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project.  You do not have to incorporate the festivity into your challenge but if you want to, you can.  Here is a link to more information about how to participate in the challenge.

This time the festivity that is inspiring the Inspo List is National Best Friends Day.

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From the Inspo List I used Feminine, Pink, Patterned Paper, and Ribbon.

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I used the Cottage Rose bundle and the beautiful Abigail Rose Designer Series Paper.  The DSP measures 4-1/4" x 9-3/4 scored at 5-1/2".  The Petal Pink ribbon (retired) ties around to secure the pocket.  It is barely visible but I also used one of the Eden dies to cut along the edge.

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I used Petal Pink, Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, and Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends to color the flower.  I also added lots of layers of Wink of Stella to the petals.  

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I also used a corner rounder (retired) and trimmed the pocket as well as the card insert.  

 

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For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Jaydee

Diane Evans 

Joanne James

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your creations in the Festive Friday gallery,

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Butterfly Kisses & Sending Smiles

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

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I didn't have an oval big enough so I improvised and used a circle from the Layering Circles dies.  

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I fussy cut the butterfly from the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  The DSP was also  used for the background the and side panels.  This pack of paper has bright and fun designs with a great color palette of Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Fresh Freesia, and Starry Sky.  The card base is Fresh Freesia and the layer is Starry Sky.  

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On the inside of the card I used a strip of DSP and fussy cut a smaller butterfly from the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  Whenever possible I like to decorate the inside of the card as well as the envelope.

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The sentiment is from the Sending Smiles stamp set.  The sentiment was heat embossed using White embossing powder on a strip of Starry Sky CS.  The label  was cut using one of the dies from the Sending dies.  On either side of the sentiment there is an Iridescent Rhinestone.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created with this sketch.

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Happiness Abounds and Brilliant Butterflies

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

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I chose Polished Pink part of the 2021-23  In Color as my third color.  I thought it would provide a nice pop of color.

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I stamped and heat embossed  the flowers from the Happiness Abounds stamp set using black embossing powder. The centers of the flowers were colored using Blending Brushes and Polished Pink ink.   A Blending Brush was also used to add some black ink.  The beautiful butterfly in Sahara Sand and Basic Black was cut using the Brilliant Wings die.  The 3 Polished Pink embellishments on the butterfly's body  are the 2021-23 In Color Opal Rounds.  The ribbon is the 3/8" Open Weave ribbon in Polished Pink.  This ribbon is available in all the 2021-23 In Colors.

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I like to decorate the inside of my cards.  On this card I added another layered butterfly cut using the Brilliant  Butterflies dies. 

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Sahara Sand is a color I do not use very much and  I always wonder why I don't.  I think this color combination is fun and unexpected.  

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

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