Simple Sunday-Simply Zinnia Flowering Zinnias

I used to post a quick and easy card on Sundays.  Something cute and uncomplicated.  Today's card definitely fits that criteria.  


The Lemon Lime Twist ribbon part of the Ribbon Duo Pack is wrapped around the DSP and Melon Mambo CS layer twice and then tied in a bow.  The sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo ink.  Only part of the sentiment is stamped on the banner for the front.  The 2 sequins are part of the  Adhesive-Backed Shiny Sequins (Online Exclusive).


The rest of the sentiment was stamped on the inside.  Another pattern from the Flowering Zinnias DSP is on the bottom and also a fussy cut zinnia.  


Quick and easy right?  From this sheet of Flowering Zinnias DSP you can get 6 card fronts (4" x 5-1/4") and there is still another sheet of this design in the pack that you can use in another way.  

Thanks for stopping by and remember that Online Exclusive products are not in any catalog.  You can see them HERE. There is no fixed end date for Online Exclusives! Some products will be reordered when inventory is low, and others will only be available while supplies last.   If there is something you really like that is an Online Exclusive it is best to order it sooner rather than later to avoid the possibility of it being sold out. 





Simply Zinnia, Simply Sparkling

Ready for another Festive Friday challenge?   What is the Festive Friday challenge?  The Festive Friday challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that is inspired by a holiday/festivity.  An Inspo list of 10 items is created using the festivity as its inspiration.  To play in the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project and enter it in the Festive Friday gallery.  We love seeing what you choose from the Inspo list and look forward to seeing what you create.


I chose from the Inspo list, yellow, pale blue, and easel card.  


I am starting my projects using the Flowering Zinnia Suite Collection a few days early.  I thought about using the can from the Simply Sparkling (Online Exclusive) as a vase and the zinnias were a perfect fit.  The can was stamped on the Daffodil Delight & White design from the Bee Mine DSP, and cut using the Simply Sparkling dies. The rim of the can was cut using the Holographic Trio Specialty Paper and the Simply Sparkling dies.   The zinnias were colored using Balmy Blue, Azure Afternoon, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lolly, Old Olive, and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends.  The bow was made using the Balmy Blue & White Variegated ribbon. The circle and sentiment is from the Sending Love bundle.  


The inside of the card has another strip of Bee Mine DSP and a stem/leaf cut using the Simply Zinnia dies.  The flower was cut and colored like the ones on the front of the card.  


The single zinnia flower is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals along the bottom edge of the flower.  This allows the top part of the flower to act as a stopper and create the easel.


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop.



Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Fun Folds


Don't you love the new banner for the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop?  It is so happy and cheery!  We have new people joining the hop so be sure to give them a warm welcome.  This month the theme is Fun Folds.


I am loving the new Latte Love bundle and it has been so fun creating with it this week.  The cups and mugs were cut from the A Little Latte DSP.  The coffee beans were inked in Early Espresso ink on Pecan Pie CS.  I used some of the Polka Dot Trim at the end of the label.  The trim is pretty thick  and somewhat stiff so it works best for me  as an accent.  Once again I reached for the Opaque Faceted Gems from Sale-A-Bration instead of the Adhesive-Backed Swirl Dots, which would have been so cute on this card.


This fun fold is a combo between a book binding fun fold and a Z fold.   The scoring of the 4-1/4" x 11" card base is 2-1/8", 4-1/4" and 5-1/2".  The extra piece that makes the "Z" is 3-1/4" x 4-1/4".  


This is how the card opens . Inside I added a few more coffee beans like the ones on the front.


The sentiment is from the Sending Love stamp set.   We have been staying on St Simons Island, GA for the past couple of months.  I brought just a handful of stamps with me and no Stampin' Write Markers.   The only miss you sentiment I had with me was the one in the Sending Love stamp set.  The problem is that the I Miss You is in the center of a circle of other words.  Since I didn't have a marker with me I die cut a circle on a post it note and placed it over the other words around the I Miss You and carefully inked the words I wanted.   Next year I am going to make sure to bring a set that has a lot of sentiments.  

Be sure to check out all the stops on the hop!



If you love fun folds check out the Creativity Abounds tutorial.


Place a $35 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me ([email protected]) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.

Latte Love Hello

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!


This week it is a sketch challenge.


I have been enjoying playing with the Latte Love bundle.  It was fun figuring out how to use the Latte Love bundle with this sketch.


  • Pecan Pie CS card base 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Calypso Coral CS 3-1/2" x 4-3/4"
  • Plaid from A Little Latte DSP 3-3/8" x 4-5/8"
  • The cup and mug were cut from A Little Latte DSP (the cup was cut using a Latte Love die and the mug was fussy cut)
  • Burlap Ribbon bow
  • 2 coffee beans stamped in Early Espresso ink on Pecan Pie CS colored with Pecan Pie Stampin' Blends
  • Calypso Coral banner stamped in Pecan Pie ink


Inside a strip of the plaid DSP and the heart latte art stamp inked in Lost Lagoon.  


Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created using this sketch.  

Thanks for stopping by and click HERE to see the Online Exclusives,





Around the World on Wednesday...March Blues


Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have gathered together for a monthly blog hop.  The blog hop goes live on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.   Join us and enjoy a hop around the world!


This month the theme is March Blues. Pool Party, Balmy Blue, Boho Blue, Misty Moonlight, and Night of Navy are the blues for the challenge.  I mis- interpreted the challenge and used a few extra neutral colors...OOOPSIE!  


I had no clue what I was going to make and just started to play around with strips of Boho Blue, Misty Moonlight, and Night of Navy CS.  I started to weave the strips and felt it needed some white so I added Basic White Strips.   The woven piece reminded me of placemats or a tablecloth which would be perfect for a little coffee scene. The cups and french press were made using  the Latte Love dies.    For the french press I also used the Holographic Trio Paper, Basic White, and Early Espresso CS.  The sentiment is in the Latte Love stamp set.  I carefully inked up the stamp to omit part of the sentiment.  The gorgeous ribbon is the Night of Navy Bordered Ribbon.   Love this kind of ribbon, soft and ties beautifully.


Inside I inked the other half of the sentiment along with more coffee cups.   The tiny flowers on the cups (on the front too) are from the Thoughtful Moments dies.  They were cut using the Holographic Trio Paper.  


Now it is time to see what the talented Chris Smith created.


Be sure to check out all the stops on the hop!

Jan Clothier - NZ

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Kelly Taranto - US

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Chris Smith - US

Tricia Butts - US

Theresa McEntee - US

Lori Willcox - CA

Cheryl Hamilton - US

Thanks for stopping by!


Latte Love Thank you

This week I will be sharing projects using the Latte Love bundle.   This super fun bundle is part of the Little Latte Collection.  The Suite includes the Latte Love bundle,  Little Latte DSP, Natural Polka Dot Trim,  and Adhesive-Backed Swirl Gems.  This  is one very fun suite!


The card base is Pecan Pie CS.  The background papers and the mugs are all from the Little Latte Designer Series Paper.  The mugs were fussy cut from the DSP.  The spoons were stamped using Smoky Slate ink on Smoky Slate cardstock and die cut using the Latte Love dies.  The French Press just may be my favorite.  The "hardware" on the French Press is Lost Lagoon CS, the glass is vellum and the coffee is Early Espresso CS.  The sentiments is from the Latte Love set inked in Pecan Pie on a Basic White CS banner.  The banner was cut using the Something Fancy dies.  I cannot believe that I didn't use the Adhesive-Backed Swirl Gems on the banner.  Instead I used the Calypso Coral gems from the Opaque Faceted Gems.  These gems were one of the 2024 Sale-A-Bration choices.


Inside there is a pocket to hold a gift card.  This is a simple gift card holder.  I cut a slit from the center fold to the edge at 1-1/4".  Glue down along the bottom 4-1/4" side and the 1-1/4" side.  Do not glue the top or you will not have a pocket.   Fussy cut another mug from the DSP and stamped in Pecan Pie ink the sentiment.

  • Card Base-Pecan Pie CS 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" slit cut from fold to edge at 1-1/4"
  • Plaid design from the Little Latte DSP 4" x 4"
  • Calypso Coral coffee bean design 1" x 4"
  • Basic White (inside) 4" x 4-1/2"

Thanks for stopping by


Product List


Magnolia Mood in Purple

Did you know that magnolias come in pink, purple, white, yellow and red?  I sure didn't.  I have only seen them in white. Once I read that they came in all those different colors I decided to make a purple magnolia.



Inside a strip of the Three Color Glimmer paper and a small magnolia colored with a Fresh Freesia Stampin' Blends and a Garden Green Watercolor pencil.


Thank you for stopping by and if you like fun folds be sure to check out the tutorial offering below.


Place a $35 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me ([email protected]) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.


Let's Go Shopping & Let's Eat Cake

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


Isn't this a perfect palette for a springtime or Easter card?  I wish I had packed my Easter Bunny stamp set and punch with me but sadly I didn't.   Instead I am using a bundle that has been sorely neglected by me, Let's Go Shopping bundle and the Les Shoppes Designer Series Paper.


Such a cute bakery window.  If you know me, you know I love a good bakery.  I seek them out and they are sadly getting a little harder to find.  This bakery is certainly a bright spot on this street.  The lovely desserts in the window would certainly get my attention.  The bakery window was created using the Let's Go Shopping stamps and dies, isn't that awning so cute?  The little flowers are from the Thoughtful Moments dies  and accented with Lemon Lolly Adhesive-Backed Solid Gems.


The sentiment from the Heartfelt Hexagons is just perfect for this card.  Love this sentiment as it can be used for any kind of celebration or just for a catch up with a friend.


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created for this challenge,




Magnolia Mood In Black & White

Today the new Online Exclusives are available for purchase!  This release is a big one and it is so so good!  You can check them out HERE.  Today's card uses the Magnolia Mood bundle.   


When I saw this gorgeous die cut I knew I wanted to make it in black and white.  Simple and striking!   


Inside a strip of Basic Black card stock and a stamped magnolia from the Magnolia Mood stamp set.


This card is quick and easy to make.  I am going to make it in different colors.  Wouldn't it be pretty in Night of Navy and white or Starry Sky and white?  The tricky thing about Online Exclusive products is that they can only be found well, online.  They do not appear in any catalog.  They also may sell out and may or may not be re-ordered.  This means if you like something get it or you may miss out.

I have a couple of other samples on the blog using the Magnolia Mood bundle.  You can see them HERE and HERE.


Thanks again for stopping by and be sure to check out the Online Exclusives!  


Magnolia Mood and the Nature's Sweetness DSP

In just a couple more sleeps  (March 5) everyone will be able to order the new Online Exclusives! This new release is a big one and there are SO many fabulous stamp sets, bundles, papers and embellishments.  It almost felt like a Mini Catalog release.

One of the bundles I had to have was the Magnolia Mood bundle. The stamp images look like botanical prints, so much detail and  shading.  It makes it easy to make beautiful cards.



Inside of the card another strip of Basic Black Cardstock and Nature's Sweetness DSP.  The sentiment and the smaller flower are also from the Magnolia Mood set.


Thank you for stopping by.  Remember check my store page for the new Online Exclusives on March 5th!