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Harvest Hellos Pumpkins

Two days ago the air quality around here improved so much that i was able to resume my daily walks outside.  We do not have a huge house so getting my steps done inside took a long time and it is a pretty boring process.  It was such a treat to be outside and I was surprised to see some of the leaves are beginning to change colors.  This led me to start thinking about fall which led to pumpkins!

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Weren't you surprised the first time you saw a white pumpkin?  I know I was.  Now you see them all over especially when it comes to home decor.  I wanted a little imperfection on my pumpkins so I used the Birch background stamp inked with Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla cardstock to create it.  I did stamp the Birch on a piece of scrap paper before stamping it on the Very Vanilla and Pumpkin Pie CS.  I wanted the design to be light but visible.  The Harvest Hello pumpkin outline was stamped in Early Espresso ink and then punched using the Apple Builder punch.  All the stems were stamped using Early Espresso ink on Soft Suede CS and punched out. The leaves were inked with Early Espresso on Old Olive CS and fussy cut.  The "vines" are from the World Map dies.

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The sentiment from the Celebrate Sunflowers set was also stamped in Early Espresso ink.  You can also see the Birch texture on the sentiment banner.  The wood paper is from the In Good Taste DSP pack.   So many great textures in this pack of paper.  

I think it is so clever that you can use  the Apple Builder punch to punch out both apples and pumpkins from the Harvest Hellos stamp set.  You can see what the apples look like here.  

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Gilded Autumn Hey There

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week it is a sketch challenge.  When I saw the sketch I knew it was a great one to use patterned paper.  I chose the Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP.  This pack of paper is very posh.  There's copper and gold foil on some of the designs and they add even more richness and elegance to the paper.

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The Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP is beautiful and part of the Gilded Autumn Suite.  The Beautiful Autumn bundle is also part of the suite and I used it to stamp the sentiment and also punch out the leaves.  The leaves I punched out were on one of the designs in the DSP.  Being able to  punch out stamped images and images from the DSP makes these punches even more versatile.

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Here are the measurements of the DSP and cardstock I used

  • Cajun Craze card base 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
  • Early Espresso layer 3-1/4" x 4-1/2"
  • Very Vanilla 4" x 5-1/4" inside of the card, 3/4" x 2-1/2" (sentiment strip)
  • Copper Foil strips  2 strips (1" x  5")
  • Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP  3  strips (1-1/4" x  3-3/4"), 1/2"  x  5-1/4" (inside of the card)

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

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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...Tag Team

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop!  We are Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world sharing projects around a common theme.  This month the theme is Tag Team.  No we are not talking about wrestling (that was instantly what I thought of when I heard the theme!)  We are focusing on creating 2 projects that coordinate with each other.  Isn't that sooo much better than 4 sweaty wrestlers in tights?  

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I haven't used the Harvest Hellos stamp set and coordinating Apple Builder punch in a while.  Living in Washington State apples are a big deal.  Did you know Washington is the nation's top apple producing state?  It only makes sense that it also is the  state fruit.  Just a little trivia for you.  I paired the apple with the Heartwarming Hugs DSP.  The color palette just seemed to work and the designs fit the whole apple theme.  I will let you in on a secret, this pack of paper was not on my radar at all.  I just looked right past it so many times.  It took  a while for me to  see the  versatility of the the Heartwarming Hugs DSP and now I reach for it often.  This pack of paper has some of my favorite designs like polka dots, gingham, and stripes. 

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Both of the sentiments are from the Cute Fruit stamp set.  The Cute Fruit stamp set can be found in the Beginner Brochure.  Aren't the sentiments just a great fit with the Harvest Hellos set?  Here are the measurements of the paper I used.

  • Real Red 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (card base),  3-1/4" x 4-1/2" (cut using the Stitched So Sweetly die), 1-1/4" x 5" scored at 4" , 3' x 3" (Layering Circle die), 2" x  2-1/2" (apple)
  • Whisper White 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" (Stitched So Sweetly die),  2-3/4" x 2-3/4" (Stitched Shapes die), 3/4" x 2-3/4" (Stitched Rectangle die)
  • Heart Warming Hugs DSP 4" x 5-1/4",  2-5/8" x  3-3/4", 1" x 4"
  • Pear Pizzazz scrap pieces for 6 leaves
  • Soft Suede scrap piece for apple stem

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The cute Little Treat Box which is big enough to hold my treat.  Hmm, what could it be?  Let's first talk about what I used to make the treat holder.  Since I am creating a coordinating treat I used another print from the Heartwarming Hugs DSP, the same ribbon used on the card, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack, the Harvest Hello stamp, and the Apple Builder punch.  The apple was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink on Pear Pizzazz cardstock in fact Mossy Meadow ink is the only ink pad I used for both projects.  The leaves are Mossy Meadow CS and the stem Soft Suede CS.  The sentiment is from the Beauty Abounds stamp set.  The size of the sentiment was just right.

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The last time I went to the store I bought some "prop" candy and this is one of the things I bought.  It was a lucky purchase since it was perfect fit for the Little Treat Box Dies.  Here are the measurements of the paper I used.

  • Heartwarming Hugs DSP 5-3/4" x 7"  (this can be cut using a 6" x 6" piece of DSP)
  • Pear Pizzazz  CS 2" x 2-1/2"
  • Mossy Meadow CS scrap for 2 leaves
  • Soft Suede CS Scrap for the stem

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Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what the talented Teri West has created!

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Here's a list of all the stops on today's Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop!

Angela Meiritz-Reid - NZ

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Satomi Wellard - JP

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Angie McKenzie - US

Mary Deatherage - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Anne Marie Hile - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

Thank you for stopping by! 

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Flowers for Every Season DSP Hi!

Ready for another Catalog Case?  All this month the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is taking inspiration from the 2020 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.  

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The repeated sentiment reminded me of stripes.  First I played with cardstock stripes and then i thought it would be fun to add some patterned paper.  

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What do you think?  I used the Flowers for Every Season DSP and So Saffron CS embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D folder for my stripes.  The DSP strips were cut 1" wide.  The label is from the Stitched So Sweetly dies .  The Playful Alphabet dies were used to cut out the "hi!".  Once I cut the hi out of the label, I applied  a piece of Adhesive Sheet behind it so I could easily inlay the So Saffron letters.

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The Medium Daisy punch was used to create the Whisper White daisy.  Since on the DSP the daisy has leaves I stamped the leaves from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set in Just Jade ink on Just Jade cardstock and cut it out using the Sunflower dies.  I love this color combination of Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Just Jade and Whisper White.  It looks so fresh!

Hope you liked my case of the catalog for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team created for their case!

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Jar of Daisies

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

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Before I work on a color  challenge I pull out strips of the card stock in the challenge and clip them together.  They sit on my desk until I am ready to work on the challenge. Usually, by the time I work on the card I have an idea of what to make.  The only thing that came to mind for me was to make a striped background using the colors.

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I stamped the jar from the Jar of Flowers bundle in Night of Navy and the water in Coastal Cabana ink on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out using the Jar punch.  The daisies were punched in Whisper White cardstock using the Medium Daisy punch.   The greenery was cut in Coastal Cabana cardstock using the Forever Flourishing Dies and sponged around the edges using Night of Navy ink.

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There was a bit of an empty space so I added my favorite little butterflies from the Butterfly Beauty dies in Night of Navy cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Many Mates stamp set inked in Night of Navy.  The Many Mates set is going to be so useful since it has sentiments for the front and inside of the card.  Just peeking out from the inside of the card is a border cut using the Many Medallion dies which can be bundled with the Many Mates set.  

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you liked this week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge project.  If you are in need of a catalog please contact me and I can send one out to you.  

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Under My Umbrella Note

How are you?  Hope you are doing well.  It is an interesting time for sure.  I have been spending lots of time in my craft room and it has been a comfort to me to focus on something other than the news.  I hope you too have found things to do that bring you comfort and a sense of calm.   

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I love these umbrellas and think gingham umbrellas should definitely be a thing.  I wanted to make a bright and happy card to send to friends and family.  I hope it will cheer them up and let them know they are loved.  I used the Under My Umbrella bundle to stamp and then punch out the umbrella and the handle.  I used the Brights 6" x 6" DSP in Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Gorgeous Grape.  The umbrellas are mounted on the Stitched So Sweetly stitched rectangle die.

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The sentiment is from the A Little Lace stamp set and is perfect.  The little flowers were cut using the Sending Flowers Dies in Whisper White cardstock.  The little rhinestones in the center of the flowers were colored using Stampin' Blends to coordinate with the colors of the umbrella.

Take care good care and please let me know if I can be of assistance.  

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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. 


Merry Moose

First off let me apologize that I am using the Moose punch which is no longer available for purchase.  The Merry Moose stamp set is still available.  

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When we lived in Spokane, WA,  I remember reading in the paper there was a moose who had been hanging around a park near the river so I prepared a picnic dinner and we went out there in search of the moose.  We walked all along the trail, at the time of day he had been known to show up and well you guessed it, no moose.  We had a nice picnic dinner and came home.  I never saw a moose the whole time we lived there.  

I am not sure what brought this all to mind when I saw the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC587.  It is funny how the mind works.

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The moose was stamped in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock and then punched out using the Moose punch.  The moose is not too detailed so it shouldn't be too difficult to fussy cut.  The scarf was stamped using Pretty Peacock ink on Pretty Peacock card stock and fussy cut.   The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, a most useful set that pretty much has every sentiment you might need.  

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The leaves are from the Seasonal Layers dies and I love not cleaning out all the pieces of the detailed leaf.  It creates an interesting look.  The Cajun Craze card stock was embossed using the Swirls & Curls folder.  Can you believe this already embossed piece of card stock was in my scrap folder?!  It was just waiting for me, unlike the moose.

I am loving this color combination!  It is definitely a keeper.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this challenge.  So many great ideas using this combination of colors!

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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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ICS Blog Hop...Punch Me Out

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Welcome to the Inspire, Cerate, & Share Blog Hop.  This month we are focusing on Punches!  One of my favorite new punches is the Medium Daisy Punch.  This new punch is a must have.  It coordinates with the Daisy punch and the Daisy Lane stamp set.

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The Medium Daisy punch can be purchased as part of a bundle with the Daisy Lane stamp set or byitself.  The daisies were stamped in Melon Mambo ink and punched out using the Medium Daisy punch.  I stamped and punched it twice for each flower.  The Leaf punch was used to create the Granny Apple Green leaves. 

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The background was created using the new Birch background stamp inked with Crumb Cake ink.  The Birch background stamp is beautiful and one of the first things I ordered from the new catalog.

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The centers of the daisies were created by inking Granny Apple Green card stock with VersaMark and embossing it with a mix of Clear Embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  A layer of Fine-Tip glue was applied over the centers to create a slightly dimensional and glossy finish.

Now it is time for you to check out what Cynthia has created for you.

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Last Chance Little Purse

Today's project just uses products that are on the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog Last Chance list.  In fact the Designer Series Paper I used, Whole Lot of Lovely has already sold out.   This is my way of saying, don't wait too long to order off the Last Chance list.

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This little purse is pretty small and holds about 5 little candies, perfect size for a little table favor.  I filled it with orange Mentos candies to coordinate with the paper.  

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The other items I used are still available(at least the last time I checked) on the Last Chance List.  I will miss that sweet little flower from the Tree Builder punch.   In addition to the sweet little flower there is also an apple, raindrop,  little bird, and of course a tree.  A very useful punch indeed!   

All of the Enamel Shapes are being retired.  These little shapes are available by color collections, so you can get them in Brights, Regals and Subtles. There are 5 shapes on each sheet: hearts, stars, and 2 sizes of circles.  These make great little accents and though they be little they add a lot.

The Crushed Curry and Old Olive Mini Chevron ribbon are both being retired.  This ribbon is a great width (3/8"), soft and perfect if you are ribbon challenged.  I like this width a lot, works well for both cards and 3-D items.

Have a great Sunday!  I am going to spend some time with members of my team so it will be a fun day for me!  

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Pocket Basket and the Easter Chick

If you have been reading my blog for awhile you might remember this little chick, if not check out this post.  I updated her a little and created a basket for her.

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The basket was made with the Pocket Framelits and embossed with the Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing folder.  Cut out 2 of the pockets and a strip that measures 1-1/2" x 7-1/2" scored at 2-1/4", 3-3/4", and 5-1/4".  This strip is what makes the pocket.  The handle is 1" x 7".   Emboss all the pieces and then use Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear and Tape for the strip that connects the 2 pockets.

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I used the Layering Circle framlelits for the chick's body.  The wings are from the Blossom Builder Punch.  Her comb is also from the Blossom Builder punch.  Her eyes are black rhinestones that I had leftover from Halloween.  You can also color rhinestones using the Dark Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends. Her beak I cut freehand and her legs can also be cut freehand.  If you have the Bouquet Bunch Framelits you can use the single stem folded in half for her legs.   

 

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