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Hanging Garden for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

The Hanging Garden stamp set is one of my favorite stamp sets and it is on the Last Chance list!   I chose it to use for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC559.

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The Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC559 this week is a color challenge.

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I used a mix of Stampin' Blends (Smoky Slate and Real Red) and Lemon Lime ink refill and Blender Pens to color in the images.  The baskets are not very big so the coloring process goes pretty quickly.  I particularly like how the succulents turned out in the succulents only basket.  

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The sentiment is stamped on ovals cut using the Layered Oval Framelits.  The tiny butterflies were cut using Butterfly Beauty Thinlits dies.  

Hope you will check out what the rest of the design team created using these colors.  If you are a fan of Lemon Lime Twist, now is the time to order your ink refills, card stock and coordinating DSP.  

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Graceful Garden Goodbye

It is time for me to say goodbye to the Graceful Garden stamp set.  It is on the retiring list and I am going to miss this beautiful rose.  

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This lovely rose is a joy to color.  The petals are not very large so it doesn't take very long to do.  Here I used an Aqua Painter,  Berry Burst and Old Olive ink refills.  I inked the rose in VersaMark ink and then used white embossing powder and heat embossed it.  When I know I am going to be using an Aqua Painter and lots of water to color an image I use either Shimmery White card stock or Watercolor paper.  The water doesn't absorb as quickly on these papers allowing me to move the ink around.  

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I used the Quilt Top embossing folder which is on the retiring list.  It reminded me of one of the stamp images in the Graceful Garden set and thought it  coordinated well.  I also used Berry Burst card stock and the Berry Burst 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon.  Berry Burst is one of the 2017-19 In Colors that is retiring.  The other colors that are retiring Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Fresh Fig.  Be sure to get your In Color ink refills, card stock and any retiring In Color items.  They always seem to sell out and once they are gone, they are gone.

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Oh So Eclectic

I am working my way through my stamp sets that will soon be retiring.  This stamp set, Oh So Eclectic makes the prettiest cards.  I am not sure I will be letting this one go.

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I love the window cut out by the Eclectic Layers thinlits.  It is hard to see but I placed Sparkle Glimmer paper behind the cut outs to add some shine to the card. 

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Don't you love the flowers?  These flowers are some of my favorites because they are different from the other flowers in my collection. I love the delicate outlines which are a snap to make using the Eclectic Layers thinlit dies. 

The only thing I used that was not in either the Oh So Eclectic stamp set or Eclectic Layers dies is the label I stamped the sentiment on.  The label is the Classic Label punch.  My original plan was to emboss the sentiment directly on the card but I got a little carried away arranging the flowers and the leaves.

If you are interested in the Oh So Eclectic stamp set and/or Eclectic Layers thinlits be sure to order them soon.  The items on the Retiring lists are only available while supplies last.

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Best Birds for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #CCMC558

It is a tough time of year in my craft room.  I have gone through my room and separated out the stamp sets and dies that are retiring.  I want to stamp with all of them before they retire on June 3rd.  I am not sure if I will accomplish this but I am going to try!

This week the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a sketch.  This sketch is another great one, so many possibilities.

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I looked through my pile of retiring stamps and I didn't have to go very far before I found the set I wanted to use.  

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I saw the branch and thought it would be a perfect for the horizontal line on the sketch and I saw the 2 circles as flowers. Do you see it too? From the Best Birds stamp set I stamped the branch, 2 flowers and the bird in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used Stampin' Blends to color them and the Birds and Blooms Thinlits dies to cut them out.  The Whisper White circle is one of the dies in the Stitched Shapes framelits.  I wanted to soften it a bit so I lightly inked up the Crackle background stamp with Crumb Cake ink and placed the circle on the stamp and lightly tapped the back of the circle it to get an even more irregular crackle background.  The Designer Series Paper (DSP)  is from the 2019 Occasions catalog, Floral Romance Specialty DSP pack.  

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Hope you enjoyed my take on the #CCMC558 challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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Sharing Sweet Thoughts Split Card

It took me a while to realize that the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set and the Tutti-frutti Designer Series Paper were meant for each other.  

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These coordinating prints from the Tutti-frutti DSP are happy and bright.   The prints and patterns are perfect for this time of year.  Get a pack now before it retires .

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The little sentiment peeking out from the split is from the A Good Day stamp set which is carrying over to the 2018-19 annual catalog.

Measurements:

Card base: 4-1/4" x 7-1/4", 3-1/8" x 4-1/4"

DSP 1:  1-1/2" x 4"

DSP 2: 2-7/8" x 4"

Inside card: 4" x 5-1/4"

The 2 parts of the card are held together by Stampin' Dimensionals attached to the top and bottom of the circle.  

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Hope you like today's card!  Remember to grab your Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set and Tutti-frutti DSP before they retire.

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Sharing Sweet Thoughts

We are in the last few weeks of the 2017-18 Annual catalog.  I have separated out the stamp sets that are retiring so I can be sure to stamp with them.  I found the Sharing Sweet Thoughts set and realized it had hardly been used.   This stamp set is the Ronald McDonald House Charities set, which means Stampin' Up! donates $3 to the RMHC for each set that is purchased.  

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This set also coordinates with the Tutti-frutti 6" x 6" DSP, which is also retiring.   This DSP has great fun and  fruity images as well as more neutral designs on the flip side.

 

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Coloring the strawberries is a snap using the Cherry Cobbler Stampin'Blends.  The Stampin' Blends will be back and available for purchase soon.  

When you are deciding what sets you need to purchase before they retire I hope you will consider the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.  Not only will you have a great stamp set but you will also be supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Going to Miss You: Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper

I like to think that the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper (DSP) was made just for me.  I love everything about it.  I mean seriously black, white, and Melon Mambo with polka dots, stripes and gold accents, what is not to like?  I was sad to see this lovely pack of paper on the retiring list.  The only good news is that it is at a special price of $7.80, while supplies last.  Be sure to get a pack or 2 before they are gone!

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What else did I use on this card that is retiring?   One of my favorite little punches, the Bitty Butterfly!  This little punch is not going to be flying away from my stamp room.  I decided I am going to keep her and she will continue to make appearances on my cards.  One last item I used that is retiring is the sentiment from the Picture Perfect stamp set.  It is hard to find sentiments to fit into the little gap between the panels.  This sentiment is perfect as it is simple but bold font. 

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Here are the basic measurements you will need to make this card.

    Card Base: Thick Whisper White 4-1/4" x 7-1/2" scored at 5-1/2", 2-3/4" x 4-1/4".  

    Layers: Melon Mambo 1-3/4" x 4",  2-1/2" x 4", Pop of Pink DSP 1-1/2" x 3-3/4", 2-1/4" x 3-3/4"

    Stamped panel Melon Mambo 2" x 4-3/8", Whisper White 1-3/4" x 4-1/8"

    Scrap pieces of Pop of Pink DSP for the butterfly and the pot.

Do you like having the basic measurements for the card?  If you do, let me know in the comments and I will work on including them in future posts. 

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If you want/need any of the supplies to make this card you can click on this link or on any of the pictures of the items and you will be taken to my online store.  I appreciate it!

 


Something Old and Something New

Today was the first time I pulled out the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP Stack.   I pulled out the first sheet ( I looked at it from the back to the front) and loved how the 2 patterns looked so good together.  I knew exactly how I wanted to use it and then went looking for just the right image.  

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I found this image in the Serene Silhouettes stamp set.  Now you might be thinking, "isn't that a retired stamp set?"  Yes, you are right it is.  Somehow  I never pulled this stamp set from my stamp shelf when it retired.   Maybe I chose to ignore the fact that it was retired since I love the images in this set. In fact I didn't really realize it was retired until I looked for it in the current Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  

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We are in the last few days of Sale-A-Bration 2017!  Many of the SAB choices are no longer available.  Here are the items I know of  that are no longer available:  Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Pack, Card Tin.  There are still lots of choices available.  You can shop with me online HERE.  Now, I am off to double check the stamps I have on my shelf to make sure they are all still current.  Have a great one!

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Pretty Petals Quilt

I love pretty paper.  No surprise, right?  I also tend to hoard my pretty paper.  Sound familiar?   I also keep scraps of my pretty paper.  We are not talking just big scraps but little ones too.   During my recent craft room shake up I found lots of these little bags of scraps.  I tried to throw them away but just couldn't do it.  Today's card is a result of my inability to throw away those bags.  I think I will be making a lot of these cards.

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This is the Pretty Petals DSP stack.  I love this paper stack  and sadly it is retiring.  I used the Hexagon punch also retiring and just punched out a lot of hexagons and started arranging them on a piece of cardstock.  It was fun playing around with the placement of the different patterns.   Each card will be a little different.

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I used the Floral Frames framelits to make the little flower.  The Floral Frames are also retiring.  

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Did you see the little strip of DSP inside of the card?  That is why I cannot throw out scraps.  Seriously, I am going to work on being less of a hoarder and enjoy actually playing with my pretty paper.     Be sure to order your retiring products soon.