Thinking of You Cards

Perennial Postage and the Perennial Lavender DSP

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

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Isn't this a beautiful color combination?  If it looks familiar it is because these are colors that are in the Perennial Lavender DSP.  Once I realized that, it was very easy to put together my card for the challenge.

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Here are all the details:

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Inside another piece of the Perennial Lavender DSP and a stamped image from the Painted Lavender stamp set.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created,

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CA Feb2024 Camp

The Creativity Abounds Design Team is an international group of 13 Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We do a monthly blog hop, a monthly tutorial bundle and 3 times a year we hold a stamp camp. 

The Nature’s Sweetness Stamp Camp will be held on February 9th and 10th.  To register all you need to do is purchase the following products and use the Host Code AGZYJEVA:

Notes of Nature Bundle $46.75(162640)

Gold Faux Leather Trim $9 (162644)

Adhesive Backed Cork Rounds $6.50 (162643)

Nature's Sweetness Specialty DSP $16.50 (162616) 

If you already own these products simply place an order of $78.75 and use the Host Code AGZYJEVA.  Yes, the stamp camp is FREE with the required purchase.

You will receive 13 kits which will include all the cardstock pieces necessary to make the projects.  You will use your own stamp set, dies, embellishments and DSP.  Both a written and video tutorial will be provided for you for each project. 

In addition to the 13 projects you will be invited to join a private Facebook group for the camp.  On February 9 and 10 each design team member will present another project using the above products.  These lives will be spread out over the 2 days but they will be recorded so you can watch them when it is convenient for you.  

 


Simply Zinnia and the Paper Florist Dies

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

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I love this color combination!  It looks so summery and happy.  I pretty much knew what I wanted to make when i saw the colors.  

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Lots of flowers in Basic White, Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana.   I used the Paper Florist dies and cut the flowers in the color combination and I think they look great!  The card base is Thick Basic White cardstock 4-1/4" x 11").  There is a Crushed Curry layer (4" x 5-1/4") and also a Coastal Cabana paper (3-7/8" x 5-1/8") from the Brights  6" x 6" DSP.

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The sentiment is from an upcoming Online Exclusive stamp set called Simply Zinnias that will be released on March 5th.  The sentiment was inked in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut out using the Stylish Shapes die.  

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Inside I added a Crushed Curry CS strip and a flower.  A simple way to decorate the inside of the card.  

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team made with this color combination,

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Enduring Beauty and the Gorgeous Garden Dies

I made this card using the Enduring Beauty bundle for a recent color challenge.  The colors we were challenged to use were Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, and Garden Green.  Put on your shades it is a little bright!

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I stamped the image using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and used the Enduring Beauty Masks and Blending Brushes to color the image in.  It is a fun and easy way to color.  When the coloring was done I used the Enduring Beauty dies to cut out the large bouquet.  The sentiment is from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Heartfelt Hellos.  The  set has 6 sentiments and is FREE with a qualifying order.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on Berry Burst CS (Cardstock) and then heat embossed using white embossing powder.  The sentiment was then fussy cut out.

I first thought about adhering the flowers and sentiment on Berry Burst cardstock but then decided to add more texture by die cutting a piece of Berry Burst CS using the Gorgeous Garden dies.  The leaves were  then applied to a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"piece of Berry Burst CS.  I love how the leaves look and the tone on tone look.  Around the Berry Burst CS I added a 4" x 5-1/4" Basic White CS layer and then on to a 4-1/4" x 11" Garden Green card base.

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Inside I added a strip of Berry Burst CS embossed with one of the Basic 3D Embossing folders (Online Exclusive)   The butterfly is from the Paper Butterly Accents (2024 Jan-Apr Mini Catalog).  The butterfly was colored using a Blending Brush and Berry Burst and Crushed Curry ink.

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This is definitely a bold and bright color combination!

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Softly Sophisticated in Flirty Flamingo

Just a couple more sleeps until the 2024 January-April Mini Catalogue and the 2024 Sale-A-Bration (Jan-Feb) go live.  I am excited about both catalogues and have lots to share with you over the coming days.  

Today's card features the Softly Sophisticated bundle, a Sale-A-Bration choice.  This bundle features a Two-Step stamp set and an Embossing folder.  The folder is one that you will reach for over and over, it is like the little black dress of embossing folders.  This is a level 2 bundle and I love it.  

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Here are all the details.

The lighter color flowers and leaves are second generation ink, meaning they were stamped a second time without inking up the image again.  This is a simple way to get a lighter shade of the original color.  

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If you haven't yet received your 2024 January-April Mini or 2024 Sale-A-Bration catalogues and do not have a demonstrator that you are working with, please let me know.  I would be happy to send them to you.

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Fluffiest Friends Just a Note

It is Thursday which means it is time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge and it was such a fun one.

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Isn't it a great sketch?  So many possibilities.  

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I chose to use the adorable Fluffiest Friends bundle (stamp set and coordinating dies) for the focal point.  The Fluffiest Friends bundle is a part of the Online Exclusives.  This means they cannot be found in any publication/catalog just in the Online Store.  Online Exclusives are released in March, July, and  November.   It is always exciting to have some new stamp sets, dies, papers, and embellishments.  More to look forward to!

The Fluffiest Friends stamp set features 6 adorable animals, a nest, flowers, and bees.  The coordinating dies cut out all the animals and the nest.  The dies also include balloons, grass, leaves, tree branch, and a bee hive.  It is truly adorable set. The hardest thing about this set is deciding which image to use, they are all so cute!  Since I  haven't used the cat image I decided that was the image that was going to get inked up.   I colored the kitty using Smoky Slate, Bubble Gum, and Cajun Craze Stampin' Blends.   I mounted the kitty on a Stylish Shapes circle.  

Card base- Night of Navy 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

Bubble Bath layer- 4" x 5-1/4"

Basic White layer 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" embossed with the 3D Basic Embossing folder, another Online Exclusive

Delightfully Eclectic DSP cut using the Stylish Shapes dies.

Sentiment is from the Go To Greetings stamp set

Sentiment cut using the Sending Dies.

It is a simple card and this layout is a good one to remember.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created with this sketch,

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Today is the last day of the Seasonal Sale!

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Fruitful Blessings Hello

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

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When I saw this color combination it made me immediately think about the All About Autumn DSP.  Unfortunately this beautiful pack of paper was so popular it seemed to sell out as soon as it became available.  I just checked and it is  no longer available and won't be re-stocked.  

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  • Pretty Peacock card base-4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2".
  • Mossy Meadow CS 3-1/4" x 4-1/4"
  • All About Autumn DSP 3" x 4-1/4"
  • Mossy Meadow CS 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" 
  • All About Autumn DSP 3" x 3"
  • Floral bouquet from the Fruitful Blessings bundle colored using Pretty Peacock, Mossy Meadow, and Moody Mauve Stampin' Blends.
  • Sentiment from the Sending Smiles set inked in Mossy Meadow.  Label cut using the Sending dies.
  • Moody Mauve Adhesive-Backed Speckled Dots
  • Vanilla Baker's Twine (Baker's Twine Essentials Pack)

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To decorate the inside of the card I added a couple of strips of DSP on a 4" x 5-1/4" Very Vanilla CS.  I will add a sentiment when I send it out. 

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team made with this color combination,

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Fluffiest Friends Another Sneak Peek

Today I have another sneak peek of the Fluffiest Friends bundle.  This bundle is part of the next Online Exclusive release on November 7th.  

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Isn't this little guy just too cute?  I just couldn't resist getting this new bundle.  The name of the bundle reminded me of that saying, I am not fat, I am fluffy and the animals in the set are indeed fluffy.  There is a bird, beaver, bear, cat, hamster ?maybe gerbil, and a bunny.  I used the bunny HERE.  The dies include lots of other fun images like a branch, balloons, bee hive, grass, leaves, and cave opening. Believe me it is so cute.  

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Here are some basic measurements-

Pebbled Path CS-4-1/4" x 5-1/2"

Real Red CS- 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" , 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"(inside of the card)

Basic White CS-3-3/4" x 5"

Tartan Foil DSP Pebbled Path- 4" x 12" scored at 4" and 8"  Fold the front panel in and  secure it to the 2nd panel.  Cut a square using the Stylish Shapes die.  I was able to cut both layers at once.  

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Thanks for stopping by and look for the next release of the Online Exclusives!

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Fruitful Blessings Hello Friend

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge. CCMC788

Remember when Wild Wheat first came out?  There were a lot of strong feelings and opinions about the color.  Have your feelings changed or is it the same?  It will never be my go-to color but I am definitely warming up to the color especially as we slip into Fall.

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Yes, I am using my favorite image from the Fruitful Blessings stamp set & bundle.   I used Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, and Wild Wheat Stampin' Blends to color in the bouquet.  It is so fun to see how many different shades you can get from the Light and Dark Blends.   I also brushed on Wink of Stella to the flowers for that extra shine and die cut the bouquet using the coordinating die.

Card Base-Wild Wheat CS 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

Calypso Coral layer-4" x 5-1/4"

Very Vanilla CS layer 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" I used the Distressed Tile 3 D Embossing Folder on this layer.  

Before attaching the Very Vanilla layer to the Calypso Coral CS I wrapped and tied a bow with the Gold & Vanilla 3/8" Satin Edged Ribbon.  

The bouquet is attached to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the Fruitful Blessings stamp set.  The sentiment label was cut using the Autumn Leaves dies.  I added a few Brushed Brass Butterflies.

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Inside I added a Calypso Coral CS Strip also embossed using the Distressed Tile Embossing folder.  The sentiment is from the Fruitful Blessings stamp set.

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

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Fruitful Blessings in Blueberry Bushel

Have you subscribed to my newsletter?  Yesterday I kicked off the 12 Weeks of the Holidays series.  What is the 12 Weeks of the Holidays?  Every week for 12 weeks I share a tutorial featuring a card and a 3D item.  Just a little inspiration for your holiday crafting.  Sign up so you don't miss the next tutorial.  Look to the right side for the SUBSCRIBE and fill in the information to get on my mailing list.  

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I thought it would be fun to color the Fruitful Blessings bouquet in non traditional colors.  Here it is in Blueberry Bushel, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.  This is a quick and easy card to make.   You could even make a bunch of these using different colors from the Glorious Gingham DSP.

Stamps/Bundles: Fruitful Blessings, Darling Details (sentiment)

Card base:  Blueberry Bushel CS 4-1/4" x 11"

Layer: Basic White CS  4" x 5-1/4"

DSP: Glorious Gingham 1-3/4" x 5-1/4"

Inks:  Blueberry Bushel pad, Tuxedo Black Memento pad, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Blueberry Bushel Stampin' Blends

Dies: Deckled Circles

Embellishments:  White Baker's Twine (Essentials pack)Tinsel Gems 4 pack

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Inside of the card I added a strip of the Glorious Gingham DSP (love that there is 2 sizes of  checks).  I also added a Lemon Lime Twist leaf cut using the Fruitful Blessings dies and a couple of Blueberry Bushel CS dots. 

Here's another idea using the Fruitful Blessings bundle.  The next 12 Weeks of the Holidays will also be featuring this bundle!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the incredible Starter Kit promotion and the upcoming stamp camp opportunity!

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Winter Meadow Stamp Camp!

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The Creativity Abounds Design Team is an international group of 13 Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We do a monthly blog hop, a monthly tutorial bundle and 3 times a year we hold a stamp camp. 

The Winter Meadow Stamp Camp will be held on October 20th and 21st.  To register all you need to do is purchase the Winter Meadow Suite (162150) and use the Host Code 3ZSCT63V.   If you already own the Suite simply order $96.50 worth of products from my online store and use the Host Code 3ZSCT63V. It is important to use the Host Code, it lets me know you want to participate in the stamp camp.  

You will receive 13 kits which will include all the cardstock pieces necessary to make the projects.  You will use your own Winter Meadow Suite products (DSP, stamps, dies and embellishments).   Both a written and video tutorial will be provided for you for each project. 

In addition to the 13 projects you will be invited to join a private Facebook group for the camp.  On October 20 and 21 each design team member will present another project using the Winter Meadow Suite.  These lives will be spread out over the 2 days but they will be recorded so you can watch them when it is convenient for you.  

 


Warmest Heart Hello

After a couple of drippy days we now have sunshine and blue skies!  It is supposed to remain this way for a few more days and I am looking forward to it.  To celebrate I am taking a quick break from Fall card to celebrate the last few days of Summer.

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Is this bright and sunny enough?  

  • Card Base- Basic White Thick Cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
  • Real Red CS layer- 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Daffodil Delight Brights DSP-3-7/8" x 5-1/8"

The sun and rainbow images (Warmest Heart stamp set) were stamped and colored using Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.  The sentiment is from the Darling Details stamp set. The little squares were cut using the Stylish Shapes die-smallest square die.  I stamped the images and sentiment and then die cut the square.  The ribbon is tied around the Real Red and Daffodil Delight layer and then adhered to the front of the card base.  The little squares were attached to the ribbon using Stampin' Dimensionals.  You can color a Rhinestone using a Real Red Stampin'Blend .

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Inside I added a strip of Daffodil Delight DSP 5/8" x 5-1/2" on a strip of Real Red CS  7/8" x 5-1/2".  I stamped and colored the rainbow and die cut it using the Warmest Heart dies.  

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Sweet Songbirds Hello

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

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Azure Afternoon is a new addition the Stampin' Up! Color Collection.  It is a such a happy, bright blue.  The color reminds me of bluebirds which led me to the Sweet Songbirds stamp set and the coordinating Songbird Builder punch.

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Isn't she so sweet?  I love her Lemon Lime Twist gingham wings and beak.   The Early Espresso branch and the Lemon Lime Twist leaves were stamped using the Sweet Songbird set.   The Flirty Flamingo flowers were stamped in Flirty Flamingo ink using the Sweet Citrus stamp set and die cut using the coordinating Sweet Citrus Hybrid Embossing folder and dies.  The Azure Afternoon flower centers were cut using the Dots & Spots die.  The clouds were punched using the Cloud punch.  Around the edges of the clouds I added a little Azure Afternoon ink to give the clouds more definition.  The gingham grass was cut using the Basic Borders die.  The sentiment is from the Circle Sayings stamp set and was stamped on a Nested Essential label.

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I had a few left over flowers so I attached them to the inside of the card.

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

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