Thinking of You Cards

Sneak Peek.. Hippest Hippos

Did you know that there is an Alice in Wonderland Day?  There is and it is the festivity we are featuring on the 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.

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This was a really hard one for me.  I scoured my stamps to see what might work and in the end I will admit I kind of cheated.  The 3 I picked from the Inspo list: hearts, holes, and book. 

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Are you thinking, I see the hearts and the holes but where is the book?  So here is where I cheated a little, it is a book fold!  Are you rolling your eyes?  Seriously this was a tough one for me!  The book fold-4-1/4" x 11" Basic Black CS scored at 4-1/2" & 5-1/2".  Between the 4-1/2" and 5-1/2" score lines I glued that 1 "strip down.  This creates the "binding". 

Let's talk about everything else I used on this card.  The little hearts were cut from the 2022-24 In Color Glimmer Paper using a die from the Teacup dies.  The holes were cut from  Basic White cardstock using the Dots & Spots die.  The pretty pink bow is from the Mini Pocket Envelope die and cut from the Glimmer Paper.  The sentiment is from the Sending Smiles set and cut using the Sending dies (buy them as a bundle and save).   The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed using White Embossing Powder.

Now let's talk about that Hippo!  This dancing hippo is from a Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Hippest Hippos and was cut out using another Sale-A-Bration choice, Hippo dies!  The stamp set is a free gift during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order.  There are 7 stamps in the set, 3 hippos and 4 sentiments.  The coordinating Hippo dies (19 dies!) are also a free gift with another $50 order.  I think they are simply adorable.  Sale-A-Bration starts on July 1 and August 31.  If you want a Sale-A-Bration catalog and /or a July-December Mini Catalog send me an email (USA only please).  

The hippo was stamped on Smoky Slate cardstock using a Tuxedo Black Memento pad.  I did a little coloring using a Light Smoky Slate Stampin' Blend and Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.  She really is sweet.

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Here you can see the book fold a little better.  I also added another strip of "holes" and hearts to the inside of the card.  Now it is time to check out what the rest of the Festive Friday Design team created.  

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Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert- you are here!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Jaydee

Diane Evans 

Joanne James

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Butterfly Kisses & Stylish Shapes

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

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This week it is a sketch challenge.  I love this sketch and it is one that I use a lot.

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I found that using the Stylish Shapes dies makes it super easy to create a perfect little foursome of squares.

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The only stamping on this card is the sentiments which is from the Through it Together set.  The sentiment is on a banner cut from the Stylish Shapes dies in Starry Sky ink.  The little Parakeet Party dot is from the 2022-24 In Color Matte Decorative Dots.

The card base is Starry Sky CS and the DSP layers are from the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  The 4 butterflies were also fussy cut from the DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Each butterfly is on a Basic White square cut using the smallest square Stylish Shapes dies). All of the butterfly squares fit on a Starry Sky square cut using the #4 (#1 being the smallest square die) Stylish Shapes die. 

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Inside of the card is a Basic White CS layer.  I also added a strip of the DSP and another butterfly cut from the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  

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

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Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Summertime Blues

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  This month our theme is Summertime Blues.  Stampin' Up! has so many beautiful blues that we decided a blog hop would be a great way to show them off!   

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Let me say I kind of surprised myself by using Balmy Blue and Night of Navy!  Balmy Blue is not a color I reach for very often but I now I am not sure why.  I used the Layering Hollyhocks die and cut the outline out in Night of Navy and the bolder die in Balmy Blue.  If you are wondering why the centers of the hollyhocks look a little darker, I colored the with a Balmy Blue Stampin' Blend marker and also brushed on some Wink of Stella.  I stamped the 3 flowers in Night of Navy ink.   I made a couple of pencil marks using the dies as a guide of where I needed to stamp.   The stamps really make a difference.  Using a Blending Brush I blended a little bit of Night of Navy ink around the area the flowers would go.  If you look closely you will also see some white splatters.  I watered down some White Craft Ink refill and did some splattering using a Water Painter.

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The sentiment and the label is from the Sending Smiles bundle.  I colored a couple of rhinestones using the Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blends.  Inside I added another flower from the Heavenly Hollyhocks set.    This card  is another example of the Heavenly Hollyhocks flower.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the other stops on the hop!

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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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Hues of Happiness

It is time for the 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.

The festivity that inspired this challenge is World Bee Day.  World Bee Day will be celebrated on May 20th.  What is World Bee Day all about?  World Bee Day wants to raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping. 

Here is the Inspo List for the challenge.

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I used flowers, yellow and embossing from the Inspo list on my card.

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I think it is easy to see how I used flowers and yellow from the Inspo List but embossing maybe a little harder to see.  The sentiment from the Happiness Abounds stamp set was heat embossed.  The sentiment was first stamped using Versamark ink and then sprinkled with black embossing powder and heated.  

The yellow flowers were die cut from the Hues of Happiness DSP using the Blossoming Happiness dies.  The dies were also used to cut out the design on the Basic White CS.  The die  is meant to fully cut out some of the design and only partially cut out other parts.  I really like the Basic Black showing through in some of the areas, it helps to tie together the colors.

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Inside I added a strip of Black CS and another flower cut from the Hues of Happiness DSP.  

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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 you are here

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Jaydee

Diane Evans 

Joanne James

I hope you will join in the challenge.  We love seeing how you are inspired by the Inspo List.  

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Uniquely Artistic

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a Color Challenge, #CCMC712.

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When I saw this combination I wasn't sure what to do with it.  Right around the time I was thinking about what to make for the challenge I received the Uniquely Artistic stamp set from the upcoming 2022-23 Annual Catalog and just like that I knew what I was going to make.

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I stamped the Uniquely Artistic outline leaf image in Just Jade and the background stamp in Pear Pizzazz .  To tie in the Calypso Coral, I colored in some Polished Dots using a Dark Calypso Coral Stampin' Blend. The Stitched Rectangles are mounted on a Calypso Coral cardstock layer that was run through the Stampin' Cut and Emboss machine using the Stitched Greenery die.  

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The sentiment is from another new set, Happiness Abounds and cut out using the Stylish Shapes dies.  The Stylish Shapes Dies are standalone dies.  This means they are not associated/bundled with any one particular stamp set.  They include  6 circle, 5 square, and 5 banner dies.   I also added a Black Glittered Organdy bow.  This ribbon will be retiring soon and I will miss it.  

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

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Sneak Peek: Sweet Songbirds in Tahitian Tide

It is time for the 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.

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I chose blue, pink, music, patterned paper, and rhinestones from the Inspo List for my card.

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I used the soon to be released Sweet Songbirds bundle (2022-23 Annual Catalog debuting May 1). Since blue was one of the items on the Inspo List, I had to use the beautiful new In Color, Tahitian Tide.  It is a bright and happy blue.  I used the 2023-24 In Color DSP (6" x 6" paper)  for the wing and the panel.  This new DSP comes in all the color collections and I love the designs which include a plaid, polka dots, flowers, and a dashed stripe.  The pink is represented in the Polished Pink Loose Flower Flourish.  In the center of each flower I added a rhinestone.  The musical notes are part of the Sweet Songbirds stamp set and a perfect way to represent music from the Inspo List.

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All the stamped images are from the Sweet Songbirds stamp set.  There are 24 photopolymer stamps in the set which includes 7 sentiments.  The Sweet Songbirds stamp set can also be purchased as a bundle which includes the Songbird Builder punch.  

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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- you are here

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Jaydee

Diane Evans

Joanne James

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see your project in the Festive Friday gallery!

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Blessings of Home Fun Fold Card

The Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week is a beautiful color combination and it made me think about the beautiful florals in the Blessings of Home stamp set.   I knew this would be great choice to show off the colors in the challenge.  What are the colors?

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Let me say I never thought to pair Rich Razzleberry with Fresh Freesia.   Don't they look lovely together?  This is one of the reasons I think challenges are so important, it helps to shake things up and introduce you to new color combinations and layouts.

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The flowers were stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink and colored using Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent Stampin' Blends.  Did you know that you can use Stampin' Up! Classic Stampin' pads with Stampin' Blends?   Yup, you can.  I loved using the Rich Razzleberry ink instead of black on this card, it added softness to the image.  

I used 2 different packs of Designer Series Paper (aka DSP) for this card.  The lovely floral paper is from the Heart & Home DSP and the bouquet is on  a pattern from the 2021-23 In Color DSP.    In addition to the Flowers of Home dies I used the Stitched so Sweetly (scalloped Rich Razzleberry frame) and Stitched Rectangles dies (sentiment label).  The sentiment is from the In the Moment stamp set.  

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Were you expecting this?  This is just little different kind of card.  The card base is a quarter sheet of cardstock and the place where you write your message is hidden behind the front Stitched So Sweetly label. 

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

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Flowering Tulips and Sunshine & Rainbows DSP

When I saw the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC697 I knew it was the perfect opportunity to showcase this bright and cheerful design from the Sunshine & Rainbows DSP.  

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Isn't this just the happiest design?  The whole pack of paper is full of sunshine, rainbows and smiles and best of all it is one of the  January-February 2022 (J-F 2022) Sale-A-Bration choices.  This means that you can receive this pack of paper for free with a qualifying order ($50 before shipping & tax in the US).  This pack of paper also coordinates with the Rainbow of Happiness bundle in the J-J 2022 Mini Catalog.  

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This is the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge that I designed this card for.  This sketch really shows off the DSP (Designer Series paper).

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I used the new Cloud punch for the sentiment.  I thought it was fun way to continue the theme.   The sentiment is from the Flowering Tulips stamp set.  I love the sentiment in that set and the use of different fonts.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this challenge.

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Dandy Wishes

It is Thursday which means it is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  I had a tough time with this challenge.  

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This combination reminds me of Fall and I will definitely keep it to use later in the year.  

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I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the panels in Crushed Curry CS.  The Dandy Wishes dies cut the plants in Cajun Craze and Soft Succulent (2021-23 In Color).  The Dandy Wishes dies has a few dies (this one being on of them) that there isn't a corresponding stamp in the Garden Wishes stamp set.   

We now have Vanilla twine!  The Baker's Twine Essentials Pack has Crumb Cake and White twine (both of these have 10 yards each) and 5 yards each of Black, Gray Granite and Vanilla twine.  I am thrilled to have more Baker's Twine in the new catalog.

The sentiment is from the Many Messages stamp.  Instead of inking the entire stamp I just inked the sentiment I wanted and stamped it on Vanilla CS.  The sentiment was cut out using the Stitched Rectangle dies.   

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I decorated the inside of the card with another die cut.  The pretty Soft Succulent gems  from the 2021-23 In Color Jewels were used to add a bit of sparkle to the front of the card.  

Thank you for stopping by be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created with this color combination.  

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Floral Essence and the Many Medallions

I am getting better about knowing what day of the week it is especially  Thursday.  Thursday is the one day I know there is something I need to have a project and blog post ready to go.  Why?  It is the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge day.   This week it is a color challenge.

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I have been playing with stamp sets and dies that will soon be retiring.  My version of a farewell tour.  I have a lot that will be retiring so I probably won't get to all of them but I am trying.  

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I used 4 things that will soon be retiring.  Can you name them?   For the flowers I used the Floral Essence stamp set  (it is on sale at 40% off!!) and the Perennial Flower punch ( on sale 60% off).    I inked the flowers in Blackberry Bliss and Bermuda Bay ink on Basic White CS, punched them out and then used a Blender pen to color the petals.  I didn't use any additional ink just the ink that I stamped.  The third item I used that is retiring is the sentiment stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink  from Grace's Garden.   The final retiring item is the Many Medallion dies (on sale at 40% off).  I really do like this die and how it covers an A2 card front so well.

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I assembled another flower but didn't use it on the front, so I popped it on the inside of the card.  If you are wondering the ribbon is the Blackberry Bliss Striped ribbon from the 2020 Jan-June Mini catalog.  Love this ribbon.  It is one of my favorites and I only wish it came in more colors.  

Hope you will check the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge out and see what the other members of the design team created with this color combination.  Thank you for stopping by!

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