Thinking of You Cards

Go To Greetings and the Fitting Florets DSP

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have a clean and simple sketch.  I love this one and it is a great one to use to show off all the pretty DSP (Designer Series Paper) you own.  

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I knew I wanted to use the newly released Fitting Florets DSP.  This DSP is part of the Fitting Florets Collection and is only available while supplies last.  The DSP is very versatile and can be used for birthday, wedding, thinking of you and even Christmas cards.  I think I have used the DSP for the past 2 Create with Connie & Mary Challenges.  

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I picked 2 different patterns of DSP and I love how well they coordinate with each other.  The main panel measures  3" x 5-1/2" and the 2 side pieces measure 1/2" x 5-1/2".  So quick and easy and yet so pretty.  The sentiment is from the Go-To Greetings stamp set.   What I like about this sentiment set is that it has basic sayings in 3 different fonts and sizes.  I think it is brilliant idea and it is a Million Dollar Sales Achiever stamp set.  

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The sentiment is stamped on a Tailor Made Tag.  The ribbon is the White Glittered Organdy Ribbon.  Are you thinking that the ribbon doesn't look white.  You are right.  I do not have any Balmy Blue or Night of Navy ribbon so I colored the ribbon using a Balmy Blue ink pad.  The little gem on the tag is from the Solid Faceted Gems.  Inside I added a strip of DSP and stamped and colored a flower from the Framed Florets bundle.

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

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Framed Florets and the Fitting Florets DSP

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  The challenge alternates between a color and a sketch and this week it is a sketch challenge.

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Last week I shared with you a card using the Framed Florets bundle.  I wanted to share another one using the Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper.  This pack of paper along with the other products in the Fitting Florets Collection will become available starting November 1st.  The Fitting Florets DSP will  only be available while supplies last.  I predict it will go fast. 

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I started with a 4-1/4" x 11" Balmy Blue CS.  I love this color combination of Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Polished Pink!  In the past Balmy Blue was a color I never used much but this color combo has changed that.  I was pretty faithful to the sketch and used both the Layering Circles and Stylish Shapes dies to cut the circles.  The floral image was colored using Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, and Polished Pink Stampin' Blends.   I stamped the sentiment by carefully inking up one line at a time and cutting each out using the Sending Dies.  The little Polished Pink gems are from the 2021-23 In Color Opal Rounds.

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Inside I added a left over strip of the Fitting Florets DSP and another flower from the Framed Florets stamp set.  I know I mentioned this before but the stamp set and the dies have the same name!! I love that I only have to remember one name.  It is a little thing but helpful one.

Thanks for stopping by and remember the Fitting Florets Collection will be available Nov. 1,

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Rustic Harvest DSP Hello

Have you checked out the Rustic Harvest DSP? It is so pretty and it gives me all the Autumn feels.  The colors are lovely and I especially like that the background color is black even though I think something in the browns would be more traditional.  I wanted to use just a chunk of the floral design for my card but then decided to use one of my go-to layouts to add a little more interest.

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  • The card base is 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2".  
  • The Crushed Curry layer is another design in the DSP pack and measures 4" x 5-1/4".  I am not sure why I used a piece of DSP vs cutting a piece of Crushed Curry CS.  I think it was already cut to that size and so I used it.  
  • The DSP panels measure 1-1/4" x  5-1/8" and spaced on the Crushed Curry layer.
  • A piece of Black Baker's Twine was wrapped around the panels and tied in a bow.
  • The sentiment is from the Hello Harvest stamp set and stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and die cut using one of the Stylish Shapes dies.  The banner is embellished with a small Matte Black Dot.

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Inside I added a strip of DSP and added a some leaves and berries from the Fond of Autumn bundle.  

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Butterfly Kisses DSP & Sending Smiles

It is Thursday which means it is time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This month the challenges are a little different than the usual color or sketch challenge.  This month the challenges are focused around Case-ing the Catalog.  Every week a new sample is selected and it will be the inspiration.  You can use the color scheme, stamp set, and/or layout, whatever and however the selected sample inspires you.

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Here's this week's sample to inspire you!

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I quite like this layout and it inspired my project this week.

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I used one of the cheeriest packs of paper, the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  I cut the butterfly out from the DSP and the floral pattern is also from the Butterfly Kisses DSP pack. The butterfly sits on a Basic White  circle cut with one of the Stylish Shapes dies.  The Calypso Coral banner behind the circle was also cut using the Stylish Shapes dies.  The Starry Sky banner was cut using the Sending dies.  The sentiment is from the Sending Smiles stamp set.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with White embossing powder.  The Starry Sky DSP is from the 2022-24 In Color 6" x 6" DSP Assortment.  I used two sizes of the Classic Matte Dots on the card and love the clean look.

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Inside I added a strip of DSP and another fussy cut butterfly from the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  The DSP strip was a little short so I cut it into 2 pieces and used the butterfly to cover up the gap.  Hate to waste even a strip of this fun and fabulous paper!

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

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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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