Thinking of You Cards

Life is Beautiful

It has been a busy few days with lots of blog posts.  Today it is the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge day.  This week we have a color challenge.  

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These are pretty bold colors and the first thing that came to mind when I saw the combination was to do a sponged background.

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It took a few tries to get the background sponged they way I wanted it to look.  I started sponging with Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, and then Pretty Peacock.  Generally I always start with the lightest color first and work my way to the darkest.  The tree is from the Life is Beautiful stamp set and inked in Pretty Peacock.   The bokeh dots were stamped in Cajun Craze.  I love the way the bokeh dots look.  

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It isn't something I do often but I splattered Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the card.  I like the little bit of shine it brought to the card and made it look a little magical/whimsical.  Hard to explain but it added another layer to the image.  Even with the splatters and all the other things going on I felt it still needed something.  I found the sponged backgrounds that I didn't use and punched out the leaves using the Autumn Punch Pack.  I like the way the card turned out but in some ways I don't think it looks like something I made.  This is one reason I like to do challenges, they push me to try new things.

Thank you for stopping by and below you will see a list of all the supplies I used to make this card.

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Band Together CCMC633

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  I  wanted to use a set that hasn't been used recently and chose the Band Together stamp set.  Love this big floral image.  It is fun to color and makes a great focal point.

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I did some quick coloring using Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  It seems whenever I want to color an image I reach for Stampin' Blends first.  I wanted to add texture to the card base.  The So Saffron card base front was embossed using the Delicate Diamonds 3D embossing folder.  The strip of Flirty Flamingo CS was embossed using the Scripty 3D folder.   The texture really adds some interest to the card since the floral image is fairly plain.

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The little label was cut using the Stitched Nested Label die.  The sentiment is from the Beauty Abounds set which was a perfect fit for the little label.  The sketch calls for a strip along the bottom.  Instead I chose to add some Old Olive ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon pack.  

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Thanks for stopping by!  Listed below are all the supplies I used and where you can purchase the and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.

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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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Whale Done Friends

They say that summer doesn't really start here in the Seattle area until after the 4th of July.  It was a few days late but it looks like summer has arrived!  When I think of summer I think of the beach, which may be why I keep reaching for the Whale of a Time suite.  

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In today's card the Whale of a Time 6" x 6" DSP does most of the work.  This pack of DSP is so much fun  and perfect to create fun underwater scenes.  One of the whales was punched out from the DSP using the Whale Builder punch and the other was stamped. I used the Stamparatus to do a reverse image of the whale and then fussy cut it out.  The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

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Here's the scoop on how I made this card.

  •     Card base 5-1/2" x 8-1/4" scored at 2", 3", 5-1/4", & 6-1/4"
  •     DSP 2 pieces at 1-3/4" x 5-1/4" and 1 piece at 2" x 5-1/4"
  •     Piece for the back to write a message, behind the center panel 2" x 5-1/4

 

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Field of Flowers in Magenta Madness

Yes, I am back today using Magenta Madness.  This new In Color is such a happy color, it  lifts my spirits, and definitely brings a smile to my face.  Today I am using it with the Field of Flowers stamp set.  I really like the simple and clean images and sentiments in this stamp set.

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Here are the basics:

  • The card base is Magenta Madness cardstock 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2", 1/2" x 4" strip for the inside of the card
  • Vellum Cardstock 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", cut using the Many Medallions die
  • Whisper White cardstock 2-3/4" x 4", cut using the Stitched So Sweetly die, 1/2" x 4" strip for the inside of the card, 4" x 5-1/4" inside of the card
  • Whisper White cardstock 1" x  3" cut using the Stitched Rectangle die.  Use the edge of the rectangle die to custom cut the rectangle
  • Marvelous Magenta twine sadly, not available for purchase.  This was in the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit.
  • Bumblebee cardstock scrap piece to cut butterflies using the Butterfly Beauty dies 6 butterflies in total
  • Magenta Madness and Just Jade ink pads
  • Just Jade enamel dot from the 2020-22 In Color enamel dots

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Sneak Peek: Jar of Flowers Again

I am back with another sneak peek using the Jar of Flowers bundle.  This time I am pairing it up with a product that is retiring, The Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards & Tin.  I just checked and it is still available for purchase and it is even discounted!  The tin and the cards are beautiful so be sure to order them soon.

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The Jar of Flowers bundle is a 9 piece photopolymer stamp set with a coordinating Jar punch.  There are 4 different flower arrangements in the set and they are all fun to color.  I posted a sample with one of the other flower arrangements a couple of days ago.  This arrangement was colored using Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay, Poppy Parade, Pool Party, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  The sentiment is from the Lovely You stamp set. I love the mix of fonts in this set.  

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I lined the front of the Bird Ballad Laser-Cut card with So Saffron cardstock.  I cut the So Saffron cardstock 4-1/8" x5-3/8" and adhered it to the inside of the card front.using a thin line of  Multipurpose Liquid Glue. 

I also added a Pool Party butterfly using the Butterfly Beauty dies.  

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Here is the card without the little butterfly.  Which do you like better?  It is a tiny detail and maybe hardly noticeable.

Hope you liked this sneak peek of this wonderful bundle!  Remember, the new Annual Catalog will go live on June 3.  If you would like a catalog and do not have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator please contact me.  Thank you!

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