Thursday, July 20, 2017

Birthday Hugs Floral Shaker ~ CCMC467, SIP108

Hello stampers!  I made this card for Create with Connie and Mary's new color challenge and I also used the inspiration of Fabulous Florals from Stamp Ink Paper.  
My card is actually inspired by one of Dena Rekow's creations.  I loved the card she made and tried something similar but made it into a shaker card.  Who doesn't love a shaker card?!?!
I'm also in love with the iridescent sequins and can't seem to stop using them on my projects!  I realize that the sequins on the inside are probably enough but I'll let you in on a little secret.  I smudged some green ink towards the top of my card and I had already done so much work to make this card I didn't want to scrap it all together.  So, I covered the smear with a sequin, scattered a few more and voila', problem solved!   

I hope you'll find time to join us on the Create with Connie and Mary facebook page where you can share your cards inspired by our color challenge.  I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with!  

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Swirly Bird, Thoughtful Banners
Ink: Berry Burst, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Berry Burst
Accessories: White bakers twine, Iridescent sequins, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Lovely Words Thinlits, Foam Adhesive strips, clear seed beads (non-SU)

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thanks Fabulous Flamingo ~ CCMC466, SIP107

Hey everybody!  Create with Connie and Mary sketch time again!  Join us for cool sketch challenge #466 by uploading your creation to the CCMC facebook page.  
I have really enjoyed playing with the Fabulous Flamingo ever since it arrived in my new goodies box!  The first moment I saw this image I knew it would be at the top of my wish list.  I don't know what it is, I just like it a lot!  
I used the fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge #107 over at Stamp Ink Paper to help me along in my creation.  I used across the middle - Green, Embossed, Pink.

I've been a huge fan of the Dynamic Textured Impression Folders since the first Cable Knit one came out last year.  When they introduced a couple new ones in the new catalog I made sure I got each one!  The super embossed ruffles on this one look awesome with this stamp set, don't you think?
Also, the iridescent sequins could not be a better match!  They were another new product I was thrilled about!   

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Fabulous Flamingo, Jar of Love
Ink: Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist
Paper: Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, White, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Everyday Jars Thinlits, Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions folder, iridescent sequins

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Fabulous Mambo Flamingo ~ HSS268, SSINKCC47

Hello stampers!  Another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge is upon us and this time it's a sketch!  
I chose to use the new set {Fabulous Flamingo} and the colors from SSINKCC47.  I think they compliment each other nicely, don't you?
I hope you'll find time to play along with us at HSS....remember, the challenge last for two weeks!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Country Daisy ~ CCMC465

Hi stampers!  I hope everyone had a fun and safe Fourth of July!  I was camping with my family and extended family in the Big Horn Canyon on the Montana/Wyoming border.  We had a fantastic time on the river boating and swimming.  
But now it's back home and back to reality and another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary.  This week we're using the colors Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy and Peek-a-boo Peach.  I used the ever popular Delightful Daisy again.  I punch two daisies out of white cardstock and sponged a bit of Peach onto the middle of each.  I layered them together and then punched a small circle of Navy.  I took my little scissors and snipped little notches all the way around the circle and then "fluffed" it up to form the center of the flower.  I added a smaller punched circle and then layered a gold faceted rhinestone for the very center.  I like the rustic look of the wood DSP combined with the new Navy gingham ribbon.  It feels very country.  I added a little strip of Tranquil Tide that I punch with the Ticket Tear punch below the ribbon and tied the whole thing off with Linen Thread.

The sentiment feels very country too!  I just love it!  It's from Jar of Love.  To complete my card I layered everything on a wide strip of Night of Navy after I had run it through the Big Shot with the big Polka Dot EF and then scattered a couple of gold sequins.  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Swirly Watercolor Smile ~ CCMC464

Hello Stampers!  This is our last CASE the Catalog challenge from Create with Connie and Mary.  I sure have enjoyed them!  This time we got to pick one of four cards to case.  I chose the bottom right card.  Mine was sort of a loose case.  I love the way these swirly bird flowers look when they're watercolored.  The colors of Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo compliment each other so nicely too!  They mix so beautifully.  I also watercolored a bit with Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide and cut out the leaves.  
The background is the new big background stamp Canvas.  I love this one too!  The side pieces of DSP are from Whole Lot of Love DSP pack.  I added in some new iridescent sequins just because they complimented the colors of the flowers so well.

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Swirly Bird, Eastern Beauty, Canvas
Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, White, VersaMark
Paper: Pool Party, Whole Lot of Love DSP, White
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Iridescent Sequins, Clear EP

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!  As usual, I appreciate and enjoy your comments!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Jar of Love Fireflies ~ HSS267, PP350

Hello Stampers!  It's time for a Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge and look at this festive trio we've got this time!  I used the sketch for The Paper Players #350 to help me along with my card.
When I first saw the new color Lemon Lime Twist I didn't think I'd use it much....turns out I love it!  What a fun, summery, bright, cheerful color!  I just love it as the light on the fireflies butts!  Isn't that just so cute?!?!

I embossed the lid of the jar with silver embossing powder and tied it together with a few silver sequins.  I really love the way this came out.  We will be celebrating my nieces 17th birthday today and this card is going to her.  I know she'll love it!  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!
As always I appreciate and enjoy reading your comments!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Weathered Hardwood Sea Birds ~ CCMC463, PP349

Hello fellow stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary is back with another case the catalog challenge!  I've had a bunch of fun with these challenges.  I used the layout as inspiration for my card this week.  I'm also entering it into The Paper Players feathered friends challenge.  I know my card isn't real clean and simple, but I like it that way!  
I started out with this piece of yellow dsp from the color theory stack.  This was a left over piece from a project I did a couple weeks ago.  I stamped it with my Hardwood stamp in crumb cake ink.  I like the look of weathered wood it gives.  I also stamped the seagulls directly onto the dsp in early espresso stamped off one time.  The little chunk of blue paper is also from Color Theory.  I stamped the main beach scene with various stamps from the set {High Tide}.  I added a little strip of Early Espresso punched with new Ticket Tear border punch.  
Lastly, I stamped the Early Espresso background piece with the wave stamp from {High Tide}.  I like the extra "texture" it adds.

I hope you'll join us in this week's challenge.  Just upload your project to the Create with Connie and Mary facebook page!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hey Friend! CCMC462, PP348

Hey friends!  It's time for another Create with Connie and Mary challenge!  The whole month of June is dedicated to casing the new catty.  This week we were challenged to case either the layout or color combo on this card from page 43.  I chose to go with the layout and use the color combo for The Paper Players this week.  The colors are really fresh and fun!
I used new products as well as some oldies that made the cut into the new catalog.  The new is the Lovely Words thinlits, Color Theory DSP, and Eastern Palace DSP.  Older products that I used are the Petal Burst EF, paper doily, Jar of Love stamp set, and some Wink of Stella (on the word's hard to see in the photo).

I totally love how this turned out and will definitely use this layout again in the future!  Although now that I'm looking at it I see that I have my big banner tipping the opposite direction from the inspiration one...oops!  

I hope you'll find time to play along with us.  Just add your card to the Create with Connie and Mary page over on Facebook!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rustic Delightful Daisy ~ HSS266, CTS225

Hey stampers!  Hand Stamped Sentiments is back with a new inspiration challenge.  Inspiration challenges happen to be among my favorite and this one totally rocks!  I love all the worn, weathered woods along with the pretty white and yellow flowers!
I also used CAS(E) this sketch to help me out with my design.  
I started with a piece to Color Theory DSP in Daffodil Delight.  I stamped over the top of it with my Hardwood stamp inked in Crumb Cake.  I also sponged a little more Crumb Cake on top to make it look a little more distressed.  The piece of Crumb Cake was run through the Big Shot with the Hexagons Dynamic folder rubbed with Crumb Cake ink.   

For the Daisy, I stamped it twice in White craft ink and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I layered them together and stamped the center of the flower with Daffodil Delight.  The daisy is perched on another piece of DSP from Color Theory, which I distressed.  Lastly, I tied a bit of Linen Thread around to add to the rustic feel and stamped the cute sentiment from {Eastern Beauty} stamp set below the daisy.  

I hope you'll play along with us at HSS!  Remeber that our challenges always run for two weeks.
Thanks for taking a peek and I always appreciate your comments!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Daper Denim Daisy Case ~ CCMC461

Welcome to our second Case The Catalog Challenge at Create with Connie and Mary.  We could either use the color combo or the layout of the card on page 18 of the new catalog.  I chose to go with the layout and used two new sets....Daisy Delight and Eastern Beauty.  I also used some cool paper from the DSP stack called Color Theory.  Also featured on this card are two new in-colors...Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.  I paired them with Daper Denim.  I love the cracked paint look paper from the Color Theory pack.  

We look forward to having you join us via the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page!  
Thanks for taking a peek and as always I appreciate you comments!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nailed It 60 ~ CCMC460

Hello stampers!  Welcome to something new from Create with Connie and Mary!  For the next month we will be CASEing the new catalog!  This is going to be so much fun! 
This week we were challenged to use either the color scheme or the layout from this card on page 30 of the 2017-18 catalog.  I chose to go with the layout.  I needed a 60th birthday card for my uncle who's having a party on Saturday.  We are excited to celebrate with him and of course he needs a special card from me!  

I'm sad that they didn't carry the {Nailed it} set over from the occasions catalog into the new's such a great masculine set.  I figured I'd give it another go before it retires.  Of course I'm not getting rid of it, but it's sad when sets retire.  

Pop on over to the CCMC blog and check out my fellow designers cards.  They are all pretty amazing!  Then, create your own design and post it on the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page.
Thanks for taking a peek and as always I appreciate your comments!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Eastern Beauty Flower ~ HSS265, Inkspire302

Hello!  Hand Stamped Sentiments has kicked off another two week challenge....this time a sketch.  It's so lovely and simple.  I needed a bit more inspiration so I chose to use the colors from Inkspire Me Challenge 302.

I just love the "spray" looking stamp from the Eastern Beauty stamp set and I chose to use it like leaves to a flower.  I also love that the dies are so versatile in this bundle.  There are tons of combinations to use, but I like the one that looks like a flower.  I especially love that the middle of the petals can pop up giving extra character.  

I hope you'll join us over at Hand Stamped Sentiments over the next two weeks to participate in our challenge!
Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Feather Together ~ CCMC459

Create with Connie and Mary has a cool sketch challenge for you this week!  Here's my take on the sketch.
I used Feather Together (which made the cut into the new catalog) and Eastern Palace suite die and stamp set.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Daisy Wildflowers and Copper ~ CCMC458

Hello stampers!  We've got a new color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary this week!
I've finally gotten my goodies from the new catalog preorder and these fun little wild flowers are from the set called {Daisy Delight}.  I like the simplicity and delicateness of them. 
I stamped them directly onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and filled in the top with a strip of vellum with the Thank You words from the same set.  I embossed those with Copper EP.  To keep with the copper theme, I backed my wildflower panel with some Copper Foil paper.  The whole thing is perched on a background of Watermelon Wonder DSP.  The words on the DSP are white, so I ran a sponge with So Saffron ink ever so lightly over them to make them more vanilla.  

To tie in the Night of Navy I added a Pretty Petals embossed strip.  Lastly, I tucked a little bit of the vanilla side of a lace doily.  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!