A Fun Celebration!

Aloha, all!

     Here I am participating in another challenge – this time one of the weekly Create with Connie and Mary Challenges.  Of course if you spend any time here on my blog, you have to know that I'm a big fan of Connie Babbert and Mary Brown.  They are both so very talented and energetic and I definitely pay attention when they post their projects on the internet.

     This week's challenge is another sketch challenge.  But this time I went for the stamps first, and not the colors.  We're already in March, and my daughter's birthday is in March and I have just been dying to make a card with the stamp set, Happy Hour, for her birthday!   Carrie is forever making jokes about her kids driving her to drink and Happy Hour seemed to be the perfect fun set for the occasion. 

     Once I decided on the stamp set, it was going to be easy to decide on the colors.  With this fun set, you just have to have fun colors.  So I selected Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise, and Melon Mambo.   I have to tell you that I did NOT stress over this project at all.  I just decided to have fun and I just started stamping, cutting and punching away.  I just love the way that this ended up. 

     The Designer Series Paper is part of the Summer Smooches set of papers, and the ribbon is the Tangerine Tango in the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack from this year's Sale-A-Bration catalog. 

     This really is a fun challenge this week, and I hope you'll try to participate in it.  All you have to do is create a card, post a photo of the card on the internet, and then follow the instructions for challenge on the Create with Connie and Mary blog!  I hope I see one of your projects there!

Posted on : Mar 03 2013
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Fun With a Spring Kit!

Aloha, all!

     Ah, the final weekend for the Spring 2013 Edition of Create with Connie and Mary (which is not to say it's over – the whole edition is still available for EVERYone who wishes to subscribe!).

     But the projects have now all been shared and all of us on the design team have completed our final challenge projects!  This week, the challenge is a horizontal sketch challenge, and I was just itching for a chance to use the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit for it!  I've been waiting for this sketch to make this ever since I saw it back over a month ago.

     Then – In between the time that I decided that I wanted to use the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit for this design and now, something else came our way in Stampin' Up! land – the Sent With Love Stamp Designer Series Paper!  Wouldn't you know that one of the Pop-Up Posies colors was Calypso Coral AND one of the colors in the Sent with Love Papers was ALSO Calypso Coral!  What fun it was putting those two sets of products together! 

     Oh, and did I mention that Island Indigo was also one of the colors in the Designer Series Papers?  When I first saw the Designer Series Paper set, I had this idea that I would feature Calypso Coral throughout the project – I really do like monochromatic designs on occasion!  But then I noticed that Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon right next to the Calypso Coral Ribbon on my work table, and there went my monochromatic idea out the window.  The Indigo and Coral colors are SOO much fun together!

     The good news for me in all of this is that I'm really finally feeling that I'm almost back to my old creative self!  I really feel as if I'm having fun with my paper crafting and not having to force myself to keep going "Just because I always have."   So you'll be seeing more of me around in the weeks to come!

Posted on : Feb 22 2013
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Swingfold Variation!

Aloha, all!

     As it happens so often, the first time I see a stamp set or sizzix die, I instantly have an idea of something that I want to do with it.  And so it was the first time I saw the fun dresses that are part of the All Dressed Up Bundle in the Stampin' Up! 2013 Spring Catalog.  I immediately thought of the Swingfold that I'd made a year or so ago.  The idea is that there's a two-sided piece in the middle of the card that shows one side when the card is closed and the other when the card is opened to the inside.  I had the idea that the front of the piece for my card would show the front of a cut-out dress and the inside/back would show, well, the back of the dress!

     So here we are with the fourth Saturday of the Create With Connie and Mary 2013 Spring Edition and a color challenge – AND an opportunity for me to try out my Swingfold Card idea!

     This is the front of the card. opened out a bit so that it will stand up.  I've cut a piece of Daffodil Delight paper from the Parker's Patterns Designer Series Paper from the Spring Catalog, using one of the shapes from the Dress Up Framelits Dies.  I added some pearls at the neckline, and a sash of Not Quite Navy 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon with a small flower punched from the Boho Blossoms Punch, and a pearl accent.

     Did I mention that this was a color challenge?  I've mentioned two of the colors – Daffodil Delight and Not Quite Navy.  The other two for this challenge are Crumbcake (formerly called "Kraft") and Marina Mist.  I stamped two of the floral designs from the Madison Avenue Stamp Set from the Sale-a-bration Catalog (you can get this stamp set FOR FREE with just a $50 purchase of Stampin' Up! products during the sale!), and added the punched flower with the pearl where I stamped most of the larger floral shapes.

     This is the inside of the card, and the back of the piece that's the "swing" fold.  To make this look more like the back of a dress, I needed to make the neckline higher.  To do that, I only ran the framelit and its paper through to the bottom of the sleeves before backing it out of the Sizzix Big Shot.  Then I traced the top part of the original dress, extending a line across the shoulders, and cut that out by hand.  It only took a minute.  To accent the back, I extended the idea of the sash, tying it in a bow at the back of the dress. 

     I do have a short set of instructions for cutting and scoring the basic Swing Fold Card here.  If you have any questions or comments, please let me know!

     And don't forget that it's definitely not too late to sign up for the Create with Connie and Mary 2013 Spring Edition.  After all, the Spring Catalog runs through the end of May – and that's several months away!  You'll have lots of time to use all the fun ideas that the Design Team has been showing off – you won't miss a thing! 

Posted on : Feb 15 2013
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A Valentine Treat!

Aloha, all!

     Once again it's Saturday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Edition weekly challenge.  This week, our challenge is to make and show off a treat holder.  What fun!  It so happens that I made a bunch of these treat holders for Christmas Party favors, so I had one ready made.  Not only that, right now I'm feeling well enough to write a short tutorial on how to make them!

     This is what the inside of the treat holder looks like, with two Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares slipped into the slots formed by a piece of the Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2013 Spring Catalog.

     Also from the 2013 Spring Catalog are the Heart Clip from the Elements Cute Clips, the Happy Valentine's Day Ticket stamp from the That's the Ticket Stamp Set, and the lovely Melon Mambo 3/8" Striped Organdy Ribbon.  Oh, and the heart "punched" in the middle of the paper on the front (also the back, though not shown) is the small heart from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits Set!

     If you'd like to try this VERY simple project, just click here for a FREE copy of the tutorial for making it! 

     I hope you have fun with it! 

     Oh, and it's definitely NOT too late to sign up for the Create with Connie and Mary 2013 Spring Edition – don't forget the catalog will be around until the end of May – and the projects in the Spring Edition are fantastic!

Posted on : Feb 08 2013
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Thank You Yet Again!

Aloha, all!

     Once again it's time for a Saturday Challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!  The Saturday challenges are for subscribers to the Spring Edition of Create with Connie and Mary, but everyone gets to see the fun samples that the Spring Edition Design Team Members (me included!) have made.  As this past week was  Sale-a-bration Week for the Spring Edition, most of the Design Team cards are showing off Sale-a-bration products (oh, and including mine!). 

     The challenge this week was a Sketch Challenge.

     As you can see, my favorite product from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog (so far as least) is the Designer Series Paper Set, Sycamore Street.  So I'm showing off three of the designs as background layers in the card.  There's even another teensy piece of one of the sheets in the middle of the Designer Builder Brad.  The Designer Builder Brad, as well as the Tea Lace Paper Doily, are from the Stampin' Up! 2013 Spring Catalog, currently available for orders!

     The doily itself was too large for the design that I wanted to use for this sketch challenge.  But I really did want to use it – so I made it smaller!  Here is how I did it:

  • First I decided that I wanted a 3" circle when it was done, so I punched a circle using the Sizzix 3" Circle Originals Die.  Then I cut from the center of a doily out to the edge of the plain center of the doily all around.
  • Then I laid the cut doily on top of the 3" circle and pulled the outside edge of the doily into the outside edge of the circle and finger pressed the creases.

     Once this was done, then I adhered the Island Indigo 1-3/4" punched circle on the doily, straightened a few of the creases that I didn't particularly care for, and put the rest of the card together!  Fun just smashing that doily down and having it turn out the way I had hoped!

     Don't forget that subscription to the Create with Connie and Mary Spring edition is still open.  And you won't miss one bit of the entire subscription no matter how late you join!

     Whatever you do, be sure to have some fun with your creativity today!

Posted on : Feb 01 2013
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Fun with a Color Challenge!

Aloha, all!

     As you might have guessed, I had a bit of a relapse in my illness.  But I seem to be on the mend again, so here I am participating in one of my least favorite of challenges, a color challenge! 

     But, amazingly, I really liked this challenge.  For one thing, it brings to a close the first full week of the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Edition- and it has been so much fun.  I've just loved the projects!  But I digress.  Here is the color challenge:

     You might well ask where they came up with this?  Well, in the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog – the new Designer Series Paper, More Amore Specialty includes these very colors!  Now, there's no requirement that we use this paper.  But what's not to like about paper that includes all the colors in a color challenge!  So I used three sheets from the set.

     The sheets include the two prints AND the Primrose Petals Heart that I cut from one of the "specialty" sheets.  If you love making Valentines, you'll LOVE this set!

     Other products from the Spring Catalog that I used for this card are one of the Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders (the scallop and straight stitch on the Real Red layer) and the new Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate (the scallops on the Pool Party layer).  Both the Real Red and Pool Party layers are two of the new Core'dinations Card Stock in the Spring Catalog, and I sanded the areas raised by the Embossing Folder and the Borders Scoring Plate.

     The remainder of the products used in this card are from other catalogs:  The Pearls Basic Jewels, the Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon, and the Scallop Edge Border Punch are all from the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog.  The stamp is from the set, Seasonal Sayings, which carried over from the Holiday Catalog.  So glad I have it to use for this Valentine's Day!

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     And now for a plug for the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Edition.  There are five full weeks this time around devoted to products in the Stampin' Up! 2013 Spring Catalog, as well as products in the Stampin' Up! 2013 Sale-a-bration Catalog.  No matter when you subscribe to this edition of Create with Connie and Mary, you have access to the entire edition.  So if you put off signing up until you thought it was too late – it isn't!  Just hop on over to their website and read all about it. 

     Oooh, and my very first project for this edition is coming up this week!  So if you like my projects, don't miss out being one of the first to see it!  I had a lot of fun designing it, and I'm sure you'll have fun with it, too!

Posted on : Jan 25 2013
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Thanks Again!

Aloha, all!

     I'm making slow but steady progress in getting better – and I can't tell you how much it does my heart good to make Thank You notes!  I'm especially enjoying it this week as I get to participate in the Create With Connie and Mary weekly challenge because it's happening right in the middle of Preview Week for the Spring Edition of CCM!  And, if you didn't know it already, every day one of our Design Team is offering Blog Candy – including today!


     And, since this is after all the preview to the Spring Edition of Create with Connie and Mary, I included three of my favorite new products from the Stampin' Up! 2013 Spring Catalog.

     The first product is the Designer Series Paper that is the main background.  It comes from the Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack.  Many of you may have gone right for those luscious reds and greens in this paper stack – but I went right for the Midnight Muse sheets!  BUT – if you go looking for this exact sheet, you may not find it because the flowers that are part of the background are stamped by me, not by a machine somewhere!  I used the outline style stamps from the brand new Secret Garden Stamp Set and stamped it with the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad.  I'm so glad that this watermark pad carried over from the 2012 Holiday Catalog, especially when I get to use it with Midnight Muse!

     The final product from the Spring Catalog that I used for this card is the 1-1/4" Two-Tone Ribbon; this one is the Pink Pirouette/Rose Red two-tone.  I love how sturdy this ribbon is and how easy it is to tie into a bow!

     The "Thanks" stamp comes from another product carried over from the 2012 Holiday Catalog – Seasonal Sayings.  This was originally designed as a Thanksgiving-themed stamp, but I removed the second part of the greeting to leave just the "Thanks."  Then I stamped one of the stamps from the Petite Pairs stamp set, along with one of the Secret Garden Stamps that I'd used on the front of the card to complete the "Thanks" thought on the inside.

     Now it's time for you to go over to Create With Connie and Mary and see who's offering blog candy!  There are even a few FREE tutorials this week, so be sure to check back there every day!

Posted on : Jan 16 2013
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Love the New Simply Scrappin’ Kit!

Aloha, all!

     It is SOOO good to be back up and running at full speed, and especially fun for me as today is my Create with Connie and Mary Spring Edition Preview Week project!   My project today is a card, so not much in the way of a tutorial with it.  But I do have a full sketch showing how I used the card stock and two pieces of Designer Series Paper from the new bright and cheerful Flower Fair Simply Scrappin' Kit!  And I have blog candy!!

Simply Scrappin' Kit Card

     ALL the papers and card stock and stickers, and ALL the ribbons and buttons come with the kit.  Even the tag up on the right is part of the kit, on which I stamped my currently favorite word, "Happiness" from the Loving Thoughts Stamp Set.

     The colors in this kit are Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Regal Rose.  What a color combo to show off Spring, and what gorgeous flowers to carry it off!  

     Besides products that come with the Simply Scrappin' Kit, I added some Die Cut Flowers and Leaves, using the Secret Garden Framelits, and I just had to add to the flower grouping on the left one of the brand new Designer Builder Brads.

     The flowers that I made using the framelits are the Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight shapes that I applied with Stampin' Dimensionals to a background made from the Stickers in the kit.  I also cut the two sprays of leaflets from the kits's Garden Green Card Stock and one of the framelits.  These all seem to go perfectly together!

     The Daffodil Delight buttons as well as the Garden Green and Regal Rose 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon are also part of the kit.  It's nice to have more than just the papers in the kit!  And it's great to have a fab catalog FULL of products that are going to make the Create With Connie and Mary 2013 Spring Edition just fabulous!

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So now for BLOG CANDY!!


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and you will be entered to win a subscription to the
2013 Spring Edition of Create with Connie and Mary!

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Wintery Color Challenge

Aloha, all!

     Here on the First Day of 2013, Christmas is a week behind us – but winter is full upon many parts of the northern hemisphere!  So, while it's probably time to stop using the Christmas stamps and papers that are in my collection, I still have quite a few stamps and ideas that can keep me going for awhile!

     Create with Connie and Mary brought one of those ideas to life on my craft table this past weekend by way of their weekly challenge.  This week the challenge is a color challenge:  Whisper White, Pool Party and Silver Glimmer Paper.  Does that not cry out for a wintry design?!

     And so here is my card, created in response to the challenge!  Lots of snowflakes – especially if you consider all those polka dots from the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder might just be snowflakes!  The snowflake stamps are both the winter designs from the 2012 Catalog Hostess Set, Four Seasons.  And aren't they just luscious with the accents of the Silver Glimmer Paper?!

    For the snowflake stamps, I stamped one of each stamp, using Versamark, on Pool Party Card Stock and one of each stamp (Versamark again!) on Whisper White, and embossed them all with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I used the 2-1/2" Circle Stamp to punch the large Whisper White stamp, and then I cut it in half and adhered it to the Pool Party image before punching the two colors together with the 2-1/2" Circle Stamp.  Then I repeated the procedure with the smaller Snowflake Stamp and the 1-1/4" Circle Punch.

     When I used one of my last pieces of the Silver Glimmer Paper to die cut the doilies with the Delicate Doilies Sizzlit die, I forgot my own rule of cutting with the Glimmer side facing the cutting plate.  Once I remembered that, then my second try worked out beautifully.  And I didn't waste that first piece – it's the background layer of this card!  That glimmer paper stayed together just fine when I tried to cut it wrong.  Gosh, the bad news turned into good news pretty fast that time!

     For adhesives for this card, I used Sticky Strip to adhere the Pool Party layer onto the Glimmer Paper, and Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive to adhere the smaller doily to the same layer. Both of the circular stamped layers are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

     Oh, and there's a "Sneak Peek" in this card!  That Large Rhinestone Basic Jewel from the new 2013 Spring Catalog fits perfectly into the center of that small doily.  I can hardly wait to use more!

     This Thank You note won't go into the mail until January 2nd.  And do you know what January 2nd is?  It's the last day of the Stampin' Up! 2012 Holiday Catalog!  While many of the same types of products that we've come to expect might carry over to the next catalog, there are none of the Designer Series Papers that will be available come June 3rd.  So now' the time to stock up on those that are your favorites!

     It's been awhile since I've included a sketch  in one of my blog posts.  As I've been under the weather a bit this holiday season, I thought it would be easier to include a sketch rather than go into more details. 

     Oh, be sure to try out your own card for the Create With Connie and Mary Color Challenge this week!  It really is a fun challenge.

Posted on : Dec 31 2012
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Evolution of a Challenge Card!

Aloha, all!

     You all know that I LOVE card challenges.  They really help me get my creative thoughts going in at least some direction – I rarely ever stand and stare at my work table and wonder what to do next because there are so many challenges around!

     I made today's card based on last Thursday's Create with Connie and Mary challenge.  I do use their challenges to get me going quite a bit.  But this time, I decided to get a card done in time actually to make it an entry into the challenge!

     The challenge was to make a project using Very Vanilla Card Stock and Champagne Glimmer Paper

Champagne Glimmer Christmas Card

     So – how did I get from that challenge to this card?

     Actually, I've had the large Paper Doily Sizzlit out on my work table for a week or so.  I had used it to make a doily using the Red Glimmer Paper, but hadn't decided what to do with it for a card (or other project).  As I obviously couldn't use it for a Champagne and Vanilla project, I just HAD to cut another doily.  Three hints for cutting glimmer paper with the Doily Sizzlit:

  1. Cut it with the white backing paper facing the Sizzlit.  I rarely cut paper with the "good" side facing directly into a cutting pad because the scratches in the cutting pad transfer themselves onto the card stock being cut.  While I'm sure that's the case with the glimmer paper, too, you definitely will not be able to see the scratches with all that, well, glitter!
  2. Use a shim to increase the pressure of the Big Shot slightly.  I used a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. While I needed the shim for my Big Shot, you may not need it for yours, or you may need something not quite as thick as the white or vanilla card stock.  Definitely don't force anything through your Big Shot if you have to do more than press slightly heavily on the turning knob.  Let's not break things!
  3. Press the cut pieces out of the doily from the front (glimmer side) towards the back.  That way if a piece catches and starts to tear, it will be the backing that will start to tear, not the glimmer side.

     Back to my card.  With all the work that went into getting that nice doily cut, I wanted it ALL to show up on the card.  So I quickly decided on a square card, with a layer of glimmer and then another layer of vanilla.  Nice and classic.  But just putting the doily on top of that didn't really seem to show it off as much as I wanted. So I went looking through my framelits to see if I could find something to put behind it other than a plain square.  I first tried to the Floral Frames Framelits, but the look wasn't what I wanted – too many points or curves with all those points and curves that were already in the doily.  Finally I settled on the Window Frames Collection Framelits.

     While I loved the look of the Windows Frames, I didn't like the plain corners of the Very Vanilla Layer behind the Glimmer Paper Window frame.  Had I planned this card, rather than letting it develop like Topsy, I could have used an embossing folder or even just some lines made with a scoring tool.  That's when I thought of just cutting a square outline for the corner.  I did this by first punching a square in Very Vanilla Card Stock with the 1" Square Punch, and then cutting the paper again with the 1-3/8" Square Punch.  I did this twice, and then cut each of the pieces on the diagonal, gluing one piece in each of the four corners.

     I was about to say that the rest was pretty simple, but I forgot about that heat embossed greeting.  I tried it just using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  But it looked just too shiny for me.  So I mixed together some of the Gold Powder with some Iridescent Ice powder.  That gave me a lighter look that felt just right.

     NOW the rest was easy!  Just layer the greeting onto the Doily/Vanilla Window Frame layer, and then add that layer to the card with some Stampin' Dimensionals

     I love working with Glimmer Paper and hope that the Champagne color appears in next year's annual Stampin' Up! Catalog!  I don't have enough room in my craft room or I'd definitely stock up on the Champagne before the Holiday Catalog purchase period ends on January 3rd!  I hope you like it enough and have enough room to stock up on it, though!  You'll definitely have fun using it for Wedding and Shower projects that are sure to come up in the Spring!

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What Fun!  Create With Connie and Mary named this one of their Top 3 for the Challenge!  Thanks, ladies!

Posted on : Dec 18 2012
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